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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

http://www.chokweantarformayor.com/#!issues/cvpu.

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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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.”

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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”

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by Donna Ladd, Editor-in-Chief

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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.

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CONTRIBUTORS

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R.L. Nave

Haley Ferretti

Tommy Burton

Ingrid Cruz

Ronni Mott

Greg Pigott

Kimberly Griffin

Trip Burns

R.L. Nave, native Missourian and news editor, roots for St. Louis (and the Mizzou Tigers)—and for Jackson. Send him news tips at rlnave@jacksonfreepress.com or call him at 601-362-6121 ext. 12. He 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&#x20AC;&#x201D;FEEDBACK ON JFP.MS â&#x20AC;&#x153;JFP Endorses Chokwe Antar Lumumba for Mayor,â&#x20AC;? 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&#x20AC;&#x2122;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&#x20AC;&#x2122;t chance the cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s funds to continue go into someoneâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s pocket. Young Lumumba may not be a politician, but he wonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;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&#x20AC;&#x153;Capital ideas from the Capital city!â&#x20AC;? 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&#x20AC;&#x153;We will leave that to the peopleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s assembly, or the expertsâ&#x20AC;? 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&#x20AC;&#x153;people from Massachusetts and Harvard gradsâ&#x20AC;? 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&#x20AC;&#x201D;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&#x20AC;&#x2122;s platform? Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s far more in depth than Yarberâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;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&#x20AC;&#x2122;t speak for the JFP editorial board, but I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;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&#x20AC;&#x2122;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&#x20AC;&#x153;evilâ&#x20AC;? 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&#x20AC;&#x2122;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&#x20AC;&#x2122;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&#x20AC;&#x2122;s east. ... The Washington Post and The Guardian win the Pulitzer Prize in public service for revealing the U.S. governmentâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s sweeping surveillance efforts in stories based on thousands of secret documents handed over by National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden.

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Tuesday, April 15 European Union defense ministers agree to step up cooperation with the U.S.-led NATO defense alliance in response to Russiaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s actions in Ukraine. Get breaking daily news at jfpdaily.com.

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ov. Phil Bryant signed SB 2681, the â&#x20AC;&#x153;Religious Freedom Restoration Actâ&#x20AC;? 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&#x20AC;&#x2122;s next mayor could have a major effect on the cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;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&#x20AC;&#x2122;s platform. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I would support it (an ordinance) because I believe in human rights for human beings,â&#x20AC;? Lumumba said, when asked if he would support an anti-discrimina-

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work as mayor to ensure â&#x20AC;&#x153;human rights for all human peopleâ&#x20AC;? and hopes that community members who believe similarly will get on board with the human rights commission project. â&#x20AC;&#x153;In terms of where it is now, weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re trying to develop a framework of what

wewant that commission to look like, and we want to implement that in the city,â&#x20AC;? Lumumba said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We also want to identify people who are committed to human rights initiatives, whether it be race, gender or sexual preference. We want to invite those people to be a part of it.â&#x20AC;?

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The Hinds County Sheriffâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Department set up the program that currently has 20 â&#x20AC;&#x153;block captainsâ&#x20AC;? who assist their neighbors by individually watching approximately 12 houses in their neighborhood and collectively covering six square miles in the entire area. These block captains keep record of their neighborsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; phone numbers and

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he Jackson Police Department has taken some heavy blows in recent conversations concerning Jacksonâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;even as crime in the city has been on a steady decline over the last three years, particularly in Precinct 1. In a recent interview with the Jackson Free Press, JPD Assistant Chief Lee Vance praised Precinct 1â&#x20AC;&#x2122;s work to cut down on property crime, specifically house burglaries. â&#x20AC;&#x153;You can go back maybe three years and see that the house burglaries in Precinct 1 in South Jackson were averaging maybe 40 to 50 house burglaries per week. If you look at it now, we had 16 last week and 11 this week. â&#x20AC;Ś It was so outstanding.â&#x20AC;? The most recently updated COMSTAT report indicates that house burglaries in Precinct 1 have dropped 19.3 percent just in the last year. Vance says the crime reduction for that area resulted from increasing police visibility, as well as the neighborhood-watch programâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s collaboration with the police department. In his recent interview with the JFP Editorial Board, Ward 6 Councilman and mayoral candidate Tony Yarber talked about crime reduction in his ward. Yarber said that with the help of a man by the name of John Sledge, they established and maintained a relationship between the police department and the neighborhood watch program. Sledge, 56, is a community member who leads the Creston Neighborhood Watch Group. Sledge, who is originally from Monroe, La., has lived in Jackson since 1965. He explained in an interview that although he is disabled, he took it upon himself to help create and recruit residents for the neighborhood watch program. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re wanting to take back our neighborhoods,â&#x20AC;? Sledge said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We want to bring Jackson back to what it was.â&#x20AC;?

John Sledge, a south Jackson resident, led a group of community members to reinvigorate neighborhood-watch groups that led to a steep drop in crime.

if any suspicious activity is detected during their routine survey, mainly unfamiliar people walking into neighborsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; yards, they immediately contact the personâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s home or report it to police. Even though everyone cannot be a block captain, Sledge said, many residents try to do their part by keeping watch. He explained that having a large number of people with their eyes on the street is the key to combating crime in the area. â&#x20AC;&#x153;They (criminals) use numbersâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;we use numbers,â&#x20AC;? Sledge said. Sledge decided that a neighborhood watch, rather than a homeownerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s association, was the best fit for a neighborhood association. The reason was that many of the residents in his area are low-income, and he did not want residents to have to

pay a monthly fee to feel secure, especially when everyone is trying to do their part. The precinct and neighborhoodwatch program are not without their challenges, however. Sledge explained that because the precinct and the neighborhood watch have a working relationship, the two donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t always see eye-to-eye about when to classify a situation as urgent, and the debate is usually over petty crimes. He gave the example that if someone was drawing graffiti in the neighborhood, a neighborhood watcher might see that situation as more urgent than a police officer. However, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s ultimately JPDâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s call whether to make an arrest and, for the most part, the neighborhood watch respects JPDâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s decisions. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Jackson Police Departmentâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s decision how to classify these things that happen, and thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s part of some of our disagreements,â&#x20AC;? Sledge said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;To us, crime is crime, and thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s everywhere, but they have to use their own judgment to distinguish.â&#x20AC;? Sledge said that the group had been working with late Mayor Chokwe Lumumba before his passing to create more neighborhood watch groups modeled after the one in Precinct 1. It is Sledgeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s hope that, with the help of JPD, they may continue on in their efforts to replicate the success of Precinct 1 across the board. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a team effort,â&#x20AC;? Sledge said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not just one person. It takes everybody to make this situation work, and for the last two years weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve done really well. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We have a 68 percent rental base, which changes constantly, but weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re able to stay on top of it. The precinct works real well with us. Sometimes we have issues â&#x20AC;Ś but we have a good working relationship with the police department and the sheriffâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s department.â&#x20AC;? Comment at jfp.ms.

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an ordinance. The first step of the plan will be to introduce the resolution, which will include the late mayorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s work to make a portion of Jackson a sanctuary, but it will also extend efforts to make Jackson a human-rights city. Williams also expressed interest in fostering and strengthening Jacksonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s relationship with other international human rights cities. The second step, Williams said, will be to develop an ordinance consisting of three components. The first is a humanrights charter, which would be added to the cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s charter. The second component is the human rights commission, which will deal with a variety of issues, including discrimination against members of the LGBT community, economic discrimination and police brutality. The third component is a human-rights institute that will focus on a broader level of internal education of human rights among city workers and the general community. When asked the same question of whether he would support an anti-discrimination ordinance, runoff candidate and Ward 6 Councilman Tony Yarber said that he was appalled to even consider an ordinance that says that it only protects a certain group of people. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Now, I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t care who you are or what you are; I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t care where you come from,â&#x20AC;? Yarber said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have to agree with a lifestyle in order to be a defender or to defend that person who carries that lifestyle out. â&#x20AC;Ś With the right leadership, that leader says weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re going to protect everyone. And if we find that you have been discriminated against, weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re going to deal with you as severely as we can because it isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t right.â&#x20AC;? Yarber said in a recent interview with the JFP editorial board that he doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t believe that a resolution is the solution to protecting the LGBT community. Yarber did not propose a clear alternative during the interview. He did he say, however, that he would ensure as mayor that the best people, no matter their sexual orientation, were selected for job opportunities. â&#x20AC;&#x153;As a pastor, I think the response that most people would respect is that I would say, â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;No, weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re not doing that,â&#x20AC;&#x2122;â&#x20AC;? Yarber said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;As a pastor, quite frankly, my responsibility is to preach against sin and to absolutely denounce the degradation of human rights. Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s no way in the world I would look at a way to suppress anyone. Quite frankly, I think itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;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 itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s nice, but it ainâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t the

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TALK | city

Another Easter Flood Raises Sewer Concerns by R.L. Nave

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ecent flooding has highlighted the urgency to address Jackson’s longstanding problems with flooding as well as its aging sewer system that led to a roughly $400 million EPA consent decree. Just ahead of Easter weekend, the rising Pearl River has seeped into the sewer system, producing a mix of wastewater and river water in holding ponds near the Mississippi State Fairgrounds, RankinHinds Pearl River Flood and Drainage Control District (Levee Board) maintenance director Gary Miller said at yesterday’s board meeting. Jackson has not had representation on the Levee Board since the death of Mayor Chokwe Lumumba, but city public-works crews have worked with levee officials by providing four pumps for the fairgrounds ponding facility. “We are out there constantly looking after this,” Miller said Monday April 14. The flood stage for the Pearl During the Easter Flood of 1979, the Pearl River swelled over 43 feet, flooding downtown Jackson and caused more than $1 billion in damage as calculated in today’s money. River near Jackson is 28 feet. Currently, at just over 33 feet, the river doesn’t come close to the Easter Flood of 1979, when the river swelled over 43 feet, flooding downtown In Lumumba’s first budget, he pro- PRVF—which oil businessman John nothing” option, which federal regulaJackson and causing more than $1 billion posed hefty rate hikes on water customers McGowan founded—said the orga- tions require, to the U.S. Army Corps of in damage as calculated in today’s money. to help offset the $400 million in needed nization expects to have a draft of the Engineers. He said building up the levees Since early 2013, Jackson has been repairs. In the meantime, a flood-control required environmental-impact study could increase flooding in communities under a consent decree the U.S. Envi- plan remains in development. After a completed by June. downstream, while the lake would not. ronmental Protection Agency and Justice number of false starts that included a plan Quinn said the plan would “convey The Levee Board and PRVF plan to Departments imposed that will force the to construct dual lakes just south of the water through Jackson in a matter that present a draft plan by June, when the city to make a range of improvements to Ross Barnett Reservoir, the Levee Board, does not flood any homes or businesses public and government agencies will have its sewer and drainage systems. municipalities adjacent to the river and in the metro or does not increase flood- an opportunity to comment. Quinn said Federal authorities had found that the nonprofit Pearl River Vision Foun- ing downstream.” PRVF will present he expects a final plan to be completed by Jackson had pumped billions of gallons dation are close to finalizing a plan they what Quinn called a channel-clearing the end of the year. of insufficiently treated wasted water hope will pass muster. plan, otherwise known as “One Lake,” an Comment at www.jfp.ms. Email R.L. into the Pearl River. Dallas Quinn, spokesman for enhanced levee plan and a so-called “do- Nave at rlnave@jacksonfreepress.com.

