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ichelle Alexander is as versatile as the program she coaches. A fitness enthusiast, Alexander, 39, is a retired Marine Corps sergeant and a CrossFit coach. She lives in Ridgeland and trains at CrossFit 2717 (517 Liberty Road, Suite 2A, Flowood, 601-653-2717). She first discovered CrossFit through her involvement in martial arts when a friend posted a video on a message board of women doing a CrossFit exercise. Inspired by their performance, Alexander decided to try it. She met owner and head coach of CrossFit 2717, Michael McElroy, at the Renaissance at Colony Park Half Marathon in 2009 and has trained at his location ever since. Alexander began coaching in 2012. With her military background, she has always been interested in physical fitness. “I always knew deep down that there was some element of physical fitness that everyone needed,” Alexander says. Her family is from Edwards, though she was born in Okinawa, Japan. She graduated from Wingfield High School in Jackson in 1992, and in 1993, she enlisted in the Marines. Alexander served for eight years and retired with the rank of sergeant. Alexander says that being a female Marine was often challenging. “Some guys aren’t as accepting in the beginning, but then they see that your can hold your own,” she says. She believes that the leadership skills acquired in the Marines help her in her role as


a CrossFit coach. “I’ve found it less daunting … As a sergeant, I had to lead exercises,” Alexander says. She coaches at 2717 three to four days a week, tailoring workouts to each person based on their abilities. Each routine includes cardio, lifting and body-weight movement. Alexander pays special attention to the person’s capabilities and preparedness, emphasizing the importance of hands-on instruction to make sure that he or she is challenged but not overwhelmed. “We’re not just jumping in and making people do an exercise they’ve never done before,” she says. “Our workouts focus on individuality, because not everybody is the same.” For Alexander, CrossFit is exciting and dynamic. “The old way of going into the gym and sitting at a machine … I can’t imagine doing that ever again,” she says. “Working out in CrossFit helps with the functional movements that you do on a daily basis. It’s not something where you’re preconditioned to do one movement one way and only in that way.” Coaching requires her to be engaged and personable at all times, and she finds the process gratifying. “The thing I like the most is helping people achieve something … helping them get over the hurdle of ‘this feels awkward’ (and) ‘I’m not sure of myself’ to the point where they’re even starting to help new people who come in. That’s rewarding,” Alexander says. —Mary Spooner

Cover photo of Kimberly Sweeney at Taboo Dance & Fitness by Trip Burns

8 Farish Fracas

Some Jackson Redevelopment Authority board members want to dump Farish buildings that are in need of extensive repair.

34 Polite and Proper

New Stage’s production of “Mrs. Mannerly” reminds us all to mind our manners.

34 An All-American Sound

“We don’t set out for one particular sound. Everything is borrowed from somewhere. … America is a melting pot of beliefs and cultures. We make American music.” —Cody Rogers, “ Holy Ghost Electric Show Finds the American Sound

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4 ............................. EDITOR’S NOTE 6 ................................................ YOU 8 ............................................ TALKS 14 ................................ EDITORIAL 15 .................................... OPINION 17 ............................ COVER STORY 32 ................... GIRL ABOUT TOWN 33 .............................. DIVERSIONS 34 ....................................... MUSIC 34 .......................................... ARTS 35 ....................... MUSIC LISTINGS 36 ....................................... 8 DAYS 37 ....................................... MUSIC 37 ...................................... EVENTS 38 ..................................... SPORTS 39 .................................... PUZZLES 41 ....................................... ASTRO 42 ............................................ GIG


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by Amber Helsel, Assistant Editor

Bad Habits Start Young


hen I was little, my mom would always tell me that I couldn’t leave the table until I ate all my vegetables. Most 5- or 6-year-olds might heed that advice and eat them so they can go play video games or color. Me? Nah. I would literally sit there for at least an hour until my mom finally let me get up. Most of the time, I’d go to bed straight after. I hated vegetables then, and I’m still not really fond of them. I always like to think that my bad eating habits stem from my childhood. We always had junk food around, and my mom would buy me almost anything I ever wanted. I drank Coke. I developed a deep love for chocolate. And then, inevitably, my incessant consumption of junk food caught up with me. But while it’s easy to blame my parents, I don’t think that’s the real reason I developed such bad eating habits. My mom did for me exactly as her mom did for her. Since the 1950s, and the invention of fast food and the microwave, the food industry has ingrained the concept of convenient food into our heads, and its profits show how successful that’s been. Grains such as corn are cheap and easy to use. For example, cornnaturally. com reports that one pound of high-fructose corn syrup is 6 cents cheaper than beet sugar. At the grocery store, you’ll find bottles of Karo syrup (corn syrup) for $1 or $2. Real sugar syrups are more expensive—anywhere from a few cents to a few dollars depending on the type you get. But corn syrup is merely the product of a screwed-up system. With TV dinners and microwaves, the food industry hammers constantly that food should be quick, convenient and filled with sugary goodness. It has become commonplace to eat food out of a box, even though it’s actually

cheaper to make it from scratch (and it tastes so much better). Commercials and advertisements tell you to buy this stuff. It’s like candy, filled with so much sugar it makes you happy. Plus, it tastes just like the real thing. Kids like me grew used to the convenience, but I guarantee you that those

It’s like candy, filled with so much sugar it makes you happy. Plus, it tastes just like the real thing. of us who grew up eating tons of junk probably have a bad relationship with food in our adult years. Human-sciences honor society Kappa Omicron Nu conducted a study in 2007 to find out if a correlation exists between parents’ and children’s eating habits. What they found was exactly that—children see their mom or dad doing something and imitate it. In other words, if your parents eat junk food, chances are you do, too. Our junk-food habits contribute to the childhood obesity epidemic and the related illnesses later in life. In Mississippi, the state Department of Health reported in 2009 that 40 percent of the state’s

children are obese or overweight. Eighty percent of those children are at risk to become obese adults. In that same study, MDH reported that obesity accounted for approximately 9.1 percent of the total U.S. medical expenditures for that year. Childhood obesity in Mississippi costs the Medicaid program more than $3 billion annually. From 1987 to 2001, about 27 percent of the medical-cost increase was because of obesity. Of course, the problem isn’t all about food. Kids are staying inside more to play video games, browse the Internet and use social media. I saw it every day with my brother. When he was out of school this past summer, he would sit in the living room for hours playing “Call of Duty.” He’s lucky, though, because he also plays sports, but he has the attention span of a goldfish when he’s not concentrating on shooting another player on screen. Many kids don’t play sports, and in low-income and poor families, parents often choose cheap, processed food over the more expensive (and less convenient) fresh meats and produce. In its study, Kappa Omicron Nu found that economic status correlates to childhood obesity. People who grew up eating convenience foods may not know how to cook. It’s a vicious cycle passed from generation to generation. It happened in my family, and if I don’t change, it could happen to my future children. We must learn to break this cycle and give hope to children who struggle with weight and fitness problems. We must stop the obesity epidemic, and it starts with the younger generations. Though it may seem bleak at times, we have hope. As we become more aware of how bad our obesity problem is—and what it’s costing us—more and more people and organizations are stepping up

with programs and plans. First Lady Michelle Obama announced the Let’s Move! campaign in 2010 as a way to break the cycle for younger generations. In the program, which advocates for healthier food, parents can sign a pledge. The program gives them tips and tools to teach their kids how to live well, and even how to help bring families together for their health journey. The initiative has meet-ups in 476 cities, including Jackson, Meridian and Hattiesburg. The campaign’s website has additional information on ways to eat healthier and get active, including a “Let’s Move Outside” initiative, giving parents ideas on where they can go and what they can do to be active outdoors. The Mississippi Office of Healthy Schools strives to make food in public schools healthier, and it offers services in wellness areas such as health, nutrition and health education. Action for Healthy Kids Mississippi recruits volunteers across the state to help create healthy school environments for children, and teaches schools how to use Fuel Up to Play 60, a program the National Dairy Council, USDA and the NFL fund to inspire kids to be active for at least 60 minutes a day, and as a way to raise awareness for good health and an active life. Locally, numerous organizations, such as the University of Mississippi Medical Center have initiatives to tackle the obesity epidemic. A quick look at websites for local medical centers and schools will reveal the many ways Mississippi is trying to make itself better. The road to a healthier society may be long and hard, but if we, as adults, can show the younger generations how to live well, perhaps one day Mississippi won’t be first on the numerous lists of health problems our country is facing.

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Trip Burns

Carmen Cristo

Bria Paige

Ronni Mott

Maya Miller

Mary Spooner

Micah Smith

Todd Stauffer

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

Feature Writer and Tishomingo County native Carmen Cristo studied journalism at Mississippi State University. She likes Food Network, ’90s music and her husband. She contributed to the cover package.

Former Editorial Intern Bria Paige is a senior at St. Joe, where she is the editor of her school paper. She contributed to the cover package.

Ronni Mott has been a Mississippian since 1997. She’s an award-winning writer and a yoga teacher, just stumbling and fumbling toward bliss like everyone else. She contributed to the cover package and helped edit this issue.

Former Editorial Intern Maya Miller is a senior psychology major at Jackson State University. She enjoys books by Stephen King and Netflix marathons. She wrote a music story.

Former 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 wrote the Jacksonian.

Music Editor Micah Smith is a graduate of Mississippi College and has neither an eye patch nor a soul patch. When not writing or editing music stories, he performs with the band Empty Atlas.

Publisher Todd Stauffer is the author of more than 40 technology books on Macs, HTML, blogging and digital video. He grew up in Dallas and is a Texas A&M graduate. He directs the business and sales operation of the JFP.


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Response to â&#x20AC;&#x153;Antar Lumumba: Costco Detractors â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Holding the City Hostageâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;â&#x20AC;? by Anna Wolfe, from alexnever Jackson needs to make this happen. We have to win one ... this Costco is coming, and it needs to be in Jackson, not Flowood, not Madison. It is in best interest of the city to develop that corridor commercially due to the traffic count and central location. This location is logical, given the commercial development of The District at Eastover and the proximity of Fondren across the interstate. If there had been more widespread knowledge of the meeting, possibly more that just those sitting on the property in question would have attended with differing opinions.

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robbier Hilarious. Now that the former mayor wanted it there, Jackson Free Press will continually push for the development despite how the immediate local citizens feel about the project and also Todd and Donnaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s editorials bashing big-box stores. And to try to compare the development of the District at Eastover and Fondren (literally a locals paradise) to a wholesale food club is mind-boggling. Nothing says bulk mayonnaise like Baker Donelson, right?


donnaladd Actually, robbier, neither Todd nor I have decided whether we think it makes sense in that space or not. The Lumumba administration hadnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t talked to us about it then, or shared details, and the current administration has just started talking about it, and hasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t shared specific plans, yet. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a complicated issue, and weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re trying to report every side we can of it, rather than choosing one, at least until we have enough information to take an editorial position, which we may not do. As for big-box retailers, no, weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re not fans of them in general. We are on record sayingâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;I believe Todd might have in a publisherâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s note onceâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;that Costco is better than most, especially those out of Bentonville. So Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m a bit surprised that youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re deciding to go after us for reporting various sides on this. Sounds like youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d like us to crawl on board one of the wagons and just stay there and ignore the others. Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not how we roll. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s also silly to charge that we would choose a side on something just because itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s what Mayor Lumumba would have done. We disagreed with him on many things, including that he should be mayor. One thing we miss about him is how he invited dissent and would listen and discuss issues intelligently even with detractors without taking it personallyâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;a quality that many people, including our staff, came to

appreciate about him during his too-short tenure as mayor. We miss him, even if we didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t agree with him on everything. He was rather a pleasure to disagree with because he had enough self-esteem not to take it personally. goldeneagle97 â&#x20AC;&#x153;Antar Lumumba, whose father was the first from Jackson to make contact with Costco, told the JFP that Costco has chosen the location on Lakeland




Drive after researching the traffic of the area and calculating the profits it would bring.â&#x20AC;? During his last State of the City address, I remember Harvey Johnson saying he sent materials to Costco to try to get them to locate in the Samâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s building when they leave it for Madison. tstauffer â&#x20AC;&#x153;During his last State of the City address, I remember Harvey Johnson saying he sent materials to Costco to try to get them to locate in the Samâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s building when they leave it for Madison.â&#x20AC;? That does seem like a logical conclusion that many of us might wish Costco would reach. johnnieb6 The problem with that conclusion is youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re assuming Samâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s is willing to sell the building to Costco once they leave. Samâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s (Club) is on the record as saying they typically donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t sell vacant properties

to their competitors. (Editorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s note: unverified.) tstauffer Ah, didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t know that. No wonder I love that corporation so much! Theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d rather leave a retail space empty and see the area around it decline than have a potential competitor in a location that theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve given up on. Classy. Duan Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s very frustrating to see how difficult the city and Costco are being. First thing, placing a Costco in the Smith-Wills location is terrible for logistics considering how terrible traffic flow is to the burbs. Second, placing a big-box store in that location is terrible for aesthetics in that area. Look at west Jackson and now north Jackson when it comes to former Samâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s, Walmart, Gayfers and Sack & Save locations. We have vacant retail properties all over the city and the real estate companies that hold them are barely able to keep up the maintenance. The primary focus should be to rehab those properties. Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s why it makes perfect sense to simply use the Samâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s location on Old Canton Court. Whatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s so ironic about Samâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s closing the County Line location? It does way more business than the Rankin County location? I hope common sense prevails, and Costco simply moves to the County Line location. JLucas I wonder if the Samâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Club building at Ridgewood Court has an unexpired lease with or is separately owned by Walmart, who typically restricts how its former sites can be acquired and used by potential competitors. Costco is a direct competitor to Samâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s. zacksgrny Costco is good for Jackson. I am 100 per cent for this project. I wish those who sit on these boards would come down sometime to ask what do the people want. Who am I serving? tomhead1978 Anna Wolfe writes: â&#x20AC;&#x153;The vote was 3-6 with one abstention from the 15-member board. Only 10 members were present.â&#x20AC;? As far as Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m concerned, a 3-6 vote on a 15-member board tells us very little. It sounds like they could hold the vote on a different date and get a completely different result.


