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hen, at about 3 years old, Mia Whitehead first began tagging along with her mother while she was teaching dance, she never imagined that she would one day share the same passion and fate. Today, Whitehead, 28, is a dance instructor at Jackson Public Schools’ CityDance program. “My mom danced growing up, and she became a dance teacher,” Whitehead says. “She would sometimes have me with her, and she said she would see me moving around and thought maybe it would be good to put me in some classes. That’s how it all got started.” Whitehead grew up in Jackson and attended New Hope Christian School until the first grade when she was homeschooled, which allowed her more opportunity to be in the dance studio. Around age 6, Whitehead began taking formal training at Ballet Magnificat!, a professional Christian ballet company in Jackson. She also began taking ballet and dance more seriously by focusing on her specific technique. The dedication that Whitehead put into dancing eventually led her to dance for Ballet San Antonio, a company in Texas, from 2007 to 2010. Now, Whitehead is teaching young students to transform their “moving around” into an art form, just as she did when she was a young dancer. CityDance, hosted by the USA International Ballet Competition, is a ballet program for Jackson Public Schools


students between ages 7 and 12 years old. Participants receive free weekly dance training as well as free dancewear, provided by sponsors such as Jazzy Dancer. Due to limited resources, students must pass an audition process that usually takes place in September in order to participate in the program. Whitehead says she has found fulfillment working with CityDance over the last four years, even during the more challenging times. One of her favorite memories is from the first year of the program, when she was dealing with many petulant children whose parents pushed them into the program. “I remember butting heads with certain students … but at the end of their performance that year, I came out and spoke,” Whitehead says. “I remember, afterward, all of the kids getting up and running over to me, hugging me and telling me, ‘Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!’ That was just a moment that I will always remember because it’s the main students I butted heads with that come up now and thank me for what I did and give me a hug. So you never really know how you’re impacting them.” Whitehead alternates her time between CityDance and Belhaven University, where she also teaches the art form, staying busy doing what she loves most: watching her students progress and develop into beautiful dancers. —Haley Ferretti

Cover illustration by Ingrid Cruz

11 Lumumba on Jackson Rising Chokwe A. Lumumba blasts the city for yanking support to the Jackson Rising conference.

27 Mother’s Day Eats

With Mother’s Day approaching swiftly, check out some local restaurants who want to give mothers a very special day out.

37 Fishes in the Sea

Though known for his depictions of life in Jackson, one of Tony Davenport’s most recent ventures was illustrating for “The Adventures of Samuel Finn” by Shaydrienne N. Calvin.

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by Amber Helsel, Assistant Editor

No Matter What Happens


hroughout my life, I’ve had my fair share of heartbreak and heartache. I’ve had best friends come and go over the years, some just because we got older and others because of some conflict or other. My mom has said my whole life that I should stop putting so much trust in friends because, at the end of the day, my family would be there no matter what. I rolled my eyes every time she said this, especially when it followed with, “so you should be nicer to your sister.” She just didn’t understand. These were my best friends. They wouldn’t leave. For a long time, it didn’t seem like they would. Just like relationships, I think I had this picture-perfect image in my head of having a BFFL—best friend for life. I would find someone, and we would just be friends forever, and she would be in my bridal party, and I would tell her everything. And when I first began watching “Gilmore Girls,” I had this idea in my head that my mom could be my best friend. But she told me over and over that until I was living on my own for good, we couldn’t be friends. She didn’t want me to see her as anything but my mother, and for a while, I was actually quite offended that she didn’t want to be my friend—it took a while for me to become emotionally mature and understand why. I ignored most of what she said and continued my search for the perfect best friend. The lesson finally dawned on me during my first year at Ole Miss, when I lived in the dorms, alone and lonely. My friends had all but deserted me, and though I missed him dearly, I just couldn’t see my boyfriend, Jon, as much as I wanted. I called my mom daily, sometimes crying, to tell her about how awful everything

was. I missed her so much, and more than anything, I wanted to come home. That was when I knew that no matter what happened to me, I could always count on her. It took a long time to finally get it through my head that my mother was only trying to help me and not hurt me. My relationship with her isn’t perfect— we’re at odds about most things, including fashion, music and food, and we argue frequently. I still complain that she doesn’t

I am grateful she raised me the way she did—strict but flexible. understand me. She still calls me by my dad’s name if I’m being stubborn about something or not listening. Most of the time, I find it amusing. She also thinks I make a lot of excuses—which I do— for why I can’t do something or why something isn’t happening. I still forget sometimes how much she’s done for me over the years—listened to my teenage angst problems, consoled me when I needed it, and gave me tough love when I needed and deserved that more. She held me accountable for my ac-

tions, both negative and positive. She let me fall when it was the only way for me to learn a valuable lesson. I like to think that she’s the numberone reason I’m not out on the streets right now, the one reason I pushed through school and life no matter how many times I wanted to give up. She was sometimes a pretty harsh mother, and though my sister or brother aren’t scared of her, I am. I always have been. It’s not that she deliberately scared me into doing right. I just respected and knew her enough to know when not to do something stupid. It’s basically the same kind of respect that you might have for God or tornadoes—both beautiful and awe-inspiring, but dangerous to mess with. As is my mom. That’s not to say I didn’t push the envelope a little bit—I’ve had my fair share of groundings. But had I not pushed back a little, I don’t think I’d be the same person. It’s that push and pull that has strained our relationship occasionally, but also gave us a greater understanding of each other. I don’t think I’ve ever told her how grateful I am that she raised me the way she did—strict but flexible. She taught me right from wrong and punished me when I deserved it. At a younger age than normal, she lifted my curfew and let me venture out into the world, confident that she had raised me to know when to not do something. She gave me the independence I needed and desired, and I am forever grateful that she took me seriously enough to do that. She still thinks I’m a weird person. I do things that are not normal to her, like listen to alternative bands and read books like “Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy.” Chances are, she won’t ever understand

me completely. To do that, she’d have to understand an entirely new generation of people, and I don’t fault her for not wanting to do that. I wouldn’t, either. The world isn’t the same as it was in the ’80s. But part of the independence she gave me allowed me to branch out in different directions, discover new things. She never faulted me for that, even if we oftentimes don’t agree on things. I’m now getting older and starting the slow journey toward full-on adulthood. Hopefully, in the next year, she’ll be there when I find my wedding dress and finally leave home. She’ll most likely not agree with my choice of dress or house, but she’ll tear up any way because her oldest—and weirdest—child is now entering adulthood for real. She’ll cheer when I get my own health insurance and find my first house. She’ll hate the fact that I want a cat. And we’ll disagree on whether I should get one. She also might remind me of how I probably not would be a very good pet owner. But no matter what we argue about, I will always take her advice to heart because, as she says, she’s always right, though I still might think whatever she proposes or says sounds outdated or crazy. I don’t have many friends anymore. Over the years, we’ve all grown apart, and for the most part, I don’t want a best friend anymore. I don’t need one. This lesson may have been a long time coming, but I now understand that no matter how crazy I get, no matter what strange things I do, and no matter what happens to me, I will always have my mom and my family. I couldn’t ever ask for more than that. Amber Helsel was recently promoted to assistant editor of the Jackson Free Press. Email her at

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Ariel Terrell

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City Reporter Haley Ferretti is a 2013 graduate of Delta State University. She enjoys traveling, listening to The Strokes and raiding refrigerators. Email her at haley@jacksonfreepress. com. She wrote the Jacksonian for this issue.

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

Ingrid Cruz was born in El Salvador, raised in California and moved to Mississippi in 2010. She is temporarily in Buenos Aires, Argentina. She contributed to the Mother’s Day package and created the cover illustration for this issue.

Zack Orsborn, a junior at Mississippi State University, hails from the tiny town of Amory, Miss. A budding journalist and designer, Zack likes to explore topics such as LGBT rights, race relations and politics. He contributed to the cover package.

Carmen Cristo is a senior at Mississippi State University and writes for the Starkville Free Press. She likes Food Network, ’90s music and her husband. She contributed to the cover package.

Mississippi State student Ariel Terrell is an Arizona native who has lived in Mississippi for over 10 years. She is a student journalist and videographer for the Starkville Free Press. She contributed to the cover package.

Micah Smith studied English and journalism at Mississippi College. When not writing reviews or his music column, he performs with the local band Sun Ballet. He wrote a music story. He is also the new assistant to the editor of the JFP.

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

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“There’s a paralysis if that’s the only argument that’s allowed to exist.” — Ravi Gupta, charter-school founder, on poverty as a primary barrier to academic success.

Thursday, May 1 Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu says that he plans to promote legislation that will enshrine the country’s status as the nation-state of the Jewish people. … Russian President Vladimir Putin says that Ukraine should withdraw its military from the eastern and southern regions of the country where anti-government insurgents are seizing buildings. Friday, May 2 President Barack Obama and German Chancellor Angela Merkel mount a display of trans-Atlantic unity against Russia in a joint news conference at the White House. Saturday, May 3 U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry says that the U.S. is ready to help increase its ties with Africa, but nations across the continent need to take stronger steps to ensure security and democracy for its people. Sunday, May 4 A passenger train derails in western India, killing at least 19 people and injuring more than 100.

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Monday, May 5 Nigerian Islamic extremist leader Abubakar Shekau claims responsibility for the April 15 mass abduction of hundreds of teenage schoolgirls from a school in the country’s northeast and threatens to sell them into slavery. … In a meeting with the U.N. Convention Against Torture in Geneva, the Vatican seeks to limit its responsibility for global priest sex abuse scandal by undercutting arguments it has violated an international treaty against torture and inhuman treatment.


Tuesday, May 6 Ukrainian troops tighten security around a major insurgent-held eastern city a day after 30 pro-Russia insurgents and four government troops were killed in operations to expunge anti-government forces around Slovyansk. Breaking news at

Who Will Take Ward 6? by Haley Ferretti


ach of Jackson’s seven wards is important, but there’s something special about Ward 6. Located wholly on the city’s gritty south side, the ward has had representation in each of the last three mayoral races. Mayor Tony Yarber, sworn in April 24, is the most recent and most successful of them. Now, with the city council setting a June 17 special election for Yarber’s replacement, a strong field of candidates—many of whom have run campaigns in the past—is starting to emerge. Among them is Tyrone Hendrix, a longtime political operative who helped manage Jonathan Lee’s campaign in 2013 and Regina Quinn’s in 2014. “I’m considering it,” Hendrix confirmed to the Jackson Free Press last week. Hendrix is currently the managing director at Hendrix & Dometz Organizational Solutions, LLC. In this position he has worked with many campaigns for election, including serving as a consultant for Regina Quinn’s campaign for mayor in this year’s special election. Before working for Lee last year, Hendrix was deputy campaign manager for Hattiesburg Mayor Johnny DuPree during his campaign for governor in 2011. In addition, Hendrix worked for Organizing for America, a grassroots advocacy group affiliated with the National Democratic Committee. During the 2009 Jackson mayor’s race, Hendrix worked on the campaigns for state Sen. John Horhn

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Wednesday, April 30 Hundreds of thousands of troops and police fan out to protect the first nationwide balloting in Iraq since the 2011 American pullout. … U.S. Senate Republicans derail a Democratic drive to raise the federal minimum wage from $7.25 to $10.10 over 30 months.

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Marcia Weaver, a former councilwoman from Ward 6, is looking for an out-of-the-box thinker who knows the area well to replace Mayor Tony Yarber on the council.

in the Democratic primary and Harvey Johnson in the runoff and general election. In 2008, Hendrix worked on Barack Obama’s first presidential campaign. Robert Amos, who ran in the 2013 Democratic primary for Jackson mayor in 2013, is also considering making a grab for the seat. “I’m weighing it pretty heavily,” Amos told the JFP over the phone. “I’m more on the run side than not running.” Amos, who is a Jackson native, ran for mayor of Jackson in 2009 and for the Hinds County Board of Supervisors in 2011. He is the owner of Central Mis-

sissippi Pharmacy Technician School, which provides certification for pharmacy technicians and medical and dental assistants. Amos once owned a company that specializes in background checks, as well as a carpeting and flooring company. He also worked as a school-attendance officer, a student-finance officer and an adjunct professor at Jackson State University. Beverly Wallace, a municipal elections commissioner representing Ward 6, also confirmed to the JFP this week that she would run for the seat. Multiple independent sources have said Dennis

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— Excell Butler, a JATRAN operator since 1967, on his early days of driving a bus in Jackson. ing job development. She also stressed that the public needs to be educated on the subject so that they have a better understanding of why recycling is such an important need that will benefit the area. “I would suggest that the new councilmember and full council give serious consideration to lessening the need for a landfill in its usual capacity and recycling much more and that means some education to help people understand that need,” Weaver said. Although Ward 6 has been known for its higher crime rates, averaging up to 50 house burglaries in Precinct 1 just three years ago, the area has had a significant reduction in crime according to COMSTAT reports, dropping almost 20 percent just in the last year. Weaver says that she is pleased with the trending improvement of crime, saying that the police have increased visibility throughout the city as a whole. “I think that’s actually one of our better departments at this time,” said Weaver. Yarber has not indicated whether he would replace JPD Chief Lindsey Horton with another appointee. Weaver also spoke highly of Yarber, saying that she has been happy with his representation of her ward over the years. However, she hopes that Yarber understands that appointments for the city should be qualified professionals and not simply friends of the new mayor. “It is most important not to simply put friends in any place of direction for our departments. … He’s represented me for six years, and I have been pleased with his representation, and I trust that he will get the people who are really qualified to do the job.” Comment Email Haley Ferretti at

— Elena Kagan, U.S. Supreme Court justice, in her dissent of a ruling that upheld the practice of praying before town meetings.

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hokwe A. Lumumba, the son of Jackson’s late mayor and the second-place finisher in the recent mayor’s race, said he’s disappointed the city pulled its support for the Jackson Rising conference, a key component of his father’s economic agenda. On Feb. 27, the Jackson City CounTrip Burns

Sweet IV—an attorney specializing in civil litigation, civil rights, personal injury, medical malpractice, premises liability and criminal defense—is throwing his hat into the ring. Sweet did not return calls to his office. The successful candidate could meet unique challenges. Yarber himself has described the ward as overwhelmingly residential and, therefore, lacking the commercial-development opportunities that exist in other wards. Marcia Weaver, who represented Ward 6 from 1985 to 1997, said the ward needs someone who is knowledgeable of the area’s needs and has the leadership to steer funding to the ward’s highest priorities, especially infrastructure issues. “I think the new councilmember must really study the needs of the ward and be ready to act as soon as they get elected because there are so many needs and it will be important to direct the funds very specifically to solve those needs,” she told the Jackson Free Press. Throughout the special mayoral runoff election between Yarber and Chokwe Antar Lumumba, several Ward 6 residents voiced their concerns about the area’s infrastructure issues. During one of Lumumba’s door-to-door campaigns through a Ward 6 neighborhood, several residents were divided, with some expressing satisfaction with the previous councilman’s attention to infrastructure, and others expressing disappointment. In addition to the well-known infrastructure needs, Weaver says that the area needs to greatly expand recycling of garbage. Some residents currently send their garbage to landfills that sometime leech out, causing other problems down the road. She said recycling can be beneficial to the area in a variety of ways, includ-

“(O)ur public institutions belong no less to the Buddhist or Hindu than to the Methodist or Episcopalian.”

Chokwe A. Lumumba is disappointed in the city’s response to the recent Jackson Rising conference, which his father promoted.

cil unanimously approved a resolution to support Jackson Rising, which promoted worker-owned cooperative business, the planning for which began soon after Lumumba came into office last summer. City Hall spokeswoman Pam Confer said last week that although the council did approve a resolution to support the conference, it “did not designate funds or resources to the event” and that “requests for financial or in-kind resources must be approved by the city council.” “If we’re pledging support, it has to go beyond the ceremonial—especially a conference created for the purposes of developing Jackson,” Lumumba said the Tuesday after the conference.

Session topics including starting a cooperative, worker’s rights, land trusts, economic justice, urban farming, and waste management and recycling. Almost 1,000 participants traveled from all over the country and from Switzerland, Zimbabwe, Venezuela and South Africa. Ward 4 Councilman De’Keither Stamps attended the conference. Stamps later said that the Rainbow Co-op is good example of how cooperatives could be duplicated in the city’s “food deserts,” and provide economic development. “There’s a possibility to fill an unmet need,” he said. It’s unclear whether other high-profile city officials attended, nor were any city officials listed on the programs as speakers. In addition, Jackson attendance was low; before the conference and during the campaign, some Lumumba foes criticized the $25 registration fee as a barrier for working-class citizens. Lumumba said organizers stressed all along that despite the registration cost that no person who wanted to participate would be turned away and that no one was turned away during the conference. He also acknowledged that his campaign for mayor consumed a lot of energy that otherwise would have gone into community outreach for Jackson Rising. Despite his disappointment with the city’s lack of participation with the conference, Lumumba said he remains open to working with the city and mending fences with city officials. “I think we have some work to do. I’m confident that, ultimately, we’ll build a better Jackson,” Lumumba said.

“Downtown was busy at the time. Things were booming (downtown) at the time. You didn’t have all these shopping centers.”


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Miss. Politics: Where the Sun Don’t Shine by R.L. Nave


out of limiting total spending to $405,000. By contrast, candidates who agree to keep their expenditures to less than $405,000 may collect donations of $700 from private persons and $1,400 from PACs. The New York City Campaign Finance Board was created in 1988 after several political corruption scandals. A

Mississippi does a poor job regulating political financing and granting access to government information compared to other states, particularly in municipal elections such as the recent Jackson mayor’s contest.

nonpartisan, independent agency, the board provides matching public funds to candidates who adhere to strict contribution and spending limits and a full audit of campaign finances. Who’s in charge of minding the store in Mississippi’s local elections remains a huge question mark. The State Integrity Investigation, a project of several government transparency and accountability organizations that collect data from stategovernment beat reporters, recently gave Mississippi high marks for having the sixth lowest corruption risk in the nation.

