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pril Sade, 28, aims to use her experience as a domestic-violence victim as fuel to generate a bigger spotlight on Mississippi and the untapped talent that it possesses. Sade has expertise in modeling, managing, entertainment and the arts. Born in Jackson and raised in Atlanta, her roots in fashion began with her mother, Kathleen Smith, the owner of the now-defunct boutique, Panache. “(Fashion) seemed to be my upbringing and lifestyle,” she says. Sade’s mother even took her to John Casablancas Modeling and Career Centers in Atlanta when she was in high school. After returning to Mississippi in 2004, Sade enrolled at Tougaloo College, where she became a member of The Modeling Squad. The troupe organized and participated in fashion shows on and off campus. “I pretty much decided that I wanted to dig a little deeper,” Sade says. She wanted to know why the fashion scene in Mississippi wasn’t as big as Atlanta’s. She began to look for an answer by mixing it up with locals involved with fashion, such as Thomas Roots, Becky Hicks and Mitch Davis. Along with her renewed fervor for the world of fashion, other big changes began to shake up April’s life. In 2006, her mother closed Panache and moved to Dallas. In 2007, April gave birth to her son, Elijah. Around that same time, she got married. Within the first year of her marriage, a violent domestic dispute derailed Sade’s plans


for a new life. Leaving Jackson and her marriage behind, she and her son boarded a Greyhound bus and moved to Dallas to be with her mother. “I was exposed to a different fashion, a different culture (and) a different way of living there,” she says. Sade called her fashion-forward friends in Jackson, intending to spark their interests in developing an organization. The only problem was coming back to the pain she had been through in her marriage. But Sade says that she “wasn’t done handling her business in Mississippi.” She and three friends began a fashion event and management agency under the name House of Panache, a nod to her mother and the boutique that introduced Sade to the industry. The group has been hard at work putting together fashion shows in collaboration with local charities and stores to raise awareness of their causes, such as sickle cell anemia. Sade is taking her commitment to the community a step further as the director of Teen Talent Camp. The summer program turns the Fondren neighborhood into a campus, as participants float between different venues, studios and theaters. “Campers,” who are generally home-schooled and range in ages from 13 to 18, receive instruction in activities including runway modeling, acting and yoga. “There needs to be an outlet for these kids,” Sade says.

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JULY 16 - 22, 2014 | VOL. 12 NO. 45



by Amber Helsel, Assistant Editor

The Ideal Woman


ne of my favorite comedians, Dylan Moran, talks about the “ideal body” in one of his performances. “The keyword here, is ‘ideal,’” he said. “You could be anything. My ideal body, you know, would be just probably something like, one eye, you probably only need one; a kind of sucker thing instead of teeth, because they just give you grief in the end, you know; and a long, long tube with my arse way over there so I don’t have to deal with it. That would be ideal.” The outlandishness of his description aside, it’s important to read between the lines. In his eyes, as it should be in most people’s, is that the word “ideal” is based simply on an individual’s belief. My ideal body is short with a small waistline, some natural curves and maybe six-pack abs, just for kicks. Notice I didn’t say tall and thin. What I basically described is my ideal body. I don’t plan on being a size zero, really ever. It’s not my body type or what I want. But most popular culture would have you believe that women should have their “ideal body”—tall, skinny, a size zero, maybe long, thick blonde hair, perfect tan complexion. It’s frustrating to be held to these standards. My whole life, people have reminded me of how I’m not like that. I’ve always been a little heavy; my hair has always been thin and frizzy and curly; my skin has always been sensitive and blotchy and pale. The thing is, I can lose weight; I can wear makeup; I can buy expensive hair products and biotin, and use excruciatingly hot straightening irons to tame my locks, but none of that alters my genetics. No amount of fat-shaming or skinnyshaming or “thinspiration” can change the fact that all women are different and none, really, has the “ideal body.” While makeup,

clothes and perfect hair enhance beauty, they don’t change the person underneath. I can wear as many high-waisted long skirts as I want to, but when I take off my clothes at night, I look down and still see the fat on my stomach, arms and legs. All this talk about the “ideal body” and the images we see in magazines only serves to make women pick out every flaw we see, and we see a lot more than are prob-

I’m not a model. I’m not a perfect person. ably there. The most beautiful woman in the world could look in the mirror and see something completely opposite of everyone else. It makes you envy those women who know they’re beautiful, and show it. And not all of them are thin and tall. I admire women of all sizes who look in a mirror and don’t see every flaw. In “Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets,” Hogwarts Headmaster Albus Dumbledore said that those who look into the Mirror of Erised and see nothing but themselves are truly the happiest people in the world. But if you were to look in that mirror on the condemned third floor, would

you see just you? Or would you see your deepest desire? I think we’d all see the one thing we really want. We’re human, right? I would see myself as a world-champion fencer with a killer body and some magical powers. But I truly wish I could look at my reflection and see myself. If you can look in a mirror and only see you, the rest of the world can’t touch you. No amount of negative media coverage can ever make you feel like you aren’t good enough. That’s what I strive for. I’m tired of sitting around feeling sorry for myself and the way I look. For too long, I’ve let too many people tell me that I’m not good enough, that I’m too fat or too short or too plain or my personality is too rude or annoying. I’m not a model. I’m not a perfect “ideal” person. I’ll never be either of those things. I’ll also never stop believing in myself. Recently, feminine hygiene company Always released a commercial called “Like a Girl.” In it, interviewers ask girls of all ages to define what it means to do something “like a girl.” When older girls were asked to throw like a girl and run like a girl, their reactions were generally very dainty and, frankly, they sucked. But the young girls did something else—when asked to throw like a girl, they just did what came natural; they threw and hit hard, They ran fast. The whole point is that “like a girl” should not define the parameters of what a girl (or woman) can or can’t do. It challenges the societal idea that girls and women should be feminine and wear makeup and not be athletic or loud or passionate, that women should be subservient to men instead of treated as equals; that women (or men) should only love the opposite sex and never question their sexuality; that women should be blamed for being raped or abused; that women shouldn’t use contraception or enjoy

themselves during sex; that women should hate their bodies and strive for the unreachable goal of being the “ideal woman.” One quote in that commercial that stands out to me. When one of the older girls says, “Why can’t ‘like a girl’ also mean ‘win the race’?” I follow an Instagram account called “The Topless Tour.” Its feed consists of women posing with their backs to the camera, nothing covering their upper body. It’s not as sexy or risqué as it sounds, although in at least one of the photos, a woman is nude. The Topless Tour is about being a woman … hell, being a human and appreciating the skin you’re in and feeling free to be who you are. The documentary “Naked Is Sexy,” spearheaded by Jackson native Mea Ashley, shows that women are beautiful with or without makeup, the perfect hair or camera or phone filters (see more on page 34). It makes me feel like I’m not completely crazy for never wearing makeup. I love campaigns like The Topless Tour, Naked Is Sexy and Like a Girl because they show women that they don’t have to be afraid of their bodies. Just because you don’t look like Barbie doesn’t make you any less of a woman. And just because you don’t do feminine things like wear makeup or style your hair everyday doesn’t make you worth any less. If anything, it makes you more human because you let the world see you for who you are. And the human body, in all of its shapes and forms, is beautiful. Don’t let anyone make you feel like you aren’t good enough because you don’t have the “ideal body.” You know what? Neither you nor I will ever be the “ideal woman.” It doesn’t matter if you’re fat, skinny or in between. Amber Helsel is the assistant editor of the Jackson Free Press.

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Ingrid Cruz

Carmen Cristo

Mary Kate McGowan

Jared Boyd

Maya Miller

Micah Smith

Mary Spooner

Trip Burns

Ingrid Cruz was born in El Salvador, raised in California and moved to Mississippi in 2010. She is temporarily in Buenos Aires, Argentina. She did the cover art for the issue in honor of the 10th Annual JFP Chick Ball and the Chicks We Love.

Feature writer Carmen Cristo studied journalism at Mississippi State University and wrote for the Starkville Free Press. She likes Food Network, ’90s music and her husband. She wrote for the cover package.

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

Editorial Intern Jared Boyd is an Ole Miss senior studying broadcast journalism. The Memphis native writes for the school paper and hosts his own urban-music-mix show on Ole Miss’ Rebel Radio. He 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 the cover package.

Music Editor Micah Smith is a Mississippi College graduate, where he studied English and journalism. When not writing reviews or his music column, he performs with the local band Empty Atlas. He organized the JFP Chick Ball auction guide.

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

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

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Thursday, July 10 A Mississippi girl believed to have been cured of the AIDS virus through early, aggressive treatment shows signs that she still harbors HIV and that it is harming her immune system. ‌ Germany demands that Washington’s CIA station chief in Berlin leave the country as a new round of allegations of U.S. espionage worsens the friction between the two allies. Friday, July 11 House Appropriations Committee Chairman Hal Rogers, R-Ky., says that President Obama’s $3.7 billion emergency request for the border crisis is too big and the House won’t approve it. ‌ Newly declassified documents show that the Obama administration knew in advance that the British government would oversee destruction of The Guardian newspaper’s hard drives containing leaked National Security Agency documents last year. Saturday, July 12 The U.N. Security Council calls for a cease-fire in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict centered on the Gaza Strip and urges Iraq’s leaders to move quickly to form a new government that can unite the country and confront the surging militant threat.

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Sunday, July 13 Germany defeats Argentina 1-0 to win the World Cup, securing the country’s first World Cup title in 24 years. Get breaking news at Monday, July 14 Citigroup agrees to pay $7 billion to settle a federal investigation into its handling of risky subprime mortgages, which contributed to the worst financial crisis in decades.


Tuesday, July 15 House Republicans from a working group created by House Speaker John Boehner recommend National Guard at the border and speedier returns of Central American youths as their response to the immigration crisis on the border.





PAC Trouble on the ‘Horizon’? by Anna Wolfe


s it turns out, the most influential figure in the never-ending Mississippi U.S. Senate contest might not be either of the Republican primary candidates, state Sen. Chris McDaniel or U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran. Rather, a prominent local African American pastor seems to have wielded power to influence the outcome of the race with the help of an arcane set of campaign-finance regulations that few people involved in the race appears to be paying attention to anyway. Now, the cloud of mystery that continues to hang over a super PAC founded by New Horizon Church International’s Bishop Ronnie Crudup has sent Mississippi politics and its followers deeper into a tizzy. By Crudup’s admission, All Citizens for Mississippi—which the Federal Election Commission defines as an expenditureonly committee, or “super PAC�—raised $200,000 to pay for racially charged radio and print news advertisements against Cochran’s opponent, Sen. Chris McDaniel, but at press time, the group had failed to disclose its fundraising and spending activities as federal election rules require by July 15. On a recent visit to 1750 Ellis Ave., a strip mall New Horizon shares with several other businesses including Sam’s Place (Suite 100), Net Counseling (Suite 150), NHCI Administrative Office (Suite 200), and Mississippi Faith Based Coalition (Suite 205), a Jackson Free Press reporter, found a white sheet of printer paper taped on a door in the complex, reading, “ALL CITIZENS FOR


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From left, Bishop Ronnie Crudup, developer Socrates Garrett and late Mississippi Development Authority official Gene McLemore attended an endorsement announcement for former Gov. Haley Barbour in 2007.

MISSISSIPPI SUITE 600.� New Horizon’s name and logo span across the front of the building strip. Bishop Crudup, who has a long history of playing both sides of the political fence in Mississippi, has not responded to numerous phone messages left at his church office. In addition to leading New Horizon, Crudup is the president of the powerful but secretive Jackson Redevelopment Authority and a principal in other businesses that specialize in community development. But Crudup’s position as the head of a church, which receives tax-exempt status

from the federal government as long as they remain neutral in electoral politics, could represent a legal quandary. Paul S. Ryan, senior counsel with the Washington, D.C.based Campaign Legal Center, said the law prohibits tax-exempt organizations like churches to intervene in political elections. “By and large (federal tax-exempt) organizations are not allowed to be involved in super PACs,� Ryan said. Mingled or Not? Individuals, like Bishop Crudup, can participate in super PACs as long as they PRUH+25,=21VHHSDJH

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do not use resources from churches and nonprofits. The fact that All Citizens for Mississippi and New Horizon share an address “may very well constitute use of church resources,” depending on how the space is used, Ryan said. Crudup told The Clarion-Ledger’s Jimmie Gates last week that he raised close to $200,000, which was spent mostly on campaign ads for the Senate race run-off, and the super PAC and his church are separate entities. The church’s chief financial officer Jacqueline Vann is also listed as the super PAC’s treasurer and signed the PAC’s advertising checks. She also lists a New Horizon email address on the group’s FEC statement of organization. The bishop’s involvement with the race, which started shortly after the June 3 primary, came into focus in recently, most notably with an appearance by Rick Shaftan, a pollster and political consultant, on American Family Radio’s talk show Focal Point with Bryan Fischer. During the show, Shaftan said the National Republican Senatorial Committee paid for the ads that All Citizens for Mississippi placed in media outlets around Jackson. Federal records seem to bolster Shaftan’s claim. The NRSC, which raises money to help elect and retain Republicans in the U.S. Senate, reported to paying out $175,000 to a firm called National Media Research, Planning & Placement, FEC records show. During an inspection of FEC, as well as and Federal Communications Commission information filed with WLBT-TV and

Triton Broadcasting radio stations, the JFP found no records from the NRSC or the media buyer it disclosed on its FEC forms. Those documents do show that Crudup’s super PAC—All Citizens for Mississippi—bought radio advertisements at Jackson stations WKXI, WJMI and WOAD on June 20 to air between June 21 and 24, leading up to the Republican primary runoff. The ads encouraged black voters to turn out to the polls in support of Sen. Thad Cochran and suggested Sen. Chris McDaniel, if elected, would hurt race relations in Mississippi. All Citizens bought 52 radio spots for each of these stations, which cater to black audiences, totaling $9,825. The Triton ads were placed by Jon Ferrell of Alexandria-based media-buying firm American Media Advocacy Group, which also placed ads at WLBT for the super PAC Mississippi Conservatives, another pro-Cochran fundraising group started by former Gov. Haley Barbour, a Washington lobbyist and former head of the Republican National Committee. Ferrell represents both American Media and National Media Research Planning & Placement; both companies share an address in Virginia. GOP In-fighting The Republican National Committee is under fire for similar allegations regarding its involvement in racially charged advertisements surrounding the Mississippi Senate race. Ed Martin, the GOP chair in Missouri, is apparently concerned that Henry Barbour, nephew of former Governor Haley Barbour, may be behind three radio ads that were reported by three radio ads that were reported

by Britain’s Daily Mail. One of the ads, paid for by Citizens for Progress, reportedly linked McDaniel to the Ku Klux Klan. The Daily Mail reported that Mitzi Bickers, an Atlanta pastor, had used this same

By and large, (tax-exempt) organizations are not allowed to be involved in super PACs. group name previously. In the current Senate race here, Mississippi Conservatives—a super PAC created by Haley Barbour and run by his nephew, Henry Barbour—paid Bickers for political work. The younger Barbour told the Daily Mail he didn’t know about the radio ads, although he acknowledged hiring Bickers to run a robo-call campaign in the Cochran-McDaniel runoff. The Jackson Free Press reported earlier this year that Bickers also contributed $4,000 to the election campaign of current Jackson Mayor Tony Yarber. She had resigned as a senior aide to Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed in 2013 after she was accused of filing false financial disclosures about her political projects. An analysis by The New York Times, released July 10, shows that Cochran won

the June 24 election by a total of 7,667 votes, with almost half of them coming from heavily Democratic precincts in Jackson. All Citizens for Mississippi also ran ads in the Jackson Free Press as well as the Mississippi Link, which the family of developer and political power player Socrates Garrett owns. Sales orders for Cochran’s candidate fundraising committee, Citizens for Cochran, were not found in the Triton radio station’s political public files. The committee did, however, run ads in The Clarion-Ledger and distribute doorknob hangers in whiter parts of Jackson touting Cochran’s 100-plus votes against Obamacare and his support of the National Rifle Association. Federal law permits super PACs to raise and spend unlimited sums of money, but they cannot give directly to candidates’ fundraising committees nor coordinate with campaigns and must report their activities each month or quarter. For any expenditures over $1,000— such as the thousands the PAC spent on radio advertising—from June 4 though June 23, Crudup’s PAC was also required to file 24-hour reports with the FEC so the information is transparent to voters. A search of federal campaign-finance records yields no filings by All Citizens for Mississippi. The paperwork to set up the PAC, signed by Vann, indicated that it was filled out May 30, 2014, and received and stamped by the FEC on June 6. The Jackson Free Press has filed federal Freedom of Information Act requests with Vann of All Citizens for Mississippi as well as the FEC. Comment at Email Anna Wolfe at

Legislative Fixes Needed for Primaries? by R.L. Nave

July 16 - 22, 2014



ssuming the Republican primary for U.S. Senate is resolved by the start of the 2015 legislative session, the Legislature could grapple with whether legislative fixes are required to curb electoral chaos in the future. It seems like eons ago that a blogger tip-toed into a nursing home for a snapshot of a sick senior citizen, which resulted in the arrests of several individuals, one of whom has since committed suicide, and three campaign workers got locked in the Hinds County Courthouse after hours. Since the June 24 runoff between state Sen. Chris McDaniel and U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran, the race has transcended the surreal tenor of the campaigns, raising questions about the need for election reform in the state. Since the runoff, a handful of Mississippi citizens and a Texas-based conservative

nonprofit, True the Vote, which trains and deploys poll watchers in key elections and has been accused of voter intimidation, filed a federal lawsuit against Republican Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann, the state GOP and several county election commissions arguing that the group was denied access to information that would help them look into possible irregularities in the runoff. McDaniel himself, who now more than two weeks after losing to Cochran has still refused to concede the election, said the night of his defeat that his camp wanted to make sure the Republican primary was decided by Republicans, raising the specter that Democratic crossover voters tilted the scales in Cochran’s favor. After a few weeks of campaign volunteers poring through records, he is expected to announce the campaign’s findings July 16 in Jackson.

