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oting rights acts, education and politics aren’t the normal topics of conversation for many teenagers, but they’re part of 16-year-old Donovan Barner’s everyday conversation. Barner, an active, opinionated, passionate advocate for change, is one of many outspoken young activists in the Jackson area. A rising Murrah High School senior, Barner has powerful goals for his future. Because of his interest in politics, he aspires to become a criminal-justice lawyer and eventually own his own law firm, which would specialize in litigation. “I started off apathetic about politics until my grandmother (Ada Allen, showed me) that I can change things with my opinion,” Barner says. Through his involvement in various causes, particularly education, Barner has taken Allen’s advice and made his opinion known throughout the community. He has attended and spoken at school-board meetings, talked with students and teachers about hot-button issues within the school system, and founded a group dedicated to educational advancement. The group, Teach Citizens, Not Students, promotes teaching students life lessons, financial skills and further education about life beyond high school. One of Barner’s major inspirations in life is comedian and activist Bill Cosby. “His humor, his views on life and family, his positivity and his activism are very similar to mine,”


Barner says. “He’s not afraid of getting behind the mic and sharing his opinion, like me.” Barner is a part of various groups including the American Civil Liberties Union of Mississippi, Southern Poverty Law Center and Better Schools, Better Jobs. In addition, Barner advocates to keep the Voting Rights Act in place. He spoke at 2014’s Parent-Teacher Association Conference in Austin, Texas, about voter rights and education improvement. This past week, Barner participated in the Freedom Summer Youth Congress in conjunction with the 50th anniversary of Freedom Summer in Jackson. Outside of his activism, Barner is a member of the Murrah High school concert choir and the speech and debate team, where he participates in Lincoln-Douglas debates, impromptu speaking, congressional debates and extemporaneous speaking. As an outlet, Barner enjoys channeling his creative energy into making music. He creates instrumentals and writes lyrics for different beats. Barner also plays the piano and drums. He mentors his two younger brothers, Jeremy, 15, and Raphael, 14. “My younger brother Raphael is always right under me,” he says. Barner contributes a major part of his success to his parents, Donovan and Tiffany Barner. He hopes to attend Grinnell College in Grinnell, Iowa, in fall 2015. Until then, Barner plans to continue his activism on an even greater scale in and around Jackson. —Bria Paige

Cover photo of Mary Kate McGowan, Jared Boyd and Deja Harris by Trip Burns

10 The Battle for Coastal Tourism

Derrick Evans and other Gulf Coast conservation activists score another big victory.

37 Neely Tucker’s Lackluster Protagonist

Neely Tucker imbues journalist Sully Carter, the lead character in his new novel “The Ways of the Dead,” with a sense of purpose and a desire to uncover the truth, but not much else.

39 Activism in Hip-Hop

“Below the Mason-Dixon line, some artists use their platform to promote community awareness. Goodie Mob’s 1995 opus, ‘Soul Food,’ is a worthy example.” —Jared Boyd, “A Hearty Helping of Rap Activism”

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by Jared Boyd, Guest Editor

My Freedom Summer


s I reached out to introduce myself to Dr. Robert Parris Moses Jr. on June 2, I realized there was something more to our traditional greeting. Dr. Moses’ eyes said more than, “Pleased to meet you.” He grasped my hand for what seemed to be just a second or so longer than he had the other individuals I accompanied to hear him speak. As we made eye contact, I understood his silent gesture toward me. Even if he did so unintentionally, Dr. Moses’ eyes communicated to me that something in his heart and mind wanted me to comprehend. In the short glance we made toward each other, I felt that he truly hoped that the wisdom he had outlined that afternoon would stick with me; whether it was the history of the United States Constitution and how people used its articles to mask their prejudices and warrant their oppressive behaviors; the confidence, selfrespect and self-determination to demand and exercise every right promised to me; or stepping up to the task of defending those citizens I encounter who are deprived of their own rights and educating them of their importance so that they can find the strength to fight for themselves. As a black male opening the doors of adulthood, I would need each. This was the first day of my own “Freedom Summer.” Fifty years after African Americans in Mississippi and numerous supporters of their efforts organized and demonstrated on behalf of their right to vote in 1964, I traveled to the Jackson area seeking a very different type of independence—a personal independence that coincided with my 21st birthday in mid-June. I was in a new place with new challenges and a completely new cast of characters. I expected to fall in love with Jackson and the nights filled with memories

I could barely remember. I wanted this summer—the summer before my senior year in college—to be a celebration of young adulthood. Family members, friends, and colleagues who have lived in and frequented the area told me about Jackson. With the bits and pieces I gathered through my three

Jackson, sincerely, is the blackest place I’ve ever seen. years in Mississippi, studying among Jacksonians at Ole Miss and reading about the area, one major feature never quite struck me until I was able to exist among it. Jackson, sincerely, is the blackest place I’ve ever seen. A popular narrative in history paints the picture of Mississippi as the center of black suffering in America; however, when I explore the downtown area, read news headlines, attend city council meetings, report on stories, and bump elbows with the movers and shakers of this city, I find that somewhere in that narrative is a story of black redemption. In the wake of the death of a revolutionary mayor with a beautiful black last name, the election of a charismatic young, fresh, black political face in the local execu-

tive branch, and the on-going celebration of a dense and rich local African American history, Jackson, Miss., has set the stage for my personal development with black awareness and activism acting as the cornerstone to that transition, much like it is the cornerstone of this community. The sweetest part is that the story doesn’t stop there. There is an LGBTQ redemption, a human-rights redemption and many other stories that have yet to be told. People on one corner are having conversations about gender, and advocates down the street are lobbying for adults with special needs. I have found a plethora of interesting forums in which to insert myself. Recently, the Jackson Free Press ran a Freedom Summer issue (Issue 41, June 1117, 2014) that highlighted a moment of the past that defines society today. Where that newspaper issue ends, this issue aims to press forward. Freedom Summer’s 50th anniversary festivities are drawing to a close, but the future is at the feet of those young change-makers who aim to learn from its successes and apply them to the needs in their communities. The pages of this book are dedicated to honoring those who have already accepted the obligation of action and who inspire the minds of others who have yet to answer the call. When I was younger, my pastor used to say that change could only be made when the wisdom and experience of the older generation mend with the energy and curiosity of the younger generation. In the month that I have been in Jackson, I have had the honor of meeting a few veterans of the Civil Rights Movement, such as James Meredith and Rita Schwerner Bender, reconciling my young energy and curiosity with their wisdom and experience. I sat just feet away from the man who, in 1963, bravely trotted up the stairs of a university lyceum, colloquially referred to

as “The Big House.” It sits in the middle of campus, complete with big ornate columns meant to imitate the appearance of a plantation master’s living quarters. Footage of Meredith’s heroic feat very often brings me to tears when I realize that I pass by the very same building every day, barely noticing it or his sacrifice, even with a memorial erected in his honor. After he found out that I was a senior at Ole Miss, Meredith suggested I read his pamphlet on white supremacy. How could I find the words to respond? How could I thank him for even giving me the time to speak with him? As I sat in on a presentation given to Mississippi high school students at the William Winter Summer Youth Institute at Ole Miss, I was amazed to learn more about myself as a black man from a white woman. Bender’s position in “the movement” was just as pivotal as the black leaders I love to read about, like Stokely Carmichael, Amiri Baraka and Fannie Lou Hamer. Even after losing her first husband, Michael Schwerner, on the first night of Freedom Summer, Bender continued her dedication to ensuring the rights of oppressed people by organizing with COFO and practicing law to this day. I could never express enough gratitude to her. These moments, and the instance Bob Moses and I shook hands, symbolize a similar exchange. All around this community, the older generation is inspiring the younger generation to continue. The entire Jackson Free Press intern team curated content collaboratively and individually for this issue. We wrote each article to replicate that feeling of the passing of the guard. In case no one has held out his or her hands to you, here is your handshake. Editorial Intern Jared Boyd is from Memphis, Tenn.

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Savannah Hunter

Deja Harris

Maya Miller

Mary Kate McGowan

Bria Paige

Mary Spooner

Adria Walker

Emma McNeel

Editorial Intern Savannah Hunter is currently a junior at Jackson Preparatory School. She is on the yearbook staff and set crew for Reveillon, the high school show choir. 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 and is editor of the school newspaper. She contributed to the cover package.

Editorial Intern Maya Miller is a senior psychology major at Jackson State University. She enjoys books by Stephen King and Netflix marathons, and is known for being happy most of the time. She contributed to our cover package.

Editorial Intern Mary Kate McGowan, a senior communication and English major at Mississippi State University, is a Starkville Free Press writer. She contributed to our cover package. The intern considers her a queen.

Editorial Intern Bria Paige is a senior at St. Joseph Catholic School, where she is the editor of her school paper. She enjoys writing and interning at the JFP. She contributed to our cover package.

Editorial Intern Mary Spooner is a Jackson native who studies English at Southern Miss. She enjoys creative writing, cinema and vegetarian cooking. She contributed to the cover package.

Editorial Intern Adria Walker (aka the 27th Doctor) is a senior at Murrah High School. She enjoys debating about “Star Wars,” reading Camus, Neruda, Kafka and Kundera, and questioning her existence. She contributed to t he cover package.

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 t he cover package.




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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR On the Subject of Shopping Locally


agree wholeheartedly that residents should make every attempt to shop at local businesses. But if I’m going to shop locally—and I have tried on numerous occasions—I need to be treated well. I have walked into a number of clothing boutiques in the area and been ignored. Totally and completely ignored. I have had a $5 bill marked up with a counterfeit-bill pen in a local grocery store. I’ve had opticians stand behind their counter and ask me, from 30 feet away, what I wanted. These gestures are in no way welcoming. When I walk into a big-box store, I don’t expect much. Many times my expectations are met, and many times they are exceeded. When I walk into a local store, I expect to be acknowledged, to be greeted and to be asked if there is anything I need help with. I do not expect $5 bills to be marked up as if I am trying to pass counterfeit money. It is insulting and pretty much guarantees that I’ll not return. Yes, I fully believe that we should support our local businesses and business owners. I also fully expect that I will be treated with the type of respect and service that will guarantee my return. Sadly, this is something that I’ve found lacking when I attempt to shop locally. Responsibility goes both ways, and it is my hope that local businesses will become more aware that by not treating all potential customers warmly and with a welcoming attitude, they are losing money that many of us are more than willing to spend if treated well.

Debating, Acknowledging ‘White Privilege’

‘There Is Only One Race’

s. Franklin (“White Privilege Is Real,” June 18, 2014) seems certain that white people can have no idea what it’s like to feel the snub of white privilege and prejudice. In the eight years I worked to defend progressive, tolerant Democratic policies on the op-ed page of the Clarion-Ledger, I was called a “Communist,” an “America-hater,” a “baby-killer,” accused of being an anti-southern agitator from the North (I was born at St. Dominic’s and graduated from the JPS), and invited by a Klansman with an unlisted number to drive over to Lauderdale County—alone—so we could “have a little talk.” My father, a keen observer of human behavior who came of age in the wheelhouse of the civil rights struggle, sagely warned me: “Son, there’s only one thing those people hated more than a black man standing up for his rights. It was to see a white man standing with him.” There was no white privilege for Schwerner and Goodman. They were the first to be executed. Ms. Franklin’s nuance as a cultural commentator might be greatly enhanced by a conversation with Rims Barber. Or Rev. Ed King. Or Mel Leventhal. White privilege is real. But it is not unconditional.

’d like to applaud Ms. Franklin’s recent article, “White Privilege Is Real.” Derogatory prejudice based on skin color, religion, political affiliation, gender or sexual preference should always be addressed when it obstructs the natural and legal rights of others. I did not use the term, “racism,” because, while that particular word has become a part of the common vernacular, it is mostly used incorrectly. The separation of people into different “races” is an old and narrow categorical blunder, and the people who use the terms, “racism” and “racist,” participate in exacerbating the problem. But, unfortunately, those terms have stuck and are easier to use than something like “derogatory prejudice,” as well as being emotionally charged because of their history. In truth, there is only one race: the human race, with a number of variations in color and traditions. So when Ms. Franklin specifies, “the people who share your blood,” she is falling into the trap of that categorical blunder. There are only a few blood types, and we share them all. And when we are cut, we all bleed red. Even if one argues that Ms. Franklin was simply using a metaphor to make a point, it is a bad one; for it suggests that “racism,” or its stigma, is inherited by blood. While I can understand Ms. Franklin’s goal, it is weakly supported with illogic in a few key places. Space prevents me from addressing them all, so I will only cite one as an example: “Until we all commit to feeling racism…” is highly presumptive and reminds me of an Oprah Winfrey statement in an interview some months ago, where she suggested that any criticism of Mr. Obama by white folks was racist, and that (white) folks know in their hearts that they are, indeed, still racist. I don’t know who gave Ms. Franklin and Ms. Winfrey the ability to see into other people’s hearts, but it was a gift of grace that I was not afforded. Still, Ms. Franklin’s article provokes dialogue and re-thinking, and that in itself is commendable.