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omparatively speaking, Mississippi does a poor job regulating political spending and granting access to government, national watchdog groups say. These deficiencies came into sharp focus during the Jackson mayor’s race when several of the candidates who ran for mayor, including incumbent city council members, failed to file statements of economic interest or disclose certain expenditures. In addition, shadowy political-action committees formed and gave money to unregistered consulting businesses and failed to submit required disclosure information. “There’s a lot of variation at the municipal and county level,” said Emily Shaw, national policy manager at the Washington D.C.-based Sunlight Foundation, of campaign-finance regulation. Shaw said states that require electronic filing and Web posting of campaign-related documents tend to be more transparent than those that do not have those requirements. Minnesota, for example, recently passed a law requiring municipalities to post campaign-finance reports online, making it one of the strongest state municipal campaign-finance laws in the nation. Many larger cities have implemented stringent campaign-finance laws as well. In California, the city of Oakland now requires candidates to electronically file disclosure information. Oakland is also one of the few cities that place limits on political contributions, which the city council may update periodically to reflect cost-of-living increases, thanks to a 1999 city ordinance. There, municipal candidates for mayor are allowed to take in a maximum of $100 from individuals and $400 from “broad-based” PACs if the candidate opts

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paigns and the ease with which citizens can see what their government is up to. The State Integrity Investigation gave Mississippi a D+ on public access to information and an F for political finance laws. Mississippi did especially poorly on granting public access to information, thanks to the state’s weak Public Records Act, which makes many public documents available, but has allowed agencies to charge exorbitant fees for producing the information. In the event an agency denies a request, the requester can either appeal to

the state Ethics Commission for a nonbinding appeal or take it to court. With respect to political financing, Mississippi has no limits on spending in state elections although reporting of expenditures over $200 is required. Laws around municipal elections are murkier. The Mississippi secretary of state, as the chief elections official in the state, oversees that polling locations meet disability access requirements and, soon, that voter ID is being enforced. However, the secretary of state does not have jurisdiction over municipal elections in Mississippi, leaving the job of enforcing the laws up to individual municipal clerks. Gene Everitt, with the League of Women Voters of Mississippi, which advocates for campaign-finance reform said her organization “believes that the methods of financing political campaigns should ensure the public’s right to know, combat corruption and undue influence, enable candidates to compete more equitably for public office and allow maximum citizen participation in the political process.” “This position is applicable to all federal campaigns for public office—presidential and congressional primaries as well as general elections. It also may be applied to state and local campaigns,” Everitt told the Jackson Free Press. As for the need for stronger campaign-finance regulations, Everitt cites Elisabeth MacNamara, president of the U.S. League of Women Voters: “In the end, the only reliable response to a flood of money in our elections is a flood of voters at the polls, each voter armed with the kind of reliable, unbiased information that the League provides.” Comment at Email R.L. Nave at

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wood Dolphins Facebook page, community members began to contribute to the cause. Friends even set up a fundraising committee that attended other local community meetings to gather more support. “The amazing thing was that it wasn’t just a few people contributing,” Eide said. There were about 86 people that contributed over a period of maybe 30 days it really was amazing—people just came out of the woodworks and contributed.” Morgan says Friends not only met its quota but also ended up going a little over. However, she says their effort will not stop there, and Friends will continue in their fundraising efforts. Friends has set up a Briarwood Dolphins bank account to manage funding, and more repairs will be fixed as more money becomes available. Since the group secured the funds, Friends has hosted community cleanups, which included repainting bathrooms and yard work, to help beautify the area around the pool. Plumbing repairs have also gone into effect, including the replacement of sinks and pipes. Registration for the team will continue throughout May, with competitions beginning in June. The pool itself will be open throughout the summer, beginning May 26 until September 1. With everything on schedule with the pool’s repairs, Morgan said a lot of relief came from being able to tell the kids that the team would be able to begin practicing and competing again. “We had this time period before where we were really uncertain about the pool … and it was really nice being able to tell them that the pool was going to open, and we were going to have a swim team,” Morgan said. “They were very excited—it’s their summer home.” Comment at Email Haley Ferretti at


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he story of the Briarwood Dolphins swim team is truly one of hope and diligence. Over the last few months, both parents of the team and community members, Friends of Briarwood Pool, have pulled together to raise money for the pool. They want to ensure that the team has a place to practice and compete and that the YMCA can continue to being a source for youth development and community nourishment. The pool, located in northeast Jackson, has been a staple within the community for decades and when it became in danger of closing late last year due to a lack of funding—$43,000 for plumbing repairs—the community fought to keep the doors open. Jill Morgan is the self-proclaimed “swim-mom” of her two children, Veke and Anabel, who participate on the team. Upon finding out the pool would be closed, Morgan, a business transformation analyst at Entergy and the chair of the swim team committee, began communicating with other parents and community members for help raising funds for the pool’s repairs. “Everything started kicking off in January,” Morgan said. “We formed Friends of Briarwood Pool… and community involvement has just been great.” Morgan and other members helped facilitate community meetings with the YMCA board. It was agreed at a meeting in late March that Friends of Briarwood Pool would help raise the money for the repairs in exchange for keeping the doors open to members and the swim team’s continued use of the pool for practices and competitions. Phil Eide, a parent who contributed to Friends’ efforts, set up an account with Indiegogo, an international crowd-funding website where anyone can raise money for a variety of campaigns, to raise $15,000. That sum would pay for enough repairs to keep Briarwood pool open for the summer. Through word of mouth and the Briar-


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n May 8, Mississippi’s Charter School Authorizer Board will play the role of a university dissertation committee as groups hoping to start the state’s first charter schools “defend” their applications. The 10-member authorizing board has poured over three proposals from around the state, including a 288-page application from Reimagine Prep, an affiliate of Nashville-based RePublic Charter Schools. Reimagine, a nonprofit, would operate grades 5 through 8 and is eyeing property in south Jackson that New Horizons Church International owns. Other proposed Mississippi schools include Phoenix Early College Charter School, in the Natchez-Adams School District, for grades 9 to 12 and Inspire Charter School STEM & ARTS Scholars Academy in Columbus. Starting this week, the authorizing board will press principals of these organizations about the school’s mission and academic philosophy, curriculum and extracurricular activities, its culture, how it

Ravi Gupta, a former Obama for America staffer and speechwriter for U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice, hopes to start the first charter school in Jackson in 2015.

will hire teachers and key personnel. Other questions will center around perhaps the most confounding element of charter schools—how the schools make and spend money. “We want to create partnerships with

the community to create strong schools,” Ravi Gupta, RePublic’s founder and executive director, told a gathering at Koinonia Coffee House recently. But the relationship between charter and public schools can be tense. The

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schools compete for students (charter schools use raffles, which Gupta said a respected local accounting firm will oversee for Reimagine) and, therefore, the perpupil expenses that come from local, state and federal tax dollars. And when a child leaves a traditional public school and goes to a charter school, the money follows the child to the new school. Information from the Mississippi Department of Education shows that Reimagine would open its school with $400,000 in private seed funding for the 2015-2016 school year; it would draw another $275,000 in private money in the first and second years of operation. After five years, Reimagine projects school’s revenues will grow tenfold to $4.4 million. At the same time, the school’s fund balance—revenues minus expenditures—will go from $20,597 the first year to $656,279. A Staten Island, N.Y., native, Gupta told the Jackson Free Press the revenue growth will result from scaling up the school, which plans to start with 5th grade

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Year 0

Year 1

Year 2

Year 3

Year 4

Year 5

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Per Pupil Revenue







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0 $216,330 $406,846 $586,028 $784,690 $803,181

Grant Funds







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Private Funds


Total Revenue

$400,000 $1,220,159 $2,197,055 $3,163,731 $4,292,429 $4,380,875 Source: REIMAGINE PREP

and add one grade per year until grade 8. “In the beginning, we’re hemorrhaging (money) because we have one principal with one grade, one director of operations with one grade. Over time, you end up catching up with the size of the institution and that’s where the fund balance gets better,� Gupta said. Gupta, who is listed as Nashville Prep’s executive director and draws a salary of $39,716, according to the school’s IRS tax forms, said RePublic’s schools try to keep fund balances low. If the fund balance exceeds more than two months of cash the schools need to operate, Gupta said it can go into reserves, facilities maintenance, hiring staff or into a rainy day fund, “which in a state like Mississippi is not a bad idea based on the fluctuation that could happen given the MAEP (Mississippi Adequate Education Program) discussion.� MAEP, the roadmap for the minimum funding schools need from the state and that makes up approximately 50 percent of public schools’ funding, has only been funded twice since 1997 and is currently about $1.2 billion in the red. JPS alone is expected to experience MAEP underfunding of $17.2 million during the 2013-2014 school year, which follows underfunding of around $15 million each of the previous three years. In that time period, JPS was forced to eliminate 90 positions, 50 of which were teachers. Joyce Helmick, president of the Mississippi Association of Educators, said her group is not opposed to high-quality charter schools. (She has not evaluated the pending Mississippi applications). “We have a problem with our public money leaving our public schools and going to charter schools. Every penny that leaves (public schools), creates a bigger gap,� Helmick said. Reimagine’s $4.4 million in revenues five years from now represents just

2 percent of JPS’s current year’s budget of $199 million, but public-school boosters say any money that goes to charter schools would make it more difficult for JPS to pay its bills, particularly fixed costs, such as utilities and maintenance, that have to be paid regardless of how many kids show up for school. “Schools still have to operate a building whether there are 200 kids or 150. When you remove those funds, it makes it more difficult to do that,� Helmick said. Gupta acknowledged that such arguments had merit, especially in the context of the “deep distrust� that resulted from the passage of Mississippi’s charter-school law, which came after years of legislative trial and failure, in 2013. Supporters argue that charter schools are an additional tool to help schoolchildren get out of failing schools when they cannot afford private-school education. Still others contend that the competition charter schools pose would force low-performing public schools to improve to keep students. (Gupta stressed that he is not an “zealot� of the competition argument.) Public-school advocates say they might be more welcoming of charter schools if the Legislature committed to fully funding MAEP as zealously as lawmakers pushed charter schools for all those years. Helmick is hopeful that as a statewide election year, 2015 could be MAEP’s first shot in a long time (the only other times the formula received full funding were also election years). “We’re hoping lawmakers see that cutting funds is hurting our communities. It’s hurting our schools, our communities and it’s hurting our state as a whole,� Helmick said. Comment at Email at R.L. Nave


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iss Doodle Mae: “When the going gets tough, storms are rough and tolerance tested, a good leader will use experience, wit and understanding to calm those who are distressed. After hearing the news about a racist rant from Donald Sterling, owner of the Los Angeles Clippers basketball team, Jojo called for an emergency meeting with the Jojo Discount Dollar Store staff. He also addressed a recent racial conflict between two senior citizens in isle 5.” Jojo: “When it rains, it pours. Immediately after getting the news about Donald Sterling’s sounding off about his mixed-race mistress socializing with black people, a store clerk heard an old white woman say to an old black woman: ‘Had I known this was one of those ‘N-word’ stores, I would have gone someplace else.’ “Suddenly, two elderly women shouted to each other the lyrics from an old Sly and the Family Stone song. Don’t call me n*gger, whitey. Don’t call me whitey, n*gger. “The quick acting store clerk separated the two women and cooled off the possible racial tension. “Sometimes, the best way to avoid distress is to avoid distress. Don’t start anything, won’t be anything. It is what it is: the ugly head of racism, bigotry and prejudice. “I think Sly Stone said it best: Well, I went down across the country, and I heard some voices rang. They was talkin’ softly to each other, and not a word could change a thing. “Moral of the story: just be careful out there.”

‘appropriate’ “The individual who was subject to the death penalty had committed heinous crimes, terrible crimes. And I’ve said in the past that there are certain circumstances in which a crime is so terrible that the application of the death penalty may be appropriate—mass killings, the killings of children.”

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— President Barack Obama speaking on a recent botched execution in Oklahoma that raised questions about how the death penalty is applied in the U.S.


Why it stinks: As of October 2013, there were 3,088 people on death row in the United States (48 here in Mississippi, which has the second-highest incarceration rate in the nation). A significant number of them were not convicted of mass killings or of killing children. In a lot of cases, those convictions resulted from sloppy trials, presided over by elected judges with a political motivation to throw the book at defendants whenever possible with cherry-picked juries. For evidence of that, consider the cases of Michelle Byrom and Willie Jerome Manning, two people recently scheduled to be executed in Mississippi before significant procedural problems with their convictions came to light. But Obama, a Nobel Peace Prize recipient and constitutional law expert, has been reticent about questioning the deep and wide problems that exist in the American justice system, but such a discussion is probably appropriate.

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n June 4, for the first time in modern history, Mississippi voters will be required to show a government-issued photo-identification card before submitting a ballot. Registration for that election—the Republican and Democratic primaries—ended this past Saturday. It was a long, hard-fought, but ultimately unsuccessful, battle for civil-liberties organizations, who say the laws burden poor and minority voters. But whether they (or we) like it or not, voter ID is the law of the land in Mississippi although it should be noted that’s only the case because the conservatives on the U.S. Supreme Court cleared the way with a 2013 ruling that invalidated key parts of the Voting Rights Act’s Section 5. It’s nevertheless encouraging to see so many of the most ardent voter-ID opponents now leading the push to educate the public about the law, including which forms of ID are acceptable, at churches and community meetings throughout Mississippi. As we saw with the 2012 election that gave President Barack Obama a second term in office, the presence of voter ID laws seemed to create a defiant surge in turnout in some places. That doesn’t mean that the fight should end. Even as states like Mississippi are moving forward with implementation with voter ID, a rigorous debate rightly continues about the constitutionality of such measures.

Late last month, a federal judge in Wisconsin invalidated that state’s photo-ID law, arguing that it excluded poor and minority voters who have more limited access to IDs as well as the documents needed to obtain an ID. “Virtually no voter impersonation occurs in Wisconsin, and it is exceedingly unlikely that voter impersonation will become a problem in Wisconsin in the foreseeable future,” the judge wrote in a very thorough opinion. The same could be said for Mississippi, which has a couple voter-fraud convictions in recent years, neither of which involved voter impersonation. The Wisconsin judge found that state’s voter ID violated the VRA’s Section 2, which remains intact and prohibits outright discrimination based on factors such as race. Accepting that the people least likely to have voter ID are poor and under-educated, the Wisconsin federal judge determined that poverty “is traceable to the effects of discrimination in areas such as education, employment and housing.” It is our hope that every voter who wishes to participate in the upcoming election has registered and will obtain the required photo ID. It is also our hope that should potential voting-rights violations arise, the courts move swiftly to remedy those problems. And, who knows, maybe we won’t have to endure voter ID, clearly a frivolous and political law, in Mississippi for very long.

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ost of the things that were know what to do with you. You know regular in my life changed that you wouldn’t be acting this way if as soon as my father tran- your daddy was still alive,” she told me. sitioned. The life I’d stub- Tears filled her eyes, and my head bornly grown to accept in New York City dropped in shame. “So, if you can’t folended rapidly, and I was thrown into a low the rules of this house and act like the single-parent situation that had never child that your father and I raised you to been of interest to me. All the bad things be, you can leave.” I’d ever said to my sister about being Dad- From that day forward, she had my dy’s favorite began to haunt me. respect and honor. Funny that it took this But more clearly and most impor- for me to get there, but it did. I never untantly, my mother derestimated my became a woman mother’s power I didn’t know beand strength fore. She could again. I knew no longer be the what it must nurturing, attenhave taken for tive mother she her to say that to once was. Sudme. I knew she denly, she had to loved me, and I go back to school felt that she was and get a job. In deeply hurt. But doing so, I lost she was not going my mother when to lose control of I lost my father. her house—to I felt alone, and a teenager. She I rebelled against was not going the world, against to watch me lose my mother. myself to the As a fatherstreets. At some less daughter, I point, parents began to act out have to recognize Queen’s relationship with her mother, Mary in school—almost that they’ve given Spencer, changed after she lost her father. immediately. I was their children all a bully, floating the tools, and it’s along the lines of gang activity. I was fight- then up to the child. That time for me ing in school, cursing out and threatening came that day. In a way, I became a grown teachers. I was an embarrassment to myself woman sitting on the couch in my mothand to my sister, who was there with me the er’s living room. first year. I took my mother’s need to pro- Our relationship was strained a bit vide for us as neglect. after that. I continued to make bad deci Admittedly, up to this point, I’d been sions, but she let me. When I fell down, a bit spoiled. My deplorable behavior was she picked me up and let me fall down an attempt to get attention from Mama again as many times as I needed to in or(and my siblings). der to become the woman she raised me Each time my mother had to re- to be. The best thing my mother taught turn to school with me after I’d been me was that she wasn’t perfect. She never suspended seemed to tear a hole in her. tried to be, and she proved to me that she I could tell she was lost. She had no idea didn’t have to be. She loved her children what to do with me. I was an enigma enough to trust the foundation she built to this woman who had given birth to for us. When it was time to test it, she and raised six kids before me. I was the gave us room to do so. I’m not sure if my one who challenged her. Her baby girl other siblings used as much of that rope was tugging at her heartstrings, even as as I did. But I am still thankful for it. she had to deal with losing the man she I’m not really convinced that she loved and learn to pick up the pieces of actually would have put me out of her her life. house at 15 years old. I will never know. Mama had reached the point of no re- Nevertheless, she ignited a change in me turn by the third time I’d been suspended that planted me back on the foundation for fighting. There was a mix of emotion she and my father created for me. I am in her eyes—hurt, disappointment, an- ever thankful for that very last fight beger, frustration. We were both treading an cause it gave my mother the final straw it unfamiliar territory. “I don’t understand took to save my life. That’s what mothers what’s going on with you, Funmi. I don’t do, even if it hurts.


