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rowing up solving riddles and puzzles set Dr. Christian Koch on a path to medicine. He loved mathematics and constantly asked “why?” In Germany, where Koch grew up, students can decide around age 19 to go straight into law school or medical school. Although Koch’s other great love is music, he decided to go to med school instead. He enrolled at age 19 and earned a medical degree in Germany in 1991. He knew he wanted to study in the United States as well, so when he hit his mid-20s, he started looking into American medical schools. Koch had enough money for 20 applications, so he looked in a GreenBook directory and found the 10 best comprehensive and 10 best research hospitals in the United States. He sent applications to all 20. “I came to Columbus, Ohio, with two suitcases,” he says of furthering his medical studies at Ohio State University. He says he was first “drawn to the brain—my first area when I was an intern was neurosurgery.” But he disliked the long hours of neurosurgeons and switched to endocrinology. “My pleasure has always been the detective story again: Why do tumors develop?” he says. Koch is also a diabetologist, a title he earned by doing special training. One reason Koch likes endocrinology is because it is interconnected with so many other fields of medicine. “Endocrinology is everywhere,” he says.
“So if you come to me as a woman and say, I’m developing a lot of hair growth—so Sally becomes Harry. I (discover) you have a tumor on your ovary. I send you to the OBYGN, who takes it out. … I work with oncology, with radiology, with neurosurgery, with general medicine and sleep medicine.” After working in the U.S. for a few years, Koch returned to practice in Germany. But, at 40 years old, wanting to feel challenged, he decided to return to the U.S. He joined the University of Mississippi Medical School as the director of endocrinology. Last year, UMMC gave Koch tenure. Koch, now 49, finds Mississippi a fulfilling place to pursue medicine. “We desperately need primary-care doctors, especially in rural Mississippi,” he says. “We, as endocrinologists, cannot see every single obese or diabetic patient in the state. Primary care is the first defense. If primary care can take care of it, they should. So they have to be trained. But we are the next line of defense.” He even married a Mississippi girl named Lisa in October 2011. In his spare time, Koch reviews journals, and enjoys movies, classic cars and frequenting restaurants. He also makes time to be active outdoors. He laughs at how, when he first arrived in Jackson, people would point out that he must not be native, even before he spoke. When he asked how they knew, they’d say, “Because you are running!” —Kathleen M. Mitchell
Cover photos of Chris McDaniel, Tony Yarber, Haley Barbour and Ronnie Crudup by Trip Burns; photo of Thad Cochran courtesy US Senate
10 War on the Poor
The state still wants to test welfare recipients. But the effects of the policy could hurt children the most.
26 Follow the BBQ Trail
Jim Hatten, founder of the Mississippi BBQ Trail, believes it doesn’t matter how you spell barbecue; it doesn’t matter as long as you’re there.
32 Know Thine ‘Enemy’
The intricacies of the film are reminiscent of life, where banalities can lead us in unexpected directions.” —Mike McDonald, “An ‘Enemy’ Like You”
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July 23 - 29, 2014 | Vol. 12 No. 46
by Donna Ladd, Editor-in-Chief
It’s Time to Change ‘The Game’
fter years of friends telling us to watch “The Wire,” Todd and I have finally started sitting through the hard-hitting HBO series about crime and corruption—and no small amount of race tension—in Baltimore. We just started the third season, and I see why everyone thought we should watch it. From empty posturing over crime and the drug war, to corrupt elected officials and elections, parts of the show remind me so much of Jackson, it almost hurts. The show hasn’t been far from my mind as our reporting team has unpacked the shenanigans, finger-pointing and shadowy PAC activity around the GOP primary for the U.S. Senate. In fact, I’ve taken to calling the dark way elections are traditionally conducted in Mississippi “The Game.” In most every election, we just move around the chess pieces but no one ever really wins, certainly not the voters. I’m actually not trying to be cynical about elected officials; it’s the process that’s rotten and corrupt to the core. And the way our disgusting election practices rope in good people and twist their thinking on how elections done is perhaps the worst part. Take Bishop Ronnie Crudup. In an interview with Anna Wolfe (see page 19 and jfp.ms/crudup for the full transcript), the esteemed religious leader said some things that really disturbed me. And I don’t even think he gets why they are so disturbing because such beliefs and practices are an ingrained part of our corrupt political system. If you don’t know by now, Crudup— who, if not a Republican, is certainly a backer of powerful ones like Haley Barbour—started a super PAC to help Cochran keep his seat in the U.S. Senate. Whether or not he did this because he believes Cochran is a friend to the black community (which he says) or because he wants to see the Republicans keep the Senate this fall almost doesn’t matter. It’s
how it was done that was the problem. Crudup claims his super PAC, which apparently missed filing deadlines that would have educated voters on who was funding it, did everything legally and ethically. But where are the 24-hour reports that PACs are required by law to file before the election after booking advertising and other expenditures? He says the PAC didn’t have to report such information because they booked them
We must enforce the rules. through a (very GOP-friendly) third party, which gave them “credit” until after the runoff. The check wasn’t written, so they didn’t have to report the advertising they purchased, Crudup maintains. Anyone else see a problem with this? Done intentionally or not, it is a perfect strategy for ensuring that voters don’t know what kinds of advertising a PAC is placing. (Remember Citizens for Decency in this year’s mayor’s race; it never filed a thing.) “Ethics” is a subjective word, and it’s hard to have it in elections without real transparency. The bishop also said that there were donors, beyond the Barbour-founded Mississippi Conservatives PAC, left off the report. He would not tell Anna who they are, but said he’d list them on the next quarterly report due with the FEC on Oct. 15. Oct. 15? This kind of answer makes my
head spin. I truly believe Bishop Crudup is a good person—but does he have any idea why these kinds of election rules are set up in the first place? They’re about transparency and educated voters. People need to know who is funding the candidates and the campaigns, and the kinds of messaging they’re putting out there—before they vote. And often that information is very enlightening. Remember the Better Jackson PAC a few years back? It was only one of many efforts my newspaper made to get a PAC to disclose what it was up to. In this case, I don’t believe the PAC ever intended to tell anyone it was out there, much less who was funding it. It was sending scary mailers to white folks in northeast Jackson (picturing a scared white woman, of course). The hint that broke it open for me is that the mailer used the same faulty crime rankings a local lawyer had used in an earlier campaign for district attorney. The post office box number listed led me to his law firm. Voila. We then started hounding him to file missing reports. It took until the day before the election, and a lot of public haranguing to get that late report into the Jackson City Clerk’s office. It was then that we discovered that the PAC was funded by a group of mostly Republican men who wanted to get then-candidate Marshand Crisler elected clearly because he had pledged to support their Two Lakes project. See what shadowy PACs can hide? What gets me the most about Bishop Crudup’s answers and unwillingness to supply the donors’ names now—I mean, why not if you don’t want to hide them?—is his apparent acceptance that this is the way elections are done. I’m astounded that people don’t get, or follow, the basic premise that the public has the right to know these things. “Transparency” has become a buzzword promised by every political candidate we interview. And almost every one of them back-
slides on those promises once he gets into office and seems to forget that the public, whether media or not, get to ask him questions, and as public servants, he’s supposed to answer them. Instead, we get elected officials who seem to think that they’re corporate CEOs, hiring PR flacks to shield them from the media and tough questions. This is not good. Not good at all. Here’s the thing, though: I almost feel bad about all the attention Bishop Crudup has gotten for the All Citizens for Mississippi PAC. Not because he and the PAC shouldn’t report every single donation and expenditure post-haste—they should this very second— but because he’s only the latest in a long line of politicians and power brokers over the decades who have just gone along with The Game, instead of challenging it. I also take issue with his indicating that any political party, or politician, or strategist who use third parties to place ads, conceal information or play word games with election law could actually be working on behalf of the community. Sure, electing a politician through those means might keep some federal funding for important projects in the short term, but what does it do to create an educated, engaged electorate in the long run, not to mention stifle corruption? Not very much. Ultimately, it’s up to everyday Mississippians to change the rules of the election game. We must demand better transparency, whether from elected officials or PACs; we must out the election trashmen who paper windshields with lies every election; and we must withhold votes from people who are making a joke out of the election process. It may be the way it has always been done here, but it’s hard to argue that our state has exactly benefitted from such practices, even if some individuals do. Make no mistake: It won’t change unless we demand it. Game?
July 23 - 19, 2014
R.L. Nave, native Missourian and news editor, roots for St. Louis (and the Mizzou Tigers)—and for Jackson. Send him news tips at rlnave@ jacksonfreepress.com or call him at 601-362-6121 ext. 12. He wrote the cover story.
Investigative Reporter Anna Wolfe, a Tacoma, Wash., native, studied at Mississippi State University. Email her at firstname.lastname@example.org. She interviewed Bishop Ronnie Crudup for the issue.
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.
Feature Writer and Tishomingo County native 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 a Hitched story.
Assistant Editor Amber Helsel graduated from Ole Miss with a bachelor’s degree in journalism. Naps, World of Warcraft, food and fencing, in that order, make her happy. She wrote a food story.
Music Listings Editor Tommy Burton is keeping the dream alive one record at a time. He is usually seen with a pair of headphones on. Send gig info to music@jacksonfreepress. com. He wrote a music story.
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 wrote a music story.
President and Publisher Todd Stauffer is the author of more than 40 technology books on Macs, HTML, blogging and digital video. He grew up in Dallas and is a Texas A&M graduate. He runs the business side of Jackson Free Press Inc.
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No Assault on ‘Religious Liberty’
I have been hearing all the talk concerning Democrats, particularly African Americans, being paid to vote for Thad Cochran in the Republican runoff or that they were influenced to vote by a few self-appointed black leaders. Those are the farthest things from the truth. African Americans voted for Sen. Cochran because he has been a friend to black Mississippians. Black Mississippians who voted for Thad in the runoff came out to vote as a way of saying thanks to him for what he has done for the black community. If you go back over the last two times Thad has run, you will find that Congressman Bennie Thompson has received far more votes in the general election in the 2nd Congressional District than the Democratic candidate for Thad’s seat. That is because many black voters cast a vote for Bennie and a vote for Thad and will do so again this November. Sen. Cochran has been a senator for all Mississippians, Republican and Democrat, black and white. I have personally known Thad for over 30 years and like so many other black Mississippians, have found him open and responsive to the needs of our community. There have been many projects at the state’s HBCUs for which Thad has secured funding. The revitalization of the Jackson Mall to become the Medical Mall came from funding Thad secured. The Jackson-Hinds Comprehensive Health Center’s building on Northside Drive was built with funds Thad secured. Black Mississippians are not stupid or unappreciative. They do not forget who came through for them. Nor would they let a man who wants to go back to the “good old days,” which were not so good for black people, take Thad’s seat. We did not need to be paid nor have any self-appointed black leaders tell us how to vote. We know how to support those who support us. William H. Dilday Jr. Jackson
As a lifelong United Methodist, I am deeply distressed about the current use of religion as a cover for prejudice and discrimination. And it is nothing short of surreal that the Supreme Court has now ruled that corporations have religious values, and those fictitious corporate religious values trump the health needs of their real live human female employees. Mississippi’s so-called “religious liberty” bill (SB 2681) was completely unnecessary as—contrary to those who claim it is needed—there is no assault on Christianity, which continues its reign as this country’s dominant religion. Examples of recent religious assaults in our country are those perpetrated against mosques and synagogues. This move for so-called “religious liberty” is religious cover for those who want to discriminate. The Hobby Lobby case is unbelievable in that the U.S. Supreme Court has now weighed in on this trend. That corporate claims of religious liberty can now provide legal cover for-profit motivations of prejudice, misogyny, discrimination and cheap labor is outrageous. I grew up in a church that calls believers to live in witness of social justice, equity and compassion. Those of us in my church and the Christian faith-at-large who respond to that call have acquiesced and remained too silent while political agendas have used the worst and most base elements of human nature to fuel prejudicial assaults and divisions in the name of religion. Those of us who claim the Christian faith and also believe in justice and compassion should rise up and give voice to the sinfulness of this inexcusable use of the Christian faith. Rev. Carol Burnett Ocean Springs
CORRECTIONS: In the July 2-8, 2014, GOOD Ideas issue of the Jackson Free Press, the “Freedom Summer: Road Map” said that the Klan killed CORE workers James Chaney, Michael Schwerner and Andrew Goodman on June 21, 1963. The correct date is June 21, 1964. Also, Henry Dee and Charles Moore were killed May 2, 1964, not July 12, 1965, in Meadville, not Meadeville. In the Chick issue that ran July 16-23, 2014, one of the Chicks We Love’s name is spelled Sharla Bechelder. The correct spelling is Sharla Bachelder. Also, the “Wednesday’s Women” byline on the cover should be Miller. Jackson Free Press apologizes for these errors.
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seeing workers and businesses flee is crime. Everyone knows that Jackson is dangerous, and so do you. However, you proclaim the message to blacks that’s “it’s not your fault.” This is not going to make crime go away; it will only make it worse. Demanding those doing the crime face punishment is the answer. Besides Emmett Till, black activists should be equally outraged by Armon Burton. This truly innocent 3-year-old didn’t whistle at a white woman and get lynched, he was killed after his house was sprayed with 30 bullets. Unlike 60 years ago with Till, there has been no trial or even an arrest in Armon’s sad case. Because Armon’s cold-blooded killers were not rednecks or Klansmen, but known locals, almost certainly black gangsters, there has been no public outcry for justice, and no protest marches in the neighborhood or at City Hall. Jackson IS moving forward—over the abyss. Fred McMurray Brandon
Politics at State Hospital Enough Talk About Emmett Till In your recent GOOD Ideas edition (July 2-8, 2014), activism is again demanded. A group of like-minded liberals doing the supposed good work of social justice is highlighted. One of the activists ends his talks with the lynching of Emmett Till to motivate the political base. Not a single spot in your paper was focused on the real problems with deteriorating urban areas like Jackson—and those problems are moral decay and crime. No activists, young or old, are called to face the criminals that rule most of the city. The reason why Jackson is
July 23 - 29, 2014
Thad: A Friend to Black Voters
1. “Council Nixes One Yarber Judge Pick, OKs Others” by R.L. Nave 2. “Crudup Says PAC ‘Ethical,’ Cochran a ‘Known Commodity’ for Black Voters” by Anna Wolfe 3. “New Wings, Oysters and Pastries for Jackson” by Dustin Cardon 4. “JPD Chief Horton Retires Amid Botched 911 Call Scandal” by R.L. Nave 5. “PREVENT, Protect, Empower Hero: Mississippi Law Enforcement Ofﬁcers Training Academy” by Carmen Cristo Join the conversation at jfp.ms.
Thanks to Anna Wolfe for continuing to expose the problems at the Mississippi State Hospital (“Mental Health in Limbo?” July 9-15, 2014). It is a serious problem when politics lead to the closing of the Community Services Division, which had provided outpatient care for those with mental disabilities. Certainly the director of Guided Steps Healthcare should have been vetted for competence before MSH issued a contract to it to provide outpatient care and transfer of MSH’s community-based patients. Mississippi does have an obligation under the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 to provide adequate, community-based mental health care. Clients and their families deserve no less. Joe Roberts Jackson Editor’s note: Read the GOOD Ideas: Young Activists online at jfp.ms/activism. JFP summer interns compiled the issue in honor of the 50th anniversary of Freedom Summer.
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— Beth Orlansky, of the Mississippi Center for Justice on proposed law that could require some recipients of government benefits to submit to drug testing
Thursday, July 17 A Malaysia Airlines passenger plane carrying 295 people is shot down over eastern Ukraine. Both the government and the pro-Russia separatists fighting in the region deny any responsibility for downing the aircraft. Friday, July 18 A federal appeals court rules that Oklahoma must allow gay couples to wed, marking the second time it has found that the U.S. Constitution protects same-sex marriage. … World leaders call for an immediate cease-fire in eastern Ukraine and demand speedy access for international investigators to the crash site of the Malaysia Airlines jetliner. Saturday, July 19 The Journal of the American Medical Association releases the results of a government study showing that the rate of HIV infections diagnosed in the United States each year fell by one-third over the past decade. Sunday, July 20 Rebels in eastern Ukraine take control of the bodies recovered from downed Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 and pile them into four refrigerated boxcars, drawing condemnation from Western leaders that the rebels are tampering with the site.
July 23 - 29, 2014
Monday, July 21 NASA honors astronaut Neil Armstrong a day after the 45th anniversary of his famous moonwalk … President Obama orders employment protection for gay and transgender employees working for the federal government and for companies holding federal contracts.
Tuesday, July 22 A federal appeals court delivers a potentially serious setback to President Obama’s health care law, imperiling billions of dollars in subsidies for many low- and middle-income people who bought policies.
