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hit Ramsey, the 18-year-old drummer of The Empty Handed Painters, a Jackson-based instrumental post-rock band, does not jam. “We’re constructed very precisely,” he says. “It takes a lot of time to write the music. Just because we don’t sing doesn’t mean we just jam.” Ramsey became active in the Jackson music community when he started going to metal hardcore shows with his brother when he was in 6th grade. Since then, he has become more focused and passionate about his music. “Two or three years ago, I started actually taking (playing) seriously and starting actually getting out and playing with my friend,” he says. “You get to know a lot of people. The biggest influence is just being around it.” Just last year, Ramsey and the band’s guitarist Hal Kolodney, 18, started The Empty Handed Painters as a joke, but it started to go places. The band released an album, “The Onlookers” July 26. Band members, which include guitarist Nick Maloney, 18, and bass player and trombonist Stephen Callahan, 19, now rent a house in Ridgeland where they write music and store their equipment. “It’s a lot easier not having to piss off your neighbors,” Ramsey says. Ramsey, who has always lived in Belhaven and is a pasta maker at La Finestra, said the band’s music is experimental because the post-rock genre has a lot of room to work


with and is not easily defined. He said they use a lot of dynamics, including changes in volume and time signatures. “There’s a lot of noise, a lot of ambience,” Ramsey says. “There are a lot of dark sounds and light sounds. It’s a big roller coaster.” Because the band’s music is experimental, Ramsey says they use a lot of sound clips including a sample of “honest and raw” spoken word during a song. The writing process for “The Onlooker” took about two to three months to complete because the band writes its music collectively. “It’s kind of like a big mixing pot of everything,” Ramsey says. “We all get together, and somebody will start off with something they wrote at home. We see what we have already and what we’ve come up with on our own. We all have similar music tastes, but we all have different influences, so it’s interesting seeing how it all works out.” During the writing process, band members write for a couple hours a day. “We take a break and play Nintendo 64,” Ramsey says. They tend to play “Super Mario Party” a lot. A recent graduate of Madison Central High School, Ramsey is going to study art at the University of Southern Mississippi this fall in hopes of becoming an art teacher. The other members of The Empty Handed Painters are attending USM as well. “Ideally, I want to play my music all the time,” he says. —Mary Kate McGowan

Cover photo of Mississippi State University senior Zack Orsborn by Trip Burns

8 Running Late

Why isn’t Greyhound paying its rent in Jackson?

34 Nightmare Beyond

“The player is thrust into the world of Madotsuki’s dreams, a complex and disturbing juncture of worlds connected by doors, portals and living beings.” —Nick Judin, “Record of a Nightmare”

31 Patti Henson’s Expression

Local artist Patti Henson’s work spans from local venues to all around the world.

4 ............................. EDITOR’S NOTE 8 ............................................ TALKS 14 ................................ EDITORIAL 14 ................................ SORENSON 15 .................................... OPINION 16 ............................ COVER STORY 31 .............................. DIVERSIONS 33 ................... GIRL ABOUT TOWN 34 .......................................... GEEK 36 ....................................... MUSIC 38 ....................... MUSIC LISTINGS 39 .......................................... FILM 40 ....................................... 8 DAYS 41 ...................................... EVENTS 43 ..................................... SPORTS 44 .................................... PUZZLES 45 ....................................... ASTRO


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by Adria Walker, Guest Editor

My Cool City


hen I first began interning at the Jackson Free Press as a 14-year-old freshman at Murrah High School, I had no idea what I was getting myself into. I had always had been curious about people, and I had this unexplainable obsession with storytelling. I knew that, if nothing else, my future would involve some type of prose, and I dreamed of one day being able to write for an audience larger than just my mother and my brother. However, I had never even considered journalism, or non-fiction writing in general, as a possible career path until my freshman creative-writing teacher suggested that I inquire about an internship at the Jackson Free Press. Within two months of starting my internship, my state representative accepted my application to be a Mississippi Senate page for the 2012 legislative session. Meanwhile at the Free Press, my managing editor at the time, Ronni Mott, allowed me to write my first political story about my experience as a page. I didn’t realize the magnitude of the opportunity that I was given at the time. I just thought that it was pretty cool that I got paid to see how state government functioned behind relatively closed doors, and I thought it was even cooler that I was able to write about the whole thing. By allowing me to write such an important story, Ronni sparked a passion for journalism and for Mississippi that, at least in the three years that have followed it, I have not been able to satisfy. The Senate experience was completely different from what I, in my youthful naivety, imagined it would be. And I’m starting to find out that Hildy from “My Girl Friday” had a legitimate reason for considering retiring from journalism to be a homemaker. But I love my city, and I love that I have the

opportunity to report about the things that happen in it and to it. I can say without a doubt that there is no better place to grow up or to live than Jackson. Don’t get me wrong: I am definitely familiar with Jackson’s bad reputation. I’ve overheard numerous conver-

There is no better place to grow up or to live than Jackson. sations between adults about metro-area schools that start with, “Just make sure that your kids don’t go to any school that is in (Jackson Public Schools).” When I introduce myself to some people in the area, their faces almost always falter when I say that I attend Murrah High School, a public school in the heart of Jackson. During downtime at speech and debate tournaments—which typically take place schools outside JPS’s district—I am used to having other debaters slowly enunciate every syllable of names like Fyodor Dostoevsky, Friedrich Nietzsche or Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie as if we, as Jacksonians, are unfamiliar with the names. Several of my classmates complain that there is never anything to do in Jackson, or

that they’re embarrassed to say they are from Jackson, without attempting to remedy their problem. I have just one thing to say to newcomers and long-time Jacksonians alike: Like with anything in life, Jackson is what you make it. Unless we’re talking about a sci-fi or horror film, it is simply impossible for a city to be inherently evil or corrupt. If you’re a fan of “Star Wars,” and instead of being at Sneaky Beans on May 4, you were re-watching the prequels, it is your fault that Jackson is boring for you. If you fancy yourself a dancer, or if you’re even remotely interested in learning how ballet works, and instead of taking classes at Ballet Mississippi or Ballet Magnificat, you’re living vicariously through the Sugarplum Fairy in “The Nutcracker” re-runs that Ovation shows every year near Christmas, you’re choosing to have a bad experience. If you are a history buff, or just a lover of all things old-timey, and instead of going to the Mississippi Department of Archives to look at old records, you’re watching “Downton Abbey” and complaining that Jackson has nothing to offer, that is because you are not giving Jackson a chance. It is impossible to meet the animated, lovely people that Jackson has to offer if, instead of being in Fondren on the first Thursday of the month for Fondren After 5, you find yourself binge-watching “Sherlock” for the fifth time in a row. Yeah, the “cool” thing to do for some people is to talk about how bad Jackson is. But, that doesn’t even make sense because the people who live in Jackson are way too hot for that. I understand that it’s difficult to put yourself into social situations when you’re in a new environment, especially if that place’s name is regularly run through the mud by local and national television broadcasters. I’m certainly not naïve about the

fact that Jackson has its problems. But so do Madison, Richland, Brandon, Pearl, Ridgeland, Byram and any other city in any other state. Living in Jackson has given me more opportunities than I could ever even attempt to count. As an editorial intern at the Jackson Free Press, I have had three wonderful summers working with an awesome staff and fantastic groups of interns. I was able to represent the state that I love so dearly at the 2014 Al Neuharth Journalism and Free Spirit Conference in Washington, D.C, where I met 50 impressive students from across the country, and had the chance to speak to people like Ron Nesson, Judy Woodruff and Rip Patton. I have interviewed an assortment of people in and out of the state, and have been able to meet the people that truly make Mississippi such a wonderful place to live in. This year, I was even lucky enough to be in Mississippi’s “Happy” video, which, let’s be honest, is probably one of the most awesome, best versions, yet. (The film crew came to the JFP offices right after an intern workshop, and we danced down the halls of Capital Towers.) I have made enough memories to last a lifetime—and it’s all thanks to living in Jackson. This edition of Jackpedia is dedicated not only to the incoming college students and to this year’s amazing group of interns who helped put it all together, but also to the beautiful, vibrant citizens of Jackson. Once this issue of Jackpedia is published, my third summer as an editorial intern at the Jackson Free Press will officially be over, and my senior year of high school will begin. I’m almost done writing my story of Jackson. What will yours be about? Adria Walker coordinated this issue of Jackpedia, assisted by the summer 2014 intern class and the JFP’s visiting Girl Scout troop.

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Trip Burns

Emma McNeel

Jared Boyd

Maya Miller

Mary Kate McGowan

Mary Spooner

Deja Harris

Christina McField

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

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

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

Editorial Intern Maya Miller is a senior psychology major at Jackson State University. She enjoys books by Stephen King and Netflix marathons. She contributed to the cover package.

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

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

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

Design Intern Christina McField is a Mississippi State University senior, studying graphic design. She enjoys traveling, painting, listening to music and exploring woodwork. Her plan is to own her own business. She helped design the issue.

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Friday, Aug. 1 Colorado begins issuing driver’s licenses and identification cards to immigrants regardless of their legal status. ‌ A Ugandan court invalidates an anti-gay bill that allowed lengthy jail terms for charges such as “attempted homosexualityâ€? and “promotion of homosexuality.â€? Saturday, Aug. 2 A suspected dust explosion at an automotive-parts factory in eastern China that supplies General Motors kills at least 69 people and injures more than 180 others, most with severe burns.

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Sunday, Aug. 3 Israel withdraws most of its ground troops from the Gaza Strip in an apparent winding down of its operation against Hamas.


by R.L. Nave


he Jackson Redevelopment Authority is doing some long-overdue housekeeping. JRA is a quasigovernmental entity that has the ability to float bonds for large economicdevelopment projects that the city of Jackson backs. Its functions are largely clouded in obscurity and it doesn’t help that the agency’s commitment transparency leaves much to be desired. After a recent audit brought to light problems with JRA’s accounting procedures, the seven-member commission recently took action to address the problems. JRA owns and rents some 80 properties in the capital city, including downtown parking garages and a local bus depot. The audit noted that JRA needed to improve collections and to clarify the employment status of Willie Mott. In late 2012, then-JRA Executive Director Jason Brookins resigned, and Mott, who had previously held the post, stepped in on an interim, contractual basis. Auditors pointed out that JRA was not paying employee taxes to the Internal Revenue Service even though Mott acted as a full-time employee of JRA. Commissioners agreed on July 23 to make Mott the permanent executive director with a salary of $64,000 per year plus $6,000 for expenses that do not require board authorization; Mott’s compensation package does not include benefits. In addition, JRA’s audit found that the agency should tighten up its collection procedures from tenants who were hun-


Thursday, July 31 An international team of investigators manages to reach the crash site of the Malaysia Airline Flight 17 for the first time since a missile brought it down two weeks ago. ‌ Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu says that Israel will destroy the Hamas tunnel network in the Gaza Strip “with or without a cease-fire,â€? as the military calls up another 16,000 reservists for the campaign.

JRA Starts Cleaning Up the Books

The Jackson Redevelopment Authority has started addressing accounting problems uncovered in an audit. From left: Willie Mott, Ronnie Crudup, Matt Thomas, Jennifer Johnson and Beau Whittington.

dreds of thousands of dollars behind on rent. Most notably, Greyhound Bus Lines, which operates a station on West Capitol Street owes $327,000—roughly three years worth of rent. The British-owned, Dallas-based bus carrier recently made a $100,000 payment. JRA officials say Greyhound has not paid rent because the company is waiting for JRA to make repairs to the parking lot and to address security concerns. Lanesha Gipson, a spokeswoman for Greyhound, said the company’s lease would not let her go into specifics but that Greyhound was working with JRA and the city. Jennifer Johnson, whom late Mayor Chokwe Lumumba appointed to JRA in

2013, said during the meeting she was frustrated with the slow pace of action and lack of information commissioners received. “I feel like I’m being stalled on this, and I don’t know what to do,� Johnson told fellow commissioners. Based on conversations with several individuals, it appears that JRA, where pastor and political mover-and-shaker Ronnie Crudup presides, is anticipating several new members to the board in the near future. The consensus is that Jackson Mayor Tony Yarber wants to appoint new members who could help resolve a dispute between members of the Farish Street Group LLC, a real-estate management venture charged with luring businesses to Farish Street.

So You Wanna Go to College by Amber Helsel If you’re a rising senior, pay attention. This time in your life is one of the most important as your college years define where you’ll go in life. Here’s some cost information for local(ish) universities and schools.

Monday, Aug. 4 More than 400 Ukrainian soldiers cross into Russia, although both sides give conflicting accounts as to why they had decided to cross the border. Tuesday, Aug. 5 Israel and Hamas begin observing a temporary cease-fire to set the stage for talks in Egypt on a broader deal on the Gaza Strip.


Wednesday, July 30 International observers attempting to reach the site where Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 went down in eastern Ukraine report that the pro-Russian separatists who control the zone had placed mines in the area. ‌ The House overwhelmingly approves a $16.3 billion bill for the Veterans Affairs Department by helping veterans avoid long waits for health care, hiring more doctors and nurses to treat them and making firing senior executives at the VA easier.
















One of the targets could be businessman Matt Thomas, whose appointment expires in August and says he has not asked Yarber for another term. Thomas says he is relieved that JRA has stopped “dragging its feet� and seems to be getting its finances back on track.

“We were not happy with the way the audit turned out. We’re starting to improve,� Thomas said. Yarber has not announced a timeline for naming new JRA appointees. Comment at Email R.L. Nave at

Dems, GOP Mull Future Elections by R.L. Nave


nprecedented—the word is used repeatedly to describe the recent Mississippi U.S. Senate primary. In that contest—which will go on a little longer due to a long-threatened formal challenge that state Sen. Chris McDaniel announced this week—an armchair candidate Thomas Carey received just enough votes to prevent either of the major candidates from drawing a plurality. The subsequent primary runoff garnered more participation, including from traditionally Democratic groups that tipped

Americans—represents a new electoral paradigm, what should the parties do to adjust? Joe Nosef, the chairman of the Mississippi Republican Party, remains uncertain whether his party’s Senate primary, which African Americans helped decide, was an anomaly or the way parties have to do business from now on. “We want to grow the party the right way,� Nosef told the Jackson Free Press this week. “What we’ve been talking about for a long is we want to grow the party and be an option for groups a lot of people don’t feel TRIP BURNS

the outcome in favor the incumbent, U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran. Undoubtedly, the quirks of this race make it a perfect specimen for examination in political-science courses across the nation. But it also comes with real-world consequences for Mississippi political parties that have to build organizations, groom candidates and raise money for elections every year. If the Mississippi Senate race—in which Cochran picked up about 8,000 votes, chiefly from heavily Democratic counties and involving outreach to African

like we’re an option for.� Nosef cited a 2012 poll in which young voters said they would support President Barack Obama’s re-election despite his low approval ratings. “That says to me they don’t see the Republican Party as an option,� the state GOP chairman said. Mississippi Democratic Executive Committee Chairman Rickey Cole said the participation of Democratic constituencies in the GOP primary was “a one-off deal,� PRUH)8785(VHHSDJH

Mississippi Democratic and Republican Party chairmen Joe Nosef (pictured) and Rickey Cole are grappling with what the U.S. Senate primary means for their respective organizations in future elections.


