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harles Evers, 91, is a World War II Army veteran who fought abroad and at home for equality. He was also one of the most influential civil-rights spokespeople and activists in Mississippi. Evers, who became the first African American disc jockey in Mississippi at WHOC Radio Station in Philadelphia, Miss., in 1950, is now the WMPR 90.1 FM Radio general manager and board chairman in Jackson, Miss. He says that radio and communication are important because they expose people to the good and the bad in the world. Evers’ activism for racial equality began when he was young with his younger brother Medgar Evers, also a civil rights activist. When Medgar died in 1963, Evers returned to Mississippi to take the late civil rights activist’s job as field director of the Mississippi State Conference of the NAACP. NAACP named Evers “Man of the Year” in 1969. That same year, he became the first African American mayor since Reconstruction in Mississippi, when he won the Fayette, Miss., mayoral election. The city re-elected him in 1973. Evers says he wants to be remembered as fair, caring and wanting what is best for all people. “I’m a great believer in equality, not superiority,” he says. “Medgar and I never fought for that. We fought to be equal and

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treated fair and to be given the chance to be whatever we wanted to be. So far we’ve accomplished that.” Over the years, Evers has continued his work to help others who have been marginalized in some manner. He founded the James Charles Evers Foundation, an organization that focuses on helping senior citizens, mainly with physical and mental disabilities, through providing transportation to places such as doctor’s offices and grocery stores. The foundation also helps people join Medicare and Medicaid while helping senior citizens get the information they need. “No one cares about the nobodies,” Evers says. “Somebody has to care.” He says that he has had challenges because of the color of his skin. One of these problems is that he could not marry the love of his life—a Filipino woman named Felicia—because she was considered white. Evers did, however, marry and has nine daughters and one son. WMPR organizes the yearly Medgar Evers homecoming parade every June. This year’s celebration was June 6. Evers said he is proud that Americans have realized that everyone is equal, something he has worked for throughout his life. He is also proud that Americans, white and black, have elected a black president when 60 years ago, that was only a dream. —Mary Kate McGowan

Cover photo of Justin Burch by Trip Burns

8-9 Cochran v. McDaniel

Is a Republican in the U.S. Senate the best thing for the city of Jackson?

29 Changing Perspectives in Civil Rights

In “Women: Agents of Change in the Civil Rights Movement” at Jackson State University’s Johnson Hall, Doris A. Derby’s photographs explore the role of women in the Civil Rights Movement.

35 Black Joe Lewis’ Revival

“All the songs on here are about something. It’s kind of like my middle finger, this album. I want to let everybody know about it. I get to tell people this is what happened. I get to put out what I want to do without somebody screwing with me.” —Black Joe Lewis, “Black Joe Lewis: Rocking Revival”

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by Donna Ladd, Editor-in-Chief

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drove over to see my very-sick aunt in Neshoba County this past weekend, and she shared two stories about my daddy that made me cry. First, she told me about a big orange cat that my dad’s father, by then a grandfather, had locked inside his house and was horribly beating with a stick. My daddy went into the house and told his father to stop hurting the cat and then took him home with him, where he liked to lie on the floor with the kitty sleeping on his chest. That sounded like the charming, loveable daddy I remembered loving oh-somuch and then losing to a heart attack when I was in the second grade, as he lay on the couch while I rubbed his forehead and we waited for the ambulance to arrive, too late. My aunt also told me about the time that he broke my mother’s arm. It was in another one of his drunken tantrums that I remember so well, if not that particular one, in the first house I ever lived in. She was home recovering after a mastectomy when this attack came; she had lost her right breast and much of the muscle in that arm. He broke the other one. I can take these stories now, even if they puncture my heart. The two stories describe the complicated man that I still cherish dearly, 45 years after he suffered his last heart attack in our house out in Neshoba County. My daddy was uneducated—only went to school until third grade in a country one-roomer—and yet he was a smart man trapped inside. He had passion and spirit that he had nowhere especially good to put. He grew up among many broken men who believed it meant they had to break others, as too many still do, yet without his hardscrabble life as an excuse. And, as I’ve learned while delving into my family’s history, his own father lost his father when he was a teenager, leaving his

wife—my great-grandmother—to be the single (as far as I know) matron of a posse of progeny for another 60 years. They were poor farmers, who apparently descended from monied, privileged planters, but had fallen so far after the Civil War and the depression that most of them barely got any schooling. Disputes involving those in my

He had passion and spirit that he had nowhere especially good to put. family tree just might end up in violence— and I fully expect to find some more tales. Some, or maybe a lot, of that violence involved women. These boys were raised, like too many Mississippi men, to believe that they could and should control women. My aunt told me stories about one wife walking two steps behind her husband at all times if out, then constantly being abused at home. Another story involved my mother being haunted by a relative on her side—she didn’t remember which—who threw an unwanted baby of his unwed daughter in a well to die, rather than allow her to keep it. Like I said, I come from quite a line of folks. Many of us do.

But here’s the thing. My father has been dead for four decades, and my mother for more than two. Neither was educated, or perfect. They played the card they were dealt because there wasn’t another card available to them. They were trapped in their lives. My heart can feel like it’s splitting open sometimes when I stop to remember what my mother went through. After my daddy died, she remarried my stepdaddy, who grew up with a tough, abused life at the same intersection of Neshoba and Leake counties as where my people come from. (In fact, I suspect we are related through my real dad.) My stepdad was the same verse, different hymnal. He fought in two wars and became an alcoholic to deal with the horrors he saw there, he told me once, like seeing his best friend blown away next to him in Korea. Like my real daddy, he was a charmer, and I loved him dearly, too. But when he was drunk, he, too, terrorized us, destroyed our things, gambled our money away. And again, my mother tried to help him until she couldn’t any longer. Thinking back, I know that they were all locked in a cycle due to their lack of opportunity. Of course, that didn’t excuse the violence that sent my mother to the hospital during both of her marriages. And I’ve often wished that I was older then, already the tough-as-nails woman I’ve become who could have helped her more. The irony, of course, is that my toughness came from her ability to survive her life—her daddy was no cup of tea, either, I’m told—and to keep loving and feeling compassion, anyway. And I’d be dishonest if I didn’t admit that I realize I’m a Ladd through and through, which means in my case that I’m not prone to take injustice lying down. They might have solved their disputes with fists or perhaps a baseball bat; my chosen weapon is more of a proverbial baseball bat at times.

But here’s the thing: I love them all anyway. Learning about my daddy breaking my mama’s arm doesn’t make me love him less; it makes me mourn for such a loss of potential. The man who had miles of cars following his hearse after his funeral, due to his good looks and love of life and vast circle of friends, had nowhere to funnel his passion. Education is freedom; it allows us to lead healthier, better lives if we put it to good use. The lack of it can literally kill people as I saw too often growing up, and still now. It’s taken me a while to understand that my deep well of compassion comes to me honest. That is, I watched people, and especially men, be trapped by who and what the small society around them told them to be. Much of the bravado resulted from shame, I believe, in being involved in a long line of people who abused others, whether their own wives and children or the slaves who did their work for them. Or, too often, both. As a result of so much unresolved trauma, individual and societal, too many of us still blame each other, point fingers, hate, bash and claim that “the other” is evil. Meantime, very similar-but-secret things may be happening under our own roofs. No, not all men abuse or hurt, but collectively we have condoned a society that excuses it too often when they do. It is time that all of us select a different path: Let’s choose love and understanding first, even as we do what we need to do in order to protect the safety of our loved ones. We have to stop the cycle for the future, and it can be done. I and many others just a generation away from violent, trapped parents prove it. We must start with education and high expectations. We must stand together against abuse. And we must love, anyway. Always.

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Trip Burns

Mary Kate McGowan

R.L. Nave

Emma McNeel

Deja Harris

Jared Boyd

Carmen Cristo

Mo Wilson

Staff Photographer Trip Burns is a graduate of the University of Mississippi, where he studied English and sociology. He enjoys the films of Stanley Kubrick. He took the cover photo.

Editorial Intern Mary Kate McGowan, a senior communication and English major at Mississippi State University, is a Starkville Free Press writer. She wrote the Jacksonian and contributed to the cover package.

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

Editorial Intern Emma McNeel is a sophomore at St. Andrew’s Episcopal School. The 15-yearold enjoys running cross-country and track and watching and making films. She contributed to the cover package.

Editorial Intern Deja Harris is a junior at Alcorn State University where she majors in mass communications with an emphasis in print journalism. She contributed to the cover package.

Editorial Intern Jared Boyd is an Ole Miss senior studying broadcast journalism. The Memphis native writes for The Daily Mississippian and hosts his own urban music mix show on Rebel Radio.

Feature Writer 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.

Mo Wilson is a recent Millsaps graduate who his looking for his forever family, and by that he means a job with a salary. In the meantime he is writing, blogging and making zines from his childhood bedroom. He wrote a music review


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Tuesday, June 10 Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Illinois said the exchange of Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl for five Taliban detainees at Guantanamo was finalized a day before the swap. American officials didn’t learn the pickup location until an hour ahead of time.

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f the people of Mississippi are dumb enough to get rid of� the senior senator on the U.S. Senate Appropriations Committee for a freshman senator with no power, “this is going to be dead, dead, dead,� Gary Rhoads, Flowood’s Republican mayor, fumed at a recent meeting of the Rankin-Hinds Pearl River Flood and Drainage Control District. Rhoads’ rant came in response to a question from fellow Levee Board member Socrates Garrett, a prominent Jackson contractor, about which candidate in the upcoming Republican primary runoff would be better for “One Lake,� the metro area’s long-running flood-control/development effort, which will need federal funds to get off the ground. Over the years, Mississippi’s senior Sen. Thad Cochran, has been a master of bringing home federal bacon, which his political rivals have seized on as a political flaw. Among those foes is state Sen. Chris McDaniel, who not only derides Cochran’s pork-barrel tendencies, but promises to bring as little federal money back to Mississippi as he can get away with if he wins the contest. The bluest of the state’s Democratic strongholds, the capital city and surrounding communities have reaped millions of dollars from Republican Cochran and the erstwhile congressional earmark program.

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Jackson support Cochran in his bid to retain his seat or focus on sending the Democratic nominee, former U.S. Rep. Travis Childers, to Congress’ upper chamber? Conversely, how should a Republican stalwart like Cochran go about courting Democratic votes to help him overcome McDaniel’s insurgence? Not to mention, should Democrats trust that Childers could beat McDaniel and continue staying home in the primary runoff? The Perils of Wooing Dems Byron D’Andra Orey, a Jackson State

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Spending Sprees Certainly, McDaniel defied odds laid out early on in the campaign when Cochran, a well-financed 40-year veteran of Congress, was mopping up the floors of Capitol Hill with his young opponent. A deluge of money from Super PACs helped McDaniel surge, and a series of high-profile, albeit bizarre, controversies in the final weeks helped generate local and national interest. McDaniel, who has been a source of excitement for Mississippi’s Tea Party, puts emphasis on “defending traditional values,� including anti-abortion legislation. In 2012, McDaniel introduced a bill “to prohibit the abortion of a human being based upon a determination of the gender or race of the human being�—playing into the anti-abortion meme that the procedure is being used to target women of color. He was, however, absent for a vote this year to prohibit abortion counseling as part of pregnancy-prevention programs at state colleges. That amendment failed by one vote, leading Cochran loyalists to blame McDaniel for what they called a victory for pro-choicers. The candidate’s “pro-life� stance will likely influence his decision on presidential nominations to the federal bench. McDan-

iel also believes that marriage is between a man and a woman, and has been endorsed by Family Research Council president Tony Perkins. McDaniel opposes amnesty for undocumented immigrants and introduced a bill this year that would have allowed for release of offenders to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement in certain situations. McDaniel’s conservative stances have drawn big money from national conservative groups despite the fact that Cochran has raised more overall. McDaniel’s campaign

