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ane Ustinova followed a different path than most into the world of banking and helping others become financially sound. She is a loan officer with Members Exchange Credit Union and became a certified financial counselor in May. “I enjoy helping people,” Ustinova, 28, says. “I recently read that Mississippi was the second worst state for borrowing practices and bad credit scores. A lot of people are struggling, and I am very inspired to help people organize their budgets and build up their credit. … I like to see people be able to buy something like a car because they followed advice that I gave them. It brings a smile to my face.” Ustinova came to Jackson by way of Russia. She started as an exchange student at Brandon High School in 2001 and 2002. She returned in August 2005 to attend Copiah-Lincoln Community College. She completed her BBA and MBA in finance at Millsaps College in 2009 and 2010, respectively. Her full name is Evgenia Ustinova. “I was actually named after Jane Eyre,” she says. “The closest my mom could come (to) was Evgenia.” Ustinova says coming to Mississippi was different for her because she grew up in a big city—Irkutsk, Russia, which has a population of 587,891 people. “When you come from another coun-


try, you have learn to live all over (again),” she says. “It was an adjustment just having to learn to drive everywhere versus walking or taking public transportation.” She says that insurance, education and health systems are different, too, but because she’s young, she adjusted more easily than some do. Ustinova was working at Members Exchange when she realized that she would enjoy giving financial seminars. She pressed management to host such events but realized that the company wasn’t large enough, yet. She later discovered that it did provide individual counseling. In December 2013, the company selected two people to pursue certification in financial counseling, and Ustinova was one of them. “That was probably my greatest achievement this year,” she says. She also recently became engaged to Cesar Vazquez, an attorney from Mexico who is continuing his legal education at Mississippi College. The two plan to wed in spring 2015. “We laugh about it. I came from Russia, and he came from Mexico, and we met in Mississippi,” she says. “I try to tell people to take control, don’t lose hope and to have a clear strategy for their future,” Ustinova says about people’s financial hardships. “The point of having a (counseling) session is to instill these three things and help (people) realize them.” —Tommy Burton

Cover photo of Dalicia Jordan (6th grader at Rowan Middle School) by Trip Burns

11 Fear of a Brown Mississippi

Gov. Phil Bryant is hellbent on closing the state’s borders to undocumented adults and children.

29 The Fontourage

“(Susan) Fontenot is half creative genius and half psychic, as all great interior designers are.” —Carmen Cristo, “Fontenot Designs’ Fontourage”

26 Budget Wedding

For Christianna Jackson, getting married meant creating an amazing wedding on a small budget.

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4 ............................. EDITOR’S NOTE 6 ................................................ YOU 8 ............................................ TALKS 14 ................................ EDITORIAL 15 .................................... OPINION 17 ............................ COVER STORY 26 .................................... HITCHED 27 ......................................... FOOD 29 .............................. DIVERSIONS 30 ...................................... EVENTS 31 ....................................... 8 DAYS 32 ....................................... MUSIC 32 ....................................... BOOKS 34 ....................... MUSIC LISTINGS 35 ..................................... SPORTS 36 .................................... PUZZLES 47 ....................................... ASTRO


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by Donna Ladd, Editor-in-Chief

About Those Pesky ‘Soft Skills’