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A Gorilla Under the Pavilion

not a new campaign model. “It was related more to reacting against McDaniel than anything,” Cole said, adding that the race did not slow fundraising for Democratic nominee U.S. Rep. Travis Childers. “I think the Republicans have got a diversity problem, and they’ve got to spend a lot of time reaching out beyond upper-middle-class Anglo-Saxon males to continue to have a strong constituency base in Mississippi,” Cole added. Democrats, through Childers, are attempting to strike a populist chord against Republicans. In his remarks at the Neshoba County Fair July 31, Childers stressed raising the federal minimum wage, equal pay for equal work among men and women, and expanding healthcare access with Medicaid expansion. Cole echoed Childers this week when addressing the John C. Stennis press luncheon in Jackson. He blasted Gov. Phil Bryant and the Republicans for refusing Medicaid expansion, which would give 300,000 more people in Mississippi health insurance “because (the Republicans) don’t want to do business with Barack Obama.” Democrats will likely use the same set of talking points entering the 2015 statewide elections, where they will attempt to regain control of the Mississippi House of Representatives. Republicans seized the House in 2011 for the first time since Reconstruction and hold a five-seat majority there. Cole, the Democratic chairman, said he would like to see the Legislature take on some election reforms, including multiplying filing fees for political offices by 10. Currently, to run for the U.S. Senate and governor, the fee is $300, a sum Cole calls ridiculous. “If you can’t come up with threegrand, you’re not a serious candidate. We wouldn’t have had this runoff if (not for) the candidate from DeSoto County who never campaigned. All he did was bring his $300 to Jackson,” Cole said. Nosef said primary-elections overhaul could come from Republican Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann, or from McDaniel himself, who chairs the Senate Elections Committee and could pursue reform if he returns to the body in 2015. “I think we’re going to talk about a lot of things,” Nosef said. “I certainly don’t want anything that comes out of this (election) to damage our outreach efforts because it’s critical the party grows.” Comment at Email R.L. Nave at Read more politics coverage at

epublicans who attended the 2014 Sowell said the Tea Party questions the backing Cochran—and the Tea Party Repolitical speeches at Neshoba way Mississippi leaders endorsed Cochran publicans are mostly fiscal. County Fair on July 31 were divid- for re-election. While Tea Party members tout baled due to months of a heated U.S. “Our governor, our lieutenant gover- ancing the federal budget, Cole said the Senate primary, but the entire crowd agreed nor, Congressman (Gregg) Harper; all of establishment Republicans see “federal and on one thing: the likability of former Mis- these men endorsed Thad Cochran, yet it’s state government as their own personal sissippi Gov. William Winter. Everyone rose become clear and evident that there was at ATM machine.” after Winter’s speech, in which racial recon- the very least unethical practices, if not ille“With a 17-trillion-dollar debt, bragciliation was the main theme. ging about how much pork “If you asked me this mornbarrel spending you can bring ing what were the most imporhome to your state is probtant things that happened in Misably not a winning strategy for sissippi in my lifetime, I would somebody who wants to win in unhesitatingly tell you that it was a state like Mississippi because the elimination of racial segregamost Mississippians are very tion in the 1960s,” Winter said. concerned about this national He added that the second is the debt,” Cole said. greater importance Mississippi None of the other speakers has placed on adequate educadiscussed the issues inside the tion in the years since. Republican Party due to the Coincidentally, race played Senate race. Instead, Cochran a major role in the fracture withattempted to appeal to conserin the Republican Party after vatives—those who may have U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran began been burned by him during soliciting votes from black voters, the primary—by bashing the mostly Democrats, for the runAffordable Care Act, emphaoff in June. sizing reduced spending and Near the stage on the left touting the farm bill. side of the pavilion, where the Democratic U.S. Senate candidates and political leadcandidate Travis Childers told ers spoke, an older white-haired the crowd that political parties woman held her Cochran sign mean little when it comes to high above her head in an atdeciding on issues, and that he Sen. Chris McDaniel’s supporters brought signs to the Neshoba tempt to block the one raised bedepends more on the difference County Fair’s 2014 political speeches that read “betrayed” and “RINO” hind her. A man sitting behind between right and wrong than (or Republican In Name Only) targeted at U.S. Sen.Thad Cochran. her, who wore a piece of red duct right and left. Poverty, lack of tape across his mouth, held a sign education, lack of health care that read “betrayed.” and unemployment, Childers The man, Tupelo Tea Party Coordina- gal practices, that have taken place, and we said, “don’t know a political party.” tor Grant Sowell, sat with others holding have not really heard them call them out,” “They’re Mississippi problems,” “betrayed” signs and one other that read Sowell said. Childers said. “It is wrong for the state of “RINO” (or Republican in Name Only). Mississippi Speaker of the House Philip Mississippi not to try to work with the federThe red duct tape, which was also worn Gunn addressed the tensions between mem- al government to help 300,000 people have across the mouths of children in the audi- bers of the Republican Party when he spoke, insurance,” Childers said. ence, was meant to symbolize their feelings calling the party’s divide an “800-pound goChilders also called for equal pay, a raise of being silenced. rilla under the pavilion” that no one wants to in minimum wage, and a balanced-budget “We’ve been alienated by our own par- talk about. amendment. Cole said Childers’ emphaty. It’s one thing for Democrats to attack Re“Conservatives are at a crossroad today sis on spending might appeal to Tea Party publicans or conservatives. It’s another thing … we can abandon the party because were members, creating the possibility for party for mainstream media to kind of go after the having a disagreement, or we can hang in line crossover come November. tea party or a strong conservative like Chris there, we can talk to one another, we can With Cochran remaining on stage, McDaniel,” Sowell said. listen to one another, we can find common Gov. Phil Bryant threw some red meat to “But it’s another thing altogether for ground, and we can work to make our party Republicans, attempting to regain some the Republican Party to eat their young and stronger,” Gunn said. of his tea-party bona fides that came into to attack their very own people and then exMississippi Democratic Party Chair- question after his support of Cochran, by pect a group hug when it’s all over.” man Rickey Cole said he hopes the Repub- touting the Religious Freedom Restoration Cochran called for such a group hug lican Party doesn’t find reconciliation—and Act he signed earlier this year and slashes to when he asked for a collective vote from Re- he doesn’t believe they will due to deep-root- taxes 40 times in the last three years. publicans at Neshoba County Fair. ed differences. Bryant faces re-election in 2015 and “Whether you voted for me or not in “They’re really divided along a real confirmed he will run again on SuperTalk the primary, I’m now asking everyone to join philosophical cleavage,” Cole said, explain- after his speech. together. Let’s unite so we can win in No- ing that the differences between the GOP Comment at Email Anna vember,” Cochran told the audience. establishment Republicans—like the ones Wolfe at

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by Anna Wolfe




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Abortion Clinic Gets Reprieve; Will It Last? by Anna Wolfe

“perform the more rigorous type of purpose inquiry that Casey seems to require.� Instead, they used the rational basis review, by which every law must be tested, to determine if the law was related to a legitimate government interest. “In the abortion context, it’s not that simple,� Will said. “The rational basis review is doing the work of the purpose prong of Casey, and what many would argue, inappropriately so.� The 5th Circuit court in the Mississippi case was bound by what the 5th circuit held in the Texas case, which is that this type of law survives rational basis. However, Will said, “the purpose prong in Casey ought to be more stringent than rational basis review; otherwise, why have a separate test?� The 5th Circuit court, however, found that the law in Mississippi did have the effect of placing an undue burden on women because they would be forced to travel out of state to get an abortion. Crossing state lines, according to the decision, constitutes an undue burden even though the distance a Mississippian would have to travel to get an abortion out of state is shorter than the stretch of land in Texas left with no abortion clinics due to the law. In the majority opinion, Judge E. Grady Jolly wrote, “Mississippi may not shift its obligation to respect the established constitutional rights of its citizens to another state. Such a proposal would not only place an undue burden on the exercise of the constitutional right, but would also disregard a state’s obligation under the principle of federalism—applicable to all fifty states—to accept the burden of the non-delegable duty of protecting the established federal constitutional rights of its own citizens.� Jolly cited State of Missouri ex rel. Gaines v. Canada, an equal protection case from the 1930s, to make the claim that Mis-

sissippi cannot extinguish a woman’s right to have an abortion within its borders. The court then never had to address the purpose of the Mississippi law because they already determined the law had the effect of an undue burden. Matt Steffey, a constitutional expert at Mississippi College School of Law, said the court essentially looked at the law on a stateby-state basis. “It would be unprecedented, I think, for a state to be able to shirk the Constitu-

protection is a demand that imposes an obligation on states to treat the citizens equally—to not discriminate. That’s not what the abortion right is.� The court decision will allow Jackson Women’s Health Organization to continue operating. To overturn the ruling, the State of Mississippi would have to request for en banc consideration, or for the entire 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals to review the case, in which case, Steffey said, there is a good chance the decision would go the other way.


The Jackson Women’s Health Organization celebrated a major victory when the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals struck down an admitting-privileges law that would have closed the clinic down.

tion by externalizing it to another state. Because constitutionally speaking each state is autonomous,� Steffey said. But Judge Emilio Garza wrote in the dissenting opinion that comparing abortion law to equal protection doesn’t really work. Applying Gaines in this case, Garza wrote, “implies that we must confine our undue burden analysis to Mississippi. Such an inference is legally nonsensical: No such rule exists.� Under Casey, the state does not have an obligation to make abortion available. “The right to choose to have an abortion is an interesting right,� Will said. “Equal

In response to the decision, Bryant said, “It is important to note that today’s opinion was issued by a divided panel of judges and not by the entire 5th Circuit and that this action is just another part of the legal process. I will continue working with the attorney general as his office petitions the entire court to hear this case.� For now, Steffey said, the ruling is a victory for the clinic. “I think this opinion makes it impossible to enforce this law against this clinic,� Steffey said. Comment Email Anna Wolfe at








n effort to close Mississippi’s last abortion clinic hit the wall on Tuesday, July 29, when two of three judges on a 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals panel determined that the law was unconstitutional because it would force women to travel across state lines to exercise their right to have the procedure. The decision only applied to the case in Mississippi, where the law required Jackson Women’s Health Organization to have hospital admitting privileges that they were unable to obtain. The same court upheld an identical law in Texas months earlier. In Planned Parenthood v. Casey, the U.S. Supreme Court held that states could restrict abortions before viability of the fetus—when it is able to survive outside of the mother’s womb. Under Casey, states cannot enact laws that have the purpose or effect of imposing an “undue burden� on women seeking abortions. The Casey decision describes an undue burden as a “significant obstacle.� Jonathan Will, a Mississippi College School of Law professor and health-law expert, said that even if a law does not actually create an obstacle for women seeking abortions, it would be unconstitutional under Casey if the court found the law had the purpose of imposing an undue burden. The intent of what started as HB 1390 in the Mississippi Legislature become a central focus of opponents to the law as many of the policy makers who pushed the legislation made no secret of their objective. “My goal, of course, is to shut it down,� Gov. Phil Bryant once said of JWHO when discussing abortion restriction laws at a prolife luncheon in 2013. Earlier, the 5th Circuit found that a Texas admitting-privileges law did not place an undue burden on women, even though the law resulted in the closure of nearly 20 abortion clinics across the state. Will said the court in Texas did not


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Convention Hotel to Bid, Utility Settles, Gannett Splits by Dustin Cardon


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ity and economic-development which has not been named, will retain sissippi, drew to an end this week with the officials announced this month Gannett’s existing debt, while the pub- announcement of a settlement between that a new request for proposals lishing company will keep the Gannett Mississippi Power Co., which is building of the planned convention-center name. the plant, and the Sierra Club. hotel across the street from the Jackson Like many Gannett properties, The Sierra Club attorney Robert Wiygul Convention Complex is going out soon. Clarion-Ledger has suffered a steady de- said the environmental-advocacy organiAt a meeting of the Jackson Redevelop- cline in readership in circulation over zation would drop all its lawsuits against ment Authority earlier the planned 582-megawatt facility this month, commissionthat will burn lignite coal. ers said they expected the In exchange, Mississippi Power, deadline for bids to be a subsidiary of Atlanta-based SouthOct. 15, 2014. ern Co., agreed to improve air qualThe project has been ity, help low-income rate payers and delayed for years. In 2007, encourage use of renewable energy. at the insistence of thenThe Sierra Club had filed a Mayor Frank Melton, number of challenges in Mississippi JRA made a controversial state courts to slow construction agreement with Dallason the plant over the years. In the based developer TCI that meantime, construction costs have included securing a $7 ballooned, pushing the original million federal Housing price tag of $2.4 billion over the $5 and Urban Development billion mark. loan designed to encour“This is a huge victory,” said age urban economic Louie Miller, Mississippi Sierra growth. The deal with Club director, on the conference TCI fell apart, however, call on Aug. 4 and the dispute over who As part of the settlement agreeowned the land ended up ment, the utility would stop burning in state court. coal at Jack Watson Generating Plant Last year, outgoing in Gulfport and in Greene County, Mayor Harvey Johnson Ala., near Demopolis. On Aug. 1, Jr. and incoming Mayor Alabama Power, which Southern Chokwe Lumumba analso owns, announced that it would nounced a deal for the switch from burning coal to natural The parent corporation of The Clarion-Ledger announced lagging idea. In that gas at the Greene facility. this week that it is splitting into two publicly traded companies, one for its shrinking print publications and the agreement, Jackson ConIn addition, Mississippi Power other for digital and broadcasting.The Ledger is also about to vention Hotel LLC., opagreed to set aside $15 million for welcome its sixth publisher since 2004. erated by father-and-son low-income rate payers, schools team Robinson and Andre and charities to install energy-effiCallen, would develop a cient appliances and renewable-en$60 million, 305-room hotel across the recent years, bringing its Sunday circula- ergy systems. Wiygul said the Gulf Coast street from the Jackson Convention Com- tion (the biggest day for dailies) to around Community Foundation will administer plex and connect it to the complex via 60,000 in 2013. Earlier this year, Gannett the grant programs. skywalk. The developers planned to work attempted to fatten The Clarion-Ledger The Sierra Club and Mississippi in conjunction with Hyatt Hotels to build and other newspapers, which had already Power Co. also agreed not to oppose any a first-rate establishment with meeting ar- shrunk in dimension, by inserting USA net-metering plan should the Mississippi eas, a full-service restaurant and parking. Today into the papers, in what it called Public Service Commission, which overThat deal, however, has stalled. the Butterfly Initiative. sees utilities, adopt one. The Clarion-Ledger is soon facing Miller added that the provisions of Gannett to Split into Two another publisher change, with its 6th the settlement would reduce the need for Companies: Publishing, Broadcast publisher since 2004 taking over the coal-burning power plants such as KemGannett Co. Inc., parent company business reins soon. per in the future. of The Clarion-Ledger and many other Gannett also announced that it The Sierra Club said phasing out media outlets, announced Aug. 5 that signed a definitive agreement to acquire coal at the 870-megawatt Plant Watson the company will split into two separate full ownership of Under the and the 500-megawatt Greene County publicly traded companies, with one con- agreement, Gannett will acquire the 73 power plant would reduce air and water trolling Gannett’s broadcasting and digi- percent interest it does not already own pollution and make significant improvetal business and the other controlling its in’s parent company, Classified ments to air quality in the region. publishing business. Ventures LLC, for $1.8 billion in cash. The Greene plant, for example, is The company will implement the more than 40 years old and produces subsplitting off of the publishing business Mississippi Power, Enviros Settle stantially more pollution than the projecthrough a tax-free distribution of GanSix years of legal wrangling over the tions indicate for Kemper. nett’s publishing assets to shareholders. Kemper County coal-fired power plant, “The net result of today’s settlement The broadcasting and digital company, now under construction in eastern Mis- will see huge overall reductions in air pol-


lution that will lead to fewer asthma attacks in children, fewer emergency room visits and improved quality of life for hundreds of thousands of people.” This is especially true for vulnerable communities that suffer adverse impacts from dirty coal-burning plants. “For thousands of Mississippians, cleaner air is right around the corner,” said Ruth Story, president of the Gulfport NAACP, through a news release. “Too many families have seen their children or seniors suffer because of soot, smog and mercury pollution from Plant Watson. Not only will our families breathe easier, but we are finally turning a page in Mississippi. “Energy efficiency investments will help our struggling communities. Clean energy means cleaner air, healthy jobs and a counter to the Kemper rate hikes. We can be proud that we’re finally taking a real step forward to bring the clean energy economy to Mississippi.” Ed Holland, president and CEO of Mississippi Power, said the agreement illustrates “the importance of the Kemper County energy facility, which will use locally mined, low-cost lignite, in maintaining a diverse fuel mix for our customers.” “Our track record of environmental compliance and stewardship in the communities where we live and work is proven. And, for decades we have provided solutions for our customers to save money and energy. This agreement builds on those commitments.” MUW Receives Small Biz Grant The Mississippi University for Women (1100 College St., Columbus) and 10 other rural microenterprises across the nation recently received $30,000 grants from the U.S. Department of Agriculture to provide support for job growth and business development in their communities. The chosen organizations use the funds, which they receive through the Department’s Rural Microentrepreneur Assistance Program, to invest in local, small businesses that need help to obtain the credit they need to grow and thrive. The USDA says the grants are intended to support community development, job creation and economic stability. The Mississippi University for Women will use the funds to provide training and technical assistance to eligible small businesses. Comment at Email and send business news tips and story ideas to Web Editor Dustin Cardon at dustin@jack

