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ermany borders Switzerland to the north, France is to its west and Italy to its south. Switzerland, therefore, recognizes four official languages—German, French, Italian and Romansh. In fact, Switzerland is not a nation but officially a confederation that famously remains neutral in international wars. In that way, Switzerland is an interesting and perhaps even apt choice for state Rep. Cecil Brown to vacation with his family before the notoriously divided Mississippi Legislature commences its 2014 legislative session. Just as Switzerland hasn’t always practiced neutrality, Brown, a north Jackson Democrat since 2000, says the Legislature hasn’t always been as polarized as it is now. “Debates changed,” Brown, 69, told the Jackson Free Press recently. Before 2011, Brown’s Democratic Party held power in the House of Representatives, and Republicans controlled every other branch of state government. Nevertheless, the parties had spirited exchanges over the big questions they faced about public education, health care and the budget before striking a compromise. Under the leadership of Speaker Philip Gunn, Brown not only lost his chairmanship but Gunn kicked him off the House Education Committee all together. Beyond asking questions and pushing for floor debate, Democrats know they can’t provide education funding increases.


“We’re just trying to keep them from killing public education,” Brown said. A Meridian native, Brown received a bachelor’s degree from the University of Mississippi, and a master’s in public accountancy from the University of Texas and moved to Jackson in 1967. Before he retired in 2013, Brown spent 47 years working as a Certified Public Accountant and investment adviser, and he served as chief of staff to Gov. Ray Mabus, a Democrat. Brown long had an interest in education issues, but his marriage to Nancy Haas, a teacher who worked in four Jackson public high schools before working at Northwest Rankin High School, helped him take up the mantel when he won election to the Legislature in 1999. In that time, Brown has come to know more about the economics of public education than just about any other lawmaker. The battle of wills over education and other key issues is now underway at the state capitol. Brown said this session Democrats will attempt to drum up more public involvement in debates over education as well as Medicaid expansion, which is expected to be a hot-button issue once again in 2014. Brown points to two key reports published in recent years showing numerous health benefits and millions of dollars in potential economic activity from expanding Medicaid. “I’m hoping they come to their senses,” Brown said. —R.L. Nave

Cover photo of the Mississippi State Capitol by Trip Burn, design by Kristin Brenemen

9 The Long Haul

“For those who haven’t had a chance to find out, not only is (Rick Hill) a good artisan, a technician of his trade, but he’s also a wonderful human being, he’s very compassionate and understanding. He has patience, especially when you don’t understand something. He’ll sit down with you and explain it over and over again.” —Chokwe Lumumba, “Rick Hill Brings It Home”

19 Fresh Air

Kelly Bryan Smith wants you to hit the road and spend a day reconnecting with nature. Just leave the electronics at home.

28 Blues Mood

Bill Morganfield, Muddy Waters’ son, continues his family’s legacy of blues music, incorporating his own distinctive touch.

4 ............................. EDITOR’S NOTE 6 ................................................ YOU 8 ............................................ TALKS 12 ................................ EDITORIAL 13 .................................... OPINION 14 ............................ COVER STORY 19 ................................. WELLNESS 21 ......................................... FOOD 23 .............................. DIVERSIONS 24 .......................................... FILM 25 ....................................... 8 DAYS 26 ...................................... EVENTS 28 ....................................... MUSIC 29 ....................... MUSIC LISTINGS 30 ..................................... SPORTS 31 .................................... PUZZLES 33 ....................................... ASTRO


JANUARY 8 - 14, 2014 | VOL. 12 NO. 18



by R.L. Nave, News Editor

My ‘News’ Year Resolutions


y the time you read this, the 2014 regular session of the Mississippi Legislature will be underway. And there’s a good chance, by then, we’ll all already be kind of over it. Granted, this is only my third legislative session, which is nothing compared to some of my colleagues in the Capitol press corps and certainly compared to legislators who have served since the 1980s. Still, assembling this year’s Legislative Preview issue (see pages 14-17)—which includes contributions from Jackson city reporter Tyler Cleveland and freelance reporter Casey Purvis—and following presession news coverage has felt like listening to a coach’s post-game interview peppered with rote clichés and folksy wisdom. Oh, you’re going to take it one play at a time, eh? Profound. Now, to be fair to legislators—and coaches—myriad variables affect the legislative process, including the whims and wants of the legislative leadership, statewide and national political climates that can affect and be affected by what’s going on at the Capitol (i.e. the upcoming Republican primary for U.S. Senate), intraparty jockeying and the influence of interest groups. What you’re left with, if you spend any time in that environment, is the ability to anticipate the (non-)answer to just about any question posed to politicians and wonks alike. In all fairness, it’s not you, Mississippi Legislature; it’s me. I have a tendency get antsy when it feels like the news is getting tedious. In fact, that’s part of why I moved on from my last job covering state government, in Springfield, Ill. There, in a relatively short amount of time, I covered some big stories, including Rod Blagojevich’s gubernatorial impeachment and Barack Obama’s historic presi-

dential campaign. As a young reporter, I was grateful for the opportunity to do what I thought was important work, competing against veteran political journalists

In all fairness, it’s not you, Mississippi Legislature; it’s me. from bigger daily newspapers. Those were fun times, but the stories that I liked most took me to neighborhoods and regular people. For example, when Blagojevich offered up an idea to provide health insurance to every adult in Illinois under the state’s Medicaid program, naturally the political and policy debates around the plan were a huge part of our coverage. Important stuff for sure, but my favorite story from that episode was about a 70-year-old guy, nicknamed Rock, whose wife had a debilitating medical condition. Rock’s wife was unable to get health insurance because of the pre-existing condition—this was way before Obamacare— so to pay for her medications, Rock took odd jobs like demolishing vacant homes,

using little more than his bare hands. Blagojevich’s insurance proposal, along with his entire governorship, ultimately failed. I ran into Rock a few months later, and he told me that our story had caught the attention of a state agency official, who offered Rock a parttime job with health benefits that would cover his wife’s prescriptions. Rock’s story is the kind I love: one that combines complex policy issues and political posturing, but told through the experience of a citizen. I did lots of stories of stories like that and was proud of them, but eventually it was time to move on, so I wound up spending time in Seattle, Wash.; Boulder, Colo.; and Albuquerque, N.M. When the opportunity arose to come to the Jackson Free Press, I jumped at it. My family roots are in east Mississippi, and Jackson seemed like a fascinating place to work, an underdog news town. I wanted to come to the JFP and cover state government again not because I wanted to go back to rubbing elbows with muckety-mucks, but because I missed community journalism and writing about people like Rock. That brings me back to the current session. The thinking behind this year’s legislative preview was to get beyond relying on talking heads yammering on and on about what they think is going to happen this year and focus on some of the groups and lobbyists (no, they aren’t necessarily dirty words even if some have sometimes done some arguably dirty things), who are supposed to represent the interests of citizens to our lawmakers. I rarely make resolutions, but going into my first new year as JFP news editor, I’m challenging myself to think differently about the way I approach not just writing

about the Legislature this year, but all of our news coverage. Because at this point, I honestly can’t picture myself doing anything other than what I’m doing, or in any other place but Jackson, here are my goals for 2014: • Rely less heavily on meeting coverage and news conferences. Of course, we’ll still cover “pressers,” and will often write news stories based on them, but I’m making a commitment to push myself and other reporters here to always try to find people whom the news will affect. • Get out into neighborhoods. I tell myself to do this all the time, but now I’m putting it on paper. After living in Jackson for two years, there are still huge swaths of the city where I haven’t stepped a toe. That won’t necessarily mean showing up on the scene of a breaking news event, but it might mean getting far away from downtown for lunch or dinner or, from time to time, doing my grocery shopping at a different supermarket than the ones I frequent now. • Find diversity. Each week, when editing the features known internally as “littles” (i.e. Overheard, etc.), it bothers me if we’ve only written about middleaged men, or white people or African Americans. Jackson is a diverse city, and we do a better job than every other news organization in showing off that diversity. But we’re not perfect, and we can and will do better this year. • Finally, be more people-focused in general; in other words, we’ll look for the “Rocks” to tell more Jackson stories. I resolve to do these things and will work with any reporter who writes news for the Jackson Free Press to do the same. Feel free to help me out. Send ideas to rlnave@jacksonfreepress. com or call 601-362-6121 ext. 12.

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Tyler Cleveland

Kelly Bryan Smith

Justin Hosemann

Jordan Sudduth

Briana Robinson

Tommy Burton

Zilpha Young

Kimberly Griffin

City Reporter Tyler Cleveland majored in news/editorial journalism at the University of Southern Mississippi. He enjoys sports, southern cuisine and music. Send him tips at call him at 601-362-6121 x. 22.

Kelly Bryan Smith is a Fondren mom, nurse and writer. In her spare time, she practices yoga, builds garage apartments and fights crime with her son Batman. She wrote a wellness story.

Former Editorial Intern Justin Hosemann is a native of Vicksburg. He recently graduated from the University of Southern Mississippi. He wrote food and arts features.

Jordan Sudduth is a political consultant, golfer, fledgling actor and wannabe chef. He has a passion for film and has been working on a novel since May 2010. He wrote a film review.

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 briana@ She did Eight Days a Week.

Music Listings Editor Tommy Burton is keeping the dream alive one record at a time. He can usually be seen with a pair of headphones on. He wrote a music story.

Delta State University grad Zilpha Young is the new ad designer at the Jackson Free Press. When she’s not designing things, she’s usually watching too much Netflix or drawing cephalopods. She created many of the ads for the issue.

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

Mississippi Museum of Art

A Trip toItaly

Please Donate in 2014

This evening features a guided tour through the exhibition led by artist Wyatt Waters and chef and restaurateur Robert St. John. Visit MSMUSEUMART.ORG for more information and to make your reservation.



Katherine Byrd Would’t Be Alive Today

Wyatt Waters (born 1955), Down to the Waterline, 2011. watercolor on paper, copyright © the artist.

