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hen Jeremy Jungling makes a goal for himself, he commits to achieving it. As a trainer at StinkyFeet Athletics in Flowood, part of his job is to inspire other runners to do the same thing. In February, he will achieve a huge goal— climbing 16,732 feet to the top of Mount Kilimanjaro. This climb is not only a goal, but will also serve as a celebration for Jungling and his wife, Claire, who also plans to make the journey. And the Junglings have a lot to celebrate—he survived cancer last year. The trip is designed to raise awareness of the disease. Jungling, 39, grew up in Iowa and attended Iowa State University. He began running in 2008. He was overweight and knew he had to get in shape. As he increased his distance, he eventually found himself loving the sport. In December 2009, Jungling completed his first marathon. Since then, he has competed in five marathons in addition to several ultramarathons—running events that range from 30 to 150 miles or more. He also plans to compete in his first Ironman Triathlon in September 2014. On Aug. 29, 2012, Jungling was diagnosed with colon cancer. “I actually knew that I was sick because the quality of my running had become so poor,” Jungling says. He had surgery Sept. 5, 2012, to remove part of his colon. Two weeks later, Jungling decided to run again. “I went out and ran two miles,” he says. “It was slow, but I was running,


and I was alive. It was the most glorious two miles of my life.” As he was recovering and reviewing treatment options with his oncologist, Jungling began to think about his future and what role running would play. The doctor told him running would exacerbate the effects of chemotherapy, but Jungling saw that as a challenge. Jungling structured his running around his chemotherapy. He set a goal of running a race every weekend that he didn’t have treatment. The end result was competing in an ultramarathon in March 2013. “Being a cancer survivor, I felt I had an obligation to try to be a positive example to people,” Jungling says. He got involved with the Livestrong Foundation because of its ties to endurance athletes and helping people live with cancer. “They’re not trying to help find a cure, but are more about helping people in their daily lives after they are diagnosed,” he says. The planned trip to Kilimanjaro is part of a fundraising campaign called “Survivor Summit.” It will take seven days to climb the mountain. The total cost for two people is $20,000 with 75 to 80 percent going to Livestrong. So far, Livestrong has collected almost $13,000 through various events like runs and corporate sponsorship. For more information or to make a donation, visit —Tommy Burton

Cover photo of Mayor Chokwe Lumumba by Trip Burns

8 Shorting Victims

The Mississippi State Department of Health has witheld millions of dollars from local domestic-violence shelters. Sandy Middleton wants answers.

25 That ‘70s Movie

“(‘American Hustle’) is a passionate, heated landmark about survival and greed. The acting, often improvised, is splendid, free and chaotic. The actors, under the direction of (David O.) Russell (‘The Fighter,’ ‘Silver Linings Playbook’), pull viewers into webs of lies and deceit, and the characters are spontaneous and unpredictable. Rosenfeld expresses a moral punch that knocks out his FBI captor. This movie is a pop-culture masterpiece and one of the best films of the year.” —Anita Modak Truran, “Doin’ the Hustle”

29 The Good Word

Seeker & Servant wants to challenge Jacksonians’ perceptions about what modern Christian music could be.

4 ............................. EDITOR’S NOTE 8 ............................................ TALKS 12 ................................ EDITORIAL 13 .................................... OPINION 14 ............................ COVER STORY 18 ................................. WELLNESS 23 ......................................... FOOD 24 .............................. DIVERSIONS 25 .......................................... FILM 26 ....................................... 8 DAYS 27 ...................................... EVENTS 29 ....................................... MUSIC 29 ....................... MUSIC LISTINGS 30 ..................................... SPORTS 31 .................................... PUZZLES 33 ....................................... ASTRO 34 ...................................... FLY DIY


JANUARY 1 - 7, 2014 | VOL. 12 NO. 17



by Kathleen M. Mitchell Features Editor

Wellness and Wholeness


love few things more than the idea of getting organized. Lists? I’ll make every dang list you can think of. I keep whole notebooks of lists. Resolutions are my jam. Nothing excites me more than a new project. Give me a goal and a deadline, and I’m all over making a plan to conquer. So as the days fell away on 2013, my brain inevitably started thinking about resolutions for next year. The past 12 months have been hard on me (my husband deserves a medal for all the emotional holes he’s pulled me out of and all the proverbial ledges he’s talked me down from), and I can’t help but see a new year as a chance for a better year, and especially a better me. My goals for the next 12 months are focused on my wellness, in all that the word encompasses—health, fitness, mental strength and stability, financial and professional success, a happy home and beyond. What I am slowly discovering is that for me to be well, I need to fulfill and nourish multiple sides of myself. I need to be physically fit, yes. But I also need—not just want, but actually need—time to be creative, or intellectual, or quiet, or even drunk and laughing with my friends. I need to work and grow professionally. I need to pursue my crafty pursuits at home. I need to go out and meet people and feed my social self. Although I may resist it, I also need to be responsible for a clean home and cooked meals and keeping our pets healthy. Those things, too, are part of my wellness. I’m learning that real wellness is wholeness. It’s the big picture in balance. You can’t have true wellness without balancing the whole. A person who works 24/7 might be great at his or her job. They

might be successful or rich. But they aren’t truly well. A person who has a model figure but obsesses over working out, count-

Easy peasy— but only if I find the willpower to do the hard work. ing calories and skipping anything with flavor isn’t well. A city is the same way. Fixing one thing will not make our city well or whole. Problems are interconnected, and must be viewed as such when we seek solutions. One great, new thing does not a fixed city make. We could replace every single pipe running under the city’s streets and be looking at pristine, pothole-free pavement—but if our education system is still a mess, Jackson will never be whole or well. We could build the grandest convention center hotel in all the land and see money start to flood the downtown economy, but unless we see that money going back into our city and our citizens—not

wasted or sent elsewhere—we won’t be well, either. It reaches beyond Jackson, too, just as I know my personal wellness affects my husband and family. Cities need suburbs, but suburbs need cities, too. If we learn to work together, to support one another and consider the metro area as one, we will be that much more whole. The good news is that, while problems are interconnected, so are triumphs. A healthier body leads to a better self-confidence. Expanding your mind tends to correlate with better performance at work. A more fulfilling social life and better mental health go hand in hand. Perspective and balance are a beautiful Catch-22. I’m not saying we can or should attack every problem at once. Time and physics and, usually, funding prevents us from doing that successfully. With people it’s a little easier: You can work on your physical fitness, expanding your intellect, deepening your inner peace and have a little fun all in the same day. Cities (and countries) must practice the art of working on some aspect of improvement while remaining fully aware of the other areas that need help as well. There’s one other “w” word to add to what I’m seeking in 2014: willpower. I start this new year the same way I start every new year: with great intentions and grand plans, all initial excitement that may burn out anywhere from mid-February to May. But great intentions and grand plans mean little if I don’t eventually see a result. Making that list might feel great, but how good is it if it stays a piece of paper? There’s science that backs this up. Apparently the act of making a list or a plan releases some chemical or hormone in your brain that basically says, “Yay, you did it!” Simply by making a list or a plan,

you feel accomplishment—even if it’s false accomplishment. Just because you’ve listed the 408 things you want to do to improve your home doesn’t mean your home is actually improved. Your brain just gets excited thinking it is. (Of course, inclination to procrastination is a big part of this, something else so many of us fall prey to these days.) My self-improvement goals aren’t complicated, and they are the same as many people all across the world. Find a fitness routine I can stick to. Grow intellectually. Accomplish something fun creatively. Overcome my tendency to overthink and overstress. Easy peasy—but only if I find the willpower to do the hard work. To get out of bed early and hit the gym. To put down the remote and pick up the broom. To fight the internal struggle between lofty career ambitions and a deep desire to marathon Netflix shows. Above all, to have the courage to really look at myself and my shortcomings. To be honest with myself about where I should improve, and what I must change about my lifestyle or my personality or my habits to do it. Jackson should face the new year prepared to ask the same tough questions and dig in for the real answers. And I am realizing I don’t need to be perfect in every area. I don’t need a flawless physique or an award-winning home. Whole doesn’t necessarily mean ideal, it just means complete. Full. I need to find a balance among everything and, especially, to forgive myself when I don’t get it exactly right. Wellness takes work. It doesn’t matter if you are seeking it personally, for your family or your city. Here’s to a new year of growth, health and never-ending improvement.

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R.L. Nave

Amber Helsel

Tyler Cleveland

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Tommy Burton

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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@ He wrote about a few intriguing people.

Editorial Assistant Amber Helsel graduated from Ole Miss with a bachelor’s in journalism. She is short, always hungry and always thinking. She contributed to the Wellness section.

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 about intriguing people.

Freelance writer Ronni Mott came to Jackson by way of D.C. in 1997. She’s an awardwinning writer who teaches yoga in her spare time. She contributed to the Wellness section.

Music Listings Editor Tommy Burton plays bass with Lately David, collects records, sees movies and travels a lot with his wife, Michelle. He wrote the Jacksonian.

Music Editor Briana Robinson wants to become an expert on all things music. Her other passions include dance and photography. Send her the music scoop at She compiled Eight Days a Week.

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 photos for the issue.

Account Manager Gina Haug is a self-professed information collector who has a love for all things fun. She is a huge Ole Miss and Saints fan, and her birthday is her favorite holiday.





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Thursday, Dec. 26 Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe pays his respects at a shrine honoring Japan’s war dead, angering China and South Korea, who say the visit celebrates Japan’s militaristic past and could further sour relations. ‌ Teams of scientists from France, Switzerland and Russia determine that radiation poisoning caused by polonium was not a factor in the death of Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat. Friday, Dec. 27 Iran’s nuclear chief says the country is building a new generation of centrifuges for uranium enrichment but that they need further tests before they can be mass produced, apparently trying to counter hard-liner criticism of its nuclear deal with word powers. Saturday, Dec. 28 The federal government’s “emergency unemployment compensationâ€? program ends, cutting an estimated 1.3 million people off from federally funded monthly unemployment payments. Sunday, Dec. 29 A suicide bomber kills 17 people at a railway station in Volgograd, Russia, just 400 miles northeast of the site of the Winter Olympics in Sochi.

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Tuesday, Dec. 31 Israeli and Palestinian politicians stake out “red lines� they claim their leaders would never cross once presented with U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry’s proposal for the outlines of a peace deal.