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Everyone Has a Story


he old saying “never judge a book by its cover� was always something that would cross my mind in certain situations. Whether I was trying to decide on a book to read or what I thought of new people I met, the cover used to make a difference to me. But as I’ve gotten older, I’ve realized that the meaning of that saying is as simple as it sounds. As a summer intern for the Jackson Free Press this year, I’ve gotten a chance to meet people for interviews that I probably would have never met in any other circumstance. They are all from different walks of life and all have their own stories to tell, but the amazing part of it is that they all want to help and inspire other people. They’ve given me the courage to go out and meet people and be open to those who may be going through something and may feel alone. I think it’s important for people to know that everyone has a story and that even a small conversation will lead to finding out that you may have more in common than you thought. Growing up, I was very shy and kept to myself. Once I got to high school, I started to open up more. I made a few friends here and there, but I soon learned that the people you call your friends can’t always be trusted. I lost friends here and there, but who doesn’t? I became somewhat shy again when I got to college, but I decided that I can’t be alone all the time and that everyone is not out to get me. I’m learning that what I’ve been through could help someone else. I listen when I meet people who are willing to open up to me about a problem. Sometimes they don’t want advice, and sometimes they do. The best part is knowing I may have just helped them, even if only a little. A lady once told me that everything you experience can be a testimony. I didn’t always have people that I felt I could just talk to about certain problems, and I want to be that person for others. It can mean a lot to someone if you simply listen without judgment and without questioning. College is a fresh start for everyone. The best years of your life are just ahead, and I encourage everyone to meet someone new or someone you wouldn’t normally talk to. It can change your view on certain things or even enlighten on others. Besides, what could it hurt? Deja Harris is a junior at Alcorn State University, where she is the editor of her school newspaper.

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Why It Stinks: Gov. Bryant says admitting privileges are vital to women’s safety, even as the anti-abortion movement he supports pressures hospitals not to give admitting privileges to doctors who perform abortions so they can send women to the hospital in the rare number of cases where it’s needed. In addition, no evidence yet supports that admitting privileges actually make women safer.

Fight For Women, Not Against Them


n the past week, opponents of abortion rights were dealt a couple of pretty big blows. First, the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled against a Mississippi law the Legislature passed in 2012 that required abortion clinics to obtain admitting privileges at a local hospital for its boardcertified OB/GYNs. One member of the three-judge panel, writing for the majority, said the Jackson Women’s Health Organization had “a substantial likelihood of success on its claim� that the law “imposes an undue burden on a woman’s right to choose an abortion in Mississippi, and is therefore unconstitutional.� Days later, a federal judge in Alabama, which passed an identical law, followed the 5th Circuit decision and declared that state’s admitting-privileges requirement unconstitutional. There, U.S. District Judge Myron Thompson ruled that state lawmakers exceeded their authority in passing the requirement. As a federal judge had done in Mississippi two years ago, Thompson granted a temporary restraining order against implementing the law. Despite these successes for the protectors of abortion access, the fights are far from over. Either state, where conservative Republicans are in full control of the executive and legislative branches of government, could appeal to higher courts and, possibly, to the U.S. Supreme Court. They shouldn’t. It’s unclear how much money Mississippi has spent defending the abortion law for the past two years because the in-house lawyers from the office of the state attorney general—Democrat

Jim Hood, who also supported the ill-conceived and ill-fated Personhood amendment of 2011—is defending the anti-abortion law. Whatever the sum, the resources could be spent more effectively by boosting the AG’s efforts in fighting domestic violence, sex trafficking, and police and political corruption. Hood likes to play coy and say that his office merely represents the state’s interest, but we’ve seen him take what he considers principled stances against the Republican leadership in the past. It would be remarkable if Hood, the people’s attorney, got involved over the Legislature’s refusal to adequately fund public education or provide quality, affordable health-care coverage via Medicaid. (To Hood’s credit, he did decline to participate in a lawsuit against Obamacare.) Both would be a boon to Mississippi women who face myriad health and quality-of-life challenges. By the same token, proponents of such measures as the admitting privileges law, who purport to be so concerned about the health and safety of women, should refocus their attention on real sex-education reform in public schools and on Mississippi’s college campuses. Last year, the Legislature directed community colleges and four-year universities to develop a strategy to slow unwanted pregnancies but provided no funding for the measure. If our politicians are truly concerned about protecting women and children, they should abandon their relentless assault on abortion rights and tackle the real issues facing girls and women in this state.

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h my God.� Three words uttered when someone is horrified, in shock or scrolling through Facebook pictures from middle school. This time, I said those three words after an email notification popped up on my phone: Your Student Loan Snapshot. After my heart was done clogging my throat, leaving an empty space in my chest, I paused whatever show I was binge watching and braced myself. Nothing could prepare me for the gargantuan Godzilla number I saw: $18,109.86. Eighteen-thousand, onehundred and nine dollars. And eighty-six cents. In three years. I gasped, putting my phone down. What did I do to deserve this? Was I a telemarketer in my past life? No. I just decided to further my education like society told me to do. Society instructed me to do a lot of things when I was an impressionable young lad, and it instilled a fear of “flipping hamburgers.� The Federal Reserve Bank of New York reports that the average student-loan borrower, or masochist, owes about $26,000 in student loans. Do you know what I could buy with $26,000? A whole lot of chicken nuggets. If that amount didn’t make you mutter, “Oh my God,� maybe this statistic will: Student debt has reached $1 trillion in the United States, according to the Consumer Finance Protection Bureau. I can’t even fathom all those nuggets. But there’s this thing called the “Pay As You Earn� program. It has been around since 2012, but basically, nobody has heard about it. National Public Radio reported on June 9 that only 1.6 million borrowers have jumped aboard the PAYE plane, leaving the other 36 million on the tarmac. Recently, PAYE hit the headlines as President Obama expanded the program (which was inaugurated in 2011), adding a bunch of cool things to alleviate the impending stress of current, future and past student-loan borrowers, which will take place in 2015. PAYE runs alongside the IncomeBased Repayment program, capping loan payments at 10 percent of discretionary income opposed to the 15 percent IBR offers. And get this: After 20 years, the debt

is forgiven (some can be forgiven after 10 years and the forgiven amount may be taxed, according to Obama, take the wheel. With Obama’s changes to PAYE, the program extends to borrowers who took out loans before October 2007 and have not borrowed since October 2011. People can now say, “Thanks, Obama� without any sarcasm. Honestly, I’m really bad at math, so I used the repayment estimator calculator on to figure out my monthly payments. If I use the $26,000 student debt average and get a starting job with at least a $30,000 starting salary (shooting low, I know), my payments will be between $104 for my initial monthly payment and $272 for my final monthly payment for 210 months. On the Standard Payment Plan, which runs for 120 months, my payments would be $272 a month. With interest on the PAYE program, I will pay around $7,000 more than being on the Standard Payment Plan . So, will I pay more for a smaller monthly payment? Basically, yes. I’ll have to delay expanding my budding shoe collection, I guess. Not everyone qualifies, of course. You have to demonstrate a “partial financial hardship,� states You qualify “if the monthly amount you would be required to pay on your eligible federal student loans under a 10-year Standard Payment Plan is higher than the monthly amount you would be required to repay under Pay as You Earn.� I would qualify, but I feel terrible for the Americans who don’t. Obama is making a tremendous effort, but everyone should be able to fly on the PAYE plane. After calculating my payments, I felt a little weight lift off my shoulders. In the words of Gloria Gaynor, “I will survive.� I made the decision to go to college (I think), and I couldn’t afford it without student loans. How about we lower those tuition rates, huh? The good news is I have about $2 in my bank account right now. I guess I better start taking care of my monstrous student loan debt. Zachary Orsborn is a senior at Mississippi State University, studying communications. He is also the assistant editor of and a regular contributor to the Jackson Free Press. You can see him on the cover of this week’s issue.

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hen she was younger, Liz Allen, a Baton lation. However, a common sentiment among some people La., native who was raised in Pearlington, Miss., is a rising Rouge native, never pictured herself attending in this age group is that Jackson, and the local colleges, have junior at Millsaps College. “The only reason I came to Jackcollege in Jackson, much less living here. Allen nothing to offer. son was because of Millsaps, but then I realized that Jackson enrolled at MillTravis Florence, 19, was has so much more to offer than just Millsaps,” Vernaci says. saps College by chance instead born in Jackson and attended He even remains in Jackson during summers “because of the of by choice. “I wanted to go to a Terry High School, graduating in opportunities in the area.” small liberal-arts college,” Allen, 2013. Unlike the estimated threeAs a political science major, living in the state capital is 21, says. “Millsaps fit the bill and fourths of Terry High School’s awesome,” Vernaci adds. “I was able to intern for Rep. Cecil gave me the largest scholarship, 2013 graduates who decided Brown (D-Jackson) this past year.” so I came here.” to attend college in Mississippi, Vernaci, 20, especially appreciates Millsaps’ “Challenge” Allen’s decision to attend a Florence chose Springhill College program for incoming freshmen. “Throughout the week, college in Jackson was met with in Mobile, Ala., where he is a ris- you’re doing community engagement in the midtown area,” surprise from her friends and ing sophomore and a pre-physi- he says. “That was amazing.” family members. “Louisiana cal therapy major. Going through the Challenge program helped Vernaci kind of has this thing of talking “There was more (scholar- get a better understanding of the city and how he relates to about Mississippi,” the rising seship) money outside of the state, it. “Midtown is such a unique neighborhood, and it has so Liz Allen, a rising senior at Millsaps nior says. “Like, ‘Yeah we might and I think that there are more much to offer to me, somebody who is into political science,” College, appreciates the vibrant community and people in Jackson. be number 49 on this list of horresources (there) than in Jackson’s he says. “It’s made me rethink a lot of things, especially the rible things, but at least we’re not local-area colleges,” Florence ex- idea of gentrification.” Mississippi.’ So, when I decided plains. “I think that professionThough Vernaci may not return to Jackson after he to go to Millsaps, it was a shock ally, in my field, Jackson offers gets a graduate degree elsewhere, he is figuring out how he to everyone. My friends would say, ‘Mississippi? Why would something to me because of the three main hospitals that are can positively affect the city. “Moving into these neighboryou want to go to Mississippi? Why would anybody want to here. But, in other fields, I think that you really have to go out hoods (like midtown) and doing work can hurt the neighgo to Mississippi? Why would you want to live there?” of state to find something.” borhoods sometimes. You have to really critically think about Mississippi’s traditionally negative perception is someAfter matriculating from Springhill College, Travis plans what you’re doing because that’s going to determine how the thing that has plagued the state—and the South in gener- to return to the area, at least temporarily. “I think I am (mov- neighborhood reacts to that,” he says. al—due to slavery, Jim Crow laws, a racist constitution and ing back to Jackson) because I want to do my graduate school civil-rights violence. at Mississippi College,” he says. If You Promote It, They Will Come Mississippi has been slower to follow other historically Allen likes the social and Jackson may have more colracist southern states like Alabama, Georgia, and Tennessee community aspects of the city. lege students than many cities, as they’ve replaced their traditionally ignorant image for one “You find a lot of music festibut it might need more promothat embraces the state’s culture and history. vals or things like Fondren After tion before really claiming the “Even before I came to Jackson, I didn’t think I would 5 that give you a chance to get moniker “college town.” like it,” Allen says, “I came for school, not for the city. But the out into the community. JackDr. Hilliard Lackey, an adcity has won me over, and I want to stay here now.” son is a capital city, so there are junct professor of urban higher other things going on. There just education at Jackson State UniA Little Big City happens to be four universities versity and resident of Jackson Jackson is a little big city—larger than Boston by 17.17 here.” for more than four decades, besquare miles and with a population only 18,542 people fewer Jackson has more to offer lieves such promotion is vital to than that of fellow capital city Salt Lake City. Jackson has than smaller college towns, such the city’s future. “What can we a population of about 175,437 people and nearly 35,000 as Oxford, Starkville or Clinton, utilize? We might need more sigcollege students. Approximately 14,404 undergraduate and Allen says: “(Jackson) works well nage and brandage to incorporate Travis Florence, a Jackson native and post-graduate students are enrolled in Jackson’s four colleges as a college town because there our lofty position as having all of college student at Springhill College in and universities, and another 19,202 students are enrolled at are different things going on, these colleges and universities,” Mobile, Ala., believes that colleges outside Hinds and Holmes community colleges. About 8,000 stu- and there are a lot of places to he suggests. of Mississippi have more opportunities. dents attend Jackson Public Schools’ six high schools. learn things outside of the classLackey compares the assortBased on these figures, people between the ages of 14 room.” ment of Jackson colleges and unithrough 26 make up roughly 24 percent of Jackson’s popuTrey Vernaci, a Metairie, versities to those of Nash-

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ville and Atlanta. Instead of attempting to promote one school—say, Jackson State over Belhaven University, Tougaloo College over Millsaps College—the city should promote all higher-education options available here. “We can’t (promote only one college) here in Jackson because we have several schools,� Lackey says. “We should put them all in one bag and push them, saying, ‘This is a Mecca for higher learning! If you want a good education, come to Jackson!’ We have to accentuate the positive because it is there. If we promote it, they will come.�


Rae’Jean Spears, a sophomore at Tougaloo College, thinks that Jackson offers whatever you want.

