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on’t be fooled by the glitzy name—Studio 34 (2906 N. State St., 769-2338411) is not a play on the famous Hollywood dance club. It is a symbol of Yvette Brown’s determination to not let life stop her from her dreams. The name is in honor of her father, who passed away at age 51, just two weeks before Brown’s 34th birthday. Brown, a Jackson native, knew from age 5 that hair was her calling. She liked to style doll heads but graduated to more life-sized subjects in high school. She says she starting doing her mom Lynda Smith’s hair around age 14 or 15. With her mother’s encouragement, she set off for cosmetology school, but the road to her degree would be fraught with misfortune. She started school in 1992 but didn’t get her license until 2001. In those nine years, Yvette’s first school, Jackson Academy of Beauty, closed down, and her brother and the fathers of her two oldest children died. Through it all, though, Brown never lost sight of her goal, eventually earning her cosmetology license at the Shirley Little Academy of Cosmetology in 2001. Two years ago, Brown was selected to be a product educator for Design Essentials, a hairproduct line based in Atlanta, after meeting Robert Peavie, the only distributor in Mississippi. He offered her a job as an educator. In that position, Brown, 40, gives demonstrations to aspiring stylists in cosmetol-


ogy schools, established salon professionals and consumers. Brown balances her time traveling across the country for hair festivals with devoting time to her second hair salon, Fondren’s Studio 34. The salon, which just celebrated its fiveyear anniversary, also celebrated its first year in its Fondren Corner location. The diversity of the Fondren district as well as the close-knit business community make it her dream location. “People aren’t trying to hurt you or pull one over you. It’s just a very uplifting area,” she says. She hopes to bring her experience educating people about Design Essentials to the Fondren community by having classes at the start of the new year. Getting a broker’s license is also on her to-do list, so she can be on schedule for her goal of having her own real estate company by next May. But hair remains her passion. She has a special interest in giving her African American clients tips on how to keep their natural hair healthy. “I could charge them $65 to style their hair, but at this point I’ve started to show them how to care for their hair on their own,” she says. Brown currently resides in Brandon with her 17-year-old daughter Jayla and her 15year-old twins Jillian and Karleton Jr. She has another son, Tevis Mitchell, 20, and a granddaughter, Addyson, 2. —Mo Wilson

Cover photo of Quardious Thomas courtesy Tonya Greenwood

12 Electric Education

JSU is banking on the technological edge that digital tools provide to help the campus stay relevant and ahead in terms of modern education.

32 Calling Oscar

“(Jared) Leto’s Rayon is the sweet spot in ‘Dallas Buyer’s Club.’ He lashes out one-line bombs of funny that serve to defuse escalating tensions. In a New York Times interview, Leto provided some insight into the character: ‘You’re in Texas in 1985, and you walk through a supermarket in drag, you learn how to be funny very quickly as a survival mechanism.’ “(Matthew) McConaughey and Leto deserve Academy Award nominations for their performances. The acting is marvelous. Their performances are transcendent.” —Anita Modak Truran, “Emotional Rodeo”

36 A Decade of Jazz

The Mississippi Jazz Foundation celebrates its 10th year with a concert featuring Lalah Hathaway among others.

4 ............................. EDITOR’S NOTE 6 ................................................ YOU 7 .......... BEST OF JACKSON BALLOT 9 ............................................ TALKS 14 ................................ EDITORIAL 15 .................................... OPINION 16 ............................ COVER STORY 23 ......................................... FOOD 28 ................................. WELLNESS 29 .............................. DIVERSIONS 32 .......................................... FILM 33 ....................................... 8 DAYS 34 ...................................... EVENTS 36 ....................................... MUSIC 37 ....................... MUSIC LISTINGS 38 ..................................... SPORTS 39 .................................... PUZZLES 41 ....................................... ASTRO 42 ............................................ GIG


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by R.L. Nave, News Editor

From Nelson to Quardious


very January, for several years during the mid- to late-1980s, my mother and I would bundle ourselves up for the annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day March through downtown St. Louis. What I imagine were thousands of us wore Tshirts and ball caps bearing likenesses of our heroes like Dr. King and Malcolm X. We adorned our hats and jackets with buttons featuring famous quotations from the civil-rights legends. We sang “We Shall Overcome” and “Kumbaya.” We chanted slogans from the movement that defined the day: “End Apartheid!” “Divest now!” Back then, I had only a vague idea of what either of those concepts meant except that they had to do with South Africa. Thanks in small part to the divestment movement and some Westerners’ decision to boycott corporations doing business with the white-supremacist government of South Africa, apartheid did at last end. Then, in 1994, the majority-black nation elected Nelson Mandela its first black president. Eventually, mom and I stopped attending the MLK marches. I got older, became a teenager, interested in teenage things. I got into teenage mischief, like the rest of my adolescent peers. I like to tell myself that I wasn’t on a trajectory to become a hardened criminal. But who knows? In the hands of a zealous business owner or prosecutor looking to make example of a young punk, I could have easily wound up in front of a youth-court judge. Would it matter if all kids have (insert the name of any youthful indiscretion we’ve all been guilty of)? Probably

not. And if it came to that, rest assured that some middle-aged person would shake his or her head in shame and wonder where my parents were, as if I didn’t have the good sense to do dirt outside of the view of my mother and father.

If Facebook were around back then, there might even be a meme of my shameful mug next to Dr. King or Mandela’s photo. “Is this what they fought for?,” Internet posts would say. It didn’t come to that. I never wound up the back of a police squad car, never got a criminal record—it should be noted that I was also fortunate to have parents with the resources to keep me out of any kind of serious trouble—and I went on

to graduate from college. Today, I have a career doing what I love for a living. Only through providence and dumb luck was this possible—not because I was smarter, a harder worker or came from a better family than anybody else. Quardious Thomas (see this week’s cover story, “Killing Quardious Thomas,” starting on page 16) wasn’t so lucky. He did get caught—once by the police for burglarizing a home last year and again on July 12 for breaking into a truck. Based on my conversations with people who were close to him, he was bright, gregarious, and had a loving, strong family network of relatives and close friends. After his arrest, Thomas seemed to be getting his life back on track. He finished his high-school equivalency and would have started college this fall had he not been shot and killed this summer by a homeowner for alledgedly breaking into cars. So much for second chances. Thanks in part to the many second chances I received, I had the opportunity to travel through southern and eastern Africa a few years ago. I spent part of the trip in Soweto, the famous township near Johannesburg that is a symbol of South Africa’s hope and its hopelessness, its poverty and its prosperity. Being there, I felt the same thing I feel driving along U.S. 49, near where the Emmett Till murder episode played out, or when I visit Montgomery, Ala., one of the cradles of the Civil Rights Movement—the inescapable power of history and place. In Johannesburg, I walked the same streets as Hector Pieterson, the boy who became the first casualty of the 1976

I like to tell myself that I wasn’t on a trajectory to become a hardened criminal. But who knows?

Soweto Uprising, when students protested the government’s plan to force them to learn in Afrikaans, the language of their white oppressors. Archbishop Desmond Tutu, a Nobel laureate, lives near the bed-and-breakfast where I stayed. Naturally, I visited the home on Vilikazi Street where Nelson Mandela lived before he went to prison on Robben Island for conspiring to sabotage the national power grid. Now a museum, the matchbox house bears bullet holes and Molotov cocktail scorches, scars from the struggle against tyranny. One of the rooms contains glass showcases displaying a pair of Mandela’s boots and a belt American championship boxer Sugar Ray Leonard gave him. The kitchen contains coal stove and a metallic dustbin cover, which legend has it Mandela used to shield himself from against bullets. In one of the bedrooms, a bed is covered with a blanket made from Jackal pelts. Even freedom fighters need warmth. We prefer to wrap ourselves in the whitewashed version of Mandela as a gentle, as peaceful leader who told his fellow countrymen to turn the other cheek, to embrace reconciliation. Let us not forget that as a young man, Mandela’s government believed him to be a very dangerous criminal. (President Ronald Reagan even had Mandela’s African National Congress designated a terrorist organization). As far as I can tell, Quardious Thomas was no freedom fighter, but unlike Mandela, who died last week at the age of 95, or myself, Thomas doesn’t get the rest of his life to become a different man than he was at age 20. Rest in peace, Madiba. Rest in peace, Quardious.

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Mo Wilson

Tyler Cleveland

Briana Robinson

Kelsie Hughes

Genevieve Legacy

Trip Burns

Kimberly Griffin

David Joseph

Editorial Intern Mo Wilson is a Millsaps College student. He enjoys pizza, the Internet, dancing alone in his bedroom, social justice, politics and giggling. He wrote the Jacksonian and an art feature.

City Reporter Tyler Cleveland majored in news/editorial journalism at the University of Southern Mississippi. He enjoys sports, southern cuisine and good music. He wrote for the talk section.

Music Editor Briana Robinson wants become an expert on all things music. She also loves dance and photography. Send her music scoops at briana@ She helped compile event listings and Eight Days a Week.

Kelsie Hughes is a senior at Belhaven University. She’s been a part of the Jackson community for years, and believes there’s a lot of beauty to be found in this city. She wrote the food feature.

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

Trip Burns is a graduate of the University of Mississippi where he studied English and sociology. He enjoys the films of Stanley Kubrick. He took many of the photos in this issue.

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. She sold many ads for the issue.

David Joseph, former restaurateur and long-time Jacksonian, serves as the director of operations for Jackson Free Press. He loves watching the JFP grow, and he enjoys his two new grandchildren.


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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE THING ABOUT THE HOLIDAY SEASON? Garrad Lee Three weeks off work. Tara Hunter Playing Santa and bestowing surprise gift cards on strangers while out shopping. I try to randomly do it throughout the year, but like to do it even more during holidays. Tracie No NonSense Kelly LEGO Jackson. Ashley Drummer ClichĂŠ to say family so I’ll go with shopping, lol. Mark Michalovic Coming home to Mississippi to visit family and friends. Lonnie Stringfellow Oh, “National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacationâ€? and Record Store Day. Jo Ann Crooks Hall Palpable kindness as people interact in stores, in traffic and in the workplace.

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What’s Up with the Name ‘Redskins’? Bob Costas (who I don’t like) and President Obama would like the Washington Redskins to change their name. It is their opinion that the term “Redskins� is a slur word and is offensive. There is also a pest-control company here in the south that services Alabama and Mississippi. It is Redd Pest Solutions. At the end of their commercial on TV, they have a young lady dressed up like a young female Indian, and she sings: “Call the Redman, call the Redman; Redman come and drive our pests away.� Is this a slur or offensive? Michael Vincent Byram, Miss.

Lessons from Germany Thanks for your very thoughtful and forthright article on the Mississippi state flag (“Mississippi’s Flag: A Blow at Civilization,� Editor’s Note, Oct. 30, 2013). This is an important issue if Mississippi really wants to move in a new direction and become an inspiration for our whole country and the world. Have you heard about Germany? According to a British Broadcasting Corporation news survey, Germany is now the most popular country in the world. After losing two World Wars and being bombed to pieces, the German people are totally unmoved by any display of their nation’s flag. Also, the Nazi swastika flag is completely illegal; you can get arrested for displaying it. Who know, maybe there’s a lesson to be learned from the Germans? George Albertz Rifton, N.Y.





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n addition to our annual Best of Jackson bash (be sure you are subscribed to jfpdaily. com for clues about the secret theme and location, and to get on the invitation list), coming the last weekend of January, we at the JFP are already planning another big event for 2014. Our annual Chick Ball is turning 10 this year, and we’re going bigger and better to celebrate. As always, the event will help the Center for Violence Prevention. This year, we are dedicated to preventing domestic violence, protecting victims and empowering women to rebuild their lives and their families. To get involved with the most amazing JFP Chick Ball, yet, visit, email or call 601362-6121, ext. 23. You can join our committee, volunteer your time, sponsor the event, donate items to the silent auction and more. Prevent. Protect. Empower. JFP Chick Ball 2014. Join us to help families.








