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t only took Pierre Pryer Sr. six months to a year to work his way up from dishwasher to head chef at The Iron Horse Grill downtown the first time he worked there, from 1987 until 1998. He returned to the restaurant at the beginning of February this year—as executive chef this time. In 1987, Pryer was unemployed and thinking of joining the Army. He took the necessary tests for enrollment, and he passed. Not long before that, he saw Iron Horse for the first time and put in a job application. “It was a Friday morning; I’ll never forget. The recruiter called me and said, ‘I’m coming to pick you up and bring you down here, and you’ll be out of here in two days,’” Pryer recalls. Instead, he told the recruiter that he’d find his own ride to the office. “But I didn’t go. I didn’t want to leave. I got a call the following Saturday about 3 p.m. from the owner (of Iron Horse) John McWilliams; he needed a dishwasher, and I immediately took the job.” After working two weeks, Pryer cut his thumb open on the slicer and had to get 13 stitches. He took about a month off to let his thumb heal, but when he called for his job, the restaurant had hired someone in his place and offered Pryer two days of work per week. “I took the two days a week, but I was a man on a mission,” Pryer says. He made himself as helpful as possible around the res-


taurant and in the kitchen, and the owner took an interest in Pryer. Six months after Pryer started working, the head chef spontaneously quit. Williams called Pryer outside for a chat. “Look, I need a chef. I don’t have anyone to bring in right now, but I’ve noticed that you’ve been in the kitchen doing everything from dishes to prepping to cooking. You seem to enjoy what you’re doing. If you want, I’ll give this job to you,” Pryer recalls him saying. “He said, …. ‘I’m going to win with you, or I’m going to lose with you. I think you can do what I need to have done.’” Pryer, a Jackson native, graduated from Murrah High School and attended Hinds Community College for a stint where he studied hotel and motel restaurant management. He grew up in a family of seven children, and his mother passed away when he was 9. “My love of cooking came from my dad,” says Pryer, who has one son of his own, a senior at Wingfield High School named Pierre Pryer Jr. Pryer’s father, King Solomon Pryer Sr., always worked two jobs, and his night job was always cooking somewhere. “He had this great vision for us to go out and make our names known,” Pryer says about his dad. “So I guess we’re somewhat doing that now.” —Briana Robinson

Cover photo of seafood from The Islander by Trip Burns

8 Bettering Education

The nonprofit Better Schools=Better Jobs wants to put the question of full state education funding to the voters on the 2015 ballot.

26 An Unforgiving World

“Death in the world of ‘Dark Souls’ is an inevitability, not an end, and both the narrative and mechanics make use of this. Perishing causes the player to drop all his unspent Souls (experience and currency rolled into one) into a bloodstain, and returns the player to the last activated bonfire. Returning to one’s bloodstain restores what was lost; dying before this happens causes them to be lost forever.”—Nick Judin

32 The Grand Adventure

In “The Grand Budapest Hotel,” Wes Anderson uses whimsy and his familiar batch of dry-esque humor to tell the story of a woman’s murder just days after leaving the Grand Budapest Hotel.

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by Donna Ladd, Editor-in-Chief

Big, Bad Chef of the Week


e is a food god in Mississippi. On my last trip to Oxford a few weeks ago, we were there two nights and visited four different John Currence restaurants. The first night, we met my friend, professor Cynthia Joyce at The Lamar Lounge for drinks and a veggie burger in a very meat-focused joint. On the second night, we joined two other journalism professors, Curtis Wilkie and Joe Atkins, for a delicious dinner and war stories in the (and ironically named) Snack Bar (yes, they always have at least one excellent veggie option. And frites, of course). Then, just because you must, we had a nightcap upstairs at City Grocery on the Square. The next morning, we met our friends Camp Best, Cristen Hemmins and Sean Higgins back at Currence’s Big Bad Breakfast, which happens to be next door to Snack Bar in that strip-mall-turned-culinary district. The five of us chatted so much (all good, from race relations and LGBT issues to that-damn-flag) that I barely took time to savor a perfect breakfast, but I still dream about that tomato gravy. Put simply: John Currence is a chef foodies can love. He is a businessman, and he is a food artist, and he is a vital part of Oxford’s, and thus Mississippi’s, renaissance as a creative-class destination and place to put down roots and make a difference. Currence also buried his scimitar into the supporters of SB 2681, the latest wingnut attempt to keep Mississippi known as a hateful place disguised, as always, as a “religious” effort. Currence, who appropriately tweets @bigbadchef—and whose Twitter page is wallpapered with “Thou shalt not talk sh*t”—was no more pleased than I and so many Mississippians were when the Legislature passed the bill that many of believe will be tantamount to Jim Crow lows against our LGBT neighbors, employees and loved ones.

Pardon Currence’s French on this one (as you laugh out loud): “I reserve my right to refuse service to every limp-d*ck homophobe who voted In favor of new Nazissippi law today. F*cking shameful.” OK, not all his tweets on the issue were as saucy (dang it), but he didn’t let up, soon tweeting: “Yesterday MS legislature passed Religious Freedom Restoration Act, gives

‘I’m Republican ... and humiliated by my party and my state legislature today.’ folks right to refuse service to anyone. #segregation.” He even took on fellow foodies (or so their Twitter handles indicated): “you obviously have no idea how f#cking Draconian this law is and what its implications are....” Then after someone excoriated him for his language, adding, “The nastiest hate comes from the left,” Currence fired back: “I’m Republican ... and humiliated by my party and my state legislature today. Why don’t you look in the mirror. You lashed out 1st.” So sayeth the big, bad chef. Yes, the Mississippi Legislature, and then Gov. Phil Bryant, surrounded by radical-right political leaders from Mississippi and beyond (all white men, mostly of a certain age), used his poison pen to brand our state once again with the tattoo of hate. Meantime, people like John Currence and so many of you work their fingers to the bone and open businesses and hire people and struggle to change the reputation of our state, improve its tax base and provide needed kindling to our economic

development fire—as they fight against us. Currence should be angry. We all should be cursing what is happening now in the 21st century in our state. Even as we watch our citizenry evolve and young people decide to stay rather than run and so many people work to heal the past’s divisions, these fools come along and just rip our wounds open so we all have to start over. Meantime, the people we love and admire who happen to prefer to love someone of their own gender, are used as political pawns who aren’t treated as if they are human beings, with equal rights to everyone else. We’ve seen this before, Mississippi. We’ve lived through it. We’re still dealing with its disastrous effects. Before the Civil Rights Movement and the feds and other freedom fighters of all races forced Mississippi to change its laws, we “protected” people who wanted to discriminate against others based on their skin tone. We had laws against interracial marriage, claiming that the Bible told us to. We hid behind the idea of “religious freedom” to do anything to people our leaders told us were inferior, and sinful, and ungodly. Meantime, many “good” people didn’t speak out. Maybe they were afraid of boycotts, maybe they were afraid of physical violence, maybe they were afraid of going against the herd. But they didn’t speak out. As a result, the haters were able to spread it, using state law and the Bible as an excuse. It took federal laws to tell Mississippi and other states then that we couldn’t use state law as cover to discriminate against people of color. It looks like it’ll take federal intervention again to tell these terrible state leaders that what they are doing is wrong. Meantime, though, it’s up to the rest of us to step up—and to speak out (and maybe cuss a little) when the laws are hurting other people, whether or not they apply to us. It’s also up to us to point out the hypocrisy of

using beautiful spiritual texts, written to get people to love each other, as cover for hate. Currence did the right thing with those tweets. Sure, he could lose some customers, just as the JFP might because I wrote this. But I suspect he knows as we have learned that doing good business means being willing to speak out against efforts to hurt our customers and our loved ones and our employees. When the JFP started, some people predicted that we couldn’t last a year as a progressive newspaper in Mississippi—reporting on abortion rights, supporting LGBT citizens, challenging racism—because businesses wouldn’t advertise with us, and their customers would demand it. Our paper turns 12 this year. Sure, we’ve lost an advertiser here and there (including one after a former editor, who was lesbian, wrote an award-winning column about the pain of watching Mississippians vote against allowing her to marry) due to our coverage, and some anonymous yo-yo or another calls for a boycott now and again. But these efforts are predictable and, I believe, doomed to fail precisely because what we do is infused with love of other people, including those who are born different or who make other choices. I’ve said it before: We Mississippians have a choice now. It is our moment. We can repeat the past, where we shrug and believe we’re powerless against hateful efforts, or we can stand up, speak out and maybe even cuss a little to get our point across. We can even start a Facebook campaign like Mitchell Moore of Campbell’s Bakery did (see page 7) to encourage small businesses to put out the welcome mat to LGBT customers. We must believe in our own power—to change hateful laws and to vote out every single person who tries to keep us mired in a Jim Crow-type world. Stand up, Mississippi. We are better than this. Let’s prove it. On, and pass that tomato gravy.

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Kathleen Mitchell

R.L. Nave

Trip Burns

Anna Wolfe

Jesse Houston

Kristie Lipford

Brittany Sanford

David Joseph

Features Editor Kathleen M. Mitchell likes fonts, jorts and photo books, among other things. She hopes to be a professional learner some day. She coordinated the cover package.

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

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

Anna Wolfe is a senior communication major at Mississippi State University who strives to use writing as a tool to advance social justice. She writes for the Starkville Free Press, as well as the JFP. She wrote about the 20-week abortion bill.

Jesse Houston is a chef and graduate of the Texas Culinary Academy. He is currently consulting, launching exciting popup restaurants, and planning to open his own restaurant in Jackson soon. He contributed to the cover package.

Memphis native Kristie Lipford has a doctorate in sociology. She nightcaps to Coltrane’s “Africa Brass Sessions” and Alice’s “Ptah” when she’s feeling wild. Cupcakes make her smile. She wrote a music story.

Editorial Intern and New Orleans native Brittany Sanford is a senior at Belhaven University. She loves God, family, fashion and writing. She helped factcheck for the issue.

David Joseph, former restaurateur and long-time Jacksonian serves as the director of operations for Jackson Free Press. He enjoys watching JFP flourish and his two new grandchildren. He’s just plain awesome.


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Thursday, April 3 Interim authorities in Ukraine accuse ousted President Viktor Yanukovych’s government of using a network of hired killers, kidnappers and gangs to terrorize and undermine the opposition. Friday, April 4 U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry says the Obama administration will reevaluate its role in foundering Middle East peace talks following actions by Israel and the Palestinians that have brought the negotiations to virtual collapse. Saturday, April 5 A British navy ship with sophisticated sound-locating equipment arrives in a patch of the southern Indian Ocean after a Chinese ship crew picks up an electronic pulsing signal that may be from the missing Malaysia Airlines black boxes. Sunday, April 6 Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel says the U.S. will deploy two additional ballistic missile defense destroyers to Japan by 2017 as part of an effort to bolster protection from North Korean missile threats.

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Monday, April 7 Pro-Russian separatists who seized a provincial administration building in the eastern Ukrainian city of Donetsk proclaim the region independent. Ukrainian authorities call the move an attempt by Russia to sow unrest.


Tuesday, April 8 Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel tells his Chinese counterpart that his country does not have the right to unilaterally establish an air defense zone over disputed islands with no consultation and that America will protect Japan, the Philippines and other allies locked in disputes with China, as laid out in U.S. treaty obligations.

Jackson: An LGBT Sanctuary? by R.L. Nave


hokwe Lumumba, the late mayor of Jackson, once described Jackson as a new justice frontier, one that acknowledges that the city’s diversity is its strength. That was the impetus for his push for an anti-racial-profiling ordinance in 2010 to counteract discussion among state lawmakers about doing a show-me-your-papers style immigration law. Until now, despite attempts to enact so-called “no sanctuary cities� laws aimed at the city of Jackson, such anti-immigrant proposals, have repeatedly failed at the Capitol even as other discrimination-opening measures have passed. Most recently, it was SB 2681, a new religious-practices law that in practice forbids government entities from infringing on the religious beliefs of citizens. Critics of the measure said the law gives more cover to organizations wanting to discriminate against minorities with few legal options to fight back, such as LGBT people. If Mississippi is the newest battlefield for LGBT rights, its cities are emerging as the fronts. Already, three of the state’s college towns passed resolutions affirming the rights of LGBT citizens. Could Jackson—the state’s largest city and seat of government—be next? The Jackson Free Press asked several of the candidates who sought the mayor’s seat whether they would support a resolution in the mold of those passed in Starkville, Hattiesburg and Oxford. Ward 7 Councilwoman Margaret Barrett-Simon made the strongest statements of any of the major candidates in the field,


Wednesday, April 2 Ivan Lopez, an Iraq War veteran being treated for mental illness, opens fire at Fort Hood, killing three people and wounding 16 others before committing suicide in an attack on the same Texas military base where more than a dozen people were slain in 2009. ... The Supreme Court strikes down limits in federal law on the overall campaign contributions the biggest individual donors may make to candidates, political parties and political action committees.