Changes Coming to Domestic-Abuse Fund? by R.L. Nave


fficials with the Mississippi State Department of Health are responding to a report that the agency withheld millions from domestic-abuse shelters by saying that state law tied its hands. The Joint Legislative Committee on Performance Evaluation and Expenditure Review shows MSDH failed to pay out $1.6 million over the course of four years. The PEER study comes on the heels of a review by the 25-member Governor’s Domestic Violence Task Force in October that also found that the Mississippi State Department of Health, which is in charge of dispersing funds to domestic violence shelters around the state, had withheld $600,000 over a twoyear period. Michael Lucius, deputy state health officer at MSDH, said the grants are for reimbursements, and that state law limits the amount that shelters can receive to no more than $50,000 per fiscal year. “We’ve got no control on the front end,� Lucius said. PEER’s review determined that, of 12 shelters that received grants in fiscal year 2013, none received the $50,000 statutory limit. Eight shelters received $42,764 each. The remaining four grantees received less than $40,000 each, the report shows. Lucius explained that centers may not have received the maximum because some of the receipts they filed were not reimbursable according to the guidelines spelled out in state law. The PEER report also notes the $50,000 per-shelter cap and states that MSDH has not created a special treasury fund for Victims of Domestic Violence


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Sandy Middleton, director of the Center for Violence Prevention, wants to take the authority to distribute domesitic-abuse shelter funds from the state health department and give it to an independent commission.

Fund, as required by state law (MSDH has since created a separate fund). Sandy Middleton, executive director of the Center for Violence Prevention in Pearl and chairwoman of the governor’s task force, believes the oversight indicates that domestic-violence services are not a priority for the state health department. “They’re not focused on that fund. They’re not focused on delivery of services to victims,� Middleton told the Jackson Free Press this week. Lucius disputes that characterization, however, and said MSDH wants the program to succeed. He adds that in fiscal year 2010, the domestic-violence fund started receiving revenues from criminal bond fees collected from people charged

with domestic-violence crimes. “We were taking in more money than we had the authority to spend (when that happened),� Lucius said. Middleton believes the Legislature should create an independent commission to disperse the funds instead of MSDH. Gov. Phil Bryant has expressed support for the creation of such a commission in the coming legislative session, Middleton said. Lucius is also hopeful that MSDH and the task-force can work out a solution. “As a group—the centers and the department—need to have a dialogue to make sure the money goes where it’s needed,� Lucius told the Jackson Free Press. Email R.L. Nave at Comment at









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In visits, which they believed 2012, researchers writing in the helped save marriages, keep American Journal of Criminal families intact, prevent men Justice found that states that from having sex with other have extended family-visitation men and boost morale. programs experience signifiâ&#x20AC;&#x153;In this institution, I cantly fewer incidents of sexual have seen less rioting, less hoviolence in their prisons. States mosexuality and an altogether that allowed conjugal visits had different attitude in inmates in 57 incidents of sexual violence general,â&#x20AC;? one single prisoner, per 100,000 inmates compared who had been incarcerated at to 226 incidents per 100,000 several prisons over the course people in prison in states that of seven years, told Hopper. lack conjugal visitation, the Although its precise study found. origins are unclear, Parchman In a 50-state survey conductwas the first penal institution ed in 2012, Yale Law School rein the U.S. to permit conjusearchers called participation in gal visits. Parchman itself was such programs â&#x20AC;&#x153;a powerful inconverted from a plantation centiveâ&#x20AC;? for good behavior. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Alto a penal farm designated lowing conjugal visitation may for African American men at also decrease sexual violence the turn of the 20th century. within prisons. Family members Prison officials of the time beand children who visit and are lieved that blacks had stronger thus able to build and sustain sexual urges than whites and more meaningful relationships Mississippi Department of Corrections Commissioner that allowing black prisonwith their incarcerated parent Christopher Epps recently announced his agency would eliminate Mississippiâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s conjugal visit program. Launched in ers to have sex from time to or family member may benthe early 1900s, Mississippiâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s was the first and longest-running time would make them work efit tremendously. Indeed, more conjugal-visit program in the nation. harder during the week, wrote generally, the positive impact of historian David M. Oshinsky visitation on visiting family and in his 1997 book â&#x20AC;&#x153;Worse than on inmates has been well docuSlavery: Parchman Farm and the Ordeal of from the visitation facility, supervising per- mented,â&#x20AC;? the Yale researchers wrote. Jim Crow Justice.â&#x20AC;? sonal hygiene and keeping up the infrastrucHowever, they also cautioned that in Over time, married white menâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;and, ture of the facility. â&#x20AC;Ś Then, even though we order to reap the full benefits, corrections much later, married womenâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;could also provide contraception, we have no idea how policymakers have to invest the resources to receive conjugal visits. Other states also fol- many women are getting pregnant only for keep the visitation programs going. It is unlowed Mississippi and implemented conju- the child to be raised by one parent,â&#x20AC;? Epps clear how much it costs MDOC to run the gal visit programsâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;called extended family said through a news release. conjugal visit at Parchman. visits in many statesâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;even though debates MDOC officials told the Jackson Free In the last fiscal year, only 155 swirl about whether the programs have real Press that a dollar amount associated orches- people of the more than 22,000 people rehabilitative benefits. Now, Mississippi is trating the visits is unavailable. Epps said under MDOCâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s supervision had weekly one of six states, including California, Con- that conjugal visits that have been scheduled conjugal access. necticut, New Mexico, New York and Wash- through Feb. 1 would be allowed. MDOCâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;While both the extended family visiington, that allow conjugal visits. rules state that conjugal visits are open to tation and conjugal visit program involve a The long, storied history of conjugal minimum-security prisoners who must small percentage of inmates, the cost couvisitation in Mississippi will some come to prove they are legally married. pled with big-ticket items adds up,â&#x20AC;? Epps an end, however. After legislators voiced Common-law and same-sex marriages said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The benefits of the programs donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t complaints, Mississippi Department of Cor- are not eligible nor are inmates with HIV/ outweigh the cost in the overall budget.â&#x20AC;? rections Commissioner Christopher Epps AIDS or other sexually transmitted diseases. Comment at Email R.L. announced Dec. 15 that the agency would The prison provides soap, condoms, tissue, Nave at



TALK | city

$5 Million Makeover Comes At a Cost by Tyler Cleveland









he Jackson City Council voted Monday to pump an additional $1.89 million into the cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Department of Human and Cultural Services to provide â&#x20AC;&#x153;funds needed for an expanded scope of services determined essential for the Thalia Mara project.â&#x20AC;? That project includes a complete renovation of the theater, which needs major renovation before it hosts the International Ballet Competition, beginning June 14, 2014. It may also come at considerable cost to regular users of the historic theater. The city council voted 4-2 Nov. 19 in favor of adding a $5 surcharge to all ticket sales for events at Thalia Mara, once it reopens, to help pay for the renovations. Ward 1 Councilman Quentin Whitwell and Ward 7 Councilwoman Margaret Barrett-Simon voted against the measure, citing concerns about the effect the surcharge could have on the local arts community after the IBC packs up and moves on. Those concerns may not be unfounded. Local promoter Arden Barnett, who has built his entertainment company ardenland around Jacksonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s music scene, said he wonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t be able to organize and promote concerts at Thalia Mara with the $5 surcharge in place. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I think that surcharge is a tragic mistake,â&#x20AC;? Barnett said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;A $40 ticket suddenly becomes a $45 ticket, then you add in the Ticketmaster charges, and youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re paying nearly $55 or $60 a ticket. It adds up quickly, and five dollars is a huge spread. I know itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s going to limit my ability to organize concerts there in the future.â&#x20AC;? Ardenland has hosted folk legends Willie Nelson and Lyle Lovett and rock â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;nâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; roll bands Wilco and Yes in the past 18 months, and while he said heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s all for the renovations, he doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t think the bill should be passed to the people who use the building the most, especially without their input. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s too much,â&#x20AC;? he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve already had to pass on two shows this year, and thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s two shows that wonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t be happening in Jackson as a



Thalia Mara Hall badly needs upgrades, but not at the cost of regular users of the buildings, some say.

direct result of that decision.â&#x20AC;? Thalia Mara Hall Director Michael Raff, a former director of Human and Cultural Services, said the state has kicked in $1 million on top of the money the city is expected to pledge, and the private group â&#x20AC;&#x153;Friends of Thalia Mara Hallâ&#x20AC;? has secured $1.3 million in pledged support, and hopes to raise more. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve got a fund set up through the Community Foundation of Greater Jackson so people can go through them to make a charitable donation,â&#x20AC;? Friends of Thalia Mara spokesman Kelly Scrivner said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The $1 million in matching funds from the state will go toward accessibility, and the city will be working on things like safety and air conditioning, so what Friends of Thalia Mara will be using its funds on are the cosmetic aspects of the renovation.â&#x20AC;? Scrivner added that the organization plans to continue raising money throughout the renovation.

Raff said the building needs around $5 million in work, including replacing a 45-yearold HVAC unit, new chairs, carpet, restroom renovations and accessibility. The lighting and sound system are also due an update, Raff added, and Americans with Disabilities Act-compliant seating is also a concern. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The only ADA seating we currently have is on the back row,â&#x20AC;? Raff said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not fair. We want to make better seating available to folks in wheelchairs. Once you add all of these things together, you can see why it wonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t be hard to spend $5 million.â&#x20AC;? Thalia Mara will be open next week for filming of the James Brown biopic â&#x20AC;&#x153;Get On Up,â&#x20AC;? but it will close its doors for five months after that to undergo renovations. Both Raff and Mayor Chokwe Lumumba cited economic studies showing that the impact was approximately $10 million the last time Jackson hosted the IBC in 2009.

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TALK | business

Flights, Phones and Filling Downtown’s Donut Hole by Dustin Cardon

Southwest Starts Memphis Flights Following its Dec. 5 announcement that it will end flight services to JacksonMedgar Evers International Airport effective June 7, Southwest Airlines recently ensured that Mississippians will still have flight options with the airline when it began service

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The former Scurlock’s Donuts and Bakery downtown location will have a new occupant when Monroe’s Donuts and Bakery opens a new location in Capital Towers in January.

to Memphis, Tenn. Southwest dropped service to Jackson due to sustained declining demand for Southwest flights in the Jackson market. The company also announced the cancellation of flights to Key West, Fla., and Branson, Mo. The airline began conducting daily nonstop flights from Memphis to Baltimore Nov. 3, along with starting new flights to Pensacola and Richmond. The new flight paths begin as Southwest is eliminating AirTran service from Memphis to Atlanta (the Southwest Memphis flights will not include Atlanta, either). Southwest acquired AirTran as a subsidiary in 2011 and recently began merging the services, phasing out AirTran a few cities at a time.