Yarber’s City Shakeup Targets JRA, Judge by R.L. Nave
ayor Tony Yarber’s city shakeup continues as he has moved to terminate a municipal judge and is likely to appoint several new members to the Jackson Redevelopment Authority. The seven-member Jackson Redevelopment Authority—a quasi-governmental agency that helps secure contracts and financing for economic-development projects—has several members with expired or soon-to-expire terms that Yarber could fill in the coming weeks. Jennifer Johnson, whom Mayor Chokwe Lumumba appointed along with Kemba Ware and Michael Starks Sr., before his death in February, said in the meantime, JRA business remains at a standstill. “I’ve been on the board for eight months and to say that progress is incremental is generous,” she said. Based on conversations with several individuals, it appears that the Yarber administration wants to get its board picks in place before moving ahead with business. That includes resolving a dispute between members of the Farish Street Group LLC, a real-estate management venture charged with luring businesses to Farish Street. In late 2013, JRA broke ties with FSG and its principal investor, David Watkins, which touched off a mess of lawsuits between Watkins, JRA and other principals in the project. A mediation that had been scheduled for this week was postponed for 60 days because of what Watkins attorney Lance Stevens said were “positive develop-
Wednesday, July 16 European Union leaders order tougher sanctions against Russia because of its actions in Ukraine, asking the European Investment Bank to sign no new financing agreements with Moscow and agreeing to act together to suspend financing of the new European Bank for Reconstruction and Development operations in Russia.
Mayor Tony Yarber recently held a public meeting with outgoing Jackson Police Chief Lindsey Horton and now acting chief Lee Vance in which he outlined a tough crimefighting vision for the city.
ments” in the Farish saga. Stevens would not confirm whether those developments included new JRA board members who would be loyal to the Yarber administration. Stevens would also not confirm whether there was a deal on the table for Watkins to step out of the picture, but said that Watkins is open to an agreement whose terms are mutually beneficial. In addition, Mayor Yarber moved to fire Judge June Hardwick over the weekend. Hardwick confirmed to the Jackson Free Press this morning that she received a termination letter at her home the evening of Saturday, July 19. The letter was postmarked
July 17 and dated July 16, the day Yarber put forth a pair of judicial nominees to the municipal court. One nominee, Gerald Mumford, was approved unanimously. The second, former municipal Judge Bob Waller, was stalled on questions about whether the city could afford or had the room to accommodate two positions. Hanging over that conversation was confusion about Hardwick, whom Yarber had publicly admonished for setting what he considered an insufficiently punitive bond amount in a murder case. At the June 16 special meeting
JFP’s Drug Test Questionnaire Last legislative session, Mississippi senators and representatives passed a law that requires Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) recipients to take a questionnaire to indicate whether or not they are illegal drug users. One of the bill’s opponents, Rep. Adrienne Wooten, D-Jackson, proposed an amendment that, had it not quickly failed, would have required Mississippi legislators to also submit to a drug screening. The law has yet to go into effect, and the questionnaire has not been made public for review, but if it were up to us, here’s what the test would look like:
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Did you grow up in a small Mississippi town during Jim Crow, and do you now claim racism wasn’t that bad? Do you believe drug testing people on public assistance “promotes traditional family values” and “protects sanctity of life”? Have you ever appeared on American Family Radio’s talk show Focal Point with Bryan Fischer?
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Does your chief of staff make more than $100,000? Have you ever used the phrase “reverse-racism”? Do anti-discrimination policies hurt your feelings? Do you believe the drug war actually makes your community safer?
“Our police department is committed to solving heinous crimes such as these, and has made the safety of our citizens the highest priority. Thanks to our police department and the community, this predator is now off the streets.” — Jackson Mayor Tony Yarber on the arrest of suspect in the murder of 67-year-old Helen Harrion. of the city council, Yarber said, “I don’t have the ability to fire anybody,” referring to judges. Speaking to the Jackson Free Press by phone this morning, Hardwick questioned whether Yarber’s actions represented a violation of the separation of powers clause in the U.S. Constitution that prevents the concentration of too much power in one branch of government. “The mayor does not have a J.D. (law degree), never practiced law and never sat on the bench as a judge,” Hardwick said. “My concern is for the people.” The disagreement began in May, when Hardwick set a $150,000 bond for 19year-old Wilber Clay, who was arrested and
charged with murder in the Mother’s Day shooting death of 29-year-old Ebony Hervey. He has not paid the bond and is still in jail. Despite a Mississippi Supreme Court ruling that outlines nine factors that judges should consider when setting bonds, bond amounts are often ensnared in politics with judges wanting to setting harsher bonds for people accused of more serious crimes. In Mississippi, they have access to a general set of guidelines called a bond schedule, but Hardwick believes following those guidelines could violate a defendant’s constitutional rights “because it takes a cookie-cutter approach”; she believes judges should consider defendants’ circumstances on a case-by-case
“I was drawn to the brain.” — Dr. Christian Koch, director of endocrinology at the University of Mississippi Medical Center, on his passion in medical school.
basis when setting bonds. Hardwick said she has not decided whether she would challenge her termination, but said that the Mississippi Bar Association, civil-liberties groups and citizens should have grave concerns about the constitutional issues of a member of the executive branch dictating orders to a sitting judge. Matt Steffey, who teaches constitutional law at Mississippi College School of Law, says it’s an open question. On one hand, municipal courts are “inferior courts” that were established by the Legislature, not the state Constitution. Steffey cites a 1999 Mississippi attorney general’s opinion, which is not legally binding, that affirms mayors’ authority
to remove municipal judges. At the same time, a higher court might agree that a mayor meddling in the day-today affairs of the municipal court represents a separation-of-powers conflict. “We’re in uncharted waters,” Steffey said. “It depends on how the court sees the role of municipal judge.” City Hall spokeswoman Shelia Byrd does not allow administration officials to do live interviews. However, she emailed a statement from Yarber today: “Municipal judges serve at the will and pleasure of the Mayor. For this administration, public safety is a priority. As we move forward, we look to appoint judges who share our vision.”
Path for City’s Crime-Fighting Vision Cleared by R.L. Nave
n the past three months, since Mayor Tony Yarber took the reins of city hall, his police force has taken an aggressive crime-prevention stance that has included stepped-up patrols and roadblocks to interdict illegal drugs and weapons, the combination of which city officials say are at the root of Jackson’s skyrocketing crime rate. Yarber, who hails from south Jackson, has been visibly angry over certain high-profile incidents. Among them, the Mother’s Day shooting death of 29-year-old Ebony Hervey, which resulted in the arrest of 19year-old named Wilber Clay, who was charged with the woman’s murder. More recently, the Jackson Police Department fell under scrutiny after the July 15 murder of 67-year-old Helen Harrion on Kingsroad Avenue in west Jackson. Police had gone to her home after she reported a prowler, but did not find her there. Family members
Lee Vance, the second-in-command for the past two Jackson police chiefs, will lead the department on an interim basis while the city searches for a permanent chief.
later found her dead outside. City officials have questioned whether JPD’s officers, who responded to Harrion’s call, failed to follow department investigative procedures. On July 21, JPD arrested 29-year-old Alonzo Stewart and charged him with capital murder and house burglary in Harrion’s death. In a surprise move this week, Jackson Police Chief Lindsey Horton stepped down from his post as Jackson’s police chief, effective immediately. A job posting for police chief is now live on the city’s website. “Chief Horton’s career of public service should be commended. We’re grateful for his assistance during our administration’s transition and wish him the best,” Yarber said in a news release. “We could not have transitioned so smoothly without him.” Horton, a 30-year veteran of law enforcement, stressed professionalism in his
one year on the job and expressed his gratitude to the Yarber administration. “I’ve enjoyed three decades of law enforcement. I’m looking forward to the next phase of my career,” Horton said in the release. When Yarber took over as mayor in April after a special election to replace Lumumba, city hall insiders questioned whether he would replace Horton. In the ensuing months, Yarber restructured his office by installing former Ward 6 Councilman Marshand Crisler as deputy chief administrative officer for quality of life, working closely with the police department. Assistant Police Chief Lee Vance—the No. 2 in command for Horton and his predecessor, Chief Rebecca Coleman—is acting as interim chief. Comment at www.jfp.ms. Email R.L. Nave at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Punishing Parents, Starving Kids by Anna Wolfe
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oor Mississippi children could go has submitted a public-record request for it. mulgated, the policy as promulgated—that hungry if their parents test positive Riley-Collins said that while the MDHS it is ambiguous, that it does not address for drug use under a new state law website initially displayed a request for pro- who will pay for the drug testing as well as that was supposed to go into effect posal for development of a screening instru- the drug treatment. We know that the outon July 1, but has been delayed. ment, it has since been taken down. of-pocket cost for drug treatment can range Civil-liberties advocates and com- “We are hoping to be able to see what anywhere from $12,000 to $15,000 (per munity members met with the person),” Riley-Collins said. Mississippi Department of Hu Mississippi legislators, like man Services Tuesday to discuss Rep. Sam Mims, R-McComb, concerns about the controversial who sponsored the bill, say the drug-testing law passed in Janulaw is designed to further assist ary that affects those receiving those in the state living in povpublic assistance. erty who have substance abuse While the law, House Bill problems. “It’s about helping 49, was supposed to take effect these people become better July 1, the Mississippi Center moms, become better dads, befor Justice and the American come better community memCivil Liberties Union of Missisbers,” Mims said. sippi urged MDHS to delay its Mims said those who test implementation in order to hold positive will continue to receive a public hearing. TANF while in treatment, but “I shudder to wonder what will be cut off from those servicwould have happened if the es if they test positive at the end ACLU, the ACLU of Missisof the treatment. However, the Beth Orlansky, advocacy director of Mississippi Center for sippi, and the Mississippi Center ACLU and MCJ worry that the Justice, urges the Mississippi Department of Human Services for Justice had not been paying source of funding for the treatto amend House Bill 49 to address concerns about the law’s attention. Would this law have ment has not been discussed. impact on needy families. just been implemented and “The legislators that prothese policies put out without posed it argued on the floor that, any benefit of the public having the oppor- the drug screening instrument is, whether ‘We want to help these people. We want to tunity to be heard?” Jennifer Riley-Collins, it’s the SASSI that is being used in Utah help these people get drug treatment,’ but executive director of ACLU of Mississippi, or another instrument that has been devel- nowhere in the law or in the rules does it said Tuesday. oped by possibly a local contractor,” Riley- say whose going to actually pay for the drug The law would require Temporary Collins said. treatment,” Riley-Collins said. Assistance for Needy Families recipients to According to its website, the Sub- During the first year that the drugcomplete a questionnaire and possibly face a stance Abuse Subtle Screening Inventory testing law for welfare recipients was impledrug test if their answers suggested they use (SASSI) has a 94 percent accuracy rate and mented in Utah, the state spent $30,000 illegal drugs. Riley-Collins said the ACLU takes an average of 15 minutes to take and and found 12 people who tested positive for and Center for Justice have several concerns score. But the testing method is only one drugs. Gov. Phil Bryant said he expects Misabout HB 49, from what the testing instru- of ACLU and MCJ’s concerns, which is sissippi’s program to cost about the same. ment will actually look like to how the state why they encouraged the delay for a public A federal judge, however, struck down plans to pay for it. hearing as in accordance with the Admin- a similar law in Florida, which mandated The questionnaire has not yet been re- istrative Procedures Act. drug testing for all welfare recipients without leased for public review, although the ACLU “We are concerned that the rules as pro- a questionnaire, last year.
Shining a Light on Super PACs
July 23 - 29, 2014
ast Wednesday, July 16, the Jackson Free Press notified Bishop Ronnie Crudup of New Horizon Church International that his super PAC All Citizens for Mississippi had not filed the required “24-hour reports” for expenditures for communication advocating or opposing election candidates during the lead-up to the June 24 Republican runoff in the U.S. Senate race. Discrepancies with All Citizens’ FEC filings have raised questions about the transparency of the group’s actions, but Crudup claims the mistake was a misunderstanding.
“We had a different interpretation but made a call to some folks and got some counsel, so we’re going to get it filed,” Crudup said Wednesday after Jackson Free Press inquired about the PAC’s missing 24hour reports. Federal law requires that money spent on such election communications is an independent expenditure that must be filed with the Federal Election Commission within 24 hours when disseminated 20 days before an election and amounting to more than $1,000. Initially, Crudup said the ads they
Furthermore, Mississippi’s HB 49 gives a whole household sanction when a parent tests positive—meaning children lose their benefits, too. The law has no provision to protect children, like the protective payee provision implemented in other states that treats children of parents with substance abuse as a surrogate to receive TANF benefits. Beth Orlansky, advocacy director of Mississippi Center for Justice, said TANF serves almost 16,000 low-income children each month, which amounts to 70 percent of TANF recipients. “If HB 49 goes into full effect, children will go hungry because of the mistakes of adults. This is completely unacceptable. Our leaders must take notice and change this law,” Orlansky said. Riley-Collins said the law is ultimately an unnecessary waste of taxpayer dollars that would be better put to use in another program. But for some, the effect of HB 49 is not just a grievance—it could be devastating. “Families rely upon that $160. One-hundred and sixty dollars may not seem like a lot for you or me, but not all families that receive TANF receive all of the other quote unquote public benefits,” Riley-Collins said. It could also be a problem if a TANF recipient cannot attend the drug screening when required because of conflicts with school or work, which is also a requirement to receive TANF, Riley-Collins said. She added that there needs to be a provision that allows recipients a second opportunity to attend the screening. “Because if you lose your job or you’re not going to school, then you no longer qualify for the benefit, right? It’s a catch-22,” Riley-Collins said. Comment www.jfp.ms. Email Anna Wolfe at email@example.com.
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placed on Jackson black radio stations, which were directly purchased by National Media Research Planning and Placement buyer Jon Ferrell, did not appear on his PAC’s quarterly FEC filing because All Citizens didn’t pay the buyer back for the ads until July—outside the filing time period. This does not, however, excuse why the group’s June advertising purchases were not reported within 24 hours. “Not paying for radio ads is not an excuse. The dissemination date of the radio ads is the date that determines when they need to be reported,” Jacob Fenton of The Sunlight
Foundation, a national government transparency watchdog group, told the Jackson Free Press last week. When confronted, Crudup said the group planned to make the FEC filings. “We are going to rectify that of not filing that,” Crudup said. Crudup also said the FEC had not contacted All Citizens about the missing reports. “We contacted them, the FEC hadn’t contacted us,” Crudup said. As of Tuesday, All Citizens for Mississippi had not filed any 24-hour reports for June radio and print advertising.
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Hinds Site Could Boost Car Industry
Darrell McQuirter and other Hinds County officials are remaining tight-lipped about a massive development project that could be coming soon.
great job in shifting their mindset from being the traditional IT to now providing business value for the organization.” UMMC was one of four medical centers in Mississippi to be recognized as “Most Wired” in the study. Others included St. Dominic Hospital in Jackson and North Mississippi Health Services in Tupelo. Magnolia Regional Health in Corinth also made the list, and the magazine named it as one of the “Most Improved” facilities in the state. In partnership with the American Hospital Association, Hospitals & Health Networks Magazine conducts the survey each year to recognize organizations for excellence in IT services and technology deployment in patient care. The magazine reported that 67 percent of Most Wired hospitals share critical patient information electronically with specialists and other care providers, and 81 percent of medications are matched to the patient, nurse and order via bar code technology at the bedside. To view the complete 2014 “Most Wired” list, visit http://www.hhnmag.comi
such projects have typically attracted sippians frequently face, including heart intense debate about whether the tax disease, hypertension, obesity, low birth breaks, which divert cash that ordinarily weight and more. goes into the state treasury, are a good UMMC will host a press conferdeal for the state or its workers. ence Wednesday, July 23, at 4:45 p.m. in Nissan is currently at the center of the Verner S. Holmes Learning Resource an organized-labor fight as the United Center on the UMMC campus (2500 N. MTM Brings Call Service to Jackson Auto Workers organization has been State St.), followed by a 5:30 p.m. event Health care and transportation manworking to establish a union to bring to formally introduce the initiative to the agement company MTM, Inc. will soon higher wages, better benefits and im- UMMC community and its supporters. bring non-emergency medical transportaproved working conditions. In other UMMC news, Hospitals tion and call center operations to Jackson. For its part, Nissan says that it of- & Health Networks Magazine recently MTM estimates that the project, which fers great jobs that pay $9 represents a $400,000 corporate more than most manufacturinvestment on the company’s ers, makes generous charitable part, will create 80 new jobs. contributions to community “As MTM expands our organizations and has an openoperations to Mississippi, we are door policy that lets workers committed to creating an ongotalk openly to their managers ing investment into the state’s about workplace problems. people and economy,” MTM Young told an audience President and CEO Alaina at Koinonia Coffee House July Maciá said in a release. “We look 18 that the company respects forward to creating dozens of job the right of their employees to opportunities for the local workunionize, but noted that, so far, force and being an active memworkers have not decided to ber of the Jackson community UMMC was one of four medical centers in Mississippi to be form a union. well into the future.” recognized as “Most Wired” in the study. Others included St. Dominic Hospital in Jackson (pictured) and North The Mississippi DevelMississippi Health Services in Tupelo. Jackson Hospitals Among opment Authority provided asNation’s Most Wired sistance in support of the project Former professional footfor building renovations and ball player Archie Manning is working named the medical center one of its 2014 workforce training. with Dr. Dan Jones, chancellor of the “Most Wired” health-care facilities. This MTM manages transportation, care University of Mississippi, and Dr. James is the second time UMMC has received coordination activities, call-center opKeeton, University of Mississippi Medical the honor. erations, ambulance claims adjudication, Center vice chancellor for health affairs, “I am proud that UMMC has been functional assessments and travel training to launch the Manning Family Fund for a recognized for 2 years in a row,” Da- for state and county governments, MedicHealthier Mississippi, a campaign to help vid Chou, chief information officer of aid and Medicare-managed organizations, improve the health of the state’s residents. UMMC’s Department of Information transit agencies, third-party administra The Manning Family Fund for a Systems, said in a release. “We are just tors and healthcare providers. For inforHealthier Mississippi will help UMMC getting started with the utilization of our mation visit mtm-inc.net/mtm-inc.net. attain the resources needed to battle a technology portfolio to streamline op- Comment at www.jfp.ms. Email R.L. variety of health-care challenges Missis- eration efficiencies. The team has done a Nave at rlnave @jacksonfreepress.com.