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TEDx Comes to the Jack by Dustin Cardon

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host the event inside the former Capri Theater building (3023 N. State St.) that also houses Pharr’s law firm. Tickets for the event will cost no more than $100, and seating will be limited. Pharr plans to have a website up within the next few days for submitting applications for both speakers and spectators, which will be called tedxjackson.com. For information follow the TEDx Jackson Twitter feed @TEDxJackson or follow the event’s Facebook page. Kids’ Collaborative Last week, the University of Mississippi Medical Center and Mississippi Children’s Home Services announced the formation of The Children’s Collaborative, a partnership that aims to create a statewide integrated behavioral and mental healthcare system that will ultimately reduce costs and improve care quality. The Children’s Collaborative plans to develop a telehealth network within the 11 offices to help children and families access other UMMC pediatric sub-specialty services, such as endocrinology and pulmonology. Comment at www.jfp.ms. Email Dustin Cardon at dustin@jacksonfreepress.com.

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n Nov. 6, Jackson attorney, de- The Sapling Foundation. nize. TEDx events are non-profit, but may veloper and Jackson Chamber of TED conferences address a wide range use an admission fee or commercial sponsorCommerce board member David of topics concerning the research and prac- ship to cover costs. Pharr will host TEDx Jackson, the tice of science and culture, often through sto“My TEDx conference is going to be first TED conference in Mississippi. a half-day event with eight or nine Pharr and other organizers for the speakers,” Pharr said. “I scheduled event have timed it to coincide with it during Innovation Month in the Mississippi Innovation Month and hopes that it will serve to build a the Year of the Creative Economy. community around creative enTED stands for Technology, Endeavors and stimulate more innotertainment and Design. The TED vative thinking.” conference began as a think tank Pharr has been practicing law that architect Richard Saul Wurman for 15 years. His independent law started in 1984. Wurman often held firm represents small- and mediumdinner parties in which he and techsized businesses on matters such as nology experts such as MIT Media commercial litigation, business counLab founder Nicholas Negroponte TED conferences address a wide range of topics concerning seling and intellectual property. the research and practice of science and culture, often and Microsoft founder Bill Gates through storytelling, The attorney also puts his busigathered to exchange ideas they felt ness and litigation experience to use were worth spreading. “Ideas Worth as a civic volunteer. He has served Spreading” later became the official slogan rytelling. Speakers are given a maximum of several terms on the Boards of Directors of for TED events. 18 minutes to present their ideas in the most the Central Mississippi Planning and DevelThe conference became an officially innovative and engaging ways they can. opment District and the Central Mississippi organized annual event in 1990. In 2001, The TED main conference is held Development Corporation, as well as the Wurman turned control of TED over to annually in Vancouver, British Columbia. Jackson Chamber of Commerce, where he British former computer journalist and TEDx events like Pharr’s are independent also served a one-year term as chairman. magazine publisher Chris Anderson— TED-like events, which anyone who obtains Planning for TEDx Jackson is still in CEO of drone manufacturing company a free license from the TED organization and the early stages, and some details are to be 3DRobotics and non-profit organization agrees to follow certain principles can orga- determined, but Pharr is currently looking to

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TALK | abortion COURTESY THE RADIANCE ALLIANCE

Groups such as the Ashburn,Va.-based Radiance Foundation have used ads such as this to cast abortion as akin to genocide of African American children. Others are crying foul play.

Using the KKK to Fight Abortion Rights by Anna Wolfe

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ever. #ProLife #tcot” On Feb. 19, Mississippi State University’s anti-abortion student club, Students for Life, retweeted that statement from Personhood Florida’s Twitter account (tcot stands for Top Conservatives on Twitter). Nick Bell, SFL president and a junior majoring in communication, said in an interview that the club is not a political group and does not advocate for Personhood. Bell, who is white and handles the club’s Twitter account, said referencing the KKK is a way to target and bring awareness to the history of Planned Parenthood, which he says includes ties to eugenics and race purification. Eugenics was a movement popular with both conservatives and progressives in the early 20th century: More than 65,000 supposedly “feeble-minded” mend and mostly women, of a variety of races, underwent forced sterilization in mental institutions (then called “insane asylums”) across the country to keep them from reproducing and supposedly corrupting the gene pool. That included hundreds of victims in Mississippi, including at the Mississippi State Hospital at Whitfield, just outside Jackson, and the Ellis-

ville State School (then called the Mississippi School and Colony for the Feebleminded) in nearby Jones County. Planned Parenthood’s ‘Racist’ Goal Margaret Sanger, birth-control pioneer and founder of Planned Parenthood, was a Ku Klux Klan ally, Bell said. He insists that Sanger believed the purpose of birth control and abortion was “to eradicate the black race and the unfit in society.” Sanger did, in fact,

‘It is not the woman’s body any longer.’ —Dr. Freda Bush speak to a group of KKK women in 1926 as documented in her autobiography. She spoke to many groups of women about contraception during her lifetime. While eugenics was viewed as less con-

troversial than birth control, Sanger sought to make contraceptives available to all women, especially those who could not afford them. A primary difference between eugenics and abortion was that eugenics did not allow the victims freedom to choose whether to have a child, and abortion does allow that choice. Planned Parenthood has promoted the principle that women should have the right to make their reproductive choices since its inception. Laurie Bertram Roberts, Mississippi state president of the National Organization of Women and a columnist for the Jackson Free Press, said the historical context of Sanger’s involvement in eugenics is important in understanding her goals. “First of all, Margaret Sanger did not work on abortion. She worked on birth control. Context is everything. I will never deny that Margaret Sanger was connected to the eugenics movement,” Roberts said. “What they (abortion opponents) never bothered to say is that eugenicists also wanted to limit the birth rate of poor white people and disabled people. It wasn’t just black people; it was a whole lot of people they deemed to be unfit.” The Washington Post reported that these claims that Sanger wanted to abolish black communities have no basis in fact, and while some of her writings were “inartfully written,” many of her words have been taken

out of context by members of the anti-abortion movement. In a letter written in 1939 to gather support from black ministers, Sanger wrote, “We do not want word to go out that we want to exterminate the Negro population, and the minister is the man who can straighten out that idea if it ever occurs to any of their more rebellious members.” Bell said that because white supremacy and racism are no longer acceptable in everyday society, eugenics “is no longer the front of what (Planned Parenthood) claim(s).” Roberts points out that even churches, some of which present-day anti-abortion advocates attend, supported eugenics during this time. “It’s a nasty fact of our history,” Roberts said. “I’m not saying that’s OK, but when you don’t put that in context, it makes it seem like it’s this big, scary scheme that she came up with all by herself, but she didn’t.” Bell also said he believes Planned Parenthood has strategically placed facilities in minority neighborhoods to increase abortion in those communities. ‘Nonsense, Actually’ Stephen Middleton, a professor and director of African American studies at Mississippi State, doesn’t buy the claims of Bell and others, including former presidential


‘They’ll do anything to plant a piece of doubt in a woman’s mind.’ —Michelle Colon

than their population proportion. Middleton said that activists should be careful when using statistics, considering the number of abortions that may not be reported, which includes abortions in private doctor’s offices by women who can afford them. Abortions, he pointed out, were performed even before the procedure was legalized. “One can’t ignore class. Even if you were to factor in the number of individuals who might obtain an abortion off the books, the numbers might say something else,” Middleton said. Paul Finkelman, the Justice Pike Hall junior visiting law professor at Paul M. Hebert Law Center at Louisiana State Univer-

port from communities of color.” “They’re attempting to illicit a response. They’ll do anything to plant a piece of doubt in a woman’s mind,” Colon said. On the contrary, Bush said that by using language that supports abortion and assumes unplanned pregnancies are unwanted, abortion clinics provide a landscape that hurts and manipulates women. She said the use of words like “choice,” “freedom” and “rights” put abortion in a positive light. “These are all words that resonate in the African American community. For so long we were disenfranchised. For so long we did not have rights,” Bush said. “But life is not a choice. Once the child is conceived, that child also has rights to life. It is not the woman’s body any longer. It is a child growing inside her body.” Abortion as Genocide? Bell said Students for Life also compares abortion to “genocide,” using the logic that abortion is the systematic killing of humans of a particular age group. SFL references the holocaust for a similar statement in a tweet posted March 16: “@MSU_SFL: You are witnessing a holocaust five times greater than Hitler’s.” “Their reasoning seems flawed,” Middleton of MSU’s African American Studies said about the tweet comparing the forced deportation and murder of Jews to women choosing whether or not to have a child. Bell goes as far as to compare a Planned Parenthood location to a Nazi concentration camp on his personal Twitter feed. “@Chaosman92: Drove past this place in San Di-

In its web advertising materials, the Ashburn, Va.-based Radiance Foundation calls abortion an “epidemic” that “destroys” black children in inner-city communities.

sity, said the freedom of choice is the opposite of the KKK, which raped black women and murdered their husbands, sons, brother, uncles and cousins. “Black women who choose to control their own destiny are the antithesis of the KKK, and those who try to tell other people how to control their lives and destiny—the anti-choice crowd—are the real embodiment of the KKK.” Michelle Colon, an African American clinic escort at Jackson Women’s Health Organization, the last abortion clinic in Mississippi, said using race issues and the KKK in political messages “are ways to garner sup-

ego. like driving past a Nazi Concentration Camp,” Bell tweeted March 10 alongside an attached photo of the California reproductive-care facility. He justified his tweet by saying that the abortions that occur at any Planned Parenthood remind him of the death toll of the Holocaust. “As harsh as it is to make the comparison, it is a true comparison,” Bell said. Roberts, who is African American, said “Abortion Is Black Genocide” is a common phrase written on signs held by protesters at JWHO, where she is a clinic escort. She said that while the clinic sees a rotation of about 30 to 40 regular protesters,

only about two or three are black. “That’s what’s so insidious about all of this: that it’s not coming from black people. It’s not coming from the black community,” Roberts said. “They (white abortion opponents) took a message of concern that honestly did come from the Black Power Movement of the ’60s and ’70s (and) that was legit, right? And they skewed that for their own messaging, right? “Because they missed the analysis that black women in the movement pushed back on that and said, ‘No, we fight for this right to have control over our own bodies.’” Bell said that embryological science proves that the unborn are human, and for that reason there is no distinction between abortion and the killing of an adult human. “They have just as much right to live as we do,” Bell said. Middleton said as a male he cannot imagine what it would be like to make those reproductive decisions, and if someone disagrees with abortion, it would be better to “talk about it in a way that doesn’t target individuals as being murderers.” “That’s a pretty charged term to apply to people who, for whatever reason, believe that their best choice in that moment is an abortion,” Middleton said. Bell further claims that 90 percent of the services Planned Parenthood provides to pregnant women are abortions. In reality, only 3 percent of all Planned Parenthood services are abortions, and the numbers regarding the pregnant women they see are not aggregated. Using racial messages to make political statements is offensive to people of color in the South, especially because the political agenda doesn’t seem to benefit the families the messages target, Colon said. “The reality of it is, these same people, the majority of them who are out here talking about, ‘Don’t kill your baby. Don’t kill your baby,’ are the same people who ostracize single mothers. They’re the same people who vote against any type of social-welfare programs that will aid single families, or struggling families or disadvantaged children,” Colon said. Bell said he can see the truth in Colon’s statement when considering right-wing conservatives, but he doesn’t associate himself with a political party or ideology. “I believe that social welfare, if used correctly, is a great thing,” Bell said. “I don’t think people should rely on the government for every single need and not do anything for themselves,” Bell said. Roberts said that since Colon talked to The Huffington Post about working at JWHO and “called them (anti-abortion protesters) out for being racist,” protesters have backed off from using “black genocide” and other racially driven messages. “They just kind of were like, ‘Oh. Yeah, maybe we’ll shut that up,” Roberts said. Comment at jfp.ms. Email Anna Wolfe at 13 anna@jacksonfreepress.com.