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The #Not1More campaign is a moratorium on deportations and wants to bring attention to the 2 million deportations since January 2009.


reminds them of a deportation that separated a family. It could have happened at a checkpoint, a workplace raid, due to a negligent attorney, or a “self-deportation” because of anti-immigrant conditions. For those lucky enough to still have their family together, policies such

as Secure Communities threaten to separate many immigrant and mixed-status families. In addition, many mothers will spend their day remembering a deported child or husband. Various voters of immigrant descent are angry that President Obama has expanded policies such as Secure Communities (S-Comm). Ever since Obama began his presidency, 2 million families have been separated—to the tune of more than 1,100 deportations per day and count-

hard. But if the mother is deported, sometimes she has to take her kids. Imagine the effect this has on the children. They don’t know the language, the customs. It’s cruel.” Many mixed-status families in which one parent was deported move back to their home country with their children only to lead lives that were more difficult than they believed. Hundreds of undocumented immigrants have now organized to protest the 2 million deportations under President Obama with campaigns such as #Not1More, which calls for a moratorium on deportations, and #BringThemHome, which seeks to reunite the two million deported with their families. These grassroots attempts to organize are different from major non-profit organizing tactics, which focus only on passing a comprehensive immigration reform bill. The sixth-year anniversary of the Howard Industries raid in Laurel is coming up. “We’re never going to forget this,” Elisa says. “These things change you. People have to keep going. You can’t cry about problems like this forever. People are still afraid and have to keep working somehow. You can get used to anything, except Ingrid Cruz, Elisa R. and others attended the Southeast Immigrants Rights going hungry. The people who stayed Network conference in Raleigh, N.C., last July. here, it’s as if there was an act of God. A hurricane. What do you do? Some people left. But you’re left behind. You start over. That’s what humans do.” ing. Though many cities and states have taken action to On this Mother’s Day, that’s what 2 million families support an end to deportations by passing state and lo- are doing. As immigration reform stalls, many children cal TRUST Acts, Mississippi has remained silent over the in Mississippi are going to spend their day picking up the years. In 2008, when Howard Industries in Laurel became pieces. the site of one of the largest immigration raids in the U.S. Elisa reflected on what it means to keep going afat the time, Mississippi stayed silent. ter a loved one or close friend has been deported. “They Thanks to the #Not1More campaign by the Nation- say you can’t be a prophet in your own land,” she says. al Day Laborer Organizing Network, deportations have “We came here like a prophet. When our hands touch gotten a lot of attention in large cities. But what about the ground ... let’s just say, we do hard jobs no one exactly rural states like Mississippi? wants to do. And what I have to say to the community is: “There’s a lot to say about what the local police does don’t give up. We’ll see the victory. And it’s near.” through programs like S-Comm,” Elisa says. S-Comm So what now? If you’re lucky enough to have your works as a funnel for the Immigration and Customs En- family still together on Mother’s Day, you can honor unforcement. The program encourages local police to check documented mothers—both deported and still here—by the fingerprints of a person suspected of being undocu- demanding an end to deportations. It’s time for Missismented in the U.S., and puts them in deportation pro- sippi to take responsibility and start by supporting unceedings even if they have committed no crimes. documented mothers, and the families left behind when As for the deportation of mothers specifically, Elisa ICE tears their families apart. says, “The father is important. If a father is deported, it’s Elisa R. is a personal acquaintance of the author. china sanchez lozada

n an ordinary Monday, many mothers and fathers went to work at Howard Industries in Laurel, Miss. It was Aug. 26, 2008. The Howard Industries raid, in which a record-breaking 600 people were detained, was every undocumented immigrant’s nightmare. I spoke with Elisa R., a witness to the devastation of that raid. She has kept organizing the community in the aftermath and has assisted several families in the community who are, or have been, in deportation proceedings. She also has seen many leave Laurel out of fear. Holidays like Mother’s Day aren’t easy for those who were left behind. For many all over the U.S., Mother’s Day

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Mother’s Day 2014

Dear Mom by Christina Spann


o day goes by that I don’t think of her. I sometimes wonder how she found and continues to find the willpower, and I have for many years. Losing my father when I was 6 seemed like the end of the world to me; my mother had to be both parents. Everything happened so fast. The courage that she had to tell my brother and I that my dad had passed away took strength I can only dream of having. My mom tried really hard to maintain a sense of normalcy while everything around us was essentially at its breaking point. She kept us in the best schools, and made sure we had the latest trends and fashions. She tried to give us the whole world. I remember when I first heard the word lupus—I thought it was such a silly word. But this five-letter word would become an uphill battle. We had just settled into our new home and were attempting to piece our lives back together when this new wave hit. From middle school through college, my mom was

placed on dialysis for her failing kidneys, which happened because of her lupus. Often I would do my homework in the dialysis waiting room. She would dialyze at night and attempt to put on a this healthy persona and direct a pharmacy the next day. Sometimes the dialysis would make her sick, and she would lose her footing and become weak. But, like the Energizer bunny, she just kept going. As I graduated high school and entered college, it just seemed like dialysis was just another normal part of life. She had adjusted into somewhat of a routine. Receiving a kidney for a transplant was a possibility, but I did not see it as a something that would happen soon. When Vanderbilt University Hospital called and said that they had a kidney, I was in total shock. I remember the seven-hour drive. I had to take a Valium to calm down, but my mom remained very calm and quiet. I was so worried that the outcome wouldn’t be good, and the thought of not having her was enough to make me lose it. I remember as we got to the room after surgery, she was already awake, and had already peed—something that seemed

Christina Spann draws her strength from her mother, Dr. Shelia Spann.

so simple, but my mom had not peed in about seven years. It’s been 16 years since my dad passed away, and five years since she received her kidney. Her presence is brighter than ever. It’s hard to believe that I am looking at the same woman. I am truly thankful for my mom, because of her love and sacrifice. My mother’s love is selfless. My mom continues to teach me as I continue to grow—things like having faith in God, the value of perseverance and loving unconditionally. When I’m with her this Mother’s Day, I hope that she realizes that I celebrate and acknowledge her everyday, because her selfless love is the reason for my success today.


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s I scramble during spring to find natural remedies for my allergies, my mother, Carolyn Miller, is full of delight as her babies awaken to greet the new season. Snapdragons, dahlias and monkey grass begin to conquer her yard as the warm southern spring aids in the war against her lover’s haphazard collection of odd items and trash. Spring seems to always be my mother’s season to dominate both in her business and in life. Some may refer to her as a modern day Persephone due to how she brings forth life in a desolate garden or flowerbed. Many refer to her as the “Plant Lady” or “Caroline”; to me she is “Superwoman.” My mother had a unique way of raising her children while balancing her own lifelong goals, but it seemed that

she used the same approach to meet whatever challenge she faced as she does when she grows her flowers, both a hobby and business. The greatest challenge I have seen my mother continuously overcome is becoming the kind of mother she is today. Like how she grows her flora babies, my mother has had an interesting approach to raising my siblings and me. To begin, she has always provided the ideal environment for us to freely blossom. My mother does not use some magical soil to grow her striving plants, and my mother similarly provided us with what we needed to strive and not what we needed to become complacent. Her hands-off approach overlaps into her parenting, as my mother never controls our interests. Of course, my mother let us wander down a dead end or grow into the wrong direction.

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She habitually weeds gardens and flowerbeds, so my mother never had an issue voicing her opinion of a thorn she saw in our sides. Lastly, my mother knew that she would have to watch us leave home, and she never feared us transplanting to new places. She instead trusted her rearing and never questioned our new surroundings. Others may grow jealous when they hear their mother gloat about how her babies are growing so beautifully as she describes her plants. I instead embrace the pride she has because her green thumb seems to work for me, also. I heed mother’s advice to never become an azalea, short in blossom and demanding in upkeep. I strive to be like some of her favorite plants: roses, lavender and irises. I work to be appreciated and recognized when present, beautiful, symbolic in meaning and sweet when I pass people by.

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Consequences. If you find yourself in a situation where the child’s actions warrant a consequence, admit your fault first. Let him or her know that your reaction was wrong, but what he or she did will still need to be addressed.

Say “I’m sorry.” Once you have taken time to acknowledge and calm down, you can talk to them about it. Go to your child and admit your fault, tell them that what you did and how you acted was wrong. Tears are okay. Some counselors may feel that crying in front of your child is not good because it may make them feel guilty for upsetting you. Toles doesn’t agree. “If you get emotional, don’t hold back your tears,” she says. “Let them know that tears are okay, and it’s a normal part of healing.” However, she stresses that the parent must communicate with their child why he or she is crying. Make sure the child knows that he or she is not responsible for your emotions and are not responsible for fixing you.

Role of the other parent. If you are the other parent witnessing what happened, you should refrain from stepping in. Unless the offending parent is scaring the child or there is a safety concern, intervening could be harmful. If one parent makes a habit of stepping in and taking up for the child in these situation, the child will form an alliance with that parent. It is best to wait until the offending parent has calmed down and both adults talk behind closed doors about the situation. Daily Struggles. If you and your child experience daily struggles, you may want to consider professional help. Talking to someone can help you take a step back and put things in perspective.

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oles recommends, “Raising Our Children, Raising Ourselves” by Naomi Aldort (Book Publishers Network, 2006, $18). The book focuses on disciplining children without the use of scolding, punishing or threatening. The author introduces the SALVE communication formula based on the nonviolent communication work of Byron Katie. The “S” stands for self-inquiry, where the parent must separate his or herself from his or her own issues, fears, and desires, and give up the compulsion to be in control or make the problem better. “A” consists of shifting your focus to the child’s need. The “L” stands for listening with an open heart and open mind. In the “V” stage, you must validate your child’s emotions. The author points out that during this stage, you must be very careful with what you say. Lastly, you move to the “E,” where the parent empowers the child to resolve their emotional upset.

Acknowledge. When a situation arises where you harshly discipline your child, acknowledge what happened. It starts with the parent. You have to self-process—figure out the reason behind what you did.


Age Appropriate. When talking to your child, make sure that you tailor what you say to fit with the child’s age. The biggest thing is to let your child know that you love them and that there is nothing they could do make you love them less.



ere are some tips from psychotherapist Anne Toles, who works at Watershed Counseling Associates in Jackson (1635 Lelia Drive, Suite 100, 601362-7020), about asking your child for forgiveness.


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hen I try to clear my mind, an image that comes to mind is a dandelion in the middle of a rolling green meadow, downy white seeds blown hither and yon by the wind. To me, this is motherhood—growing, blossoming and trusting in the world, and then letting go. To me, motherhood has been a transformative journey into the unknown, into imagination, exhaustion, and bliss, a trip into an alternate dimension where one moment, a woman is praised by her 4.5-year-old child for being the most beautiful person in the universe and 10 minutes later, he is uninviting her to his birthday party. Motherhood is about getting to know and deeply love another person just for being who they are and who they are becoming. And ultimately, it is about putting this huge amount of love out into the world—then letting it go. Conceiving a child, growing a child, birthing a child, raising a child. Each of these is a process of letting go. It is also about letting go of who I used to be and allowing myself the space and the grace to create myself. I carry myself differently since I gave birth. I value things differently. I can’t even really say that I breathe in and breathe out in the same way anymore. I am more confident, more independent, more me. In the process of giving life to my son, I have also given life to myself.

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felt strangely sad the day my parents got rid of the ever, she hates being alone. She says that God gave her Chrysler Spirit with chipped baby-blue paint that my younger sister so that she wouldn’t be lonely when my my mom had driven for years. I remember a tear older sister and I left home. rolling down my face the day, a few years later, that She dances, snapping as she rocks side to side. And it my mother asked for perfume for Christmas that was not never changes, no matter the genre or tempo. Jessica McClintock. When My mother still tells I was growing up, I felt like me she loves me almost a different person each day, every night, now via text. but my mom was an an Last year, on chor—stable and consistent. Mother’s Day, I tweeted: I like her that way. “I feel like I have been She drinks her coffee 20 different people in with French vanilla creamer my 20 years of life, and every morning before everymy mother has loved one else is awake. every one.” When my mom laughs, In the year since she cries. And sometimes, that tweet, I have gotten she cries just because. married in my mother’s She prefers her hair dress, rescued another pet short and big, but she and taken countless selfchanges the style every few ies only to see her staring months. She never likes it. back at me. My first home On a sunny Saturis decorated in thrift-store day, she cleans with music finds. I have attempted on and all the doors and (and failed) to grow my windows open. short hair out. I started She spends more mixing creamer into my money driving to her fablack coffee. I laughed vorite thrift store each week until I cried. And somethan she does at the actual times I just cried, because thrift store. being an adult is hard. She is a stealthy super Plot twist: I have hero for starving animals As she grows older, Carmen Cristo (left) finds herself always been one person, in our community, sneak- becoming more like her mother, Regina Wallace (right). slowly transforming into ing over when their owners my mother while develaren’t home to feed them. oping my own opinions She is a creator—constantly making things with her and ideas along the way. hands, as if she isn’t living if she doesn’t have something Happy Mother’s Day to my beautiful mother. Thank tangible to show for it. you for teaching me to be my own person, even if I No matter what it is, she does it herself. She is com- turned out just like you anyways. I love you more than pletely capable of standing on her own two feet. How- you know. courtesy Carmen Cristo

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the counter as I told her how the kids at school made fun of me. “Well, what do they say?” she asked defensively, a ferocious mother lion in action. “They say I’m fat … and they call me gay,” I said, ashamed. “Well … are you?” I couldn’t look up from that penny shopper. I wasn’t interested in used lawn mowers or getting a free puppy. I was scared because I had waited for this moment for a long time—to finally tell my mother that I was gay. “I’m bisexual,” I lied. Let’s be honest, I was full-out gay. Her brown eyes filled with tears and she said: “I always knew. But I love courtesy Zack Orsborn



y mom is a sigher. On any given day, she would walk in after work, sling her leather purse onto the kitchen counter and let out a heaving sigh that would shake the house. I would look in the laundry room to make sure I had indeed folded the clothes as my chore list instructed me to before I would ask, “What’s wrong?” “Nothing. I’m just tired,” she would reply breathlessly. She’s a single mom, the mother of two twin boys. She has a gay son in college. She pays a hefty mortgage by herself and makes just enough money to peek over the poverty line. She married a man with an alcohol problem and married another man who was emotionally abusive. Her mother had mental problems. I would say, yeah, she’s pretty tired. Growing up in rural Saltillo, Miss., my mom was a quiet, shy girl who received good grades and listened to hair metal bands such as Poison and Whitesnake (both she’s seen in concert). And yes, she does know every word to every Guns N’ Roses song. My mom got pregnant with me during her senior year of high school. Amidst the name-calling from her peers, she still graduated at nine months pregnant, walking across the auditorium stage, diploma in hand and baby in belly. I always say I graduated twice. From then on, my mom, like most single moms, faced way too many hardships. It’s difficult for a single parent to make it own his or her own. The U.S. Census Bureau reports that half of single-mother families have an annual income less than $25,000, compared to the $78,000 a married couple makes on average. But she makes it. With her magical mom powers, she manages her own household by herself, thank you very much. Even with financial stress on top of emotional stress on top of being-a-mom stress, she somehow still manages to raise three pretty fantastic kids. I’m tooting my mom’s horn. Toot toot. We grew up together. She fostered my love for cheesy teen entertainment (I also wondered if I was named after the “Saved By The Bell” character, Zack Morris) and my penchant for blasting ZZ Top songs as loud as the speakers will go. She was always there for me, never giving me weird looks when I would tell her that I wanted to be a writer or that I wanted that new Destiny’s Child CD. She would buy me journals, and then let me dance around to my favorite girl group. I will never forget the moment I came out to her. It was my sophomore year of high school. I was sitting in the kitchen flipping through a penny shopper. My mom was across from me, leaning on

Starkville Free Press Assistant Editor Zack Orsborn (right) pays tribute to his single mom, Beverly McDonald (left), and other single mothers like her.

you no matter what.” We hugged, and the amount of love I felt was unbearable. It’s that kind of love that keeps me going, that keeps me growing, that makes me a lover. Even though my mom has experienced things no one should ever have to go through, her spirit and her love are not broken. She always made me feel like I belong in the world, always told me to be myself and to be proud of everything I’ve accomplished. And I’ve accomplished great things with her voice in the back of my head saying, “I’m so proud of you.” She may be proud of me, but I am way more proud of her. You go, Momma.





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have always been a pretty artsy-craftsy person. It came from my mom, who created her own art in frames by using old fabric and leftover wallpaper from her DIY projects. I picked up on it at an early age. When I had my oldest daughter, I spent a lot of time doing crafts with her, and as a pre-school teacher in Dallas, Texas, I had the opportunity to teach kids art. The best part is that while teaching small children art, you are also bonding with them. Crafts give children the opportunity to use their motor skills and accomplish small, fun tasks. I had my youngest daughter in January of last year. When Father’s Day rolled around, she was 5 months old, and I wanted to do something special for my husband that included Peyton’s help. I thought of doing a photo album of her, which would include maternity photos and pictures of the ultrasound. To me, that just didn’t say enough. I decided on making a card with her footprints, and I even got her to scribble on the card. My husband thought that was the perfect Father’s Day gift because it was simple. Plus, the baby got to help. I planned the project perfectly. Peyton’s babysitter helped with this one. I went over to her house on Saturday so she could help me paint the baby’s feet and press them on the card, and also to hide the card so that Daniel could not see it until Father’s Day. I was right to bring more than one card because the first set of feet smudged. After pressing Peyton’s feet, I left the card to dry overnight. The following day, I added precut letters, helped Peyton sign her name and

even let her add her own personal scribbles. I like to take advantage of occasions such as Mother’s Day and Father’s Day. Having small children in the house makes those occasions so exciting. For me, the many homemade gifts I have collected over the years are so priceless. With Mother’s Day being close, here are a few age-appropriate ideas for gifts to make with your children. 6 months to 1 year Handprints and footprints are simple to do on a card, picture frame or other surface. Other than that, picture collages are a good second choice for this age. 2-4 years Let the child make flower and heart clay molds. 5-7 years Let the child paint a picture frame and include a photo of the child or mother and child. 8-10 years Let the child decorate a flower pot and plant seeds. 11-12 years Let the child make breakfast in bed—they can prepare eggs and toast with orange juice and a flower picked fresh from outdoors. From 13 years and older, children can start buying gifts with money they earn from chores. Mother’s Day gifts do not have to be something the child or parent purchased. Homemade items and sweet gestures are just as special and more touching. For me, the best thing about motherhood is being the go-to person to give advice to my teenage daughter and being the light that makes my little one clap and yell “yay,” as I walk through the door after being gone all day.