The nonstop barrage of allegations, made through press releases, public statements and in court documents, about vote buying, official misconduct and campaignfinance chicanery make this race a prime candidate for some sort of legislative triage. But what, specifically, could the Mississippi Legislature do to address the issues that have come up? Some McDaniel supporters have suggested that Mississippi switch from an open-primary system that is open to all voters to a closed system where only declared partisans can participate. State Sen. David Blount, D-Jackson, is the vice chairman of the Senate Elections Committee and a former assistant secretary of state (McDaniel is the committee’s chairman), and said he “absolutely disagrees” with going to a closed primary system because strong political parties should welcome any-

one who wants to vote in their primary. “The basic idea is that the more voters we have the stronger we’ll be,” Blount said. Turnout on June 24 surpassed the primary by more than 45,000 votes, or about 15 percent, which was unprecedented in a Senate runoff. The June 3 Republican primary saw 313,000 people participating. Blount said he plans to reintroduce legislation he has filed in past years to authorize Internet voter registration, early voting and Election Day registration. With the implementation of the state’s voter-ID law, which requires voters to show state-issued photo identification, Blount said there shouldn’t be any issues with registering voters when they show up to the polls on Election Day. “There’s no potential for fraud,” Blount said.

TALK | politics In a statement to the media, Jones said Mississippians “were sold a package of voting laws by leaders who told us that their main concern was election integrity.� In July 2009, Hosemann told The Neshoba Democrat that “[w]e need to continue to prosecute those who steal your vote,� but he has not publicly weighed in on the allegations in True the Vote’s complaint except to say that his office has no authority over county circuit clerks and party officials who certify primary results. If the controversy involved Democrats, Jones believes, “we’d be having legislative hearings. Delbert Hosemann would be issuing press releases. It would


Combating fraud was the central argument in favor of voter ID. State Sen. Joey Fillingane, R-Sumrall, who sponsored the 2011 ballot initiative to put voter ID to a statewide vote, said the primary proved false arguments from voter ID’s detractors who said the requirement would suppress African American votes. On the other hand, voter ID opponents also noted that the requirement would do little to stop most kinds of voter fraud like as vote buying. Such accusations emerged after the primary runoff when freelance journalist Charles C. Johnson, who writes for conservative media outlets, published a story on a website called GotNews.

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be a media event.� As an example, he offers the 2013 Hattiesburg mayoral race between incumbent Johnny DuPree, a Democrat, and former Councilman Dave Ware, which wound up in court when Ware alleged fraud. In that case—Jones was one of DuPree’s attorneys during that trial—a judge called for a new election and Hosemann’s office and the U.S. Justice Department dispatched election monitors to the polls on Election Day. Now, “statewide officials who have beat the drum for election protection (are) asleep at the wheel,� Jones said. Fillingane, who also sits on the Senate Elections Committee, said he has received calls from constituents asking for legislative action but said no such hearings have been scheduled, yet. On the possibility of any new legislation, Blount offered a word of caution. “We need to make policy based on the future and not on one single close election,� he said. Comment at Email R.L. Nave at

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com that alleges the Cochran campaign used an African American pastor to pay black people $15 to vote. Cochran campaign officials told The Clarion-Ledger’s Geoff Pender that the claims are “baseless and false,� and the pastor has since backtracked to say that an individual approached him about paying for votes, but stopped short of saying that any titfor-tat actually took place. In response, the McDaniel campaign announced that it would offer $1,000 rewards for information leading to the arrest and conviction of anyone involved in the alleged scheme. Democrats, such as Brandon Jones, executive director of the Mississippi Democratic Trust, said top Republican officials’ rhetoric on voter ID does not align with their inaction on the fraud allegations oozing out of their own party primary. “They’re showing a lack of interest that make their claims about protecting the integrity of the vote ring hollow,� Jones, a former lawmaker from the Mississippi Gulf Coast, told the Jackson Free Press.


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Sex Trafficking: Close to Home by Anna Wolfe

dedicated to end human trafficking nationwide, awarded Mississippi a D grade for the amount of trafficking in the state. But since Mississippi Human Trafficking Act passed last year, the state’s grade has started improving.

rounding human trafficking. Sandy Middleton, executive director of the Pearl-based Center for Violence Prevention, said the center does not work with perpetrators and that sexual offenders are usually very difficult to rehabilitate.



ex trafficking isn’t just about men abusing women in other parts of the world. That’s why the screening tour for a documentary that explores the issue of sex trafficking in Malawi, Africa, is called the “Close to Home” tour. “This injustice is actually closer to us, it’s closer to home for each of us than just happening inside of our own countries or communities,” said David Peterka, the founder and executive director of the Christian non-profit When the Saints, which produced the documentary of the same time. Every two minutes a girl of the average age of 13 is trafficked for the purpose of sexual exploitation, and only 1 percent of those victims are ever rescued. When the Saints, a Missouri-based ministry, hopes to help end sexual exploitation around the world not just by educating and rescuing victims and mentoring perpetrators, but by sharing the gospel with all people. Sex trafficking in Mississippi and other states often consists of an older person preying on young people, targeting those who may need affection and luring them in with promises. Often, perpetrators hang out in places like parks or malls where they can easily find young people to target. The When the Saints team traveled to Jackson July 14-16 to show its documentary at We Will Go Ministries on July 15. One misconception When the Saints hopes to address is that sex trafficking is a developing-world problem. Although the team focused its efforts during this project on the rampant sexual exploitation occurring in Malawi, they do not ignore the 14,500 to 17,500 people trafficked into the U.S. each year. Sharedhope International, a group

David Peterka, founder and executive director of the St. Louis-based nonprofit When the Saints, visited Jackson this week for the screening of a documentary about sex trafficking in Malawi. Despite the scope of the problem in Africa and around the world, Peterka stresses that sex trafficking is not limited to developing nations. It’s right here

Still, while Mississippi legislators passed the bill to take effect in July 2013 to increase penalties for human traffickers and make prosecuting offenders easier, law enforcement training academy instructor Ron Crew said he hasn’t seen improvement for trafficking victims in Mississippi. “It’s a victim-based crime. Unless there’s a support system already in place for the victims, then they’re just kind of left out to dry,” Crew said. Crew points to little or no funding for victims although there has been a positive uptick in community awareness sur-

“We do successfully work with victims who have been sexually assaulted, so really that’s our realm of expertise is working with the victims,” Middleton said. When the Saints hopes to teach the hard lesson that “no matter how justified we feel in our hatred” of those who sexually exploit young people, Peterka said, it is compassion for those perpetrators that will solve the larger problem. While the nonprofit works to rescue girls who faced sexual abuse, they also see the importance in counseling men with sexual addiction. “The only true solution in eradicating sexual abuse at its root is with the

men, and the men, we believe, are enslaved themselves,” Peterka said. Peterka believes every interaction a person has with the opposite sex plays a role in the status of sexual exploitation in the world, and that curbing sexual immorality is one important solution to the problem. “What happens in our heart is no different from what happens externally, so by looking at someone lustfully, it’s kind of like looking at someone in terms of, ‘How can I take something from this person to make myself feel better?’” Peterka said. “That is actually exploiting them.” The nonprofit is showing the team’s documentary, also called When the Saints, at 60 locations, mostly churches, in 20 states across the nation. “We definitely believe that this is a message that can meet anyone where they are, whether they are a believer or not,” Peterka said, adding that he envisions the movement starting first within the church, then moving out into wider communities. When the Saints ultimately offers that sexual exploitation across the world affects everyone and those who are free from sexual immorality themselves are most equipped to help victims and end the cycle of abuse. “We’re fighting for what we think freedom is—which we think is just this physical way to bring them out of their position, but we may not even have freedom in our own hearts because we’re abusing and exploiting those around us on a daily basis. We can’t offer freedom to someone if we don’t have it ourselves,” Peterka said. If you or someone you know is a victim of human trafficking, call the Mississippi Attorney General human trafficking coordinator at 1-800-829-6766. Comment at


July 16 - 22, 2014

by Anna Wolfe


Pete Perry, the Hinds County Republican chairman, said claims from state Sen. Chris McDaniel’s campaign that county leaders improperly conducted the June 24 Republican primary runoff are baseless. “I’m pleased to report this election was run about as smoothly as any I’ve seen in a long time,” Perry said Tuesday. McDaniel wants to prove that people who voted in the June 3 Democratic

primary illegally voted in the June 24 Republican runoff won by incumbent U.S. Sen Thad Cochran. Cochran finished with a 7,667-vote margin of victory, according to results certified last week. While McDaniel’s campaign attorney Mitch Tyner said last week he expected to find more ineligible votes than the difference of votes between candidates, Perry said both campaigns only found roughly 350 illegal votes.

McDaniel’s campaign was given full access to any materials they requested, Perry said. Examination included inspection of the poll books, absentee ballots—of which 850 were accepted—and affidavit ballots. Perry said neither campaign noted discrepancies in affidavit ballots, and fewer than one dozen envelopes of absentee ballots came into question as to whether they met technical require-

ments. They did, however, discover 11 ballots left inside envelopes that were not counted. “These ballots should have been included in the certified totals, but due to error, were not. Ten of those voters cast their vote for Thad Cochran, and one for Chris McDaniel,” Perry said. McDaniel campaign representatives could not be reached by press time Tuesday afternoon.

KiOR on the Block? by R.L. Nave


ully cashing in on the green energy revolution continues to elude Mississippi as a company that state officials, including former Gov. Haley Barbour, helped fund with state money, is now considering putting itself up for sale. On July 9, in a filing with the Security and Exchange Commission, Pasadena, Texas-based KiOR said it retained Guggenheim Securities, LLC to “assist the company in reviewing and evaluating various financing, transactional and strategic alternatives, including a possible merger, restructuring or sale” of the four-year-old company.

U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack (left) meets with KiOR CEO Fred Cannon at a 2013 biofuels conference.

Barbour announced KiOR picked Columbus to locate its first three production facilities, after calling a special legislative session to authorize an economic-incentive package for the company, which promises to make a crude oil from woody biomass. A second plant had been planned for Natchez, but was shelved. KiOR’s $225 million Mississippi plant has struggled in recent years as it faced challenges to scaling up to commercial distribution. Earlier filings with SEC show that KiOR has debts totaling $280 million, which includes a $69.4 million loan from Mississippi taxpayers. The loan, which state lawmakers approved in 2008 and then-Gov. Barbour pushed, along with several other energy initiatives, was for $75 million but did not charge interest. On June 18, KiOR laid off 18 people at its Columbus facility, prompting a new round of scrutiny. “Given the company’s limited cash flow, we do anticipate additional layoffs as we finish getting the Columbus plant in a 100 percent safe, idled state,” company officials said in a statement in midJune. “This will occur as required over the next one to two months.” As KiOR’s troubles have mounted and threatened to throw the company into bankruptcy, some of the company’s executives have continued to see their wages climb. Fred Cannon, the company’s chief

executive officer since July 2010, has seen his compensation increase from $4.2 million in 2011 to $6.6 million in 2013, mostly through stock awards. John Kasbaum, senior vice president, received $1.2 million in total compensation in 2013 compared $628,548 two years earlier. The company now faces an SEC investigation and two class-action lawsuits in Texas that allege it made false and misleading statements about profitability and progress in ramping up operations. “Specifically, despite constant setbacks, mechanical and design problems, and missed milestones, Defendants continued to falsely reassure investors that the Company remained on track to achieve commercially meaningful biofuel production levels at the Columbus Facility during the timeframes promised,” the complaints states. The company had estimated to produce sales of 500,000 to 1 million gallons of synthetic crude before the end of 2012. For this to occur, KiOR needed to produce more than 9,400 gallons of product per day every day over the course of the following 53 (days). A bright spot came in March 2014 when KiOR shipped its first batch of cellulosic biofuel, which prompted Condoleezza Rice, former U.S. secretary of state and then-KiOR board member, to say the company “is changing the American energy equation by innovating and commercializing an entirely new generation of hydrocarbon-based diesel and gasoline fuel.” KiOR is the latest failure in the state’s mixed bag of experiences with clean-tech industries. A year after Barbour sold Mississippi on KiOR, he announced incentive packages for California-based Calisolar, a silicon manufacturing plant to Columbus and HCL CleanTech to Olive Branch. CleanTech also planned to open a commercial facility and a research-and-development center in Grenada and three large-scale commercial plants in Booneville, Hattiesburg and Natchez. CleanTech converts biomass materials to biofuels. The new developments would bring a total of 1,800 jobs to the state and relied on another $75 million loan from MDA. “Calisolar and HCL CleanTech are examples of how Mississippi has become a top site for high-tech, high-skilled manufacturing,” Barbour said at the time. “I hope the special session will be short and productive as we continue the business of creating new, higher-paying jobs for Mississippians.” Calisolar, which makes silicon used in solar panels, ran into trouble as prices for solar arrays fell and had to layoff workers at its Sunnyvale, Calf.. plant and shelve plans for a $600 million expansion into Mississippi. Comment at Email R.L. Nave at

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it back for a moment and think back to the long gone days of 2011. That was the year many of us were either working to ensure Initiative 26 (better known as the personhood amendment) didn’t pass, or we were concerned about its passage. One thing I really remember is when anti-personhood people (like me) said that fetal personhood could and would lead to the banning of certain forms of contraception like IUDs and the morning-after pill commonly known as “Plan B,� personhood supporters would say, “no, no we only want to make abortion illegal.� In their post-game analysis, they said Mississippi voters would have supported the measure if only they hadn’t been lied to and misdirected with the “birth control issue� by outside groups. Yes, “the birth control issue.� Because, remember ladies, none of the people who believe in fetal personhood are trying to take away access to birth control. That is just crazy talk. It’s a lie told to defeat personhood. Fast forward. It’s 2014, and Hobby Lobby—along with several other companies like Eden Foods, which packages and sells organic foods—sue so they don’t have to participate in the government mandate to cover some, if not all, contraception. This is where I want point out even the Catholic nuns fighting to not cover birth control aren’t fighting not to cover vasectomies, which the Catholic church also bans. Nope, it’s all about the lady bits, and it’s all about fetal personhood. Why? The foundation of Hobby Lobby’s case was that pregnancy happens at the moment of fertilization, not implantation. At the moment the egg is fertilized, it becomes a person, they say. Of course, that’s not how pregnancy works in biology. You can’t go to your doctor and say, “Hey, I think one of my eggs is fertilized, and now I’m pregnant.� (In fact, if it worked that way, in-vitro fertilization would be so much simpler for people.) Without a belief in fetal personhood, there can be no “deeply held religious belief� that Plan B, Ella, Paraguard IUD and Mirena IUD cause abortions by preventing implantation. The ruling is based on the premise that companies have the rights of people. Thank you, Citizens United! Who knew that ruling would impact lady bits, right? Now legally a “person,� the company can assert it has religious liberties that must be protected. How convenient that right after Obamacare became law, Hobby Lobby suddenly had a revelation that the Plan B their health-insurance plan provided before Obamacare was now causing abortions. When the U.S. Supreme Court decided that Hobby Lobby’s beliefs trumped scientific fact, that’s a problem. It’s also troubling when the “eggs are people� standard intersects with a desire to take down any plan by our president. When all of it is justified using corporate personhood and religious freedom, we should all be very alarmed.