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candidate Herman Cain and Personhood Mississippi advocates, that Planned Parenthood is trying to kill off black people. “I don’t think any institution or Planned Parenthood has targeted African American women to encourage them to have abortions. It just strikes me as nonsense, actually,” Middleton said. Dr. Freda Bush, an African American doctor at East Lakeland Ob-Gyn in Flowood, said the history of Planned Parenthood proves its motives. “If you look at the origin of Planned Parenthood, it was started by Margaret Sanger who was a eugenicist. So, say no more,” Bush said. Bush said that about 80 percent of Planned Parenthood abortion facilities are within walking distance of black and Hispanic neighborhoods. She said that if you question Planned Parenthood about targeting African Americans, “they’d deny it, and they would give you rational reasons as to why the abortion clinics are located in those communities and why they are providing this service.” “(But) the effect, or the result of the damage to the African American community, is the same,” Bush said. Bell pushes that argument by citing Census data distributed by Life Dynamics that lists the percentage of the population that is made up of African Americans in each zip code in which a Planned Parenthood is located. The Washington Post, however, reported after analyzing the data, “We count only about 110 locations (out of about 800) where the black population exceeds 25 percent of the overall population.” To further support his claim, Bell referenced “sting operations” conducted by the anti-abortion advocacy group Live Action in which a man posing as a donor called Planned Parenthoods across the nation offering donations “to abort (black) kids.” During the phone calls, the man offered racist remarks and asked that his donation be used specifically on abortions within black communities. The Planned Parenthood workers accepted the donations, anyway. The Huffington Post has reported that Live Action hoaxes are heavily edited to distort their meaning. Bell said that because of the racism he believes Planned Parenthood was founded upon and its rumored connection to eugenics, it has “accomplished what the KKK wanted to accomplish.” “They take abortions for specific races,” Bell said. “There have been countless situations like that where they’ve done race-based abortions, and it’s logical it stems from the original founding point.”


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hen 24-year-old Laura went to announce to her parents she was pregnant, she steeled herself for the confrontation. She was going to confess her sins that day. For in the eyes of many she had committed the ultimate sinâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;much greater than being single and pregnantâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;she was white and pregnant by a black man. My mother was right to worry; my grandmother reacted in horror at the news of my conception. She yelled â&#x20AC;&#x153;How could you shame us like this?â&#x20AC;? and cried â&#x20AC;&#x153;What will people think?â&#x20AC;? My grandfather sat back, chuckled and said, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Well you made your bed.â&#x20AC;? He took it all in stride. Racial integration wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t an issue in my motherâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s hometown of Virginia, Minn. There werenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t any black people and just a few Native Americans. For my grandparents, change came in the form of a visiting black construction worker who dated their oldest daughter. Together, Ellis and Laura created me. When I arrived in 1978, my grandmother adapted to change, opened her heart and loved me. They doted on me. Change, like time, has no care for how you feel or if you are ready for it. It shows up when it wants and makes itself known. We must choose what we will do with the changes we are handed. We can fear it, pout, stomp and whine for no good reason, or we can embrace it with grace. As a state and a country, we are experiencing many changes. These changes are coming whether people like them or not. Making bogus laws to trample on peopleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s rights wonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t stop the oncoming tide of change. LGBT people arenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t going back into the closet. Disabled people arenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t going to stay tucked away, so itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s time to accommodate. People of color expect to be recognized and represented as equal parts of our society and arenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t going to shut up about it. Women want equality, and thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not changing. Our undocumented brothers and sisters are here to stay. White people arenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t the majority for much longer. The 1950s arenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t coming back. I often think of my grandparents and all we would have lost if they had let fear and bigotry rule them rather than love. My hope is we will move forward in love of humanity and not making decisions out of fear of the unknown. Until we get there, allow me to daydream while listening to Sam Cooke: â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s been a long, a long time coming, but I know a change is gonna come.â&#x20AC;? Yep, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s coming, yâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;all.

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Why it stinks: Sheriff Lewis is right in pointing out that many of the structural deficiencies at the jail precede his election as the countyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s top cop in 2011. So while itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not fair to blame all the blame at Lewisâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; feet, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s his jail now, and he has to answer for any mistakes that happen out there. Given disaster after deadly disaster, Lewis should understand that people are naturally going to raise questions about his own qualifications to be sheriff. Instead of lashing out at Stokes, Lewis should be open and willing to have public conversations about the jail, including with the Jackson Free Press, which could earn back some of the publicâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s trustâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;something he is sorely lacking right now.

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year ago, we were in a much different place than we are today. Going into the 2013 Democratic primary for mayor, we supported an incumbent who possessed encyclopedic knowledge of the mechanics of capital city government, its problem and its opportunitiesâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;even if he wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t the kind of change agent that other candidates represented. One of those change agents, then-Councilman Chokwe Lumumba, not only prevailed in the election, but also in throwing preconceptions of him based on his activist past out the window. Lumumba worked with the white corporate community, and they reciprocated, getting a sales-tax hike passed through ballot referendum, and creating a sense that Jackson was on the right track even if we werenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t quite sure where that track was heading. Sadly, Lumumba wonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t be on that journey with us, and we find ourselves faced with the task of selecting a new leader for Jackson. We, and voters, face a difficult decision. The same hunger for something different that resulted in Lumumbaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s election remains evident in two young men, selected from a group that included more experienced pols. Their ages averaged together wouldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t meet the constitutional requirement to seek the American presidency, but they will compete in the upcoming runoff. Tony Yarber, 36, is a former educator and well-respected member of the city council. Chokwe A. Lumumba, 31, is the late mayorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s son, protĂŠgĂŠ and law partner. We stand by what we said about Councilman Yarber earlier this month. He is a success storyâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;on the council and for Jacksonâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;and a

powerful, personable leader with good ideas. We like that he wants to strengthen the cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s relationship with Jackson Public Schools, which briefly devolved into a legal dispute. A Yarber administration could be the strongest advocate for public schools weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve seen out of city hall in a long time. In re-affirming our endorsement of the younger Lumumba, we also stand by our previous stance. Yes, he is young. True, he hasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t been elected to political office. But in our view, neither youth and nor outside-of-government experience are negatives. From what we know of Lumumba, he is a bright, thoughtful attorney who manages a good team. He is a product of Jacksonâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;his father was born in Detroitâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;and enjoys a loyal, enthusiastic base of supporters, both among the voters and his campaign volunteers and staff. We are hopeful that wide-eyed optimism and energy following Lumumba to City Hall and spurring perhaps unconventional solutionsâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;such as a human rights commission (see pages 8-9)â&#x20AC;&#x201D;to some of the cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s lingering problems, while continuing the best of his fatherâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s ideas. And we believe he is sincere about shaking up key personnel, including some of his fatherâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s controversial appointments. Despite Yarberâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s and Lumumbaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s youth, this election isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t about change: itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s about building on the foundation that Mayor Lumumba had started to lay. It hasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t been a full year since Jackson said it wanted a Lumumba, whom many people believed at the time to be a risky proposition. The JFP continues to support Chokwe A. Lumumba for mayor on April 22 and sook forward to Yarberâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s continued leadership on city council.

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n 2014, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s sometimes difficult to believe that individuals still exist who do not see the offensiveness of the Confederate flag and celebrating the â&#x20AC;&#x153;Old Southâ&#x20AC;? culture. To begin, to even refer to an â&#x20AC;&#x153;Old Southâ&#x20AC;? culture admits that a change in society affected the economy, language, arts and the region altogether. The Civil War officially marked the end of the â&#x20AC;&#x153;Old Southâ&#x20AC;? culture. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s easy for some apologists to deny that the Civil War was about slavery, but letâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s try to be honest. To remove slavery from the â&#x20AC;&#x153;Old Southâ&#x20AC;? would affect the economy, societal norms, language and more, which are factors that define culture. The â&#x20AC;&#x153;Old Southâ&#x20AC;? culture had a striving economy that depended on agriculture cultivated by slaves or sharecropping. The societal etiquette allowed minimal interaction between races, and whoever had fairer skin was superior when they had to interact. Women were expected to be submissive and reserved, while â&#x20AC;&#x153;gentlemenâ&#x20AC;? were expected to dominate every situation. Once slavery was forbidden, blacks had to be referred to as â&#x20AC;&#x153;freedmen,â&#x20AC;? their labor had to be paid for or bartered, and efforts for equality began even though it took decades to see success. The Confederate flag is a reminder of the economy and way of life during the â&#x20AC;&#x153;Old South.â&#x20AC;? We admit that burning a cross is offensive in spite of the fact that the Ku Klux Klan tries to deny that there are any racist connotations to it. I quickly came to the conclusion that Ole Miss and Oxford wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t a culture I would fit into because of my skin tone. I visited the campus and learned the history behind the college. I blame that on the systematic racism that built the south because, even just a few years ago at age 14, I still wit-

nessed and suffered from racism at a great rate while growing up in Mississippi. Yes, racism still does exist in spite of President Obamaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s re-election. It was so engrained in the southern culture because slave labor fueled the economy, etiquette and even day-to-day activities. So when people started challenging these social norms, Jim Crow laws and the Ku Klux Klan sprang up as a reaction to Reconstruction and perpetuated the inequality through systematic oppression and intimidation. Once northerners left the South, blacks were left behind like young victims in a playground of bullies. Those who havenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t visited the South or know little of the region may not understand why progress is still limited. Movies like â&#x20AC;&#x153;Gone With the Windâ&#x20AC;? gave outsiders a romanticized peek into the culture. Footage of abuse from the Civil Rights Movement aided protestors in their effort to spread the message to gain support. Although film does entertain, it also reveals truth and offers insight. Media can do the same. I admit that I released a sigh of exhaustion when I read an article about Ole Miss students harassing black students after the 2012 election and was disgusted when I heard of the James Meredith statue desecration. I was ashamed that Mississippi would receive another blemish on its racial recordâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;but I was not fully surprised. It will take time to see progress. Even though the system has changed, the southern culture is still taking time to evolve. Full evolution of culture and positive interaction and interpretation between races wonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t be successful until all Mississippians face, with empathy, the continuing state of many race relations within the state, as well as historic implications of celebrating the â&#x20AC;&#x153;Old Southâ&#x20AC;? culture. Until then, weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll continue to be the state shaped like a human face with problems with actual human interaction.

Yes, racism still does exist in spite of President Obamaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s re-election.

Mississippi State student Ariel Terrell is an Arizona native who has lived in Mississippi for more than 10 years. She graduated from Mississippi School of the Arts, where she studied theater, and made a documentary â&#x20AC;&#x153;Dark Horse Mississippi.â&#x20AC;? She is a student journalist and videographer for the Starkville Free Press.