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by Julie Skipper hen she was hour every Friday. Chef PJ a student at Lee and his wife, Brandi Mi s s i s s i p p i (Hal’s daughter), are friends College, Lindwith Ryan and Lindsey, so sey Brooks, now 30, attendthat made it doubly special. ed a Blue and Gold social Derek Emerson of Walker’s club party at Northpointe Drive-In collaborated with Barn and told a girlfriend, Lee on food for the event. “I’m going to get married For Lindsey, the collaborahere.” She forgot about that tion of an experienced chef passing remark until 2014 like Emerson with a new when she wed Ryan Bell, one like Lee made for great After Lindsey Brooks lost her father, she and her fiancé, Ryan Bell, decided to downscale the wedding and have a 31—yes, at Northpointe results. “Even people who celebration of family, friends and the city they love—Jackson. Barn—and the friend redon’t usually eat much went minded her. back for seconds and thirds,” Friends played a maLindsey says happily. jor role in the couple’s story. The two met in May 2010, who and what were important to us, so we downscaled,” With music by Joey Plunkett and Anne Friday barafter Ryan moved to Jackson from Texas to help Craig she says. “We wanted to make sure everyone at our wed- tending, “It couldn’t have been more ‘Jackson,’” she says. Noone open a new venture, Parlor Market restaurant. ding had impacted our lives in some way. It became about The next day, seven bridesmaids wore black cockLindsey was also friends with Noone and, around that the people, rather than the production of a wedding.” tail dresses of their choosing, while eight groomsmen time, she introduced him to Richard Patrick and Austin Instead of a traditional rehearsal dinner, the couple wore gray suits with dark silver and purple bow ties, Evans who, in April 2010, launched a new venture of hosted a “Brew Before I Do” for 50 friends and family which the groom selected from Great Scott. Though the their own—Cathead Vodka. On Memorial Day, Patrick, members at Hal & Mal’s, where the couple goes to happy bride laughs that she “hated the process” of dress shopEvans and Noone rented a party boat on the Ross Barnett ping, she found the perfect one at The Bridal Path. “I Reservoir to celebrate, and Noone invited both Brooks didn’t look like I was playing dress-up,” she says. and Bell to join them for a day of fun. The nuptials and celebration took place at NorthLindsey saw Ryan going down the boat’s slide and pointe Barn, transformed with flowers and food by exclaimed, “Oh, he’s cute!” Shortly thereafter, the couple Wendy Putt of Fresh Cut Catering and Floral. After the Officiant: Rev. Courtney Allen went on their first date. ceremony, which a childhood friend of the bride, Rev. Reception location: Northpointe Red Barn (201 From April 2012 to April 2013, the couple moved Courtney Allen, officiated, guests enjoyed a spread of Northpointe Parkway, 601-991-9461) to Augusta, Ga., where Ryan was helping his mentor, southern food and beverages including specialty cockGroom’s and groomsmen’s attire: Great Scott Edward Mendoza, open a restaurant. “That (move) was tails using Cathead products. A highlight of the evening (4400 Old Canton Road, Suite 101, 601-984-3500) when we learned to be best friends,” Lindsey says. “We was karaoke with DJ Stache, a nod to the couple’s love of Bride’s attire: The Bridal Path (4465 N. Interstate were poor and alone in a strange city.” Living through karaoke on Wednesday nights at Ole Tavern at George 55, Suite 104, 601-982-8267) that and “still liking each other” cemented the couple. Street. The bride’s cake by That Special Touch honored Caterer: Fresh Cut Catering and Floral (108 Then, in September 2013, back home in Jackson, her late father’s favorite bakery, and in lieu of a groom’s Cypress Cove, Flowood, 601-0939-4518) Ryan popped the question. The couple collects paintcake, Whitney Evans Maxwell made individual mason Bride’s Cake: That Special Touch (2769 Old ings of camper trailers by their friend Hayley Hayes, and jars of strawberry cake with black pepper icing, a recipe Brandon Road, Pearl, 601-932-5223) Lindsey decided to get one for Ryan as a gift. When she she made for her interview at Parlor Market. Groom’s Cake: Whitney Maxwell brought it home, she was disappointed when he told After honeymooning in Napa Valley and San FrancisFlorist: Wendy Putt, Fresh Cut Catering and her he’d already seen it … until he brought out anothco—including a dinner at the French Laundry and winery Floral (108 Cypress Cove, Flowood, 601-939-4518) er camper he’d had Hayes paint that said, “Marry me.” tours scheduled by Jackson wine broker Norm Rush—the Photographer: Christina Foto (2906 N. State St., Of course, she said yes, and he sealed the deal with her couple returned to settle into life at home, where Lindsey 601-713-1224, grandmother’s ring with a new center stone he worked works for Well Being magazine and Ryan is daytime sous Invitations: The Paper Place (2941 Old Canton with Stein Jewelry to find. chef at 1908 Provisions. They recently purchased a house, Road, 601-366-3675) The couple initially wanted a small wedding, but it so making it a home is a fun new undertaking. 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hen it comes to dieting and eating healthy, I’m always trying to figure out the best route to wellness for my body and my mental attitude. The truth is that I have no idea. I’ve been all over the dieting spectrum—from two different types of weightloss pills to trying, succeeding and then subsequently failing at Weight Watchers. I’ve been a vegetarian and toyed with the idea of veganism. So, in my quest for the least painless way to lose weight and finally be healthy, I want to figure out exactly how to change my eating habits without going too crazy. I’ve often said that I want to “get healthy with minimal sacrifices,” and while restriction tends to drive me crazy, I’m beginning to understand that I won’t get to eat or do whatever I want if I change my lifestyle. It comes with the territory. In my desire to learn more about healthier lifestyles, I came across a documentary titled “Hungry for Change.” The film focuses on many of the things the diet, weight-loss, and food industries don’t want us to know, and what keeps us from being healthy. One of the most compelling arguments in the film is that as a spe-

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The film “Hungry for Change” advocates for a drastic change in our diets by returning to our huntergatherer roots.

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of our diets come from processed foods, and we’ve lost touch with our roots. I’m not a huge fan of the extremity of the lifestyle change the film supports. The ultimate goal should be to eat fewer grains, meat, and sugar, and more fruits and veggies. That’s the goal. Pay attention to that keyword. But how do you get there? In the film, David Wolfe, co-founder of the online health magazine, mentions gradually adding healthier foods to your diet. That’s something I can do. Then some of the other experts, including Daniel Vitalis, a “rewilding” lifestyle expert—”rewilding is essentially going back to our hunter-gatherer roots—talk about the real way to do it: a three-day cleanse of vegetable juice and foods such as aloe vera and chia seeds, and then add healthy foods back. Easier said than done. We can’t turn our need to eat that unhealthy thing off with the snap of our fingers. We may not have the money or time to buy local, organic products. So what do we do? The answer may lie in making gradual changes—more exercise, less fried foods, more salads. Don’t take these comments as me bash-

ing the film. On the contrary, I enjoyed watching it. The film inspired me to start the journey toward a processed-food-free lifestyle. It’s message is moving, and while I don’t agree with everything, I agree that something has to change. One profound moment in the film comes toward the end, when experts, such as women’s health and wellness expert Dr. Christiane Northrup, talk about the subconscious areas of our brain that control unconscious functions, such as breathing and heart rate, and also how we see ourselves. The experts suggest that, to really get in the mindset of a lifestyle change, we must first visualize how we want to see ourselves. In the film, Northrup says that she used to write a “prescription” for patients that said, “I accept myself unconditionally right now.” She had them put this note on the mirror and say those words each morning for 30 days. Around day 28, Northrup says, something begins to change. That small, seemingly insignificant phrase has the ability to change your entire outlook on health, life, everything. Amber Helsel is not a health expert. Consult your doctor about diet changes.


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ithout mothers, where would we be? They raise us, feed us and teach us so many invaluable life lessons. This Mother’s Day, let’s say thanks by giving them what they deserve—a day to relax and not worry about anything. Celebrate your mom by treating her to a meal at a nice restaurant. But don’t bother with the chain eateries—go local and special with this list of Jackson-area restaurants and their Mother’s Day options.

Nick’s Restaurant 3000 Old Canton Road, 601-981-8017 Nick’s Restaurant will be open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Mother’s Day. The restaurant will have a set menu of items ranging from $10 to $30. Reservations are required. BRAVO! Italian Restaurant and Bar 4500 Interstate 55 N., BRAVO! will offer its brunch and FLICKR.COM/KURAFIRE

Amerigo Italian Restaurant 6592 Old Canton Rd., Ridgeland, 601-977-0563 Amerigo will serve brunch from the regular menu from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Old Capitol Inn 226 N. State St., 601-359-9000 Old Capitol Inn will offer brunch in the ballroom, with two seatings: 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Reservations are required. The cost is $27 per adult and $12.92 per child 12 and younger. The inn will offer wine, beer, mimosas and Bloody Marys. Call 601-359-9000 to reserve a seat.

This Mother’s Day, treat your mom to a nice day on the town.

Que Sera Sera 2801 N. State Street, 601-981-2520 Que Sera Sera will be open from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Mother’s Day. Brunch includes fried crab claws, redfish D’Iberville, Bayou ribeyes and the chalkboard specials for the day.

lunch menus, along with a special menu with items such as a crab meat omelet with a side, veal marsala and veal picatta, a housemade tiramisu and a flourless chocolate tort. The restaurant will be open from 10:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. and is not taking reservations.

Table 100 100 Ridge Way, Flowood, 601-420-4202 Table 100 will be open for normal business hours all day. The restaurant serves Sunday brunch from 10:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Capitol Grill 5050 Interstate 55 N., 601-899-8845 For Mother’s Day, Capitol Grill will offer two-for-one mimosas and Bloody Marys. The restaurant will have the regular menu from 11 a.m. to 2 a.m.

Two Sisters Kitchen 707 N. Congress St., 601-353-1180 Two Sisters Kitchen will be open 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Mother’s Day, offering a lunch menu like your grandma used to make.

Burgers & Blues 1060 E. County Line Road, Suite 22, Ridgeland, 601-899-0038 Burgers & Blues will be open 11 a.m.

Happy Hour

Tuesday - Saturday • 5:00 - 6:30 pm

Ladies Night on Thursday

to 9 p.m. Mothers can choose from a free dessert, mimosa or Bloody Mary.

Live Music

McB’s Bar and Grill 815 Lake Harbour Dr., Ridgeland, 601-956-8362 McB’s will be serve the regular menu from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Mother’s Day.

Now Open For Lunch

Sal & Mookie’s New York Pizza and Ice Cream Joint 565 Taylor St., 601-368-1919 Sal & Mookie’s will be open from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Mother’s Day, serving its regular menu. Broad Street Bakery 4465 N. Highway 55, Suite 101, 601-362-2900 Broad Street Bakery will have strawberry, lemon and neopolitan cakes on sale for $38. Orders should be placed 24 to 48 hours before pick-up time. The Penguin Restaurant & Bar 1100 John R. Lynch St., Suite 6A, 769-251-5222 For Mother’s Day, The Penguin will be open from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. The menu will include soups such as smoked salmon soup, and salads, including a Caesar and the Penguin salad. Choose from entrees such as turkey and dressing, chicken and waffles, and tilapia; sides such as cole slaw or potato salad; and desserts such as chocolate chess pie, strawberry shortcake, or New York cheesecake. Entrees range from $10-$20. 1908 Provisions at the Fairview Inn 734 Fairview St., 601-948-3429, ext. 305 Brunch will be served from 10:30 a.m. until 2 p.m. The menu will feature a carving station, an oyster bar, an ice cream bar and more. The cost is $29.95 adults and $11.95 for kids ages 5-12. Seatings are available on the half-hour, and reservations are required. Add more at


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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 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.

ITALIAN 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.

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

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

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



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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!

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

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

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

6ÂŁ{{ÂŁÂ&#x2DC;ÂŁ{ Â&#x2021;ÂŁ|z{~ Welcome to JFP Chef Week 2014! Inside youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll ďŹ nd our fabulous participating chefs and the restaurants they helm; youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll also see the charities theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re competing for. The chefs who get the most votes will win money for their charities from our sponsors. First place is $1500 from presenting sponsor Lady Luck Casino; Second Place is $1000 from Abita and Capital City Beverage and Third Place is $500 from Rebel Butcher Supply.


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Alex Hammack is from South Jackson and has been cooking ever since he was old enough to reach the counter top. He grew up learning how to cook from his mom and grandmother. Alex has worked in fast food and pizza delivery before he came to Broad Street, but mainly did construction before cooking professionally. Alex never thought about being a chef for a living before he started working for Mangia Bene, but owner, Dan Blumenthal, gave him the opportunity to work his way up from the bottom. Outside of work, Alex cooks as often as possible, plays the guitar poorly, and works on his motorcycle.

Chef Daryl Maloney developed an interest in cooking while attending college at the University of Oklahoma. He completed a two year classic French apprenticeship under Chef Kurt Fleischfresser of The Coach House in Nichols Hills, OK. He went on to work as the sous chef at The Metro, executive chef at Terra Luna and executive chef of The Museum CafĂŠ in Oklahoma City. Since his move to Mississippi, Daryl worked at Nickâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s and Walkerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s and opened Anjou as the sous chef where he is now the head chef.

With Moroccan spice, Apricot-Almond Couscous, and Spicy Ratatouille.

Charity: Make-A-Wish Mississippi

Since 1980, the Make-A-Wish FoundationÂŽ of America has enriched the lives of children with life-threatening medical conditions through its wish-grant- ing work. The Foundationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s mission reflects the life-changing impact that a Make-A-WishÂŽ experience has on children, families, referral sources, donors, sponsors and entire communities.

Dish: Beef Daube (just like Grandma made)

Braised beef dish consisting of beef chuck slowly cooked in cabernet with garlic, carrot, onion, and potatoes.

Charity: Stewpot

Stewpot, which began as a simple soup kitchen, has developed into an organization offering several different programs â&#x20AC;&#x201C; from shelter, to clothing, to counseling, to childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s programs.


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Charity: Stewpot I-55 N & Northside Drive â&#x20AC;˘ Jackson â&#x20AC;˘ 601-362-2900 â&#x20AC;˘

Dish: Pan Seared Tuna


Formerly Pastry Chef at Nickâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s on Lakeland and The Mermaid Cafe, Mitchell is originally from Byram and moved back home from Los Angeles after meeting the woman of his dreams. He restored Campbellâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s to its rightful place as a made-from-scratch destination.

Lance Gammill, executive chef at The Capitol Grill in Northeast Jackson is no stranger to the fires of kitchen life. Working in some of the top kitchens in the city before moving to the west coast to pursue culinary arts with the Four Seasons Hotel chain. He returned to Jackson five years ago with stops at Shapleyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s and the Country Club of Jackson before opening Capitol Grill with his wife India and their partner Robert. His influences include Pacific Rim dishes and Southern cuisine.

Dish: Caramel Blondies

A bar similar to a brownie, but with caramel instead of chocolate. Covered in a house-made caramel sauce, the same used on our caramel cakes.

Charity: Childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Advocacy Centers of Mississippi

The Childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Advocacy Centers of Mississippi (CACM) is a membership organization dedicated to helping local communities respond to allegations of child abuse in ways that are effective and efficient â&#x20AC;&#x201C; and put the needs of child victims first. CACM provides training, support and leadership on a statewide level to local childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s advocacy centers and professionals throughout Mississippi responding to reports of child abuse and neglect.

Dish: Steamed Shrimp in Curry Broth

Beautiful gulf shrimp steamed in white wine with a shallot and fresh basil, served with Thai chili curry broth.

Charity: Community Animal Rescue & Adoption, Inc

CARA is a True No-Kill organization that cares for an average of 300 dogs & 120 cats. It is operated by volunteers & part-time employees and is supported by private donations from individuals, businesses, & fund raising events.

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Charity: Community Animal Rescue & Adoption, Inc 5050 I-55 North, Suite F, Jackson â&#x20AC;˘ 601.899.8845

Robin DeVos Owen has always loved to cook. In 2010, she decided to pursue her dream of opening a local speciality food and catering business. Cookinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; up Storm serves up lunch and freshly prepared, casseroles, soups, salads and desserts for easy at home preparations. The self taught cook emphasizes using simple, wholesome ingredients to feed busy families. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have to be complicated for it to be delicious.â&#x20AC;? she says.

Derek George is a native of Davenport, Iowa. Derek has worked in the restaurant industry since the age of 16, starting as a dishwasher, busboy and server. Derek began his journey to becoming a chef at the age of 22 in New Orleans. He is a 2003 graduate from The Culinary Institute of America in New York. Derek enjoys cooking classic southern food with a new world twist, as well as Latin, Mediterranean and Caribbean cuisine. Dish: Colossal Char Grilled Shrimp

5 lemon zest and herb marinated shrimp over roasted corn and back fin crabmeat risotto with roasted red pepper coulis and fresh basil oil.