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My Experience With the Civil Rights Movement

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y experience with the Civil Rights Movement of 1964 was totally unexpected, frightful and brought into reality what I had watched on TV. During the summers of high school between the 10th, 11th and 12th grades, three friends and I would take road trips to Gulf Port, Pensacola or Destin. We would do this the first week of school vacation so we could get back to Memphis to start our summer jobs as grocery sack carryout boys, yard boys and busboys. How we talked our parents into letting 16- and 17-year-old boys take off unescorted in an old car for a week, I’ll never figure out, but times were simpler then, or so they thought. So, there we were in 1964, driving down Highway 51 from Memphis through the Delta. We had packed a picnic lunch to eat at one of the small parks on the side of the road


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that featured a picnic table, trashcan and, if you were lucky, a water spigot. We were in the middle of nowhere and stopped at this little Mom-and-Pop country store for some Yoohoos and Nehi grape sodas. I noticed that the old man and woman were not very friendly and were giving us the evil eye. As we were paying for the drinks the old man said in a loud and gruff voice, “Just what are y’all doing here?” The old woman had gone outside and looked at our car and came back in and said, “ I know what y’all are doing. You came here to get the n*ggers to vote.” The old man came out from behind the counter and went to the phone on the wall and said he was calling “the boys.” One of us said, “Come on, let’s get out of here,” and we did. For the next several miles, I kept an eye on the rearview

mirror, expecting to see a car full of men following us. We then realized how dangerous it was to be an outsider in Mississippi at that time. In no way does this compare to what the brave people had to endure that came here to fight for the civil rights of all people, but it was an eye-opener for this unknowing kid. We made it to the beach just fine and had a great time but all the while thinking about what could have been. And we were very careful driving back to Memphis. Four years later, I was an eyewitness to the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr. Steve Cupples, Jackson

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Friday, June 27 The United States announces its intention to join an international treaty banning land mines. ‌ Ukraine’s president signs a free-trade deal binding his country more closely to Western Europe, sealing the agreement that triggered months-long bloodshed and political convulsions against Russia. Saturday, June 28 Artists and diplomats declare a new century of peace and unity in Europe in Sarajevo, Bosnia-Herzegovina, the city where the first two shots of World War I were fired 100 years ago. Sunday, June 29 Gay-pride parades around the nation draw crowds of hundreds of thousands of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people and their supporters who celebrate after a year of numerous samesex marriage victories.

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Monday, June 30 The Supreme Court rules that corporations can hold religious objections that allow them to opt out of the new health law requirement that they cover contraceptives for women.


Tuesday, July 1 President Obama faces immediate demands for bold action to stem deportations a day after declaring immigration legislation dead and announcing plans to act on his own. ... Mississippi Democrats call for investigation of possible voter fraud in the U.S. Senate GOP primary.

by Haley Ferretti


he University of Mississippi Medical Center is taking its HIV and AIDS prevention work to the jailhouse. The hospital announced recently that Gilead Sciences, a Foster City, Calif.based biopharmaceutical company, is providing funds for a voluntary HIV testing program at the Hinds County Detention Center in Raymond. News of the 12-month $202,000 grant came last week during National HIV Testing Week. The funds will cover the cost of medical equipment and a nurse from Quality Choice Correctional Healthcare, which provides medical services for the detention center. Dr. Leandro Mena, associate professor of infectious diseases at UMMC, said Gilead is focusing on Jackson because it is among the 12 cities in the nation where HIV is most prevalent. “This is an important part of our broader HIV-prevention strategy to diagnose and treat HIV in the metro Jackson area,� Mena said. “With this program, we will be able to include members of the incarcerated population.� About 25 percent of the people with HIV that UMMC treats have been incarcerated, Mena said. Because Jackson has the fourth-highest per capita rate for new HIV

AIDS and HIV infections are rampant at the Hinds County Detention Center. UMMC wants to help bring more testing there.

infections in the U.S.— 25.3 per 100,000— Mena’s team expects the testing program to be a successful prevention strategy. Jackson has the second-highest rate of HIV infection among men at 30 per 100,000 people compared to 8 per 100,000 for women. The Mississippi Department of Health reported that African American men account for 75 percent of the 547 new infections in Mississippi in 2012. Because of the disproportionate numbers of black men in jail, testing and treatment of the incarcerated

population is imperative to tackling those high rates, Mena said. The HIV testing began last week. Floyd Brown, director of health services at Quality Choice Correction Healthcare, said that the program begins with a round of rapid testing, which involves finger sticks for blood samples. If the initial test is positive, the inmate will be re-tested to verify the result. The UMMC team will provide treatment options for inmates with two positive HIV tests, even after their release. The team



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Wednesday, June 25 Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, announces that the House will vote next month on legislation authorizing a campaign-season lawsuit accusing President Obama of failing to carry out the laws passed by Congress. ‌ A federal appeals court rules for the first time that states cannot prevent gay couples from getting married.


may be punished under the law if he or she knowingly spreads the virus. Under state law, any person who knowingly exposes another person to a communicable disease can be guilty of a felony punishable by a fine of up to $5,000, up to five years in prison or both. Mena said that one of the major problems in preventing the spread of HIV is the likely high number of people who are unaware that they are infected. Solving that problem is a driving force for UMMC’s prevention plan. Another barrier is the lack of quality health-care services to HIV and AIDS sufferers. Especially in Mississippi’s LGBT community, Mena said that people are afraid of testing because of the dual stigmas associated with being gay and with HIV. The Open Arms Healthcare Center in Jackson will help with prevention, Mena said. The center, a program of My Brother’s Keeper Inc., is addressing the alarming rate of new HIV and AIDS cases in African American men by offering free HIV testing as well as other infectious-disease treatment services. Mena also cited the lack of quality, medically accurate health and sex education for Mississippi’s young people as a problem on the preventative front. Young people are at risk when they are uninformed, and most schools only allow abstinence-only “sex� education. “It is almost impossible to address (students) directly,� Mena said. He recounted an experiment involving several young adult men, many of whom did not know how to properly use a condom. Mena said his team is working with several school nurses in the area to overcome this disadvantage, and is encouraging more communication between parents and their children about sexual health. Comment at Email Haley Ferretti at

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will give information about prevention and invite former inmates to continue their treatment with UMMC. The program will also improve tracking of HIV-positive inmates. “(UMMC) approached us with a proposal to set up the program so we can have voluntary consent to track the prevalence of inmates (with HIV) as they come in and out of the facility,â€? Brown said. “We’re trying to identify the possibility of them being HIV positive so as not to have the filtration of folks going back into the community and infecting unsuspecting citizens. ‌ You can’t help but think about migration. If life is not going so well for them in a certain location, they tend to want to go somewhere else. If they bring the existing infection along, the vicious cycle takes place there.â€? Brown said that the program is also coming to the Hinds County Penal Farm and the jail at the sheriff’s office in downtown Jackson. He also hopes to add the Henley-Young Juvenile Justice Center to the testing and treatment program. Assistant Chief Lee Vance of the Jackson Police Department said officers always have a chance of encountering people who may have communicable diseases, so there are no special procedures for dealing with suspects who may be HIV positive. “It’s kind of difficult for us to have a particular protocol because, obviously, we are police officers, not physicians, nor do we have employees that work for the health department,â€? Vance said. “We take caution in dealing with people, regardless. It’s not against the law to have a syringe. It’s a risk that officers take, and we can’t make any distinctions because we don’t have any way of identifying these people through some type of official channel.â€? Vance acknowledged that a person


TALK | environment

Drilling Ruling Another Win for Gulf Boosters by R.L. Nave



hen Derrick Evans talks “It’s not drainage,â€? Evans says in Coast environmentalists opposed or the air just because it’s dirty ‌ but only about the challenges facing the film. “It’s about the irreversible con- drilling in court on the grounds that the if people want to use it,â€? Evans said after the his home of Turkey Creek sequences of pro-development tunnel vi- offshore derricks (Evans was named after panel discussion at Tougaloo on June 26. and the people who inhabit sion in a wetland that is historically valu- similar onshore derricks that his greatThat was the argument of coalition the community that former slaves founded able and endangered.â€? grandfather, an oilman, once worked) members who organized against the state’s on the Mississippi Gulf Coast near drilling proposal, which largely Gulfport, one word that comes up relied on a fall 2012 report issued over and over: biblical. by engineer Jeffrey K. Bounds, Turkey Creek is a small comwho attended the Massachusetts munity of about 400 people that Institute of Technology and has sprung up north of Gulfport in family on the Mississippi Coast. the late 19th century. As Gulfport Bounds’ findings, which the grew—today it is Mississippi’s plaintiffs’ attorney Robert Wisecond-largest city—it swallowed ygul presented in court, show Evans’ childhood home, which he that even if one in 20 visitors—or left to attend Boston College and 5 percent—stay away from the become a social-studies teacher. Gulf Coast because of the of unTurkey Creek residents came sightly rigs, it could greatly affect close to a experiencing an exodus the coast’s economy. in 2001 when a commercial develOn June 19, Harrison County oper wanted to fill in 500 acres in Chancery Court Judge William the watershed for an office park. Singletary ruled in favor of WiTurkey Creek already had a floodygul’s clients. In a seven-page ruling problem, and the proposed ing, Singletary wrote that MDA project would have exacerbated it. failed to perform the required Evans’ journey back home economic-impact assessment to help the mostly elderly neighthat would consider the impacts bors of Turkey Creek organize to tourism. Singletary notes that Derrick Evans and other activists on the Gulf Coast have racked up a number of conservation victories, opposition to the development MDA’s completed EIS statement including the recent court victory against the state’s plan to lease parts of the Mississippi Sound to was documented in the 2011 film is a “half-page single-spaced, docudrilling companies. “Come Hell or High Water.â€? The mentâ€? that was “severely lackingâ€? film screened during the Freedom in state requirements for enviSummer 50th anniversary conference held Over the next decade, Turkey Creek would impair tourism on the coast, which ronmental-impact statements. MDA has recently at Tougaloo College and is emblem- and the rest of the Gulf Coast also dealt remains fragile in the aftermath of Katrina 30 days to appeal the court’s ruling, which atic of the tensions that remain between con- with damaging effects of Hurricane Ka- and the oil spoil. would force the agency to prepare a proper servation-mind citizens, and commercial and trina in 2005 and the BP oil disaster in Evans, who still lives in Turkey Creek, EIS if it wants to proceed with the leasing government interests throughout the state. 2010, disasters that Evans compares to said in order to build a solid case for envi- plan. Gulfport’s pro-development city of- plagues of the Bible. ronmental protection, residents sometimes MDA officials say they’re undecided ficials disputed claims of the residents and Evans and other Mississippi Gulf have to demonstrate that a environmen- whether to appeal Singletary’s decision to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Coasters also recently locked horns with tal feature has economic value. At Turkey a higher court. Wiygul believes that MDA that a good chunk of Turkey Creek was wa- the Mississippi Development Authority Creek, residents were able to get the area should halt the plan all together. tershed and would require an EPA permit to and former Gov. Haley Barbour over a protected by showing its value as a recre“The responsible thing for MDA to develop. Officials, instead, characterized the plan to explore and drill for natural gas in ation destination. do is not beat a dead horse,â€? he said. controversy as a fight over drainage. the Mississippi Sound. “No one’s going to clean up the water Comment at


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n an effort to shield Mississippi residents vide is a space to hold classes. from predatory lenders, the Mississippi Paheadra Robinson, director of conCenter for Justice launched New Roots sumer protection for the Mississippi Center Credit Partnership, which helps connect for Justice, said New Roots provides educaresidents to affordable banking. The City of tion that can have a drastic influence on how Jackson has already implemented the pro- Mississippians view and use money. gram and offered it to its 2,400 employees. Because Mississippi is among the poorest states in the country, as well as having the greatest concentration of payday lender businesses per capita, MCJ believes financial literacy and access to affordable banking options are especially vital in improving the economic state and quality of life of Mississippians. Payday lending, or predatory lending, gives an easy, temporary solution to those facing financial troubles, unpaid bills or unexpected costs. But payday loans, which are Paheadra Robinson, director of consumer protection anywhere between $100 and for the Mississippi Center for Justice, believes the New Roots Credit Partnership is a partial solution to $500, can acquire an annual poverty in the poorest state in the nation. percentage rate of up to 521 percent, making them almost impossible to pay off. People who fall victim to these scams often enter a â&#x20AC;&#x153;We see this as a way to really change cycle of lending that is difficult to break. the landscape of generational poverty,â&#x20AC;? RobNew Roots Credit Partnership merges inson said, adding that people involved in the relationships that MCJ has with finan- the program can educate their family memcial institutions and employers to offer edu- bers once they have the knowledge. â&#x20AC;&#x153;To recational opportunities for employees as well ally know how to manage your money is just as affordable alternative loans. so key to dealing with poverty,â&#x20AC;?she said. The program onnects people who may The City of Jackson joined the parthave never participated in mainstream bank- nership in February, providing affordable ing, or people who have had a hard time banking and education to 2,400 Missismanaging accounts in the past, with Hope sippi employees. Robinson said Jackson Community Credit Union or BankPlus, al- has set a precedent. lowing them to build relationships and imâ&#x20AC;&#x153;That really lends a lot of credibility prove their money management. to what weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re doing and what weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re saying. â&#x20AC;&#x153;At the end of the day, people need to The fact that the largest city and the capital have a relationship with a financial institu- city is implementing a financial wellness tion, particularly those who are working to program for their employees speaks volmove up the economic ladder,â&#x20AC;? said Ed Siv- umes to other municipalities and governak, chief policy and communications officer mental bodies across the state that this is of Hope Credit Union. something that they see is a way to support Hope has worked with nonprofits since their employees and give them an opporits beginning in 1995 to provide just that: af- tunity to improve their standard of life,â&#x20AC;? fordable services for people who would not Robinson said. otherwise be able to enter into mainstream City of Jackson Communications Dibanking, just like the 16 percent of residents rector Shelia Byrd declined to make city ofin Mississippi who do not have a checking ficials available for comment for this story. or savings account. New Roots, Sivak said, is In a MCJ press release, Mayor Tony just another way to reach people who need Yarber, then a city councilman, said the cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s those services. decision marks another active measure â&#x20AC;&#x153;toOnce an employer adopts the pro- wards empowerment of its citizenry through gram, employees can become a member anti-poverty legislation.â&#x20AC;? of Hope and take advantage of financial Comment at Email Anna literacy classes. All the employer must pro- Wolfe at