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[YOU & JFP] Name: Kristin Ley (and Willow) Age: 29 Job: Artist, owner and operator of Thimblepress Location: State Street How long have you lived in Jackson? I’ve been back for three years How long have you been a JFP reader? 10 years Favorite book: Shel Silverstein’s “A Light in the Attic� Favorite quote: “Let your faith be bigger than your fear.� Secret to Life: “Not to plan everything. Let life surprise you.�

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Thomas Barnes Amtrak expansion— Meridian to Dallas and restoration of the Sunset Limited to Florida! Georgia Casey Purvis The Medicaid expansion. Eric Steven Achee Stop special interest deals and create jobs. Jeffery Taylor Although I know it won’t happen, I’ll say term limits! Susan Payne Womack Full funding of public education would be nice. Andriana Crudup Can they get rid of our state flag? Eric Steven Achee We have term limits. It’s called voting. Ingrid Cruz STATE: Repeal E-Verify, expand Medicaid and keep their rosaries off our ovaries. FEDERAL: Halt deportations, green jobs, assistance for people with student loans and job creation/unemployment benefits extension bills. Oh, and convicting a few people from Wall Street would be nice. Alice Hollis Watkins Get rid of Common Core in the state.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR Defending the Castle Doctrine I have just read R.L. Nave’s article, “Killing Quardious Thomas: A Castle Doctrine Case Study� ( in the Dec. 11-17, 2013, issue. I do sympathize for Tonya Greenwood in the loss of her son. I do not agree with her remark, “They made the law so easy—and just like that it’s justified. (Quardious) never had a chance.� Yes, Ms. Greenwood’s son had a chance. He had the chance to stay at home that morning and not go out breaking into vehicles that did not belong to him. He had the chance to wake up and decide to do something constructive with his life. Instead, he saw the chance to vandalize automobiles for the reason, I am assuming, of stealing valuables to sell or exchange for drugs. As a recent victim of a home burglary, I cannot explain to you what was taken from me that evening, in addition to the possessions that I worked so hard for. No locks on the door can take away the feeling of insecurity or the violation I feel know-

ing someone was in the house and went through my personal belongings. After being out and returning home, I still experience apprehension and fear before opening the door to enter, afraid that someone has illegally entered my home again. Had I been at home when the low-life broke in, I would have used deadly force to protect myself and my belongings. Before anyone asks, “Is it worth taking a human life over possessions?� let me respond by saying, I am not going to sit or stand there waiting to see if the intruder just leaves or if they are going to physically harm me. Criminals should be asking the question, “Is it worth my life to break in and steal what is not mine?� To Ms. Greenwood I say, I don’t see the Castle Doctrine as a law that makes it easy for anyone. Had I been at home and used deadly force to protect myself and my possessions, I cannot conceive of how I would be feeling now at the taking of someone’s life. To me the “easy� part would have been for Ms. Greenwood’s



son to live according to God’s commandment, “Thou Shalt Not Steal.� Honest, hard-working people are getting fed up with people taking from them. Ms. Greenwood’s son broke into vehicles, but it is my understanding that a vehicle is considered an extension of your home. How long would it be before her son graduated to breaking into homes? What if he broke into a vehicle and/or home and stole a legally owned and registered firearm and then used it himself to kill someone. Don’t say it couldn’t happen. I bet Ms. Greenwood would have never thought her son would be vandalizing and entering other people’s vehicles. I, myself, am thankful for the Castle Doctrine law. I feel confident in saying that all law-abiding citizens do. Criminals, however, do take issue with it, I’m sure. Patty Saliba Brandon, Miss. Read the story and comment on this letter at



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Thursday, Jan. 2 A helicopter rescues all 52 passengers from a research ship that has been trapped in Antarctic ice since Christmas Eve after weather conditions clear enough for the operation. â&#x20AC;Ś A senior Israeli Cabinet minister and more than a dozen legislators pour cement at a construction site in a settlement in the West Bankâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Jordan Valley in what they say is a message to visiting U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry that Israel will never relinquish the strategic area. Friday, Jan. 3 A winter storm that drops nearly two feet of snow just north of Boston, temporarily shuts down major highways in New York and Pennsylvania, forces airlines to cancel thousands of flights nationwide and causes at least nine deaths. Saturday, Jan. 4 President Obama says in his weekly radio and Internet address that Republicans should make it their New Yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s resolution to do the right thing and restore economic security for their constituents instead of punishing families who can least afford it.

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Sunday, Jan. 5 U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry says that America will support Iraq as it combats al-Qaida-linked militants who have seized cities in the countryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s west, but that the U.S. wonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t send troops, calling the battle â&#x20AC;&#x153;their fight.â&#x20AC;?


Monday, Jan. 6 A whirlpool of frigid, dense air known as a â&#x20AC;&#x153;polar vortexâ&#x20AC;? descends into much of the U.S., bringing sub-zero temperatures to areas from Montana to Alabama. â&#x20AC;Ś Congress returns to work with the security of personal data and the federal minimum wage as some of the top issues it will address. Tuesday, Jan. 7 The Republican National Committee begins running ads in 40 media markets targeting incumbent senators who supported President Obamaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s health care program.

Hindsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; E911 System Emergency by R.L. Nave


arrel McQuirter, who represents District 2 on the Hinds County Board of supervisors, takes over duties as board president while county officials grapple with an aging emergency communications system. The fund that pays for the E911 system, long a source of acrimony on the board, is headed for bankruptcy and will be more than $153,000 in debt by August, said District 3 Supervisor Peggy Hobson-Calhoun. This week, Hobson-Calhoun proposed developing a request-for-proposals to solicit bids for a new emergency system to replace one that she said was aging and had outlived its usefulness. McQuirter, a former fire chief for the city of Clinton, urged fellow supervisors to support replacing the existing system. Joey Perkins, interim emergency operations center director, said the county could save some money by ending a site maintenance contract and letting county employees do the work. Perkins also recommended hiring a radio system manager, which would replace a consultant the county now uses. District 5 Supervisor Kenneth Stokes objected, saying the county should not take on new debt to buy a new system until the existing system is paid off in August 2017. During an at-times testy meeting, supervisors also elected a new president and changed the boardâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s policy for choosing presidents and vice-presidents in the future. District 2 Supervisor Darrel McQuirter, who won a special election in the fall to fill the term of another supervisor who died in early 2013, was







Wednesday, Jan. 1 Rwandaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s former spy chief is found dead, possibly strangled, in a hotel in South Africa. Opposition leaders accuse President Paul Kagame of ordering his assassination. â&#x20AC;Ś The nationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s first legalized recreational marijuana shops open in Colorado.

Hinds County District 2 Supervisor Darrel McQuirter was recently named board president, but not everyone is happy about it.

elected as the new president. McQuirter will replace District 1 Supervisor Robert Graham, who has held the president post since January 2012. HobsonCalhoun will become the vice president. It was not a welcome move to Kenneth Stokes, who represents District 5 and is currently the boardâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s vice president. Stokes said representatives of the Mississippi Association of Supervisors, which conducts training sessions for new board members around the state, told him that the president and vice president are required to serve four-year terms. â&#x20AC;&#x153;If we donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t follow state law, we might as well let everybody in jail out because they didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t follow state law,â&#x20AC;? Stokes said at the meeting. Board Attorney Pieter Teeuwissen said

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When you look back over the past 41 years, what sticks out?

I think the biggest thing that sticks out is how much things have changed. When I came here, Jackson was a certain city, and



n April 2012 article in Time Magazine suggests that the average American will change jobs nine times between the ages of 18 and 32. The No. 1 reason for people leaving jobs? They arenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t advancing fast enough, and sometimes the best way to move up is to move out. That writer never met Rick Hill. Hill retired last week after working 41 years with the city and an emotional goodbye following an honor from the Jackson City Council. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It went by mighty fast,â&#x20AC;? he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t believe itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s been that long since June 20, 1972. During this last 42 years, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s been an honor and pleasure to serve the city of Jackson.â&#x20AC;? Hill worked in seven different positionsâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;all for the cityâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;and he worked his way up through the ranks to deputy director of the administration department for eight different mayors. The most recent one had some kind words for Hill as he was honored on his last day at work on Dec. 30. â&#x20AC;&#x153;For those who havenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t had a chance find out, not only is he a good artisan, a technician of his trad, but heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s also a wonderful human being, heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s very compassionate understanding. He has patience, especially when you donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t understand something. Heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll sit down with you and explain it over and over again.â&#x20AC;? Lumumba said. After the ceremony, Hill answered a few questions.

had, you have to make the budget work with less money. You have to adjust it to accommodate that loss of tax base. What about the city government? Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s changed, too. When I came on, it was a three-member board and a mayor, where the members were elected at large. We went to a council-mayor system, and the mayor acted like an executive branch and the council the legislative branch. That was a dramatic change to go from the original system to how it functions now. How many of these city council meetings have you attended?

Well, at least one a week over 41 years, so youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll have to do the math (laughs). Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve spent a lot of time in that room. Rick Hill took a job with the city in 1972 at age 25, and retired Dec. 31, 2013, at age 66. In 41 years, he never wanted or needed another job.

now itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s different. The biggest thing I see is how itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s changed and evolved over the years. What are some of those changes youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve noticed?

Back when I first came on, Jackson had 215,000 people living here. We had development going on, a solid tax base, and the place to live was Jackson. The surrounding communities werenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t developed. Over the years weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve lost some of our population. Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re at 175,000 now. The challenge now is to try to bring the city back to what it used to be population-wise. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a big challenge. Because you donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have the amount of people you

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I didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t do any work on the first three budgets, but Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve had a part in crafting every one since. I guess thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 38 consecutive budgets counting this last one. So whatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s next for Rick Hill?

Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m fixing to relax and attend some sporting events and not do anything for a while. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll eventually go into some kind of private work. Nobody gets to decide their own legacy, but if you could, what would yours be?

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JRA Lawsuit Heating Up by Tyler Cleveland


couple of key motions in the lawsuit the Jackson Redevelopment Authority brought against its former Farish Street leaseholder are set to be ruled upon this week. Hinds County Judge Denise Owens, who stepped in when Judge Patricia Wise recused herself on Nov. 4, 2013, will rule on two motions in the lawsuits against the Farish Street Group and David Watkins. The first is a motion Watkins filed that, if granted, would disqualify attorneys from the Jones Walker law firm—the firm that routinely represents JRA and is currently representing Farish Street Group officer Socrates Garrett in a separate suit—from representing the JRA in the suit. The second would add the Central Mississippi Planning and Development District as an interested party, as it seeks to protect its $4.7 million investment in the Farish Street Entertainment District development project. In a three-page letter to JRA interim Executive Director Willie Mott dated Oct. 3, 2013, CMPDD Chief Executive F. Clarke Holmes said JRA’s purported termination notice was sent in clear violation of the terms of the FSG/JRA lease, because the CMPDD, who is acting on behalf of MDA (and protecting its $4.7 million investment in Farish Street) wasn’t given prior notice. JRA Board President Ronnie Crudup admitted in a Dec. 10 deposition he had not read the letter, in which Holmes demanded that JRA reinstate the Farish Street Group as the developer of record until the board gives proper notice, as the lease requires. The letter concluded with this message: “In the meantime, we believe the best course of action for all of the parties is to move forward with transparent discussions aimed at getting the Farish Street project completed in a manner that achieves everyone’s goals.” Crudup said some of those problems had been discussed since Mott received the letter, but that the responsibility for communicating with the MDA and CMPDD fell to JRA attorneys, and not Mott, Crudup or other board members. Crudup’s deposition came roughly two months before the suit is set to go to court on Feb. 24, 2014. Court records show that during the deposition, where Crudup was represented by Jones Walker attorney Mark D. Herbert and examined by Watkins’ lawyer Lance Stevens, he admitted to owing Farish Street Group and Retro Metro partner Socrates Garrett a half a million dollars, and pled ignorance on a number of other issues. Crudup, who also serves as pastor at New Horizon Church International on Ellis Avenue, said the phrase “I don’t recall” three times, “I don’t know” three times and “I don’t remember” seven times during the

hour-and-16-minute interview. The minutes from the deposition help establish the timeline for the events that have stalled development of an entertainment district on historic Farish Street—a dream of city leaders and the local community for at least the last 20 years. COURTESY WEST/SOUTHWEST INDUSTRIAL AREAS FOUNDATION

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Jackson Redevelopment Authority board President Ronnie Crudup recently testified about a lawsuit JRA brought against Farish Street Group.