The sentiment, echoed by two Jackson State professors, two Millsaps students and a Tougaloo student for this article—is that Jackson fails to appropriately market its opportunities, recreational and professional, to prospective students and teachers. Dr. Preselfannie McDaniels was born in Arkansas, but moved to Jackson in 1988 to attend JSU as an undergraduate

student in the honors college. “What makes smaller college towns successful is that they have a functional downtown,� she says. “Even though it might be small, downtown is always a great place to be. Louisiana State University is in Baton Rouge, and once Baton Rouge’s downtown was refurbished, you were only so many blocks away from it. ... Once (Jackson’s) downtown is fully utilized, the image of the university will be so much better.� “I couldn’t have seen myself here 10 years ago,� Rae’Jean Spears, a Virginia native and Tougaloo College sophomore, says. “I didn’t think that (Jackson) was as culturally enriching as it is. I thought it was just another part of Mississippi. But by living here, my eyes have been opened to the fact that whatever you want is here in Jackson.� Though there are several opportunities for internships and other job-related or education-related options in the city of Jackson, there is a disconnect between the opportunities and students hearing about them. “I feel like maybe there should be more advertisement or communication to students because there are so many opportunities out there. It’s just getting students connected that’s lacking,� Vernaci says. The Washington, D.C.-based Newseum Institute found that 33 percent of people get their news from the Internet. A Pew Internet study says 31 percent of Twitter users are 18 to 29 years old, and that non-Hispanic blacks in that age group are more likely to use the site. I tried to find the City of Jackson’s Twitter account, but it was difficult. I ultimately found two accounts (@CityofJacksonMS) and (@wearejacksonms). Initially, I assumed that the former account was the city’s primary Twitter account as it was created in September 2011, but its last coherent tweet was June 25, 2013. The account began tweeting gibberish on June 26 of




this year, so it may have been hacked. The latter account has a photo of Mayor Tony Yarber as its profile picture and a quote from the mayor in the bio, but it’s unclear whether or not this is Mayor Yarber’s personal Twitter or the city’s account. Is Jackson the Answer? Capital cities are supposed to be seats of government and places where citizens from all over the state are on an equal playing field. Unfortunately, the excessive reporting of “crime in Jackson� and other bad media coverage show Jackson as a negative place. Every weekday at 8 a.m., cars from Rankin, Simpson, Yazoo and Madison counties drive into Jackson to work, and PRUH0,681'(56722'VHHSDJH


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cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s problems with retaining high-school and college graduates. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have corporate jobs here, and youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve got to have competitive, high-level jobs,â&#x20AC;? he says. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have any jobs where if you major in business, or something like that, you can graduate and step into a $50,000, $60,000 or $70,000 (position) in a year or two with some upward mobility.â&#x20AC;? There is a light on the horizon. Whole Foods Market (4500 Interstate 55, 601608-0405) opened a Jackson location this year that hasâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;so farâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;been a huge success, and is likely to help Highland Village in northeast Jackson step up its retail game and attract younger customers. Nearby is a new development, The District at Eastover, on the site of the old Mississippi School for the Blind (including retail and a movie theater, which Jackson currently doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have); two museums are being built in downtown Jackson; midtown is on fire with artists and young creatives; and a variety of local restaurants have opened, or soon will, in different parts of the city, including Fondren, downtown and south Jackson. Vernaci focuses on the cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s strengths: â&#x20AC;&#x153;Jackson is a place that has everything,â&#x20AC;? he says. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the one city where you can go all the way from working in law firms to working in politics to working in a hospital to doing communication work with Mississippi Public Broadcasting. Jackson offers everything for you.â&#x20AC;? Keep up with Jackson-area events at jfp and

Summertime Blues

(and Pop and Soul and ...) by Adria Walker ne of the most important parts of being able to perfectly document or acknowledge something is having a playlist. The climatic scenes in â&#x20AC;&#x153;Twin Peaksâ&#x20AC;? would not be as entertaining without the soapy music drawing everything together. Darth Vader would not be nearly as menacing without â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Imperial Marchâ&#x20AC;? (more commonly known as â&#x20AC;&#x153;Darth Vaderâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Themeâ&#x20AC;?). Here is a list of songs for you to jam out to or sob toâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;whichever emotion best describes your feelings about summer ending and school beginning.


â&#x20AC;&#x153;Two Weeksâ&#x20AC;?â&#x20AC;&#x201D;Grizzly Bear â&#x20AC;&#x153;Le Temps de Lâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Amourâ&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x201D;Françoise Hardy â&#x20AC;&#x153;Sweatpantsâ&#x20AC;?â&#x20AC;&#x201D;Childish Gambino featuring Problem â&#x20AC;&#x153;Cry Me a Riverâ&#x20AC;?â&#x20AC;&#x201D;Julie London â&#x20AC;&#x153;Stepâ&#x20AC;?â&#x20AC;&#x201D;Vampire Weekend â&#x20AC;&#x153;Non, je ne regrette rienâ&#x20AC;?â&#x20AC;&#x201D;Edith Piaf â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Baddest Man Aliveâ&#x20AC;?â&#x20AC;&#x201D;The Black Keys featuring RZA â&#x20AC;&#x153;Numbâ&#x20AC;?â&#x20AC;&#x201D;Gary Clark, Jr. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Troublemanâ&#x20AC;?â&#x20AC;&#x201D;Electric Guest

â&#x20AC;&#x153;Laisse tomber les fillesâ&#x20AC;?â&#x20AC;&#x201D;France Gall â&#x20AC;&#x153;On the Seaâ&#x20AC;?â&#x20AC;&#x201D;Beach House â&#x20AC;&#x153;Nights in White Satinâ&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x201D;The Moody Blues â&#x20AC;&#x153;Feeling Goodâ&#x20AC;?â&#x20AC;&#x201D;Nina Simone â&#x20AC;&#x153;No Particular Place to Goâ&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x201D;Chuck Berry â&#x20AC;&#x153;These Boots Are Made for Walkinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;â&#x20AC;?â&#x20AC;&#x201D;Nancy Sinatra â&#x20AC;&#x153;Somedayâ&#x20AC;?â&#x20AC;&#x201D;The Strokes â&#x20AC;&#x153;4 Chords of the Apocalypseâ&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x201D;Julian Casablancas

by Emma McNeel


ust because you arenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t of legal drinking age doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t mean you canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have fun as a college student in Jackson. Here are 20 of the greatest places to be in the Jackson metro if youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re under 21.

Babalu Tacos and Tapas (622

Duling Ave., Suite 106, 601-366-5757) Brentâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Drugs (655 Duling Ave., 601-366-3427) Butterfly Yoga (3025 N. State St., 601594-2313, Cafe Ole (2752 N. State St., 769524-3627) CelticFest (Sept. 5-7, Cups: An Espresso CafĂŠ (Multiple locations, Doc 36 Skatepark (931 Highway 80, Suite 600, 601-272-2758) Dog Days of Summer (Aug. 23, Duling Hall (622 Duling Ave., 601292-7121) Hal & Malâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s (200 Commerce St., 601-948-0888, Jackson Rhythm and Blues Festival (Aug. 15-16, Jacoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Tacos (318 S. State St., 601-

961-7001; 7049 Old Canton Road, Ridgeland, 601-898-3242)

Lemuria Books

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Hal & Malâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s, 18+) LatinFest (Sept. 20, Lemuria Books (4465 Interstate 55 N., Suite 202, 601-366-7619) New Stage Theatre (1100 Carlisle St., 601-948-3531, Roosterâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s (2906 N. State St., 601982-2001) Sneaky Beans (2914 N. State St., 601-487-6349) Swell-o-Phonic (2906 N. State St. Suite 103) WellsFest (Sept. 27,

"ESTOF*ACKSON&AVORITESFOR!NY!GE "EST0LACETO'ET#OFFEE First: Cups: An Espresso CafĂŠ (Multiple locations, / Second:Sneaky Beans (2914 N. State St., 601-487-6349) / Third: Seattle Drip (Multiple Locations, / Finalists: Broad Street Baking Company (4465 Interstate 55 N., Suite 101, 601-362-2900); Fusion Coffeehouse (1111 Highland Colony Parkway, Suite A, Ridgeland, 601-856-6001) "EST#OMMUNITY'ARDEN.ATURE !TTRACTION First: Mississippi Museum of Natural Science (2148 Riverside Drive, 601-3547303) / Second: Art Garden at the Mississippi Museum of Art 380 S. Lamar St., 601-960-1515 / Third: Jackson Zoo (2918 W. Capitol St., 601-352-2580) "EST0LACESFOR#OMMUNITY3ERVICE First: Stewpot Community Services (1100 W. Capitol St., 601-353-2759) Second: Community Animal Rescue and Adoption (C.A.R.A.) (960 N. Flag Chapel Road, 601922-7575) / Third: The Salvation Army (110 Presto Lane, 601-982-4881) / Finalists: The Good Samaritan Center (114 Millsaps Ave., 601-355-6276), Junior League of Jackson (805 Riverside Drive, 601-948-2357), Operation Shoestring (1711 Bailey Ave., 601-353-6336)

"EST,OCAL,IVE4HEATER4HEATRICAL 'ROUP First: New Stage Theatre (1100 Carlisle St., 601-948-3531, / Second: MADDRAMA at Jackson State University (5531 Spencer Drive, 601-4541183) / Finalists: Actorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Playhouse (121 Paul Truitt Lane, 601-664-0930), Black Rose Theatre Company (103 Black St., 601-825-1293), Fondren Theatre Workshop ( "EST0LACETO"UY"OOKS First: Lemuria Books (4465 Interstate 55 N., Suite 202, 601-366-7619, lemuriabooks. com) / Second: The Book Rack (1491 Canton Mart Square, Suite 7, 601-956-5086; 584 Springridge Road, Suite C, Clinton, 601-9249020) / Third: N.U.T.S. (114 Millsaps Ave., 601-355-7458; 3011 N. State St.) / Finalist: The Bookshelf (637 Highway 51, Suite AA, Ridgeland, 601-853-9225) "EST!NNUAL%VENT First: Malâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s St. Paddyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Parade (March, Second: Mistletoe Marketplace (November, / Third: Wellsfest (September, wellsfest. org) / Finalists: CelticFest (September,; Dog Days of Summer (August,; Jacktoberfest (October,

at 5 p.m., these same people leave Jackson to spend their money elsewhere. New businesses and developments often pick Ridgelandâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Northpark Mall and Renaissance at Colony Park, and Flowoodâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Dogwood Promenade, while Jackson is left out of the picture. Taking money out of the city makes it more difficult to fix infrastructure, including the roads that are torn up from the constant influx of traffic from outlying counties and cities. Vernaci dislikes the constant road construction in Jackson but knows itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s ultimately a positive. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a lot of roadwork constantly,â&#x20AC;? he says. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I feel like I havenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t seen a day in Jackson where something isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t under construction. But, thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s good! That means Jackson is trying to revitalize the roads and make it a more inviting area. I like that, but my car doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t.â&#x20AC;? Graduates from areas colleges, including the University of Mississippi Medical Center, often get degrees then leave the area, even though there is a shortage of people to fill positions such as teaching and those in the medical field. Jackson Public Schools have open positions for 218 certified teachers, guidance counselors and interventionists, and there is a shortage of primary-care physicians in the city. But many people who were trained in those areas at local colleges and universities are not stepping up to fill these vacancies. â&#x20AC;&#x153;People leave because the pay isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t high,â&#x20AC;? Vernaci says. â&#x20AC;&#x153;But with a city thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s minimally operating on such a low budget, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s hard to raise that pay.â&#x20AC;? Lackey thinks that Jacksonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s lack of high-paying jobs is the No. 1 culprit in the

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The Heat of the (Week) Night by Jared Boyd



ew to Jackson? I am, too. The key to making friends around here is simple: Just jump in! Quickly, youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll start meeting people and seeing where the key players within each scene hang. Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s something to do on any given night in the Jackson area. It just takes a little creative planning. Even on weeknights, good vibes are abundant. Newcomers can plan their week around these events. Here are some of my favorites.


wonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t bring you down when you have karaoke to look forward to. Grab a friend with good taste in music and head to Fenianâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Pub (901 E. Fortification St., 601-948-0055). After a few drinks, everyone has perfect pitch. 21+


is a great night to put on your thinking cap. The Pub Quiz at Hal & Malâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s (200 S. Commerce St. 601-948-0888) is tough. Recently the JFP entered two separate teams into the gauntlet of pop culture, literature, music and movies. After several grueling rounds, one of our teams actually won the stiff competition. If you live for random fac-

food for your crew. You can play if youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re under 21, but you canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t drink, of course.


In case you couldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t win trivia, give your pockets a break with 50 Cent Wednesdays at the M Bar (6340 Ridgewood Court Drive, 601-398-0999). Wings are $.50 each, and there are $1 drink specials all night. What better way to watch the game or kick back and talk with locals? 21+

Thursday To make Monday nights a little less boring, check out Fenianâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s karaoke, like only Fenianâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s can do it.

toids and think you can handle some brain-busting quiz questions, put together a posse of five of your smartest pals (teams with more than six members receive a one-point deduction each round for every additional person). First-place prize could cover the drink tab and

nights are all at Kemistry Bar & Hookah Lounge (3716 Interstate 55 N., 601-713-1500). Each week they host Tropical Night with $3 margarita and beer specials, salsa class, and a reggae and dancehall party. 21+ Those should help mix things up until Friday and the weekend. Special events are always popping up. Keep on eye on midtown, especially for super-creative events. The best way to stay up to date is the JFPâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Jacktown App, which has updates on listings and specials. Download it free in the iTunes store. Also follow and


"EST"EER3ELECTION The Bulldog (6111 Ridgewood Road, 601978-3502) Second: Fondren Public (2765 Old Canton Road, 769- 216-2589) / Third: Sal & Mookieâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s New York Pizza & Ice Cream Joint (565 Taylor St., 601-368-1919) / Finalists: Capitol Grill (5050 Interstate 55 N., Suite F, 601899-8845); Martinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Restaurant and Bar (214 S. State St., 601-354-9712); McDadeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Market (Multiple Locations, "EST0LACETO3HOOT0OOL The Green Room (444 Bounds St., 601-713344) Second: Cherokee Inn (1410 Old Square Road, 601-362-6388) / Third: Last Call Sports Grill (1428 Old Square Road, 601-713-2700) Finalists: Reed Pierceâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s (6791 Siwell Road, Byram, 601-376-0777); Samâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Lounge (5035 Interstate 55 N., 601-983-2526) "EST0LACETO7ATCHTHE'AME Burgers & Blues (1060 E. County Line Road., Suite 22, Ridgeland, 601-899-0038, / Second: The Bulldog (6111 Ridgewood Road, 601-9783502) / Third: Metropolitan Bar Sports Grill (M-Bar) (6340 Ridgewood Court Drive, 601398-0999) / Finalists: Capitol Grill (5050 Inter-

state 55 N., Suite F, 601-899-8845); Fondren Public (2765 Old Canton Road, 769-2162589); Last Call Sports Grill (1428 Old Square Road, 601-713-2700) "EST"AR"EST#OLLEGE3TUDENT(ANGOUT "EST.EW"AR&ONDREN0UBLIC 2765 Old Canton Road, 769-216-2589 "EST"AR Second: Hal & Malâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s (200 S. Commerce St., 601-948-0888) / Third: M-Bar Sports Grill (6340 Ridgewood Court Drive, 601-398-0999) Finalists: The Apothecary at Brentâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Drugs (655 Duling Ave., 769-257-3517); The Bulldog (6111 Ridgewood Road, 601-978-3502); Fenianâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Pub (901 E. Fortification St., 601-9480055) "EST#OLLEGE3TUDENT(ANGOUT Second: Cups: An Espresso Cafe (Multiple Locations, / Third: The Bulldog (6111 Ridgewood Road, 601-9783502) / Finalists: Club Magooâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s (824 S. State St., 601-487-8710); Fenianâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Pub (901 E. Fortification St., 601-948-0055); Sneaky Beans (2914 N. State St., 601-487-6349) "EST.EW"AR Second: Apothecary at Brentâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Drugs (655 Duling Ave., 769-257-3517) / Third: Metropolitan Bar Sports Grill (M-Bar) (6340 Ridgewood Court Drive, 601-398-0999) / Finalist: Capitol Grill (5050 Interstate 55 N., Suite F, 601-8998845) "EST,'"4(ANGOUT"EST/PEN -IC .IGHT&ENIAN´S0UB 901 E. Fortification St., 601-948-0055