With the controversy over Senate Bill 2681, Jackson has served as the epicenter for much of the pushback against the measure, including an April 3 rally in Jackson against the bill, which civil-rights groups fear will lead to legalized discrimination.

calling for an ordinance that would provide protection. Currently, the city’s nondiscrimination clause applies gender, race, color, ancestry, religious creed, national origin, pregnancy, childbirth or related medical condition, age, marital status and disability. “We are all equal members of this community, and every person—regardless of sexual orientation, race, ethnicity, or background—deserves to be treated with the same measure of dignity and respect,� Barrett-Simon wrote on Facebook. Tony Yarber, who represents Ward 6 on the council, said that he would support strengthening the city’s equal-opportunity employment statement, but said a pro-

LGBT resolution is the answer to the problem. Although Yarber did not propose a clear alternative, he did he say, however, that he would ensure as mayor that the best people, no matter their sexual preference, were selected for jobs. “Quite frankly, I think it’s sad that they would have to have a resolution to get recognized as a group of people in a democratic society. So, I think the resolution is ceremonial, and it’s nice, but it ain’t the answer. The answer is, ‘What can I do as a mayor to be sure ... if there’s a lesbian who can lead the public works department, then come on.’ Because we want the best and brightest people,� Yarber said.

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Ward 2 Councilman and City Council President Melvin Priester Jr. also stopped short of endorsing a pro-LGBT city resolution or ordinance in his interview with the JFP, saying he is opposed to discrimination of any kind. He also said that he has been working to create a human-rights commission modeled after ones that have been created in other Mississippi cities that will help give protection to “a variety of people.�

“I am opposed to discrimination, whether it’s against black people, whether it’s against women, whether it’s against gay or lesbian or transgendered people,� Priester said. Attorney Regina Quinn said in an interview with the JFP that an LGBT resolution for the City of Jackson would be “premature.� “I don’t espouse with any organization

before you see some evidence of discrimination. If there is discrimination, yes, we will weed that out first hand in seeing it, but it just seems that until you see that, it would be premature to do it,� she said. Chokwe Antar Lumumba said that although he has not spoken with any organized groups of the LGBT community, he is a supporter of human rights for all people and would be interested in seeing a proposal

Campbell’s Bakery Launches Non-Discrimination Campaign by Dustin Cardon


discriminate by posting their support on the page. Moore also created a logo and arranged to have stickers printed, which should be ready to distribute in a few days. Supporting TRIP BURNS

fter the Mississippi House and Senate passed SB 2681—the controversial “Religious Freedom Restoration Act� that many see as opening the door for legalized discrimination—Campbell’s Bakery (3013 N. State St.) owner Mitchell Moore wanted to do something about what he viewed as a horrible situation. “The examples people always use (when talking about how businesses could discriminate) always involve weddings and a florist or a baker (refusing service to a gay or lesbian couple), since those are the ones that have probably happened somewhere,� Moore told the JFP. “I thought it was ridiculous, and I wanted to get the message out that we are not discriminatory, and that I want to sell my product to as many people as will buy it.� To get the word out, Moore started the “If You’re Buying, We’re Selling� campaign. He created a Facebook page where business owners can sign up and make a public stance that they are not going to

Campbell’s Bakery owner Mitchell Moore is heading an anti-discrimination movement called “If You’re Buying,We’re Selling.�

businesses can put the sticker in their windows for passersby to see at a glance that the business does not discriminate. While the movement may seem like

a political gesture against SB 2681, Moore said it is actually a matter of good business. “I’m not doing this because of politics, but because it’s my stance as a business owner,� Moore said. “I doubt legislators called any businesses to ask their opinions and see if this was something they needed protection from. I think many would probably have said ‘no’ if they did. I consider it a waste of time and resources to make a bill and pass a law if maybe only two business owners somewhere made complaints.� “If You’re Buying, We’re Selling� currently has more than 900 businesses that have signed on so far. Moore is also inviting people to ask businesses if they want to join. The movement has grown large enough that LGBT rights group Equality Mississippi has expressed interest in running the project since Moore is unable to manage it full time. “This is not only for the LGBT community, however,� Moore said. “They are not a protected class, but there are also others that need protection.�

for a solution to anti-LGBT discrimination. “I’m for human rights for human beings. So anything that supports human rights—that’s what I’m in favor of,� Lumumba, the late mayor’s son, said. He later posted on his website about LGBT rights: “We will not seize the moment to politicize something that—in our opinion—is a basic human right. “What we will do, however, is establish a City Human Rights Commission which would review and monitor all city contracts and engagements to ensure that vendors, contractors, and businesses involved in city work do not discriminate on the basis of race, gender, age, sexual orientation, national origin, nationality or class. � Former Mayor Harvey Johnson Jr. said that while he is not familiar with the specifics of the resolutions passed in other cities, he would be open to the possibility of any resolution that aids in nondiscriminatory practices. “I believe and support nondiscriminatory practices,� Johnson said, “and that includes the LGBT community.� The JFP did not ask state Sen. John Horhn his position on LGBT ordinance during his endorsement interview, but a firestorm of controversy ignited when Horhn was the only member of the Jackson Senate delegation to vote for SB 2681, a controversial bill that civil-liberties experts fear is tantamount to legal discrimination. Horhn said on his Facebook page that he was absent from the Senate chamber when SB 2681 was called for a vote. “I am not in favor of SB 2681 because I believe it is bad for business in Mississippi and not needed. We already enjoy religious freedom in Mississippi; we just need to practice more reconciliation with one another. “ Comment at Email R.L. Nave at



TALK | education

Voters Could Decide School Funding by Jackie Mader and Liz Willen, The Hechinger Report


April 9 - 15, 2014

‘What do you mean by ‘adequate’?’ — Rep. John Moore, R-Brandon


Campaign for Fiscal Equity, a nonprofit research and policy center at Teachers College, Columbia University, that champions fair funding. Rebell is an attorney who for years has charged that New York state is shortchanged the entire publicschool system by billions of dollars—even after coming to an agreement following a landmark court ruling in 2006. Rep. Moore said he questions whether the amendment language would change much. “What do you mean by ‘adequate’?” Moore said. “Does that guarantee that every child in the state of Mississippi is going to be educated?” The change in language may open the door to lawsuits such as those seen in Kansas and Florida. In 1998, Florida voters approved an amendment that changed the state’s education provision in its constitution. The amendment made education a “fundamental value” and required that the state make adequate provision of education, defined as “Efficient, safe, secure, and high quality.” Since then, several lawsuits have been filed against Florida, citing evidence that state schools do not meet these requirements. One seeks a “remedial plan” by the state to improve and better fund schools. Brumfield said Better Schools=Better Jobs decided against a court challenge in favor of a constitutional amendment, “so that there will be no doubt it will be the legal obligation of the Legislature to keep its promise.” She said the group undertook some polling recently and found plenty of support for the idea of a constitutional change. “Seventy percent of registered voters said they could not trust the Legislature to properly fund education,’’ Brumfield said. Molly Hunter, a nationally recognized expert on issues of school-funding litigation and reform at the Education Law Center in New Jersey, said Mississippi probably has the weakest language around support for education, both in their schools and via MAEP. “They don’t fund their schools well enough, so if this would help that would be great. If you care about education and quality opportunities for all kids in Mississippi, it’s a great concept. They need it, but they are not getting it,” Hunter said. This report was produced by The Hechinger Report, a nonprofit, nonpartisan education-news outlet affiliated with Teachers College, Columbia University. COURTESY HECHINGER REPORT

ear after year, school officials in sippi has underfunded its schools by more Advocates disagree that funding has this poor and largely rural state say than $1 billion. A recent report by the been adequate, and say that fully funding they scramble to stock classrooms Mississippi Center for Education Inno- education should be the state’s priority. with basic supplies like textbooks vation found the lack of funds has forced The ballot question in Mississippi comes at and pencils. They seek donations from schools to raise class sizes and hold off on a time when 45 states have filed lawsuits outside groups and wonder if they’ll ever offering after-school tutoring programs or challenging the failure of governors and have enough money to hire coaches and invest in technology. legislators to fairly fund schools. classroom assistants. School funding is hotly debated in In 11 states, litigation is pending, Now, a newly formed group is taking a fresh tack on school funding, albeit one that first requires a lot of votes and a constitutional amendment to provide money for cash-strapped schools. The group, Better Schools=Better Jobs, filed paperwork with the state to form a nonprofit in January and a PAC in February. It will attempt to gather more than 107,000 signatures of registered voters before Oct. 1, in the hope of putting such a question before voters on the 2015 ballot. Funded by foundations and individuals, Better Schools=Better Jobs includes a host of educators, business leaders, parents and politicians. Fed up after years of substandard conditions, they are pushing for the state’s funding formula, the Mississippi Adequate Education Children in the Richton School District, about 20 miles east of Hattiesburg, play on outdated Program, or MAEP, to become a playground equipment. Across Mississippi, educators say that years of underfunding have left them with inadequate facilities and few supplies. constitutional mandate. Better Schools=Better Jobs argues that better funding will improve lagging school performance and Mississippi, where some lawmakers say including New York, Florida, Texas and spur long-needed economic growth and that more funding doesn’t necessarily lead California. In March, a Kansas court development in the state. In the weeks to better student academic performance. ruled that the state was in violation of its and months to come, Patsy Brumfield, “There’s a whole lot more money being constitution for funding disparities bethe group’s communications director, said spent in the districts that are producing the tween school districts. Kansas’s constituBetter Schools=Better Jobs will adopt a worst product than in the schools that are tion requires the state to “make suitable grassroots approach to get the word out. producing the best product,” said Rep. John provision for finance of the educational Brumfield said they plan to reach out to Moore, R-Brandon, chairman of Mississip- interests of the state.” various groups, organizations and school pi’s House Education Committee. Mississippi’s constitution requires leadership across the state, and use comMoore said that although “public the state to provide for “the establishment, munity leaders to reach those who are in- safety is actually the maintenance and terested in signing the petition. The new number-one prisupport of free pubgroup does not yet have a website, and ority for the state lic schools upon few details were available. of Mississippi,” such conditions “We are under no illusions about what the Legislature has and limitations an ambitious effort this is, but on the other prioritized fundas the Legislature hand, if there was ever a place where some- ing education for may prescribe.” thing like this stood to make a big differ- years, often to the The proence, Mississippi would be that place,’’ said detriment of other posed amendment Kent McGuire, president of the Southern state departments. would require the Education Foundation, a public charity “If you look at the “state to provide that is one of the group’s supporters. other agencies of and the Legislature Since 1997, school districts in the state government, fund an adequate state have received money based on MAEP, they have all basiand efficient sysa complex formula that takes into account cally been mugged over the last few years tem of free public schools.” such factors as average daily attendance in the name of funding k-12,” Moore said. The amendment would also authorize and the percentage of students who qualify “There’s a lot of primary functions of state state courts to enforce that in litigation. for free or reduced-price lunch. government that have been sacrificed in “If they prevail, it will be very inIn the past six years, though, Missis- the name of educating our children.” teresting,’’ said Michael Rebell, of the