Crudup started at the point of contention: JRA’s decision to can the Farish Street Group as the developer of the entertainment district on Sept. 25, 2013. The 60-year-old Crudup said no Farish Street Group business partners—Watkins, Robert Gibbs, Socrates Garrett, Deuce McAllister and Leroy Walker—was notified of the JRA board’s intention to vote on the cancellation of that company’s lease on Farish Street. He also said he didn’t know whether or not the board notified the MDA or the CMPDD. But perhaps the most interesting development from Crudup’s deposition is the revelation that Crudup personally owes Socrates Garrett $500,000 for construction of New Horizon Church International’s facility at 1750 Ellis Ave. Crudup also revealed that he has a business relationship with Gibbs, the law partner of Ward 1 City Councilman Quentin Whitwell and another member of the Farish Street Group. He said he and Gibbs had “been involved in some small business development together.” A search on the secretary of state’s web site shows Crudup and Gibbs are both listed as directors in Hope International, a credit union that provides loans in under-privileged communities. Crudup did not recuse himself from the vote, but said he routinely does so in many situations. He did not return a call for for this story by press time. Comment at Email City Reporter Tyler Cleveland at or call 601-362-6121 ext. 22.

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Ardenland Gains a New Home by Dustin Cardon



n Jan. 1, Arden Barnett, said. “The economics of hosting founder of entertainment concerts changes when you have company ardenland, fiyour own building. There are some nalized a long-term lease great shows coming up that we can’t with building owner Mike Peters announce yet, but I can say they’ll be of Peters Development for Duling coming in the next month. We have Hall in Fondren. Barnett had previsome shows coming that are nothously been running ardenland out ing like anything people in Jackson of his home and is looking forward have seen. It should be very exciting to his business finally having a place for the city.” of its own. In addition to having Duling “I’ve been doing shows at Hall as a home base, ardenland will Duling Hall for two and a half continue to host large events feaArden Barnett is ready to move ardenland into a new years now, so when I decided to turing national acts at venues such home in Duling Hall in Fondren. get a place for my business, I knew as Hal and Mal’s and the Jackson it was the place,” Barnett said. Academy Performing Arts Center. “The neighborhood is phenomenal, “A lot of what we’re going to be doing To help ensure that as many people as the building has such a nostalgic feel, and is cosmetic changes to enhance the custom- possible can get in to see these great shows, the sound quality makes it one of the best ers’ experience,” Barnett said. “We do a lot Barnett plans to have ardenland expand rooms in the state. Every band that plays of private events, weddings and fundraisers, its Pay it Forward program. The program, there wants to come back, and the customer so with that in mind we’re also going to im- which has been in operation for a year and a experience is fantastic whether it’s a seated or prove the kitchen and bar.” half, rewards people with free concert tickets standing show. Duling is, in general, a very Barnett is prepared to make full use of in exchange for acts of kindness. Every conwarm and inviting building.” his new acquisition, with 35 shows already cert has a block of tickets set aside for the Pay Barnett plans to make a number of im- booked for early 2014. it Forward program. People can call or email provements to the building for the sake of “Having a lease on the building allows the ardenland office and request a ticket. In both customers and staff. us to be creative in our booking,” Barnett exchange, ardenland asks that the person go

out and do something nice for someone, whether it be a favor for a family member or a random act of kindness for a stranger. With a base of operations in Fondren secured, Barnett hopes to be able to issue 300 tickets for shows and distribute them to businesses that support the Pay it Forward program, leaving it to their discretion to see who gets these tickets for helping spread kindness around. Barnett expressed his gratitude to the businesses that have helped make ardenland successful, and to the owners of Duling Hall that provided him a base for his business. “The Fondren community as a whole is a place where everybody scratches everyone’s back,” Barnett said. “Places like Walker’s, Babalu, and other businesses promote us both before and after our shows. That’s the wordof-mouth aspect of the concert business, and there is nothing like it.” “Mike Peters and Andrew Mattiace of Mattiace Properties have also been a tremendous help in entrusting us with Duling Hall. I’ve been blessed that they believe in what I’ve been doing, and that I’ve been able to prove that our dream is a worthy dream that is good for Jackson,” Barnett added.

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Surviving Joblessness


rother Hustle: â&#x20AC;&#x153;Welcome to the Compensatory Investment Request Support Groupâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s first meeting of 2014. I started this support group two years ago when the unemployment rate was extremely high, especially for ethnic minorities and seniors. Although the unemployment rate has lowered a bit, individuals who remain jobless continue to be plagued with uncertainty, fear, stress and doubt. â&#x20AC;&#x153;With support from the Ghetto Science Teamâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Save the Jobless, Broke and Frustrated Financial Safety Net Program, the Compensatory Investment Request Support Group will execute a series of self-help sessions for recently laid off workers and the long-term unemployed. â&#x20AC;&#x153;One of the self-help sessions will address the mental-health care needs of the unemployed. Psychologist Judy McBride will moderate this session and help maintain the sanity of jobless individuals who are close to the edge trying not to lose their heads. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Pookie Peterz, economist and financial adviser, will have a session titled â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;When the Bill Collector Rings My Phone Every and All Day.â&#x20AC;&#x2122; Pookie will provide helpful debt management and negotiation techniques for long-term jobless individuals. â&#x20AC;&#x153;A spiritual outlook is very helpful in these scarce and scary times. So I asked Sister Encouragement from the Rev. Cletus Car Sales Broadcast to encourage the people with a self-help session titled â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Lord, Help Me to Hold Out Until My Change Has Come Prayer Vigil.â&#x20AC;&#x2122; â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s time to start this new year off right with a positive outlook and the will to survive, courtesy of the Compensatory Investment Request Support Group.â&#x20AC;?


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Why it stinks: Whatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the guv been smoking? The first problem is that Bryantâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s idea is possibly illegal. At least one federal judge, in Florida, has already said so. Second, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s unclear that thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the political appetite for it as the drug-testing legislation hasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t survived the committee process in recent years. Thirdly, as the Associated Press reporter who asked Bryant the question pointed out, TANF already has a work requirement. Since Bryant oversees the agency that administers TANF, if there are people receiving benefits who are not working, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s his administration thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not following the law.

Make Prison Reform Real


ur story last week about the Mississippi Department of Correctionsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; decision to end its longstanding practice of allowing conjugal visits has been getting a lot of attention in and outside the state. Certainly, the history of conjugal visitation is fascinating and represents Mississippiâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s own extraordinary and complicated racial history. Although some evidence shows that conjugal visits have positive benefits, conjugal visits are low on the list of things that prisons need to do to become more than warehouses for people who run afoul of the law. In explaining his decision for axing the visits, MDOC Commissioner Chris Epps cited costs and birth control. Coordinating them involved too much staff time and resulted in too many babies, Epps said, even though he did not provide documentation to support either claim. Considering that Mississippi has the nationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s second-highest incarceration rate, next to only Louisiana, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not hard to believe that it would be expensive to run our prisons. We suspect Epps had other motivations in cutting out conjugal visits. In recent years, despite Eppsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; best efforts to keep costs down, MDOC has run deficits of more than $30 million. In the summer of 2013, Epps criticized Malcolm McMillin, then-chairman of the state parole board and a former Hinds County sheriff, for granting too few paroles. Gov. Phil Bryant and a joint legislative commission have each offered up a long list

of reforms for Mississippi prisons for the 2014 legislative session. So itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s entirely possible that conjugal visits were a sacrifice to the gods of the Legislature. Some of the proposals range from giving judges more flexibility to impose less harsh sentences for certain kinds of crimes to relying more on drug courts and alternative sentencing programs to using electronic monitoring to help curb the prison population. As the recent Mississippi Corrections and Criminal Justice Task Force report notes, Mississippiâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s prison population of more than 22,000 people has grown by 17 percent in the past 10 years and is expected to grow by nearly 2,000 more by 2024, representing a total cost to taxpayers of about $266 million in the next decade. Last weekâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s incident at the privately run Walnut Grove Youth Correctional Facility is a prime example of why real reforms are needed. Prison officials and local media have cast the event as a â&#x20AC;&#x153;riotâ&#x20AC;? likely sparked by warring â&#x20AC;&#x153;gangs.â&#x20AC;? Of course, there are gangs in prisons. And people in prison, just like people who are not incarcerated, sometimes behave badly. The incident remains under investigation, but in our past experience with prison conditions, so-called riots are often ignited by lack of access to programs, health concerns and staff abuse. We hope that the reforms proposed for Mississippi prisons this year focus on addressing these often-ignored problems and not just dollars and cents.