Southeast. Callis started in 1999 as a paging provider and became a facilities-based local exchange carrier and Internet service provider in 2005. Callis began providing private branch exchange services, cloud-based telephony, data, security, email and collaboration services in 2009. This year, the company was recognized as one of the fastest growing telecommunications and cloud communications companies on the Inc. 5000 list for the sixth consecutive year. The acquisition, which requires FCC approval, is the latest in a series of moves by C Spire that signal the company’s accelerated and expanded focus on innovative business, government, and consumer technology solutions, C Spire said in the release. C Spire launched the nation’s largest statewide initiative to bring 1 Gbps fiberbased Internet access to homes in nine Mississippi cities in Sept. 2013 and broke ground on a new $20 million Tier III+ data center in Starkville in November. The center will power a full suite of enterprise cloud services and solutions for businesses across the Southeast. Comment

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n late 2013, Mark Scurlock, owner of Scurlock’s Donuts and Bakery in downtown’s Capital Towers (125 S. Congress St.), closed up shop after nearly 25 years of business in south Jackson and, more recently, downtown. Though the people of Jackson will definitely miss the shop that won the JFP’s annual Best of Jackson award for Best Donuts for years, Jacksonians will still be able to get their fill of great pastries when the location’s new tenant moves into the space, which is located on the Pearl Street side of the building. Monroe Jackson, long-time owner of Monroe’s Donuts and Bakery (6310 Medgar Evers Blvd.), has purchased the space and is making preparations to open a new location there. Monroe’s is another highly rated donut provider that has received great reviews and made a strong showing on JFP’s Best of Jackson list for years. The new Monroe’s is set to open in January 2014. Chef and writer Kathleen Bruno once called Monroe Jackson’s compelling history and his donuts “divinely inspired donuts.”



Overcoming Ableism


hen my twins were diagnosed with autism at age 2, I did what most parents do: I learned how to advocate for my kids. As a teen mom, it was an uphill battle. I had to overcome peopleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s assumptions about what my daughters couldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t do, and about my capabilities as well. Over the years, I have learned so much about autism spectrum disorders, disability rights and ableism. If you arenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t familiar with the term ableism, it is discrimination against people who have disabilitiesâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;a preference for the so-called able bodied, if you will. I recently realized that I am ableist. I found out the hard way by losing my ability to walk unassisted at all times. Even though I spent years saying and believing that I see people with visible and invisible disabilities as equal, when I joined their ranks in a visible way, I wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t just angry at my loss of independence. I was angry at being seen as one of them. I didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t want people to stare at me to ask questions about why I have trouble walking. My instinct was to hide and wait for day. I didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t need to look disabled. I wanted to look attractive because, of course, I couldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t be both attractive and walk with a cane. So there it was in the back of my mind hiding: the assumptions so many of us make about people using assistive devices. The more my mobility suffered, the more I wondered if my family could still love me now that I was broken. See, ableism allows us to think of people who have disabilities as broken, child-like or not fully like the rest of us. It is the ugly unspoken oppression that often goes unnoticed until itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s personal. I have a new perspective now. I never had to think of whether places had hand railings, places to sit while I wait in line, and a host of other things that now go into my planning on the days I need to use my cane or shop with a scooter. Accessibility has new meaning when you need it. I learned that I am not exempt from the programming we have all been subject to. No matter the form of oppression we sufferâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;racism, ableism, homophobia or anotherâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;it is OK to process it, learn, forgive ourselves and move forward. Fighting small- and large-scale oppression is an ongoing process. My greatest lesson is that my illness doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t stop the show. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m still my gorgeous self. A cane, scooter or wheelchair will never change that.


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Why it stinks: Bryant has actively obstructed other potential job-creating mechanisms that he believes conflict with the conservative mantle. Yes, weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re talking Medicaid expansion and the likely windfall that will result from a health-care industry boon. In Jackson and other cities, large and small, where the medicalservices industry provides the bulk of jobs, being pro-business should mean doing whatever is possible to support growth of that industryâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;even if that means putting oneâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s personal political beliefs aside. It should be noted that while Mississippiâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s unemployment rate has fallen in tandem with overall U.S. rate, joblessness in our state remains higher than the national average under Bryantâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s leadership. That alone should be a reason for the governor to rethink his priorities.

Council Must Seek Public Input on Fee Hikes


s City Reporter Tyler Cleveland reports this week, the Jackson City Council quietly, on Nov. 19, added a $5 ticket surcharge for events at Thalia Mara Hall when the municipal auditorium reopens after a months-long renovation. The surcharge will help offset the cost of a $5 million makeover that will include replacing the 45year-old HVAC unit, installing new seats and carpeting, restroom upgrades and bringing the building into compliance with federal accessibility requirements. Concert promoter Arden Barnett and council members Quentin Whitwell and Margaret Barrett-Simonâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;both of whom dissented in levying the chargeâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;fear raising ticket prices will negatively affect the local arts scene. Whether those fears have merit remain to be seen. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s doubtful that an extra five bucks tacked onto the price of a ticket will cause many people to skip a show they really want to see and spend a quiet evening at home. The amount of the surcharge isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t the problem; itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the way it came about. The apparent brainchild of Mayor Chokwe Lumumba and Thalia Mara Director Michael Raff, the surcharge was apparently presented to the council as a financial imperative. Maybe it is; maybe it isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t. However, one of the bedrock principles of successful governments is to have open, transparent dialogueâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;and timely noticeâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;of actions that will cost taxpayers money. In this case, only a portion of the cash is com-

ing directly from government coffers, but people who live and play in the city are on the hook. Recently, in this space, we opined that the mayor should give the council time to do its homework before presenting problems as emergencies. Now, weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re imploring the council to give similar notice to citizens as well as producers such as Ardenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s ardenland and W. Kessler Ltd. before dipping into peopleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s pocketbooks. These people know Jacksonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s entertainment landscape well, and deserve a forum to offer their professional opinions about the short- and long-term impact of imposing a surcharge. A good case study should be the public-relations campaign around the proposed 1-percent sales tax increase, for which the city has held nearly a dozen town hall meetings. Whether or not you like the idea of the proposal, no one can say the city hasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t tried to engage the citizens in an open and honest discussion. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s possible that like some of the sales-tax forums, a town hall for the $5 ticket hike at Thalia Mara would be sparsely attended. But would it be asking too much to seek counsel from the people who rent out the hall or their customers? We donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t believe such a process would be overly burdensome. The Jackson City Council should rescind its action and hold a public hearing on the ticket surcharge as soon as possible. Or, at the least, commit to not making the same mistake again.

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am so sick of hearing about the “mad black woman,” whether it’s directed at the first lady or someone right here in Jackson. My parents introduced me to the idea that I’d be tagged with this foolishness when I was a very young child. The reason it’s so foolish is that every woman gets angry, right? Regardless of their racial background, is anger saved special to the black woman? And, for that matter, don’t all men get angry, too, and children even? Of course, everyone gets angry. But what people mean with this focus on the black woman is that we supposedly take anger to a place that other categories of people don’t. The place that is so disturbing that other non-black, non-female people get to label it and give it a persona all its own. When a black woman gets angry, we supposedly lose ourselves. We lose our touch with reality and rationalism. We simply turn into these alien-like forces that cannot be controlled. Our anger comes from the strangest places, and it’s never warranted, right? PLEASE. This idea has become so much a part of American culture that most modern mothers of African descent who have the luxury of having a good bit of sense spend most of our time fighting against this stereotypic idea. We try to hide our anger, so much so that we end up not being passionate about things. We try to pacify people who piss us off—so much so that we tolerate things that should not be accepted, from our bosses to our mates. We tend to ignore, overlook, accept and even at times encourage things that we know should be dealt with simply to avoid that moment when we get the “Oh sh*t, she’s turning into the Mad Black Woman.” We then get a look as if, at any moment, our eyes will turn neon green, our shirts will split down the middle, and muscles will begin to pop up all over our newly hulking bodies. It’s stupid. Here’s the thing, though. The mad black woman, or MBW, festers because she has tried as long as she could to not appear angry that by the time she does indeed unleash her anger (which everyone else is free to display), you are lucky if she doesn’t punch out some teeth or have steam coming from her ears. But, who wouldn’t be that way if they had to spend the majority of their lives trying to act like the emotion of being angry, disappointed, hurt, upset,

simply doesn’t exist? Tell me … who? This brings me to this outrageous fiasco of Michelle Obama being a MBW because her husband, who is the leader of the free world, took a picture with a woman at a Mandela memorial event. Ugh! That is the most insulting thing I’ve ever witnessed without being directly affected. This nation cannot even bring itself to give the first lady of the United States enough credit to believe that she would not be angry that her husband is taking a picture next to her. Why was she supposedly angry? Because a photographer caught her not smiling. So, not smiling (at an event for a world leader who had died at age 95) equals mad. Yes, if you are a black woman. The first lady sees her husband hug and kiss thousands of women, but on that particular day, she was the MBW. Michelle Obama, a woman of great grace and dignity, picked a day that the entire world would be watching her and her husband to be mad about a photograph. Yes. That’s fair. The most disgusting part isn’t that society feeds into this and then shoves it down our throats via the news outlets and social media. It’s not that by insulting our FLOTUS, in turn, all professional, classy, proud, married women (and not just black) are being degraded. The worst part is the fact that black women, young women, think that Michelle Obama picked this day to let her MBW out, and that it’s cute. It’s almost as if they are giving this silent cheer saying, “Yes, we knew you had it in you.” Sisters, please. We are better than that. You have been programmed to believe that it’s natural and totally acceptable to be foolish when it comes to your reactions to things. We do this to ourselves. While some of us are trying hard to murder the MBW idealism, some of us are idealizing it. We will never get a break through that way. Mad and black together describe who people think I am. I am not cool with that. When I get angry, it’s because I was born into an angry world because I’m black and I’m a woman. But I refuse to be told that I have to act a certain way because of it. It’s an insult that has changed the very way that we view ourselves and our sisters. Whose fault is that? Funmi “Queen” Franklin is a word lover, poet and advocate for women and sisterhood. She struggles with an addiction to reality television.