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Why it stinks: The jury is still out on whether All Citizens for Mississippi, which Crudup helped start, is in compliance with all relevant federal election and campaign laws. As of press time, the super PAC hasn’t filed spending activity reports as required by the Federal Election Commission, and which is vital to transparent elections. In addition, the relationship between Crudup, his tax-exempt church and the political activities of his PAC remain murky.

Don’t Miss Chance to Fix PAC Problem


he Jackson Free Press doesn’t often say, “we told you so,� even if we did. But after the news cycle of the last week, in which unreported PAC activity in the U.S. Senate race has made national news, it’s hard to resist. We have been reporting on problems with political action committees for years—from former Gov. Haley Barbour’s involvement with nursing home PACs a decade ago to the shadowy groups that fund Jackson mayoral candidates while ignoring laws that require timely and full reporting of both donors and expenditures. Some people might think the JFP is just being a pain when we harp on these PAC issues—but the news cycle surrounding Bishop Ronnie Crudup’s All Citizens for Mississippi PAC proves exactly why it matters so much. Crudup says he raised $200,000 to help Republican U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran. His PAC ran print and broadcast ads in support of Cochran and strongly implied that Chris McDaniel was a racist. That’s not actually the part we’re concerned about: Whether or not Sen. McDaniel has a race problem is a question for another day. The problem is that the same hubris that infects almost every election we cover locally about not needing to tell voters who is behind the PACs, and thus paying for the ads, seemed to be present in this PAC, which both registered with the FEC late in the game and, to date, has not provided a list of expenditures it made, even though federal

law required that they be reported before the runoff election in 24-hour reports. Voters, thus, cannot judge for themselves why the PAC is supporting a candidate, or who is funding it and benefitting from it. For instance, the JFP exposed years back that the Better Jackson PAC, which ran scary crime ads about Jackson in support of then-candidate Marshand Crisler, was actually funded by supporters and architects of the controversial Two Lakes project. It wasn’t about crime. In this year’s mayoral election, Citizens for Decency rebroadcast videos that then-candidate Tony Yarber had posted on YouTube, but without filing any reports to show who was behind the effort. When PACs don’t reveal themselves, we can’t know why they’re supporting a candidate. And even more scary, we suspect strongly that one party may pass money through a serious of PACs and political strategists in order to keep voters of the other party from knowing that candidate could be beholden to them. One national commentator called this the “PAC daisy chain,� and it should scare all of us. We doubt seriously that McDaniel will overturn this primary result. Regardless, it is incumbent on all of us to demand that PACs and other political operatives operate in the open. We must hold them accountable and demand that state and federal officials do the same. It’s not voter ID that endangers Mississippi election integrity; it is the money and how hard some folks work to keep it hidden.

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eople offer apologies when they are truly sorrowful about actions or feelings that they have created in another individual (or likely to themselves). So, when I am asked why I often speak about my abuser and why I don’t take his “feelings� into account, I cannot fathom any form of reaction and certainly no apology. I’m not apologetic. While I certainly understand that those who know him and love him don’t want to be reminded of how vilely he treated me, I simply can’t silence my voice to make them comfortable. I can’t sacrifice my purpose—the very reason why this happened to me in the first place—just so that they don’t have to face the fact that the man they hold in high regard once lived a demonic existence. Face it. It happened, and it happened to me. As a result, I have to live with the repercussions of being a victim. I was a victim of constant abuse—verbal, mental and physical. I was a victim, like many, who loved a man with all my whole self who didn’t love himself. We were so caught up in the love we made up that we never stopped to realize that neither of us truly understood love. We were incapable of loving ourselves and thus, could not begin to offer true love to anyone else. He was broken. He was hurt and abused himself. He was ignorant. He had no idea that he was not whole. I was far from whole myself. Certainly, a person who is whole would not have endured years of abuse just because a person says he loved me. For that, I accept accountability. For that, I do not blame my abuser. For that, I blame myself. I have been told by domesticviolence victims that I should not blame myself or consider that I asked for it in any fashion. I don’t believe I asked for it, but it doesn’t mean that I have to close my eyes to the reality that had I been in a place of self-love, I would have been equipped enough to walk away. Asking me to think of him and who he is today isn’t fair to me. Honestly, I hope that he is better. I hope that he has forgiven himself and found a way

to push through the hurt that any rational-minded human being would feel after creating such devastation in another person’s life. But my journey does not tie into his anymore. My path does not exist because of him any longer. The point in which our connection crossed is way behind me; however, the hurt and pain it created has become a part of who I am. Don’t ask me to forget that. To do so would be to forget who I am, and it would mean ignoring my very reason for living. I fully embrace the fact that I was meant to be beaten and called every horrific name a woman can be called. I am certain that I was supposed to be humiliated and embarrassed. I am confident that I was meant to doubt love and life at some point. Otherwise, its truest treasure would be lost on me. I would not be able to touch the lives I bump into. I would never be able to sing songs of pain and recovery. These songs burn holes in women who find themselves in the same pain, the same struggle, the same confusion that once plagued me. I would never be able to look in the mirror at the scar over my right brow where my head went through the windshield of the car driven by the man who thought he could drive and punch me at the same time. That scar is a constant reminder that although at one time in my life I was a victim, I am now a soldier. I am an advocate for self-love, self-awareness and self-pride. In order to get that type of understanding of life, one must first learn the balance of not having it. I’m not sorry that it hurts you to know that this man caused my life this much pain. You should know it. You should revel in knowing it. You should acknowledge that no one is perfect. Everyone makes mistakes. Sometimes one man’s mistake is another person’s power. He may have stolen all that I had in my heart at one time. I took it back and much more. I turned his hurt into my strength. I turned his brokenness into my voice. I turned his anger into my ammunition. I will never apologize for it, but I am thankful. Funmi “Queen� Franklin is a word lover, poet and advocate for sisterhood.

The hurt and pain it created has become a part of who I am.


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JFP CHICK BALL 10 Years of Stopping Abuse by Donna Ladd


hen I first came up with the idea of doing the JFP Chick Ball a decade ago, I was thinking about several things at once—how dangerous Mississippi always had been for women; why there weren’t more local “girl bands”; how could we get more young people involved in philanthropy; why so many fundraisers were so dadgum boring and corporaty feeling. Not to mention, how we could really celebrate strong, loud women who are looking after themselves and demanding respect. Not to mention, I’d taken back the word “chick” a long time back. It’s one of those words I just love; in fact, a windup furry chick stares at me from the top of my desk lamp as I type this. There’s much to be said for taking a word used to belittle and turning it into something powerful and sassy and, yes, maybe even a little bossy. First, I asked my then-new friends at Hal & Mal’s if we could have it there without really paying anything. They said yes, as they have about everything else I’ve ever asked them, especially if it has to do with making the world better. I asked someone—an intern, maybe?—to find me a domestic-violence shelter in the phone book to give the money to. I put together a small committee, and started asking female musical acts to perform. We asked businesses and artists to give what they could for the silent auction. It just exploded from there. And women started showing up in droves, dressed in feathers and sequins and lace and denim. In the early years, men would shyly ask, “Can I come, too?” I’d look at them with one eyebrow raised saying: “Damn straight. It’s a ball full of beautiful women. Where else you going to be?” They figured it out quickly. After a couple of years, the Center for Violence Prevention started helping us plan the event, line up sponsors and much more. We started targeting the money each year to a particular related cause: a new “Freedom van” (a minivan to help families escape harm and mamas get to job interviews); legal funds to help keep abusers at bay; a (successful!);

programs to help train law enforcement to better deal with domestic calls; an initiative to stop sex trafficking in Mississippi; and an effort to curb sexual assault and to raise awareness about how prevalent it is, including of children. Through this decade, our emphasis has grown beyond helping victims into stopping the cycle that allows and creates the abuse. One of my favorite effects of the JFP Chick Ball was seeding the area’s first batterer’s intervention program to help abusers stop abusing. This program can actually save an abuser’s life; and considering that abuse begets abuse, this is a huge step in stopping the cycle. Most touching to me has been all the calls, emails, letters, Facebook messages and tweets I’ve gotten over the years from victims who want to share their story with me. Or, a young woman walking up to me and Sandy Middleton after we give a talk and asking for help. Or my high-school friend I haven’t seen in 20 years writing me for help getting away from her abusive husband and being able to send her to Sandy. Or, being called to a closed restaurant one morning with about 10 other women to figure out how to save a woman’s life whose partner, who had shot her when she tried to leave, was about to get out on bond. Or, a young hip-hop DJ showing up as we were decorating Hal & Mal’s asking me what, anything he could do, with tears in his eyes. The JFP Chick Ball matters to people who don’t usually get asked to help with fundraisers. It gets everyone involved. It raises awareness. It gives a way to talk about abuse, even as it’s one of the best and most stylish parties in town. I’m proud to have birthed the Chick Ball. I’m proud of every person who comes to our office to drop off an item for the huge (and funky) silent auction, which provides the bulk of our funds each year. I’m proud of every performer, every restaurant, every local business, every survivor, every staffer, every intern, every person who has decided that we’re going to stop all this interpersonal violence in our state, damn it. Jackson, I’m proud of you. See you Saturday night.

JFP Chick Ball Line-up 6 p.m. - Silent Auction opens/Welcome 6:10 p.m. - 7 p.m. - Apache Rose Peacock 7 p.m. - Door Prizes 7:10 p.m. - 7:50 p.m. - Pam Confer 7:50 p.m. - Door Prizes 8 p.m - Best Dressed Awards 8:05 p.m. - 8:40 p.m. - 10th Anniversary Chicks We Love/Chick Ball Hero Awards: Prevent, Protect, Empower 8:45 p.m. - Pam Junior, spoken word 8:55 p.m. - Door Prizes 9 p.m. - 9:50 p.m. - St. Brigid 9:30 p.m. - Silent auction closes 9:50 p.m. - Silent Auction Pick-up Announcement 10 p.m. - Silent Auction Pick-up starts 10 p.m. - Victoria Cross and The Formula 11 p.m. - Event Concludes

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amela D.C. Junior was 15 years old when a teacher at Jim Hill High School approached her and said, “You need to use this voice of yours.” At the time, Junior felt too shy to display her talent. When she was in her early 40s, Junior began to combine her talent for spoken word and her desire to help others through her work as a motivational speaker and the manager of the Smith Robertson Museum and Cultural Center in down-

town Jackson. “I think that it is God-given, this talent that I have,” Junior says. A victim of psychological and physical domestic abuse, Junior says she talks about diversity and self-awareness in her works, as well as historical issues including the African American diaspora. Junior’s goal to help women become more confident and empowered makes her a perfect choice to perform spoken word at this year’s JFP Chick Ball.

1. Combat domestic abuse and interpersonal violence in Mississippi with education, engagement, empowerment. 2. Highlight female musicians and bands; all performances must have a prominent woman as part of it. 3. Give younger people (starting at age 18) and those of various income brackets an entry point to philanthropy with a quirky, diverse, fun event. 4. Give locally owned businesses and artists a chance to show off their wares and be socially entrepreneurial by helping with such a vital cause in the area. 5. Use proceeds to benefit a domestic-abuse organization in the Jackson metro that is working for systemic change.

Using Her Voice by Mary Kate McGowan


Heroes of the Year EMPOWER

Sarah Reynolds by Carmen Cristo


July 16 - 22, 2014

‘Pretty Belligerent’ The attack happened Thursday, May 28, 2009, after five years of dating. He had been on a trip for several days and came to her home to see her after she returned from dinner with friends. He had been drinking but didn’t appear to be drunk. “I was just trying to make small talk, and he became pretty belligerent,” she says. Reynolds, who had a new job and a particularly busy day planned for Friday, asked her boyfriend to go home, and that’s when he came at her. His abusive behavior shocked her, but in retrospect, she can see the warning signs. “He had a very controlling personality, looking back,” she says. “Controlling, very needy at one time, raging (in) anger toward (his) business, and it was never really aimed at me until I told him he needed to leave. It’s like it flipped a switch in his brain like, ‘No, you’re not going to tell me what to do.’” She faintly remembers two previous encounters with this side of her boyfriend, both driven by jealousy or issues of pride, which she calls his “triggers.” The events were short and much less severe. “You do overlook things. You get in a rut where you say, ‘This is how life is supposed to be,’” she says.


‘He hit me. He hit me’ When Reynolds regained consciousness, he was gone. In a later affidavit, he said that he picked up his things and left. She immediately called her twin sister in Houston, who urged her to call police. “Nothing was making sense,” she says. “I didn’t understand, except I kept telling my sister: ‘He hit me. He hit me.” Reynolds spent the night in the emergency room being

treated for her injuries and slept most of the next day. She received an email from him that said, “I’m sorry if I hurt you last night, but you brought this on to yourself.” On Friday, when the police arrived, she asked them to take photos of her injuries. They were not equipped with a camera or able to use their phone cameras, so her friend snapped a picture of her battered face and swollen-shut eye. A kind neighbor, an attorney, drove her to town the following Monday to obtain the first temporary protective order, which her abuser did not honor. The Chancery Court eventually offered her a more permanent restraining order. Soon after, police arrested and jailed him for simple assault, but the nightmare had only begun. “When he got out, he lawyered up, and he filed domestic-abuse charges against me and had me arrested in my place of business. That’s just MELANIE THORTIS

didn’t make it. I didn’t make it. I didn’t get away.” That’s the last thing Sarah Reynolds remembers thinking before her boyfriend began slamming her head against the floor repeatedly. He had finally removed the piece of furniture that he had pinned her down with. “He just started screaming the most ugly, vile things a man can say to a woman,” she recalls. She knew it was her only chance to get out, so she crawled toward the back door. “He’s screaming at me, but the sound’s kind of foggy. It’s so surreal,” she says. She didn’t make it, didn’t get out, didn’t escape the abuse. And thanks to Mississippi’s legal system, five years later, she still hasn’t. Reynolds doesn’t fit the stereotype that many people associate with domestic-violence victims. “I’m the typical northeast Jackson person,” she says. “I could be anyone’s sister, aunt, mother, daughter.” The Waco, Texas, native earned a degree in interior design from Baylor University, where she met her former husband of 10 years, who was in medical school at the time. The couple moved to Jackson 22 years ago. They had been divorced for about two years when Reynolds met her boyfriend. Her abuser doesn’t fit the bill, either—she describes him as a “charismatic, good-looking man.” Reynolds was participating in a charity event when he won a date with her as part of an auction. “He sent a business colleague to bid on me,” Reynolds says. He had seen her before and knew who she was.