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Friday, August 29 Mississippi Judge Hollis McGehee dismisses Sen. Chris McDanielâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s lawsuit seeking to overturn Sen. Thad Cochranâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s victory in the Republican primary runoff, saying McDaniel failed to start an election challenge on time. â&#x20AC;Ś Cities along the Gulf Coast hold emotional ceremonies, memorials and speeches to mark the ninth anniversary of Hurricane Katrina. Saturday, August 30 Michael Brownâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s parents and other relatives lead hundreds of people in a peaceful rally in Ferguson at the makeshift memorial marking the site of Brownâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s death.

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Sunday, August 31 Leaders of the House and Senate intelligence committees urge President Obama to take decisive action against what they say are growing threats from Islamic State militants on U.S. soil.


Monday, September 1 The U.N.â&#x20AC;&#x2122;s top human-rights body overwhelmingly approves the Iraqi governmentâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s request for an investigation into alleged crimes against civilians committed by the Islamic State group. Tuesday, September 2 Al-Qaida-linked Syrian rebels holding 45 Fijian U.N. peacekeepers hostage issue a set of demands for their release.

by R.L. Nave


s the Farish Street revitalization project remains stalled amid legal wrangling and in need of costly temporary repairs, some members of the Jackson Redevelopment Authority are tossing around a new approach to the problem. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Can we give it away?â&#x20AC;? Commissioner Mat Thomas asked at JRAâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s monthly board meeting Aug. 27. Thomasâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; inquiry came during a presentation of a structural analysis on several JRA-owned buildings on Farish Street. Insurers have advised JRA that buildings in the 300 block of North Farish represent a liability in their current condition. Two buildings that are side-by-side need $87,755 for asbestos removal, boarding up and other structural enhancements. Another building on that block needs an estimated $125,000 to support its roof, while another group of buildings will require more than $140,000 to stabilize them, JRA officials said. Together, the repairs will cost more than $353,000. JRAâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;a quasi-governmental arm of the City of Jackson that can issue bonds for economic developmentâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;owns a number of buildings on Farish Street, part of a decades-old plan to turn into an entertainment district. That plan has been a source of controversy and political tension in recent years. The JRA is currently embroiled in a legal fight with developer David Watkins, who had been working on the Farish Street

The Jackson Redevelopment Authority will have to spend more than $350,000 to make quick fixes to several buildings on Farish Street.

project as head of a group called Farish Group LLC. Last fall, JRA cancelled the Farish Street Groupâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s leases with JRA; in turn, Watkins placed liens totaling $5 million to recoup what he said was his own money that he sunk into the project. Thomas, who joined JRA in 2009, questioned pouring public money into â&#x20AC;&#x153;a sinkhole thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s unfillable,â&#x20AC;? referring to the Farish revitalization. Unloading the Farish properties wonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t be easy, attorneys for the authority advised. Farish is designated as a state historic district, meaning property owners must agree to meet specific building and construction guidelines. Additionally, JRA

purchased the buildings with federal community development block grants to develop into an entertainment district, which could add another complicating factor to transferring ownership of the buildings to another owner. The chapter of the Farish saga involving David Watkins, who redeveloped the King Edward Hotel and Standard Life Building, could soon come to a close. A mediation between Watkins, Dale Partners, the Central Mississippi Planning and Development District and JRA is scheduled for Oct. 8. Lance Stevens, a Watkins PRUH)$5,6+VHHSDJH

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Thursday, August 28 The United Nations announces that an armed group has detained 43 U.N. peacekeepers during fighting in Syria and trapped another 81. â&#x20AC;Ś The National Institutes of Health announces that next week it will begin safety trials on humans for an experimental Ebola vaccine developed by the agencyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases and GlaxoSmithKline.

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Wednesday, August 27 Pro-Russian rebel forces enter Novoazovsk, a town on the Sea of Azov that lies in a location on the road linking Russia to the Ukrainian port of Mariupol and onto Crimea. â&#x20AC;Ś Israelâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s prime minister declares victory in the recent war against Hamas in the Gaza Strip, saying the military campaign had dealt a heavy blow and a cease-fire deal gave no concessions to the Islamic militant group. Hamas militants also declare victory, saying Hamas forced Israel to retreat.


1. Cochranâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s street team. 2. Feared Downtown Jackson Partners ambassadors on Segways. (Just kiddinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;: We love â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;em.) 3. Tony Yarber with his cell phone and a napkin. 4. The Fondren runaway party trolley. 5. Willow the Fondren pony when she gets ticked. 6. Fondren Hill runners after a stop at Sneaky Beans. 7. Gannett corporate executives. 8. Janis Lane with a microphone. 9. Capitol Street construction. 10. Roller-derby girls.


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attorney in the lien dispute, said the parties would continue “exploring common ground” in the meantime. Helping things along could be a shakeup in the JRA’s leadership. Not only did the seven-member commission remove Bishop Ronnie Crudup as chairman and elect attorney Jennifer Johnson as his replacement, the board voted to remove the Jones Walker law firm and Zach Taylor as JRA’s board attorney. Pernila S. Brown will take over Taylor’s duties as board attorney. Clearly incensed by the move, Beau Whittington, who represents Ward 1, said “it would be a shame for this commission not to have the experience and institutional knowledge Zach Taylor brings to the table.” Crudup, also pastor of New Horizon

Church International, said relieving Jones Walker would be “ineffective” and “financially imprudent.” Thomas said he believed the board has received bad legal advice and that it was time to make a change. Johnson said she was concerned about conflicts of interest with other Jones Walker clients. Last fall, these conflicts became central in the legal tug-of-war between developer Watkins and JRA. In addition to serving as JRA’s attorneys, Jones Walker is currently representing Retro Metro LLC and its principals Socrates Garrett and LeRoy Walker in four suits, including at least one against Watkins. The firm is defending Retro Metro in three of those suits against contractors who say they have not been paid for performed

work, and the fourth against Watkins and his firm Meridian Law Enforcement Center LLC. Crudup himself is also involved Some Jackson Redevelopment Authority commissioners in the questions want to know if the authority can wash its hands of about Jones Walker’s problem Farish Street properties by giving them away. impartiality in representing JRA. In a December 2013 deposition in against ending the agreement with Jones the ongoing dispute, Crudup said he owed Walker. JRA Commissioner Michael Stark Garrett $500,000 for construction of New abstained. Horizon Church International’s facility at Read more about the Farish Street legal 1750 Ellis Ave. Garrett is also a partner in saga at Comment at www. the Farish Street Group. Email R.L. Nave at rlnave@jacksonWhittington and Crudup voted

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football freak accident puzzled Jackson’s com- sociated with over-hydration. individually to know how they react to certain things,” munity when doctors attributed a Jackson “So that fluid you’re drinking, because it has lower he said. Prep student’s death to a sodium imbalance, amounts of sodium, your body tries to equilibrate beRiddley said his players carry around jugs of water one that can occur due to over-hydration. tween your cells and your blood to have the same sodium to stay hydrated during the day before practice or games. When coaches emphasize hydration to their players, level so that the cells function correctly,” Jones said. Before exercise, a good indicator of adequate hydration is dehydration is usually the concern, leaving over-hydraWhile every person’s physiology is unique, a per- light yellow to clear urine. tion—which can cause headaches, vomiting, cramping son should not need to drink more than one liter of “You have to stay on them, educating them as far as and seizures—overlooked. liquid each hour. One half of a liter of water per hour … checking their urine color, making sure they’re taking “A lot of people would never even come to that is normal. A true indicator that a person has drank too vitamins and things like that to make sure their system is conclusion, that you could drink too much water or too much liquid is if they have drank enough to gain weight staying regular,” Riddley said. much sports drink,” said Dr. Alan Jones, University of during exercise—when you would normally expect a Jones recognizes the emphasis placed on hydrating Mississippi Medical Center professor and Department of person to lose weight. in the athletic arena based on the idea that a player is losEmergency Medicine chairman. “If you’re drinking enough fluid to gain weight ing water as he or she exercises. In the Aug. 22 Jackson Prep football game against during the activity then that’s a problem for sure,” “During exercise, it’s commonly felt that you have to Oxford, defensive tackle Walker Wilbanks walked off the Jones said. drink a lot to replace what you’re losing. And the truth of field and appeared disoriented. He was then takthe matter is that the point of hydration duren to the emergency room, where he experienced ing exercise is more to avoid excessive dehyvomiting, cramping and a seizure. Wilbanks died dration. You don’t want to drink excessively,” Aug. 25. Jones said. “You don’t lose enough fluid to Dr. Joe Pressler, a pulmonologist, or rehave to replace a large amount of fluid.” spiratory tract specialist, called the accident a Jones also said heat can compound “fluke”—nothing that Wilbanks or those around the problem of over-hydrating due to inhim could have prevented. The incident is rare, creased sweating. Problems can also arise but brings light to the issue of over-hydration, when a person’s sense of thirst is thrown off. which is more common in endurance athletes. “Your thirst mechanism can be misWhen a person drinks too much liquid leading at times because the normal way that with little or no sodium, it lowers the sodium the body signals that it needs more fluid can levels in the body due to dilution. When this be thrown off when blood volumes change, happens, a person can have mild to severe when you lose sweat and you lose blood volsymptoms. While rare, it can cause the brain umes inside the blood vessels, certain recepcan swell, creating disorientation. tors can be thrown off,” Jones said. “It’s a situation where you don’t realize that When a person drinks too much liquid without sodium, it lowers the Jones warns that continuing to drink sodium levels in the body due to dilution. When this happens, it can cause you can drink too much water,” Jones said. liquid beyond a person’s thirst level could be the brain can swell, creating disorientation. The body is constantly working to balance dangerous if they have already had an adelevels of sodium. When over-hydrating, a person quate amount to drink. “We try to be proacis normally drinking fluids with lower levels of sodium Coaches and educators have a great responsibility tive. We try to make sure we know each individual kid then the body has. While sports drinks such as Gatorade to help monitor student athlete’s intake. Provine High and really coach each individual kid on how their body have added benefits because of extra carbohydrates, they School head coach Otis Riddley said he knows how operates,” Riddley said. do not contain enough sodium to prevent problems as- important his role is. “You have to know your players Comment at


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MDOC Wants New Private Prison Contracts by R.L. Nave

said Epps is referring to â&#x20AC;&#x153;violent offenders and career criminals.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;He has often said we need to decide

The MDOC and the private firms managing the agencyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s prisons have come under intense scrutiny in recent years. East Mississippi, which houses the stateâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s prisoners with the most acute mental illnesses, is currently the subject of a class-action lawsuit that alleges inmatesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; health needs are often ignored. Opened in 2000, Walnut Grove housed youth between the ages of 13 and 22 who were tried and convicted as adults. In November 2010, civil-rights attorneys sued MDOC CommisThe Mississippi Department of Corrections and its sioner Epps, other state ofcommissioner, Chris Epps, plan to renegotiate four ficials and the prisonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Boca private prison contracts. Raton, Fla.-based operator, The GEO Group, on behalf whom we are afraid of and whom we are mad of incarcerated young men who alleged onat in locking up people. It stands to follow going negligence and abuse. that if your inmate population shifts to more In February 2012, the parties reached violent offenders, who generally are high risk, a settlement. Under the federal court decree, more security staff will be needed,â&#x20AC;? Fisher MDOC agreed to move the young men from told the Jackson Free Press. Walnut Grove to a facility that would operate COURTESY STATE OF MISSISSIPPI

on principles of juvenile justice rather than standards of the adult prison system. The decree required Mississippi to offer an array of educational and rehabilitation programs and prohibited the state from putting children in its custody in solitary confinement. Later that year, Mississippi ended its contract with GEO Group and awarded the contract to MTC, the nationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s third largest private prison company. Fisher, the MDOC spokeswoman, says the agreements are not the result of prison-reform legislation the Legislature enacted this year. However, she adds if the measure â&#x20AC;&#x153;reaches its full, true potential, prison will be for those offenders who truly need to be incarcerated.â&#x20AC;? Issa Arnita, MTCâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s corporate spokesman, said the new bids the company will submit would strengthen the companyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s relationship with Mississippi. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve built a strong partnership with the Mississippi Department of Corrections over the last two years, and weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve worked diligently to create a more secure environment for staff and offenders at all four facilities,â&#x20AC;? Arnita wrote in an emailed statement.