‘People are going to know the differences between Cochran and McDaniel.’ raised $1.3 million, one-third of which came from small donations of $200 or less. But the super PAC for the anti-government, billionaire-backed Club for Growth has spent an additional $2.5 million on the race, aside from direct donations to McDaniel. Cochran raised $3.6 million, mostly from corporate donors such as Telapex Inc., the holding company that owns Ridgelandbased C Spire, which gave $24,800; Baker Donelson, one of the nation’s largest law firms, based in Jackson, which gave $19,350; Southern Company, the Atlanta-based utility company and parent of Mississippi Power, which is building a controversial coal-fired power plant in Kemper County; Deloitte LLP, a professional services firm and defense contractor Raytheon. The top five contributors to McDaniel’s campaign committee are Club for Growth, which promotes fiscally conservative economic policies, a PAC called Senate Conservatives Fund, property-management company HA Langer & Assoc., conservative nonprofit Citizens United and College Loan Corp.). Meanwhile, Super PACs have dropped close to $5 million, with McDaniel receiving the lion’s share, about $3.8 million. Big-name far-right conservatives such as Sarah Palin, Rick Santorum and, most recently, Ron Paul, have endorsed McDaniel. Maxir Corp. also donated $7,800 to McDaniel’s campaign and $51,000 to Club for Growth Action. The organization’s director Richard Offerdahl also owns the biotech

company Sierra Sciences who claims to “cure the disease of aging.� Their work focuses, in part, on stem-cell research with the hopes of stopping aging. Every Republican statewide officeholder has lined up behind Cochran, including Gov. Phil Bryant, Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves and state Auditor Stacey Pickering as well as former Gov. Haley Barbour. That McDaniel was able to force a runoff despite Cochran’s fundraising prowess— and in light of the nursing-home controversy involving Cochran’s wife—seemed to indicate that he would take the momentum and that Cochran’s base would be deflated after the June 3 election. Poll: Older Whites Fired Up Enthusiasm among an older and overwhelmingly white electorate has not waned in the Republican primary runoff for U.S. Senate, a Democratic polling firm finds. Chism Strategies, which is based in Washington, D.C., and has an office in Mississippi, conducted a statewide survey on Thursday, June 5—two nights after U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran and state Sen. Chris McDaniel finished in a virtual draw—of 832 households that participated in the past four Republican federal primaries. “At this point in the race, supporters of both are energized and optimistic,� the report states. Of those polled, 97 percent of respondents said they would definitely vote in the runoff election. Pollsters determined that equal percentages of Cochran and McDaniel voters will turn out for the June 24 primary runoff and that equal percentages believe their candidate will win the election. The poll provides some insight into the people who will pick the state’s GOP nominee. Calling only landlines, Chism Strategies got a sample that was 96 percent white and 90 percent over the age of 55. Even Barbour, who was sometimes prone to making racially insensitive remarks while serving in the governor’s mansion, is talking openly about that the Cochran campaign hopes to “expand the electorate� going into the runoff. Barbour, a congressional lobbyist, hinted that Mississippians would turn away from McDaniel if they understood what his antispending views would mean for the state’s economy. “People are going to know the differences between Cochran and McDaniel on policy, and one of the first ones is going to be federal spending on education. And I predict it will increase the number of people who vote in the runoff,� Barbour told Politico. Jared Boyd contributed reporting. Comment at www.jfp.ms.

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University political science professor, said wooing Democrats represents a “conundrum� for Cochran. Partisan politics in Mississippi are inextricably tied to race, so white Republicans would view an explicit appeal to Democrats as an appeal to African Americans. “The reason they want him out is because he has the kind of record that blacks can stomach,� said Orey, noting that Cochran is the namesake for the Jackson Medical Mall Thad Cochran Center in west Jackson. “Mississippi is so polarized around race, any time you make an explicit appeal to blacks, you’re going to lose white voters.� Votes from African Americans and Democrats are there for taking, though. Overall, just under 400,000 people participated in Mississippi’s primary. Of that total, 313,484 people voted in the Republican primary, about half the number of Mississippians who voted for Mitt Romney in 2012. By contrast, the 84,339 Democrats who voted in that party’s primary are only 15 percent of people who voted for President Barack Obama in the same election. And Democrats who did not turn out to vote Democratic in the recent primary could cross over and vote Republican in the primary if they choose. (If they voted in the Democratic primary, they are barred from this runoff, however.)

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Eight Vie for Ward 6 Seat

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soon without thinking it through. They voted for it, but they didn’t put anything on paper (about) exactly how that money should be allocated. … They should have done more investigative work before they passed that 1-percent sales tax because there are a lot of flaws that go along with it now. When Mayor Tony Yarber served in the Ward 6 seat, he talked how economic development was one of the greatest challenges for the area since it is mostly residential. What are your plans in regard to economic development for the area?

TRIP BURNS

We need a movie theater in Ward 6, that’s for sure. I want to bring a movie theater to Ward 6. And the business that are already in Ward 6, we need to go and seek their needs. We want to make sure we talk to them and see what can we do to keep them there. That’s No. 1. Then once we decrease crime and get the neighbored straightened out, visitors are more inclined to come to a neighborhood that is more safe. —Jared Boyd

What would be your main priorities during your first few weeks on council?

During the first few weeks of my tenure as Ward 6 councilman, it is very important that we organize. We organize the neighborhood associations. We organize TRIP BURNS

Daniel “The Veteran” Myers What would be your main priorities during your first few weeks on council?

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Dennis Sweet IV

I think one of the votes that has significantly affected Ward 6 is the vote that involved the water-rate hike. … It was a very important vote during that time and it has significantly not only impacted residents of Ward 6 but residents across the city. And I think it was important for the people in the area to just know the councilperson’s position on it and why he would have said yea or nay. When Mayor Tony Yarber served in the Ward 6 seat, he talked how economic development was one of the greatest challenges for the area since it is mostly residential. What are your plans in regard to economic development for the area?

My first few weeks would be an assessment of all the needs of Ward 6. … I think we have to tackle that crime situation starting with neighborhood policing and then establishing and keying people in on the importance of neighborhood associations because they are very important. What’s a vote the city council has taken in recent years that significantly affected Ward 6? Did you agree or disagree with the vote of the Ward 6 council member at the time? Why?

Robert Amos

I would have to say the 1 percent sales tax. I think they voted on that too

the neighborhood watch associations. …I’m all in favor for strong, and I really

business friendly, and we have to do a better job of continually decreasing the crime in the area. —Mary Kate McGowan

Dennis Sweet IV What would be your main priorities during your first few weeks on council?

What I would do is make sure we are organized and work with building community in Ward 6. We also want to work with current council members and establish working relationships with them. What’s a vote the city council has taken in recent years that significantly affected Ward 6? Did you agree or disagree with the vote of the Ward 6 council member at the time? Why?

What’s a vote the city council has taken in recent years that significantly affected Ward 6? Did you agree or disagree with the vote of the Ward 6 council member at the time? Why?

Robert Amos Daniel “The Veteran” Myers

mean strong, law enforcement presence in Ward 6. I’m in favor of ordinances that are business-friendly. So, it is very important during those first few weeks and first few months that we organize in south Jackson because this seat isn’t about Robert Amos or any other candidate, it’s about the people in Ward 6. TRIP BURNS

hen Mayor Tony Yarber was elected back in April, his previous position as south Jackson’s Ward 6 councilman became available and several people came forward to take on the challenges that currently face it. Jackson Free Press interviewed six of the seven people seeking the seat. One candidate, Rashaad Crisler, did not respond to repeated attempts to schedule an interview. The candidates emphasize improving the area’s infrastructure, promoting economic development and controlling crime as the most significant challenges of the ward. See full interviews at jfp.ms/jxnward6.

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I think the most important aspect for economic development in the area will be to maintain the existing businesses that are already here. It’s a challenge, and I agree with our former councilperson but it’s not an excuse not to try to attract any new businesses. You don’t want to lose the existing businesses that are already there, but we got to continue to look to create more incentive and more ordinances that may be

I think the biggest decision the Council made was to put the 1 percent sales tax up for vote for the people of the city. I agree with their decision to do that. We want to make sure that the people’s voice and the vote for that is heard and that they money is generated from the sales tax is properly allocated to fix the infrastructure and the city, like the people voted for it to. What are your plans in regard to economic development for the area?

We have to ensure that there is training for the residents of the ward. We need to make sure that the ward is zoned to develop businesses. We need to make sure that we expand the zones for the new- market tax credit (program) to allow more businesses and jobs to come into the ward. —Mary Kate McGowan

Wayne Lewis What would be your main priorities during your first few weeks on council?

My main focus, if elected, would be to obtain knowledge on what’s critical for the ward at the time and then develop a plan to implement action to see the quality of life improve. What’s a vote the city council has taken in recent years that significantly affected Ward 6? Did you agree or disagree with the vote of the Ward 6 council member at the time? Why?

I am unaware of any vote the council has made that has impacted Ward 6.


the greatest challenges for the area since it is mostly residential. What are your plans in regard to economic development for the area?

It needs more economic development. I’ve seen businesses that have left and not enough of them are moving into south Jackson. Being a service to the people is very important because that’s what this position is all about. — Deja Harris

Tim Rush What would be your main priorities during your first few weeks on council?

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Crime and recreation for the kids.

What would be your main priorities during your first few weeks on Council?

What’s a vote the city council has taken in recent years that significantly affected Ward 6? Did you agree or disagree with the vote of the Ward 6 council member at the time? Why?

As far as the votes, I haven’t seen too

What’s a vote the city council has taken in recent years that significantly affected Ward 6? Did you agree or disagree with the vote of the Ward 6 council member at the time? Why?

Certainly I support the 1-percent sales tax, but, of course, we haven’t seen that come to fruition, yet. But that’s probably the biggest one other than Siemens, and that’s a contract. What are your plans in regard to economic development for the area?

Hopefully revitalization, but obviously unlike other wards, Ward 6 don’t have large shopping center areas. —Mary Kate McGowan

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Sylvester McDonald What would be your main priorities during your first few weeks on Council?

To get the crime under control. Go directly toward the crime. What’s a vote the city council has taken in recent years that significantly affected Ward 6? Did you agree or disagree with the vote of the Ward 6 council member at the time? Why? Tim Rush

many things that have been done. There has been talk, but there is still a lot of work to be done.

The vote that has been taken that I disagreed with was the (one-percent) sales tax. They raised the taxes on water bills. Nothing has been done with the money. So, I was wondering why did they take another vote on it. They haven’t done anything with the money that already got allocated to be on the water bill. And, the monies for putting the new leaders in. The contract for $90 million.

and they had one for $30 million, and they turned it down. So why did they go with the highest bidder? When Mayor Tony Yarber served in the Ward 6 seat, he talked how economic development was one of the greatest challenges for the area since it is mostly residential. What are your plans in regard to economic development for the area?

There are two things that I want to take a harder look at… One of those things is the Siemens contract. … Not only is it a contract that grew in cost to the taxpayer, but it also has a financial impact directly on water rate payers. Things are going on all the time that affect them so being able to knock on doors like we’re doing now and make phone calls like we’re doing now and having an active Facebook and Twitter page like we’re doing now to directly engage residents. I think is extremely important to the facilitation of making Ward 6 a better place. When Mayor Tony Yarber served in the Ward 6 seat, he talked about how economic development was one of the greatest challenges for the area since it is mostly residential. What are your plans in regard to economic development for the area? TRIP BURNS

My first week would consist of making sure we come together as a community and commit to a better South Jackson along with repairing communities and getting out to all the areas and finding out what they need.

When Mayor Tony Yarber served in the Ward 6 seat, he talked how economic development was one of

Sylvester McDonald

What’s a vote the city council has taken in recent years that significantly affected Ward 6? Did you agree or disagree with the vote of the Ward 6 council member at the time? Why?

First, try to get the crime under control. You can’t do anything because nobody wants to come while the crime is high. Try to get it under control, and then go toward some of the businesses and try to get the businesses to come in there. Talk to other businesses in other areas, and go to Madison and talk to some people that are in Madison and see if we can get them to come to Jackson. —Mary Kate McGowan

Tyrone Hendrix What would be your main priorities during your first few weeks on Council?

Hands down, in the first few weeks I’ll be going to the residents of Ward 6. … At that particular time I think we’ll have to reinforce what we think the biggest issues are. …We have problems with our children not having a place to go so they walk the street, they stay at home, they get in trouble. The park areas that we have in the ward, if they are open, they are unsightly. It’s not inviting for people to want to come and spend time in that green space, which would be a great place for kids to go.

Tyrone Hendrix

Ward 6 is largely residential, but I see it as not only a challenge but as opportunity. The one thing that south Jackson has that many other areas in the city don’t have is we have land. We have residential land because Jackson as a whole has a scarcity of real estate for young professionals and folks who want to move into Jackson. But that also goes to make sure our neighborhoods are cleaned up and dilapidated properties are taken care of so we have that housing stock that we need. ... We have land for businesses and development to come in. We have almost 70,000 residents below Highway 80 that makes up south Jackson. Within Ward 6 we have almost 25,000 (people). —Haley Ferretti

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I disagree with Mayor Yarber. I believe it symbolizes a strength and represents a strong tax base because we are residential. There are some opportunities that need to be addressed in order to have economic development, and first we must stabilize the tax base, and we do that by addressing the crime. —Deja Harris

TRIP BURNS

When Mayor Tony Yarber served in the Ward 6 seat, he talked how economic development was one of the greatest challenges for the area since it is mostly residential. What are your plans in regard to economic development for the area?

