Dear Jackson Voters, Thank you for voting in our City’s most recent Special Election. Although you may not have voted for me, I thank you for assuring your voice was heard by casting your vote. Your message is clear - you want great things for the City of Jackson. I truly admire your engagement and investment in the future of our great City. Over the next few days, I am committed to doing all that I can to prove to you that I am the candidate best equipped to move Jackson forward. I want to earn your trust. I want to earn your vote. I want you to believe, along with 10,910 of your friends and neighbors that we deserve growth, prosperity and security in the manner that my candidacy can deliver. In order to lead the people, you must first serve the people. I have worked for and supported the development of jobs and resources all over Jackson for the past decade and a half. I’ve helped develop free academic and recreational camps in West Jackson; I’ve led street clean-up efforts throughout the city; I’ve worked to establish People’s Assemblies to assure that every Jacksonian has the opportunity to be a part of government decision-making; and I’ve represented men, women and youth pro bono against unlawful convictions and false criminal charges. I often represent people pro-bono (meaning “for the public good”) because I believe in the interest of justice for those who would otherwise not be able to afford representation. Protecting the liberties of the innocent and preventing the path of self-destruction for our youth is – more valuable to me than any billable hour. I hold that our gifts and talents are not our own, but they are to be used for the benefit of the larger community. Thus, I am driven by the desire to always use my resources to serve the public good.
The truth is… I am not a politician. Until 2013, the status of Jackson could be directly correlated to decades of leadership by career politicians. It is time for fresh and innovative ideas. It is time for bold initiatives. It is time for courageous leadership that listens to and understands the needs and desires of ALL of the citizens of Jackson. This is what Jackson deserves. This is what I can deliver. I am not afraid to make tough decisions if they benefit the greater good of all. I am not afraid to show up and speak up for the people of this City in critical times. All Jacksonians will be fully involved in the political process under my leadership because my approach to governance has the people at its core. My goal is to serve you and take Jackson from a place of continuous missed opportunity to a place where its people flourish, feel protected, and experience the quality of life you deserve. I offer the People’s Platform which can be found here
It’s not a one liner, slogan, or acronym, but a comprehensive platform developed through two decades of serving diverse communities and listening to the issues that impact us most. The People’s Platform is solution-based and we’ve only begun to witness its benefits during my father’s eight months in office. We are at a critical point in Jackson. I am asking for your vote because I know that every great movement takes great sacrifice. Jackson was on the brinks of progressive change and I cannot sit by comfortably while the hopes and dreams of people across Jackson grow dim. There are several individuals all over Jackson who have voices that deserve amplification. We are all ordinary people, but collectively, we are capable of doing extraordinary things for our City. I have stepped up, I will continue to stand up, and I’ve always spoken up – for you—for the people. Now, I’m asking you to allow me to work for you. Servant leadership rooted in love for the people of Jackson...that’s what I offer.
Will you stand with me - and for Jackson?
In love and gratitude, Chokwe Antar Lumumba
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JACKSONIAN YOLANDA SINGLETON
olanda Singleton, the promoter for Xperience Jxn Entertainment has a singular vision for audiences in the metro area. “My goal is to bring quality entertainment to Jackson at affordable prices,” she says. “I don’t want people to have to go to Memphis or New Orleans to see top entertainers.” Singleton, a Callaway High School graduate and mother of three, is a lifelong resident of the capital city. She believes that it’s her duty to bring great events to town. “There are a lot of promoters who aren’t from this area,” she says. “They come to town, do shows that are usually lower quality, and then they leave. They don’t have a sense of loyalty to their audiences here.” The 45-year-old studied health care and had a career in nursing. She attended Hinds Community College and Tougaloo College but left home to work in larger cities including Washington, L.A., and Atlanta. When she moved back home in 2008, she returned to her first love: music. “My background is in music,” she says. “I really love to deejay, but I was a female rapper back when it wasn’t cool to be one. I had to be in order to keep up with the boys. You come back to what you love, and music has always been a love of mine.” The decision to return to her first love wasn’t taken lightly. “There’s a sign when you come into Mississippi that says, ‘Home is where the heart is.’ That really spoke to me,” she says. “You have to follow your heart.”