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he Mississippi Department of Corrections is ending its contracts with a Utah-based private prison firm to operate four state penitentiaries and rebidding the work. In a statement to news media, Commissioner Chris Epps said the new contracts would begin Dec. 1. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The type of inmates we are now housing system wide requires more resources,â&#x20AC;? Epps said in press release. Management & Training Corporation, headquartered in Provo, currently holds contracts valued at more than $50 million to manage Marshall and Wilkinson County correctional facilities, East Mississippi Correctional Facility in Meridian and Walnut Grove Youth Correctional Facility in Leake County. Together, the facilities have 5,000 beds. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Mississippi Department of Corrections has determined that more security staff is needed for effective security, custody, control and care of inmates. The type of inmates we are now housing system wide requires more resources,â&#x20AC;? Epps said. Grace Fisher, MDOCâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s spokeswoman,


TALK | business

Lakeland Costco Site Non-Negotiable by Anna Wolfe


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ayor Tony Yarber simultane- Johnson Memorial Park, a baseball park. community mixed use or C-3 commercialously caused excitement about Currently, he said there are no plans to tear use zoning. jobs in Jackson and consterna- down the 40-year-old Smith-Wills Stadium, A major topic of discussion at the meettion from some who question but it could happen in the future. ing was a letter from Mississippi Secretary its location when he made public plans for â&#x20AC;&#x153;While weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re saying weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re not tearing it of State Delbert Hosemann, stating that a the big-box retailer to locate on Lakeland Av- down now, at some point if we or the man- change in use of the land, which was deeded enue near Interstate 55. agement there canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t find a way to better im- to the city specifically for parks more than Yarber is currently working to bring to pact the bottom line, it may be something 50 years ago, would trigger a reversion profruition a vision of former Mayor Lumumba, that the city canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t continue to maintain any- vision, allowing the state to take back conwho did not go public trol of the land. The with the plans before reversion would be his sudden death in triggered, according February. The day to the letter, by the Chokwe Lumumba land being used for died, he had a meeting anything other than scheduled with Costco parksâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;not just by to discuss developrezoning the land. ment plans. While Zoning Adminin the hospital, Luistrator Ester Ainmumba worried about sworth said the city missing the meeting is allowed to rezone because he knew how the area in the case of important it would be a comprehensive zonto bring the top retailer ing, like the one they to his city, his son told proposed. the Jackson Free Press Board member last week. Samuel Mitchell â&#x20AC;&#x153;If theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re going motioned to rezone to be in Jackson, thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Mayor Tony Yarber plans to move forward with plans to locate a Costco on the area from specialwhere they demand Lakeland Drive even though the Jackson Planning Board voted against the use zoning to community to be,â&#x20AC;? said Antar Lu- rezoning necessary to do so. The mayor says the board was wrong. mixed-use zoning, which is mumba, a local lawyer a lower-intensity classificawho unsuccessfully ran against Yarber to re- way,â&#x20AC;? Yarber told the Jackson Free Press. tion that allows for less intrusive uses of the place his father earlier this year. Opponents seem most concerned about land than C-3, but only one other board Costco chose the site after researching the rezoning it would take to either allow the member, Bennie Richard, voted with him. the traffic of the area and calculating the Costco or other commercialization of the The vote was 3-6 with one abstention from profits it would bring. The big-box store had area. Rick Cleveland, director of the Missis- the 15-member board. Only 10 members shown interest in two other Flowood loca- sippi Sports Hall of Fame and Museum, said were present. tions on Lakeland Driveâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;both in Rankin rezoning could harm one of Jacksonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s richAinsworth, of the city, told the board County, which is largely dry. Costco is re- est travel and tourist districtsâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;one that that that the reversion does not apply to rezonserved about the Flowood locations for that city, state and private entities have invested ing but to use, and that the board was only reason, but Jackson leaders worry that if Flo- millions of dollars to maintain as a cultural voting Aug. 27 to determine the zoning claswood can accommodate Costcoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s require- attraction. sification of the land. The city reassured the ments while Jackson refuses, it could be an â&#x20AC;&#x153;Every great city has green space,â&#x20AC;? said board that community mixed-use zoning economic blow to the city. Cleveland, whose museum would be directly and C-3 zoning both still allow for parks in â&#x20AC;&#x153;If we find that Rankin County is next to Costco on the proposed site. their classification. willing to make concessions in its laws for Many residents are also concerned That prompted Starling to ask, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Why Costco to come, then I think weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve made about even more traffic congestion on Lake- wouldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t we leave it the way it is?â&#x20AC;? The anan egregious error if weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re not willing to do land Drive. Approximately 59,000 vehicles swer, of course, is that Costco could not then much less in order to get Costco here,â&#x20AC;? Antar travel through the Lakeland Drive and In- build on the siteâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;which is the one it has Lumumba said. terstate 55 intersection each day, and the chosen based on its own business analysis. addition of a big-box retailer could increase Concerns About Rezoning the congestion along the thoroughfare. But City Not Deterred Some community members have been it is precisely the Lakeland Drive traffic that Many Jacksonians, including the mayvocal with their concern that the character of makes it a desired location for Costco, which or, want to see Costco inside the city limthe green space north of Lakeland Drive and plans to build its first store in Mississippi. itsâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;both for the sales-tax revenue it would the surrounding LeFleur Museum District The Jackson Planning Board agreed generate and because it is known as a source could be damaged if Costco builds in that with the opponents last week, voting 6-3 on of good-paying entry-level jobs. area, even if most seem to like the idea that Aug. 27, with five members absent, against In the world of big-box retailers, Costco Costco locate inside the city limits. rezoning the area to allow for development is considered the best when it comes to emIn an interview, Yarber confirmed that there. The board refused to change the des- ployment treatment and satisfaction. The Costco would likely replace the Michael B. ignation from special-use zoning to either jobs site Glassdoor conducted an employee


survey this summer that ranked Costco only slightly behind Google for companies with best employee compensation and benefits. CEO and President Craig Jelinek is publicly in favor of a national minimum wage of $10.10 and said in 2013 that Costco has a â&#x20AC;&#x153;starting hourly wage of $11.50 in all states where we do business.â&#x20AC;? Glassdoor reported that Costco cashiers makes $15.20 an hour on average, while they average $9.37 an hour at Samâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Club and $8.18 an hour at Target. And about 88 percent of Costco employees have companysponsored health insurance. Yarber is undeterred in his determination to get those jobs into Jackson. In a written response to the planning-board decision, Mayor Tony Yarber said he will continue to fight to make necessary changes to the land in order to obtain a Costco for the city. The mayor pointed out in the letter that the board erred because it was only to vote on rezoning, not on use. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The responsibility of the Planning Board members is to consider what was before them, which was rezoning. However, use was made the issue, and that was inappropriate,â&#x20AC;? Yarber wrote. The mayor also said that the stateâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s position on the Lakeland Drive land is incorrect. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The secretary of state is mistaken in his assertion, as the 313 acres was parceled off many years ago, with specific parcels being deeded to the state of Mississippi for nonpark purposes. Therefore, it is the Cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s position that the issue of the reverter may have been waived and is now moot,â&#x20AC;? Yarber wrote in his response to the planning board.


TALK | education

State Sued for Underfundng Schools

Ronnie Musgrove helped pass MAEP as lieutenant governor and fully funded it as governor.


ngered by the state’s failure to fully fund the state’s public schools, several Mississippi districts filed a lawsuit in Hinds County Chancery Court on Aug. 28. Former Gov. Ronnie Musgrove, lead attorney for the plaintiffs, said the state of Mississippi owes the 14 school districts more than $115 million in funding since 2010. A state law passed in 2006 states: “Effective with fiscal year 2007, the Legislature shall fully fund the Mississippi Adequate Education Program.” “‘Shall’ is not discretionary. It is mandatory,” Musgrove said. The Mississippi Legislature, Musgrove points out, chose the word “shall” in relation to funding MAEP, which imposes a legal, binding agreement. The law did allow for a phase-in period between 2007 and 2009, but full funding became mandatory in 2010. Since then, the state has not complied with the law. Mus-

grove’s goal is to recover the funds lost over the years during which the state disobeyed the law. “I could not sit by and have one of Mississippi’s greatest legislative achievements rendered meaningless by the leaders of the Legislature,” Musgrove said. Since 2010, Mississippi has underfunded public education by $1.5 billion, with the greatest shortage—of $292 million—happening in fiscal year 2014. The state currently has more than $400 million in its “rainy day fund,” which could be dipped into for fund schooling. The state would not have to raise taxes—it could settle the lawsuit without bankrupting the government. “Local districts are being forced to raise local taxes to make up for the money that is being held hostage in Jackson,” Musgrove said. The districts involved in the lawsuit include Clarksdale, Clay County, Greenville, Hattiesburg, Leake County, Okolona, Prentiss County, Richton, Simpson County, Smith County, Tate County, Wayne County, West Tallahatchie and Wilkinson County. Other districts have 30 days from the date of the filing, Aug. 28, to join the suit. The lack of school funding is not consistent with the increase in performance standards the state set in recent years. “We have seen so many of the districts have a shortage of school buses, cut programs, reduce the number of teachers and actually affect classroom performance,” Musgrove said. The lawsuit is the first time the issue of fully funding MAEP has been addressed outside the Legislature—and Musgrove expects the hearing to be expedited. “If the governor would follow the law that he said he supported when he was lieutenant governor, then the schools would get the funds that they so desperately need,” Musgrove said.

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ack years ago when I was taking courses to become a funeral director, there was a required class called â&#x20AC;&#x153;Grief Counseling.â&#x20AC;? This was a comprehensive study on families coping with the loss of a loved one. Andy Taggart, an attorney from Madison who is the former chief of staff to Gov. Kirk Fordice and an author, recently spoke in the Delta to drug-court graduates about the tragic death of his son Brad who, at the age of 21, killed himself two years ago after privately struggling with drug addiction. Taggart is on a mission to warn others of the dangers of drugs and offer support to those struggling to overcome it. When I learned about the death of his son in July 2012, I thought of how tragic it was for a young life to end so soon. I didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t know Taggart on a personal level, but I felt like I did because, over the last decade, I read his writings and kept up with him through the news media. His mission to help warn others about the dangers of addiction is a ministry to help save lives, and it is an inspiration to those struggling with a substance that often leads to death. For Taggart to speak to others about his son shows his determination to help save lives and families from going through this horrible experience. This difficult task takes a special person. Through the years Taggart had me engaged with his insightful writings on politics, and I knew he was sincere with his opinions. His effort to save lives through his testimony of personal tragedy as a parent shows the character of a compassionate servant committed to helping others. That is a commendable mission. Ken Strachan is a former member of the State Democratic Executive Committee and a former mayor of North Carrollton and serves as Carroll County coroner.


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Why it stinks: In responding to St. Lawrence University professor Alan Draperâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s critique of Mississippiâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s voter-identification requirement, Hosemann enumerates the steps his office followed and data it collected to implement the law to meet constitutional muster. What Hosemann nor any other voter ID proponents has ever failed to articulate as precisely is why we need the law at all. A recent analysis of votes since 2000 found only 10 instances of voter impersonation nationwide; zero of them were in Mississippi. That said, dumping so much workâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;and tax moneyâ&#x20AC;&#x201D; into voter ID is anything but reasonable. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s unneeded regulation.