surprised no one more than myself when I flippantly wrote a prediction of where I’d be in 10 years for the Columbia Graduate School of Journalism’s 2000-2001 yearbook: “At some southern state university helping non-Ivy journalism students, especially African Americans, figure out how to infiltrate the media elite.” Wait … what? Up until I decided to get a mid-career master’s degree, I had no idea that I would ever return to Mississippi to live, much less be focused on helping young southerners infiltrate the elite of anything. Most of you know I had run from the South the day after graduating from State, thinking I would only return for holiday dinner. But graduate school in the Ivy League did something unexpected to me: It brought all the pieces of my past together into a puzzle I wanted to complete, in no small part due to frustration with elitism and out-of-touch journalists who had no real sense of what the South and Middle America were like or even that very smart people are born and grow up here, many of whom never leave. With my self-designed “social-justice journalism” studies at Columbia—focusing on the rights and potential of children, especially non-whites, by drawing on great minds in Columbia Law School, Teachers College, the Institute for Research in African American Studies and the j-school—I brought myself back full circle to what I now realize is the driving force of my life and work. I want young Mississippians to have a shot at their full potential—and not have to leave their own damn state to do it. Our history may have stunted our growth as a state, but this riddle is solved from within, by our people pursuing our passions, thinking big, striving to learn, and using the knowledge to lift our state and each other up. If we all have a purpose in life, pre-ordained or not, this one is mine. I’m sick of brain drain; tired of young people growing

up believing they must leave if they don’t conform with meanness and prejudice; and worn slap out over non-Mississippians assuming the worst about us, while knowing full well that this state’s residents are responsible for what others think of us. We can change that reputation, but first we must focus hard on our state and its educational opportunities, not to mention our personal desires to learn and keep growing. We must believe in ourselves and our

Most of us share a sort of inferiority complex. potential, and that of our neighbors. But I don’t know a Mississippian who denies that most of us share a sort of inferiority complex. It’s not hard to figure out why, but my quest is to help myself and others overcome it. That inherited self-esteem problem hit me between the eyes at Columbia. I was nearly 40 and already an outspoken writer and journalist. But among so many students who seemed to grow up knowing how to speak up and out confidently, and to walk up to remarkable speakers like Henry Louis Gates and Jimmy Breslin and ask for career advice, I was suddenly tongue-tied. I may be known for being outspoken and confident these days—and I am—but I spent agonizing time at Columbia watching, listening and thinking about my upbringing. You see, as the child of uneducated, blue-collar parents, I wasn’t taught the same

“soft skills” as many of my fellow students. It hit me hard to see how, despite my writing talent and thinking ability, my confidence could dwindle and shrivel in the “nursery school of the media elite,” as I heard Randall Rothenberg call it one time in my opinionwriting class (taught by the great Victor Navasky, who quietly taught me much). At first, I struggled with whether I was “good enough” to be there. I even saw a therapist for the first and only (so far) time in my life—she was an art therapist with an apartment filled with amazing paintings, and she just listened as I finally faced my destiny. Sitting in her Upper West Side home office, I started to see what my life just might be about: coming home and doing my part, bringing what I had learned. Challenging fellow southerners to energetic greatness, sharing and teasing out huge ideas. And, most vitally, trying to catch our young people soon enough to help them believe in themselves and our state’s potential, before they ran, leaving Mississippi without their brilliance. Or stayed behind, mired in self-doubt. I write now about that quiet, deep-listening therapist publicly for the first time because, I’m guessing, getting a Kellogg Foundation leadership fellowship is opening me up to so many truths about myself. The fellowship’s strong focus on self-development is forcing me to see that to help “lead” our community to take better care of its vulnerable children requires me giving up, and challenging, more of myself than I ever have. It requires admitting my weaknesses and allowing others to help me strengthen them. My driving personal goal for starting the JFP (and BOOM Jackson), was to fight the forces that run smart Mississippians off. I simply cannot express how important it is to me that our state become a place where it is expected that we’re intelligent, and that we leverage those smarts in loving, compassionate actions that bring progress here and