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Finally, a Jackson Movie Theater? by Haley Ferretti


and second floors are available for lease. Each floor of the building will have floor-to-ceiling windows to allow for a view of the District. Concrete and metal panels will accentuate the outside walls, and the lobby will feature wood and stone furnishings. A fifth-floor balcony will be located on the southeastern corner of the building. Throughout the design, planners have included environmentally safe materials and energy-efficient systems. Hines said completion of the building’s exterior and core is scheduled for August 2015. Finishing touches will be done in the three-month period afterward and include laying carpets, and building secretarial stations and cabinets. Baker Donelson will move into the building by January 2016. Bill Painter, managing shareholder for Baker Donelson, detailed the firm’s decision to become the lead anchor for the project. “This summer marks the 19th anniversary of Baker Donelson in the city of Jackson. Approximately two years ago, we started focusing on where our 80-plus lawyers and more than 90 staff members will call home for our next 19 years,” Painter said. “One thing we knew, beyond a doubt, was that it would be in the city of Jackson.” Painter said that when Duckworth Realty announced two years ago that the companies secured the rights to develop the District at Eastover, Baker Donelson jumped at the opportunity. “We knew this could be a gamechanger for us and for the city,” Painter said. Comment at Email Haley Ferretti at TRIP BURNS

nyone who has spent any amount the Jackson Free Press that the vision for three “skybox-inspired” screening rooms of time talking to Jackson residents the project came out of a desire to continue for private events. It will showcase a variety and the office seekers who wish to growth for the city in a special way, starting of films including new releases, indepenrepresent them understand how in the center. “The city has not had anywhere dent and foreign films, as well as provide a badly locals want a movie theater within the city limits. Soon, capital-city cinephiles will get their wish. Jackson is not only one step closer to having a movie theater again, but it is will also have a new place for Jacksonians to experience “something special.” Holder Properties broke ground June 18 for One Eastover Center, a five-story, 120,000-square-foot office building located along Eastover Drive and Interstate 55, Frontage Road. The ground-breaking marks Jackson Mayor Tony Yarber (center) believes One Eastover Center, under construction in northeast the beginning of what will eventuJackson, will be a destination for local residents. ally become The District at Eastover, initially featuring one- and two-bedroom living spaces, a Residence Inn by Mar- to grow for a number of years,” Hines said. venue for special events such as live sports, riott Hotel, a Community Trust Bank, Can- “The city needs additional tax base. What opera and concerts. Moviegoers will also tina Laredo restaurant and a movie theater, better place to try to grow Jackson than right have access to a full-service bar and a conin addition to the new office building. More in the middle of the city?” The project is, in cession area. restaurants and retail businesses—local, re- fact, in northeast Jackson. Jackson Mayor Tony Yarber thanked gional and national—will be added. Hines said the initial vision has re- Holder and developer Ted Duckworth for Numerous companies have come to- mained true throughout the project. their vision. “This place that we’re standing gether to bring the One Easter Center to “You might have appetizers at one on is a linchpin,” Yarber said. “It’s a linchfruition. Atlanta-based Holder Properties is place. You might have dinner. You might pin of some amazing things to come in our developing the project. Nelson Partners, an have a cocktail down the street or go see a city. It’s a linchpin for other developers and architecture firm, designed the building. Roy movie,” he said. “That was our goal from people who are interested in great places to Anderson Corp., based in Gulfport with a the beginning—to create a special place, build businesses, to grow businesses.” branch in Jackson, will construct it. not just a shopping center, not just an ofThe District at Eastover should be Holder Properties is contracting with fice park or a street cut through the middle finished by spring 2016, Hines said, and Jackson-based Duckworth Realty for leasing with fast-food restaurants. That would construction of One Eastover Center will services. The District Land Development have been much easier to do than what begin immediately. Company, an affiliate of Duckworth Realty, we’ve done, but it wouldn’t have created Baker Donelson law firm will be the is the developer for the District as a whole. any value for Jackson.” lead tenant, occupying the third, fourth Breck Hines of Duckworth Realty told The theater will have eight screens and and fifth floors of the building. The first

Kate Spade, Lululemon Come to Highland Village by Dustin Cardon

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etail development firm WS Development and officials at Highland Village recently announced a series of renovations to take place at the shopping center, along with the opening of the first Mississippi locations for international brands Kate Spade New York and Lululemon Athletica. Highland Village expects the first phase of the renovations to be complete by late Fall 2014. Developers ASD out of Atlanta and Cooke Douglass Farr Lemons Architects & Engineers of Jackson will join WS on leading the renovation efforts. The renovations will maintain the original brick structure while brightening the facades, refining greenery and resurfacing hardscapes. WS Development is particularly focused on rede-

signing the center courtyard to highlight unique landscaping features and outdoor furniture. Kate Spade New York will move into an 1,800square-foot space next to A Daisy A Day. The brand offers handbags, clothing, jewelry, shoes, stationery, eyewear, baby clothing, fragrances, tabletop decorations, bedding and assorted other gifts. Lululemon Athletica is set to open in winter 2014 or 2015 in a 3,000-square-foot space near Maison Weiss. Lululemon offers technical yoga and running clothes, and hosts in-store events ranging from self-defense and goal-setting workshops to free yoga classes. For specific details on store events, classes and community programs at the Highland Village store, go to or follow lululemon on Facebook. Maison Weiss will relocate and expand its cosmetic and skin-care departments over the summer, as well as increase the size of the jewelry and apparel departments. Maison Weiss has been at Highland Village since Nell and Bernie Weiss founded the store in August 1975. Additional changes at Highland Village include the relocation and expansion of Turkoyz and Turkoyz@ Home, which offer silver and semi-precious jewelry, home accessories and gift items. Red Square Clothing is also scheduled to open its second store in the metro in August. Red Square offers a full line of unisex clothing and offers premium denim brands such as 7 For All Mankind, Citizens of Humanity, True Religion, Hudson and Joe’s.

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Taking MAEP to the People by Mary Kate McGowan


Patsy Brumfield, an organizer for Better Schools, Better Jobs, believes making education funding a constitutional requirement will improve the state’s economy by creating a smarter work force.

collect 200,000 signatures by Oct. 1. If Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann certifies the signatures, the question will go on the November 2015 election ballot that will include the governor’s race. Organizers say Better Schools, Better Jobs is representative of the adage that desperate times call for desperate measures. The Mississippi Constitution states: “The Legislature shall, by general law, provide for the establishment, maintenance and support of free public schools upon such conditions and limitations as the Legislature may prescribe.” The penultimate provision basically says if and when state lawmakers feel like it, Brumfield said. “Well, we’ve not felt like it for the past 17 years,” she told a gathering at Koinonia Coffee House on June 13. In 1997, the Legislature passed the Mississippi Adequate Education Act, which includes a complicated formula designed to somewhat level the playing field between

rich and poor schools. Full funding, according to the MAEP formula lawmakers prescribed, has happened twice since the law’s 17-year history. Brumfield cited a poll, which Better Schools, Better Jobs commissioned, finding that 70 percent of registered voters polled said they did not believe the Mississippi Legislature would ever fulfill the constitutional mandate and fund public education as promised in the state Constitution. Jackson Public Schools has been underfunded $72.2 million since 2009; overall, the Legislature has underfunded public schools $1.5 billion in the same time period. Each year, legislators complain that the state is too broke to fully fund MAEP even as they rain tax credits—which suck away money that would have gone into the state’s coffers—on pet projects from The Outlets of Mississippi to the beleaguered Kior and beef plants. For the past two legislative sessions, lawmakers have batted around the idea of altering or scrapping the formula all together. Brumfield believes that Better Schools, Better Jobs is “doing the Legislature a favor” because they will not have to argue anymore about public school funding. “There are plenty of other priorities that the Legislature wants to address. We’re going to clear up the agenda for them,” she said. She said Better Schools, Better Jobs organizers plan to interview as many legislators as possible regarding education funding. They have already spoken to Democratic state Sen. David Blount of Jackson and Republican state Rep. Ray Rogers of Pearl. Former Mississippi Secretary of State Dick Molpus, Mississippi State Branch NAACP President Derrick Johnson and Parents’ Campaign Executive Director Nancy Loome believe adequately funded education will help Mississippi’s economy by increasing more educated workers. Funding public education could lead to greater classroom resources and smaller classroom settings in schools across the state, which leads to better educated workers. Loome likes to say that voters are taking matters into their own hands to help public education funding through Better Schools, Better Jobs. Dana Larkin from Parents for Public Schools for Jackson and Better Schools, Better Jobs said funding education is a moral imperative. “The answer to every question about moving Mississippi is education. We have to adequately fund education so that every child has a better chance, and our futures depend on it,” she said. Comment at

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ne-hundred-seventy-four men and women comprise the Mississippi Legislature. About 1.3 million comprise the state’s electorate. Education advocates hoping to make adequate schools funding a constitutional requirement like their odds. After three weeks on the job, Better Schools, Better Jobs had signatures of 40,000 Mississippi voters for Initiative 42, which would require the state Legislature to fund “an adequate and efficient system of free public schools” in order to “protect each child’s fundamental right to educational opportunity through 12th grade.” Patsy Brumfield, communications director for the initiative, said the group must


Young Activists: Stand Up


hese past two weeks in Mississippi have been filled with workshops, conferences and programs commemorating the 50th anniversary of Freedom Summer, a major milestone in our state’s history. After really learning about and understanding the events and occurrences of Freedom Summer, I had an epiphany. Well, it was more of a realization, but a really big realization. During the summer of 1964, young people around my age and older were the pioneers and advocates who led the movement that changed the United States of America. Diverse groups of teenagers and young adults realized that injustice engulfed the South along with the rest of the U.S. But unlike what many modern young people would do, they actually banded together, took action by constructing a plan and executed it with courage. The tenacity and fearlessness of those individuals continuously inspires me. I have asked myself time and time again, if I was alive in 1964, would I have the courage to stand up for my rights as an African American, or would I just have accepted the injustice and lived as a second-class citizen? Honestly, I still don’t know the answer to this day. Fast-forward to 2014, where an array of causes call for young activists to take the reins and make a change. As young people, we must stand up for what we believe in As cliché as that may sound, it’s true. It is a necessity for today’s time and age. So many negative things occur in our society as we are faced with so many different challenges. On that note, I challenge each and every young person, especially those under 30, to rise up, stand up and speak up when you see injustices. We can no longer sit around and wait for adults to handle it for us. The Freedom Riders and young civil rights workers didn’t. Instead, they took the initiative to be the leaders of the community and lead the U.S. to civil and social equality. In this issue, the interns at Jackson Free Press have highlighted young activists across the nation who actively striving to make a change in the world. Read their bios and take tips from them about being an activist and then try them in your own life. There is no excuse not to be an activist today. Everyone has the means to do so. In this age, all one might need is a cellphone. Something as easy as tweeting about an issue or starting a digital movement can make all the difference in the world. So once again, I challenge all brave, young activists to stand up and make their causes known. If we won’t rise up, then who will? Bria Paige is a rising senior a St. Joseph Catholic School and the editor-inchief of the student newspaper, The Bear Facts.



he Jackson Free Press interns need your help in giving young changemakers a pat on the back. Use the hashtag, #InspireJXN and tweet about the people that you admire most in the community. Here are some of the people who inspire us.

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Jared Boyd—“I’m inspired by Rukia and Chokwe Antar Lumumba, as they both stand in the light of their father’s legacy. Their passion for this community is immeasurable, but their work, words and influence are global.”


Mary Spooner—“Natasha Trethewey and Jesmyn Ward (inspire me) because they are successful female writers who aren’t afraid to write about social issues such as race and gender.” Deja Harris—“Shannon Malone is a young activist that is very inspirational to me because she is helping women and girls that have gone through experiences like hers and creating a positive outlook for them.” Maya Miller—“I’m inspired by Dr. Maria Luisa Alvarez Harvey of Jackson State University because she made a life for herself in America at the age of 14.”

Hey, Millennials: ‘We the People’ Must Guard, Expand Our Freedoms


ooking into our past prepares us for the future. It is evident that concept has become a cliché, but very rarely is it easy to interpret the parallels and patterns that history has laid out for us. It isn’t impossible to figure these things out with resources online or in journals. It is an invaluable resource, however, to have leaders present who can serve as primary sources to navigate young people through their own understanding. One of these resources is Bob Moses, who very often teaches the concept of “constitutional people.” The idea begins with the ratification of the U.S. Constitution. Those who framed it, participated within it and had the power to change it are the constitutional people. Those who were not able to benefit directly from it are considered “constitutional property.” In a recent interview with TheRealNews. com, Moses explains this idea further. “So we began with white male property owners who were the constitutional people,” he said. “But over two and a quarter centuries we have expanded the reach of who the constitutional people are in the country, and the Civil Rights Movement, right, opened that up, right?” Although the institution of slavery has been defunct in our country for generations, and minorities and women have gained the right to vote and participate in constitutional equality, there will always be work to be done. As long as people can

read the Preamble of the United States Constitution and feel as if their voice isn’t valid, there is work to be done. Dr. Moses believes that the next step to creating true freedom is giving more voice to the young people of America. “I mean, I think the kids now who are between 10 years old and 40, they will be running the country 30 years from now,” he told Many of the contributors and subjects of the articles in this issue fit into that category. Many of us, for other reasons, whether it be special needs, sexual orientation, financial standing, religion or interests feel as if our constitutional voice is drowned out. When these cases persist, it is impossible to act as a bystander when individuals with constitutional rights choose not to exercise them. When history leaves behind the audio of the pain in Fannie Lou Hamer’s voice, as she detailed the consequences of her persistence to vote to the Democratic National Convention in 1964, rendering a ballot becomes a necessity. Her words serve as a reminder of how it feels to have no voice at all. With so many tools to influence and inspire today, we can’t make excuses for leaving others behind. Look around. Can we all say “We the people,” and mean it? Now, it is the responsibility of the millennial generation to take actions daily to safeguard and expand our freedoms. The 2014 JFP summer intern class brainstormed and wrote this editorial.