TALK | county

Jail a Human Rights Issue? by R.L. Nave


three housing pods and cost the county millions of dollars to repair. More so than even the financial bottom line for county taxpayers, several county officials are characterizing the conditions at the jail as an affront to basic human rights. Michele Purvis Harris, the county public defender, wrote a letter to media outlets in which she criticized The Clarion-Ledger’s reporting on the incident, which she said “serves to promote the callous and insensitive attitudes that seem to run rampant in this city and state.” “These are mothers, fathers, sons and daughters—someone’s loved one. These are human beings,” Harris wrote. Hinds County District 5 Supervisor Kenneth Stokes agreed. “In the neighborhood they stay in, because they’re young and black, people don’t care,” Stokes said in criticizing the management of the facility at the April 7 Hinds County Board of Supervisors meeting. Stokes called for a no-confidence vote against county Sheriff Tyrone Lewis and jail Hinds County Sheriff Tyrone Lewis (left) has come under administrator Dianne Gatsonfire for a recent jail riot that resulted in the death of a prisoner and Supervisor Kenneth Stokes’ (right) call for Riley for last week’s riot that rea no-confidence vote in Lewis’ leadership. sulted in the death of a prisoner. Stokes, who has locked horns dreds of others people who cannot afford to with the sheriff on a number of key issues, hire a private lawyer, say their office made praised Lewis’ handling of his office, but said “numerous attempts” with the Hinds Coun- repeated problems with at the detention are ty district attorney’s office to settle the case. a public safety nightmare. Over the next two years, Bennett’s trial “We’ve seen the sheriff do some wondate was bumped twice, and his motions to derful things. …(but) you cannot condismiss the charges were repeatedly denied tinue to have riots and killings in the despite the evidence of his innocence, his jail,” Stokes said at this morning’s sulawyers say. Then, in July 2013, Vance, the pervisors meeting. co-defendant who told authorities of BenStokes said the jail conditions could be nett’s innocence, was murdered. tantamount to federal civil rights violations But before Bennett could have his day that could draw in the involvement of the U.S. in court, he too was killed in a riot—the sec- Justice Department or costly civil lawsuits. ond in two years—at the Raymond DetenLewis has said the problems at the jail tion Center on March 31. On April 2, a no- precede his administration and that county prosecution order was filed in his Bennett’s bureaucracy has sometimes hamstrung his case posthumously. Besides Bennett’s death, ability to make fixes in a timely manner. Lewanother seven people were injured, and pris- is’s office has declined to speak about the reoners had be transferred out of the housing cent riot, citing MBI’s ongoing investigation. pod where the incident occurred and moved Board President Darrel McQuirter to nearby facilities, including the Jackson relayed to his sympathies to Crawford and municipal jail. other families who expressed similar frustraJail officials have said the riot erupted tions, but said that the jail is operating under between rival gangs, but complete infor- a state of emergency. mation about the events leading up the “This is not the time to fan the rhetoric melee is known. The Mississippi Bureau or make an explosive situation worse,” Mcof Investigation has taken over the investi- Quirter said. gation, and a Hinds County supervisor is Stokes said his aim in asking for a nocalling for a vote of no confidence against confidence vote was not remove Lewis, but Sheriff Tyrone Lewis, who has purview to call attention to problems with the sherover a jail that has been besieged with iff’s management of the facility. high-profile mishaps, including a number “These are citizens. They might be poor of attempted and successful escape and a and black, but they’re citizens,” Stokes said. summer 2012 riot that destroyed one of the Comment at


arkuieze Bennett, 21, should have been in court April 8, standing trial for strong armed robbery. The odds a jury would have found him innocent were good. Arrested in spring 2012, Bennett claimed his innocence from the beginning. Witnesses submitted affidavits to the Hinds County District Attorney’s office saying that Bennett was playing basketball in Lake Hico Park when the robbery took place; his codefendant, Sepedah Vance, also made statements exonerating Bennett even though he later attempted to retract them. The Hinds County Public Defender’s office, which represents Bennett and hun-





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New Mississippi Abortion Ban Empty, Unscientific? by Anna Wolf


tee, however, distributes a 33-page report bill that Mississippi legislators are taking of making these kinds of decisions.” ( that suggests fetuses can unreasonable actions. Carl Reddix, an OB/GYN physician feel pain before 24 weeks. The scientists “That’s a totally irrelevant piece of leg- at Reddix Medical Group in Jackson, said cited in that report, though, deny ( islation that I’m sure was aimed at the clinic. that religious politicians have “taken the docs_fetal) that their findings support 20- The clinic goes to 16 weeks, so what differ- Legislature hostage,” pushing an antiweek abortion bans, which demonstrates a ence does that bill make?” Derzis told the abortion agenda. poor application of scientific evidence. JFP in early March. “They have been pos“And it doesn’t really matter how it afDawkins said this bill, which would turing and wasting the taxpayers’ money for fects the majority of citizens,” Reddix said. make Mississippi the 21st state to adopt the last month on that piece of legislation, Reddix believes the greatest problem such a ban, according to the Guttmacher and every legislator there knows that.” Mississippi abortion providers face is gainInstitute, demonstrates that legislators “do Dawkins said that Mississippi legisla- ing access to hospital facilities. Anti-abortion not have the knowledge to make these sorts tors’ knowledge is “mostly anecdotal” and not legislators both want to require the state’s of decisions.” based in scientific fact. She said the legislators abortion clinic to have admitting privilegThe “fetal pain” bill makes exceptions who supported the ban do not cite research es—and to make it impossible for doctors for women facing life-threatening pregnan- when they make claims regarding women’s such as Reddix to offer admitting privileges cy—the kinds of pregnancies that are typi- reproductive health. “They have nothing to abortion-clinic patients, thus creating a cally terminated after 20 weeks—but law- based in fact,” Dawkins said. “There is noth- legal loophole to close the clinic. makers rejected an amendment to the bill ing that I’m aware of that has been published Reddix was caught in that controversy by Sen. Derrick Simmons, D-Greenville, to and peer-reviewed that is considered worthy when Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves took him off the create exceptions for pregnancies as a result board of health because he had agreed to of rape or incest. provide care to patients of Jackson Women’s In a Planned Parenthood news release, Health Organization who needed to be adFelicia Brown-Williams, director of pubmitted to a hospital. lic policy for Planned Parenthood SouthAn “admitting privilege” requirement east, said the abortion ban is an example is “the issue threatening the lone clinic in of politicians forcing themselves into our state,” Reddix said. medical decisions. She said abortions later Gov. Bryant—who was co-chairman in pregnancy are often due to abnormaliof Yes on 26, the failed 2011 Personhood ties and life-threatening conditions. initiative—says he will sign the new 20“Further, a young woman who is a vicweek ban into law. “This measure represents tim of incest or rape may not know she is a great effort to protect the unborn in Mispregnant, or may hide a pregnancy due to sissippi,” he said in a statement. fear and stigma. And no woman who has R.L. Nave contributed to this report. been raped should be forced to carry a pregComment at nancy that is a result of an attack,” BrownWilliams wrote. Dawkins said if this kind of restrictive legislation affected men’s health care, “there would be an uproar,” but because the discussion surrounds women, legislators don’t care to make decisions based in medical evidence. “Because this is women’s bodies, and they’re used to controlling women in so many other ways, they’re very comfortable with it,” Dawkins said. Diane Derzis, owner of Jackson Women’s Health Organization, the last abortion clinic in the state, told the Jackson Free Press after the state Rep. Andy Gipson, R-Braxton, believes it won’t be hard to police women’s right to an abortion under a new Senate passed the 20-week ban the Mississippi Legislature passed, although few abortions happen in the state after 16 weeks. TRIP BURNS

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female Mississippi senator is questioning a 20-week abortion ban that awaits signature from Gov. Phil Bryant, saying the bill is not grounded in medical fact. Sen. Deborah Dawkins, D-Pass Christian, questions how legislators are going to determine the “gestational age” of 20 weeks to know when to cut off a woman’s right to have an abortion in the state. The bill defines the “gestational age” as “the time that has elapsed since the first day of the woman’s last menstrual period as determined using methods consistent with standard medical practice in the community.” But women do not always have a regular menstrual cycle, Dawkins said. “How do you police this?” she said. Rep. Andy Gipson, R-Braxton, said Monday that the 20 weeks will be determined and regulated “as in accordance with accepted medical practice in the community.” “That means a sonogram, an ultrasound, and that’s actually used by the Department of Health in other contexts as well,” he told the Jackson Free Press at the Stennis-Capitol Press Forum. “So I think that was an issue that was already addressed in the bill and will be the best way for anyone to know the gestational age of the child.” Sen. Joey Fillingane, R-Sumrall, who proposed the amendment to count 20 weeks after a woman’s last menstrual cycle, said the drafting attorneys wanted the language to mimic other 20-week abortion bans in neighboring southern states. “The intent was not to back it up before 20 weeks. It certainly is meant to be a 20-week ban,” Fillingane said. Fillingane said Mississippi legislators were “playing catch up” with the other states who already enacted similar abortion restrictions. He admitted that assigning a start of a pregnancy can be difficult, especially with medical advances such as in vitro fertilization, but a woman’s last menstrual cycle is what other states have adopted as determining the start of a pregnancy. The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals rejected a similar 20-week abortion ban in Arizona last year, ruling that the ban violated the law established in Roe v. Wade. In the 1973 Roe v. Wade decision, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that states cannot prohibit abortions before fetal viability, which many medical experts put around 24 weeks. The Journal of American Medicine collected studies that show that fetal pain is unlikely before 23 to 30 weeks. (See The National Right to Life Commit-


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oneqweesha Jones: “Welcome to the premier edition of my new public-affairs television series called ‘Breaking It Down with ‘Qweesha.’ Tonight I want to chat with Psychologist Judy McBride regarding the topic “Oppression Leads to Depression: Behavioral Health in the Ghetto Science Community. “Judy, this topic disturbs me. What is happening to inner-city people these days? I always believed that folk living in urban communities were strong enough to endure and overcome oppression. Now, It looks like the ‘inner city blues’ has become a behavioral, social and mental epidemic.� Psychologist Judy McBride: “What I see happening is like an untreated pimple ready to burst. I attribute the ‘inner city blues’ to folk believing or assuming they can endure the oppression, bigotry and hate. Folk can only tolerate so much.� Boneqweesha Jones: “I understand, Psychologist Judy.� Psychologist Judy McBride: “During my ‘Behavioral Health in the Ghetto Support Group’ sessions, I help my clients understand how oppression leads to depression by letting them listen, sing along and dance to Marvin Gaye’s song ‘Inner City Blues’.� Boneqweesha and Psychologist Judy McBride sing: Hang ups, let downs Bad breaks, set backs Natural fact is Honey, that I can’t pay my taxes Oh, make me wanna holler And throw up both my hands Yea, it makes me wanna holler And throw up both my hands Crime is increasing Trigger happy policing Panic is spreading God knows where, where we’re heading Boneqweesha Jones: “Thank you, Psychologist Judy, for raising the consciousness of the oppressed and depressed.�


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Why it stinks: If Gov. Bryant was so proud of his signing the bill, he would have held a public signing ceremony and invited the news media. But instead of creating a space where reporters could have asked questions about the effects of the bill, Bryant opted for a private signing ceremony, surrounded by far-right religious leaders. While it was still snaking its way through the legislative process, it became apparent that the motivation of some of the bills backers were to refuse service to LGBT people. But Bryant and other conservatives shrugged off the criticism. Interestingly, among the people who attended the private ceremony, were the Republican sponsors, including Rep. Andy Gipson, who last year invoked a Bible passage implying gay people should be executed.

Bypass the Legislature on MAEP, Medicaid LGBT Rights


n organization called Better Schools=Better Jobs recently filed paperwork to start the process of getting a statewide referendum. As Jackie Mader of The Hechinger Report, a nonprofit education news service, reports this week (see page 8), the group aims to collect the signatures of 107,000 registered voters by Oct. 1, in hopes of putting a long-ignored issue to the people in 2015: Should the full funding of public K-12 education be a constitutional requirement? It’s an odd thing to even have to ask. In 1997, our Legislature created the Mississippi Adequate Education Program, a mind-numbingly complicated formula that considers factors ranging from average daily attendance to how many kids qualify for free or reduced-price lunch. In the past six years alone, under a Republican-led Senate and, until 2012, a Democratic-led House of Representatives, MAEP has been shorted by more than $1 billion. For the past few years, lawmakers have pointed to everything from the Great Recession that shrank the state treasury to questioning the validity of the formula itself as excuses for not giving schools the minimum amount of funding needed to operate. The most democratic solution to the problem would be to vote out the people who, as far as we can tell, haven’t failed to meet any of other of the

state’s obligations, such as paying state employees (including legislators’ salaries and per diem) and even spent a little extra on tax breaks for automobile plants and Rankin County outlet malls. Unfortunately, people tend to vote to keep their representatives so the same folks keep coming back every term, exacerbating the problem. We not only support a statewide constitutional amendment to fund public schools in Mississippi, but believe it is also time for citizens of Mississippi to look toward the ballot initiative as a tool to circumvent the do-nothing Mississippi Legislature. In addition to MAEP funding, why not also take the issue of Medicaid expansion or protecting the rights of LGBT people to patronize businesses without fear of discrimination directly to the people as well? Of course, there are risks—the current constitutional same-sex marriage ban, voter ID requirement and embarrassing Mississippi flag are products of such referenda. But putting the question directly to voters is the reason why Personhood continually fails, legislative attempts to roll back abortion rights notwithstanding (see page 10). Sadly, at this point, letting citizens decide— even if we don’t agree with their decision—seems less risky than leaving the most important issues facing Mississippi up to the Legislature.