Dialogue Around Costco Needs to Improve


he announcement that Costco wants to build in Jackson on Lakeland Drive has created a rift between those who are thrilled that Costco wants to bring 235 decentpaying jobs into the city of Jackson and residents and museum directors who are concerned about green space and traffic/commercial congestion. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a tough issue, no doubt. As big-box retailers go, Costco is probably the best, thanks to a CEO who apparently cares about employees. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s also a boon to see the company want to come into Jackson instead of our bedroom communitiesâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;showing that the anything-butJackson trend is fast reversing. But the opponents also have a point. The Lakeland Drive congestion would be even more onerous than it is, and the fledgling museum district in the area, bolstered by the wild success of the Mississippi Childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Museum, is just getting its legs. There certainly is a conversation to be had about what should happen in that area, and what guarantees would be in place for shielding those areas from commercialization should rezoning be approved in the future. Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s where city leadership needs to step up and open lines of communication, not close them by saying that itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a done deal. Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re told that the negotiations were secret during the Chokwe Lumumba administrationâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;for competitive reasons on Costcoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s end. We get that, but the community has never had a chance to be

heard or express their concerns, much less look at the plans that would change an important swath of public land and green space. We urge Mayor Tony Yarber to hold a community forum and invite the planâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s rivals, as well as Costco representatives, to the table to discuss the plans. If Costco is as communitydriven as its reputation indicates, we canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t imagine that they would reject such a dialogue. If and hopefully when that happens, we urge the opponents to come to that table with an open mind as well and with a willingness to compromise and help fashion a solution that considers everyoneâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s needs. Yes, non-minimum-wage jobs are important; so are green space, cultural institutions and the ability to get to work in the city without pulling your hair out every morning. This Costco opportunity is a chance for our community to come together. It is a complicated issue, and we are confident that all playersâ&#x20AC;&#x201D; from Lumumba to Yarber to concerned residents to the planning boardâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;have had the cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s best interests at heart. Letâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s get everyone into a room, urge all sides to be willing to listen and disagree respectfully, and see what awaits on the other side of such a transparent, public conversation. There is no easy solution, but being heard will go a long way toward helping the community come together and welcome a Costco to the city. And maybe even come up with a compromise.

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s the first high school built for African American children in the city of Jackson, as well as the oldest high school still in operation, Lanier High School was designated as a Mississippi landmark in 2007. The school was built in 1952 at 833 Maple St. and officially opened Jan. 3, 1954. But over its 62 years of life, Lanier has not received the proper funding for renovations to maintain the facility. The Lanier High School National Alumni Association launched a campaign to save the school with the help of its class of 1968. The dedicated actions of these groups exemplify significant pride and loyalty of students who attended the school over the years. Lanier alumni work hard to bring attention to the deterioration of the building and grounds, and to inadequate funding, as well as the lack of support and resources needed for the teachers and staff to meet the needs of the students. Actions taken during the past few years are finally reaping results. Lanier stands as a symbol and reminder of the attempt to desegregate public schools in Jackson during the Civil Rights Movement. It represents a lot to many people and is worth the fight to secure the proper funding and preserve the structure and, giving the school the recognition and support it deserves. The Mississippi Preservation Professional Review Board approved Lanier High Schoolâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s nomination to the National Register of Historic Places after hearing a presentation by National Register Coordinator William Gatlin. Gatlin gave an informative overview of the history of the school with a slide presentation of the current school building on July 17. Bettye Palmer, a 1963 Lanier Alum, submitted the application, and fellow alums submitted letters to support it. A large number of Lanier alums, along with Jackson Public Schools Superintendent Cedrick Gray, attended the board meeting in support of the nomination. In 2013, the Mississippi Department of Archives and History granted Lanier High School a preservation grant under the Community Heritage Preservation Landmark School Grant to help restore the 597 original windows. MDAH architectural historian Aileen de la Torre says Lanier High Schoolâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s large windows define the school buildingâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s style as mid-century modern. The steel win-

dow frames are evidence of the high-quality material used at the time and probably canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t be found anymore at an affordable price. Work on the windows has already begun and should be completed this year. Former Principal Stanley Blackmon adopted the motto â&#x20AC;&#x153;New Day, New Way, Restore the Legacy,â&#x20AC;? in 2004 referring to the schoolâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s rootsâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;a school built for the education of African American students before integration. Collectively, projects that highlight some of the accomplishments of Lanier alums for the 2013-14 school year include $2,000 in scholarships to Lanier seniors; $1,000 to the boysâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; baseball team; $350 for students to attend summer band camp at Jackson State University; $280 to purchase a computer tablet for a student; and presenting the Top Ten graduating seniors a Certificate of Award. In addition, alumni members provided backto-school supplies for students who needed them; donated 300 dress ties for male students; contributed to the Lanier Football Boosterâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Club; submitted a letter to the JPS superintendent regarding repairs to the school building and followed up with a meeting with him; organized a clean-up day at the school; and formed a board to establish the Lanier Historical Museum & Arts Guild Inc. This shows how special-interest groups and community members can get involved to not only support our public schools, but to revive our communities as well. Most importantly, children should be able to obtain a quality education in Jackson Public Schools. Lanier represents so much history from the days of segregated schools in Mississippi that were unequal in every way, from funding, books and supplies, to employee wages. Its students were very much involved in the Civil Rights Movement, and many suffered from backlash as a result. Many successful citizens continue the struggle for educational equality more than 50 years later. Jackson Public Schools still have a tremendous task to provide quality education for all children. It is encouraging to see so many people coming together to make it happen. Annie Cooper is a member of the Lanier High School class of 1968 and a diversity programmer, cultural events organizer, writer, editor and artist. She is the retired director of multicultural affairs and international student services at Mansfield University of Pennsylvania.

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it is more than a fad; people are taking notice of the aerial art that is pole dance so much so that it is being considered for inclusion in the Olympics. Pole fitness supporters have created competitions for professionals and amateurs alike. These fall into several categories that are strictly sensual, athletic or a blend. Jackson’s Taboo Dance and Fitness pushes the envelope even further with other group exercise classes that might be considered “sensual.” Booty Werq is a high-intensity hip-hop cardio class. For students who want to explore forms of dance that accompany the pole, they offer Floorotica and Chair Tease. Taboo is no one-trick pony, though. The client who isn’t quite ready for the pole can take BOKWA, a cardio exercise similar to Zumba, or PiYo, a blend of Pilates and yoga. What you don’t know until you try pole fitness is how emotionally empowering it can be. Pole instructors and supporters are reclaiming something that has long been considered demeaning towards women and flipping it on its head, transforming it into something that encourages women to appreciate and listen to their bodies without the obligation of pleasing onlookers. In a society riddled with body shaming and “gymtimidation,” pole dance offers an outlet for creative expression, self-love and a real, legitimate workout—a trio of concepts that you won’t find hanging out together often. It’s this trifecta that roped in Sweeney. She picked up pole fitness while searching for way to relieve stress while studying for the bar exam. In the last year, the attorney has opened her own law office in addition to the pole-fitness studio, Taboo, where she is co-owner and a certified instructor. Some might call her two career choices disparate, but she says they are “basically interchangeable.” Each occupation lends itself to the other, with pole clients coming in for legal help and legal clients visiting her classes for stress relief. “It’s not a polar opposite because people usually come to me when they’re stressed out and need someone to turn to and help resolve their problems. It’s the same as being a lawyer,” she says. For Sweeney, pole fitness is nothing short of therapeutic. “Women come in torn down from family problems and employment problems. They bear so many burdens,” she says. “They’re mothers, workers, wives. They’re expected to look pretty and pull forward. It’s hard to do that. They bring all those burdens, spin around the pole and watch them fall away.” The journey is more emotional than physical or sexual. “I love seeing people go from, ‘I can’t do it’ to ‘I wanna try that,’” Sweeney says. 17 “They start seeing themselves in a different way.”

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ix-inch platform heels clicked against the floor. version or new market for pole dancing, but a different thing A voice chanted, “Five, six, seven, eight.” Usher’s altogether. While some more progressive studios might envoice flooded the room for the fifth time. I wiped courage stilettos during class, most “polers” wear average the sweat from my forehead and began. I caught a workout attire with tennis shoes or bare feet. Pole-fitness englimpse of myself in the mirror, walking, carefully placing thusiasts claim roots in the traditional Indian sport of Malone foot in front of the other to the beat. I tightened my lakhamba and Chinese pole, which are gymnastic in nature grip, my feet left the floor, and I was soaring. It was athletic, and what inspired many of the circus acts that are popular acrobatic and surprisingly difficult—I was pole dancing. As I spun half-awkwardly around the silver pole, I couldn’t help but remember a line from “Crazy, Stupid Love.” Ryan Gosling’s character, by Carmen Cristo Jacob, says: “The war between the sexes is over. We won the second women started doing pole dancing for exercise.” After an hour in the beginner course, I knew he was wrong. What women are doing with poles today has little to do with men. Kimberly Sweeney, attorney and co-owner of Taboo Dance and Fitness (856F S. State St., 601502-4000, in Jackson, calls it a fight—“a fight to get yourself back.” Sweeney is also passionate about domestic-violence prevention and was appointed to help develop a domestic-violence court in Jackson under the leadership of Mayor Chokwe Lumumba. While that effort has come to a halt since his death, Sweeney continues to be an advocate for women in her two roles. “(Taboo) has actually become a safe haven for women that have experienced domestic violence and women who are trying to make amends with their current relationships, get past divorce and survivors of terminal illness,” she says. “We had no idea that just having a studio that was female-focused would bring all these people.” There are varying opinions about counting exercise usually associated with the sex industry as valid or appropriate. These range from the more conservative belief that it’s From left: Jacqueline Mitchell, Kimberly self-exploiting to the ultra-feminist Sweeney and Crystal Penigar own Taboo idea that sexuality is power and that Dance and Fitness in Jackson. inhibitions about exotic dancing are relics of a patriarchal society that are as useless as an antique typewriter in the computer era. My experience had landed me somewhere today, including Cirque De Soleil. in the middle, with sore pectorals and bruised knees. The trendy fitness regimen is becoming increasingly As of 2012, the United States had more than 550 popular among men and women over 40 for the compole-fitness studios, according to United Pole Artists, a plete workout that it is—equal parts cardio and strength web-based news source with a mission to disseminate training. The growing acceptance among older, conserpositive information about pole dancing. The group esti- vative individuals has propelled pole sales to an all-time mated that every 12 hours, a new studio was opening or a high over the last couple of years. Ty Knutson, owner of pole was being added to a pre-existing fitness center. The popular pole retail website X-Pole, reported selling 5,000 Jackson metro area has three dance studios that special- poles per month in 2013. ize in “poling”—Sway Dance and Fitness in Ridgeland, It’s undeniable that pole fitness is physically empowerSassy Fitness in Ridgeland and the recently opened Taboo ing. It burns the calories of any hour-long aerobic workout Dance and Fitness in downtown Jackson. (approximately 350 depending on your size) while toning Pole fitness has created a community of people who your core, building upper-body strength and increasing flexare trying to mainstream the sport into competitions and ibility. The focus and self-control required to execute moves “respectable” exercise. They argue that it is not an improved is comparable to yoga. It’s 20-plus-year existence proves that

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The SuperTracker is a great way to keep up with how much of each food group you eat every day.

then each day, you add in what you eat and drink for each meal. The app gives you a clearer picture of how much of each nutrient you need each day. It does not allow you to enter your body-type info, and it doesn’t have a section to add in any fats you may eat that day, so I recommend using the online version. Both the app and online program let you see how much you’re eating of one thing and adjust accordingly. Visit for more information or to participate.

recently purchased a Fitbit Flex. I snap it on my wrist, sync it to my smart phone, and it tells me how many steps I’ve walked, how many calories I’ve burned and even how well I slept. Here are some other cool fitness gadgets (that really aren’t that pricey) you could incorporate into your life. Nike+ FuelBand SE While it doesn’t have the alarm function the Fitbit has, it’s pretty cool because it converts movement into NikeFuel, which can be used to create and track goals. It retails for about $150. COURTESY NIKE

ou can track your fitness journey in many ways, including journaling and cell-phone apps. Most are effective, but if you want something to outline your daily nutrients, the United States Department of Agriculture offers a system called the SuperTracker. The diet planner is located at It helps you begin your diet plan, allowing you to enter your information on your activity levels and personal data such as your birth date, height and weight. It then aids you in making a plan based on those attributes and your overall goal. The SuperTracker makes it easy to plan your meals and gives you an outline on what your exercise should look like. adapted the program for an app called “My Daily Plate.” You enter your birth date, and

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HAPIfork If you have trouble with portion control and how fast you eat, this is the gadget for you. It vibrates when you

Fitbit Aria I love scales like this because they streamline weight tracking. Not only does it tell you how much you weigh, but the scale also tracks your body mass index and transfers the data to your computer. It retails for about $130. Lumo Lift I have bad posture, like a lot of people. You can wear this little gadget as jewelry or under your clothes, and it vibrates when it detects you’re slumping. It also tells you how long you’ve been active and tracks this information on a smartphone app. It runs about $100. Tinké Many Mississippians have heart problems. Heart disease and stroke are the leading cause of death in the state. If you want a fitness gadget that also monitors your heart rate and blood pressure, invest in one of these little things. Just place your finger over the sensor and an app tracks your heart rate, your breaths per minute, the oxygen levels in your blood and how your heart rate varies. It retails for about $119.

