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fter college, Alana Jackson started two jobs. One was as a news producer with WJTV, using her mass communications degree from Jackson State University. The other was volunteering with community organizations that worked with African American children. Jackson, now 29, admits that wearing both hats simultaneously required maintaining a sort of double consciousness—helping as a volunteer while producing TV news stories where black kids were often the subjects, as victims or perpetrators of violent crime. “It became really clear how they ended up on those news stories,” says Jackson, a native of University City, Mo., near St. Louis. “They were facing adult issues as little children, and you don’t want that to be anyone’s reality.” That reality is that the causes of youth crime are more complicated than the constrictive format local TV news can convey. The roots, she says, include poverty and lack of emotional support from moms and dads at home, which can make a teenager who is already prone to risk-taking take out their anger at the world in self-destructive ways. Eventually, sitting on the sidelines and telling stories left Jackson unfulfilled; she wanted to get her hands dirty, she says. In the past five years, Jackson has been involved with organizations such as the Mississippi Southern Poverty Law Center as a youth advocate. She helped with the United Way’s

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Graduation Matters Initiative, working with fellow St. Louis native Shawna Davie. She also worked with the United Auto Workers, where Jackson handled communications, which included wrangling celebrities such Danny Glover and hip-hop artist and actor Common during UAW’s ongoing campaign to unionize the Nissan automobile plant in Canton. Jackson also helps with Mississippi Girls in Action, a day-long retreat for girls of color that deconstructs negative stereotypes of women that persist on reality TV and other parts of the mainstream media. In January, Jackson joined the staff of WheretoGo411.com, an online service that connects individuals and national companies wanting to partner with African Americanowned businesses, as a senior account executive. Jackson sees her job as an extension of her community building and development work. As immersed as she is in the community now, Jackson, who is single and lives in Belhaven, almost didn’t come to Mississippi. When she was considering colleges as a high school senior, JSU wasn’t even on the list. After some prodding from relatives, Jackson realized that following three generations of family members and attending Jackson State meant something special. “I feel like I have a responsibility to make the place that I occupy better, and I do what I can to make that happen,” she says. —R.L. Nave

Cover photo of Wayne Brent by Trip Burns

11 Legislative Optimism

Jackson had some ups and downs at the Capitol as three of seven bills made it out of committee next week.

26 Reversing a Bad Rap

“I had a conversation with a guy last night at rehearsal, and he didn’t realize I was from Mississippi. … We said something about Mississippi, and he said something really, really derogatory that implied that Mississippi was still really backwoods and really racist. I think that because of Mississippi’s history with race relations, and (because of its) current state with obesity and illiteracy, Mississippi gets a bad rap, and people like Tennessee Williams and Eudora Welty and William Faulkner get overlooked. I think it’s important that people know that Mississippi is really a cultural touchstone for this country.” —Annie Cleveland, “Mississippi Grows Wild in Chicago”

31 Music Master

You can hear Martin Sexton’s soulful tunes on “Scrubs,” “Brotherhood,” “Masters of Sex” and, now, at Duling Hall Feb. 15.

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by Donna Ladd, Editor-in-Chief

Tigers of a Different Stripe

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he tweet was short, sweet and as deliberate as it could be: “We support Tigers of all stripes at Mizzou. Proud of you. @MikeSamFootball. #OneMizzou.” There it was. Progress. Evidence that our nation is evolving and becoming more tolerant of the “other.” Proof that we can actually mean it when we talk about liberty and justice for all in the United States and declare that all are “created equal.” Indivisible. E Pluribus Unum. Out of many, one. Even if he’s gay. That tweet was, of course, from the University of Missouri telling the world that it supports its football superstar, Michael Sam, in the days following his announcement that he is gay, using powerful and inspiring words. “I just want to own my truth,” he told The New York Times. Sam left the closet weeks before the NFL draft and, as the SEC’s best defensive player, he is surely high on at least one professional team’s wish list. Sam is different from other gay NFL players because, like so many others of his generation, he has no desire to hide his true self to make bigoted people (and fellow players) feel more comfortable. He is willing to step out before he enters the NFL to become a leader against homophobia in America. He, clearly, is ready to blaze a needed trail. I was combing through #StandbySam tweets just hours after I edited a book chapter about James Meredith’s violent entry into Ole Miss in 1962. In that chapter, I learned even more about the resistance to the integration that most white Mississippians feared and believed would end the world as they knew it (which, admittedly, it did … thankfully for us all). It is horrifying to think now that two people died at Ole Miss, and Mr. Meredith was later shot, because he was willing to lead us away from the temptation of bigotry and hatred that surrounded us in Mississippi.

And a state-funded university, along with the state government and everyday citizens, did everything in its power to stop that change. But Mr. Meredith realized that if not him, then who—a vision I’m guessing Mike Sam has now. Not to mention, it’s clear that both of them were sick and tired of being sick and tired, as Mrs. Hamer put it, of not being able to publicly live as free and equal Americans. They are ordinary men who

Each of us, regardless of age, matters in the quest to end hatred. found extraordinary courage to do the right thing for themselves and others like them. In so doing, Meredith and Sam both gave us the chance to save ourselves and our society from the worst instincts of too many human beings—to judge, to hate, to disparage, to mock and to discriminate against those they believe are not equal to them. Back when Mr. Meredith answered the hero’s calling, many white Mississippians quoted the Bible to justify the separation of the races and subjugation of black people. Now, as Mr. Sam tells the world he plans to be openly gay in the NFL, many homophobic Americans use the Bible to justify why he doesn’t deserve the rights and respect of those who love someone of the other gender.

Thinking about these two men, however, makes me shudder at the hypocrisy of many in our nation and, certainly, those right here in Mississippi who voted a few years back to re-affirm a law against gay marriage already on the books—just to be mean (and throw meat to radical-right voters). Of course, it’s despicable to claim to believe in the “love one another” messages of the Bible and still point hatred and judgment toward those of another race or who love differently. But what about the people who have LGBTQ family members, friends and coworkers and love them dearly and even respect them as individuals—as long as they don’t go public and live their truth, which can simply include not having to hide who they love? We all know conservative government officials nationally and right here in Mississippi with gay and lesbian loved ones—but who support the worst kinds of homophobic laws and rhetoric against them. This brings to mind how so many white people claimed to have loved their black nannies and neighbors back a few decades, but didn’t dare allow them to register to vote or enroll at Ole Miss. We live in a state where so many people take a “don’t ask, don’t tell” approach to LGBTQ family members and neighbors: We love and tolerate you, but don’t dare speak out and try to get more rights. This, to me, is sick and anything but the love that the spiritual texts so many claim to worship tell us to embrace and model. Not to mention, it’s dangerous. Let’s be blunt: We lose too many people in our state to AIDS and suicide who are either sneaking around on the down low to try to be who they really are, or who believe their lives are not worthy, or are bullied for being “sissies,” or told by their own parents that they are going to hell because they want to love someone of their own gender. Make no mistake: Our homophobic

culture helps kill these people, many of them still children. We should be ashamed. Put another way: Once again, just as in the time of Mr. Meredith’s heroism, many are creating the history that their grandchildren indeed will be ashamed of and not want to talk about. How, they will think shamefully, could their own parents and grandparents have voted to not allow two people who love each other to marry and enter a committed relationship? And how could this generation have allowed the emblem flown by the rioters at Ole Miss to remain in our state flag to tell the world Mississippi hasn’t changed? Think about it: We know so much about what happened in the 1960s and before now because so many people were willing to spew and vote hatred right into the history books. And now we live with the shame of that righteous bigotry. Right now in our state and our nation, we have a choice. I urge everyone reading this to think about how you want your grandchildren to think of you. Do you want them to change the subject when this decade is brought up so they don’t have to talk about how backward you acted toward “the other”? Or, do you want them to say, “My people fought for freedom for all. I’m so proud.” The good news for our nation and state is that Michael Sam’s fellow millennials have much more tolerant views than older generations, including here in Mississippi. Sam is coming out among fellow college students, straight and gay, who see him as a hero and are not lining up to throw rocks and M-80s at him, as they did to Mr. Meredith, as he reached for his truth. But each of us, regardless of age, matters in the quest to end hatred. So ask yourself: Are you a person your offspring will want to forget? And are your children ashamed of you and what you stand for already? The answer could be sobering. Comment at jfp.ms/opinion.

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R.L. Nave

Ronni Mott

Bryan Flynn

Amber Helsel

Garrad Lee

Brittany Sanford

Kathleen M. Mitchell

David Rahaim

R.L. Nave, native Missourian and news editor, roots for St. Louis (and the Mizzou Tigers)—and for Jackson. Send him news tips at rlnave@ jacksonfreepress.com or call him at 601-362-6121 ext. 12. He wrote the Jacksonian.

Freelance writer Ronni Mott has been a Mississippian since 1997. She’s an award-winning writer and a yoga teacher, just stumbling and fumbling toward bliss like everyone else. She wrote news stories.

Sportswriter Bryan Flynn is a husband and stay at home father to a baby girl. He constantly wonders, if it didn’t happen on ESPN or Disney Jr., did it really happen? He interviewed Wayne Brent.

Editorial Assistant Amber Helsel graduated from Ole Miss with a bachelor’s in journalism. She wants to be a writer, artist and anything else she can think of. She wrote a food story.

Garrad Lee is a graduate of Jackson State University and currently teaches history at a community college. He lives in Fondren with his wife, dog and cat. He wrote a music story.

Brittany F. Sanford is a proud native of New Orleans and a senior at Belhaven University. She loves God, family, fashion and writing. She wrote an event blurb.

Features Editor Kathleen Mitchell likes words and pictures, and the way they work together. She would like to one day be paid to exclusively craft things.

One day Sales Representative David Rahaim will finish his first novel. He promises. It may just be after he finishes his second.


       

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[YOU & JFP] Name: Haylea Jay (Jeffreys)

How long have you read the JFP? About four years.

Age: 24

Where do you live? Brandon

Whatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s your favorite piece of wisdom? Holding onto anger is like drinking poison and expecting the other person to die.

Whatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s your favorite part of Jackson? The quirky characters that roam the streets of Fondren.

Whatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s your secret to life? I have two secrets â&#x20AC;Ś Number one, never reveal everything you know.

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YOUR TURN Why Do Many Whites Defend the Mississippi Flag? Prevent, Protect, Empower

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he annual JFP Chick Ball is turning 10 this year, and weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re going bigger and better to celebrate. As always, the event will help the Center for Violence Prevention. This year, we are dedicated to preventing domestic violence, protecting victims and empowering women to rebuild their lives and their families. To get involved with the most amazing JFP Chick Ball, yetâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;scheduled for July 19, 2014 at the Mississippi Arts Centerâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;email chickball@ jacksonfreepress.com or call 601362-6121, ext. 23. You can join our committee, volunteer your time, sponsor the event, donate items to the silent auction and more. And watch for our new website, coming shortly to jfpchickball.com. This year, we are also planning a separate JFP Chick Ball Jam, with even more live music at Hal & Malâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s. If youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re interested in performing at either event, you can also write chickball@jacksonfreepress.com. Prevent. Protect. Empower. JFP Chick Ball 2014. Join us!

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lease permit me to submit the following letter to Jackson Free Press: Some of us have heard the question, â&#x20AC;&#x153;What happens when an unstoppable force hits an immovable object?â&#x20AC;? The puzzle might seem a bit superficial until one notices we have a similar problem concerning our state flag. I think the JFP has well demonstrated that the Confederate emblem on the Mississippi flag continues to cause hurtful memories to blacks who have endured the horrors of segregation and the Civil Rights era. So why would so many Mississippians continue to resist changing such a hated symbol of our stateâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s dark past? Ignorance? Bigotry? Could there still be some unspoken reason why many white southerners insist on keeping our flag in its current form? Hey. We want progress. So letâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s just go ahead and bring it out in the open. Just as the current Confederate emblem causes hurtful memories to our stateâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s blacks, the absence of the symbol would cause hurtful memories to many white southerners.