640-acre industrial site and a planned 5-million-acre manufacturing facility moved one step closer to reality this week, garnering rezoning approval from the Hinds County Board of Supervisors. Gov. Phil Bryant asked the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers for permission to fill wetlands, located in western Hinds County between Clinton and Bolton, to build at the site. District 2 Supervisor Darrel McQuirter, who represents parts of Clinton and Bolton, told the Jackson Free Press that the county is marketing the site to a single company, but would not cite any specific firms. Wide speculation exists that a tract of land of that size would most likely be for an automotive manufacturer or a supplier. Mississippi is in the middle of an automotive industry boom in recent years. In 2011, Toyota started making its popular Corolla model in Blue Springs. In the fall of 2013, Yokohama Tire Corporation broke ground on a $300-million plant in West Point that promised to bring 2,000 jobs to Mississippi, each paying an average salary of per year $35,000, state development officials said at the time. Mississippi also helped German manufacturer of automotive powertrain systems, Feuer, with assistance from the Mississippi Industry Incentive Financing Revolving Fund through the Mississippi Development Authority. Officials with Nissan North America’s Canton assembly plant said that part of a supplier park, which the company broke ground on in 2013, is scheduled to be completed by the end of the calendar year. The 1.5 million-square-foot facility located just north of the plant expects to add 800 jobs, Camille Scales Young, a government relations representative with Nissan, told the Jackson Free Press. She added that Nissan is not involved with the planned Hinds County project. Plans call for a logistics center that would have multiple uses, including receiving production parts, outbound returnable containers and supplier operations. Young said that the park would enable Nissan’s suppliers, some of which are Mississippi-based, to be closer to the automotive manufacturer. Nissan, which began operating in 2004 with the assistance of a bundle of incentives from Mississippi taxpayers, has 5,600 employees working at its 4.2 million squarefoot plant in Madison County. Not only do these large-scale projects prompt concerns about eminent domain and environmental harm, with their heavy reliance on tax incentives,
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A Little Help From Our Affluent Friends
ke On A Bike: “For many years as owner and chief tour guide of Village Ghetto Land Urban Tours, Incorporated, I’ve witnessed the steady decline and neglect of the Ghetto Science Community’s infrastructure. Despite elected officials’ disregard for the least of their constituents’ well-being, poor and financially challenged citizens seem to find creative and resourceful ways to cope with the unfortunate fate of living on bad infrastructure and broken promises. “Inspired by Brother Hustle’s Compensatory Investment Request Support Group, associate tour guides Scooter Mac B. and Poppa Wheelie pitched an interesting idea to the Ghetto Science Team Infrastructure Committee and me. They suggested that the infrastructure committee raise money by temporarily making the pothole-ridden Funky Ghetto Mall area into an amusement park. It’s an opportunity to convince and attract rich and upper-middleclass tourists to spend their money in a poor area through curiosity or for charitable purposes. “Yes, there will be an admission fee. “The Funky Ghetto Mall Amusement Park, managed by Village Ghetto Land Urban Tours, Incorporated, will create seasonal summer jobs for unemployed citizens from the Ghetto Science Community like the unemployed DJs and emcees. Also, by the end of summer, the Ghetto Science Team Infrastructure Committee should have the funds to repair and improve the Ghetto Science Community’s infrastructure problems. “The implementation of The Funky Ghetto Mall Amusement Park is a great opportunity to improve our infrastructure and community through self-determination, self-sufficiency, creativity, talent, resourcefulness and a little help from our affluent friends.”
‘race-baiting’ “The Cochran campaign, through racebaiting, took us back 50 years.”
July 23 - 29, 2014
—Chris McDaniel’s campaign attorney Mitch Tyner, on racial messaging used in the Cochran-McDaniel senate election.
Why it Stinks: We’re unsure if Tyner is confusing the Cochran campaign with himself, since he recently told reporters that Democrats who voted in the Republican runoff—the ones the Cochran campaign engaged to help him win—“diluted the vote.” In other words, black Democrats who helped Cochran win the election somehow tainted the results. Cochran and, by extension, his agents like Bishop Ronnie Crudup have less-than-clean hands when it comes to race-baiting. Still, people in glass houses shouldn’t throw stones.
Help Children, Don’t Attack Them
n July 18, Gov. Phil Bryant sent a letter to President Barack Obama expressing his “deep concern regarding the ongoing crisis at the United State’s southern border” where “illegal aliens—many (of them) unaccompanied children—are flooding into our country in record numbers.” The situation at the U.S.-Mexico border, where thousands of Central American children are being detained, is grave. These children by and large are fleeing violence in countries like Honduras, where illegal drug traffickers rely on violence to keep their products moving to customers in the U.S. A bill that the Mississippi Legislature passed earlier this year, which would require mandatory drug screening and possible testing of people receiving government benefits, was scheduled to take effect July 1. However, state officials called a public hearing, which took place July 22, before implementing the law. The supporters of the provision, HB 49, mostly Republicans, said they were concerned about the scourge of drug addiction and its effects on children and families. They just want people to get help they need, backers argued. We’re not fully clear on what the motivations behind HB 49 are, but it isn’t about ending drug addiction in Mississippi, nor is it about helping children. If it were true that our policymakers— who also this year passed a controversial 20-week abortion ban that went into effect July 1, ostensibly out of concern for unborn children—care deeply
about the state’s children, Mississippi would not again rank No. 50 among the states for children’s’ quality of life. The latest Kids Count survey, which the Annie E. Casey Foundation conducts annually, shows that in the past year, Mississippi slipped back to last place for economic well-being, health, education, and family and community after climbing to No. 49 last year. Other states, like Utah, that have tried drug testing have not realized any savings from the program, catching minimal numbers of people testing positive while spending thousands of dollars on testing. Besides, as we report this week (see page 10), the drug-testing law does would not punish the drug-using parent, but would sanction the entire household, including children. In reality, as written, HB 49 lacks any provision to protect children, to ensure they remain fed, clothed and housed, in the event a parent tests positive for drug use. In Gov. Bryant’s letter to President Obama, he accuses the White House of having lax immigration policies—Obama has shamefully, in our estimation, deported record numbers of immigrants in his six years in office—and threatens to prevent the federal government from housing adult and child immigrants in Mississippi. In other words, instead of making Mississippi a welcoming place for children whom, if nurtured, cared for and respected, would grow up to becoming proud Mississippians, we are telling the world that we are not the Hospitality State after all.
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everal years ago, then-Gov. Haley Barbour announced a grand plan to make Mississippi a bulwark of medical professionalism and a haven for Americans looking for top-of-theline health care. Since his election, Gov. Phil Bryant has taken up that banner, pounding the drum for making our state the standard for excellence in wellness. As grand plans go, it’s admirable. Problem is, our esteemed Republican leaders have ignored the inconvenient fact that Mississippians remain at or near the bottom of every national health standard. No American in her right mind will consider Mississippi for high-quality medical treatment when the state’s leadership flatly refuses to improve the well-being of its own citizens. If you need your roof repaired, you wouldn’t go to a contractor who uses leaky buckets to catch the rain pouring through the holes in his own ceiling, would you? Mississippi’s wellness buckets are full of stagnant swamp water. Most of us are familiar with the dismal statistics. Take your pick: teen pregnancy, obesity, diabetes, smoking, heart disease—our rates lead or butt right up against the wrong end of the spectrum, and we’ve been stuck there for decades. Mississippians have the shortest life expectancy in the nation, along with the worst educational outcomes, lowest median income, and highest rates of poverty and food insecurity. Look, I am not into bashing Mississippi. I am thrilled to see every iota of progress, and I celebrate the state’s beauty and our people’s spirit whenever I can. It’s far from all gloom and doom. Just look at the fantastic “Happy MS” video for our exuberant expressions of joy, and the “If You’re Buying, We’re Selling” campaign for our stalwart refusal to succumb to fear and prejudice. But let’s not be stupid: Taking third place honors for the most miserable state in the 2013 Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index, released in February, is not something to be proud of. On July 16, Deep South Daily reported that the Trace Regional Hospital in Chickasaw County is closing its emergency room, leaving three counties without any emergency services. The closure—along with hospital bankruptcies, clinic shutdowns and medical personnel layoffs across the state—is a direct result of Mississippi’s refusal to expand Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act, aka Obamacare. Under the law, the trade-off for allocating millions to individuals for health insurance is curtailing the funds to hospitals
for treating uninsured patients. People who understand how the law works predicted this outcome. “Without disproportionate share payments, many rural hospitals and hospitals that treat a disproportionate share of uninsured Mississippians will close,” Sen. David Blount, D-Jackson, said during a news conference 16 months ago. “People will lose jobs, and people will lose access to health care, particularly in our rural communities.” Gov. Bryant, it seems, continues to rely on a very broken crystal ball. He spouts unsupportable bravado from one side of his mouth—that the federal government won’t allow hospital closures—while spreading (historically inaccurate) mistrust for the feds to follow through on its promises from the other side—in this case, to pick up the tab for health-care expansion. This peculiar bipolar view demonstrates just how wrong the conservative rhetoric has been about health-insurance reform. Bryant and his cohorts want all the beneficence of the federal government (we receive more than $3 in return for every $1 we contribute to national coffers) without taking any responsibility for their selfinflicted pain. The federal government is making good on its promises, and Mississippians are paying the price. Despite the ACA’s problems and constant right-wing obstructionism, Obamacare is working, dashing every thick-headed conservative argument against the rocks of pessimism. Americans signed up, even healthy young people, exceeding the best estimates. They paid their premiums. The sticker “rate shock” hasn’t materialized, and the numbers of uninsured Americans has dramatically declined. Even Republicans, who still don’t like the concept of Obamacare, like their coverage, a recent Commonwealth Fund survey found. Yet, conservative cognitive dissonance continues unabated, and Republicans’ crazy conspiracy theories and misinformed attacks on reality spew on. Mississippi has an opportunity to make a significant impact on its lousy statistics. We can have our health, work and education reflect our best instincts instead of our meanest selfishness. Well-being, all of our well-being, matters. It’s incumbent on those of us who embrace that to make our voices heard. Let your political leaders know that health-care expansion makes sense for Mississippi, and when they refuse to listen, make your vote count in November and future elections. Ronni Mott is an award-winning writer and a yoga teacher, just stumbling and fumbling toward bliss like everyone else.
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Righting Our Grand Failure
How Mississippi’s GOP Primary Made African Americans a Dangerous Force by R.L. Nave
July 23 - 29, 2014
nominee for president, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, openly rebuked the tea party, while the U.S. Senate bids of tea-party darlings Todd Akin in Missouri and Richard Mourdock of Indiana quickly went off the rails. Icons of the Republican establishment, such as Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, Speaker John Boehner and Utah Sen. Orrin Hatch have all handily beat down scrappy primary challengers from their right flanks in recent years. The matchup between McDaniel and Cochran was the tea party’s last best hope to knock off one the oldest of the old Republican guard. This was supposed to be their revolution. ‘Something a Bit Strange’ During his 10-minute-long speech at the Laurel Convention Center, McDaniel, 42, invoked President Ronald Reagan, whose presidential bid began in Mississippi and flourished throughout the South with the help of a strategy that not-so-subtly stoked the embers of racial animus. Reagan’s strategy, developed by Republican strategist Lee Atwater, substituted words like “welfare queen” and “thug” for African Americans. Today, adherents to the Southern Strategy deploy a different lexicon to characterize blacks: “Democrats.” The epithet is a clever one. Look at exit polls of just about any statewide political race and the African American vote mirror the votes received by the Democratic nominee. Today, most of the Democrats in the state Legislature are African Americans. In the state with the most black elected officials (but none statewide), African Ameri-
can mayors, county supervisors and other government officials abound, almost all of whom are Democrats. That means black Democrats have power. And in the McDaniel-Cochran race, they wielded that power with shocking precision. Three weeks after the June 3 primary
ties in the Deep South. After the near-loss in the June 3 primary, the Cochran campaign unapologetically went hard for African Americans and others who had sat out the Democratic primary—meaning they could legally vote in the runoff. McDaniel took note. “There is someTrip Burns
n the night of June 24, state Sen. Chris McDaniel took the podium from his fellow Mississippi state legislator Michael Watson after results came in for the Republican primary run-off for the U.S. Senate. McDaniel stepped to the microphone not to concede, but to reject defeat and to issue a call to arms. After losing in his bid against incumbent U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran by around 7,000 votes, McDaniel started weaving the narrative that would serve as a clarion call to his supporters in the Tea Party to help him claim the seat he believed was rightfully his. “There were literally dozens of irregularities reported all across this state. And you know why. You read the stories. You’re familiar. You’re familiar with the problems we have,” he signaled, to grunts of assent as the sentence trailed off. The tea-party movement—a radical faction of the modern conservative movement, itself an offshoot in many ways of mainstream Republicanism—was slow to arrive in Mississippi, like a lot of things. The tea party made its mark on the national stage in 2010, when it dislodged mostly conservative Democrats, but no self-professed tea-party members from Mississippi went to Capitol Hill. Arguably, the tea party did not become a force in Mississippi politics until 2011, when it dubbed Phil Bryant the nation’s first tea-party governor. As tea-party popularity surges in Mississippi, the movement’s influence is waning elsewhere. In 2012, the Republican
Stephanie Parker-Weaver, who worked on the campaign staff of controversial Mayor Frank Melton, said white Republicans and black Democrats have long allied but often go to great lengths to hide those allegiances.
resulted in a near tie, with McDaniel coming up just about 1,500 votes short, Cochran got a more than 8,000-vote swing to win the June 24 runoff election by a total of 7,667 votes. Almost half the votes Cochran picked up came from heavily Democratic precincts in heavily African American Hinds County, which voted for Barack Obama in 2008 and 2012 at higher rates than most other coun-
thing a bit strange. There is something a bit unusual about a Republican primary that’s decided by liberal Democrats,” said McDaniel as his supporters cheered, some thrusting their fists toward the ceiling like 1960s radicals. He is probably right on that point: This was a bizarre election. In few places have African Americans ever before influenced the
Rocky Race Histories That race would figure prominently in the U.S. Senate primary was a given from the moment McDaniel stepped up as the only Republican official with the moxie to run against Cochran in the fall of 2013.