Recently, Singleton brought “The Rebellious Soul Tour” to the Jackson Convention Complex March 21. The show featured K Michelle, Carl Thomas and Jon B. For someone who has worked with many people in the entertainment industry, Singleton doesn’t mind sharing favorites. “(American Idol winner) Fantasia and Jon B are some of my favorites.” Since that show, she hasn’t had much time to rest, as she is bringing the legendary George Clinton and Parliament Funkadelic to the Mississippi Coliseum (1207 Mississippi St.) April 26. People know Clinton as one of the original funk artists in popular music. The last time he came to Jackson was in 2008, when he performed at Jubilee!JAM. Singleton can’t hide her enthusiasm for the upcoming concert. “George Clinton is a legend. He’s 77 years old and still playing between two to three hours each night,” she says. “He’ll have lots of people performing with him, and it should be an awesome show.” Singleton is also very aware of Jackson’s past on the lower end of the performing spectrum. “It used to be that Jackson had this reputation of the kind of place that people didn’t want to come to,” Singleton says. She is working very hard to change that view. “I just got a message from a manager thanking me for (the) level of professionalism I brought to the show,” she says. “That makes me smile.” —Tommy Burton
Cover photo of Tony Yarber (left) and Chokwe A. Lumumba by Trip Burns
9 Cutting Crime in South Jackson See how one South Jackson neighborhood cut home burglaries.
25 Barbecue vs Carne Asada
Regions have their own versions of barbecue, even in the southern U.S., but Mexico and South American countries know barbecue as something completely different.
36 Going Solo
“The Mount Rushmores was a rock band with a folk lead singer; now I’m just a folk lead singer. I can write songs in a folk style that are meant to be recorded in an acoustic folk style. I can use new instruments and tools in the studio and can make my songs even more personal.” —Jeremiah Stricklin, “In His Very Own Kingdom”
4 ............................. EDITOR’S NOTE 6 ................................................ YOU 8 ............................................ TALKS 14 ................................ EDITORIAL 15 .................................... OPINION 16 ............................ COVER STORY 25 ......................................... FOOD 26 ................... GIRL ABOUT TOWN 29 .............................. DIVERSIONS 31 ....................................... 8 DAYS 32 ...................................... EVENTS 34 ....................................... MUSIC 36 ....................... MUSIC LISTINGS 37 ..................................... SPORTS 39 .................................... PUZZLES 39 ....................................... ASTRO 42 ............................................ GIG
COURTESY JEREMIAH STRICKLIN; FLICKR/SHANNONPATRICK17; TRIP BURNS
APRIL 16 - 22, 2014 | VOL. 12 NO. 32
by Donna Ladd, Editor-in-Chief
As Shepard Lay Dying
ocal theater man John Maxwell could not have known when he decided to stage “The Laramie Project” in downtown Jackson at Galloway Methodist Church just how impeccable his timing would turn out to be. Just days after Gov. Phil Bryant bowed to national homophobic forces wanting Mississippi to pass a freedom-to-discriminate bill, a superb ensemble of actors told the story of the murder of gay Matthew Shepard in Laramie, Wyo., and the impact on a community that had no idea that it was encouraging such violence with a combination of anti-gay language and apathy about what LGBT residents went through there, living in fear or in the closet or both. Those residents, whom this play focuses on, were largely naïve about what could happen in their community if they continually turned their heads away from hatefulness toward their own citizens or, worse, condoned that hate in some way. As Shepard lay dying in a Colorado hospital and the media descended, the town was not unlike my hometown of Philadelphia, Miss., in 1964, which had enabled the murders of Chaney, Goodman and Schwerner and then allowed the murderers to go unpunished for years. Their silence was deafening. Watching the play, and Shepard’s parents’ ultimate decision to not ask for the death penalty for the two men who beat him nearly to death and then tied him to a fence in the wilderness to be found 18 hours later, I also thought of the more recent murder of James Craig Anderson here in Jackson. In Anderson’s case, a group of teens, who grew up soaked in the language of hatred, drove into Jackson looking for a black man to mess with, and ended up killing Anderson, who also happened to be gay. In that case, too, Anderson’s family asked to forego the death penalty. But the power of the parallel, to me, was in the words
that the actor portraying a Laramie Catholic priest said toward the end of the play: Words are violent, too—and help lead to physical violence. He was referring to the kinds of words that homophobes use toward LGBT people to dehumanize and belittle them: faggot, queer, dyke, pansy and the like. But other words set the stage for violence as well—especially the kinds used to