weaken the stranglehold that mean people have had here for a long, long time. That potential lies in our young people. All of them. Not just those at St. Andrews or Jackson Prep; I’m talking about the remarkable spirits with nimble brains who are hungry for knowledge and inspiration in every Jackson public school, who live on every street in our city and suburbs, who dream of more than many think is possible for young Mississippians. Not a single one of them should believe they must leave to be great and change their world, or that they’re lesser due to their family circumstances. Not a one. This obsession is why we welcome to many young people to the JFP offices, especially during the summer when they often outnumber the staff. Parents send us middleschoolers and high-schoolers, and college students find their way here in droves. The JFP-U experience we give them, in our better moments, is a real-world dose of what life and work are really like. At the JFP, we glorify hard work, and we worship teamwork, which includes helping each other and not getting in each other’s way of doing a good job or completing tasks. I think of my younger self when I see interns, job applicants and even staffers who struggle with the “soft skills” of planning, staying positive rather than complaining, problem solving, good communication and improving their work ethic (all of which I literally work on every day of my life). In many cases, no one has told them that these soft skills will make or break their careers, or help them stay happy and balanced even in tough times, but I get that not every parent knows these things, either. Mine didn’t; neither did many of my teachers. We owe young people these life lessons as early and as often as we can facilitate them. We also owe it to our state and its future. Not to mention to ourselves.

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Nick Chiles

R.L. Nave

Anna Wolfe

Carmen Cristo

Christianna Jackson

Tommy Burton

Amber Helsel

Zilpha Young

Nick Chiles is a Pulitzer Prizewinning journalist and author or co-author of 12 books. He has won over a dozen major awards in his expansive career and served as editor-in-chief of Odyssey Couleur travel magazine. He wrote the cover story.

R.L. Nave, native Missourian and news editor, roots for St. Louis (and the Mizzou Tigers)—and for Jackson. Send him news tips at rlnave@ or call him at 601-362-6121 ext. 12. He wrote several news pieces.

Investigative Reporter Anna Wolfe, a Tacoma, Wash., native, studied at Mississippi State. In her spare time, she complains about not having enough spare time. Email her at anna@jacksonfreepress. com. She wrote a news story.

Feature Writer and Tishomingo County native Carmen Cristo studied journalism at Mississippi State University and wrote for the Starkville Free Press. She likes Food Network, ’90s music and her husband. She wrote food stories.

Christianna Jackson is a Jackson native and a former Jackson Free Press summer intern. She loves finding new ways to use her English degree. She’s an active mom and a fashionblog addict. She wrote about her wedding for “Hitched.”

Music Listings Editor Tommy Burton is keeping the dream alive, one record at a time. He can usually be seen with a pair of headphones on. He compiled the listings and wrote the Jacksonian. Send gig info to

Assistant Editor Amber Helsel graduated from Ole Miss with a bachelor’s in journalism. She is short, always hungry and always thinking. She wrote a music review and helped coordinate this issue.

Delta State University graduate Zilpha Young is the ad designer at Jackson Free Press. When she’s not designing things, she watches Netflix or draws cephalopods. She created many of the ads for the issue.


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jaytown Has anybody thought about looking at the land on the south side of Lakeland further east towards the river? The old Mississippi Blood Services building is vacant ... . There are a lot of older, fully depreciated buildings in that area that seem to produce no income for the owners or the city. The whole area might benefit from razing those properties and redeveloping them into a tax-and-jobgenerating Costco development. Even if the City had to help and make some concessions to acquire that land, it might be worth it. Of course, the devil is in the details. The current owners of that property might all of a sudden decide that they “love� the property more than it’s worth in the market. Anyhow, if the numbers worked out, it could be a win-win. That’s my 2 cents worth. sarahmina Although I didn’t vote for Tony Yarber and still have serious reservations as to his loyalty to the majority citizens of Jackson, I pray that in this test of his loyalty, he will be victorious. The histories of urban cities that are governed by African Americans are replete with the same kind of stories. Efforts to empower, enhance and build economically are met by the economically powerful with every obstacle possible. Zoning has always been one way to prevent progress when the progress is not controlled by the institutional power base. The state of Mississippi has never been favorable to a black-run Jackson. I have absolutely no doubt that the dissent he is receiving would not be there if the capital city was white run. Do we have to perpetuate the same old story line? Absolutely not. Costco would be a gem in that it would provide good-paying jobs and taxes to the city and its most in need citizens. The opposition seems to be coming from those who live in the gated enclaves of the city and who are the least in need of good jobs. Win or lose Mayor Yarber, this is your opportunity to prove the critics wrong and show that you will stand for what is right.