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his fact might surprise many people: The risk of suicide is significantly higher in politically conservative areas with easy firearm availability. The findings, published in September 2013 by Social Psychiatry and Psychiatric Epidemiology are disturbing but not surprising. The South has the second highest suicide rates in the country, following only by the conservative West. The question is “why?” The Mayo Clinic reports that suicidal people feel isolated, lonely and overwhelmed by their situation, and they think the only way out is suicide. Suicidal thoughts may manifest after the loss of family member or friend, during financial troubles or after military service. Those with histories of any form of abuse, mental disorders, or addiction and those who are LGBT+ and questioning individuals in unsupportive situations are at a high risk for suicidal thoughts. Suicide affects men more often than women, and more than 50 percent of transgender youth will have attempted suicide by their 20th birthday, if current trends continue. Mississippi, one of the worst states for LGBT+ individuals, has the 19th highest suicide rates in the country. The high suicide risk in Mississippi may be because of the problematic nature of oldSouth culture, an ideology that conservatives have cultivated. Instead of supporting open conversations about complicated emotions and mental health, the culture promotes suppressing these feelings and ignoring difficult problems. There is a strict, tacit “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy in the South, and too many people, especially women, believe they should only speak when someone has spoken to them. Many people here see vulnerability as the ultimate weakness, and men, especially, fear being perceived as weak. They repress emotions and do not deal with problems. Instead, they turn to suicide because they are too afraid to ask for help. However, if the individual does decide to seek help, they may not have anyone nearby to turn to. As the Mayo Clinic states on its website, one of the main causes of suicidal thoughts is overwhelming isolation. In large cities, it is more difficult to feel alone, but it is easy to be lonely out in the suburbs. A recent study by Pew Research Center showed that 75 percent of conservatives prefer to live in a suburban community where the houses are

large and far away from each other and even further from businesses and stores. Being far away from neighbors and businesses creates a feeling of isolation that only advances thoughts of loneliness, depression and, in the worst case, suicide. If a suicidal person is in crisis, but most people are far away, then the individual’s feelings of isolation and hopelessness will only worsen. The red state of Mississippi is brimming with these suburban communities, and this, combined with repressive southern ideas, fosters a high individual suicide risk. These statistics are not simply numbers; they are relevant to our lives. Suicide is preventable, yet continues to plague this state. reports that suicide rates are higher in suburban Madison County (with a suicide death rate of 11.56 per 100,000) and Rankin (13.05 per 100,000) counties than in the more urban Hinds County (9.49 per 100,000)—even as the idea persists that Jackson is more dangerous and violent than the suburbs. These problems are affecting local towns, but Mississippians usually sweep them away with little discussion. It is time to face the facts: Something needs to change in our state. There is already a stigma surrounding mental health, and the South’s “don’t ask don’t tell” policy only amplifies it. The only way to end the taboo surrounding these issues is to create a community where it is accepted to speak openly about problems. Children need to learn that it is OK not to be perfect and to feel hurt, and adults must foster an environment of trust between themselves and young people. LGBT+ individuals need to feel safe, supported and accepted. There must be a willingness, especially in the home, to talk about difficult issues that may not usually be discussed, such as depression, anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder, addiction and abuse. Taboos are dangerous, and they prevent individuals from expressing their opinions. It is essential to clear the air of stigmas and fears and make everyone feel safe and accepted. If an open, honest community develops, then the suicide rates may fall. Emma McNeel is an editorial intern this summer at the JFP. The 15-year-old sophomore enjoys running on the track and cross-country teams at St. Andrew’s Episcopal School, learning about the universe, reading books and watching science fiction.

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his GOOD Ideas issue acknowledges people who have done and continue to do amazing things for Mississippi and the world at large. Fifty years ago, minorities (including people of color and many women) were unable to exercise their constitutional rights without fear of persecution. The activists and people mentioned in this issue were and are on the front lines of the Civil Rights Movement of the 1950s and 1960s and the current movements today. These activists continue to encourage and inspire people to get involved and bring change to their communities. They inspired us to work toward a better future for Mississippi.

by Bria Paige and Deja Harris


he Hospitality Stateâ&#x20AC;? hasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t always lived up to its nickname. The events of the summer of 1964, also known as Freedom Summer, were instrumental to the development of social and civil equality in the United States. Major events and movements began right here in Mississippi and still have an impact on equality in the state today. Diverse groups of young civil-rights activists flocked to cities throughout Mississippi to fight for the equality of African Americans. This included registering African Americans to vote and stressing the importance of equal education. Freedom Riders travelled around the state, from the capital city of Jackson to the most rural parts of the state. Not everyone was hospitable to the activists, and many violent and discouraging events took place in opposition of the movement. But they persevered and won the battle.

Aug. 28, 1955, Money

June 9, 1963, Winona

14-year-old Emmett Till is kidnapped and murdered after an alleged flirtation with a white woman.

Law enforcement officers beat activists Fannie Lou Hamer and Euvester Simpson after a voter-registration workshop.

1957, Hattiesburg

June 12, 1963, Jackson

Clyde Kennardâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s first attempts to enroll at Mississippi Southern College, which is now the University of Southern Mississippi.

Byron De La Beckwith guns down Medgar Evers, the NAACP field secretary for Mississippi, in Eversâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; driveway in front of his wife and children.

1959, Biloxi Dr. Gilbert Mason Sr., a founding member of the Biloxi NAACP, leads a wade-in on the Gulf Coast to help desegregate the beaches.

March 27,1961, Tougaloo Law enforcement arrest â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Tougaloo Nineâ&#x20AC;? for attempting to desegregate the â&#x20AC;&#x153;Whites Onlyâ&#x20AC;? Jackson Municipal Library.

Sept. 30, 1962, Oxford




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June 21, 1963, Philadelphia CORE workers James Chaney, Michael Schwerner and Andrew Goodman disappear after being released from the local jail. The three were found dead six weeks later, killed by the Klan.

Feb. 7, 1964, Jackson Byron De La Beckwithâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s trial for the murder of Medgar Evers ends in an all-white hung jury. He was convicted in 1994.


July 12, 1965, Meadeville Henry Dee and Charles Moore go missing after unknowingly accepting a car ride from Klansmen. Their bodies are later found in the Mississippi River.

February 27, 1967, Natchez NAACP activist Wharlest Jackson is killed by a bomb after receiving a promotion to a â&#x20AC;&#x153;whiteâ&#x20AC;? job as a chemical mixer at the Armstrong Rubber Company.





Young Courage: Freedom Riders, ‘61 by Emma McNeel

Pauline Knight-Ofos

20 years old when arrested. Graduated from Tennessee State in 1962 and from St. Vincent School of Medical Technology in Indianapolis, Ind., in 1963. Worked as a lab technician and taught lab techniques at Howard University after moving to Washington, D.C., in 1964. When she joined the Environmental Protection Agency in 1972, she become its first female pesticide inspector. “That was something I remember—you cannot hate. You cannot hold this person in error. You’ve got to see them for who they are.”

Hezekiah Watkins

13 years old when arrested. Graduated from Jackson’s Lanier High School in 1965. Attended Utica Junior College. Served two years in the Army after being drafted in 1967. “We would encounter white police officers and white teenagers who would basically run us home, run us between house. They ran us under houses.”

Peter Ackerberg

22 years old when arrested. Reporter at Minneapolis Star 1965-1982. Attended Antioch College and Columbia Journalism School. Worked at Minnesota state attorney general’s office from 1985-1999. “I thought to myself, ‘You know, I talk a big radical game, but I’ve never really done anything. What am I going to tell my children when they ask me about this time?”

Catherine Burks-Brooks

21 years old when arrested. Worked for voter registration 1961-62. Attended Tennessee State University, Nashville Currently works as a substitute teacher in Birmingham, Ala., schools. Raised money for SCLC. “I remember in one of the demonstrations, a white fella with a cigarette coming toward my face. I was just standing there, and I was not going to move. My girlfriend, Lucretia (Collins), was behind me. She told me that she was gonna put her hand in front of my face. He didn’t put the cigarette on me, but I had planned, in my mind, I was gonna stand there.”

Peggi Oakley

22 years old when arrested. Worked often with CORE. Graduated from San Francisco State in 1975. In 1980, began a typesetting and wordprocessing business. Retired in 2003. “(An FBI agent) wanted to know, ‘Why are you doing this?’ I said something about defending some amendment. I can’t even remember—I keep thinking the 14th Amendment, but I don’t know if that’s the appropriate one or not. He said, ‘Don’t you know nobody believes in those things anymore?’”

Robert Singleton

25 years old when arrested. Studied economics as a grad student at University of California, Los Angeles. Head of his university’s NAACP chapter. Earned a doctorate in 1964. Taught at UCLA and has taught economics at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles. Protested against discrimination in employment and in housing “A policeman came up on the side (of the paddy wagon) and looked in the window and said to me, ‘You’re a black son of a b*tch, ain’t you?’ I said to him, ‘Isn’t that a beautiful color?’ And he just froze. He didn’t know how to respond to that. Alan Kaufman just patted me on the back.” SOURCE: “BREACH OF PEACE” (ATLAS, 2008, $30).

Dave Dennis

20 years old when arrested. CORE field secretary from 1961 to 1965. Co-director of COFO and the 1964 Freedom Summer. Began working on the Algebra Project in 1991. “We were prepared, mentally, to expect the worst. We weren’t ready to give our lives, but we were not afraid to die.”


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Jackson Area National Organization for Women by Mary Kate McGowan

Women matter, and women are men’s equals. The Jackson Area National Organization for Women strives for equality and respect on all forums such as gender and sexual orientation. Founded in 1966, NOW is the largest feminist group in the United States. Their priorities of equality, opportunity, justice, respect, empowerment and freedom make up the ultimate goal of a world free from oppression. NOW educates the public on its priority issues including recognizing oppression and that racism, sexism and homophobia are connected. NOW organizes rallies and demonstrations and lobbies for gender equality. For more information, visit IDEA: Become a member to help fight for women’s rights. Call yourself a feminist. Mustard Seed

The City of Jackson’s Mayor’s Youth Council

On its website, Mustard Seed (1085 Luckney Road, Brandon, 601-992-3556) is a nonprofit group that seeks “to meet the spiritual, physical, emotional and intellectual needs of adults with developmental disabilities.” It started a handbell choir, Bells of Faith, for its “seedsters,” the beneficiaries, in 1981. The choir performs for churches and other groups in the South, and it allows mem-

House (236 Millsaps Ave.) provides the support and care people with HIV/AIDS need to survive once they’ve been diagnosed. It is a nonprofit organization and runs off prayer, donations, volunteer services and dedication. Support group meetings are held at Grace House on Tuesdays at 7 p.m. For more information, call Executive Director Catherine Sullivan at 601-353-1038. IDEA: Check out their needs list on the website at and donate items or volunteer for fundraising projects or to drive residents to appointments. Habitat for Humanity

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by Achaia Moore

The City of Jackson’s Mayor’s Youth Council is a group of young people, grades 9-12, who work actively in and around the community as young leaders. Members of the council work with the mayor and council adviser, Bridget Townsend, to participate in service projects, leadership conferences and many other opportunities. The Mayor’s Youth Council meets bi-monthly and works together as a group to represent the voices of young people in the city of Jackson. Call Bridget Townsend at 601-960- 6434 for applications for the fall. IDEA: Apply to the council for the opportunity to volunteer and work with municipal leaders. Bring your ideas and questions.

Habitat for Humanity is a Christian organization that focuses on those who are not able to afford housing. Volunteers from the surrounding areas help build houses for people they don’t even know. Habitat for Humanity’s goal is to exemplify the love of Christ, help those who are in need and create safe communities. It is a nonprofit organization that receives donations from individuals, corporations and other groups. It is also a nondiscriminatory organization where race or religion is not a factor. Its stand against poverty has been consistent since 1976, and the organization has provided 4 million people with houses. In order for the group to keep going, it needs people who are willing to help them provide citizens with affordable housing. Call Habitat for Humanity’s Jackson office at 601-353-6060. IDEA: Volunteer to help build a house or to landscape a home’s yard.

Grace House: “A Place for Living”

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bers to showcase their faith and abilities. In 1986, Mustard Seed opened the campus to residents who wished to live there full time, and it currently houses 18 seedsters. The organization began its ceramics studio and arttherapy program in 1989. Items made by the seedsters, such as ornaments, figurines and tableware, are for sale at the Mustard Seed Gift Shop. IDEA: Apply to volunteer. Volunteers might read to or play with seedsters, clean the campus or organize the gift shop.

by Deja Harris

Mississippi has limited funds and resources for those who have been diagnosed with HIV and AIDS. Many of them are unsure of what to do next and do not have a support system. Grace House is the largest and longest-running transitional home for people living with the condition. Grace

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Mississippi Immigrants Rights Alliance by Adria Walker

The Mississippi Immigrants Rights Alliance was formed in the fall of 2000 to serve

a large influx of mostly Latino immigrants. Since 2000, MIRA managed to educate the state Legislature and help pass a bill to uphold Plyler v. Doe that guarantees that all immigrant children, regardless of their status, can enroll in public schools. In addition, MIRA has held meetings with local law-enforcement agencies to educate them on the treatment of immigrants and securing bilingual court reporters and support personnel. MIRA volunteers also assist domestic-violence survivors in communicating with police, hosting house meetings to inform their neighbors and helping them get involved. MIRA volunteers can translate documents and conversations to or from English, Spanish or Vietnamese. MIRA’s address is 612 N. State St., Suite B, in Jackson, and its phone number is 601-968-5182. IDEA: Volunteer for staff conferences, work in the office or translate documents. Unity Mississippi by Maya Miller

Founded in 2004, Unity Mississippi is a nonprofit organization created to promote unity and awareness for Mississippi’s lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and intersex community and its heterosexual allies. The purpose of Unity Mississippi is to educate Mississippians on issues that affect the LGBT community, along with opening channels of communication for resolutions and bridging the gap within LGBT and heterosexual communities within the state. Unity Mississippi advocates for acceptance of sexual minorities and offers workshops and community events through donations and support from sponsors. For more information on this organization or to donate, visit IDEA: Donate to its website,, or call 601-376-9688 to get involved. Add your own volunteer ideas under this story at


ot having enough time to help others is an excuse, and you don’t want to make excuses. Here are a few easy ideas to help you get on your way to helping others and your community. From holding a door open for an elderly citizen to donating that dollar to the organization the cashier tells you about, you do have the time and power to help better the world.