Domestic violence victim Sarah Reynolds uses her experiences to educate others in similar situations and to push state officials to make a change.

another form of abuse that the system allows,” she says. “(Prosecutors) were representing him, but they kept telling me ‘There’s no charges; you’re not going to be charged with this; please don’t worry about it,’ and I said, ‘But it is worrying me because it’s one more thing around my neck, one more abuse that I’m having to endure.” ‘To Shut Me Up’ Reynolds appeared in Jackson Municipal Court numerous times until the case finally went to District Attorney Robert Shuler Smith, who warned her that Jackson’s track record of prosecuting abusive men was less than promising. “I’ve been assigned to two different assistant district attorneys since the time it’s been there. I have been ‘bumped’… for murderers or more vile offenders,” she says. “They’re giving me a direct signal that ‘If you had died, or if you were in a coma, you’d be more important to us.’”

The grand jury handed down a conviction of felony assault, which is where the case currently stands. “That night, when he attacked me and assaulted me, his main objective was to shut me up, to silence me,” Reynolds says. “And he did not accomplish that. I’m here today, I want attention drawn to domestic violence, and I am not going to shut up.” She has received counsel from numerous attorneys to not talk about her situation, but she claims that she has nothing left to lose and is tired of protecting her abuser and the Mississippi legal system. A part-time Pilates instructor, Reynolds focuses her energy on helping others, especially women who have suffered domestic abuse. “I truly feel like, as horrible as the attack was, it has brought so many good people in my life that I never would have known,” she says. “God has given me ... my voice to help other victims.” Much of her work centers on educating the community and pushing for legislation that benefits victims. “Being a victim, you feel ashamed,” she says. “You hear so many times, ‘Well, why didn’t you just leave?’ and that either shows the other person’s ignorance or a lack of education of what domestic violence is.” Last year, Reynolds served on Gov. Phil Bryant’s Task Force on Domestic Violence, which pushed for House Bill 1030, creating the Office Against Interpersonal Violence. She serves on the advisory board for the office. “I don’t plan on stopping talking about domestic violence,” she says. ‘Those Are My Heroes’ No task is too small for Reynolds, though. She is happy to be able to empower even one woman to have the courage to walk away from abuse. “I know how painful, how scary it is, but those women that do it—leave with nothing on their back, just holding their baby and walking out the door— those are my heroes,” she says. Reynolds plans to help educate those in abusive situations to take the first step toward recovery and to show these women that “they’re never alone.” Part of what motivates her to advocate for the protection of abused women is remembering the people who sat through trials with her, providing the comfort of having someone in her corner. Reynolds believes the entire legal system needs to be educated about dealing with domestic violence cases. “There is a face; there is a life behind the name on that file,” she says. It starts with training police officers to do things like take photos of injuries, among other simple steps to make the process both more efficient and compassionate. She is hopeful that the task force will push Mississippi in a positive direction on issues such as sexual abuse, human trafficking and other person-on-person violence. As for her attacker, he still hasn’t faced any repercussions. “He’s walking around—barely got a slap on the wrist,” she says. He is a member of the gym where she works and frequently violates the protective order, an issue that the legal system don’t see as big enough to address, she says. “This is my life. There are still stores I can’t even go into because I have anxiety attacks, because he’s approached me. There are restaurants I can’t go into,” Reynolds says. What she really wants is closure, “to lock the door, not just close it.”

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Sen. Sally Doty by Mary Kate McGowan



n the spring of 1986, a young Mississippi University for Women sophomore was in the upstairs sitting area of the Mississippi Senate gallery looking down on the floor, where she only saw men. “I remember—as a 19-year-old at this time—thinking: ‘That is not right. That is not representative of me or ... many other people in state,’ and thinking (that) I would want to be a part of that one day,” Mississippi state Sen. Sally Doty says. Doty, now 48, was a student then fighting to keep MUW open through lobbying efforts. She now serves in the State Senate representing District 39—Simpson, Lincoln and Lawrence counties—as a Republican. Doty, a Brookhaven native, graduated from MUW in 1988 with a bachelor’s degree in business and after graduating from Mississippi College School of Law in 1991, she went on to practice and teach law in the Jackson area. But serving in the Mississippi Legislature was never too far from her mind. “It is one of those things that had been in the back of my mind for a long time, and I kind of put it aside with family and career,” Doty says. Before being elected in 2011, Doty was a stay-athome mom for her three children, Ellen, now 19, Sarah, 16, and Ben, 14. “I did everything in town. I was the Girl Scout leader, the PTA president. I did all of those things,” she says. When she heard that the District 39 seat was open, she immediately knew she had to give it a try.

Sen. Sally Doty made her mark on domestic violence in the state when she helped pass House Bill 1030, which created the Office of Interpersonal Violence and allocated more funds to shelters and supporters.

“I thought, ‘This is my opportunity.’ It really fell in the right time in my life,” Doty says. She won the election and took office in 2012, but Doty was already actively trying to become a part of the state’s government even before her first session. “I was looking for more ways to get involved, and I think that maybe now that with a little bit of time, grade and experience you realize how much work has to be done,” she says. While attending a luncheon with new legislators and Gov. Phil Bryant before she took office, she became

interested in serving on the governor’s new teen-pregnancy task force. That day, she pulled aside one of the governor’s aides and said she wanted to serve on it. During her first year in office, she became a part of the task force. In June, Doty spearheaded the successful Senate Bill 2563, which requires two- and four-year colleges to develop a plan to address teen pregnancy. Doty said 70 percent of teen pregnancies are between the ages of 18 and 19. She has also taken a leadership role to pass domesticabuse and human-trafficking legislation. Sandy Middleton, executive director of the Center for Violence Prevention, said Doty was the point person for House Bill 1030, which created the Office Against Interpersonal Violence. The office addresses sexual assault, sex trafficking and other domestic-violence issues. The bill also adjusted the way money was distributed, with more going to shelters and supporters. Doty also serves as the vice chairwoman for the Senate Judiciary A and Public Property Committees, as well as the secretary for the Finance Committee. She is a member of the Drug Policy, Judiciary B, Economic Development and Business and Financial Institutions committees. “I enjoy being that person and getting to do that,” she says. She will run for the District 39 seat again this election year, and she says it is a privilege to serve but also very busy. “Every day when I park in my parking place and walk up to the Capitol, which is such a grand building … it really gives me a sense of how important it is to be there,” Doty says.


Mississippi Law Enforcement Officers Training Academy by Carmen Cristo

Members of the Mississippi Law Enforcement Officers Training Academy include (front row, left to right) Mike Adcox, Ray Prouty, Joe Jackson,Thomas Tuggle, Brian Buckley, Patrick Wall, Neil Tadlock, (back row, left to right) Dan Rawlson, Phillip Hemphill, Ron Crew and Pat Cronin.

and make appropriate arrests. Those signs include noticing that someone never leaves the house alone, is always looking down or seems suddenly different in their behavior, and shows any signs of battering on his or her body. As for the unfamiliar territory of human trafficking, the academy offered three different seminars last fall. Crew’s efforts in educating future officers about domestic violence and investigating sex trafficking in Mississippi earned him a spot on the Center for Violence Prevention’s advisory board earlier this year. Crew gives much of the credit for the academy’s progress to the state attorney general’s office, which sends staff to educate the trainees to deal with cases that involve interpersonal violence. Increasing this training, Crew says, is vital to the safety of citizens and officers. “Domestic violence is one of the most dangerous calls officers can go on,” he says. The next step for the academy is establishing in-service training. “The initial training that they’re getting here at the academy is good, but there still needs to be in-service training that’s mandated manually to keep the officers up to date on statutes and trends, because everything changes. Continuing education would be one way.” The proactive nature of the center motivates Crew to take the same stance in his instruction. “The more the public



n the summer of 2013, Ron Crew, instructor and coordinator at the Mississippi Law Enforcement Officers Training Academy, went on a mission trip to Thailand, where his eyes were opened to the horrors of human trafficking. He returned home with a new awareness of interpersonal violence and a determination to prevent it in Mississippi. Through mutual friends, Crew met Sandy Middleton, and he and the Center for Violence Prevention “got their heads together” to improve officer training in areas of interpersonal violence. In July 2013, the human trafficking laws in the state were improved. “It was obvious we weren’t getting significant training,” Crew says. The MLEOTA was constructed in Pearl, in 1966 when the state Legislature enacted a law that made police training mandatory. With access to as many as 80 officers in training, the academy’s efficiency could be the difference between life or death for a victim. Crew says that for years, the attorney general’s office has been pushing for more in-depth officer training. The police academy had just expanded its training with the passing of House Bill 1030, which strengthened domestic violence laws, but Crew and other leaders wanted to do more. Recent changes to training involve practical skills. The officers in training role-play to learn how to “de-escalate, stay safe and keep people safe from each other,” Crew says. The students are also taught to look for warning signs

is made aware, the more intervention can happen and keep the violent act from happening,” he says. While interpersonal violence is not an issue that can be eliminated entirely, Crew believes that the extensive training 17 is making a difference in Mississippi.


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hile she was growing up in Pearl, Carrie Nash didn’t consider many options for her future. She always knew college was in her plan, but it was a high-school teacher who suggested medical school. Now 39, Dr. Nash practices osteopathic medicine at Baptist Medical Clinic of Brandon. The holistic path of osteopathic medicine, emphasizing preventative care, drew Nash toward her degree. She graduated from Millsaps College with a bachelor’s in science. She is the first in her immediate family to graduate from college. After working at a medical clinic for six years, Nash took the non-traditional route and attended Kansas City University of Medical and Biological Sciences, graduating in 2005. “I feel like medicine is my calling in life, and that’s exactly what I set out to do,” Nash says. Nash sees patients of all ages, from

uring the summer of 1985, between her sophomore and junior year at Alcorn State University, Jennifer Riley-Collins joined the United States Army. “I quickly discovered I didn’t like the name Private Riley,” she says. To move up in rank, she joined Alcorn’s ROTC program the next fall. Now, she is a lieutenant colonel and has been a commissioned officer for 26 years, with tours of duty in Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom. Riley-Collins, now 48 and a W.K. Kellogg Foundation fellow from Mississippi, says she works “in defense of those who cannot defend themselves,” which aligns perfectly with her job as executive director of the American Civil Liberties Union of Mississippi. “The mission of the ACLU is to protect the Constitution, and the mission of the military is to protect the Constitution and the citizens of the United States,” Riley-Collins says. She also says her experiences as an intelligence officer that help her fight legal battles. “You learn to survey the battlefield,


Deirdra Harris Glover


eirdra Harris Glover is a passionate supporter of women’s rights and a lover of pop culture. Glover studied English and theater at Agnes Scott College in Georgia, an all-women’s school. She moved to Jackson 13 years ago, and now works for the Unitarian Universalist Church in Jackson as communications and public relations director. The 41-year-old says the church is “really about community and enjoying that natural spark that we all have within us.” A survivor of an abusive relationship, Glover has applied her skills in web design to volunteerism, helping with the Center for Violence Prevention’s website and social media. “I know what support my friends gave me, and I’ve been grateful to return the favor but not happy it happened,” she says. “I am grateful that I have nerded out enough about that experience to give to other people who need it.” Previously, Glover was a spokeswoman and public-affairs specialist for Volunteer Mississippi and served on the public-poli-

cy committee for Planned Parenthood in Mississippi. “It’s been really nice to see all these fierce women from so many different backgrounds come together and bear down upon the Senate and the House,” she says. “They are lionesses in heels.” Glover has also been involved in social-media campaigns for the JFP Chick Ball, Yoga for Nonviolence, the UU Church, and her latest project, Camp Mercury, an intergenerational summer camp. She also wants to make the comic-book community more accessible. “We’ve sort of learned to be insular and have our own language about things, and I hate that,” she says, “I want to hear what people have to say, and I want others to feel comfortable (saying), ‘I don’t know anything about comic books.’” Glover works with Jackson comicbook store Offbeat, hosting Graphic Content, its comic-book club. “I try to give back to all my communities, which means I’m very busy,” she says. “I don’t sleep much, but I’m very happy.” —Emma McNeel 19 COURTESY DEIRDRA HARRIS GLOVER

School and was an adjunct English instructor at JSU. In 1990, she became an assistant professor at Tougaloo College. Two years later, she became dean of the education department, and in 2004, she became provost and vice president of student affairs. In 2007, the Liberia Teacher Training Program chose Williams-Anderson in an effort to train the country’s rural teachers. WilliamsAnderson was a senior technical adviser and ran many teacher’s training programs, and she advised educators in Namibia and Ghana. She moved to Liberia in 2010 and then back to Mississippi in 2012. “I learned a lot about African American people by having lived there,” she says. The educator is a member of the National Coalition of 100 Black Women, the Federation of Democratic Women, Women for Progress, and Sisters Taking Action and Nurturing Decision Makers. “The key is to be open-minded and learn all you can. It’s a sad state of affairs when you are surrounded by people who don’t know more than you do,” she says. —Maya Miller TRIP BURNS

or Corrine Williams-Anderson, education is everything. The Yazoo City native has spent most of her life educating Mississippians on public policy and the Legislature, as well as teaching students from kindergarten to graduate school. The Mississippi chapter of the American Association of University Women recently appointed her as president. Williams-Anderson was the oldest of 14 children. When she was 15, her family relocated to Chicago. She has five children of her own and served as the Parent Teachers Association president for 26 years at DuBois Elementary School in Chicago. “I wanted to connect better with the teachers,” she says. “I wanted to be a voice for the mothers.” In 1982, she became the first person at Jackson State University to receive her doctorate, which was in early childhood education, and the first in her family to earn a college degree. Since then, Williams-Anderson taught at Boyd Elementary School and Copiah Lincoln Community College. She began a reading lab at Piney Woods Country Life



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so to speak, to see where you have access, what territory is a no go. You learn to (assess) your enemy. (I use) those things as I navigate policies and try to overcome institutional discrimination in the state of Mississippi,” Riley-Collins says. “I apply those skills on a daily basis.” She became executive director April 1, 2013, just after coming off active duty. Riley-Collins was born in Meridian in 1965, not too far from the home of Michael and Rita Schwerner. “I never knew that we were in peril in any way,” Riley-Collins says of her childhood. “My parents were both very hardworking people who just kept us safe.” She says she did not completely realize the impact of Freedom Summer on her hometown until she was a junior at Meridian High School in 1982, planning the school’s first prom since integration. A 1999 graduate of the Mississippi College School of Law, Riley-Collins is also a mother of three sons—Joseph, 24, Jonathan, 18, and Joshua, 15—and the grandmother of 6-year-old Travis Michael. —Mary Kate McGowan



infancy to old age. She treats each patient personally and make a difference in their lives. Nash says one of the hardest things about being a doctor is making sure that what she does for patients is in their best interest, not what just want they want from her. “Sometimes you have a patient that has high blood pressure, and you have to ask yourself, ‘Why is it so high?’ Sometimes they can’t afford their medicine, or maybe they just aren’t eating right,” she says. “Getting to know your patient as a person … is what osteopathy is about.” Nash uses her free time to give back to her community. She has volunteered at the Center for Violence Prevention since 2008, tending to the needs of patients who are usually uninsured and treating their minor medical issues, such as removing sutures or staples. “To see people change when we help them, that’s the best part,” she says. —Maya Miller