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The family of former Mississippi Gov. William “Bill” Allain, who died Dec. 2 at age 85, wants him remembered as someone who explicitly fought for Mississippians who historically haven’t had many people fighting for them. “His administration was inclusive of all people: black and white, male and female, Catholic and Protestant, rich and poor,” family representatives wrote in a statement announcing his death. Allain was born into a Catholic family on Valentine’s Day in 1928, in the town of Washington, Miss. Family members say Allain, who served as governor from 1984 to 1988, remained a “strong Catholic” his entire life and that “his Catholic faith and servanthood were the driving force in his life and career.” After attending Notre Dame and earning a law degree from the University of Mississippi in 1950, Allain served three years in the Army during the Korean War as an infantryman. After being discharged, Allain practiced law in Natchez until 1962 when he was appointed an assistant state attorney general under Gov. Ross Barnett. In 1979, Allain ran successfully for attorney general, where he first made a name for himself as an advocate for Mississippi consumers, which included blocking a plan to store nuclear waste in Mississippi—a debate that recently received new life in 2013. —Tyler Cleveland

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Soon after his election, whites who had long controlled the economic and political system vowed to leave the homeland and take their wealth them. But the new president, Nelson Mandela, urged his black and white and countrymen to reconcile and move South Africa forward. The parallel was not lost on Chokwe Lumumba, whose election to mayor of Jackson this summer touched off the same kind of xenophobic hysteria among many local whites and some middle-class blacks. “We’re going to see comparisons between us and many of the African liberation struggles and other parts of the world,” including the anti-apartheid movement, Lumumba told the Jackson Free Press in June. “South Africa is one where that fight still goes on, but the election of Nelson Mandela took it to whole new level. And now it has to go to new levels still.” In the intervening months, Lumumba’s tenure has likely surprised his detractors and supporters alike. A self-styled champion of oppressed people, Lumumba bit the bullet and moved ahead with a plan to implement a 1percent sales tax increase with the controversial commission in place. He is also making moves to de-privatize government functions—meaning that city government may grow as a result. Yet, the mass exodus of whites conservatives predicted hasn’t happened, a signal they must like something Lumumba is doing. And it’s not uncommon to hear white conservatives say they believe he is doing a good job. Ultimately, it will be up to history decide Lumumba’s legacy. He’s not making any predictions. “I have to wait to see what similarities I have to other places because I’m not quite sure where I would see our hallmark in history compared to other places,” he told the JFP. —R.L. Nave





5c9R__RY8Rj Everyone took a collective breath when Dr. Hannah Gay’s story broke. Gay, a pediatric doctor at the University of Mississippi Medical Center (2500 N. State St., 601-984-1000), cured a toddler of AIDS, though she insisted to the Jackson Free Press that she simply followed standard treatment protocols (jfp. ms/hannahgayinterview). The real story is that Gay diagnosed this particular toddler and began treating her and her mother. The pair stopped treatment for 18 months, and when they came back, clinicians couldn’t find the virus in the girl’s system. Gay may not have cured the disease as a whole (you have to have the same result on multiple patients, and it would be unlikely to get the same result in adult patients), but she cured someone. And that’s a headline maker. —Amber Helsel



5RgZUHRe\Z_d Perhaps nobody in Jackson can say they had the kind of whirlwind year that Jackson developer David Watkins experienced in 2013. From developing a state-of-the-art Meridian Law Enforcement Center to testifying before a Mississippi secretary of stateâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s office investigation into allegations for securities fraud against him, Watkins surely experienced the highest highs and the lowest lows. The man who spearheaded the renovation of the King Edward Hotel and Standard Life Building couldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t work the same magic on Farish Street, at least not before the Jackson Redevelopment Authority took its ball, and Watkinsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; lease on Farish Street, and went home. Now the project is tied up in litigation as far as the eye can see. In addition to the secretary of stateâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s investigation, contractors have liens against Watkins, Watkins has liens against the Jackson Redevelopment Authority board, and the JRA board is counter-suing Watkinsâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;meaning that this story will likely extend far into 2014 at least. Still, Watkins insists he can finish the project, and with malice toward none, if JRA will drop its suit and give him back the lease. Time will tell. â&#x20AC;&#x201D;Tyler Cleveland


After returning from a tour of duty in Iraq in the U.S. Army, Deâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Keither Stamps decided to start his second career as a civil servant. He ran for the Ward 4 Jackson City Council seat, which was vacated when Frank Bluntson decided to run for mayor. Since taking his seat on the council, Stamps, 37, has maintained a perfect attendance record, save one day he had the flu, and serves in some capacity on every council committee. Not only that, but heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s one of the most engaged council members on every issue, showing a willingness to question even sacred-cow issues, indicating early that his is an independent voice. The Forest Hill High School graduate also serves on the boards of the Central Mississippi Planning and Development District and the Mississippi Municipal League. His commitment to service isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t something he learned overnight. Stamps provided presidential security in 1996, and visited all 50 states in the process. His military service took him to Tanzania, Kenya, Switzerland, Great Britain and, eventually, Iraq, where he commanded a 17-man, 4-vehicle unit in Saddam Husseinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s hometown of Tikrit. Stamps still owns the family farm on Highway 18, and spends his time away from city council tending to the cows, bailing hay and growing vegetables. â&#x20AC;&#x201D;Tyler Cleveland


If youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re a local Jacksonian with an Instagram account, chances are youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve probably seen or heard of Josh Haileyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Photamerica project. The local artist/photographer drove cross-country for two years, interviewing people from all areas and walks of life on what it means to be American. He posted a multitude of photos of people and things and all the crazy and cool stuff he got to see and do. Now, heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s back and getting ready to wrap up that project. As part of his Heartalot nonprofit, he and girlfriend and artist Brittany Schall run a pop-up gallery at 3009 N. State St. On Dec. 23, he had a showcase for the Photamerica project and the opening of his Story Projectors installation. If thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s one thing you can say about Hailey, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s that he never sits still. Who knows what heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll do next? Whatever it is, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll make Jackson that much more intriguing. â&#x20AC;&#x201D;Amber Helsel

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James Beard Foundation enough to earn them an invitation to New York to cook their â&#x20AC;&#x153;Southern Comfort Reduxâ&#x20AC;? menu in the big leagues. â&#x20AC;&#x153;If your name appears in bold type in the journals of food and fine dining, an invitation to the Beard House is expected, but for the legions of journeyman cooks and chefs it is akin to getting called up from AA ball to pitch in the majors,â&#x20AC;? Ramsey wrote in BOOM Jackson. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It takes work and dedication and a desire to prove oneself by

trial of fire in full public view.â&#x20AC;? Since then, Wallace returned to New York to participate in the James Beard Foundationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Chefs Boot Camp for Policy and Change and got the opportunity to cook a solo dinner at the James Beard House in December. He is working with the foundation to bring a conference, or â&#x20AC;&#x153;salonâ&#x20AC;? to Mississippi next year, the first time the foundation will host one in the state. â&#x20AC;&#x201D;Kathleen M. Mitchell PRUH,175,*8,1*VHHSDJH


The Jackson Free Press endorsed Cassandra Welchlin for the Senate 28 seat vacated by the death of Alice Harden, partly because of Welchlinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s work as president of her West Jackson Capitol Neighbors Association and her part in organizing a vigil for James Craig Anderson, who was murdered in 2011. What she lacks in onthe-stump political experience, she makes up for with chops in the arena of policy development and sheer energy and passion for improvement of Jackson and addressing the root causes of problems such as crime and poverty. Welchlin was unsuccessful in that bid. Unlike many failed office seekers, Welchlin has not disappeared from public view, however. She remains extremely active as the public face for the Mississippi Low Income Child Care initiativeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s campaign against a state program to force low-income parents to scan their fingers to pick their children up from day care. She also continues advocating for west Jackson issues such as keeping the Jackson Zoo from moving to a new part of town. â&#x20AC;&#x201D;R.L. Nave







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BfRcUZ`fdEY`^Rd We know more about Quardious Thomas’ death than we do his life—and we may not even know the complete story about how or why he died. The official story of homeowner Eric Williams, who shot and killed 20-year-old Thomas, was that after hearing the sound of car windows breaking, he went outside, found Thomas in his car and fired five shots when Thomas started to fumble around in the dark. Whether Thomas was the mastermind of a car-window-breaking ring we’ll never known. But that is less important than how officials handled the case. After a brief interview, Jackson police officials took Williams’ word that what he said happened actually happened without an arrest or further investigation. Police also determined that Williams’ actions in using deadly force to protect his Chevy Avalanche was justified under the so-called Castle Doctrine. The other intriguing layer to this saga involves District Attorney Robert Shuler Smith.He is Thomas’ cousin, but has not elected to pursue the matter himself or turn the case over to an impartial special prosecutor. That is, as far as we know—he won’t return phone calls. —R.L. Nave

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In June 2013, the U.S. Supreme Court overturned the 1996 Defense of Marriage Act and California’s Proposition 8. In September, local businessmen Eddie Outlaw and Justin McPherson finally married—in California. Outlaw and McPherson aren’t the only gay Mississippians to wed since the Supreme Court decision—likely not even the first—but they have garnered national attention. Outlaw participated in a Google Hangout with Chris Hayes of MSNBC covering the topic earlier in the year. The couple is also the subject of a new documentary by filmmaker Lauren Cioffi (see page 17) called “A Mississippi Love Story,” the trailer of which has been featured on sites such as the Huffington Post (watch the trailer at Outlaw wrote in a JFP column that the filmmakers “(hope) to capture the lives of an openly gay couple living and working in a state that likely won’t change much on the issue for some time. The goal (is) to show the world that Mississippi has much good in it and abundant opportunity for change. Throughout the past four months, (Cioffi has filmed) the highs and lows of our everyday life—a life we hope will make a difference here and abroad and, hopefully, a story that might help LGBT youth understand that there is possibly a better Mississippi ahead.” The two also expanded their business this year, opening Fondren Barber Shop, which focuses on men’s haircuts, shaves and skin care, next to their William Wallace Salon in Fondren. —Kathleen M. Mitchell

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Three young Mississippians—Vincent Jude Chaney, Lauren Cioffi and Greg Gandy—set out in 2012 to shine a spotlight on the state they call home. The result was the “subSIPPI” project, a documentary (and hopefully, future interactive website) about the different cultures coexisting today in Missisippi. The trio used crowdfunding website Kickstarter to raise money for the project, in addition to soliciting donations and selling merchandise. They used social media to create buzz about the project, and to get feedback and suggestions of places to visit. Chaney told the JFP that the filmmakers wanted to capture an honest portrayal of the state. “There is this superficiality when it comes to people and their missions, usually, when filming in Mississippi—they want to show a certain demographic or certain agenda. And that’s what they go for, and they can find it, and they shoot it. But with any good art or meaningful conversation, you see that there is some complexity to people,” he said. After more than a year of fundraising, traveling, filming and editing, the three 20-somethings premiered “subSIPPI” in Hattiesburg, before hosting premiere viewing parties in other cities across the state, events Chaney hoped would be “a place where people can come experience the energy that’s present in the state, the undercurrent. The—what do they call it?—zeitgeist. The feeling of the time.” —Kathleen M. Mitchell


Alyce Clarke, the first African American woman elected to the Mississippi Legislature in 1985, walks slowly and doesn’t have to speak loudly. Her 28-year record speaks loudly enough, even if she doesn’t always get credit for it. Clarke, who was 44 when she first joined the Mississippi House of Representatives, has been in the thick of advocating for everything from restrooms for women lawmakers in the 1980s to authoring legislation that established drug courts in Mississippi. The significance of the state’s drug-court program is often underestimated. In 2012, Mississippi State Supreme Court Chief Justice Bill Waller Jr. credited the use of drug courts with saving the state $36 million. Drug courts are also a vital component of a task force’s recent recommendations to overhaul the state’s corrections system to reduce the numbers of people taking up prison beds, and costing taxpayers money, for nonviolent drug offenses. “I definitely believe it is much better to treat people and to help them become productive citizens instead of just incarcerating them,” Clarke told the Associated Press in 1998. “Not only do you help the individuals and the family, you help the community as a whole.” —R.L. Nave