Set up recycling bins at home, work and school—and get others to use them, too!

Volunteer whenever you can, if just for an hour. Your time, no matter how little, is appreciated.

Join as many clubs and organizations as you can handle. This will help you network.

Donate what you don’t want or need anymore—every little bit counts.

Be a good citizen. Random, small acts of kindness help others immensely.

Engage in self-care: exercise, eat fruits and veggies, don’t smoke and take time to breathe.


ississippians are passionate about many issues. From women’s rights to immigration, the Jackson metro is home to a spectrum of organizations that strive to make a difference. Because there are more organizations than JFP interns, each of us chose an organization we are passionate about and stand behind. Here are our selections.


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ntron McKay-West works with Upgrade Mississippi to help voters register and obtain a photo ID. He and two others led a workshop entitled “Voter ID in the ’Sip / My Vote, My V.O.I.C.E.” June 24 at the Mississippi Freedom Summer 50th Anniversary Conference. The 24-year-old was born and reared in Tunica in the Mississippi Delta. He moved to Jackson to Tougaloo College and graduated in 2014. He says he was “born into activism,” and his parents and grandfather were involved with the community. Both he and his family have worked with Southern Echo, an organization that develops grassroots leadership in African American communities in Mississippi, and strives to end the school-to-prison pipeline. McKay-West has interned at Southern Echo and at the American Civil Liberties Union of Mississippi, which protects, supports and extends civil liberties to Mississippians. He wants to improve public education because, he says, “Knowledge is power.” He believes it is an essential part of life.

Tamu Green by Deja Harris


amu Green is the president, founder and CEO of Scientific Research (SR1), a nonprofit organization dedicated to helping kids develop the knowledge they need for college access and success. Green, a Forest native, founded SR1 in 2005. Green said that seeing what people go through every day motivated him to develop the Scientific Research program. Green, 43, is a graduate of Mississippi State University where he obtained his master’s

degree in business administration. The organization’s programs help kids and their parents excel in areas such as health, education and technology. They give the kids exposure and social skills that they may not have gotten anywhere else. SR1 also teaches parents how to get their children ready for college. Green says that many kids will fail in academics because of social reasons. “Sometimes you don’t know how to respond to certain situations or people, and we want to teach them how to balance academics and social skills,” Green said. When he is not working. He coaches a traveling basketball team for 15-year-old boys, which also is designed to prepare them for college. Green does not see himself as activist. “I believe in treating people right, correctly and fairly, and it starts at home,” Green said.


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Patrick Weems by Mary Kate McGowan


atrick Weems knew he had to do something when he looked around the University of Mississippi’s campus in 2005. “I saw that our campus was really segregated. That bothered me in many ways,” he said. Weems, 28, started talking with his friends and ended up creating Respect Mississippi, which focuses on diversity and inequality. Then, Weems discovered the Wil-

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enior physics major Arekia S. Bennett is a strong advocate for human rights. The 20-year-old Jackson native is a full-time student at Jackson State University, and in her spare time spends her days fighting for the rights of Jacksonians. Bennett is a member of many campus organizations including the Pre-Law Society, Student Government Association, the Society of Physicists and the Student Health Advisory Council. She’s also the president of Spectrum, a gay-straight alliance on Jackson State’s campus. She was recently crowned Miss Black Mississippi Coed—a humbling experience. “It still hasn’t hit me, yet,” she said. As an activist, Bennett enjoys mentoring young people and actively communicating with state lawmakers and legislators. She believes awareness, education and patience are key to making changes in the community. “You may not be concerned with politics,” she said, “but politics are concerned with you.”



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ed Oppenheim’s father schooled him at labor rallies in Los Angeles, his hometown and the basis of his activism. The 1992 Rodney King riots and his parents’ activism work played a large part in his realization of power inequalities. “It made me ask a lot of questions about systems of power, and systems of control and oppression. Jumping ahead, I probably didn’t realize how dynamic it was to my upbringing until I was a little bit older when my own consciousness took it to a more serious level,” Oppenheim said. Oppenheim, 34, relocated to Mississippi in 2008 after working on President Obama’s campaign to work at the Southern Poverty Law Center. He moved to the ACLU this past February, where he serves as advocacy coordinator. He is also a member of the Jackson Public Schools Board of Trustees and vice chair of the high school committee for Alignment Jackson. Oppenheim also worked in Rwanda and Ghana, focusing on education and human rights. This summer, Oppenheim was a Freedom Summer Youth Congress co-organizer.

liam Winter Institute of Racial Reconciliation. He began working there in 2006. Graduating in 2009 with a philosophy degree, Weems worked at the William Winter Institute until 2012. Sumner, Miss., was one of the first communities Weems worked with. During this time, Sumner was forming the Emmett Till Memorial Commission, which aimed to create racial harmony and reconciliation. Now, he is the director of the Emmett Till Interpretive Center in Sumner, the location of Till’s murderers’ trials. Weems said the center uses story tell-

ing to explore the story of Till during tours. “Our main mission is to tell the truth, to give young people a chance to know their history and to use the arts as a way to engage the past,” Weems said. The first story the center tells is of the letter the people of Sumner wrote to apologize for Till’s murder and the miscarriage of justice. Weems said it is a “way to acknowledge where we’ve been but also take responsibility for where we’re going.” Then, the center asks the participants to tell the story of the first time they realized race existed. The tour finishes with the story of Emmett Till.


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he legacy of Freedom Summer doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t end with its 50th anniversary celebration. Once all the festivities end, one thing that remains is the hard work of those, like George â&#x20AC;&#x153;Chuckâ&#x20AC;? Patterson, 34, who carry the banner of sacrifice that civil rights leaders once carried before him. The Mobile, Ala., native began organizing events for voter education and engagement as a student at Tougaloo College in preparation for the 2004 presidential election. He and his friends began Mississippi Move to convince 18-to-35 year-olds to take an active role in statewide politics. Today, he serves as director of campus life and community outreach on the Tougaloo campus. His work is dedicated to melding the college-student experience with that of non-college students. Through projects like Mississippi Greek Weekend, which promote awareness for blood disease in the black community and TC2 Wellness, a health initiative at the college, Pattersonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s deeds have redefined the culture of involvement at Tougaloo. Recently, Patterson recruited Albert Sykes of the Young Peopleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Project to handle media for the Freedom Summer Youth Congress. Patterson runs the Congressâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; socialmedia accounts and designs its marketing materials. â&#x20AC;&#x153;One person can only do so much, but if you get some people that believe in the same thing that you believe in, then you can create change, and you can shape things how you, as a community, feel they should be,â&#x20AC;? Patterson said.


Albert Sykes by Achaia Moore




lbert Sykes is the director of policy and advocacy for the Young Peopleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Project, formed to help eliminate institutional obstacles for students, and also assisted Bob Moses and others with organizing the Algebra Project. The Algebra Project aims to help students improve and succeed in mathematics and leadership skills. The children learn how to work and strategize from a community level. The focus is mainly on educational policy and encourages kids to read their student handbook and recognize how policies their school environment. The program also focuses on statewide educational policies such as standardized testing. It helps children organize their ideas to challenge and create new policies. Sykes is also co-chair of the Freedom Summer Youth Congress, which addresses issues that people normally overlook. More than 700 kids from across the country are discussing issues such protecting the rights of young minority and LGBT people. The main topics are education, votersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; rights, workersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; rights, the minimum wage and the criminalization of people of color in our country. Despite the difference he is making in the community, Sykes remains humble. He doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t feel like a leader but a person whoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a part of a bigger picture.


Activism on Social Media by Maya Miller


lthough nothing compares to actively seeking change in the community, real-time exposure to important issues is the first way many individuals learn of social injustices across the world. With more than 250 million active users, Twitter and Tumblr have grown to become leaders of instant news. Information travels as fast as a user can type 140 characters and can grow into a trending topic in minutes. Recently, hashtags have evolved from funny quips about celebrities and sports teams to links for activists around the globe. Check out these hashtags for inspiration.

#BringBackOurGirls: On April 15, 2014, 234 girls were

#YesAllWomen: The “Yes All Women” campaign was

#WeNeedDiverseBooks: We Need Diverse Books is an

kidnapped from their school by an extremist terrorist group known as Boko Haram, which translates to “Western education is a sin.” According to, a the first mention of #BringBackOurGirls was by Ibrahim M. Abdullahi, a management partner from Nigeria. It took eight days for the Internet to catch on. Since then, the hashtag has included nearly 700,000 tweets, including Michelle Obama.

created after the tragedy at the University of California at Santa Barbara that left two women and four men fatally wounded. Since May 24, the hashtag was tweeted more than 2 million times. The trending topic brought awareness to the injustices that women face, and a wave of supporters for women’s rights was born.

organization formed to promote diversity within the literary community. When BEA BookCon announced its panel of all-white, all-male authors as the leaders in children’s literature, writers and readers alike called for diversity within reading selections. The campaign has support from authors such as Terry McMillan and Ellen Oh, and young-adult authors Maureen Johnson and John Green.

#BringBackOurGirls @gbengasesan Make no mistake about this. #Bring BackOurGirls isn’t just a hashtag campaign that’ll fade soon. It’s an untiring demand for good governance. #BringBackOurGirls @BBOG_Nigeria They said there are 20,000 soilders in Borno but we cannot find them in chibok, where are they #bringbackourgirls

jude abaga @MI_Abaga When it was convenient and trendy we were all on this. But they are still not home. #bringbackourgirls

kim janes @kimhbu #YesAllWomen because even though “no” was one of the first words you learnt you still don’t know what it means.

Katie Dreaper @katiedreaper As a human I have the right to feel safe & not fear for my life if my BF, father or brother arent around to “protect” me #WaPo #YesAllWomen

Emma Jepsen @_moje_ #YesAllWomen because “no” does not mean “convince me”

nicolayoon.tumblr: There’s a social-media campaign going on right now to spread the word on why we need more diversity in our books. It’s really fantastic and inspiring and I am so proud to be a part of it... As a writer and a mom, this campaign is also deeply personal for me. My daughter is 1/2 Korean and 1/2 Jamaican. She loooooves books. I think she might love books more than she loves anything else (including mama!). One day she’ll be able to read them on her own and I want her to be able to find herself in them. I want her to know that girls that look like her can be anyone, can do anything. We need diverse books because this is my family.

Yes,We Will: The 2014 Intern Manifesto by JFP Interns

We will point out any kind of injustice in our community and take the right action to counteract it.

We will conserve energy by taking shorter showers, turning off lights and driving less.

We will use reusable products whenever possible, but if we can’t, we will recycle.

We will actively try to step out of our comfort zone through trying new activities and acting as agents for causes worth standing up for. We will not be couch potatoes and let our lives go to waste.

We will put time into actively giving back to our community through service projects and volunteering. We will shop locally to support businesses in Jackson.

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We will report any kind of violence or bullying in the community as it only tears down our city. We will be brave and act as watchdogs in any kind of threatening situation.


We will uphold our civic duty and vote. We will elect politicians who support important causes for our city and state. We will stop litter in its tracks as it blemishes the world we live in today. If we see litter on the streets, we will pick it up and dispose of it properly. We will watch for cyclists and yield to pedestrians.

We will continue to educate ourselves through reading books. We will take the initiative to read regularly and pick up a novel instead of the TV remote. We will not drive distracted including texting and talking on cell phones. We will completely focus on the road to ensure the safety of all when driving. We will use our turn signals and stop at stop signs to obey traffic laws and to be considerate of other drivers. We will use our strengths to empower others, such as tutoring a peer, colleague or younger person. We will donate items we might throw away to secondhand stores because others may be able to use them.

We will remember that respect for all races, genders, sexualities and religions (or lack thereof) is necessary for an open and cohesive society. We will continually broaden our perspective by attending a service of a different faith at least once. We will respect our teachers and take full advantage of our education, no matter what level. We will be active participants in gaining as much knowledge as we can. We will learn from our elders and mentors by actively listening to them. We will petition for change if we see a need for it. We will not be bystanders, we will stand up for change. We will smile at people and have positive attitudes. We will be outgoing and talk to at least one person we would not usually talk to every day. We will read, watch, and listen to the news. We will continue to update ourselves and know what’s going on in our world.

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• Play in the shade The sun’s UV rays are most intense between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. Remind kids to play, or at least take breaks in shaded areas in order to limit UV exposure. Getting out of the sun can also reduce their risk of heat illness.

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• Sun-safe swimwear Look for bathing suits that cover more skin—swim shirts, one-piece suits and long trunks come in fashionable colors and styles for both boys and girls. Many types of swimwear are now rated with an ultraviolet protection factor. The higher the UPF, the more protection they provide.


• Cover up While tightly woven clothes provide the best protection against UV rays, wearing a t-shirt in the pool and outdoors provides more protection than wearing no shirt (for boys) or a two-piece bathing suit (for girls). Wide-brimmed hats and sunglasses also help protect sensitive skin on the neck, face and around the eyes (for boys, a baseball cap is still better than no hat at all).



ith the warm weather and long days of summer finally here, people are spending more time outdoors. While many people are aware of the need to protect themselves from the sun, reducing children’s exposure to the sun’s harmful ultraviolet rays is especially important. In fact, teaching kids to be sun-safe now can benefit them for the rest of their lives. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention warns that childhood sunburns are a risk factor for skin cancer. The Skin Cancer Foundation, a non-profit devoted to skin cancer education and prevention, offers a stark warning: suffering one or more blistering sunburns in childhood or adolescence more than doubles a person’s chances of developing potentially deadly melanoma later in life. But although skin cancer can be deadly, it is also highly preventable. You can do several simple things to reduce your children’s exposure to damaging UV radiation while still allowing them to enjoy the summer weather.