And I do not mean just segregationists. To many whites, the erasure of the Confederate emblem would be an unreciprocated nod to the kind of blacks who attempted, and in some cases, DID seize control of Jacksonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s schools by force, who pulled knives on white students and threatened them with violence, who stole my brotherâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s school books and urged him to steal from my parents to get money to get his books back. The erasure would be seen as a nod to â&#x20AC;&#x153;gangsta rapâ&#x20AC;? stars who record songs saturated with sexualized slang and glorify abusing women. It would be seen as a nod to people who have petitioned the NBA to declassify the use of the â&#x20AC;&#x153;MFâ&#x20AC;? word as a technical foul because it is part of â&#x20AC;&#x153;black culture.â&#x20AC;? To be blunt, there are some facets of â&#x20AC;&#x153;black cultureâ&#x20AC;? many of us do not want in Mississippi culture. That is what some Mississippi southerners are afraid of. Though voters decided by referendum to keep our current flag, one can argue that we must have a system in place to protect people from a tyranny of the majority. But

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there is a bit of a corollary to that here. If Mississippi blacks are a minority, there is a tiny minority to that minority. There are some blacks who want to keep our current flag. Some support groups like the Sons of Confederate Veterans because they are proud to be the descendants of black soldiers who fought for the CSA. Should not their rights be considered, too? But my position is not based entirely on fairness. Perhaps we should lose the current flag. But that is not going to happen until we have answered the question from that old white Mississippi southerner, no matter how â&#x20AC;&#x153;redneckâ&#x20AC;? he may be, â&#x20AC;&#x153;If you take away our flag, what do we get in return?â&#x20AC;? Glen Stripling Pearl, Miss. Editor-in-Chief Donna Ladd blogged about this letter, sparking lots of conversation in the comments section. Read and add your take at jfp.ms/Pearlflagletter.

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Wednesday, Feb. 5 A U.N. human-rights committee accuses the Vatican of â&#x20AC;&#x153;systematicallyâ&#x20AC;? adopting policies that allowed priests to rape and molest tens of thousands of children over decades.

Friday, Feb. 7 Pseudo-lesbian pop duo Tatu, a performance by piano virtuoso Denis Matsuev and opera soprano Anna Netrebko singing the Olympic anthem make up some of the highlights of the opening ceremony of the Sochi Winter Olympics. â&#x20AC;Ś A Ukrainian passenger on an Istanbul-bound flight claims there is a bomb on board and tries to hijack the plane to Sochi, Russia. Saturday, Feb. 8 Attorney General Eric Holder applies a landmark Supreme Court, announcing that same-sex spouses cannot be compelled to testify against each other, should be eligible to file for bankruptcy jointly and are entitled to the same rights and privileges as federal prison inmates in opposite-sex marriages. Sunday, Feb. 9 Hundreds of civilians are evacuated from the besieged Syrian city of Homs as part of a rare three-day truce to relieve a choking blockade.

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Monday, Feb. 10 Former child star and diplomat Shirley Temple dies at her home near San Francisco. She was 85. â&#x20AC;Ś The European Union calls for the formation of a new, inclusive government and constitutional reforms that would pave the way to â&#x20AC;&#x153;free and fair presidential electionsâ&#x20AC;? in Ukraine.

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Tuesday, Feb. 11 President Barack Obama welcomes French President Francois Hollande to the White House for a lavish state visit. â&#x20AC;Ś China and Taiwan hold their highest-level government talks since they split amid civil war in 1949.

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ne month ago, five Clarion-Led- has not been immune to newsroom shrink- participating in the Butterfly initiative have a gerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s newsroom staff members, age despite being one of Gannettâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s most valu- combined circulation of more than 1.5 milâ&#x20AC;&#x153;armedâ&#x20AC;? with $200 in one-dollar able properties. For Gannett, which owns 81 lion on weekdays and more than 2.5 million bills, spent a Sunday afternoon at newspapers and 43 local TV stations, the on Sunday, a Gannett news release said. the Flowood Walmart â&#x20AC;&#x153;to celebrate and pro- intent is clear: boost profits. AAM data for individual properties mote the new, expandedâ&#x20AC;? version of the daily During a recent earnings call, Victoria are not publicly available, but as of March newspaper by purchasing cop13, 2013, the C-Lâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s circulation ies for shoppers. was 64,400 on Sundays and An article that carried no 54,000 on weekdays. Those byline posted to the C-Lâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s webfigures represented Sunday site on Jan. 12 reported that declines of 5 percent from the new Clarion-Ledger would the previous six-month period include 70 pages per week to, ending September 2012 and a according to Executive Editor 3.5 percent drop on weekdays Brian Tolley, â&#x20AC;&#x153;return some heft in the same time period. to a newspaper that had grown Meanwhile, Gannettâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s smaller during the industryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s expenses were 4 percent lower turbulent times.â&#x20AC;? in the fourth quarter compared That heft comes from an to the previous year, something initiative of C-Lâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s parent GanHarker attributed to â&#x20AC;&#x153;ongoing nett Company Inc., launched expense reductions primarily The Clarion-Ledger (pictured) and its Virginia-based parent, first as a pilot program at a from our efficiency efforts.â&#x20AC;? The Gannett Company Inc., are promoting a plan to fill the paper with the already-ubiquitous USA Today. So far, the initiative seems to be handful of its newspaper propexecutives made no mention of paying off, at least for Gannett. erties in October 2013, and layoffs, but in August 2013, then later expanded to nearly The Gannett Blog, which until three dozen more markets, including Jackson. Dux Harker, Gannettâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s chief-financial offi- it ceased publication Feb. 8 aggregated news Known as the â&#x20AC;&#x153;Butterflyâ&#x20AC;? initiative, the plan cer, said that, in the fourth quarter, the USA about Gannett and other media companies, involves beefing up a number of its papers by Today group â&#x20AC;&#x153;recorded their first circulation reported that 13 C-L employees were laid off. adding a condensed version of Gannettâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s na- revenue increase in several years, driven by Even though the Butterfly initiative is tional flagship property, USA Today. their richer content and broader appeal.â&#x20AC;? still in its early stages, Gannett thinks the proMcLean, Va.-based Gannett, along Alliance for Audited Media, which gram is working at least in terms of revenue. with its local divisions, are calling the part- audits newspaper circulation, signed off on â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re not only seeing retention and nership all about â&#x20AC;&#x153;more of what matters to the Butterfly distribution that permits USA acceptance of the price increase. Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re also you.â&#x20AC;? This message is also part of an all-out Today to mix in local circulation figures with seeing former and new subscribers come marketing blitz that includes new signage its own. AAM figures released in October back to us,â&#x20AC;? said Robert J. Dickey, president around its news racks and mailing out letters 2013 show that for the audit period ending of the U.S. community-publishing division to lure back former subscribers Sept. 30, USA Today the nationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s largest cir- at Gannett during the earnings call. It is unclear how the strategy will trans- culation, 2.88 million with combined print Comment at www.jfp.ms. Email R.L. late into more local news in Jackson, which and digital weekday numbers. The 35 papers Nave at rlnave@jacksonfreepress.com. TRIP BURNS

Thursday, Feb. 6 Peace talks between the Pakistani government and representatives of the Taliban begin after a short delay. â&#x20AC;Ś U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon condemns attacks and discrimination against homosexuals and calls for warring parties around the world to lay down their arms during the Olympics in a speech to the International Olympic Committee.

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Fantasy Olympics

by Amber Helsel

The torch finally reached Sochi, Russia, on Feb. 6, kicking off the 22nd Winter Olympics. So that means itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s officially the season for snowboarding, ice skating and whatever else is at the Olympics this year. Hereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a few that I think would make the whole event ten times better.

Quidditch

Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not really a winter game, but it sure would be fun to watch at any time of the year, especially if they can motorize (or magic-ize?) brooms.

Beard +Stache

Norway already has a beard and mustache championship, but maybe those guys deserve an Olympic medal.

Caber Toss

If youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve ever been to Celticfest, youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve probably seen the guys at the back throwing giant logs. Imagine them doing that in snow.

Beer Pong

What a great way to keep warm.

* Mower Racing Ah. a lovely southern tradition. But in snow.

Champ Eating

The championship eaters of the world need more recognition. It takes a lot of work to eat 10 pies in one sitting.


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ike Jones (not his real name) Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a lot of ground to cover. Minor lik- ment of Heath and Human Servicesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; dedidnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have a lot of confidence ened the effort to the biblical parable of Jesus nial of the stateâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s application to run its own that the Affordable Care Act stretching a few loaves of bread and seven health-insurance exchange. Many citizens would do him much good. A fishes to feed a crowd of 5,000. donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t know that a federally run exchange is self-employed truck driver, Jones, 61, had â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve been busy,â&#x20AC;? Minor said. operating in the state, or that private compagood reason to be skeptical: The health-innies are offering the plans. surance plans he had found previously were Confusion Reigns They also donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t know that the federal govway out of his financial reach, so he had reNavigators have a tough fight against an ernment will subsidize the cost of coverage for mained uninsured. If he got sick, low-income enrolleesâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;for those he would go to a clinic where a with incomes of 138 percent sliding scale allowed him to pay of federal poverty levels (about what he could for health care. $33,000 for a family of four) up Nonetheless, he was willto 400 percent of the federal poving to find out. So he gathered erty level. his tax documents and showed The numbers of enrollees up at the desk of a marketplace in Mississippi tell the story. Of navigator, someone trained to some 31,000 eligible for insurhelp people enroll in new plans ance coverage under the law, under the ACA. He was in for a nearly 13,000 would also repleasant surprise. ceive financial assistance. But by â&#x20AC;&#x153;It turned out he qualiDec. 28, 2013, only 8,000 Misfied for a plan that (costs him) sissippians had selected a plan. about $20,â&#x20AC;? a month, said Jarvis Nationally, enrollments by that Dortch, one of Mississippiâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s navidate were disappointing, with gators. â&#x20AC;&#x153;He came back about two only 2.3 million enrollees of the times, because he thought, â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;This estimated 7 million expected. canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t be right.â&#x20AC;&#x2122;â&#x20AC;? The fact that the healthcare. But it was. With his new gov website didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t work for most plan, Jones will pay a small co-paypeople when it rolled out Oct. Jarvis Dortch, program manager for the Mississippi Health ment for doctor visits, but he is fully 1, 2013, didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t help, and neither Advocacy Group and a marketplace navigator for the covered for preventive care. Those did the widely reported recrimiAffordable Care Act, says many people donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t know that the ACA is the same as â&#x20AC;&#x153;Obamacare.â&#x20AC;? benefits are basically the same for nations of the lawâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s opponents, all of the 22 plans offered between who declared the entire program Humana Health Insurance Co. a disastrous failure because of the and Magnolia Health Plan in Mississippi. onslaught of misinformation coming from websiteâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s early problems. Dortch is a lawyer at the Mississippi the lawâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s conservative opponentsâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;congresBy January, Mississippi Insurance ComHealth Advocacy Program, an organization sional Republicans have attempted to repeal missioner Mike Chaney was still unenthusithat has for years provided information about the law some 40 timesâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;and a rumor mill astic about the exchange. the 2010 federal law, also known as â&#x20AC;&#x153;Obam- enhanced by social media and an â&#x20AC;&#x153;infotainâ&#x20AC;&#x153;From zero through 10, Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d give it a conacare.â&#x20AC;? About 20 MHAP navigators are work- mentâ&#x20AC;? industry that many believe is deliver- fidence level of about a three,â&#x20AC;? he told Mising under a grant from the Kellogg Founda- ing honest news. sissippi Public Radioâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Jeffery Hess. When tion. The organization also works with a stateâ&#x20AC;&#x153;Most people donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t know anything Hess responded that the level was still â&#x20AC;&#x153;not wide faith-based coalition called Get Covered about (the law),â&#x20AC;? Dortch said. very good,â&#x20AC;? Chaney replied that his confiMississippi (getcoveredms.org), which is dediMany donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t even know that the Afford- dence increased somewhat over a couple of cated to educating consumers about the law able Care Act is the same thing as â&#x20AC;&#x153;Obam- weeks when it was at a one. and getting them health insurance. acare.â&#x20AC;? A September 2013 CNBC poll highOak Hill Missionary Baptist Church, in lighted that confusion; 46 percent of respon- Who Qualifies? Hernando, which leads the Get Covered co- dents had a negative opinion of â&#x20AC;&#x153;ObamThe exchange website is working well alition, received a federal grant of $317,742 acareâ&#x20AC;? versus 37 percent for the ACA. Thirty now, Dortch said, and he estimated that to fund about 60 navigators who work most- percent of those polled didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t know enough most enrollees should spend no more than ly in the Mississippi Delta. Michael Minor, about the ACA to have an opinion, versus 20 minutes to enroll for health-insurance pastor of Oak Hill, said many others work only 12 percent for â&#x20AC;&#x153;Obamacare.â&#x20AC;? coverage. Although he doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have exact as volunteer â&#x20AC;&#x153;application counselors.â&#x20AC;? The â&#x20AC;&#x153;Some people donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t even think itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s still numbers, he believes that about a third of University of Mississippi Medical Center re- the law in Mississippi,â&#x20AC;? Dortch said. the people who come to navigators in Misceived a $831,986 grant under the program, Adding to the confusion was legislation sissippi qualify for Medicaid assistance, even which totaled $37 million nationwide. The that attempted to nullify the federal law in though the state has chosen not to expand its grants cover expenses for enrollment events, Mississippi, Gov. Phil Bryantâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s decision not program at this time. and television and radio ads. to expand Medicaid, and the U.S. DepartNavigators are also seeing people who

donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t qualify for anything. Those individuals make too much money to qualify for Medicaid under the current Mississippi guidelines (or theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re childless, which automatically disqualifies them) and donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t earn the minimum to buy a plan under the ACA, which is 138 percent of the federal poverty level. In Mississippi, that may be as many as 140,000 to 160,000 individuals. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We have a lot of patients who donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t qualify,â&#x20AC;? said Nancy Stewart of the JacksonHinds Community Health Center. JHCHC also has people trained to register patients through the exchanges. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s no way community health centers should have this load,â&#x20AC;? of uninsured people, Stewart added. She remains an advocate for expanding Medicaid and the ACA. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a good thing, and all those who qualify need to apply,â&#x20AC;? she said. Updated figures from the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office indicate that at least 6 million Americans will purchase a plan by March 1, the deadline to buy a plan for 2014. While thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s still short of initial estimates, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s far better than the lawâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s detractors would have people believe. The CBO report also indicated that more than 2 million Americans may opt to leave jobs or reduce their hours. Before the ACA, insurance companies could deny new coverage or increase rates to unaffordable levels because of pre-existing conditions. Those limitations tied many people to full-time jobs because their employers provided health insurance. Now, those individuals can afford to work fewer hours, retire earlier or even start new businesses, which will reduce the workforce, the CBO report said. Pastor Minor said that many people are convinced that the government provides the plans under the ACA. They donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t realize they will be buying insurance from private companies. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s regular insurance,â&#x20AC;? he said, adding that he and his wife have purchased plans through the exchange. â&#x20AC;&#x153;(People) are walking out with plans under $100 a month,â&#x20AC;? he said. He and Dortch have both seen people who will pay less than $1 a month. Minor and Dortch are still working for Mississippi to expand its Medicaid program, which obligates the federal government to pay 100 percent of the statesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; expansion costs through 2017, scaling down to paying 90 percent of costs by 2020. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I hope to put ourselves out of a job,â&#x20AC;? Minor said.

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trition, not filling vacant slots, and about 25 were layoffs, Beason said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It was a rough time,â&#x20AC;? Beason told the Jackson Free Press. By all accounts, other districts have had a rougher time. A report from the Center for Education Innovation released in January showed Jackson Public Schools having a similar experience, shedding 90 jobsâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;50 of them teachersâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;in the past three years. Democrats, who helped secure a $5,000 across-the-board raise last year unsuccessfully offered a similar bill to HB 504; Republicans argued that the Senate would not approve such a hefty sum. Rep. Linda Whittington, D-Schlater, the amendmentâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s sponsor, begged to differ. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Ladies and gentlemen, we do have the money. We do not have the political will,â&#x20AC;? Whittington said. FAQs on FQHCs Republicans hate federal takeovers of health, but members of the Mississippi GOP love federally qualified health-care centers, or FQHCs. This week, the House voted 106 to 7 to pass House Bill 413, which would award $4.8 million in competitive grants so that FQHCs and rural health clinics around the state could improve access to primary care. Democrats could not help but pounce on hypocrisy of taking $5 million out of the state treasury to improve health care when expanding Medicaid would cost state taxpayers nothing for two years and cover about 300,000 people. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re not discussing Medicaid,â&#x20AC;? Rep. Sam Mims, R-McComb, snapped during a line of questioning from Jackson Democrat Rep. Cecil Brown. By Brownâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s calculation, the grants would provide about $85,000 per year to each of the stateâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 21 FQHCs. Family Health Care Clinic Inc., headquartered in Pearl, own two of those clinics. Back in 2011, two Mississippi congressmenâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;Sen. Thad Cochran and Rep. Gregg Harperâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;asked the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to provide Capital Development Building Capacity Grants to Family Health Care Clinic Inc. Gov. Phil Bryant has also said he would like to provide more grants to federally qualified health centers as an alternative to Medicaid expansion, which he opposes. Mims said the grants could enable clinics to expand their staffs or operating hours; Brown is doubtful the money will go very far: â&#x20AC;&#x153;If you vote for this (bill), donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t tell people youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve taken care of poor folks and their health-care needs.â&#x20AC;? Comment at www.jfp.ms. Email R.L. Nave at rlnave@jacksonfreepress.com.


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art of Walter Zinn’s job, as director ity to deal with, but we are dealing with it.” deal with the court’s current backlog. of governmental affairs for Jackson, Zinn said that he’s heard of people The city also has reason for optimism is lobbying for the interests of the locked out of their homes, hungry people for three of its four dead bills. One item capital city in the state Legproposed election of Jackson Public islature, which can be frustrating. As Schools board members; however, an example, Zinn referenced $24 HB 442, which is still alive as is anmillion in tax incentives the state other in the Senate, would require gave developers of the Outlets of all of the state’s school districts to Mississippi in Pearl in 2013. elect its board members. The project was already underTwo other dead bills fall under way without the state’s assistance. To the purview of the Mississippi Depass the incentive package, legislators partment of Transportation, which invented a “retail tourism” category. is fighting its own battle to squeeze If the state can make up new funds out of the capitol. Last month, types of tourism to justify private the Joint Legislative Committee on economic development, Zinn said, Performance Evaluation and Expenit can fabricate a designation for any diture Review agreed with MDOT purpose. He suggested, somewhat that it needs about $1 billion this sarcastically, funding “religious touryear to maintain the state’s many ism” for Jackson, which probably has roads and bridges. the most churches in a state ranked Jackson, of course, has its own the country’s most religious. road problems, and was seeking a 1 But Zinn is sanguine over benpercent gas-tax deferment to mainWalter Zinn, Jackson’s director of governmental affairs, efits the city may reap from this year’s tain the 2,055 miles of city streets. remains optimistic about working with the Mississippi legislative agenda. The deferment isn’t unusual. While Legislature for the rest of the session. “There’s no need for crying the state distributes only 0.2 percent over that spilled milk,” he said. of gas taxes to municipalities, about In this year’s session, Jackson proposed locked out of refrigerators, and in this win- $1 million total, coastal counties receive 0.8 eight items for consideration. One is reim- ter’s extreme cold, people freezing on the percent from a Sea Wall Tax, for example, bursement for police overtime for events at street. Neglect and abuse of residents is not which has netted about $3.5 million from the state fairground and public universities, uncommon. By making the city a licensing gas taxes over the last four years, Zinn said. which would be budget line items for the agent, the city could better support its resi- The other MDOT item has been on the state’s Department of Agriculture and Com- dents in personal-care homes. city’s agenda for some time. The city wants merce, and Institutions of Higher Learning, “People are dying,” Zinn said. “This is to return maintenance of U.S. Highway 49 respectively. The Legislature has yet to final- not about inconvenience.” within city limits back to the state. It would ize those appropriations. Another bill still on the agenda ties into need to bring the road back up to MDOT Of the city’s seven bills, three made it the city’s Second Chance program, which standards. But it’s also a “gateway” to Jackout of committee last week. Sen. John Ho- helps released offenders transition back son’s burgeoning medical corridor. rhn, D-Jackson, sponsored a bill to give Jack- into the community. HB960, sponsored by “Recognizing it from that perspective son latitude to license personal-care homes Rep. Earle Banks, D-Jackson, requires that allows us to have that conversation,” Zinn within the city. Currently, those homes fall the Department of Corrections notify the said, and it won’t stop Jackson from working under the responsibility of the Mississippi city before releasing former prisoners here. with MDOT. He’s hopeful that MDOT will State Department of Health, Zinn said, MDOC is already required to inform sher- increase its appropriation for Jackson under but with the MSDH budget stretched thin, iffs where the offense occurred and where the its budget. home inspections and enforcement are often offender lived. The city was also attempting to change low priorities. “Jackson shouldn’t be a dumping the deed for land on Lakeland Drive near InHorhn said the bill would allow all mu- ground” for MDOC, he added. Furthermore, terstate 55 and Smith-Wills Stadium. Curnicipalities to license the homes. In conver- many of the former prisoners who are coming rently restricted to park purposes, the area sations with staff at MSDH, they indicated to Jackson are not native to the capital city and could add to the city’s inventory of prime “they have a terrible problem with enforcing” have no family support systems to help keep commercial acreage. The Legislature disthe current regulations. them on the right track, Zinn said. agreed, but Zinn believes the change may “Their hands are full,” Horhn said, adding But Jackson has services other locations not require legislative action. that this bill is an effort to provide the care that in the state don’t; however, it can’t deliver Finally, Zinn said, the city is pleased the residents deserve. The homes need to be li- those services if the city doesn’t know an of- that a proposal died that would have allowed censed and the regulations enforced, he added. fender is here. Re-entry programs are critical, the state to take over cities under economic Zinn concedes MSDH is short on re- he said, especially in the case of violent of- stress, and he’s closely watching bills that may sources, lacking money for inspectors and fenders, where recidivism is high. stimulate growth. He is working to lower beds. But without sufficient oversight, the “This is something we can immedi- thresholds for credit and incentives so that problems of the Jackson personal-care homes ately do to offset some of our crime rate,” developers and even smaller, grassroots busiend up in the city’s lap. Zinn said. nesses can participate in Jackson’s economy. “We discovered over 30 personal-care Another bill still moving through the “The opportunities are there,” Zinn said. homes (in Jackson) weren’t licensed by the Legislature will allow Jackson to add up to Comment at www.jfp.ms. Email Ronni state,” Zinn said. “It’s not the city’s responsibil- 10 full-time municipal judges “as needed” to Mott at ronni@jacksonfreepress.com.

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Why it stinks: In spring 2011, then-Democratic state Rep. Jeff Smith filed as an independent to run for reelection and later, officially, picked up the GOP mantle and became a Republican. We donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t care about that. People switch parties all the time. But during his time as a Republican, Smith, who also chairs the powerful House Ways and Means Committee, which oversee taxation, has walked the Republican Party line. That has included ignoring not only calls to fully fund the Mississippi Adequate Education Program or to expand Medicaid, which the federal health-reform law permits, but to limit open debate on both. As a rank-and-file member, Smith has very little power to move legislation on his own, but for a member of the legislative leadership who claims to be open-minded to all viewpoints, Smith hasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t exactly been outspoken on letting his colleagues in the minority Democratic Party be heard.

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ric Holder, the U.S. Attorney General, wants states to roll back laws that prevent people who have been convicted of a felony from voting. Speaking this week at Georgetown University Law Center, Holder called the restrictions â&#x20AC;&#x153;unnecessary, unjust and counterproductive.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;It is unwise, it is unjust, and it is not in keeping with our democratic values. These laws deserve to be not only reconsidered, but repealed,â&#x20AC;? he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;By perpetuating the stigma and isolation imposed on formerly incarcerated individuals, the laws increase the likelihood they will commit future crimes,â&#x20AC;? Holder told the conference Feb. 11. Of course, Holderâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s statement is more symbolic than anything. The federal government has no power to force statesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; hands on the subject of restoring voting rights to felons. And, even less so with the June 2013 U.S. Supreme Court decision in the case of Shelby County, Ala. v. Eric Holder that nullified much of the USDOJâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s power to block discriminatory state voting laws. The effect of the ruling was that states, such as Mississippi, that had proposed such controversial regulations as voter-ID requirements could implement those changes. Under the guidance of Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann, Mississippi moved forward and literature Hosemannâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s office has started distributing announcing the official start of voter ID for the June congressional primaries. Voter ID was, and remains, a political hot potato. In all likelihood, restoring voting rights to convicted felons would garner significantly less political

support, perhaps even from some of the advocates who opposed voter ID. This is a particularly complex issue for Mississippi. Not only was Mississippi included among the states required to get â&#x20AC;&#x153;pre-clearance,â&#x20AC;? or federal approval of each and every change to its voting changesâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;everything from moving polling places to redistrictingâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;but Mississippi also has the nationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s second-highest incarceration rate, behind neighboring Louisiana. Holder, the first African American federal AG serving under the nationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s first black president, commented on the link between incarceration and voting, pointing out that the practice of felon disenfranchisement dates back to the 19th century and was designed to keep African Americans from participating in the political process. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Although well over a century has passed since post-Reconstruction states used these measures to strip African Americans of their most fundamental rights, the impact of felony disenfranchisement on modern communities of color remains both disproportionate and unacceptable,â&#x20AC;? Holder said. Recently, Hosemann and Gov. Phil Bryant proclaimed February as Voter Registration Month. Bryant called voting â&#x20AC;&#x153;our most important right.â&#x20AC;? We applaud the governor for recognizing that voting is a right, not a privilege. As lawmakers consider the prison-reform legislation that passed the state House of Representative on Monday, we hope that policymakers follow Holderâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s advice and allow citizens to vote when their sentences have concluded.