HZ]]ZV;Vc`^V>R__Z_X Mississippi has the nation’s second highest incarceration rate and, in 2012, executed the second most people in the nation. Yet, hours before he was to be executed for the 1992 murders of two Mississippi State University students this May, Manning got a reprieve from the state Supreme Court. In a letter to Oktibbeha County District Attorney Forrest Allgood who prosecuted Manning, U.S. Justice Department admitted that their expert’s testimony during the trial contained “erroneous statements regarding microscopic hair comparison analysis was used” and offered to test the DNA material. Manning has always said he did not commit the crime; in fact, he says he was at a club on the night of the murders. For years, he’s been trying to convince the state to test DNA from the crime scene. As of press time, the DNA testing in Manning’s case had not been completed. Manning was also convicted in 1996 for killing two women in Starkville, and sentenced to death for those murders. —R.L. Nave COURTESY WESLEY PETERSON




Jackson State University basketball is at its best when its recruiting local kids, and if March’s big news is any indication of things to come, there are good times ahead for the Tiger faithful. New coach Wayne Brent picked up his first big commitment from highly touted forward Treshawn Bolden. A former player of Brent’s before he left Callaway High School to take the JSU gig, Bolden reportedly held offers from Auburn, DePaul, Marquette, Ole Miss, Mississippi State, Oklahoma, Southern Miss and Virginia Commonwealth. Jackson Public Schools annually produce an abundance of quality college players, but usually those upper-tier players select the other schools off that list. Bolden’s commitment is a coup for Brent, but if he has it his way, Bolden will be the first of many JPS products to give Jackson State a second look. The 45-year-old coach finished his sixth season at Callaway last spring, where he won four of the last five state championships. He won the first of his five total state titles in 1998 at his alma mater, Provine. At JSU, he replaced veteran coach Tevester Anderson, who had held the position for 10 years and compiled a record of 250-222 before announcing his retirement in March. —Tyler Cleveland

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hen I was in my mid-20s, I wanted to dance on Broadway. I took ballet lessons as a child so, 15 years later, I figured I could skip beginner classes. I signed up for adult intermediate ballet. After huffing and pushing my way through the first class, I was drenched in sweat and exhausted. I could barely control my quivering thighs to walk downstairs to my car. Things got worse over the next few days; my overworked limbs rebelled at every movement. I couldn’t straighten my knees, but I soldiered on. I had what it took to overcome, I reasoned. I would survive. I didn’t. It was too hard and too painful. The path to becoming a dancer has a beginning, and it isn’t in an adult intermediate ballet class. “If wishes were horses, beggars would ride,” the old saying goes. Just wanting something won’t make it come true, but it sounds good, right? An entire industry has risen around the premise that desire has the power to move the universe to provide money, health and love. You just have to want it enough. Thinking positive thoughts does have great power. Norman Vincent Peale wrote the seminal book, “The Power of Positive Thinking,” back in 1952, and it’s been a best seller for 60-plus years. But Peale didn’t promise instant results. Instead, he argued that positive thinking could make a “hard, disciplinary way of life” one that offers people “great joy,” but only through taking the “proper steps” to reach “self realization and successful achievement.” Every journey has a beginning. Trying to start in the middle—or at the end—is unrealistic and can leave us frus-

advice holds tremendous power. Start where you are. An honest assessment of where you are in relation to a goal is the first step. If your “exercise” is walking to and from your car at the office, you’re not ready for a marathon, but a walk around the block is probably doable. If your idea of a vegetable is mac ‘n’ cheese, it might take minute to adopt a vegan diet, but you can explore eating more green things. Baby steps are fine. What’s important is to start. Do what you can. It makes no difference that your 50-year-old muscles can’t do what they could when you were 26. What’s relevant is how much they can do today. If that’s a few gentle stretches sitting in a chair, that may be exactly right for you, right now. Decades of loving fried chicken won’t suddenly turn into a craving for Brussels sprouts just because you’ve set a deadline. Eat a little No matter your fitness level, the important thing is to start. less, move a little more. Don’t stop. Use what you have. Those $200 Adidas won’t make you a runner, and Whole Foods’ trated and defeated, even with a healthy dose of positive grand opening won’t magically improve your diet. Walking thinking. Still, we want to believe the first of January will takes feet, and McDade’s sells vegetables—a garden in your change everything. Cravings for unhealthy food will disap- backyard could produce them for even less money. External pear. Aversion to exercise will transform. Peace of mind will “stuff” will never transport you to where you want to be. happen. Like many of you, I want the “after” body, and I Finally, be good to yourself. Whatever your goals, they want nirvana. Right now. will take work and discipline to achieve, but pushing too hard Achieving success doesn’t require a spiritual way of life, too fast has a price. Too much pain or sacrifice can lead to but it helps, and paths are numerous. Buddhism’s four noble quitting and an ever-deepening spiral of self-flagellation and truths, for example, provide a remedy for suffering. The path hopelessness. A little pain, physical or mental, isn’t necessarily is long and hard, but for those who follow it, the eightfold a bad thing, but we do need to understand where to stop bepath can bring the “great joy” Peale wrote about. fore doing damage. Recognizing and even embracing a little Tennis great Arthur Ashe said: “Start where you soreness or sorrow can remind us that we’re doing the work are. Do what you can. Use what you have.” His simple and on the path.

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Making smoothies can be a daunting task. To make it work, you have to understand how to order things. Layer from fruit to thickener to ingredients such as flaxseed, top it off with the sweetener and add the liquid last. If you want to see a handy illustration on making smoothies, go to That graphic helped me with my smoothie woes, and now, I’m half decent at it.



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t this point, I’ve been a vegetarian for about two months. It’s been a long, crazy journey full of missteps and misgivings, trying and failing. But, with a few exceptions, I’ve stuck with my new way of life. Sometimes I thought about giving it all up for one second of pure carnivorous bliss, but then I’d browse the Internet and see so many more options and ways to be imaginative with my new lifestyle change that I remembered why I started this journey in the first place. Being a vegetarian is actually a creative way to live. If you don’t want to eat salad all the time, you have to come up with fun, new-to-you things to cook. You may have to learn to like mushrooms or tofu. Let’s say that you haven’t gotten that adventurous, yet. Maybe mushrooms still gross you out, and perhaps the idea of tofu just doesn’t sit right with you. Maybe you don’t want to eat imitation-meat products. But with all that said, you still want to be a healthy vegetarian. Here are some easy recipes to get started. New Year Wellness continues this month, with more vegetarian recipes each issue.

Ingredients 2 cups strawberries 1 snack-size cup of unsweetened applesauce 1 teaspoon flaxseed 2 tablespoons honey 1/2 cup soy milk

In your blender, add the ingredients in the order they’re listed. Let the

pitcher chill in the refrigerator—it can be overnight or for just 15 minutes. Just before you leave for the day, blend until smooth (it also may help to pulse so you don’t overblend). Pulse it if it looks like it needs more action. Pour it into your to-go cup and enjoy while you drive to work or the gym or school or wherever you go in the mornings.


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ince I decided to become a vegetarian, I’ve gotten mixed responses—everything from excitement to slight outrage to jokes about vegetarians. And people always ask me the same questions: Do you eat eggs and dairy? Do you still eat seafood? How will you get adequate protein? And then folks remind me that a vegetarian diet doesn’t mean I will automatically be healthy and lose weight. Don’t waste your breath telling new vegetarians this—it’s the first thing we figure out. Chips are vegetarian, even vegan in some instances. Fries are vegetarian unless fried in animal fat. If you choose to eat dairy, cheese sticks and ice cream are vegetarian. It’s not like you stop eating meat and suddenly become the picture-perfect vision of health. It takes a vegetarian the same amount of determination to choose healthy food. I personally think it’s an easier path to being healthy, but you still have to grit your teeth and eat your vegetables. The first step to being a healthy vegetarian is deciding what you do and don’t want to eat. Many people don’t realize the term “vegetarian” means different things to different people. The styles include: Vegan: a totally animal-product-free diet.

No cheese. No eggs. Lacto-vegetarian: a vegetarian that still ingests dairy but doesn’t eat eggs. Ovo-vegetarian: a vegetarian that still eats eggs but no dairy. Lacto-ovo vegetarian: no meat, but you eat eggs and dairy (aka, classic vegetarian). Flexatarian: not actually a vegetarian but an omnivore who eats a primarily plant-based diet and animal products only occasionally. Pescatarian: stays away from red meat and poultry, but still eats seafood. For me, the choice was fairly simple.


by Amber Helsel

While being a vegetarian is a seemingly easy avenue to being healthy, it’s easy to create more bad habits.

Meat is one thing that makes me feel sluggish, so I didn’t want a diet that included it. I gave up seafood three months ago, but I love eggs and dairy. By process of elimination, I decided to be a lacto-ovo, or classic, vegetarian. Step one complete. Step two is a little trickier. This is where willpower comes into play. No matter which type you are, you take away a part of your natural eating habits. Being a vegetarian may deplete certain nutrients, so you have to put nutrients back in. To do this, vegetarians and vegans have to get a little creative and welcome different types of food. But the key, just like any major diet change, is balance. Various sources outline the different nutrients vegetarians should focus on. Protein is in a lot of animal products, but you can find plenty of nonmeat sources, including nuts, nut butter, peas, soy, tofu and egg whites. (source: nutritiondata. Iron functions as a carrier of oxygen in the blood. Sources for vegetarians and vegans include spinach, kidney beans, black-eyed peas, turnip greens, whole wheat breads, raisins, dried apricots and prunes.

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(source: We need calcium for strong bones and teeth. Sources include milk products and dark green leafy vegetables such as collard greens, turnip greens, bok choy and mustard seeds. On a side note: the liquid left over after boiling those greens (called “pot liquor” in the south) includes essential vitamins and minerals. (source: Zinc is required for many biochemical reactions and to keep your immune system working. Sources include many types of beans, wheat germ, milk products and pumpkin seeds. Vitamin B12 keeps the nervous system and blood cells functioning, and prevents megaloblastic anemia (source: This vitamin primarily comes from shellfish and organ meats (source:, but it is also found in breakfast cereals, soymilk, veggie burgers and nutritional yeast. To be sure that you’re getting enough, I’d consult your doctor and maybe consider a B12 supplement. In the end, it comes down to research, planning, flexibility and balancing diet with exercise. Good luck!

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BRAVO! (4500 Interstate 55 N., Jackson, 601-982-8111) Award-winning wine list, Jackson’s see-and-be-seen casual/upscale dining. Cerami’s (5417 Lakeland Drive, Flowood, 601-919-28298) Southern-style Italian cuisine features their signature Shrimp Cerami.


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.