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XFORD—They wanted to know about your phone calls, your conversations, your meetings with others, your political leanings, your opinions, your friends, your confidantes, your extracurricular activities, your religious beliefs, your sexual habits. Armed with such information, they knew how to deal with you if they considered you a troublemaker. At the least, they could make sure the whole world knew your every secret. Who were they? In Mississippi between 1956 and 1977, they were the spies working for the state Sovereignty Commission, the taxpayer-funded, segregationist agency that targeted civil rights activists and sympathizers. In East Germany during the Cold War, they were the spies with the Stasi, the secret security agency that compiled 6.5 million files on one out of every three of East Germany’s 16 million citizens, enough to fill 120 miles of shelves. Today, they are the employees of the National Security Agency and its contractors, and they not only spy on U.S. citizens, but even the leaders of foreign countries. Among their files are the conversations German Chancellor Angela Merkel had on her cell phone. Why do we know these things? Thank Edward Snowden, the NSA whistleblower now under the protection of former KGB officer Vladimir Putin in Russia. Mississippians and southerners in general should appreciate the importance of North Carolina native Snowden’s actions, the topic of a March 19 panel discussion at the University of Mississippi that included me as a panelist along with former FBI agent and ACLU senior counsel Mike German, now a fellow at the Brennan Center for Justice at New York University, and Ole Miss School of Law Senior Associate Dean Matthew Hall. Ole Miss Honors College Dean Douglass Sullivan-Gonzales was moderator. Former top NSA executive Bill Binney, the creator of the agency’s surveillance program, says widespread government spying on regular citizens has turned the United States into a police state. Many of the NSA’s files go directly to law enforcement agencies to assist them in gathering information— without warrants—that can be used in legal cases against citizens, he says. Is this why the United States has become the world’s largest gulag, accounting for

25 percent of the globe’s incarcerated population? One out of every four adult Americans now has a police record. Louisiana and Mississippi lead the nation in putting people behind bars. In the Ole Miss panel discussion, Matthew Hall argued that Snowden is a villain because he became a fugitive after leaking the NSA files, rather than staying here to face the music like Daniel Ellsberg after leaking the Pentagon Papers in 1971. That argument fails to consider what has become of post-9-11 America. Bradley Manning, the U.S. Army private whose funneling of government documents to WikiLeaks exposed the extent of civilian casualties from U.S. attacks in Afghanistan, as well as the failure of U.S. counterinsurgency programs there, spent nearly a year in solitary confinement before his trial. No state came closer than Mississippi to becoming a “police stateâ€? in the 1960s, and it was a model for much of the rest of the racist South. It investigated, intimidated and threatened anyone challenging the status quo. It interfered with murder cases against white supremacists, let loose police bullies on dissidents, and compromised many of the journalists who should have been exposing its evils. Mississippians can see it all for themselves in the more than 138,000 pages of Sovereignty Commission documents that were ultimately released (see In the wake of the NSA scandal, a wavering President Obama has both defended the agency and called for greater oversight of its powers. Snowden remains a fugitive with more than a few politicians still calling for his head. Chelsea Manning, formerly known as Bradley, will spend much of the rest of her life in prison. WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange is a wanted man whom U.S. officials would love to see behind bars. Memory fades across much of the world of the days when the FBI watched Martin Luther King Jr.’s every step, bugging his phone and photographing his whereabouts in the hope of catching him in a compromising position that would take him out forever and end his threat to the powers that be. Even the FBI itself now admits on its web site that its disgraced COINTELPRO (Counterintelligence Program) spy network of the 1960s “was rightfully criticized ‌ for abridging First Amendment rights.â€? Joe Atkins is a veteran journalist, columnist and journalism professor at the University of Mississippi.

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pening an oyster bar in Fondren has given me a great opportunity to get reacquainted with an old friend. I’ve been shucking the mollusks for seven years now, and I can only imagine how many thousands I’ve gone through. The more I’ve been around them, the more I’ve grown to respect them and become fascinated by God’s perfect little hors d’œuvres. Each species is completely different in shape, color, flavor and finish as determined by its merroir—a relatively new term used as the marine equivalent to terroir, which is the notion that the climate, soil and environment affects things like chocolate, coffee and, especially, grapes for wine. So when you consume a raw oyster, you can taste the place where it is raised and harvested. I like to use the Chincoteague Salt oysters as a prime example. Because the portion of the Chesapeake Bay in which they are raised doesn’t get much fresh water, they are very salty and briny. In contrast, a kumamoto oyster raised on the Pacific Coast in Tomales Bay has the flavors of salt on the air and waves crashing on tide pools, followed by a melon finish. Right now I’m obsessed with Chunu oysters grown at Fisherman’s Island in Virginia. They somehow seem to marry the best of both worlds—the small size of a west coast oyster, with the brine of an east coast, and with a slight sea grass finish. Shucking and eating oysters, and, of

Oysters have a storied past including pirates, war and business monopolies.

course, serving them in fun new ways has been my focus until now, but I’ve recently been diving in (pun intended) a little deeper to understand the history of oysters and, specifically, how important they are to Jackson. Oysters really gained popularity in the United States in the 1800s, where rich and poor alike consumed mass amounts of the bivalves. In New York alone, millions were harvested daily and shipped to oyster bars

all over the country. People said that you could find an oyster bar filled with working middle class in every major city, where the mollusks were a great companion to beer. For less than 10 cents, some oyster bars offered all-you-could-eat oysters—but if a patron was consuming too many, the oyster shucker would slip them a dead oyster in hopes that the person would get sick and wouldn’t be eating anything else, especially oysters, for a long time.

The rise in oyster popularity led to increased demand, and so fishermen started dredging the ocean floor with giant metal nets towed behind ships to excavate the creatures from their homes, decimating the wild population. Along with pollution during the Industrial Revolution and the introduction of foreign oyster species, many became diseased and unsafe to eat. As the wild resource diminished, the government tried to step in and inter-


Jesse Houston has researched the local and national history of oysters in preparation for opening his own oyster bar and restaurant in late summer.

helped me understand a part of Jackson’s past in celebrating the mollusks. Jeff’s first restaurant job was at LeFleur’s, which had an oyster bar. The Mayflower Café used to have oysters on ice in the decorated tile tubs right in the front windows. Al’s Half Shell downtown was a favorite spot among Jacksonians. In 1982, Malcolm White designed the oyster bar at Oliver’s, which later found its way into the Hal & Mal’s Oyster Bar, along with their expert oyster shucker, “Little

Baby.” Malcolm remembers buying a truck to pick up fresh seafood—fish, crabmeat, shrimp and oysters—from vendors in New Orleans once or twice a week “You’d go out and drag an old croaker sack out of the back room and throw them in there, and there’d be about three clumps, and you’d have to take a hammer and knock ‘em apart, and there’d be barnacles all over them,” he recalls. These days, he says, “They’re select. They’re in a box. They’re washed. They’re clean. They’re individuals.

I mean it’s totally different.” “Part of the atmosphere and the charm is a good shucker, who can not only open oysters but make conversation—and we always had someone with a personality,” Malcolm says. “Dan Dan the Oyster Man, he’s still around, the other guy we called Suede Wade. We always had a really cool nickname for the shucker.” Malcolm and his brother Hal often got in the back to help shuck oysters to keep up with the demand. “From the time dinner started, all night long we were just two people, steady shuckin’ and we went through a lot of oysters back in the day,” Malcolm says. Sometime during the ’90s, a big scare swept the nation, and many diners were afraid to eat raw shellfish, as health departments required restaurants to print consumer advisories warning against the dangers of consuming raw or undercooked seafood on their menus. I think this is one of the reasons why we don’t see as many oyster bars in Jackson and other cities anymore. I’ve noticed in my time working in Jackson restaurants that a lot of people prefer them fried or broiled, but you can still find great raw oysters in town, which some people will still happily slurp down. Oyster bars are beginning to make a comeback all over the country. Classic oyster bars are more popular than ever, and people are opening new modern and innovative ones all the time. I’ve been trying to visit as many as I can to research trends, food, atmosphere and more in order to provide the best experience possible when we open Saltine Oysters and Brew in Fondren late this summer. We really want to pay homage and respect to the history of our briny, shelled friend, and it has really been a treat to get to know oysters in an entirely new way. 15

vene by giving control of the oyster beds to private companies, some of which formed large monopolies. The decreased supply, coupled with the controlled resource, led to price gouging of a once bountiful and inexpensive food source. Along came oyster pirates! Eager to make a quick buck off of the oyster scarcity, these “Robin Hoods of the Sea” used their own dredges to steal oysters from the beds of the monopolies and sell them cheap to the poor. While illegal, their activities generated significant sympathy from the working class and even the police, who weren’t very motivated to bust the oyster pirates for providing cheap oysters to slurp down with a pint of beer after a long hard shift. The government had to take action against the illegal pirating activities and formed an Oyster Navy to police the rivers and bays. It even commissioned an old tugboat which successfully chased pirates out of the protected waters. Eventually, the Navy had to disband when an officer killed a waterman who was illegally harvesting oysters. Oddly enough, this seemed to quell both sides, and the Oyster Wars ended. Later, in the 20th century, oysters settled into their status as a display of opulence and decadence due of the higher prices after to the decimation of the wild population post-Civil War. Champagne became a more popular pairing with oysters than beer. Many Jacksonians remember the swanky Oyster Bar at the King Edward Hotel during the ‘50s. Due to Jackson’s close proximity to New Orleans and the Gulf Coast (and, I believe, also due to its incredible Greek heritage), seafood has always been very dear to our hearts, oysters in particular. I reminisced with local Jackson restaurateurs Jeff Good and Malcolm White about oyster bars in Jackson, and they






Catfish is classic in Mississippi, but it’s not the only seafood the Hospitality State has to offer.


hen it comes to seafood, Mississippi may not be the first state on most folks’ lips, but we enjoy an abundance of seafood from both the Gulf Coast and the state’s rivers and lakes. Here are some of our native eats from the sea and some interesting things about them.

Mississippi Gulf Red Snapper is

OYSTERS—The Mississippi Gulf Coast also produces

oysters year-round, although they peak September to April. They have white to gray shells and can grow to 8 inches with meat that can be firm or tender.

CATFISH—Before “catfishing” became an MTV-era

way to prank someone, the word simply referred to fishing for Mississippi’s most classic of seafoods. The Mississippi Delta began seeing catfish farms pop up in the 1960s, and these days, the area is teeming with the whiskered fishes.

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SHRIMP—A few different species of Mississippi Gulf


shrimp are harvested from the Gulf Coast. Mississippi Gulf Coast Seafood’s website ( describes three of them, described by their colors—brown, white and pink. All can be found year-round, although brown and pink shrimp see a peak season from May-September and white shrimp’s peak season is May-November. Brown shrimp are the smallest, and taste somewhat salty. They can change their color to match their environment, but are usually a sandy brown hue, and can be distinguished by grooves on their shells. White shrimp offer a milder flavor, more tenderness and an easy-to-peel shell. Pink shrimp are also mild and a bit sweet, popular for boiling. They are the largest of the Mississippi Gulf varieties, growing up to 11 inches sometimes. They get their name from a soft blue hue on their claws, but like most crabs, turn orange when cooked.

a versatile fish, with light, moist and mildly sweet meat. It swims in deeper waters than a species like the Red Drum, preferring rocky bottoms, ridges and artificial reefs, states. Lane Snapper sees a peak season of March-June. Simi-

mudbugs, it harvests only a fraction of the number of crawfish our neighbor Louisiana does.

lar to Mahi-Mahi, its white meat has a delicate flavor. It can be caught in shallower waters and is recognizable by its rose color, with a greenish tint on back, and pink and yellow lines on its sides by a black spot.

FINFISH—The Mississippi Gulf Coast Seafood website

Yellowtail Snapper must be at least a foot long to

describes several of our state’s locally available fish. Here are just a few:

harvest in most places, but can be found year-round. It features a yellow stripe and light, flaky meat.

Black Drum, a versatile fish similar in flavor to red

Mississippi Spotted Sea Trout is one of the most

snapper. It is the largest species of drumfish, growing to 90 pounds or more. Black Drums eat oysters, among other things, using their powerful jaws to crush the shells.

sought-after saltwater fish species, says. It is a smaller species, averaging just under 20 inches in length for males and 25 inches for females. Its peak season is January-May.

CRAWFISH—While Mississippi does produce some

Mississippi Gulf Flounder, a type of flatfish, is

a flaky, delicate species, often topped with lemon. It’s a smaller fish (up to 15 inches and two pounds), and the website says “Mississippi Gulf Flounder is a left-eye flounder, which means the left side is the ‘up side’ of the fish.” Red Drum is a popular sport fish, growing to almost five

CRAB—Mississippi harvests Blue Crabs year round.


feet and 95 pounds. The coppery-bronze fish is harvested in the colder months.