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Friday, Dec. 6 Germany says it will take in a further 5,000 refugees from Syria, doubling its current offer of shelter for people fleeing the Arab nationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s civil war. â&#x20AC;Ś The Fender Stratocaster that Bob Dylan plugged in when he famously went electric at the 1965 Newport Folk Festival sells for nearly $1 millionâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;the highest price ever paid for a guitar at auction. Saturday, Dec. 7 About 50 survivors of the 1941 attack on Pearl Harbor and some 2,500 others gather at the site on the 72nd anniversary of the attack. Sunday, Dec. 8 South Africa holds a national day of prayer and reflection for former President Nelson Mandela. Monday, Dec. 9 North Korea announces it has sacked leader Kim Jong Unâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s uncle, long considered the countryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s No. 2 power. â&#x20AC;Ś The Senate votes to renew an expiring ban on plastic firearms capable of evading metal detectors and X-ray machines. Tuesday, Dec. 10 President Obama and nearly 100 heads of state and government from around the world pay respects to Nelson Mandela at a ceremony in Johannesburg, South Africa, attended by tens of thousands of people.

by Tyler Cleveland


hen the David Watkins camp responded to the Jackson Redevelopment Authorityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s decision to cancel Watkins lease on the Farish Street Entertainment District project, it sent JRA a 10-page letter that outlined the setbacks. It was an effort to explain what had happened, when and what would happen next if Watkins is not involved in the project going forward. Watkins may turn out to be right about the projects futureâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;he says the project is â&#x20AC;&#x153;doomedâ&#x20AC;? without himâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;but one of the biggest reasons he lists as a setback may not be anyone elseâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s fault. In that 10-page letter, dated Oct. 9, 2013, Watkins, through his attorney Lance Stevens, said: â&#x20AC;&#x153;The most significant delay resulted from the discovery in June of 2012 of the hidden structural defects in the B.B. King Building foundation. The engineering and construction solution to the newly discovered structural flaw resulted in increased costs of over $1.5 million and months of delay.â&#x20AC;? Stevens explained to the JFP last month in the run-up to a related story that the building passed one inspection before a subsequent inspection found that the foundation wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t just lacking, but nonexistent. But that may not be the whole story The company, and the individual engineer, who supposedly gave the building a pass during the first inspection, both deny that they inspected the buildingâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s foundation. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We do not do foundation work or assess foundations,â&#x20AC;? said CivilTech engineer Elmore Moody, who supposedly inspected the building for Farish Street Group. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We

This building, located at the corner of Farish and Amite streets, was under renovation by developer David Watkins for a B.B. Kingâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s restaurant, but Watkins says foundation problems halted the project.

would need core drilling equipment that we do not use.â&#x20AC;? Watkins said Monday through email that he hired CivilTech for the purpose of evaluating whether the structural design of the building would support the additional weight from the expanded use of the new club on the third floor. Moody and CivilTech provided Watkins with computer-assisted designs, he said, which suggested that the building needed a new system of beams, joists and columns to support the additional load. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Based on those designs,â&#x20AC;? Watkins wrote â&#x20AC;&#x153;approximately $400,000 was expended on the structural support requirements.â&#x20AC;? He added that neither the architectural drawings he received from his predecessorâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;Farish Streetâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s former developer

Performaâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;nor the report from CivilTech gave any indication any foundation issues. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Most certainly, the extensive structural work on the building that was completed was done based upon the recommendation,â&#x20AC;? he concluded. â&#x20AC;&#x153;No recommendation was made by CivilTech, nor was there a suggestion made, that any additional engineering studies needed to be conducted, including any soil or foundation testing.â&#x20AC;? JRA Board President and New Horizon Church Pastor Ronnie Crudup said Friday that the first he heard of the foundation was when Watkins informed JRA of the buildingâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s structural problems about two years ago. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I, as well as, Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m sure, my fellow (board members) assumed that they had done their homework,â&#x20AC;? Crudup said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Frankly, thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s on their end of things.â&#x20AC;?

Nelson Mandela and Mississippi by Amber Helsel


e all mourned the loss of South African revolutionary and politician Nelson Mandela Thursday, Dec. 5. But did you know that our dear news editor R.L. Nave once stepped foot into Nelson Mandelaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s house? Here are some other things you might not know about Mandela:

â&#x20AC;˘ He was a man of many names. His birth name, Rolihlahla, means â&#x20AC;&#x153;pulling the branch from the tree.â&#x20AC;? Colloquially, it means â&#x20AC;&#x153;troublemaker.â&#x20AC;? A teacher gave him the name Nelson. â&#x20AC;˘ He spent 27 years in prison (source: mnn. com). He is known as â&#x20AC;&#x153;the worldâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s most famous political prisoner.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;˘ He has an international day celebrated in his honor on June 25.

â&#x20AC;˘ He has 250 prizes to his name, including a Nobel Peace Prize and the Lenin Peace Prize â&#x20AC;˘ Onâ&#x20AC;?The Cosby Show,â&#x20AC;? the Huxtablesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; grandchildren, Winnie and Nelson Tibideau, are named after Mandela and his former wife. â&#x20AC;˘ He once shook hands with former Mississippi Gov. Ross Barnett, known as one of Mississippiâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s most racist governors.

Thursday, Dec. 5 U.S. officials send two men who have been held without charge at Guantanamo Bay for more than a decade back to their native Algeria against their will as part of a renewed effort to gradually close the prison, despite the prisonersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; fears that they might face persecution and further imprisonment upon their return. â&#x20AC;Ś Nelson Mandela, who became one of the worldâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s most beloved statesmen and a colossus of the 20th century when he emerged from 27 years in prison to negotiate an end to white minority rule in South Africa, dies at age 95.

The Phantom Inspection TRIP BURNS

Wednesday, Dec. 4 Officials release recordings of 911 calls from the Newtown school shooting days after a state prosecutor dropped his fight to continue withholding them despite an order to provide them to The Associated Press.





These Are The (Water) Breaks by Tyler Cleveland

December 11 - 17, 2013



An early December water break near St. Dominic Hospital on Lakeland Drive sent drivers swerving around orange roadwork signs that were practically floating.



f Jackson Mayor Chokwe Lumumba is looking for a pitch to sell Jacksonians on the proposed 1-percent sales tax, he could simply forward everyone the press releases regarding boil water notices from the cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Department of Public Works. The department has issued six precautionary boil-water notices since Dec. 1. That may seem like a high number, but itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s par for the course in Jackson, which averages 1,500 leaks per yearâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;roughly nine times the national average. Much happens before a precautionary notice is issued, but as interim Director of Public Works Willie Bell explained, they are fairly common when dealing with a burst pipe. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We can have as many as three to four a day,â&#x20AC;? Bell told the JFP last week. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It just depends on a couple of things, and the freezing weather has a lot to do with it. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Imagine if you put a glass in the microwave, and warmed it until it got to the point where it was too hot to touch. Then you put ice-cold water into it, and itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s shatters. Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s what is going on, but in reverse with our frozen pipes underground.â&#x20AC;? When a break occurs, he said, they usually identify that there is a leak and contact the city through the 311 system or by calling City Hall. Once the call is logged, the city dispatches a crew to investigate. After the source of the leak is

This corroded pipe, which was dug up from under West Street, is made of cast iron, and doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have a protective lining like newer ductile iron pipes do.

found, the crew has to decide how to deal with the problem. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Sometimes, we can fix it without shutting off the water,â&#x20AC;? Bell said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We call it â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;fixing it hot.â&#x20AC;&#x2122; If we have that option, thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s what we are going to try to do.â&#x20AC;? When Public Works cuts the water off, the Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality requires the city to issue a precautionary boil notice. The other way the notice gets issued is if the water pressure drops below 20 PSI (pounds per square inch). When that happens, the flow is not strong enough to keep any potential contaminants from seeping into the pipe through the hole that produced the leak. In either instance, the city must fix the leak, then test the acidity and purity of the water at the nearest hydrant for 48 hours. Sometimes, that means letting the hydrant gush for a day or more. The leaks did not start overnight. Maps show that much of the cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s pip-

ing, especially in the downtown area, were installed prior to 1910. Findings from the Water Distribution System Rehabilitation master plan show that despite the city spending more than $125 million on water improvements since 1997, the city still has 97 miles of two and four-inch piping that has inordinate repairs and restricted fire flow and pressure. That same report, assessed by Jackson-based firm Neel-Schaffer and several smaller engineering companies, suggests the city remove more than 112 miles of old, unlined cast iron piping and replace it with new lined ductile iron pipe, a process that would cost more than $300 million and could take 20 years to complete. Other measures the city should take, it suggested, would be to complete the remaining transmission piping (another $25 million) and replace 97 miles of small-diameter pipes with larger-diameter pipes ($40 million). Much of the piping under

the city is unlined, cast-iron pipe, which corrodes at a higher rate than ductile iron pipes, which cities started installing in the 1970s and 1980s. Lumumbaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s point-man on the onepercent sales tax initiative, Walter Zinn, readily admits that voting for the referendum wonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t single-handedly fix the problem. What it will do, he said, is help the city leverage the resources it does have to begin to address the problem. â&#x20AC;&#x153;If we pass the referendum, we would have an additional source of income that would allow us to float bonds with confidence that the money was going to be there for at least 18 years,â&#x20AC;? Zinn said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We could also go to these other entities, like the Mississippi Department of Transportation, when we ask for their help, and show them that we are serious about preventing these types of problems in the future.â&#x20AC;? Email City Reporter Tyler Cleveland

TALK | crime

Shock and Awe: Jackson’s Faith-Based Alignment by Tyler Cleveland



ith apologies to the Batman, no one man or organization can solve Jackson’s crime problems. But if Ward 6 Councilman Tony Yarber is right, the leaders of this city’s churches are ready to give it a shot. Less than 24 hours after the shooting death of 15-year-old Wingfield High School student Destinee Ford, Yarber got behind a podium at City Hall to announce his new faith-based initiative, Jackson’s Faith-Based Alignment Against Crime. Flanked by pastors, ministers and religious leaders, Yarber, whose children attend Wilkins Elementary on the same block as Ford’s murder, said the religious community has failed and called on others to join him in what he called a “push back” against crime in Jackson. “Quite frankly, I think those of us that are here today understand that her death is not the beginning of anything,” Yarber said. “It needs to be the end of things. We are here as a faith-based community of different faiths, different religions, who understand that it is absolutely the job of the faith-based community to take back the

Ward 6 City Councilman Tony Yarber said he’s ready to use “shock and awe” and take his message of proactive crime fighting door to door in parts of the city.

streets that have been lost to crime and to senseless gun violence.” Ford, the 51st murder victim this year in Jackson, died from a gunshot wound after a fight broke out at the intersection of Castle Hill Drive and Anna Lisa Lane, less than a

block from both Wilkins Elementary and Wingfield High School. The shooting occurred around 4 p.m., just after school was dismissed, police said. Friday morning, the Jackson Police Department announced it had arrested 17-yearold Dennis Picket and 18-year-old Demonte Finch and charged both with murder. Yarber’s new collective body, which he made clear was not an organization (he called it an “organism”), announced initiatives it is taking up in the next couple of weeks. The first, he said, is a training event planned for 6:30 p.m. on Dec. 9 at Relevant Empowerment Church to train for a “social evangelism event,” planned for Dec. 14 from 10 a.m. to noon at New Horizon Church. At that event, Yarber hopes to put 1,000 people on the street to canvas neighborhoods they plan to target based on crime numbers. Yarber said he wants churches to network and share ideas and programs they are offering. Abram Muhammad, a minister with the Southern Region of the Nation of Islam (Muhammad Mosque No. 78), said he had assigned his best Internet

technician to build an online forum where preachers and ministers of different faiths could open the lines of communication, share ideas and organize events to show solidarity against crime. “We are under the belief that we cannot ask those in the street to stop their gang-banging until we stop the spiritual gang-banging that we have been doing,” Muhammad said. “Once we stop the spiritual gang-banging, we can be a mirror, or at least a model, to show others that no matter what your belief, no matter what walk of life you come from, we can all come together and bring our community back to what it used to be.” JFP crime records show that, while property crime is down 12.2 percent overall, the city has experienced a slight uptick in violent crime from 2012 to 2013. Murder is down from 57 in 2012 to 51 in 2013, yearto-date, but armed robbery and carjacking are both up, 12.5 percent and 8.2 percent, respectively. For more information on Jackson’s FaithBased Alliance Against Crime, call 769- 2578382. Email City Reporter Tyler Cleveland at