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ayoral hopeful Tony Yarber bounces from person to person, hugging matronly women, receiving firm handshakes of support from old men and listening as people talk about their connections to him. On a recent Sunday, at a crawfish boil at Forest Hill Park, Yarber and a man, still dressed in church clothes, figured out that their kids had played on the same Pee Wee Football team. At two recent weekend events, Yarber seemed more like the guestof-honor at a graduation celebration than a candidate for the mayor of Jackson. The previous day, Saturday, his campaign hosted a fish fry at campaign headquarters on State Street, and Yarber played host, at one point taking control of the food serving line, directing elders to the front. The conventional thinking on campaigning holds that Yarberâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s spending six precious hours of daylight with people who will vote for him anyway would be like Barack Obama spending significant time kissing babies on Chicagoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s South Side. But the converse is just as risky, Yarber said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Etiquette plays into it. If youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve got people coming to an event to see you, it just doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t make sense to leave and go somewhere else,â&#x20AC;? he told the Jackson Free Press as

aluminum bats clinked on nearby baseball fields at Forest Hill Park. Yarber is counting on these supporters, who knew his family when he was growing up, attended church with him, sang in the Forest Hill High School gospel choir with him, had kids who attended Marshall Elementary School where Yarber was principal, call him while heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s in the barberâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s chair to complain about nuisance potholes. The Ward 6 councilman is counting on what he calls the â&#x20AC;&#x153;everyday peopleâ&#x20AC;? who sent him to the city council twiceâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;once in 2009 and then again last yearâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;to vote him into the mayorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s office on April 22. On paper, the case for Yarber is compelling. At age 36, he has been on the city council for five years, serving a stint as council president and as chairman of several committees. He grew up in Jacksonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Sub 2 neighborhood, near Wiggins Road and U.S. 80, and graduated from Forest Hill High School in 1996. Yarber attended the University of Southern Mississippi on an education scholarship named for former Mississippi Gov. William Winter and, later, completed his masterâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s degree in education administration at Jackson State in 2004. PRUH<$5%(5VHHSDJH

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hile canvassing door to door in south Jackson last week, mayoral hopeful Chokwe Antar Lumumba would take a few moments in between visiting with Ward 6 residents to talk about his vision. Lumumba, the son of late Mayor Chokwe Lumumba, said at one point that it was his fatherâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s understanding of peopleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s sufferings that allowed him to create progress during his short time in office. The son said he believes that he gained this same understanding while working with his father as both an attorney and an adviser, and it is this understanding that not only changed the City of Jackson but has also prepared him to stand and serve the people. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I see the poverty. I see the criminal activity,â&#x20AC;? he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;â&#x20AC;Ś I see the conditions that people are suffering from in Jackson, and that is the experience that really helped prepare my father. It wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t his tenure in City Hall that prepared him to be mayor. It was his understanding of the conditions that we suffer from. It was his preparedness and his willingness to stand on peopleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s behalf. Jackson does not need a politician so much as they need an advocate. So thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s what I am. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m an advocate. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m someone who is prepared to stand for the people.â&#x20AC;?

A year ago when the idea of him succeeding his father, who then served on City Council, was first presented to him, Lumumba passed on the opportunity. â&#x20AC;&#x153;At that time, my view was that we had leadership in place that could sustain things, in my father,â&#x20AC;? Lumumba said. The candidate now says that although it was not his personal goal to run for City Council at that time, his fatherâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s passing changed everything, including his perception of himself as the mayorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s son and a defense attorney to Jacksonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s next leader. The last few months have consisted of several ups and downs for the 31-yearoldâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;his father passed away Feb 25, his wife, Ebony, gave birth to their daughter, Alakè Maryama, on March 18, and Lumumba decided to run for mayor sometime in between. While some people would need this time to adjust to the many changes, Lumumba sees it as a pivotal moment in his life in which he must come forward to make what he calls a personal sacrifice to serve the people of Jackson by carrying out the vision that his father previously set forth. This vision includes the continuation of the Malcolm X Grassroots Movement PRUH/8080%$VHHSDJH


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and the People’s Assemblies, open forums in which Jackson citizens can voice their ideas and opinions about the city’s issues and propose solutions to those in power. Lumumba has adopted the maxim his father coined, “one city, one aim, one destiny,” throughout his campaign. The maxim symbolizes for the son the idea that the city can one day be united in advancement and prosperity. Lumumba grew up in northwest Jackson and attended St. Joseph Catholic School for middle school, then Murrah High School, graduating from Callaway High School and Tuskegee University in Alabama. Inspired by his father and against the wishes of his mother, Nubia, who wanted him to go into a more lucrative line of work than his father, he studied law at Thurgood Marshall Law School in Houston before joining Freelon & Associates as the firm’s managing partner. “One thing I would see as I got older was the many people who seemed to be shuffled in and out of the system, and it just didn’t seem that everybody was guilty,” Lumumba said. “It occurred to me later on that sometimes people don’t have the financial means to defend their innocence.” Lumumba says much of his experience came from his work with the law firm. He aided in the clemency petition for the Scott Sisters in 2006, a case in which two sisters, Jamie and Gladys Scott, were convicted of orchestrating an armed robbery in Forest, Miss., and given life sentences in 1995. After an outcry of criticism that the punishment was too severe, several civil rights activists, including his father, petitioned for an appeal to their sentence, which Gov. Haley Barbour eventually suspended in 2010. The son has also said that he advised his father during his city council tenure, his 2013 mayoral campaign, and his seven months in office. But he didn’t always agree with him. “I admired my father most, but I also disagreed with my father at times,” Lumum-

‘I see the poverty. ... I see the conditions that people are suffering from in Jackson’ said he wants to cut down on transferring inmates to Raymond due to the high costs and look into repairing the city’s own jail. He also wants a citizen review board to improve the relationship between police officers and citizens. He said providing opportunity is the best solution to city crime and wants to do that by turning infrastructure problems into economic opportunity. “Wherever you have high poverty, you have high crime,” he said at several mayoral forums. Lumumba said recently that he is working to create a Human Rights Commission that would provide protection to a variety of minorities, including LGBT citizens. He also supports an anti-discrimination city ordinance with explicit protection of citizens

from discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identification. “It’s always been a stance of the Malcolm X Grassroots Movement, human rights for human beings, and we’re very serious about that end,” Lumumba told the JFP. See page 9). In regard to education, Lumumba has said he believes that school-board members need to be elected so that they may be directly accountable to the citizens of Jackson, who have the right to remove members who are not doing their jobs. He is generally against charter schools because he says that it has the potential to rob Jackson Public Schools. He is also interested in implementing a citywide educational campaign, which would invite professionals to visit classrooms. The People’s Assembly has remained at the forefront of Lumumba’s platform throughout his campaign. He has been careful to say that he would work in the interest of the entire city, not just of the People’s Assembly of any one ward. He stressed that the ability to “educate, motivate and organize” is the most important aspect of the People’s Assembly, saying that the 1 percent sales tax would have never succeeded if it wasn’t for the education of the need for the tax that was provided at the assemblies. Lumumba has also said that another important part about the People’s Assemblies is that it helps the people know they are being heard, stressing that a willingness to listen to everyone’s opinion fosters better relationships and moves the city towards unity. “We believe in serving all of Jackson. We really do believe in ‘one city, one aim, one destiny,’” Lumumba told the JFP in south Jackson. “What people will find is that I’m not someone who thinks he is a king, that the only decisions which are good are decisions which come from me. I am willing to sit down with people. … I think that’s critical. Now that doesn’t mean we’re always going to agree, but when you are at least willing to receive everyone’s input—that itself fosters a better relationship.” Read more about the candidates at jfp.ms/ jxnmayor. Comment at jfp.ms and email Haley Ferretti at haley@jacksonfreepress.com.

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ba said, pointing to a disagreement over a development near Lake Hico that the senior Lumumba supported for the possibility of new jobs, but the junior Lumumba and the People’s Assembly rejected. He also strongly disagreed with some of his father’s appointments at City Hall, vowing to fire some of them. He wants people who are making achievements in their jobs and are working well with the people around them. At several mayoral forums and debates, Lumumba has talked about his plans for solving issues related to crime, infrastructure and jobs. In regard to questions concerning the Hinds County Detention Center, he

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Yarber wanted to become a doctor and majored in biology at USM when, at an aunt’s urging, he talked to a college adviser and changed his major to elementary education in part because of the paucity of black men teaching in elementary schools. He first became interested in politics during a 2005 debate in which then-Ward 6 Councilman Marshand Crisler participated. When 2009 rolled around, and Crisler jumped in the mayor’s race, a friend of Yarber’s considered running for city council but his neighborhood became part of what is now Byram. “The platform that we ran off of was kind of a platform that could be perceived as being naive. We kind of had a real hippy ideology about changing the city one street, one house, one neighborhood at a time,” Yarber told the JFP in 2012. In a recent interview with JFP editors, Yarber described that naïveté as hopefulness, especially in regard to helping defunct and dormant neighborhood associations get going again. In mostly residential Ward 6, Yarber said he has worked with neighborhood associations to expand community watch efforts and generate more interest in community-oriented police (COPS) meetings. “We came onto the council and were able to grow the number of people in the room on those Thursday nights at those COPS meetings,” Yarber said, which resulted in a 90 percent drop in crime in the Creston Hills neighborhood (see page 9). “We did that because we engaged folks. We engaged every day, regular ol’ people,” he added. When he decided to run for council, Yarber was the principal at Marshall Elementary in south Jackson when he decided to run for the Ward 6 City Council seat in 2009. Yarber, who founded Relevant Empowerment Church with his wife, Rosalind, in 2002, and serves as pastor, told the JFP in March that God called him away from JPS to minister full-time. Yarber said he wanted to set the record straight about his departure from the school system because a popular narrative links his resignation to his marital infidelity, which he writes about in a book titled “Man Tips: What She Wants You to Know,” published in 2012. That episode, and the inevitability of those issues coming up during the campaign, led him to agonize over the decision of whether to run for mayor after Chokwe Lumumba died Feb. 25. “We had some personal things we had to go through as a family, and did I want to put my family back through having to relive that? Did I really want to put my folks through that?” Yarber told JFP editors. For a week, Yarber says he didn’t sleep or eat much; he lost 10 pounds. In the end, he believed God was calling him to run for the city’s top job. Since his announcement at

City Hall, there has been a whiff of inevitability among Yarber loyalists. Once asked about speculation of whether he was the pick of the business community—which in Jackson is a euphemism for white people—Yarber enumerated his community involvement, which includes coaching Little League and karate. “I’m upset if white folks, if business folks, if whoever, don’t support me. I’m offended by that,” Yarber said. “I’m offended if black folks don’t support me, because I’ve represented this city well. I’ve sat on that council, I’ve not embarrassed this city. I’ve represented this city and this council all over the country. So as it relates to who’s picking me, I need everybody to pick me.” To ensure he is that pick, Yarber has put together the most sophisticated campaign apparatus of any candidate. While

‘We engaged folks. We engaged every day, regular ol’ people’

his fundraising committee did not lead the money race going into the 13-person April 8 special election, Yarber is not skimping on paid, experienced campaign staff. That team consists of Aaron Banks, a veteran operator who managed Sheriff Tyrone Lewis’ bid to become Hinds County’s first black sheriff in 2011 and guided relative unknown attorney Regina Quinn to a fourth-place finish in the 2013 Democratic primary. Theresa G. Kennedy is also working as an aide to Yarber and drew just over $5,000 in salary before the special election. Pam Confer, a communications consultant and R & B singer, is handling media relations, for which the campaign has paid her about $1,500. The campaign has dispersed just over $3,000 to Yarber himself in salary. Confer, his communications director, told the JFP that Yarber has taken a leave from his consulting job to seek the office, and the campaign committee pays him a salary like other staffers for which Yarber will receive a 1099 form to file income taxes. Yarber works as a part-time consultant with Bailey Kirkland Education Group LLC and as a motivational speaker. As Relevant Empowerment Church’s pastor, he draws no salary, but does receive what he called a small housing allowance. By contrast, Yarber’s opponent, Chokwe Antar Lumumba, whose campaign committee raised the most money, has directed

most of his expenses toward advertising. In addition to being on the city council, Yarber has gained notoriety from his participation in several high-profile public demonstrations such as a “hoodie rally” in 2012 before the Sanford, Fla., police charged Trayvon Martin’s killer, George Zimmerman, with a second-degree murder. Yarber says he considers the elder Lumumba one of his heroes, a list he says also includes his mother and late father, who died when Yarber was in his early 20s, his wife and Forrest County civil-rights leader Vernon Dahmer. But when Lumumba proposed a large water-and-sewer rate increases to help pay for repairs that could total as much as $400 million, Yarber said he thought the move would ensure Lumumba would not hold more than one term even though Yarber himself voted for the rate hike. “I voted for that,” Yarber said, “but my reservation was, why couldn’t we move it incrementally? We’re here now. It’s something that we’re going to have to look at.” Yarber told the JFP that his administration might look back to roll back some of the water-rate increases if the city can also cut spending in the budget. Lumumba had proposed offering assistance to help low-income Jacksonians burdened with higher water bills, but Yarber said the proposal is in legal limbo and may not be viable. “I’ve heard that every day I’ve been out here (campaigning) for the last week. It’s crazy. At our house, we just got $380-something water bill. And my mama had a $500-something water bill not long ago,” Yarber said. Yarber also described his leadership style as differing from the late mayor’s. “What I’ll be doing is looking for people who can inform me best. ... I am looking for the most qualified, most experienced people we can get in those positions,” Yarber said, echoing an often-repeated critique of several Lumumba appointments of longtime friends and loyal allies. “I don’t know that there’s necessarily a point of disagreement that I have with (the elder) Mr. Lumumba but I do know the way I’ll assemble a team will look differently.” In the final week before the election, each candidate will likely attempt to draw contrasts between their visions for Jackson and city government—even if both have promised not to engage in personal attacks. Clearly, the strategy Yarber is taking into the debates and the runoff is to paint Lumumba as a question mark and himself as the answer to a question. (“Let’s not risk our city on unproven leadership,” states one bright orange Yarber campaign handbill.) At the Forest Hill crawfish boil, Yarber took the microphone and echoed a certitude about his own destiny. “We are not running a campaign,” Yarber told the crowd. “We are running a crusade.” Visit www.jfp.ms/jxnmayor for candidate profiles. Comment at jfp.ms.