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tragic accident, as he worked to get her back on track. Now, she is not only able to move without assistance, but she also

Eclecius Franklin turned his business, Gifted Hands Massage, into a place that provides both massage therapy and personal training, E Fitness and Massage.

in New York City pursuing her dream of dancing, Marquez fell six stories and suffered injuries that had doctors saying she might never walk again. Marquez trained with Franklin for five years after the near-

works as a motivational speaker, giving talks at schools, organizations and churches all over the United States. Franklin invites other personal trainers in the area to use his space to work

with their own clientele. Among the massage therapy services he offers are Swedish massages, hot-rock therapy, chair massages and deep-tissue massages, which are his specialty. In addition, E Fitness and Massage offers mobile services where Franklin travels to businesses and offices giving massages on site. Other local massage therapists often accompany him to assist in events such as birthday parties, anniversaries and holidays. Franklin stays busy, whether giving massages or training clients, but his dedication to expanding his business keeps him motivated. “I am booked 75 percent of the time, six days a week,” he says. For him, massage therapy and physical training go hand in hand. Because providing massage therapy is so taxing on his body, Franklin finds it is important to work out to maintain his strength and relax. His personal needs are a major reason for including personal training into his business: He can practice both of his passions on a daily basis. Visit Eclecius Franklin at E Fitness and Massage (400 Highway 51 N., Suite C, Ridgeland, 601-790-7602). The facility is open Monday through Saturday. For more information, find the organization on Facebook 19 or email

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aving given about 13,000 massages over his 16-year career, Eclecius Franklin has earned his reputation as one of the best and most experienced massage therapists in the Jackson area. A 1994 Mississippi State University graduate with a bachelor’s degree in technology and engineering, Franklin found his talent for massage therapy after helping a co-worker with a stiff neck. His gift, and a desire to help others, prompted him to leave his engineering job and open his own business in 1997, naming it Gifted Hand’s Massage. Franklin renamed his business E Fitness and Massage and relocated to Ridgeland 14 years later, when he realized another passion: personal training. Franklin expanded his offerings to provide those services as well. “I wanted to brand and market my business and name better. I offer more than just massage therapy,” Franklin says. The “E” in E Fitness and Massage stands for his first name, Eclecius. As a fitness guru, Franklin uses heartrate monitors, as well as tracking endurance levels, to measure his clients’ progress and health. His clients range from 9 to 93 years old, and Franklin says he can work

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Water: Nature’s Elixir by Carmen Cristo our body is 60 percent water. When you’re dehydrated, none of your systems functions properly. You’ve probably heard the rule: Drink eight 8-ounce glasses of water a day. If being healthy alone doesn’t motivate you to hydrate adequately, maybe these added benefits will.


It’s important to drink your water.

Drinking water will help you lose weight. Sometimes, our bodies act like they are hungry, when they are actually thirsty. Drinking enough water can keep you from over-eating and suppresses your appetite until mealtime.

Your skin will thank you. Skin needs hydration for efficient cell generation, keeping it healthy, smooth and glowing. This extra cell generation even helps get rid of cellulite. Sufficient water intake can even keep signs of aging at bay. It’s the most inexpensive detox. We’ve all seen the fancy detox drinks. They promise to flush your body of toxins and harmful bacteria. Did you know that taking in extra water does the same thing? And, for a much smaller price tag. The purifying effect that water has on your colon will make it easier for your body to absorb other important nutrients. Water makes you happy. OK, maybe water alone can’t make you happy, but it will help. Not only are healthier people happier, but dehydration can cause crankiness and mood swings. Editor’s Note: Please see the article on page 10 about the dangers of drinking too much water.

The Best Fitness Apps by Amber Helsel

Health and fitness Argus is one of my favorite health apps. It tracks your steps, calories burned, amount you sleep, water intake, food intake, and you can even download compatible apps for other readouts and use devices compatible with Argus. The best part is the interface. It looks like a beehive, which makes it fun and easy to see everything. Also, it let you take photos of your food to keep track of it.

Though smartphone apps such as Instant Blood Pressure might not give an accurate reading on your blood pressure, they’re a great way to gauge your general range.

Exercise Let’s all say it: Working out is no fun. You have to work hard, and you get all sweaty, and if you’re like me, you can’t move for about a day after (I’m really out of shape). But the Fitocracy app makes exercise fun because it allows you to pick an exercise, do it and receive points because you did it. The app also has a community you can connect with to feel a little less alone in your fitness journey, as we sometimes do. Sleep In this fast-paced society, it’s hard to get some good shuteye. Our minds race with so many things to figure out or do or worry about. If you’re curious about your sleeping habits, there’s an app for that. Sleep Genius is cool in that it tracks your sleep, helps you fall asleep with soothing music and wakes you up the same way.

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Blood pressure You can now measure blood pressure with your iPhone 4S or a later version. Amazing, right? The apps may not be completely accurate, but ones like Instant Blood Pressure give you a general idea of what it looks like. Just follow the app’s instructions, and it’ll tell you your systolic and diastolic blood pressure. For an accurate reading, I would still see a doctor, but if you’re generally curious, this app is cool.



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n a couple of months, bears, reptiles and other animals will all but disappear. No, this isn’t because I can see the future and know they’re going extinct. The chill in the air and the leaves falling is a sign for those creatures that it’s time to go find shelter for the winter. Bears and snakes, they hibernate. Humans? Not so much. Eventually, Mississippi does get cold(ish), but just because you can’t feel your face doesn’t mean you have to stay inside and lay on the couch all winter. Get outside. Get active. Or stay inside and get active. Here are few ways to do that.

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Exercise indoors


It’s obvious but needs to be said. If you have a gym membership, go there. If not, take advantage of your indoor surroundings. Do chin-ups with a heavy book on your feet, use the books to lift “weights” or just jump around. You can find plenty of stay-at-home exercises on Pinterest. A good idea to keep you moving is to make motivation jars. Get two jars and some large Popsicle sticks. Label the jars with “workouts” and “done.” Write a type of exercise on each stick and how many minutes to do it. Color-code them depending on the category, such as cardio, and put it in the first jar. Pick one, and when you’re done, throw the stick in the other jar. Seeing the sticks in the “done” jar will give you a feeling of satisfaction.

Take up an active hobby

Regular exercise just isn’t fun, and running or walking in the cold is brutal, so why not try to get involved in something a little more unconventional. Maybe you could take up martial arts or join a team of some kind, like roller derby. Find some-

thing that makes you forget what you’re doing. Or instead of taking up one hobby, why not keep yourself busy with multiple ones? Find random classes to take. Many fitness instructors do classes on their own, so you don’t have to join a gym.


It’s not exactly the most taxing workout (though I’ve been sore for days after intense sessions), but even doing 20 minutes is still exercise. It quiets your mind, and you can basically do it anywhere that has enough space. Get a yoga mat and blocks (books also work), a sturdy blanket and a yoga strap or a belt, and then either find a video on YouTube, buy a book or DVD, or check out some of the local yoga classes at places like StudiOm or Butterfly Yoga. For more information, see page 26.

Go shopping

It may seem strange, but think about it: You are walking around and for the most part, you don’t have to deal with the cold. Yes, grocery shopping counts, especially if you’re like me and tend to spend a couple of hours perusing the aisles.


It burns calories, believe it or not. An hour of deep cleaning burns about 170 calories, and while that doesn’t seem like much, think of all you could do to get your house sparkly in an hour or two. I’m sure fans and furniture may need some dusting, and have you looked under your couch lately?


Go dancing or just put on some music and go crazy. It may feel silly at first, but after a while, you’ll start enjoying it. In just 30 minutes, you can burn about 200 calories.


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inter is hard on your skin. Cold, dry wind and indoor heating strips the skin of all its natural oils, leaving it defenseless. The skin is a barrier between you and the outside world. Here are a few tips to help your keep skin strong and smooth through the winter months. FLICKR/MIKE_MOZART

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Update Your Regimen Skin changes several times a year as our bodies react to our environment. A skin-care regimen should be seasonal; adjusting accordingly to weather conditions to protect you from the elements. Just as your skin needs more sunscreen in the summer, it needs more moisture in the winter. The moisturizer that sufficed in other seasons won’t be enough to nourish your skin in the cold. Upgrade your summer moisturizer to something more intensive.


Scrub Dry Skin Away As you age, cell generation slows down, causing dead skin cells to pile up on the surface of skin, leaving skin dull and limiting product absorption. For your skin to properly accept the moisture it needs to handle the extremes of winter, you need to sweep those cells away. Exfoliation, like hydration, should be part of your year-round regimen; however, you need to change scrub recipes need for winter use. Try a simple DIY scrub of honey, sugar and olive oil. It works great for chapped lips, too. Limit exfoliation to once a week during cold months so you don’t irritate your sensitive skin. If you’re looking for products that will not only moisturize the skin, but strengthen and repair the moisture barrier, I recommend Clinique’s Moisture Surge products. Simple products are a good substitute for skin-care mavens on a budget.

No way am I wearing Spandex!

The only thing you need to practice is comfortable clothing that allows you to move. You don’t even need shoes. Many studios provide everything else—mats, blankets, blocks and other props—free of charge.

How can yoga benefit Y’all chant foreign words, right? me? It depends on the style

You’ll do plenty of stretching, but that’s not the whole story. The physical practice can improve flexibility, strength, breath and focus. Many poses seem easy, but are difficult to master. Some take great strength, discipline and intense concentration, but even an occasional practice can improve your posture, lessen or eliminate common aches and pains, relieve mild depression or anxiety, and improve your energy.

of the practice, but if you’re not comfortable chanting, don’t. One common chant is

the single word “ohm,” pronounced ahoo-um. The word represents three states of consciousness: dreaming, wakefulness and bliss.

What does Namaste mean?

Namaste’s literal translation is “I bow to you.” It’s a common greeting or way to say goodbye, accompanied with hands held palm-to-palm and a bow. The “you” that we bow to is the higher, universal self—the light that resides in each of us— not the individual ego. Ronni Mott is a certified yoga instructor, and a freelance journalist and editor. She teaches yoga at Butterfly Yoga and Baptist Healthplex in Jackson. FLICKR/DAVEROSE259

In the winter, it’s important to keep your skin moisturized.

No. Although people often connect it with Hinduism, yoga predates most modern religions by a few thousand years. Think of it as a way to reconnect your body and mind, and sometimes, with something larger than you. The eight limbs of yoga include ethical behavior and observances, the physical poses (asana in Sanskrit) and breathing (pranayama), concentration, meditation, and self and spiritual study. In the West, yoga classes focus on poses and breathing.

condition and age. Yoga shouldn’t hurt. If it does, you’re in the wrong class, pushing too hard or have the wrong teacher.

Some of those poses look crazy! I can’t even touch my toes.

The spectacular stuff you see on YouTube is the result of years of dedicated practice. Achieving a “perfect” pose isn’t necessary or even desirable. It’s more important to practice with a willingness to learn and try, and to calm your mind. Find a class that’s suited to your physical

Yoga has many benefits, including flexibility and more peace of mind.

Yoga Tips for Beginners It’s not a competition—Yoga is between you and your mat. You won’t get a grade or a trophy. It’s practice, not performance. Start where you are—Tell your teacher about injuries, health challenges or concerns. Don’t ignore your body’s messages. If you’re not strong or flexible enough to achieve a “perfect” pose, don’t worry. Trust your instincts, and do what you can. Pay attention and stay focused—Like any physical endeavor, accidents happen when you’re distracted. Follow instructions as best you can, and watch more experienced practitioners. Be on time and stay to the end—A yoga class is a progression that includes centering and targeted warm ups before taking on more difficult poses, and class ends with total relaxation. The last part is as important as the first.

Volunteer—The best way to learn is through one-on-one instruction. That’s exactly what you’ll get when a teacher works with you to demonstrate a pose. Ask questions—Teachers are happy to clarify, and your question will help others. Find a class you connect with—Once you find your niche, commit to six or 10 classes to set a solid foundation. You’ll be surprised how quickly you’ll progress. Try some poses at home—Take your time. Breathe. Listen to your body. Practice. Stay positive—A teacher’s correction is not a judgment, so try to take it in the spirit it’s given. Everyone falls out of poses, and it’s OK to laugh when you do. Smile! Have fun.