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TALK | education

JSU Powers Up by R.L. Nave


December 11 - 17, 2013



such as an eBook or podcast to distribute to students. JSU recently spent $1.4 million to upgrade its wireless networks to handle the additional traffic and added a network dedicated to the 2,700 iPads it has provided to students, which lets administrators track how and when students are using them. “We’re able to move students faster,” Blaine said. Jackson State University’s iPad Initiative is funded through the Mississippi e-Center Foundation, which is a nonprofit organization that is separate from the school. Information from JSU also shows tht half of the university’s faculty members are currently teaching with cyber tools, and that by 2015, the entire faculty will be teaching with those digital tools. Moving students faster starts with moving faculty to think beyond the subjects they teach and think more about linkages to so-called hyphenated disciplines, Blaine said. Cassandra Hawkins-Wilson, a writing composition instructor, has developed an eBook for her course and requires students to use a free app called StoryKit whereby students use “selfies”—photos they post of themselves—and other photos they post via social media to tell stories about their lives. There is a bonus to immersing students in digital tools during class—they’re more likely to pay attention to the lesson and less likely to goof around on the Web. “I’m making sure my learning environment is conducive to learning,” Hawkins-Wilson said. Comment at Email R.L. Nave at

by Amber Helsel

ven though it’s right smack in the middle of a Day 3: ujima (collective work and thousand different religious celebrations, Kwanzaa responsibility)-help others in is not a religious holiday. Dr. Maulana Karenga your community founded it in 1966 as a way for African Americans to Day 4: ujamaa (cooperative honor the values of their African roots and to inspire economics)-support those working toward progress. The celebration is based businesses that care about on the year-end harvest festivals that have taken place your community throughout Africa for thousands of years. The holiday Day 5: nia (sense of begins Dec. 26 and ends Jan. 1. purpose)-set goals Each day of the holiday honors a different principle. for the benefit of your community Day 1: umoja (unity)-do something to build your Day 6: kuumba (creativity)community find ways to make your Day 2: kujichagulia (self-determination)-use your community better and more voice and make choices for the benefit of your beautiful community Day 7: imani (faith)-believe that a better

world can be created for present and future communities (SOURCE: FACTMONSTER.COM)

Celebrate the holiday in the Jackson community at the Kwanzaa Celebration of Kuumba at Jackson State University’s Gallery1 (1100 John R. Lynch St., 601-979-9250). Local nonprofit Women for Progress is partnering up with the community to present the third annual event Dec. 31 from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. The celebration includes handson activities, music and food. Admission is free. Call 601-960-9250 for more information.




t first glance, the institution that is embracing a lecture hall of Jack21st-century model of teaching son State Universiand learning.” ty’s Blackburn LanDr. Robert Blaine, speguage Arts Building seems cial assistant to the provost and like a typical end-of-semester leader of JSU’s Cyberlearning class, with students making Initiative, said the award also group presentations on topics indicates the historically black ranging from a literary analyuniversity, an anchor for west sis of a Calvin Mackie’s “A Jackson, is on the cutting edge View from the Roof: Lessons of harnessing digital tools to imfor Life & Business,” to techprove outcomes for its students. nology reviews, to exploring About four years ago, the causes and effects of inBlaine said administrators retra-racial crime. alized they were unwittingly One of the last classes creating a sort of achievement before finals week, UNIV gap. Although many faculty 100—a course known more members produced course masimply as “University Sucterials that could be accessed cess”—is only typical in through the Web and smartthat all incoming JSU freshphones, students without their men must take it. One of own digital devices received the things JSU officials say paper printouts, which Blaine is most remarkable about said put those students at an it is that University Success academic disadvantage. Givserves as the launching pad ing every student an iPad is a for the school’s Apple iPad form of democratizing learninitiative. For the past two ing, Blaine said. Dr. Robert Blaine said Jackson State University’s iPad program years, each JSU freshman reBut iPads are only the helped closed the school’s internal achievement gap, and has put ceives an iPad. beginning. Before the end of JSU on the cutting edge of digital learning. Preselfannie McDaniels the year, JSU will open its Inhas taught English at Jacknovate Center for faculty. Once son State since 1999 and re“If we take this technology and tie complete, the room will be members meeting the news of the iPad it to good, basic teaching and research, equipped with giant touch-screen tablets program with skepticism, but said as it it’s wonderful. If we don’t, we could have and collaborative workspaces. The center turns out the devices haven’t become the chaos,” she told the Jackson Free Press. is BYOD—bring your own device—and distractions some faculty feared. This month, the initiative earned JSU despite its location on the first floor of the Even in her courses that rely heavily recognition as an Apple Distinguished Sampson Library, Blaine said the center on digital technology, McDaniels some- School from the Cupertino, Calif.-based is designed to be a loud rather than quiet times asks students to power down their technology corporation. JSU President space designed around the idea that faciPads, laptops and smartphones, a request Dr. Carolyn Meyers called the award ulty can come in with a simple bad idea that usually elicits prompt compliance. evidence that the school is an “innovative and leave with a high-tech digital product

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Southwest Drops JAN Flights On Thursday, Dec. 5, Southwest Airlines announced that it will end flight services to Jackson-Medgar Evers International Airport effective June 7. Southwest has been steadily announcing the dropping of individual Jackson flights, such as Jackson to Baltimore and Jackson to Houston, earlier in the year prior to last week’s announcement. Southwest cites sustained declining demand for Southwest flights in the Jackson market as the primary reason for dropping


Former Parlor Market Chef de Cuisine Jesse Houston is preparing to make his return to the Jackson restaurant scene, this time as the owner and operator of his own establishment. Come next summer, Houston plans to bring new seafood options to Jackson when he opens Saltine Oysters and Brew, a combination oyster bar and gastro pub—a bar that emphasizes craft beer and creative small plates of things such as appetizers. Saltine will open in Duling Hall (622 Duling Ave.) in Fondren. “I feel like Jackson is such a seafood-centric town, but there just isn’t a great place to get oysters and local seafood, and I wanted to bring that to the community,” Houston said. “Oysters are something I’ve been passionate about for a long time, as well as great wine or beer with lots of complex characteristics and flavor profiles. It’s all very exciting.” Prior to Saltine opening, Houston plans to continue doing pop-up events around Jackson, such as the Asian menu he created for LurnyD’s Food Truck and the recent second annual Pop-up Pizza with Sal & Mookie’s. Houston wants his upcoming event plans to remain a surprise, but said to expect them to have an oyster theme. Houston is still raising capital for Saltine, but hopes to start construction in February. For information, contact Houston at 601-955-4327 or follow Saltine’s progress on Twitter @saltineoysters.

Saltine Oysters and Brew, the brainchild of former Parlor Market chef Jesse Houston, will be a combo oyster bar and craft-beer pub in Fondren’s Duling Hall.

Jackson flights. The company’s recent merger with Atlanta-based AirTran Company, which served smaller cities, and a shift in focus toward the nation’s largest cities are also factors. Southwest will offer its 37 employees at Jackson International jobs elsewhere in the company. Southwest will also cancel flights to Key West, Fla., and Branson, Mo., in June. AirTran once served both areas. No other Southwest destinations are currently slated for closure. Delta Airlines, American Airlines, which is about to merge with U.S. Air, and United Airlines are now the only flight options for Jackson. Hatching The Hatch Midtown Partners and Millsaps College’s Entrepreneurship Initiative (ELSEWorks) are gearing up to perform construction on The Hatch, a collaborative workspace for artists. The Hatch is part of the Midtown Cluster of Creative Economies along with The Hangar, which is home to four art studios, a demolition business as well as a warehouse that hosts various events such as the Stray at Home Art Market and the Priced to Move art sale. Space is completely occupied at The Hangar, meaning Midtown Partners needs to make more room at The Hatch. The Hatch will provide up to 12 studios


s the holiday season progresses, more charities and fundraisers need your help. Here’s a couple more ways to give back. SummerHouse in Ridgeland (1109 Highland Colony Parkway, Ridgeland, 601-853-4445) hosts their “Give & Get” coat drive for Stewpot Community Services (1100 W. Capitol St., 601-353-2759) through Dec. 19. Bring in a coat and get a free entry into the shop’s drawings for two Lee Industries leather swivel glider chairs. The more coats you bring in, the more entries you get. On a lighter note, here’s a gift idea for a loved one who loves

Jackson Convention Complex Receives 5th Readers’ Choice Award ConventionSouth—a leading meeting planning resource magazine based in Gulf Shores, Ala., and distributed to more than 18,000 meeting professionals nationwide— recently presented the Jackson Convention Complex with a 2013 Readers’ Choice Award. More than 6,500 voters participated this year and 150 convention and visitor bureaus, meeting facilities and hotels in the South received awards. The Jackson Convention Complex will be featured as an award recipient in the December 2013 Awards Issue of ConventionSouth magazine, which will also showcase some of the most talented meeting professionals in the nation who are eligible for ConventionSouth’s annual “Meeting Professionals to Watch” award.

music. Sneaky Beans (2914 N. State St., 601-4876349) is selling copies of Merry Christmas Jackson, a project started by former Jacksonian Emily Baker. Several years back, former Baker compiled an album of local musicians playing Christmas songs, some classic and some original. Chris Myers, a project architect for Cooke Douglass Farr Lemons Architects & Engineers, took over in 2010. That year, the proceeds of Volume 3 went to Music in Motion, a charity that gives musical instruments to local children. While the project is no longer active, Sneaky Beans is now selling the rest of Volume 3, which includes music from local musicians including Kevin Slater, Liver Mousse, Cody Cox and Lizzie Wright.



for individual businesses or entrepreneurs, business consultation from Millsaps College’s Entrepreneurship Initiative, shared commission free gallery space, a conference room with equipment, a classroom for community workshops, a community ceramics studio, shared storage, a kitchenette, technical equipment and warehouse and industrial space. Midtown Partners is trying to raise $25,000 by January to fund the The Hatch’s contruction through a crowd funding site. The money will go towards completing the building’s gallery and conference room, which will allow members and tenants to host meetings, gallery exhibitions and other events. Donations will also fund a community arts initiative in which each tenant at The Hatch will teach classes to the community in exchange for low cost overhead and business assistance. The Community Arts Center will assist in designing civic projects, public art installations and technical skills training. Donations to The Hatch are tax deductible. For information, visit The Hatch’s fundraising site.

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s many people come off the high of the Thanksgiving holiday and the shopping experiences of Black Friday and Cyber Monday, I am spending my time contemplating if all the holiday hustle and bustle is worth it. I didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t feel compelled to stand on the side of Walmart over the workers who have been striking for a living wage. I didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t feel called to leave my bed to buy my kids a ton of cheap plastic toys made in overseas sweatshops as a sign of how much I love them. The holiday season has different meaning for me for many reasons. I long ago rejected the need to join other people and storm through stores for stuff I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t need. This was pretty easy to give up since from age 16 until my late 20s, I, like most low-wage workers, worked every Black Friday. When I didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t, I was likely too tired or too broke to care about hitting the streets to shop in the wee hours of the morning. When my oldest daughters were young, we did the big holiday. We had a huge tree and a room so full of gifts it took them more than Christmas Day to open. Even last year, my living room was quite full of gifts. This year, due to finances and a reevaluation of priorities, my family and I will opt out of â&#x20AC;&#x153;traditionalâ&#x20AC;? Christmas altogether. No extra big dinner, no big gifts, just handmade exchanges between each other and things we need. This official change came from a family meeting over what to do for Christmas and Kwanzaa this year. One of my teen-aged children said: â&#x20AC;&#x153;I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t want anything. We need lots of stuff but the things we want can wait. All I want is that you are feeling better and we are together.â&#x20AC;? It is funny how quickly children change your perception. For many families like mine, going into debt so we can take part in mass consumerism to prove we love each other is a luxury we cannot afford. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s also a value I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t feel compelled to fight for anymore. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not that my kids donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t want nice, new things. We have had many big fabulous Christmas holidays with big trees and lots of gifts. We have also been homeless and living in a motel during the holiday. I have been fortunate that great loving people have helped us through the lean holidays and made sure my kids had the Christmas that pop culture says they have to have. But the sum of these experiences is that we arenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t buying it anymore.