ALLIGATOR—Although it is not typically considered

seafood in most restaurants’ menus, alligator is gaining popularity as a niche food item. The American alligator is native to Mississippi, but hunting alligators wasn’t always allowed in the state. Now, Mississippi has a handful of alligator farms, as well as the population in the Ross Barnett Reservoir, and the state gives out a select number of alligator hunting licenses each year. SOURCES: MSUCARES.COM, MSSEAFOOD.COM, DELTAPRIDE.COM

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erek George knows that most Jacksonians think of Char Restaurant as a steakhouse. But George, the executive chef at Char, is out to make it a destination for seafood lovers as well. A graduate of the Culinary Institute of America with 20-plus years of experience in the restaurant industry, George clearly takes pride in his work. Having been at Char for about three years, he recognizes the restaurant’s place in the Jackson culinary landscape—many patrons have been loyal since the beginning and expect certain things to stay the same. Giving people what they’ve come to expect from the restaurant and honoring the traditional steakhouse standards while also working to ensure it stays relevant and new to expand its customer base sometimes can be a challenge. But while maintaining the essential spirit and ethos of Char as a steakhouse, the chef draws on his culinary background and experience over the years with ethnic foods and ingredients to subtly introduce dishes that include a fusion of flavors. Over the course of the next month, diners will notice some changes to the menu as Chef George and his staff expand its seafood offerings. “We want to appeal to a broader crowd and lighten things up a little,” he explains. This means adding dishes that incorporate techniques like coulis, vegetable purees and flavored oils, with less emphasis on butter sauces. George adds that these items will introduce preparations that require more skill from the kitchen staff, and he looks forward to introducing customers and staff alike to them. George explains that his culinary philosophy is to keep flavors simple and highlight the freshest ingredients possible. “I’m a minimalist in the kitchen,” he says. That means he keeps the shelves pretty bare, preferring to restock ingredients—particularly the fish, most of which comes up from the

Gulf Coast and New Orleans—every day. Each day’s menu includes a daily catch feature, both at lunch and dinner, and the fish varies based on what looks best on the truck that day. Lately, the selection has included snapper, mahi-mahi, amberjack, scallops, Biloxi snapper (also called sheephead) and redfish—always popular among Jackson customers. George works with a purveyor out of New Orleans who brings quality product; he brags that he’s never had to turn anything delivered down for not being up to standards. Currently, one of the most popular seafood items on the menu is a pecancrusted blackfish topped with jumbo lump crab and Worcestershire butter sauce. Another customer favorite harkens back to George’s love of fusion dishes: sesamecrusted sushi grade ahi tuna served with braised baby bok choy, sweet peppers, and a lemongrass-cilantro broth. Soon the menu also will include twists and updates on old favorites, like a shrimp dish with risotto (Char’s fine-dining version of shrimp and grits) and a calamari dish. George seems to be toying with the idea of mussels; you can see his mind pondering the possibilities as he talks about different proteins. Another new set of offerings will be a “Chartini” menu aimed at bar patrons: shared dishes served in martini glasses. With the restaurant’s well-loved bar and lounge area and expansive wine list, it made sense to add some items that are made for communal eating with a group, rather than fullon entrees. They can also be a good way to sample a variety of flavors and preparations without committing to an entire dish. While Char has always been and will remain a steakhouse (the chef proudly talks about the quality beef he gets from Chicago), with Chef George at the helm, you might just find yourself forgoing the red meat in favor of fish next time you visit.

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STEAK, SEAFOOD & FINE DINING The Islander Seafood and Oyster House (1220 E Northside Drive, Suite 100, 601-366-5441) Oyster bar, seafood, gumbo, po’boys, crawfish and plenty of Gulf Coast delights in a laid-back Buffet-style atmosphere. Que Sera Sera (2801 N State Street 601-981-2520) Authentic cajun cuisine, excellent seafood and award winning gumbo; come enjoy it all this summer on the patio. The Penguin (1100 John R Lynch Street, 769.251.5222) Fine dining at its best. Rocky’s (1046 Warrington Road, Vicksburg 601-634-0100) Enjoy choice steaks, fresh seafood, great salads, hearty sandwiches. Sal and Phil’s Seafood (6600 Old Canton Rd, Ridgeland (601) 957-1188) Great Seafood, Poboys, Lunch Specials, Boiled Seafood, Full Bar, Happy Hour Specials Shea’s on Lake Harbour (810 Lake Harbour Drive, Ridgeland, MS 39157 (601) 427-5837) Seafood, Steaks and Southern Cuisine! Great Brunch, Full Bar Outdoor and Seating

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

BARBEQUE Hickory Pit Barbeque (1491 Canton Mart Rd. 601-956-7079) The “Best Butts in Town” features BBQ chicken, beef and pork along with burgers and po’boys.

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

BARS, PUBS & BURGERS Capitol Grill (5050 I-55 North, Deville Plaza 601-899-8845) Best happy hour & sports bar, kitchen open late, pub food with soul and live entertainment. Cherokee Inn (960 Briarfield Rd. 601-362-6388) Jackson’s “Best Hole in the Wall,” has a great jukebox, great bar and a great burger. Fenian’s Pub (901 E. Fortification St. 601-948-0055)Classic Irish pub featuring a menu of traditional food, pub sandwiches & Irish beers on tap. Hal and Mal’s (200 S. Commerce St. 601-948-0888) Pub favorites meet Gulf Coast and Cajun specialties like red beans and rice, the Oyster Platter or daily specials. Martin’s Restaurant and Lounge (214 South State Street 601-354-9712) Lunch specials, pub appetizers or order from the full menu of po-boys and entrees. Full bar, beer selection. Mc B’s (815 Lake Harbour Dr. Ridgeland (601) 956-8362) Blue plates, amazing burgers, live music, cold beer, reservoir area Mississippi Legends (5352 Lakeland Dr. Flowood (601) 919-1165) American, Burgers, Pub Food, Happy Hour, Kid Friendly, Late Night, Sports Bar, Outdoor Dining Ole Tavern on George Street (416 George St. 601-960-2700) Pub food with a southern flair: beer-battered onion rings, chicken & sausage gumbo, salads, sandwiches. Time Out (6270 Old Canton Road, 601-978-1839) Your neighborhood fun spot! Terrific lunch special and amazing Happy Hour! Underground 119 (119 South President St. 601-352-2322) Pan-seared crabcakes, shrimp and grits, filet mignon, vegetarian sliders. Live music. Opens 4 p.m., Wed-Sat Wing Stop (952 North State Street, 601-969-6400) Saucing and tossing in a choice of nine flavors, Wing Stop wings are made with care and served up piping hot. The Wing Station (5038 Parkway Dr. 888-769-WING (9464) Ext. 1) Bone-in, Boneless, Fries, Fried Turkeys, and more. Just Wing It!

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

LATIN/MEXICAN Cafe Ole’ (2752 N State St, Jackson, 769-524-3627 ) Authentic Latin cuisine at its best. Jackson’s restaurateur Alex Silvera combines the flavors of his homeland with flavors from around the world.

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

As executive chef at Char, Derek George is excited about bringing in some new seafood dishes to the classic Jackson eatery.




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Chef Nick Wallace believes Mississippians should be looking to fishes local to our state.

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eafood is always going to have a place on Mississippi tables, but in the wake of the BP oil spill and other environmental disasters, water quality in the Gulf has become a matter of concern. While I have no reason to doubt the safety of seafood sold in the state, seafood is obviously more expensive than it’s ever been, and its availability is more limited. Some time ago, I was discussing buffalo fish, and said that buffalo should stand out more than sea bass or halibut when it comes to seafood. (Most all fish, crustaceans and mollusks—fresh or salt water—are usually listed as seafood on menus.) We were raised on Mississippi fish, that’s what we’re used to, and we

need to talk about that more—especially now that we’ve begun to realize the importance of local markets not only for economic purposes, but also for the quality of the foods themselves. Why should we bring in food from other states and countries that we can raise or catch here in Mississippi? When it comes to fish, the answer is complicated. At one time you could buy all kinds of native fresh-water fish in local markets or from local fishermen. But when it became obvious that our natural resources needed to be better cared for, the people in charge of fish and wildlife conservation promoted laws to manage and protect a number of fish species. There has always been a concern that


Asian Bream, Sticky Rice and Tossed Greens Bream Fish and Sauce:

4 small whole Bream 1 ounce fresh ginger 2 cloves garlic 1 stick lemongrass 1 bunch coriander (my favorite with this dish) 1 fresh red chili 2 spring onions (perfect this time of the year) 3 tablespoons soy sauce 1 tablespoons fish sauce sesame oil 2 limes


Basmati rice 1 can coconut milk 1 container basmati rice


When looking outside the box of seafood staples, try bream.

the most popular game fish such as bream, bass and crappie might become fewer in numbers if they were sold as food fish. Catfish were included in the category of fish that could be sold at the request of the early fish farmers. The more common species of catfish (blue, channel and flathead) are found in large numbers in most all bodies of water throughout the state. Game and fish people do not consider them harmed by being sold commercially. Socalled “trash” or “rough” fish such as buffalo or gar can be sold commercially because their market value is so low. Another reason the powers-that-be have limited the commercial availability of game fish is because the state wants and needs to sell fishing licenses. The sales of these licenses, like those for hunting, help support the state’s ability to monitor and care for wildlife habitat. Another reason—one that is equally as compelling to me—is that on rivers, lakes and reservoirs all over Mississippi, you’ll

find thousands of small business owners who make living selling bait and tackle (not to mention hats, mosquito repellent, and lunches and breakfasts) to fishermen. A lot of these rural businesses, which have a hard enough time getting by as it is, might be seriously hurt if people could just go to the store and buy a mess of crappie. If these stores, so characteristic of the Southern landscape, were to disappear, Mississippi would be a much poorer place for it on many levels. Most fishermen like to catch bass and crappie, but I’m a big fan of bream. Having just come back from the pond in Crystal Springs, I was looking for a quick and easy recipe, and this seemed to fit the bill. I say “seemed” because this recipe, Asian Bream, Sticky Rice and Tossed Greens, is a version of my grandmother’s “15-minute” recipe. Hmmm. This meal took me more like an hour total, probably due to the fair amount of preparation required, and I had to clean the fish.

To begin, boil water in a kettle, line a roasting tin with enough foil to create a parcel and have pans ready. For the bream, score the fish five times on each side and place in the roasting tin. Pour in six ounces of boiling water, and bring together the foil to make a tent. Bake for 10 minutes at 350 degrees. Peel the ginger, garlic, lemongrass and spring onion, and roughly chop. Put the stalks and all the ingredients into a food processor. Add the soy sauce, fish sauce, one teaspoon sesame oil, and squeezed lime juice, and pulse until roughly chopped. Place in a bowl. For the rice, pour the coconut milk into a second pan, then refill the milk tin with basmati rice and add to the pan. Finally, fill the tin with boiling water and add that. Add a pinch of salt. Bring the mixture to the boil and then simmer for 10 minutes before turning off the heat. Trim the broccoli, halve the Brussels sprouts and trim the sugar snaps. Put the vegetables in a saucepan with a small amount of boiling water. Cook for two minutes, then drain and toss with one tablespoon of sesame oil and the juice of one lime. Season to taste with soy sauce. Serve the greens and fish over rice with the sauce spooned over (plus some fish juices). Sprinkle with the coriander leaves.

3 heads broccoli 1 dozen Brussels sprouts, cut in half 12 ounces sugar snap beans 1 lime




hen I was 14, I went to Spain on a school trip. I found myself in love with everything; the hustle and bustle of the traffic, the plazas, the music and the food—oh, the food. These days when I long to be back in Madrid, I pour a glass of Tempranillo or Albariño and make this dish. It is a take on the classic tapas dish Gambas Al Ajillo.

Spicy Garlic Shrimp 1 pound shrimp medium or small size, shelled 1-3 dried chili red peppers (depending on taste), chopped 3-5 large cloves garlic (depending on taste), finely chopped ¼ cup flat-leaf parsley, finely chopped 8 tablespoons olive oil

If using fresh shrimp, pat dry. If using previously frozen shrimp, pat dry and sprinkle on some coarse salt. Heat oil in an 8-inch shallow pan (or flame safe earthenware casserole) until very hot. Add chili peppers and garlic. When the garlic turns golden, add the shrimp. Cook over medium high heat until shrimp are just done, about two minutes per side. Shrimp will turn from opaque to pink. Remove from heat, toss in the parsley. Serve with good crusty bread and a green salad, and you’ve got a great meal in a hurry. Feel free to dip the bread in the pan—that’s where the extra goodness hides.