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Open Monday - Friday 11-10 and Saturday 11-11. ITALIAN La Finestra (120 N Congress St #3, Jackson, 601-345-8735) The brainchild of award-winning Chef Tom Ramsey, this downtown Jackson hot-spot offers authentic Italian cuisine in cozy, inviting environment. BRAVO! (4500 Interstate 55 N., Jackson, 601-982-8111) Award-winning wine list, Jackson’s see-and-be-seen casual/upscale dining. Cerami’s (5417 Lakeland Drive, Flowood, 601-919-28298) Southern-style Italian cuisine features their signature Shrimp Cerami. STEAK, SEAFOOD & FINE DINING The Islander Seafood and Oyster House (1220 E Northside Drive, Suite 100, 601-366-5441) Oyster bar, seafood, gumbo, po’boys, crawfish and plenty of Gulf Coast delights in a laid-back Buffet-style atmosphere. The Penguin (1100 John R Lynch Street, 769.251.5222) Fine dining at its best. Rocky’s (1046 Warrington Road, Vicksburg 601-634-0100) Enjoy choice steaks, fresh seafood, great salads, hearty sandwiches. Sal and Phil’s Seafood (6600 Old Canton Rd, Ridgeland (601) 957-1188) Great Seafood, Poboys, Lunch Specials, Boiled Seafood, Full Bar, Happy Hour Specials Shea’s on Lake Harbour (810 Lake Harbour Drive, Ridgeland, MS 39157 (601) 427-5837) Seafood, Steaks and Southern Cuisine! Great Brunch, Full Bar Outdoor and Seating MEDITERRANEAN/GREEK Aladdin Mediterranean Grill (730 Lakeland Drive 601-366-6033) Delicious authentic dishes including lamb dishes, hummus, falafel, kababs, shwarma. Vasilios Greek Cusine (828 Hwy 51, Madison 601-853-0028) Authentic greek cuisine since 1994, specializing in gyros, greek salads, baklava cheesecake & fresh daily seafood. BARBEQUE Pig and Pint (3139 N State St, Jackson, 601-326-6070) Serving up competition style barbecue along with one of the of best beer selections in metro. Hickory Pit Barbeque (1491 Canton Mart Rd. 601-956-7079) The “Best Butts in Town” features BBQ chicken, beef and pork along with burgers and po’boys. COFFEE HOUSES Cups Espresso Café (Multiple Locations, Jackson’s local group of coffeehouses offer a wide variety of espresso drinks. Wi-fi. BARS, PUBS & BURGERS Capitol Grill (5050 I-55 North, Deville Plaza 601-899-8845) Best Happy Hour and Sports Bar in Town. Kitchen Open Late pub food and live entertainment. Cherokee Inn (960 Briarfield Rd. 601-362-6388) Jackson’s “Best Hole in the Wall,” has a great jukebox, great bar and a great burger. Fenian’s Pub (901 E. Fortification St. 601-948-0055) Classic Irish pub featuring a menu of traditional food, pub sandwiches & Irish beers on tap. Hal and Mal’s (200 S. Commerce St. 601-948-0888) Pub favorites meet Gulf Coast and Cajun specialties like red beans and rice, the Oyster Platter or daily specials. Martin’s Restaurant and Lounge (214 South State Street 601-354-9712) Lunch specials, pub appetizers or order from the full menu of po-boys and entrees. Full bar, beer selection. Ole Tavern on George Street (416 George St. 601-960-2700) Pub food with a southern flair: beer-battered onion rings, chicken & sausage gumbo, salads, sandwiches. Time Out (6270 Old Canton Road, 601-978-1839) Your neighborhood fun spot! Terrific lunch special and amazing Happy Hour! Underground 119 (119 South President St. 601-352-2322) Pan-seared crabcakes, shrimp and grits, filet mignon, vegetarian sliders. Live music. Opens 4 p.m., Wed-Sat Wing Stop (952 North State Street, 601-969-6400) Saucing and tossing in a choice of nine flavors, Wing Stop wings are made with care and served up piping hot. ASIAN AND INDIAN Crazy Ninja (2560 Lakeland Dr., Flowood 601-420-4058) Rock-n-roll sushi and cook-in-front-of-you hibachi. Lunch specials, bento boxes, fabulous cocktails. Fusion Japanese and Thai Cuisine (1002 Treetop Blvd, Flowood 601-664-7588) Specializing in fresh Japanese and Thai cuisine, an extensive menu features everything from curries to fresh sushi Nagoya Japanese Sushi Bar & Hibachi Grill (6351 I-55 North, Ste. 131, Jackson 601-977-8881) Fresh sushi, delicious noodles & sizzling hibachi from one of jackson’s most well-known japanese restaurants. VEGETARIAN High Noon Café (2807 Old Canton Road in Rainbow Plaza 601-366-1513)Fresh, gourmet, tasty and healthy defines the lunch options at Jackson’s own strict vegetarian (and very-vegan-friendly) restaurant adjacent to Rainbow Whole Foods.

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Melon and prosciutto combine for a satisfying, easy snack.


n my journey to health, I’ve discovered that the key to any diet change is snacking. It keeps you full so your mind doesn’t wander to the cake, cookies and chips. When you’re used to a diet filled with lots of bread, protein, processed foods and sugary drinks and, of course, not enough fruits and vegetables, changing is a big task. You might feel hungry more than usual, because, let’s be honest, a healthy salad isn’t as filling as a giant slice of pizza. If you’re going through a major diet change like I am, snacking is your best friend, and they don’t all have to be boring. Here are a few of my favorite easy-to-prepare, delicious and clean ones. Lärabars—These are mostly vegan, nonGMO and gluten free, and they’re worth 1/4 cup the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s recommended fruit intake. The wonderful part is that they taste really great. Cucumbers and quick maple mustard —Dress sliced cucumbers with a sauce of spicy brown or Dijon mustard with maple syrup. Use a 2:1 ratio to start out and adjust to your tastes. Dark chocolate—Did you know that cocoa is actually a superfood? Dark chocolate is high in vitamin and minerals, including potassium and iron. It’s also filled with antioxidants and other good things that rid your body of toxins and make you happy. Remember, the higher the percentage of cocoa, the less you find ingredients like sugar and soy lecithin. Remember to only indulge in small amounts of sweets. Homemade Popsicles—If you find yourself hungry on a hot day, these are easy to grab. You can find Popsicle trays at local grocery stores. Juice whatever fruit you want, add it to the tray and freeze. You can also cut fruit and put it in coconut water for good

flavor, a decent amount of vitamins and a cold, sweet bite. Melon and prosciutto—Salty and sweet is my favorite flavor combination, so this hits the mark. Use a melon such as honeydew or cantaloupe. Don’t make the mistake I did and eat the meat with watermelon. The contrasting textures are strange. Strawberries and hazelnut butter—I use organic hazelnut butter. It’s more expensive, but it tastes better than regular brands and is healthier. Dried fruits While fruit is an easy snack to carry around, it sometimes leaks into your lunch bag or goes bad quickly. If you want the benefits of fruit while not having to lug around a container of mango, invest in some dried fruits. You can make these yourself with a dehydrator (it’s expensive, though) or you can find dried fruit not covered in tons of sugar or salt. Look for the organic kind at places like Rainbow Co-op (2807 Old Canton Road, 601-366-1602). Nuts I keep a bag of pistachios at my desk to snack on when I need a little protein in my life. They’re easy to carry around and a great snack to have, although I would limit the amount you eat. One cup of natural almonds has 45 grams of fat, and if you get them roasted, salted or anything else like that, you only add more fat and processed elements. You can find organic nuts at Rainbow Co-op in serve-yourself bins. If you work or go to school every day, invest in a bento box or plastic to-go containers and an eco-friendly lunch bag. This way, you’ll have everything with you and can just get it when you need it, instead of waiting until mealtime to eat. The important thing is to keep yourself from being hungry by snacking a little throughout the day.



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again and then the jammers, the point scorers, join the battle. The jammer for each team pushes and shoves her way through the members to become the lead. With the second pass, the jammer, designated by a star on her helmet, begins to score points, and the other team’s jammer tries to become the lead. Pivots, who wear a stripe on their helmets, block and call the plays, and blockers block. Under certain circumstances, a pivot can become a jammer. And the blockers try to keep the opposing jammer from getting into the lead. All of the players have to push and shove their way through the opposing team to aid the jammer in getting to the front. The jammer has to be quick and tough, and the pivot and blockers have to be strong and unafraid to push people around. Contact zones are your torso down to upper thighs (above the knee) and include the upper arms (above the elbow). You can’t grab, pull or trip people, use your elbows above the shoulder or block with your arm extended or you’ll get a penalty. Training for roller derby, you learn skills such as starting and stopping, skating fast, getting around obstacles and other players, and falling properly. It’s a tough sport, but if pushing and shoving is your bread and butter, this might just be the sport for you.


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hen a friend from college called to tell me that he and his boyfriend were getting married, I was thrilled at the news and overwhelmingly happy for them. Then a wave of anxiety hit. Because I’d want to send them a gift—a gift for one of my dearest friends and his beloved, a gentleman who recently left his position as creative director of Martha Stewart Living to freelance for clients like WilliamsSonoma. I repeat, he worked for Martha freaking Stewart. Hello, wedding present pressure! Could I find a present that Martha would deem a good thing? My friend is originally from Jackson, and he and his now-husband collect art, so I decided that a piece by a Jackson artist might be just the ticket for something unique and special. Artist Ginger Williams-Cook is someone whose work I’ve followed for a number of years. She does a lot of drawings, but also paintings and unique pieces, such as her clever nesting dolls of pop-culture characters ranging from the “Golden Girls” to KISS. Williams-Cook also paints a lot of portraits, and her style is one I enjoy; it often reminds me a little bit of Mary Cassatt’s Impressionism. I knew that Williams-Cook often paints portraits on commission, and I had seen several pieces she’d done recently of brides and grooms, and even a her baby’s birth announcement. When my friend texted a picture of him and his hubs with their adorable dog in front of their New York City apartment on the way to City Hall to get hitched, I knew I had the perfect source material for a commissioned work. After chatting with Williams-Cook about the couple to determine what to put in the background (we settled on a city skyline) and sending her the photo, I eagerly awaited the finished product. She sent me a photo of the painting’s progress along the way, and when I picked it up, I knew it was perfect. The couple loved the piece, and I’m happy to have been able to get them something creative, unique and that reflected them. I’m also happy to have been able to support a local artist. Speaking of which, some weeks later, I learned that the second in a new series of after-hours pop-up gallery exhibits at the Mississippi Museum of Art would feature work by Williams-Cook and Jason “Twiggy” Lot. The pop-up galleries are for once a month from 5:30-7:30 p.m., and they give exposure to local artists and musicians. Being a fan of Williams-Cook and also owning a painting from a series on which William Goodman and Twiggy collaborated, I

immediately planned to attend. The night of the event, I checked with a friend who lives downtown to see about meeting up there, and I headed over after work. Upon arrival, I ran into several friends I hadn’t seen in a while and had a great time catching up. The crowd represented a small but diverse crowd of artists, families, young professionals and established art patrons, who mingled and COURTESY JULIE SKIPPER

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took in the three walls of space on which Williams-Cook and Lott installed their paintings, mixed-media works and custom furniture. In addition to the pop-up exhibit, visitors could browse the gift shop (that night, one of my friends purchased an adorable pair of felt baby booties shaped like giraffes to give a mother-to-be), as well as the permanent gallery and a Norman Rockwell exhibit, so it was a great opportunity to take in a lot of art in a laid-back, social setting. It’s great to see the museum committing to not only showing large-scale exhibits of established artists, but also to encouraging and offering space to local working artists. I’m told the pop-up series will continue throughout the fall, with the next one scheduled for Sept. 18. It will feature Figment Jackson artists. Having thoroughly enjoyed the art and the company I found at the August installment, I know I’ll plan on going back for the next one. Hopefully, I’ll see you there, too. The next Museum After Hours Pop up is at the Mississippi Museum of Art (380 S. Lamar St., 601-960-1515) Sept. 18. The event is free. For more information on Ginger Williams-Cook and her art on Facebook or Etsy. For more information about the popup galleries, visit