In October of that year, Mother Jones, the liberal investigative-news magazine that broke the story of Mitt Romney’s 47 percent remark during the presidential campaign, reported that McDaniel was a featured guest speaker for “a neo-Confederate conference” in Laurel. Attendees were reportedly urged to dress in “Confederate uniforms and antebellum ball gowns or wee kilties,” the magazine reported. McDaniel said he never showed up for the speaking engagement because he missed his flight coming back from a meeting of the American Legislative Exchange Coun-
has been used to convict and indict Deryl Dedmon and several other white men and women in connection with the murder of a black man, James Craig Anderson, in 2011, on federal hate-crime charges. Most recently, on July 16, federal prosecutors announced that a federal grand jury indicted four more people for their role in Anderson’s death, all under the federal law that Cochran voted against. Cochran also refused, in 1989, to sign onto a congressional resolution commemorating civil-rights workers James Chaney, Andrew Goodman and Michael
Rick Whitlow was a black Republican running for mayor of Jackson. Despite this, the state GOP establishment turned their backs on him and supported Frank Melton, who claimed to be a Democrat.
cil. Up until the June 3 primary, McDaniel was dogged by comments that had a whiff of antipathy for blacks and black culture, including a snippet of a radio show he taped in which he railed against hip-hop as a culture “that values prison more than college ... that can’t stand education (and) can’t get control of itself.” Cochran is not without his race-related demons, however. In 2005, the U.S. Senate formally apologized for the body’s failure over the years to pass a federal law that might have been used to intervene in lynchings that occurred in the past century, many of them in the South. It was a purely symbolic move, but drew 80 co-sponsors from both sides of the party divide. Neither Cochran nor then-Sen. Trent Lott signed on to the resolution despite Mississippi’s horrid reputation as a safe haven for racial terrorism—and as the state with the most lynchings on record. Earlier, in 2002, both Cochran and Lott voted against a federal hate-crime bill. That legislation, the Matthew Shepard and James Byrd, Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act,
Schwerner on the 25th anniversary of their slaying by the Ku Klux Klan just south of Philadelphia, Miss. Strange Bedfellows Even if it’s rare for African Americans to play such a direct role in Republican politics, black Democrats and the Mississippi GOP have had a long history of working together, albeit in secret. Jackson has frequent examples of how white Republicans inject themselves into mayoral elections in Mississippi’s largest city. For instance, in 2009, the Better Jackson PAC, which ran crime-hysteria ads about Jackson in support of then-candidate Marshand Crisler, was actually funded by supporters and architects of the controversial Two Lakes project, a largely Republican group that even included donors to Ron Paul’s presidential campaigns. Four years later, when businessman Jonathan Lee ran for mayor of Jackson, his political opponents tarred him as a “Rankin more BLACK, see page 17
A Known Commodity In the aftermath of the Republican Senate primary, race has become the defining issue for Mississippi Republicans, trumping even issues that are typical flashpoints in conservative politics such as national defense, immigration reform, dismantling Obamacare or abortion. On July 18, McDaniel appeared on a radio show produced by the conservative American Family Association to echo the claim his campaign has made for weeks: that mainstream Republicans, including Cochran, colluded to demonize him and engage in race baiting in radio ads that warned black voters that he would not be friendly to them—and some that associated him with the Ku Klux Klan. “It’s bad enough they called me a racist. They said if I’m elected, and we get our way, that we’re going to end food stamps. They said if I’m elected, and we get our way, we’re basically going to keep minorities from voting. They said if I’m elected, and I get my way, I’m going to cut off funding for historically black colleges and universities,” McDaniel said on the AFA program. Some of these charges were suggested ever subtly through the Cochran outreach effort that involved advertising with local media with large black audiences, including the Jackson Free Press, the Jackson Advocate and the Mississippi Link, which the family of developer and political power player Socrates Garrett owns. Part of what has the McDaniel campaign, their supporters and campaign-finance watchdogs crying foul is that the minority outreach was not done by the Cochran campaign, but by Democratic-affiliated groups. The most notable among them is a political-action committee called All Citizens for Mississippi, founded by Bishop Ronnie Crudup, the powerful pastor of New Horizon Church International in south Jackson. In addition to leading the church, Crudup heads the Jackson Redevelopment Authority and community-development LLCs. The bishop, who has a long history of working with Republicans, including Gov. Haley Barbour whom he endorsed in 2007 for re-election, explained his rationale for starting the pro-Cochran PAC in an interview with the Jackson Free Press at
the church last week. “Senator Cochran is a known commodity in the African American community,” Crudup said. Take Jackson, for example. In the last year before Congress did away with earmarks, projects in and around the capital city received approximately $38 million from the federal government due to Cochran’s influence for the city of Jackson, University of Mississippi Medical Center, Jackson State University, the Jackson-Evers International Airport, the Medgar Evers historic site, and other local projects and organizations. In all, Cochran sponsored 243 earmarks that added up to $497.6 million in fiscal year 2010. Cochran foes, including those in the tea party who support McDaniel, have derided the incumbent as a king of government pork. But even Republican leaders, who talk a good game about limiting government spending, as well as local Democratic officials, are need Cochran to bring home the bacon. Not only did every statewide Republican official, including Bryant, the teaparty governor, put their necks on the line to campaign hard to send Cochran back to Congress, but so did local Democratic and Republican officials. Gary Rhoads, a Republican and mayor of Flowood, said at a June Levee Board meeting that voting against Cochran would be “dumb.” At the same meeting, newly elected Democratic Jackson Mayor Tony Yarber said that of the all candidates, he would support the one who would provide funds for Jackson’s infrastructure. Cochran’s fan base also extends to McDaniel’s own backyard. Melvin Mack served as Laurel mayor for eight years after stints on the city council and the Jones County Board of Supervisors. A city of 18,548, Laurel’s population is 55 percent black. Beyond the city hiring McDaniel’s law firm Hortman Harlow to do contract legal work, Mack said he doesn’t know McDaniel well. “I believe he’s a good person, but our paths didn’t cross that much,” Mack, a black Democrat, said in a phone interview. Cochran, meanwhile, received high marks from him. “I was mayor when (Hurricane Katrina) came through,” Mack said. “Anything that we wanted, we would just ask him. And if Thad could do it, he never would hesitate. Things happen here in Laurel. Thad Cochran put the party behind him to do the right thing.” Asked about former Congressman Travis Childers, his party’s nominee for U.S. Senate, Mack pauses. “I don’t know him that well,” he said. “I think I met him one time, but I know Thad much better, and I know what he’s done. I think Childers and Thad would make good senators.”
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outcome of a Republican primary, certainly not one in the South nor one with national implications. More importantly, after years of southern Republicans gerrymandering electoral districts, pressing for voter ID and developing other policies to dilute black voting strength, black Mississippians may have discovered a new way to assert strength. For making overt appeals to Democrats, McDaniel accused Cochran of “abandoning the conservative movement” and told a hushed crowd: “Today, the conservative movement took a back seat to liberal Democrats in the state of Mississippi. In the most conservative state in the republic, this happened. If it can happen here, it can happen anywhere.”
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County Republican,” which, to black Democrats, is code to describe white people. It didn’t help Lee’s cause that many of his top donors had given millions to Republicans in federal elections over the years. Even more recently, in this year’s mayoral election, a consulting firm with ties to the former chief of staff of Republican Gov. Kirk Fordice, did polls and placed television advertising for the Tony Yarber campaign, although it played a middleman role and was not listed on Yarber’s campaign reports. Those ads were aimed at responding to a set of anti-Yarber ads placed by a secretive PAC that late attorney Precious Martin set up, and which never registered as a PAC or reported donations or expenditures. In cities like Jackson, the game is all about parties trying to forget—or conceal who’s affiliated with which political party— said Stephanie Parker-Weaver, who has been a political organizer since the early 1990s. “Republicans have played in traditional big D—Democratic—politics for years,” she said. Weaver points to her own experience working on the campaigns of late Jackson Mayor Frank Melton. Melton’s team of supporters consisted of “radical” progressives like herself as well as ardent conservatives such as developer Leland R. Speed, whose father served as mayor of Jackson in the 1940s, and Wirt Yerger Jr., the Mississippi Republican Party’s founding chairman. Parker-Weaver said Republicans who need to do business with the Democrats who control City Hall have to find ways to put aside philosophical differences, sometimes publicly and sometimes on the down-low. One way to hide money is through bundling. State law requires donations over $200 to be reported on campaign-finance disclosure forms, but bundlers can convince large numbers of people to donate smaller amounts to avoid detection. Parker-Weaver says the subterfuge is about race politics. “No black candidate wants to be seen as being bought and paid for by white people who have the green. You don’t want it showing up that Leland (Speed) and them still control everything,” she said. Rick Whitlow, who is black and ran for mayor of Jackson as a Republican in 2005 and as independent in 2009, was on the receiving end of that reluctant bipartisanship. “Politics makes for strange bedfellows,” Whitlow said last week. Whitlow, who settled in Jackson from Michigan City, Ind., and first worked as a sports broadcaster here, said that despite his carrying the GOP banner, Mississippi Republican power brokers largely ignored his bid against Melton, who claimed he could “solve crime in 90 days” and who also was ready and willing to rubber-stamp Republican pet projects such as Two Lakes.
“I was ignored by the Republican Party. They all thought Frank hung the moon,” said Whitlow, who received some small donations from Republicans such as Karen and Stuart Irby and then-Gov. Haley Barbour. “They thought Frank would solve all their problems.” It was Melton, who invited Whitlow to join his staff, who turned out to be the problem, eventually involving state and federal felony indictments, and he soon began los-
“Crudup and his bunch saved Cochran’s cahones.” ing support from his biggest backers. Whitlow described his experiences in a new book titled “Swagger.” Whitlow has observed many of the same cloak-and-dagger tactics employed in the Mississippi Senate race, all to hide the fact that white Republicans and black Democrats are working together. “It seems like a very shrewd move to reach out to liberal Democrats to get over the hump,” Whitlow said of the Cochran campaign. “This harmonious blending of the races—it’s set up for conflict. But it also lends itself towards cooperation and trust. No group gets everything they want, but everyone gets a little something.” ‘Stank and Taint’ Whether African Americans get something from their support of Cochran remains to be seen. After blacks carried him to victory on June 24, members of the Congressional Black Caucus wondered aloud whether Cochran would reward blacks. “Those votes were delivered, and I’m hopeful he will be responsible and responsive to the voters that pushed him over the top,” U.S. Rep. Hank Johnson, a Georgia Democrat, told Politico after the runoff. To deliver those votes, Cochran, through Bishop Crudup’s All Citizens for
Mississippi PAC, leaned hard on Democratic operatives. The PAC paid Bill Washington $34,000 in three separate payments and Roosevelt Daniels $20,000 in four payments, all for the purpose of get-out-thevote efforts. Washington and Daniels also recently worked for Democratic state Sen. John Horhn during the 2014 special election for Jackson mayor. Daniels is a former aide to former Jackson Mayor Harvey Johnson Jr., also a Democrat. James Warren, known as “Scooby Doo,” or usually just “Scooby,” in political circles, received $16,000 in three separate payments for door-to-door, get-out-the-vote efforts. Warren told The Clarion-Ledger in mid-June that he would get involved with the Republican primary despite his longtime association with the Democratic Party. Other hired guns who received smaller amounts were Ronny Barrett, Levon Owens and Democratic state Rep. Credell Calhoun. Bill Chandler, executive director of the Mississippi Immigrant Rights Alliance, believes that the race points out the need for public financing of election campaigns. “I think it’s a real attack on democracy. I think it’s good this controversy is going on because it’s bringing attention to these issues,” Chandler said. “Chris McDaniel has been an adversary to immigration, but there’s probably weight to the accusations that he’s making. I’ve been involved on the election side, and I see the kind of corruption that he’s talking about.” But neither Cochran nor Mississippi’s other Republican officials who also benefitted indirectly from African Americans helping his re-election effort have indicated that they would support any African American agenda items, such as Medicaid expansion or increased funding for black cities. Stephanie Parker-Weaver says there should be no shame in African Americans asking Republicans for something in exchange for supporting Cochran. “That means that we are an informed electorate that knows how to play the game. White folks don’t vote for white folks without asking for something in return,” she said. “Crudup and his bunch saved Cochran’s cahones.” Parker-Weaver believes that African Americans’ success in influencing Mississippi’s Republican primary is likely to be replicated nationwide, albeit altered to “remove the stank and taint” that has emerged since June 24. “This is the awakening of a sleeping giant,” she said. Investigative reporter Anna Wolfe contributed reporting to this story by interviewing Bishop Ronnie Crudup. Email R.L. Nave at email@example.com. Comment at www.jfp.ms.
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Well, I went to certain African American folks because they were certainly my target for the work … the African American community. And I also went to the other sources that I understood and knew had monies to invest in the political campaign, and one of those particular sources was Mississippi Conservatives. I went to them, they didn’t come to me on this. I sold the case that
to the end of June we had to actually report within those guidelines. So that means both income and expenses that would not have been shown in this.
That is shown on the FEC reports. Was there anyone else that you got money from?
So the money that was raised in June is all filed here?
Oh yeah, I have some other folks. As I’ve said, I think publicly that I’ve raised probably approximately $200,000 for this. Including what Mississippi Conservatives gave ($144,685)?
Including what Mississippi Conserva-
The money that was raised in June is there. So there weren’t any funds besides from Mississippi Conservatives raised in June?
Actually there was. There was some other funds. It’s small, but that is actually a
First of all, who did you kind of target when you were looking for donations, or how did you fundraise to people?
I could do this and produce and asked them for a certain amount of money, and we negotiated that, and they invested some money in us for the work that we were going to do.
Bishop Ronnie Crudup says federal law does not require his political action committee to reveal more donor and expenditure information until Oct. 15, 2014. So, he’s not going to.
tives has put down there, but according to the law at this point, some of that did not necessarily have to be disclosed in this particular filing, and so we didn’t disclose it.
discrepancy—one of the discrepancies that you say there, is actually 2,600 and something dollars.
Was that because of the time frame, or was it because of the amount, or why was that?
Yeah, there’s a discrepancy that I’m pretty sure you’re going to ask about between what Mississippi Conservatives say they gave us ($140,000) and what we said, what we reported ($144,685). If you look at that, actually that amount is 2,600 and so dollars. That 2,000 some dollars was actually other monies that was raised, besides from Mississippi Conservatives.
Some of it is more time frame. Some of it will come out in the next filing. There is no intent to deceive or anything like that because hey, I mean, what is public record will be public record. When do you plan to file the next report?
Well, the FEC actually has guidelines for that, just like June was a filing date, and for us, because our PAC was actually started in June, then everything from that start date
O.K., and it was kind of just accidentally—?
Yeah, when we made the deposit. So we will actually make the corrections on that. When we made the deposits on that, it was
assumed that it was all one source, but actually it was two sources. O.K., who was that other source?
I’ll disclose that to them (FEC) when that comes, and they can make it public. I know that there was a lot of doorto-door get-out-the-vote efforts. What exactly was that money (total $97,500) used for?
Well, we covered the state of Mississippi. I had people who were actually working for us all over the state, and those people had responsibilities to actually talk to people. First, we sought to encourage people to go do absentees—those who decided they would not be within their county at that point to vote absentee. Then, of course, we went out and rallied people to support Senator Cochran in the runoff. So we were very actively out there on the ground, knocking on doors, phone banks, talking to folks door to door, going to churches, civic groups all over the place, which is nothing unusual, I mean it’s get out the vote in Mississippi and across the country. Every one of these people, especially folks that got considerable amount of money—if you look from Credell Calhoun to Bill Washington to James Warren to Best Solutions to (Roosevelt) Daniels—all those people employed other people. So they had field workers. So it’s not like those people got paid big lump sums of money for their service; those people employed other people in the field to do work. Do you know about James Warren and the claims people are making about him (of selling votes)?
Yeah, James is a wonderful person who’s talkative sometimes and, per his words, he just got spouting off at the mouth and probably didn’t recognize what he said—said some things that got him into some controversy. James Warren is one of the people in this community who does get-out-the-vote work for candidates. He’s not new. He’s a known commodity. He’s very experienced. He’s very good at what he does. He’s a personal friend. I hired people who I knew could do the work and turn people out, and they did the work and turned people (out). There have been a lot allegations of vote buying. How did you ensure that wasn’t happening with your super PAC?
First, every one of the guys I hired got integrity. They are people who have integrity. more PAC, see page 21
n the midst of Mississippi’s senatorial race, a super PAC created by a prominent local bishop emerged with the hopes of ensuring U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran’s re-election prior to the June 24 Republican primary runoff. That PAC, called All Citizens for Mississippi, got the attention of African American voters with racial messaging and contributed to the large voter turnout for Cochran. “A victory for Chris McDaniel is a loss for the reputation of this state for race, for race relationships between blacks and whites and other ethnic groups,” one All Citizens radio ad warned. The leader of the PAC, New Horizon Church International Bishop Ronnie Crudup, came under fire after reporters discovered his church shares the address the All Citizens PAC listed with the Federal Election Commission. Initially, he did not return calls about discrepancies and missing FEC reports. When the PAC filed a report with the FEC on July 15, it only revealed that a super PAC started by members of the Haley Barbour family had donated to his PAC. The report did not include a number of donors and expenditures for advertising run before the runoff—information Crudup claims the PAC will not reveal until its Oct. 15 FEC report. He said he didn’t have to report the advertising payments before the runoff because the PAC did not actually pay for them until after the runoff. The report also indicated that $97,500 went to individuals and groups—including James “Scooby” Warren and Better Solutions, both listed with the same address. Warren told media that he was organizing a statewide get-out-the-vote effort for Cochran on behalf of Mississippi Conservatives. Finally, Crudup met with the Jackson Free Press at his church the evening of July 16 and explained the work All Citizens did to secure Cochran in the Senate—and why race was a crucial factor of the result. Following is an excerpt of that interview; read the full transcript at jfp.ms/crudup.