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esterday, I saw a Facebook photo of Kansas state lawmaker Allan Rothlisberg, R-Junction City, with the following attached quote: â&#x20AC;&#x153;If I was a woman over 50, I wouldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t need gynecological services.â&#x20AC;? Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m not sure why this quote struck such a nerve with me. I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t live in Kansas, and Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m not 50 years old. When I saw the post, I was already in a state of agitated exhaustion that merely served to percolate my irritation into a boiling righteous anger. I thought: â&#x20AC;&#x153;Wow. Has he even ever thought to ask any of the women in his life about this issue? Surely he knows one woman over 50 well enough to ask her.â&#x20AC;? I shared the post, and with it, a little heated commentary of my own. As of this writing, my post has generated 42 comments. I kicked the metaphorical hornetâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s nest. One friend questioned the legitimacy of the quote. According to Snopes.com, Planned Parenthood of Kansas first revealed the quote, and it stands by its tweet. Responding to the uproar over the comment, Rothlisberg said he didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t mean that womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s OB/GYN services shouldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t be covered, but that they should be womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s responsibility. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I did come out and say a man should not be required to pay extra premiums for a woman, for example, for OB/GYN,â&#x20AC;? he later said. Hair splitting and factchecks aside, I had an epiphany of sorts about the root of my own anger at seeing blanket statements regarding an entire demographic. We play a dangerous game when we allow people with very limited health-science knowledge to enact health policy and determine how those policies will be funded. Who are these lawmakers consulting? Do their consultants practice evidence-based medicine? Do their consultants have solid direct-care backgrounds? Have they treated people in the last decade? Have they conducted or overseen medical research? I ask these questions every time I read a legislatorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s or governorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s statement regarding health-care legislation and the demographic that legislation will affect. These health-care policies impact every person who needs care and every person who provides care. Health care costs moneyâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;absolutely no way around it. But if health care merely boils down to numbers on a spreadsheet, then why not merely issue scrubs to an army of accountants and send them down the halls of the hospitals and clinics? Oh â&#x20AC;Ś right. Accountants arenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t trained to perform assessments or diagnose and treat.

Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s my point. Are legislators in suits qualified and competent, on their own, to make sweeping health-care laws without input from a cadre of health-care professionals in scrubs and lab coats? Allow me to meander back to the alleged quote regarding women over 50 not needing gynecological services. If Rothlisberg was a practicing gynecologist, every woman over 50 might celebrate this news. But letâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not pop the cork on the Champagne, yet. Rothlisberg is not a practicing gynecologist. Heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a Kansas lawmaker. And those Debbie Downers at the Centers for Disease Control and the American Cancer Society have published some rather unnerving cancer statistics regarding women over 50. In 2010, the median age of women diagnosed with breast cancer was 61. The American Cancer Society recommends annual breast-cancer screening and mammograms for women older than 40. The CDC also reports that approximately 90 percent of women diagnosed with ovarian cancer are over 40. The highest number of cases are diagnosed in women 60 and older. In light of these facts, is it prudent to assume women over 50 donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t need to see a gynecologist, a specialist trained to detect and diagnose these cancers? Rothlisberg claims his quote was taken out of context, and he really didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t mean that people shouldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t get care. Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s great. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m relieved to know that he doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t think people should be denied care. But that doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t make it OK for lawmakers who approve healthpolicy legislation to voice sweeping generalizations about an entire demographic, and make laws based on those generalizations. It is not merely irresponsible. It is a danger to public health. When our lawmakers make decisions regarding any area in which they lack expertise, they should consider the recommendations of those who do. The job of our legislators is to represent us. That includes vetting themselves on issues that donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t directly affect themâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;because their decisions will affect someone. I suppose what really got me was the beginning of the alleged quote: â&#x20AC;&#x153;If I was a womanâ&#x20AC;Śâ&#x20AC;? Yes. If. But heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not a woman. Maybe he should ask his female constituents before he spouts off about what they need and donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t needâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;or who should pay for it. Casey Purvis is a proud Fondrenite. She loves cooking, eating, planting things, and practicing yoga. She is a consignment-store junkie who loves decorating. She is owned by a Lhasa apso named Phoebe.

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JFP INTERVIEW

The Journey of JSU Basketball Coach Wayne Brent by Bryan Flynn, photos byTrip Burns

February 12 - 18, 2014

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fter following Jackson State University head basketball coach Wayne Brent up a spiraling staircase, we reached our destination—a door nearly disguised in what looked like a nook in a hallway. Brent took keys from his dapper suit, unlocked the door, and we stepped into his office. Music was playing in one corner as we entered. Brent quickly turned down the radio, while I could see the office was very Tardis-like, considering the space it actually claimed in this area of the Lee E Williams Athletic and Assembly Center. Brent’s desk was the widest and longest desk I think I have ever seen, next to a huge aquarium. The chair behind the desk looked like a comfortable throne fit for the man who now leads the Tigers basketball program. As I sank down into a cushy chair, I noticed that it made Brent’s desk and his position look much higher than mine. I felt like I was sent to the principal’s office as Brent explained that I was sitting where players and others who made mistakes were also asked to sit. It was the right choice if you weren’t on the coach’s good side. As Brent and I talked, I was surprised at the open and honest answers he gave me. He was focused

and excited about the challenge of turning around Jackson State University basketball. In his first season as head coach, this Provine High School graduate has guided the Tigers to a 7-14 overall record and 3-6 SWAC record so far. As a successful high school coach, what about the JSU job convinced you to jump into college?

I wanted to be a college coach. I left Provine High School in 1998 to be an assistant coach at Ole Miss, the University of Mississippi. I went to Ole Miss as an assistant coach thinking that I would become a head coach after five or six years, and it didn’t happen. And you know, you look back on your career, and you don’t want to question God and ask him why it didn’t happen. The only thing you know is that it didn’t happen. I had to come back down and go the high school route, but that was my ultimate goal—to be a college head coach one day. What happened at Ole Miss that kept you from making that next step?

I went to Ole Miss the first four years, and we were

really, really successful. We ended up going to the Sweet Sixteen, went to the NCAA Tournament three times and the NIT once. Then we hit a rough spot, and then the next two years, we didn’t have the kind of season we thought we were going to have. And at that point, in my career I’m in a situation where I’m looking at maybe I can’t move from here (as an Ole Miss assistant to a college head coach). Because we weren’t winning, and nothing was going right. Then I ended up coming to Piney Woods … and I was there for three years and ended up going to Callaway (High School) for six years. The first time when I was at Ole Miss when coach Anderson got the job at Jackson State was 10 years ago. I interviewed at the Final Four, came back and interviewed with Dr. (Ronald) Mason, and everyone around Jackson was telling me, “you’re going to get the job; you’re going to be the next coach.” And then it didn’t happen, and that was a shock, and that was a surprise. That was probably the lowest part of my career because I knew how hard I had worked to get the job. I tell people all the time that I didn’t question my faith or my God. The only thing I did was ask to put me in the place you want me to be. …


But going back and looking at it, I went to Piney Woods, and I coached the No. 1 player in the country, Renardo Sidney (who went on to play at Mississippi State). I moved to Callaway and coached the No. 1 player in the country LaQuinton Ross (who is currently at Ohio State) that year. And then last year I had another No. 1 player in the country, Malik Newman (who is still at Callaway). So I got blessed by going backwards and going to high school and then, coming into my life, I run into three players that are ranked No. 1 player in the country during those separate years. At that point, I wasn’t even trying to go to college, and I was fine where I was at Callaway High School. We were winning games, I got the No. 1 team in the state and, all of a sudden, the Jackson State job comes open. And it is just a blessing from God. What was the state of the basketball program when you got hired, and what changes needed to be made to make the program more successful?

JSU is in a one-bid conference (the SWAC) for a berth in the NCAA Tournament. What needs to happen for the program to battle for at-large bids? You know the only way you can get an at-large bid is you would have to play guaranteed games, which we already do, and we would have to play people like Memphis, LSU, Mississippi State, Ole Miss and Southern Miss, Georgia Tech and Alabama. You would have to play teams in those power conferences, but the problem is you’ve got to win those games, and they are all on the road. Anytime you play a guaranteed game, you are going into a game where they are going to give you $80,000 to $85,000 to $90,000, but it’s going to be very difficult to win. So in a league like the SWAC, like we are in, the ultimate goal is to win … your conference tournament so that you can advance to the NCAA Tournament. Because the other way is almost, you don’t want to say impossible, but you are asking to play 12 guaranteed games all on the road, and they are going to give you $80,000 or $85,000, and then you have to go in and beat them on their home court. That just doesn’t happen. Just doesn’t happen. JSU played most of the non-conference slate on the road. Can you get some of the teams to play in Jackson?

The only way you can do that is what we did this past year. We have to find people who, I guess, are not in the money situation we are in but are a little bit better off

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ayne Brent is a graduate of Provine High School in 1985. As player for the Rams, he helped the team to a 66-28 record and two city championships. Brent went on to Louisiana-Monroe for his college education and played for the ULM program for two years. Brent holds three degrees from ULM Bachelor of Arts in Journalism (1989), a Bachelor’s of Science in Health and Human Performance (1992) and a Master’s of Education in Health and Human Performance (1992). He became a graduate assistant at ULM for two years (1989-1991), and the program reached the NCAA Tournament twice. After leaving ULM, Brent became assistant coach at Tallulah High School (1991-1992) in Tallulah, La., for one season. Brent then returned back to his alma mater, Provine, to become head coach (1992-98) and led the Rams to a state championship in his final season. Brent left Provine to become an assistant coach at the University of Mississippi (1998-2002). After Ole Miss, he became the head coach at Piney Woods (2004-07) where his team finished runner-up at the state championship in his first season. He left Piney Woods to become the next head coach at Callaway (2007-13) where he won a state championship in four different seasons. At the high school level, Brent has posted just one losing record in his career, and that was his first season at Provine (9-21). Brent is married to the former Dedra Martin and is the father of daughter Kristian Nycole and son Cameron Wayne (son).

than we are, like a Southern Miss, Louisiana Tech and Louisiana-Lafayette. We played those three teams this year, and two of them we played here, Louisiana-Lafayette and Louisiana Tech, and in return we have to go to them next year. Now, Southern Miss signed a four-year deal, but we started at Southern Miss this year. Next year, Southern Miss will come to us. Now you can’t do that at Ole Miss or Mississippi State because they are in a power conference. They don’t need that game to where they have to come to you for

free and you come back to them. You would have to be able to pay $80,00 or $90,000 and then your RPI* would have to be high for them to have to come to you. And that is a stretch. * The Rating Performance Index measures the strength of a schedule and how well a team does against that schedule— one of the ways the NCAA selection committee picks at-large teams and seeds every team for the NCAA Tournament.

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The thing about the Jackson State job, it was just like all of my previous jobs. They were all in a rebuilding stage. My first job at Provine High School was, I tell everybody, it was not in the best shape. The guys that were there were all gone when I got there. When I got to Piney Woods, everybody was gone, and I had to start over. When I got to Callaway, everything was gone and I had to start over. Then when I got to Jackson State, we had seven or eight or maybe nine players coming back, and they all decided to transfer. So we started from rock bottom. Once we got ready for summer school, there ere only two guys left on that previous team, I guess, from the previous staff. So each job that I had was something that had to be built from the ground up. And we are in that process now, trying to lay the foundation and trying to build the program back up.

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JFP Interview with Coach Wayne Brent, from page 17 College sports are becoming more and more about money, and men’s basketball is one of the few revenue-producing sports. How does revenue and the need to fund other sports help and hurt the basketball program?

When I got the job here, we had X amount of dollars we had to raise and bring in, and none of those monies goes back to your program. But when you are at a school similar to ours, you have to be willing to help everybody else. Because somebody had to help me get the job. So, you know I don’t mind going out, playing the game and helping the other nonrevenue sports. Because it gives them the opportunity to go play their games. And I think for me, it’s a way for me to say, “OK, I helped somebody else do something.” Because like I said, somebody had to help me get the job here, and I look at it as a way for me to give back. We play guaranteed games; yes, they are tough, you are on the road, and they are very difficult. And we were fortunate enough to win four of those games during the non-conference season. But I look at as a way to help other people, whether it’s the soccer team, tennis, golf or whatever other sport it is. I look at as a way to work with each other because you get something out of it in the long run.

to lay that foundation. But I think that was my ultimate goal going into my first year: to lay that foundation, put discipline in the program and get it (the program) on board academically. To establish where you want to be academically, and I think we did that in this fall semester. We had a 2.92, so I thought we set the foundation for academics.

“I tell people all the time that I didn’t question my faith or my God.”

What were your goals this season?