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ASIAN AND INDIAN Crazy Ninja (2560 Lakeland Dr., Flowood 601-420-4058) Rock-n-roll sushi and cook-in-front-of-you hibachi. Lunch specials, bento boxes, fabulous cocktails. Fusion Japanese and Thai Cuisine (1002 Treetop Blvd, Flowood 601-664-7588) Specializing in fresh Japanese and Thai cuisine, an extensive menu features everything from curries to fresh sushi Nagoya Japanese Sushi Bar & Hibachi Grill (6351 I-55 North, Ste. 131, Jackson 601-977-8881) Fresh sushi, delicious noodles, sizzling hibach & refreshing cocktails from one of jackson’s most well-known japanese restaurants. Ruchi India (862 Avery Blvd @ County Line Rd. 601-991-3110) Classic Indian cuisine from multiple regions. Lamb, vegetarian, chicken, shrimp and more.

VEGETARIAN High Noon Café (2807 Old Canton Road in Rainbow Plaza 601-366-1513) Fresh, gourmet, tasty and healthy defines the lunch options at Jackson’s own strict vegetarian (and very-vegan-friendly) restaurant adjacent to Rainbow Whole Foods.


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is often out front of the brightly colored truck, taking orders from people’s cars if it’s raining and chatting with customers. He says when business gets especially brisk he hops on board to help his staff, but he is usually out front serving the food. “I enjoy more the aspect of interacting with people,” he says. Those people come in all shapes and sizes, and from as far away as Pearl. While I was busy wolfing down my Carne Asada French Fries (which, for $8, was enough food to feed up to three people; smaller portions are $4), I witnessed a young woman inquire in Spanish about the food, a mom and two kids swing by the truck for dinner, and a young businessman contemplating the laminated menu while Gutierrez gave suggestions. Located at 6390 Ridgewood Road, off County Line Road, the truck is in the perfect location for Jackson commuters heading up Interstate 55 after a long day of work. For extra convenience, you can text your order to 601-273-4545. To inquire about catering, call Tito’s Tacos at 662-435-0764.


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Gutierrez has also added several original creations to the menu, including the Spanish pulled-pork barbecue taco, Tito’s Spicy Sauce (which he makes on the truck), the Carne Asada French Fries and, his personal favorite, the Carne Asada Nachos. Unlike Lurny D’s Grill and Cheesin’ For No Reason food trucks, you won’t find Tito’s switching up its location based on the day’s plans. Tito’s Tacos stays parked at the same location in north Jackson (from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. every day except Sunday. “When I talked to the food truckers (in San Diego), (they said) what has been working is the individuals who are set up in one location full time,” Gutierrez says. The atmosphere at the truck wouldn’t be complete without Gutierrez himself serving the food. The ever-smiling chef

Tito’s Tacos brings authentic South American cuisine to north Jackson. It’s worth the drive north.

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ito Gutierrez is his name. Tacos are his game. The 33year-old entrepreneur and Mississippi Air National Guard pilot is the owner of Tito’s Taco’s, Jackson’s best Mexican restaurant on wheels. Since opening Oct. 7, 2013, Tito’s Tacos has received a steady stream of food lovers at the truck’s permanent location in a parking lot on the Jackson side of County Line Road. Gutierrez got the inspiration for his truck from the vibrant taco-truck scene in southern California, specifically in San Diego. Although he lived on the opposite coast, his ties to California are strong. “I used to go to L.A. when I was in college,” he says. “I was initially accepted to USC (the University of Southern California), checked it out and had a girlfriend who lived out there.” Originally from Panama, Gutierrez moved to the U.S. when he was 18 to attend the University of Central Florida, where he majored in aeronautical science. After serving in the Army as a cook for six years, Gutierrez moved to Mississippi in 2008 to fly C-17s to Iraq and Afghanistan for the Air National Guard. The food truck was his idea to stay busy when his seven-year stint on active duty came to a close in November. Despite having no experience owning a restaurant, Gutierrez opened the truck with only four months of preparation. He found further information about SoCal food trucks online and called scene leaders numerous times for advice. He bought the truck in Houston and designed the paint job and logo himself. One of his goals with the food truck is to bring an authentic flavor of Panama, as well as SoCal street tacos, to Mississippi. “Growing up in Panama, in Central America, the food is a lot different (here), even the Mexican food here is different,” he says. Seeing Mississippians embrace the traditional tacos has been exciting for Gutierrez. “The people who are normally eating the American tacos are now starting to eat the authentic.”


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elf-proclaimed “urban loggers” David Dill, 30, and Paul Purser, 29, planned to become architects, but have become so much more. As Purser explains, they are “forging their own architectural path” by harvesting trees from an urban setting and using the scrap wood in creative ways. Purser grew up in Jackson, Miss., where his grandfather once owned a furniture store on Farish Street. Dill grew up working construction during summers in Jackson, Tenn., and assisting his engineer grandfather, whose hobby was furniture woodworking. The two men connected at Mississippi State University’s College of Architecture. After Purser graduated in 2010 and Dill in 2009, the pair found themselves here in Jackson at the height of the economic downturn with little or no prospect of finding entrylevel architectural jobs. Dill served a stint in Uganda with Engineering Ministries International—a nonprofit composed of architects, engineers and design professionals using their skills to improve the lives of impoverished families around the world—and then returned to Jackson where Purser was working on home-repair projects. They worked together often and decided to team up in December 2011 to form their company, d+p Design Build. The two rented a workshop and office space in what was probably an old 1940s soap factory in Jackson’s resurgent midtown area. “Paul and I were already working together on quite a few home-repair and remodel projects before we officially launched the company,” Dill says. “We are both architects, space designers, but we knew that we would have to branch out into different directions, be diverse,


Buyers are taking notice. The two first sold a pair of handmade prototype chairs on Etsy. They then designed a pair of sturdy outdoor tables and benches out of scrap materials for nearby Rowan Middle School, dubbing the table style “Rowan.” Brown Elementary School liked the tables so much that they ordered them as well. Tesla Motors, the electric car maker in California, saw the tables online, and has placed an order. The pair has been drying a batch of those much-loved Red Oak slabs salvaged from a 100- to 150-year-old tree that fell on a house on nearby West Street in the wood kiln for David Dill and Paul Purser, d+p months. The slabs will become Design Build owners and “urban the tabletops in the cafe for the soon-to-open Whole Foods in loggers,” enjoy using scrap wood Highland Village. “The folks to create useful items such as from Whole Foods came in to tour the workshop and were tables and benches. curious about the tall stack of slabs they saw,” Dill says. Both Dill and Purser are to make the business work.” spiritual and believe wholeheartedly in supporting worthy That is what they have done in true entrepreneurial organizations and charities. They have donated a Heart Pine style. In addition to remodeling projects and home-plan- and steel coffee table to 200 Million Flowers, an organizaning projects, Dill and Purser are developing a furniture line tion that supports adoption, for their upcoming fundraiser. made from what they call “all real materials,” including sal“We would really like to make donating to charities a vaged woods and metal. regular part of our business,” Purser says. “We hope in the “Trees are amazing,” Purser says. “We are typically future to donate part of each sale to a worthy cause.” drawn to local Red Gum, Red Oak and Sassafras slabs, but The architectural path for Dill and Purser continues as we have used Maple and Cedar. …We would like our furni- they move their furniture from prototype pieces to a producture to really be viewed as art, an heirloom that can be passed tion line. down. It is authentic, industrial and responsive.” “We are focusing on ways to produce more pieces with “Yes, it must last. I think our pieces are thoughtful, the same aesthetic and quality, while keeping costs low,” modern and intentional, but the quality is also really impor- Purser says. tant,” Dill adds. Visit for more information.


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hile coming of age in the late 1970s, my high school friends and I used to go to teen night at Gilley’s Club, a honky-tonk establishment in Pasadena, Texas. We rode the bull and danced the hustle until the joint shut down before midnight. The ’70s were magnificent— big hair, garish clothes and disco balls. It was a creative time for politics, arts, music and culture. And in this fertile milieu, con artists developed their own Americanized hustle, a showy dance of trickery and deception on easy marks who desperately sought to believe the impossible. David O. Russell’s “American Hustle” captures the optimism and excesses of the ’70s. It begins with the ubiquitous “some of this actually happened.” This film, which took inspiration from the FBI’s ABSCAM sting operation, provides a rich character study of the hustle to get rich and famous, no matter what side of the legal fence you may sit on. “American Hustle” is in many respects, much more textured and nuanced than “Argo,” last year’s Academy Award winner for Best Picture. “American Hustle” drills deep into betrayal, power lusting and other human flaws with a wicked sense of humor. The movie opens on Irving Rosenfeld (Christian Bale) preparing for a meeting. He’s fussy about his appearance, and the contradiction between the careful teasing of an elaborate bad comb-over and his protruding gut make this man instantly likeable. Rosenfeld and his business partner, Sydney Prosser (Amy Adams), are part of an FBI surveillance operation that Richie DiMaso (Bradley Cooper), an ambitious federal agent set on making a name for himself, is heading. The tension among the three is palpable, and an undercurrent of strong emotion, resentment, jealousy and fear is evident. The Steely Dan song punctuates the reluctant relationship of the con artists and the FBI agent: “I’m a fool to do your dirty work, Oh yeah, I don’t want to do your dirty work no more.” The film, which Russell and Eric Singer wrote, provides a quirky backstory.

Rosenfeld and Prosser meet at a pool party in Long Island. They share common interests in Duke Ellington and are both survivors of pull-yourself-by-the-bootstraps lives. The two become business partners and lovers. Scenes in Rosenfeld’s dry cleaning business play out the romance among hanging clothes in clear plastic waiting for pick up. Rosenfeld’s wife, Rosalyn (Jennifer Lawrence), suspects that her husband is with another woman, but she knows he will always come back to her and her son. She is a Picasso of passive-aggressiveness, and Rosenfeld always falls under her spell. She thinks it’s because of her nail polish, which smells sweet and decadent. Then there’s DiMaso. He lives with his demanding mother and wants to bring down anybody. He catches Rosenfeld and Prosser in a scam and forces them to give up four other people to get off the hook. DiMaso doesn’t play well with others, throws temper tantrums and even beats on his boss. Through Rosenfeld’s ingenuity, DiMaso sets up a sting operation of Mayor Carmine Polito (Jeremy Renner), a man who is beloved by his constituents and wants to create new jobs by building a casino. The scam is that an Arab sheik is willing to invest in the casino, but deals and bribes are part of it. The head of the mafia (Robert DeNiro) wants a $10 million cut for the deal to work. And then there are other complications, which involve congressmen and a U.S. senator. It’s tricky. “Did you ever have to find a way to survive and you knew your choices were bad, but you had to survive?” Rosenfeld asks. This movie is a passionate, heated landmark about survival and greed. The acting, often improvised, is splendid, free and chaotic. The actors, under the direction of Russell (“The Fighter,” “Silver Linings Playbook”), pull viewers into webs of lies and deceit, and the characters are spontaneous and unpredictable. Rosenfeld expresses a moral punch that knocks out his FBI captor. This movie is a pop-culture masterpiece and one of the best films of the year.