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TALK | lgbt

Racial Politics Snares LGBT Effort by Haley Ferretti

ity over the department’s $523,000 budget, which is approximately one-fourth of the

white, and Reynolds is black. Ricks said that appointing the police COURTESY ENTERPRISE-JOURNAL (MCCOMB, MS)

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hile Jackson gathers praise for becoming the eighth city in the state to pass an equality resolution that recognizes the dignity and worth of all people, including the LGBT community, another town’s equality resolution could now be in peril due to local politics. Mercedes Ricks, a Magnolia alderwoman and business owner who sponsored the measure that passed by a one-vote margin back in April, said she has heard whispers that her political enemies want to roll back the nonbinding resolution passed recently and orchestrate a boycott of her business. “I really don’t care,” Ricks told the Jackson Free Press last week of the rumored boycott. “I’m just going to get free publicity.” In July, Magnolia (population 2,420) will vote to replace Mayor Melvin Harris, who resigned in May due to health reasons. Upon Harris’ resignation, Ricks, the board’s mayor pro tem and at-large alderwoman, became the town’s acting mayor. Ricks and Lonnie Cox, another member of the board and supporter of the proLGBT resolution, say that the trouble started two months ago, when the board voted to terminate a lawn-maintenance worker who worked under Police Chief Ray Reynolds, who is elected. The worker supervised county inmates due to concerns about lax security. Cox said that, at that meeting, the police chief consoled the worker and vowed to “get even” with the board. After the episode, several members of the board wanted to move to an appointed police chief in order to increase accountabil-

Despite local efforts to recall Magnolia’s equality resolution, Alderwoman Mercedes Ricks (right) says that she and the rest of the board will ensure that the resolution stays in tact. Ricks is pictured with former Magnolia Mayor Melvin Harris (left).

city’s overall budget of $2.3 million. Magnolia is one of approximately six cities in the state that has an elected police chief. On June 3, the board voted 3-2 to move to an appointment system. Racial politics may be further complicating the situation. The coalition that voted to appoint the police chief is the same one that passed the pro-LGBT resolution. It consists of Ricks, along with Cox and Joe Cornacchione. Ricks is a Colombia native, Cox and Cornacchione are

chief is not about a lack of confidence in Reynolds, and that she would be open to keeping him in the position when his term expires 2017. However, some residents are accusing Ricks and her colleagues of racism. One of Ricks’ Facebook friends even characterized the vote as akin to taking the town back to slavery. Ricks finds the accusation absurd. “How dare you call me racist?” Ricks told the Jackson Free Press. “I’m an immigrant, I’m a female and, to top it all off, I’m a

lesbian, so don’t play that card with me.” Reynolds denies organizing opposition to either the LGBT resolution or to Ricks. He also denies threatening retribution over the termination of the maintenance worker. “I am not bitter about this matter,” Reynolds said. “... I do not plan to challenge (the board) in any sort of way. ... I am a man of faith, but I don’t have a problem with it. ... I’m too busy trying to do my job as a police chief, so I’m not going to get involved in any controversy. So if they are saying that there is a controversy, that is them.” Now that resolutions are gaining a foothold in cities across the state, many people now wonder what the next major step toward full equality will be. Ricks believes that the state’s legalization of gay marriage won’t be too far away if more resolutions continue to pass. “I believe from there, it will be a starting point,” Ricks said. “I was excited when I saw that happen in Jackson. … I think that’s our beginning.” On June 9, the Jackson City Council held a confirmation hearing for the mayor’s nominations Ceaser Denise McKay as director of the Department of Personnel Management and Ronerick DeKeith Simpson as chief of the Jackson Fire Department. Both were confirmed. During the nomination process, Council President Charles Tillman urged the nominees to remember to put the equality resolution into practice when in their management roles. Comment at jfp.ms.

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ing in the future, but they haven’t made any concrete plans, yet. Que Sera Sera has been the first place recipient of JFP’s annual Best of Jackson Awards for Best Red Beans and Rice and Best Gumbo every year since 2003. The restaurant has also received many awards for Best Outdoor Dining and Best Brunch. Oxi Fresh Comes to Jackson Oxi Fresh Carpet Cleaning, an environmentally friendly carpet-cleaning service with 250 locations in 45 states, will open its first locations in Jackson after per sonal-finance social network WalletHub.

com endorsed the city. WalletHub named Jackson one of the top five cities in the country to start a business, based on 14 metrics that measure qualities such as financing access and five-year survival rate for new businesses. Oxi Fresh plans to open two locations in the area over the next 12 months. The company’s cleaning devices use an oxygen-based system that leaves no sticky residue and is safe for children and pets. Oxi Fresh cleaners only require two gallons of water per home and enable carpets to dry in one hour. Oxi Fresh

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oo Noble and his son, Perrin Noble, have run Cajun restaurant Que Sera Sera in Fondren for 25 years. Now, the two have decided to take a break from the restaurant business and are putting the long-standing restaurant up for sale. The Nobles are currently awaiting word from potential new owners. “We’ve had a great run in Jackson, and the city’s done fine by me,” Boo Noble said. “I’ve made a lot of great friends here, and the support of the people has been wonderful. I’m just looking to slow down so I can take it easier now.” The Nobles may look into relocat-

The future of Que Sera Sera’s awardwinning gumbo is in doubt.

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n my fifth anniversary I took my amazing wife, Natalie, out to dinner. During the meal she was just so animated that I remember thinking: â&#x20AC;&#x153;I need to have date nights more often. I had forgotten just how much fun this amazing woman is to be around.â&#x20AC;? As we finished our dessert, she gave me a card. On the cover, Pooh and Piglet walked hand-in-hand, or paw-in-trotter, into a sunset. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Some of my very favorite things are small things,â&#x20AC;? Pooh said to Piglet. I opened it to read, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Daddy, yes we are pregnant!â&#x20AC;? There was much more, but I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t remember it. The word Daddy hit me like the proverbial ton of bricks. Although I guess even a ton of feathers would hurt landing on you. Here in The South (yes, it is capitalized), we are Daddies. You can be a pop, a dad, even a father in other places, but in Mississippi we say Daddy. I was now thatâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;a daddy. Other daddies told me that as soon as she was born, I would feel my life change. But between the shock of absolute unpreparedness and the daily upkeep and maintenance of a newborn, I admit that it took a few weeks. Holding my daughter one morning for a 2 a.m. feeding, I finally had time to process it. Tears poured down my cheeks as I promised her in absolute terms that I would do anything I needed to for her. I began wrapping myself around her little finger long before she knew it. Do the sun and moon rise and set in her eyes? Why, yes, they do. Will I adore that awful tie she will undoubtedly buy me one day? With all my heart. Most of us have no idea what to get for our daddies for Fatherâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Day. Dads usually buy whatever they want or need when they want or need it, so we children struggle and fret and worry. But take it from me, a Daddy, whatever you get us will hit like a ton of feathers, and we will love it. Is it perfect? Of course it is; it came from you. Even the card bought last minute will be perfect. We already have everything in you, our children. The rest is just icing on the cake. Mitchell Moore owns Campbellâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Bakery in Fondren.

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Why it stinks: Dr. Paul has a strange definition of liberty. McDaniel himself has said his agenda â&#x20AC;&#x153;is about limiting government overreach from all levelsâ&#x20AC;? and that â&#x20AC;&#x153;private property rights matter.â&#x20AC;? Conservatives like McDaniel and Paul can never seem to articulate how their supposed pro-constitutional views support, for instance, their opposition to abortion rights, a liberty that courts have repeatedly protected through the years. In his time in the Legislature, McDaniel voted in favor of a number of anti-abortion laws, including one that requires abortion-clinic physicians to have local hospital admitting privileges. The requirement, which the courts are reviewing, could shutter the stateâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s only abortion clinicâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;a private businessâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;as well as limit abortion access to a large number of women in Mississippi. So much for liberty from government intrusion.

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nce again, public officials in Mississippi have thrust our state into the national spotlight. And once again, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not for anything positive. In one light, the attention is warranted in that the Republican primary for U.S. Senate between state Sen. Chris McDaniel and U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran is one of the most important political contests in the country right now. Senate races often get a lot of attention, but there is a very real possibility in this off-presidential election year that Republicans could retake control of Congressâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; upper House. Of course, Republicans have represented Mississippi in the Senate since Kingdom Come, but in this case, chairmanship of one of the most powerful committees on the Hill is at stake. As the most senior Republican on the Senate Appropriations Committee, U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran would become its chairman. In another light, as James Fallows described in The Atlantic recently, â&#x20AC;&#x153;thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s an all-but-irresistible freak-show undertone to a lot of reports from Mississippi.â&#x20AC;? Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s thanks in large part to a story that surfaced a few weeks ago about a blogger arrested for taking photos of Cochranâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s bedridden wife and subsequent reports that a number of the people arrested in the scandal had ties to the McDaniel campaign. Later, on Election Night, we shook our collective heads when more McDaniel supporters entered the Hinds County courthouse for reasons that are still not entirely clear and got stuck.

Oh, it was amusing news fodderâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;including for the Jackson Free Press. One of the people involved in the courthouse caper was Janis Lane, a central Mississippi Tea Party official who told us in 2012 that women should never have been allowed to vote. The news helped the two-yearold video go viral. Again. In some ways, a little silliness is a natural part of political party primaries. It gets the bases interested and motivated to turn out to the polls. But there are serious issues facing Mississippi voters in this vote. Does anyone know what those issues are? How many people know that Cochran helped attract almost $40 million in federal money to the Jackson metro area or the McDaniel introduced a bill that would allow teachers to deduct out-of-pocket expenses from their income taxes? Or that Cochranâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;along with his thencolleague Sen. Trent Lottâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;was among a handful of senators who did not join in a 2005 resolution apologizing for the practice of lynching? Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s easy to imagine even serious-minded GOP primary voters being annoyed with the fact that clear explanations of the candidatesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; stances on meat-and-potatoes conservative issues of low taxes and limited government have been nonexistent. Progressives should hear more from the candidates on these issues as well. In the final weeks before the June 24 primary runoff, we hope that the Republican primaryâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;and the media coverage of itâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;focuses on issues, not the freak show.

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y life changed forever on Dec. 16, 1997. I had just finished my first semester of college, but this was the day I became a father. I was 18 years of age and had no clue of what being a father really meant. My idea was making sure the child had food, clothes and shelter. So, this is how I fathered. For the first six years of my daughterâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s life, she didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t know me, and I didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t know her. I didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t spend what I know now are the most important years of her life with her. I wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t there for the Pamper changes, the latenight wake-ups, or even the important moments such as crawling, first steps or first words. My daughter would sometimes cry whenever she was around me. I remember when she was about 9, hearing her say, â&#x20AC;&#x153;I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t like my daddy, because my mother donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t like my daddy.â&#x20AC;? These words pierced my soul and heart, but I had two options: I could get upset with her mother and blame her for putting negative thoughts in her head, or I could analyze my actions to see if what her mother was saying about me was true. I chose the latter and realized that my daughterâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s mother was right. I realized that my daughter didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t care that she had nice clothes or was eating every day; even though those things are important, she needed me to be there. So I took small steps to build our relationship. We were three hours away from each other, so I started calling every morning and every night. I made more efforts to see her, even though I didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have a car. I started communicating with her mother more often, even when I didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t want to. As of today, my daughter and I have a good relationship. She even came and lived with me a few years ago. She talks to me about anything, even boys. She even gives me relationship advice at times. We continue building our relationship through â&#x20AC;&#x153;Father/Daughter Date Night.â&#x20AC;? We do this at least once a month. She chooses an activity (movie, bowling, etc.) and a restaurant, and we just talk. This is her time to talk to me about anything without consequences. I am not allowed ask any questions or bring up anything after date night is over. I have learned that I play a major role in my daughterâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s life. There are some things I can help her with, that her mother canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t. I truly know a difference a father makes. I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t think we realize the impact

our absence has on our children. Fathers play a critical role in their development. In contrast, research reveals a number of potentially negative outcomes for children whose fathers are not involved. Here are a few things we fathers must be mindful of if we want to build healthier relationships with our children. Stop making false promises. Men, stop making promises to your children without following through. We have to make sure that we are honest with them, even when it may look bad for us. Be aware of how you treat your childâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s mother. Understand that the way we treat the women in our lives will have a severe impact on our daughters. If I treat my daughterâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s mother in a disrespectful manner, my daughter may be disrespected. On the flip side, if I treat her mother like a queen, my daughter will become a queen. Our sons are impacted. Because weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve been absent from their lives for so long, our boys have built up a very hard exterior. We kill their dreams of becoming a productive father and husband. It makes it difficult for them to trust other men that they interact with, such as male teachers, pastors and even police officers. It also becomes difficult for them to trust in any spiritual being. Our daughters are impacted. I realized that when my daughter was born, I became the first man in her life. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s unrealistic to be absent from your daughterâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s life for 13, 14 and even 15 years and believe that you can tell her how to dress, who to date or how to conduct herself. Understand that if you donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t give your daughter the attention she needs, she will seek attention from another man. If you donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t tell your daughter how cute and pretty she is, she will look for another man to tell her those things. If you donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t buy her flowers, she will look for another man to buy her flowers. If you are not there to tuck her in, someday she will look for another man to tuck her in. To my fellow fathers, understand that our children need us, want us and expect for us to be there. They know the difference that a father makes. Cassio Batteast is a native of Charleston, Miss., and the founder of K.I.N.G.S. Leadership Institute Inc. Cassioâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s passion has revolved around building and enhancing communities, but his great passion is being a great father to his teenage daughter. He is also a W.K. Kellogg Foundation Leadership Fellow.