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Crime In his five years as a councilman in a mostly residential ward, Yarber said he has worked with neighborhood associations to expand community-watch efforts and generate more interest in communityoriented police (COPS) meetings. Because of increased vigilance and cooperation among neighbors, Yarber pointed to a dramatic decrease in the number of house burglaries in the ward. He also links crime to poverty and inadequate education, which he includes as part of his economic agenda.

Crime Is interested in a citizen review board to improve the relationship between officers and citizens. Although he says he is for raising wages of all city employees, he doesn’t think it is a solution to crime. Says that providing opportunity to people is the solution. “Wherever you have high poverty, you have high crime,” he said.

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Education Supports strengthening of the “marriage” between the city of Jackson and the Jackson Public Schools. Created an education and youth ad hoc committee while city council president to, in part, help vet school board nominees. Supports elected school board to increase the level of accountability of board members. Serves as a founding board member of Alignment Jackson, a multi-agency effort designed to support JPS. LGBT He would support strengthening the city’s equal-opportunity employment statement, but said a pro-LGBT resolution is not the answer to the problem. Although Yarber did not propose a clear alternative, he did say, however, that he would ensure as mayor that the best people, no matter their sexual orientation, 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.” Jobs Build capacity and train city workers toward becoming more self sufficient. Develop businesses that offer advancement opportunity for employees. Level the playing field with Contracts Wants to give contracts to people who hire Jacksonians and will be great partners with the city, including adding community engagement clauses to contracts.

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Infrastructure Wants to build on his father’s plan of turning infrastructure issues into economic development and job creation opportunities. He is disappointed with some of the things that Jackson Redevelopment Authority has done. Remains undecided on whether JRA should be eliminated all together, but he does believe there needs to be new appointments with fresh perspectives. Education Believes school board members need to be elected to be directly accountable to the citizens of Jackson so that the people have the right to remove those not doing their jobs. Generally against privately run, government funded charter schools. Doesn’t want to rob public education. Also, wants a city-wide educational campaign where professionals visit JPS classrooms. LGBT Says, “I’m for human rights for human beings… So anything that supports human rights—that’s what I’m in favor of.” Calls for establishing a city human-rights commission that 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. 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 for a solution. Supports a city ordinance. Jobs Wants to turn infrastructure problems into job opportunities. Contracts Wants to spread out the contracts in order to increase tax revenues and number of home owners; sees that as an investment back into the city. Start programs to train potential contractors.


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Chokwe A. Lumumba: Total: $138,801

Tony T. Yarber: Total: $95,716

Richard Schwartz, Jackson

Tony T. Yarber, Jackson, Miss.

$10,500 ($7,300 in kind) Founder of Richard Schwartz & Associates and a former city prosecutor in Jackson and Ridgeland.

$20,000 Mayoral candidate Yarber is also founding pastor of Relevant Empowerment Church, a motivational speaker and educational consultant with the Bailey-Kirkland Group. His campaign is also paying him a regular salary.

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$10,120 (in kind) $5,000 Managing partner of the Cochran Law Firm’s Jackson and Greenwood offices. Worked in Hinds DA’s office and represented family of James Craig Anderson, who was murdered.

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$10,000 Wife of Ole Miss Chancellor Dan Jones, formerly the chief of UMMC in Jackson. E. R. Mitchell Jr., Atlanta, Ga.

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Marcus Wallace, Jackson, Miss.

Teresa Davis, Lawton, Okla.

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Lydia Jones, Hazlehurst, Miss.

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$15,000 Founder of Garrett ECI, Garrett is a prominent developer and contractor in the capital city who does business with the city, county and state governments. He is the 2013 chairman of the Greater Jackson Chamber of Commerce.

$10,000 President of E.R. Mitchell Construction, a Georgia-based construction contractor. $5,000 Owner of contracting firm M.A.C. & Associates, Wallace does strong business with the city. He gave to several members of the City Council and former Mayor Harvey Johnson. Mitzi Bickers, Jonesboro, Ga.

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Latin Barbecue 101 by Ingrid Cruz

Barbecue reigns supreme in the South, but how well do you know the Latin American version?

Because of the richness of culture in Latin America, Mexicans and Argentineans make their carne asada and asado very differently. Both of these terms essentially mean barbecue to any Spanish speaker, but these two countries have extremely different cultures, and their techniques are the most common ones you can expect to see in the U.S. In a Mexican-style carne asada, you can expect beans, rice and tortillas. The meat is marinated with citrus, seasoning or table salt, and maybe onions, bell pepper and cilantro. It is common to serve chicken, sausage or moronga—sausage made of pig’s blood. In 2010, when I first moved to Mississippi, several Mexican cuts of beef were difficult to find, but now carnicerías (Mexican butcher shops) are becoming more common in the state. These carnicerías sometimes sell meat that is already marinated, and the only thing a chef has to do is put it on the grill. It’s common to grill corn, onions or scallions along with the meal. Slices of lemon are usually available to those who prefer acidity, as Mexican carne asadas consist of salty

foods that go well with lemon and jalapeños, which may be grilled as well, and pair well with a pale beer. Few Argentinians live in the United States, and even fewer in Mississippi, but their asado (their version of barbecue) is world-famous and may be something Mississippi chefs might want to experiment with. In Argentina, the asado is traditionally made in a person’s home, though Argentinian asado in the U.S. is usually found in restaurants. This barbecue is more about the fire. It’s important to control the temperature, and you can grill in several traditional ways: wood-fire, coal or a pit using earthenware (especially common in rural areas). Traditional cuts include steak, sausage, morcilla (sausage made of pig’s blood), and can include goat meat, lamb or chicken. Usually there is a sauce called chimichurri, a green or red sauce used for grilled meat. Argentinian asados are actually very veggie friendly and include provoleta, a type of provolone cheese that is barbecued and served as an appetizer. Vegetarians will often eat it as a

main course. Some chefs also grill eggplant, zucchini, garlic or red bell, and salads are always a part of the meal. Tortillas are never a part of Argentine barbecues, and you’ll never find any lemon slices or spicy condiments. Argentina asado is best paired with red wine for beef eaters, and white wine for those who prefer chicken. In Argentina, it’s common to prepare the asado on a Sunday or a holiday and parrilleros (the person in charge of the grill) invites family and friends. Sometimes common the parrillero or a guest makes pizza on the grill during an asado. In Mexico, a carne asada is prepared on either Saturday or Sunday, perhaps for a birthday, or a holiday. With such large differences in barbecue style in two of the biggest countries in Latin America, it’s no wonder many of Mississippi’s new Latinos feel culture shock when they first attend a southern barbecue. But, like in the Deep South, an invitation to a Latino barbecue is a sign of friendship and fellowship. Revel in the fact that you’re considered a friend and enjoy these new barbecue styles. 25 jacksonfreepress.com

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o many immigrants or out-of-state transplants who aren’t from the South, Mississippi isn’t just a place with blues music, a complicated race heritage and southern accents. Mississippi and its fellow Deep South states also taste different. For me, coming to the Magnolia State turned the meaning of the word “barbecue” upside down. When you attend a southern barbecue, you might receive dishes such as a pulledpork sandwich with coleslaw and sweet beans or a rack of ribs. Many Latinos have moved to Mississippi over the past 10 years, so it’s imperative that we all at least learn what to expect in our versions of barbecue in order to make eating and socializing easier for everyone. The first time I ever received a southern barbecue dish, I told the chef in charge, “This isn’t barbecue.” In Spanish, many in the Latino community usually make carne asada, which literally translates to “grilled meat.” In English, barbecue literally means “parillada,” an item that has been grilled.


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AMERICAN/SOUTHERN CUISINE Primos Cafe (2323 Lakeland 601-936-3398/ 515 Lake Harbour 601-898-3400) A Jackson institution for breakfast, blue-plates, catfish, burgers, prime rib, oysters, po-boys & wraps. Famous bakery! Two Sisters Kitchen (707 N. Congress St. 601-353-1180) Lunch. Mon-Fri, Sun. Koinonia (136 Adams St. 601-960-3008) Coffeehouse plus lunch & more! Broad Street Bakery (4465 Interstate 55 N. 601-362-2900)Hot breakfast, coffee drinks, fresh breads & pastries, gourmet deli sandwiches.

PIZZA 904 Basil’s (904 E. Fortification, 601-352-2002) Creative pizzas, Italian food, burgers & much more. Casual dining in the heart of Belhaven. Sal & Mookie’s (565 Taylor St. 601-368-1919) Pizzas of all kinds plus pasta, eggplant Parmesan, fried ravioli & ice cream for the kids! Mellow Mushroom (275 Dogwood Blvd, Flowood, 601-992-7499) More than just great pizza and beer. Open Monday - Friday 11-10 and Saturday 11-11.

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Christina Cannon as we admired her work. After picking up free Walker’s shirts from Studio Chane (chane.com), we rounded the corner at the base of the hill before backtracking to end the evening at The Apothecary at Brent’s Drugs (655 Duling Ave., 769-257-3517). I hadn’t been in what felt like much too long, and was happy to TRIP BURNS

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

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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, www.cupsespressocafe.com) 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 and Sports Bar in Town. Kitchen Open Late pub food 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!

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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.