I think my main goal was to clean the program up from an athletic standpoint and an academic standpoint. To lay the foundation of a tough hard nose, toughness and disciplined program. I wanted to get that foundation laid my first year. And that is the most challenging part of getting a job or starting over. From going to Provine to Piney Woods to Callaway, and now at Jackson State, all of them were similar in that you had to lay that foundation. And when you lay that foundation, it takes a lot out of you

In athletics, like I said, we won four of our guaranteed games out of 11 or 12, so I thought we set that foundation. And I know from playing in games to talking to other coaches, the first thing they bring up is, “Coach, you got your guys going in the right direction; they play hard, and they play the right way.” That is the ultimate compliment that you can get from another coach is that your team plays hard.

Speaking of academics with the NCAA and having seven or more players transfer, how is the program affected by APR**?

It is a major factor. Just take our league, for example. Mississippi Valley, Grambling State and Arkansas-Pine Bluff, three our teams out of 10, who will not be able to play in the conference tournament because of the APR. And the thing we ask our coaches and talk about in the staff meetings is how can you get those kids up to play each and every day knowing that they can’t go to the conference tournament. They don’t have an automatic bid. Their season is it. It is something you have to stay away from and put in the extra work. What we did when I first got here, I told the AD (Athletic Director) that I needed a golf cart. That golf cart serves the purpose of me driving around campus checking classes. We get a spreadsheet (of classes) and check each and every class. We walk in as the teacher is teaching and let them know (the teacher) that I’m Coach Brent, and I’m going to be popping in everyday and stick my head in the door, and I need to make sure that such-and-such is in class and on the front row and doesn’t have earring or a hat or hood on. I think that is the foundation I had to lay in order for the program to run. You don’t want to be in a situation in the spring where someone comes to you and says next year you won’t be able to compete in the tournament. It hurts you with recruiting and with your kids because somebody may transfer because they can say, “Coach, I don’t want to play here because we’re not able to go to the conference tournament next year.” ** APR or Academic Progress Rate is a way the NCAA makes sure players are moving forward to attaining a degree. Each team must have a score of 925. more BRENT, see page 20

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I think, and a key word is time, just like a team like ours. We have maybe 10 freshmen on our roster and, when those freshmen become juniors, and if there is some way you can bring in high-profile kids to go with those 10 juniors (the team will be successful). Now, you’re talking about kids that have played their freshman, sophomore and now junior year: Those are going to be tough kids because they have been here for three years. Then you bring in a high-school or major (junior-college recruit) kid to put in with kids that have already been in the program (and) now you are looking a Butler (a mid-major that played for a national title), VCU (another high profile mid-major) and a team like Creighton. Creighton now is in the Big East and has moved up from small conferences as they climbed the ladder. I think that is way you do it. You have to have time. The freshmen we have probably by their junior year and then you put a couple of more pieces with it, and it has to be kids that can play the mid-major (conferJSU head men’s basketball coach Wayne Brent hopes to boost fan and alumni support with more performances like the Tigers’ 71-61 ence) level. … You would say, “Can that win over Southwestern Athletic Conference arch-rival Alcorn State University on Feb. 8. kid play at Southern Miss?” You get four or five kids that can play at Southern Miss, then you can really, really be competitive. Jackson is one of the hotbeds of basketball that I’m at a church in the community, some of the kids Look at Southern Miss right now; they talent in this state. How do you plan to keep I’m recruiting go to the same church or churches that are 18-3 and Coach (Donnie) Tyndall does an extremely the best players here at JSU instead of going to I attend on a Sunday basis. It makes it easier from me great job with the guys he has. They play hard and play other universities? because I’m visible, and I’m from here. I try to use all my the right way. Those are the kind of kids you need to be a The thing I try to sell them on is that I’m from Jack- resources from the past or people I worked with. mid-major plus program like Wichita State or Butler, or son, the same schools and the same teachers. Some of the Western Kentucky or even Murray State when they (had) Since you mentioned AAU (Amateur Athletic Isaiah Canaan. teachers you had, I had them also. I use my AAU (Amateur Athletic Unions) connec- Union), some coaches find it helpful and some tions. I use my coaching connections. I use my commu- find AAU more trouble than it is worth. What do What else needs to happen or what else can you do to get JSU to be that major player at the midnity connections. I try to use every connection I have you think of the AAU system? inside the state of Mississippi because this is where I’m AAU is not a problem to me because I remem- major level? from. ber when I got back from Ole Miss, Roe Frazier was a The thing that we would need that most teams at I think I know Mississippi better than any coach in prominent lawyer here in Jackson. He was an Ole Miss our level need is money. It’s not a lot of money, but you the country. Because I coached at three or four different guy, and I knew him from Ole Miss. He told me that he need to be able to recruit and bring guys in whether you high schools, and I worked at the MBA where you work wanted to buy a gym, and he bought the MBA. have to fly them in, put them in a hotel, take them to a out elite athletes. Then I hired about seven or eight AAU coaches, and restaurant. Maybe improve your weight room and trainNot only did I work out guys from JPS but also guys we worked together putting courts together at the MBA ing room. from Meridian, Vicksburg and from the coast because and we worked with kids. And I did that for maybe six You need a little money in order to do it and be able everybody comes to the MBA (Mississippi Basketball As- or seven years so my relationship with the AAU coaches to improve the things you have and go out and recruit. sociation) to work out. And I try to use those contacts. is different from a regular coach because I hired most of And I think the biggest thing with kids now is you can The other thing: Because I taught in JPS and went them, and I worked with them. have an 8,000-seat area, but if you don’t have 8,000 peoto school in JPS, most of the kids that I’m recruiting, So I have a relationship where I hired them, I ple in it, then it doesn’t matter. Or you can have 6,000 when I go check some of their grades, I have either had worked with them and, even before I hired and worked seats. You’ve got to get your fans’ support. that teacher in high school, or I worked with them when with them, I was friends with them or knew of them I would say the main two things we need when it I was in the JPS school system. before I even started working at the MBA. comes to recruiting is a little more money so we can reSo I know how to deal with them and I have a relaDuring my career as I started to come up from cruit and a little bit better fan support so when a recruit tionship with them. That makes it easier for me because Provine, Ole Miss and Piney Woods, I had a relationship comes in, he sees that if he goes to Jackson State, and I got that relationship. Plus, when I go to church, being with them. they’ve got 7,000 or 8,000 people at the game, and I go to


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You know, it all comes back to that keyword: time. From our standpoint as a basketball team and a coaching staff, we have to put the product on the floor that they (fans and alumni) want to see. And once we put the product on the floor that they want to see, then we have to win basketball games. I think once you start winning, then you have something sell because people want to support winning. You can bring a new coach in and say he is going to do this or that, but not until you show them (fans and alumni) by winning and getting to the NCAA Tournament or winning the SWAC conference can you start to sell your program. Unless you are in a situation like Kentucky or Indiana where they just love basketball and will sell out even if you donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t win 20 games. This is not Kentucky or Indiana. You have to win here, and you have to build it, and it takes a little time. What have you learned from going from high school coaching to college coaching? How is the college game different from the college game?

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The thing I think is different is that, at this level, I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t teach class. So I spend the majority of my day dealing with my 15 players. I get to go around and watch them go to class, I get to look at film, and I get to recruit. That is the different part. Basketball at Callaway and basketball at Provine is the same as basketball here at Jackson State. We still run the same plays, we still play the same defense, and we still run the same fast break, we still practice at the same time. Nothing about basketball has changed for me. This season will be successful if â&#x20AC;Ś?

This season will be will be successful if we can finish over .500 in the league, and we are better at the end of the season then we were at the beginning. 

Finally, a fun question, coach. Can you tell us something few people know about you? What is something few people know about me? (long pause). Whoo. Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a tough one. Something few people know about me. Probably, that during the offseason I like to fish. That is something that people probably wouldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t know.

 

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dry a bit before etching the symbols. The last step is to fire the clay to a hard, ceramic finish. The completed bells are about the size of an average person’s hand. They aren’t actually bells in the traditional sense, as they will not have clappers. The clay comes in several different colors from light gray to dark brown, and johnson says the final installation will have somewhat of a geologic sedimentary look to it. The biggest choke point in the process now, though, is getting enough symbols to finish the bells. “We are looking to make connections around the state with individuals and groups to whom we can present the project and collect their symbols in person or by email,” johnson says. “We are also setting up our table at events and welcome suggestions from citizens around the state.” The project’s literature defines a symbol as “an emblem or sign used to represent something else,” and Mississippians are encouraged to submit symbols of their own creation, combinations of symbols and existing symbols that represent their Mississippi identity. The symbols can be anything—submissions include trees, birds, landscapes, animals, abstract drawings, Army paratrooper insignia and finely drawn fern leaves (daniel says that a real artist had done the engraving on that one). Visit the ceramic bell workshop from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. on Thursdays and 1-5 p.m. on Saturdays through March 14 at

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aniel johnson’s latest art project is a family affair. Clad in thick white-framed glasses and dark blue overalls with his name—he doesn’t capitalize it—and “Significant Developments” stitched on the front, he works with his wife, Amber Johnson, their 7-year-old son Vesper (in matching blue overalls) and their 18-month-old son Wiley at the Mississippi Museum of Art. johnson’s team of artists—along with any visitors interested in participating—are constructing 2,200 ceramic bells from scratch by March 20, when the art museum will unveil the results. These bells, inscribed with symbols submitted by many Mississippians, will eventually become an installation in the museum’s Art Garden. In keeping with the MMA’s mission to engage Mississippians in the visual arts, the museum has hosted an original collaborative project each spring since 2012 as part of the ongoing series, “C3: Creativity. Conversation. Community.” The 2014 project, called “Core Sample,” consists of johnson’s ongoing ceramic bellmaking workshops. johnson wants to bring together people—both from Mississippi and worldwide—to produce artwork that represents the state’s uniqueness. To lead “Core Sample,” the museum chose his Significant Developments LLC, a local agency dedicated to advancing communities through relational art. His wife is the chief experience officer, and daniel is the agency’s chief aesthetics officer. The assembly line for the bells consists of several steps, beginning with dividing large lumps of clay into one-anda-half-pound balls. The next step is to roll out and flatten the clay into half-inch-thick pieces, and then cut out the shape of the bells, using a plastic knife and a cardboard pattern. The pattern yields a flat piece of clay about 10 inches long that resembles two triangles connected at their matching points—like a bow tie. The next step is to fold the pieces into a three-dimensional bell shape, and then meld the edges of the two halves together. The finished bell’s opening is more oblong than round, giving it a flat front and back to make symbol inscription easier. The artists then make a hole through the top of the bell and smooth any sharp edges on the inside. The team allows the bells to

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lthough the members of the Jubilee Theatre Collective in Chicago moved away from their Mississippi homes, their love for the state runs deep. The organization is a group of 10 talented artists from Mississippi who attended the University of Southern Mississippi and received degrees in the fine arts. They moved to Chicago after graduation in search of job opportunities. Now they are trying to bring Mississippi’s literary contributions to a new generation. For its first event, the Jubilee Theatre Collective in Chicago is showcasing a play from several Mississippi playwrights in the group’s fundraiser “Wild Grown Stories,” held at the Den Theatre in Chicago Feb. 24 and 25. “We all kind of started working with a bunch of different companies, but we all wanted to work on something together, and we wanted to do something to give back to Mississippi, specifically like the arts and culture in Mississippi,” says Annie Cleveland, the collective’s managing director. “We decided to put together this fundraiser.” The collective’s goal is showcasing Mississippi playwrights and the southern art of storytelling to those in other parts of the country not as familiar with the state’s contributions to the artistic and literary worlds. “I had a conversation with a guy last night at rehearsal, and he didn’t realize I was from Mississippi,” Cleveland says. “… We said something about Mississippi, and he said something really, really derogatory that implied that Mississippi was still really backwoods and really racist. I think that because of Mississippi’s history with race relations, and (because of its) current state with obesity and illiteracy, Mississippi gets a bad rap, and people like Tennessee Williams and Eudora Welty and William Faulkner get overlooked. I think it’s important that people know that Mississippi is really a cultural touchstone for this country.” Along with a silent auction, “Wild Grown Stories” will feature theater performances of plays including “This Property is Condemned” by Tennessee Williams, and “A Breeze from the Gulf” by Mart Crowley. Cleveland says the collective wants to do a play by Crowley because he is a contemporary gay playwright from Mississippi. Crowley now lives in L.A. “Wild Grown Stories” will also feature “The L-Play” by Beth Henley, which Cleveland will direct, and selections from “Scrambled” by Beth Kander. “Beth Henley is a Pulitzer prize-winning female

playwright from Mississippi, but the one that we chose from her, ‘L-Play,’ is a kind of experimental, almost absurdist piece, which I think will be refreshing,” Cleveland says. “I think when people think about Mississippi writers, they think of very conventional southern themes, but we really have a nice eclectic spread.”

