Premier Bridal Show Jackson Convention Complex
MS Blues Marathon
Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration and Parade Freedom Corner
December 25 - 31, 2013
JCV8123-3 January-Event Campaign JFP 4C 9.25 x 5.875.indd 1
175 Years of History at the Old Capitol Old Capitol Museum
Monster X Tour MS Coliseum
Opera Underground, an evening with Cole Porter Underground 119
12/18/13 2:34 PM
JACKSONIAN MALIK NEWMAN
t’s near the end of the first quarter, and the Callaway Chargers have fallen behind by four points at home on Dec. 10 against the Laurel Tornadoes. The crowd is raucous, the fans are into the game, and coach David Sanders knows he needs to sit his star player. After riding the bench most of the first half with three fouls, Callaway High School junior Malik Newman dominates in the second. He makes smart passes, grabs a few rebounds and chips in a game-high 21 points to help his teammates put away a feisty Laurel team 77-60. Just another day at the gym for Newman, the undisputed king of JPS basketball. And what a kingdom he rules. Jackson Public Schools have long been the heart of Mississippi prep basketball, and Newman, 17, is the latest in a long line of star players the city has produced—from Murrah High School stars such as Othella Harrington, Trey Johnson and Lindsey Hunter to Provine’s Justin Reed and Lanier’s Monta Ellis. “It’s good experience, because there are great players to play against,” Newman says. “If two JPS teams get together, it’s huge, and even if it’s just one of us playing an out-oftown school, you know they’re going to put on a show.” The Callaway Chargers are currently ranked No. 1 in the Mississippi High School Activity Association’s 5A classification. Newman is at the heart of everything
the Jackson high-school team tries to do. “He’s a dynamic kid with a really high basketball IQ,” Sanders says. “His work ethic is amazing, and that’s what separates him from a lot of kids these days. He makes the hard plays look routine, and that’s so hard to do.” While he gets most of the attention, Newman is quick to tell you the key to his success is his teammates and the preparation the team has gone through. “These guys are great to play with, and our coaches are great to play for,” Newman says. “We just come to practice and work hard each and every day.” Aside from raw talent, Newman has something else many high school students don’t have—options. Kentucky Wildcats coach John Calipari has already visited the 6-foot-3, 175pound junior, and he holds scholarship offers from Georgetown, Baylor, Duke, Memphis, Ole Miss, Mississippi State, Missouri, North Carolina State and Southern Miss, according to his Rivals.com page. He isn’t getting pressure from his folks or coaches, and Sanders said he doesn’t worry about giving his star player advice on college shopping or, potentially, signing an NBA contract after high school. “He’s been getting big-time attention since ninth grade, and he’s won two state championships right off the bat,” Sanders says. “He’s acted maturely and handled it all very well.” —Tyler Cleveland
Cover photo of JSU Derrell Taylor 2 and BJ West 12 courtesy Wesley Peterson
8 Bank Bonus? Local Trustmark customers may be eligible to receive part of the $4 million settlement fund from a class-action lawsuit this fall.
21 ZZzzzzzzz … Get more sleep—even with little ones—next year with these easy tips and tricks.
32 Dirty Blues “Going south from Memphis, turn left at Tunica, you’ll discover the rolling hills of north Mississippi and the birthplace of ‘Hill Country Blues.’ It’s an edgier style. The pattern isn’t of the 12-bar variety most have grown accustomed to while listening to blues from the Delta. It’s groove-based, and the music almost has a drone-like quality. It sounds dirtier and more raw than its more polished counterpart. In other words: Hill Country blues is dangerous sounding.” —Tommy Burton, “The Family Business”
4 ............................. EDITOR’S NOTE 6 ................................................ YOU 8 ............................................ TALKS 12 ................................ EDITORIAL 13 .................................... OPINION 14 ............................ COVER STORY 21 ............................... PARENTING 24 ......................................... FOOD 25 ................................. WELLNESS 27 .............................. DIVERSIONS 29 ....................................... 8 DAYS 30 ...................................... EVENTS 32 ....................................... MUSIC 33 ....................... MUSIC LISTINGS 35 .................................... PUZZLES 37 ....................................... ASTRO 38 ............................................ GIG
COURTESY AMANDA GRESHAM PHOTOGRAPHY; FLICKR/WILLEM!; TRIP BURNS
DECEMBER 25 - 31, 2013 | VOL. 12 NO. 16
by Todd Stauffer, Publisher
The View From 2013
rom my window at the Jackson Free Press’ new office—now on the 13th floor of Capital Towers—I look east. Hal and Mal’s, Martin’s and Jaco’s Tacos are in the middle distance; City Hall, the Chamber building and Underground 119 are in the foreground. It’s an interesting vantage point when compared to my old office, which had expansive views of its own—Rainbow Plaza, Fondren Public, Fondren Corner, 3000 Old Canton—if only from the second floor. In Fondren, I witnessed some amazing development over time—the Fondren Corner building went from being a salmon-colored shell to a thriving mixed-use building in the heart of the arts district. Fondren Place emerged for retail and business offices, Duling Hall was converted into one of Jackson’s premiere music and event destinations, the 3000 Old Canton building got a makeover. And, over the past decade, some of Jackson’s best restaurants, bars, and retail establishments have sprung up or relocated to the neighborhood. The downtown I’m looking out on right now reminds me, a little, of that Fondren a few years back. A decade ago, Fondren wasn’t exactly empty. It had Rainbow Co-Op and Cups, Walker’s, Que Sera Sera, whatever Ron Chane was calling his spot—and a lot of hope and promise. It also had an idea of where it wanted to go—and a visionary helping make it happen, the inimitable Camp Best—as well as a desire to welcome all comers and to make it happen not just as a government or planning project, but as an all-hands-on-deck venture where lots of folks fit into the scheme. All over downtown, today, I see the stalwarts and pioneers—Hal and Mal’s, Martin’s, Steve’s Deli, the Mayflower, the Elite, the Mississippi Museum of Art—mixed with the folks who joined in the past few