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Trayvon, Black Manhood and Love

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like a reasonable black boy. He could have lowered his head, said I’m sorry for frightening you, crazy-ass cracker, and muted the crazy-making treble in his chest. Instead, he (allegedly) unreasonably swung back. He (allegedly) connected. And he tried to live. Unreasonably. When my student Wilson asked me how I want to be loved, I was afraid to tell

Trayvon Martin could have taken his disrespectful profiling and beating like a reasonable black boy. that I want to be loved by an unreasonable love that loves me enough to say and mean that Trayvon Martin, Rachel Jeantel, you and I are beautiful and worthy of second chances and healthy choices. This is just part of our story. I want to be loved by an unreasonable love that refuses to accept poverty and sexual abuse as reasonable. I want to be loved by an unreasonable love that loves black art and black communities enough to insist that black artists stop dismantling black women’s bodies, hearts and minds for profit. I want to be loved by an unreasonable love that loves black art and black communities enough to insist that every letter, color, word, shade, scene, rhyme, paragraph, photograph and step be rooted in a textured

exploration of unreasonable black love. I want to love and be loved by an unreasonable imaginative love that swings back and insists on superb universal health care, progressive tax rates that eliminate all rich folks exemptions, and mandatory courses on Intersectional Love and Discourse in every middle school, high school, college, church and community center in this country. I want to be loved by an unreasonable love that refuses to conflate honesty with transformation and hard work with revelatory work, a love that expects unreasonable love from police, teachers, doctors, politicians, presidents and CEOs. I want to be loved by an unreasonable love unafraid to reckon and fight and listen and share before going to bed, an unreasonable love that gets turned on by periodically turning off crippling pathologies and the Internet. This is just part of our story. I want to be loved unreasonably by an unreasonable love because we’ve nearly drowned in the poison of reasonable loving, reasonable liking, reasonable living, reasonable essays, reasonable art and reasonable political discourse. I want to be loved by an unreasonable love that knows the only reason we’re still here, breathing, imagining, fighting, wandering and wondering is because of the unreasonable work of a small but committed group of black southern unreasonable lovers. I want to be loved by an unreasonable love that loves itself enough to leave me if I insist on loving it reasonably, an unreasonable love that tells its mama, its father, its friends, its co-workers, its auntie, its mentors, its mentees, its lover, its grandmother, that the reasonable era of black American death and destruction ended in 2013. This is just part of our story, but I want the rest of the story to be written by reliable black characters, black activists, black parents, black children, black aunties, black uncles and black authors ready to demolish American reasonable doubt with waves and waves of unreasonable black American love. Kiese Laymon was born and raised in Jackson. He is the author of “Long Division” and “How To Slowly Kill Yourself and Others in America” (Agate Bolden). He is a contributing editor at Gawker and frequently blogs at Laymon is an associate professor of English at Vassar College. This piece originally appeared on 13

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can’t stop thinking about your ‘How do you want to be loved?’ question,” my student Wilson said to me. “And I was just wondering, when you asked yourself that question, what did you come up with?” I teach at Vassar College, an educational institution where resources, needblind admissions, multisyllabic disengagement, cocaine and curious students are in relative abundance. This semester, I challenged myself to do more than move my 60 students beyond traditional “either/or” binaries of feeling or thinking, critical analysis or creative writing, intellectualizing or confessing, radical or capitalist praxis. I was less invested in cultivating students who could critically interrogate text, faithfully imitate text, or courageously innovate text, and more concerned with making sure my students and I left the classroom, sentimental as it sounds, better at dreaming and loving unreasonably. Initially, I sourced my pedagogical shift to the freedom that accompanies publishing two bluesy black books in one year. But on Nov. 3, a day after Renisha McBride was murdered with a shotgun blast through a screen door outside Detroit, I realized that my pedagogical shift could be sourced to the reasonable murder of Trayvon Martin. There’s always reason to doubt the vitality and perspective of black boys. In a nation dedicated to death, deception and the mastery of disengagement, it is reasonable for a young black boy armed with iced tea and Skittles to be murdered on his way to watch an All-Star game. It’s reasonable for a jury of folks who have no idea how to love black children to find that child guilty of being a nigger. It’s reasonable for a nation of cowards to treat the courage, fear and rhetorical dynamism of his friend Rachel Jeantel like niggerish gibberish. But this is just part of our story. Trayvon Martin was a real, fleshy black American boy. Had he not been murdered, like most of us, he likely would have bobbed his head to spectacular disses of black women and black femininity. He probably would have found it hard, and damn near impossible, to invest in unreasonable love of black girls. This is just part of our story. I don’t know the rest. But I do know that Trayvon Martin could have taken his disrespectful profiling and beating COURTESY THE MARTIN FAMILY

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n the mid-1850s, Samuel Colt needed a seven-year the passage of strict abortion regulations and education extension of the patent on his legendary revolver, so reform that included expanding the presence of charter he decided to petition members of Congress—and schools. Lawmakers also passed the first bond bill their wives and children. for construction projects it had in many years. Colt’s competitors blasted the campaign as tanRepublicans having gotten so much of tamount to bribery, which eventually prompted what they wanted has created some oxygen an inquest, revealing that Colt had staged “lavish for lawmakers to start listening to constituentertainments for wavering senators” and that his ent groups, including business, civic and representatives had presented gifts of Colt pistols to certain social-justice organizations. congressmen and at least one to a lawmaker’s son, who was We’ll see how that plays out. no more than 12 years old. The investigative committee’s report into Colt’s ac- The Rules tivities stated: “The money has been used, as the evidence Despite the popular image— shows, in paying the costs and charges incurred in getting and some notoriously unscrupuup costly and extravagant entertainments, to which ladies lous practitioners—state law and members of Congress and others were invited, with a binds the state’s lobbyists to view of furthering the success of this measure. The ladies, strict rules. having been first duly impressed with the importance of Mississippi SecreColt’s pistol extension by presents of Parisian gloves, are tary of State Delbert invited to these entertainments.” Hosemann’s office It was during these “entertainments” when Colt’s enforces regulations agents would make their pitches to ask the Congress mem- of campaignbers to support the patent extension. Not a lot has changed in the past century and a half. Lobbyists remain one of the most formidable forces in Congress and under capitol domes around the nation. Lobbying, which the U.S. Constitution protects as a form of free speech, has at times precipitated scandals and, at other times, ushered landmark legislation. Mississippi is no exception. Legislators and policymakers rely on lobbyists, who represent corporations, nonprofits and government agencies—or, sometimes all of them—to explain the complicated legislation before them. Cecil Brown, a Democrat from Jackson, said lobbyists and other public-interest groups are a valuable source of information, helping sort out the hundreds of bills that come before legislators during the session. When a lobbyist requests a meeting, Lawmakers returned to the Mississippi Capitol this week for the 2014 legislative session. Brown asks two questions: “Who do you work for?” and “Who’s on the other side?” And they’re usually honest, Brown said. Lobbyists, and the lawmakers they want to influence, finance laws, which extends to lobbyists. Lobbyists are bying,” or people who do provide anything less than $200 descended on the Mississippi Capitol for the 2014 legisla- defined broadly, but anyone who meets the definition in value per year. tive session, which began Jan. 7 at noon. must register with the secretary of state. The state’s 2014 Lobbyists must file an end-of-session report, which This year, lobbyists could be more influential than lobbying handbook defines lobbying as the: “influencing provides a snapshot of activities during the session, withthey have in years past. At the beginning of the term, or attempting to influence legislative or executive action in 10 days of sine die, or adjournment. Then, annual rewhen Republicans took control of both chambers of the through oral or written communication. … solicitation of ports are due Jan. 30 of each year, meaning the public Legislature for the first time more than a century, the others to influence legislative or executive action. … (or) cannot get a clear picture of a lobbyist’s activities until party laid out a broad agenda. Thanks to the mechan- paying or promising to pay anything of value directly or almost a year later. ics of the legislative process, power jockeying among key indirectly related to legislative or executive action.” State law also prohibits lobbying contracts from guarRepublican players and some shrewd maneuvering by However, exceptions exist. Elected officials acting in anteeing specific outcomes, nor are lobbyists supposed to Democrats, it took a while for the GOP leadership to get their official capacity do not have to register as lobbyists receive bonuses from their employers, said Willie Bozeitems on their wish lists. nor do private citizens representing themselves, people man, a former state representative, who has been a lobbyist Much of that was achieved in 2012 and 2013, with who do not get paid or receive “anything of value for lob- since 2000.


Unlike some lobbyists who represent a single client or focus on one issue, Bozeman has several clientsâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;including Baptist Memorial Health Care Corp. and the Southern Poverty Law Centerâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;which would seemingly would pull a personâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s attention in a number of directions. Not so, Bozeman said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We represent the clientsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; interests. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not a juggling process. Youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re hired to do a certain thing and in order to uphold your end of the process, you make it work. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the same as being hired by any employer. Your passion is to your employer,â&#x20AC;? he said. Once again, Speaker Philip Gunn, R-Clinton, will be a central figure in the Medicaid expansion debate.

ties with three guiding principles in mind: spending prudently, saving for the future and prioritizing the core functions of government,â&#x20AC;? Bryant said when he unveiled the budget this fall. Bryantâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s budget, which is only a recommendation that will have to be reconciled with the Joint Legislative Budget Committee plan, is $5.3 billion and contains less money that Bryant wants to spend for his ambitious prison reform agenda. Neither budget proposal fully funds the Mississippi Adequate Education Program, which the Legislature instituted in 1996 to ensure that all school districts would receive equitable funding levels. Legislative leaders who control the

The City-Focused Push


hristmas has come and gone, but Jackson leadership is hoping the Mississippi Legislature will find a little room to stuff a few more muchneeded gifts in the cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s stocking. To that end, the city has put forth an aggressive agenda that includes long-shot initiatives like a re-streaming gas tax revenue from state coffers to municipal coffers, and proposals the Legislature is likely to find harmless, such as reimbursement for the Jackson Police Departmentâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s security at state events inside the city. The city is going into the new session with a new mayor, Chokwe Lumumba, and a new lobbyist, the director of policy for former Mayor Harvey Johnson Jr., Walter Zinn. Zinn presented the mayorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s suggestions to the Legislative Committee of the City Council on Dec. 16, 2013, with each of the eight proposed items receiving nearly unanimous support from committee members Deâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Keither Stamps (Ward 4), Tony Yarber (Ward 6), Margaret BarrettSimon (Ward 7) and Charles Tillman (Ward 5). Elect JPS Members, Please Committee members made it clear that Jackson would like to see a change in the process of choosing Jackson Pub-

purse strings to the treasurer have only said that the stateâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s economic footing is still too unsure to fully fund MAEP this year, which has not received its full allotment for more than three years, putting the stateâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s public schools more than $1 billion in the red. In 2014, Brown said Democrats will push for more involvement from its constituents to ratchet up the political pressure on Speaker Philip Gunn, Lt. Gov. Reeves and Bryant. To offset the Legislatureâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s failure to give schools the money they need to perform adequately, local school districts have had to raise property taxes, Brown said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s money there; thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not the will,â&#x20AC;? Brown, a former House Educa-


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lic Schools board members. Lumumba would like to hand off the responsibility of choosing school board members to the voters in order to hold members more accountable for their decisions and attendance. Most districts in rural Mississippi have elected boards, but it is not uncommon for districts in some of the stateâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s more highly populated areas to have an appointed board. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s unclear exactly how voting would work and what standards for nominees would be, but Zinn said many of the details would be ironed out during the crafting of the legislation. â&#x20AC;&#x153;If you want to have term limits or minimal qualifications, we can always go one of two routes and work that out,â&#x20AC;? he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We can make it local and private, or we can put a population classification on it; either way, it will only be germane to Jackson.â&#x20AC;? The Legislature made a similar caveat for Jackson on the proposed 1-percent sales tax, a 2009 option that included language regarding â&#x20AC;&#x153;cities over 150,000 in population.â&#x20AC;? Jackson is the only city in the state with a population higher than 70,000. City Council President Charles Tillman, who once served as JPS board president, said he had reservations over who would go through the â&#x20AC;&#x153;rigamaroleâ&#x20AC;? of a campaign and

election for a job that is long on hours and short on pay. Tony Yarber had his answer: the same kind of people who would run for city council. â&#x20AC;&#x153;When you were describing that job, you could have been describing us,â&#x20AC;? Yarber said to Tillman at the Dec. 16 Legislative Committee meeting. â&#x20AC;&#x153;When we have a situation like we had last week, when the bus drivers all went on strike, I know you got more calls than the school-board representative for your ward,â&#x20AC;? Yarber added. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I know that because I know how many calls I got. I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t know about you, but I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t like to be held accountable for things I canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t pull the trigger on.â&#x20AC;? Paying for State Security The city also wants support for a bill that would reimburse the Jackson Police Department, or the city, for extra security at big events that take place in the capital city. Zinn said in December that the Mississippi State Fair, which comes to town every October, often means overtime for traffic cops who provide security and help direct traffic to avoid long lines and congestion. It complicates things, he PRUH&,7<VHHSDJH