For a quick and easy tapas dish, try garlic shrimp.


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Slice the red onions, julienne style, then rinse to remove bitterness. Juice the limes over a bowl or container—to keep the lime juice from becoming too acid, it’s best to juice them by hand. Cube the fish as uniformly as possible, close to two centimeters by two centimeters. Cut the habanero into the smallest possible pieces. Remove the stem and seeds—you may want to use gloves to avoid the heat. Make sure not to let the seeds come in contact with your skin, and don’t touch your eyes until after you’ve washed your hands thoroughly.

Put the fish, salt, pepper and chili into a bowl. If you decide to use cilantro leaves, add them now. Add the lemon juice and red onion. Once all ingredients are together, gently mix them all using a spoon. Taste everything as you’re mixing in case you want to adjust the taste. Let the ceviche rest for a few minutes so that the lime “cooks” the fish. Five to 10 minutes is adequate. Once rested, you can garnish your ceviche with the toasted corn, boiled corn, sweet potato or plantain chips, to your taste.

2 pounds fresh fish 20 limes 1 large purple onion or 2 small ones 1 habanero chili (known as ají limo to Peruvians) 1 teaspoon salt A pinch of pepper (preferably white) Cilantro leaves (if desired) FLICKR/STU_SPIVACK


eviche is a very refreshing and popular Peruvian dish. The traditional ingredients are raw fish, lime, onions, cilantro and yellow chilies—although many chefs interpret the dish in new and modern ways. This recipe is for the traditional ceviche. The traditional fish is a sea bass, but any fish with white meat, such as halibut, Mahi Mahi, hake or grouper, will do. Fresh fish is best— frozen fish is not recommended. Ceviche is usually garnished with steamed and/or toasted white corn, which may not be available in Mississippi all the time, or may only be available at specialty stores. Other traditional garnishes are easier to find, such as sweet potatoes and green plantains. Yuca is also used as a garnish and is usually available in stores that cater to Latino and Hispanic customers. Enjoy this South American dish from the comfort of your home—it’s a perfectly light, fresh meal for the warming weather.

Main ingredients:

Two steamed or boiled corns Toasted corn Sweet potato chips Fried plantain chips Fried or boiled manioc (yuca) Lettuce leaves

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Summer Manifesto by Kathleen M. Mitchell


hen we’re little, the summer seems like this magical time of the year, full of possibility and promise. When we’re adults, (for most of us, at least) the summer no longer means little to no responsibilities, but it still holds a certain kind of enchantment. The sun is still out when I leave the office, its grilling season and good weather means more time outside, more Vitamin D and less time wasted away on the Internet—hopefully. Let’s be honest, we all spend way too much time staring at our phones (and tablets and computers and video-game consoles and televisions). The longer days of summer just beg for doing more, but all too often, we succumb to the siren song of Netflix marathons on the couch. It’s not quite summer, yet, if we’re going by the typical school calendar, but it’s coming fast. And since a year-round job means no true summer break anyway, I tend to consider the season officially started once it’s iced coffee season, anyway. Go ahead, start enjoying your “summer” today. Something I’ve seen pop up across the blogosphere online in recent years is the idea of creating a summer manifesto each year. It can take on different forms, but basically it’s a list of things you want to do during the season. Here are some ideas for thing to create your own summer manifesto, all things you can do on your weekends or evenings off work:

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Grill something you've never grilled before. Train for and run a 5K, 10K or half marathon. Take your lunch breaks outside. Visit three museums in Jackson. Kayak the Bogue Chitto. Go to an M-Braves game. Take the Megabus to New Orleans or Memphis and back. Spend a whole day off the Internet. Come up with your own signature cocktail for the summer. Put real fruit in it. Adopt the idea that an ideal bikini body is simply putting a bikini on your body—or not. Wear what you want and don't feel bad about it. Re-read your favorite book from childhood. Eat at least one really long, leisurely meal on a patio somewhere. See fireworks. Host a local craft beer tasting with your friends. Try your hand at an art form or craft you've never done before. Keep a plant alive for the whole season (and, hopefully, beyond).


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What's in your summer manifesto?

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wenty years ago, a minor Japanese game developer called From Software released the first installment in a series known as “King’s Field.” The game would never make it to the United States, despite being the Playstation’s first RPG. To call it primitive is an understatement: The game is sparse, and the combat is painfully slow. But what started with “King’s Field” was a trend, a formula that would take decades to fully evolve. A few conceptual elements held true throughout the series, and into its spiritual successors, From Software’s wildly successful Souls collection: dark fantasy, a thematic dedication to haunting loneliness, complex and labyrinthine worlds to explore, slow and deliberate combat—and of course, brutally unforgiving difficulty. “Dark Souls 2” is the third entry in the Souls series, a further refinement on an already impeccably polished property. The first, 2009’s “Demon’s Souls,” expanded the design into next-gen territory, updating the combat and introducing a number of key

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onfession: Since childhood, I’ve And for live theater, we’re lucky to dition to its Main Stage subscription series had a fantasy in which I imag- have a jewel here in Jackson in New Stage of plays, New Stage offers other chances ine my life as a musical. Perhaps Theatre (1100 Carlisle St., 601-948- to enjoy less traditional theater. Recently, I watched Rogers and much to my delight, two involved Hammerstein’s “Cinderella” musical experiences. one (or 100) too many times. The theater’s Unframed seWell, that and “Mary Poppins” ries of plays is a second (non-suband “South Pacific” and “Hello scription) season of cutting-edge Dolly” and “Grease” and … and works that local actors typically per… and. Whatever the reason, to form at the Warehouse Theatre on this day, when I’m going through Monroe Street. In addition to feaa hard time or when something turing interesting plays, this series is really good happens, I imagine affordable ($10 a performance) and myself and the people around me at the Warehouse Theatre, you can spontaneously bursting into song enjoy beer or wine from the concesand dance. sions while you watch. Needless to say, I’m one of When I heard the most rethe millions who enjoyed the cent Unframed show was called recent animated musical box“The Musical of Musicals: The office phenom that is Disney’s The Unframed series at New Stage Theatre offers quirkier, Musical!” I needed no more “Frozen.” (Without a prop kid to more controversial or offbeat modern fare to balance the convincing to attend. It’s a satire selections in the Main Stage season, such as the recent take, I abandoned any pretense of “Musical of Musicals.” in which, over five acts, five acembarrassment, and my grown tors perform the same story in lady self went with my parents.) the style of five different musical Disney movies are always a good time, but 3533). This is my first year to have season masters ranging from Rogers and Hamwhen it comes to musicals, to me, there’s tickets, and every show impresses me with merstein to Andrew Lloyd Webber (the really nothing that compares to a live the level of talent, from the actors to the most hilarious act, in my opinion). As I’ve theater performance. sets and staging to the costumes. But in ad- come to expect from New Stage, the ac-

tors delivered outstanding performances, and I left wanting more. Luckily, the following week brought the annual New Stage fundraising event at the Fairview Inn, and the theme this year was Broadway. Over dinner, New Stage performers wandered among the tables singing beloved songs from musicals old and new. The ladies at my table (myself included) kept finding ourselves lip syncing along, while our male companions, bless their hearts, looked at each other with bewilderment. So at least for now, my need for musical theater is satiated, but I can’t wait to enjoy more from New Stage. Their next production isn’t a musical, but sounds like a lot of fun: Beth Henley’s play “The Miss Firecracker Project” runs April 1517 on the Main Stage. This season offers one more chance to enjoy some song and dance with its final play, as “Shrek The Musical” rounds out the season May 27 through June 8. As for the Unframed series, which I highly recommend, you can look for it on Facebook, or visit, for updates and upcoming performances.

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Lullaby and Good Night by Ronni Mott


while back, I attended a seminar out of town and shared a hotel room with three other women. Without fail, they were sound asleep each night long before I was. I’ve rarely fallen asleep quickly, and I’m a light sleeper—even small sounds or movements wake me up. On the plus side, I don’t need a lot of sleep. Five or six hours are more than sufficient enough for me to function


For drivers, a lack of sleep can be as dangerous as drinking. “[D]rowsy driving is responsible for fully 20 percent of all motor vehicle crashes,” the Harvard study concluded. “That would mean that drowsy driving causes approximately 1 million crashes, 500,000 injuries and 8,000 deaths each year in the U.S.” The Centers for Disease Control reports drunk driving was responsible for about a third of





Finding a sleep pattern that works for you leads to more productive, enjoyable and even safer days.

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Stick to a schedule. A consistent timetable will train your body and brain. Try to go to bed and wake up at the same time every day, even when you’re tempted to sleep in. Watch what you consume. Stop eating a few hours before bedtime. You should be comfortable, not full or hungry. Limit fluids late at night to avoid midnight trips to the bathroom. Avoid stimulants such as caffeine and nicotine. Alcohol might make you feel tired initially, but can interrupt sleep later. Consider a calming ritual. Turn off the TV, the computer and your iPhone to relax, read, listen to soothing music or take a warm bath. Many find meditation an excellent transition.

traffic-related deaths in 2010. A good night’s sleep helps your brain work properly. “Whether you’re learning math, how to play the piano, how to perfect your golf swing, or how to drive a car, sleep helps enhance your learning and problem-solving skills,” the National Institutes of Health states. “Sleep also helps you pay attention, make decisions and be creative.” Your body also benefits from sleep—it can speed up the healing process, maintain hormonal balance, and sleep also supports healthy growth and development. Medical help is available for sleep disturbances, and you should seek professional care if lack of sleep is interfering with your ability to function. If you have occasional problems sleeping, the Mayo Clinic offers the following tips: Find your sleep comfort zone. Make your room cool, dark and quiet. Try lavender scents and “white” noise, like a fan. Invest in a good mattress and insist that the kids and pets find their own beds. Avoid napping. A nap might seem like a good idea, but it can make overnight sleep more difficult. If you must nap, keep it short (10-30 minutes) and make it early. Exercise. Getting your body moving early in the day can help you sleep better at night. Avoid exercise late; it’s energizing, which is not what you want at bedtime. Learn to manage stress. Whether through exercise or organization, cutting stress is always a good thing. If you need a break, take one. Even a good laugh can do you good.

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well. Luckily, I rarely suffer from insomnia that keeps me awake all night, and most mornings, I wake easily and early. But many people have problems getting enough good sleep. A 2013 National Sleep Foundation study reported that 67 percent of respondents said they don’t get enough sleep, especially on workdays, and a lack of sleep can affect us dramatically. “In the short term, a lack of adequate sleep can affect judgment, mood, ability to learn and retain information, and may increase the risk of serious accidents and injury,” states the Harvard Medical School Division of Sleep Medicine on its website. “In the long term, chronic sleep deprivation may lead to a host of health problems including obesity, diabetes, cardiovascular disease and even early mortality.”


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’m a big cook, I love southern meals,” songwriter Holly Williams says, adding, “(but) I can’t beat my grandmother’s sweet potato recipe!” Williams is down-home girl, southern bred. She was born in Nashville and, as the daughter of Hank Williams Jr., has solid ties to the music industry. Songwriting is definitely in this woman’s blood. In February 2013, Williams released her third studio album, “Highway,” on her imprint Georgina Records. Her last album, “Here with Me,” was in 2009. “It took me a long time to grow as a songwriter, performer and singer, and to kind of realize what I wanted to talk about and what I wanted to say,” she says of her downtime time from 2009 to 2012. “Drinkin’” is her first single from “The Highway,” and it’s a fan favorite for good reason. Embedded in this funky, raw folk tune are invisible stories of poverty, substance abuse and dysfunctional relationships that many

people can relate to personally, or through a friend or loved one. “My songs are either 100 percent biographical or stories from friends of mine,” Williams says. With roots in rural Louisiana, Williams says she’s observed the never-ending cycles that can occur in small towns as a result of joblessness and boredom. The video, recorded in her middle Tennessee backyard, adds even more rawness to the song. Upon its release, “The Highway” caught the attention of producers on “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno” and, in 2013, they invited Williams to perform “Let You Go” on the show. Williams has toured both in the U.S. and internationally—she lists Paris, Amsterdam and “a little town outside Dublin” as some of her favorite places from a recent European tour. With powerful songwriting and catchy guitar rifts, Williams’ music is relatable to an array of people.