years and have served as signs of Renaissance: Underground 119, Club Magoo, Jaco’s Tacos, Basil’s, F. Jones Corner, Adobo and many others. Add to the list places like Parlor Market, La Finestra and Iron Horse
What is necessary? Focus on your locals. Grill that are trying something very hard in downtown to keep (or draw) folks here for a sit-down dinner at night. They deserve our praise and our business. There are other signs of downtown progress as well. The aforementioned Iron Horse is another check on the list of King Edward-like projects we never thought we’d see happen. There’s the continued expansion of Jackson State University’s campus as it slowly and inevitably marches toward downtown, eating everything in its path. (I’m reminded of our neighbors to the east who call UAB the “University that Ate Birmingham.”) The two-waying of Capitol Street is considered smart development that, hopefully, won’t kill the businesses on Capitol Street in the process. And ground has truly broken on the Museum of Mississippi History and the Mississippi Civil Rights Museum—trucks are even over there moving
dirt!—offering the promise of tourism and cultural bounty in years to come. So what’s missing? My biggest concern for downtown right now is that there aren’t enough Kristin Leys down here, yet—and that the vision and infrastructure doesn’t exist to encourage them. Ley is the young entrepreneur behind Thimblepress, a business that makes letterpress gifts, cards, home goods and other creative fare. Her storefront on State Street, and Lesley Frascogna’s neighboring floral shop, Tulip, are prominently located across from the Old Capitol Museum. The local visionaries are nonetheless surrounded by “for rent” signs and, primarily, abandoned law offices. In cities around the country, the focus for downtowns is on small business—not big projects. Looking back on 2013, it seems to have been a year—an election year, naturally—that got Jackson too focused on “big solutions,” as opposed to the day-to-day, nose-to-the-grindstone style of solutions that really make a difference in redeveloping an arts district—or a downtown. In Las Vegas (http://downtownproject. com) they’re developing their version of the Sun and Sand (it’s called Ferguson’s Motel) into a small retail hub, creating a “peaceful oasis” of arts, music, food and retail. One spot in the development is being used for a business-plan contest; the winning concept will get the space rent-free and financial backing for their venture. Also in Las Vegas (which, granted, has $350 million of the Zappos founder’s money that they’re playing with), they have First Friday downtown, a happy hour that acts more like a co-op and art market, encouraging food sellers, artists, crafts vendors and so on. There’s even a Kidzone from 5-9 p.m. and live music. “Pop-ups” are happening all around the country with property owners allowing
small entrepreneurs to use their space for a limited amount of time, ranging from hours to months. The businesses—often small retail, boutiques, art galleries or single-focus food shops—can learn if they’re viable, while property owners generally get a little improvement done to their space and a chance to “stage” a building for sale or rent to a more permanent tenant. Beyond the pop-up is the incubator— I’ve written before about Little Rock’s River Market Pavilion, where small businesses start in kiosks with some capital funding and mentoring to provide a great lunch (and evening music) spot while figuring out if they’ve got the chops to expand into a restaurant or retailer. Columbia, Mo., has the “Downtown Incubator” that gives cheap rent, meeting rooms, video conferencing and business classes—plus access to the “League of Innovators” who mentor new businesses to help them thrive. T-Rex in St. Louis is similar, offering cheap space, collaboration opportunities and access to mentors and advisers, including one of the founders of Square. This year, Fondren is a Best of Jackson finalist in categories like “Best Tourist Attraction” and “Best Reason to Live in Jackson.” And it doesn’t have a water feature, an arena, a festival park or a convention hotel. Not that those things would hurt—they just aren’t necessary for getting started on a neighborhood’s renaissance. What is necessary? Focus on your locals. As we look ahead to 2014, my hope is that we can rally a little creative capital, some dedicated business minds and some best practices from other cities that focus on building small businesses in Jackson. It’s not that hard, but it does take leadership, persistence and an ability to change some minds about “how things have always been done.” Happy holidays and here’s to a prosperous—and smaller!—New Year.
December 25 - 31, 2013
Bryan Flynn is a life-long Mississippian and current Jackson resident. He is a husband and stay-at-home father to a baby girl. He constantly wonders, if it didn’t happen on ESPN or Disney Jr., did it really happen? He wrote the cover package.
City Reporter Tyler Cleveland majored in news/editorial journalism at the University of Southern Mississippi. He enjoys sports, southern cuisine and good music. He wrote a talk story.
R.L. Nave, native Missourian and news editor, roots for St. Louis (and the Mizzou Tigers)—and for Jackson. Send him news tips at rlnave@ jacksonfreepress.com. He wrote a talk story.
Features Editor Kathleen M. Mitchell loves the Christmas season. She has spent this one remembering all the reasons it makes her happy. Merry everything to you and yours!
Music listings editor Tommy Burton plays bass with Lately David, collects records, sees movies and travels a lot with his wife, Michelle. He wrote arts and music features.
Jackson State University graduate De’Arbreya Lee is a former editorial intern from Pittsburg, Calif. She enjoys family, art fighting for the people and quoting lines from “Love Jones.” She wrote the gig story.
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.
Art Director Kristin Brenemen is an otaku with a penchant for dytopianism. She can’t imagine a world without fresh eggs. Her friends drive safely after New Year’s parties, and she hopes you do, too. At night, she fights crime. She designed the issue.