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Fondren After 5 is experiencing an influx of energy and excitement these days, as organizers reinvigorate the monthly event.

seeing what the artisans and shops have to offer. I remember when it started (best guestimates from an informal poll of Fondrenites and my memory peg it at five years ago), and how exciting it was as it grew to be a highlight of the month. It was a place I could see and feel Jackson’s burgeoning creative class and number of young professionals really grow and flourish. Before the April event, I hadn’t been in a few months, but springtime seemed like a good time to revisit it. I made plans to meet my friend Anna and Joseph, a new friend of hers whom she’d met while working together on #wegotyourbackmississippi, a fundraiser for Grace House (a transitional living facility for individuals diagnosed with HIV/AIDS, gracehousems.org). I’d met Joseph briefly before we were on a radio show at the same time, and looked forward to hanging out with them both. After stopping by Fondren Muse (3413 N. State Street, fondrenmuse. blogspot.com) to drop off some items on consignment and eye a fringed purse I might return to snap up, I rendezvoused with Anna at Miso (3100 N. State St., eatatmiso.com) for some pre-game nosh and wine. A little while later, we hit the streets to meet up with Joseph at Fondren Corner. The spring weather seemed to have brought out a good crowd, and along the way, we stopped to chat with friends on the patio at Sneaky Beans (2914 N. State St., sneakybeans.com) and to play with a puppy at the CARA adoption booth (I only just resisted taking her home with me). At Fondren Corner, we perused Wilai (where my companions informed me I really need the “I hate mayonnaise” T-shirt) and visited with One Blu Wall gallery owner

settle in and see Robert Arender, who always knows just what I want to drink even when I don’t, behind the bar. Inside, we enjoyed the Speeding Motorcycle, a cocktail from the new spring menu, and spotted another friend who had brought along a young woman who had just moved to town. Her first week had been an active one, and the night out in Fondren excited her about Jackson’s energy and creative class. That Sunday night, it was time for the fundraiser Anna and Joseph helped plan, so I braved the rain and headed to Fenian’s Pub (901 E. Fortification St.), another old haunt I hadn’t been to in a long time. Despite the weather, a solid crowd of all ages turned out for the first-time event. Silent auction items and a raffle helped raise more than $4,000 for Grace House, and I got to enjoy the early evening cozied up in a corner booth with several gal pals, catching up and enjoying acoustic tunes from Jason Alexander. At one point, he even performed a mash-up of pop songs ranging from Grease’s “You’re the One That I Want” to Lady Gaga. Needless to say, we were enthralled and left clamoring for more. After seeing two old gathering places—Fondren After 5 and Fenian’s—but with some new folks and new events, I can’t help but be encouraged at the energy that those dedicated to Jackson continue to pour into the city by revamping and re-energizing traditions, and by starting new ones or introducing new people to what we have here. Springtime tends to be synonymous with renewal and rebirth, so maybe it’s only appropriate to notice a renewal of energy in the places we go and events we attend, too.


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History Is Lunch is at noon at Winter Archives Building (200 North St.). William Heath discusses his book, “The Children Bob Moses Led.” Free; mdah.state.ms.us. … Grace Askew performs at 7:30 p.m. at Hal & Mal’s (200 S. Commerce St.). Free; call 601-292-7999; ardenland.net.

Singer-songwriter Todd Snider performs and reads from his new book, “I Never Met a Story I Didn’t Like,” April 18 at Duling Hall. Doors open at 8 p.m.

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Wishbone Ash performs at Duling Hall April 23 to promote its new album, “Blue Horizon.” Doors open at 6:30 p.m.

Unpredictable and DJ Live, food and drink specials, and free party favors. Free; email djunpredictable601@gmail.com for party room and table reservations. … Todd Snider performs at 9 p.m. at Duling Hall (622 Duling Ave.). $20 in advance, $25 at the door; call 601-292-7999; ardenland.net.

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Easter Egg Hunt is from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. at Mississippi AgBY BRIANA ROBINSON riculture and Forestry Museum (1150 Lakeland Drive). Includes JACKSONFREEPRESS.COM egg dyeing; an egg hunt at noon; a celebrity egg toss; pictures FAX: 601-510-9019 with the Easter Bunny; train, DAILY UPDATES AT pony, wagon and carousel rides; JFPEVENTS.COM refreshments and more. $6 or less; call 601-432-4500; mdac. ms.gov. … Earth Day: Party for the Planet is from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. at Jackson Zoo (2918 W. Capitol St.). Included with admission; call 601-352-2580; jacksonzoo.org. … Jackson 2000’s 25th Anniversary Friendship Ball Gala is at 7 p.m. at Mississippi Museum of Art (380 S. Lamar St.). Jackson 2000 honors two contributors to racial reconciliation in the metro area. $30; email bevelyn_branch@att.net; jackson2000.org.

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Celebrity Beauty Secrets Revealed is from 11 a.m.-7 a.m. at Dillard’s, Northpark Mall (1200 E. County Line Road, Ridgeland). Get professional advice on applying makeup, skin care and using fragrances. Free; call 601-9577100. … Good Friday: The Day Party is from noon-7 p.m. at Last Call (3716 Interstate 55 N.). Enjoy music from DJ

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Easter Celebration & Egg Hunt is 10 a.m. at TurningPointe Church (1600 Oak St., Flowood). Free; call 601826-2512. … Knight Bruce performs at 11 a.m. at Sophia’s Restaurant (734 Fairview St.). Free. Call 601-948-3429; fairviewinn.com. … Raphael Semmes performs at 11:30

a.m. at Table 100 (100 Ridge Way, Flowood). Free. Call 601-420-4202, tableonehundred.com.

MONDAY 4/21

New Belgium Brewing Beer Dinner is at 6 p.m. at Sal & Mookie’s (565 Taylor St.). Enjoy a six-course meal with New Belgium Brewing beers such as Fat Tire, Ranger and Snapshot. RSVP. $55; call 601-368-1919; email maggieb@ salandmookies.com. … “Delivered” Dinner Theater is from 6-9 p.m. at Sombra Mexican Kitchen (140 Township Ave, Suite 100, Ridgeland). Includes a three-course meal. RSVP. $39; call 601-937-1752; thedetectives.biz.

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Signature Drink Unveiling is at 5 p.m. at Char (4500 Interstate 55 N., Suite 142). Free; call 601-9569562; charrestaurant.com. … Mudbug Mambo is from 6-9 p.m. at Crawdad Hole (1150 Lakeland Drive). Purchase a crawfish or a shrimp plate during the fundraiser for Special Olympics Mississippi Area 8. $25; call 770241-1366; email gset007@aol.com

WEDNESDAY 4/23 Wishbone Ash performs at 7:30 p.m. at Duling Hall (622 Duling Ave.). $20 in advance, $25 at the door, call 601-292-7999; ardenland.net. … Cherub performs at 9 p.m. at Hal & Mal’s (200 S. Commerce St.). Carousel and ProCause also perform. $12 in advance, $15 day of show. Call 601-292-7999; ardenland.net.

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Diane Williams signs copies of “Mississippi Folk and the Tales They Tell: Myths, Legends and Bald-Faced Lies” at 5:30 p.m. at Lemuria (4465 Interstate 55 N., Suite 202). Reading at 6 p.m. Free, $19.99 book; lemuriabooks.com. … Screen on the Green is at 5:30 p.m. at Mississippi Museum of Art (380 S. Lamar St.). Watch Charlie Chaplin’s “City Lights.” Free; msmuseumart.org. … Project Rezway: Keep the Rez Beautiful’s Recycle Fashion Show is at 6:30 p.m. at Mississippi Craft Center (950 Rice Road, Ridgeland). $25; email keeptherezbeautiful@gmail.com; keeptherezbeautiful.org.

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Jackson 2000’s 25th Anniversary Friendship Ball Gala April 19, 7 p.m., at Mississippi Museum of Art (380 S. Lamar St.). Jackson 2000 honors two people in the metro Jackson area who have contributed to racial reconciliation. $30; call 960-1515; email bevelyn_ branch@att.net; jackson2000.org.

(/,)$!9 Good Friday: The Day Party April 18, noon-7 p.m., at Last Call (3716 Interstate 55 N. Frontage Road). Enjoy music from DJ Unpredictable and DJ Live, food and drink specials, and free party favors. Free; email djunpredictable601@ gmail.com for party room and table reservations. “The Seven Last Words of Christ: A 21st Century Youth Perspective” April 18, 6 p.m.-8 p.m., at Jackson Medical Mall (350 W. Woodrow Wilson Ave.) PRIYDE hosts the Easter program featuring youth performing selections from George Handel and Quincy Jones. Free; call 202-487-6475; email priydems@aol.com; priydems.com. SPC Family Easter Bash April 19, 11 a.m.-4 p.m., at Spencer Perkins Center (1831 Robinson St.). Includes live music, food, carnival games, horseback riding, face painting, a bouncy house, a dunk tank and a raffle with the chance to win an iPad mini. The event is a fundraiser for SPC’s afterschool students’ trip to Washington, D.C. Free; email talksmentoring@thespc.org.

#/--5.)49 Events at William F. Winter Archives and History Building (200 North St.). Free; call 601-5766998; mdah.state.ms.us. • History Is Lunch April 16, noon Author William Heath discusses his book “The Children Bob Moses Led.” • History Is Lunch April 23, noon Author Ellen Ann Fentress presents “Reporting on the Reporter: The Bill Minor Project.” 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; hchra.org. Small Business Administration Loan Clinic April 17, 1 p.m.-3:30 p.m., at Small Business Administration District Office (Regions Plaza, 210 E. Capitol St., 10th floor). In the conference room. The topic is “Marketing Your Small Business.” Includes opportunities to talk with specialists and loan officers, and scheduling counseling at the Jackson State University Small Business Development Center. Free; call 965-4378; email deborah.dean@ sba.gov or rosetta.harris@sba.gov; sba.gov/ms.

Earth Day April 22, 11 a.m.-3:30 p.m., at Highland Village (4500 Interstate 55 N.). At Buffalo Peak Outfitters. Learn about conservation, wildlife, composting, recycling, protecting waterways and other topics. Free; keeptherezbeautiful.org. Jackson City Council April 22, 4 p.m., at Jackson City Hall (219 S. President St.). Free; call 601960-1064; jacksonms.gov.

+)$3 Events at Mississippi Agriculture and Forestry Museum (1150 Lakeland Drive). Free with museum admission; call 601-372-1424; mdac.ms.gov. • AgVentures! April 15-16, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. At the Masonic Lodge. Fourth-grade students and teachers learn the importance of agriculture through activities and educational displays. Reservations required. Space limited. • Forestry Day April 17, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Includes a visit to the Wood Magic Trailer, a sawmill demonstration, a tour of the Nature Trail and hourly tours of the Heritage Center. Reservations required for groups of 10 or more. KidFest! Ridgeland April 18-19, 9 a.m.-6:30 p.m., at Freedom Ridge Park (235 W. School St., Ridgeland). $10, children under 2 free; call 601853-2011; kidfestridgeland.com. Bunny Brunch April 19, 9 a.m.-11 a.m., at Mississippi Children’s Museum (2145 Highland Drive). This event is hosted by the Mississippi Children’s Museum. Join for a hot breakfast and live bluegrass music. $15 for members and $20 for nonmembers. $15-$20; call 601-709-8964. Easter Egg Hunt April 19, 9 a.m.-2 p.m., at Mississippi Agriculture and Forestry Museum (1150 Lakeland Drive). At the Museum Complex. Includes egg dyeing, an egg roll, an egg hunt at noon, a celebrity egg toss, pictures with the Easter Bunny, games, train, pony, wagon and carousel rides, refreshments and more. $6, $4 ages 3-18, wagon rides: $2 per person, pony and carousel rides: $1 per child ($48 inches or smaller); call 601-432-4500; mdac.ms.gov. Easter Celebration & Egg Hunt April 20, 10 a.m., at TurningPointe Church (1600 Oak St., Flowood). Free; call 601-826-2512.

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Celebrity Beauty Secrets Revealed April 18, 11 a.m.-7 p.m., at Dillard’s, Northpark Mall (1200 E. County Line Road, Ridgeland). Get professional advice on applying makeup, skin care and using fragrances. Appointment required. Group master classes available. Free; call 601-957-7100.

New Belgium Brewing Beer Dinner April 21, 6 p.m., at Sal & Mookie’s (565 Taylor St.). Enjoy a six-course meal paired with New Belgium Brewing beers such as Fat Tire, Ranger and Snapshot. RSVP. $55; call 601-368-1919; email maggieb@ salandmookies.com.

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Earth Day: Party for the Planet April 19, 10 a.m.1 p.m., at Jackson Zoo (2918 W. Capitol St.). Includes natures-related activities, games, local vendors and special surprises. Included with regular admission; call 601-352-2580; jacksonzoo.org.