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consist of men who help their communities, including a veteran who is an veterans’ advocate, a conservative baker who is fighting against the recent passage of SB 2681, a veteran who helps fight obesity in our community, and a lawyer helping out small businesses and also aiding in the development of Jackson’s historic districts. These men do many things, but one thing is clear—every single one is a Dude We Dig.

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n June 15, we honor the men in our lives who have made a difference. Daughters and sons honor their fathers. Children might honor their grandfathers. Mothers honor their husbands. It’s all about men on that day. So as we remember the men in our lives, it’s important to remember those who make an effort to help their community. Jackson Free Press’ 2014 Dudes We Dig

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Anthony McIntyre

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raq war veteran Anthony McIntyre works tirelessly in both his job and his community service to aid veterans by making them aware of their available benefits. The 35-year-old moved from Las Vegas to Brandon when he was 2 years old because his father, a Vietnam veteran, wanted to become a farmer. At age 11, he got his first job picking peas and other crops. “I learned a very strong work ethic at a very young age,” he says. He grew up with his father’s many stories about the military, so, “it was pretty much by design for me to go.” At 19, McIntyre joined the Army and spent the next eight years deployed in Korea, Iraq, Kuwait, and Fort Hood and served as an operations sergeant on his last tour. Upon his return in 2005, he got a degree in political science from Tougaloo College and a master’s in public policy and public administration from Jackson State University. He maintained a 4.0 GPA during college, even after returning from war. “I think I was still in combat mode when I came home because I never gave myself a chance to break,” he says. “It was always, ‘You got to go, you got to get this,’ and maybe sometimes I expect too much and that’s when I look at these veterans that are here now ... I don’t want (them)

to be in a predicament like I (was).” McIntyre works with the both federal government and volunteer groups to link veterans to all their available resources. He runs fundraising events and donation drives for veterans and is the veterans advocate for Mississippi Motivating and Organizing Voter for Empowerment, a voter-participation group. He also talks with new soldiers to set up their benefits before they leave for war. He helps veterans find homes and jobs, and he educates them about their available benefits, such as the Veteran’s Affairs Hospital. “There are so many different benefits that are out there ... but they don’t know about it because there’s a communication barrier,” he says. Often, veterans may not seek help because they are too proud to admit that they have a physical or mental issue. “You have to first accept that there’s something wrong with you before you can seek help. If you can’t get that acceptance first, it’s going to be very, very hard for you.” While there are still many homeless, jobless veterans, McIntyre believes he and his network of volunteers are making a difference. “I think that over time, it will clearly get better but it’s just, no one person can do it alone. It takes a community effort,” he says.

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ackson native Dorsey Carson is a lawyer, father and a believer in the power of community. He attended Madison Ridgeland Academy. When he was in junior high school, he met his future wife of 14 years, Susan Carson, while working at Waterland USA, a now-closed water park. Carson went to Mississippi State University for college and the University of Georgia for law school. In 1996, when he was 24, he traveled to England with a goal to see as much as he could, spending one semester at the University of London, where he worked England’s longest tax-evasion case at the time. After practicing law for three years in Mississippi, followed by two years in Atlanta, he came back to Mississippi in 2002. In 2013, he started his own law firm, Carson Law Group. Carson works with lots of clients in construction. “I really believe that if you’re in a community that’s not building, if you don’t see construction going on, it’s probably a community that’s dying,” he says. Carson, who also does occasional legal work for the Jackson Free Press, focuses on working together to

solve problems because he believes that if everyone builds positive relationships, then the community will develop. As an investor in the Pix Redevelopment Company, he hopes to get a historical designation for Fondren so that projects, such as the renovation of the front of the Capri Theatre, can receive historic tax credits. Carson believes that both the city of Jackson and its residents have a lot of potential, and he wants to help out in any way he can. “I think that people like me who have lived outside of Mississippi and traveled and seen different cultures have learned from those experiences,” he says. “(They) can see both the good and the bad in our community and can accentuate the things we’re doing right while also working to change the things that we’re not.” Carson loves Mississippi, and he does not regret moving back. “This is where I grew up, this is where my heart is. … I had the opportunity to go to other cities and make more money, but ultimately, this is where I’m loving life. … I think you have a higher quality of person here,” he says.


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n the war against obesity in Mississippi, line dance is the weapon of choice for Aaron Honeysucker. Affectionately called â&#x20AC;&#x153;Mr. Honeyâ&#x20AC;? by his obesity warriors in northeast Jackson, Honeysucker is a 65-year-old decorated retired Army veteran and Veterans of Foreign Wars Post vice commander who has led free line-dance classes in his community for the past 15 years. He instructs children, adults, seniors and veterans in weekly classes at the VFW Post 9832 (4610 Sunray Drive, 601-362-1646), Elks Lodge (3100 Lynch St., 601-354-9396), Tougaloo College (500 W. County Line Road, 601-977-7700), Jackson Medical Mall (2548 Livingston Road, 601982-8467), and area churches and parks. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I just want the citizens of Jackson and Mississippi to understand that they donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have to have expensive club memberships to lose weight and or to get fit,â&#x20AC;? Honeysucker, 65, says. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Music is the universal language. ... It allows me to utilize dance to make working out fun, and it serves as an outlet that promotes social interaction and cross-generational engagement while fighting obesity.â&#x20AC;? Honeysucker does not require any special equipment or special workout clothes; you come and take part at your own pace, with water and sometimes fruit supplied by Honeysucker or group members. His students consist of families, sorority sisters, fraternity brothers, neighbors, co-workers and classmates,

and they frequently bring their own music and new line-dance options they develop or have seen in other states and gatherings. The dance instruction also coordinates line-dance flash mobs and community workout events that are free and open to the public year round. He choreographs new line dances for his classes, and members frequently post sessions on social media sites. Honeysucker encourages his warriors to initiate line dance classes in their hometowns and communities once they master the dance routines. He has also created specific line dances that have been used by blues and hip-hop artists for their music videos. Additionally, he develops workout routines for his fellow veterans that are adapted for their specific mobility issues. He frequently acts as a resource person helping veterans navigate the VA system to access benefits and services. Honeysucker is a native of Camden, Miss. His 16-year-old daughter Chelsie spends summers with him and participates in a boot-camp-style workout routine while she is in Jackson. He is an avid golfer and conducts golf clinics at Grove Park for inner city youth. He is a member of Anderson United Methodist Church. Honeysuckerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s sessions start at 5:30 p.m. on Tuesdays at the Elks Lodge and Thursdays at the VFW Post respectively. No fees are required to participate. Brinda Willis and her twin sister Linda began participating in Honeysuckerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s classes after a chance meeting at the Lynch Street Festival six years ago.

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dward Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Connor, the dean of St. Andrewâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Episcopal Cathedral in Jackson, says he believes that Sunday should connect to Monday. Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Connor, 46, has lived as a churchgoer and non-churchgoer. In the past, he didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t believe in organized religion because he thought it was for weak-minded people. But during his eldest daughter Flanneryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s baptism during his mid-20s, he experienced an epiphany, suddenly feeling called to the church. After finishing seminary at Sewanee: The University of the South, Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Connor served at St. Peterâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s by the Sea for four years. During that time, Hurricane Katrina devastated the area, and he experienced a different kind of spiritual epiphany. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I remember sitting with people who had lost everythingâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;homes on the beach or whatever it may be. I learned post-Katrina that the human spirit is unthinkably powerful,â&#x20AC;? he says. He has since transferred this way of thinking to Jackson and tries to act as a positive light in the city. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I really learned what living a life of authentic faith was,â&#x20AC;? Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Connor says. â&#x20AC;&#x153;When all is lost and all has been taken away, to choose to stand up and survive.â&#x20AC;? Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Connor, who is the second cousin to famed writer Flannery Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Connor, grew up in Jackson and thought he would never come back. Now, he is trying to figure out how St. Andrewâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s can be a vital agency in helping transform

downtown Jackson. â&#x20AC;&#x153;A lot of what I do is out there trying to make connections with people and figure out where our gifts and skills intersect with the worldâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s needs,â&#x20AC;? he says. Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Connor has identified some of Jacksonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s most pressing issues including homelessness, poverty and education. He is involved with Working Together Jackson, a coalition that represents local churches and nonprofit organizations, and is active in developing initiatives that will help renew the public-school system. He says he felt a sense of hope and a â&#x20AC;&#x153;we are all in this togetherâ&#x20AC;? attitude for Jackson when Mayor Tony Yarber was elected after former Mayor Chokwe Lumumbaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s death and the realization of Lumumbaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s positive legacy in spite of how some Jacksonians did not support him after his election. With downtown redevelopment, Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Connor believes Jackson has the opportunity to become great, and he thinks St. Andrewâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s, which will celebrate its 175th anniversary in October, is a community leader and has a role in the outcome. â&#x20AC;&#x153;This, in my mind, is sort of a spiritual filling station to be pushed and challenged, to be affirmed but to know something about God and Christâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s unconditional love so that we go out there and let that light shine for others,â&#x20AC;? he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Whatever it is, being same-sex blessing, poverty or racial issues, I think weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re always going to be on the front lines and edges of those issues.â&#x20AC;?

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lain Daniel Wa-Baguma is a long way from home— more than 7,000 miles to be exact. Wa-Baguma moved to the ,etro area from Goma in the Democratic Republic of the Congo more than four years ago to attend Hinds Community College, where he received an associate’s degree in general studies. He then decided to transfer to Jackson State University, where he studies computer engineering. Wa-Baguma, 28, is the oldest of nine children. Though his family lives in Goma, he has not been able to visit in a while. His mother stays home and takes care of the family while his father works in business administration. “I hope to go home sometime before graduate school,” WaBaguma says. “Right now is just too expensive.” After graduation, Wa-Baguma hopes to work in the field of telecommunications. He currently serves as a technical intern at Broadband Voice, where he helps with troubleshooting, testing equipment and inventory. “Basically whatever my manager asks me to do,” Wa-Baguma says about his internship. He says that if he does not find a job in the U.S., he will hopefully go home and continue his work there. In his free time, Wa-Baguma usually hangs out with his friends, reads or studies his Bible. A strong believer in God, he is a member of a small congregation called Grace Community Church on Terry Road.

Wa-Baguma says that if he was not studying engineering, he would love to be a missionary, and given his everyday life and the way certain things are going, he would serve God full-time. Aside from school and church, Wa-Baguma is the president and co-founder of a nonprofit organization called Rudi International. Rudi, which is Swahili for return, is an organization, which began three years ago, that helps connect the African Diaspora to the needs in Africa. “What’s a way you can return home either by physically returning and contributing to the development or even financially or through leadership and mentorship?” Wa-Baguma says. “Rudi encapsulates everything.” Rudi International helps children further their education and schooling. It aids 32 kids with school supplies, uniforms and tuition. The children range from first grade to the eighth grade. Rudi also helps provide counseling to people dealing with trauma from this war-torn region of the country and teaches women and girls how to steer off predators. Though the organization doesn’t have an office, it has several sponsors across the United States and some in Europe, Asia and Africa. Wa-Baguma started Rudi International as a way to make contributions to his home from miles away. “I wanted to make awareness of the difficulties in my country,” Wa-Baguma says. “I wanted to impact the place where I am and the place I am from.” For more information, visit rudiinternational.org.


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Mitchell Moore

Reginald Buckley

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ustin Burch wants to move Mississippi from 52nd—he includes Washington, D.C., and Puerto Rico—to the top through his job as the community-development program associate at the Foundation for the Mid South. The Foundation for the Mid South is a regional foundation that serves Mississippi, Louisiana, and Arkansas, focusing on improving education, health and wellness, community development, and wealth building. Burch, 27, said community development is a catch-all entity. He has recently been working to help Delta citizens rise from low-wage, low-skill jobs by helping them through a high school graduation equivalency program to obtain post-secondary credential access that might entail training, certification or education. Burch says this helps them make $40,000 to $50,000 a year instead of $19,000, so they can support their families and afford their own house and health care. “I wouldn’t say (that) I’m the feet on the ground, getting the participants, teaching them, but I seek out entities that can fulfill that role,” he says. Instead, he makes investments into communitybased organizations to help others. A W.K. Kellogg Foundation Community Leadership Network fellow and a 2009 graduate of Ole Miss, Burch has served the community through philanthropic and nonprofit organizations before, including as the director of development for Natchez Children Home Services and a board member of Alignment Jackson’s high school committee. “There’s nothing more fun than saying: ‘Here’s this big pot of money, go help people.’ It’s literally a dream job,” Burch says. Burch is also passionate about Mississippi. He said he grew up across the country and has have to defend the state against those who thought negatively of it. He tells people about Mississippi’s culture because he thinks it is the easiest and most valuable export. Because of this, Burch has been involved with the Mississippi Craftsman Guild as a cultural tourism ambassador and a Ridgeland Tourism Champion. “It’s a really fun place to be able to just share what is going on in Mississippi with everyone else,” Burch says.