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PAC, from page 19 I think so. You got to understand I had people working with me who were helping in all of this— Absolutely. I understand. So the radio ads were purchased in June, June 20, before the runoff?
Before the runoff. Right.
But you didn’t pay the group until July?
They extended some credit to us.
some we couldn’t do, and said, ‘Let’s take a shot at it.’ I’m a person of faith. I take risks all the time, so we took a risk in this, and it’s been great. I’ve kind of heard that Hinds County is the battleground of this whole election—at least there was a big effort to get people voting in Jackson. Is that accurate?
No doubt about it. The Delta, Washington County, Greenville, Greenwood area, trip burns
So it’s a get-out-the-vote organization?
I’ll put it to you another way. Basically, I hired two major firms—that’s Bill Washington and James Warren and his group. Those are the main two. So if you look at the money line of Best Solutions and James Warren, and you also compare that to Bill Washington’s money line, I think you’ll come up real close in terms of the money that was spent with my first line of people, and then I had another secondary line of people who worked as well. So tell me about the radio ads that you did. What kind of money was spent there and which radio stations?
We spent approximately $23,000 on radio (in) stations across the state, and we worked with a company out of state that worked individual stations, so we paid those folks for that, and that payment wasn’t made until July, so it didn’t show up in this. And who was that to?
To tell you the truth, at this point I can’t tell you what their name was. I mean I think I saw in The Clarion-Ledger so it’s public record out there. American Media?
Race played a big role in this election. I think this race had a lot of racial tension around it, and certainly we didn’t start that. I think that was very evident, in that black folks at first seemed to be excluded. So the title All Citizens for Mississippi—that’s how I coined that. I felt like that was part of the citizenry that was excluded. I think that the rhetoric talked about things that my community was particularly concerned about in a lot of code words thrown around that honestly for us were very racist. So race was a huge factor in this. Can you give me some specifics on that—code words that you took to be racist?
Bishop Ronnie Crudup’s church, New Horizon Church International, shares an address with his super PAC,All Citizens for Mississippi—but is a separate office in the same complex.
Can you tell me what was the expense to Best Solutions?
Best Solutions is a get-out-the-vote— and certainly James Warren is affiliated with that group. That’s one of his groups.
bit earlier, you know, you kind of targeted the black community, and you were talking about how you don’t think African Americans typically create PACs and things like that—what kind of role did race play in this election and with the work you did in the election?
They did. They believed they would get their money, and they did. What is All Citizens’ or your relationship with Mississippi Conservatives, and how did that kind of partnership happen?
I know a lot of people. Truth is, I know what a lot of people do. So I knew a number of the folks who were involved in All Citizens, and I approached them. Once again, they did not approach me. And (I) said, ‘Listen, here’s what I want to do, and I think I can help. Will you invest some money in me to do this?’ And they did. And what prompted you to create All Citizens?
That’s a great question. I think most people know I’ve always been pretty politically active. I mean, I’m not a new face to politics, particularly in Jackson and the metro area. And as I watched all of this, I said, ‘You know what? I’m involved. I’m going to be involved politically. Why don’t I determine my own destiny?’ And it was from that the idea came to start my own PAC. I then consulted with my lawyers and some other close friends and (they) said, ‘Wow that’s a god idea.’ Because it doesn’t exist much. I don’t know of anyone else, particularly African Americans, I’m pretty sure there are, but I don’t know folks who have one. So we looked at the laws related to it—thought there wasn’t anything burden-
metro Jackson, Hinds County particularly and Warren County were areas we focused a lot on—Hattiesburg, we did a lot of efforts in these areas. We knew, we felt really good about the fact that we could significantly increase the voter turnout for Senator Cochran in Hinds County. I think we proved that. We knew that from the very beginning that we needed at least 30,000 voters if he was going to be successful and win. ... I’m real pleased to say we were able to see that kind of number produced. How did you coordinate your efforts with the Cochran campaign?
I didn’t work with the Cochran campaign. Legally, I coordinated some efforts with Mississippi Conservatives, but I didn’t coordinate any efforts with the Cochran campaign. That’s illegal. What’s your relationship with former Gov. Haley Barbour?
Haley Barbour’s a friend of mine. Haley Barbour’s a good friend of mine. I think it’s public record I supported Haley Barbour when he was governor. Haley Barbour remains a good friend. Do you consider yourself a Republican?
I really consider myself an independent that votes candidates. I have voted Republican a lot just like I’ve voted Democrat a lot. You were talking about race a little
Sometimes it’s a subtle nuance of how things are said in terms of, maybe, ‘state rights.’ It is a nuance. It is how it’s referred to. Sometimes, you know, it is how you talk about, maybe, the Confederacy and other things such as that. How people might say, or you hear a lot in a sense, “our country back.” OK, from who? Also a lot of the antiPresident Obama things, so disrespectful, inflammatory. Well my community takes that as racist statements. So race was huge in this. People ask the question, ‘Well, are you a racist? You talk about turning black folks out.’ Well, no, I talked obviously about—if you’re going to enlarge the pool of voters to go over and win this campaign, who do those folks look like? Who are they? Well, they’re probably African Americans. And so that would be the group that for me too who was excluded, who was not being talked to. So as a PAC, I saw my purpose as talking to that group of African Americans and other sympathetic whites and anybody else who would be listening, to actually get those people to go do what some of them had never done before and go vote Republican. Do you think McDaniel is a racist?
I don’t personally know Mr. McDaniel, and I can only take people at face value in terms of what I hear from him. So I want to give Mr. McDaniel the benefit of the doubt that he’s not a racist, just like I’d want anybody to give me the benefit of the doubt. I don’t think so. I hope not. But you do think that he’s bad for race relations?
I think Mr. McDaniel says things that if he doesn’t know is insinuatory; then he needs to recognize that so he can change those tones and words. And if he does know more PAC, see page 22
They’re trustworthy. They’ve been doing this a long time. They have high standards, and I know that they would not do this. Secondly, they do this for a living. They understand the legalities of what’s legal and what’s not legal. They understand that they are personally liable if they did something they weren’t supposed to do. This is how these people make their living. They’re not going to do something that they know that they’re not supposed to do. Then the other side of this is, if you look at the money that was spent in this— particularly from our side, I can only talk about it from our side—the reality is and the numbers, I’ll use McDaniel’s numbers which is that we helped turn 35,000 people, black folks, to the polls. I would think, too, not just black folks, I think there was white folks, Democrats and independents, by the way. Then the truth is, nobody’s out here passing out dollar bills or 10-dollar bills to people in those kind of cases. There’s not enough money here or that. Even the amount of money shows that’s not possible, it’s not feasible, it wouldn’t be done. It is, in a nice way, asinine—I can only speak on our side—to infer that anybody working with All Citizens did that.
PAC, from page 21 it, then I think that he is catering to a base whose interests seem to be a little different from the people that I support and am a part of. I think Mr. McDaniel is a very smart man—I don’t think Mr. McDaniel has gotten where he is in life (without being smart). He’s a very successful man. He’s a senator in this state. Mr. McDaniel is a very good lawyer. Smart guy.
So I totally reject anybody insinuating that African Americans don’t have their own minds. Because the truth is, and this race is a good example, it was not a hard sell to get thousands of African Americans to get out there and go and do what for some of them they had never done and never thought they would do. Honestly, we did it in a weekend… . I didn’t say anything. You listen to my radio spots, I didn’t say anything that was that out of the way, that off. In fact, I think I told the truth. I simply took comments that I know that have been made by
thing intentionally so people couldn’t say I got up and railed and made long statements about whatever. My people listen to the radio. They read the newspaper. Actually, if people say that I did fear mongering, I doubt that. I think people heard Mr. McDaniel. I think Mr. McDaniel motivated the African Americans and whites, probably some Hispanics, too, who went out and voted. That’s who motivated them. I have heard that targeting black There’s an interesting thing as I’ve leaders to do ministry in politics is looked at this race, a little subplot, because not an uncommon or new thing. Are I don’t know if it was intentional or not, but you surprised by any of the in Mr. McDaniel’s campaign, they reaction that you’ve gotten to bought black radio, black formatted what you’re doing? radio. There were a lot of people who I think most people in the probably never heard him, never heard United States know that the African what he stood for, what he was saying. American church has always been They heard him very clearly. He woke quite involved in the politics that’s in those folks up. That’s what was told to its community. The African Amerime. They didn’t know Chris McDancan church and the African American iel from Adam until they heard him preacher has always taken leadership on the stations that they typically lisin everything that affects his commuten to and said, ‘Ugh. This is awful.’ nity and his people. Politics is one of So now the question is, ‘Did the Mcthose things. Legally, we understand Daniel campaign not know?’ the bounds of that. Because, come on, people buy It’s just like here at New Horidifferent radio stations and message zon, and a good example is the PAC. differently in different communities. At no time did I solicit the support Did they not know they were buying of my own people here across the black formatted radio? Or did they pulpit, using the church’s database, know they were buying black formatno phone calls from me or other ted radio and just decided they didn’t people in relationship to this because care? I think the McDaniel campaign I understand appropriate bounds. I woke up black people out there, when always have observed those bounds. I I and others came along and said, don’t tell people who to vote for. My ‘By the way, you have a right, if you people have their own minds. They’re did not vote on June the third in the very literate, and they know what’s in The All Citizens office door, which is inside the same democratic primary, you have a right building as New Horizon Church International, their self-interest. I just make a case. to go vote in the Republican primary.’ displays a white sheet of printer paper for signage. By the way, that’s what we do And they did. and my workers do when we go out to places—we talk to community leaders. Some of those are preachers who frankly speak to their people about their selfinterest. I understand years ago there might have been preachers who tell people who to vote for. That day is gone. We got an educated group of people out in that pew. Those people are not monolithic. They support a lot of different candidates. I don’t tell anybody what to do. That’s demeaning to my people to do so.
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I’ve heard that the messaging is manipulative to that community and does kind of tell people what to do, or is at least sending a message that might compel them to do something that they wouldn’t normally do. What do you think about that?
I think people utilize the social mediums they have. In my community, we also have a medium that resides sometimes within church walls. It’s another way just like Facebook, Instagram or Twitter. It is a medium to communicate community interests. That’s all we do. People then make up their own minds.
Mr. McDaniel. I took information I knew that Senator Cochran was strong on, (that) if his influence is not there, some of that goes away. And we came up with the spots. I appealed to people who were thinkers. Because the truth is, most of the folks who went out and voted were younger. They would have been younger, middle-aged and younger, African Americans who see their options totally different. Those people made the decision, ‘Oh, this is my interest.’ You don’t think you put fear in voters at all?
No. I’m not a fear mongerer.
You said just a minute ago that the church is like a medium for communications, but you don’t think that conflicts with how you tried to separate yourself from the church?
First, on Sunday mornings, I didn’t mention it. At New Horizon, I didn’t mention it. All I said is, ‘There’s a race coming Tuesday, you need to go vote.’ I didn’t say anything other than that. I didn’t say any-
So explain to me what the appeal is for black voters, who would typically be Democrats, to vote Republican, and, to you, is Cochran more in their best interest than, say, Childers?
First, Senator Cochran is a known commodity in the African American community. He has supported a lot of causes. He’s been very even-handed. Honestly, I think most black people feel like he’s been a good senator who represents the state, not just white state citizens. He represents all the citizens. Therefore, it was real easy to sell people on Senator Cochran. I think one of the points in this is (that) I don’t necessarily know at this point if this could have happened with any other candidate. I think that Thad Cochran being who he is made it real easy and appealing for people to go vote for him. It was interesting to me to see how Cochran’s campaign tried to appeal to white voters, and then it was a totally separate message when they were appealing to black voters. Even just in the mediums
that they used. They did one ad in The Clarion-Ledger, and then I don’t even think they advertised with the Jackson Free Press, but you guys did.
Well, a lot of people we targeted are people who read the Jackson Free Press. Come on. I know, I know. There’s just something kind of funny to me that there was this complete other message for white voters. You know, there was the, ‘He voted against Obamacare … (more than 100) times,’ or something like that.
It’s code. It’s code. Mississippi is a red state. The truth is, the majority of the citizens of the state don’t support the Affordable Care Act, don’t support the president who brought that forth. They don’t just not support it, they’re pretty varmintly opposed to it. Mr. Cochran as well as Mr. McDaniel understood that, and they were pandering to their base. Was that distasteful within the African American community? Absolutely. I made a distinction between the primary race and the runoff. I think also, in my humble opinion, the Cochran campaign grossly misjudged what would happen in that election. I think they would say that, and I think they have said that, as well. They were not prepared. They did not think Mr. McDaniel was as strong a candidate. They did not apparently foresee the amount of discontent with the senator. I think a lot of people voted against Senator Cochran simply because they thought he’d been there long enough. I think that was part of the scenario as well. I think that his messaging didn’t go over well. I think they turned that around in the runoff and to their credit. So you have something pretty historic that happened which is you’ve got this huge turnout of people across the state of Mississippi in a runoff—in a primary, which is historic. So, it’s interesting. It seems like there’s a lot of election practices that may be legal, but people aren’t happy with it. They want election reform. Is there a way to win without participating in that? What do you think?
You know, it’s federal law. I’m a federal PAC. I’m not a state PAC. It’s not just Mississippi; this is how this happens across the country. I’m pretty sure that some of this is certainly not the best. It is the laws and policies of this country. One of the wonderful things about our system is that if people think it needs to be changed, you get our senators and representatives to amend laws. Until then, we’ve got to compete—ethically. For us, once again, and I’ve said this, we didn’t do anything illegal nor unethical. First, I have integrity. I’m not going to do anything unethical. Read the full interview at jfp.ms/crudup.
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No Matter What by Carmen Cristo
rew and I married Jan. 4—14 months after we met and four months before we graduated from Mississippi State University. It was entirely too cold for cap sleeves, but I had planned for a May wedding. Life is full of surprises, like meeting someone who grew up right down the road in a coffee shop hours from home. Our wedding was a family affair. My mother and I spent hours tailoring and revamping her 30-year-old dress. It was a real “Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants” moment when I realized that I could fit into my petite mother’s gown. My older sister Brittany Burton, who was my matron of honor, decorated the Loochapola Lodge at Tishomingo State Park—it was also the site of my parents’ nuptials. She created the floral arrangements of my dreams (and my Pinterest page). Along with a few friends, my mother made the reception food, a long buffet of southern dishes. She also made my cakes, all three of them white and adorned with flowers. My wedding began around 1 p.m., four hours before the actual ceremony. Drew and I were able to have some time alone before the inevitable chaos. I wrote a note for him on blue butterfly paper before I left Jewel’s Place—the best and only bed and breakfast in Belmont—and had our photographer deliver it. When I arrived to meet him at
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JFP Feature Writer Carmen Cristo’s wedding was a family affair.
Loochapola Lodge, he had just finished reading it, and he turned to look at me as we stood on the deck where my parents said their own vows, the same deck I had played as a child. “You’re perfect,” he said. He retrieved two wrapped boxes from his pocket. One held an emerald teardrop necklace and the other, a pair of emerald earrings. Drew looked at me and noticed the gold embellishments on my dress and the gold earrings I was already wearing. “Well, I thought you might wear these, but you’ve already got all your swag on!” he said, noting the white-gold finish of the necklace and earrings. Leave it to Drew to use the word “swag” during a romantic moment. I laughed and put on my new jewelry anyway, allowing him to clasp the necklace for me, his hands wading through the tulle of my veil. A few minutes before 5 p.m., the wedding party gathered in the back room to await our entrance. My grandmother joined me, wrapping her blue pea coat around my shivering shoulders. “You’re going to be sick, Carmie. You shouldn’t have taken so many pictures out there!” she told me. I saw my mother for what was probably the first time all day, and she adjusted my floral crown, like the first day of
school when she wiped toothpaste from my cheek, her eyes filled with tears. The following moments were filled with lipstick touchups and prayers. At some point, we realized that the two ring bearers’ chalkboard was still blank, and my friend Ali began writing. It took every second that we had left for her to scratch “Here comes the Bride” onto the sign. It was finally my turn to walk, arm-in-arm with my father, and I emerged from the hallway into a room with no empty seats. The lights were low, the fireplaces were blazing, and my friend Brandon played “Turning Page” on the piano in the corner. The moment that we had waited and worked and created countdowns on our iPhones for was here. Using beautiful metaphors, our pastor, Kevin Edge, charged us to love and serve one another selflessly for the rest of our lives. Drew said, “I do,” and I did, too. We made a covenant to God and each other in front of all our family and friends, and sealed it with a kiss. And we danced into the night, surrounded by people who had gathered simply to celebrate us and the beginning of our adventure. Down a runway of lit sparklers, we ran and jumped in the car, waving goodbye to our party. We looked at one another in disbelief that we had pulled it off. “It would have been the perfect day no matter what,” Drew said. And he was right.