Oxford Craft Beer Festival and Food Show April 19, noon-6 p.m., at The Colonel’s Quarters at Castle Hill Resort (120 Castlehill Drive, Oxford). Includes more than 140 craft beer samples, the South Eastern Pizza Classic, chats with home brewers, and food samples and vendors. $45 in advance, $55 at the gate, $25 Early Bird Event; VIP: $85 in advance, $95 at the gate (includes Early Bird Event); designated driver: $15 in advance ($25 VIP), $25 at the gate ($35 VIP); call 662-234-3735; email jdparker@oxfordbeerfest. com; oxfordbeerfest.com.

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Hinds County Board of Supervisors Meeting April 21, 9 a.m., at Hinds County Chancery Court (316 S. President St.). Free; call 601-968-6501; co.hinds.ms.us.

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Museum After Hours April 17, 5 p.m., at Mississippi Museum of Art (380 S. Lamar St.). Enjoy a cash bar at 5 p.m. and exhibition tours at 6 p.m. or 6:30 p.m. Intended for young professionals, but all ages welcome. Admission varies per exhibit; call 601-960-1515; msmuseumart.org.

Signature Drink Unveiling April 22, 5 p.m., at Char (4500 Interstate 55 N.). Purchase drinks to raise funds for the Mississippi Burn Foundation, and enjoy free jalapeno chicken bites. Free; call 601-956-9562; charrestaurant.com. Cooking For Our Kids Fundraiser April 22, 5 p.m.-8 p.m., at Mississippi Community Education Center (961 Madison Ave., Madison). Enjoy food and drink samples from local restaurants, and music from Bill and Temperance. Proceeds benefit the Children’s Advocacy Center. $30, $50 couples; call 877-826-8631; mscec.org.

30/2437%,,.%33 Fitness Demo Day April 19, noon-2 p.m., at Cardiolistics Dance, Aerobics and Personal Training (731 S. Pear Orchard Road, Suite 39, Ridgeland). Participate in or watch demos of the studio’s classes. Offering include basic fitness, forms of aerobics, majorette dance and cardio kickboxing. Includes a drawing for a free consultation ($35 value). $5 admission, $2 drawing; call 601-2072112; email chwcomplex@yahoo.com; find Cardiolistics, LLC on Facebook. BancorpSouth Rebel Road Trip April 16, 5:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m., at Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame and Museum (1152 Lakeland Drive). Meet Ole Miss head football coach Hugh Freeze and director of athletics Ross Bjork Cash bar available. $20 in advance, $25 at the door, $30 reserved, 18 and under free, and Ole Miss students with ID; email centralmsolemissalumniclub@gmail.com; rebelroadtrip.com.

34!'%3#2%%. “Martha” April 16, 6 p.m., at St. Matthew’s United Methodist Church (7427 Old Canton Road, Madison). Fish Tale Group Theatre presents John Maxwell’s play based on Mary and Martha of the Bible. Free; call 601-856-9581; fishtalegroup.org. “The Miss Firecracker Contest” April 16-19 and 23-26, 7:30 p.m., at New Stage Theatre (1100 Carlisle St.). The play is about a pageant contestant’s conflicts with a cousin who is also competing and her eccentric brother. $28, $22 students and seniors; call 601-948-3533, ext. 222; newstagetheatre.com. Screen on the Green April 17, 5:30 p.m., at Mississippi Museum of Art (380 S. Lamar St.). In the Art Garden. Includes a cash bar, concessions and a screening of Charlie Chaplin’s “City Lights.” Free; call 601-960-1515; msmuseumart.org. Tupelo Film Festival April 17-19, at downtown Tupelo. The annual event includes a kick-off party, film screenings and an awards ceremony. Locations include the Lyric Theater and Malco Oxford Cinema. Cost varies for individual events, all-access pass available; call 800-533-0611; email prasberry@tupelo.net; tupelofilmfestival.net. “Delivered” Dinner Theater April 21, 6 p.m.-9 p.m., at Sombra Mexican Kitchen (140 Township Ave, Suite 100, Ridgeland). The Detectives present the four-act interactive comedy. Includes a three-course meal. RSVP. $39; call 601-937-1752; thedetectives.biz.

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National Library Week April 13-19, at Mississippi libraries. Check with your local library to see how it is participating. Free; ala.org. World Book Night, Oxford April 23, 9 a.m.9 p.m., at Square Books (160 Courthouse Square, Oxford). The purpose of the annual book giveaway is to give the community access to literature. Free; call 662-236-2262; email alissa@squarebooks.com; squarebooks.com.

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Knight hopes that this event will bring those affected by lupus together so that no one has to walk the journey alone. “It’s not just me suffering,” she says. With the closest chapter of the Lupus Foundation of America meeting in Memphis, Fight 4 Lupus has plans to host additional events throughout the year and support group meetings on the third Sunday of every month starting in May. Organizers are currently looking for a location to hold the monthly support group. People who want to participate can sign up to walk, participate as a vendor or become a sponsor. Sponsorships start at $50. For more information, call Krystal Knight at 601-540-5239, email Fight4LupusMS@ yahoo.com or visit fight4lupus.com. —ShaWanda Jacome

in celebration of the venue’s second anniversary. Tawanna Shaunte’ performs April 17, Rhonda Richmond performs April 18 and Vanessa Rubin performs April 19. For ages 18 and up. Purchase beer or light wine, or BYOB. Limited seating. All three days: $50 in advance, $60 at the door; April 17: $10 in advance, $15 at the door; April 18: $15 in advance, $20 at the door; April 19: $25 in advance, $30 at the door; call 347-754-0668 or 866-590-4647; email info@ojahmediagroup.com; yellowscarf-jackson.net. Grown ‘N’ Sexy Love Tour April 18, 7 p.m., at Jackson Convention Complex (105 E. Pascagoula St.). Performers include Dru Hill, Avant and Freddie Jackson. $30-$67.50; call 800-745-3000. Goo Goo Dolls April 18, 8 p.m., at Beau Rivage Resort and Casino (875 Beach Blvd., Biloxi). In Beau Rivage Theatre. The band performs to promote its latest album, “Magnetic.” $40-$60; call 888-566-7469 or 800-745-3000; beaurivage.com.

“Something Special” Trunk Show April 17, noon6 p.m., at Outlets of Mississippi (200 Bass Pro Drive, Pearl). Fiber artist Sami Lott displays her creations in the Craftsman’s Guild space in Visitor Services. Free; call 601-856-7546. April Art Exhibit Opening Reception April 17, 5 p.m.-7:30 p.m., at Fischer Galleries (736 S. President St., 4th floor). See works from Charlie Buckley. Show hangs through April 30. Free; call 601-291-9115; fischergalleries.com. Wine Down & Paint April 19, 7 p.m.-9 p.m., at Gallery1 (1100 John R. Lynch St., Suite 4). Includes music, mingling, and painting. Bring your favorite wine. $15, $10 if you share; call 601960-9250; email gallery1@jsums.edu.

"%4(%#(!.'% Mississippi Immigrants Rights Alliance Advocacy Meeting April 16, 6 p.m., at Mississippi Immigrants Rights Alliance (612 N. State St., Suite B). MIRA discusses current issues and upcoming campaigns. Light dinner included. Free; call 601-968-5182; yourmira.org. Ultimate Fashion Show and Champagne Brunch April 17, 11 a.m.-1 p.m., at Country Club of Jackson (345 St. Andrews Drive). The annual event includes a spring and summer fashion show, a Champagne brunch and a drawing for a 2014 Honda Fit Sport from Patty Peck Honda. Proceeds benefit the Diabetes Foundation of Mississippi’s Camp Kandu. $70; car raffle: $25 for one, buy four and get one free; call 601-957-7878; msdiabetes.org. Project Rezway: Keep the Rez Beautiful’s Recycle Fashion Show April 17, 6:30 p.m.9:30 p.m., at Mississippi Craft Center (950 Rice Road, Ridgeland). The show features apparel and accessories composed of at least 75 percent recycled materials. Proceeds go toward tree plantings and litter cleanups in the Reservoir area. $25; call 601-856-7546; email keeptherezbeautiful@gmail.com; keeptherezbeautiful.org.

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aving hope is good. Having someone wish you well is better. Having someone stand there with you through the fight, the best.” These are the first words you read when visiting the Fight 4 Lupus website, a nonprofit organization based in Jackson. Its founder, Krystal Knight, is a 2005 Terry High School graduate who was diagnosed with lupus in 2006. Knight describes her experience with the disease as, “constant pain, doctor visits, hospital visits, suffering from severe anemia, blood platelets dropping, headaches all the time … and it affects me emotionally living with something without a cure.” The Lupus Foundation of America describes lupus as a “chronic, non-contagious autoimmune disease that can damage any part of the body, including skin, joints and organs.” Because it is a chronic disease, the signs and symptoms may last longer than a few weeks, often persisting for many years. The foundation estimates that at least 1.5 million Americans have lupus. A womenshealth.gov factsheet says that more than 90 percent of those afflicted are women mostly between the ages of 15 and 45. African Americans, Latinos, Asians and Native Americans are two to three times more likely to develop lupus than Caucasians. After awareness walks and runs for many illnesses, but none in Mississippi for lupus, Knight began to organize the first annual Fight 4 Lupus Walk. The event is Saturday, April 19, at 9 a.m. at Winners Circle Park in Flowood. The cost of the walk is $20, with all proceeds going to the national Lupus Foundation of America, headquartered in Washington, D.C.

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It also, in a way, describes Cherub’s music. The easy way to label Cherub would be simply as an electro-pop duo. But simple things can reveal depth and subtlety. “Caprese is real simple,” Huber says. “When you put it together, there’s not much to it. But when you bite into it, it bursts with flavor in your mouth.”

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t a first listen of Nashville-based duo Cherub, you might classify the music as mere laptopgenerated bass and electronic synths. Even under such an assumption, though, listeners must recognize and acknowledge Cherub’s super catchy groove and infectiously appealing falsetto-driven vocals. That first small listen, however, doesn’t even scratch the surface of the duo’s musicianship. In interview after interview, the guys of Cherub—producer-guitarist-vocalist Jason Huber and singer-songwriter-guitarist Jordan Kelley—disprove any theories of them being anything less than talented musicians. “We do actually play instruments,” Kelley told the Jackson Free Press via phone. Both Kelley and Huber play guitar, bass and drums, and they both sing. “In the studio, we actually write and perform everything as well. So we are musicians and instrumentalists,” Kelley says. In the studio, they use lots of electronic instruments such as keyboards and drum machines. “We use the electronic elements as a way to bring the things that we do in the studio to the stage without having to hire a bunch of other musicians to do it. It’s what we both went to school to learn to do. We decided to take everything we learned and put it to good use.” Huber and Kelley met about eight years ago in Nashville at Middle Tennessee State University where they both were pursuing music business degrees. Kelley grew up in Lincoln, Neb., and Huber is from Durham, N.C. “So Jason’s kind of a country boy, and I’m like a cornshuckin’ midwestern boy,” Kelley jokes. The two guys have a quirky and humorous rapport between them, and make it obvious that, while serious about their music, they still want to have fun. “We’re just like some good ole boys. We just like to write music and have a good ole time.” The duo performed its first show as Cherub in late 2010, and Columbia Records will release its third full-length album May 27. “It’s our major-label debut with Columbia, so we’re pretty stoked for that,” Kelley says about “Year of the Caprese.” “It should be a change of pace, and we’re really excited that we’ll be able to put it out internationally; this is the first time we’ve gotten to do that. We’re stoked about everything, it should be pretty badass.” “Year of The Caprese” will include the duo’s biggest hit so far, “Doses & Mimosas.” It was No. 1 on Hype Machine’s “Most Talked About Songs” list, and USA Today named it as one of 2014’s possible first big hits. According to Huber and Kelley, the title of the upcoming album doesn’t have much of a deeper hidden meaning. “We just started eating a lot of caprese salads, and then we started making it a thing,” Kelley says. “(We’d say) caprese instead of crazy and all this sort of sh*t. And then things just got real caprese. So we were like, ‘You know what? Let’s just name the album this. Because I want to remember this moment of my life forever.’” One might say that caprese is a testament to the duo’s love of living and the crazy—or caprese—ride so far. “It’s all been pretty caprese,” Huber says.