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“A Piece of Security” and “Sew ‘N’ So” Quilting Project is at 9:30 a.m. at Pearl Street AME Church (2519 Robinson St.). Free; call 601-355-0001; email … Community Kwanzaa Celebration is from 6-9 p.m. at Medgar Evers Community Center (3759 Edwards Ave.). Free; call 601-608-8327, 601-960-1741 or 601-918-5750.




The Weekend Kids perform Jan. 7 at Morningbell Records & Café.


Zumba Fitness Class is from 6-7 p.m. at Optimum 1 Dance Studios (Jackson Square Promenade, 2460 Terry Road, Suite 2000). $5 per class; call 601-918-5107. … Ladies Night is at Ole Tavern (416 George St.). $5; call 601-960-2700. at Martin’s Restaurant and Bar (214 S. State St.). Free; call 354-9712. Tightstep Concept featuring Squake, 360 Degrees, Monoxide, DJ Repercussion, Jeffy D and MC Mr. Fluid is at The Corner (303 N. Farish St.). $10; find Tightstep Concept presents//SUBMERGED on Facebook. Jason Daniels performs Jan. 4 at Martin’s Restaurant and Bar.


BankPlus Racing Vehicle Extravaganza is from 9 a.m.6 p.m. at Mississippi Trade Mart (1200 Mississippi St.). See more than 150 racing, custom and performance vehicles, and meet IHRA World Stock Class Champion Wes Neely, Dora BY BRIANA ROBINSON the Explorer and Scooby-Doo. $12 ($4 discount at O’Reilly’s JACKSONFREEPRESS.COM locations), $5 ages 6-12 (free kids’ tickets available at BankFAX: 601-510-9019 Plus locations), free for children DAILY UPDATES AT under 6; call 601-832-3020; JFPEVENTS.COM email; mrve. … Christmas on Ice ends today at Baptist Health Systems, Madison Campus (401 Baptist Drive, Madison). $15 skating and ice slide, concerts and Christmas Story Trail free; call 601-500-5970; … Shine Bright Like a Diamond Bridal Show is at noon at Ice House AlleyWarehouses(251W. South St.). $15; call 953-3114; email icehousealleywarehouses@;


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Vices, Keyser Soze, Daisyhead, Pillowtalk, Daggers and Maven perform at 7:30 p.m. at Rampage Extreme Park (931 Highway 80 W.) $8; … Martini Friday is at 9 p.m. at Martini Room (Regency Hotel, 400 Greymont Ave.). Free; call 969-2141.


Modace Boutique’s Sip and Shop Grand Opening is from 2-8 p.m., at Modace Boutique (5846 Ridgewood Road, Suite 201A). Free; call 601-345-1704; email owner@ 26 … Jason Daniels performs at 10 p.m.


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Collette’s Karaoke is at Fenian’s Pub (901 E. Fortification St.). Free; call 601-948-0055.


Celebrating 175 Years of History is from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. at Old Capitol Museum (100 S. State St.). Kick off the Old Capitol’s 175th birthday celebration with special activities, re-enactors and tours. Free; call 601-576-6920; … Naturalist Lecture Series: Conserving Reptiles and Amphibians is from noon-1 p.m. at Mississippi Museum of Natural Science (2148 Riverside Drive). James Lee, wildlife biologist for The Nature Conservancy, discusses the organization’s work. Included with regular admission; call 601-576-6000; … Quiz Night is from 7-9 p.m. at Library Lounge (Fairview Inn, 734 Fairview St.). The winning team gets a special prize. Free; call 601948-3429; The Weekend Kids, Growl and The Leave Me Be’s perform at 9 p.m. at Morningbell Records & Café (4760 Interstate 55 N., Suite A). $5; call 769233-7468;


Growing Up Girl in Today’s Crazy World with Julia V. Taylor is from 7 p.m.-8:30 p.m., at St. Andrew’s Episcopal School (370 Old Agency Road, Ridgeland). Taylor is a school counselor and author of books such as “The Bullying Workbook for Teens,” “Salvaging Sisterhood” and “Perfectly You.” Free; call 601-853-6053; email hollisr@ … Karaoke is at Ole Tavern (416 George St., 601-960-2700) and at Last Call (3716 Interstate 55 N., 601-713-2700).

Best of Jackson Party Jan. 26, 6-11 p.m., location TBA. Save the date for the JFPâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s annual celebration of all things Jackson. By invitation only; subscribers should check their inboxes for details. Finalists can email to get on the list.

(/,)$!9 Community Kwanzaa Celebration through Jan. 1, 6-9 p.m., at Medgar Evers Community Center (3759 Edwards Ave.). The nightly event includes guest speakers, performers and refreshments. Free; call 601-608-8327, 601-960-1741 or 601-918-5750. Christmas on Ice through Jan. 5, at Baptist Health Systems, Madison Campus (401 Baptist Drive, Madison). Enjoy an ice skating rink and ice slide, a Christmas Story Trail, decorations, concessions and concerts. $15 skating and ice slide (rental skates included), concerts and Christmas Story Trail free; call 601-500-5970;

#/--5.)49 Events at Unitarian Universalist Church of Jackson (4866 N. State St.). â&#x20AC;˘ Practicum for Psychic Phenomena (first Thursdays) Thursdays, 6:30-8 p.m. Spiritual intuitive Duann Kier is the facilitator. Learn how to develop your psychic ability. Includes presentations, discussions, personal practice, group experiences and focused meditations. For ages 18 and up. $5; email; â&#x20AC;˘ CUUPS Jackson Weekly Workshops Saturdays, 10 a.m.-8 p.m., in the Religious Education Building. Enjoy a day of socializing, support, free workshops and a drum circle. Schedule available online. Free; email uucj@; Precinct 1 COPS Meeting Jan. 2, 6 p.m., at Jackson Police Department, Precinct 1 (810 Cooper Road).These monthly forums are designed to help resolve community issues or problems, from crime to potholes. Call 601-960-0001. Naturalist Lecture Series: Conserving Reptiles and Amphibians Jan. 7, noon-1 p.m., at Mississippi Museum of Natural Science (2148 Riverside Drive). James Lee, wildlife biologist for The Nature Conservancy, discusses the organizationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s work at Camp Shelby Joint Forces Training Center and other sites. Included with regular admission; call 601-576-6000; Winter Community Enrichment Series, at Millsaps College (1701 N. State St.). Classes fall into the categories of art, music, fitness, design, business and technology. Call to request a brochure of options and fees. Fees vary; call 601-974-1130; Sunburst Model Search Pageants, at malls in Mississippi. Each pageant is for males ages newborn to 3, and females ages newborn to 27. All participants receive a trophy and crown. Entry form required. $10-$45; locations at Modace Boutiqueâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Sip and Shop Grand Opening Jan. 4, 2-8 p.m., at Modace Boutique (5846 Ridgewood Road, Suite 201A). Celebrate the grand opening of the new eBay boutique. Free; call 601-345-1704; email

Celebrating 175 Years of History Jan. 7, 9 a.m.2 p.m., at Old Capitol Museum (100 S. State St.). Kick off the Old Capitolâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 175th birthday celebration with special activities, reenactors and tours. The event kicks off a year-long contest where visitors vote for the most important event in the Old Capitolâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s history. Free; call 601-576-6920; Growing Up Girl in Todayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Crazy World with Julia V. Taylor Jan. 8, 7-8:30 p.m., at St. Andrewâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Episcopal School (370 Old Agency Road, Ridgeland). Taylor is a school counselor and author of books such as â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Bullying Workbook for Teens,â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;Salvaging Sisterhoodâ&#x20AC;? and â&#x20AC;&#x153;Perfectly You.â&#x20AC;? Free; call 601-853-6053; email

7%,,.%33 Events at Butterfly Yoga (3025 N. State St.). Call 601-594-2313; â&#x20AC;˘ Yoga Class. Classes are available Monday-Saturday, and the classes are intended to supplement an active, healthy and pain-free lifestyle through exercise and good nutrition. $10-$15. â&#x20AC;˘ Tabatas Mondays, 9-9:45 a.m., Tuesdays, 5:15-5:50 p.m., and Fridays, noon-12:45 p.m. Terry Sullivan of liveRIGHTnow teaches the high-intensity interval training class. $10; â&#x20AC;˘ Bellydancing Class, Sundays, 5:30-6:45 p.m. Randi Young-Jerome to learn the basics of the popular dance. $10-$15. Memory Care Program, at Gentiva Hospice (106 Riverview Drive, Flowood). The program helps caregivers and health professionals learn to care for those with Alzheimerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s and other forms of dementia. Free; call 601-983-3193; Zumba Fitness Classes Mondays, 7-8 p.m., and Tuesdays, 6-6:45 p.m., at Lindsey Claire Dance Company (4149 S. Siwell Road, Byram). Licensed instructor Paula Eure leads the Latin dance-inspired aerobics class. For ages 18 and up. $5; call 601-209-7566 or 601-260-7470; email; ALS (Lou Gehrigâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s) Support Group Fourth Mondays, 6:30-7:45 p.m., at Methodist Rehabilitation Center (1350 E. Woodrow Wilson Ave.). The group meets in the BankPlus Community Room on the second floor. Free; call 601-364-3326. First Friday Free ADHD Screenings, at the office of Suzanne Russell, LPC (665 Highway 51 N., Ridgeland). Licensed professional counselor Suzanne Russell offers free 30-minute ADHD screenings for children every first Friday of the month. Appointment required. Free; call 601707-7355. Jackson Insight Meditation Group Meetings, at Wolfe Studio (4308 Old Canton Road), at the Dojo. The group meets Mondays from 6-7 p.m. for metta (lovingkindness) meditation practice, and Wednesdays from 6:30-8 p.m. for silent meditation and Dharma study. Free, donations welcome; call 601-201-4228; email bebewolfe@

-53)# Music in the City Jan. 7, 5:15 p.m., at Mississippi Museum of Art (380 S. Lamar St.), in Trustmark Grand Hall. Enjoy a cash bar at 5:15 p.m., and music from Sibyl Child, Vernon Rains and Paolo Tosti at 5:45 p.m. Free, donations welcome; call 601-960-1515;



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he Mississippi Museum of Art and St. Andrew’s Cathedral will partner Jan. 7 for another edition of the “Music in the City” series. The program will feature soprano singer Sybil Child and tenor singer Vernon Rains performing American jazz classics and ballads, the Schubert Serenade, and a series of light Italian arias by Paolo Tosti. “Sybil has a big following. We try to bring her here at least once a year. This will be a great way to kick off the year,” says Julian Rankin, director of new media at the museum. Franz Schubert composed “Serenade” in 1828. It is a moving piece of music taken from his “Swan Song,” which was published after his death. The piece is based on a set of Heinrich Heine poems. In the “Serenade,” the singer pleads with his love for happiness. Sir Paolo Tosti was an Italian composer who later immigrated to Britain, where he became a teacher at the Royal Academy of Music. He enjoyed writing Seeker & Servant Jan. 7, 7 p.m., at Duling Hall (622 Duling Ave.). The contemporary Christian band performs to promote their debut album, “Into Your Love, I Go.” Doors open at 6 p.m. All-ages show; adults must accompany children. $3 in advance, $5 at the door; call 601-292-7999;

,)4%2!29!.$3)'.).'3 World Book Night USA Call for Giver Applications through Jan. 5. Individuals ages 16 and up may participate in the annual free book giveaway. World Book Night USA is April 23, 2014. Free; Lemuria Story Time Saturdays, 11 a.m., at Lemuria Books (465 Interstate 55 N., Suite 202). Children enjoy a story and make a related craft. Free; call 601-366-7619; Ready to Roar Reading Time Tuesdays-Fridays, 1 p.m., at Mississippi Children’s Museum (2145 Highland Drive). Children enjoy listening to a story at the Between the Lions exhibit in the Literacy Gallery. $8, children under 12 months and members free; call 601-981-5469; Weekly Storytime Tuesdays, 9:30 a.m., at Pearl Public Library (2416 Old Brandon Road, Pearl). Baby Bookworms Storytime for children ages birth-36 months is at 9:30 a.m., and Preschool Storytime for children ages 3-6 is at 10:30 a.m. The event includes stories, rhymes and music. Free; call 601-932-2562.