Fighting Over Money Mississippiâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s economy is not growing as quickly as the national economy, but state revenues are trending upward, creating opportunities for groups to clamor for funding. State revenue has grown about 5 percent annually for each of the past two years, while spending has increased about 2 percent a year. In his executive budget recommendation, Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant proposed a state spending plan that would put more money into education and public safety, including prisons, but does not increase taxes or fees. Bryantâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s budget proposes spending $6.1 billion during fiscal year 2015, which begins July 1. That sum includes all but two percent of a $5.4 billion revenue projection. â&#x20AC;&#x153;This budget addresses state priori-

tion Committee chairman, said of full MAEP funding. The other huge battle of wills expected to again play out this year is over Medicaid expansion. The federal Affordable Care Act, which the U.S. Supreme Court upheld in 2012, permits states to loosen eligibility requirements for the state-federal health-care program for low-income people, but some states with Republican governors, including Mississippi, have disavowed Medicaid expansion. Lawmakers debated Medicaid expansion during a special session last year, but ended up reauthorizing the Medicaid program without the expansion. However, the door remains open for another debate, and possible expansion, of Medicaid in 2014. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We have an opportunity to do something smart,â&#x20AC;? Sen. David Blount, D-Jackson, told the Jackson Free Press in December. This time around, Medicaid proponents will have some new ammunition. Researchers David Becker and Michael Morrisey, both researchers at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, affirms previous studies showing millions of dollars in additional economic activity would come from adding more people to the state-run insurance program for the poor. Even with the intense debate of the last year or so, the conversation over Med-


icaid expansion in Mississippi has focused on the costs and benefits to the state and to the health-care industry in broad terms. Becker’s report, commissioned by one group promoting Medicaid expansion, goes a step further and looks at Medicaid expansion’s effects on regions and local communities. It shows that billions of dollars are at stake in Medicaid. “It’s a deal that seems too good to pass up,” said Becker, speaking at the Jackson Medical Mall Dec. 12. That deal is outlined in Becker and Morrissey’s analysis showing that Mississippi taxpayers would spend $579 million between 2014 and 2020, but draw more than $1.4 billion in tax revenues as a result, and generate upward of $14 billion in total new economic activity. The deal would also create 20,000 new jobs and provide an $848 million increase in net state and local tax revenues. Those benefits would eventually trickle down to cities and counties. Jackson would get the biggest boost, representing more than $1 billion in total economic activity over the seven-year period between 2014 and 2020. In the Jackson metropolitan area, including parts of Madison and Rankin counties, that benefit would be closer to $2 billion. Medicaid expansion would also mean 2,712 new jobs for the capital-city area, Becker and Morrissey wrote. The Mississippi Economic Policy Center, a non-partisan, nonprofit organization that conducts research on publicpolicy issues that affect low- and moderateincome families will also continue making a case Medicaid expansion. Also high on MEPC’s agenda this year is addressing Mississippi’s college financial aid parameters, said MEPC workforce Analyst Dee Polk, who is helming the effort endeavor. “Need-based financial aid is in need of

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The Influencers

Sen. David Blount, D-Jackson, calls Medicaid expansion a smart move and looks forward to a legislative debate on the subject this year.

updating,” Polk told the JFP. Currently, only 15 percent of Mississippi’s grant funds are need-based compared the national average of 71 percent, states the MEPC report, “Investing in Our Future: How to Strengthen and Update Mississippi’s Financial Aid Programs for Today’s College Students.” Despite the low rate of need-based grants, Mississippi also has a high student-loan default rate. Tuition has risen faster than household income, and students with fewer resources may wind up being pushed out of higher education simply because they don’t have the funds to stay in college.

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“In Mississippi, we have a lot of students unable to finish college,” Polk said. MEPC will also focus on pushing for more transparency regarding revenue bills by having fiscal notes attached to the legislation. “Both lawmakers and the public should know how much something costs before it gets passed into law,” says Ed Sivak, executive director of MEPC. Brown, the lawmaker, calls opposition to Medicaid in the face of such abundant hard data “irrational.” “I don’t know how anybody explains that,” he said. “I’m hoping they come to their senses,” he added.

Fighting for Justice Amid the high-rolling corporate lobbyists, some Mississippi-based organizations will try to help craft legislation to promote social and economic equality. One group that actively monitors legislative proceedings is the Mississippi Center for Justice, a nonprofit public interest law firm founded in 2003 with two employees. Today, the center now has 30 employees and offices in Jackson, Biloxi and Indianola. Beth Orlansky, MCJ’s advocacy director, sums up the group’s mission, which is at the center of its lobbying, as striving for racial and economic justice. The center focuses particularly on housing, education, consumer protections, disaster relief and health care. The staff has been busy. As a law firm, the center provides an array of services. Providing foreclosure relief, following up with HUD in cases of housing discrimination, and handling BP oil spill claims are only a few of the services the center provides to Mississippi’s most underserved and vulnerable. The center uses pro bono attorneys and law students who assist in the information gathering process, all of whom attend legislative hearings and floor debates at the Capitol. Those efforts have included partnering with University of Mississippi Medical Center and the Mississippi State Department of Health to advocate for people with HIV and educate homeless shelters turning people away due to their HIV status. Their first step is to educate a fearful public and alleviate fear; but the center’s attorneys will step in if needed to protect people with HIV from discrimination. MCJ also supports Medicaid expansion and worked to pass legislation to restrict high-interest payday lenders. The center is currently working with employers, banks, and credit unions to try to establish small dollar loans with lower interest rates

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added, when an organization like Jackson State University, which has a contract with the city to provide security, has a home football game during the time the State Fair is in town. “We’ve brought this up before, and essentially we are looking to make an appropriation to law enforcement to cover what has turned into overtime, as the state fair has seen record attendance for a couple of years running,” Zinn said. “It becomes hard to provide security and traffic controls at all the events.” Other than the fair, Jackson is also home to the Mississippi High School Athletics and Activities Association’s basketball tournament and six state championship football games at the Mississippi Coliseum and Memorial Stadium, respectively.

Jackson Mayor Chokwe Lumumba has said that his previous experience working with former Gov. Haley Barbour to get clemency for his clients, the Scott Sisters, demonstrates that he will be able to effectively lobby state officials.

appointing more than six municipal judges at a time, which Zinn told the city council has potential to cause a backup in cases. The city is requesting the power to appoint up to 10 judges, even if some are on a temporary basis, to expedite the court process. The city would also like a financial endorsement for its prisoner re-entry program, which Zinn said has been successful but is underfunded. He estimated the city has about 600 releases in the city annually, and participating in the re-entry program greatly decreases the chances of the released prisoner returning to jail. Jackson’s experience with the sales-tax

legislation could be a model for other cities, said Quincy Mukoro, public affairs director for the Mississippi Municipal League. The MML will once again attempt to pass what it calls the Community Economic Development Act, or local option sales tax. CEDA would be similar to the law that authorizes Jackson’s to levy a 1percent tax on certain sales. Under the MML bill, 60 percent of citizens would have to approve the tax, which will only be levied for specific projects, nor does the plan involve implementing oversight commissions, which long served as an obstacle to Jackson’s holding a sales-tax vote. Mukoro and MML see CEDA as a way to give local communities more control over their economic destinies. “Just as the state doesn’t want federalgovernment control, cities and towns don’t want the state telling them how to run their communities,” Mukoro said. “Citizens should be able to make their communities better.” As evidence, he points to Oklahoma City and the state of Texas, both of which have passed versions of a localoption sales tax. Economic observers, including current Oklahoma City Mayor Mick Cornett, have heralded OKC’s local option experience as a success and credit it for keeping the city afloat during troubling economic times. Texas’ local-option tax goes even further than the one being floated in Mississippi, and allows municipalities to hold referendums for public safety. In year’s past, the local-option sales tax has met bipartisan opposition, with fiscal conservatives panning the effort as a tax increase. In Jackson and smaller cities around the state, Mukoro sees the local-option sales tax as potential economic game-changer. “Fix the infrastructure, and the sky’s the limit,” he said. Comment at Email Tyler Cleveland at or call him at 601-362-6121 ext. 22.


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Think Cooperatively Yet another initiative, and the one that best fits with what Lumumba’s vision that helped him to an overwhelming victory in the mayoral race in July, is the expansion of the role of cooperatives in the city. Long reserved, in Mississippi, for rural farming, cooperatives are autonomous associations of workers voluntarily cooperating for their mutual, social, economic and cultural benefit. Cooperatives—or co-ops—include non-profit community organizations and businesses that are not owned and managed by one certain person or company. The three types of co-ops Lumumba would like to see are consumer co-ops (for things like food, child care, housing and credit unions) like Rainbow Grocery in Fondren, producer co-ops that pool process and market the member products and worker co-ops, which are owned by the people who work at the business. “These community-oriented worker co-ops create more businesses than their

Streets and Crime The city is also looking for two concessions from the Legislature when it comes to crime and the court system. Current law prevents Mississippi cities and towns from

mer Hinds County sheriff’s deputy, supports the change because he has seen the effects of domestic abuse on families. “Anyone who understands crime, especially interpersonal crime, understands the importance of doing this,” Middleton said of Bryant. Comment at Email News Editor R.L. Nave at rlnave@jacksonfreepress. com or call him at 601-362-6121 ext. 12.


own,” Zinn said. “This bill got pretty far last year, but I think the interest from this administration is to create a way for people to bring themselves up. It’s consistent with what the Republicans are always saying about ‘pulling yourself up by your own bootstraps.’”



shelters receive funding from the state. A report from the Joint Legislative Committee on Performance Evaluation and Expenditure Review confirmed that the state agency in charge of distributing the grants had not given out $1.6 million that should have gone to shelters. Middleton argues that distribution authority should go to an independent commission, and said Gov. Bryant, a for-

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and to provide financial-management education to low-income workers. Sandy Middleton, executive director of the Center for Violence Prevention in Pearl and chairwoman of the Governor’s Domestic Violence Task Force, hopes to build on last year’s successful campaign to beef up the state’s human-trafficking law. This session, Middleton plans to support a bill to change how domestic-abuse

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Rustic wooded cabins the Civilian Conservative Corps constructed in the 1930s offer the perfect location for an unplugged family weekend of board games and splashing in creeks, a romantic getaway with stone fireplaces in each room, a base camp for all-day hiking among the Appalachian foothills, or a retreat for swinging on the screened porch with great friends.