Words are violent, too—and help lead to physical violence. justify not giving LGBT people the same rights as everyone else, or previously, people of color, or any other marginalized group. Often those words are imprinted into law. Violent words don’t trigger a physical act every time uttered, of course, but they build a culture that justifies it in some people’s minds. With any marginalized group, a small percentage decide they are the enforcers of what has been drilled into their heads for so long, whether about people of color, LGBT people, immigrants, or people of another faith, such as Sikhs, Muslims or Jews. I remember growing up in Neshoba County hearing terrible things about Jews and Catholics; I thought of that this weekend upon hearing that Frazier Glenn Miller shot up two Jewish community centers in Kansas, killing three people. Miller, we’re told, has a “history of anti-Semitism.” Think about how many people you know who have a “history of homophobia” or Islamophobia or of belittling African Americans or immigrants or women. Or
how about the people many Americans fear because they have a history of hating Christians or Americans or white people? That kind of history is fueled by words and actions that stereotype the “other.” Every time we disparage a group of people based on what a member of it did or didn’t do, we are throwing more fuel on the hate fire. Those fires always flame into violence eventually. In Mississippi, not every white person was a member of the Klan. Many joined the Citizens Council, however, that fed the Klan information on the “agitators.” Still others found it all distasteful, but kept quiet, whether out of fear or apathy. But make no mistake: Their violent words—every time they called a black person a “n#gger,” “lazy” or “violent,” for instance—helped lay the foundation for what happened in 1964. Yes, as the priest said in Laramie, words are violent. So are actions like SB 2681—Jim Crow-type laws that say that it’s OK to discriminate based on “religious beliefs.” It’s stunning to realize that many—probably most—white churches right here in Jackson preached segregation from the pulpit and supported the very same kinds of laws against African Americans that our Legislature just targeted at LGBT people (or at least for the votes of people who hate them). Gov. Bryant clearly feels no pull of history. He made no effort to even pretend that signing the new Jim Crow law was something geared toward pleasing or helping a cross-section of Mississippians. His office released a photo of him sitting at a table with his 2681 pen, surrounded by white men of a certain age, including radical-right leaders from outside Mississippi. It was clear who this bill really targeted. The men standing behind Bryant are likely to be the first ones to tell us that “every crime is a hate crime,” a false meme that was stated by one of the Laramie residents in the play. It is usually uttered to criticize societal
efforts to reduce hate crimes with additional laws aimed at that special kind of violence— whether against gays and lesbians, people of color or people of a specific religious faith. That excuse is patently false on it face and defies logic. Of course, every crime or act of violence isn’t a “hate” crime. People kill people they love for a variety of reasons from infidelity to mental illness and even panicked stupidity. People commit crimes because they are desperate, hungry, drunk, high and many other reasons that don’t justify the crime—but prove that many crimes are anything but “hate” crimes. The reason we need both hate-crime laws and awareness in our state and nation is simple: Too many people still commit crimes against random members of a group because they’ve been taught to hate or distrust that group. Many grew up hearing their family members disparage faceless members of a certain group, as if every member is the same. This is textbook hate, and its crimes are a special type. Hate crimes happen to an entire community; an often-debilitating mixture of shame and denial can descend on its members—whether in Philadelphia, Miss., or Laramie, Wyo., or Jasper, Texas—as they are forced to grapple with being the “kind of place” where something like that can happen. Hate crimes are like terrorist acts in that they are designed to instill fear and, ultimately, drive out certain elements. Likewise, legislation that gives license to discriminate is crafted to preserve the power of the people behind it precisely by appealing to the most base instincts of an electorate and, with any luck, by driving out those who can’t stand to be a part of the evil that men allow. The state of Mississippi has suffered from that malady for years, but doesn’t have to any longer. The only cure, really, for the violent language of hate is to out-talk it and raise a shield of awareness around it. Indifference is not an option.