Dish: Southern Pimento Cheese Our authentic southern pimento cheese with hints of garlic and cumin.

Charity: Diabetes Foundation of Mississippi

May 7 - 13, 2014

The Diabetes Foundation of Mississippi is dedicated to providing hope through research, programs and service to the 372,000 Mississippians with diabetes. 100 percent of the funds raised by the Foundation stay in the state, and 89¢ of every dollar raised goes towards the Foundationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s charitable purposes.


Charity: The Gleaners The Volunteers of Gleaners collects food that otherwise would go to waste and gives it to charitable agencies.

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Charity: The Gleaners 1491 Canton Mart Road, Suite 1 â&#x20AC;˘ Jackson â&#x20AC;˘ 601-957-1166 â&#x20AC;˘

At six years old Danny Eslava, executive chef and owner of Eslavaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Grille, was tasked with putting together a simple meal for his mother as she dealt with an illness. This began a life-long fascination with the culinary arts. A self-taught chef, Danny describes the kitchen as his classroom. His influences are an eclectic mix ranging from latin, to Mediterranean, to southern and many places between.

Gary Hawkins is the Executive Top Chef for The Fairview Inn & 1908 Provisions, featuring regional Southern Cuisine with a healthful flair. Chef Hawkins, a native of Michigan, graduated from The Memphis Culinary Academy in 1993. He spent the next thirteen years learning his craft at some of Memphisâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; favorite restaurants: Pauletteâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s, Marenaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s, McEwenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s and Loloâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Table.

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Dish: Cazuala de Mariscos

A creamy Colombian dish composed of coconut milk, onions, red and green peppers, spices, and seafood.

Dish: Red Fish

With sweet potato crust, chevre Delta grits, Creole-honey mustard and fried okra.

Charity: Simon Sharp Eagle Fund

A 501c3 charity dedicated to caring for the animals-in-need of the Jackson Metro. While the responsibility of an animalâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s needs rest in the hands of the owner an animal without owners becomes the shared responsibility of the community. Help make a positive change for the community and for these forgotten animals.

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The Simon Sharp Eagle Fund was established to honor the remarkable life of Eagle Scout Simon Sharp while raising money for the Boy Scouts of America (Andrew Jackson Council) and the Blair E. Batson Childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Hospital Cancer Center.

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PJ Lee is a lawyer turned chef who took over the culinary reigns at the legendary Hal Malâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s eatery and music venue after his the death of his father-in-law chef/owner Hal White. Hal taught PJ everything he knows about cooking. Today PJ sticks to the familyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s tried and true southern recipes while adding some modern touches to the menu.

Dish: Grits and Grillades

Traditional Southern Louisiana style Grillades with pork served over stone ground grits.

Charity: Harold White Memorial Scholarship Fund

The scholarship goes to a deserving culinary student at Hinds Community College.

Raised in the Mississippi Delta, Ginger Watkins knows good barbecue. When Ginger bought the Hickory Pit in 1979 she wanted it to be known for two things, great barbecue and great customer service. Gingerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s overnight smoking process creates succulent fall-offthe-bone ribs chicken and pulled pork. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Good food feeds the soul. Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s what we are all about,â&#x20AC;? Ginger says.

Dish: BBQ Nachos

Smoked beef, chicken or pork over tortilla chips with cheddar cheese, avocado, black beans, lettuce tomato sour cream and jalapenos.

Charity: Catholic Charities

Catholic Charities provides quality direct services, education, and advocacy regardless of faith, race, gender, or age. Programs include drug and alcohol rehabilitation, therapeutic foster care, and domestic violence counseling and shelter. They serve 65 counties.

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Charity: Catholic Charities 1491 Canton Mart Rd. â&#x20AC;˘ Jackson â&#x20AC;˘ 601.956.7079

Charity: Cheshire Abbey


Jessica Furches learned as a young girl growing up in Crystal Springs, MS, where her food came from and how to prepare it. Role models like her mother who taught her to garden, can and freeze vegetables and make jams and jellies, and Julia Child on PBS, inspired her as a child to be a chef. After a few years cooking at a country club right out of high school, she was driven to break out of the small town and work in the big city. Her Jackson career started at a grill station at Char and has brought her to Islander Oyster House, where she has the creative freedom to express herself with fresh local products and serve beautiful food.

Troy Woodson, a native of Charlottesville, Virginia, has been cooking for more than 20 years. As a chef, he focuses on comfort food and low-country Southern food - food with a lot of flavor. Troy brings this flavor-packed style to every dish at High Noon Cafe, ensuring vegetarian and organic cuisine never tasted better.

Dish: Good Burger

Dish:Islander’s Mediterranean Seafood Pasta

Our Good Burger is full of great flavor and ingredients: a seasoned black-eyed pea patty topped with pepper jack cheese and mixed peppers and served on Busy Bee Honey White Bread.

Linguini pasta tossed with Pinot Grigio & garlic, rosemary, basil, and thyme infused olive oil. Kalamata olives, fire roasted red bell peppers, artichoke hearts, Feta Cheese, and fresh basil. Gulf Shrimp, Scallops, and Snow Crab clusters

Charity: Restoration Home

Charity: Blair E Batson Children’s Hospital

Restoration Home is a transitional (one to two months) drug and alcohol treatment center located in Jackson.

Batson Children’s Hospital, part of Children’s of Mississippi, is located at the University of Mississippi Medical Center. It is the only hospital in the state devoted exclusively to the care and treatment of sick and injured youngsters

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Charity: Blair E Batson Children’s Hospital Maywood Mart, Jackson • 601.366.5441 •

If not for a last minute decision by Pierre Pryer to take a dish washing job and the faith of the Iron Horse Grill’s original owner in Pryer’s culinary and management abilities Jackson may never have fallen in love with this legendary restaurant. Truthfully, without Chef Pryer’s commitment and attention to detail the Iron Horse would never have become such a cornerstone of the Jackson restaurant scene. Now Chef Pryer is back and stands behind this newest iteration of the classic restaurant. His commitment is to provide the excellent food and experience we all remember.

Kerry Brashear purchased Kathryn’s more than two decades ago and is still cooking some of the best steaks, seafood and prime rib that can be found in the state of Mississippi. Chef Brashear still uses many of the recipes that the original owner passed to him from 1979. When he’s not in the kitchen, Brashear is also involved in many community organizations and loves to get involved where he is needed.

Dish: Iron Horse Classic Shrimp Enchilada

Gulf coast shrimp cooked in Chef Pryer’s secret cream sauce, rolled up in a corn tortilla, and topped with monterey jack cheese. Served with rice and beans. Beef and chicken enchiladas are back too!

Charity: The Mississippi Symphony Orchestra

May 7 - 13, 2014

The Mississippi Symphony Orchestra reaches young people all over the metro area with life-changing programs. MSO’s education and ensemble concerts plus their award winning string instruction programs are truly a significant part of forming the lives of our future citizens, voters and leaders through music.


Dish: Yellowfin Tuna

Seasoned and cast iron seared, sliced thin, and served with homemade apricot chipotle sauce.

Charity: MS Animal Rescue League

The MS Animal Rescue League’s mission is to find loving, forever homes for their animals where the pet is a member of the Family.

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Charity: MS Animal Rescue League 6800 Old Canton Rd #108 • Ridgeland • 601-956-2803 •

Robert Rushton, a Jackson native, has been cooking professionally in Mississippi for almost fifteen years. This passion started as a young child making homemade pasta with his mom. He worked at Proud Larryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s in college and learned to enjoy the mass chaos of a kitchen. Later he trained with James Beard Award winning Chef John Currence at Boure in Oxford. In 2011 he returned to Jackson and found a perfect fit in the Local 463 kitchen with James Beard Nominee Chef Derek Emerson. Though most of his week is spent in a professional kitchen, on Sundays Chef Rushton can usually be found smoking pork ribs or grilling out with family and friends.

Some people say Tom is a Renaissance Man. Others say he canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t decide what to be when he grows up.Tom just says,â&#x20AC;&#x153;...are you hungry?â&#x20AC;?Chef Ramsey has had careers in mergers and acquisitions investment banking, cigar manufacturing and lobbying. He traded in his suits and ties for a shirt with his name on it and an occupation our president describes as â&#x20AC;&#x153;the kind of job where you take a shower AFTER work.â&#x20AC;?Heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s never been happier. As the Chef, Proprietor and Sommelier of La Finestra in Jackson he gets to feed his creativity as much as he feeds his customers and as a food writer, media personality and general bon vivant, he gets to feed his ego. Dish: RAVIOLI CARBONARA

Dish: Pan Seared Duck Breast

Charity: USA International Ballet Competition

The USA IBC is one of the oldest competitions sanctioned by International Theatre Institute of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organizationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s (UNESCO) International Dance Committee. Jackson is the official USA home of the International Ballet Competition.

On roasted potato-brussels sprout hash, dried cherry compote and raspberry demi-glaze.

Charity: MRAEF General Hospitality Scholarships

The MRAEF is proud to provide scholarship funding to deserving students pursuing a post secondary degree in restaurant management or culinary arts.


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Charity: Blair E. Batson Childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Hospital 120 N. Congress St., Jackson â&#x20AC;˘ 601-345-8735 â&#x20AC;˘

Charity: MRAEF General Hospitality Scholarships 121A Colony Crossing â&#x20AC;˘ 601-707-7684

The Manshipâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s head chef Alex Eaton, a Madison, MS native, was studying for a business degree at Mississippi State when he heard the call of the culinary arts. After graduating he attended the culinary program at Johnson andWales University in Charlotte, NC. His skills developed at a variety of restaurants including Mr. Bâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s, New Orleans andTable 100, Flowood. Now he brings these experiences to The Manshipâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s menu: an eclectic mix of southern style and healthy Mediterranean simplicity.The menu is dictated by seasonal availability and local sources. Even the artwork on the walls come from area artists.

Bryan Myrickâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s first culinary experience was with his mom cooking for their church. This first taste developed over the years into true passion. After spending time at Copelands Bryan found a place at Char and later Anjou where he continued to build his culinary capabilities. Now he is applying this experience and knowledge to a new concept. Norma Ruthâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s is a quick service restaurant providing fun food at great prices. He calls his dishes Modern Southern: high quality comfort food with heart healthy options like grilled chicken and fresh veggies cooked with olive oil. Dish: Salmon Balls

A twist on the traditional salmon croquet made with onions, celery, fresh lemon, spices, cracker crumbs and served with honey butter and rice.

Charity: Open Arms Health Care Center

The Open Arms Health Care Centerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s vision is to achieve healthy equality and restore life expectancies to maximum attainable levels among under-served, under-insured, and under-represented populations in Mississippi.

Dish: Pork Belly Appetizer

This pork belly is brined for two days and slow cooked with the Sous-Vide method for eighteen hours before hitting the wood fired oven. Tender and cooked in its own juices the dish is served with a maple glaze, spring onions, and Delta Grind polenta.

Charity: McCoy House for Sober Living

An elegant two story southern plantation style home offers a tranquil place for women to reflect on the past, live in the present, plan for the future, and start a lifelong journey for recovery. Emphasis is placed on unity within the home, working a twelve step program, and being responsible and self-supportive.

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Charity: McCoy House for Sober Living 1200 N. State Street â&#x20AC;˘ Jackson â&#x20AC;˘

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Trelisia Mosley cooked in Jackson restaurants for over 20 years. She has done stints at the Iron Horse Grille under Chef Pierre Pryer, the Jackson Country Club where she worked with the late Vincent Curry and eventually landed at the University Club under the tutelage of John Hardy. The Penguinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s menu specializes in American cuisine with a southern flair. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m really proud of our lunch,â&#x20AC;? says the Jackson native. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s something on the menu for everyone.â&#x20AC;?

Don Primos wears a lot of hats at Primos Cafe. As Chef, Owner, and Operator, the Jackson native continues the Primos family legacy - one that has stood the test of time since 1929. Like generations of Primos that have come before him, Don brings â&#x20AC;&#x153;Southern Food for City Folksâ&#x20AC;? to the hungry crowds of Jackson with tried-and-true family recipes and new favorites.

Dish: Crab Cake Salad

Dish: Seafood Quiche A deep dish quiche that combines succulent cheeses and fresh seafood in a flaky crust.

This crowd favorite consists of grilled jumbo lump real crab meat tossed with green and red onions and garlic and lightly breaded, all served atop a bed of spring mix with roasted red peppers tossed in Primosâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; house-made sweet and sour vinaigrette.

Charity: Boys and Girls Club-Capitol Street Location

Charity: Neighborhood Christian Center

The Boys and Girls Club of Central Mississippi inspires and enables young people to become successful, responsible citizens. Youth benefit from trained staff caring professional staff and volunteers who help young people take control of their lives, envision productive futures and reach their goals.

The mission of the Neighborhood Christian Center and Peytonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s House is to equip inner-city children and young adults with academic and leadership skills from a Christian perspective so they may love and serve their neighborhood and city to the glory of God. This is done through after-school tutoring and a summer program focusing especially on math, reading and Bible teaching.



Charity: Boys and Girls Club-Capitol Street Location 1100 John R. Lynch Street, Suite A â&#x20AC;˘ Jackson â&#x20AC;˘ 769.251.5222 â&#x20AC;˘

Charity: Neighborhood Christian Center 515 Lake Harbour Drive, Ridgeland â&#x20AC;˘ 601.898.3600 â&#x20AC;˘

Matthew Kajdan is a native of Madison whose culinary roots began with his larger European family. His professional career started at Bravo! Italian Restaurant where learned the basics of line cooking and culinary arts. He eventually joined the Sagamore hotel staff in upstate New York. He returned to Mississippi in 2008 to work with the Nickâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s restaurant group. He joined Parlor Market as Executive Chef in October of 2012. Matthew promises to bring us a â&#x20AC;&#x153;New Southern Menuâ&#x20AC;? with progressive ideas and local products.

Grant Hutcheson is a chef, husband, father and outdoorsman. Grant focuses on chef driven award winning competition BBQ and is always trying new flavors and ideas at the Pig and Pint. He uses as many local ingredients as possible and loves to pair food with different beers, especially new craft beer made in the South. The Pig and Pint is one of Fondrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s new favorite restaurants.

Dish: BBQ Taco Sampler (3) One Pulled Pork BBQ Taco , One Smoked Chicken BBQ Taco and One Hereford Brisket BBQ Taco with Mango-Jicama Cole Slaw, Lucky Town Pico de Gallo and â&#x20AC;&#x153;Sweetâ&#x20AC;? BBQ Sauce

Charity: Alzheimerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Association - Mississippi Chapter

May 7 - 13, 2014

The Alzheimerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Association, Mississippi Chapter, provides vital services and support to individuals, caregivers and families. They serve 82 counties in Mississippi.


Dish: General Thoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Pork Cheeks

Braised pork cheeks served with scallion grits, pimento wonton and kimchi.

Charity: Red Cross / Mississippi Tornoda Relieve

The American Red Cross, a not-for-profit organization, has served Mississippi since 1947. Volunteers and staff assist communities with disaster response, assistance for military families, international aid, lifesaving training programs and blood services.

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Charity: Craig Nooneâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Miracle League 115 W Capitol St., Jackson â&#x20AC;˘ 601.360.0090 â&#x20AC;˘

Ken Crotwell is a south Louisiana native with a long and storied history as a chef and restaurateur in Jackson. He inherited his love of food and cooking from his mother, a Mississippi native. Ken owned the original Iron Horse Grill in downtown Jackson and ran a successful catering business for several years. Heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s excited about returning to his Tex Mex roots at Sombra. DRIVE-IN

Michael Greenhill began his career in the restaurant industry as a â&#x20AC;&#x153;bar backâ&#x20AC;? filling beer coolers and sweeping floors. He soon accepted a position as line cook for Grant Nooe at The Brick Oven Cafe. Later Michael was part of Nooeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s new venture, Pan Asia. His career involved several farm-to-table restaurants in North Carolina and Colorado, a stint has Executive Chef at Eez Fusion Restaurant and work on the West Coast under a talented Thai consulting chef, learning techniques that have hugely influenced his process.After 11 years of moving around, he now returns to Mississippi as Chef De Cuisine at Derek Emersonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Walkerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Drive-In.

Dish: Tuna Salsa

Dish: Pan Roasted Gulf Grouper

A Ceviche inspired blend of tuna, vine ripe tomatoes, fresh lime juice and seasonings.

With black lentils, vine veggie salad, red pepper coulis.

Charity: The Center for Violence Prevention

Charity: High Hopes Farm Therapeutic Riding Program

The Center For Violence Prevention is a twenty-four hour crisis and referral center. The Center also provides a home-like setting designed to assist families that are in need of a safe environment. Services help individuals begin a productive life, independent of abusive relationships.

Studies have shown both physical and psychological improvements can be accomplished through the use of therapeutic riding. High Hopeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s certified instructors works to develop a lesson plan focused on improving communication skills, self confidence, balance and core strength.


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Charity: High Hopes Farm Therapeutic Riding Program 3016 North State Street, Fondren Arts District â&#x20AC;˘ 601.982.2633 â&#x20AC;˘

Sous Chef Max Barron was born in Seoul, Korea, but was adopted by a family in Jackson when he was 6 months old. Max has always worked in the restaurant business, from his first job at Jasonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Deli where he worked as a dishwasher. He then took a job at BRAVO! where he trained under Chefs Louis Larose and Jon Pixler. Max worked every station in the BRAVO! kitchen for 6 years before being asked to help open Sal & Mookieâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s as Sous Chef alongside Chef Jon Pixler in 2007. Max believes that no matter how hard or how long it may take to do something, you must do it right the first timeâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;â&#x20AC;&#x153;do it right, do it light.â&#x20AC;?