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is the season for resolutions and new gym memberships and budgets and paleo diets and pinning the latest bun and thigh and ab challenges on Pinterest. But if you really wish to boost your health, wellness and state of mind this new year, I offer a simple prescription: Spend more time outside. Whether this means sipping more hot tea on the patio before everyone else wakes up, going for a sunrise and sunset walk around the neighborhood each day, planning a spring break camping trip sans cell phones, playing in the yard longer, taking more naps in the hammock on the porch, strolling the kids down to the park more often, or planning a weekend retreat to a cabin in the woods is really up to you. Getting outside gives me time and space to slow down and reconnect with what really matters in my life. It makes me feel more grounded. It helps my son seem more relaxed. The busier and more stressed I feel, the more I need to take the time to hit the road and get some fresh air.



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Tishomingo has fields for kicking a ball around, an outdoor pool for swimming (in the summer) and miles of amazing trails. The Bear Creek Loop spans over 4.1 miles. Jump in and wade creeks, balance on fallen trees, climb mossy boulders, examine a wide variety of mushrooms, pause for a snack in an old pioneer cabin, crawl through caves. The two-mile Outcroppings Trail offers some similar sites, with more cliffs to scramble up and waterfalls to climb. Both of these longer park hikes would be perfect for older kids, teens, and adults who are fit and healthy. Some shorter and easier hikes are also available in the park for pretty much any fitness level. For those of a less athletic bent, the area offers ample windows for gazing out into the woods, porches for rocking, fireplaces for reading beside, giant rocks for painting or photographing, and tables for eating and talking across and playing Monopoly.

Make a resolution to spend more time outdoors and less time plugged in.

What to Pack • Food and water • Hiking shoes and socks • Layers of weather-appropriate clothing • Soap and shampoo • Books and board games • Balls or other outdoor toys • Camera • Newspaper and matches to start a fire

What to Leave at Home • Sheets and towels (linens provided by the cabins) • Firewood (firewood bundles can be purchased at the park and delivered to your screen porch for $7 per bundle)

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The Jackson metro and the state have many great places to breathe in the great outdoors. I get this in early-morning Fondren, I get this at Laurel Street Park in Belhaven, I get this picnicking at the reservoir overlook, and I really get it just about anywhere along the Natchez Trace. For a real wellness boost in the new year, hop on the Trace and drive about four hours northeast, letting the world melt away over the miles, until you begin to see signs for Tishomingo State Park. “Hiking Mississippi: A Guide to 50 of the State’s Greatest Hiking Adventures” by Johnny Molloy, (State Hiking 19 Guides Series, Falcon Guides, 2009, $16.95).

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Bailey, 33, knows the defining spirit and atmosphere of Georgia Blue and gives you an assortment of reasons to visit. The restaurant’s food is a blend of southern and Creole that takes you from the Tennessee hills to the Louisiana Gulf Coast, depending on what menu item you’re looking at. Their style is somewhere between casual and upscale, but always comfortable like home. “We try to hone in on what it means to be southern and what it means to be family,” Bailey says. In large part, the original restaurant in Madison was created as a place for both family and community to gather, a modern throwback to the southern home of old. “We try to cater to what our surrounding community is doing and how we can help them by being a place that they can come and relax,” Bailey says. If shrimp and grits, fried green tomatoes, and red beans and rice aren’t enough to lure you into Georgia Blue, they’ve got other methods for attracting and keeping customers in the restaurant, one of which is their distinct “draft tables”—basically, a table with its own draft tabs, connected to the bar through a rather intricate piping system that runs through the table. These little oases might not be completely unique to Georgia Blue, but the restaurant is the first in Jackson


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Put a few cubes of ice into a mixing bowl and add a little cold water. Place a smaller mixing bowl on top. Add four cups water to a medium-sized pot, add a couple of pinches of salt and boil the water. When the water is at a rolling boil, add the pasta and turn the heat down just a little bit. Let the pasta cook, stirring it occasionally. Al dente pasta usually takes around seven or eight minutes—if it’s chewy but still firm, you have perfect rotini. Strain the pasta in the sink and pour it into the ice bath you prepped earlier. This prevents the pasta from cooking any further. Let it cool for a minute and then put the pasta into the refrigerator. For the dressing, put the rest of the ingredients in your blender pitcher and blend until smooth. Pulse it a little at the end to make sure the dressing is completely done. Take the pasta out of the refrigerator and toss it with the sauce. Feel free to add some shredded Parmesan to it. You can easily make this dish the night before and pack it for a workday lunch.


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ne meat, three vegetables. That’s all a blue plate is in theory. But when you consider main courses such as chicken and dumplings, fried catfish, pot roast, and country-fried steak paired with turnip greens, okra and that uniquely southern vegetable—macaroni and cheese— it’s easy to see why people tend to use their cornbread to sop up what’s left on the plate. That’s what Georgia Blue hangs its hat on—the daily lunch special served on the iconic blue plate. Restaurateurs Jason and Jennifer Ishee are the architects and majority owners of this distinctly southern restaurant franchise that first opened its doors in Madison in 2010. Since then, they and their business partner and partial owner, Drew Beatty, have opened two more locations in Hattiesburg (September 2012) and Flowood (March 2013). The rapid success hasn’t surprised those who have had a role in the restaurant’s development. “Our success stems from the fact that we have a really good team,” says Matthew Bailey, the regional manager of Georgia Blue and a Jackson native. “It’s not more complicated than a team we trust who are trying to make Georgia Blue the premier place to be.”



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to embrace such a self-serve beer contraption. The idea behind it goes right back to the restaurant’s concept of the shared meal and the community atmosphere that the owners try to create. “The idea is to get friends and family around a common table,” Bailey says. That table is often outfitted with local products, Bailey says, including regional beers from Lucky Town, Lazy Magnolia and Abita, as well as a continuous stock of other produce and beverages that hail from Mississippi and the south. Bailey particularly likes a house specialty drink from the bar called “Memaw’s Special Tea,” a twist on sweet tea that includes a squeeze of lemon and a shot of Honeysuckle Cathead Vodka, distilled nearby in Madison County. “We wanted to bring in the idea that Memaw had something going on the side,” Bailey says with a grin. In addition to local products, Georgia Blue has also been host to a thriving local music scene, offering area musicians a consistent venue to play at. Bailey mentions that they often don’t have to go far to fill their music lineup, using mostly Jackson- and Hattiesburg-based groups and artists. There’s been some talk about another new location for Georgia Blue, but Bailey says that development is still in the works. It’s a feat that they’ve been able to open three successful locations in three years, much less begin unfolding a fourth. As for the moment, Bailey hopes that the restaurant can keep evolving and improving. “We want to do as many things well that we can actually manage,” Bailey says. “We don’t do fine dining, but we do really well at creating a place where you can bring your family and still get wonderful food.” Check out Georgia Blue’s website at to get a virtual tour of the restaurants, find music listings, and preview menu items and daily blue-plate specials.

Ingredients 1/2 cup cucumbers, peeled and sliced 1/2 cup tomatoes, diced 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard 1/2 cup olive oil 1 tablespoon apple-cider vinegar Salt and pepper to taste 1 cup rainbow or whole-wheat rotini pasta

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From Light to Dark “It (the society) is a way to network with other artists,” Wellington says. “We do workshops, have demos at our quarterly meetings, and share information about other regional shows that our members can enter.” The society’s marquee event is the annual Grand National Watercolor Exhibition, housed at the Mississippi Museum of Art (380 S. Lamar St.) near the end of

Though watercolor isn’t an easy medium, members of the Mississippi Watercolor Society are working to change the misconceptions about the art form. each year. A national juror judged the works, which artists from around the nation submit, and chooses 50 to hang in MMA. The top artists, usually 10 to 12 plus honorable mentions, chosen from the 50 finalists receive cash prizes going from $500 to $1,500 for the first-place winner. In 2013, MSWS awarded around $10,000 total to the top artists. Holly Bluff native Cathy Hegman won. In addition to the Grand National Show, MSWS also offers annual members a show at the Jackson Municipal Arts Gallery, titled the Sandra Williams Members Show in honor of the MSWS founder. Artists are not juried to get into this show, so members get a good opportunity to showcase their work. After the work is hung, the

art is juried for awards. Wellington won “Best in Show” at this year’s members show with a painting called “Just Hitched,” a depiction of three mules harnessed and idling away the time, looking a bit overdressed in their interconnected halters. “Last year at the rodeo parade (Dixie National), I took a ton of photographs of old cars and different things,” Wellington says, “but the mules that pulled the covered wagons fascinated me. I think they’re really humorous to look at.” Wellington has taken advantage of the opportunity that the society has offered, especially the chance to be around more experienced members and painters. She encourages others interested in painting or who just want to join the society. The fee is small ($35) and reduced for college-age students ($25), something Wellington wants to push hard in the upcoming years. “One of the things we’re really working towards is to bring in some younger people into the MSWS,” Wellington says. In addition to having access to society meetings, members can attend workshops offered throughout the course of the year under the instruction of both local and nationally recognized watercolorists. Wellington looks forward to continuing and increasing the frequency of these educational gatherings in the future. “We’re looking at doing some one-day workshops on Saturdays this winter with some of our local artists,” Wellington says. “We’re also thinking about putting together an introduction-to-watercolor workshop for anybody who would like to try it but have never painted before.” Visit for more information. 23


n artist working with watercolors isn’t the type to haphazardly try out different shades and textures on paper, searching for the right balance of expression through trial and error. The medium doesn’t allow for that sort of experimentation. The watercolorist is methodical, pragmatic and attuned to a vision. “You really have to think through your process and build on it in layers,” says Susan Wellington, president of the Mississippi Watercolor Society for the past two years. A Jackson native and Flowood resident, Wellington, 56, has only painted seriously for six years, but she’s knowledgeable about watercolors and enjoys the challenges of working from “light to dark,” a specific feature of watercolors, as opposed from “dark to light,” the technique used in most other painting mediums. “What I love about watercolors is the luminosity you get from paper coming through that color and pigment,” Wellington says. “For me, certain subjects just lend themselves more to watercolors than oils. Watercolor is a very pure medium.” The margin of error for watercolors tends to be much smaller than that of oils or acrylics, which is why Wellington and her fellow members of MSWS are adamant about changing some of the misconceptions about this medium, particularly those that label it as “amateur.” “Once you stain the paper, it’s done,” Wellington says. “You can’t go back over it.” Most of the society’s goals and objectives are geared toward helping its current members and surrounding community hone in on their craft.