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itchell Moore, the CEO and pastry chef of Campbell’s Bakery, has never been a shy guy. When he got to the University of Southern Mississippi, he realized that although it wouldn’t be easy, acting was a viable profession. So he packed up, left his job as a sautée chef and a pastry chef at Nick’s Restaurant (which recently closed) and began working for a company in New York that represented Broadway shows. He performed in commercials, joined a touring company called Missoula Children’s Theatre and picked up a few tricks such as juggling and balancing objects off his chin. After meeting the love of his life, Moore left Los Angeles in 2005 and decided to settle down in Brandon to focus on his business and start a family with wife, Natalie, and now almost 2-year-old daughter Madelyn. (See page 14.) Now, he gets out of bed at 5 a.m. to heat up his ovens and begins baking at Campbell’s in Fondren. Besides cooking, baking and being a super fan of all things nerdy, Moore stands as one of the six Jacksonians behind the “If You’re Buying, We’re Selling Campaign.” A couple of hours after setting up a Facebook page in response to SB2681, he emailed Eddie Outlaw, Joce Pritchett and Brittany Rowell asking for help. Now, blue stickers, designed by Knol Aust, dot many business doors. Moore, a Christian Republican, would never call himself an important factor in anything, but he says he offers a different point of view to the LGBT rights movement in Mississippi. “For some people, it’s about wanting to be married to the love of their life that they’ve known for and lived with for 20 years. For other people, it’s about equal rights and equal treatment under the law,” he says. “While I’m all for both of those, my actual point of view is to bring it in from a business point of view and say as a business, ‘We shouldn’t discriminate against any customers.’” Moore never expected the movement to explode as much as it has, seeing as it hasn’t even been 60 days since the launch. The stickers have spread nationally, reaching businesses as far as California, Oregon and New Jersey. In the future, he sees two things—owning multiple foodservice operations and “If You’re Buying” to have a life of its own. But maybe, by then, he says, the LGBT community will be protected, and there will be no need for the movement. “To me, I think that the LGBT community should be a protected class. Some people say that that’s a special right, and I just disagree,” Moore says. “I’m a protected class. I am a white guy, I’m a Christian, and I’m married. … You cannot refuse me service, so I am a protected class. Not everybody has that, and I think everybody should.”

Pastor Reginald Buckley says faith is about more than just Sunday morning worship—it seeps into daily life, economics and education. Buckley, 41, was born and raised in Jackson, where his father pastored at Cade Chapel Missionary Baptist Church, which held its first worship service in 1880. “It has historically and continues to have an eye toward social empowerment,” he says. Following his graduation from Lanier High School in 1990, he went to Tougaloo College and received a bachelor’s degree in English. He attended graduate school at the University of Illinois Champaign-Urbana and earned a master of arts degree in English literature in 1996. For nine years, Buckley served as senior pastor of Second Baptist Church in Danville, Ill. While there, he also became president of the Illiana Christian Association and helped create relationships between congregations across Illinois and Indiana of different racial backgrounds. In 2007, he brought all his experiences back home to Jackson and Cade Chapel, where he became executive pastor. And with those experiences, he brought a plan. “My vision is that we really begin to affirm the dignity of all humanity, that we value all of Jackson and that value is demonstrated in how we treat and provide for all,” Buckley says. “Class is not what colors us, and we are all bound together in this experience we call humanity.” His forward thinking afforded him the position of Dean of Christian Education for the General Missionary Baptist State Convention of Mississippi, and gave him opportunities to preach and teach across the nation. Buckley, a Kellogg Foundation fellow, wants to help people in practical and tangible ways, the most recent product being Cade Courtyard, an apartment complex for seniors in the Virden Addition community. The church has more plans for development in the area that include singlefamily housing and mixed-retail developments. Along with his wife, Lecretia Buckley, he has two children, Jonathan and Anna.

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s a little girl, I loved the library. hood memories of the library, and for My mother read to me from the first time as a grown-up (I’m embarbirth, and we frequented the rassed to confess), over lunch one day, I Meridian Public Library so much got myself a library card. that it almost felt like a second home. DurWhen I arrived at the Eudora Welty ing summers, I attended a weekly book Library, the parking lot was packed, and club-like group there and always looked forward to it. Of course, we had stickers to mark each book read, and at the end of the summer, we received certificates. I always did everything I could to read the most out of anybody. In elementary school, I added the school library to the rotation. I awaited the book fair each year with almost the same anticipation as Christmas. I read and read and read. During college and law school, my extracurricular time with books waned a bit; I read so much for classes that in my leisure time, I was less likely to pick up a book. I did still manage to read some for pleasure, though, and often visited Avid readers’ excitement about books may wane as the now-shuttered Davisadulthood comes calling, but the local library has the ability to restore that love. Kidd bookstore in Nashville to browse and to take my laptop to study among the books and other readers. I ran into an acquaintance on her way in In my adult life, I’ve picked up my to return a stack of books. pace at pleasure-reading. I try to always I thought, “How exciting! Lots of either be in the middle of a book or have people reading!” just finished one for a number reasons: I Getting the card was quick and like having something to talk about be- easy, but only because I was lucky sides work or TV; I think reading makes enough to have a piece of mail in my me more well-rounded. It makes me car; a photo ID and two proofs of your think and consider experiences I might address are required. not otherwise have; it can be an escape That small hurdle cleared, I was off (fiction) or a way to learn something to browse. I decided to ease my way in, new (non-fiction). A recent research starting by checking out only one book study even concluded that reading fic- and a DVD. Yes, the library is a respite tion improves one’s ability to sense and for those of us (like me) who lack a Netfunderstand others’ emotions. Plus, I just lix account, Amazon Prime or Apple TV, like to read. and wonder what we are to do now that But with all the reading comes a video rental stores are no more. I was wrinkle—I am one of those holdouts thrilled at the DVD offerings—movies, for real, tangible books. I don’t own an television show sets, instructionals—they e-reader. I don’t read on my iPad, and were all there. when I’ve tried, I hated it. I like the feel I giddily checked out and returned and smell of actual pages, and I also bet- to work, but I was eager to get home that ter process what I read in hard copy. The night to start my new novel. only problem with this is that, well … That’s another plus of the library— shelf space runs out. And while I like not only does it save money and shelf to own copies of some books—ones I’ll space, but it also puts you on a deadline. read again, or recommend to friends and I don’t want an overdue fine, so I’d betlet them borrow, or that just look pret- ter get cracking. Besides, there’s now a ty—I don’t need all the books. whole library full of books that await So I thought back to those child- my return.

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n an exhibit titled “Women: Agents of mittee, or SNCC, Derby documented Change in the American Civil Rights people and events that testify to the grassMovement,” Jackson State University roots efforts dedicated to the cause. It was offers a glimpse into the documentary while she was a member of this organizaphotography of Dr. Doris A. Derby. tion that Derby helped organize 1963’s “Dr. Doris Derby was an active March on Washington. In 2013, Time member of the Civil Rights Movement, commemorated the 50th anniversary of and she used her photography to docuthe march and Martin Luther King Jr.’s ment work, particularly in the Delta, but “I Have a Dream” speech in a five-part throughout Mississippi during the civil documentary, in which Derby is among rights movement,” says Angela Stewart, 17 activists featured. SNCC co-founder the archivist at the Margaret Walker CenJulian Bond is also featured in the series ter. “So the exhibit highlights women and is one of the few men celebrated in who, while they may not be nationally Derby’s exhibit at JSU. A 10-year veteran known, are local icons.” of the Civil Rights Movement, Derby’s Among those local icons are Myrlie exceptional photographs are included in Evers, Fannie Lou Hamer and Margaret “Hands on the Freedom Plow,” a book Walker Alexander. But refreshingly, most recognizing the contributions made to the of the frames, which wind around the movement by the women of SNCC. room like a black-and-white filmstrip in In 1990 Derby became the founda silent movie, show images of common ing director of African American Student folk—primarily women—simply living Services and Programs at Georgia State their lives. University, where she served until her reThe center unveiled the exhibit April tirement at the end of 2012. In a video 11 as part of the opening ceremony for clip published by Georgia State UniverJackson State University’s eighth annual sity, Derby talks about her photographs. Creative Arts Festival. The theme for this “I would say that my photographs year’s Creative Arts Festival, “The Legacy are both from the perspective of a photo of Freedom Summer,” befit Dr. Derby’s journalist and an artistic perspective,” she exhibit, which chronicles the mood folsays. “So some of my photographs reflect lowing the summer of 1964 in photos the activities that were going on at differthat date roughly from 1967 to 1978. ent events, and then others are studies of people (and) their persona ….” People consider the summer of 1964, known as Freedom Summer and A total of 41 photographs are in the sometimes referred to as the Mississippi exhibit, 40 by Derby and the 41st by artSummer Project, the climax and turning ist Rupert Rukuumba Nedd as a salute to point of the Civil Rights Movement. That Derby. Nedd’s piece is a compilation of summer, the largest number of northernoutstanding events in Derby’s life from the ers penetrated the closed society of Mis1960s and 1970s. The collage includes sissippi and heightened the media coversome handwritten well wishes to Derby, age, thrusting the Deep South into the and among them is the clear signature of Doris Derby used her photography to document the Civil Rights Movement and a national spotlight. The projects of that civil-rights heroine Rosa Parks. some of the women involved. summer focused on several issues, most Women: Agents of Change in the notably increasing voter registration for American Civil Rights Movement is African Americans and creating national housed will be on display until August 1. awareness for the injustices that were a The exhibit is housed at Johnson Hall Art way of life in the South. Gallery at Jackson State University, while a Derby’s photographs capture other aspects of the move- the Black Power Convention, to name a few. complementary exhibit is on display across the plaza at Ayer Hall. ment, from senior citizens making quilts to literacy classes to During her time as a member of the civil-rights orga- The event is free and open to the public. For more information, 29 activities at Liberty House Handicrafts Cooperative and nization called the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Com- call 601-979-3935.


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fter a somewhat odd movie trailer, I was skeptical and hesitant to invest time in “Edge of Tomorrow.” To my surprise, the film turned out to be nothing short of spectacular. In “Edge,” an alien race called Mimics occupies mainland Europe. The continent is in total desolation, and the war rages on as the militaries of the world unify for human survival. Tom Cruise plays Major William Cage, an American near-celebrity PR person who just happens to be in military uniform. Cage reports to the London office of British General Brigham (Brendan Gleeson). Cage’s condescension is evident as he informs the general he needs to rebuild his public image in the wake of huge lost battles. Brigham isn’t enthused and has different plans; he orders Cage to embed himself in the first wave of the next-day invasion into northern France. Realizing the general is serious, Cage freaks out, tries to escape the building, but Brigham has him arrested and tasered unconscious. “Wake up, maggot!” Cage awakens handcuffed on the tarmac of Heathrow airport, which is now a gigantic staging area for the impending invasion. Master Sgt. Farell (Bill Paxton) isn’t interested in Cage’s manipulative talk and throws him in with a unit of misfits. Untrained and unprepared, the anti-hero Cage is forced to suit up, though he doesn’t even know how to turn off his weapon’s safety. The futuristic trooper-loaded choppers and sea craft cross the English Channel and make landfall in northern France—Normandy to be exact. Not only does the scene eerily resemble the infamous opening scene of Steven Spielberg’s “Saving Private Ryan,” but “Edge of Tomorrow” was actually released on the 70th anniversary of D-Day. In a complete daze, Cage stumbles around the beach while carnage engrosses each film frame. He recognizes a woman soldier, the Special Forces legend Rita Vrataski (Emily Blunt). Cage stops and pauses as she walks out of a downed chopper. There is an

abrupt explosion, and she dies. Moments later, Cage is wounded and comes face-toface with a rare Alpha Mimic. He grabs a fallen soldier’s clamor and detonates and kills the Alpha Mimic along with himself. Yes, you read correctly. Cage, our protagonist, dies. “Edge of Tomorrow” involves a daily time loop; think Bill Murray’s “Groundhog Day” with fewer jokes and added explosions and aliens. Cage, however, awakens to a brand new day every time he is killed. Director Doug Liman, the man who successfully launched the Jason Bourne series into a creative, critically acclaimed and moneymaking cash cow, truly has a great cinematic technique and a penchant for suspenseful storytelling—both of which shine bright in “Edge.” The script is precise and clever. Writer and occasional director Christopher McQuarrie, who penned “The Usual Suspects,” joins screenwriting brotherly duo Jez and John-Henry Butterworth, who scripted the upcoming Mississippi-filmed James Brown biopic “Get On Up,” for a tight assembly of wit, action and an abundance of surprise. Tom Cruise is a fantastic and believable driver to the film. Cage is an affective character, morphing himself from a cowardly anti-hero to just the opposite, and Cruise certainly earned his pay. Emily Blunt’s ability to emotionally deepen her character is not only truly impressive but adds subtle yet great value to the film. With so many positives, “Edge” has few letdowns. The subject matter of the film—the futuristic killing of a machine-like alien race—is a bit out there and will likely not appeal to a huge demographic. That’s a pity because it’s so much more than that. Also, the ending is questionable. It’s a head-scratcher no doubt, but I accepted it because I can only imagine how tough it was to write a credible ending to an incredible movie. I highly recommend you put the seat of your pants in the seat of the chair and give this one a go.