I think Costco is being unreasonable by going Lakeland or bust, but that does seem to be the one and only option on the table if we want them in town. They’re in a position to make demands, and they’ve made one. I’ve done some more digging, and according to the municipal code, planning board members are appointed by the mayor and approved by the City Council (for renewable four-year terms). If there are four vacancies (and I believe there are exactly four), the mayor could appoint new members to the committee and get the rezoning approved 7-6, assuming nobody changes their votes.





Jackson31 Judging by the comments on this article, there seems to be a misapprehension that the only problem with the zoning for Costco is that a few stubborn residents oppose progress. The truth is that the matter is somewhat more complicated. The city has not been forthcoming with their intentions for the public lands in question, and in regard to the use of such public lands, any citizen of the city has a right to an opinion. Problems with the cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s methods and proposals on the Costco issue include the following: 1) The city has asked to re-zone far more land than it claims is needed. 2) The city implied to the zoning board that re-zoning would not affect use of the land, making the board wonder why it needs to be re-zoned in the first place. 3) Use of the land for a Costco arguably

does not benefit the museum district, which is itself important to Jackson. 4) The land in question is used by childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s baseball teams, a college baseball team and contributes to the infrastructure utilized by several area festivals. 5) The area proposed for re-zoning includes a park that residents have a right to try to protect just as much as any other neighborhood tries to protect their own parks. 6) Costco might not even come if the land is re-zoned. Giving up public lands that everyone can use and enjoy is a significant issue and Jacksonians have every right to demand better explanations from the city before consenting to such proposals. The cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s plans, either directly stated by the mayor or insinuated by the city to the zoning board, seem to be to build a Costco (that hasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t definitely promised to come) on park land that wonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t be disturbed and on a baseball field that childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s teams can still use while also leaving Smith-Wills Stadium standing, even though the city really wants to tear it down. If that sentence seems confusing, you now have a good idea why the cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s plan is meeting such skepticism. The board was correct in its decision to deny re-zoning. tomhead1978 jackson31, what would strengthen your case, exponentially, would be if you went on the record under your own name and told people where they can find documentation to back up your account of the meeting. If youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re telling the truth, there is a distinct possibility that many of us donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t understand the situation correctlyâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;but saying so anonymously without giving us a way to check out what youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re saying creates fear, uncertainty and doubt, and what we need is clarity. Jackson31 TomHead, I agree that posting with oneâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s real name is better than posting anonymously, but I just started commenting and am hesitant to reveal my real name at this time. Suffice it to say, I am a resident near the area proposed for re-zoning, and it is fair to take that bias into account. As for my points, I did attend the planning board meeting on my own accord, not even knowing any other opposition would be there. My points are easily documented:

1) The city intends to re-zone more land than needed for a Costco. The Jackson Free Press states that Mayor Yarber indicated Costco would be built on the Memorial Field and Smith-Wills Stadium would not be torn down at this time. Yet, per publicly available planning board documents, the city has asked that the Memorial Field, Smith-Wills, the city park next to it, and state-owned land across the street be re-zoned. That is more than the mayor himself says is needed for Costco. 2) The city implied re-zoning would not change land use. As records from the planning meeting and news coverage show, the Secretary of Stateâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s office has concerns about whether the land at issue could be used for anything other than parks. In an effort to ease concerns, the city noted that re-zoning would not necessarily change use. This prompted, per JFP, the attorney for the opposition to ask why the land needed to be re-zoned then. 3) Use of the land for a Costco does not benefit the museum district. As JFP and other news coverage shows, representatives of the leadership of the Mississippi Childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Museum and the Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame were at the meeting to voice strong opposition. They should know what benefits their own museums. 4) The land in question is not vacantâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;the Belhaven University website shows that Belhaven uses Smith Wills for baseball. Other coverage of the proposed re-zoning notes that Murrah High School has ties to the memorial field. As an area resident, I know that teams play frequently at all of the affected fields. 5) The area being re-zoned includes a city park. Again, see planning board maps. At the planning board meeting, the opposition attending was especially angry that the city had not provided advance notice to them that the park would be re-zoned. 6) Costco might not ever come anyway. News coverage has frequently noted that Flowood is also under consideration, even though its sites are less than ideal for a Costco. That explains my points. I would be happy to answer any other questions about my concerns. Editorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s note: Above comments have not been factchecked. The JFP does not endorse any website comments.