Wedding planner: Brittany Burton (bride’s sister) Officiant: Kevin Edge Reception location: Loochapola Lodge at Tishomingo State Park Groom’s and groomsmen’s attire (where you purchased or rented if you did so specifically for the wedding): Belk (Ralph Lauren) Bride’s attire: Mom’s 30-year-old wedding gown Caterer: Regina Wallace (bride’s mother) Cake(s): Regina Wallace (bride’s mother) Florist: Brittany Burton (bride’s sister) Photographer: Beth Morgan Cowan (b. mo. foto) Invitations: Bride Music: Brandon Hughes Sound: Brandon Hughes, Stephen Krumalis Rentals: Busy Lad
LIFE&STYLE | wellness
You will never go back to plain lemonade once you try this bounty of deliciousness.
4 apples, seeded 1 lemon, peeled No sweetener needed. Add crushed ice for a refreshing treat. Makes 1 1/2 cups. Serves 1-2
Ingredients: Juicing is a great way to get your fruits and veggies in, and also have a delicious drink.
know it sounds very L.A.-esque, but there’s a reason those Hollywood actors and supermodels look so glowy and seem so energetic. I mean, besides the personal trainers and weekly massages, they juice. It’s a healthy trend that seems to be here to stay. All you need is a juicer or a blender with juicing capabilities. To make one of these drinks, simply combine the fruits, veggies and other healthy goodness into the blender or juicer’s pitcher, give the mixture a whirl and then enjoy.
3-4 romaine leaves 1 stalk celery Drink 30 minutes before bedtime. Makes 1/3 cup. Serves 1
Ginger is so good for almost everything—motion sickness, circulation issues, arthritis, fatigue, carpal tunnel syndrome … (I’m not making this up!) Also, it tastes incredible. You’re welcome.
1 inch slice of peeled ginger root 1 apple, seeded Sparkling water to fill glass Makes 1 1/2 cups. Serves 1-2
by Jane Flood
Who knew celery is a sleep tonic? Not me, until I tried this and zzzzzzzzzzz.
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Magic Sleep Potion
LIFE&STYLE | food
You can’t eat:
by Amber Helsel
Any foods with ingredients that are hard to pronounce Refined oils (like hydrogenated corn oil or soy bean oil) Processed sugar Dairy Bread Fried foods (most breading will be grain-based) A lot of starchy veggies (though I will eat potatoes regularly, but that’s my own preference)
You can eat:
As part of her new Paleo diet,Assistant Editor Amber Helsel made rosemary crackers and bone-in pork chops with pears, apples, sage and rosemary. Note that she is not a health professional and cannot give health advice. Please consult your doctor before adopting any new diet.
finally feel as though I’ve found a good way to lose weight. As I’ve said before, I’ve tried everything, even just eating “healthy.” The problem with that is that simply eating healthy has no structure. I’m not sure I know what it means, nor do I have the self-control to “simply” do it. I finally had to call in the big guns and do something a little more risky, at least for my sanity—the Paleo lifestyle. If you’ve never heard of it, the idea is to eat more like our Paleolithic ancestors—no processed foods, no dairy, no grains. Think of it like this: You can only eat what is easily gathered or hunted in
In-season Veggies and Fruits (for summer) Veggies:
Chilis Cucumbers Eggplant Garlic Green beans Okra Tomatoes Peppers
Apples Avocados Blackberries Blueberries Cantaloupe Grapes Limes Melons
Don’t feel guilty about eating something non-Paleo. Figure out how to fight against the craving and move on. Snack. You’re cutting out three food groups. It’s important to snack frequently. Drink lots of water. It helps with your skin and everything else. Shop local. Generally speaking, locally
course, and it’s imperative that you eat plenty of fruits and veggies, but the freedom is nice. And the online Paleo community is so big that if you’re craving something un-Paleo, chances are, someone adapted it. The biggest criticism is that it cuts out major food groups, which means you might hurt your calorie intake, but many experts say that if you operate on an 80/20 basis—80 percent healthy Paleo, 20 percent not—Paleo won’t be as bad. Believe me, the diet isn’t for everyone. You have to watch the amount of unhealthy meats and fats you eat. And don’t think that based stores or stores that supply local products will have the best choice of fresh meats, fruits and veggies. This diet allows cooking with fats like (organic) butter or bacon fat. But don’t overdo! Do research. I’ve found a lot of different places helpful with recipes and such. You might be able to find Mississippi-based farms who supply crops and meat to Jackson.
you won’t have restrictions. Any major lifestyle change comes with repercussions, but if you feel like it’s for you, you might see benefits. The key seems to be eating cleaner. As always, do your research and consult your doctor before changing your diet. Amber Helsel is not a health professional. Sometimes gluten-free is your friend. Gluten-free doesn’t always mean grain free, but if you’re like me and constantly have cravings for toaster pastries and waffles, find some that are organic or gluten-free.
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The Trail of Barbecue
Source: “The Paleo Kitchen” by Juli Bauer and George Bryant (Victory Belt Publishing, 2014, $34.95)
the wild. No, this is not the real diet of cavemen. We’d die from just eating a wild tomato if we really committed to the caveman lifestyle. The point of all of it is to eat cleaner. Paleo might sound like the most restricting diet ever, and in some ways, it is. I can no longer eat milk chocolate, and sometimes I still want a sandwich. But for every kind of food you can’t have, you can have so many more. This is the only diet I’ve ever heard of that says you can eat (grass-fed) butter and (organic) bacon fat. Check the list to the right for all the foods you can eat. All things in moderation, of
Most veggies Fruits Grass-fed beef Organic hormone-free pork Cage-free chicken (and eggs) Wild-caught fish and seafood Unrefined, unprocessed fats (bacon fat, steak fat, butter, legume and grain-free oils) Grain-free flour (such as almond and coconut) Dark chocolate (check the dairy content) Nuts and seeds
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Fruits and Veggies You Should Buy Organic
1. Apples 2. Strawberries 3. Grapes 4. Celery 5. Peaches 6. Spinach 7. Bell peppers 8. Nectarines 9. Cucumbers 10. Potatoes 11. Cherry tomatoes 12. Hot peppers 13. Summer squash
Source: “The Paleo Kitchen” by Juli Bauer and George Bryant (Victory Belt Publishing, 2014, $34.95)
o, is it bbq, bar-b-q, barbeque or barbecue? Jim Hatten, founder of the Mississippi BBQ Trail, says that it doesn’t matter as long as you’re there. As a part of his associate’s degree in marketing management technology at Hinds Community College, Hatten created Made in Mississippi Marketplace, LLC. Connecting Mississippians and tourists to local business using Internet and social media platforms is now his full-time gig, and he’s starting with barbecue. Hatten was disappointed in the lack of online and print advertisement that local places had or could afford. His solution was the creation of the Mississippi Barbecue Trail. Once verified, he lists restaurants from all over the Magnolia State on the site and as stops on the “trail.” Customers can keep receipts from their barbecue adventures and cash them in for awards and discounts, which begins in the fall. For more information, visit msbbqtrail.com.
As a part of Jim Hatten’s associate’s degree, he created the Mississippi BBQ Trail.
LIFE&STYLE | girl about town by Julie Skipper
Down the Rabbit Hole
ack in 2011, after becoming friends with Eddie Outlaw, co-owner of the William Wallace Salon (2939 Old Canton Road, 601-982-8300), he invited me to join their crew to march in the Zippity Doo Dah Parade in Fondren. For the occasion, we all dressed as characters from Alice in Wonderland—Eddie as the Mad Hatter, his partner (now husband) Justin McPherson as the White Rabbit, Karen Hearn as the Red Queen and I as Alice. I procured a platinum-blonde wig for my role, and when Justin did my hair and makeup for the day, he authoritatively said, “You could definitely go blonde.” Ever since, courtesy Julie Skipper
Recently, columnist Julie Skipper decided to see if blondes really do have more fun.
I’ve wondered … could I? Should I? Since then, I’ve entrusted my locks to Justin, and while I’ve increased my hair in length, I’ve remained true to my brunette roots … until now. This summer, I took the plunge—and Justin’s advice—and decided to find out if blondes really do have more fun. The process was a bit more involved than a simple dye job because I have extensions, so we determined a color scheme, as it were, before ordering the hair—it comes ready to install in the color you want, and then your own hair is dyed to match. We settled on three shades of blonde, so as to have natural-looking gradients and tone, with my own hair (the top layer) lightened to the darkest shade. When the hair arrived, it was time to schedule a Hairapalooza: taking old extensions out, coloring my own, installing the new hair. Armed with a book and a giant stack of magazines, I was ready for the essentially day-long process. As usual, the salon kept me comfortable for the duration, and in the end, it
turned out fabulous. Justin knows his stuff; the color was great, without being overly processed-looking or wrong for my skin tone. And his styling is always gorgeous—not much is better than a William Wallace blow-out. I couldn’t wait to take the hair for a spin. I premiered it to a friend and my fellow at 1908 Provisions (734 Fairview St., fairviewinn.com). I was still adjusting to the change—blonde is a rather drastic one—but they responded enthusiastically. So did the 1908 staff (I’m a regular there). The hostess even decided that my color change might give her the push to try a different hair color herself. “I’ve always wanted to, but I just get scared,” she said, to which my new blonde self replied, “It’s just hair; you can change it back.” As for whether blondes do have more fun? Well, the verdict is still out. I can say that I’ve had some interactions as a blonde that I never had as a brunette. For instance, while stopping for gasoline on a recent road trip, a man exiting the shop as I entered gave me a once-over and grunted. No words, just a grunt. Then, a guy slowed down, rolled down his window, and asked for my name and if anyone ever tells me how sexy I am. As a brunette, I do not have much experience with such comments, so I just tried to laugh it off and asked why he needed to know my name. Do guys actually think this sort of thing works? There’s entertainment value in being blonde, I suppose. While I’ll continue to observe whether I am treated differently as a blonde, I already know that my treatment of the color is different. Namely, it requires upkeep and care, which is fine; any color job does. But it also requires thinking about other colors, including my makeup and skin tone. No complaints about needing to buy cosmetics here! I headed to the counter to update things with more golden hues, a little more color for my lips and some bronzer. Another requirement the blonde mandates is visits to Body Anew Medical Spa (113 W. Jackson Street, Ridgeland, 601.605.0452, bodyanewmedicalspa.com) for their Fantasy Tan, the ultimate in a customized spray-tan experience. They blend a specific color just for you and apply it with an airbrush, so I get a natural color that’s perfect for my skin tone and never orange. Since I feel very beachy and summery with golden locks, a golden sun-free glow is a must. All in all, I’m glad to have gone blonde … at least for a season. Of course, Justin is already planning how we’ll transition it for fall. I’m game. After all, it’s just hair; why not play with it?
AMERICAN/SOUTHERN CUISINE Primos Cafe (2323 Lakeland 601-936-3398/ 515 Lake Harbour 601-898-3400) A Jackson institution for breakfast, blue-plates, catfish, burgers, prime rib, oysters, po-boys & wraps. Famous bakery! Two Sisters Kitchen (707 N. Congress St. 601-353-1180) Lunch. Mon-Fri, Sun. Broad Street Bakery (4465 Interstate 55 N. 601-362-2900) Hot breakfast, coffee drinks, fresh breads & pastries, gourmet deli sandwiches. PIZZA Sal & Mookie’s (565 Taylor St. 601-368-1919) Pizzas of all kinds plus pasta, eggplant Parmesan, fried ravioli & ice cream for the kids! Mellow Mushroom (275 Dogwood Blvd, Flowood, 601-992-7499) More than just great pizza and beer. Open Monday - Friday 11-10 and Saturday 11-11. ITALIAN BRAVO! (4500 Interstate 55 N., Jackson, 601-982-8111) Award-winning wine list, Jackson’s see-and-be-seen casual/upscale dining. Cerami’s (5417 Lakeland Drive, Flowood, 601-919-28298) Southern-style Italian cuisine features their signature Shrimp Cerami. STEAK, SEAFOOD & FINE DINING The Islander Seafood and Oyster House (1220 E Northside Drive, Suite 100, 601-366-5441) Oyster bar, seafood, gumbo, po’boys, crawfish and plenty of Gulf Coast delights in a laid-back Buffet-style atmosphere. The Penguin (1100 John R Lynch Street, 769.251.5222) Fine dining at its best. Rocky’s (1046 Warrington Road, Vicksburg 601-634-0100) Enjoy choice steaks, fresh seafood, great salads, hearty sandwiches. Sal and Phil’s Seafood (6600 Old Canton Rd, Ridgeland (601) 957-1188) Great Seafood, Poboys, Lunch Specials, Boiled Seafood, Full Bar, Happy Hour Specials Shea’s on Lake Harbour (810 Lake Harbour Drive, Ridgeland, MS 39157 (601) 427-5837) Seafood, Steaks and Southern Cuisine! Great Brunch, Full Bar Outdoor and Seating MEDITERRANEAN/GREEK Aladdin Mediterranean Grill (730 Lakeland Drive 601-366-6033) Delicious authentic dishes including lamb dishes, hummus, falafel, kababs, shwarma. Vasilios Greek Cusine (828 Hwy 51, Madison 601-853-0028) Authentic greek cuisine since 1994, specializing in gyros, greek salads, baklava cheesecake & fresh daily seafood. BARBEQUE Hickory Pit Barbeque (1491 Canton Mart Rd. 601-956-7079) The “Best Butts in Town” features BBQ chicken, beef and pork along with burgers and po’boys. COFFEE HOUSES Cups Espresso Café (Multiple Locations, www.cupsespressocafe.com) Jackson’s local group of coffeehouses offer a wide variety of espresso drinks. Wi-fi. BARS, PUBS & BURGERS Capitol Grill (5050 I-55 North, Deville Plaza 601-899-8845) Best Happy Hour and Sports Bar in Town. Kitchen Open Late pub food and live entertainment. Cherokee Inn (960 Briarfield Rd. 601-362-6388) Jackson’s “Best Hole in the Wall,” has a great jukebox, great bar and a great burger. Fenian’s Pub (901 E. Fortification St. 601-948-0055) Classic Irish pub featuring a menu of traditional food, pub sandwiches & Irish beers on tap. Hal and Mal’s (200 S. Commerce St. 601-948-0888) Pub favorites meet Gulf Coast and Cajun specialties like red beans and rice, the Oyster Platter or daily specials. Martin’s Restaurant and Lounge (214 South State Street 601-354-9712) Lunch specials, pub appetizers or order from the full menu of po-boys and entrees. Full bar, beer selection. Ole Tavern on George Street (416 George St. 601-960-2700) Pub food with a southern flair: beer-battered onion rings, chicken & sausage gumbo, salads, sandwiches. Time Out (6270 Old Canton Road, 601-978-1839) Your neighborhood fun spot! Terrific lunch special and amazing Happy Hour! Underground 119 (119 South President St. 601-352-2322) Pan-seared crabcakes, shrimp and grits, filet mignon, vegetarian sliders. Live music. Opens 4 p.m., Wed-Sat Wing Stop (952 North State Street, 601-969-6400) Saucing and tossing in a choice of nine flavors, Wing Stop wings are made with care and served up piping hot. ASIAN AND INDIAN Crazy Ninja (2560 Lakeland Dr., Flowood 601-420-4058) Rock-n-roll sushi and cook-in-front-of-you hibachi. Lunch specials, bento boxes, fabulous cocktails. Fusion Japanese and Thai Cuisine (1002 Treetop Blvd, Flowood 601-664-7588) Specializing in fresh Japanese and Thai cuisine, an extensive menu features everything from curries to fresh sushi Nagoya Japanese Sushi Bar & Hibachi Grill (6351 I-55 North, Ste. 131, Jackson 601-977-8881) Fresh sushi, delicious noodles & sizzling hibachi from one of jackson’s most well-known japanese restaurants. VEGETARIAN High Noon Café (2807 Old Canton Road in Rainbow Plaza 601-366-1513) Fresh, gourmet, tasty and healthy defines the lunch options at Jackson’s own strict vegetarian (and very-vegan-friendly) restaurant adjacent to Rainbow Whole Foods.