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im Stegner is a complicated guy. Stegner, the protagonist in bestselling author Peter Heller’s second novel, “The Painter” (Alfred A. Knopf, 2014, $24.95), is a well-recognized artist whose paintings command hefty prices. He’s a fly fisherman, home-spun philosopher, and lover of poetry and women. But Stegner is also a recovering alcoholic with a hair-trigger temper and a felony record for shooting a man in a bar. COURTESY KNOPF/DOUBLEDAY

Peter Heller is almost as complex as the lead character, Jim Stegner, in his new novel “The Painter.”

“The Painter” is a tightly drawn thriller. In the opening pages, Stegner, on his way to a favorite fishing spot, stops the brutal beating of a small horse by punching a man in the face. His outraged, uninhibited act of animal justice spirals Stegner’s life into a dangerous vortex. He becomes a “person of interest” in two murders and the target of shadowy vigilante stalkers bent on personal, lethal payback. The irony is palpable as the brutality escalates Stegner’s fame and doubles the prices on his paintings. Readers may want to dislike Stegner. Heller stops short of sentimentalizing him. He’s recognizably flawed and almost (but not quite) too multi-faceted, embodying near extremes of raw talent, violence and pain. Stegner’s daughter, Alce, is dead, brutally murdered at 15. His grief is internalized and toxic, his love nearly eclipsed with guilt. When he casts a line across the water, Stegner’s memories bring Alce back, and he tries to let the pain of icy mountain water and muscle memory anesthetize him. Stegner isolates and insulates himself. The author’s first-person prose flows— often with enough force to elicit a wince or groan—between terror and beauty, blind rage and self-reflection. Stegner is a creator and destroyer. Sometimes, his internal dia-

log captures the imagination; sometimes, it dances on a thin edge of sanity. Stegner’s paintings define the book’s chapters, art executed in record speed with total abandon, his brush in charge and not his brain. The results, punctuated as they are with violence and self-destructive acts, are as surprising to Stegner as they may be to readers. The paintings emerge as unplanned as the artist’s life. As a writer, Heller seems as complex as his character. He’s a frequent contributor to National Geographic, Outside and Men’s Journal magazines, as well as Bloomberg Businessweek. His expansive love of the outdoors is clear in this novel, perhaps even more so than his first, “The Dog Stars.” “I watched the current, the tailwater rolling out of the bottom of the falls, white and fast and pushing through the little haystacking waves and quieting into the darker water of the pool, the smooth stretch where I could see the pair of ducks drifting, dark against the dark silverblue of the reflected sky. That luminous night that is not yet true night,” Heller writes. Then there’s this scene, captured with visceral intensity: “The mare mews when I approach her. Doesn’t move just shakes. She’s cut, slashed across the back, a wonder he didn’t break her spine … When I touch her shoulder the quiver and tremor spread outward from the sweatsoaked hide, spread up and back like something seismic. She flinches away from my hand but doesn’t step. As if her hooves, small hooves, shiny and black, newly shod, are glued to the dirt. The lead rope hanging from her halter. “I almost cannot contain—the rage and the tenderness together like a boiling weatherfront. I stand beside her and breathe. The two of us just stand there.” “The Painter” is simply fine and more than a little wondrous. Astute readers will allow the prose to get under their skin and just go with it. Like Stegner paints, don’t think, just read. More than once, my mind turned to daydreams and soft memory, only to be jerked back to witness a fish dying, gasping for air, or a bullet shattering a window. Heller rarely missteps. No character devolves to caricature. His writing is strong and sure, at turns fizzy and sensual, dark and brooding, as filled with love as it is with suspense. This is stuff you’ll taste in the back of your throat and feel at your nerves’ ends—if you let it. Lemuria Books (4465 N. Highway 55, Suite 202, 601-366-7619) will offer signed copies of the book for sale after June 10 Visit peterheller.net for more info.

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THURSDAY 6/12

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Habitat Young Professionals (HYP) Happy Hour is at Fondren Public.

USA International Ballet Competition is June 14-29 at Thalia Mara Hall.

Richelle Putnam signs copies of “The Inspiring Life of Eudora Welty” at Lemuria.

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The Whigs, a garage-rock band from Athens, Ga., performs June 18 at Duling Hall to promote their latest album, “Modern Creation.”

History Is Lunch is at noon at William F. Winter Archives and History Building (200 North St.). Father Paul Canonici discusses his new book, “Delta Italians, Volume II.” Free; call 601-576-6998; mdah.state.ms.us. … Stuart Dybek signs copies of “Paper Lantern: Love Stories” at 5 p.m. at Lemuria Books (4465 Interstate 55 N., Suite 202). Reading at 5:30 p.m. $24 book; lemuriabooks.com.

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Dennis Mitchell signs copies of “A New History of Mississippi” at 5 p.m. at Lemuria Books (4465 Interstate 55 N., Suite 202). $40 book; lemuriabooks.com. … Gallery Talk for Captured: A Snapshot of the Men Behind the Lens is from 5:30-6:30 p.m. at Gallery1 (1100 John R. Lynch St., Suite 4). Meet photographers Gerard Howard and Charles Smith. Free; find Gallery1 at Jackson State University on Facebook. … Habitat Young Professionals Happy Hour is from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at Fondren Public (2765 Old Canton Road). Proceeds benefit Habitat for Humanity. $10; call 601-353-6060; email tgathings@habitatjackson.org.

SATURDAY 6/14

Beauty and Wellness Seminar is from noon-3 p.m. at GalBY BRIANA ROBINSON lery1 (1100 John R. Lynch St., Suite 4). Cine’ of Francis FlowJACKSONFREEPRESS.COM ers and Herbs Farm gives tips and shares samples of her natuFAX: 601-510-9019 ral hair and skin-care products. DAILY UPDATES AT RSVP. Free; email gallery1@ JFPEVENTS.COM jsums.edu. … Box Making Workshop is at 1 p.m. at Purple Word Center for Book and Paper Arts (140 Wesley Ave.). Learn to make a handcrafted archival box $50, $35 members; email info@purpleword.org; purpleword.org. … USA International Ballet Competition begins today at Thalia Mara Hall (255 E. Pascagoula St.). Includes performances, a dance school, a teacher-training program, an art exhibition and an awards gala. $7 and up for individual performances, ticket packages available; call 601-973-9249; usaibc.com.

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Hip-hop and R&B artist T.K. Soul performs at 3 p.m. June 15 at Soul City Showcase at the Jackson Convention Complex.

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3000. … Compozitionz performs at 9 p.m. at The Penguin Restaurant & Bar (1100 John R. Lynch St.). Compositionz sings songs from the Motown era. LoveNotez and SoundZ also perform. Free; email info@thepenguinms.com. … Soul City Showcase is today and tomorrow at Jackson Convention Complex (105 E. Pascagoula St.). Performers include Melanie Fiona, T.K. Soul, Isaac Carree and Le’Andria Johnson. $17-$35; soulcityshowcase.com.

FRIDAY 6/13

Summer Jam 2014 is at 7:30 p.m. at Canton Multipurpose Complex (501 Soldier Colony Road, Canton). Performers include Trina, the Swagg 101 Team, Hollywood 32 Luck, Bambino and Golden Child. $20-$50; call 800-745-

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“Shrek the Musical” is at 2 p.m. at New Stage Theatre (1100 Carlisle St.). $28, $22 students and seniors; call

601-948-3533, ext. 222; newstagetheatre.com. … Sesame Street Live: Can’t Stop is at 2 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. at Mississippi Coliseum (1207 Mississippi St.). The musical is about Elmo’s adventures with Abby Cadabby’s magic wand. $15$28; call 800-745-3000.

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The Central MS Blues Society performs at 7 p.m. at Hal & Mal’s (200 S. Commerce St.). Free, halandmals. com. … Doctor Who Screening: “Rise of the Cybermen/ The Age of Steel” is at 7:30 p.m. at Tinseltown (411 Riverwind Drive, Pearl). Watch a two-part episode of the sci-fi show. $15; call 601-936-5856; cinemark.com.

TUESDAY 6/17

Richelle Putnam signs copies of “The Inspiring Life of Eudora Welty” at 5 p.m. at Lemuria Books (4465 Interstate 55 N., Suite 202). $16.99 book. Call 601-366-7619; lemuriabooks.com. … “Wings 3D” is at 7:30 p.m. at Tinseltown (411 Riverwind Drive, Pearl). In the John Downer film, experience the earth from a bird’s eye view. $15; call 601-936-5856; cinemark.com.

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History Is Lunch is at noon at Old Capitol Museum (100 S. State St.). Former Mississippi Secretary of State Dick Molpus talks about his experience during the 1964 Philadelphia civil rights murders. Free; call 601-576-6998. … The Whigs perform at 8 p.m. at Duling Hall (622 Duling Ave.). Young Buffalo also performs. Cocktails at 7 p.m. $10 in advance, $12 at the door; ardenland.net.


Jackson 2000 Summer Breeze Social June 19, 5:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m., at Smith Robertson Museum and Cultural Center (528 Bloom St.). The meet-and-greet includes light appetizers, wine and music from Jazz Beautiful featuring Pam Confer. For ages 21 and up. Free; jackson2000.org. Magnolia Roller Vixens Roller Derby July 19, 7 p.m., at Jackson Convention Complex (105 E. Pascagoula St.). Team members compete in an inter-league game. Doors open at 6 p.m. $12 in advance, $15 at the door, $5 children; magnoliarollervixens.com. 10th Annual JFP Chick Ball July 19, 8 p.m., at Arts Center of Mississippi (201 E. Pascagoula St.). Includes food, door prizes, a silent auction, the Diva of Bling outfit contest, poetry and live music. Benefits the Center for Violence Prevention. For ages 18 and up. Seeking sponsors, auction donations and volunteers now. $5 cover; call 601-3626121, ext. 23; jfpchickball.com.