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Electro-pop duo Cherub creates a hybrid of new-wave R&B and ’80s funk that sounds little like either one.

Similarly, Cherub’s simple electro-pop songs are layered with sonorous textures, from guitar riffs and bass grooves to pumped-up synths and octaves of multiplied falsetto voices. “MoM & DaD,” the duo’s February 2012 full-length album, has obvious mixed influences. “They range everywhere from metal to R&B to old ’80s and ’70s stuff,” Kelley says. “It varies from thing to thing, but we definitely listen to a broad range of music. I know when you ask someone what kind of music they listen to and they say, ‘All kinds,’ it’s kind of lame, but that really is the case for us. We listen to a lot of genres. We don’t care about genre actually.” Perhaps it’s that disregard for genre that allows Huber and Kelley to create such distinct-sounding music. In a way, they are creating a brand for themselves, and they have a plan to keep it going.

“We just like putting out as much music as possible for people,” Huber says. “We love to share music, and we don’t like to have to sit on it.” In the three and a half years since playing its first live show, Cherub has released two full-length albums—its debut “Man of the Hour” in 2011 and then “MoM & DaD” in 2012; and two EPs, “100 Bottles” in March 2013 and “Antipasto” in December. “We get antsy,” Kelley says. “A lot of times when you make a whole album, it can take like a year or even more. So we put out EPs between albums. It’s good because people can get new music and not have to wait forever, and also we’re not making music and then sitting on it and moving on to new music and then releasing it.” Apart from Cherub’s most-heard singles, “XOXO” and “Doses & Mimosas,” one example of Cherub’s style, both lyrically and musically, is the sixth track of “MoM & DaD,” called “Monogamy.” “Monogamy is not for me. I want to do whatever I please. Dirty deeds and sinful things. Get down on your hands and knees,” the duo sings during the chorus. The sound and style of “Monogamy” seem to take hints from both recent electropop successes and the early ’80s Prince sound. Without being as overtly explicit as Prince might have been with such a topic—but still making the message blatantly clear—Cherub tackles the question of commitment honestly and head on. “Shallow thoughts and empty hearts; how can you find the right fit? You just can’t, you just can’t so …,” they sing at the end of the song’s first verse, leading straight into the chorus. While many of Cherub’s songs, such as this one, have clear sexual overtones, the duo excels at presenting the material in a less offensive-sounding manner. And while many of the songs sound upbeat with lyrics seemingly inspired by parties, sex and drugs, they actually hint at undertones of sadness. “Most of the things that I write about come from living in life and people,” Kelley says. “I definitely hope that the songs that I write will link with someone else and make them feel the same way I do when I’m writing. That’s always a goal with the songs.” Between the catchy and sometimes shocking lyrics and the danceable R&B-meets-synth-pop sounds, the members of Cherub are able to do exactly what they love. “We make (our music) first and foremost because it’s what we enjoy and it’s what inspires us,” Kelley says. “And the fact that other people dig it—that’s just cool. We play it every single night, so if we don’t dig it, then we’d end up going crazy. It makes us very excited to make it, and hopefully it does the same for the people who listen to it. And so far, it’s been good.” Cherub performs at 9 p.m. April 23 at Hal & Mal’s (200 S. Commerce St., 601-948-0888). Los Angeles-based electropop band Carousel and hip-hop artist ProbCause also perform. Doors open at 8 p.m., and admission is $12 in advance and $15 at the door. Those under 21 pay a $3 surcharge. For tickets, visit ardenland.net, and for music, visit cherublamusica.com.


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Pharaoh Sanders Quartet at the Village Vanguard in 1982. In 1991, Coleman helped launch her recording career. Another New York connection—theater director Woodie King Jr.—also paid off later in Rubin’s career. In 2009, King cast her in Reenie Upchurch’s one-woman play called “Yesterdays: An Evening with Billie Holiday.” Rubin’s portrayal of Holiday earned her a nomination for the 2011 Kevin Kline Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Musical. “I enjoy the role because the play is about a woman singer in the jazz idiom,” Rubin says. “It tells Billie’s story, which is warm, loving, humorous and tragic. Her story takes place in a very different time in America—she broke a lot of ground for the singers that came after her.” When she’s not depicting Lady Day or on tour with the likes of Herbie Hancock, Rubin returns to Ohio to spend quality time with her family. On occasion, she still records music or substitute teaches. She released her most recent album, “Full Circle,” in late 2013. Rubin paired up with saxophonist Don Braden for it, and the result is a charmed concoction of great songs that tease the heart and please the Jazz vocalist and composer Vanessa Rubin performs ear. The duet album-conversaApril 19 at Yellow Scarf for its second birthday tion includes Rubin’s take on celebration, called “Wine,Women & Wisdom.” Billie Holiday’s “Lover Man,” a clever blues number called “Love moved to New York City in her mid-20s Makes the Changes” from the film, “5 after leaving her hometown of Cleveland. Days in June,” and a stellar rendition of With a bachelor’s degree in journalism the “Willy Wonka and the Chocolate from Ohio State University and a deter- Factory” iconic song, “Pure Imagination,” mination to become a professional jazz with Braden playing flute. artist, Rubin immersed herself in the city’s “Don is a brilliant cat, very smart, very music scene and started making connec- intelligent, and he’s not bad to look at eitions. To pay the bills, she taught English ther,” Rubin says with a laugh. “He’s a terrifin the New York public-school system. ic player and an accomplished individual.” “I taught (for) a lot of years. I did it “Wine, Women & Wisdom” is April to keep a roof over my head and food in 17-19, the two-year anniversary celmy stomach,” Rubin says. ebration at Yellow Scarf (741 Harris St., “Education allowed me to work un- 347-754-0668). Performances include til I could transition over into music.” Tawanna Shaunte at 8 p.m. April 17; The early connections Rubin made Rhonda Richmond at 9 p.m. April 18; in New York paid off. Under the guid- and Vanessa Rubin with pianist Helen ance and leadership of Barry Harris and Sung at 9 p.m. April 19. Weekend tickets Frank Foster at the Jazz Cultural Theater, are $50 in advance and $60 at the door. she gained the acknowledgment of estab- Thursday admission is $10 in advance lished musicians such as Grammy Award- and $15 at the door. Friday admission winning free-jazz saxophonist Pharaoh is $15 in advance and $20 at the door. Sanders, and composer and saxophonist Saturday admission is $25 in advance and Steve Coleman. One of her first perfor- $30 at the door. For tickets, call 866-590mances in New York City was with the 4647 or visit yellowscarf-jackson.net.

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know how to say.â&#x20AC;? Album personnel includes his brother Josh Stricklin, Cody Carpenter, Erin Raber and Bryson Hatfield. With acoustic folk influences such as Ryan Adams, The National and Stricklinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s idol, Josh Ritter, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Our Very Own Kingdomâ&#x20AC;? gives the listener an adventure with constant changes in tempo and tone, as well as an entertaining lyrical. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The first track on the album is called â&#x20AC;&#x153;Two Animals,â&#x20AC;? so I thought it would make it weird but still cool to do that. It really turned out to be a cool idea. A lot of artists would talk themselves out of something like that, but I decided that itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s OK to be weird.â&#x20AC;? Stricklin and his band like to be known for their constant touring and tireless work schedule. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We may not be the best, but people know how hard we work,â&#x20AC;? Stricklin says. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We always are coming up with ideas to make it more fun and interesting.â&#x20AC;? Oh, Jeremiah is getting ready to hit the road with another tour stopping in St. Louis, Minneapolis, Nashville, Chicago and New York. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I love Mississippi, but I like to take Mississippi music all over the placeâ&#x20AC;? Stricklin says. In addition to the national tour, he is hosting the release party for â&#x20AC;&#x153;Our Very Own Kingdomâ&#x20AC;? at the Thirsty Hippo in Hattiesburg May 2. Oh, Jeremiah performs at 8:30 p.m. April 17 at The Iron Horse Grill (320 W. Pearl St., 601-398-0151). â&#x20AC;&#x153;Our Very Own Kingdomâ&#x20AC;? will be available April 29 on iTunes and Amazon. Visit ohjeremiahmusic. com, and find Oh, Jeremiah on Facebook.


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THURSDAY, APRIL 17 Documentary (7-9 p.m., ESPN): The award-winning “30 for 30” series presents “Bad Boys,” a look at the 1980s-1990s Detroit Pistons, featuring Dennis Rodman, Isiah Thomas and Bill Laimbeer. FRIDAY, APRIL 18 NHL (6:30-11:30 p.m., NBCSN): A NHL Playoff double header sees the Boston Bruins and Detroit Red Wings play game one of their series followed by game two between the Dallas Stars and the Anaheim Ducks. SATURDAY, APRIL 19 NBA (4:30 p.m.-12:30 a.m., ESPN): The matchups were not set as of press time, but the NBA Playoffs begin with triple header. SUNDAY, APRIL 20 MLB (6-9 p.m., ESPN): The Boston Red Sox host the Baltimore Orioles in a battle of American League East teams at the bottom of the division.

MONDAY, APRIL 21 Marathon (7:30-noon, USN), Watch the 2014 Boston Marathon on the Universal Sports Network online as the race comes back from tragedy last year.

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TUESDAY, APRIL 22 Documentary (6-8 p.m., ESPN): “30 for 30” turns its attention to soccer with two documentaries: “Maradona ‘86” and “The Opposition.”

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WEDNESDAY, APRIL 23 NHL (6-11 p.m., NBCSN): Catch a double header of potentially seriesclinching games between the Pittsburgh Penguins at Columbus Blue Jackets, followed by the St. Louis Blues at the Chicago Blackhawks. We are less than 60 days until the 2014 World Cup from Brazil. Make sure you clear your calendar from June 12 to July 13 to watch all the action. Follow Bryan Flynn at jfpsports.com, @jfpsports and at facebook.com/jfpsports.

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ver the weekend, Missouri star receiver Dorial Green-Beckham was kicked off the Tigers football team. Green-Beckham was accused of breaking into an 18-yearold Missouri student’s apartment while looking for his girlfriend and of pushing the young woman down a flight of stairs. This is not Green-Beckham’s first run-in with the law. He was arrested in January with two other men when police found a pound of marijuana in the car. Before that, he was charged with marijuana possession in October 2012. On the surface, it doesn’t look like major news that a college athlete was kicked off the team for breaking the law. But a look closer shows the need for a frank discussion about Missouri football. The Kansas City Star reports that Green-Beckham’s girlfriend allegedly sent 16 text messages to the break-in victim. Those text messages should be major concerns to the Missouri administration. In the police report, Green-Beckham’s girlfriend was quoted in text messages saying the football player “drug me out by my neck and hurt me” and “I’m not sticking up for him but football is really all he has going for him and pressing charges

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would ruin it for him completely. …” I wonder how much Missouri coaches knew what was going on with GreenBeckham and his girlfriend. The text information alludes this kind of domestic violence is not a one-time incident. Another text exchange makes you wonder even more. Green-Beckham’s girlfriend wrote to the victim, “You can do and say whatever you want about this. We just need to move quickly on this before he’s arrested and before his warrant is made public. He will be kicked out of Mizzou and (then) not qualify for the draft next year. The coaches talked to me and explained … how serious this is and there’s no time to waste at this point.” Missouri coaches deny speaking to the girlfriend, and she now says she was just relaying information that the coaches told Green-Beckham. It seems like Tigers coaches are trying to cover up or, at least, do major spin control of this event. The victim declined to press charges, saying she was afraid of retaliation against her and potential backlash for bringing charges against a star football player. If this is how female victims at the University of Missouri feel, the culture needs to change.

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