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Why it stinks: It sure is mighty kind of olâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Delbert to make sure that every single Mississippi citizen who is eligible to vote has the opportunity to travel up to 20 miles to a local circuit clerkâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s or driverâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s license office to obtain a special state-issued ID. All this in time for the stateâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s voter-ID law to at long last be in effect for the June 2014 primary. Hosemann likes to play coy, saying that he is but a humble civil servant following the will of the Legislature and the people, who approved voter ID by referendum in 2011, but heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s been driving the voter ID bus since he first ran for the office. If the lawâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s backers were genuinely committed to stamping out the fraud they say exists, polling places would be outfitted with the same special equipment cops have in their squad cars to verify the identity of perps on the spot instead of putting the burden on citizens to prove they are who they say they are.

DA Smith Should Recuse from Thomas Killing


he Jackson Free Press was disturbed, and confused, to discover this week that Hinds County District Attorney Robert Shuler Smith has not publicly revealed that he is the cousin of Quardious Thomas, whom Jackson homeowner Eric Williams killed in July for breaking into his vehicles. This newspaper has called in the past for Smith, who has not responded to requests for interviews about the case, to take the death of the unarmed 20-year-old to a grand jury and let them decide whether or not Williams should be charged in the case under Mississippi law. Both the DA and Jackson police seem to be assuming that the killing would fall under the stateâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Castle Doctrine, but it is entirely unclear whether a grand jury would agree, considering that no evidence has emerged that Thomas intended violence against the people inside the house or had the means to commit it. It is entirely possible that he was indeed committing a property crime, but a grand jury should determine if Williamsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; response amounted to a justifiable homicideâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;and that decision should certainly not be left to officials with clear potential bias in the case in any direction. During research for R.L. Naveâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s cover story about the Thomas death this week, we figured out that the DA is first cousin to Carlos Thomas, the young manâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s father and the son of Mat Thomas. We cannot guess how this information might

influence the DAâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s actions on this caseâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;it certainly does not seem to have encouraged him to send it to a grand jury for a thorough look at his cousinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s death so farâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;but we do know that it is the district attorneyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s responsibility to reveal such potential conflicts of interest to the public. As is apparent in the cover story, there are unanswered questions in this case, including several the deceasedâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s mother has had a hard time getting answered, even solid verification of the time of death. The bottom line is: Our community, and our law-enforcement officials, must honor the life of an unarmed young man enough to demand a thorough investigation of the facts and to allow a grand jury, and then potentially a jury, to determine if the young man presented a threat to anyoneâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s life. The Castle Doctrine leaves far too many gray areas that can easily obscure poor policing, insufficient prosecution or even cover-ups of what really happened in such cases. The idea of â&#x20AC;&#x153;self-defenseâ&#x20AC;? (and shooting to kill over property) cannot be allowed as an easy excuse for riddling unarmed people with bullets with no real investigation. It is hypocritical to call for justice for a Trayvon Martin in other states and not for a Quardious Thomas in our own. The DA must recuse himself and allow other authoritiesâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;the attorney general, perhaps?â&#x20AC;&#x201D;to step in and make sure that an injustice has not occurred.

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remember very vividly the summer I first read Nelson Mandelaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;A Long Walk to Freedom.â&#x20AC;? I was living at my grandmotherâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s house then. I was 19 years old, and it was the longest book Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d ever attempted to read. But while reading, I felt my soul leaping and growing and telling me that I had to live courageously. I could not afford to not fight for justice. I could not afford to not dedicate my life to loveâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s purposes. By reading Mandelaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s story, I saw what the best of humanity looked like. I saw that no matter how much oppression and humiliation one group may inflict upon another, the human spirit is oaktree strong, and we can rise above it. We can choose to not let their evil define us. We can evolve, even in the face of stark adversity and unyielding hatred. Nelson Mandela is my hero. He was a giant of a man who had the unique ability to make others feel even larger than he was. The 42nd president of the United States, Bill Clinton, put it this way: â&#x20AC;&#x153;Every time Nelson Mandela walks into a room we all feel a little bigger, we all want to stand up, we all want to cheer, because weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d like to be him on our best day.â&#x20AC;? You see, that is what great people do. They remind us that the light they have is inside all of us as well. We only need to let it shine, fearlessly and with the intent of eradicating evil by the power of love. How blessed are we to have had such an example. Mandela joins us as a beloved ancestor now, and with that comes a greater responsibility to continue the work that he and so many others have begun. I am reminded of that great James Baldwin quote: â&#x20AC;&#x153;Your crown has been paid for. Put it on your head and wear it.â&#x20AC;? We are a people for whom others have died. Not just as people of color, but for all those who have been under the dense weight of oppression. We must honor this sacred trust by fighting for justice with every fiber of our beingâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;nonviolently, of course, but with much fierceness and equal passion. It is absolutely imperative that we understand how inextricably linked our destinies are. The plight of the women in Soweto is linked to mine. So is the plight of the children running in fear of drones

in Afghanistan or the displaced people of Palestine. We must take responsibility for the earth mother and her offspring. We must not allow innocent lives to be taken. We must end hunger and the poverty that surrounds us all too comfortably. We must give voice to the voiceless. We must arm ourselves with love and the wisdom needed to make our world a transformed place. A better place will simply not suffice. The love that wooed Mandela is now urgently wooing us. It is calling us to do better, to be better. It is bidding us to take better care of the planet and to find ways to reduce our carbon footprint. It is pleading that we become more aware about where our food comes from and how the animals were treated in the process, as well as the workers who prepared it. It is compelling us to take measures to ensure that every American has affordable health care and can make a living wage. It is telling us to follow the path of peace as if our lives depended on it. It is warning us ever so lovingly that we cannot continue on the path that we are on. It is time for us to change courses. It is time for us to take responsibility for ourselves and each other. We are each otherâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s keeper. So in closing, Madiba, the great lover of freedom and our collective humanity, we honor your legacy. We pray that we can make you proud by adhering to your teachings and letting the values that led you to become our way. May we move in the direction of love and away from fear. May we stand up for our gay brothers and sisters. May we hold those in leadership accountable for their misdeeds. May we expect more from our religious leaders and may our churches become temples of love. May your life, your ideals and your commitment to justice forever inspire us for generations to come. If we can do this, we can save the planet and ourselves. jehrod rose-alain is a senior at Tougaloo College, where he will graduate with an English degree in May. You can often find him reading Thich Nhat Hanh, watching OWN, studying Sarah Vaughan or working on his blog, Spiritual Anthropology.

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Killing Quardious Thomas:

A Castle Doctrine Case Study by R.L. Nave


December 11 - 17, 2013


n July 12, just after 5:30 quest a criminal background search on the County Sheriff Tyrone Lewis and Jackson a.m., the police scan- suspect: “Can you run me a Quardious Mayor Chokwe Lumumba reside. ner crackled to life after Thomas ... April 3, ’93.” Between the various reports of offimore than four minutes cials who responded to the scene and local of radio silence. Reasonable Doubt media who covered the news, Greenwood “I have a domestic disNothing about that morning makes is confused by the timeline of details and turbance. ...,” a female sense to Thomas’ mother, Tonya Green- seemingly conflicting details of the mornemergency dispatcher said. wood. She doesn’t understand why Quar- ing’s events. “Her husband … just shot someone dious (pronounced KWA-dare-yee-us), And even if Thomas was inside the trying to break in. ...” slipped out of the house after midnight car, she doesn’t understand why Williams “There is a possible shooting at this on a Friday morning or why the 20-year- would shoot into his own vehicle if he location … old was at the Williams’ home, much less knew that his family was safe inside. She “PD is en route.” anywhere near Eric Williams’ truck. If it doesn’t understand why Williams needed Seven minutes and twentyfive shots to immobilize someone eight seconds after the first comas skinny as her son. She doesn’t munication, a male law-enforceunderstand why it took six days ment officer radioed a fellow cop to be able to view her son’s corpse who was already on the scene, or why the number of bullet at a cul-de-sac in the northwest wounds she and members of her Jackson subdivision of Lakeover. family observed are inconsistent “I’m en route. What hapwith the various medical reports pened?” he asked. that detail Thomas’ condition “It looks like the guy that’s before and after he died. been breaking in vehicles around Most of all, Greenwood here already broke into their doesn’t understand why Williams Park Avenue and inside the man’s will never have to tell his side of Chevrolet Avalanche,” the officer the story in a court of law. responded. “That’s the hardest part,” “It looks like they shot him Greenwood told the Jackson Free with a .38 revolver. …” Press during a recent interview at “Got the suspect still here her home in Jackson. slumped over in the vehicle.” Jackson and Hinds County Radio chatter picked up for law-enforcement officials have a while as the city stirred awake. declined to charge Williams Not far away from the shooting, with any crime for his role in the a dispatcher reported that the shooting or in connection with owner of a white Chrysler Town Thomas’ death. The home on Tanglewood Court in northwest & Country wanted to make a “(Williams) protected himJackson, where a homeowner said he fired several shots after he discovered Quardious Thomas report that his windows were self, he protected his property breaking into his truck. broken out. Six other property and, of course, his home, and he owners would also report that has every right to do that,” Jacktheir car windows were broken son Police Chief Lindsey Horton out that morning. was her son’s plan to break into cars, she’s explained to the Jackson Free Press during Nineteen minutes after the initial baffled as to why he would target a neigh- an Aug. 7 interview. disturbance call, a little before 6 a.m., an borhood where so many prominent, and The JFP used a public-records daofficer called into the dispatcher to re- powerful, Jackson citizens such as Hinds tabase to reach Williams. One number


listed for his wife was disconnected; when a reporter reached Williams’ father, Richard, he said he would have his son call back immediately. In a follow-up telephone call to the home of Williams, a woman said not to call again and threatened to “press charges.” The morning of the shooting, Sheriff Tyrone Lewis, who lives near Williams, told WLBT-TV that he got a text message about the incident from a neighbor around 5 a.m., a half-hour before the domestic disturbance call came in from the emergency dispatcher. Lewis said that when he went outside to head over to the crime scene, he noticed the windows of his personal vehicle were also shattered. “Anybody that takes it upon themselves to intrude and impede upon people’s personal property, they’re at risk of losing their life or suffering the consequences that come with it,” Lewis said. Muddy Legal Waters The law providing immunity for Williams is Mississippi’s Castle Doctrine, which spells out a range of circumstances in which homicide may be justified. The Legislature passed the law in 2006 on a wave of similar laws around the nation that started with Florida’s adoption of a similar legal tool known as “Stand Your Ground,” which paved the way for a Sanford, Fla., jury to acquit George Zimmer-


man for shooting and killing unarmed teenager Trayvon Martin. The Castle Doctrine applies to the immediate vicinity of an occupied vehicle, a dwelling or a place of businessâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;essentially any occupied place with a roof, mobile or immobileâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;that he or she plans to occupy for at least one night, even a tent. It states that a person who uses the deadly force to do so â&#x20AC;&#x153;in resisting any attempt unlawfully to kill such person or to commit any felony upon him.â&#x20AC;? The law also requires that the person who uses the deadly force must have a reasonable fear that his or another personâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s life or health is in imminent danger. Originally designed to clarify self-defense rights, in practice, the Castle Doctrine and Stand Your Ground laws often muddy legal waters. The doctrine often is not applied consistently, even within in the same jurisdictions. Five years ago, in 2008, a 36year-old storeowner named Sarbrinder Pannu shot and killed another man, James Hawthorne Jr., after Hawthorne stole a case of beer valued at $15 from Pannuâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s store, J&S Food Mart on Medgar Evers Boulevard. Police charged Pannu with murder, saying the Castle Doctrine did not apply because Hawthorne was fleeing, and Pannuâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s life was never in danger. Lumumba, then a Jackson councilman at the