#2%!4)6%#,!33%3 Events at Mississippi Museum of Art (380 S. Lamar St.). • Hoot and Holler Day Camp Nov. 26, 10 a.m.2 p.m.Jan. 3, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Children ages 5-8


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Sybil Child and Vernon Rains perform jazz music at Mississippi Museum of Art’s Music in the City Jan. 7, 2014.

for the voice, giving the singers room for their own interpretations and embellishments. Tosti is perhaps best known for his sense of melody, and his music has a light quality, making it easy for even casual opera fans to enjoy. Music in the City is at 5:45 p.m. Jan. 7, 2014, in the Trustmark Grand Hall at the Mississippi Museum of Art (380 S. Lamar St., 601-960-1515). The performance is free. A cash bar opens at 5:15 p.m. —Tommy Burton explore the museum’s galleries and participate in hands-on activities. $45 per child; call 601960-1515; email; • Adult Figure Drawing Session Mondays, 6-9 p.m. through March 10. Jerrod Partridge teaches the class. $275; Shut Up and Write! (Capital Towers, 125 S. Congress St., Suite 1324). Enroll in one or more of Donna Ladd’s writing and creativity classes. Creative non-fiction classes meet Jan. 11, Jan. 25, Feb. 1, Feb. 8 and March 1 from 10 a.m.12:30 p.m. Includes materials, light breakfast and evening wrap-up party. $150. Also: “How to Sell Your Writing” and a Saturday creativity workshop. Call 601-362-6121, ext. 15, email class@ for more details. Visiting Artist: Amelia Key Sundays, 1:305:30 p.m. through Jan. 26, at Mississippi Children’s Museum (2145 Highland Drive). The local artist gives workshops on creating sculptures. $8, members and children under 12 months free; call 601-981-5469; Preschool Picassos Fridays and Saturdays, 9:30 a.m.-10:30 a.m., at ArtWorks Studios (158 W. Government St., Brandon). The exploratory art class is for children ages 2-4. Adults must accompany children. $20 per class; call 601499-5278; email; Salsa Sundayz Sundays, 7 p.m., at Brickhouse Cardio Club (1006 Top St., Suite H, Flowood). The free salsa lesson is at 7 p.m., and the dance social is at 8 p.m. $5; call 601-850-7461.

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al Watercolor Exhibition through Jan. 5. See watercolors from artists across the country in the public corridor. Free. • Italian Art from the Permanent Collection through Jan. 12. See works on paper from artists such as Canaletto, Simone Cantarini, Orazio Farinati and Girolamo Imperiale in the McCarty Foundation Gallery. Free. • Recent Acquisitions Exhibit through Jan. 12. See photographs, paintings and sculptures recently added to the museum’s permanent collection. $5, $4 seniors, $3 students, free for members and children ages 5 and under. • An Italian Palate: Paintings by Wyatt Waters through Jan. 12, in the Barksdale Galleries. See 60 of Wyatt Waters’ watercolors he painted in Italy in the summer of 2011. The paintings are featured in Waters’ upcoming book with food writer Robert St. John. $5, $4 seniors, $3 students (includes admission to Recent Acquisitions exhibit), free for Museum members and children ages 5 and under; call 601-960-1515. • Bethlehem Tree: Younger Foundation Crèche Collection through Jan. 12, in Trustmark Grand Hall. The installation includes more than 150 rare 18th-century figures. Free. • C3 (Conversation. Creativity. Community.) Participatory Art Project Thursdays and Saturdays through March 20. Significant Developments is the facilitator. Participants record their own symbols of identity onto clay bells that will be part of an art installation in the Art Garden. Public ceremony March 20 at 6 p.m. Free; call 601-960-1515 or 866-VIEW ART; email Thief at the Crossroads: The Blues as Black Technology through Jan. 4, at Gallery1 (One University Place, 1100 John R. Lynch St., Suite 4). See John Jennings’ comic art that showcases African-American expressions. Jennings is a Mississippi native currently living and working in Buffalo, N.Y. Free; call 601-960-9250; Pieces of the Past: Jackson Businesses through Jan. 5, at Old Capitol Museum (100 S. State St.). The rotating exhibit includes artifacts from the Lamar Life Insurance Company, Jitney Jungle and more. Free; call 601-576-6800; email info@; “Reptiles: The Beautiful and the Deadly” through Jan. 12, at Mississippi Museum of Natural Science (2148 Riverside Drive). The traveling exhibition features snakes, turtles, lizards and other reptiles. $4-$6; call 601576-6000;

"%4(%#(!.'% Fight Against Hunger, at BRAVO!, Broad Street Bakery and Sal & Mookie’s. Dine at participating restaurants and add a donation to Extra Table to your receipt. Donations welcome; Medals4Mettle Medal Drive, at Fleet Feet Sports (500 Highway 51 N., Ridgeland). Donate marathon, half marathon and triathlon medals without ribbons. M4M gives the medals to children and adults with debilitating illnesses. Donations welcome; call 601899-9696; 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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Seeker & Servant (from left: Chandler Wood, Kody Gautier and Cameron Wood) creates atmospheric Christian songs and applies intelligent marketing to the world of worship music.


he Christian music domain is saturated with sound-alikes. Styles flourish and fade just as they do with secular radio, and artists tend to follow suit. For Jackson-based Seeker & Servant, pushing above the shifting stream of current trends is a matter of putting musical preferences to work and nonstop effort into spreading the word. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Our biggest pet peeve is, in the Christian music world, everyone follows Hillsong and Jesus Culture, so we wanted to stay clear of that,â&#x20AC;? keyboardist Cameron Wood, 22, says. Wood is a vocalist alongside his brother, guitarist Chandler Wood, 20. Newest member Kody Gautier, 21, rounds out the Seeker & Servant trio in a dual role as the groupâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s percussionist and signature synth-pad programmer. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re fans of music that surrounds youâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;immersive, big, atmospheric sounds like M83â&#x20AC;&#x201D;so you can lose yourself in worship,â&#x20AC;? Wood says. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s simple and organic, but at the same time, it can be breathtaking in what it says about God.â&#x20AC;? Seeker & Servant began in 2012 as a way for Cameron and Chandler, who frequently collaborated musically, to help out Restoration Church in Flowood. Though the brothers moved on from the church, their songs have taken on a life outside of Sunday services. â&#x20AC;&#x153;When Kody came on board with programming and adding percussion, it took a different turn,â&#x20AC;? Cameron Wood says. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We had people become interested, and we wanted to make a record. We raised enough money to make it, and it just happened over time. Everything fell into place.â&#x20AC;?


Seeker & Servantâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s growing public recognition can be attributed in part to the bandâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s persistent promotion of its first full-length record, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Into Your Love I Go,â&#x20AC;? which traces the full journey of an encounter with God over eight songs, from seeking to finding to understanding. The album is set for a Jan. 7 release. Wood says that marketing the album meant determining an audience for the music and deciding what promotional elements would best fit the band and that audience. The members are no strangers to this analytical approach to production, as all three men co-founded the multimedia consulting company Revival House. However, promoting his own band has been a strange experience for Wood. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s been different because we didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t set out to make it a huge thing, but if it becomes that, thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s great,â&#x20AC;? he says. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We just wanted to write music because we love it and because we love God.â&#x20AC;? Seeker & Servant performs at 7 p.m. Dec. 7 at Duling Hall (622 Duling Ave., 601-292-7999) in celebration of the release of â&#x20AC;&#x153;Into Your Love I Go.â&#x20AC;? Admission is $5 and includes a free digital download of the album. Pre-order â&#x20AC;&#x153;Into Your Love I Goâ&#x20AC;? on iTunes. Visit or find the band on Facebook to purchase tickets and get more info.












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This is a great week in sports, what with the wildcard weekend of the NFL Playoffs and bowl games that lead up to the final BCS National Championship Game. This football season is ending, folks.

he road to Super Bowl XLVIII goes through Seattle in the NFC—seems only fitting that the one-seed Seahawks are all the way across the country. As for the New Orleans Saints, the road to MetLife Stadium truly will come on the road. As the sixth seed in the NFC, New Orleans can’t host a home playoff game no matter what upsets happen with the higher seeds. The Saints finished with a perfect 8-0 home record, but struggled playing on the road. The team’s 3-5 away record cost them a chance at the one or two seed. To be fair, the Saints didn’t lose to a bunch of Houston Texans or Jacksonville Jaguars. New Orleans lost to the New England Patriots (No. 2 seed in the AFC), the Carolina Panthers (No. 2 seed in NFC) and the aforementioned Seahawks (No. 1 seed in the NFC). The Saints should feel no shame losing to those three teams on the road. Also, the Patriots and Panthers only escaped with last-second wins. New Orleans’ other road losses were against the New York Jets and the St. Louis Rams. The Jets finished second in the AFC East, and the Rams had a 7-9 record

in the toughest division in football, the NFC West. In every single one of those on-theroad losses, the Saints lost the turnover battle. Overcoming turnovers on the road is much harder than at home. If New Orleans is going to win three straight away games to reach the Super Bowl, the team has to win that turnover battle. Another common thread: The Saints lost the rushing battle in four of their five losses. Other Saints problems include losing the time of possession in three of their five road losses. Finally, the Saints were sloppy on the road with penalties. New Orleans averaged seven penalties and 57 penalty yards per game. Saints’ opponents averaged 5.4 penalties and 43 penalty yards per game. It is a simple plan. New Orleans just has to win the turnover battle, win the rushing battle (which leads to winning time of possession) and eliminate penalties. One thing to watch: Drew Brees had nine turnovers by himself (seven interceptions and two lost fumbles) in the Saints’ five road losses. As great as Brees is, he has been a liability on the road.
















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