Like many of her musical predecessors, Williams credits a religious foundation (“I was raised in the church,” she says) and her family for making her who she is, and giving her the spiritual insight found in her lyrics. Take for instance, the last track on her album, “Waiting on June.” “It’s about my grandparents,” Williams says. “It’s really their life story from beginning to end.” Williams says she’s been surprised with its reception: “I never would have thought a seven-minute folk song would be so popular.” Williams’ shows, she says, are about her guitar and her stories. “My music is for people who love hearing stories, and hopefully my music will resonate with them somehow,” she says. Holly Williams performs at the MSU Riley Center (2200 5th St., Meridian, 601-696-2200) April 12, at 8 p.m. For more information, visit

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t’s late June, and it’s scorchingly hot. We find Carnelle Scott performing her talent act for the Miss Firecracker Contest in Brookhaven, Miss. With her tall, slender figure, unconventionally attractive face and recently dyed red hair, she’s not an ugly person. But if you tell her that, she’ll probably ignore you. Though she isn’t that great at her talent, which includes marching, dancing and baton twirling, Carnelle’s ultimate goal is to win the beauty pageant and change her reputation of being “Miss Hot Tamale,” a title she earned through her promiscuous past. The Miss Firecracker Contest serves as the backdrop in Jackson native Beth Henley’s play of the same name. Henley’s first professionally produced play, “Crimes of the Heart,” which premiered at the Actors Theatre of Louisville in 1978, won a Pulitzer Prize for drama in 1981. She has gone on to write many plays, some of which were adapted to the screen, including “Crimes of the Heart.” Maria Gobetti directed the first production of the “The Miss Firecracker Contest” in 1980 at the Victory Theater in Los Angeles. Four years later, the play went Off-Broadway at the Manhattan Theatre Club and then the Westbank Theatre. In 1989, Thomas Schlamme directed a movie version titled “Miss Firecracker.” This year, New Stage Theatre will bring the play home with a production running April 15-27. When the play, which is set in the early 1980s, begins, Carnelle (played by Jessica Wilkinson) meets Popeye (Deja AbdulHaqq), her seamstress and soon-to-be best friend. After starting a “duel” with a man over a beautiful woman and ending up in a mental asylum, Carnelle’s cousin Delmount (David Lind) has come home to sell the family house. His sister Elain (Ali Dinkins),

who won “Miss Firecracker” when she was 17 and used her looks to land a wealthy husband out of junior college, has left her family and come to stay in her late mother’s house. Tessy Mahoney (Betsy Turley), who is known as the ugliest girl in town, is the pageant organizer, and Mac Sam (Joseph Frost), Carnelle’s ex-lover, is a carnie who travels with the fair. Though it is a comedy, the play wouldn’t be complete without a touch of sadness. “We’re not dealing with very successful people—but then if we were, that wouldn’t be very interesting. … I think that these people have trials and tribulations,” says Francine Thomas Reynolds, New Stage’s artistic director. The play has dark elements, too, such as Carnelle’s Aunt Ronelle, who died of cancer after receiving a pituitary gland from a monkey, and Delmount’s obsession with beauty, which gives him nightmares of dismembered female body parts. But the underlying theme of the play, more than anything, is beauty. Each character deals with it some way, whether it be Tessy’s need to feel beautiful through pageant organizing, how her looks trapped Elain in a loveless marriage, how Delmount chases after beauty only to get into trouble, or how Carnelle sees the pageant as the only way to feel accepted and beautiful. The pageant is never seen, only talked about or inferred, but it brings to town the questions of the ideal beauty and what it means to be beautiful. “Miss Firecracker Contest” shows at New Stage Theatre April 15-27. Evening performances begin at 7:30 p.m., and Sunday matinees start at 2 p.m. Tickets are $28 regular admission and $22 for students and seniors. For more information, visit

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In New Stage Theatre’s production of Beth Henley’s “The Miss Firecracker Contest,” the characters (from left) Popeye (Deja Abdul-Haqq), Carnelle (Jessica Wilkinson), Delmount (David Lind) and Elain (Ali Dinkins) toast Carnelle’s acceptance into the “Miss Firecracker” beauty pageant.


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Tony Revolori and Ralph Fiennes give nuanced and imaginative performances in “The Grand Budapest Hotel.”

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he rare talent of writer/director Wes Anderson is back at work with his latest film, “The Grand Budapest Hotel.” The 44-year-old Texan uses his uncanny ability to stylize the imaginary past with whimsical visuals, acute absurdity and a dash of tongue-in-cheek. Set in a fictional resort town in between-the-wars Europe, the film focuses on hotel concierge Monsieur Gustave H. (Ralph Fiennes). As the face of the hotel, he knows everyone, and everyone knows him. With new lobby boy Zero Moustafa (newcomer Tony Revolori) in tow, he anticipates his guests’ needs and even gives himself when desired—specifically, to the elderly madams. Gustave, in line with Anderson’s tendency to create characters with oddities, is obsessively all knowing and hands on. He speaks with dexterity, and Fiennes, not missing a single nuance, absolutely nails the part. It may be the defining role of an already brilliant career, and he will surely gobble up accolades. The film opens on a young writer (Jude Law) as he meets, dines and converses with the older Zero (F. Murray Abraham). Older Zero enlightens the young writer with tales of the hotel, Gustave and how he, Zero, landed there. Then, the film zips back in time, and the older Zero narrates the ensuing adventure. The film’s aesthetics are a blitzkrieg. Blasted by colors, the audience engages in a trippy rainbow hopscotch of surrealism. But thankfully, the plot begins to progress and unfold. A frequent hotel guest, the 84year-old Madame D. (Tilda Swinton), is murdered at home just days after leaving the Grand Budapest. And so the murder mystery begins! Gustave, with Zero in tow, of course, shows up to pay his respects. Deputy Kovacs (Jeff Goldblum), Madame D.’s lawyer and estate executor, announces that she recently amended her will, but the amendment’s

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whereabouts are unknown. Ownership of her beloved painting “Boy with Apple” is granted to Gustave—to the dismay of her mischievous son Dmitri (Adrien Brody). Fearing legal obstruction, Gustave and Zero decide to steal the painting and return to the Grand Budapest. As a true original in today’s cinema, Anderson is a filmmaker with as many detractors as supporters. Audiences have a love ‘em or hate ‘em affair with his works. But overt film snobs can’t get enough of him. And while not in the film snobbing business, I also like his films. They are refreshingly imaginative, neatly but not nauseatingly quirky, and strangely reminiscent of one’s dreams. His 2001 film “The Royal Tenenbaums” would be on my top 10 films list—if I ever sat down to write it out. Discernibly fake special effects are deployed throughout the film; you will either enjoy or scoff at these classic Anderson mechanisms. Gustave lands in prison, but quickly escapes with the help of Zero and Zero’s dessert-making love interest Agatha. Evading capture from Inspector Henckles (Edward Norton) and certain death from Dmitri’s henchman Jopling (Willem Dafoe), Gustave and Zero aimlessly worm their way around the countryside and Grand Budapest. They protect “Boy with Apple,” investigate the murder and search for the lost will amendment—and in doing so, the two forge an unbreakable trust and friendship. “The Grand Budapest Hotel” is the best film I’ve seen so far in 2014. Barring some cinematic meltdown, we should see this film getting the nod during awards season. My advice is to avoid the film-snob academic analysis and just see this film with an open mind and on your own accord. Enjoy as the themes of love and loyalty sprout wings and carry you on the wildly funny ride.




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Jackson 2000 April Luncheon is at11:45 a.m. at Arts Center of Mississippi (201 E. Pascagoula St.). Thabi Moyo speaks on the topic “Cultural Dialogue: Creating Safe Spaces Through the Arts.” $12, $10 members; … History Is Lunch is at noon at Old Capitol Museum (100 S. State St.). Stephen Wade, best known for “Banjo Dancing” and “On the Way Home,” talks about the south’s banjo tradition. Free; call 601-576-6998;


Seryn, a six-piece band from Denton, Texas, performs at Duling Hall April 12.

screening is at 7 p.m. Includes music from Loki Antiphony at 6 p.m. and DJ Spirituals at 8 p.m. Free until 6 p.m., $5 after; documentary email … Zoo Brew is from 6-9 p.m. at Jackson Zoo (2918 W. Capitol St.). $30 in advance, $35 day of event, $15 designated driver; call 601-352-2580; … Movie Night: “Scientists Under Attack” is at 7 p.m. at Rainbow Co-Op (2807 Old Canton Road). Free;


Walk Against Traffick Jackson is from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. at BY BRIANA ROBINSON Duling Green (Duling Avenue and Old Canton Road). ProJACKSONFREEPRESS.COM ceeds benefit Hard Places Community, an organization aimed FAX: 601-510-9019 at ending child sex trafficking. DAILY UPDATES AT $10 walkathon, race and concert JFPEVENTS.COM TBA; … Ashton Lee signs copies of “The Reading Circle” at 1 p.m. at Lemuria Books (4465 Interstate 55 N., Suite 202). $15 book; call 601-366-7619. Seryn, Rosco Bandana, and John & Jacob perform at 8 p.m. at Duling Hall (622 Duling Ave.). Doors open at 7 p.m. $10 in advance, $14 at the door; call 601-292-7999;


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Creative Arts Festival starts today at Jackson State University (1400 John R. Lynch St.). Free; call 601-979-2055; … Midtown Art Show and “subSIPPI” Film Screening is from 2-11 p.m. at TurnUp Studios (155 Wesley Ave.). The art show begins at 2 p.m., and the documentary


Blásta Wine Tasting is from 2-5 p.m. at Fenian’s Pub (901 E. Fortification Street). $25 in advance, $35 at the door, $25 Celtic Heritage Society members; call 601-948-0055. … Zoo Blues is at 4 p.m. at Jackson Zoo (2918 W. Capitol

St.). Performers include Mel Waiters, Lenny Williams, Eddie Cotton, Pat Brown and J-Wonn. $20, ages 5 and under free; call 601-352-2580 or 800-745-3000;


“Delivered” Dinner Theater is from 6-9 p.m. at Anjou Restaurant (361 Township Ave., Ridgeland). $49; call 601937-1752; … Best of Belhaven III is at 7:30 p.m. at Belhaven University Center for the Arts (835 Riverside Drive). Free; call 601-974-6494;


Composers’ Orchestral Reading Session is at 5:30 p.m. at Mississippi Museum of Art (380 S. Lamar St.). Free; call 601-974-6494; … The “He Said, She Said” Author Tour is at 7 p.m. at Lorelei Books (1103 Washington St., Vicksburg). Mark Huntley Parsons and Wendelin Van Draanen sign books. Free; call 601-634-8624; email;


History Is Lunch is at noon at William F. Winter Archives and History Building (200 North St.). William Heath discusses his book, “The Children Bob Moses Led.” Free; … David Church Country Music— Tribute to Hank Williams is at 7 p.m. at Mississippi Agriculture and Forestry Museum (1150 Lakeland Drive). David Church and Terri Lisa perform. $18-$20; call 432-4500. … Grace Askew performs at 7:30 p.m. at Hal & Mal’s (200 Commerce St.). Free; call 601-292-7999;


Juke Joint Festival starts today at downtown Clarksdale. Admission varies; … The Laramie Project is at 7:30 p.m. at Galloway Memorial United Methodist Church (305 N. Congress St.). The play is about the citizens of Laramie, Wyoming’s response to the 1998 murder of Matthew Shepard, a gay man. $17.50, $7 students; call 601-714-1414;


(/,)$!9 SoFo Easter Egg Hunt April 12, 10 a.m., at The Cedars Historic Home (4145 Old Canton Road). The SoFo Ladies of Fondren host the event for ages 2-10 that includes egg and sack races, an egg decorating station, and prizes. Bring a basket and a camera for pictures with the Easter Bunny. $5 per child; call 981-9606; email Diabetes Foundation of Mississippi Easter Egg Hunt April 12, 10 a.m.-11 a.m., at Highland Village (4500 Interstate 55 N.). The egg hunt is for children ages 8 and under. Also enjoy prizes, giveaways, pictures with the Easter Bunny and music. Proceeds benefit Camp Kandu. $5 donation; call 877-DFM-CURE; Easter EGGtravaganza April 12, 10 a.m.-3 p.m., at Lake Hico Park (4801 Watkins Drive). The event includes music, interactive activity stations, photos with the Easter bunny, food from local vendors and a egg hunt. Free; email Kidgits Club Easter Egg Hunt April 12, 2 p.m., at Northpark Mall (1200 E. County Line Road, Ridgeland). Children participate in crafts and games, and receive an Easter bucket and bunny ears. Free; call 601-957-3744;

#/--5.)49 Events at Clinton Community Nature Center (617 Dunton Road, Clinton). Call 601-9261104; email; • Monarch Festival April 5-12. The annual event includes a monarch rescue, a haiku contest and a walkathon. Free. • Spring Native Plant Sale April 12, 8 a.m.1 p.m. Purchase trees, shrubs, perennials and antique roses.