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oni Strickland McClain knows about “a woman’s touch.” McClain is president of McClain Lodge, an event venue in Brandon that she owns with her husband, Buddy McClain. McClain Lodge hosts events from weddings to fundraisers and Joni McClain oversees sales, marketing and helps plan events. McClain is a Jackson native and received a bachelor’s degree in marketing from the University of Southern Mississippi. At Southern Miss, she planned events for the cheerleading team. “I knew it was in my blood,” she says. She had a successful career in radio sales and also earned her real-estate broker’s license. McClain resigned from her position to open Event Works, solidifying her passion for event sales and planning. When she resigned from her job, many expressed doubts. “They thought I had lost my mind,” she says, but she succeeded. Over 10 years, McClain was responsible for all facets of events: invitations, set up, music, decorating and thank-you notes. She also met her future husband, Buddy McClain, through business connections, and they married at Luckett Lodge and purchased it five years later. “Women are great business people, because they can juggle a lot and handle adversity well,” she says. McClain is a perfect example of how a “woman’s touch” can also be a firm grip. —Mary Spooner



or 22 years, Investigator Freddie Singleton has fought to keep Jacksonians safe. Singleton is an officer and investigator for the Hinds County Sheriff’s Department and has duties, including offering protection to victims of domestic assault and serving protection orders. She also follows up with victims and educates them on their options for a safer life. A native of Copiah County, Singleton, 61, moved to Jackson in 1974. She made history by being the first African American female in the Hinds County Patrol Division. In June, the Hinds County District Attorney’s Office appointed her to work there as an investigator and special project liaison for the tri-county area. For Singleton, the hardest part of working with victims of domestic violence is keeping them safe. “I want them to know that they have choices they can make,” she says. “They have options out of the situation.” Singleton has spoken to numerous organizations such as Angel Wings Outreach Center and high schools such as Wingfield and Lanier. Sexting and cyberbullying are growing issues, and Singleton feels it’s her duty to inform young students of the dangers. “It’s humbling to be able to keep people informed of their choices and change the path that they’re on,” she says. —Maya Miler

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n 1982, Donna Sims, 56, was working as a manager and buyer for a Starkville. clothing store, but she wanted change. Her mother had a career in banking, and Sims wanted to do the same. So Sims called a friend who worked at Deposit Guaranty National Bank in the Jackson area. Sims, a Memphis native who moved to Starkville at age 2, began her banking career as a floating teller in the Jackson area. She quickly moved to a permanent job downtown. Over the years, Sims worked at different banks in various positions She became president of Madison County Bank Plus, which consists of 13 branches, in 2000. . “Whenever there would be a job opening that was a step up, I would apply for it and just work through different areas of the bank that way,” Sims says. A 1980 graduate of Mississippi State University, Sims has a degree in fashion merchandising. Sims is a board member at St. Dominic’s Hospital, Willowood Developmental Center, president of the Special Olympics in Mississippi board of directors, treasurer of Greater Jackson Chamber Partnership board of directors and a board member of the Girl Scouts of Greater Mississippi. “In giving like that, you’re able to see the good that you’re able to do and the difference you can make,” she says. —Mary Kate McGowan

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osalind Rawls divorced after 21 years and two children. “I basically had to discover who I was,” she said. What she found was a strong woman and a champion for Mississippi’s progress. The Laurel, Miss., native moved to Jackson when she was 3. She graduated from Forest Hill High School, and earned a bachelor’s degree from Belhaven University in business administration. In 2007, Rawls became the executive director of the Mississippi Democratic Party. In 2008, she became executive director for the Foundation for Education and Economic Development, a position she held until 2011. When the Mississippi Commission on the Status of Women became a state agency in 2012, the organization hired Rawls as its executive director, a position she still holds. “Our main thing is to improve the quality of life for women in the state, specifically in the areas of education, economics, health, race relations and political participation,” she says. Rawls hopes to see the first female governor of Mississippi in her lifetime. She knows Jackson needs improvement, but sees that as a positive. “To me, if we really have that much ground to make up, there are great opportunities for progress,” she says. —Carmen Cristo

Jocelyn Pritchett

State of Mississippi does not recognize the marriage. Though Webb supplied the eggs, she doesn’t have rights to the children because Pritchett carried them. When Pritchett heard

about SB2681, the state’s religious freedom bill, she knew she had to get involved. “A lot of times we just overlook discrimination, but when they tried to pass a bill to discriminate against my family, it wasn’t just me any more. I have children to protect, and I think that’s what woke me up,” she says. Pritchett worked with Mitchell Moore, owner of Campbell’s Bakery, to start “If You’re Buying, We’re Selling,” which provides window clings to businesses to proclaim they do not discriminate. She has organized rallies and meetings for LGBT rights, and she is involved with the Human

Rights Campaign, Project One America and the Victory Fund. Pritchett said she used to “fly under the radar,” but now she and her family are the “poster family” for HRC and LGBT rights in Mississippi. “You haven’t come out until you’ve come out onto the front page of The New York Times,” she says. “Honestly, I thought we’d have crosses burning in our front yard,” she says, “I keep waiting for the other shoe to drop. ... Something’s going to change, and it’s not going to be us anymore.” —Emma McNeel 21




ocelyn Pritchett is a business owner who fights for LGBT rights. After her father encouraged her to pursue civil engineering, the Eupora native received a master’s degree in city planning from Georgia Institute of Technology. After Pritchett had her first child in 2008, she opened Pritchett Engineering and Planning, which creates plans for transportation projects. One of her goals was to create a “flexible workplace for smart people who want to be in charge of their own time,” she says. Pritchett married her partner, Carla Webb, in Maine in September 2013, but the

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he Jackson Free Press has taken in donations from generous people all over our city and state. Artists, craftmakers and collectors have given to the JFP Chick Ball silent auction in order to help combat domestic abuse. While we’ve been thankful and blessed by every donation, we simply couldn’t fit everything within the pages of one issue. This sampling gives you just a glimpse of the great items that will be up for auction at the 10th Annual Chick Ball. The latest additions and other info are at

Wooden box w/ vinyl cover art, Kevin Harrington

Handmade paper artwork, Peru Paper

“Ice Cream” painting, Anthony DiFatta

Framed “Jackson” photo Trip Burns

Gold sconces, David Joseph

“Sunflower” painting, Anthony DiFatta

‘Water Towers” wooden printing, Josh Hailey

Takamine acoustic guitar, James Parker

Handmade “State Flower” print Handmade “U.S. Map” print Printed balloons Thimblepress

Blue stained pot Justin Archer Burch (Foundation for the Mid-South)

“Mona Maris” acrylic painting Jason Twiggy Lott

Handmade “Mississippi” cards, Peru Paper

Green stone earring set Teal circa. earring set “Keyhole” journal: In Motion Consulting & Coaching

“Giraffes” linoleum relief print, Stennis Ink


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Holiday baseball cap Holiday winter beanie Holiday fleece jacket Free race entry ticket Good Samaritan Center

White and gold bead necklace Jewelry by RJ

Necklace Golden Glam Boutique

“Wow” poetry Adream

“Thriftin’ Diva” shirt $25 N.U.T.S. gift card N.U.T.S. (Milsaps Avenue)

Four zoo passes Giraffe plush Jackson Zoo

Earrings Golden Glam Boutique

Jessica McClintock black dress Donna Ladd

“Heart” word art Nadine Moise

“Reach Up” painting Carolyn Bogart DeLeo

Earrings Golden Glam Boutique

Designer Dresses Katie Robert Dresses

Earrings Golden Glam Boutique

$50 Gift Card Cooler Beach Towel Renaissance at Colony Park

Chris Osborn prints – “Robert Johnson” and “Hendrix” The Yellow Scarf

Men’s ties Golden Glam Boutique

T-shirt Gift certificate for use of 2 songs in film or video “Nona Mae’s Wishes” CD Laurel Isbister Irby

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Pashmina & silk scarf Zoubir Tabout Antiques

“Locally Grown” T-shirt “10%off “Spree Card” Rainbow Co-Op

“That’s My Angel” painting Roz Roy

NOW Cookbooks Laurie Bertram Roberts

Bags of coffee, tea infuser, bag of tea,coffee mug,$60 gift card, “Modern Tradtional Expresso” shirt, travel mug Cups Espresso Café

“Smoking Woman” photograph William Patrick Butler

“I Love JXN” T-shirt “Jesus Don’t Care If You a Debutante” shirt Studio Chane

, Kerastase protective shampoo Kerastase Touche Finale polishing serum Kerastase Chroma Captive masque “We Don’t Discriminate” shirt $150 gift certificate William Wallace

“Tuscany II” painting Tammy Oliver Cook

Sunglasses, Custom Optical

African market basket Fair Trade Green

“Women in Windows” painting Susan Cox Davis

Yoga blanket $40 gift certificate StudiOm Yoga Bundle

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“The Cryptic Code ll” painting William Goodman/Fischer Gallery


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“Jazz” painting Tony Davenport

“Crowning of Miss Catfish,1999” David Rae Morris

Photo of a Middle Eastern Street Christina Cannon (One Blu Wall Gallery)

“Flowers” painting Brook Evans

“Pears” painting Stacy Ferrarro

“Sunny Path” Stacy Ferrarro

“Reflection” Stacy Ferrarro

“Running at Sunset” Stacy Ferrarro

“It’s Close” painting Ellen Langford

“Woman” Stacy Ferrarro

“Spires” Stacy Ferrarro

“Skulls” mosaic Teresa Haygood

“A Gift of Spring” Alvin Roland Lowe

“Abstract” Stacy Ferrarro

Angel Court gold cuff Treehouse Boutique

“Protect” tire art Fletch

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Beige dress Katie Robert

Guest passes,”Catfish” tote bag,”Dragonfly” mug MS Museum of Natural Science

“Blues at Home” photo H.C. Porter

“Natural Entanglements” Haley K. Silver

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“Waves” Stacy Ferrarro

Taboo Pole Party [1 hr., 5 guests], $150

“Ultimate Shave,” $45, Fondren Barbershop

Chair/Lap Dance Party [1 hr., 5 guests], $150

“Lunch for Two” gift certificate, $40 Downtown Basil’s

Private Session [1 hr., 2 people], $60

Sprint gift card, $20 Two Sisters Kitchen gift certificate, $25 Fondren Nails gift certificate, $25 ServPro Carpet Cleaning – Up to 500 sq. ft., $125 Airbrush tan, $38, Sun Gallery Tanning Level 3 tanning [one month], $75 “Cat” print Stacy Ferrarro

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harla Bechelder, 39, calls Mississippi her home. Born in Hattiesburg, she moved to Columbia and then to Clinton. She attended the University of Mississippi and earned a bachelor’s degree in social work. Bechelder returned to the Jackson area “with the ambition to save the world,” she says. When she lost a job, she found her interest in real estate. “I decided I wanted to be able to make a decent living, and be able to give back to the community and have time to do volunteer work,” Bechelder says. She has had an award-winning 13-year career since switching over. She considers her RE/MAX Children’s Miracle Network Award for her work with Blair E. Batson Children’s Hospital special. Bechelder was one of the founding members of Young Leaders in Philanthropy, part of United Way of the Capital Area, encouraging young volunteers to support United Way programs. Their signature project was Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library, which mails children a book each month. Bechelder also volunteers with local no-kill animal shelters and has three rescue dogs of her own. “I’m going to redirect my energy toward trying to figure out ways to change the hearts and minds of people in Mississippi to look at a dog or cat as more than a throw-away item,” she says. —Carmen Cristo



hannon Malone, 28, was born in south Jackson and grew up in Raymond. She attended Tougaloo College, and in her sophomore year, she went to Brown University in Rhode Island through a semester exchange program. After graduating from Tougaloo College in 2007, she volunteered at an orphanage in Honduras, developing a passion for social justice. She moved to Denver to join the National Civilian Community Corp, a branch of AmeriCorps, a nationwide community service program for 18- to 24-year-olds. Malone attended the University of Pennsylvania and obtained her master’s degree in nonprofit leadership. From 2013-2014, she worked for the Foundation for the Mid-South and was a part of the Jim Casey program, helping Mississippi fostered youth ages 16 to 24 transition into adulthood. A W.K. Kellogg Foundation fellow, Malone has decided to return to graduate school to study sociology with an emphasis on gender and race. As a survivor of domestic violence, Malone swants to help those who have gone through it—not only in Mississippi but internationally as well. “It’s been an amazing journey to go from victim to survivor to advocate, and I just want to help other girls and women to come down that same path,” Malone says. —Deja Harris





osaline McCoy is devoted to serving her city: Jackson. McCoy attended Mississippi State University, where she earned a bachelor’s degree in sociology, and went on to earn a master’s degree in communications from Mississippi College. In 2005, she began working at the Mississippi branch of Mothers Against Drunk Drivers as a programs specialist and victim-services director. She joined the Jackson Council of the Parent Teacher Association of Mississippi as a chaplain during the 2010-2011 school year, and the council elected her as president in May. The Jackson Council guides the district’s 66 schools with fundraising and creating environments for parents to take an active role in education. McCoy has led Girl Scout Troop 5441 for nine years. This year, 33 girls, aged 11 to 18, are learning leadership and development skills under McCoy’s guidance (including several at the JFP). Her daughter, Malaysia, 14, is also a part of the troop. She teaches Bible study at Progressive Middle Baptist Church and is active in her sorority. She and her husband, Marcus, lend a hand to special projects at the local Boys & Girls Club. “I believe that (change) is going to start with our young people. That is truly where my interests lie,” she says. —Jared Boyd

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ammy Bouchillon, senior marketing editor for Mississippi Blood Services, believes the need to give blood is more important than others may think. A donor herself, she wants others to try—at least once. “Most people don’t realize the need and don’t think it’s a big deal,” Bouchillon says. Bouchillon, 52, is a native of Columbus, Miss. After graduating from Mississippi State University in 1986 with a bachelor’s degree in communications, she moved to Jackson to work at Mississippi Blood Services. Bouchillon is in charge of going out in the community and getting people to donate blood, which often includes setting up blood drives throughout the state, often several a day. Getting to know the families whose lives she helped change inspires Bouchillon. She hosts the “Dates for Leukemia” fundraiser every year for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. This year’s 14th annual Dates for Leukemia gala will give people a chance to bid on “fantasy dates,” including cruises and trips to other states or countries. Bouchillon says that many people that she speaks to don’t know the importance of donating blood until a family member or themselves are faced with the need. Bouchillon stresses that donating blood can save a life. —Deja Harris

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July 16 - 22, 2014




ackson native Wendy Mahoney is passionate. As executive director of the Mississippi Coalition against Domestic Violence, she works non-stop to raise awareness about domestic violence and help its victims. Mahoney graduated from Tougaloo College in 1988 with a bachelor’s degree in psychology. She then attended Minnesota State University, Mankato (then named Mankato State University) and earned her master’s degree in rehabilitation counseling. She stayed in Minnesota until 2007, when she moved back to Mississippi.

After 23 years in the field of mental health working primarily with mentally ill teenagers, Mahoney decided to work even closer to home—domestic violence.

“I realized I’m a survivor, not of physical abuse, but emotional and psychological abuse. This is something I’ve lived myself,” she says. Her experience motivates her to spread the message that all domestic violence is detrimental. As executive director of MCDV, she works with the victims by providing resources to domestic-violence shelters. Mahoney is a support-group facilitator for family members with mentally ill relatives, a community volunteer and a certified applied suicide intervention-skills trainer.