time representing Ward 2, which includes Lakeover, said at the time: â&#x20AC;&#x153;We canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have people shooting people because they went into the store and got a beer. Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not an acceptable response in this society.â&#x20AC;? One of the best measures of Castle Doctrine cases is to examine records of the Mississippi State Supreme Court, which has considered only about 10 cases since 2012 where a defendant cited the Castle Doctrine. Mississippi legal experts say most cases never make it to the courts because local cops and prosecutors make the call on the spot, as Jackson police did with the Quardious Thomas shooting. Matt Steffey, who teaches constitutional law at Mississippi College School of Law in Jackson, isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t so sure thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the way the legal system is supposed to work. Steffey points to the Sarbrinder Pannu case, which resulted in his acquittal by a Hinds County jury. â&#x20AC;&#x153;At the end of the day, anytime there is a homicide or a shooting, the district attorney certainly has the authority, the discretionâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;and the question is whether one thinks they have the dutyâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;to present the facts of each one of these cases to a grand jury and let the grand jury decide whether there was self-defense,â&#x20AC;? Steffey said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t take the word of suspects when explaining their actions. It is the job of the police and the district attorney to

investigate and make sure the facts line up with the story,â&#x20AC;? Steffey said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;If we took the word of the accused in all violent crimes, Parchman (state prison) would be an empty place.â&#x20AC;? A Good Family Five months after the shooting, Tonya Greenwood is still mourning the death of her eldest child. It took her almost three months to work up the strength to organize a vigil that about 30 of Thomasâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; friends and relatives attended at Lake Hico Park in October. The recent Thanksgiving holiday, the familyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s first without the young man everyone called â&#x20AC;&#x153;Q,â&#x20AC;? was especially hard, she said. While the loss is great, Greenwood is perhaps more aggrieved over how so many people are almost giddy to paint Thomas as a street thug who got what he deserved. Thomas was slender, handsome and giving, although Greenwood admits that her sonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s generosity at times agitated her. â&#x20AC;&#x153;He would just give away brandnew school clothes that I just bought, just because his friends needed them,â&#x20AC;? said Greenwood, speaking softly with one hand clenching a Kleenex and covering her face. By some measures, Thomas comes from a good family. His grandfather, Mat Thomas, is a prominent businessman and serves on the board of the Jackson

Redevelopment Authority. (He did not return calls for this story.) Hinds County District Attorney Robert Shuler Smith is Quardious Thomasâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; cousin. Thomas stopped going to high school. In 2012, he was arrested in Jackson for house burglary, a crime for which he was serving house arrest at the time of his death. The court never retrieved the electronic-monitoring device on his ankle; Thomas was buried wearing it. Greenwood said Thomas believed his arrest brought shame on the whole family. After that, something in him clicked, she said: He wanted to grow up and prove that he was a changed person. In May, he completed a GED program through Jackson State University, and was accepted to Alcorn State University. Instead, he decided to get start his general courses at Hinds Community College and planned to major in business. Less than two months after receiving his diploma, those plans were halted. Many details of the July 12 shooting remain unclear, but documents compiled by several agencies help fill in some of the holes of the tragic story. In an incident report Jackson Police Det. Obie Wells Jr. completed later that afternoon, the detective indicated that PRUH48$5',286VHHSDJH

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when he arrived to the home of Eric Wil- who was walking home from the storeâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;a attorney after the shooting, but that none liams and his wife on Tanglewood Cove, place he had a right to beâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;Thomas was of the meetings have prompted a closer the primary officer on the scene led Wells in a neighborhood where he did not live look at the shooting. Attempts to reach to two vehicles, both with the driverâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s side and found inside a vehicle that did not be- Smith and one of his deputies to discuss windows shattered. long to him. the case for this story before press time One of their cars, a Chevy AvaA physical altercation ensued some- were unsuccessful lanche, had blood on the door and inside time after Martin asked Zimmerman why The strongest link between the cases the vehicle, which appeared to have been he was being followed. The JPD incident is the reason both Zimmerman and Wilransacked. Wellsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; report states the home- report states that the homeowner con- liams are free today. During his trial, owner caught an individual breaking into fronted the individual in his truck. George Zimmermanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s attorneys never his vehicle, at which time â&#x20AC;&#x153;the explicitly mentioned Floridaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s homeowner confronted the Stand Your Ground law, but individual and subsequently the juryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s lengthy instructions shot him.â&#x20AC;? mirror the statute. By the time an ambulance They stated: â&#x20AC;&#x153;If George arrived, 15 minutes after the Zimmerman was not endisturbance call, at 5:46 a.m., gaged in an unlawful activity Thomas was no longer slumped and was attacked in anyplace over in the SUV as initially rewhere he had a right to be, he ported. According to a report had no duty to retreat and had technicians from American the right to stand his ground Medical Response wrote, EMTs and meet force with force, found Thomas combative, lyincluding deadly force if he ing on the ground with mulreasonably believed that it was tiple gunshot wounds. Thomas necessary to do so to prevent shouted that he couldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t breathe death or great bodily harm to and fought with technicians, the himself or another or to prereport states. vent the commission of a forcPolice transported the Wilible felony.â&#x20AC;? liamses to JPD headquarters When the trial ended, an downtown for an interview, acanonymous juror appeared cording to the incident report. on CNN and told anchor AnThomas was taken to derson Cooper that jurors also University of Mississippi Meddiscussed Stand Your Ground ical Center seven miles away, during its deliberations. where he arrived in full arrest. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The law became very confusEmergency-department staff ing. It became very confusing,â&#x20AC;? noted six gunshot wounds on the juror, whom the network Lindsey Horton, interim Jackson police chief at the Thomasâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; body, in his left nipidentified only as B37, told time of the Lakeover shooting, affirmed the decision ple, left forearm, right buttock, Cooper July 14. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We had stuff not to charge homeowner Eric Williams in connection right lower back, left middle thrown at us. We had the secwith Quardious Thomasâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; death. back and left upper back. ond-degree murder charge, the Doctors performed CPR manslaughter charge, then we on Thomas; despite the resuscitation efIn November, Clarion-Ledger courts had self-defense, Stand Your Ground.â&#x20AC;? The forts, he continued to flatline. reporter Jimmie Gates wrote that a police juror said the not-guilty verdict resulted in report he obtained indicates that the hom- part â&#x20AC;&#x153;because of the heat of the moment Meeting Force with Force eowner told the suspect to raise his hands and the Stand Your Ground (law).â&#x20AC;? Steffey, In a twist of irony, the Lakeover and shot when the suspect started to â&#x20AC;&#x153;reach the MC law professor, believes the Castle shooting might have made bigger head- and fumble around.â&#x20AC;? It is unclear whether Doctrine presents similar challenges for lines had it not coincided with another Thomas and Williams exchanged more people who prosecute crimes. national story. words or had any physical interaction. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I think the main thing the Castle DocOne day after the Jackson shooting, The cases are similar in that police in trine accomplished was to make more cition July 13, a jury found neighborhood- both cases initially determined the shoot- zens confused about what their rights were,â&#x20AC;? watch captain George Zimmerman not ings to be acts of self-defense, protected Steffey said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m not sure so sure it expanded guilty of second-degree murder for killing by state law. Forty-six days later, a special anybodyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s self-defense rights, but it certainly Trayvon Martin in February 2012. prosecutor charged Zimmerman with sec- made the issue more complicated.â&#x20AC;? Several parallels exist between the ond-degree murder, for which he stood cases, but a few key differences conspired trial and prevailed. Robert Shuler Smith, The Way of the Gun against thrusting Eric Williams and Quar- the top prosecutor in Hinds County, has Guns have been a favorite cause of dious Thomas into the national spotlight. not brought charges against Williams or many legislatures in recent years. In 2013, In the Florida case of an African publicly revealed his own family connec- Mississippi lawmakers introduced a barAmerican teenager and a nearly 30-year- tion to Thomas. rage of more than 30 gun bills. One failed old man of white and Hispanic heritage, Tonya Greenwood said she has spo- proposal, a response to the December Thomas and Williams are both black and ken to representatives of Smithâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s office, the 2012 shooting massacre at an elementary over the age of 18. Unlike Trayvon Martin, state attorney generaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s office and a private school in Newtown, Conn., that ignited

debates about gun control, would exempt Mississippi from complying with any new federal regulations on gun ownership. A handful of gun bills survived, including one that would provide some state funding for armed guards in public schools, another that sealed concealedcarry gun permits from public records requests and another, House Bill 2, that backers called a technical amendment to an existing law that permits individuals to openly carry firearms. In recent years, state legislatures have spun out gun legislation with great frequency, driven mainly by near-acts of nature that no person with a gun could have prevented. The combination of the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks and Hurricane Katrina, which happened four years later, made Americans feel less safe and more interested in buying guns, a 2008 report from the National District Attorneys Association found. After 9-11, the National Rifle Association, one of the nationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s largest and bestfunded lobbying groups, working with the American Legislative Exchange Council, which develops model legislation for conservative groups and corporations, started petitioning statehouses around the nation to adopt Castle Doctrine-style laws. The campaign started with Florida, which passed Stand Your Ground in 2005, and resulted in more than 30 states adopting one of the ALEC bills. It was a success even by ALECâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s own measure, detailed in minutes from a 2007 ALEC meeting the Washington Post obtained describing the proliferation of Castle Doctrines as a â&#x20AC;&#x153;continuing successâ&#x20AC;? for the organization. The spread of the laws also came with unforeseen consequences. In June 2012, the Tampa Bay Times looked at 200 Florida stand-your-ground cases and their outcomes. The analysis revealed that 70 percent of people who invoke the law walk free and that defendants claiming self-defense are more likely to prevail if the victim is African Americanâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;59 percent of defendants suspected of shooting a white victim prevailed, 73 percent of people who used Stand Your Ground as a defense when killing an African American were successful. HB2, the open carry law, was supposed to go into effect July 1, but Jackson-area officials including Smith and the newly appointed police chief, briefly blocked its implementation, citing worries that the law would lead to legal chaos. If implemented, Smith told reporters this summer that it would be â&#x20AC;&#x153;difficult to dePRUH48$5',286VHHSDJH



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termine who is a threat, and (who) isn’t a threat.” Horton of the JPD agreed about the ambiguity, telling JFP in August, “It’s going to cause us to police differently.” State Attorney General Jim Hood recently issued an opinion that broadens open-carry rights even further, stating that signs that some cities have posted banning conceal-carry may not be constitutional. Horton acknowledges ambiguities exist in many laws his officers have to enforce, and said police agencies therefore should have a larger role in crafting policy. “The same goes for the so-called Castle Doctrine. I don’t remember anybody asking us, (and) we represent the capital city of the state of Mississippi. You would think (legislators) would reach out and want to know what we felt about some of this before they moved forward with that legislation. But that did not happen. Speaking directly to questions the Lakeover shooting raised about the extent of owners’ rights to use deadly force to protect their property, Horton offered: “Yes, more education is needed. No, you cannot arbitrarily shoot someone just because they’re walking across your grass.