Dish: Chef Maxâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Pizza

Roasted red bell peppers, bechamel, smoked Gouda, Fontina, picked red onions, blackened beef shoulder, & sliced tomatoes. Chive Charities is dedicated to championing the underdogs. Among the causes we focus on are disabled and sick individuals with rare medical conditions, disabled veterans in need of quality of life enhancements, underfunded special needs education initiatives, and organizations that provide emergency assistance / disaster relief.

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“There are a lot of Samuel Finns out there,” he says. Davenport expects to start work soon on a second Samuel Finn book, which he is anticipating with a mixture of excitement and trepidation. “These books are tough,” he says. Other illustrators have told him that it’s never easy. “If you’re working with a writer, you want to meet their expectations. ... I had to step outside of a comfort zone to do this. You’re dealing with a character that is not ‘your’ character.” Davenport says he typically has many canvasses in different stages of completion, which he attributes to his short attention span. Recently, he’s started to paint on site during events and using the outdoor “plein air” method, which is a favorite of Wyatt Waters, one of Davenport’s inspirations. Trip Burns

Local artist Tony Davenport provided the illustrations for Shaydrienne N. Calvin’s children’s book, “The Adventures of Samuel Finn: Fish School is Cool.”

for Calvin’s book, which she wrote for kindergarteners and first graders, aged 5 and 6. “They’re going through the transition of not being around mom and dad all day, every day,” Davenport says, but even older kids are still in the process of learning social skills and communicating. They’re also learning to accept each other’s differences.


amuel Jalapeno-Pepperoni Finn is a fish—a beta, to be exact—and he’s about to start his first day at the Crystal Coral Fins Academy. Sam is the star in Shaydrienne N. Calvin’s book, ”The Adventures of Samuel Finn: Fish School is Cool” (Trafford Publishing, 2013, $21.88). Illustrating Calvin’s whimsical tale was a first for Tony Davenport, a Jackson artist best known for his colorful portrayals of Mississippi’s African American musicians, dancers and everyday people. His paintings often depict church life and scenes of downtown Jackson. Davenport, 37, is also an educator. He has taught art since graduating from Jackson State University in 2002 with a degree in fine art, and teaches in Jackson Public Schools. Since 2012, Davenport has been an artist-in-residence at the Mississippi Children’s Museum and an instructor for the 21st Century Summer Program at Wingfield High School. He has seen art open his students’ worlds and give them the freedom of honest self-expression. “You can learn a lot from kids,” he says. “You learn a lot about yourself.” Illustrating “The Adventures of Samuel Finn” took Davenport back to his roots of drawing and family. He discovered that Calvin is his cousin. They both attended Vicksburg High School, and Calvin reached out because she remembered him as the guy who was always doing art around school. “She looked me up on Facebook,” Davenport says. The project, which took more than a year to complete, allowed him to explore new mediums and forms. Instead of people, he was drawing fish. And while he uses oil and acrylic paints for his canvases, the illustrations incorporate tempura paints, colored pencils and pastels. “I used a mixture of some of everything,” Davenport says of the process, which he characterized as an evolution. “It gives it a different dimension.” The book also had Davenport working as a collaborator. Painting, he says, is a usually a solitary endeavor: his concepts and execution come from within. But Davenport gave the lead to Calvin to bring her vision to life. “The characters have to be in sync with what she wants,” Davenport says. “The essence of that character, I had to draw

them to fit their personality. ... She knew what she wanted.” Calvin sent Davenport photos of the different types of fish in the book, and he provided drafts until they satisfied Calvin. It was fun, he says, but demanding. “That was a lot of drawing and redrawing,” Davenport says. “How do you like this? How do you like that?” he remembers asking about her many characters, including a petite orange frog with green spots and swooping lashes. “Initially, she was brownish,” and big, he says of Afrika Dwarf. “I had one that was yellow.” Though Davenport’s teaching career has focused on middle-school kids and some high school, he drew on his experience with children to provide the engaging illustrations

“I’m never bored,” he says. “It keeps me active as an artist; it keeps me loose.” For more information, visit, and the Samuel Finn Facebook page. “The Adventures of Samuel Finn” is available on Amazon in paperback and 37 Kindle formats. You can also order from Lemuria Books.


This Actor’s Life

in the wake of the uncertainty in the entertainment industry portunity to take on multiple roles within a single play. In reduring and after the 2007 Writers Guild strike. Since 2010, searching for his role in “The Whipping Man” as a tormented Myles has been a theater professor at JSU. While his biggest former slave on a Jewish-owned plantation, he learned about reward comes from fostering talent in others, he also appreci- Jewish customs and gained insight into the African American ates the opportunity for his students Jewish population. Myles also likes to see him in both community and plays that are different and creative, campus productions applying the convey timeless messages and spark techniques he teaches. “If I’m tellconversations. “Theater is not always ing you, these are the components of about making you happy. If we can acting and this is what makes a great irritate you too, we’ve done our job,” character, you can now go see me exhe says with a smile. ecute what that is,” he says. While the father of three has He has nothing but praise for achieved much in his work as a prothe local theaters with which he has fessional actor, he aspires to have an had an opportunity to perform. He impact on others’ lives as well. In adis especially complimentary of New dition to forming a summer theater Stage Theatre’s Artistic Director program, he and his wife, Kimberly Francine Thomas Reynolds. Morgan-Myles hope to start a per “She’s been wonderful at figurformance arts school. ing out what to cast me in,” he says. Since wrapping up “The Jackson State University professor At New Stage, Myles has been fea- Yohance Myles has starred in numerous Laramie Project,” Myles is taking tured in “The Whipping Man” and plays around Jackson, including “The some time to focus on more immeWhipping Man,” where he played a just“A Soldier’s Play.” “I’ve been around freed slave named John. diate goals, including branching out and exposed to people who are serito other community theaters in the ous about bringing good stories and area. While he appreciates the breaks doing good quality work,” he says of his experience with both between projects, he remains motivated by his love for the New Stage and Fish Tale Group Theatre. craft, which goes beyond a profession for him. “It’s a ministry Myles gravitates towards roles that educate and challenge to me. It’s a platform that I use in so many ways for reaching him as an actor. “The Laramie Project” gave him his first op- and extending life to people,” he says. courtesy New Stage Theatre


atching Yohance Myles, 33, on stage in the recent Fish Tale Group Theatre production of “The Laramie Project,” you witness a continual character transformation not typical of most plays. By simply removing or adding an article of clothing, or changing his dialect and tone, Myles effortlessly and completely inhabits each of the 11 roles he plays. Putting on a striped tie, he becomes a priest overseeing a funeral. Pulling on a pair of plastic gloves, he becomes an emergency-room doctor in the midst of a procedure. Stripped to basic black clothing, jaw clenched, words tight and eyes narrowed, he becomes the accused. The continuous shifting about on stage parallels the multiple hats Myles wears each day in real life in his role as a father, husband, teacher and actor. While his mother, Wanda Webb-Moore, fostered the creative tendencies of her second oldest of five children, it was seeing a performance of “Peter Pan” in the fifth grade that sparked the Birmingham, Ala., native’s interest in acting. However, it was not until his senior year in high school that Myles began giving serious consideration to becoming an actor. He went on to obtain a bachelor’s degree in theater from Alabama State University in 2006 and received a master’s degree from Louisiana State University three years later. Myles credits his acting professors and coaches for dispensing invaluable lessons, including Dr. Tommie “Tonea” Stewart, former Jackson State University professor, actress and current dean of the Visual and Performing Arts Department at Alabama State. It was Stewart who advised Myles to pursue teaching

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Summer Blockbuster Preview: Part One by Jordan Sudduth


May 7 - 13, 2013

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he Hollywood cash cow known as Rogen plays a father and husband who de- so if you haven’t already, YouTube it. With a the summer movie season is here, fends his castle and manhood when a party- great cast led by Bryan Cranston, it’s hard to and the industry is preparing to un- animal fraternity moves in next door. Lady- see “Godzilla” not succeeding critically and load mega-budget action adventures killer Zac Efron plays the frat ringleader. at the box office. and gut-busting comedies. Of course, other Director Nicholas Stoller previously brought Another sequel mutates May 23. “Xmovies hit the screens, but for the most part, us “Saving Sarah Marshall” and its pseudo Men: Days of Future Past” takes the gold as these are the two types that will steal my most-anticipated movie of your theater’s screens. Here are sevthe summer. The trailer’s power, eral films opening in May and June: dramatic passion and musical Blockbuster sequel “The scoring gave me goose bumps. Amazing Spider-Man 2” hit screens Director Bryan Singer, who last Friday, starring Andrew Garfield helmed 2000’s original “X-Men,” and America’s sweetheart, Emma enjoyed a $200 million budget Stone. Building on the success of the this go-around. Actors Hugh 2012 original and the on-and-offJackman, Jennifer Lawrence, screen romance between the leads, Ian McKellen, Halle Berry and with the addition of Jamie Foxx as Michael Fassbender comprise the main villain, this CGI-heavy about a third of an unbelievable feast for the eyes debuted strong. cast—no wonder the budget was “X-Man: Days of Future Past” packs the biggest punch Actor-writer-director Jon Fav– so astronomical. Regardless, I’m when it comes to cinematic star power this summer. reau serves up “Chef” May 9. This sold; this one can eat my cash. film combines the popularity of the June 13 sees the Jonah gourmet food truck revolution and the co- follow-up “Get Him to the Greek”—both Hill and Channing Tatum buddy-cop “22 medic capital of Favreau with a red-hot sup- hilarious—so if his latest is on par, it deserves Jump Street.” This sequel will have to be porting cast, including Scarlett Johansson, a rush to the box office. some kind of good to par the success of the Sofia Vergara and Robert Downey Jr. I pre- “Godzilla” invades May 16. Director 2012 comedy “21 Jump Street.” But the dict it will be one hell of a date-night movie. Gareth Edwards consulted with the original directing duo of Phil Lord and Christopher Also May 9, the frat-themed comedy Japanese production company for this re- Miller is hot off success with “The Lego “Neighbors” pledges to make us laugh. Seth boot. The film’s trailer is hauntingly fantastic, Movie,” so I predict this film will do well.


Dropping June 20 is “Jersey Boys” based, of course, on the Broadway hit of the same name and starring John Lloyd Young. The film portrays the rise-and-fall story of New Jersey-originated band Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons. A little-known guy named Clint Eastwood is directing as well. Brush up on your shower singing, because it’s time to hit the high notes. Comedy sequel “Think Like a Man Too” also opens June 20. Continuing on the 2012 original, director Tim Story again enlists a talented ensemble, led by standup comedian-turned-movie star Kevin Hart, to conduct a battle of the sexes set in Las Vegas. It should be a good time—I recommend seeing the original first. Lastly, “Transformers: Age of Extinction” arises June 27. This fourth installment is again directed by Hollywood blockbuster madman Michael Bay. Shia LaBeouf is nowhere in sight this go-around, though— Mark Wahlberg takes top billing instead. Bay and this series took a critical beating with the third film, so we’ll see what a fresh plot and the all-American Wahlberg can bring. Be on the lookout for JFP’s Summer Preview: Part Two, covering July and August, coming soon.


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Craftsmen’s Guild of Mississippi Friends Fest is at the Mississippi Craft Center.

May Art Exhibit Reception with work from William Goodman is at Fischer Galleries.

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Craftsmen’s Guild of Mississippi Friends Fest is from 6-9 p.m. at Mississippi Craft Center (950 Rice Road, Ridgeland). Free; call 601-856-7546; email education@; … M. Ward performs at 7:30 p.m. at Duling Hall (622 Duling Ave.). Mount Moriah also performs. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. $25 at the door; call 601292-7999;


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May Art Exhibit Opening Reception is from 5-8 p.m. at Fischer Galleries (736 S. President St., fourth floor). See works from William Goodman. Show hangs through May 31. Free; call 601-291-9115; … Summer Concert Series is at 6:30 p.m. at Highland Village (4500 Interstate 55 N.). Webb Wilder performs. Free; call 601-982-5861;

Lillian Axe performs May 9 at Duling Hall.The New Orleans rock band features Jackson native Brian Jones as lead vocalist. Doors open at 8 p.m.

town Arts Center (121 Millsaps Ave.). Enjoy house music from DJ Scrap Dirty, DJ Young Venom, DJ Spirituals and more. For ages 21 and up. $5; find “The Blast returns to the Midtown Mosquito” on Facebook.


Stray At Home Art and Music Festival is from 11 a.m.7 p.m. at Smith Park (302 E. Amite St.). Free; find Stray at Home on Facebook. … Blondes v. Brunettes Flag Football Game after-party is from 7-11 p.m. at Hal & Mal’s (200 S. Commerce St.). AJC and the Envelope Pushers perform. For by BRIANA ROBINSON ages 21 and up. Proceeds benefit the Alzheimer’s Association of Mississippi. $10; call 601987-0020; Fax: 601-510-9019 … August Alsina and K Camp Daily updates at perform at 7 p.m. at Mississippi Coliseum (1207 Mississippi St.). $17-$37; call 800-745-3000. … Jarekus Singleton Album Release Celebration is at 9 p.m. at Underground 119 (119 S. President St.). $10; call 601- 352-2322;


Young Business Leaders of Jackson Spring Banquet is from 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. at Hilton Jackson (1001 E. County Line Road). The keynote speaker is Will Primos, founder of Primos Hunting. $35; call 601-201-5489; email dowen@; … Freedom in Mississippi Series Lecture is at 6 p.m. at Mississippi Museum of Art (380 S. Lamar St.). Dr. Robert Luckett, director of the Margaret Walker Center at Jackson State University, lectures on the Civil Rights Movement in Mississippi. Cash bar at 5:30 p.m. Free; call 601-960-1515;

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Lillian Axe performs at 9 p.m. at Duling Hall (622 Duling Ave.). For ages 18 and up. $15 in advance, $20 at the door; call 601-292-7999; … The Blast: MIDTOWNJXN is from 5 p.m.-2 a.m. at North Mid-


Natchez Arts Festival is from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. at downtown Natchez. Free; … “12 Angry Jurors” is at 2 p.m. at Actor’s Playhouse (121 Paul Truitt Lane, Pearl). The play is about a conflict among jurors during a homicide trial. $15, $10 students, seniors and military; call 601-664-0930;


Local award-winning blues artist Jarekus Singleton performs May 10 at Underground 119 to celebrate the release of his album through Alligator Records, “Refuse to Lose.”

Go Red for Women Luncheon is at 10 a.m. at Jackson Convention Complex (105 E. Pascagoula St.). The Metro Jackson American Heart Association’s annual event includes health screenings, exhibits, a healthy lunch, testimonials and a fashion show. $100 in advance; call 601-321-1209; … Madison Farmers Market is open from 4-8 p.m. at Main Street, Madison. Vendors will begin selling produce at Madison’s first farmers market. Free.

City of Flowood Benefit Golf Tournament is at 8:30 a.m. at The Refuge Golf Course (2100 Refuge Blvd., Flowood). Proceeds benefit Stop SMA. $100-$400; call 601665-2434; email … “Martha” is at 6 p.m. at St. Andrew’s Episcopal Cathedral (305 E. Capitol St.). John Maxwell’s play is based on the biblical story 41 of sisters Mary and Martha. Free;

JFP-Sponsored Events Stray At Home Art and Music Festival May 10, 11 a.m.-7 p.m., at Smith Park (302 E. Amite St.). Enjoy live music, an arts fair, local food, craft beer and a cornhole tournament. A portion of the proceeds goes toward improvements at Smith Park. Free; find Stray at Home on Facebook.

Freedom in Mississippi Series Lecture May 12, 6 p.m.-7 p.m., at Mississippi Museum of Art (380 S. Lamar St.). In Trustmark Grand Hall. Dr. Robert Luckett, director of the Margaret Walker Center at Jackson State University, gives a lecture on the Civil Rights Movement and involvement in Mississippi. Cash bar at 5:30 p.m. Free; call 601-960-1515;

Sid the Science Kid Live! May 14, 10 a.m. and 1 p.m., at Vicksburg Convention Center (1600 Mulberry St., Vicksburg). In the performance based on the PBS Kids show, Sid, May, Gabriela and Gerald explore the five senses through games and experiments. $15, $10 in advance, children under 12 months free; call 601-630-2929 or 800745-3000;

Holiday ButterflyFACES Mother’s Day Day of Beauty May 10, 1 p.m.-6 p.m., at Salsa Mississippi Studio and Club (605 Duling Ave.). Bring your mom to the event for refreshments, music and a makeup session. Includes a mother/daughter lookalike contest and an art sale. For ages 18 and up. $25; call 213-6355; email;

Community Events at Hilton Jackson (1001 E. County Line Road) • Children’s Mental Health Summit May 8, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Mississippi Children’s Home Services is the host. Details pending. Free; call 769-777-1010; email kym.williams@mchscares. org; • Young Business Leaders of Jackson Spring Banquet May 12, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. The keynote speaker is Will Primos, founder of Primos Hunting. Sponsorships available. $35; call 601-201-5489; email; History Is Lunch May 7, noon, at Old Capitol Museum (100 S. State St.). MDAH historian Jeff Giambrone presents “To Die by the Flag Rather than Disgrace It: Black Mississippians Who Served in the Union Army During the Civil War.” Free; call 601-576-6998; Canton Flea Market May 8, 8 a.m.-5 p.m., at Historic Canton Square (Courthouse Square, Canton). The biannual shopping extravaganza includes goods from artists and crafters. Free; call 601-859-1307; Precinct 2 COPS Meeting May 8, 6 p.m., at Jackson Police Department, Precinct 2 (711 W. Capitol Street). The forum is designed to help resolve community issues. Free; call 601-960-0002.