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near-monotone grays and blacks for the words of historical and contemporary cultural figures—Mark Twain, Richard Pryor, Redd Foxx. “I’m using something that’s familiar, (like) the children’s blocks, to invite you in. People assume that it’s going to be something extremely light-hearted,” Thames says. “… I’m using humor, in many cases, or poetry, to talk specifically about ownership of the ‘n’ word, and posing the questions: Should this be a part of our lexicon? Should we have a moratorium on the word? Should it be contextual? And then, who owns the actual word itself? Does it define a person, or does it define specific people or the people who use the word? Or does it define just a class of people?” The art of early surrealist Hans Bellmer, specifically the twisted, disjointed manikins of “Dolls,” had a profound influence on Thames’ art. “I looked at his abilities to ‘talk’ about the traumas of World War I. … His seeing the tragedies, the mangled bodies, informed his work,” Thames says. That exploration expanded Thames’ work “into a conversation …

about the black body and how our identity was shaped by traumas of slavery, in a way, and post-slavery.” Provoking questions is the point for Thames. His studio is a laboratory for new investigations with materials and content. He explores one body of work—one question and one perspective—and then moves on, much like other modern artists including Ai Weiwei, Damien Hirst and Jeff Koons. “As an artist, your job isn’t to answer questions,” Thames says. “I feel that my job, as an artist, is to create questions. The moment you get the answer to the question, people move on. … My job is to complicate a thing just a little bit more, a little bit more, a little bit more. … Once you have an answer to the question, it cuts off the conversation about the work.” “Let’s have another discussion, have another investigation,” he adds. Felandus Thames’ “Stuck Between ‘lizabeth Taylor’s Toes” opens Sept. 4 at 4 p.m. at JSU’s Dolly M.E. Robinson Gallery and runs through Nov. 6. The event is free, as is an artist’s talk there from 2-3 p.m. visit COURTESY RENEE COX

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peaking with Felandus Thames on the phone is like talking with any parent of young children: filled with interruptions. Thames and his wife, physician Michele Irving-Thames, recently moved their young family to Stamford, Conn., from New York City, where he maintains an art studio. There, his 5-year-old twins, Miles and Megan, chase rabbits in the yard under his watchful eye, and he interjects instructions to “come down from there,” or gently admonishes, “No poking. Be nice to each other,” then tells them to hug. “Multitasking,” he says, chuckling, picking up where we left off. Jackson native Thames, 40, has taken his talent to national acclaim. He grew up in a creative family. His dad painted, his mom quilted, and he and his brothers all took up musical instruments. “My oldest brother played all brass instruments,” Thames says. With a 2008 bachelor’s degree in painting and graphic design from Jackson State University and a 2010 master’s degree in painting and printmaking from Yale University School of Art, Thames takes a thoughtful and targeted approach to his art. He also brings being black in the Deep South to bear. “As an artist, you mine other people’s work, and you can’t help but bring your own life experiences to the work,” he says. “Of course, I automatically carry my Mississippi experiences everywhere I go, and that history is just a part of the fabric of our culture.” Thames’ work, which ranges from small to wall-sized paintings to dimensional installations, invites viewers to take a deeper, often jarring look at the easy, automatic views of African Americans. “A lot of the content can be understood as directly referential to black people,” he says. “… I’m not saying that my audience is a black audience. In fact, the majority of the people who collect my work are not black.” A ubiquitous theme in Thames’ work is satirical pokes at false perceptions of monolithic African American characteristics. “I’m really trying to create something that’s more complicated than the traditional notions of the black identity,” he says. Thames channels artist Carrie Mae Weems to challenge “post-black” intellectualism: “Black people have always been complex. We’ve always flown airplanes. We’ve always done all of these different things. It’s just that it’s not talked about.” Conversations about race are complicated and difficult, Thames concedes, but his work is a constant challenge to expand them. His art frequently incorporates ready-made objects as surrogates for people. He letters hairbrushes made for black hair to spell out poetry, and uses children’s blocks in




Holy Ghost Electric Show Finds the American Sound by Maya Miller


xford, Miss., band Holy Ghost Electric Show dove into the melting pot of music to create a whole new sound—something All-American. Early on, vocalist and rhythm guitarist Cody Rogers, 23, of Corinth, decided it was time for his one-man show to evolve into something grander. He enlisted the help of his brother Jake Rogers, 21, on guitar and banjo, trombone player and keyboardist Jesse James, 23, drummer Austin Wheeler, 22, lead guitarist Will Shirley, 22, and bass player Connor Wroten, 21. The sextet began playing the local Oxford circuit, gaining fans from the nearby University of Mississippi. “It was a lot of shameless self-promotion,” Cody Rogers says. “We all worked a lot in Oxford, so we were able to slowly get into the local bars and work our way into becoming an Oxford favorite.” Because every member brings something different musically, Rogers says it’s easy for the band to experiment with sound and find what works. The group’s latest al-

bum, “The Great American Holy Ghost Electric Show,” gathers inspiration from progressive, indie and Americana music. “We don’t set out for one particular sound. Everything is borrowed from somewhere,” Rogers says. “America is a melting pot of beliefs and cultures. We make American music.” Lyrically, poets Charles Bukowski and Allen Ginsberg have influenced Rogers greatly. Rogers has been writing poetry since age 12 and says his interesting upbringing—his father worked as an innercity preacher—inspires most of their songs. Rogers says that growing up in the projects taught him to see the poetry within others’ stories. A crowd-pleaser and one of Rogers’ favorite songs, “Tin Man,” tells the tale of a homeless man who believed he was Jesus Christ. “It’s these stories that you’ll never hear about that makes up our music.” For Rogers, the biggest challenge in working with a larger group of musicians is working around schedules. “We can’t quit our day jobs just yet,” Rogers says with a

Oxford rockers Holy Ghost Electric Show offer narrative rock music to capture the American experience.

laugh. “We still gotta pay rent.” At concerts, Rogers and Holy Ghost Electric Show like to involve the listener as much as possible. He believes that bringing down the barrier between audience and musician has become easier since the release of the band’s album in January of this year. “Be expecting a show that you wouldn’t expect whenever you listen to the album,” Rogers says, describing the experience as something between a punk-rock store and a church revival. Despite how little time has passed since the release of “The Great American,” Holy Ghost Electric Show has almost completed

writing the next album. The new music will focus mainly on growing up in Mississippi and small towns, working in different viewpoints from odd characters that the band has met along the way. “We want to show the good things people miss and miscommunications about the terrible things that still happen,” Rogers says. “We want people to relate, even if they aren’t from Mississippi.” Holy Ghost Electric Show will perform with Sleeping Bulls as part of Hill Country Records’ Artist Showcase at Duling Hall (622 Duling Ave.) Sept. 6. Advance tickets are $10; $15 at the door. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.

child who is only good at being polite, becomes obsessed with beating each of his classmates out to earn the first perfect

When Hatcher discovers a secret from Kirk’s past, he’s more determined than ever to earn the perfect score, defeating not only the other students, but also Mrs. Mannerly’s high standards. As the play progresses, it uses witty dialogue to explore societal themes, including how childhood shapes a person as well as the difference between how others perceive us and who we really are. McFarland also serves as the voice for five other students who compete with Hatcher for a perfect 100 on Mrs. Mannerly’s final test, a feat that has never been accomplished by any of Kirk’s students. Maxwell, who directed Fish Tale Group Theatre’s “The Laramie Project” was recently cast in “Voices of Freedom Summer,” says the play is pure amusement. “It’s fun, it’s entertainment. It’s a great show to start the season because it’s a general audience pleaser,” he says. “There’s a time for that, too.” “Mrs. Mannerly” will be at New Stage Theatre (1100 Carlisle St., 601-948-3533) Sept. 9-21. Shows on Sept. 9-13 and Sept. 16-20 are at 7:30 p.m., and matinees are at 2 p.m. Sept. 14 and 21. Tickets are $28, and $22 for students and seniors. For more information, visit


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who has directed the two actors numerous times, calls them “splendid talents”—a reason in itself for the play to succeed. He



rs. Mannerly” wants to teach Jackson some manners. New Stage Theatre and Director John Maxwell will present “Mrs. Mannerly,” a play inspired by Jeffrey Hatcher’s memories of his childhood etiquette classes, as the fall season opener Sept. 9-21. The two-actor show is set in Steubenville, Ohio, in the summer of 1967. Shirley Simpson plays Helen Anderson Kirk, a mysterious older woman who teaches manners classes on the second floor of the YMCA, earning her the name “Mrs. Mannerly.” Ray McFarland portrays the young playwright, 10-year-old Jeffrey Hatcher. During the cast’s second rehearsal a couple of weeks ago, the two actors practiced their lines, seated in a downstairs room of the theater. Simpson’s Kirk was classy and graceful. She carried herself with the sort of reservation that incites you to analyze her every word, following them like a trail that you hope will lead to the truth. McFarland’s transition into a 10-yearold boy with a high-pitched voice was seamless; he broke into fits, huffing and protesting in the most believably childish way. Maxwell,

Shirley Simpson (left) and Ray McFarland (right) star in “Mrs. Mannerly.” John Maxwell (middle) directs New Stage’s newest play, on stage Sept. 9-21.

guided the two around the makeshift stage, reading excerpts from the script and giving his interpretation, urging them to let the script speak for itself and keep the simplicity of a teacher-student relationship intact. That relationship doesn’t stay simple for long, however. Hatcher, a privileged

score in Kirk’s 36 years of teaching. He and Kirk become more complex, while the other characters remain one-dimensional, drawing the attention to the developing relationship between the main characters and accurately representing how we tend to remember things from our childhood.


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CelticFest begins at 7 p.m. at the Mississippi Agriculture and Forestry Museum (1150 Lakeland Drive). The Celtic Heritage Society’s annual festival includes Irish and Scottish music and dance on eight stages, workshops, kids’ activities, games, vendors and refreshments. $15, $10 seniors and military, $6 ages 5-18, $4 ages 3-4, children under 3 free;

Rolland Golden discusses his memoir, “Life, Love and Art in the French Quarter,” Sept. 10.

call 432-4500; … James S. Sclater Chamber Series is from 7:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m. at Mississippi College (200 S. Capitol St., Clinton) in the Aven Fine Arts Building. The Marta Szlubowska Ensemble performs. $20, $5 students with ID; call 601-925-3440; ... 7evenThirty performs at 9 p.m. for the release of his album, “The Problem,” at OffBeat JXN (151 Wesley Ave.). Gensu Dean and Vintage Noize artists also perform. Free.




The ACLU of Mississippi Annual Dinner is 6 p.m. at the King Edward Hotel (102 N. Mill St.) Speaker is Vanita Gupta, deputy legal director of the ACLU. $50; ... Mississippi Hill Country Night listening party is at 6:30 p.m. at Duling Hall, $10, 601-292-7999.





Club Me & U Sunday Night Blues is from 7 p.m.-11 p.m. at Club Me & U (820 Cooper Road) in the Candlestick Shopping Center. Blues musicians perform. $5; call 601-398-0784. … Jerry Jenkins teaches from 1:30 p.m.5:30 p.m. at the Mississippi Children’s Museum (2145 Highland Drive). Jenkins uses west African djembe drum to teach children creative writing and literacy. Admission is $10, children under 12 months and members free); call 601-981-5469;

Fall Figure Drawing Session is from 6 p.m.-9 p.m. at the Mississippi Museum of Art (380 S. Lamar St.). Jerrod Partridge instructs the course which demonstrates proper technique. Sessions are Mondays from 6-9 p.m. for 10 weeks. Registration required. $275; call 960-1515; email

Author Michael Pitre signs his book, “Fives and Twenty-Fives,” at 5 p.m. at Lemuria Books (Banner Hall, 4465 Interstate 55 N., Suite 202). Reading begins at 5:30 p.m. $27 book; call 601-366-7619; email; … “Mrs. Mannerly” begins at 7:30 p.m. at New Stage Theatre (1100 Carlisle St.). This comedic play is about a 10-yearold boy’s attempt to earn a perfect score on his final exam for his etiquette class. $28, $22 seniors and students; call 601-948-3533, ext. 222;


History Is Lunch is at noon at the William F. Winter Archives and History Building (200 North St.). Artist Rolland Golden talks about his memoir, “Life, Love and Art in the French Quarter.” Free; call 601-576-6998; … The Mississippi Immigrants Rights Alliance Advocacy Meeting is at 6 p.m. at the Mississippi Immigrants Rights Alliance (612 N. State St., Suite B). Members of the general public are welcome. Light dinner is included. Free; call 601-968-5182;


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Events at William F. Winter Archives and History Building (200 North St.) • History Is Lunch Sept. 3, noon Douglas Richardson presents “The Clinton Riot of 1875.” Free; call 601-576-6998. •History Is Lunch Sept. 10, noon Artist Rolland Golden talks about his new memoir, “Life, Love and Art in the French Quarter.” Free; call 601576-6998; Events at Millsaps College, Ford Academic Complex (1701 N. State St.) • Millsaps Fall Forum Sept. 5, 12:30 p.m.-1:30 p.m. In room AC 215. Dr. Charles Sallis, professor emeritus of history, and Dr. Jeanne Middleton-Hairston, Millsaps alum and retired professor of education, speak on the topic “Mississippi: Conflict and Change.” Free; call 601974-1000; • Millsaps Arts and Lecture Series Sept. 9, 7 p.m. Oxford writers and spouses Beth Ann Fennelly and Tom Franklin discuss their joint book, “The Tilted World.” $10, $5 students; call 601-974-1130; Youth Fishing Rodeo Sept. 6, 8:30 a.m., at Mayes Lake at LeFleur’s Bluff (115 Lakeland Terrace). The event is for children ages 15 and under. Bring fishing gear, catfish bait and stringers. Free; call 601-656-7376 or 601-432-2209; Ward 6 Picnic and a Movie Night Sept. 6, 5 p.m.-9 p.m., at Leavell Woods Park (347 Dona Drive). Picnic at 5 p.m., movie at 7 p.m. Food included. Bring lawn chair or blanket. Free; call 601-960-1089; email

Singer and producer Meghan Trainor’s song “All About That Bass” advocates for acceptance of one’s body size.

line, “No, I’m just playing. I know you think you’re fat, but I’m here to tell you, every inch of you is perfect from the bottom to the top.” It doesn’t matter who she’s speaking to. All

that matters is the underlying message—size shouldn’t define who you are. Sometimes I let it define me, and I know that happens to a lot of other plus-size women too, but the song

ACLU of Mississippi Annual Dinner Sept. 6, 6 p.m., at King Edward Hotel (235 W. Capitol St.). Vanita Gupta, deputy legal director of the ACLU and the director of the ACLU Center for Justice. Attire is business casual. $50; call 353-5464; email;

stories, songs, flannel board activities, movement and crafts. Free; call 601-856-4536. • Baby Bookends (Ages 0-2) Wednesdays, 10:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m. through Sept. 24 Children and their caregivers sing, play instruments and read stories. Free; call 601-856-4536.