#/--5.)49 Events at Millsaps College (1701 N. State St.). Registration required. â&#x20AC;˘ Confessions of a Shopaholic: Teaching about Credit and Debt June 13 Claire Loup of the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta in the instructor. Teachers learn how to use clips from the movie â&#x20AC;&#x153;Confessions of a Shopaholicâ&#x20AC;? to teach students about credit cards, debt and financial responsibility. Free; call 601-974-1325; email jamesk@millsaps.edu; mscee.org. â&#x20AC;˘ Excellence in Action Nonprofit Management Certification for Organizations and Individuals June 12-13, 8 a.m.-4 p.m. At the Else School of Business. Board members, directors, nonprofit staff and volunteers to learn nationally recognized nonprofit management best practices. $295; call 601-9680061; msnonprofits.org. Events at Mississippi Center for Nonprofits (201 W. Capitol St., Suite 700). Registration required. $109, $69 members; call 601-968-0061; msnonprofits.org. â&#x20AC;˘ Strategic Planning 101 June 13, 9 a.m.-noon Find out the importance of leadership and how to share responsibility with your staff. â&#x20AC;˘ Developing a High-impact Board June 18, 9 a.m.-noon Learn principles of good board governance, including understanding board member roles and responsibilities. History Is Lunch June 11, noon, at William F. Winter Archives and History Building (200 North St.). Father Paul Canonici discusses his new book, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Delta Italians, Volume II.â&#x20AC;? Free; call 601-5766998; mdah.state.ms.us. Small Business Administration Loan Clinic June 12, 1 p.m.-2 p.m., at Small Business Administration District Office (Regions Plaza, 210 E. Capitol St., 10th floor). Topics include SBA loan programs, what lenders look for and local resource partners. Registration required. Space limited. Free; call 601-965-4378, ext. 11; email deborah.dean@sba.gov; sba.gov/ms. Health Affairs Committee Meeting June 12, 5:30 p.m., at Walkerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Drive-in (3016 N. State St.). The standing committee of the Board of Trustees of State Institutions of Higher Learning meets to receive a presentation on strategic planning discussions. Free; call 601-432-6198; mississippi.edu. Precinct 2 COPS Meeting June 12, 6 p.m., at Jackson Police Department, Precinct 2 (Metrocenter Mall, 3645 Highway 80 W.). On the lower level. These monthly forums are designed to help

resolve community issues or problems, from crime to potholes. Enter from the back entrance. Free; call 601-960-0002. Friday Forum June 13, 9 a.m., at Koinonia Coffee House (136 S. Adams St., Suite C). Free; call 9603008; email koinoniafridayforum@gmail.com. Soul City Showcase June 14, 9 a.m.-7 p.m. and June 15, noon-7 p.m., at Jackson Convention Complex (105 E. Pascagoula St.). The expo includes health screenings, financial seminars, a fashion show, shopping, cooking demonstrations, live music and more. In advance: $17 one day, $30 both days; at the door: $20 one day, $35 both days; call 601-506-8406 or 800-745-3000; soulcityshowcase.com. Americana: Flag Day Celebration June 14, 7 p.m., at Madison Square Center for the Arts (2103 Main St., Madison). The Magnolia Ballroom Dancersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Associationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s special monthly dance includes an East Coast Swing workshop with guest dance instructor Jamie Jean at 7

Secretary of State Dick Molpus talks about his experience during the Philadelphia civil rights murders of 1964. Free; call 601-576-6998. Hinds County Human Resource Agency Meeting June 18, 7 p.m., at Hinds County Human Resource Agency (258 Maddox Road). The Board of Directors meets. Open to the public; Hinds County residents encouraged to attend. Free; call 601-923-1838; hchra.org.

+)$3 Events at Clinton Community Nature Center (617 Dunton Road, Clinton). Call 601-9261104; clintonnaturecenter.org. â&#x20AC;˘ Clinton Community Nature Center Day Camp: Session I June 16, 9 a.m.-noon. The hands-on discovery camp is for children entering grades 2-4. Held daily through June 20. Registration required. $100, $75 members, $5 discount for each additional child in same fam-

Mississippi Immigrants Rights Alliance Advocacy Meeting June 11, 6 p.m., at Mississippi Immigrants Rights Alliance (612 N. State St., Suite B). MIRA discusses current issues and upcoming campaigns. Open to the public. Light dinner included. Free; call 601-968-5182; yourmira.org. Habitat Young Professionals (HYP) Happy Hour June 12, 5:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m., at Fondren Public (2765 Old Canton Road). The event for adults ages 21 to 40 includes hors dâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;oeuvres and drinks. Proceeds benefit Habitat for Humanity Mississippi Capital Area. $10; call 601-353-6060; email tgathings@habitatjackson.org. 9 Lives for $9 Cat Adoption Event June 14, noon-5 p.m., at Community Animal Rescue and Adoption (CARA) (960 N. Flag Chapel Road). Adopt a cat age 9 months or older for a reduced fee (usually $75) through June 22. Open Mondays, Tuesdays, Fridays and Saturdays from noon-5 p.m. $9; call 601-842-4404; email denise.cantrell@thinkvss.com; carams.org.

p.m., and the dance at 8 p.m. Jamie Jean performs at the dance. BYOB. Drinks and setups available. Workshop: $5, free for members; dance, $15, 10 members; call 601-942-7335; magnoliaballroomdancers.com. Talent Competition June 14, 7 p.m.-11 p.m., at Drip Drop Coffee Shop (1044 Highway 49 S., Suite D, Richland). All ages are welcome to participate. Includes music from DJ Cloud. Free; call 601-939-0410; dripdropcs.com. Parents for Public Schools of Jacksonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Summer Reading Parent Orientation June 14, 10 a.m.noon, at Metrocenter Mallâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Event Center (3645 Highway 80 W.). Parents receive information to help students with summer reading requirements. Activities for children provided. Free; call 601-9696015; jackson.k12.ms.us. Special Commemoration of Freedom Summer Murdersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; 50th Anniversary June 15, 3 p.m., at Mt. Zion United Methodist Church, Philadelphia (11191 Road 747, Philadelphia). The event is in honor of civil rights workers James Chaney, Andrew Goodman and Michael Schwerner, who were murdered in 1964. Includes tributes and the Drum Majors for Justice awards ceremony. The keynote speaker is U.S. Congressman John Lewis. Free; call 601-389-2010; historicmtzion.org (live streaming available). Hinds County Board of Supervisors Meeting June 16, 9 a.m., at Hinds County Chancery Court (316 S. President St.). The board holds its regular meeting, open to the public. Free; call 601968-6501; co.hinds.ms.us. Jackson City Council Meeting June 17, 6 p.m., at Jackson City Hall (219 S. President St.). Open to the public. Free; call 601-960-1064; jacksonms.gov. History Is Lunch June 18, noon, at Old Capitol Museum (100 S. State St.). Former Mississippi

ily; email edcoordinatorccnc@gmail.com. â&#x20AC;˘ Nature Nuts Preschool Program June 17, 10 a.m. The nature discovery program is for children ages 2-5. Adults must accompany children. A professional educator from the Mississippi Natural Science Museum teaches the class. $5, $3 members, $1 discount for each additional child; email ccnaturecenter@gmail.com. Events at Jackson Academy (4908 Ridgewood Road). Registration required. Request a brochure for additional summer camp options. Call 601364-5763; email lgreen@jacksonacademy.org; jacksonacademy.org. â&#x20AC;˘ Girls Basketball Camp June 16-19. In the gym. The camp is for girls in grades 2-9. $80. â&#x20AC;˘ Boys Basketball Camp June 16-19. In the gym. The camp is for boys in grades 2-9. $80. â&#x20AC;˘ Art Camp for Kids June 16-19, and June 2326. In the elementary art room. The camp is for children in grades 2-6. $150. Events at Madison Public Library (994 Madison Ave., Madison). Space limited. Free; call 601-856-2749. â&#x20AC;˘ Teen Challenge (Grades 6-12) June 12, 10 a.m.-11 a.m. Includes team-building and trust exercises, and prizes. â&#x20AC;˘ ArtBots (Grades 6-12) June 17, 2 p.m.-3 p.m. Build a robot that draws pictures. Pre-registration required. Events at Millsaps College (1701 N. State St.). Call 601-974-1130; millsaps.edu/conted. â&#x20AC;˘ Millsaps Majors Youth Football Camp June 11-13. The camp for ages 6-14 is held in the Hall Activity Center. Check-in is at 7:15 a.m. June 11. Snacks and beverages provided. Campers should bring inside and outside shoes, a water bottle, a swimsuit, a towel, and sunscreen. $150; call 909-910-5181 or 318-792-2664; email lorddj@millsaps.edu or desotjd@millsaps.

edu; millspas.edu. â&#x20AC;˘ Manners with Ms. Wright June 16-20. Children in grades 1-5 learn skills such as meeting and greeting, telephone etiquette, writing thankyou notes and rules for dining. Registration required. $99. â&#x20AC;˘ Spanish for Children June 16-20. Children ages 6-9 learn phonics and the alphabet, Spanish greetings, numbers, colors, days of the week, months of the year, family members, and body parts. Registration required. $85. â&#x20AC;˘ Mental Math Camp June 16-20. Children ages 9-12 learn simple calculation techniques to speed up mental math skills. Registration required. $85. Events at Mississippi Museum of Art (380 S. Lamar St.). Space limited. Registration required. Call 601-960-1515; msmuseumart.org. â&#x20AC;˘ Studio I June 16-20. The five-day art camp is for children ages 11-13. Students work with a local artist to get a closer look at the creative process. $250. â&#x20AC;˘ Little Masters June 16-20. The five-day art camp is for children ages 5-7. Includes creating art and exploration. $175. Events at Mississippi Museum of Natural Science (2148 Riverside Drive) â&#x20AC;˘ Fun Fridays June 13, 10 a.m.-noon Children participate in interactive, hands-on programs to learn more about insects, reptiles and more. Adults must accompany children. Included with admission ($4-$6); call 601-576-6000; msnaturalscience.org. â&#x20AC;˘ Camp WILD June 9-26. Sessions are June 9-12 for grades K-1, June 16-19 for grades 2-3 and June 23-26 for grades 4-5. Campers participate in indoor and outdoor activities that focus on Mississippiâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s ecosystems. $140, $115 members, $10 per day for aftercare (noon5:30 p.m.); email nicole.smith@mmns.state. ms.us; mdwfp.com. Events at Ridgeland Public Library (397 Highway 51, Ridgeland). Free; call 601-856-4536. â&#x20AC;˘ Magician Tommy Terrific June 16, 4:30 p.m.5:30 p.m. The magic show is for ages 3 and up. â&#x20AC;˘ Teen Challenge (Grades 6-12) June 13, 10:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m. Includes team-building and trust exercises, and prizes. â&#x20AC;˘ Lava Lamps (Grades 1-5) June 17, 10:30 a.m.11:30 a.m. Make a lava lamp from household items. Pre-registration required. Space limited. â&#x20AC;˘ Squishy Circuits (Grades 1-5) June 11, 2 p.m.3 p.m. Build working circuits out of Play-Doh. Space limited. Registration required. Summer Storytime June 12, at Eudora Welty House and Museum (1119 Pinehurst Place). Children in grades K-4 will hear a story and make a related craft. Free; call 601-353-7762; mdah.state.ms.us. Sesame Street Live: Canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t Stop Singing June 14, 10:30 a.m.; June 14-15, 2 p.m.; and June 15, 5:30 p.m., at Mississippi Coliseum (1207 Mississippi St.). The musical is about Elmoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s adventures with Abby Cadabbyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s magic wand, which he uses to cause all his friends to sing non-stop. $15-$28; call 800-745-3000. Broadway Jr. Summer Camp Intensive June 16-13, at New Stage Theatre (1100 Carlisle St.). Students leaving grades 5-11 learn about audition instruction, text analysis, character building and scene work, as well as regular dance and vocal instruction. The program ends with a musical production. $475; call 601-948-3533, ext. 232; newstagetheatre.com.

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30/2437%,,.%33 Father’s Day Yoga Practice June 14, 11:30 a.m.12:30 p.m., at Tara Yoga Studio (200 Park Circle, Suite 4, Flowood). The yoga class is in remembrance of fathers who have passed on. Joey Plunkett performs. A portion of proceeds benefits The McLean Fletcher Center, a grief support program for youth. $15; call 601-720-2337; email info@ tara-yoga.net; tara-yoga.net. Beauty and Wellness Seminar June 14, noon-3 p.m., at Gallery1 (One University Place, 1100 John R. Lynch St., Suite 4). Cine’ of Francis Flowers and Herbs Farm gives tips, and shares samples of her natural hair and skin care products. Includes refreshments. RSVP. Seating limited. Free; email gallery1@jsums.edu. Raw Foods Potluck June 14, 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. Soul Prospering Health Seminar June 15, 3 p.m.-7 p.m., at Jackson Medical Mall (350 W. Woodrow Wilson Ave.). In the Community Meeting Room. Breaking Free Ministries hosts the session about the effects of racism, stress and more affect the health of African-Americans, and how to handle the problem holistically. Free; call 601-214-6140; breakingfreeministriesusa.org.

34!'%3#2%%. Events at Tinseltown (411 Riverwind Drive, Pearl). $15; call 601-936-5856; cinemark.com. • Doctor Who Screening: “Rise of the Cybermen/The Age of Steel” June 16, 7:30 p.m. See actor David Tennant in the twopart episode of the popular sci-fi show. For ages 17 and up. • “Wings 3D” June 17, 7:30 p.m. In the John Downer film, experience the earth from a bird’s eye view. Actor David Tennant narrates. “Nunsense” June 5-7, 7:30 p.m.; June 8, 2 p.m. and June 12-14, 7:30 p.m., at Black Rose Theatre

(103 Black St., Brandon). The play is about a group of nun who put on a variety show to raise funds for the burials of several sisters who were accidentally poisoned. $15, $10 students, military and seniors (cash or check); call 601-825-1293; blackrosetheatre.org. “Murder in the Key of Motown” Dinner Theater June 12, 7 p.m., at Hal & Mal’s (200 S. Commerce St.). Mississippi Murder Mysteries presents the musical about quarreling band members. Includes a three-course dinner. RSVP. $48; call 601-668-2214; email jane@halandmals.com; brownpapertickets.com/event/670947. “Walking in their Footsteps” June 13, 6 p.m.7:30 p.m., at Smith Robertson Museum and Cultural Center (528 Bloom St.). NMHS Unlimited celebrates the lives of Elizabeth Taylor Greenfield, Ida B. Wells Barnett, Eliza Farish Pillars, Annie Bell Robinson Devine and Gladys Noel Bates through song, dance, spoken word and film. $5; blackhistoryplus.weebly.com. Being Belhaven Arts Series June 13, 8 p.m., at Belhaven Park (Poplar Boulevard). Enjoy a screening of the film “Casablanca.” Bring blankets and chairs. Free; call 601-352-8850. USA International Ballet Competition June 1429, at Thalia Mara Hall (255 E. Pascagoula St.). The quadrennial event includes performances, a dance school, a teacher training program, an art exhibition featuring works from Andrew Bucci and an awards gala. $7 and up for individual performances, ticket packages available, fees vary for dance school and teacher training; call 601-9739249; usaibc.com.