Precinct 2 COPS Meeting April 10, 6 p.m., at Jackson Police Department, Precinct 2 (711 W. Capitol Street). The forum is designed to help resolve community issues or problems, from crime to potholes. Free; call 601-960-0002. Levee Board Meeting April 14, 1 p.m., at Flowood City Hall (2101 Airport Road, Flowood). Members of the Rankin-Hinds Pearl Flood and Drainage Control District hold their monthly meeting. Free; call 601-939-4243; Hinds County Human Resource Agency Meeting April 16, 7 p.m., at Hinds County Human Resource Agency (258 Maddox Road). Hinds County residents encouraged to attend. Free; call 601-923-1838;

+)$3 Nature Nuts Preschool Program April 15, 10 a.m., at Clinton Community Nature Center (617 Dunton Road, Clinton). The nature discovery program is for children ages 2-5. Adults must accompany children. A professional educator from the Mississippi Natural Science Museum teaches the class. $5, $3 members, $1 discount for each additional child; call 601-926-1104; email; KidFest! Ridgeland April 12-13; April 19-20, at Freedom Ridge Park (235 W. School St., Ridgeland). $10 at the gate, children under 2 free; call 601-853-2011; AgVentures! April 15-16, 9 a.m.-2 p.m., at Mississippi Agriculture and Forestry Museum (1150 Lakeland Drive). Fourth-grade students and teachers learn the importance of agriculture through activities and educational displays. Reservations required. Space limited. Included with museum admission; call 601-372-1424; Visiting Artist: Blanca P. Love April 13, 1:30 p.m.-5:30 p.m., at Mississippi Children’s Museum (2145 Highland Drive). Potter Blanca P. Love teaches children basic pottery skills. Included with museum admission; call 601-981-5469;


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Zoo Brew April 11, 6 p.m.-9 p.m., at Jackson Zoo (2918 W. Capitol St.). Enjoy an evening of more than 50 craft beer samples, a wing-eating contest and music from Jarekus Singleton, Jesse Robinson, Jason Turner and DJ George Chuck. $30 in advance, $35 day of event, $15 designated driver, $60 VIP; call 601-352-2580;

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Jackson 2000 April Luncheon April 9, 11:45 a.m., at Arts Center of Mississippi (201 E. Pascagoula St.). Thabi Moyo of digitalindiegirl. com speaks on the topic “Cultural Dialogue: Creating Safe Spaces Through the Arts.” Attire is casual or business casual. RSVP. $12, $10 members; email;

Events at Delta Blues Museum (1 Blues Alley Lane, Clarksdale). Free; call 662-627-6820; • The Lives and Music of Bozie Sturdivant and John Work April 12, 10:30 a.m. Musician, scholar and author Stephen Wade is the speaker. • Blues in the Schools Presentation April 11, 2:30 p.m., 4 p.m. Big Jon Short and notable Mississippi blues musicians give a presentation on the Mississippi Blues Trail curriculum. • The Life and Music of Bessie Smith April 11, 1 p.m. Matt Keeler gives a multimedia presentation on the legendary blues performer.


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34!'%3#2%%. “And Then There Were None” April 3-6, at Black Rose Theatre (103 Black St., Brandon). The play is a mystery about a murder that takes place among a group of people tricked into being marooned on an island. $15, $10 students, military and seniors (cash or check); call 601-8251293; Spring Dance Productions: A Collection of Contemporary Dance April 10-12, at Belhaven University, Bitsy Irby Visual Arts and Dance Center (1500 Peachtree St.). In the Studio Theatre. The performance features selections of today’s dance works exploring collaboration, experimentation and innovative usage of technology. Doors open 30 minutes before the show. $10, $5 seniors and students; call 601-965-1400; Movie Night: “Scientists Under Attack” April 11, 7 p.m., at Rainbow Natural Grocery Cooperative (2807 Old Canton Road). The film includes interviews with scientists about GMOs. Also watch a short film about genetically modified fish and participate in drawings for prizes. Doors open at 7 p.m. Free; email; Being Belhaven Arts Series April 11, 7:30 p.m., at Belhaven Park (Poplar Boulevard). See the movie “The Sound of Music.” Free; call 601-352-8850.

#/.#%243&%34)6!,3 Events at Duling Hall (622 Duling Ave.). Call 601-292-7999; • Seryn April 12, 8 p.m. The folk rock band from Denton, Tex. performs. Rosco Bandana and John & Jacob also perform. Doors open at 7 p.m. $10 in advance, $15 at the door. • The Lone Bellow April 13, 7:30 p.m. The alternative rock band from Brooklyn, N.Y. performs to promote their self-titled album. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. All-ages show; parents must accom-

pany children. $15 in advance, $20 at the door. Events at Mississippi College (200 S. Capitol St., Clinton) At the Jean Pittman Williams Recital Hall in Aven Hall. • James S. Sclater Chamber Series April 11, 7:30 p.m. Violinist Marta Szlubowska presents Vivaldi’s “Spring,” Harold Schiffman’s Chamber Concert No. 2 and Brahms’ Liebeslieder Waltzes. $20, $5 students; call 601-925-3440; • Vivaldi’s Spring with Marta Szublowska April 11, 7:30 p.m. The violinist performs compositions from Vivaldi, Brahms and Harold Schiffman. Limited seating. $20, $5 students; call 601-925-3440; One Magic Evening April 12, 7 p.m., at Christ United Methodist Church (6000 Old Canton Road). The Loudenitch Family performs with the Mississippi Symphony Orchestra. $35, $20 students, $100 VIP; call 601-960-1565. Zoo Blues April 13, 4 p.m., at Jackson Zoo (2918 W. Capitol St.). Performers include Mel Waiters, Lenny Williams, Eddie Cotton, Pat Brown and J-Wonn. Concessions sold. Coolers, blankets and lawn chairs welcome. No glass bottles or outside food permitted. $20, ages 5 and under free; call 601-352-2580 or 800-745-3000;

,)4%2!293)'.).'3 Events at Lemuria Books (4465 Interstate 55 N., Suite 202). Call 601-366-7619; email info@; • “Under Magnolia: A Southern Memoir” April 9, 5 p.m. Frances Mayes signs books. Reading at 5:30 p.m. $26 book. • “The Reading Circle” April 12, 1 p.m. Ashton Lee signs books. $15 book; call 601-366-7619. 12th Annual Literary Luncheon April 12, noon, at Regency Hotel and Conference Center (420 Greymont Ave.). Dr. Michael Vinson Williams signs copies of his book, “Medgar Wiley Evers: Mississippi Martyr.” Proceeds go to high school scholarships, public service, and charity. $40 tickets, $400 tables; call 601-969-2141. The “He Said, She Said” Author Tour April 15, 7 p.m., at Lorelei Books (1103 Washington St., Vicksburg). Mark Huntley Parsons and Wendelin Van Draanen sign books. Free; call 601-634-8624;

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Created a mixed-media wine painting, and enjoy wine samples from Madison Cellars. $35; call 601-707-5854; email; Craft by the Trace: A Weekend of Classes April 11-13, at Mississippi Craft Center (950 Rice Road, Ridgeland). Events include craft classes April 11 and April 13, and Sheep to Shawl Day April 12 that includes fiber demonstrations and classes. One class for $50, two for $80, three for $110, four for $135; call 601-856-7546; email;

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ong before MTV pledged itself to ably true success stories in ”American Idol” around-the-clock music videos, then history are Kelly Clarkson, who won first subsequently stopped showing music season; Fantasia Barrino, who won third videos, people at home were already season; Carrie Underwood, who won tuning into televised music. Late-night talk fourth season; and Chris Daughtry, who shows would spend precious airtime touting only managed to place fourth in season the latest musicians and bands so audiences five. Even in these cases, it’s hard to imagcould glimpse some of the greatest songwrit- ine that future generations will look back ers of their time. on these singers with the same fondness As is the case with live broadcasts of that we view Elvis or Donna Summer or concerts and rare musical collaborations, Elton John. And with shows continually a close-knit connection between these pumping out pop stars, it’s more and more two types of entertainment can be great likely that these winners will become faces news for listeners, giving them experienc- in a crowd rather than the person a crowd es they might not have the ability to see comes to see. Basically, if everyone is an otherwise. But sometimes, it seems televi- “idol,” then no one is. sion has warped some of what we love about the audible art form. When British entertainment mogul Simon Fuller pitched “American Idol” to Fox in 2002, it was likely an easy sell. The European version of the program, “Pop Idol,” had proven wildly successful in its first season, and other countries had shown interest in hosting Music television often aims at mass-producing marketable their own TV talent con- singers to increase the odds of success, rather than shaping tests. For example, did enduring artistic icons. anyone catch the most recent episode of “Indonesian Idol”? The second point can’t be made withNeedless to say, with the many vari- out retreading some of the Golden Age ous industry attempts to fast track the next artists I mentioned before and their peers. singing sensation, “American Idol” isn’t Singers and musicians such as Frank Sinawholly to blame. In a way, there isn’t even tra, Michael Jackson, Simon & Garfunkel, blame at all. The reasons that I feel these and Hall & Oates exceeded their respecget-famous-quick programs are harmful tive roles as songwriters and performers, to the music community are essentially in many cases representing whole periods due to two things: a misappropriation of of time for some people. For some people, the term “idol” and a misunderstanding of their songs make up childhoods and first what makes a musician truly iconic. loves and every happy or sad moment in In regards to the first point, it’s actu- a life, and that’s a good portion of what ally fairly easy to see and to note the ob- makes them so iconic. Not all great pervious dilemmas that it can present. With formers are songwriters, either, and some every season of shows like “American Idol” couldn’t even play an instrument to save or its more popular trans-channel rival their lives. But there’s just as much artistry “The Voice,” a new winner is crowned in delivery as in creating the song. and dubbed not only the best contestant, Some good news still exists. That but also one of the best talents ever on the level of heart still has a place on TV. I’ve show. If you don’t believe me about that last seen young men and women singing hits part, you must be fast-forwarding through like they were written just for them, and episodes. Almost incessantly, the judges it’s every bit as entrancing as it should be. and coaches on these shows claim that one Obviously, fewer people on shows are caor occasionally multiple artists are “the best pable of delivering songs from the depths this show has ever seen.” This serves a few that they deserve. Often, show producers different purposes; namely, it boosts the attempt to elevate the spectacle for viewers confidence of the performer, and more- rather than develop the skills onscreen. over, it cements a person as exceptional in What we wind up with is ultimately the audience members’ minds. a karaoke contest with a higher producNow, as to why these kinds of state- tion value. But if music TV shows could ments are detrimental to music, you may refocus and cultivate entertainers who can already have a guess. A glance at the show’s be genuinely iconic, the world couldn’t track record reveals much. The only argu- help but tune in.


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n Sunday night, I watched WrestleMania 30 from home as 75,000 folks watched from inside the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. During the event, WWE honored its Hall of Fame Class of 2014, featuring Scott Hall, Mr. T and the Ultimate Warrior. The supposed jewel of this class is the Ultimate Warrior, but Mr. T and Scott Hall had more impact on the sport. Mr. T was part of the “Rock ‘n’ Wrestling Connection” in the 1980s that the then-WWF (now WWE, aka World Wrestling Entertainment) had with budding MTV. Singer Cyndi Lauper and Mr. T had major parts in the first WrestleMania. The WWE even had an NBC show called “Saturday Night’s Main Event,” and Hulk Hogan and Mr. T hosted Saturday Night Live before WrestleMania I. WWE’s connections fizzled out by the early 1990s, and wrestling’s mainstream appeal waned for a period of time. When Ted Turner got into the wrestling business with World Championship Wrestling, began the Monday Night Wars between the WWE and WCW began.

One casualty of the war was ABC’s Monday Night Football. Despite today’s popularity of the NFL, from the mid1990s to the early 2000s, wrestling put the smackdown on professional football. Scott Hall had a major part in this new age of professional wrestling as a founding member of the New World Order with Hogan and Kevin Nash for WCW. WWE countered with Stone Cold Steve Austin, The Rock and Degeneration X. The war between the federations made wrestling must-watch TV, and the sport dominated the coveted advertising demographic of 18- to 49-year-olds. All good things end, and wrestling’s Monday night dominance was over by the mid-2000s. In 2001, Vince McMahon bought out WCW. WWE had won the Monday Night War, but the damage was done to Monday Night Football, which moved to ESPN due to low ABC ratings. The NFL learned from its mistakes and began scheduling better Mondaynight games. McMahon and WWE, however, haven’t reached the same appeal since WCW folded.


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