"EST,'"4(ANGOUT Second: Bottoms Up (3911 Northview Drive, 601-981-2188) / Third: Club Metro Reloaded (4670 Highway 80 W., 347-6859745) / Finalist: JCâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s (425 N. Mart Plaza, 601-362-3108) Best Open-Mic Night Second: Last Call Sports Grill (1428 Old Square Road, 601-713-2700) / Third: Ole Tavern on George Street (416 George St., 601-960-2700) / Finalists: Martinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Restaurant and Bar (214 S. State St., 601-3549712); Soul Wired Cafe (111 Millsaps Ave., 601-863-6378) "EST$IVE"AR"EST*UKEBOX"EST 0LACETO$RINK#HEAP#HEROKEE)NN 1410 Old Square Road, 601-362-6388, "EST$IVE"AR Second: Fenianâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Pub (901 E. Fortification St., 601-948-0055) / Third: Ole Tavern on George Street (416 George St., 601-9602700) / Finalists: Martinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Restaurant and Bar (214 S. State St., 601-354-9712); Popâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Saloon (2636 S. Gallatin St., 601-961-4747); Samâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Lounge (5035 Interstate 55 N., 601983-2526) "EST0LACETO$RINK#HEAP Second: Fenianâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Pub (901 E. Fortification St., 601-948-0055) / Third: Martinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Restaurant and Bar (214 S. State St., 601-354-9712) Finalists: Fondren Public (2765 Old Canton Road, 769-216-2589); Samâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Lounge (5035 Interstate 55 N., 601-983-2526)

"EST,IVE-USIC6ENUE(AL-AL´S 200 S. Commerce St., 601-948-0888, Second: Duling Hall (622 Duling Ave., 601292-7121) / Third: Underground 119 (119 S. President St., 601-352-2322) / Finalists: Burgers & Blues (1060 E. County Line Road, Suite 22, Ridgeland, 601-899-0038); Club Magooâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s (824 S. State St., 601-487-8710); The Penguin Restaurant and Bar (1100 John R. Lynch St., Suite 6A, 769-251-5222) "EST0LACETO$ANCE5NDERGROUND 119 S. President St., 601-352-2322, "EST0LACETO3HOOT0OOL4HE'REEN2OOM 444 Bounds St., 601-713-3444 Second: Cherokee Inn (1410 Old Square Road, 601-362-6388) / Third: Last Call Sports Grill (1428 Old Square Road, 601-713-2700) Finalists: Reed Pierceâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s (6791 Siwell Road, Byram, 601-376-0777); Samâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Lounge (5035 Interstate 55 N., 601-983-2526) "EST0LACETO7ATCHTHE'AME"URGERS "LUES 1060 E. County Line Road, Suite 22, Ridgeland, 601-899-0038, Second: The Bulldog (6111 Ridgewood Road, 601-978-3502) / Third: Metropolitan Bar Sports Grill (M-Bar) (6340 Ridgewood Court Drive, 601-398-0999) / Finalists: Capitol Grill (5050 Interstate 55 N., Suite F, 601-899-8845); Fondren Public (2765 Old Canton Road, 769216-2589); Last Call Sports Grill (1428 Old Square Road, 601-713-2700)

"EST0LACEFORFIRSTDATE Babalu Taco and Tapas (622 Duling Ave., 601-366-5757) Second: Julep Restaurant and Bar (4500 Interstate 55 N., Suite 105, 601-3621411) / Third: BRAVO! Italian Restaurant and Bar (4500 Interstate 55 N., Suite 244, 601-9828111) / Finalists: The Apothecary at Brentâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Drugs (655 Duling Ave., 769-257-3517); Parlor Market (115 W. Capitol St., 601-360-0090); Walkerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Drive-In (3016 N. State St., 601-9822633)


My Favorite Thrift Shops


by Maya Miller ith all the stresses of college livingâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;community showers, part-time jobs and intimidating professorsâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;it can be hard to maintain a personal style that branches out from the umbrella of â&#x20AC;&#x153;all-nighter chic.â&#x20AC;? College isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t about being fashionable, but itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s easier to face that 8 a.m. class in a vintage dress than in sweatpants and one of a dozen â&#x20AC;&#x153;Welcome Weekâ&#x20AC;? t-shirts. Developing a style that suits college classrooms and adulthood takes time and a carefully trained eyed to scoop up the best deals. Luckily, Jackson has the best thrift shops to build a million-dollar closet on a ramen-noodle budget. Here are my favorites. Silly Billyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s (534 E. Mitchell Ave., 601-672-6693) specializes in great deals on gently used clothing and accessories. It has the largest selection of dresses and menâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s button-ups, which are perfect for cool morning walks across campus. Silly Billyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s also has a lower level in the shop where lucky thrifters can find one-of-a-kind vintage pieces. The Orange Peel (422 E. Mitchell Ave., 601-364-9977) is a consignment shop with clothing selections for men and women, accessories and a small-but-packed â&#x20AC;&#x153;furniture barn.â&#x20AC;? Inside are unique pieces of home furnishings such as mirrors and coffee tables. A piece of vintage furniture can switch up the monotony of dorm-room dĂŠcor fast. Repeat Street (242 Highway 51, Ridgeland, 601-605-9123) houses one of the largest selections of consignment pieces, such as name-brand clothing like J Crew, True Religion, Lilly Pulitzer, Nine West and Brahmin. The shop also carries vintage dresses and purses along with one-of-a-kind statement pieces and lots of furniture and housewares.


"EST4HRIFT#ONSIGNMENT 3HOP2EPEAT3TREET (242 Highway 51, Ridgeland, 601605-9123, / Second: Orange Peel (422 E. Mitchell Ave., 601-364-9977) / Third: N.U.T.S. (114 Millsaps Ave., 601355-7458; 3011 N. State St.) / Finalists: Bargain Boutique (5070 Parkway Drive, 601-991-0500); Fondren Muse (3413 N. State St., 601-345-1155); Leap Frog Childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Consignment & More (104 Village Blvd., Madison, 601898-0727); Silly Billyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Consignment Shop (534 E. Mitchell Ave., 601-672-6693) "EST"OUTIQUE

Material Girls (182 Promenade Blvd., Flowood, 601-992-4533; 1000 Highland Colony Parkway, Suite 7005, Ridgeland, 601-605-1605, / Second: Treehouse Boutique (3000 N. State St., 601-982-3433) / Third: Fondrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Fashion House (310 Mitchell Ave., 601-362-9090) / Finalists: Arco Avenue (1107

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Highland Colony Parkway, Suite 107, Ridgeland 601-7909662); Posh Boutique (4312 N. State St., 601- 364-2244); Royal Bleau Boutique (1100 John R. Lynch St., Suite 8, 601-321-9564) "EST7OMEN´S3HOES

The Shoe Bar at Pieces (135 Market St., Flowood, 601992-9057) / Second: Maison Weiss (4500 Interstate 55 N., Suite 109, 601-981-4621) Third: Material Girls (182 Promenade Blvd., Flowood, 601-992-4533; 1000 Highland Colony Parkway, Suite 7005, Ridgeland, 601-605-1605) Finalists: Arco Avenue (1107 Highland Colony Parkway, Suite 107, Ridgeland 601-7909662); Soma Wilai (2906 N. State St., Suite 103, 601-3669955); Treehouse Boutique (3000 N. State St., 601-9823433)


The Rogue and Good Company (4450 Interstate 55 N., 601362-6383) / Second: Kinkadeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Fine Clothing (120 W. Jackson St., Ridgeland, 601-8980513) / Third: Great Scott (4400 Old Canton Road, Suite 101, 601-984-3500) Finalist: Mozingo Clothiers (4500 Interstate 55 N., Suite 140, 601-713-7848) "EST4AILOR

Custom Tailoring by Al (1000 Highland Colony Parkway, Suite 4004, Ridgeland, 601607-3443 / Second: Finishing Touch Alterations (4551 Office Park Drive, 601-3625288) / Third: Tailored to You (258 Dogwood Blvd., Flowood, 601-992-1373) / Finalists: Cathyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Alterations (3010 Lakeland Cove, Suite R, Flowood, 601-933-0036); Tom James Company (1775 Lelia Drive, 601-713-2034)







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Evan M. Alvarez Cups in Fondren. Good place to study. ShaWanda Jacome Repeat Street, NUTS and Orange Peel Carlyn M. Hicks Stamps Superburger, Big Apple Inn (freshman forty) Diann Irving Alford Don’t forget Two Sisters Kitchen! Ronni Mott Subscribe to the JFP daily to stay up to date on news, and best of all, great music and things to do. Christina H Varnado St Andrews church courtyard. A great, beautiful quiet place to meditate or pray downtown. Sujan Ghimire Salsa Mississippi Christina H Varnado Mynelle Gardens, the grilled tuna taco at Cafe Ole Carol O’Connor Gloria’s Restaurant Caitlin McNally Cox Sneaky Beans, Mississippi Library Commission, TurnUp Studios, ANY event hosted by Homework Town/Elegant Trainwreck, Offbeat in Midtown, and the Cuban sandwich at Cafe Ole Mandy Robbins Smith Sneaky Beans in Fondren! Plus Rainbow Co-Op where student memberships are FREE and include discounts at High Noon Café. And also Cool Al’s burgers; serves meat eaters and vegetarians alike. Jamaal Barksdale Pub Quiz @ Hal & Mal’s! Natalie Maynor The community garden in Fondren Park Chip Jones Lucky Town brewery in a couple months. #MidtownJXN Julie Propst The Belhaven singing Christmas tree before they go on winter break Don Allan Mitchell Why, The Cherokee, of course. Judy Alsobrooks Meredith The JSU Sonic Boom daniel johnson Pearl River, Mississippi Museum of Art and the Art Garden (Museum AfterHours, Screen on the Green, Unburied Treasures), Purple Word Book and Paper Arts Center, Jackson Zen Dojo at Wolfe Studio, Colors off the JSU Parkway. Sumati Shaw Thomas Magnolia Roller Vixens! We are recruiting!

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Instead of ironing or steaming an item of clothing, hang the clothes in the shower room (not in the actual shower). The hot steam will relax wrinkles. Go ahead and buy dry shampoo or a similar product. Using it will help you sleep in longer while not looking completely hopeless on campus. But still take care of your hairâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;trust me.

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“Legally Blonde” (2001): Although

most of the movie is set during Elle’s miraculous, and unrealistic, time at Harvard Law School, about 25 minutes of the movie gives a glimpse into her undergraduate career at a California school. It’s completely false. I have been on most college campuses in Mississippi, and I can honestly say I have never seen a pack of blondes clad in pink jumping around. I’m even in a sorority, and I have never seen as much pink as is shown in this movie. But there are a few glimpses into what college is actually like. For example, you do have to study—for some classes. That’s about it.

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members of an a-cappella group. Anyway, this movie does somewhat capture the complex act of balancing friends, schools, work, a significant other and whatever activities you are involved in. Hey, you never know if you will ever find yourself in an a-cappella situation. Honestly, I have experienced a re-enactment of the “Party in the U.S.A.” bus scene. It happened on a bus and everything.


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t may seem needless to say that movies do not accurately portray college life but, sometimes, it needs to be repeated. There will be parties and study sessions, but these things will more than likely not be melodramatic and exciting as the movies make them out to be. Sorry to disappoint, but some things just are not real. To prepare the students who about to embark on the intellectual, emotional and psychological experience that is known as college, here are blunders and truths from some popular movies that focus on college life.

“The Roommate”

“The Roommate” (2011): The chances

of getting a roommate who tries to kill all your friends is extremely small and, hopefully, will not happen. But if you have suspicions—like real suspicions—contact the campus police. “Like Crazy” (2011): This movie explores

the intricacies of long-distance relationships after showing the almost nauseating sweetness of some college romances. The majority of the movie focuses on life after graduation, but this gives college viewers a glimpse into what might lie ahead. Take note: Evidently you will make some great relationships in colleges, but apparently, you have to make a point to retain these relationships. “Rudy” (1993): Most of the time the “play-

“The Social Network” (2010): The

chances of breaking up with your significant other and creating an Internet phenomenon are slim to none. If you want to challenge that, more power to you. That is what really happens in “The Social Network,” and it has pretty much worked out so far for Mark Zuckerberg. Anyway, it shows the complexity of some college friendships, even though, hopefully, yours will not end up in a lawsuit. It also shows how some people get back at their exes—please don’t. Overall, the dark undertones of the college scenes do prove visually appropriate given the dim lighting of some buildings on college campuses. “Pitch Perfect” (2012) I am sure there are

a-cappella groups out there, but I have never seen one. I have also never seen a house complete with a hot tub that belongs solely to

ers with heart” will not get to play. The quicker you realize this in college, the better. I’m not saying you should turn into a cynic; I’m saying be realistic. “Stomp the Yard” (2007): In addition to

the step routines, “Stomp the Yard” depicts the struggle of a new student resisting college life. Of course, some organizations are not for everyone, but it is good to meet new people and make friends. “National Lampoon’s Animal House” (1978): No, Greek life is not like

this. Yes, some people drink that much beer. Although this movie is seen as the apex of college movies, it does set unrealistic expectations in some ways. For example, you might not crash a homecoming parade before you graduate. Other than that, have fun. But keep up your GPA.



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A Day of Food by Mary Kate McGowan


t is a fact that the Jackson area has great food. From the pig-ear sandwich at the Big Apple Inn (try it at least once) to the freshly baked bread at Broad Street Bakery (4465 N. Highway 55, Suite 101, 601-362-2900), youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll find a restaurant that will satisfy any craving. Because it is difficult enough to figure out which place to go for dinner and picking a favorite restaurant is nearly impossible. But, here is a lineup of my perfect food day in Jackson.