#/.#%243&%34)6!,3 Events at Duling Hall (622 Duling Ave.). $3 surcharge for patrons under 21; call 601-292-7999; email arden@ardenland.net; ardenland.net. • Black Joe Lewis June 12, 7:30 p.m. The Southern soul singer from Austin, Texas, performs. Naught also performs. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Standing room only. All-ages show; adults must accompany children. $12 in advance, $15 at the door. • The Whigs June 18, 8 p.m. The garage rock band from Athens, Ga., performs to promote their latest album, “Modern Creation.” Young Buffalo also performs. Cocktails at 7 p.m. $10 in advance, $12 at the door. FestivalSouth June 7-21, at Downtown Hattiesburg. The multi-genre arts festival includes music, dance, exhibits and theater, and takes place at several venues. Headliners include Marty Stuart and Mac McAnally. Admission varies per event, some events free, all-access passes available; call 601-296-7475; festivalsouth.org. Summer Jam 2014 June 13, 7:30 p.m., at Canton Multipurpose Complex (501 Soldier Colony Road, Canton). Performers include Trina, the Swagg 101 Team, Hollywood Luck, Bambino and Golden Child. $20, $35 floor chairs, $50 VIP floor tables; call 800-745-3000. Compozitionz June 13, 9 p.m.-11 p.m., at The Penguin Restaurant & Bar (1100 John R. Lynch St.). Compositionz sings songs from the Motown era. Also enjoy performances from LoveNotez and SoundZ. Free; email info@thepenguinms.com. Soul City Showcase June 14, 9 a.m.-7 p.m. and June 15, noon-7 p.m., at Jackson Convention Complex (105 E. Pascagoula St.). Performers include Melanie Fiona, T.K. Soul, Isaac Carree and Le’Andria Johnson. In advance: $17 one day, $30 both days; at the door: $20 one day, $35 both days; call 601-506-8406 or 800-745-3000; soulcityshowcase.com.

,)4%2!293)'.).'3 Events at Lemuria Books (4465 Interstate 55 N., Suite 202). Call 601-366-7619; email info@lemuriabooks.com; lemuriabooks.com. • “Paper Lantern: Love Stories” June 11, 5 p.m. Stuart Dybek signs books. Reading at 5:30 p.m. $24 book. • “A New History of Mississippi” June 12, 5 p.m. Dennis Mitchell signs books. $40 book. • “Delta Dogs” June 14, 11:30 a.m. Maude Schuyler Clay signs books. $35 book. • “The Inspiring Life of Eudora Welty” June 17, 5 p.m. Richelle Putnam signs books. $16.99 book. “Flying Shoes” Book Signing June 17, 6 p.m., at Powerhouse Community Arts Center (413 S. 14th St., Oxford). Author and Square Books co-founder Lisa Howorth signs books. Early-bird signing at Off Square Books (129 Courthouse Square) from 4-5:30 p.m. $16 book; call 662236-2262; email yacoperations@gmail.com; squarebooks.com. “Let’s Explore Diabetes with Owls” June 18, 6 p.m., at LemuriaBooks.com Building (4506 Office Park Drive). Humorist David Sedaris reads from his book. Limited seating. A signing follows. $17 book; call 601-366-7619; lemuriabooks.com.

#2%!4)6%#,!33%3 Learning to See in Color: Watercolor Workshop with Wyatt Waters June 14, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., at Mississippi Museum of Art (380 S. Lamar St.). The adult art class includes plain air painting on the museum grounds. All skill levels welcome. Includes coffee, morning refreshments and one piece of watercolor paper. Supply list available online. Bring or buy lunch. Registration required. $80; call 960-1515; email ccato@msmuseumart. org; msmuseumart.org. Box Making Workshop June 14, 1 p.m.-4 p.m., at Purple Word Center for Book and Paper Arts (140 Wesley Ave.). Suzanne Glemot is the instructor. Learn to make a handcrafted archival box with a divider. Registration required. For ages 18 and up. $50, $35 members; email info@purpleword. org; purpleword.org.

%8()")4/0%.).'3 Gallery Talk for Captured: A Snapshot of the Men Behind the Lens June 12, 5:30 p.m.6:30 p.m., at Gallery1 (1100 John R. Lynch St., Suite 4). Meet photographers Gerard Howard and Charles Smith, whose photographs are on display through Aug. 9. Prints for sale. Free; call 601-960-9250; find Gallery1 at Jackson State University on Facebook. Opening Day of Norman Rockwell: Murder in Mississippi June 14, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., at Mississippi Museum of Art (380 S. Lamar St.). In the Barksdale Galleries. See the late artist’s preliminary sketches and paintings related to the LOOK magazine cover he created regarding the Goodman, Chaney and Schwerner murders. Exhibit hangs through Aug. 31. $10, $8 seniors, $5 students, members free (includes admission to the This Light of Ours exhibit); call 601-960-1515; msmuseumart.org.

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like “Skulldiggin,” a song about media control, and “Dar es Salaam,” about political and social turmoil, come with sci-fi trappings. “It’s kind of like my middle finger, this album,” Lewis said. “I get to tell people this is what happened. I get to put out what I want without somebody screwing with me.” That freedom to write the songs he wanted to write and record the album that he wanted makes “Electric Slave,” Lewis’s favorite among the four albums and two EPs he’s put out since 2005. The first record, “Black Joe Lewis and the Cool Breeze,” came out as he was working his way up in the competitive Austin music scene. “It’s hard, but it makes you better at the same time,” said Lewis, who picked up a guitar while working at a pawn shop. “I just did what I could, kept playing until more people were showing up, and here I am now. But I did it by playing happy hours on Red River, playing (at) the Hole in the Wall. … It makes you be more original. There are a lot of good bands that sound like everybody else. You have to be more than good.” Lewis was clearly a natural performer. “I just got up there one day and went for it, and I was good at it,” he said. “For me, it’s a good escape from the problems I have. I don’t worry about anything besides putting

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on that show. It’s a great release.” Since 2007, Lewis has been getting that release on the road, which he loves. “It’s kind of like you’re running your own business,” he said. “It’s like being a cook and seeing people like what they’re eating. You get to travel, meet people and play music for a living. It’s mostly a joy.” Lewis signed to Lost Highway Records, a division of Universal Records, in 2008 and released an EP and two albums on that roots-dominated imprint. He later moved to Vagrant Records, an indie label that is home to The Hold Steady, Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeroes, and P.J. Harvey. Vagrant, which started as a punk-rock label, is a better fit for Lewis and his music, he said. Lewis has shows booked this summer in the United States and Canada and said the new material should make for even better shows for him and for the audience. “I’ll mix everything in,” Lewis said. “I’m sure we’ll play some of the old (music), but we’re mostly going to be doing new stuff. … I think people are going to be into it.” Black Joe Lewis performs at 7:30 p.m. June 12 at Duling Hall (622 Duling Ave.). Naught also performs. Admission is $12 in advance and $15 at the door. Visit blackjoelewis. com and ardenland.com.

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here’s a new old sound on “Electric Slave,” the latest album from Black Joe Lewis. The vintage soul-powered sound that brought Lewis out of Austin, Texas, has been replaced with a harder-rocking assault, almost like Iggy Pop and The Stooges with horns. For Lewis, the shift to a harder sound is a back-to-the-future move. “I’ve played around town for a really long time, more than 10 years,” Lewis said from his Austin home. “If you’d have heard me prior to this band, you’d be saying he’s going back to what he used to do. I’ve always been into blues and rock ‘n’ roll, so that’s what I do. The soul sound comes from the horns that we put in there. That’s our style, that’s what makes us unique.” The new sound also comes with a new band. “There were a lot of views in the band,” Lewis said. Guitarist Zach Ernst and drummer Matt Strmiska quit the group before “Electric Slave” was recorded. “They had a different idea of what they wanted to do. It was a battle to do what you wanted. … With this record, we got a new producer. They left. There’s all kinds of different stuff.” While left explicitly unsaid, Lewis made it clear that they were more interested in staying with the soul-based sound while he wanted to move toward the garage R&B of “Electric Slave.” The shake-up in the band provided an opportunity for Lewis not only to recruit more sympathetic musicians, but also to dump the band name, the Honeybears. The new album is credited only to Black Joe Lewis. “The name always was a joke,” he said. “We did our first couple shows and were stuck with it. It was kind of a dumbass name. It was time to get rid of it. Maybe on the next one, we’ll throw another name on there.” The songs on “Electric Slave” are Lewis’ most personal and direct—although some

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Happy Times with “Days of Abandon”

New York Rappers Worth Googling by Mo Wilson

• Junglepussy, “Satisfaction Guaranteed”

With a name like Junglepussy, I knew what I would get when I saw her perform live my first night in Brooklyn: a show. She did this song first, shaking her hips, vamping and claiming her place as the true heir to Lil’ Kim’s throne. Her lines are frequently laugh-outloud funny in a way that reminds me of 2 Chainz. • Kitty, “BRB”

Imagine that Bubbles from “The Powerpuff Girls” grew up to become a hipster and started making raps about boys, then you’ll have an idea of what Kitty is like. Since being featured in The New York Times in 2012 as Kitty Pryde, she’s ditched the last name and started singing. The result is this feather-light song. It’s so good that when you run into her in the East Village, you won’t be able to stop yourself from yelling about how much you like her music. Believe me, I’ve lived it.

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• Le1f, “Boom”

Le1f spits rhymes with a quirkiness that brings to mind past MCs such as Missy Elliot or Andre 3000. In March, he performed his first major-label single, “Boom,” on the Letterman show. It’s a party anthem that gives shout-outs to “LGBT cuties all over the world” and “educated black hotties.” At the end of his first verse, he chastises listeners with the infinitely quotable line, “Don’t ask me how I’ve been ’cause the answer is relentless.” • RATKING feat. King Krule, “So Sick Stories”

RATKING is a rap collective of teenagers who make classic old–school sounding hip-hop. Their song with Teenage rocker King Krule makes for a wild, anarchistic and hypnotizing portrait of life in New York City.

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ew York noise-pop band The Pains of Being Pure at Heart creates an easily listenable experience, one with a much more jovial experience than one might expect from an album called “Days of Abandon.” Guitarist Kip Berman and keyboardist Peggy Wang alternate vocals with great efficacy. Both channel classics such as Hall & Oates, Fleetwood Mac and The Smiths in the best way possible, pulling from those intrinsically likeable pop artists while putting modern elements to work. Even better, The Pains of Being Pure at Heart employs aesthetically ’80s pop without falling into the habit of using excessive lo-fi—an alltoo prevalent aspect in modern indie music. Additionally, songs like “Kelly” and “Eurydice” further elevate the group above the gaggle of shoe-gaze bands performing today, as they aren’t ashamed to be energetic and fun. Why anyone would choose to emulate the 1980s yet remove any sense of amusement from the decade is beyond me, but “Days of Abandon” apologizes for its brethren releases and returns some much needed happiness. Berman and Wang also maneuver expertly through low-energy territory. For instance, the final track, “The Asp at My Chest,” feels more dynamic despite being the slowest on the album. The tonal shifts keep the album fresh and avoid draining the listener. Ultimately, “Days of Abandon” defies trends, managing to feel dreamy but not lazy, fun but not witless, and stylish but not at all insincere.

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World Cup squad against Honduras. â&#x20AC;Ś NBA (710 p.m., ABC) The NBA Finals reaches game five between the San Antonio Spurs and Miami Heat. MONDAY, JUNE 16 Soccer (11 a.m.-8 p.m., ESPN) A tripleheader starts off with soccer giants Germany against Portugal, followed by Iran against Nigeria and ends with a must-win game for the USA against Ghana. TUESDAY, JUNE 17 NBA (8-11 p.m., ABC) The NBA Finals could follow last yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s ending if it reaches game six between the Spurs and Heat. â&#x20AC;Ś Soccer (5-8 p.m., ESPN) An interesting matchup features Russia against South Korea at the end of a tripleheader on ESPN.

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