May 7 - 13, 2014

Barnett Reservoir Boat Show May 10-11, noon, at Ross Barnett Reservoir (Madison Landing Circle, Richland). At the Madison Landing Boat Ramp. See the best in water recreation from local marinas. Free;


Flora Boot Sale May 10, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., at First Baptist Church of Flora (102 Jackson St., Flora). In the parking lot. Sell what you like from your car trunk or pickup bed. Register to receive two parking spaces to sell from. Tents allowed. Participants may not sell live animals. The event is a fundraiser for the Flora Library. $1 admission, $10 per car for sellers; call 601-879-8835. Levee Board Meeting May 12, 1 p.m., at Flowood City Hall (2101 Airport Road, Flowood). Members of the Rankin-Hinds Pearl Flood and Drainage Control District hold their monthly meeting. Free; call 601-939-4243;


hen Mary Claire Primos, founder of Stray at Home Art and Music Festival, moved back home to Jackson after living in Nashville for seven years, she noticed that something was missing. Though she found a lively, creative class, “There wasn’t a young, design-focused craft fair with a lot of DIY designers,” she says. Inspired by craftsmen, she set out to bring an event focused on craft and design products to Jackson. This year marks Stray at Home’s third year. Twenty-seven visual artists and craftspeople, mostly from Mississippi, will showcase their wares. The artist roster includes Thimblepress, Casey Creasey Art, Alena Vinet Designs, Fresh Ink, Spirit House Glass, Wolfe Studios and The Lovely Bee. Attendees can enjoy more than exposure to new designers. The event will also have kids’ crafts and activities, live music in Smith Park, a cornhole tournament (costumes are encouraged), and food and drink from local purveyors, including La Finestra, Titos Tacos, Bruno’s Adobo, Capital City Beverage, and Cathead Vodka. Primos hopes the event encourages people to “get lost in the beauty and the stories of these artists and their works while ‘straying’ at home in Jackson.” Furthering the experience of “straying” at home, participating area restaurants will give discounted or free items to any

diner wearing an event wristband that day or evening. Sal & Mookie’s, Bravo! and Broad Street will offer a 15 percent discount to wristband-wearers. The festival also seeks to raise money for Smith Park improvements, something Downtown Jackson Partners, in partnership with the city, are working on. “It’s really fun to see so many new facMoon Flower Photography

Mother’s Day Celebration Practice May 10, 11:15 a.m.-12:15 p.m., at Tara Yoga Studio (Energy in Motion, 200 Park Circle, Suite 4, Flowood). The yoga session is in honor of mothers who have passed on. Joey Plunkett performs. A portion of proceeds benefits The McLean Fletcher Center, a grief support program for youth. Refreshments included. $15; call 601-720-2337; email info@;

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Many artists, including Moon Flower Photography, will display their work at the Stray at Home festival May 10.

es come to downtown, especially knowing not many people live downtown—they had to come just for this,” Primos says. She hopes the event will continue to grow and encourage people enjoy creativity and the urban environment of Jackson. The Stray at Home Festival is May 10 from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Congress Street between Amite and Pearl streets, and in Smith Park. The event is free. For more information or to volunteer, visit —Julie Skipper


Food & Drink

Wild About Learning May 10, 10 a.m.-1 p.m., at Jackson Zoo (2918 W. Capitol St.). Local organizations share information about summer camps, classes and recreation. Includes special activities and games. Free with zoo admission; call 601-3522580;

Olde Towne Market May 10, 9 a.m.-1 p.m., at Olde Towne Clinton (Jefferson Street and West Leake Street, Clinton). In front of City Hall. Shop at the open-air market in Olde Towne Clinton. The theme is “Make Mine Vintage.” Enjoy the annual Classic Car Cruise-in. Free; call 601-924-5472; email mainstreetclinton@;

Happy Hatter’s Children and Artie Club Tea Party May 13, 4 p.m.-5:30 p.m., at Hattiesburg Cultural Center (723 Main St., Hattiesburg). The event includes music, art projects, storytelling and a tea party at an 80-foot table. $10 per; call 601583-6005; Special Storytime with Laurie Fisher May 14, 10 a.m., at Square Books Jr. (111 Courthouse Square, Oxford). The author reads from her book, “Where Do They Go on Game Day?” Free; call 662-236-2207;

Pre-Mother’s Day Brunch May 10, 11 a.m.-  2 p.m., at High Noon Cafe (2807 Old Canton Road). Treat your mom to vegetarian and vegan dishes. Food prices vary; find Pre-Mother’s Day Brunch on Facebook. Madison Farmers Market May 13, 4 p.m.-  8 p.m., at Main Street, Madison. Vendors begin selling produce at Madison’s first farmers   market. Free.

Sports & Wellness Fleet Feet Sports’ Blue Mile May 9, 5:30 p.m., at the corner of Northlake Avenue and Eastpark Street in Ridgeland. The USATF-certified onemile sprint is the only one of its kind in Mississippi. Registration required. $20; call 601-899-9696; email; Magnolia Meltdown May 10, 7 a.m., at The Club at the Township (340 Township Ave., Ridgeland). Includes a 5K run/walk, a 10K run and a one-mile kids’ fun run. Proceeds benefit St. Dominic Community Health Clinic, which provides free health care for the homeless and working poor. Online registration only. $40 5K/10K, $20 fun run (ages 10 and under); call 601-200-6821; email cbest@; Raw Foods Potluck May 10, 1 p.m., at A Aachen Back and Neck Pain Clinic (6500 Old Canton Road, Ridgeland). Please notify the facilitator what dish you are bringing. Bring a dish or $10; call 601-956-0010. Blondes v. Brunettes Flag Football Game   May 10, 4 p.m.-7 p.m., at Jackson Preparatory School (3100 Lakeland Drive, Flowood). Women compete in a powder-puff football game to raise funds for the Mississippi chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association. $10; call 601987-0020; Go Red for Women Luncheon May 13, 10 a.m., at Jackson Convention Complex (105 E. Pascagoula St.). The Metro Jackson American Heart Association’s annual event includes health screenings, exhibits, a healthy lunch, testimonials and a fashion show. $100 in advance; call 601321-1209; City of Flowood Benefit Golf Tournament May 14-15, 8:30 a.m., at The Refuge Golf Course (2100 Refuge Blvd., Flowood). The 13th annual tournament is a four-man scramble. Proceeds benefit Stop SMA. $100-$400; call 601-665-2434; email

Stage & Screen Events at Actor’s Playhouse (121 Paul Truitt Lane, Pearl). $15, $10 students, seniors and military; call 601-664-0930; • “12 Angry Jurors” May 8-10, 7:30 p.m., May 11, 2 p.m. The Reginald Rose play is about a conflict among jurors during a homicide trial. • “Joseph and The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat” May 9-10, 7:30 p.m., May 11, 2 p.m. The musical is based on the biblical account of Joseph and his coat of many colors. Events at Vicksburg Theatre Guild/Parkside Playhouse (101 Iowa Blvd., Vicksburg) • “Five Tellers Dancing in the Rain” May 8-10, 7:30 p.m.; May 4 and May 11, 2 p.m. The play is about five women who are bank employees, and gather to share their troubles. $12, $10 seniors, $7 students, children ages 12 and under; call 601-636-0471; • “Les Misérables” Auditions May 10,   s2 p.m.-4 p.m., May 12, 6:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m. VTG seeks a singers for the upcoming musical production. Free; call 601-6380471; “La Cenerentola” May 10, 11:55 a.m., May 14, 6:30 p.m., at Tinseltown (411 Riverwind Drive, Pearl). The Metropolitan Opera presents Rossini’s opera starring Joyce DiDonato as Cinderella and Juan Diego Flórez as Prince Charming. Encore show May 14. May 10: $22, $20 seniors, $15 children; May 14: $20, $18 seniors, $14 children; call 601-936-5856;   


â&#x20AC;&#x153;Marthaâ&#x20AC;? May 14, 6 p.m., at St. Andrewâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Episcopal Cathedral (305 E. Capitol St.). Fish Tale Group Theatre presents John Mawellâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s play based on the biblical story of sisters Mary and Martha. Free; call 354-1535;

Concerts & Festivals Events at Duling Hall (622 Duling Ave.). $3 surcharge for patrons under 21; call 601-292-7999; email; â&#x20AC;˘ M Ward May 7, 7:30 p.m. The Portland, Ore., native is known for his solo work as well as his work with She & Him and Monsters of Folk. Mount Moriah also performs. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. All-ages show; adults must accompany children. Standing room only. $20 in advance, $25 at the door. â&#x20AC;˘ Lillian Axe May 9, 9 p.m. The New Orleans rock band features Jackson native Brian Jones as lead vocalist. Doors open at 8 p.m. For ages 18 and up. $15 in advance, $20 at the door. Rossini, Puccini and Martinis May 4 and   May 11, 7 p.m., at Eola Hotel (110 N. Pearl St., Natchez). Enjoy live entertainment and a cash bar in the Grand Lobby. Free; call 601-446-9626; Summer Concert Series May 8, 6:30 p.m., at Highland Village (4500 Interstate 55 N.). Webb Wilder performs. Free; call 601-982-5861; Live at Lunch May 9, 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m., at Mississippi Museum of Art (380 S. Lamar St.). Enjoy live music during your lunch hour. Bring lunch or purchase from the Palette Cafe by Viking. Free; call 601-960-1515; The Blast: MIDTOWNJXN May 9, 5 p.m.-2 a.m., at North Midtown Arts Center (121 Millsaps Ave.). Enjoy house music from DJ Scrap Dirty, DJ Young Venom, DJ Spirituals and more. For ages 21 and up. $5; call 372-8088; find â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Blast returns to the Midtown Mosquito   (MIDTOWNJXN)â&#x20AC;? on Facebook. Elvis Meets Patsy Cline May 9, 7 p.m., at Regency Hotel and Conference Center (420 Greymont Ave.). Performers include Debi Taylor Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Neil, Elvis impersonator Travis Powell and Patsy Cline impersonator Diane Bailey. $20 at the door; call 601-940-4247. Olâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Man River: The Music of Jerome Kern May 9, 7 p.m., at Twin Oaks (71 Homochitto St., Natchez). Enjoy Kernâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s musical scores and cuisine from Chef Regina Charboneau. Charboneau also signs copies of her book, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Mississippi Current.â&#x20AC;? Limited tickets. $100; call 601-446-6631; Pops III: Pepsi Pops May 9, 7:30 p.m., at Old Trace Park (Post Road, Ridgeland). The annual event includes family-friendly activities, music from the Mississippi Symphony Orchestra and a fireworks finale. Concessions sold. Bring a picnic basket for a chance to win a prize for the best basket design. Gates open at 4:30 p.m. $15 and up; call 601-960-1565; Wyatt Waters, Eric Stracener and Jakob Clark May 9, 7:30 p.m.-10 p.m., at James Patterson Photography (3017 N. State St.). Enjoy an evening of original songs from three Jackson musicians. $5; email

Gulfport Music Festival May 9-10, at Jones Park (805 20th Ave., Gulfport). The music lineup includes performers such as Kid Rock, the Ying Yang Twins, Sir Mix-A-Lot, Cypress Hill, Third Eye Blind and Sublime with Rome. $60 May 9, $70 May 10, $90 two-day pass, $279 VIP; call 800-745-3000; Live Oak Arts Festival May 10, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., at Pascagoula Street (Pascagoula Street, Pascagoula). Includes shopping for art and crafts, a classic car show, local cuisine and more. Performers include Madi Cooper, Mirage, Sara Smith and the Suburban Jazz Quartet, and Sugarcane Jane. Free; call 228-938-6604; email; find Live Oak Arts Festival on Facebook. Pioneer Day Festival May 10, 9 a.m.-7 p.m., at French Camp Historic District (LeFleur Circle, French Camp). Tour the historic village and enjoy square dancing, a kidsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; carnival, live music, competitions, arts and crafts vendors, and concessions. Blankets and lawn chairs welcome. Free admission, donations welcome; call 662-547-6482; Natchez Arts Festival May 10-11, 10 a.m.-  6 p.m., in downtown Natchez. Enjoy art exhibits, food, shopping and music in the historic city. Free admission, raffle tickets: $20 or six for $100; The Mississippi Boychoir Concert May 10, 6 p.m., at St. Philipâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Episcopal Church (5400 Old Canton Road). The choir consists of boys ages 6-18. The Metropolitan Male Chorus also performs. Free, donations welcome; call 601665-7374; The Beatles: Coming to America May 10,   7 p.m., at Natchez City Auditorium (219 Jefferson St., Natchez). The Classical Mystery Tour Group performs Beatles songs on honor of the bandâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 50th anniversary of their first visit to the United States. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. $45 floor seating, $25 stadium seating, $20 children, students with ID and military; call 800-6476742; Tribute to Leontyne Price May 11, 3 p.m., at Temple Bâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Nai Israel (213 S. Commerce St., Natchez). $30, $10 children, students and military; call 800-647-6742;

Literary & Signings â&#x20AC;&#x153;Strange Glory: A Life of Dietrich Bonhoefferâ&#x20AC;? May 7, 5:30 p.m., at Square Books (160 Courthouse Square, Oxford). Charles Marsh signs books. $35 book; call 662-236-2262; â&#x20AC;&#x153;Shape Up Sisters!â&#x20AC;? May 10, 2 p.m.-4 p.m., at Lorelei Books (1103 Washington St., Vicksburg). Linda Fondren signs books. Books for sale; call 601-634-8624; email loreleibooks@wave2lan. com; â&#x20AC;&#x153;Paint Me!â&#x20AC;? May 13, 4 p.m., at Lemuria Books (4465 Interstate 55 N., Suite 202). Sarah Frances Hardy signs books. $14.95 book; call 601-366-7619; email;

Creative Classes Motherâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Day Floral Workshop May 8, 11 a.m.-  1 p.m., at Fairview Inn (734 Fairview St.). Local floral design company Au Courant is the facilitator. Includes lunch. Registration required. $60; call 601-948-3429, ext. 316. Discover Class Series May 8, 6 p.m.-8:30 p.m., at Mississippi Craft Center (950 Rice Road, Ridgeland). Options include fused glass with Candy Spurzem, jewelry making with Laura Tarbutton

or glass bead making with Jim Bankston. Registration required. $35 per person; call 601-856-7546; email; Basic Glass Fusion Class May 13, 6 p.m.-8 p.m., at Millsaps College (1701 N. State St.). Learn to create glass cabochons with sheet glass and dichroic glass. Sessions are May 13 and May 15. Registration required. $50 plus $45 supply fee; call 601-974-1130;

Exhibit Openings Craftsmenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Guild of Mississippi Friends Fest May 7, 6 p.m.-9 p.m., at Mississippi Craft Center (950 Rice Road, Ridgeland). See facility improvements and craft demonstrations, hear about upcoming events and enjoy refreshments. RSVP. Free; call 601-856-7546; email education@; May Art Exhibit Opening Reception May 8,   5 p.m.-8 p.m., at Fischer Galleries (736 S. President St., fourth floor). See works from William Goodman. Show hangs through May 31. Free; call 601-291-9115; The Education Center School Student Art Show May 10, 2 p.m.-5 p.m., at Arts Center of Mississippi (201 E. Pascagoula St.). See artwork from high school students. Free; email grace@

LGBT Family and Friends of LGBTQI Persons Support Group May 12, call or email for location and time. The group offers a safe place for people to share their feelings and experiences. Professional counselors lead. Free; call 601-842-7599; email

Be the Change Paint Pink! May 8, 7 p.m.-9 p.m., at Easely Amused (7048 Old Canton Road, Suite 1002, Ridgeland). Attendees paint trees with pink blooms at the fundraiser for the Central Mississippi Steel Magnolias Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure. Registration required. $33 per person; call 601-707-5854; email paint@; Kairos of Mississippi Benefit Golf Tournament May 9, 1 p.m., at Whisper Lake Country Club (414 Annandale Parkway, Madison). Includes meals, prizes and a hole-in-one contest for a chance to win a golf cart. Proceeds go toward Kairosâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; support of inmates and their families. Registration required. $95-$340; call 601-896-6543; email; NAMIWalks Information Meeting May 13,   5 p.m.-7 p.m., at Sal & Mookieâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s New York Pizza and Ice Cream Joint (565 Taylor St.). Learn more about the upcoming walk on Nov. 8. The walk is a fundraiser fro NAMI Mississippi. Includes refreshments and door prizes. RSVP. Free; call 601-899-9058; Mississippi Immigrants Rights Alliance Advocacy Meeting May 14, 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 601968-5182;


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The Music of Stray At Home by Genevieve Legacy


he Third Annual Stray at Home Art and Music Festival, celebrating Along with more than two dozen visual artists exhibiting their work, several and showcasing local and regional talent, will take place during the day musicians will perform throughout the day. Read about the performers beMay 10 downtown at Smith Park and on Congress and Amite streets. low, and then be sure to hear them perform on the Smith Park stage. Courtesy Adam Faucett

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Adam Faucett performs from noon to 1 p.m.

imaginative and free-range storyteller emerge in songs such as “Edgar Cayce” and “Killer on Staten Island.” Don’t be fooled by the civil-war beard—his songs are thoughtful and contemporary with the occasional swipe of rusted straight razor. Visit

Mississippi Rail Company


May 7 - 13, 2014

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oung-blood Marc Scibilia is a sing- school. He signed with Sony/ATV Music er-songwriter from Buffalo, N.Y., Publishing in 2010 and has released three who has taken up albums. Scibilia has perresidence on the Eastformed with Dave Barnes ern side of the tracks in and Derek Webb. He has Nashville. A bona fide opened for John Oates of dreamboat, the nouveau Hall & Oates and, most folk singer grew up in recently, Butch Walker, a family of musicians. who recorded and proAs an unabashed folduced Scibilia’s upcomlower of the Americana ing album in Walker’s bard, Scibilia says Bob Nashville home studio. Dylan’s “Oh Mercy” may Marc Scibilia performs Scibilia’s blues-tinged be his favorite record of from 1:45 p.m. to 2:45 p.m. and soulful number “How all time. Bad We Need Each Oth Scibilia began playing music at an er” brought him national attention after early age. Starting out on drums and being featured on MTV’s “Celebrity Reclassical piano, he picked up the guitar hab with Dr. Drew” and the Fox Televias a teenager. Scibilia relocated to Ten- sion series, “Bones.” nessee shortly after graduating from high Visit

Southern Komfort Brass Band

S Southern Komfort Brass Band has a street performance from 1:15 p.m. to 1:45 p.m. and a stage performance from 3 p.m. to 3:45 p.m.