She runs her consulting firm, Divine Strategies Consulting, writing contracts, business plans and grants, and leading workshops on mental health issues. Mahoney loves to participate at her church, Kingdom Kabod Outpour Center. She is a mother of two daughters, Courtney and Jordan, and grandmother to 2-year-old Paris. “I know what it’s like to feel like you’re dying, suffocating on the inside,” Mahoney says. “I now want to give victims hope and provide them with resources.” —Bria Paige

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July 16 - 22, 2014


emphis native Pam Confer ceived awards for her music. In 2012 and has found a happy medium 2013, voters named her the Best Local Jazz between work and music with Artist in the Jackson Free Press’s Best of Jackher band, Jazz Beautiful. The son competition, and she earned the Jackson 43-year-old jazz singer has performed for Music Award for Best Jazz Group in 2013. more than two decades, but music has been “It speaks a lot to the hard work we put into in her life much longer. it,” she says. Music surrounded Her love for muConfer, who grew up sic doesn’t mean she in Memphis, Tenn., intends to give up and Jackson. Confer’s on her professional mother influenced her career and education. children (Confer has two Confer received her younger brothers and an bachelor’s degree in older sister) to express sociology from Lane themselves through muCollege in Jackson, sic. The sibling quartet Tenn., and in 1993, formed a family band she received a masand sang at church and ter’s degree in public Jazz singer Pam Confer weaves at family reunions. policy administration Today, Confer per- together her love for her music from Jackson State and her professional career on a forms her own original daily basis. University, where she music and renditions of is pursuing a Ph.D. her favorite jazz songs. Confer is a motiShe says artists like Cassandra Wilson and vational speaker, and she is spokeswoman Rachelle Ferrell inspire her to introduce and director of community and public new sounds. “I’m a jazz singer (who) dips relations for the Nissan Manufacturing in and out of different genres whenever I and Assembly Plant in Canton. want to,” Confer says. “I sing songs the “My ultimate goal is to enrich the lives way they feel.” of people. I want to have a place in someConfer says she is proud to have re- one’s life and be impactful,” she says. COURTESY PAM CONFER


veryday life isn’t always conducive Sexton, a music teacher at St. Andrew’s Episto the things we’re passionate about, copal School, who had just bought an Irish but for the members of Celtic band whistle and wanted more opportunity to Saint Brigid, it was downright ob- play it. “She voiced the possibility of us getstructive. Though it may not be the same ting together with Scott and just seeing if it all-female powerhouse of the past, the re- would work,” Weems says. “Susan provided formed Saint Brigid builds on that foun- the second harmony and the melody instrudation to revive Irish mentation. When music in the Jackson she couldn’t play community. anymore, the instruWhen guitarist ments just wouldn’t Julia Weems and flauwork without her.” tist Susan Wellman Weems is very both experienced macomplimentary of jor life changes, and Sexton’s connecSaint Brigid had to tion with the band, settle for a less vigorsaying that his inous pace. “Things After a hiatus and a few shifts in clusion felt like an traditional Irish band Saint slowed down after members, instant fit. “He’s an Brigid returns to Jackson. I had my second honorary ‘one-ofchild,” Weems says, the-girls,’” she jokes. “and Susan develWhile Saint Brigid oped some health problems that prevented takes a backseat to the workday, Weems is her from playing.” However, the band never grateful to be performing again. “My time officially broke up, still playing at “Bright is occupied with two young children; CathLights Belhaven Nights” annually. erine and Scott are teaching at St. Andrew’s; Saint Brigid entered into an unspoken Margaret is a lawyer,” she says. hiatus until one night when Weems, vocalist “We’re excited to about what we’re doMargaret Cupples and percussionist Cath- ing together, excited to be back in the swing erine Bishop were eating together at Babalu. of things. It’s something that’s one of my Bishop brought up her work associate Scott great loves.”


unk-fusion songstress Victoria used to sing me to sleep when I was Cross expects to give listeners at the very young.” 10th Annual Chick Ball something With her musical upbringing as her they’ve never heard before. “In the guide, Cross has performed around the 10 years that I’ve been Jackson area for 11 performing with variyears. In the process, ous bands, I’ve never she made a name for had my own band, so herself while singing this will be a first from with The Amazing me,” she says. As a forLazy Boi Band at F. mer member of Static Jones Corner. Ensemble, Cross hopes Cross is closely to mix a bit of flair into guarding her set list the music her old group for the Chick Ball, created. She includes only providing names Jamiroquai, Parliamentof a few artists she may Funkadelic and Hercover, such as Shuggie bie Hancock among Otis, Rose Royce and Singer Victoria Cross mixes her inspirations. Chaka Khan. elements of several jazz forms for her first solo outing. As a child, Cross While Cross is didn’t have to look excited about ensurmuch further than ing that each JFP her own home for a muse. Her father Chick Ball guest has a good time, she was a percussionist for local ’70s funk wants to make sure that everyone reband Wynd Chymes. Her mother, on member the cause for the event. the other hand, doesn’t like to make her “It’s not just a party,” she says. “I gifts known. “My mom, if you ask her, hope that people really show up in big she’ll say she can’t sing. That’s a lie,” Cross numbers this year and really start giving says. “She has the voice of an angel. She some support for these women.”

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ackson’s own Apache Rose Peacock Green Day and Nirvana influence the way wants to bring ’90s groove into the the band members interpret the music. 21st century. Lead singer Chariti All members have a musical education Perkins, 27, drummer Maya Kyles, background so it is easy to read and rep21, bassist Andrew Dillon, 28, and guitar- licate the feeling of the era. For example, ist David Barfield, 45, Kyles had an early start formed this Red Hot playing the drums in Chili Peppers cover band her church, and Dillon in November 2013 to began by playing blues do just that. and country music with Dillon says he felt his father. Dillon also that Jackson was ready attributes Apache Rose for a new cover band. Peacock’s sound to Jimi He hopes to bring the Hendrix. “Everything stylistic sounds of the goes back to Hendrix,” Red Hot Chili Pephe says. “The earlier Apache Rose Peacock revitalizes punk sounds, the heavy pers back into poputhe Red Hot Chili Peppers’ ’90s larity, but that doesn’t bass—it can all be hits for the next generation. mean he has to replitraced back to him.” cate what he’s heard. The band also plans “I thought it would be cool to switch to expand its repertoire in the future to up the sound of Red Hot Chili Peppers and cover songs from artists like Nirvana put this amazing female voice to the mu- and No Doubt. Dillon says the element sic,” Dillon says. “I’ve known Chariti since that he finds most enjoyable is being the sixth grade, and I always thought, ‘Man. able to change the dynamic of a song. That girl can really sing.’” “The great thing about great music is Dillon says the heavy drive and funky that it’s never really new,” he says. “It’s just bass of ’90s music inspired the band’s up- finding better ways to tell a story that’s been dated sound, and period-centric groups like true for a long time.”


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the region very familiar. And yet, even he learned a few things during the production of the episode. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I took the area for granted because I was used to old blues guys and tamales, and an outsiderâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s view of the region made me realize that,â&#x20AC;? Hardwick said. His biggest takeaway

cautious at â&#x20AC;&#x153;an outsider ideologyâ&#x20AC;? tainting the authentic nature of the people who have called the Delta home for generations. That insight surprised me. Commercialism and conformity as a byproduct of tourism had never ocTRIP BURNS

pon moving to Mississippi in the late winter of 2013, I decided to embark on a new system of exploration. Rather than visit cities and towns in neighboring states, I would see places within the state, either known or unknown. When asked where I should go next, people offered suggestions and even told me about locations to avoid. The most commonly mentioned place was the Delta. Folks would decry it because poverty somehow contradicted the scenery, but above all else, they would tell me, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s really nothing to do.â&#x20AC;? My inclination was to ignore their directness. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve seen the Catfish Capitol of Mississippi in Belzoni, stood at the street corner where B.B. King once played as a teenager for tips in Indianola, stood on the edges of the â&#x20AC;&#x153;Great Wall of Mississippiâ&#x20AC;? in Greenville, paid respects to the grave of Robert Johnson in Greenwood, and admired the riverfront murals in Vicksburg. Recently, Anthony Bourdain, host of â&#x20AC;&#x153;Parts Unknownâ&#x20AC;? on CNN, traveled to the Mississippi Delta to learn about the stateâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s history through food and conversation with local residents. He traversed the region almost exclusively in the episode, though he did travel to Jackson to try a pig ear sandwich at Big Apple Inn. During the program, Bourdain discussed typical subjects like race relations, blues music and African American culture. What stood out, though, was the idea of the Delta as a food destination. My travels focused on historic and cultural sites, and I did not consider the Delta as a location with good restaurants. Although Bourdain and â&#x20AC;&#x153;Parts Unknownâ&#x20AC;? focused on many Mississippi stereotypes, at the very least, he brought attention to the Delta. Like movies, television shows are open to a wide range of interpretations. My own interpretation of â&#x20AC;&#x153;Parts Unknownâ&#x20AC;? might be a collection of personal perspectives from within a location and outside of it. I lived in Montana almost all my life, and I certainly had a perception of Mississippi and the South, created from a variety of sources. I have learned much simply by talking to people about Mississippi. Clay Hardwick, a local artist and an assistant cameraman on the â&#x20AC;&#x153;Parts Unknownâ&#x20AC;? episode, traces his childhood to the Delta. He visited the area many times after his family moved to Jackson and considers

In the Mississippi Delta episode of CNNâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Parts Unknown,â&#x20AC;? Anthony Bourdain traveled almost exclusively through the Delta, though he stopped in Jackson and tried the pig ear sandwich at Big Apple Inn.

from the show was the dialogue between Mississippi crew members and those from New York. He says that the New Yorkersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; open-mindedness, general curiosity, respect for the state and wonderment at the many attractions in the Delta and other cities in Mississippi, was â&#x20AC;&#x153;very refreshing.â&#x20AC;? While Hardwick is excited at the prospect of the show exposing the state to a wider audience, he remains

curred to me. Perhaps a limit exists to the popularity one can attach to a city or national park or historic landmark before the place becomes too popular. Where that limit is for the Delta is anyoneâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s guess. One can only hope the charm, culture and history of the Delta remain intact for generations to come. Without it, Mississippi wouldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t be the same. Visit to watch the episode.

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across the country, including cities such as Boston, Chicago and New York, traveled to Mississippi weekly to stage a quiet revolution. On Tuesdays, teams of Wednesday’s Women would fly into Jackson, and on Wednesdays, the women delivered supplies to rural communities. On Thursdays, they donned their pearls and white gloves and spoke secretly with Mississippi women. It was through these dialogues that open conversations about civil rights and racism began. The Wednesday’s in Mississippi alliance continued for three summers, ending in 1967. In the fall of 2013, production began on a Wednesdays in Mississippi documentary. The project, also known as “WIMS,” features women who participated in the movement and women in positions of power who believe that the Wednesday’s Women story must be told. This past June, the documentary previewed at Jackson

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Doris Derby, a photographer who is part of the documentary team for “Wednesday’s Women,” highlights the role of women in the Civil Rights Movement in her “Women: Agents of Change in the Civil Rights Era” exhibit, which is at Johnson Hall at Jackson State University until Aug. 1.

State University, with a panel discussion afterward. Moderated by Daphne Chamberlain of Tougaloo College, panelists included civil-rights photographer Doris Derby; Susie Steadman, the in-state staff person for WIMS; Tiyi Morris, assistant professor of African American and African studies at Ohio State University of Newark;. Debbie Z. Harwell, a historian for the University of Houston; Marlene McCurtis, producer and director of the documentary; and Thabi Moyo, Jackson filmmaker and photographer. Each of the women contributed a different perspective to the panel, from activism to experience to education. Derby, a civil-rights activist, kept a historical record of the events and activists who sought change. She wanted to show the faces of the women behind the history. Her latest exhibit, “Women: Agents of Change,” on display in Johnson Hall at Jackson State University until Aug. 1, features the photos. The summer of 1964 was a paradox for Steadman. She was only 22 at the time. “It was a horror and a wonder. It was the eye of a hurricane,” she said at the panel. As a WIM staff person, Steadman coordinated places for the women to sleep and meet in private. She recalled one moment in the living room of a Jackson woman. She was nervous, constantly looking over her shoulder to make sure the curtains were closed. Steadman asked her what was wrong, and the woman replied, “If my husband sees me here (with black women), he will divorce me.” “The most incredible women I’ve seen are from WIMS,” Harwell said during the panel discussion. “These women used their gender and class to benefit the minorities. They wore nice clothes and gloves and handbags on their arms and presented this image of gentility.” In her research on WIMS, Harwell focused on women’s unique methods of activism during the Civil Rights Movement. Moyo, a former Jackson Free Press intern, studied film at Howard University, and she worked as an associate producer on the acclaimed documentary “Prom Night in Mississippi.” She says leaving Mississippi for college expanded her outlook on African American culture. “I learned more about Mississippi when I went away, and I got mad about that,” she said at the panel. “That’s what fuels my activism.” Director McCurtis has more than 20 years of experience in documentary production. She loves the idea of women’s leadership. She views the subversive techniques the women used as revolutionary, and she was shocked to hear the original story. “I was like, ‘Wow. This is a story I don’t know,” McCurtis said at the panel. “WIMS” is slated for completion in the fall of 2014. For more information about Wednesdays in Mississippi, to view a gallery on Wednesday’s Women or to donate to the production, visit



t the height of the civil rights era, a group of women of varying races and faiths dared to defy the norms of the time. In the summer of 1964, also known as Freedom Summer, women defied their husbands and banded together to tackle one of the most racially segregated cities in the South—Jackson. Wednesdays in Mississippi was the only civil-rights organization made for women, by women. Dorothy Height, president of the National Council of Negro Women, and her close friend Polly Cowan founded it. Women from



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n a typical February night, 24-year-old Mea Ash- couple of nights later. “I thought, ‘I’m not that bad. I can ley finally did it: She took the picture. After days post a selfie with no make-up on,’” Ashley says. of considering taking a selfie with no makeup In her initial Instagram post, Ashley challenged girls or styled hair to hide behind, she posted it on and women to post a selfie on their social-media pages her social-media page. Ashley with no makeup, coiffed hair had no idea what that one picand no filters or edits to “imture would blossom into. The prove” their real images. Ashcombination of a single photo ley went to bed that night, plus a well-thought-out caption satisfied with her courageous and the hashtag, #nakedissexy, decision to post the picture. sparked an inner-beauty-emThe response she received powerment movement that the next day and in the following would transform into someweek from supporters—both thing much bigger than a simmen and women—changed ple Instagram post. the course of the entire moveWhen people first hear ment, and Ashley expanded it the name of Ashley’s moveto something bigger. ment, “Naked Is Sexy,” the “I was initially inspired by result may be shock and an everyone else participating. The unexpected reaction. But it’s feeling of it being bigger came When Mea Ashley posted a “naked” photo not what you think. from everyone else,” Ashley says. of herself with no makeup or styled hair, she “The ‘Naked is Sexy’ camThe original photo received 335 didn’t expect the response she got. paign encourages self-esteem, likes and 130 comments, and confidence, and showing and the hashtag #nakedissexy saw expressing natural beauty,” Ashley says. countless posts of other “naked” women. Ashley, who was Miss Jackson State University Ashley, who is also the program specialist for Alum2011-2012, created the movement after watching a Dove ni Relations at JSU, as well as a journalist and motivacommercial, which challenged young high-school girls tional speaker, took ideas from various participants and and their mothers to redefine what beauty is in today’s molded it into a video documentary to explain the roots society. After pondering the idea of the challenge and the of the movement, sharing different stories and points commercial, she made the decision to post the picture a of view, the progression of the movement and encour-

aging others to muster up the courage to post their naked selfies as well. The 17-minute YouTube video features the original Dove commercial, which inspired Ashley’s movement, followed by the #nakedissexy campaign, which highlights local men and women. The participants in the video range in ages and vary in occupations, but share the common idea that naked is sexy. Among the people featured in the film are Brie Kemp, a then-Murrah High School senior; Lynnita Balu, a mother of three small girls; and Will Sterling, a celebrity photographer. The three participants led a panel discussion about natural beauty at the documentary’s premiere screening May 8 at the Jackson Medical Mall. In the last two months, the YouTube video has amassed more than 2,302 views. Ashley hopes the movement will go statewide and then national. with continued screenings, and promoting and pushing the video in different places. Her dream is to appear on The Steve Harvey Show to promote #nakedissexy. Although Ashley has no plans for a sequel to the documentary, she encourages everyone to view the video, and if inspired, continue the movement by sharing and taking their own naked selfie. Ashley hopes to communicate that natural beauty is the true definition of beauty, and she encourages her supporters to be vulnerable. “If I ever doubted that what I was doing wasn’t worth sharing, I was proven wrong by the support of others—ranging from young girls to old women and even men,” Ashley says.