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he Wolf of Wall Streetâ&#x20AC;? shows us the world through Jordan Belfortâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s point of view, spotlighting the nowhere-tohide, true evil in Belfort, a man without a conscious. Leonardo DiCaprio plays Belfort, based on a real stockbroker who served time for a massive securities scheme. He tells us how he plans to cleverly lure hard-earned income from his middle-class clients, knowing full well they will likely end up losing their money. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The real question is this: Was all this legal?â&#x20AC;? Belfort says, addressing the audience directly. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Absolutely not.â&#x20AC;? The first dose of bizarre hits immediately, with an opening scene including little people and a human dartboardâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;mind you, this is taking place during the height of a workday. We then jump back to 1987 to see a fresh-faced and almost innocent-looking Belfort step off the bus and grin upward at the NYSE before entering his office building. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s his first day on Wall Street. Belfort gets canned following the infamous stock bust of Black Monday. His

likeable starter wife notices a jobs ad for stockbrokers in Long Island and convinces the skeptical Belfort to inquire. He finds unconventional traders working in a strip mall, pushing penny stocks with a massively marked-up 50 percent commission. Smooth-talker Belfort is hired on the spot. Enter Donnie Azoff (Jonah Hill), a cheesy guy wearing horn-rimmed glasses and a multicolored pastel button down. â&#x20AC;&#x153;How much money do you make?â&#x20AC;? he rudely asks Belfort. Next thing you know, Donnie quits his job to join Belfort. The two start the legitimate-sounding Stratton Oakmont, Inc. in an abandoned auto shop and begin recruiting childhood friends as their penny stock-pushing salesmen. Now a substance enters the picture. Cinematically, it could almost be considered a character due to its extensive time on screen. Drugs. More specifically, marijuana, cocaine, crack and the little-known Quaalude. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s all downhill from here, morally and ethically speaking. What follows is an indescribable hour

â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Wolf of Wall Street,â&#x20AC;? starring Leonardo DiCaprio (center) and Jonah Hill (seated), is a maniacal roller coaster of excess.

and a half of out-of-control scenes showcasing belligerent behavior, limitless drug use and narcissism to the nth degree. Fast cars, women, Hamptons house party, Vegas bachelor party, women, luxury yachts, Swiss banks and, you guessed it, womenâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the excessive Wall Street mentality at its finest. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s truly unlike anything I have ever seen, so without further spoiling, I leave it to you to find out the details. If watching such things unsettles you, I advise you not to see this movie. On the other hand, it is just a movie, and a mighty fine one at that. Legendary director Martin Scorsese (â&#x20AC;&#x153;Goodfellas,â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;Casino,â&#x20AC;? and â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Departedâ&#x20AC;?) leaves nothing on the table.

Controversy abounds about whether the film promotes the debaucherous behavior on screen. I think thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s ludicrous. Is the movie over the top? Absolutelyâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;but, in the end, this is a scathing satire of greed. So far, â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Wolf of Wall Streetâ&#x20AC;? is gobbling up award nominations across the spectrum and should garner several Oscar nominations. At three hours in running time, it is about 20 minutes too long. However, in this duration, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Wolfâ&#x20AC;? sets the all-time F-bomb record with 506 of the four-letter words. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Wolfâ&#x20AC;? is one of my top three favorite films of 2013. It is a modern-day maniacal masterpiece, but itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not for the faint of heart. Brace yourself, and enjoy.

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


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Coffee Club Run is at 6 a.m. at Fusion Coffeehouse (1111A Highland Colony Parkway, Ridgeland). Fleet Feet Sports is the host. Participate in the weekly run for up to six miles, and enjoy a free cup of coffee and a chance to win a Fusion gift card. Free; call 601-899-9696; fleetfeetjackson. com. … Central Mississippi Blues Society Jam is at 7 p.m. at Hal & Mal’s (200 S. Commerce St.). $5, $3 for members; call 601-948-0888;




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Crosshatch Fundraiser and Mixer is at 8 a.m. at Brent’s Drugs (655 Duling Ave.) with music from DJ Scrap Dirty, DJ Young Venom, DJ Sandpaper, and a Made in Midtown art raffle. Free, $5 raffle; call 366-3427; … Gungor performs at 9 p.m. at Duling Hall (622 Duling Ave.). $18, $22 door, $30-$35 VIP; call 601292-7999; … Chad Wesley Band performs at 9 p.m. at Reed Pierce’s (6791 Siwell Road). Free; call 601376-0777;


Mississippi Blues Marathon and Half Marathon is at 7 a.m. in downtown Jackson. Registration required. Fees vary; … JFP Editor Donna Ladd teaches a free intro to creative non-fiction writing seminar from 10 a.m. until noon at the JFP in Capital Towers downtown. Must register: or call 601-362-6121 x. 15. No walk-ins. ... MJ’s Rockin’ Oldies Grand Ole Opry Stars Concert is at 7 p.m. at Regency Hotel and Conference Center (420 Greymont Ave.) with Jo-EL Sonnier, T. Graham Brown, Hannah Belle SouthBY BRIANA ROBINSON erland and Bill Seacrest. $20 at the door; call 601-940-4247. … JACKSONFREEPRESS.COM Brass Bed and Passing Parade perform at 9 p.m. at MorningFAX: 601-510-9019 bell Records & Café (4760 InDAILY UPDATES AT terstate 55 N., Suite A). $9; call JFPEVENTS.COM 769-233-7468; … Synergy Night is at 9 p.m. at Mediterranean Fish and Grill (6550 Old Canton Road). $10, $5 open-mic participants; call 9560082; like Synergy Nights on Facebook.

Knight Bruce performs during brunch at 11 a.m. at Sophia’s at Fairview Inn (734 Fairview St.). Free; call 601-948-3429. … Premier Bridal Show: Weddings and Celebrations is from 1 p.m.-5 p.m. at Jackson Convention Complex (105 E. Pascagoula St.). $27 in advance, $30 at the door; call 601-957-1050;


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Mississippi Ballroom Dancers’ Association’s Black and White Ball Jan. 11, 7-11 p.m., at Madison Square Center for the Arts (2103 Main St., Madison). The dance workshop is from 7-8 p.m., and the ball is from 8-11 p.m. For ages 18 and up. Workshop: $5, free for members; ball: $15, $10 for members; call 601-942-7335. Mississippi Association of Community Mental Health Centers Conference Jan. 14, at Hilton Jackson (1001 E. County Line Road). The purpose is to address new ways to improve Mississippi’s mental health system. The keynote speaker is Charles “Chuck” Ingoglia of the National Council for Behavioral Health. $35-$75; call 601939-0020; email;

Question It? Discover It! Saturday Jan. 11, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., at Mississippi Children’s Museum (2145 Highland Drive). Learn about the skeletal system, how bones interact with each other and how to keep the bones healthy. $8, children under 12 months and museum members free; call 601981-5469; New Year, New You Beginners Yoga Four-week Series Jan. 11-Feb 1, 11 a.m.-noon, at Tara Yoga Studio (Energy in Motion, 200 Park Circle, Suite 4, Flowood). The course is an introduction to basic yoga postures. Held on Saturdays. Registration required. $60; call 601-720-2337; email; Living Food Potluck Jan. 11, 1 p.m., at A Aachen Back and Neck Pain Clinic (6500 Old Canton Road, Ridgeland). RSVP. Bring a dish or donate $10; call 601-956-0010. StinkyFeet Fondren Run Thursdays, 6 p.m., in Fondren. StinkyFeet Athletics leads the weekly fun run through the neighborhoods off Old Canton Road. Meet in the parking lot at Babalu. Free; find Fondren Group Run on Facebook. Zumba Fitness Classes through June 1, at Lindsey Claire Dance Company (4149 S. Siwell Road, Byram). Licensed instructor Paula Eure leads the Latin dance-inspired aerobics class. Adult classes are Mondays at 7 p.m. and Tuesdays at 6 p.m. Zumba Kids (ages 4-12) is on Tuesdays at 5 p.m. Limited space; reservation recommended. $5; call 601-209-7566; email; 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@

Advanced Grant Proposal Strategies Jan. 14-15, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., at Mississippi Center for Nonprofits (201 W. Capitol St., Suite 700). Topics include grants research, developing a needs statement, creating a budget and assembling the proposal package. Registration required. $369, $199 members; call 601-968-0061;

ALS (Lou Gehrig’s) Support Group Fourth Mondays, 6:30-7:45 p.m. through May 26, 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.

Ross Moore History Lecture Jan. 14, 7 p.m., at Millsaps College, Ford Academic Complex (1701 N. State St.). Terrence Winschel of the Vicksburg National Military Park speaks on the topic “Civilians Under Siege in Vicksburg” in conjunction with the Millsaps Arts and Lecture Series. $10, $5 students; call 601-974-1130;


History Is Lunch Jan. 15, noon, at Old Capitol Museum (100 S. State St.). Author and historian Mary Carol Miller talks about the Cotesworth restoration project. Free; call 601-576-6998; mdah. 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;

7%,,.%33 Mississippi Association of Community Mental Health Centers Conference Jan. 14, at Hilton Jackson (1001 E. County Line Road). The purpose is to address new ways to improve Mississippi’s mental health system. The keynote speaker is Charles “Chuck” Ingoglia of the National Council for Behavioral Health. Register by Dec. 20 to avoid the $25 late fee. $35-$75; call 601-939-0020; email ftcprevention@bellsouth. net;

Mississippi Opry Winter Show Jan. 11, 6-9 p.m., at Pearl Community Room (2420 Old Brandon Road, Pearl). Harmony & Grits headlines the annual concert featuring bluegrass, country and gospel music. Refreshments sold. $10, children under 18 free; call 601-331-6672; email sa5ash@ MJ’s Rockin’ Oldies Grand Ole Opry Stars Concert Jan. 11, 7 p.m., at Regency Hotel and Conference Center (420 Greymont Ave.). Performers include Jo-EL Sonnier, T. Graham Brown, Hannah Belle Southerland and Bill Seacrest. $20 at the door; call 601-940-4247.