Ellison Farms, LLC owner/operator Scott Ellison, located at 279 CR 68, Chickasaw County, Woodland, Mississippi is seeking eighteen temporary farm workers and laborers for potato crops; two days of training will be provided. Hours are Monday through Friday from 7:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at $9.87 an hour, beginning September 25, 2014 and ending November 25, 2014. Employer will provided housing, cooking facilities and transportation to stores to purchase groceries for workers located in areas where it will not be feasible to return to at the end of the working day. After workers have completed 50% of the work contract period, employer will reimburse worker for the cost of transportation and subsistence from which the worker came to work for the employer to the place of employment. The type of work contemplated will be performed in all weather conditions including extreme heat, will include labor performed by hand, extensive walking, bending, stooping, and lifting crates of potatoes, repair of potato crates, and use of hand tools such as shovels and hoes will be required. Removing debris and weeds from field together with other field preparation such as digging water furrows with hand tools, will be part of everyday routine. Required tools will be provided by employer at no cost to worker. Interested workers may contact Scott Ellison at 662-542-7095 or by mail at: Ellison Farms, LLC, 279 CR 68, Woodland, MS 39776, in order to schedule an interview, or your nearest State Workforce Agency. The Houston WIN Job Center, 210 South Monroe Street, Houston, MS 38851. The job order number for this job is 104365. If selected, you will be guaranteed three fourths of the work hours between the start date and the end date of the job as listed above.

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Thursday, September 4 Ukraineâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s leader discusses closer ties with NATO at a meeting with President Obama and other NATO leaders in Wales, despite threats from Russia that Ukraineâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s NATO ambitions will derail peace talks. â&#x20AC;Ś The 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Chicago rules that same-sex marriage bans in Wisconsin and Indiana violate the U.S. Constitution. Friday, September 5 Seeking to counter Russian aggression, NATO leaders approve plans to create a rapid response force with a headquarters in Eastern Europe that could quickly mobilize if an alliance country in the region were to come under attack. â&#x20AC;Ś U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon announces that the U.N. is establishing an â&#x20AC;&#x153;Ebola Crisis Center,â&#x20AC;? with a goal of stopping transmission in affected countries within six to nine months. Saturday, September 6 A cease-fire in eastern Ukraine largely holds back fighting but appears fragile as both sides of the conflict claim the others have violated the agreement.

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Sunday, September 7 The new Palestinian unity government faces a new crisis after President Mahmoud Abbas threatens to dissolve his alliance with Hamas if the Islamic militant group does not give up power in the Gaza Strip.


Monday, September 8 The Albert and Mary Lasker Foundation gives the prestigious Lasker award for clinical medical research to five scientists for key discoveries about breast cancer, Parkinsonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s disease and the bodyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s handling of defective proteins. Tuesday, September 9 President Obama meets with congressional leaders to form plans for a coalition to combat the Islamic State group, with the plan to be announced Wednesday.