While playing in the sun, it’s important to remember to protect yourself from UVA and UVB rays.

• Use sunscreen Teach children to apply one ounce (about the size of a golf ball) of sunscreen to all exposed areas 30 minutes before outdoor activities. Teach them to cover areas such as the back of their ears and neck and the tops of their feet and hands. Use a broadspectrum sunscreen that protects against both UVA and UVB rays, with a SPF of 30 or higher. Reapply every two hours, especially after swimming or sweating. • Ban the tan Like pink or burned skin, a tan is a sign of DNA damage to skin cells, a risk factor for developing skin cancer. Remind teens, especially, that tanning—whether “laying out” in the sun or using a tanning bed— increases skin cancer risk and also causes wrinkles and other skin blemishes. • Be aware A light cloud-covering often doesn’t completely block UV rays; it may only diffuse them, and it’s still possible to

get sunburned on a cloudy day. In addition, concrete, sand and water can all reflect the sun’s rays, so reapply sunscreen any time you’re outdoors during peak hours. What’s important to remember is the leading risk factor for skin cancer is exposure to UV rays, whether from the sun or a tanning bed. The more exposure you have, the higher your risk. And because it’s virtually impossible to go through life with no sun exposure, we all have some level of risk. For more information about skin cancer risks, signs, symptoms and treatments, visit the Cancer Treatment Centers of America website at Navneet Dhillon, MD, is a medical oncologist at Cancer Treatment Centers of America at Southeastern Regional Medical Center in Newnan, Ga. Among her clinical specialties is treating people with melanoma.

SUNBURN RELIEF Though it’s important to protect yourself from the sun, sometimes you still may get a sunburn. In the event that this occurs, here are some treatments from • Cool cloths on areas that are affected. • Cool showers or baths. • Aloe vera. • Hydrocortisone cream.

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

PIZZA Sal & Mookie’s (565 Taylor St. 601-368-1919) Pizzas of all kinds plus pasta, eggplant Parmesan, fried ravioli & ice cream for the kids! Mellow Mushroom (275 Dogwood Blvd, Flowood, 601-992-7499) More than just great pizza and beer. Open Monday - Friday 11-10 and Saturday 11-11.

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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Sweet Crude: Tradition & Innovation by Micah Smith

Sweet Crude gives a modern edge to traditional southern Louisiana music.

It’s a good thing, too, because Sweet Crude’s style of music differs greatly from its forebears. Though many of the band members, whose ages range from 23 to 28, have specialized instruments—Sam Craft plays violin; Skyler Stroup and Jack Craft play keys; Stephen MacDonald plays bass; Marion Tortorich, Jonathan Arceneaux and Alexis Marceaux play percussion—every musician also sings and plays a percussive instrument. “We knew we wanted to create a sense of community, both amongst the band and between the band and the audience,” Craft says. He and Marceaux felt that the combination of singing and percussion en masse offered a mutual experience during performances, one that felt both natural and intuitive. Front and center, Craft and Marceaux each use a floor tom and share a mounted tambourine, but Marceaux also uses a, well, something. “Alexis plays an interesting contraption that we really don’t know what it’s called, but it’s a pitched percussion instrument,” Craft says. “It’s almost like five different cowbells, and each has a different sound and is mounted on one apparatus.” The band also prides itself in splitting the role of lead vocals, recalling the ’90s boy-band era, in which each member would have an opportunity to lead within a given song. This shared sense of leadership also means

a shared responsibility among the band members. “We arrange by committee,” Craft says. “Sometimes it’s slow … but we all know how valuable it is.” Each musician in Sweet Crude has some level of musical education as well, giving equal input into the formation of songs. This allows for informed percussion arrangement and multi-tiered harmonies. Even though Sweet Crude actively crafts new music for fans, Craft says that the band is in no rush to release a full-length record. He believes that the group’s most recent EP, “Super Vilaine,” which was released in December of 2013, is new to many listeners. The important thing to Sweet Crude is producing work that is deserving of the traditions upon which it’s based. “It’s up to us to create something that has posterity and that’s viable and not just a reference to the past, not just a relic,” Craft says. “A lot of musicians have done an amazing job of preserving the beautiful tradition of Louisiana music. But we’re in a business of creating new tradition or … branching off from it. That’s our whole goal.” Sweet Crude will perform at Martin’s Restaurant and Bar (214 S. State St.) at 10 p.m. July 5. Visit the band on Facebook for more information. Briana Robinson conducted the original interview with 33 Sweet Crude.


hen musicians Sam Craft and Alexis Marceaux began forming their patented “indierock Louisianais” as Sweet Crude, they didn’t intend to limit themselves. Over the band’s two-year tenure, that aversion to limitations has also applied to the number of bandmates. Now, with a total of seven sitting members, Sweet Crude has reached a level of contentment, at least for now. “When we made it to seven people, we kind of realized that we had the sound that we wanted, so we cut it off there,” Craft says. “We hope to one day bring an orchestra of people on stage. We feel that our sound lends itself to multiplicity and almost to redundancy.” Having only performed live for a short time—their first time was in March 2013 at One Eyed Jack’s in New Orleans’ French Quarter—Sweet Crude has already received one sure sign of success with its song “Parlez-Nous à Boire,” which FX’s “American Horror Story” featured in two episodes. Since the third season was set in New Orleans, the show’s producers wanted to create a more localized soundtrack, something that emphasized southern Louisiana tradition, yet felt unmistakably modern. Sweet Crude certainly fits that bill. “They wanted what we have, which is a modern take on what is generally considered a museum-piece music,” Craft says, adding that the band’s use of Louisiana-French dialect ages it in some listeners’ minds. In the past, the use of Louisiana-French, or “Cajun-French,” in music meant the inclusion of washboards and accordions, rarely incorporating contemporary instruments. “We’re all about showing that the language is not limited to a certain sound,” Craft says.




Author Lisa Howorth signs her book “Flying Shoes” at Lemuria.

The Old-Fashioned Country Fair begins at the Mississippi Ag Museum.

The Cruisin’ Clinton Bike Ride takes place at Traceway Park.

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History Is Lunch is at noon at the William F. Winter Archives and History Building (200 North St.). Filmmaker Wilma Mosley-Clopton shows and discusses her new film, “Did Johnny Come Marching Home,” a documentary about people of African descent who fought to free themselves during the Civil War. Free; call 601576-6998. … The Red, White and Walter exhibit is from 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Walter Anderson Museum of Art (510 Washington Ave., Ocean Springs). There will be a cookout with craft-beer tastings and cigars and a musical performance by Crazy Uncle. For ages 21 and up. $25;



The Mississippi Old Time Music Society performs at the Clinton Visitor Center on July 6.


The Mississippi Championship Hot Air Balloon Fest is at 6 p.m. at the Canton Multipurpose Complex (501 Soldier Colony Road, Canton). The event is a fundraiser for



The Fourth of July Party is from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Old House Depot (639 Monroe St.). There will be refreshments and music from the Southern Komfort Brass Band. Free; call 601-592-6200; … The BY MICAH SMITH Watermelon Classic is at 7:30 a.m. at Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame and Museum JACKSONFREEPRESS.COM (1152 Lakeland Drive). The FAX: 601-510-9019 race includes a 5K run/walk, a one-mile wellness run and a Tot DAILY UPDATES AT Trot for children ages 3 and unJFPEVENTS.COM der. $20, free Tot Trot; msfame. com.



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Rapper Lil’ Boosie comes to the Mississippi Coliseum on Monday, July 7.


the Good Samaritan Center in Jackson. Free; call 601-8594358 or 800-844-3369; … The City of Jackson Fireworks Extravaganza is from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Smith-Wills Stadium (1200 Lakeland Drive). It includes a 20-minute fireworks display, live music, space jumps, and food and craft vendors. Free; call 601-960-0471.

Lil’ Boosie will perform at 8 p.m. at the Mississippi Coliseum (1207 Mississippi St.). He is currently on his TD2CH Tour. $26-$56; call 800-745-3000. … The Summertime, Wonder Time is 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the LeFleur Museum District (Interstate 55 N. and Lakeland Drive). Admission per museum;


The Mississippi Old Time Music Society meets 1:30 p.m.-4:30 p.m., at Clinton Visitor Center (1300 Pinehaven Road, Clinton). Hear Mississippi fiddle tunes with guitar, mandolin and claw hammer banjo. Free; call 601638-7511; email


Author Neely Tucker will sign copies of his book “The Ways of the Dead” at 5 p.m. at Lemuria Books (4465 Interstate 55 N., Suite 202). Reading at 5:30 p.m. $27.95 book; … The “We Are Jackson” Listening Tour is at 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. at New Jerusalem Church South (1285 Raymond Road). Mayor Yarber hosts a forum to share ideas on city housing. Free;


“Murder in the Key of Motown” Dinner Theater is 7 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. at Rossini Cucina Italiana (207 W. Jackson St., Suite A, Ridgeland). Presented by Mississippi Murder Mysteries, the musical is about quarreling band members and includes a three-course dinner. RSVP. $49; call 601-688-2214. … Music in the City is at 5:15 p.m. at the Mississippi Museum of Art (380 S. Lamar St.) in the Trustmark Grand Hall with music by Barry Hause, John Paul and Tom Lowe. Free;


The Miss Mississippi Pageant is at 8 p.m. at the Vicksburg Convention Center (1600 Mulberry St., Vicksburg). The pageant takes place July 9 through 12, and contestants will compete for a chance to move on to the Miss America Pageant. $30; call 601-630-2929; missmississippipageant. com. … The “Otello” Summer Encore is at 7 p.m. at the Tinseltown Movie Theater (411 Riverwind Drive, Pearl). The screening comes as part of the Metropolitan Opera’s “Live in H” series; $12.50;

*&0 30/.3/2%$%6%.43 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; 10th Annual JFP Chick Ball July 19, 6 p.m.11 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 601-362-6121, ext. 23;

(/,)$!9 Red, White and Walter July 2, 6:30 p.m.-9 p.m., at Walter Anderson Museum of Art (510 Washington Ave., Ocean Springs). The cookout includes craft beer tastings paired with cigars. Crazy Uncle performs. For ages 21 and up. $25, $15 existing members, free to new members; call 228-872-3164; Red, White and Brew Night at Livingston July 3, 4 p.m., at Livingston Farmers Market (129 Mannsdale Road, Madison). The event includes a craft beer tasting, childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s activities, a cooking demonstration, music from Chris Gill and a fireworks show. Free; call 601-898-0212. City of Jackson Fireworks Extravaganza July 3, 5 p.m.-9 p.m., at Smith-Wills Stadium (1200 Lakeland Drive). Includes a 20-minute fireworks display, entertainment for all ages, live music, space jumps, and food and craft vendors. Free; call 601960-0471. Broadmeadow Neighborhood Association Fourth of July Parade July 4, 10:30 a.m., at Broadmeadow United Methodist Church (4419 Broadmeadow Drive). This yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s theme is â&#x20AC;&#x153;Red, White and Blue.â&#x20AC;? Patriotic costumes encouraged. Bicycles and wagon floats welcome. Prizes given for best costume or float. Refreshments, games and crafts after the parade. Free; call 366-1403; email or; Fourth of July Celebration July 4, 3 p.m.-9 p.m., at New Horizon Church International (1770 Ellis Ave.). In the parking lot. The theme is â&#x20AC;&#x153;Stop the Violenceâ&#x20AC;? and includes a car and bike showcase at 3 p.m. (registration at 2 p.m.), and a concert at 5 p.m. Performers include Forever Jones, 5th Child and more. Free; call 601-371-1427. Madison Family Fireworks July 4, 9 p.m., at Liberty Park, Madison (Liberty Park Drive, Madison).

Every July 4, the town of Madison celebrates with a fireworks display in Liberty Park. Family friendly. Free; call 601-853-9109; Fourth of July Party July 4, 5 p.m.-8 p.m., at Old House Depot (639 Monroe St.). Enjoy refreshments and music from the Southern Komfort Brass Band. Free; call 601-592-6200; Independence Day Celebration July 4, 6 p.m., at St. Richard Catholic Church (1242 Lynwood Drive). On the football field. Includes concessions, pony rides for children, music from Patrick Harkins and a fireworks show. Free; call 601-3662335. Family Fireworks Extravaganza July 4, 5 p.m.9:30 p.m., at Traceway Park (200 Soccer Row, Clinton). The family-friendly event features music from Little Big Town and the Kimberlee Helton Band, childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s activities, food, fireworks and more. Free, $8 parking fee; call 601-924-6082; Independence Day Fireworks Celebration July 4, 7 p.m., at Washington Street, Vicksburg (Washington Street, Vicksburg). The annual event includes live music from the Chicago tribute band Dialogue and a fireworks display. Free; call 601634-4527;

#/--5.)49 Tru Skool Skate Night July 3, 7:30 p.m., at Skate N Shake (Jackson Square Promenade, 2460 Terry Road, Suite 1600). Includes music from DJ Phingaprint, free shots and giveaways. $10; call 3462522; email Summertime, Wonder Time July 5, 10 a.m.-6 p.m., at LeFleur Museum District (Interstate 55 North and Lakeland Drive). Enjoy summer activities at the Agriculture and Forestry Museum (1-6 p.m.), the Mississippi Childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Museum (10 a.m.-2 p.m.), the Mississippi Museum of Natural Science (10 a.m.-2 p.m.), and the Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame (10 a.m.-4 p.m.). Admission varies per location; We Are Jackson Listening Tour July 7, 6 p.m.-7 p.m., at New Jerusalem Church South (1285 Raymond Road), in the sanctuary. Join Jackson Mayor Tony Yarber in the forum to share ideas regarding dilapidated housing. Free; call 601-960-1084; Miss Mississippi Parade July 7, 7 p.m., at Washington Street, Vicksburg (Washington Street, Vicksburg). See this yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s contestants in the annual parade that runs from Veto Street to Mulberry Street. Free; call 601-634-4527; email kimh@;