April 16 - 22, 2014
R.L. Nave, native Missourian and news editor, roots for St. Louis (and the Mizzou Tigers)—and for Jackson. Send him news tips at firstname.lastname@example.org or call him at 601-362-6121 ext. 12. He contributed to the cover package.
City Reporter Haley Ferretti is a 2013 graduate of Delta State University. She enjoys traveling, listening to The Strokes and raiding refrigerators. She contributed to the cover package.
Music Listings Editor Tommy Burton is keeping the dream alive one record at a time. He can usually be seen with a pair of headphones on. He wrote a music story.
Ingrid Cruz was born in El Salvador, raised in California and moved to Mississippi in 2010. She is temporarily in Buenos Aires, Argentina. She wrote a food story.
Ronni Mott has been a Mississippian since 1997. She’s an award-winning writer and a yoga teacher, just stumbling and fumbling toward bliss like everyone else. She wrote an arts story.
Greg Pigott teaches Geography at Jim Hill High School and coaches football and baseball. He thinks he can sing, and is the guy that takes karaoke seriously.
Kimberly Griffin is a fitness buff and foodie who loves chocolate and her mama. She’s also Michelle Obama’s super secret BFF, which explains the Secret Service detail.
Staff Photographer 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.
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YOUR TURNâ€”FEEDBACK ON JFP.MS â€œJFP Endorses Chokwe Antar Lumumba for Mayor,â€? by the JFP Editorial Board dean0614 I support your choice for mayor. Yes, we have seen an interesting and diverse field of candidates in this race under sad circumstances. I hope Yarber, Priester, Horhn and Quinn will be considered as advisers. But having known our late mayor for a long time, Iâ€™d rather take a chance that an honorable man has raised an honorable son. I do remember what Jackson used to be under Danks and Ditto. Sending virgin homeowners to south Jackson was a big mistake. They have destroyed our neighborhoods and quality schools. Furthermore, we canâ€™t chance the cityâ€™s funds to continue go into someoneâ€™s pocket. Young Lumumba may not be a politician, but he wonâ€™t be a thief. thomas82601 I, too, support Mr. Lumumba, as I supported his father. Today is a good day for the city and citizens of Jackson. With the momentum started and the wind at our back, we have only a glorious future to look forward to. On that note, we should also look toward the upcoming Circuit Court race for District 7. The only real choice for the progressive future of Jackson is Judge Ali Shamsiddeen. â€œCapital ideas from the Capital city!â€? k I am very disappointed that JFP is endorsing Antwar (sic) Lumumba. Antwar
Lumumba is NOT his father! I went to the debates and, of all the candidates, Antwar had the least clue as to how he is going to get the city that we love back on track. Every difficult decision Antwar was asked he responded by saying, â€œWe will leave that to the peopleâ€™s assembly, or the expertsâ€? or some biblical jargon avoiding answering the question completely. And I was particularly offended when Antwar Lumumba bragged about the fact that he had gathered some â€œpeople from Massachusetts and Harvard gradsâ€? for the Farish Street project. What about our own people to work on these projects, like JSU, Ole Miss or Tugaloo (sic) students? JFP wants to endorse Antwar but hopes that Yarber continues to dedicate his hard work and leadership to the city? Does that even make sense? Why would you want to hire a beard for mayor but pray the best man for the job continue (Yarber) his daily task of making the city better? multiculturegirl37 Really? So in the five years Yarber has been on the council, did he do the leg work that Priester has done in the few months that he has been there regarding the HUD money? Also are you saying that we in Mississippi have nothing to learn from those outside the stateâ€”we have all the experts? I believe in using our own people first, and Chokwe Antar
has said the same, but to act as if we should solely rely on our own local people for council is a recipe for failure. That said, have you read Antarâ€™s platform? Itâ€™s far more in depth than Yarberâ€™s. Why would we not want to elect someone with a better plan to the office and ask that other person who is dedicated to the city continue to serve? If they are in this work to make the city better and not serve their own ego they will do just that. There are no small jobs only small people it is said. I canâ€™t speak for the JFP editorial board, but I donâ€™t believe their choice was based on the debates. Indeed, if you had been reading this site, you would have seen the hour-long in-depth interviews the JFP did with each candidate, which they noted was one of the main factors in their decision. Perhaps you should watch them. k Yarber is a proven leader on his own merits, not popular from sympathy votes. The last time America chose a leader based on association to his daddy we had three unnecessary wars where thousands of U.S. soldiers died and went into recession almost twice (thank God Obama was voted in to dodge the last recession). JFP should learn from this that this is not a sympathy vote. ... We need a real leader, and thatâ€™s Tony Yarber!