A Mother Left Wondering In the meantime, Tonya Greenwood’s mind is left to wonder. She wonders about the Almost three months after the death conflicting timelines and why of Quardious Thomas, his mother,Tonya the funeral home would not Greenwood, organized an intimate vigil at let her see her son’s body until Lake Hico Park.“I miss him. I love him and six days after the shooting. She all that, but that won’t bring him back,” wonders why the number and Greenwood said then. placement of bullet holes on his body, which a relative documented on cell phone video and provided topsy report states resulted from bluntto the JFP, doesn’t match up with several force trauma, and whether he had been of the medical reports she has seen. in a fight before he died. And she wonGreenwood wonders about the large ders whether the discoloration around purple bruise on his side, which the au- some wounds indicates whether some of

the shots were fired at closer range than others and about the varying angles the projectiles entered and exited his body, according to the autopsy. Taken together, Greenwood can’t help but wonder if there is more to the story, if Eric Williams will ever have to provide a more complete accounting of the events that transpired that morning or if the police and prosecutors will ever do real investigation. Greenwood doesn’t know if her son was breaking the law that morning; she just doesn’t think it matters. Nor did he have to die for whatever he could have been after in that truck, she said. Besides, had the police caught him, she thinks he rightfully would have been charged with a crime and appeared before a judge or jury account for his actions. Eric Williams should, too, she said. “They’re scooting it under the Castle Doctrine,” she said. “They made the law so easy—and just like that it’s justified. (Quardious) never had a chance.” Comment at Email R.L. Nave at or call 601-362-6121 ext. 12.



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Eslava’s Grille (2481 Lakeland Drive, 601-932-4070) Latin-influenced dishes like ceviche in addition to pastas, steaks, salads and other signature seafood dishes. Huntington Grille (1001 East County Line Road, Jackson Hilton, 601-957-2800) Mississippi fine dining features seafood, crayfish, steaks, fried green tomatoes, shrimp & grits, pizzas and more. The Islander Seafood and Oyster House (1220 E Northside Drive, Suite 100, 601-366-5441) Oyster bar, seafood, gumbo, po’boys, crawfish and plenty of Gulf Coast delights in a laid-back Buffet-style atmosphere. Que Sera Sera (2801 N State Street 601-981-2520) Authentic cajun cuisine, excellent seafood and award winning gumbo; come enjoy it all this summer on the patio. The Penguin (1100 John R Lynch Street, 769.251.5222) Fine dining at its best. Rocky’s (1046 Warrington Road, Vicksburg 601-634-0100) Enjoy choice steaks, fresh seafood, great salads, hearty sandwiches. Sal and Phil’s Seafood (6600 Old Canton Rd, Ridgeland (601) 957-1188) Great Seafood, Poboys, Lunch Specials, Boiled Seafood, Full Bar, Happy Hour Specials

MEDITERRANEAN/GREEK Aladdin Mediterranean Grill (730 Lakeland Drive 601-366-6033) Delicious authentic dishes including lamb dishes, hummus, falafel, kababs, shwarma. Vasilios Greek Cusine (828 Hwy 51, Madison 601-853-0028) Authentic greek cuisine since 1994, specializing in gyros, greek salads, baklava cheesecake & fresh daily seafood.

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

COFFEE HOUSES Cups Espresso Café (Multiple Locations, Jackson’s local group of coffeehouses offer a wide variety of espresso drinks. Wi-fi.

BARS, PUBS & BURGERS Burgers and Blues (1060 E. County Line Road, Ridgeland 601-899-0038)Best Burger of 2013, plus live music and entertainment! Capitol Grill (5050 I-55 North, Deville Plaza 601-899-8845) Best happy hour & sports bar, kitchen open late, pub food with soul and live entertainment. Cherokee Inn (960 Briarfield Rd. 601-362-6388) Jackson’s “Best Hole in the Wall,” has a great jukebox, great bar and a great burger. City Grille( 1029 Hwy 51, Madison (601) 607-7885) Southern with Blue Plate Specials; Seafood and Steaks, Happy Hour, Kid Friendly Cool Al’s (4654 McWillie, 601-713-3020) Cool Al’s signature stacked, messy, decadent, creative burgers defy adjectives. Don’t forget the fries! Fenian’s Pub (901 E. Fortification St. 601-948-0055)Classic Irish pub featuring a menu of traditional food, pub sandwiches & Irish beers on tap. Hal and Mal’s (200 S. Commerce St. 601-948-0888) Pub favorites meet Gulf Coast and Cajun specialties like red beans and rice, the Oyster Platter or daily specials. Martin’s Restaurant and Lounge (214 South State Street 601-354-9712) Lunch specials, pub appetizers or order from the full menu of po-boys and entrees. Full bar, beer selection. Mc B’s (815 Lake Harbour Dr. Ridgeland (601) 956-8362) Blue plates, amazing burgers, live music, cold beer, reservoir area Mississippi Legends (5352 Lakeland Dr. Flowood (601) 919-1165) American, Burgers, Pub Food, Happy Hour, Kid Friendly, Late Night, Sports Bar, Outdoor Dining Ole Tavern on George Street (416 George St. 601-960-2700) Pub food with a southern flair: beer-battered onion rings, chicken & sausage gumbo, salads, sandwiches. Underground 119 (119 South President St. 601-352-2322) Pan-seared crabcakes, shrimp and grits, filet mignon, vegetarian sliders. Live music. Opens 4 p.m., Wed-Sat Wing Stop (952 North State Street, 601-969-6400) Saucing and tossing in a choice of nine flavors, Wing Stop wings are made with care and served up piping hot.

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venings at the Flowood YMCA at 690 Liberty Road are a busy time. The large parking lot at the facility fills quickly as athletes and enthusiasts arrive for their daily workout. Through the front entrance, past the usual suspects hustling to get to the cardio blast class and the mirrored glass of the weight room, tucked away on the far end of the indoor turf field, you’ll find an unexpected crew of people warming up. The group of kids and adults, all of various ages, shapes and sizes stretch and move at their own pace until coach Lesley Dukes tells them to jog the perimeter. They quickly fall in and get to business. A veteran gymnastics instructor and certified personal trainer, Dukes is one of several trainers involved in the FIT Program. The 90-day, health education and weightloss program for kids ages 8 to 12 kicked-off in August. FIT is geared for kids but parents are welcome and strongly encouraged to participate in the program as well. “The FIT program is all about keeping kids active,” Program Director Evans Allen says. “There are plenty of programs out there for a kid who wants to play sports, but nothing that supports (simply) being active—this type of program has been a long-time desire of mine.” Allen, a professional member of the National Strength and Conditioning Association, works with the Performance Training Center (501 Baptist Drive, Madison) and has been a trainer in Mississippi for about nine years. His resume includes training with NFL football players Deuce McAllister and baseball player Seth Smith, but his heart is in working with kids. About 10 months ago, Allen sat down with Jennifer Mooneyham from 4 the Family Healthcare to brainstorm about starting a fitness program for kids who have issues with weight. Mooneyham, who works with a number of children and families the program would serve, recognized his passion and got to work making connections with local health-care providers.

“When I heard Evans talk about his idea, I could see how sincere he was,” Mooneyham says. “It made me want to make the program happen.” The program they came up with is a nonprofit that draws on local resources, including volunteer doctors and nutritionists who teach educational sessions, and a growing scholarship fund. Participants pay $300 per child with a generous incentive: if they attend three out of four classes per week for the 90-day session, they earn a $150 refund. As the one-hour class progresses, Dukes has the crew doing sit-ups, squats and lunges, with a short jog between each exercise. “We’re trying to keep our heart rate up and muscles contracted, working for that afterburn,” Dukes explains, “They do 20 to 25 reps of each, using their own body weight. When they leave the class, they’ll continue to burn calories.” Dukes has a lovely smile that inspires confidence. She’s been working with children for 16 years, teaching gymnastics at local daycare centers and summer programs. “I enjoy working with kids, seeing their improvements and achievements,” Dukes says. “They tell me, ‘I did this over the weekend.’ or ‘I’ve lost some weight.’” She pauses a moment. “What they’re doing in FIT is a source of pride.” The point is to inspire pride and confidence, educate kids and parents, and give them an accessible way to get and stay fit. “After this program, if you want to go to a park and play, you’ll have an idea of how to warm-up, exercise and how to cool down, so you aren’t tied to a gym or a facility for the rest of your life,” Allen says. FIT is sponsored by Mississippi Sports Medicine (4309 Lakeland Drive), 4 The Family Healthcare (1127 Old Fannin Road, Suite C) and Health Management Associates. HMA provided physicians, dieticians, water bottles and refreshments. FIT will start a new class in January. For more information, call Evers Allen at 601-259-0703 or 4 The Family Health at 601-919-1090.

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How did you first hear of this essay/play “SantaLand Diaries”?

reads it—that’s great for radio, but that kind of style, it’s hard to play that and keep the audience going. When you’re listening to it, you picture what you want. When it actually happens with a person in front of you, you need them engaging you in every way, shape and form when it’s only them up there. The essay is pretty progressive in that Sedaris talks about having a crush on a male elf named Snowball. Are you nervous at all about performing that kind of gay character, especially at a church, considering the recent events at Ole Miss?

This is an opportunity for us. We post on our website that we are welcoming to all. This is a vehicle to bring people in. There’s obviously a gay character—the first time I saw it I didn’t realize that Crumpet was gay until he talked about Snowball … So that’s the thing about it—just making (his sexuality) another part of Crumpet. And hopefully by doing so it’s just like, look, he’s a bitter grumpy guy who doesn’t like working, and he happens to be gay. He could be any one of us. It could be anyone talking about their crush on another elf.

When I graduated Millsaps (College), I went to New Stage Theatre and was one of their acting interns (during the) 2005-2006 season, and they had a performance of it that year by an actor named Turner Crumbley. I was working the bar and got to watch (“SantaLand Diaries”) five nights in a row. Every time I watched it, I saw something new in it. I liked it a lot, and I kind of made a decision that night that I wanted to try and do that myself one day.

What are some of your favorite scenes? Jackson actor Michael Matthews Guidry stars in a one-man-show

I’m on the mission committee of St. Alexis adaptation of David Sedaris’ “SantaLand Diaries.” Episcopal Church, and this is a brainchild of that committee, really spearheaded by Jo Ann Hall. We decided to go ahead and try and get our name out there. It’s an arts and enrichment series we’re doing there called “Higher Grounds,” and we opened it the How is the audience involved in this production? past Thursday with a musical night with members of The There is no fourth wall in this, especially the way we Red Hots and some other local talent. This is the next of are going to stage it. We’re going to stage it in the cabaret the series, and I think we will try to continue the series in style, so you really just have to rope them in off the bat. the spring. The first line is, “I was in a coffee shop looking through the wanted ads,” and from that first moment you’ve got to get How is a one-man show different from working them on board, invite them into the story and hope they’ll with a cast? What are some of the challenges you go on the ride with you the whole way. faced?

With a one-man show there’s no one there to cover for you if you get lost. You’re kind of off on an island by yourself. … As far as the workload, it’s obviously different. And the approach is different because obviously when you’re in a cast, you’re working with others, and there’s action and reaction. In this case you’re focused on how the audience is receiving it, the energy that they are giving off.

How is the play different from the essay? Are any plots points changed?. Are any scenes missing or added in?

There’s not really much of plot-point changing. There are some things that the adapter took out that make the play better but, for the most part, it’s pretty true to what he wrote. What makes it different is really in having to bring it to life. I’ve listened to him read it, and I love the way he

I love the ending. It’s one of my favorite moments to play because you see he approaches the whole gig bitterly. He endures it with this kind of bitter sarcasm, and all of a sudden at the end there’s this really tender moment.… I had a lot of fun with the sign-language bit. The whole ‘Santa has a tumor in his head the size of an olive,’ that’s fun. Why should people Christmas story?





It’s a way to laugh at the absurdities of Christmas time that we all fall (prey) to. But then at the same time, at the end, we’re reminded what it’s really about. And so that’s why I would encourage people to come out there—because, at the end, it’s not Christmas bashing. It’s just a reminder, a commentary to give a chance to laugh about themselves laugh about the things that we get sucked into and also at the end still be reminded what Christmas is all about. Michael Matthews Guidry performs in a one-man show adaptation of David Sedaris’ essay “SantaLand Diaries” Dec. 19 at St. Alexis Episcopal Church (650 E. South St., 601944-0415) as part of Higher Ground Coffehouse’s fall and 29 winter enrichment series. Admission is free.