Miss Mississippi Pageant July 9-12, 8 p.m., at Vicksburg Convention Center (1600 Mulberry St., Vicksburg). Contestants compete for a chance to move on to the Miss America Pageant. $30 July 9 and July 10, $40 July 11, $50 July 12, $125 four-day package; call 601-630-2929; John Edward July 9, 7 p.m., at Jackson Marriott (200 E. Amite St.). The event with the psychic medium includes a Q&A session and readings with some of the attendees. $150 general admission, $225 admission plus Evolve membership (includes welcome gifts); call 800-514-3849; Events at William F. Winter Archives and History Building (200 North St.) Free; call 601-5766998; â&#x20AC;˘ History Is Lunch July 2, 12 p.m., Filmmaker Wilma Mosley-Clopton shows and discusses her new film, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Did Johnny Come Marching Home,â&#x20AC;? a documentary about people of African descent who fought to free themselves in the Civil War. Free; call 601-576-6998. â&#x20AC;˘ History Is Lunch July 9, 12 p.m., Historian Dennis Mitchell discusses and signs copies of his new book, â&#x20AC;&#x153;A New History of Mississippi.â&#x20AC;? Free; call 601-576-6998;

+)$3 Canton Young Filmmakerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Workshop, Ages 812 July 8, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., at Allisonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Wells School of Arts and Crafts (Trolio Hotel, 141 N. Union St., Canton). Participants write, shoot and edit a 3-5 minute film. Held daily through July 11. July 12, the workshop ends with a reception and a premiere of the film. Registration required. $150; call 601-859-0347 or 800-844-3369. 2D Studio Art Camp July 7, 9 a.m.-12 p.m., July 14, 9 a.m.-12 p.m., at ArtWorks Studios (158 W. Government St., Brandon). The one-week camp includes drawing, painting, oil pastel, printing and mixed media projects. Held Monday-Thursday. Registration required. $150; call 601-499-5278 or 601-988-3115; email; Teen Talent Summer Camp Tuesdays, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. through Aug. 3, at Duling Hall (622 Duling Ave.). Topics include modeling, acting, singing, styling, etiquette, interviews and more. Register by June 24. $240; call 769-218-8862; email loyalty. or newfacemodelsjackson@ Creative Craft Camp, Ages 5-8 July 7, 9 a.m.12:30 p.m., at Mississippi Craft Center (950 Rice Road, Ridgeland). Topics include pottery, wire sculpture, mosaics, fused glass and more. Ends

with an art reception. Registration required. Sessions are May 26-30 and July 7-11. $185, $160 each additional child; call 601-856-7546; email or; Events at Mississippi Museum of Art (380 S. Lamar St.) â&#x20AC;˘ Studio I July 7, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. 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. Registration required. $250; call 601-960-1515; â&#x20AC;˘ Studio II July 7, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. The five-day art camp is for teens ages 14-17 who want to explore art at a higher level. Registration required. $250; call 601-960-1515; Jump Start Youth Fitness Summer Camp July 7, 9 a.m.-12 p.m., at Performance Sports Crossfit (853 Wilson Drive, Ridgeland). Overweight youth ages 8-14 will learn about fitness and nutrition in order to lose weight in a healthy manner. Sessions are on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays through Aug. 7. $250; call 601-991-3360; email;

&//$$2).+ Farm to Fork Project July 2, 4 p.m.-6 p.m., at Jackson Medical Mall (350 W. Woodrow Wilson Ave.). Purchase produce from the Alcorn State University Extension Programâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Demonstration Farm of Mound Bayou. $5 per bag, one free bag for United Healthcare Community Plan members with MSCAN or MSCHIP ID cards; call 601718-6578.

30/2437%,,.%33 Cruisinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Clinton Bike Ride July 4, 7 a.m., at Traceway Park (200 Soccer Row, Clinton). Cyclists ride 10, 33 or 62 miles with rest stops and snacks along the way. Lunch will be included in the registration fee. Registration required. $10; call 601924-6082; Watermelon Classic July 4, 7:30 a.m., at Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame and Museum (1152 Lakeland Drive). The annual race includes a 5K run/walk, a one-mile wellness run and a Tot Trot for children ages 3 and under. Costumes are encouraged. Watermelon and beverages will be served after the race. Register by July 2. 5K: $25 through June 29, $30 after; wellness run: $15 through June 29, $20 after; free Tot Trot; call 601982-8264;


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Balloon Chase Run/Walk July 5, 7 a.m., at Canton Multipurpose Complex (501 Soldier Colony Road, Canton). Includes a four-mile run, a twomile walk and a kids’ run at 8 a.m. Awards given. The race is part of the Mississippi Championship Hot Air Balloon Fest. $20, $10 kids’ run; call 601-859-4830;


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“Murder in the Key of Motown” Dinner Theater July 8, 7 p.m.-9:30 p.m., at Rossini Cucina Italiana (207 W. Jackson St., Suite A, Ridgeland). Mississippi Murder Mysteries presents the musical about quarreling band members. Includes a threecourse dinner. RSVP. $49; call 601-668-2214; email; brownpapertickets. com/event/666863. “Otello” Summer Encore July 9, 7 p.m., at Tinseltown (411 Riverwind Drive, Pearl). The screening is part of the Metropolitan Opera’s Live in HD Series. $12.50; call 601-936-5856; An Evening of WORDS July 3, 8 p.m.-11 p.m., at TurnUp Studios (155 Wesley Ave.). Enjoy spoken word and poetry from Brando Chemtrails of Denver, Colo., and locals Skipp Coon, Satchel Page and Bob Hudson. $5-$5; call 257-0141; email; find An Evening of WORDS on Facebook. Events at University of Southern Mississippi (118 College Drive, Hattiesburg) • "One Man, Two Guvnors" June 12, 7:30 p.m.June 26, 7:30 p.m.June 27, 7:30 p.m.June 29, 2 p.m.July 2, 7:30 p.m.July 4, 7:30 p.m.July 10, 7:30 p.m.July 13, 2 p.m. In Tatum Theatre. Southern Arena Theatre presents the Richard Bean play, an adaptation of Carlo Goldoni’s Servant of Two Masters.” $14, $12 seniors, USM employees and military, $10 students; call 601-266-5418 or 800-844-8425; • "Taking Steps" July 3, 7:30 p.m., July 5, 7:30 p.m., July 6, 2 p.m., July 9, 7:30 p.m., July 11, 7:30 p.m. In Hartwig Theatre. Southern Arena Theatre presents the Alan Ayckbourn play about three incompetent characters who try to sort out their lives in one evening. $14, $12 seniors, USM employees and military, $10 students; call 601-266-5418 or 800-844-8425;


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Mississippi Championship Hot Air Balloon Fest July 3-4, 6 p.m., July 5, 6:45 a.m., July 6, 7 p.m., at Canton Multipurpose Complex (501 Soldier Colony Road, Canton). The event is a fundraiser for the Good Samaritan Center. The Celebrate America Balloon Glow is July 4 at Northpark Mall. The Canton Balloon Glow is July 5 at the Canton Multipurpose Center. More events on the website. Free; call 601-859-4358 or 800-844-3369;


Canton Gospel Fest Homecoming July 4, 6 p.m.9 p.m., at Historic Canton Square (Courthouse Square, Canton). Performers include Melvin Williams of the Williams Brothers, the Pine Grove M.B. Church Mass Choir, the New Season Praise Team, the Jackson Family, Erma Cole, Wendalyn Towner and the McNeal Drummers. Lawn chairs and picnic baskets welcome. Free; call 800-8443369; Old-Fashioned Country Fair July 5, 1 p.m.-6 p.m., at Mississippi Agriculture and Forestry Museum (1150 Lakeland Drive). Includes pony, carousel, wagon and train rides, games such as watermelon seed spitting, horseshoe throwing

and calf roping, cooking, quilting and blacksmith demonstrations, food and music. Included with admission ($5, $4 seniors, military and ages 3-18, children under 3 free), $2 wagon rides, $1 other rides; call 601-432-4500; Lil’ Boosie July 5, 8 p.m., at Mississippi Coliseum (1207 Mississippi St.). The rapper from Baton Rouge, La. performs on his TD2CH Tour. $26$56; call 800-745-3000. Mississippi Old Time Music Society July 6, 1:30 p.m.-4:30 p.m., at Clinton Visitor Center (1300 Pinehaven Road, Clinton). Society members play old-time Mississippi fiddle tunes accompanied by guitar, mandolin and claw-hammer banjo. Free; call 601-638-7511; email visitorcenter@ Music in the City July 8, 5:15 p.m., at Mississippi Museum of Art (380 S. Lamar St.). In Trustmark Grand Hall. Enjoy a cash bar at 5:15 p.m., and music from Barry Hause, John Paul and Tom Lowe at 5:45 p.m. Free, donations welcome; call 601-960-1515; Choctaw Indian Fair July 9-10, 11 a.m., July 1112, 6 p.m., at Choctaw Reservation (Highway 16 West, Choctaw). The annual fair includes cultural displays, arts and crafts, stickball games, food, the Rez Run July 12, the Choctaw Indian Princess Pageant and live music. Performers include Chris Young, David Crowder and the Eli Young Band. $20 adult season pass, $12 adult day pass, $10 student season pass, $7 student day pass, ages 5 and under free; Rez Run: $15-$25 (register by July 10 at; call 601-650-1765; email;

,)4%2!293)'.).'3 Events at Lemuria Books (Banner Hall, 4465 Interstate 55 N., Suite 202) • "Flying Shoes" July 2, 5 p.m. Lisa Howorth signs books. Reading at 5:30 p.m. $26 book; call 601-366-7619; email info@lemuriabooks. com; • "The Orenda" July 5, noon Joseph Boyden signs books. Reading at 5:30 p.m. $26.95 book; call 601-366-7619; email info@lemuriabooks. com; • "The Ways of the Dead" July 7, 5 p.m. Neely Tucker signs books. Reading at 5:30 p.m. $27.95 book; call 601-366-7619; email info@; Events at Square Books (160 Courthouse Square, Oxford) • "River Royals: Master the Mississippi" July 5, 10:30 a.m., at Square Books Jr. (111 Courthouse Square, Oxford). Katie Clark signs books. $19.95 book; call 662-236-2207; squarebooks. com. • "The Orenda" July 5, 5 p.m. Joseph Boyden signs books. $26.95 book; call 662-236-2262;

#2%!4)6%#,!33%3 Rocky Raccoon Painting Class July 5, 10 a.m.11:30 a.m., at Easely Amused (Trace Harbor Village, 7048 Old Canton Road, Suite 1002, Ridgeland). Paint a raccoon with a bird perched on its tail. For ages 6 and up. Registration required. $22; call 601-707-5854; email paint@; Check for updates and more listings, or to add your own events online. You can also email event details to to be added to the calendar. The deadline is noon the Wednesday prior to the week of publication.


Growing Young Leaders by Carmen Cristo


The SYI teaches young leaders from Mississippi how to start projects that build community and create dialogue about issues in race and civil justice. “As a Mississippi filmmaker, I want Mississippians to examine and have dialogue COURTESY PHILIP SCARBOROUGH

fter DeVante Wiley completed a nine-day Summer Youth Institute at Ole Miss, he went home to Greenwood and started growing things. The teen’s participation in the second annual youth gathering, sponsored by the William Winter Institute for Racial Reconciliation and the Medgar and Myrlie Evers Institute, caught the eye of filmmakers Philip Scarborough and Tom Beck of Spot On Productions, who were then documenting the interactive journey through civil rights history for young Mississippians. “Part of what they do is teach the kids how to create community projects,” Beck says. “DeVante’s was a community garden down in Baptist Town in Greenwood, and he (was) 17 years old, and he got it off the ground.” Wiley was selected to go to the White House and meet the president for all of his accomplishments. Beck and Scarborough titled their documentary “Growing Our Own,” a fitting name for a film about a program that empowers the state’s youth to become leaders and activists. The filmmakers say one of their favorite parts of making the documentary was meeting and interviewing Myrlie Evers-Williams, the widow of Medgar Evers, whom Scarborough calls “a force of nature.” Among the other interviewees are William Winter, Susan Glisson, executive director of the William Winter Institute, and institute alumni Wiley, whom they found particularly inspiring. The team hired Alex Warren to stay on-site with the participants, going where they went and doing what they did. He shot more than 36 hours worth of footage, while Beck and Scarborough filmed interviews to accompany it. They narrowed down that content to just 28 minutes. “The whole idea was to make it easily accessible, so we didn’t make it too long. We wanted it to be easily digested,” Beck says. “We probably used 1 percent of all the footage shot.”

Philip Scarborough, one of the men who filmed “Growing Our Own,” a film about a Summer Youth Institute where young Mississippians take a journey through civil rights history, said the best part of filming

amongst ourselves about race,” Scarborough says, adding that issues of racial reconciliation are interests of both his and Beck’s. While civil rights is the focus, the event explores many sides of diversity. “It’s not just black and white,” Beck says. “It’s about relating to your fellow human.” Six months and several hard drives later, the trio finished the documentary just in time for the 2012 Crossroads Film Festival, where it debuted. It showed again in 2013 on Mississippi Public Broadcasting and at the

Oxford Film Festival, where it won a special humanitarian award. Its next showing will be at the Madrid Film Festival July 11-18. “The response that we’ve had in these film festivals is a lot of people, especially teachers, asking, ‘where can I get a copy of this? I want to show this in my classroom,’” Beck says. “That tells me that it’s resonating with the people who work with the younger folks.” Many of the institute’s students lived miles from sites of historical tragedies and never knew the stories. The most powerful scenes in the documentary are the ones when they find out. “You’ll see on the film, they go on the civil rights tour on a bus. At the end of the day, a lot of them are angry that they weren’t told this and didn’t know about it,” Scarborough says. Beck says you could see them processing the information that they’re receiving. “The deepest part of the scar of slavery and race in American history is here,” Scarborough says. “If there’s an unhealed part of that scar, it’s here. But I think we are making bigger strides than other places.” Trust-building exercises, which help participants learn to relate to one another, are another part of the conference. The institute creates an environment for them to form relationships that they can recreate. “One thing I found fascinating when talking to these kids, especially the African American kids, is that for some of them, this was the first time they had slept under the same roof with a (person of a different race),” Beck says. The big take-away, he says, can be summed up in EversWilliams’ quote at the end of the documentary: “When you see the young people who come to this institute take on the weight of going back into their communities and changing things, it’s like the sky has opened up. And all of the hard work and all of the lives that have been given and the sacrifices made, and it’s going to be alright.”