Breakfast: Primos CafĂŠ (2323 Lakeland Drive,

Flowood, 601-936-3398; 515 Lake Harbour Drive, Ridgeland, 601-898-3600) It is hard to beat a good breakfast, and Primos has just that. The eggs, grits and biscuits are worth waking up for. And donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t forget the bacon. Please donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t forget the bacon. Primos has egg breakfast platters as well as pancakes, so you will leave satisfied and stuffedâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;very stuffed. Lunch: Keiferâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Restaurant (705 Poplar Blvd., 601-355-

6825; 120 N. Congress St., 601-353-4976) This Jackson staple is a classic for a reason. I have never tasted a bad thing from Keiferâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s, and I crave the cottage fries. Even though it is no longer in its original location, the food, which includes options such as the BLT or turkey melt pita wrap, in addition to gyros, did not lose its touch after moving

The breakfast is real at Primos CafĂŠ.

across the street in Belhaven. There is a reason people take visitors to eat at this Greek restaurant during their stays. Trust me and try it. You will understand. Dinner: Sal & Mookieâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s New York Pizza and Ice Cream

Joint (565 Taylor St., 601-368-1919) I can never pass up pizza, especially a good one. Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s why Sal & Mookieâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s is one of my favorite Jackson restaurants. The ingredients are fresh, and the pizzas, such as the Onassis, which has tomato sauce, feta, mozzarella, gyro meat and red onions, are big enough to fill me up but small enough for me to eat it in one sitting. Also, donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t be afraid to order from the 24 different ice creams, including red, white and blue scooper hero, strawberry cheesecake, and peanut butter and fudge, at the ice cream bar, even though the other customers will be 5 years old, on average.

"ESTOF*ACKSON%AT4HIS "EST-EAL5NDER First: Newkâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Eatery (Multiple locations, newks. com) / Second: Georgia Blue (Multiple Locations, / Third: Brentâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Drugs (655 Duling Ave., 601-366-3427) / Finalists: Aladdin Mediterranean Grill (730 Lakeland Drive, 601-366-6033); Basilâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s (2906 N. State St., Suite 104, 601-982-2100; 120 N. Congress St., Suite L1, 601-944-9888); Cafe OlĂŠ (2752 N. State St., 769-524-3627); Gloriaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Kitchen (2855 Bailey Ave., 601-362-0009) "EST0LACEFOR(EALTHY&OOD First: Rainbow Co-op (2807 Old Canton, Rd., Jackson, 601-366-1602) / Second: Aladdin Mediterranean Grill (730 Lakeland Drive, 601366-6033) / Third: High Noon CafĂŠ (2807 Old Canton Road, 601-366-1513) / Finalist: Adobo (127 S. Roach St., 601-944-9501)

"EST6EGETARIAN/PTIONS First: Rainbow Co-op (2807 Old Canton, Rd., Jackson, 601-366-1602) / Second: High Noon CafĂŠ (2807 Old Canton Road, 601-366-1513) / Third: Aladdin Mediterranean Grill (730 Lakeland Drive, 601-366-6033) / Finalists: Adobo (127 S. Roach St., 601-944-9501); BRAVO! Italian Restaurant and Bar (4500 Interstate 55 N., Suite 244, 601-982-8111) "EST(ANGOVER&OOD First: The Pizza Shack (Multiple locations, / Second: Burgers & Blues (1060 E. County Line Road, Suite 22, Ridgeland, 601-899-0038) / Third: Brentâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Drugs (655 Duling Ave., 601-366-3427) / Finalists: Capitol Grill (5050 Interstate 55 N., Suite F, 601-899-8845); Cherokee Inn (1410 Old Square Road, 601-362-6388)

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"EST-ECHANIC First: Tonyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Tire & Automotive Inc. (5138 N. State St., 601-9812414) / Second: Freemanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Auto Repair Service (847 S. State St., 601-948-3358) / Third: Graves and Stoddard Inc. (722 Highway 80 E., Flowood, 601-939-3662) / Finalists: Putnamâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Automotive Service Inc. (4879 N. State St., 601-366-1886) "EST-USIC&ESTIVAL First: Jackson Rhythm and Blues Festival (August, / Second: Bright Lights, Belhaven Nights (August, / Third: Jacktoberfest (October, jacktoberfest. com) / Finalists: CelticFest (September,; Wellsfest (September, "EST4ATTOO0IERCING0ARLOR First: Squenchâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Tattoos, Ltd. (3780 Interstate 55 S., 601-3722800, / Second: Electric Dagger (2906 N. State St., Suite B-6, 601-982-9437) / Third: Twiztid Images (557 Highway 49 S., Richland, 601-664-0000) / Finalist: Pristine Ink (5735 Interstate 55 N., Suite C, 769-251-0569)

"EST0IZZA First: The Pizza Shack (Multiple locations, the / Second:Sal & Mookieâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s New York Pizza & Ice Cream Joint (565 Taylor St., 601-368-1919) / Third: Soulshine Pizza Factory (1111 Highland Colony Parkway, Suite 1, Ridgeland, 601-856-8646, 5352 Highway 25, Suite 1100, Flowood, 601-919-2000) / Finalists: Basilâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 904 (904 E. Fortification St., Suite B, 601-352-2002); Hungry Howieâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Pizza (7157 Old Canton Road, Ridgeland, 601-898-5008; 105 Highway 80, Clinton, 601-708-0001); The Manship Wood Fired Kitchen (1200 N. State St., Suite 100, 601-398-4562) "EST"URGER First: Stamps Superburger (1801 Dalton St., 601-352-4555) / Second: Mugshots Grill & Bar (4245 Lakeland Drive, Flowood, 601-932-4031) / Third: Burgers & Blues (1060 E. County

"EST"EAUTY3HOPOR3ALON First: LaCru Salon (5352 Lakeland Drive, Suite 600, Flowood, 601-9927980, / Second: Nathanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Salon (101 W. Washington St., Suite C3, Ridgeland, 601-707-7015) / Third: Barnetteâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Salon (4465 Interstate 55 N., Suite 201, 601-362-9550; 1000 Highland Colony Parkway, Suite 8001, Ridgeland, 601-898-9123) / Finalists: Ritz Salon (574 Highway 51 N., Suite H, Ridgeland, 601-8564330); Smoak Salon (622 Duling Ave., Suite 206, 601-982-5313); Trim Salon (419 E. Mitchell Ave., 601-9825575); William Wallace Salon (2939 Old Canton Road, 601-982-8300) "EST"ARBERSHOP First: Mauriceâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Barber Shop (1220 E. Northside Drive, Suite 360, 601-

Line Road, Suite 22, Ridgeland, 601-899-0038) / Finalists: Babalu Tacos and Tapas (622 Duling Ave., Suite 106, 601-366-5757); Cool Alâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s (4654 McWillie Drive, 601-713-3020); Majestic Burger (1067 Highland Colony Parkway, Suite B, Ridgeland, 601-707-0093); Roosterâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s (2906 N. State St., 601-982-2001); Parlor Market (115 W. Capitol St., 601-360-0090) "EST6EGGIE"URGER First: Burgers & Blues (1060 E. County Line Road, Suite 22, Ridgeland, 601-899-0038, / Second: Cool Alâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s (4654 McWillie Drive, 601-713-3020) / Third: Majestic Burger (1067 Highland Colony Parkway, Suite B, Ridgeland, 601-707-0093) / Finalists: Adobo (127 S. Roach St., 601-944-9501); High Noon CafĂŠ (2807 Old Canton Road, 601-366-1513); Steveâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Deli (125 S. Congress St., Suite 103, 601-969-1119)

362-2343; 398 Highway 51, Suite 60, Ridgeland, 601-856-2856; 1060 Highway 51, Suite D, Madison, 601856-0015) / Second: Custom Cuts and Styles (2445 Terry Road, 601321-9292) / Third: Nathanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Salon (101 W. Washington St., Suite C3, Ridgeland, 601-707-7015) / Finalists: ACEY Custom Hair Design (3015 N. State St., 601-937-7754); Southside Barber & Beauty Shop (713 McDowell Road W., 601-321-9240) "EST&ITNESS#ENTER'YM First: Baptist Healthplex (717 Manship St., 601-968-1766; 102 Clinton Parkway, Clinton, 601-925-7900, / Second: Courthouse Raquet & Fitness(Multiple Locations, / Third: YMCA (Multiple Locations, metroymcams.

org) / Finalists: Anytime Fitness (Multiple Locations, anytimefitness. com); The Club (Multiple Locations,; Planet Fitness (772 Lake Harbour Drive, Suite 1, Ridgeland, 601-427-5901); Pure Barre (4500 Interstate 55 N., Suite 235-A, 769-251-0486) "EST9OGA3TUDIO First: Butterfly Yoga (3025 N. State St., 601-594-2313, butterflyyoga. net) / Second: Courthouse Racquet & Fitness (Multiple Locations, / Third: Joyflow Yoga (7048 Old Canton Road, Suite 2F, Ridgeland, 601-613-4317) / Finalists: StudiOM Yoga (665 Duling Ave., 601-209-6325); Tara Yoga (200 Park Circle, Suite 4, Flowood, 601-720-2337)


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Art should be the city’s middle name. Artists love Fondren, they gather in midtown and do crazy, wonderful stuff, they paint, and sculpt, and show at JSU’s Gallery One. Watch for the Mississippi Museum of Art’s Invitational starting Nov. 2, 2014.


Eddie Outlaw and husband Justin McPherson are telling the world that it’s possible to be happy and gay in our state. Stylists and owners of William Wallace Salon and Fondren Barbershop, they are subjects of a mini-doc, “Mississippi Love Story.” Rent or buy at vimeo. com/ondemand/mslovestory/.


“If You’re Buying, We’re Selling.” Yes, the little blue sticker campaign to get businesses to tell customers they don’t discriminate (especially against LGBT customers) started right here in Jackson. Get one at


If you’re new to Jackson, you won’t know the lovely King Edward Hotel (aka Hilton Garden Inn) downtown was a bombed-out eyesore for years and a symbol of the city’s challenges. But a group of investors got together and figured out how to re-open the dang thing. Now, it’s a symbol of hope and can-do spirit.


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The owners of F. Jones Corner decided to not wait around for all the promises about Farish Street revitalization to come true. They just went and opened a popular live-music venue where you can dance until 4 a.m. to blues and more. Take that.

This list isn’t exhaustive! Visit and for so many more events and venues. Jackson is what you make it, so make it amazing.


The levee along the Pearl River is a source of consternation for many who thinks it’s ugly, but others love to walk and run along it, especially at sunset. Go to the end of Fortification Street and park.



TEDx Jackson is coming to the Capri Theater in Fondren Nov. 6. The theme is “Fertile Ground.” Follow on Twitter @TEDxJackson.



The Gold Coast is no more, but it was once was a decadent strip of juke joints on the Rankin side of the Pearl River back when the state was “dry.” Once called East Jackson, clubs like Blue Flame, Rocket Lounge, the Heat Wave and the Gay Lady featured blues and soul greats. Visit for more.

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Parades are a Jackson staple. The Mal’s St. Paddy’s Parade ( every March is one of the largest in the country; the Zippity Doo Dah weekend ( the same month is a sparkly Sweet Potato Queens. Don’t miss the Medgar Evers Parade every summer to celebrate a hero.

Wellness is in vogue in the capital city, and there is no better symbol of the city’s obsession with fitness than the LiveRIGHTNow hill runners you see running in groups around Fondren. Follow the gang on Instagram at liverightnowonline to get inspired to treat yoself the healthy way.


Coffee, of course. And all the studying, socializing, networking and chillin’ that comes with it. The city is dotted with funky coffee shops, often with live music. Flagships for students are Cups Fondren and Sneaky Beans nearby on North State, as well as Koinonia Coffee Shop near JSU (home of all those forums).

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The Old Capitol is a fount of complicated history. There, Mississippi seceded from the union over slavery, and there many civil-rights leaders, such as Bob Moses, give amazing talks today. More info at mdah. The Smith Robertson Museum and Cultural Center (528 Bloom St.) is a Jackson treasure. Named for Smith Robertson, a former slave, the building was the first public school for African Americans in Jackson. Don’t miss “And The Children Shall Lead Them,” open until Oct. 31, and superb ongoing exhibits.



Ballet is a serious thing in Jackson— from the International Ballet Competition (you just missed it) to Ballet Mississippi and Ballet Magnificat, to the adorable little dancers who train at the Arts Center of Mississippi.



X is worth a lot of points in the huge, life-sized Scrabble game at the über-cool Mississippi Children’s Museum. Go. Play. Now.


Midtown is hot. Start-and-stop efforts to turn midtown into an arts mecca (that doesn’t displace residents) is taking hold. Read more at Don’t miss DJ Young Venom’s new venture, Offbeat, for art, comics, records, clothing and more at 151 Wesley Ave. See



Duling Hall has become ground zero for Jackson’s exploding music scene, thanks in no small part to Arden Barnett of Ardenland. The Fondren music venue used to be a school auditorium, which makes it cool regardless of who’s playing. See for schedules for his shows at Duling and other venues.


Hal & Mal’s was helping downtown get its groove back long before its current renaissance. It’s perpetually the best live music venue in Best of Jackson; it hosts myriad fund raisers; it’s full of funky art and tchotchkes, and everyone plays there at least once. Watch for an updated menu and a JFP veggie burger!


Josh Hailey is a one-man creative machine who loves gold Spandex and shocking Jackson. He runs a karaoke thing, a photo-booth thing, and his Photo America project is amazing. Visit to learn more and visit him in his midtown gallery before he moves it elsewhere.


Novelists and non-fiction writers alike regularly show up at Lemuria Books in Banner Hall to read and sign. This locally owned bookstore is everything one should be—with great options from Mississippi writers and on our crazy history, not to mention shelves of books about the music our state spawned.


Speaking of Queens, Jackson women love to celebrate their royalty, whether it’s in the ZDD parade (above) every March, the JFP Chick Ball every July or the new JFP Chick Ball Masked Jam coming Nov. 1 at Hal & Mal’s. Drag queens are expected as well (and straight men, too). See

The Jackson Rhythm and Blues Festival is about to happen for the second year in a row, and it’s again a not-miss event, with Ziggy Marley and Fantasia headlining two days of packed music line-ups Aug. 15-16 at the Mississippi Agriculture & Forestry Museum. Get info at



Underground 119 is another of those treasures that turned up in downtown Jackson in the last 10 years. You can eat delicious food and raise the roof to the blues in the basement bar/restaurant.


Young and influential: That’s the new vibe of many of the newcomers (like many of you) moving into Jackson, creating art, starting businesses, getting involving, We welcome you! Please nominate Young Influentials (40 and under) for our BOOM Jackson’s annual lineup. Write

Volcano! Yes, there’s a dead one under Jackson. And that’s really cool, no?


Zoo, baby! Many of us grew up going to the Jackson Zoo at 2918 West Capitol, and it’s even cooler now. Watch for Zoo Brew, one of Jackson’s best outdoor events. See the animal list here:

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tacularly beautiful,” Henson says. “So when I got back, the printmaking process was pretty slow. You have to carve a block, then ink it, and that takes a while. Fabrics were also a

the more memorable spots was under a parking lot in a little building at Millsaps College. Now, the organization has more than 300 members from across the country.