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Jubilee also held a writing contest for Mississippi playwrights, and the collective will showcase the winning plays: “My Father’s House” by Boyce Deaton and “Waves” by Andrew Rhodes. The proceeds from the event will benefit arts and literacy programs in Mississippi. The organizers have two goals for the event: to teach non-Mississippians more about the state’s arts and culture, as well as provide students in the state opportunities to learn about their heritage. Fifty percent of the proceeds will benefit the Power APAC theater department in Jackson, and the other 50 percent will help purchase books from the required reading list for high schools in the Mississippi Delta. The Power APAC program is open to students enrolled in Jackson Public Schools, but students must meet certain criteria and maintain a “B” average to participate in the program. Power APAC offers academic and arts programs. “It is great for the children in the APAC

currently participating in the program. Cleveland says the response has been incredible. “It’s been really exciting, first of all that people from Mississippi are willing to donate to help us put on a show that they’re not going to be able to see,” Cleveland says, adding that she is anxious to see Chicago’s response. “Our friends in the theater community helped donate to the campaign, but we just made it live to where you can buy tickets online. We brought in some really, really great Chicago actors to put on the show, and I’m hoping that we’ll have big crowds. I’m really excited to see.” Jubilee raised about $1,684 to put on the show. The group was about $180 over the goal, and Cleveland said that more than 90 percent of the proceeds came from Mississippians. The goal is to make “Wild Grown Stories” an annual event. Visit theatrejubilee.org or find Jubilee Theatre Collective on Facebook for more information.


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Carolina Chocolate Drops performs at 8 p.m. at Duling Hall (622 Duling Ave.). Doors open at 7 p.m. All-agesshow; adults must accompany children. $20; call 601-2927999; ardenland.net. … Tickle Me Wednesdays Comedy Show is at 9 p.m. at The Penguin Restaurant & Bar (1100 John R. Lynch St.). $10 in advance, $15 at the door; call 386338-8398, 769-251-5222 or 601-317-0769; email info@ thepenguinms.com; thepenguinms.com.

Kerry Thomas performs at “I Love R&B Part II” at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 13 at Duling Hall.

COURTESY KERRY THOMAS

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THURSDAY 2/13

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Art Lovers’ Soiree is from 5-8 p.m. at Dickies Building (736 S. President St.). Enjoy art from Art Space 86, Fischer Galleries, Sanders McNeal Studio and Gallery, and Lightsey Gallery, purchase books from Lemuria and buy French pastries from La Brioche. Free; find Art Lovers’ Soiree on Facebook. … “Fool for Love” is from 7:30-9 p.m. at Warehouse

Award-winning hip-hop and reggae artist Snoop Dogg aka Snoop Lion performs at 8 p.m. Feb. 18 at Hal & Mal’s. Doors open at 7 p.m.

FRIDAY 2/14

Saxy’s Sweetheart Serenade is at 7:30 p.m. at Metrocenter Mall (1395 Metrocenter Drive) on the lower level. Performers include Laurie Walker, Sarah Hodges, Jasmine P. Jones, Kendra Savage, Maya Kyles and Jameka Franklin. $10, $15 couples, $25 groups of four; call email ministersaxy@ gmail.com. … Buggaboo CD Release Party is at 8:30 p.m. at Iron Horse Grill (320 W. Pearl St.). The Austin-based Americana band performs to promote its new album, “Asteria.” Free; email info@theironhorsegrill.com; buggabooatx.com.

SATURDAY 2/15

SouthGroup Insurance Make a Difference 5K is at BY BRIANA ROBINSON 8:30 a.m. at Woodlands Office Park (800 Woodlands Parkway, JACKSONFREEPRESS.COM Ridgeland). 5K: $20 in advance, $25 race day; fun run: $10 in FAX: 601-510-9019 advance, $15 race day; call 601DAILY UPDATES AT 914-3220; email 5k@southJFPEVENTS.COM group.net; southgroup.net/5k. … The Make Love Experiment is from noon-4 p.m. at The Hatch (126 Keener Ave.). Participate in interactive art, and enjoy music from Bearded Elephant and DJ Sean Mac. Free; email inspire.jackson@ gmail.com; find The Make Love Experiment on Facebook.

February 12 - 18, 2014

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Theatre (1000 Monroe St.). Fondren Theatre Workshop presents Sam Shepard’s modern Greek tragi-comedy. Also enjoy poetry from Bob Hudson. For mature audiences. $10; call 601-301-2281; fondrentheatreworkshop.org. … I Love R&B, Part II is from 7:30-11 p.m. at Duling Hall (622 Duling Ave.). Performers include Akami Graham and Kerry Thomas with the No Script Band, Keyone’ Edwards, A1 and 28 Lou Writer. $10; ilovernb2.eventbrite.com.

SUNDAY 2/16

“Curtains: A Musical” is at 2 p.m. at Belhaven University Center for the Arts (835 Riverside Drive) in the Blackbox Theatre. $10, $5 seniors and students; call 601965-7026; belhaven.edu. … “The Walking Dead” Watch Party is at 9 p.m. at Capitol Grill (5050 Interstate 55 N.,

Suite F). Watch the show on an 11-foot screen and enjoy drink specials Use #TWDJackson on social media. Free; call 601-899-8845.

MONDAY 2/17

Bob Pieczk performs at 6:30 p.m. at Underground 119 (119 S. President St.). Free; call 601-352-2322; underground119.com. … The Theodicy Jazz Collective performs at 7 p.m. at Millsaps College, Ford Academic Complex (1701 N. State St.). $10, $5 students; call 601-974-1130; millsaps.edu/conted.

TUESDAY 2/18

Snoop Dogg AKA Snoop Lion performs at 8 p.m. at Hal & Mal’s (200 S. Commerce St.). For ages 18 and up. $25 in advance, $30 day of show; call 601-292-7999; ardenland.net. … JSU Faculty perform jazz standards at 7 p.m. at Jackson State University (1400 John R. Lynch St.) in F.D. Hall Music Center. Free; call 601-979-7036; jsums. edu. … Dixie National Livestock Show and Rodeo ends today at Mississippi Coliseum (1207 Mississippi St.). Free livestock shows, $16-$25 rodeo; call 601-961-4000.

WEDNESDAY 2/19

Swine and Wine Dinner is at 6 p.m. at Char (4500 Interstate 55 N., Suite 142). $35; call 601-956-9562; charrestaurant.com. … JSU Reading Community Discussion is at 6 p.m. at COFO Civil Rights Education Complex (1013 John R. Lynch St.). Bruce Watson talks about his book, “Freedom Summer: The Savage Season of 1964 That Made Mississippi Burn and Made America a Democracy.” Free; call 601-979-1562; jsums.edu/hamerinstitute/blackhistory2014.


â&#x20AC;&#x153;Musical of Musicalsâ&#x20AC;? March 13-15, 7:30 p.m., at New Stage Theatre (1100 Carlisle St.), in the Hewes Room (tentative). The musical about musicals is a comedic satire of musical theater. The performance is part of New Stage Theatreâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Unframed Series. For mature audiences. $7 (cash or check); call 601-948-3533, ext. 222.

(/,)$!9 Events at Rainbow Natural Grocery Cooperative (2807 Old Canton Road). Call 601-366-1602; rainbowcoop.org. â&#x20AC;˘ My Vegan Valentine Dinner Feb. 14, at High Noon Cafe (Rainbow Plaza, 2807 Old Canton Road). Enjoy a four-course vegan dinner with your Valentine. Seatings at 6 p.m. and 8 p.m. RSVP. $50 per person (cash or check). â&#x20AC;˘ Local Love Fest Sale through Feb. 14. Enjoy 50 percent off memberships and 10 percent off all purchases. Stockholders get 20 percent off purchases. Art Loversâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Soiree Feb. 13, 5-8 p.m., at Dickies Building (736 S. President St.). Enjoy art from Art Space 86, Fischer Galleries, Sanders McNeal Studio and Gallery, and Lightsey Gallery, and buy books from Lemuria and French pastries from La Brioche. Free; find Art Loversâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Soiree on Facebook.

Fools in Love Feb. 14, 8 p.m.-3 a.m., at Kemistry Sports Bar and Hookah Lounge (3716 Interstate 55 N., Unit 2). Performers include Tomfoolery, Adionauts, Adam Mangum, Imprince vs. Radiologix, Travurse vs. Fr@ktlboy, and Smoke. Red attire encouraged. For ages 18 and up. $10 before 10 p.m., then $15; call 601-713-1500. Valentineâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Night for Lovers Concert Feb. 14, 8 p.m., at Regency Hotel and Conference Center (420 Greymont Ave.). Performers include Ms. Jody, AndrĂŠ Lee, Karen Wolfe, Terry Wright, Equanya and Mr. Zay. Doors open at 7 p.m. $20; call 800-745-3000. The Make Love Experiment Feb. 15, noon-4 p.m., at The Hatch (126 Keener Ave.). The youth art organization Inspire Jackson hosts. Participate in an interactive art installation, and enjoy music from Bearded Elephant and DJ Sean Mac. Free; email inspire.jackson@gmail.com; find The Make Love Experiment on Facebook.

#/--5.)49 Events at Mississippi Center for Nonprofits (201 W. Capitol St., Suite 700). Call 601-968-0061; msnonprofits.org. â&#x20AC;˘ Completing IRS Form 1023: Getting Your 501(c)(3) Feb. 13, 9 a.m.-noon The workshop takes you page-by-page to complete the IRS Form 1023 in order to obtain tax-exempt status for your organization. $109, $69 members. â&#x20AC;˘ Nonprofit Enrichment Series: Microsoft Excel Feb. 17, 4-6 p.m. Topics include budgeting, tracking donations and developing spreadsheets. $25, free for members. The Walking Dead Watch Party Sundays, 9 p.m. through March 30, at Capitol Grill (5050 Interstate 55 N., Suite F). Watch the AMC show on an 11-inch television screen, and enjoy drink specials and a late-night happy hour. Use #TWDJackson on social media. Free; call 601-899-8845.

â&#x20AC;&#x153;Cover Meâ&#x20AC;? Marriage Moment Feb. 12, 7-8:30 p.m., at The Bridge Church (120 College Drive, Pearl). The relationship class is for married couples, engaged couples, dating couples or singles preparing for marriage. For ages 18 and up. Attire is casual. Childcare provided. Free; call 601-5665023; jacksonbridge.com. Precinct 2 COPS Meeting Feb. 13, 6 p.m., at Jackson Police Department, Precinct 2 (711 W. Capitol Street). These forums are designed to help resolve community issues or problems, from crime to potholes. Free; call 601-960-0002. Back in the Day Black History Celebration Feb. 13, 6 p.m., at New Hope Baptist Church (5202 Watkins Drive). The event includes poetry, sing-

ing, films, book signings, voter registration and a reception. The guest speaker is Philadelphia, Miss., Mayor James Young. Free; call 601-981-8696. How You Can Become a Successful Lawyer Feb. 15, 10 a.m.-noon, at Millsaps College (1701 N. State St.). Topics include laws that affect daily life, different practices and preparing for law school. For high school students. Registration required. $40; call 601-974-1130; millsaps.edu/conted. A Discussion of Love & Life II: Dating, Married and Divorced Feb. 15, 2 p.m., at Smith Robertson Museum and Cultural Center (528 Bloom St.). Brad â&#x20AC;&#x153;Kamikazeâ&#x20AC;? Franklin and Funmi â&#x20AC;&#x153;Queen Folayanâ&#x20AC;? Franklin host the panel discussion that is an exploration of relationships between men and women who are dating, newlyweds, divorced but still friends and so on. Free; call 960-1457; email kazandqueen@gmail.com or hathor601@aol.com; find â&#x20AC;&#x153;A Discussion of Love & Life II: Dating, Married, & Divorcedâ&#x20AC;? on Facebook.