What inspired you do it at a different venue from New Stage—an Episcopal church?


or those who can’t stand the sweetness that comes with the holidays, rest assured. Exercise your bitterness and laugh at the ridiculousness of the holidays at Michael Matthews Guidry’s performance in “SantaLand Diaries.” Joe Mantello adapted the show from David Sedaris’ original essay of the same name into a one-man, one-act play. “SantaLand Diaries” is Sedaris’ side-splitting account of working as a Macy’s Holiday Elf. I sat down with Guidry to talk about the play, church and his Billie Holiday impersonation.

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allas Buyers Club” is about fighting for a life you don’t have time to live. Based on a true story (I don’t know where fact stretches into fiction), a redneck cowboy named Ron Woodroof (Matthew McConaughey) contracts AIDS from his prolific and unprotected intimate encounters with sexy ladies, whom he copulates with at the rodeo while watching the bull rides or in pairs at his trailer. Ron, with the masculine-defining mustache, has no female friends—only conquests. Among his boy chums, Ron speaks like a Neanderthal thug, hating homosexuals and people of color and bragging about the volume of his sexual exploits. (These baser elements may have been amped up to provide dramatic foreplay for the unfolding events. At least one Dallas writer, who knew the real Woodroof, claimed he wasn’t homophobic.) Ron believes that a heterosexual stud such as himself cannot get AIDS. “There must be a mistake,” he tells his doctors, who wear gloves and masks when they break the bad news to him. It’s the mid-1980s, and even well-meaning doctors are scared by the unknown. The AIDS epidemic challenged

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Affordable Care Act Resource Fair is from 9 a.m.-noon at Mississippi e-Center at Jackson State University (1230 Raymond Road). Free; call 601-965-4378, ext. 11 or 18; email or; … “’Twas the Night Before Christmas” Puppet Show is at 9:30 a.m. and 11 a.m. at Belhaven University Center for the Arts (835 Riverside Drive). $8, discounts available; call 601-977-9840; … A Trip to Italy is at 7 p.m. at Mississippi Museum of Art (380 S. Lamar St.). $60; call 601-960-1515;



A Trip to Italy is Dec. 11 at Mississippi Museum of Art. The fundraiser for the museum includes guided tours of the “Italian Palate” exhibition, Italian wine samples and hors d’oeuvres.



Ken Tate Art Show is from 5-8 p.m. at Fischer Galleries (Dickies Building, 736 S. President St., fourth floor). Free; call 601-291-9115; … The Art of Adoption Winter Fundraiser is at 6 p.m. at The South (627 E. Silas Brown St.). $75; call 601 709-9007; email;

“PRICED TO MOVE: VOL. 4” on Facebook. … Carols by Candlelight is at 7 p.m. at First Baptist Church of Jackson (431 N. State St.). Free; call 601-949-1900 or 800-965-9324. … Contemporary Christian singer/songwriters Jeremy Camp and Adie Camp perform at 7:30 p.m. at Broadmoor Baptist Church (1531 Highland Colony Parkway, Madison). $20$75; call 800-965-9324. … TAPS End-of-the-Year Holiday Party is at 8 p.m. at Soul Wired Cafe (111 Millsaps Ave.). $10; call 863-6378; email


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(/,)$!9 Events at Old Capitol Museum (100 S. State St.). Free; • Years of Yuletide: Christmas in Jackson Tuesdays-Saturdays through Dec. 31. The exhibit highlights various Jackson Christmas traditions with selected artifacts and photos. Call 601576-6800. • Sounds of the Season Dec. 6, Dec. 13 and Dec. 14, noon. Enjoy Christmas carols from local choirs in the rotunda. Call 601-576-6920. Pics with Santa Dec. 13, 2-4 p.m., and Dec. 14, 10 a.m.-noon, at Highland Village (4500 Interstate 55 N.), at Center Court. Package options include four 5-by-7 photos or 10 4-by-6 photos. $40 sitting fee; call 601-982-5861; email info@; “A Christmas Carol” Dec. 11-14 and Dec. 18-20, 7:30 p.m., and Dec. 15, 2 p.m., at New Stage Theatre (1100 Carlisle St.). Enjoy the musical adaptation of Charles Dickens’ novel about a miser’s encounter with three spirits. $25, $22 students and seniors, $18 ages 12 and under, $75 family package, group discounts available; call 601-948-3531; A Cowboy Christmas Storytime Dec. 12, 7-8 p.m., at Madison Public Library (994 Madison Ave., Madison). The holiday-themed event includes live music, refreshments and a visit from Santa. Free; call 601-856-2749. Joy to the World: A Christmas Concert Dec. 14, 6 p.m., at B.B. King Museum and Delta Interpretive Center (400 Second St., Indianola), in the Cotton Gin. Performers include Melody Sample Stapleton, First United Baptist Church, Hinds Street Baptist Church, Connected Branches, the Carver Elementary Praise Team and the B.B. King Museum AllStars. Free; call 662-887-9539; Winter Holidays Exhibit through Dec. 20, at William F. Winter Archives and History Building (200 North St.). Enjoy the model trains of Possum Ridge, period toys and Christmas trees. Open Monday from noon-4:30 p.m., Tuesday-Friday from 9 a.m.–4:30 p.m. and Saturday from 9 a.m.–12:30 p.m. Free; call 601-576-6800. Christmas in Canton Victorian Christmas Festival through Dec. 23, at Historic Canton Square (Courthouse Square, Canton), at the Canton Welcome Center inside the Historic Trolio Hotel. The annual month-long celebration includes vintage car, truck and train rides, animated museums and light displays. $3 museum admission, $1 rides; call 601-859-1307 or 800-844-3369; email canton@;

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his year’s final monthly installment of “Unburied Treasures: Cover to Cover” is Dec. 17 at the Mississippi Museum of Art. December’s feature will include the work of Charles Hutson (1840-1936), a Southern renaissance man turned artist who depicted an eclectic range of Deep South landscapes in a career that began in his later years in New Orleans. Alongside Hutson’s work will be a discussion on “A Unique Slant of Light: The Bicentennial History of Art in Louisiana” (Jackson: University Press of Mississippi, 2012), and Jamie Weems and Johnny Rawls will play early 20th-century banjo and mandolin music. “Unburied Treasures” is a series of lectures featuring art, music, books and film, usually from the museum’s collection of artwork (hence the name “cover to cover”). For each program, the museum selects a piece of work from the permanent collection, a speaker and a book that relates to the artwork. The Dec. 17 guest speaker is Michael Sartisky, the director of the Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities and one of the editors of “A Unique Slant of Light,” a collection of artists’ biographies and artPrecinct 2 COPS Meeting Dec. 12, 6 p.m., at Jackson Police Department, Precinct 2 (711 W. Capitol Street). These forums are designed to help resolve community issues from crime to potholes. Free; call 601-960-0002. Security Summit Dec. 13, 10 a.m., at Mississippi State University CAVS Extension Center (153 Mississippi Parkway, Canton). Topics include IP video surveillance, integrated security systems implementation and “future-proofing” a security project. Keynote speaker Larry Rowlett talks about working as a Secret Service agent. Lunch included. RSVP. Free; email ACLU of Mississippi Holiday Open House Dec. 13, 5:30 p.m., at ACLU of Mississippi (233 E. Capitol St.). See the new office, enjoy refreshments and mingle with legislators, nonprofit partners and community leaders. RSVP. Free; call 355-6464; email; MCM Turns 3 Under the Sea Dec. 14, 10 a.m.2 p.m., at Mississippi Children’s Museum (2145 Highland Drive). Activities include creating jellyfish, playing a goldfish bowl toss game, taking photos with SpongeBob Squarepants and a visit from Santa. $8, children under 12 months and museum members free; call 601-981-5469; Writing a Grant Proposal: The Basics Dec. 18, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., at Mississippi Center for Nonprofits (201 W. Capitol St., Suite 700). Topics include grants research, developing a needs statement, creating a budget and assembling the proposal package. Registration required. $139, $99 members; call 601-968-0061; Artifact and Collectible Identification Program Dec. 18, 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m., at William F. Winter Archives and History Building (200 North


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“Dublin Carol” Dec. 14, 2 p.m., and Dec. 15-16, 7:30 p.m., at New Stage Theatre (1100 Carlisle St.), in the Hewes Room. The play is about a recovering alcoholic’s efforts to escape the burdens of his past. The performance is part of New Stage Theatre’s Unframed Series. For mature audiences. $7 (cash or check); call 601-948-3533, ext. 222;

The Mississippi Museum of Art’s final monthly installment of “Unburied Treasures: Cover to Cover” features the artwork of late Louisiana artist Charles Hutson.

work collected from Louisiana over the past two centuries. “It’s a beautiful, gorgeous book,” says Beth Batton, the curator of the museum’s permanent collection. “It really gives you a wide variety of artists from the 19th century all the way to contemporary Louisiana, giving you a feel for the scope of this state’s art over the past 200 years.” A cash bar opens at 5:30 p.m., and the program starts at 6 p.m. This event is free and funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities through the Mississippi Humanities Council. For more information, call the Mississippi Museum of Art (380 S. Lamar St.) at 601-960-1515. —Justin Hosemann St.). The MDAH staff is on hand to review and assist in identifying documents and objects of historical value, including potential donations to the Museum of Mississippi History and the Mississippi Civil Rights Museum. Free; call 601576-6850.

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A Night of Musical Artistry Dec. 14, 7 p.m., at Jackson State University (1400 John R. Lynch St.), in McCoy Auditorium. Actor Palmer Williams is the host. The Mississippi Jazz Foundation’s annual concert features Kirk Whalum, Lalah Hathaway, Michael Burton and the Good Times Brass Band. The foundation also honors local performers. $40, $25 students; call 601-594-2314 or 800-745-3000; Synergy Night Dec. 14, 9 p.m., at Mediterranean Fish and Grill (The Med) (6550 Old Canton Road). 99.7 FM WJMI DJ Maranda J hosts the open-mic and jazz event featuring live music on second Saturdays. $10, $5 open-mic participants; call 956-0082; like Synergy Nights on Facebook.

,)4%2!29!.$3)'.).'3 Telling Tales Dec. 12, 10 a.m., at Old Capitol Museum (100 S. State St.). Come for story time with an ethical focus. The Cat in the Hat reads Dec. 5, Stephanie Maxwell of WAPT reads Dec. 12 and Mississippi First Lady Deborah Bryant reads Dec. 19. Free; call 601-576-6920; email; oldcapitolmuseum. com.

#2%!4)6%#,!33%3 Events at Easely Amused (Trace Harbor Village, 7048 Old Canton Road, Suite 1002, Ridgeland). Registration required; space limited. Call 601707-5854; email; • “Vixen” Painting Class Dec. 11, 7-9 p.m. Create a mixed-media reindeer with acrylic paint and scrapbook paper. $28. • “Angel” Painting Class Dec. 14, 7-9 p.m. Henry Muse is the instructor. $30. • “Funky Christmas” Painting Class Dec. 16, 7-9:30 p.m. Create a holiday painting of ornaments and add glitter. $32. • “Brushing Branches” Painting Class Dec. 17, 7-9 p.m. Make a painting of a Christmas tree with a paisley pattern. $28. Events at Purple Word Center for Book and Paper Arts (140 Wesley Ave.). $50, $45 members; email; • “Sketchbooks”: A Coptic Stitch Book Dec. 14, 1-4 p.m. Learn to make a sketchbook with hand-sewn binding and a custom cover. • “Painting with Pressure”: Exploring the World of Monotype Printmaking Dec. 15, 2-5 p.m. Learn the basic concepts of monotype and move to more complex methods of creating prints with a press. Nature Made Christmas Dec. 14, 10 a.m.-noon, at Mississippi Museum of Natural Science (2148 Riverside Drive). Participants make ornaments using natural objects. $4-$6; call 601-576-6000; Writing to Change Your World Enroll in the winter series of Donna Ladd’s creative non-fiction classes. Classes meet five Saturdays from 10 a.m.12:30 p.m. in Capitol Towers downtown: Jan. 11, 18, Feb. 1, 15, March 1 + evening wrapup party. $150 includes materials and light breakfast. Register in advance: or call 601.362-6121 x. 15. Gift certificates available now.