Local artist Patti Henson created the piece “Mississippi Bugs” for the Mississippi Museum of Natural Science.

pretty slow process. “I wanted something more immediate to capture the islands, so I started playing with watercolors.” As a founding member of the Craftsmen’s Guild of Mississippi, Henson also says she loves to see progress and growth in the organization. With only about a half dozen members at the time she joined, Henson says she can remember little shows around town. One of

Henson, who is the daughter of commercial artist Walter Henson, also has a sister, Sandra Henson-Pickering, who is an artist as well. Henson says that when she is not creating art, she lends a hand to help care for her elderly parents. Yet when she does get back to her canvas and brushes, fabrics and colors, she plays some jazz, maybe Miles Davis or John Coltrane to set the tone and focus in 31 on her work.

her work. As of May 2014, the TreeHouse Gallery in Oxford. (328 County Road 418, Oxford, 662-236-1667) exhibits her watercolor paintings in “Koi Reflections.” A graduate of Mississippi University for Women in 1974, one of Henson’s first jobs was as a graphic artist at Good Earth Graphics, a locally owned T-shirt shop in Jackson at the time. Henson says that it closed around the late ’70s and early ’80s. Henson’s portfolio of T-shirt screenprinting designs over the years include works for the Jackson Zoo, the American Civil Liberties Union and the Mississippi Forestry Commission, to name a few. Her fabric-batik designs are vibrant and colorful, with intricate patterns, shapes and designs blended together to produce a beautiful work of art. Henson says that the lengthy process of fabric-batik starts with a white sheet. After drawing objects and shapes on the canvas she begins to wax and paint over it. “I wax what I want to stay white, then dye the yellow, then I wax over that and dye the oranges, wax over that and dye the reds…” Henson says. She repeats the steps until she gets the finished product she wants. After a vacation in 2004 to the Island of Roatán in Honduras, Henson says that she began painting with watercolors. “Of course, (the island) was just spec-



atti Henson puts a little bit of herself into every piece she crafts. Her vivid watercolor paintings, fascinating fabric-batik pieces, and clever logos, drawings, and designs are sprinkled across the globe in different collections as far as New Zealand, Spain, France and Belgium, and as near as Jackson. Henson says she has loved art for as long as she can remember. “It’s just sort of an extension of me,” she says. “I can’t remember a time when I didn’t have a pencil or paintbrush in my hand. Even if I’m not getting to paint or work on any major piece of art, I don’t go anywhere without a sketchbook.” Henson’s uses of drawing, fabric-batik, block printing and painting with watercolors give her a chance to visualize her creative thoughts. “I’ve done everything from logos, and screen-printed T-shirts and illustrations for books, to still life to landscapes to animals to people and patterns,” Henson says. You can see some of Henson’s more familiar works in the logos for locally owned Lemuria Books (4465 Interstate 55, Suite 202, 601-366-7619) and popular restaurant Walker’s Drive-In (3016 N. State St., 601982-2633). Places such as the Mississippi Museum of Natural Science (2148 Riverside Drive, 601-354-7303), where her “Mississippi Bugs” banner currently hangs, show

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or some time now, I’ve been curi- out certain combinations or movements, ous about the Pure Barre studio at but she moved around the room, gently corHighland Village (4450 I-55 North, recting and adjusting our form and offering Suite 235-A, 769-251-0486). I was encouragement. The instructors make an efintrigued by magazine and Internet ar- fort to learn your name and use it to give you ticles about the popularity of barre-based positive feedback. I’m fairly certain that with workouts, with their promise of long, lean time, you figure it out and gain confidence limbs and tight tushes, and since I grew up in learning the Pure Barre vocabulary. While taking ballet, I thought it might be some- each class varies in the exact exercises, the thing I would enjoy. Plus, it seemed to be format and order of the body parts worked an interesting alternative to the exercises out remains the same, so to a certain extent, I’d previously done, like cardio-heavy spin you always know what you’re in for. classes or running. And the outfits are cute. When a couple of friends took advantage of a summer membership special the studio offered, I decided to tag along with them to try a class out. (If you’re afraid of committing to buying a package, drop in for a single class for $23.) Before class, my friend The small moves Sarah, who had attended bedone in Pure Barre are intense fore, advised that you must but effective. wear capris or long pants and that special socks with rubber grips on the bottom are required and available for purchase. She also warned that after her first As for the workout, if you don’t believe class, she could barely make it downstairs to that doing such small movements in a nothe parking lot. impact situation would be intense, you’re What had I agreed to do? With trepida- wrong. It really takes a lot of concentration; tion, I arrived early on our chosen night for my friend Maggie commented that she liked whatever torture the 55-minute class held, how she truly had to block out everything propelled and motivated by the promise of else on her mind to be present and think cocktails afterward—a plus of the studio’s about what she was doing. This also keeps location being its proximity to BRAVO! you from feeling silly or paranoid; everyone Italian Restaurant and Bar (4500 Interstate is so focused on their own movements that 55 Frontage Road, Suite 244,601-982-811) they can’t possibly be looking at you. Char (4500 Interstate 55 Frontage Road, As I write this, I’m two days out from Suite 142, 601-956-9562) and Julep (4500 the workout, and my booty and hamstrings Interstate Road, 601-362-1411). still feel the burn. I also still feel the effects in Before class, our instructor Kathryn my back, triceps and abs—you pretty much gave me a sheet to read over explaining some work your core the entire time, in addition of the terms used during class, namely “tuck- to a section purely dedicated to ab work at ing” (contracting your abdominal muscles, the end. Pure Barre’s website promises that dropping and rolling your tailbone, and you can see results after 10 classes, with the tightening your seat and thighs) and “puls- best outcomes from attending three or four ing” (making concentrated squeezes) and classes a week. I definitely think over time, it helped those of us new to Pure Barre get would be a great way to achieve major tonset up. The class uses the barre, along with ing of the areas the classes concentrate on, a small exercise ball, very light hand weights, in addition to increased flexibility from the a tube and a mat to concentrate on toning stretches at the end. hips, thighs, seat, abs and arms through very The Jackson studio offers classes seven small isometric movements. days a week, so it’s easy to find ones that fit One thing that surprised me is that your schedule. If you think you might want the movements are so small that there’s not to try it for the first time, a new-client special much explanation, demonstration or way to offers you a chance to purchase one month of look at other people in the class to see what unlimited classes for $100—a nice way to exactly it is you’re supposed to be doing. This give it a try for long enough to see if you really being my first time, I wasn’t always clear on like it and start to see the results. For more what the instructor meant when she called information, visit



Record of a Nightmare

A Review of ‘Yume Nikki’ by Nick Judin Yume Nikki Platforms: PC

argue “Yume Nikki” is nothing more than a mishmash of RPG rejects. It’s in aggregate that the game’s setting has such power, though—each experience to the endless theorizing and interpretation of just what is wrong with Madotsuki. The game’s tone is endlessly oppressive. As inventive and creative as Madotsuki’s dream world seems to be, it paints a picture of confusion, paranoia and deepseated trauma. The game has a few shocking moments, and the more the player is allowed to see through its protagonist’s eyes, the more terrifying these can be. “Yume Nikki” was quickly translated into English and exploded in popularity, inspiring image boards, fangames attempting to recapture its slow-boil horror (some, like “.flow,” succeeded spectacularly), manga adaptions and novelizations. Its creator, Kikiyama, has been tightlipped on the game’s “meaning,” but one thing is clear: “Yume Nikki” uses its limited medium to create powerful imagery. It’s not what you would call fun in the traditional sense, but as an artistic endeavor, it’s a fascinating look into human isolation.



bout 10 years ago, a little game called “Yume Nikki” showed up on Japan’s largest message board, 2channel. Like many cult hits of the Japanese indie scene, it came courtesy of an anonymous developer under a mononymic pen name, dropped out of the ether to spread by filesharing and word of mouth. Unlike many of these titles, “Yume Nikki” (translated as “Dream Diary”) stood apart as both artistically and thematically demented, a thoroughly disturbing experience that commanded far more power than its crude, 32-bit medium should’ve allowed. The game follows the story of Madotsuki, a young hikikomori living in a high-rise apartment. Hikikomori is a sociological term for a chronic shut-in, emblematic of the new generation of youths who retreat from contact with the outside world through any medium other than a digital one. Madotsuki’s name is a play on words, meaning “one who looks through windows”—a daydreamer.

“Yume Nikki”’s real-world façade is Finding all of them unlocks the game’s “endMadotsuki’s tiny apartment—the player ing,” but this is secondary to the experience can look out at the balcony, attempt to of exploring dreams. There’s virtually no end leave the room, play a pointless minigame or go to sleep. This last option begins the game proper. Here, the player is thrust into Madotsuki’s dreams, a complex and disturbing juncture of worlds connected by doors, portals and living beings. There’s no real challenge to “Yume Nikki.” The occasional threat comes from wandering Toriningen (bird people) who can go berserk, A decade later, “Yume Nikki” still captures the artistry chasing the player and tele- and disturbing nature of dreams. porting them to an inescapable room. Of course, at any time, Madotsuki can pinch herself and wake to the psychedelic, melancholic imagery of up, making the Toriningen more of a tempo- the many worlds of “Yume Nikki,” from the rary roadblock than an actual threat. sprawling red tunnels of Hell, to the pastel What, then, is the purpose of “Yume islands of the Pink Sea. There’s no rhyme Nikki”? Mostly to explore. The player can or reason to the level layout, and the effort collect a couple dozen effects, mostly cos- required to find all the connections between metic changes to Madotsuki’s appearance. worlds is staggering. At times, you could

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â&#x20AC;&#x153;Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Daniel Womackâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s dog,â&#x20AC;? King says. â&#x20AC;&#x153;She actually spent a good few months with us on the road touring. She came to all the venues with us, slept in the van. We snuck her into hotels and stuff. Sheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s just a great little spirit-mascot to have along with us on the road. Sheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a sweetheart.â&#x20AC;? The more you think about it, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not such a stretch that the band likes Taylor Swift. Futurebirds is all about fun, even if itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s painful. â&#x20AC;&#x153;This (will be) our second time playing in Jackson. We played once before at Martinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s. It was a blast,â&#x20AC;? King says. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We were jumping around the stage, and I ended up catching Danielâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s guitar in my face, and I was bleeding out of my nose during the show. It was a good time. There was karaoke before the show. Yeah, we had a blast.â&#x20AC;? Futurebirds performs at Martinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Restaurant and Bar (214 S. State St., 601-354-9712) Aug. 9 at 10 p.m. For more information, visit futurebirdsmusic. com or find the band on Facebook.


The Existential Rapper by Deja Harris



apper Jared Pellerin, or “Pell,” may be the new rapThough Pell wrote all the music on “Floating like to see them performed. per on the block, but his album, “Floating While While Dreaming,” he allows his producers the freedom Pell’s largest fan bases are in Houston, New York, Los Dreaming,” is a testament to his style, creativity and to add their influence but still holds the creative reins on Angeles and his two hometowns: New Orleans and Jackdepth as a songwriter. Pell, 22, says writer-director the project. He makes sure to create the sound he wants son. A New Orleans native, Pell moved to Jackson after Richard Linklater’s 2001 film “Waking Life,” which deals to produce. “It’s definitely my vision, but I make sure Hurricane Katrina. He began making music in the ninth with existentialism and different concepts of grade and performed with a group called reality all encountered in one man’s dream, Homesickk Astronautz during his sophoinspired his latest work. more and junior years. Unlike the his mother “I started trying to write down what I and brother, who both attended the Univercould remember from my dreams to help me sity of Southern Mississippi, Pell attended write my songs,” Pell says. Mississippi State University, studying finance He then used the basis of his dreams to until he made the decision to quit school to create the songs on the album, saying that pursue his music full time. nothing he experienced in his dreams was Although he is a rapper, his music can far removed from what he experienced in his branch from any story-telling or poetic base. daily life. In “Waking Life,” the people who Many musicians influence his creative purchange their goals are called dreamers. suits. Pell says that artists such as Erykah Badu The title came from Pell’s realization that and indie band Vampire Weekend inspire the in the time it takes to achieve your goals, you way he layers his harmonies and the way he are floating. He wanted that title to also act tells the stories in his music. On “Floating While Dreaming,” rapper Pell channels his vivid visions to create as a description of the music. As a result, the While Pell believes that he’s reached an entrancing musical experience. songs on “Floating While Dreaming” have a a level of success within his music career, he light, airy feel to them, giving the sensation of knows his journey is nowhere near complete. drifting on a cloud. “I would describe success as the point where Both performing live and working within a studio to surround myself with people who have the musical you’ve reached your dreams and you’ve accomplished everycome naturally for Pell, though recording takes a bit more capacity to get it done,” Pell says. thing you’ve set out to do,” Pell says. effort. He says that during his performances, mistakes can His favorite songs to perform live are “Eleven:11” “I still have a lot I want to accomplish.” give way to on-the-fly improvisation, which makes each and “Now You Know.” “I believe those songs stick out Pell will perform at Hal and Mal’s (200 S. Commerce show different from the last. When recording, he can simply to me because they hit the audience in a different way,” St., 601-948-0888), Aug. 7 with Cardinal Sons. Download go back and do it over again until he likes the sound, but he Pell says. With every show, he attempts to place himself “Floating While Dreaming” at his website,, or says he finds the process more difficult. in the crowd’s shoes and perform tracks how he would stream it on Spotify and Soundcloud. URT





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Cardinal Sons tailored the production of “The Echo Choir” to achieve maximum dance party potential. Lead single “Day of Summer” features Sexton playing bass guitar over Joe’s synth-bass, and B-side “Solo” couples a string quartet with pulsing synths to emphasize the beat. Dave remembers recording the selfdescribed party track “Casanova” as being “just us in the studio, making noise and screaming and just being idiots.” Even when singing about love on tracks such as “Blood,” Cardinal Sons doesn’t start to wallow in sentimentality or gloom. “We don’t really play it like a sappy love song, “ Joe says. Sappiness might be out of place on “The Echo Choir” EP, a release the brothers prefer to describe as energetic. No matter how many contests the brothers may win or glossy studio EPs they may release, Cardinal Sons, at its core, is a family, albeit one whose members like to mess around and make music. Cardinal Sons’ EP-release tour stops at Hal and Mal’s (200 Commerce St., 601-948- 37


n the Internet age, sometimes it feels as be something we … incorporate on ev- The Beatles and current bands like Wilco, if everything has already been created ery song,” synth, keys and bass player they count their home base of New Orand achieved, that there is nothing left Joe Shirley, 26, says, The, guitarist and leans as a primary influence. Cardinal Sons to do. Thousands of gifted people share lead vocalist John Shirley, 29, and drum- was inspired to incorporate more electrontheir work online, and it can be a little ics in its new material by fellow New overwhelming for someone wishOrleans band Generationals, with ing to make a mark on the world. whom Cardinal Sons shares a pracHow is it possible to make one tice space. The jazz heritage of the voice stand out amongst many? group’s new home has crept into the In the case of Cardinal Sons, music as well. “There’s a lot of New the Jackson-born, New OrleansOrleans influence in the way I play based band of brothers, you take the drums, even in this pop-rock setyour harmony-laden brand of pop, ting,” Dave says. He and Joe have rock and indie songs to a songwritmoonlighted in a few jazz bands ing competition and win a recordwhile staying in the city. ing session. After it won the Moun“Being in New Orleans, we have to tain Stage NewSong Contest last make music that makes people move October, producer Charlie Sexton The New Orleans-based Cardinal Sons, performing here and dance a little bit,” John says. rewarded the band with a March at Hal & Mal’s June 28, fuses solid songwriting, both classic In general, the members of Carrecording session. Thus, “The Echo and modern, for “The Echo Choir.” They’re back Aug. 7. dinal Sons believe that “The Echo Choir” EP was born, named after Choir” reflects this desire to get people the studio, Echo Mountain Recordmoving by offering a fun, light mix of ing in Asheville, N.C., and the rich harmo- mer Dave Shirley, 25, strive for “Beatles- pop and rock elements. “There’s one melonies that have gotten the band this far. esque” harmonies rather than those found dramatic song on it, but all of them come “I think one thing the band is try- in country music, Joe adds. off as happy,” Joe says. “They sound really ing to do is to have the family harmony Besides the brothers’ mutual love of young and fresh.”