Sully Carter: Noir Journalist by Micah Smith

I In Mississippi native Neely Tucker’s first fiction novel “The Ways of the Dead,” he takes on race, media sensationalism and social justice.

n the first fiction novel for Mississippiborn author Neely Tucker, he wants to tackle the issues of race, media sensationalism and social justice in a realistic light, all under the guise of a thriller. While his writing in “The Ways of the Dead” (Viking, 2014, $27.95) bears well-placed description and his command of the subject matter is evident, bouts of slow-motion pacing and surface-level characterization keep the novel from leaping off the page. From the outset, Tucker clearly has an intimate understanding of the newsroom, knowledge with which he imbues protagonist Sully Carter, an investigative journalist who sports a scarred face to match his scarred psyche. Set in the late 1990s, “The Ways of the Dead” sees Carter use sure-fire leads and his whip-smart colleagues to uncover the truth behind the murder of young Sarah Reese—daughter of soon-to-be Su-

preme Court Judge David Reese—and a string of seemingly unconnected deaths, all with a watchful eye on deadlines. But as a reader, thank God nothing is that simple. One of Sully’s secret leads comes in the form of known drug dealer Sly Hastings, and his editors and fellow reporters alike don’t lend much of a hand, as the entire nation wrongfully targets three black boys as the perpetrators. “The Ways of the Dead” suffers more from its premise than one might expect. Carter is, as the reader is told, a great reporter and, as such, should be right in the thick of the Reese investigation. Instead, the reader bears witness to countless second-hand actions—meetings, phone calls and can-we-talks—all of which would be forgivable if Sully Carter made for a compelling lead character. As it stands, Carter has little in terms

of depth, painting him like a noir cop with a bachelor’s degree in English, and few supporting character interactions work to shake that paint-by-numbers persona. The flashbacks to his relationship with Nadia, a Yugoslav schoolteacher during the Bosnian War, invite great character-building moments, but these are few and far between. While “The Ways of the Dead” raises some all-too-real points about the role of race in media coverage, the framework for these facts is sometimes rendered with a dull lifelessness. The character of Sully Carter, whom Neely Tucker no doubt intends to use in later installments, might be a fantastic journalist. He just isn’t much of a protagonist. Neely Tucker signs “The Ways of the Dead” at Lemuria Books (4450 N. Highway 55, Suite 202, 601-366-7619). July 7 37 at 5 p.m.




Electronic Melodies by Mary Kate McGowan


he left the session open to give him free rein to record whenever inspired. “If I was washing dishes, and I felt something, then I could just go walk over to the keyboard and record it,” he says. JOSH HAILEY AND GRANT INGRAM

uly 1 was a big day for Daniel Guaqueta. He released his first solo project, consisting of music and a video, “Y I am,” for digital distribution. A Mississippi native and self-declared “proud Mississippi artist,” Guaqueta is an electronica musician and a founding member of Esperanza Plantation prog-instrumental band, Questions in Dialect. Guaqueta’s single is an exploration, and one that’s easy on the ears. “It’s melodic because people don’t want to hear electronic sounds for no purpose,” he says. Guaqueta describes “Y I am” as clear and clean, so people can hear all the textures in the music. He recorded the single on the same tape machine that The Oak Ridge Boys recorded 1981 hit, “Elvira,” and Janet Jackson used it, too. Tommy Wiggins mastered “Y I am” at Nashville’s “Welcome to 1979” Studios after Jackson music engineer Jonathan Clark helped Guaqueta write, record and mix the track to analog on a 2-inch reel-to-reel tape machine. New Orleans cinematographer Grant Ingram filmed the music video for “Y I am” in Miami, Fla., which Jackson artist Clay Hardwick edited. Guaqueta was inspired to write the music for the single while listening to 1970s Japanese electronic music. Over the course of some days, he created “Y I am,” and

Japanese electronic music from the 1970s inspired Daniel Guaqueta to create his latest single, “Y I am.”

Guaqueta’s music is a melding of different music worlds, including electronica, ambient avant-garde, pop, cumbia and rock. The musician grew up in two different cultures; his grandmother is from Mississippi and his father from Bogota, Colombia. Guaqueta’s experiences in both places have strongly influenced his music: Mississippi’s laid-back sound and his Columbian heritage mix in his music. Guaqueta, 37, was born in Hattiesburg but lived in Colombia until the beginning of the second grade. He then moved back to Hattiesburg and graduated from the University of Southern Mississippi with a communications degree in 2000. Guaqueta said he spent every summer in Colombia until he started college. Currently, Guaqueta is working with Jackson artist Loki Antiphony on an EP, scheduled for a fall 2014 release. He says he was releasing his music because he felt that they were musically right at this time. “Right now, I’m just trying to clear the clutter,” Guaqueta says. “I’ve got a lot of stuff and songs that mean a lot to me.” Guaqueta believes that people will “dig it if they open their minds.” For him, music is everywhere from bicycles to trucks in New York City. Learn more at

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by Tommy Burton

To Record or To Play Live?


explain the times it just clicks. “There’s usually alcohol involved with a live audience,” Bailey says. “We’ve stopped using set lists because I like to read an audience.

where ideas come to life and where musicians spend countless hours perfecting the vision of the song that’s being recorded. While in the studio, people try different TOMMY BURTON

July 2 - 8, 2014


any musicians have two different modes: live performer or recording artist. One of the things I usually ask touring musicians is if they have a preference for playing concerts or recording in the quiet confines of a studio. The answer varies depending on the musician. Live performing requires a specific discipline. Bands spend their time rehearsing the material they’ll be playing and how their music will be presented to audiences. Even then, once the show starts, they never know how the audience will react. “I prefer playing live,” says Jason Bailey of The Bailey Brothers. “Our first record was recorded live. We went back and overdubbed vocals and guitar solos, but everything was done in one day. We start recording our next record in August at Zebra Ranch (in Coldwater, Miss.) and will probably take more time on that. The studio is definitely more controlled.” Sometimes, something special happens between an audience and the performer. No amount of rehearsal time can ever really create moments like those. You can work very hard trying to perfect the presentation, but nothing can ever fully

The recording studio can be a place of creativity and frustration for musician such as Jason Turner.

We can’t always play the same songs every night.” If you’ve ever performed on stage, in a concert hall or even on a marching field, then you understand the thrill of an audience applauding your work. It’s probably what drives most musicians to play live. The recording studio offers sort of a creative sanctuary for most. It’s the place

approaches to achieve the sound that is in their minds. It can be equally frustrating and rewarding. “Recording is the most exciting part of the business for me,” musician and songwriter Larry Brewer says. Brewer played and toured with the band The Windows. “Being a songwriter, I find the studio to be a great haven for ideas. It’s an

incredible place to be involved.” The studio is similar to a blank canvas. The individual artist must create what is heard. Sometimes, a song will work in the studio but never translate to the live stage. “The expectations are so high in the studio,” M.O.S.S. guitarist Peary Forrest says. “We tend to play off each other, so it’s more fun to play live.” Recording takes great patience, but the payoff is always hearing the creation. Sounds and experimentation are limitless in the studio because artists’ ability to make something sound good does not hinder creativity. “I like the end product of recording more than the process,” Forrest says. “That demand for perfection makes the studio more difficult.” Brewer feels differently. “Recording allows me to explore the song and bring it out. I love that aspect,” he says. More times than not, a musician on the stage must bring to life songs that are written and created in the studio. Therein lies the trick: How to make that perfectly crafted studio concoction translate to a live audience. It becomes a balancing act that every musician seems to face during their careers.


A Hearty Helping of Rap Activism by Jared Boyd


Atlanta, Ga.-based Goodie Mob’s “Soul Food” promotes a social and communal awareness.

South Bronx, the area often credited with inventing hip-hop culture, were still recovering from the construction of the Cross-Bronx Expressway, completed a decade earlier. The structure displaced thousands of residents, most of whom were black and Latino. “The Message” gave birth to the tradition of rap activism. Highlights in its development include the rise of Public Enemy, from their video for “Fight the Power” to their video for “By the Time I Get to Arizona,” a scathing commentary on the state’s reluctance to implement Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday as a holiday. Black Nationalist themes and personas filled the 1990s, as the Nation of Gods & Earths, an off-shoot of the Nation of Islam, implanted their teachings into the rhymes of Brand Nubian, Poor Righteous Teachers and Gang Starr. Even when rappers aren’t recording, they promote activism. In 2005, Kanye West shocked the world with his “George Bush doesn’t care about black people” diversion on live television. Immortal Technique used money from benefit concerts to build

an orphanage in Afghanistan. Mos Def even videotaped himself enduring heinous torture techniques, in protest of interrogation tactics at Guantanamo Bay. Below the Mason-Dixon line, some artists use their platform to promote community awareness. Goodie Mob’s 1995 opus, “Soul Food,” is a worthy example. The Atlanta, Ga.-based quartet consisted of Big Gipp, T-Mo, Khujo and the fierce-tongued poet now known to popmusic enthusiasts as the “F*ck You”-crooning Cee-Lo Green. Fans of Cee-Lo Green’s stint as one half of Gnarls Barkley should feel at home upon pressing play on the 19-song collection. “Free,” the album’s introduction, sets the tone with a short, organ-assisted spiritual, sung solely by Green. “But I won’t accept that this is how it’s gon’ be, Devil, you got to let me and my people go,” Cee-Lo sings before the refrain, “’Cause I wanna be free, completely free.” The song begins to fade along with the beginning of the second verse, creating the illusion that, much like this particular spiritual, the struggle itself never ends. The single, “Cell Therapy,” peeks out of the windows of a house in the archetypical southern ghetto in an identical fashion to Flash’s “The Message.” All four members point to issues within the streets they frequent—drug abuse, sexual promiscuity, violence and the distrust of the political reasoning behind Section 8 housing. The second verse ends on an inquisitive note: “But every now and then, I wonder if this gate was put up to keep crime out or keep our ass in.” Goodie Mob anchors the middle of the album with “Guess Who,” an ode to mothers who support the family unit of the black community. Women with the strength to do so without the presence of a proper male figure in their households get a specific nod. A prayer leads listeners into “Fighting,” a hard-hitting cut interrupted by a soliloquy from Green, who begs for the listener to reverse the residual effects of slavery in the U.S. “You’ll find a lot of the reason we behind is because the system is designed to keep our third eyes blind,” he says. The title track rounds out the last half of the album with an upbeat song that laments the feeling of gathering around to eat grandma’s good cooking. Interestingly, it is one of very few feelgood songs on the album. The characteristic warm comfort of the traditional African American cuisine the project is named for is largely absent. Instead, this album is one hearty helping of meat-and-potatoes music. Cold. Hard. And to the point.

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ing than watching the 2014 Wimbledon Men’s Single Final from the All England Club? MONDAY, JULY 7 Football (7-10 p.m., ESPN2): Get a bit of a football fix with some Arena Football as the Orlando Predators square off against the Philadelphia Soul. TUESDAY, JULY 8 Soccer (3-5 p.m., ESPN): The 2014 World Cup semifinals begin with a spot in the finals on the line for the winner. WEDNESDAY, JULY 9 Soccer (3-5 p.m., ESPN): After this semifinal game, the finals will be set with two games left in the 2014 World Cup. When my wife got home the other night, I had the distinction to tell her, “I Got Suarezed.” That is my new name for my daughter getting mad and biting me, in honor of Luis Suárez. Follow Bryan Flynn at, @jfpsports and at



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will watch anything to do with sports. It doesn’t matter whether it’s football, cricket, rugby, tennis, golf or poker. If there was a World Championship Tiddlywinks tournament, you could bet that I’d watch it. The competition is what holds my attention and keeps me coming back for more, and the higher the stakes, the more likely I am to watch. If you throw in rooting for my country, you might as well just kiss me good-bye. A chance at nationalism or patriotism, if you will, will always make the stakes higher, the win sweeter and the loss that much harder. Last week, I saw some articles on how watching the World Cup is un-American. Un-American? Isn’t my job as someone who loves my country to root for my fellow countrymen in all their athletic endeavors? Would it be any less American to watch table tennis or badminton or any other Summer Olympics sport (by the way, soccer is also an Olympic sport) we don’t dominate? Would watching the luge in the Winter Olympics make me less American? Of course not. Watching soccer and rooting for the U.S. Men’s

National Team is what every red-blooded American should do. Rooting for the USMNT is as American as apple pie, fireworks and homemade ice cream. By the time this is published, we might have fallen to Belgium, but I hope we showed true American fighting spirit and gave our all. If we survived the Belgian encounter then, more than likely, a date with Lionel Messi and Argentina would be up next. Even the most optimistic U.S. fans would tell you to put the brakes on going any farther in the World Cup. The only way the U.S. would beat Argentina is if Luis Suárez runs on the pitch and starts attacking Argentine players like The Wolfman. But even if the U.S. gets knocked out of the World Cup, I will still keep watching. I love seeing the greatest players in their sport battle the biggest pressure in the highest level of their sport. Watching the World Cup isn’t unAmerican. In fact, if you’re watching the World Cup and the USMNT team, that is the height of being an American. Football is still king in this country, but watching soccer every four years won’t kill it.



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