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arianne Hause began on the stage of the Black Rose Theatre (103 Black St., Brandon) two years ago in the production of “Our Town.” Hause, who recently relocated to the Jackson area from Hattiesburg, says the Black Rose Theatre Company welcomed her and her ideas—a different experience compared to other theater groups. “It’s a very ‘family’ atmosphere. People are very friendly, and they want to be very inclusive,” Hause says. “They welcome new actors and new blood, if you will, into the community.” Now, she is directing her one-act play, “Spin Cycle,” as part of the theater’s annual “A Night of One Acts,” which features work by a number of local playwrights, directors and actors. Four plays, including “Her, Him” by writer-director Kris Vick, a Black Rose Youth Theatre Ensemble performance of Marshal Ramsey’s “Banjo’s Dream,” and Hause’s play, make up this year’s production. The productions take events—such as a teenager making a video about washing his

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The Black Rose Theatre Youth Ensemble will perform Marshall Ramsey’s “Banjo’s Dreams” at Black Rose’ “A Night of One Acts” July 17-20.

clothes (“Spin Cycle”) and a surprise party gone wrong—beyond the realm of everyday occurrences, and ascend to the status of art. All display a high level of creativity. Hause says “A Night of One Acts” is a showcase. “It’s good to know that there is local talent out there: good writers, good actors, good directing,” she says. “People may not know that in little Brandon there is such talent in the surrounding areas.” Hause, who works at Viking Investments in Jackson, has been involved in dif-

ferent facets of other Black Rose shows, including operating the lighting and sound for this summer’s musical “Nunsense” and playing the role of “adult” Rebecca in last year’s one-act production “Your Biggest Fan” by local playwrights Whitney Lott and director Beth Alexander. “Black Rose understands that there are creative people in the area who write,” Hause says. “ … I think it’s important that the community participates in the arts.” Keni Bounds and Eric Riggs return to

“A Night of One Acts” this year as the writers and directors of the comedy “Surprise!” Bounds and Riggs, both Brandon residents, write, direct, act and produce productions for their company, Detectives Dinner Comedy Theatre that was started in 2010. The troupe performs in various venues, including country clubs, casinos, people’s dining rooms and restaurants such as Char. Their one-act last year, “The Date,” was also a comedy and their first experience at Black Rose. While “A Night of One Acts” displays the talents of local theater enthusiasts, the production is not the only time Black Rose focuses on its community. The theater relies on donations from local patrons and volunteers for every position, including actors, crew members, directors, producers, stage managers and board members, to fuel theatrical productions. Tickets for Black Rose Theatre’s “A Night of One Acts” are $15 for adults and $10 for seniors and students. Performances are July 17-20, with shows at 7:30 p.m. Thursday to Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday. Call Black Rose Theatre at 601-825-1293 for reservations.


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â&#x20AC;&#x153;Get on Upâ&#x20AC;? will highlight the life of James Brown, from his childhood to his rise to fame.

Spy.â&#x20AC;? The late Philip Seymour Hoffman, in one of his last performances, plays a multilayered, high-ranking German spy official. All the ingredients are present for a success, so Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m optimistic this will be one plot-twisting, chilling thriller. Marvelâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s newest comic franchise â&#x20AC;&#x153;Guardians of the Galaxyâ&#x20AC;? launches Aug. 1. In distant space, American fighter pilot and outlaw Peter Quill, played by actor Chris Pratt, is on the run from interstellar villains after stealing their coveted orb. Upon finding out just how powerful the orb is, he bands together like-minded misfits in hopes of saving the galaxy from destruction. Per the filmâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s trailer, it appears it will be rather comical. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Get On Upâ&#x20AC;? gets down with the competition on Aug. 1. Mississippi native Tate Taylor, who crushed the box office with 2011â&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Help,â&#x20AC;? directs this filmed-inMississippi biopic of the music revolutionary, which stars Chadwick Boseman as James Brown. The film covers the starâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s childhood, rise to stardom, depths of failure and road to recovery; you will see the world of James Brown inside and out. â&#x20AC;&#x153;When the Game Stands Tallâ&#x20AC;? emerges Aug. 22. Jim Caviezel plays Bob Ladouceur, a football coach who took his De La Salle High School team from utter obscurity to a record-shattering 151-game winning streak. After a devastating loss on the field, the lives of players, their families and even Coach Ladouceur come unraveled and are severely tested as everyone digs deep down for courage to carry the team back onto the field and find personal health and happiness again. Just in time for back-to-school, the movie will be one of those bright lights of humility and motivation that Hollywood occasionally grants the masses. In my opinion, we desperately need more of these. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m not sure how film snobs will treat it, but I have no doubt that the movie will resonate with everyday folks and at the box office.




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fter a May and June filled with mega-budgeted flicks, it appears Hollywood will tap the action brakes a bit. The remainder of the summer season sizzles with variety; movies of all genres are heading our way. The following is a July/August melting-pot sample that I hope wonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t disappoint. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Dawn of the Planet of the Apesâ&#x20AC;? premiered July 11. The anticipated sequel to the rebooted franchise is stirring with overwhelmingly positive buzz. If computer-generated talking apes isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t your thing, consider the storyline for a moment. After a global virus decimates the human race and, by contrast, apes massively populate, the two co-exist while each struggles through internal conflict and insurgencies that push for war, and test their instincts to rule by survival. Watch the filmâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s trailerâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s fantastic. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Lucyâ&#x20AC;? premieres July 25. Scarlett Johansson plays the title character, who is set on a path of revenge against those who nearly killed her. The plot is rather, shall we say, different. From a substance surgically implanted into her abdomen, Lucy obtains the ability to maximize her brainâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s potential, which pretty much gives her super-human powers. If it werenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t for Johansson and writer and director Luc Besson, the film would have more than its fair share of skeptics. But since Besson brought us the classic, â&#x20AC;&#x153;LĂŠon: The Professional,â&#x20AC;? and the sequel-spurring smash hit, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Taken,â&#x20AC;? Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m sold. Not to mention, Morgan Freeman plays a role in the film. â&#x20AC;&#x153;A Most Wanted Manâ&#x20AC;? surfaces, in limited release, on July 25. With what could be the summerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s most eye-catching cast, the film centers on a Chechen Muslim who illegally immigrates to Hamburg, Germany, where he gets caught up in the international war on terrorism. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s based on the novel of the same name by author John le CarrĂŠ, who also wrote the impeccable and eerily slow novel-turned-film â&#x20AC;&#x153;Tinker Tailor Soldier





The Storytellers Ball Exhibit opens at the Arts Center of Mississippi.

The Community Appreciation Picnic is at Fondren Park.

“Fun Friday” is at the Mississippi Museum of Natural Science.

BEST BETS JULY 16 - 23, 2014

“Remembering Freedom Summer” Series is at 6:30 p.m. at Galloway Memorial United Methodist Church (305 N. Congress St.). Speaker Fred Clark Sr. shares his memories as a Freedom Rider and Freedom Summer participant. Free; call 601-326-3448; … Author Smith Henderson signs his book “Fourth of July Creek” at 5 p.m. at Lemuria Books (4465 Interstate 55 N., Suite 202).

On July 19, Primos Cafe hosts Cars and Coffee, an event that showcases a variety of cool cars, both old and new.




The Museum After Hours Pop-Up Exhibition is from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the Mississippi Museum of Art (380 S. Lamar St.). It includes paintings from Clay Hardwick, music from Loki Antiphony and furniture from the HannaBerry Workshop. Cash bar available. Free; call 601-9601515; email;


Riggs, and “Banjo’s Dream.” Reservations recommended. $15, $10 students, military, seniors (cash or check); call 601825-1293; email;



Freedom Rider Fred Clark, Sr. speaks for “Remembering Freedom Summer” at Galloway United Methodist Church.

Coffee & Cars is from 7 a.m. to 10 a.m. at Primos Café and Bake Shop (2323 Lakeland Drive, Flowood). Car enthusiasts can view or display cars of all makes and models. Free; call 601-936-3398; email … The JFP Chick Ball is at the Arts Center of Mississippi (201 E. Pascagoula St.) from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m. Huge silent aucBY MICAH SMITH tion; female musical acts; spoken word; food from at least 17 local JACKSONFREEPRESS.COM restaurants. All proceeds benefit the Center for Violence PrevenFAX: 601-510-9019 tion. 18 and older welcome; $5 DAILY UPDATES AT cover. More information at jfpJFPEVENTS.COM or call 601-3626121 ext. 15.


July 16 - 22, 2014



A Night of One Acts by Local Playwrights is at 7:30 p.m. at the Black Rose Theatre (103 Black St., Brandon). The plays include “Spin Cycle” by Marianne House, “Her, 36 Him” by Kris Vick, “The Party” by Keni Bounds and Eric

$3 surcharge for patrons under 21; call 601-292-7999;

“Monty Python Live (Mostly)” plays at 1:30 p.m. at Tinseltown Movie Theater (411 Riverwind Drive, Pearl). Comedic legends John Cleese, Terry Gilliam, Eric Idle, Terry Jones and Michael Palin reunite to perform at London’s O2 Arena; call 601-936-5856; … Austin, Texas, rock duo Chipper Jones performs with Bent Denim at 7:30 p.m. at Duling Hall (622 Duling Avenue). All-ages show. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Adults must accompany children. $5 in advance, $10 at the door,

The Mississippi Craft Beer Dinner is held at 6 p.m. at Sal & Mookie’s New York Pizza and Ice Cream Joint(565 Taylor St.). Enjoy a six-course dinner paired with beers from Mississippi breweries such as Oxford Brewing, Lucky Town and Lazy Magnolia. RSVP. For ages 21 and up. $65 per person; call 601-368-1919; email


The Lucky Town Randall Tasting is 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at The Pig & Pint (3139 N. State St.). Lucky Town Brewing Company offers ales on tap with flavors filters called “randalls.” The restaurant offers a special menu to complement the flavors. Beers and food for sale; call 326-6070; email;


The “Freedom in Mississippi” Series Lecture is 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Mississippi Museum of Art (380 S. Lamar St.). In Trustmark Grand Hall. Turry M. Flucker of the Mississippi Arts Commission speaks on Tougaloo College’s involvement during the Civil Rights Movement. Cash bar at 5:30 p.m. Free; call 601-960-1515; … Author Josh Weil signs his book “The Great Glass Sea” at 5 p.m. at Lemuria Books (4465 Interstate 55 N., Suite 202). Reading at 5:30 p.m. $27 book; call 601-366-7619; email;

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; 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; call 9602321;

#/--5.)49 ACT Workshop July 17, 9 a.m.-1 p.m., at Get2College Center (2600 Lakeland Terrace). The workshop is for students who have never taken the ACT, or students who scored between 15 and 25 and want to increase their scores. Registration required. Free; call 601-321-5533; email info@; Remembering Freedom Summer Series July 16, 6:30 p.m., at Galloway Memorial United Methodist Church (305 N. Congress St.). The speaker is Fred Clark Sr., Freedom Rider and Freedom Summer participant. Free; call 601-326-3448; email; Mississippi Immigrants Rights Alliance Advocacy Meeting July 16, 6 p.m., at Mississippi Immigrants Rights Alliance (612 N. State St., Suite B). MIRA discusses current issues and upcoming campaigns at the meeting held on second Mondays. Open to the public. Light dinner included. Free; call 601-968-5182; Southern Miss Alumni Associationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Jackson AllStar Party July 17, 5:30 p.m., at Mississippi Trade Mart (1200 Mississippi St.). The event is a scholarship fundraiser. $5 per person, $10 per family, children ages 12 and under eat free with adult food purchase; call 601-266-5013 (tickets) or 601-717-2600 (information); email jhpalmer48@; Events at William F. Winter Archives and History Building (200 North St.) â&#x20AC;˘ History Is Lunch July 16, noon; Shirley Burris presents â&#x20AC;&#x153;Sandals and Scandals: Church Discipline in Southwest Mississippi Churches.â&#x20AC;? Free; call 601-576-6998; â&#x20AC;˘ History Is Lunch July 23, noon; Diane Williams talks about her new book, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Mississippi Folk and the Tales They Tell: Myths, Legends, and BaldFaced Lies.â&#x20AC;? Book sales and signing to follow. Free; call 601-576-6998; Coffee & Cars July 19, 7 a.m.-10 a.m., at Primos CafĂŠ and Bake Shop (2323 Lakeland Drive, Flowood). Car enthusiasts are welcome to view or display cars of all makes and models. Free; call 601-936-3398; email Community Appreciation Picnic July 19, 11 a.m.-2 p.m., at Fondren Park (Northview Drive and Dunbar Street). The OurFondren Neighborhood Association along with other neighborhood groups honor Jacksonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s fire and police departments at the event. Free; email; Infusion Studio Grand Opening July 19, noon-5 p.m., at Infusion Studio (Oak Place Shopping Center, 587 Highway 51, Ridgeland). Includes discounts, door prizes every 30 minutes, music and refreshments. Free; email We Are Jackson Listening Tour July 21, 6 p.m.-7

p.m., at Smith Robertson Museum and Cultural Center (528 Bloom St.). In the auditorium. Join Jackson Mayor Tony Yarber in the forum to share ideas and solutions regarding cultural arts. Free; call 601-960-1084; Remembering Freedom Summer Series July 23, 6:30 p.m., at Central United Methodist Church (500 N. Farish St.). The speaker is Bishop Clay F. Lee, who served at First United Methodist in Philadelphia in 1964. Free; call 601-326-3448; email;

+)$3 Fun Fridays July 18, 10 a.m.-noon, at Mississippi Museum of Natural Science (2148 Riverside Drive). Kids participate in interactive programs to learn about insects, reptiles and more. Adults must accompany children. Included with admission ($4-$6); call 601-576-6000; Joshua Generation Youth Outreach July 18, 5:30 p.m.-7 p.m., at Vergy P. Middleton Community Center (3971 N. Flag Chapel Road). Includes

$15, $10 optional 0.6 CEU credit; call 601576-6000; email megan.fedrick@mmns.state.;

discounted pints for Mississippi Craft Beer Week. Beer for sale; call 216-2589;

3D Studio Art Camp July 21, 9 a.m.-noon, at ArtWorks Studios (158 W. Government St., Brandon). Create with different types of clay, plaster and other sculpting materials at the oneweek camp. Held Monday-Thursday. Registration required. $150; call 601-499-5278 or 601988-3115; email;

Lucky Town Premiere July 23, 9 p.m., at Ole Tavern on George Street (416 George St.). The brewing company makes its debut with pints of beer for sale, keepsake glasses and half-pint refills. Beers for sale; call 960-2700;

MAN UP (Making a New Unique Person) Young Male Mentoring Camp July 21, 8 a.m.noon, at Murrah High School (1400 Murrah Drive). The program for males entering grades 6-12 includes classes in restaurant and male etiquette, family values, college preparation, dressing for success and community guest speakers. Space limited. Registration required. Runs through July 25. $40-$40; call 601-613-7821; email

All-Comer Track Meet July 17, 6 p.m., at Madison Central High School (1417 Highland Colony Parkway, Madison). Fleet Feet Sports hosts the fundraiser for Madison Central that includes six individual races and four-team relay races. Choose up to three races that add up to no more than three miles. $10 in advance, $15 day of event; call 601-899-9696;

Advanced Drawing for the Young Artist July 21, 9 a.m.-11 a.m., at Millsaps College (1701 N. State St.). Youth in grades 5-8 do advanced exercises



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Donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t miss the 10th Annual JFP Chick Ball this Saturday, July 19, from 6 to 11 p.m. in the Arts Center of Mississippi.The event benefits the Center for Violence Prevention in Pearl. More info:

group studies, indoor/outdoor activities, refreshments, fundraisers and community services. For ages 6-16. Volunteers ages 17 and up are welcome. Free; call 960-1904; email Events at Mississippi Museum of Art (380 S. Lamar St.) â&#x20AC;˘ Look and Learn with Hoot July 18, 10:30 a.m. This educational opportunity ages 5 and under and their parents features a hands-on art activity and story time. Please dress for mess. Free; call 601-960-1515; â&#x20AC;˘ Little Masters July 21, 9 a.m.-noon. The fiveday art camp is for children ages 5-7. Includes creating art and exploration. Space limited. Registration required. $175; call 601-960-1515; Events at Mississippi Museum of Natural Science (2148 Riverside Drive) â&#x20AC;˘ Flying WILD Teacher Workshop July 21, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Learn to introduce students to bird conservation through class activities and environmental stewardship projects. Register by July 14. $15, $10 optional 0.6 CEU credit; call 601-576-6000; email megan.fedrick@mmns.; â&#x20AC;˘ Project WET Teacher Workshop July 22, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Learn ways to incorporate water education topics in the classroom. Register by July 14. Bring a bag lunch. $15, $10 optional 0.6 CEU credit; call 601-5766000; email megan.fedrick@mmns.state.; â&#x20AC;˘ Summer Family Nature Detectives Workshop July 23, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. In Classroom B. Parents and children ages 5 and up learn ways to connect with nature. One adult per two children. Register by July 14. Bring a bag lunch.