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he red carpet rolled out in Mississippi for Tate Taylor’s new film “Get On Up,” starring Chadwick Boseman as the iconic Mister James Brown. The crowds lined up for a peak at the star-studded cast and the homegrown talent, which included Jamarion and Jordan Scott, who interchange as young James; Alvin Edney II, who plays Brown’s son Teddy; the grande dame Cleta Ellington; McKenzie Matthews, who plays Brown’s daughter; and Jaclyn Bethany, who samples a mashed-potato move in one of the film’s scenes. In the last five years, the front man for bringing Hollywood movies to Mississippi is Jackson native Taylor. As the man who wrote and directed “The Help” (2011), Taylor is a master of collaboration and deal-making. For “Get on Up,” Taylor joins forces with Mick Jagger and Brian Grazer to produce and direct a sizzling-hot biopic on Brown, which is based on a script written by Jez and JohnHenry Butterworth. In an interview with Jackson Free Press, Taylor said that it was a departure for him to do a music movie, but he loved the challenge. He films in Mississippi because the locations are transformable, the people are the best, and the motion-picture incentives make it all worth it. I admit that I was rooting for this film even before I saw Boseman’s transformative, energetic and raw performance. “Get On Up,” like its subject matter, has an electrifying spirit. The film never stops moving. It treats the concept of time as a non sequitur and slides between eras without warning. One moment, Brown and his entourage fly to Vietnam under gunfire, and the

next, Brown wears a full-length fur coat for a press conference on his music. The mechanics of movies are rarely as entertaining as they are in “Get On Up,” where they are cleverly designed to be the kind of fun that keeps you alert and conscious of the enjoyment of the artifices themselves. The journey begins and ends with an aging Brown, but between those endpoints, we laugh, we cry and, at times, we dance on the edge of our seats. Brown grew up in rural South Carolina. His Aunt Honey (Octavia Spencer) raised him in a brothel. Brown’s father was abusive, and his mamma (Viola Davis) left him when he was young, but it wasn’t because she was a bad person. During the Great Depression, the circumstances were unbearable. The boyhood scenes (what I think of as the “rosebud” moments in the film) define the man who grows up not trusting anyone but himself. The scene where Davis and Boseman meet years later in the Apollo Theater dressing room transforms the entire movie into something human and tangible. Boseman, Ellis and Davis deserve Academy Award nominations, as does Taylor for his direction. Given the talent of the actors and the strength of the film’s director, the performances in “Get On Up” are triumphant and masterful. Nelsan Ellis is fantastic as Bobby Byrd. Ellis’ nuanced performance complements, and enhances Boseman’s bigger-than-life Brown. This movie is elaborate, energetic, flashy, over-stimulating and a demonstration of excess, hubris and showmanship. You can just imagine Brown smiling down on us, singing “So good, so good….” from his hit “I Feel Good.”


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History Is Lunch is at noon at the William F. Winter Archives and History Building (200 North St.). Vincent Venturini presents “General William Raphael Miles: Slavery, Civil War and Catholic Evangelical Activities Among African-Americans in Holmes County.” Free; 601-576-6998.




Fondren After 5: The Endless Summer begins at 5 p.m. at Fondren. This special edition of Fondren After 5 features four block parties, 30 bands, local artists, food vendors and shopping. Performers include Naught, the Johnny Crocker Band, the Cedar Creek Ramblers and more. Free; call 601720-2426; email (artists, crafters and musicians); … Meika Shante performs at 7:30 p.m. at Mediterranean Fish and Grill (The Med) (6550 Old Canton Road, Ridgeland). Energizer Entertainment hosts the local musician. For ages 21 and up. $5; call 601-956-0082; email




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Author Ace Atkins signs his new novel, “The Forsaken,” at 5 p.m. at Lemuria Books (Banner Hall, 4465 Interstate 55 N., Suite 202). The reading begins at 5:30 p.m. $26.95 book; call 601-366-7619; email info@; … “Company” is performed at 7 p.m. at Actor’s Playhouse (121 Paul Truitt Lane, Pearl). Actor’s Playhouse and Fondren Theatre Workshop co-produce Stephen Sondheim’s Tony Award-winning musical. $20, $15 students, military and seniors; call 601-301-2281;


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The Mississippi Bridal Show and Expo is 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Mississippi Trade Mart (1200 Mississippi St.). The event includes workshops, food samples, entertainment, giveaways and a fashion show, exhibiting some of the latest in wedding wear and accessories. For ages 18 and up. $20-$22; call 601-988-1142; email linda@msbridalshowandexpo. com; ... Hear Raphael Semmes at Table 100 brunch, 11:30 a.m. See

The Discover Class Series continues from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Mississippi Craft Center (950 Rice Road, Ridgeland). Participants will learn to make jewelry with instructor Anne Campbell. Registration is required. $35; call 601-856-7546; email;


Mississippi Bridal Show and Expo Aug. 10, 11 a.m.-4 p.m., at Mississippi Trade Mart (1200 Mississippi St.). The event includes workshops, food samples, a fashion show, entertainment and giveaways. For ages 18 and up. $20-$22; call 601-988-1142; email;

#/--5.)49 Events at William F. Winter Archives and History Building (200 North St.) • History Is Lunch Aug. 6, noon; Vincent Venturini presents “General William Raphael Miles: Slavery, Civil War and Catholic Evangelical Activities Among African-Americans in Holmes County.” Free; call 601-576-6998. • History Is Lunch Aug. 13, noon; Joedda Gore discusses “Sugarman,” her book about the hero of the Clear Creek Bridge disaster of 1939. Book sales and signing to follow. Free; call 601-576-6998; Domestic Violence and Disabilities Brown Bag Lunch Discussion Aug. 7, noon-1:30 p.m., at Eudora Welty Library (300 N. State St.). Dr. Debrynda Davey leads the discussion on the prevalence of domestic violence among those with disabilities. 1.2 CEUs available for social workers. RSVP. Free; call 800-898-3234; email Girl Scout Leadership Conference Aug. 9, 9 a.m.4 p.m., at Brandon Civic Center (1000 Municipal Drive, Brandon). Check-in is at 8 a.m. Girl Scout volunteers receive the latest insight, current developments and recent innovations designed to make scouting easier and more accessible in communities. Register by Aug. 6. $15 (includes lunch and supplies); Artapalooza Mississippi 2 Aug. 9, noon-7 p.m., at Smith Park (302 E. Amite St.). The annual event features youth and adult art vendors, food vendors, face painting and live music. Free; art vendors $40 ages 18 and up, $30 youth under 18; $50 food vendors; email MPB’s Back to School Bash: Learning Anytime, Anywhere! Aug. 9, 10 a.m.-3 p.m., at Mississippi Public Broadcasting (3825 Ridgewood Road). Performances by Ed Said, Leona, the Cat in the Hat and Southern Komfort Band, and an appearance from Deuce McAllister. The first 100 children to register online get a PBS Kids Pack. Free; call 601-432-6565;

30/2437%,,.%33 Free ADHD Screening for Children Fridays, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. through Oct. 31, at Office of Suzanne B. Russell, LPC (751 Avignon Drive, Ridgeland). Have your child evaluated for the disorder that has symptoms such as problems with focusing, defiance and hyperactivity. Free; call 601-707-7355; Mississippi Horsefest 2014 Aug. 8, Aug. 9, at Kirk Fordice Equine Center (1207 Mississippi St.). Includes barrel racing, bull riding, calf roping, a trail ride, and a gaited horse show. Aaron Coker and Jason Miller Band perform. A portion of proceeds go to Share A Life Foundation. $10 per day, $15 weekend pass; call 601-906-1386.

Events at Fleet Feet Sports (Trace Station, 500 Highway 51 N., Suite Z, Ridgeland) • Just Have a Ball 5K Aug. 9, 7:30 a.m. The run, walk and one-mile fun run benefits the Partnership for a Healthy Mississippi’s Just Have a Ball

Tiny and Shekinah make a guest appearance at the showcase featuring local dance groups. $8 in advance, $10 at the door; call 678-561-0558 or 770-405-9072; email iheartdancecompany@; James Gregory Aug. 9, 7 p.m., Aug. 9, 9:30 p.m., at Duling Hall (622 Duling Ave.). The stand-up comedian and Georgia native is known as the “Funniest Man in America.” Doors open at 6 p.m. All-ages show. Adults must accompany children.


Jackson 2000 August Luncheon Aug. 13, 11:45 a.m.-1 p.m., at Arts Center of Mississippi (201 E. Pascagoula St.). The topic is a review of this summer’s Freedom Summer activities. Attire is casual or business casual. RSVP. $12, $10 members; call 960-1500; email bevelyn_;

Living Foods Potluck Aug. 9, 1 p.m., at A Aachen Back and Neck Pain Clinic (6500 Old Canton Road, Ridgeland). Please notify the facilitator what dish you are bringing. Bring a dish or $10; call 601-956-0010.

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repare for a new light to be shed on Jackson. Oh, and don’t forget to say, “Cheese.” Lemuria hosts a signing of photographer Ken Murphy’s “Jackson” (Lemuria Books, 2014, $75), which exhibits the city’s coolest locations. The book resumes Murphy’s pictorial chronicle of his home state, following 2001’s “My South Coast Home” and 2007’s “Mississippi.” But it wasn’t his first choice. Murphy, 60, had approached his “book guru” John Evans, owner of Lemuria, earlier this year about another photo book, potentially “Mississippi, Volume 2.” “He wanted to think about it,” Murphy says. “A few weeks later, he said: ‘Why don’t we do a book on Jackson?’ And I said, ‘Really?’” Prior to this project, the Bay St. Louis resident spent very little time in Jackson. “All I really knew was from running through there, going somewhere else,” he says. “But (Evans) had enough faith in me, and I had enough faith in him.” Murphy and Evans teamed with

program for raising the awareness of play as a way to combat childhood obesity in Mississippi. $25 by Aug, 7, $35 after, $60 family (maximum of five), free fun run; call 601-899-9696; email; • No Boundaries I and II Interest Meeting Aug. 12, 7 p.m., Aug. 14, 7 p.m. Learn more about the training program for the upcoming Rudolph Race 5K and Rudolph Race 10K. The program is for inactive people, and new runners and walkers. Free; call 601-899-9696; email casey@

34!'%3#2%%. Adult Acting Auditions Aug. 9, at New Stage Theatre (1100 Carlisle St.). Make an appointment by Aug. 7. A one to two-minute memorized monologue and a recent photo are required. Actors may also prepare 60 seconds of any song. Arrive early to complete paperwork. Free; call 601-948-3533, ext. 222; I Heart Dance Company Ultimate Showdown Aug. 9, 2 p.m.-6 p.m., at Millsaps College (1701 N. State St.). At the Hangar Dome. VH1’s

Photographer Ken Murphy will sign copies of “Jackson” at Lemuria Books Aug. 5 at 5 p.m.

entertainment attorney Mike Frascogna to create MJK Publishing and set about capturing the capital city. Murphy found plenty to like in Jackson, from the skyline to the architecture to Mayes Lake, which he says felt like part of nature tucked inside the city. For Murphy, “Jackson” is about showcasing the best sides of the city. “We focus on the positive and try to downplay the negative. The newspapers should report the negative stuff,” he says. “Coffee-table books should show the good-looking stuff.” Ken Murphy signs “Jackson” at Lemuria Books (202 Banner Hall, 4465 I-55 North) Aug. 5 at 5 p.m. — Micah Smith

$32.50 in advance, $40 door, $175 VIP table of four; call 601-292-7999; email arden@ardenland. net; JXN All-Stars Comedy Showcase Aug. 9, 7:30 p.m.-11 p.m., at Russell C. Davis Planetarium (201 E. Pascagoula St.). Doors open at 7:30 p.m. For ages 18 and up. $10 in advance, $15 at the door; call 601-709-7894 or 601-664-8772. “Company” Aug. 13-15, 7 p.m., Aug. 16, 2 p.m., Aug. 16, 7 p.m., Aug. 17, 2 p.m., at Actor’s Playhouse (121 Paul Truitt Lane, Pearl). Actor’s Playhouse and Fondren Theatre Workshop co-produce Stephen Sondheim’s Tony Award-winning musical. $20, $15 students, military and seniors; call 601301-2281;

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The wait is over for New Orleans Saints fans and other fans of the NFL. A full slate of preseason games kicks off this week. MONDAY, AUG. 11 MLB (6-9 p.m., ESPN): Two potential playoff teams clash as second place in the National League East, the Atlanta Braves, host the current National League West leader the Los Angeles Dodgers. TUESDAY, AUG. 12 Special (9-10 p.m., ESPN): Get ready for your fantasy football draft by watching this hour-long SportsCenter Special: Fantasy Football Draft. WEDNESDAY, AUG. 13 MLB (6-9 p.m., ESPN): The Baltimore Orioles look to stay in first place in the American League East against division rival the New York Yankees who are charging for the postseason. The NFL Network is replaying every preseason game once again this year. You can catch No. 1 overall pick Jadeveon Clowney or check out the Saints’ division rivals. Follow Bryan Flynn at, @jfpsports and at

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hen you scrape your knee or elbow, you put a bandage on the cut to allow it to heal. When the time comes to remove that bandage, you can either slowly pull it off, or you can just take a couple of deep breaths and rip it off. Currently, the University of Mississippi is slowly pulling off its bandage as the university begins to change its image and distance itself from its past. On Aug. 1, Jackson Free Press News Editor R.L. Nave posted the university’s Sensitivity and Respect Committee’s action plan ( The long and short are that the university wants to show more diversity and commitment to its ideals through avenues such as changing street names and adding historical context to certain places. As the university has slowly pulled off its bandage of change, it banned Confederate flags, certain songs played by the school’s band and ousted Colonel Reb. Now, the university needs to go all in and rip off that metaphorical bandage. The terms “Ole Miss” and “Rebels” need to be changed and discontinued by the university. Even the academic side wants the university to distance itself from

both names. “Ole Miss” (the name slaves called the plantation owner’s wife) is a term from the Old South, and “Rebels” certainly doesn’t refer to a 1970s sci-fi movie but is instead rooted in the Civil War. If the academic side of the university doesn’t want to use either name, then the athletic side of the university should follow suit. Being a part of one of the best sports conferences in America means that the public may know the athletic side of the university even better than the academic side. A change like this isn’t unprecedented. Many universities changed names and mascots that were associated with Native Americans when the NCAA forced them to. Those universities didn’t dry up and die, and neither will the University of Mississippi. Some people will disagree with changing more of UM’s traditions. Those same people, I’m sure, were against other changes made by the university. If this is the only reason the university doesn’t do away with “Ole Miss” or “Rebels,” it means that the university isn’t try dedicated to dealing with its past and changing its dated image.

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