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Art of Consciousness by Ronni Mott
July 23 - 29, 2014
Laurin Stennis’ etchings start with a drawing and end with something similar to a photographic negative.
or Laurin Stennis, art is about refuge and full self-expression. “I always drew as a kid,” she says. “It was just one of my go-tos.” Stennis, a Jackson native, has no formal artistic training. Her bachelor’s degree is in religion from Millsaps College (she considered being a priest “for about 25 minutes,” she says), and her master’s is in social work from Tulane University in New Orleans. Now 41, she makes art full-time. Political cartoonist Mark Bolton, who worked in Jackson for many years (lastly for The Clarion-Ledger from the late ’80s until 1996), is part of Stennis’ conscience. “I remember being impressed by this little rectangle that evoked conversation and reaction,” she says. Most of Stennis’ work isn’t political—she also counts Mississippi artist Walter Anderson and papermaker Blanche Batson among her inspirations—but her background is undeniably so. Her grandfather, John C. Stennis, was a United States senator for 41 years, and her father, John Hampton Stennis, served in the Mississippi Legislature. Every so often, her art makes a statement. The Trayvon Martin killing inspired a piece that shows sweet Little Red for me, because all I see is gray … ironic because I work in Riding Hood juxtaposed with the word “Thug,” which black and white,” she says. also the name of the piece. Another is a commentary on Literature also inspires Stennis’ art, especially that of the sexual abuse of children in the Catholic Church called Flannery O’Connor, her favorite author. “She can engage “Baptismal Feast.” and observe and tell us about all the grotesqueness and hy “There’s some irritation, often political in nature, pocrisy and faulty nature that we all have, but she does it that’s just under my craw,” she says. “I found that when I with compassion,” she says. would talk about it … it just didn’t “I don’t have an agenda,” Stengo over as well. This is a way to keep nis says. “… I just want to encourmy mouth shut and still say what I age thinking, encourage a new look need to say.” or a fresh look at things that plague Much of Stennis’ work porall of us. trays animals, particularly birds. “I don’t think anybody’s got it “I’m a bird dork,” she says. right, least of all myself.” A photo inspired “Speech In her process, Stennis draws Righter,” a heron with a snake the inverse of the finished piece. wrapped around its beak. The final print will be the opposite “This was one in a series of of what’s apparent, similar to a phohow things were unfolding,” Stentographic negative. nis says. “Ultimately, the heron did “Everything I leave (on the have lunch, but here, you cannot block) will be a mark, whereas in tell who’s winning.” drawing, where you engrave is the Such ambiguity saturates mark,” she says. her work. Adding color is time and re “When people see things and source intensive. She may use mulFor Laurin Stennis, art is about talk about things as if they were tiple blocks, one for each color, or expressing herself fully. black-and-white, that’s a struggle gradually reduce areas of one block,
called a reduction print. For her four-color tiger image, Stennis made five carvings on the same block, starting with white, then orange, then a smoky purple and then black. The final carving is only the tiger’s stripes. “By the time you get to the end, you’ve killed it,” she says. “… That can never happen again.” Stennis hand-presses every print. For color work, she may make 20 prints of the first image and end up with four good ones. Mindfulness is critical, as are fine motor skills. “When I start carving, if my mind wanders, my knife wanders,” she says. Most mistakes happen “when I’m not here,” she adds. Last year, the Craftsmen’s Guild of Mississippi accepted Stennis’ membership application. “Mississippi arts and letters are where, to me, we lead the nation,” she says. “To be counted among them is a deep honor. I want to be always worthy of that. That, to me, is an obligation to our state.” Stennis is scheduled to teach a course through Millsaps Community Enrichment program this coming November. “This process—from concept to drawing to carving to hand pressing—is interdisciplinary. It goes back to everything I love. It’s not just one thing,” she says. “You don’t know what’s going to happen. You have to just let go.” For more information, visit laurinstennis.com, or find Lauren Stennis, Ink on Facebook.
DIVERSIONS | music
Brotherhood and Rooster Blues by Maya Miller
sound as true to the traditional blues genre as possible, an ideology they’re keeping in mind as they write new music for their fifth studio album. They are attempting to create a concept album with every song tying into the next. Judson says they hope to achieve a cohesive stream of consciousness. “We’re not trying to put a bunch of songs together,” he says. “We want this album to tell a story, and once the last song ends, it rolls into the first one.” They plan to record the as-of-now untitled release with producer Brett Orrison in Austin, Texas, once they’ve finished perfecting the new material. Judson says they find the freedom of expression to be the most enjoyable facet of writing original blues music. They also enjoy including heavier lyrical content than many listeners might expect from the genre. “We’re not writing about light-hearted stuff,” he says. “We’re not writing about being in love or daisies in fields.” Judson says that he and Joel have a tendency to stick with a theme or general idea until they become disenchanted with it and set their sights on another topic, usually one that is equally challenging to write about. Rooster Blues will perform at Martin’s Restaurant and Bar (214 S. State St.; 601-354-9712) Friday, July 25.
Rooster Blues gives brothers Judson and Joel Vance an outlet for their passion for blues, rock and serious songwriting.
share makes the amount of hard work they do as Rooster Blues much easier. It also forces them both to grow a thicker skin and helps to keep their egos in check. “It’s not difficult. We shrug things off very easily,” he says. “You can’t talk about other band members behind their backs because he is the other band member.” Despite a number of differing influences between them, the members of Rooster Blues like to keep their
corutesy Rooster Blues
he brotherly duo Rooster Blues aims to make the blues its own by introducing a mix of weighty lyrics, extensive musicality and a little rock ‘n’ roll. Judson, 34, and Joel Vance, 32, residents of Hattiesburg, have performed original music under the Rooster Blues moniker for nine years, delivering a mutual love of bluegrass and blues to a steadily growing fan-base. Both brothers sing and play myriad instruments, with Judson focusing on guitar, piano and organ, and Joel turning his attention to the mandolin and percussion. Rooster Blues places its sound in a similar vein as grunge great Nirvana, albeit with heavier blues undertones, featuring thick guitar riffs and smoky vocals. The brothers regularly improvise during performances, allowing the crowd to inform their presentation of the music. For Rooster Blues, the most memorable moment in its career was during the world music event FloydFest in Floyd, Va. Judson says Rooster Blues became a hit with the festival goers because he and Joel listened to what the audience wanted. “If they weren’t feeling it, we tried something new the next time,” he says. Judson says that the natural bond he and his brother
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by Tommy Burton
ack White released his second solo re- One of the things The White Stripes ing them to be the in-house musical guest cord “Lazaretto” on June 10, A joint are best known for is the song “Seven Na- on his old NBC show “Late Night” for an effort from Columbia entire week. This was unprecRecords and White’s edented at the time. The format sub-label Third Man Records, usually features a different group “Lazaretto” debuted at No. 1 on or comedian nightly. White later the Billboard 200 album chart, appeared on the last episode selling 138,000 copies within of O’Brien’s short-lived run on the first week on shelves. Forty “The Tonight Show.” White thousand of those sold were viwould then release O’Brien’s live nyl copies called “the Ultra LP,” single “And They Call Me Mad?” which contained a plethora of through Third Man in 2010. things never before found in a White formed two bands record sleeve. Namely, it has an while still playing with The angel hologram! White Stripes: The Raconteurs, White was many things to featuring songwriter Brendan many people before “Lazaretto.” Benson and straight-ahead rock Throughout his illustrious career, Jack White has embodied He is perhaps best remembered ‘n’ roll, and a super-group called the modern Renaissance man. as half of the garage-rock duo The Dead Weather with Alison The White Stripes. The band, Mosshart of The Kills with a consisting of White on guitar and ex-wife tion Army,” which became a hit on rock more experimental sound. Meg White on drums, blazed a path in the radio and a staple of live sporting events. After The White Stripes officially early 2000s for up-and-coming DIY rock If you attend any college football game broke up in 2011, White performed bands like The Black Keys and The Hives. this year, you’re likely to hear the familiar with or produced the likes of Bob Dylan, Those bands likely would have found their seven-note guitar riff. Alicia Keys, Neil Young, Loretta Lynn, ways eventually, but The White Stripes defi- Talk-show host Conan O’Brien cham- The Rolling Stones and Wanda Jackson. nitely opened doors for them musically. pioned the band on live television, allow- He also acted in and performed music
for the film “Cold Mountain.” White also delved further into his musical imprint label. Along with music from his many bands, the label has released tracks by Beck, The Shins, Cold War Kids and Stephen Colbert, many of which were recorded during live performances at the Third Man studio in Nashville. The label has served as an outlet for White’s vision of creating new ways to enjoy vinyl records. Besides the aforementioned “Ultra LP,” the company has printed multi-colored and liquid-filled discs. One was even placed inside a helium balloon to be discovered by folks on the ground. Singer, guitar hero, songwriter, producer, actor, furniture upholsterer and businessman—all of these things make up Jack White’s universe. The best artists take components of all their influences and somehow shape them into new and original ideas. They build upon what has come before them. Jack White is fixated on the future of music while keeping one eye on the past. After the much-deserved success of “Lazaretto,” we can all wait and wonder what he will come up with next.
Jack White: A History and a Future
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July 24 - Thursday Burgers & Blues - Cadillac Funk 5:30 p.m. Capitol Grill - Jason Paul 9 p.m. Cherokee Inn - Steve & Sheila Chester 7 p.m. free City Grille, Madison - Brian Smith 5:15 p.m. F. Jones Corner - Mr. Dillon & The Jukebox midnight Fenianâ€™s - Andrew Dillon Fitzgeraldâ€™s - Johnny Barranco 4:30 p.m.; Steve Williams 8 p.m. Georgia Blue, Madison - Dan Confait Iron Horse Grill - The Wilde 7:30 p.m. free Kathrynâ€™s - Shane & Frazier 6:30 p.m. free M Bar - Sippin & Trippin Comedy Show w/DJ Shanomak 8 p.m. free One Block East - College Night w/DVDJ Reign 9 p.m. 18+ The Penguin - Kerry Thomas 8 p.m. Shuckerâ€™s - Chris Gill 7:30 p.m. free Soulshine, Flowood - Jason Turner Underground 119 - Baby Jan & All That Chaz 6:30 p.m. free
July 25 - Friday Ameristar Bottleneck Blues Bar, Vicksburg - King Edward 9 p.m. free Burgers & Blues - Acoustic Soul Party 6 p.m. Capitol Grill - Jonathan Alexander 5 p.m. Duling Hall - Larry Raspberry & The Highsteppers 8 p.m. $20 advance $25 door ardenland.net Fenianâ€™s - Cadillac Funk Georgia Blue, Flowood - Shaun Patterson Georgia Blue, Madison Stogdaddy & The Good Time Band Hal & Malâ€™s - Barry Leach (rest) 8 p.m. Hampâ€™s Place - Best in R&B & Southern Soul Julep - Brian Jones 11 p.m. Kathrynâ€™s - Sofa Kings 7 p.m. Kemistry - Music Therapy Fridays w/DVDJ Reign 9 p.m. 18+
Kristoâ€™s, Madison - Hunter Gibson 6 p.m. M Bar - Flirt Fridays w/DJ 901 free Martinâ€™s - Rooster Blues 10 p.m. One Block East - Ladies Night w/ Third Era 9 p.m. The Penguin - Akaimi Graham & The Key of G 9 p.m. Reed Pierceâ€™s, Byram - Snazz 9 p.m. free Sheaâ€™s - Will & Linda Shuckerâ€™s - Bonfire Orchestra 8 p.m. $5; McCain & Reynolds Trio (deck) 10 p.m. free Soul Wired Cafe - An Evening with B.O.B.B. feat. DJ Select 7 p.m. Soulshine, Flowood - Andy Tanas Soulshine, Ridgeland - Matt Hines Underground 119 - Vasti Jackson 9 p.m. $10
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July 28 - Monday Capitol Grill - Open Mic (Prize for Best Original Song) 9 p.m. Fitzgeraldâ€™s - Hunter Gibson & Rick Moreira 8 p.m. Hal and Malâ€™s - Central MS Blues Society (rest) 7 p.m. Julep - Joey Plunkett 7:30 p.m. Kathrynâ€™s - Joseph LaSalla 6:30 p.m. Last Call Sports Grill - I Love Mondays w/DJ Spoon $3 after 9:30 p.m. Martinâ€™s - Open Mic Free Jam
July 29 - Tuesday Burgers & Blues - Jesse â€œGuitarâ€? Smith 5:30 p.m. Fenianâ€™s - Open Mic Fitzgeraldâ€™s - Johnny Barranco 4:30 p.m.; Larry Brewer & Doug Hurd 8 p.m. Kathrynâ€™s - Barry Leach 6:30 p.m. Margaritaâ€™s - John Mora 6 p.m. The Penguin - RNS Quintet Underground 119 - Brian Jones 6:30 p.m. free
July 30 â€“ Wednesday Burgers & Blues - Jesse â€œGuitarâ€? Smith 5:30 p.m. Fitzgeraldâ€™s - Johnny Barranco 4:30 p.m.; Johnny Crocker 8 p.m. Hampâ€™s Place - Best in Hip-Hop w/Aziatikk Blakk Kathrynâ€™s - Brian Jones 6:30 p.m. M Bar - 50 Cent Wednesdays w/DJ Durdy Costello 7 p.m. free Shuckerâ€™s - Kern Pratt & The Accused 8 p.m. Underground 119 - Barrel House Ramblers 6:30 p.m. free
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The “Art in Mind” Program is at the Mississippi Museum of Arts.
Sangria, Watermelon and Watercolors is at Sanders McNeal Studio and Gallery.
Platinum Productions Barrel Racing is at the Kirk Fordice Equine Center.
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Author Josh Weil will sign and read from his new book, “The Great Glass Sea” starting at 5 p.m., at Lemuria Books (Banner Hall, 4465 Interstate 55 N., Suite 202). Reading at 5:30 p.m. $27 book; call 601-366-7619; email email@example.com; lemuriabooks.com.
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The James Brown biopic “Get On Up” premieres at the Malco Grandview Theater July 27.
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Iron Chef Ferguson: Final Showdown is from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m., at the Ferguson Showroom (950 W. County Line Road) in the Wolf Demonstration Kitchen. Chefs Jeremy Enfinger and Alex Eaton will compete in the fastpaced cooking competition. Includes appetizers and an open bar. Doors open at 6 p.m. Limited tickets. $50; call 956-2646. … Downtown Jazz is 7 p.m. to 9 p.m., at the Mississippi Museum of Art (380 S. Lamar St.). The event features performances from local jazz and blues musicians. $5, free for members; call 601-960-1515; msmuseumart.org.
601-292-7999; email firstname.lastname@example.org; ardenland.net. … Christmas in July is from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the Mississippi Children’s Museum (2145 Highland Drive). The members-only event features a toy-testing workshop, a giveaway, a screening of “The Polar Express” and a visit from Santa Claus. Festive attire encouraged. Free for members; call 601-981-5469; mississippichildrensmuseum.com.
Tequila Tasting is 3 p.m. at BRAVO! Italian Restaurant & Bar (Highland Village, 4500 Interstate 55 N.). RSVP. by Micah Smith Seating limited. For ages 21 and up. $35 per person; call 601jacksonfreepress.com 982-8111; email email@example.com; bravobuzz.com. … Fax: 601-510-9019 Children’s Books Signing is from Daily updates at 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. at The Bookjfpevents.com Shelf (637 Highway 51, Suite AA, Ridgeland). Joshua and Dr. Kentrell Liddell sign copies of their books from the Taru book series such as “Little Kid, Big Fears” and “My Pet Elephant and Best Friend Taru.” $7.99 per book; call 601-853-9225; email firstname.lastname@example.org; bookshelfonline.net.
and star Chadwick Boseman. All proceeds benefit Mission Mississippi. $50, $200 Director’s Package; call 601-8987819; getonupjackson.com.
The Jackson Music Awards begin at 6 p.m. at the Marriott Hotel Downtown (200 E. Amite St.). Rob J. and Alice Marie host the ceremony. Nominees include performers Val McKnight, Bobby Rush and Mike Rob, and represent 32 musical categories. $20 general admission, $30 reserved; call 601-981-4035; jmaainc.com.
Chef Jeremy Enfinger goes head-to-head with Chef Alex Eaton for the Iron Chef Ferguson Final Showdown July 24.
Larry Raspberry and the Highsteppers performs at 8 p.m. at Duling Hall (622 Duling Ave.). Doors open at 7 p.m. Adults must accompany children. $20 in advance, $25 at the door, $3 surcharge for patrons under 21; call
The Jackson Screening of “Get On Up” is at 2:30 p.m. at Malco Grandview Cinema (221 Grandview Blvd., Madison). See the James Brown biopic filmed in Mississippi. Admission price includes refreshments, a poster and a reception with appearances by director Tate Taylor
Brian Jones performs at 6:30 p.m., at Underground 119 (119 South President St.). The CME Records artist performs his original alternative-rock songs. Free; call 601352-2322; reverbnation.com/brianjonesrocks. … The Right Way to Start a Nonprofit seminar is from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Mississippi Center for Nonprofits (201 W. Capitol St., Suite 700). Learn the legal and practical steps to organize and secure government approval to operate as a tax-exempt organization. Includes guidebook. Registration required. $139; call 601-968-0061; msnonprofits.org.
History Is Lunch is at noon at the William F. Winter Archives and History Building (200 North St.). David Crosby discusses “The Complete Antislavery Writings of Anthony Benezet, 1754-1783.” Book sales and signing follows. Free; call 601-576-6998; mdah.state.ms.us.