that incorporate the five principles of drawing. Runs daily through July 25. Registration required. $105; call 601-974-1130;

&//$$2).+ Summer Cocktail Tasting July 16, 6 p.m.-8 p.m., at Sombra Mexican Kitchen (Township at Colony Park, 140 Township Ave, Suite 100, Ridgeland). Enjoy four cocktails paired with three appetizers. $30 plus tax and tip; call 601-707-7950; Neon Nights July 19, 7:30 p.m., at Mississippi Childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Museum (2145 Highland Drive). In the Literacy Garden. The adults-only event includes music from Compositionz, concessions and glow-themed surprises. For ages 21 and up. Valid ID required. $40 in advance, $50 at the door; call 981-5469; Mississippi Craft Beer Dinner July 21, 6 p.m., at Sal & Mookieâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s New York Pizza and Ice Cream Joint (565 Taylor St.). Enjoy a sixcourse dinner paired with beers from Mississippi breweries such as Oxford Brewing, Lucky Town and Lazy Magnolia. RSVP. For ages 21 and up. $65 per person; call 601-368-1919; email Lucky Town Randall Tasting July 22, 6 p.m.-9 p.m., at The Pig & Pint (3139 N. State St.). Lucky Town Brewing Company offers ales on tap with flavors filters called randalls. The restaurant offers a special menu to complement the flavors. Beers and food for sale; call 326-6070; email; Lucky Town Pint Night July 23, 7 p.m.-9 p.m., at Fondren Public (2765 Old Canton Road). Enjoy


Bruin Burn July 19, 7 a.m., at St. Anthony Catholic School (1585 Old Mannsdale Road, Madison). The St. Joseph Catholic School Booster Club hosts the annual 5K run/walk and one-mile fun run. Registration required. $20-$75; call 601607-7054; email; Fitness Fest July 19, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., at Mississippi Trade Mart (1200 Mississippi St.). Childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Healthcare of Mississippi is the host. Includes games, dancing, a bounce house, play zones, healthy cooking demonstrations, gifts and more. $2 ($10 maximum per family); call 354-7051; Old School v. New School Lanier Alumni Basketball Game July 19, 2:30 p.m., at Lanier HIgh School (833 W. Maple St.). Doors open at 2:30 for the annual back-to-school boys and girlsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; basketball game fundraiser. $8, $4 ages 12 and under; call 601-665-5645; email Stroke: Prevention and Warning Signs July 22, 11:45 a.m., at Baptist Health Systems, Madison Campus (401 Baptist Drive, Madison). In the Community Room. Join nurse practitioners Julie Grissom Cooley and Gina Burge to learn about prevention, warning signs and what to do if a stroke occurs. Registration required. Free, $7 optional lunch; call 601-948-6262; Free ADHD Screening for Children Fridays, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. through Oct. 31, at Office of Suzanne B. Russell, LPC (751 Avignon Drive, Ridgeland). Have your child evaluated for the disorder that has symptoms such as problems with focusing, defiance and hyperactivity. Free; call 601-707-7355;

34!'%3#2%%. A Night of One Acts by Local Playwrights July 17, 7:30 p.m., July 18, 7:30 p.m., July 19, 7:30 p.m., July 20, 2 p.m., at Black Rose Theatre (103 Black St., Brandon). Plays include â&#x20AC;&#x153;Spin Cycleâ&#x20AC;? by Marianne House, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Her, Himâ&#x20AC;? by Kris Vick, â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Partyâ&#x20AC;? by Keni Bounds and Eric Riggs, and â&#x20AC;&#x153;Banjoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Dream,â&#x20AC;? which is based on Marshall Ramseyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s book. Reservations recommended due to limited seating. $15, $10 students, military and seniors (cash or check); call 601-825-1293; email; â&#x20AC;&#x153;Wounded Places: Confronting Childhood PTSD in Americaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Shell-Shocked Citiesâ&#x20AC;? Film Pre-screening July 21, 5:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m., at Russell C. Davis Planetarium (201 E. Pascagoula St.). CommonHealth ACTION is the host. California Newsreel produced the

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documentary as part of the Raising of America Project. Includes a panel discussion and refreshments. Free; call 202-407-7088, ext. 1058; â&#x20AC;&#x153;Marvel-ous Murderâ&#x20AC;? Dinner Theater July 21, 7 p.m.-9 p.m., at Char (Highland Village, 4500 Interstate 55 N.). The Detectives present the four-act interactive comedy. Includes a three-course meal. Reservations required. For ages 18 and up. $49; call 601-291-7444 or 601-937-1752; Events at Tinseltown (411 Riverwind Drive, Pearl) â&#x20AC;˘ "The Enchanted Island" Summer Encore July 16, 7 p.m. The screening is part of the Metropolitan Operaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Live in HD Series. $12.50; call 601-936-5856; â&#x20AC;˘ "Grateful Dead Meet-Up at the Movies: Beat Club 4/21/72" July 17, 7:30 p.m. See the film of the bandâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s studio performance at Beat Club TV, captured during their European tour in 1972. $11.50, $10.50 seniors and students, $9.50 children; call 601-936-5856; â&#x20AC;˘ "Monty Python Live (Mostly)" July 20, 1:30 p.m.July 23, 7:30 p.m.July 24, 7:30 p.m. In the July 20 simulcast, John Cleese, Terry Gilliam, Eric Idle, Terry Jones and Michael Palin reunite to perform at Londonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s O2 Arena. Rebroadcasts July 23-24. Admission TBA; call 601-936-5856;

#/.#%243&%34)6!,3 Oxford Blues Fest July 17, 6 p.m.-10 p.m.July 18, noon-10 p.m.July 19, 1 p.m.-10 p.m., at University of Mississippi Museum (University Avenue and 5th Street, Oxford). Includes live music, discussion panels and food. Headliners include Tas Cru, Mr. Sipp and Redd Velvet. One-day tickets: $10, free for kids under 12; weekend pass: $25; VIP day pass: $75 in advance; free panel discussions; call 662-259-7190; Events at Duling Hall (622 Duling Ave.) â&#x20AC;˘ Julie Roberts July 17, 8 p.m. The Americana singer-songwriter performs to promote her album, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Good Wine and Bad Decisions.â&#x20AC;? Southern Halo also performs. Doors open at 7 p.m. Seated show. $15 in advance, $20 at the door; call 601-292-7999; email; â&#x20AC;˘ Chipper Jones July 20, 7:30 p.m. The rock duo from Austin, Tex. performs. Bent Denim also performs. All-ages show. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Adults must accompany children. $5 in advance, $10 at the door, $3 surcharge for patrons under 21; call 601-292-7999; email; Friday Nights at Milepost 89 July 18, 7 p.m., at Clinton Visitor Center (1300 Pinehaven Road, Clinton). Hal and Connie Jeanes perform. Refreshments available. Minimum of 89¢; call 601-924-2221; email

,)4%2!293)'.).'3 Events at Lemuria Books (Banner Hall, 4465 Interstate 55 N., Suite 202) â&#x20AC;˘ "The Stories We Tell" July 16, noon Patti Callahan Henry signs books. $25.99 book; call 601-366-7619; email; â&#x20AC;˘ "Fourth of July Creek" July 16, 5 p.m. Smith Henderson signs books. Reading at 5:30 p.m. $26.99 book; call 601-366-7619; email info@; â&#x20AC;˘ "River Royals: Master the Mississippi" July 19, 11 a.m. Sarah Wynne signs books. $19.95

book; call 601-366-7619; email; â&#x20AC;˘ "The Great Glass Sea" July 23, 5 p.m. Josh Weil signs books. Reading at 5:30 p.m. $27 book; call 601-366-7619; email; Events at Square Books (160 Courthouse Square, Oxford) â&#x20AC;˘ "The Stories We Tell" July 17, 5:30 p.m. Patti Callahan Henry signs books. $25.99 book; call 662-236-2262; â&#x20AC;˘ "Dollbaby" July 23, noon Laura Lane McNeal signs books. $26.95 book; call 662-236-2262; â&#x20AC;˘ "The Forsaken" July 23, 5 p.m. Ace Atkins signs books. $26.95 book; call 662-236-2262; â&#x20AC;&#x153;From The Depths of Red Bluff: A Collection of Poemsâ&#x20AC;? July 19, 11 a.m.-1 p.m., at The BookShelf (637 Highway 51, Suite AA, Ridgeland). Wynne Huddleston signs books. $14 book; call 601-853-9225; email bookshelf@bookshelfonline. net;

#2%!4)6%#,!33%3 Secret Belgium Import Binding Workshop July 17, 1 p.m.-4 p.m., at Purple Word Center for Book and Paper Arts (140 Wesley Ave.). Sue Carrie Drummond is the instructor. Learn to make a book with a crisscross binding pattern so the book stays flat when opened. Registration required. For ages 18 and up. $50, $35 members; email info@; Art in Mind Art Program July 23, 10 a.m.11:45 a.m., at Mississippi Museum of Art (380 S. Lamar St.). The Alzheimerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Association of Mississippi offers the program for people with early-stage dementia and their caregivers. Participants tour the galleries and make art in the studio classroom. Registration required. Free; call 601-987-0020;

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to as â&#x20AC;&#x153;dork pop,â&#x20AC;? Flynnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s first solo release sees him taking a different approach. When Kaler moved to Nashville to pursue recording opportunities and perform as a gun-for-hire instrumentalist, effectively closing the book on Slow Runner for the time being, Flynn realized what that meant for his music. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve always come at things from different sides,â&#x20AC;? Flynn says. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s been a sort of tension that helped shape Slow Runner songs. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll be like, â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Letâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s go out on this branch over here,â&#x20AC;&#x2122; and Kaler would say, â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Well, letâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s sort of rein that in and do this.â&#x20AC;&#x2122;â&#x20AC;? Flynn says that the songs on his solo album â&#x20AC;&#x153;Face in the Cloudâ&#x20AC;? didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t lend themselves to that type of collaboration, and the thought of having a fresh start, with no obligation to making the music â&#x20AC;&#x153;sound like Slow Runner,â&#x20AC;? was liberating. He compared it to painting a room. â&#x20AC;&#x153;You slowly color in the walls as you create stuff,â&#x20AC;? Flynn says. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I went from a room that was all colored in, having to get up on the ceiling to find free space. Now, suddenly, I have no history. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m the mysterious stranger across the room again.â&#x20AC;? Part of what separated Slow Runner from other indie-rock/pop bands was Flynnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s lyrical prowess. But what separates that from Michael Flynn? â&#x20AC;&#x153;Lyrically, this album is a lot of me discovering new types of song templates besides trying to convince the girl

across the room to like me,â&#x20AC;? he says. Much of his previous music, such as the songs â&#x20AC;&#x153;Lower Your Standardsâ&#x20AC;? and â&#x20AC;&#x153;Say Youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re Still Lonely,â&#x20AC;? were narrative in nature, offering realistic depictions of broken relationships. Now that Flynn is married and has a child, he simply didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t feel like writing those songs. Of course, he also didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t feel like writing â&#x20AC;&#x153;parentingâ&#x20AC;? songs either. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t want to write â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Butterfly Kisses.â&#x20AC;&#x2122; I hate that,â&#x20AC;? Flynn says. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s all on the nose and just bad. I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t want to hear that sh*t when Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m listening to music! Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m starring in my own movie over here, and this is the soundtrack.â&#x20AC;? Still, Flynn seemed fated to fit fatherhood into his music. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t want to do that, and yet my entire life revolves around caring for this little blob,â&#x20AC;? he says. â&#x20AC;&#x153;So I couldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t not write about it. It was all I could write about, at least until I got the gears unstuck.â&#x20AC;? However, Flynnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s version of parenting certainly avoids the typical sappy outcome. His single â&#x20AC;&#x153;Holy Ghostâ&#x20AC;? is a fantastic example of sidestepping expectation. And â&#x20AC;&#x153;Butterfly Kissesâ&#x20AC;? it is not. â&#x20AC;&#x153;â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Holy Ghostâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; to me is about being the dad of a month-old child,â&#x20AC;? Flynn explains. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m just a blurry figure in the background who isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t Mom. But Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m also this little thingâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s god. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m the bringer of sleep and food. Everyone who hears it says, â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Cool, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a weird, creepy love song.â&#x20AC;&#x2122; And Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m like, â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Um. Well, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not that.â&#x20AC;&#x2122;â&#x20AC;? Flynn has always laced humor throughout his music, but when marketing â&#x20AC;&#x153;Face in the Cloud,â&#x20AC;? it was less like lacing and more like knitting a whole sweater and matching gloves. As a video teaser for his album, Flynn replaced the soundtrack to the dramatic basketballgame ending of Michael J. Foxâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Teen Wolfâ&#x20AC;? with his song â&#x20AC;&#x153;Winsome Lonesome.â&#x20AC;? It worked surprisingly well. Heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s also beginning a small radio campaignâ&#x20AC;&#x201D; one he plans to bring to a station in Oxford, Miss.â&#x20AC;&#x201D; and is releasing videos each week of himself and his friends performing the songs to increase attention. Unfortunately, videos and radio-play are two of Michael Flynnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s only options for the moment, as Michael recently discovered that his wife has breast cancer. This has, of course, truncated any travel plans he had in regards to the record, but heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s still confident in â&#x20AC;&#x153;Face in the Cloud.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s sort of a big experiment, seeing if itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s possible to release and promote an album without leaving your house,â&#x20AC;? Flynn says. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I hope so.â&#x20AC;? Michael Flynnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s new album â&#x20AC;&#x153;Face in the Cloudâ&#x20AC;? is available on iTunes,, Google Play and Spotify.

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Here’s some sports news you might have missed Friday because of LeBron James: Mississippi State University and Kansas State University agreed to a home-andhome series in 2018 and 2019.

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THURSDAY, JULY 17 Football (7:30-10:30 p.m., ESPN2): Get your football fix while watching the Edmonton Eskimos against the Winnipeg Blue Bombers in some CFL action. FRIDAY, JULY 18 Football (9 p.m.-12 a.m., ESPN2): See some more CFL action as the Calgary Stampeders take on the Hamilton TigerCats who have former Ole Miss quarterback Jeremiah Masoli on their roster. SATURDAY, JULY 19 MLB (6-9 p.m., FSSO): The Atlanta Braves face division rivals and last place in the East Philadelphia Phillies. SUNDAY, JULY 20 Golf (5 a.m.-1 p.m., ESPN): See the final round of the 2014 Open Championship from Royal Liverpool Golf Club in Merseyside, England with Phil Mickelson as the defending champion.

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NFL football, see the Tampa Bay Storm face the Spokane Shock in the Arena Football League. TUESDAY, JULY 22 WNBA (7-9 p.m., ESPN2): Former Southern Miss star Jamierra Faulkner leads fifth-place in the Eastern Conference Chicago Sky against the second-place Indiana Fever. WEDNESDAY, JULY 23 Soccer (6-10 p.m., ESPN2): Watch the ESPN Summer Soccer Series with a double header featuring Toronto FC vs Tottenham Hotspur and followed by Sporting Kansas City against Manchester City. MSU will travel to Manhattan, Kansas, to face the Wildcats in 2018, and the Wildcats will come to Starkville in 2019. The two teams agreed to this home-andhome game on Twitter.

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