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outhern Komfort Brass Band is a second-line band retooled and adapted for Mississippi. The New Orleans-style band consists of sousaphone player Jamie Abrams; tenor saxophonist Cedric Eubanks; trumpeters Terry Miller and Joseph Handy’ trombonists Eric James and Lorenzo Gayden; trumpeter, percussionists Gerard Howard and Tim Boyd; and alternate trumpeter Corey Hannah. Established in 2010, Southern Komfort Brass Band stirs up Delta blues with a little jazz and funk, making music to make

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Under keyboardist and vocalist Travers Geoffray’s lead, the band’s live performances have earned it slots in numerous festivals, including the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival, Voodoo Fest and Crawfest at Tulane University. Drummer Sam Shahin, stand-up bassist Calvin MourinMartin and tenor saxophonist Robin Clabby make up the rest of Mississippi Rail Company. This year, the band is exploring music outside traditional album structure by following up its 2012 debut release, “Coal Black Mississippi Rail Company performs from 4:15 p.m. Train,” with monthly single releasto 5:15 p.m. es. On Mississippi Rail Company’s website, listeners can enjoy the sound. Merging blues, rock ‘n’ roll, boogie- music for free or make a donation. January’s woogie and a dash of tent revival, Missis- “Big Bad Wolf” is a red-hot swing number sippi Rail Company is a youthful, energetic that is totally worth a buck. addition to the New Orleans music scene. Visit oving forward via a vehicle of the past,” is the mission of New Orleans-based quartet, Mississippi Rail Company. Its strippeddown piano and vocal engine steams along with a decidedly up-tempo and driving


arked by searing and soulful vo- albums to date. Its 2009 release, “Heaven cals and churning steel dobra and Earth” debuted at No. 2 on the Euroand guitar, Blue Americana Chart and Mother Tupelo can shapeplaced in the Top 40 on the shift from Appalachia to U.S. Americana Charts. San Francisco Summer “Our focus throughof-Love to New Orleans out our musical lives has in August—all at the drop been to stay true to our of a beat. Blue Mother is a souls, first and foremost,” knockout roots duo from the couple said in a press Hendersonville, Tenn. release, demonstrating Micol and Ricky Datheir self-proclaimed cenvis met at an open mic in ter. Proving the soul is an Knoxville about 20 years Blue Mother Tupelo expansive place to live, performs from 5:45 p.m. ago. Since their initial meet- to 7 p.m. “Only Sunshine”—the ing, the life partners have group’s latest album—feaworked in tandem to create and nurture tures several songs that were co-written their own version of southern soul. Blue with trusted friends and fellow musicians. Mother Tupelo has released four studio Visit Courtesy Blue Mother Tupelo


rkansas traveler and troubadour Adam Faucett has an evocative, nearly operatic voice that is well-suited to the deep, passionate lyrics he pens. As a solo artist, Faucett has toured extensively since 2006. He is known for his distinct finger picking on guitar and banjo, and his influences range from Neil Young to Sonic Youth. He’s recorded four albums to date, and has toured all over the U.S., sharing stages with artists such as John Isbell, Chuck Ragan and Lucero. Faucett’s 2014 release on Last Chance Records, “Blind Water Finds Blind Water,” is a raw-boned collection of songs, including several autobiographical accounts of growing up in the rural towns of his home state. His skills as an

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you move. The key ingredient to the band’s Jackson homebrew is the second-line-meets-bounce style complete with a steady-quick backbeat that gets people on their feet for an instant party. When not playing clubs such as Underground 119, the band puts a second-line spin on the traditional wedding procession. It also performs at funerals, playing slow hymns at the beginning of the ceremony then picking up the tempo to celebrate the home-going. A well-established local festival favorite, Southern Komfort Brass Band will lead a second line parade in and among Stray at Home artists and attendees in the early afternoon. Later, the band returns for a concert-style performance on the Smith Park stage. Don’t forget your dancin’ shoes. Visit


Silo on Reviving the Delta Spirit




by Micah Smith


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ou wouldn’t necessarily call Tallulah, La., a “tourist trap.” The town itself is small and has fewer attractions than some cities along the Mississippi River. But what Tallulah does have in abundance is history and nature, and that’s the rich spring from which female folk duo Silo chose to drink with its first album, “Tall Tales.” “It’s our EP—our first album—and it’s a compilation of eight songs we wrote together while living in the Louisiana Delta,” Jenn Jeffers says. “‘Tall Tales’ is basically a representation of how enamored we are with the history and the beauty of the area.” Jeffers, 24, mainly focuses on banjo during live performances. The instrument of choice for her band mate, Renee Arozqueta, 29, is the accordion. They both also employ acoustic guitar, percussion and the occasional glockenspiel. “I think that keeps our sound interesting because we’re two girls playing instruments traditionally played by men,” Jeffers says. This pairing of old-soul singers came about through an educational program, as both women are teachers by trade. They soon learned that they shared a mutual love for folk music and bluegrass. Arozqueta, a Pensacola, Fla., native, grew up in a home where folk reigned supreme. Her mother was also a folk musician when she was younger, and that passion passed on to Arozqueta. “Renee is definitely the more seasoned musician. She’s been in numerous bands, done solo stuff, and been on three or four tours with other projects,” Jeffers says of her friend and writing partner. “I’m fairly a ‘noob’ to the game. I was just happy to have someone to sing with since I was new.” A Little Rock native, Jeffers had recently moved from St. Louis, Mo., at the time that she and Arozqueta met and began playing together. “We

thought we sounded interesting together and discovered we had great chemistry, and we just decided to pursue it.” For Jeffers, that chemistry is the lifeblood of Silo. Every song from the duo makes use of her and Arozqueta’s harmonic abilities, which the instrumentation weaves expertly around. Jeffers says that they place a considerable amount of importance on harmonies when writing, and it’s that attention that separates them from many of their musical peers. “Our ‘velvety center’ is what we call it,” Jeffers says with a laugh. “Once you hear a harmony, that’s kind of what hooks you.” By emphasizing their vocal assets, Jeffers and Renee have developed a close relationship that benefits their performances. “We can read each other on stage really well, which I think would be harder to do with a full band,” Jeffers says. “The limitation is that we have to learn how to play every instrument we bring on the stage and learn to play it well. We have to be on top of everything all the time.” Perhaps the biggest contributors to Silo’s creative career, though, are the city of Tallulah and the south in general. “I think folk music is just about great storytelling, especially here in the south. Having an oral history is really important where I come from,” Jeffers says. “We’ll probably always be influenced by southern culture and history no matter where we find ourselves.” Silo is currently booking its first southeastern regional tour for the months of July and August, already planning to make stops in Mississippi, Tennessee, Louisiana and Arkansas. The duo performs at 9 p.m. May 9 at Andrew’s Tavern (325 Main St., Natchez, 601-445-0702). For the latest information, check out Facebook. com/silolouisiana. To listen to “Tall Tales,” visit Email silolouisiana@ for booking and other inquiries.

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Thursday, May 8 NFL (7-10:30 p.m., ESPN/NFL Network): Both ESPN and the NFL Network cover the 2014 NFL Draft—the first round starts today. Friday, May 9 NFL (6-10:30 p.m., ESPN/ESPN2/ NFLN): Coverage of the second and third rounds of the 2014 NFL Draft begins on ESPN before moving to ESPN 2. Saturday, May 10 NFL (11 a.m.-7 p.m., ESPN/NFLN): The last day of the 2014 NFL Draft will start with round four and go all the way to round seven, ending with pick No. 256—also known as “Mr. Irrelevant.” Sunday, May 11 NBA (2:30-5 p.m., ABC): Catch game four between the Oklahoma City Thunder and the LA Clippers in what has been a wild, crazy and exciting NBA playoffs.

It feels like the Super Bowl was a year ago—that is how much I’ve missed football. Finally, the NFL Draft is here, and we football fanatics get a little hit of our favorite sport before the dog days of summer. Monday, May 12 NBA (7 p.m.-12 a.m., TNT): A double header of game fours starts with the Miami Heat at the Brooklyn Nets, followed by the San Antonio Spurs at the Portland Trail Blazers. Tuesday, May 13 Soccer (6-7 p.m., ESPN): With just a month until the 2014 World Cup, Inside: U.S. Soccer’s March To Brazil previews the men’s national team journey to Brazil. Wednesday, May 14 MLB (6-9 p.m., ESPN): The Yankees take the subway to face the Mets for Big Apple bragging rights. This NFL draft should be very good. Expect to hear analysts throw around the word “deep” a lot. The quarterback position is the biggest unknown of this draft. Follow Bryan Flynn at, @jfpsports and at


t hasn’t been a very good couple of weeks in the sports world. Donald Sterling got most of the press, but he was not the only sports figure exhibiting racist behavior. Montreal Canadiens defenseman P. K. Subban was the subject of racist tweets after he scored two goals, including the winning point, against the Boston Bruins. Subban, one of the few black players in the NHL, took the high road, saying the Bruins and their fans shouldn’t be singled out for a few bad apples. But this isn’t the first time Bruins fans have taken to Twitter and made racist remarks when a black player has scored the winning goal in a playoff game. In the 2011-12 playoffs, Washington Capitals forward Joel Ward was the focus of racial slurs on Twitter when his overtime goal eliminated Boston in the first round. Over in Europe, Spain especially, things haven’t been much better. An incident in La Liga involved Barcelona defender Dani Alves, who picked up a banana and took a bite after a fan threw it on the field. Alves’ team scored a 3-2 win over Villarreal, but the banana took the headlines. Villarreal found the fan who threw the banana and banned him for life from Estadio El Madrigal. This isn’t Alves’ first brush with racist acts. In 2013, sections of

Real Madrid’s fans heckled him with monkey chants. This past weekend, Atlético Madrid fans harassed Levante’s Papakouli Diop with monkey gestures, marring La Liga games for the second straight week. Soccer players all over Europe have been subject to racist gestures, acts and chants. The soccer clubs of Europe have tried things such as criminal prosecution and lifetime bans on fans to curb the issue. But now, for some lighter news. The 2014 NFL Draft is Thursday through Saturday, and a few players from Mississippi could hear their names called. Jackson State cornerback Qua Cox could be a Saturday pick in rounds four to seven. Even if Cox isn’t drafted, I would be surprised if he wasn’t signed quickly as an undrafted free agent. Mississippi State guard Gabe Jackson should hear his named called early—he should be drafted in the first three rounds. Ole Miss wide receiver Donte Moncrief left school early and could be a thirdday pick. Moncrief has the speed NFL coaches love, and a team could try to grab him late on day two just on potential. If Southern Miss sees a player drafted, it will likely be defensive tackle Khyri Thornton. He could be picked on day three of the draft.

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Put one digit from 1-9 in each square of this Sudoku so that the following three conditions are met: 1) each row, column and 3x3 box (as marked off by heavy lines in the grid) contains the digits 1-9 exactly one time; 2) no digit is repeated within any of the areas marked off by dotted lines; and 3) the sums of the numbers in each area marked off by dotted lines total the little number given in each of those areas. Now do what I tell you—solve!!

TAURUS (April 20-May 20):

Free jazz is a type of music that emerged in the 1950s as a rebellion against jazz conventions. Its meter is fluid and its harmonies unfamiliar, sometimes atonal. Song structures may be experimental and unpredictable. A key element in free jazz is collective improvisation—riffing done not just by a featured soloist, but by the entire group of musicians playing together. To prepare for your adventures in the coming days, Taurus—which I suspect will have resemblances to free jazz—you might want to listen to music by its pioneers, like Ornette Coleman, Charles Mingus and Sun Ra. Whatever you do, don’t fall prey to scapabobididdilywiddilydoobapaphobia, which is the fear of freestyle jazz.

Apple and Exxon are the most valuable companies in America. In third place, worth more than $350 billion, is Google. Back in 1999, when the future Internet giant was less than a year old, Google’s founders Sergey Brin and Larry Page tried to sell their baby for a mere million dollars. The potential buyer was Excite, an online service that was thriving at the time. But Excite’s CEO turned down the offer, leaving Brin and Page to soldier onward by themselves. Lucky for them, right? Today they’re rich and powerful. I foresee the possibility of a comparable development in your life, Gemini. An apparent “failure” may, in hindsight, turn out to be the seed of a future success.

CANCER (June 21-July 22):

“You can’t have your cake and eat it, too” is an Englishlanguage proverb. It means that you will no longer have your cake if you eat it all up. The Albanian version of the adage is “You can’t go for a swim without getting wet. “ Hungarians say, “It’s impossible to ride two horses with one butt.” According to my analysis, Cancerian, you will soon disprove this folk wisdom. You will, in effect, be able to eat you cake and still have it. You will somehow stay dry as you take a dip. You will figure out a way to ride two horses with your one butt.

LEO (July 23-Aug. 22):

I know this might come as a shock, Leo, but ... are you ready? ... you are God! Or at least godlike. An influx of crazy yet useful magic from the Divine Wow is boosting your personal power way beyond normal levels. There’s so much primal mojo flowing through you that it will be hard if not impossible for you to make mistakes. Don’t fret, though. Your stint as the Wild Sublime Golden Master of Reality probably won’t last for more than two weeks, three tops. I’m sure that won’t be long enough for you to turn into a raving megalomaniac with 10,000 cult followers.

VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22):

In your imagination, take a trip many years into the future. See yourself as you are now, sitting next to the wise elder you will be then. The two of you are lounging on a beach and gazing at a lake. It’s twilight. A warm breeze feels good. You turn to your older self and say, “Do you have any regrets? Is there anything you wish you had done but did not do?” Your older self tells you what that thing is. (Hear it now.) And you reply, “Tomorrow I will begin working to change all that.”

LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22):

Over a hundred years ago, the cattle industry pressured the U.S. government to kill off wolves in Yellowstone National Park. By 1926 the wolves had all but vanished. In the following decades, elk herds grew unnaturally big, no longer hunted by their natural predator. The elk decimated the berry bushes of Yellowstone, eating the wild fruit with such voracity that grizzly bears and many other species went hungry. In 1995, environmentalists and conservationists got clearance to re-introduce wolves to the area. Now the berry bushes are flourishing again. Grizzlies are thriving, as are other mammals that had been deprived. I regard this vignette as an allegory for your life in the coming months, Libra. It’s time to do the equivalent of replenishing the wolf population. Correct the imbalance.

SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21):

I have no problem with you listening closely to the voices in your head. Although there might be some weird counsel flowing from some of them, it’s also possible that one of those voices might have sparkling insights to offer. As for the voices that are delivering messages from

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CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19):

“Those who control their passions do so because their passions are weak enough to be controlled,” said writer William Blake. I think you will challenge this theory in the coming weeks, Capricorn. Your passions will definitely not be weak. They may even verge on being volcanic. And yet I bet you will manage them fairy well. By that I mean you will express them with grace and power rather than allowing them to overwhelm you and cause a messy ruckus. You won’t need to tamp them down and bottle them up because you will find a way to be both uninhibited and disciplined as you give them their chance to play.

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AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18):

Would you please go spend some quality time having non-goal-oriented fun? Can I convince you to lounge around in fantasyland as you empty your beautiful head of all compulsions to prove yourself and meet people’s expectations? Will you listen to me if I suggest that you take off the mask that’s stuck to your face and make funny faces in the mirror? You need a nice long nap, gorgeous. Two or three nice long naps. Bake some damn cookies, even if you’ve never done so. Soak your feet in epsom salts as you binge-watch a TV show that stimulates a thousand emotions. Lie in the grass and stare lovingly at the sky for as long as it takes to recharge your spiritual batteries.

PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20):

Dear Pisceans: Your evil twins have asked me to speak to you on their behalf. They say they want to apologize for the misunderstandings that may have arisen from their innocent desire to show you what you had been missing. Their intent was not at all hostile or subversive. They simply wanted to fill in some gaps in your education. OK? Next your evil twins want to humbly request that you no longer refer to them as “Evil Twin,” but instead pick a more affectionate name, like, say “Sweet Mess” or “Tough Lover.” If you promise to treat them with more geniality, they will guarantee not to be so tricky and enigmatic.

ARIES (March 21-April 19):

Fireworks displays excite the eyes and lift the spirit. But the smoke and dust they produce can harm the lungs with residues of heavy metals. The toxic chemicals they release may pollute streams and lakes and even groundwater. So is there any alternative? Not yet. No one has come up with a more benign variety of fireworks. But if it happens soon, I bet it will be due to the efforts of an enterprising Aries researcher. Your tribe is entering a phase when you will have good ideas about how to make risky fun safer, how to ensure vigorous adventures are healthy and how to maintain constructive relationships with exciting influences.

Homework: Upon waking up for the next seven mornings, sing the song that fills you with feisty hope.

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Nope, not just for baseball. (Knock it out of the park tonight with one of these rocket boosters!)

175 Hwy 80 East in Pearl * 601.932.2811 M-Th: 10-10p F-Sa 10-Mid Su: 1-10p *

v12n35 - Not One More Deported Mom  

+ Honoring Mothers pp 16-23 The Battle for Ward 6 Begins pp 6-7 The Sound of Stray at Home p 44 Hitched: Brooks-Bell's Barn Nuptials p 25