,)4%2!29!.$3)'.).'3 Lemuria Story Time Saturdays, 11 a.m., at Lemuria Books (Banner Hall, 4465 Interstate 55 N., Suite 202). Children enjoy a story and make a related craft. Call for the book title. Free; call 601-366-7619; email; Ready to Roar Reading Time, at Mississippi Children’s Museum (2145 Highland Drive). Tuesdays-Fridays at 1 p.m., 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;

#2%!4)6%#,!33%3 Events at JFP Classroom (Capitol Towers, 125 S. Congress St., Suite 1324). Registration required. Call 601-362-6121, ext. 15; email class@writing • Free Intro to Creative Non-Fiction. Hurry to register for a free introduction writing seminar to see what Donna Ladd’s writing and creativity classes are all about. Class meets Saturday, Jan. 11 from 10 a.m.-noon. Includes breakfast snacks. Free but must register. • How to Sell Your Writing Feb. 3, 6-8:30 p.m. Donna Ladd’s workshop covers the basics of pitching your writing to magazines, newspapers, websites and book agents. Heavy snacks and materials included. $40. • Shut Up and Create! March 29, 10 a.m.2:30 p.m. Donna Ladd’s workshop is designed to help you tease out your creative side, whether you want to write, create art or even be more creative on the job or with your family. Light lunch included. $60. Events at Mississippi Children’s Museum (2145 Highland Drive). $8, children under 12 months and museum members free; call 601-9815469; • Visiting Artist: Amelia Key Sundays, 1:30-5:30 p.m. through Jan. 26. The local artist gives workshops on creating sculptures. • Get Crafty Tuesdays The museum offers craft workshops every half hour in the Outside the Lines Studio. Bellydancing Class, 5:30-6:45 p.m., at Butterfly Yoga (3025 N. State St.). Randi Young-Jerome to learn the basics of the popular dance. $10-$15; call 601-594-2313; Adult Acrylic Painting Class Thursdays, 7-9 p.m., at Daniel MacGregor Studios (4347 Lakeland Drive, Flowood). Daniel MacGregor teaches the class.Bring your own 11-by-14-inch canvas for a $5 discount. $15; call 601-992-6405; email;

%8()")43!.$/0%.).'3 Events at Mississippi Museum of Art (380 S. Lamar St.). Call 601-960-1515; • A Trip to Italy Jan. 9, 7 p.m. The fundraiser for the museum includes guided tours of the exhibition An Italian Palate: Paintings by Wyatt Waters (hangs through Jan. 12), Italian wine samples and hors d’oeuvres. Space limited. $60. • 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. • 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 866-VIEW ART; email “The Murder of Medgar Evers and ‘Where is the Voice Coming From?’” through Feb. 14, at Eudora Welty House and Museum (1119 Pinehurst Place), at the Education and Visitor Center. The exhibit is an examination of how the civil rights leader’s murder impelled author Eudora Welty to write the New Yorker story about the event, and the repercussions she faced. Tours by reservation only. $5, discounts available; call 601353-7762 to schedule a tour or 601-576-6850; Student Graphic Design Show through Feb. 28, at Jackson State University (1400 John R. Lynch St.). Students display their work in the Liberal Arts Gallery. Free; call 601-979-7036; Karl and Mildred Wolfe Art Exhibit through May 9, at Millsaps College (1701 N. State St.), in the Archives Gallery of the Millsaps-Wilson Library. See 20 of the late Mississippi artists’ paintings. Daughter Elizabeth “Bebe” Wolfe of Wolfe Studio gives a gallery talk Dec. 5 at 11:30 a.m. in the Ford Academic Complex, room 335. Free; call 601-974-1075 or 601-974-1077; email or Demo Days Fridays-Sundays, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., at Mississippi Craft Center (950 Rice Road, Ridgeland). Craftsmen demonstrate their skills in wood, glass and fiber. Free; call 601-856-7546; “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 601-5766000; Permanent Exhibits, at Smith Robertson Museum and Cultural Center (528 Bloom St.). Options include “Field to Factory: The Afro-American Migration, 1915-1940,” “The History of Smith Robertson School,” “Treasures of Africa,” “Historic Farish Street District (1910-1970)” and other exhibits related to African-American history. $4.50, $3 seniors (ages 62 and up), $1.50 children under 18; call 601-960-1457; Africa and Oceania Treasures: The Genevieve McMillan Collection, at Tougaloo College (500 W. County Line Road, Tougaloo), in the Bennie G. Thompson Center. The exhibit contains ancient tribal artifacts. Scheduled tours available. Free; call 601-977-7743; email

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A Father to a Son by Tommy Burton


ig Bill Morganfield does not take his role in the history of blues music lightly. He knows his father, Muddy Waters (born McKinley Morganfield in Rolling Fork, Miss.), casts a tall shadow. For Morganfield to dare to whisper after his father’s death in 1983 takes not only great courage, but also knowledge of the rich history of blues music. It was Muddy Waters’ dying wish that his children pursue music in order to keep the name Morganfield synonymous with the blues. “He expressed an interest in someone carrying on the name,” Morganfield says. “In pursuing music, I’ve been able to fulfill a dream of his, but also to fulfill a dream of mine.” With the release of his fifth album, “Blues With a Mood,” Morganfield, 57, is keeping the dream alive. His music is steeped with traditional blues sounds, but he is also intent on pushing the genre forward. He has worked with musicians who played with his father, such as Pinetop Perkins, and also with modernists like Taj Mahal. “Initially, it was a challenge,” Morganfield says. “It’s very natural to compare a father to his son. I was probably held to a higher expectation. It’s a shadow on my shoulder that I’ve grown comfortable with.” Morganfield began his career as an English teacher. After his father’s death, he began to study guitar. He grew up listening to Muddy Waters records as well as popular music such as The Jackson 5. This combination helped Morgan-

field inform his own approach to music. “Evolution is very important. Everything evolves,” he says. “As a guy who studied Socrates and Plato in addition to great art, I also realized that music is not left out of this evolution process. I tried to study it in order to be able to take it further but stay true to the art form.” “Blues With a Mood” features a perfect example with a song called “No Butter For My Grits.” “I love the old standards, but I also find blues to sing about in these times,” he says. “No Butter For My Grits” is a detailed story about the frustration of finding some butter to add to his grits for breakfast. Morganfield perfectly evokes the spirit of his father during the song’s opening. Listeners get a complete understanding of Morganfield’s upbringing with the autobiographical song “Son of the Blues.” This is the track to dispel any doubts about his credibility or authenticity. “Blues With a Mood” takes listeners on a journey through Chicago blues mixed with a strong dash of rock and R&B. Singular guitar solos complement Morganfield’s deep vocal delivery, and follow a rhythmic groove locked deep in the pocket punched with harmonica and horn passages. Morganfield is looking forward to playing in Mississippi. Although he was raised in Florida and currently lives in Atlanta, he is aware of the role Mississippi played in the development of blues music as well as his father’s musical roots. “Blues music appeals to different people, but it’s music

Big Bill Morganfield, who performs Jan. 11 at Iron Horse Grill, is keeping the legacy of his father, Muddy Waters, alive with the blues.

for all people. Mississippi is like hallowed ground,” he says. Big Bill Morganfield performs with King Edward at 8:30 p.m. Jan. 11 at Iron Horse Grill (320 W. Pearl St., 601398-0151). The show is free. Visit for more info.

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Closing Out 2013

January 8 - 14, 2014


f.y.e. in Mobile, Ala. I might have missed out if not for the gushing adulation of a clerk who made it his goal to sell each copy. Though Bastille started as an electronica-centered COURTESY TOPSHELF RECORDS


n a year that opened with the Harlem Shake and closed the book with twerking, people seemed keener on pop culture than actual culture when it came to music. Clearly, pop music reigned in 2013, possibly due to its insane spectacle; we saw everything from albums made of remixes of the same song to the reunion of ’90s boy bands. But despite the maelstrom of strange goingson, plenty of bands provided a steady anchor for musical artistry, and they deserve admiration. I present my favorite 2013 albums. • “Up, On & Over” by Bronze Radio Return – Until this album emerged from this indie-roots outfit from Hartford, Conn., I had forgotten that revival rock could be upbeat. Though the band has actually been around for some time, this album is certainly a career high. It’s sweeping and soulful throughout, like the great tunes from the band’s namesake, but it doesn’t ignore the virtue of a good time. Bronze Radio Return also manages to make use of folksy instrumentation such as harmonicas, banjos and organs without the immediate pitfall of a Mumford & Sons comparison.

solo act, which is a fairly overstocked commodity these days, the songs on the album are classically enjoyable and dexterously arranged. Tracks such as “Icarus” and “Daniel in the Den” showcase a musical aptitude often missing from electronic music.

• “Bad Blood” by Bastille – Strangely enough, the freshman success “Bad Blood,” one of my favorite 2013 finds, began at an

• “Devil” by Lydia – “Devil” is a tougher addition because it directly opposes my stance on lyrics. In spite of its tendency to

A Great Big Pile of Leaves and several other exceptional acts provided some much appreciated quality to 2013’s musical offerings.

needlessly re-use words and reiterate phrases, the entirety of Lydia’s “Devil” shoves its way into my head regularly. As a lyricist, I frown at those moments, but as a musician and music lover, “Devil” is everything I want from a record. The album’s innumerable devilishly clever melodies more than make up for any textual iniquity. The acoustic guitar at the base of most tracks is simple, but the dynamic layering of elements is consistently brilliant and makes the individual parts feel well-placed and satisfying. Songs such as “From a Tire Swing” and “Holidays” perfectly exhibit the unmistakable, wistful beauty that inhabits Lydia’s latest in a long stream of great releases. • “You’re Always on My Mind” by A Great Big Pile of Leaves – Music doesn’t have to be all heartbreak and thoughtful reminiscing to be praiseworthy. A touch of humor is definitely welcome, providing the composition can stand on its own feet. “You’re Always on My Mind” by A Great Big Pile of Leaves is an example of the best of both worlds, combining high-spirited and intricate indie rock with playful wit. While many songs such as “Learning Curves,” “Pet Mouse,” and “Slumber Party” enter light-hearted territory, impressive musicianship and profound themes reinforce A Great Big Pile of Leaves

as a gifted group songwriters that isn’t reliant on a gimmick. • “Pythons” by Surfer Blood – This album has been a bit controversial amongst longtime listeners of Florida surf-rock quartet Surfer Blood. Some fans felt that “Pythons” defanged the band’s signature sound, peeling back the layers of low-fi and keeping the guitarists’ feet off the fuzz pedals. However, I say it is one of 2013’s best releases due to the tremendous leap in songwriting quality resulting from its glossier finish. “Say Yes to Me” and “Needles & Pins” dig deeper into its ’60s influences and deliver genuinely great, classic-sounding pop songs. Surfer Blood succeeds in crafting original music that would impress The Beach Boys, Dick Dale and the rest of surf-rock’s reigning champions. Ultimately, while the bizarre may have outweighed the artistic in terms of music last year, my list scarcely scratches the surface of the many great releases that slipped under the radar in 2013. For those who genuinely tried to create to the best of their abilities—the bands that don’t vie for the world’s attention with extravagant displays of nothing special or confuse eccentricity with originality—you have my thanks. If you keep it up in 2014, you’ll also have my money.


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