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t wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t until a train ride home from Chicago that James Meredith personally experienced institutionalized racism. Meredith and his brother had to surrender their seats and sit in the crowded African American section in the back of the bus. After that instance, he chose to dedicate his life to working for equality for African Americans. Meredith is wellknown for being the first African American student at the University of Mississippi, enrolling Oct. 1, 1962. Those opposed to his admittance rioted on campus the night before, causing U.S. Attorney General Robert Kennedy to bring in 500 U.S. Marshals, and then President John F. Kennedy to bring in military police, troops from the Mississippi National Guard and officials from the U.S. Border Patrol. Meredith, a Jackson resident, will receive the Richard Wright Literary Excellence Award at the Natchez Literary and Cinema Celebration for his latest book, â&#x20AC;&#x153;A Mission from God: A Memoir and Challenge for Americaâ&#x20AC;? (Simon and Schuster Digital Sales, 2012, $25). Astounding authors with a deep Mississippi background receive this annual award. He and Kathryn Stockett will receive the award at 10:30 a.m. Feb. 22 at the Natchez Convention Center, as a part of the Natchez Literary and Cinema Celebration. NLCC celebrates its 25th year with â&#x20AC;&#x153;60 years and Counting: Voices of the Civil Rights Movement,â&#x20AC;? Feb. 20-23. The event comes 60 years after Brown v. Board of Education, when the U.S. Supreme Court declared segregation in public schools unconstitutional, and 50 years after the passing of the Civil Rights Act, which outlawed public discrimination based on race. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It seemed appropriate to present him

with this award, which focuses on this era he was so prominent in,â&#x20AC;? says Jim Barnett, director of the historic properties division at the Mississippi Department of Archives and History. TRIP BURNS

â&#x20AC;&#x153;Fool for Loveâ&#x20AC;? Feb. 13-16, 7:30-9 p.m., at Warehouse Theatre (1000 Monroe St.). Fondren Theatre Workshop presents Sam Shepardâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s modern Greek tragi-comedy. Also enjoy poetry from Bob Hudson. For mature audiences. A portion of proceeds benefits Contact the Crisis Line. $10; call 601-301-2281; fondrentheatreworkshop.org.

History Is Lunch Feb. 12, noon, at William F. Winter Archives and History Building (200 North St.). Freedom Summer participant Jim Kates talks about his book, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Letters from Mississippi,â&#x20AC;? documenting the experiences of volunteers during that period. Free; call 601-576-6998; mdah.state.ms.us.

Stud Sessions: Leadership, Part 1 Feb. 15, 2-5 p.m., at Jackson Enterprise Center (931 Highway 80 W.). Attendees discuss laws 1-7 in John C. Maxwellâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s book, â&#x20AC;&#x153;The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership.â&#x20AC;? Register online. For ages 18 and up. Free; bit.ly/1dqT95R. OFNA Happy Hour Feb. 17, 6-7:30 p.m., at Fondren Public (2765 Old Canton Road). The OurFondren Neighborhood Association hosts the weekly social for those who live, work or play in Fondren. Free; facebook.com/ ourfondren. OurFondren Neighborhood Association Quarterly Meeting Feb. 18, 5:30-8:30 p.m., at St. James Episcopal Church (3921 Oakridge Drive). Topics include crime, safety and the neighborhood watch program. Refreshments provided. Free; call 982-4880; ourfondren.com. An Evening with Rep. Robert G. Clark Jr. and Dr. John A. Peoples Jr. Feb. 18, 6-8 p.m., at COFO Civil Rights Education Complex (1013 John R. Lynch St.). The Jackson State graduates discuss their careers, the impact JSU had on their lives, their current interests, and the future of higher education and politics in Mississippi. Free; jsums.edu/ hamerinstitute/blackhistory2014. Tutoring Registration through June 2, at Genesis and Light Center (4914 N. State St.). The center is accepting applications for its after-school program for ages 6-18 in math reading, and language arts. Applications accepted on weekdays from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Call for details on cost at 601-362-6736; email genesisandlight@att.net; genesisandlightcenter.com.

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The Natchez Literary and Cinema Celebration honors James Meredith with the Richard Wright Literary Excellence Award on Feb. 22.

Several other speakers and award recipients will be present, including Duncan M. Gray Jr., a retired bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Mississippi who helped try to calm down the riots at Ole Miss in 1962, and Kathryn Stockett, Jackson native and author of â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Help,â&#x20AC;? who will receive the second Richard Wright Literary Excellence Award. The event will also have films, music and other art forms influenced by the Civil Rights Movement. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I believe by coming to this conference, people can gain a considerable insight into the civil rights era in Mississippi and the South,â&#x20AC;? Barnett says. â&#x20AC;&#x153;They can hear people who were active in the Civil Rights Movement talk about their past experiences during that time.â&#x20AC;? The Natchez Literary and Cinema Celebration is Feb. 20-23. Most of the NLCC events are free of charge. Visit visitnatchez.org for more information. â&#x20AC;&#x201D;Brittany Sanford

Events at Butterfly Yoga (3025 N. State St.). Call 601-594-2313; butterflyyoga.net. â&#x20AC;˘ Tabatas Mondays, 9-9:45 a.m., Tuesdays, 5:15-5:50 p.m., and Fridays, noon-12:45 p.m. Terry Sullivan of liveRIGHTnow teaches the high-intensity interval training class. $10; liverightnowonline.com. â&#x20AC;˘ Gentle Yoga Tuesdays, 10-11 a.m. Ronni Mott is the instructor. Learn yoga poses that can be done in a seated position or with sturdy props. $15 per session (prepay for more than one class to receive a discount). Letâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Get Real About Foods Feb. 15, 9 a.m.1 p.m., at Mississippi Roadmap to Health Equity (2548 Livingston Road). Dr, Akua Woolbright gives tips on healthy eating at the workshop. Registration required. Space limited. Childcare provided. Free; call 601-951-9273 or 601-987-6783. 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 held Tuesdays at 5 p.m. Limited space; reservation recommended. $5; call 601-209-7566; email lcdanceco@yahoo.com; peure.zumba.com.

Mississippi Farmers Market Saturdays, 8 a.m.2 p.m. through Dec. 20, at Mississippi Farmers Market (929 High St.). Open Saturdays from 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Free; call 601-354-6573; mdac.ms.gov.

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34!'%!.$3#2%%. “10 Ways to Say I Love You” Dinner Theater. The Detectives Mystery Dinner Theatre presents the interactive comedy. Cocktails at 6 p.m. (separate price); show at 7 p.m. Includes a three-course meal. Reservations required. For ages 18 and up. Call 601-937-1752; thedetectives.biz. • Feb. 12, at Georgia Blue (111 Colony Crossing, Madison). $49. • Feb. 13, at Kismet’s Restaurant and Catering (315 Crossgates Blvd., Brandon). $39. Events at Tinseltown (411 Riverwind Drive, Pearl). Call 601-936-5856; cinemark.com. • “Romeo and Juliet” Feb. 13-14, 7:30 p.m., and Feb. 16, 2 p.m. Orlando Bloom and Condola Rashad star in the Broadway production of the Shakespeare play. $18, $17 seniors and students, $16 children. • “Rusalka” Feb. 12, 6:30 p.m. See the simulcast of the Metropolitan Opera’s performance of Dvorák’s fairy-tale opera. Feb. 8: $22, $20 seniors, $15 children; Feb. 12: $20, $18 seniors, $14 children. Films at Russell C. Davis Planetarium (201 E. Pascagoula St.) through Feb. 28. $5.50, $4.50 seniors, $3 children (cash or check); call 601-960-1552; thedavisplanetarium.com. • “The Planets” Monday-Friday, noon, and Saturdays, 4 p.m. Actress Kate Mulgrew (“Star Trek: Voyager”) is the narrator in the movie about the solar system. • “Solar System Adventure” MondaySaturday, 2 p.m. The program allows students to become mission specialists while their spaceship takes them on an adventure past the sun, moon and planets of the solar system. • “The Case of the Disappearing Planet” Saturdays, 1 p.m. Explore the solar system with Skye Watcher and discover what happened to the ex-planet, Pluto, as she tracks down clues that stretch back hundreds of years. • “Space Storm” Saturdays, 3 p.m. The film is an investigation of what happens in space as the sun hurls matter and energy towards Earth that produce a wide range of effects from aurora to power blackouts.

February 12 - 18, 2014

Tune in to Black History Feb. 13, 6:30 p.m., at B.B. King Museum and Delta Interpretive Center (400 Second St., Indianola). Local choirs and dance groups perform for Black History Month. Free; call 662-887-9539; email info@bbkingmuseum.org; bbkingmuseum.org.

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-53)# Events at Duling Hall (622 Duling Ave.). • The Carolina Chocolate Drops Feb. 12, 8 p.m. The string band from Durham, N.C., plays traditional fiddle and banjo music. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. All-agesshow; adults must accompany children. $15 in advance, $20 at the door; call 601292-7999; ardenland.net. • I Love R&B, Part II Feb. 13, 7:30-11 p.m. Performers include Akami Graham and Kerry Thomas with the No Script Band, Keyone’ Edwards, A1 and Lou Writer. $10; ilovernb2. eventbrite.com. • Martin Sexton Feb. 15, 8 p.m. The singersongwriter’s music is a blend of genres such as rock, blues and country. Brothers McCann also performs. Doors open at 7 p.m. All-agesshow; adults must accompany children. $20 in advance, $25 at the door; call 601-292-7999; ardenland.net. Events at Jackson State University (1400 John R. Lynch St.), in F.D. Hall Music Center’s recital hall. Free; call 601-979-7036; jsums.edu. • Concert of Negro Spirituals Feb. 13, 7 p.m. JSU vocal students and the Concert Chorale perform. • 74th Song Festival Feb. 14, 8 a.m. Willenham Cortez Castilla is the conductor. • Faculty Jazz Combo Feb. 18, 7 p.m. Enjoy jazz standards from JSU instructors. “Pops II: Oh, What a Night – Billboard Hits of the ’60s” Feb. 14-15, 7:30 p.m., at Jackson Academy Performing Arts Center (4908 Ridgewood Road). The Mississippi Symphony Orchestra and Broadway Pops International perform hits from Marvin Gaye, Elvis Presley, Aretha Franklin and more. $15 and up; call 601-960-1565; msorchestra.com. Synergy Night Second Saturdays, 9 p.m., at Mediterranean Fish and Grill (The Med) (6550 Old Canton Road). 99.7 FM WJMI DJ Maranda J hosts the open-mic and jazz event featuring live music. $10, $5 open-mic participants; call 9560082; like Synergy Nights on Facebook.

,)4%2!29!.$3)'.).'3 Events at Lemuria Books (465 Interstate 55 N., Suite 202). Call 601-366-7619; email info@ lemuriabooks.com; lemuriabooks.com. • “The Amazing Jimmi Mayes: Sideman to the Stars” Feb. 19, 5 p.m. Chicago drummer Jimmi Mayes signs books. $30 book. • Lemuria Story Time Saturdays, 11 a.m. Chil-

dren enjoy a story and make a related craft. Call for the book title. Free. Applause! Writers Series Feb. 13, noon, at Willie Morris Library (4912 Old Canton Road). Restaurateur Robert St. John and artist Wyatt Waters talk about their travels in Italy and their book, “An Italian Palate.” Free, $34.95 book (cash or check, pre-payment recommended); call 601987-8181; email alley1317@gmail.com for book pre-payment instructions. JSU Reading Community Discussion Feb. 19, 6-8 p.m., at COFO Civil Rights Education Complex (1013 John R. Lynch St.). Author Bruce Watson talks about his book “Freedom Summer: The Savage Season of 1964 That Made Mississippi Burn and Made America a Democracy.” Free; call 601979-1562 or 601-979-1563; jsums.edu/ hamerinstitute/blackhistory2014. Purple Word Book Club Feb. 16, 1-4 p.m., at Purple Word Center for Book and Paper Arts (140 Wesley Ave.). The monthly book discussion is for ages 18 and up. This month’s book is Patti Smith’s “Just Kids.” $5 annual fee, free for members; purpleword.org.

#2%!4)6%#,!33%3 Fiber Folks (Ages 10 and Up) Feb. 13, 3:30-5 p.m., at Madison Public Library (994 Madison Ave., Madison). A variety of fiber arts and crafts is explored in this monthly club. Registration required. Free; call 601-856-2749.

%8()")43!.$/0%.).'3 Events at Mississippi Museum of Natural Science (2148 Riverside Drive). Included with regular admission ($4-$6); call 601-576-6000; msnaturalscience.org. • National Geographic Giant Map of South America Feb. 13-15. The map measures approximately 26’ x 35’ and includes fun and content-rich activities, props, and other educational resources. • A Forest Journey through April 27. The handson exhibit highlights the history of the use of wood, the life cycle of trees and more. Ideal for middle school and high school students. • Nature’s Numbers through April 27. Light, color, gravity, weather and many other natural phenomena are explored through creative puzzles and hands-on interactive units. Ideal for elementary students. Mississippi Collegiate Art Exhibit through Feb. 23, at Arts Center of Mississippi (201 E. Pascagoula St.). See works from students throughout Mississippi in the main galleries. Free; call 601-960-1557, ext. 224. “Nostalgia” Art Exhibit through Feb. 28, at Mississippi Library Commission (Education and Research Center, 3881 Eastwood Drive). See works from the late Thomas L. Cochran. Free; call 601-432-4056; email gloriajw@mlc.lib.ms.us.