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Wednesday, April 9 Sixteen-year-old Alex Hribal uses two kitchen knives to stab and slash 21 students and a security guard in the halls of his suburban Pittsburgh high school before an assistant principal tackles him.
Friday, April 11 Pope Francis takes personal responsibility for the â€œevilâ€? of priests who raped and molested children, asking forgiveness from victims and saying the church must be even bolder in its efforts to protect the young. Saturday, April 12 Men in the uniforms of Ukraineâ€™s now-defunct riot police occupy police headquarters in Donetsk. U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry expresses concern that Russia is coordinating incidents similar to the Crimean occupation. Sunday, April 13 Frazier Glenn Cross, a known white supremacist and former Ku Klux Klan leader, is arresting for killing three people in attacks at a Jewish community center and Jewish retirement complex near Kansas City. ... Megan Huntsman of Utah is arrested for the killing of seven babies whose bodies were found stuffed in cardboard boxes in her garage.
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Monday, April 14 Ukraineâ€™s acting President Oleksandr Turchynov calls for the deployment of United Nations peacekeeping troops to combat pro-Russian insurgents occupying buildings in nearly 10 cities in the countryâ€™s east. ... The Washington Post and The Guardian win the Pulitzer Prize in public service for revealing the U.S. governmentâ€™s sweeping surveillance efforts in stories based on thousands of secret documents handed over by National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden.
Tuesday, April 15 European Union defense ministers agree to step up cooperation with the U.S.-led NATO defense alliance in response to Russiaâ€™s actions in Ukraine. Get breaking daily news at jfpdaily.com.
Two Approaches to â€˜Human,â€™ LGBT Rights by Haley Ferretti
ov. Phil Bryant signed SB 2681, the â€œReligious Freedom Restoration Actâ€? that many fear is license to discriminate against gays and lesbians, and runoff elections for Jackson mayor are right around the corner. Considering that the two candidates differ how the city should deal with LGBT issues, Jacksonâ€™s next mayor could have a major effect on the cityâ€™s progress on the issue. Supporters of LGBT rights are looking to Jackson to serve as a sanctuary of sorts by, at the least, by at least passing its own LGBT resolution, similar to those created in Oxford, Hattiesburg and Starkville. Many want Jackson to go even further by passing a city ordinance that will provide protection from discrimination based on sexual preference. Out of the two candidates participating in the runoff, Chokwe Antar Lumumba is the only one to say that he would absolutely support both a resolution and an ordinance. He also confirmed that a Human Rights Commission is currently in the works. In an interview, Lumumba explained that the idea for the commission was originally presented when his father, late Mayor Chokwe Lumumba, was in office. The candidate indicated that he wants to continue working on that aspect of his fatherâ€™s platform. â€œI would support it (an ordinance) because I believe in human rights for human beings,â€? Lumumba said, when asked if he would support an anti-discrimina-
Thursday, April 10 A three-judge panel hears arguments on whether they should uphold separate rulings by two federal judges that threw out same-sex marriage bans in Utah and Oklahoma.
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