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• VSA Community Art Group’s “High Time” Art Exhibit. See works from members of the group of adults with disabilities. • LEGO Jackson Exhibit. See Dr. Scott Crawford’s exhibit of Jackson landmarks built from LEGO blocks. • Tommy Reaves Art Exhibit. See ceramic and painted works in the Upper Atrium. Events at Mississippi Museum of Art (380 S. Lamar St.). Call 601-960-1515; • A Trip to Italy Dec. 11, 7 p.m. The fundraiser for the museum includes guided tours of the “Italian Palate” exhibition, Italian wine samples and hors d’oeuvres. Space limited. $60. • Unburied Treasures: Cover to Cover Dec. 17, 5:30-7:30 p.m. Dr. Michael Sartisky, author and director of the Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities, talks about his book “A Unique Slant of Light: The Bicentennial History of Art in Louisiana.” Free. • Bethlehem Tree: Younger Foundation Crèche Collection through Jan. 12, in Trustmark Grand Hall. The installation includes more than 150 rare 18th-century figures. Free. Mississippi Artists’ Guild Fine Arts Exhibition through Dec. 31, at Madison Square Center for the Arts (2103 Main St., Madison). See the latest creations from guild members. Artists’ reception Oct. 24 from 5-7 p.m. Free; call 601-853-0291;

"%4(%#(!.'% Phoenix Fellowship Annual Variety Show and Toy Drive Dec. 13, 7-10 p.m., at Making Jesus Real Church (422 Riverwind Drive, Pearl). Performers include Joann Bell, Pat Smith, Larry Johnson and national recording artist Shirley Murdock. Proceeds go toward purchasing Christmas toys for needy children. In advance: $10 with toy or $15; $20 at the door; VIP: $20 with toy or $25; call 601-376-8954 or 601-398-6733. Toy Drive for Batson through Dec. 13, at Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (1505 Eastover Drive). Donate new, unwrapped toys for distribution to pediatric patients at Blair E. Batson Children’s Hospital. Toy donations welcome; call 601-432-2400; Books for Tots Campaign through Dec. 13, at Jackson/Hinds Library System. Donate new, unwrapped books at any JHLS branch. Monetary donations also accepted. Free; call 601-968-5810 or 601-968-5807; email or; Stud Sessions: Transitions Dec. 14, 2-5 p.m., at Jackson Enterprise Center (931 Highway 80 W.). Kioni Indie and Gay & Proud in Mississippi are the hosts. The program’s purpose is to provide support and encouragement to transgendered individuals. The guest speaker is King KT Escada. Free; email . Pounding the Pavement for a Cure Dec. 14, 7:30 a.m., at Liberty Park, Flowood (694 Liberty Park Drive, Flowood). Check-in is at 6:45 a.m. Proceeds from the 5K race goes toward cancer research at the University of Mississippi Medical Center. $25 in advance, $35 day of race; call 601-519-7660 or 601-214-7668; email or; Check for updates and more listings. To add an event, email all details (phone number, start and end date, time, street address, cost, URL, etc.) to or fax to 601-510-9019. The deadline is noon the Thursday prior to the week of publication. Or add the event online yourself; check out for instructions.

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Contemporary R&B and jazz singer Lalah Hathaway is one of the performers for the Mississippi Jazz Foundation’s Night of Musical Artistry.

he Mississippi Jazz Foundation began with a wellattended concert at Belhaven University’s Center for Performing Arts. Not long after the initial concert in 2003, the event’s organizers, a group of jazz and music enthusiasts from Pearl Street A. M. E. Church (2519 Robinson St., 601-352-6087), discussed taking it to the next level. Building off their initial success, they conceived the Mississippi Jazz Foundation, and the concert event became an annual celebration of excellence in music and the arts. This year marks the 10th anniversary of the foundation and its annual concert and night of honors that goes by the moniker “A Night of Musical Artistry.” After the first two concerts at Belhaven, the foundation relocated the event to the historic Alamo Theater where it stayed for the next seven years. Sell-out crowds for recent years are a measure of the night’s popularity, propelling this year’s gala to a larger venue at Jackson State University’s Rose E. McCoy Auditorium. The Mississippi Jazz Foundation is a nonprofit that also does outreach in the community such as visiting schools like APAC. It donates tickets to the event, which people know the foundation best for, so local middle school and high school students interested in music can attend. The foundation also works with organizations such as Jackson State University’s radio station, WJSU, to enhance its programming. The community supports the Mississippi Jazz Foundation, in kind. “Whenever you present this caliber of event, it entails financing,” Board president Ann Burton says. “We have community sponsors that help us bring in talent that you wouldn’t ordinarily see in Jackson.”

This year is no exception. Performers for the evening include national recording artist, smooth jazz saxophonist and Memphis native Kirk Whalum. Whalum’s musical accomplishments include winning a Grammy Award in 2011 for Best Gospel Song with “It’s What I Do,” featuring Lalah Hathaway. He also has 12 Grammy nominations under his belt. Hathaway, also known as the First Daughter of Soul, will also grace the stage. She was a Grammy nominee for Best Female R&B Vocalist. Jackson’s Mike Burton and the Good Times Brass Band will round out the musical performance. Palmer Williams Jr. of “Tyler Perry’s House of Payne” will hosts the evening. The Mississippi Jazz Foundation chooses honorees for the annual event through board nominations and community suggestions. The 2013 honorees represent a broad sampling of local artists, educators and musicians. “We’re always excited to recognize Mississippi’s own, those people who have given much to music and the arts,” Burton says. Honorees include Samuel Griffin, former Alcorn State University band director; Jerry Smith, Mississippi Mass Choir musician and songwriter; Frederick Knight, songwriter and producer; Lannie Spann-McBride, national gospel recording artist; Jewel Bass, vocalist; Knight Bruce, jazz musician; and Matthew and Samuel Sarpong, high-school violinists. “A Night of Musical Artistry” is 7 p.m. Dec. 14 at Jackson State University’s Rose E. McCoy Auditorium (1400 John R. Lynch St., 601-979-2121). Tickets are $40 at and $25 for students at the box office. For more information, call The Mississippi Jazz Foundation at 601-594-2314.

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usicians have always formed connections with their contemporaries, whether it be bitter rivalry, close-knit brotherhood or something between the two. With The Beatles and The Rolling Stones, for instance, cries of jealousy, backbiting, and defamation—which Mick Jagger and George Harrison egged on with winking jabs in interviews—have existed since their formative years. Yet, when it came time to recognize The Beatles’ worldwide success with an induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Jagger took the stage with humility and fondness for the “Fab Four.” He considered them nearly equivalent opposites and said without The Beatles, there would be no Rolling Stones. Modern music often falls into a similar pattern wherein one band’s success can all but ensure the success of another. The involved parties don’t even need to be on equal footing for their relationship to reach a mutually beneficial phase. Perhaps one of the clearest examples of this asymmetrical symbiosis is between former pop-punk cohorts Panic! At the Disco and Fall Out Boy.

A dually beneficial relationship between musicians, such as Pete Wentz and Brendon Urie, is often the foundation for lasting success.

breakthrough record “From Under the Cork Tree,” began Decaydance Records underneath the larger Fueled by Ramen. Around the same time, the teenage bandmates of then-unknown Panic! At the Disco posted demos online and, on a whim, sent links to Wentz. Impressed by the band’s balanced blend of genres, Wentz travelled to Las Vegas

to watch the musicians practice and offered them the first spot on his newborn label. A few things worthy of noting come from that story. First, despite the fact that Fall Out Boy had gained some popularity, the group was still the lone representative of pop punk in mainstream music. Not only did this open the door for the future success of acts such as Paramore and All Time Low, it also set up Fall Out Boy as the gatekeeper to which these bands would appeal. In other words, if you weren’t cool with Fall Out Boy, you weren’t getting in. Second and definitely strangest, at the point of signing with Wentz, the members of Panic! At the Disco had never played a show together. While that’s hard to swallow for show-mongers like me who wanted to believe that playing live concerts is crucial to success, it’s a testament to what connecting with another band can accomplish. While these groups have since evolved separately, they remain entwined in ways they may not even realize. This is evident in their most recent releases, Fall Out Boy’s “Save Rock and Roll” and Panic! At the Disco’s “Too Weird to Live, Too Rare to Die!,”

which are both much more hip-hop inspired than any of the artists’ preceding albums. These advantageous musical marriages are just as present in local music as they are in the mainstream, though, as they should be. Supportive venues that continue to welcome “regulars” to the stage and Jacksonbased labels such as Elegant Trainwreck help facilitate camaraderie between bands, which, in turn, facilitates a more welcoming, progressive environment. As these friendships form naturally through social circles, peers simultaneously challenge and nurture artists. This is what our music scene aims to be and occasionally succeeds at bringing to fruition. It’s good, but it isn’t as effective as it could be. Look at the previous examples, and you’ll see the best aspect of “the buddy system”: Each band has the other’s back. Ignoring the occasional bad blood and bad press, these bands vouched for their peer bands as artists, cementing a reciprocal respect that isn’t as present here. While it seems simple, the concept has proven to separate icons from has-beens and could help in delivering the music of Jackson, Miss., to the masses. Just don’t forget: Stick with your buddy.




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ast week, the Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame awarded the Conerly Trophy and the Kent Hull award. In case you missed it, Mississippi State guard Gabe Jackson got both awards. I started thinking: What if Mississippi gave out college football awards for our state similar to the ones given nationally? Hear me out (and someone get in touch with Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame Executive Director Rick Cleveland to get this ball rolling): Keep the Conerly as the award for the best football player in the entire state. It would equal the Heisman for the rest of the country. The best offensive lineman in the state could get the Frank â&#x20AC;&#x153;Bruiserâ&#x20AC;? Kinard awardâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;Kinard was the first All-American from Ole Miss and is a football legend. Instead of the best offensive lineman getting the Kent Hull award, make it the best guard or center in the state, and add the Jackie Slater award for the best offensive tackle, named for the Jackson State legend and NFL hall of famer. The best running back in the state would, of course, receive the Walter Payton award, and the best receiver would earn the Jerry Rice award, named after the best player in Mississippi Valley State history. Without question, these two men were the best at their positions the state has ever produced. Quarterback produces a bit of a logjam, but Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m a solutions-oriented person. The top quarterback in the state should get the Brett Favre award, named after the

Southern Miss quarterback, while the best senior in the state would receive the prestigious Manning award, named after Archie and Eli. Sometimes players spurn scholarship offers from larger schools so they can play the position they know were born to play. These players would receive the Steve McNair award. He turned down offers to play other positions at bigger schools so he could play quarterback at Alcorn State. The best tight end in the state should receive the Jimmy Giles award. Giles is one of several players from Mississippi who should be in the NFL Hall of Fame. How much fun would it be arguing over the Bacon-Jones award for best defensive lineman each season? This award is named after Coy Bacon (JSU) and Deacon Jones (Mississippi Valley State), both of whom played in Mississippi and for the Rams famed Fearsome Foursome. The Robert â&#x20AC;&#x153;Dr. Doomâ&#x20AC;? Brazile award would go to the best linebacker. Brazile was a standout at Jackson State before the Houston Oilers drafted him, and is one of the more underrated players in pro football history, in my opinion. Another no-brainer is the Lem Barney award, which goes to the best defensive back. Barney played at Jackson State before becoming a pro football hall of famer with the Detroit Lions. Finally, the best special teams player should get the Ray Guy award, and the best kicker given the Jerrel â&#x20AC;&#x153;Thunderfootâ&#x20AC;? Wilson award. Both awards are named after great Southern Miss kickers.

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As a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up? In grammar school, I was taught by Mount Carmel nuns. They had a great influence on my life. They were always talking about encouraging us—young boys and girls—to think in terms of a vocation to either the priesthood or religious life.

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