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Discover Series Class Feb. 13, 6-8:30 p.m., at Mississippi Craft Center (950 Rice Road, Ridgeland). Options include found object assemblage with Gayle Kramer, Viking knitting with Martha Scarborough and couples pottery with Blanca Love. $35; call 601-856-7546; email education@ mscrafts.org; mscrafts.org.

Mississippi Immigrants Rights Alliance Advocacy Meeting Feb. 12, 6 p.m., at Mississippi Immigrants Rights Alliance (612 N. State St., Suite B). MIRA discusses current issues and upcoming campaigns at the meeting held on second Mondays. Open to the public. Light dinner included. Free; call 601-968-5182; yourmira.org.

Beginners Creative Writing: Poetry Workshop Feb. 15, 1-4 p.m., at Purple Word Center for Book and Paper Arts (140 Wesley Ave.). Participants learn reading skills of poetry in order to complete several poetry writing exercises. $5 annual fee, free for members; purpleword.org.

SouthGroup Insurance Make a Difference 5K Feb. 15, 8:30 a.m., at Woodlands Office Park (800 Woodlands Parkway, Ridgeland). Proceeds from the 5K run/walk and one-mile kids’ fun run benefit Friends of Children’s Hospital. Check-in is at 7:30 a.m. 5K: $20 in advance, $25 race day; fun run: $10 in advance, $15 race day; call 601-914-3220; email 5k@southgroup.net; southgroup.net/5k.

Shut Up and Create! March 29, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., at JFP Classroom (125 S. Congress St., Suite 1324). 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. Registration required. $60; call 601-362-6121, ext. 15; email class@writingtochange.com.

Check jfpevents.com for updates and more listings. To add an event, email all details (phone number, start and end date, time, street address, cost, URL, etc.) to events@jacksonfreepress.com or fax to 601-510-9019. The deadline is noon the Thursday prior to the week of publication. Or add the event online yourself; check out jfpevents.com for instructions.


DIVERSIONS | music

The Musician’s Musician by Tommy Burton

COURTESY MARTIN SEXTON

Martin Sexton brings his soulful singing and impressive guitar playing to Duling Hall on Feb. 15.

His peers and the press often call Sexton, 47, a musician’s musician. Fans recognize Sexton not only for his songwriting, but also for his soulful singing and unique guitar playing. Sometimes, he beat-boxes and sings into a separate distorted microphone in order to add another effect to his solos. “Seeds,” Sexton’s 2007 album, debuted at No. 6 on Billboard’s Heatseekers chart, and his 2008 release, “Solo,” won Best Live Performance Album at the 8th Annual Independent Music Awards in 2009. His last full-length album was 2010’s “Sugarcoating.” On this current solo tour, he plans to explore old concert favorites along with new material he has been writing. How do you enjoy playing the new material on this tour?

It’s like the ultimate proving ground, I think. It’s a funny thing, though. Some songs work well live, while others don’t, but that doesn’t mean the songs that don’t work aren’t valid. Some songs can be amazing in a movie or just for sitting down in your house and listening. (Performing) live is one of the ultimate testers, at least when it comes to my songs. I love it and hate it at the same time. The older songs I can play in my sleep, so with the new stuff, I have to step outside my comfort zone a little and focus. The older material is sort of taking on a new life, too, isn’t it?

That’s what I love about live performance. My songs are sort of like monkey

bars. It’s a beautiful part about doing solo touring. I can play on them differently every night. Just the other night in New Jersey, I took a slow song, and I played it up-tempo like a rock song, and it was fun and awesome. I love doing that. It keeps it fresh for me and the audience. Can you talk about the characters that occupy your songs?

(They’re) people I meet, people I read about, people I wish I’d met. It’s family, myself. My work brings me everywhere, and I get to meet so many people. I get to really know human behavior in my job; almost like a cop. Every minute is a new experience, (but) I probably have a safer occupation than a cop. My experiences with people are usually aren’t bad ones. It’s all in the sauce, as they say. I love coming to the south for the barbecue. I’m so deprived living in the north. I was up in Binghamton, New York, with my son, and it just kills me what passes for barbecue up here. I told my son that this place wouldn’t have lasted three days down south. It just kills me. A lot of your songs are popping up in movies and television these days.

I’m definitely blessed with placement. It happens very organically with me. There’s not some placement guy or anything. Someone from Showtime or wherever will just call my manager. My wife loves “Masters of Sex,” so it definitely earns me brownie points. You’ve collaborated with quite a few big names in the music business. What’s that like?

I enjoy collaboration when I do it, whether it’s a live thing or someone playing on a record. Magic happens. One plus one usually equals five when you get artists together, or just people. I love it at my shows. I collaborate with the audience almost every night. They’ll sing harmonies. It’s like being in church. It’s doesn’t matter if they’re older or younger, black or white, gay or straight, or left or right. They’re just singing harmony like kids in a playground. In that moment, they’re all just singing along. It’s a beautiful unifying force (that) I’m honored to be a messenger of on a daily basis. Collaboration is always a beautiful thing, whether it’s with some rich and famous guy or with a postal worker who bought a ticket to my show. Martin Sexton brings his solo tour to Duling Hall (622 Duling Ave., 601-2927999) Feb 15. The show starts at 8 p.m., and doors open at 7 p.m. Tickets are $20 in advance and $25 at the door. An adult must accompany attendees under 18 years old. For tickets, visit ardenland.net. Also visit martinsexton.com.

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ost people know the music of Syracuse, N.Y., native Martin Sexton even if they don’t recognize his name. Fans of the television show “Scrubs” might have heard his song “Diner” on the season-six episode, “My Night to Remember.” His song, “Can’t Stop Thinking ’Bout You,” was on the Showtime series “Brotherhood” and, more recently, “Masters of Sex.” He has also collaborated with artists including John Mayer and Peter Frampton.

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â&#x20AC;&#x153;False Idolsâ&#x20AC;? by Tricky. Adrian Nicholas Matthews Thaws, aka Tricky, is an English producer, musician, actor, rapper and artist. Trickyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s debut, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Maxinquaye,â&#x20AC;? was one of the more ubiquitous albums played in smoky college dorms in the mid-â&#x20AC;&#x2122;90s. He made a few genre shifts throughout the past decade, and â&#x20AC;&#x153;False Idolsâ&#x20AC;? was supposed to be a return to form. The time between it and the â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;90s albums it resembles, we miss some depth that comes from hearing records build on work over the course of years. When taken alone, this is a great album from one of my alltime favorites, and it will get plenty of spins moving forward.

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â&#x20AC;&#x153;Dusk To Dawnâ&#x20AC;? by Emancipator. What electronic producer Douglass Appling, aka Emancipator, does has a certain psychedelic weirdness to it, but in the electronic pantheon, he is a little more straightforward, as down-

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â&#x20AC;&#x153;Tape Twoâ&#x20AC;? by Young Fathers. Young Fathers hails from Edinburg, Scotland, but the members have roots in Nigeria, Liberia and Maryland, and they wear all of the influences from these places on their respective sleeves. As such, they make music that defies most attempts at categorization. I explain it like this: â&#x20AC;&#x153;Afro-beatinspired gutter-punk hip-hop from the streets of Scotland.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;Tape Twoâ&#x20AC;? takes a lot of risks, which make the guys so endearing. They are brutally honest and adventurous with what they do. I canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t imagine them getting big, but if they did, I believe the world would be a better place.

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â&#x20AC;&#x153;13 Degrees Of Realityâ&#x20AC;? by The Heliocentrics. â&#x20AC;&#x153;13 Degrees Of Realityâ&#x20AC;? is definitely my sleeper pick of the year. The Heliocentrics makes psyche-jazz music that has roots in traditional African genres, free jazz, breakbeat, world instrumentation and psychedelic space funk. â&#x20AC;&#x153;13 Degrees Of Realityâ&#x20AC;? teeters on the edge of insanity, but it never really falls off the deep-end into chaos. In-

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â&#x20AC;&#x153;Oldâ&#x20AC;? by Danny Brown. Danny Brownâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s previous, â&#x20AC;&#x153;XXX,â&#x20AC;? was built on desperation, and you can hear that hunger to succeedâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;or to just stay aliveâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;in almost every song, whether it was about dodging crackheads in Detroit or crushing up and snorting pills. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Oldâ&#x20AC;? finds Brown seemingly past the desperation and trying to live his life after it. Its title refers to his age and time in the game, but it also is a nod to the fans who hope to hear their hero keep making music like his old stuff. Brown weaves themes and styles into a tapestry of harrowing hood tales, wordplay, dark humor, x-rated profanity, and a metaboastfulness that accepts the reality of the present as a mix of the past and the uncertainty of the future.

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â&#x20AC;&#x153;Tomorrowâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Harvestâ&#x20AC;? by Boards of Canada. Boards of Canada, an electronic duo of Scottish brothers, creates soundscapes rich with layers of texture and ambience. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Tomorrowâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Harvestâ&#x20AC;? almost totally eschews the melody they played with earlier in their career in favor of these textures, and that is what makes the album so interesting to listen to. Without a melody to hold on to, the listener is guided into focusing on the groove and, more importantly, the progression it takes towards its conclusionâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;or destruction.

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â&#x20AC;&#x153;Victim of Loveâ&#x20AC;? by Charles Bradley. How can you not love Charles Bradley with his incredible back story? His parents abandoned him, and then he lived in poverty with his grandmother as well as on the streets for a stint. He made a bit of money as a James Brown impersonator, his only foray in the music world until his 2011 debut release, â&#x20AC;&#x153;No Time for Dreaming,â&#x20AC;? when he was 62 years old. (Check out the documentary, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Charles Bradley: Soul of America.â&#x20AC;? It is beautiful, heartbreaking and inspiring.) â&#x20AC;&#x153;Victim of Loveâ&#x20AC;? just keeps going with what worked on Bradleyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s debut and shows his progression.

stead, breakbeats that would make Madlib blush hold things in place, allowing the players to really stretch things out.

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â&#x20AC;&#x153;Run the Jewelsâ&#x20AC;? by Run the Jewels Run the Jewels is Atlanta rapper Killer Mike and rapper/producer El-P. Some of todayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s music, which critics laud as ahead of its time or groundbreaking, actually contains ideas that El-P has been employing for years. Killer Mike has a harder sound, with one foot in the streets and the other in politics and social themes. Something about the duo just works; El-Pâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s once futuristic and now temporally in-place beats make the perfect backdrop to Mikeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s aggressive rapping style. This yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Run the Jewelsâ&#x20AC;? finds this new partnership coming full circle. The chemistry is tight. The topics are what we expect from each guyâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;gritty tales and dirty politics from Mike, and paranoid, scatterbrained observations from El-P. It is exactly what hip-hop should sound like.

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â&#x20AC;&#x153;Hokey Frightâ&#x20AC;? by The Uncluded. The Uncluded is rapper Aesop Rock and Kimya Dawson, who is the quirky folk singer from the indie band, The Moldy Peaches, which gained prominence with the â&#x20AC;&#x153;Junoâ&#x20AC;? soundtrack. Aesop is known mostly for his cerebral rapsâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;heavy on the words, and dense with wordplay and vocabulary. It just works so wellâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;the combination of Aesopâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s gruff voice with her almost childlike singing, which can also be kind of rough. The collaborationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s theme involves emotions dealing with death, especially that of friends, which both artists went through in the past few years. A childlike wonder plays throughout the album in the lyrics, which Dawsonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s singing style drives home. The result is a record that is devastating at times, uplifting at others and sprinkled with a little humor.

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â&#x20AC;&#x153;Milk Moneyâ&#x20AC;? by Dosh. Dosh, a Minneapolis native, is a multiinstrumentalist who makes experimental, beat-driven, electronic music with an organic flair, mostly from the marimba and Rhodes piano he normally plays at live shows. In this age of laptop producers and beat-makers, who can easily and quickly recreate anything an entire band can do, what Dosh does with live looping can seem out of date. Perhaps with that in the back of his mind, Dosh closes the album with â&#x20AC;&#x153;Legos (For Terry),â&#x20AC;? a 25-minute demonstration of his capabilities, answering any questions about his workâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s relevance.

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tempo tends to be. His style is melodic and emotional. Hip-hop beats drive it all, and a nice touch of live instrumentation (flutes, piano, saxophone, xylophones, etc.) helps keep it grounded in reality. The lushness of the production, the perfectly mixed drums and the brilliantly placed electronic flourishes make the album pretty much perfect to my ears.

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5:30
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Mon. - Thurs. • 8am - 6pm

Fondren
Location

Located in Fondren Corner 2906 N. State St. • (601) 982-9728

3011
N.
State
St.
•
Jackson,
MS
39216
•
(601)
366-9633
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Friday
10am
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6pm
Saturday
10am
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5:30pm

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