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HOLIDAY Christmas in July July 25, 5:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m., at Mississippi Children’s Museum (2145 Highland Drive). The members-only event features a toytesting workshop, a giveaway, a screening of “The Polar Express” and a visit from Santa. Festive attire encouraged. Free for members; call 601981-5469; mississippichildrensmuseum.com. Christmas in July July 26, 6 p.m.-9:30 p.m., at Trustmark Park (1 Braves Way, Pearl). Salvation Army Women’s Auxiliary hosts. Volunteers participate in a Kettle Bell Ring Off at Mississippi Braves game. Free, but sign up; 601-672-1599; kettlebellring.eventbrite.com.
COMMUNITY Events at William F. Winter Archives and History Building (200 North St.) • History Is Lunch July 23, noon Diane Williams talks about her new book, “Mississippi Folk and the Tales They Tell: Myths, Legends, and Bald-Faced Lies.” Book sales and signing to follow. Free; call 601-576-6998; mdah.state.ms.us. • History Is Lunch July 30, noon David Crosby discusses his book, “The Complete Antislavery Writings of Anthony Benezet, 1754-1783.” Book sales and signing to follow. Free; call 601-576-6998; mdah.state.ms.us.
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 Church in Philadelphia in 1964. Free; call 601-326-3448; email email@example.com; gallowayumc.org. Events at Mississippi Museum of Natural Science (2148 Riverside Drive) • Summer Family Nature Detectives Workshop July 23, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. In Classroom B. Parents and children learn ways to connect with nature. Register by July 14. Bring a bag lunch. $15, $10 optional 0.6 CEU credit; call 601-576-6000; email firstname.lastname@example.org; msnaturalscience. org. • Aquatic WILD Teacher Workshop July 25, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Learn hands-on activities for the classroom that educate students on aquatic wildlife and conservation. Register by July 14. Bring a bag lunch. $15, $10 optional 0.6 CEU credit; call 601-5766000; email email@example.com. ms.us; msnaturalscience.org. An Evening with B.O.B.B. July 25, 7 p.m., at Soul Wired Cafe (111 Millsaps Ave.). B.O.B.B. (Black Owned Brands and Businesses) hosts the networking event in honor of community educators and mentors. Bring marketing materials. RSVP. $15, $20 for two; call 863-6378; eventbrite.com.
International Tiger Day July 26, 10 a.m.-1 p.m., at Jackson Zoo (2918 W. Capitol St.). See the tiger exhibit and enjoy related activities such as talks, games and face painting. Included with zoo admission ($9.25, $8.25 seniors, $6.75 ages 12 and under); call 601-352-2580; jacksonzoo.org. Events at Jackson Marriott (200 E. Amite St.) • Mississippi Gospel Music Awards July 27, 5 p.m. Recipients receive awards in several categories plus a Pastor of the Year award. Performers TBA. $20, $30 reserved; call 601-981-4035; jmaainc.com. • Jackson Music Awards July 28, 6 p.m. Recipients receive awards in 32 categories. Performers TBA. $20, $30 reserved; call 601-981-4035; jmaainc.com.
3D Studio Art Camp July 28, 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 601-9883115; email firstname.lastname@example.org; artworksstudios.com. Creative Craft Camp, Ages 9-12 July 28, 9 a.m.12:30 p.m., at Mississippi Craft Center (950 Rice Road, Ridgeland). Topics include pottery, wire sculpture, mosaics, fused glass and more. Ends with an art reception. Registration required. Sessions are June 16-20 and July 28-Aug. 1. $185, $160 each additional child; call 601-856-7546; mscrafts.org.
KIDS Fun Fridays July 25, 10 a.m.-noon, at Mississippi Museum of Natural Science (2148 Riverside Drive). Children participate in interactive, handson programs. Adults must accompany children. ($4-$6); call 601-576-6000; msnaturalscience.org. Question It? Discover It! Saturday July 26, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., at Mississippi Children’s Museum (2145 Highland Drive). Get summer health and fitness resources, and test your endurance at the obstacle course. Included with admission ($10, children under 12 months and members free); call 601-981-5469; mississippichildrensmuseum.com.
Mini Matisse July 28, 10 a.m.-11:30 a.m., at Mississippi Museum of Art (380 S. Lamar St.). The art camp for ages 3-4 includes projects, games and books. Held through July 30. Space limited. Registration required. $75; call 601-960-1515; msmuseumart.org.
FOOD & DRINK Lucky Town Premiere July 23, 9 p.m., at Ole Tavern on George Street (416 George St.). The brewing company makes its Jackson debut with pints of beer for sale, keepsake glasses and half-pint refills. Beers for sale; call 960-2700; luckytownbrewing.com.
DIVERSIONS | film
An ‘Enemy’ Like You by Mike McDonald
ingly, both Adam and Anthony live in the same city, so Adam decides to track down his doppelgänger, who lives nearby with his pregnant wife. In contrast to Adam, Antho-
shots of the city serve as interludes between scenes. These shots are anonymous—without landmarks or sweeping skyline views— and mirror Anthony’s and Adam’s life. courtesy Rhombus
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magine for a second that, somewhere in the world, exists a person that not only vaguely resembles your appearance but looks exactly like you. This person could be your identical twin, but you’ve never met him before. In fact, you’re an only child and thoroughly stunned by this piece of information. This is how the movie “Enemy,” starring Jake Gyllenhaal and directed by Denis Villeneuve, captured my imagination. Gyllenhaal plays two characters, Adam and Anthony. Adam is a lowly college professor who is unhappy with his life. He often stays at home in his bland apartment, located in an ordinary apartment building. He appears distracted when teaching, sometimes losing his thought process and repeating the same points during a lecture. His girlfriend comes over for dinner, and they have sex afterward. He lies in bed while she dresses and then leaves his apartment. It’s a pattern established early in “Enemy.” But one day at work, Adam’s coworker mentions a movie Adam must see. “I don’t really like movies,” Adam responds. But later that day, he decides to rent it. He watches it and then wakes up in the middle of the night after dreaming about it. He gets out his laptop and pauses a scene. Here we meet Anthony, Adam’s mirror image. Anthony is an actor who only appears as an extra in a handful of movies. Amaz-
Jake Gyllenhaal plays doppelgängers Adam and Anthony in Denis Villeneuve’s “Enemy.”
ny is volatile and finds it difficult to remain faithful to his wife. Villeneuve chooses to color scenes in Adam’s apartment in muted, yellow-y tones. Every object appears the same, suggesting Adam does not value one possession over another, including his girlfriend. Panoramic
Spiders feature prominently in random scenes: scurrying across the stage at a sex show, a spider silhouette hovering above the city and a giant spider in the corner of a bedroom. Various interpretations exist for these arachnid appearances; the real meaning is open for debate. The cast signed confi-
dentiality agreements stating they would not delve into the discussion. Personally, I view each appearance as a manifestation of the main characters’ inability to control a situation, whether it’s Anthony’s sexual appetite or Adam’s life in general. The dialogue makes one question reality and consider fantasy. For example, Adam has a conversation with his mother (Isabella Rossellini), who claims the whole situation is ridiculous because he is “an only child.” Adam declines blueberries when his mother offers them, and Anthony asks his wife about organic blueberries he requested “for a drink.” This serves as evidence that Adam and Anthony are indeed two separate people. However, Adam’s mother quips about Adam’s desire to be an actor when he was a child. My experience as a viewer paralleled Adam’s life to a degree; I questioned what was real and Adam questioned the logic behind such a strange circumstance in his life. This is the type of film that will stick with you, prompting an internal debate over the meaning behind each line of dialogue and camera shot. The intricacies of the film are reminiscent of life, where banalities can lead us in unexpected directions. “Enemy” came out on limited release March 14. The film is available for purchase on Amazon, iTunes and other media outlets.
Tequila Tasting July 26, 3 p.m., at BRAVO! Italian Restaurant & Bar (Highland Village, 4500 Interstate 55 N.). Enjoy different tequilas and tequila-based cocktails paired with bar snacks. RSVP. Seating limited. For ages 21 and up. $35 per person; call 601-982-8111; email chrisr@ bravobuzz.com; bravobuzz.com. Lucky Town Randall Tasting July 26, 6 p.m.9 p.m., at The Bulldog (6111 Ridgewood Road). Enjoy the brewery’s beer called Flare incident infused with chocolate, vanilla and mint flavors. Beer for sale; call 978-3502; luckytownbrewing.com.
SPORTS & WELLNESS Community Bike Ride July 25, 6 p.m., at Rainbow Natural Grocery Cooperative (2807 Old Canton Road). Bikers ride to a different destination on the last Friday of each month. Jackson Bike Advocates is the sponsor. Free; call 3661602; email email@example.com; find Jackson Bike Advocates on Facebook.
Platinum Productions Barrel Racing Competition July 25-27, at Kirk Fordice Equine Center (1207 Mississippi St.). Equestrians compete for cash prizes. Free; call 228-8608104 or 228-234-2049; email twoodcock@ neseenterprise.com or firstname.lastname@example.org; platinumproductionsbarrelracing.com.
STAGE & SCREEN “Get on Up” Jackson Screening July 27, 2:30 p.m., at Malco Grandview Cinema (221 Grandview Blvd., Madison). See the James Brown biopic filmed in Mississippi. Includes refreshments, a poster and a reception with director Tate Taylor and star Chadwick Boseman. Proceeds benefit Mission Mississippi. $50, $200 Director’s Package; call 601-898-7819; getonupjackson.com.
CONCERTS & FESTIVALS Downtown Jazz July 24, 7 p.m.-9 p.m., at Mississippi Museum of Art (380 S. Lamar St.). Enjoy performances from local jazz and blues musicians. $5, free for members; call 601-960-1515; msmuseumart.org. Larry Raspberry and the Highsteppers July 25, 8 p.m., at Duling Hall (622 Duling Ave.). Larry Raspberry, the lead singer for the rock and roll band, is from Memphis and has been performing since the 1960s. Seated, all-ages show. Doors
LITERARY & SIGNINGS “The Great Glass Sea” July 23, 5 p.m., at Lemuria Books (Banner Hall, 4465 Interstate 55 N., Suite 202). Josh Weil signs books. Reading at 5:30 p.m. $27 book; call 601-366-7619; email email@example.com; lemuriabooks.com. Events at Square Books (160 Courthouse Square, Oxford) • "Dollbaby" July 23, noon Laura Lane McNeal signs books. $26.95 book; call 662-236-2262; squarebooks.com. • "The Forsaken" July 23, 5 p.m. Ace Atkins signs books. $26.95 book; call 662-236-2262; squarebooks.com. • "The Great Glass Sea" July 24, 5:30 p.m. Ace Atkins signs books. $27 book; call 662-2362262; squarebooks.com. Children’s Books Signing July 26, 1 p.m.-3 p.m., at The BookShelf (637 Highway 51, Suite AA, Ridgeland). Joshua and Dr. Kentrell Liddell sign copies of their books from the Taru book series such as “Little Kid, Big Fears” and “My Pet Elephant and Best Friend Taru.” $7.99 per book; call 601-853-9225; email bookshelf@ bookshelfonline.net; bookshelfonline.net.
CREATIVE CLASSES Art in Mind Art Program July 23, 10 a.m.11:45 a.m., at Mississippi Museum of Art (380 S. Lamar St.). The Alzheimer’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; alz.org/ms.
EXHIBIT OPENINGS Sangria, Watermelon and Watercolors July 26, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., at Sanders McNeal Studio and Gallery (Dickies Building, 736 S. President St., second floor). See the gallery’s latest paintings and prints at the summer event. Free; call 601-960-0484; email firstname.lastname@example.org.
BE THE CHANGE MMNS Blood Drive July 25, 9 a.m.-1 p.m., at Mississippi Museum of Natural Science (2148 Riverside Drive). Mississippi Blood Services takes donations in conjunction with the bloodsucking insect edition of Fun Friday. Health requirements apply. Blood donations welcome, admission applies for museum visit ($6, $5 seniors, $4 ages 3-18, children under 3 and members free; call 601-573-6036; email nicole. email@example.com.
Check jfpevents.com for updates and more listings, or to add your own events online. You can also email event details to firstname.lastname@example.org to be added to the calendar. The deadline is noon the Wednesday prior to the week of publication.
$5 Martini Monday 2 for Tuesday Wednesday, July 23rd
SWING DE PARIS 6.30 No Cover
Thursday, July 24th
BABY JAN & ALL THAT CHAZ 6.30 No Cover
Friday, July 25th
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JACKSON 9:00, $10 Cover
Saturday, July 26th
BRIAN VOO DAVIS 9:00, $10 Cover
Tuesday, July 29th
BRIAN JONES 6:30, No Cover
2-for-1 EVERYTHING* Tuesday-Friday from 4:00-6:00 (*excludes food and specialty drinks)
119 S. President Street 601.352.2322 www.Underground119.com
2 for 1 Well Drinks
Whiskey Wednesday $4 Crown, Makers, Jack and Jim
Thursday: LADIES’ NIGHT
Ladies Drink FREE Wells, Draft and House Wine 7-10pm
Patio Brunch Sat/Sun.
25 Patio Tables and Flat Screens outside!
Best Bloody Mary in town! 810 Lake Harbour Drive, Ridgeland Across from McB’s
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Zen Mindfulness Retreat July 25-27, 7 p.m., at Flowering Lotus Meditation and Retreat Center (225 W. Railroad Ave N., Magnolia). Seven monks and nuns from Magnolia Grove Monastery teach the art of mindfulness according to the methods of Thich Nhat Hanh. Registration required. Minimum $50 teacher donation and minimum $150 class donation; call 504-9054090; email email@example.com; floweringlotusmeditation.org.
Natural Child July 26, 10 p.m., at Martin’s Restaurant and Bar (214 S. State St.). The rock trio performs with Nashville artist Pujol. $10 at the door. Ages 21 and up; call 601-354-9712; martinslounge.net
- Pool Is Cool-
Best of Jackson Winner
Best Place to Play Pool Industry Happy Hour Daily 11pm -2am
Daily Beer Specials 12pm - 7pm
Mon - Fri Night Drink Specials Burgers-Wings-Full Bar Gated Parking Big Screen TV’s League and Team Play Beginners to Advanced Instructors Available
444 Bounds St. Jackson MS 601-718-7665
Iron Chef Ferguson: Final Showdown July 24, 7 p.m.-9 p.m., at Ferguson Showroom (950 W. County Line Road). In the Wolf Demonstration Kitchen. Chefs Jeremy Enfinger and Alex Eaton compete in the fast-paced cooking competition. Includes appetizers and an open bar. Doors open at 6 p.m. Limited tickets. $50; call 956-2646; eatjackson.com.
open at 7 p.m. Adults must accompany children. $20 in advance, $25 at the door, $3 surcharge for patrons under 21; call 601-292-7999; email firstname.lastname@example.org; ardenland.net.
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Lucky Town Pin Tasting July 24, 6 p.m.-9:30 p.m., at Sal & Mookie’s New York Pizza and Ice Cream Joint (565 Taylor St.). Enjoy a blonde ale infused with peaches through a pin. Beer for sale; call 368-1919; luckytownbrewing.com.
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Hercules (non 3-D)
3-D Hercules Lucy
And So It Goes PG13 Planes: Fire & Rescue (non 3-D) PG 3-D Planes: Fire & Rescue PG Sex Tape The Purge: Anarchy Persecuted
Dawn of the Planet of the Apes (non 3-D) PG13 Begin Again
Earth to Echo PG Transformers: Age of Extinction (non 3-D) PG13 Think Like a Man Too PG13 Jersey Boys
22 Jump Street R
How to Train Your Dragon 2 (non 3-D) PG
Maleficent (non 3-D)
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Preseason football is getting closer. It seems like forever since the Seattle Seahawks defeated the Denver Broncos in the Super Bowl.
Thursday, July 24 Football (8-11 p.m., ESPN2): Get your football fix with some CFL as the Calgary Stampeders face the Edmonton Eskimos.
Monday, July 28 MLB (6-9 p.m., ESPN): The Toronto Blue Jays look to stay in the playoff race in the American League East while taking on divisional foe the Boston Red Sox.
Friday, July 25 MLB (6-10 p.m., FSSO): The Atlanta Braves look to keep pace in the National League East as they face the San Diego Padres from the NL West division.
Tuesday, July 29 WNBA (7-9 p.m., ESPN2): The Chicago Sky with former Southern Miss star Jamierra Faulkner face the San Antonio Silver Stars.
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Wednesday, July 30 MLS (8-10 p.m., ESPN2): Two of Major League Soccerâ€™s best teams square off on the pitch as the New York Red Bulls look to take down the Real Salt Lake. Football is nearly here. The Hall of Fame game will be on The Slate next week. That kicks off preseason football with the regular season a month later. Follow Bryan Flynn at jfpsports.com, @jfpsports and at facebook.com/jfpsports.
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