Women for Progress Lunch and Learn: She Should Run Sept. 9, noon, at The Penguin Restaurant & Bar (1100 John R. Lynch St.). Participants discuss strategies for women to successfully run for public office. RSVP. Limited seating. $15; call 601-405-4478; email info@;

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makes it clear that we don’t have to. In the song, Trainor brings up the topic of Photoshopping women for magazines, a practice that exists for men as well. I think society vilifies every gender for being bigger. Magazines full of ridiculously thin women and muscular men tell to us that we’re not worthy because we can’t fit in those size 4 jeans or because our six-pack is more of a single. Size 12 models are considered plus size, when actually, that’s the size of an average woman. Women shouldn’t have to feel inadequate when they walk into places such as H&M and Forever 21. I like “All About That Bass” because she doesn’t judge anyone. The video doesn’t show plus-size women glaring at skinny women or making fun of them. Each woman (and the man) in that video celebrate who they are and what they look like. If a woman like Trainor who “ain’t no size 2,” as she sings, can have a hit single, glorifying all body types, then I think the world is changing. When Joan Rivers and Karl Lagerfield called Adele fat in 2013, the singer responded with a resounding, “So?” Confident female performers like Trainor and Adele remind us that it’s OK to be who you are, no matter the size.

30/2437%,,.%33 Midnight Run Sept. 5, 11 p.m., at Fuel UP Training (7048 Old Canton Road, Ridgeland). Skinny’s Nutrition Studio hosts the event to promote an active lifestyle. Wear neon colors and lighted accessories. Runners and walkers welcome. The race starts at midnight. Free; call 601-707-5448. Youth Fishing Rodeo Sept. 6, 8:30 a.m., at Mayes Lake at LeFleur’s Bluff (115 Lakeland Terrace). The event is for children ages 15 and under. Bring fishing gear, catfish bait and stringers. Free; call 601-656-7376 or 601432-2209; DFM Invitational Sept. 8, 11 a.m., at Annandale Golf Club (419 Annandale Parkway, Madison). Registration is at 11 a.m., lunch is at 11:30 a.m. and the shotgun start is at 1 p.m. Proceeds from the golf tournament benefit the Diabetes Foundation of Mississippi. Registration TBA; call 601957-7878 or 877-DFM-CURE; Developmental Sports Program Sept. 8, 6 p.m.7:30 p.m., at The Salvation Army Corps Community Center (570 E. Beasley Road). Topics include basketball, football, soccer, and track and field. Held Mondays through Nov. 10. Registration required. $75; call 601-982-4881.

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he first time I heard Meghan Trainor’s song “All About That Bass,” I let it play on the radio merely because I was driving and didn’t want to mess with the dials. On first impression (and I wasn’t really listening), I thought it was just another annoying pop song about sex. A couple weeks later, I stumbled upon the music video for the song—filled with pastel colors, ’50s-style clothes and plus-size women (and a man) dancing—and began to understand the song’s meaning. Its beat is catchy, but its message is the most incredible part. In a world obsessed with “stick-figure, silicone Barbie dolls,” as Trainor sings, it’s OK to be OK with your size. The song’s most-repeated line, “I’m all about that bass, no treble,” celebrates plus-size women. Personally, I find it refreshing. I’ve heard thin women criticize Trainor for advocating bigger women instead of all shapes and sizes, but the only line in the song that slightly resembles criticism is, “I’m bringing booty back. Go ahead and tell them skinny b*tches that.” She received so much flack from the line that now she’s saying “silly b*tches,” but I don’t think her goal was putting down naturally thin women. She reconciles with the critical listener in the next, point-affirming


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"When Cletus Met Elizabeth" Dinner Theater Sept. 8, 6 p.m., at Char (Highland Village, 4500 Interstate 55 N.). The Detectives presents the interactive comedy. Cocktails at 6 p.m.; show at 7 p.m. Includes a three-course meal. Reservations required. For ages 18 and up. $49; call 601-937-1752; “The Diary of Adam and Eve” Dinner Theater Sept. 8, 7 p.m., at Rossini Cucina Italiana (207 W. Jackson St., Suite A, Ridgeland). Fringe Dinner Theatre and Mississippi Murder Mysteries present the Mark Twain play in partnership with the Dramatic Publishing Company of Woodstock, Ill. RSVP. $49; call 601-856-9696.

Fall Figure Drawing Session Sept. 8, 6 p.m.-9 p.m., at Mississippi Museum of Art (380 S. Lamar St.). Jerrod Partridge is the instructor. Sessions are Mondays from 6-9 p.m. for 10 weeks. Registration required. $275; call 960-1515; email Conservatory Arts Program Sept. 9, 6 p.m., at The Salvation Army Corps Community Center (570 E. Beasley Road). Topics include ballet, creative dance, piano, percussion, drama and guitar. Tuesdays through Nov. 11. Registration required. All ages welcome. $75; call 601-982-4881.



Events at Duling Hall (622 Duling Ave.) • Soulsonic Rotation Sept. 4, 6 p.m. The Fondren After 5 concert includes music from 5th Child, KD Brosia and special guests. Free; call 601-292-7999; email; • Mississippi Opera Cabaret Sept. 8, 7 p.m. Hub City Players present “Laugh Out Loud: A Comedy Cabaret.” Doors open at 6 p.m. $20; call 601-960-2300; email;

“Stuck Between ‘lizabeth Taylor’s Toes” Sept. 4, 4 p.m.-6 p.m., at Dollye M.E. Robinson Liberal Arts Gallery (Jackson State University, 1400 John R. Lynch St.). See works from Felandus Thames. Hangs through Nov. 6. Free; call 601-979-0879; email

Back 2 School Summer Jam Sept. 6, 4 p.m.-9 p.m., at Edward S. Bishop Memorial Park (1102 S. Johns St., Corinth). Performers include Bluff City with new member TreVante, Mindless Behavior and local talent. Also includes water slides, games and other activities. Vendors welcome. $5 in advance, $10 at the gate, $40 vendors; call 662-286-3067;


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“Mrs. Mannerly” Sept. 9, 7:30 p.m., Sept. 10, 7:30 p.m., at New Stage Theatre (1100 Carlisle St.). The play is about a 10-year-old’s attempt to earn a perfect score on his final exam for his etiquette class. $28, $22 seniors and students; call 601-948-3533, ext. 222;

CelticFest Sept. 5, 7 p.m., Sept. 6, 10 a.m., Sept. 7, 10 a.m., at Mississippi Agriculture and Forestry Museum (1150 Lakeland Drive). The annual festival includes music and dance on eight stages, workshops, kids’ activities, games, vendors and refreshments. $15, $10 seniors and military, $6 ages 5-18, $4 ages 3-4, children under 3 free; call 432-4500;



Cedars Juried Art Show Sept. 4, 5 p.m.-8 p.m., at Cedars Historic Home (4145 Old Canton Road). Juror is artist Jere Allen. Show through Sept. 30. Free; call 601-981-9606; Faculty Art Exhibition Sept. 4, 5 p.m.-9 p.m., at Belhaven University (1500 Peachtree St.). At the Bitsy Irby Visual Arts and Dance Center. See works from Bob Pennebaker, Nate Theisen, Gretchen Haien and David West. Show through Oct. 13. Free; call 601-974-6478; The Way I See It Photography Sept. 4, 5:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m., at Arts Center of Mississippi (201 E. Pascagoula St.). See works from J. Durr Wise. Show through Sept. 30. Free; call 601-960-1557, ext. 224.

,'"4 Family and Friends of LGBTQI Persons Support Group Sept. 8, at call or email for location and time. The group offers a safe place for people to share feelings and experiences. Professional counselors lead sessions. Free; call 601-842-7599; email

Events at Lemuria Books (Banner Hall, 4465 Interstate 55 N., Suite 202) • "Liar, Temptress, Soldier, Spy: Four Women Undercover in the Civil War" Sept. 4, 5 p.m. Karen Abbott signs. Reading at 5:30 p.m. $27.99 book; call 601-366-7619; email info@; • "The Narrow Road to the Deep North" Sept. 7, 1 p.m. Richard Flanagan signs. $26.95 book; call 601-366-7619; email; • "Fives and Twenty-Fives" Sept. 9, 5 p.m. Michael Pitre signs. Reading at 5:30 p.m. Book $27; call 601-366-7619; email info@; • "The Future for Curious People" Sept. 10, 5 p.m. Gregory Sherl signs books. Reading at 5:30 p.m. $14.95 book; call 601366-7619; email;

Cut-A-Thon Sept. 6, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., at Colorize Hair Studio (272 S. Perkins St., Suite 100, Ridgeland). Stylists cut hair in exchange for donations to Cheshire Abbey, a nonprofit for rescue animals. Walk-ins and dry cuts only. Also includes music, food, T-shirts and more. Suggested minimum donation of $20; call 601-6242783; find Cheshire Abbey on Facebook.

Thomas R. Ruffin’s “Precious Indignity” Big Ol’ Party Sept. 5, 7:30 p.m.-10 p.m., at Cascades Swim and Tennis Club (60 Cascades Circle W., Clinton). Ages 18 and up. BYOB. Books sold before event. Free; call 601-473-9043.

Check for updates and more listings, or to add your own events online. You can also email event details to to be added to the calendar. The deadline is noon the Wednesday prior to the week of publication.

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SLATE by Bryan Flynn

THURSDAY, SEPT. 4 NFL (7:30-11 p.m., NBC): The 2014 NFL season kicks off with Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers against Super Bowl champions Russell Wilson and the Seattle Seahawks. FRIDAY, SEPT. 5 College football (6 p.m.-1 a.m., ESPN): We’re in for a Friday night doubleheader featuring Pittsburgh at Boston College and Washington State at Nevada. SATURDAY, SEPT. 6 College football (3:30-7 p.m., ESPN): The Rebels look to open the SEC 2-0 and win their first SEC road game against Vanderbilt, who is reeling after a loss to Temple. SUNDAY, SEPT. 7 NFL (12-3:30 p.m., Fox): The New Orleans Saints open the season on the road against long-time rivals the Atlanta Falcons. MONDAY, SEPT. 8 NFL (6 p.m.-1 a.m., ESPN):

I’m starting to think the “challenge” part in the SWAC/ MEAC Challenge is if SWAC teams can win. The MEAC is 8-2 in the series and has won the last four straight games. Back-to-back Monday Night Football starts with the New York Giants at the Detroit Lions, followed by the San Diego Chargers at the Arizona Cardinals. TUESDAY, SEPT. 9 Documentary (6-7:30 p.m., ESPN): “SEC Storied: It’s Time” details the friendship of former Mississippi player Chucky Mullins and Vanderbilt player Brad Gaines. WEDNESDAY, SEPT. 10 Soccer (7-9 p.m., ESPN2): This Major League Soccer match is worth watching. The best team in the East, DC United, faces off against the New York Red Bulls. The only SWAC team to win the SWAC/MEAC Challenge is Southern University, who won twice. Alcorn State has never been in the challenge, but both Jackson State and Mississippi Valley have played and lost. Follow Bryan Flynn at, @jfpsports and at

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