Taking Aim at Guns, Low Wages by R.L. Nave


plan designed to regulate guns in the city of Jackson moved a little closer to fruition this week. Since late last year, Ward 4 Councilman Deâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Keither Stamps, who also presides over the city council, has been tossing the idea around of requiring gun-owners to report their firearms stolen within 48 hours of the discovery of the theft. This morning, the full council adopted the ordinance, clearing the way for the measure to be voted upon. The ordinance would also make the discharge of a firearm within the city limits a misdemeanor. Stamps said the requirement is aimed at curbing such practices as shooting into the air during New Yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Eve and Independence Day celebrations. Information on injuries and fatalities from stray bullets alone is hard to come by. However, response to yearly incidents of people being killed or hurt by falling bullets has prompted several police agencies around the nation to initiate public-awareness campaigns asking people to refrain from shooting into the air. Ward 1 Councilman Quentin Whitwell, who recently announced that he would step down from his post in October, questioned how the proposed ordinance would work in concert with the Mississippi Castle Doctrine, which justifies homicide in certain instances, such as self-defense. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I want to make sure if someone comes to my house, and I have to discharge my weapon to protect my person that I wonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t


Wednesday, September 3 Organizers of New Yorkâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s St. Patrickâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Day Parade announce that they will allow the first gay group to march under its own banner. ... The U.S. Justice Department announces plans to open a wide-ranging civil-rights investigation into the practices of the Ferguson, Mo., Police Department.


Ward 4 Councilman Deâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Keither Stamps wants to regulate potentially dangerous guns in the capital city.

be charged with a misdemeanor,â&#x20AC;? Whitwell said at the meeting. Monica Joiner, the cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s attorney, said that the language of the ordinance would cover individuals who discharge weapons for reasons that are â&#x20AC;&#x153;substantiated.â&#x20AC;? City Minimum Raise Closer In other city council actions, the lowest-paid City of Jackson employees moved closer to seeing a pay raise after the Jackson City Council moved along a measure that has near-unanimous support. With Whitwell as the lone objector, the council agreed to put a minimum-wage

pay increase up to a full vote. Currently, the minimum wage for city employees mirrors the national minimum wage of $7.25 per hour. Under the plan, the wage would rise to $8.75 per hour within a year, then $9.70 the next year and $10.65 after three years. â&#x20AC;&#x153;What we pay our workers simply is not right,â&#x20AC;? said Ward 2 Councilman Melvin Priester Jr. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve got some real imbalances, and I wish we had some money for cost-ofliving increases for everyone.â&#x20AC;? Minimum-wage earners, Priester pointed out, can least afford to absorb inflation. When the cost of living increases, people who make minimum wage essentially

Motivation Summer by Amber Helsel This weekâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s issue features on story on children backsliding during the summer, and how we can help them. Here are some of the Jackson Free Press staffâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s most motivational summer memories. Carmen Cristoâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;When I was in high school, I went to the coast to volunteer at a soup kitchen for a few days in the summer. It kind of gave my bratty teenage self-centered mind a new perspective. It began turning the wheels for future things. Amber Helselâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;When I was in grade school, summers were my most favorite time to read. I would do it as much as I could, and the books would inspire me to write my own stories.

Tommy Burtonâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;I marched with the Americanos Drum & Bugle Corps from Appleton, Wis. For two months straight, I toured the country, sleeping on gym floors, rehearsing for eight to nine hours a day, which culminated in a public performance each evening. Melanie Collinsâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;I rode my bike every day, which motivated me to do something more: cheerleading.

Micah Smithâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;My middle-school friends and I would choose a style of music, study it and try to write songs that fit the genre. Todd Staufferâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;One summer when I was a kid, we were taken care of by a woman who forced us to play outside for most of the day in spite of the 110-degree Dallas heat. That inspired me to go to college and get a professional job so I could work in air conditioning in the summer.


are taking a pay cut, he added. The council also approved entering into an agreement with Citizen Observer, based in St. Paul, Minn., to permit Jackson police to receive and respond to anonymous text messages, pictures and web tips, as well as expand awareness to the public via crime and emergency notifications. The system also has features that include automatic publishing to social networking and websites as well as integrated crime mapping and web tips, which allow citizens to view crime data. Long on the wish list for Mayor Tony Yarber, the purchase of the tip system stalled as council members worked out privacy concerns and questions. Chief Lee Vance helped convince the members who were on the fence. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We believe this software is going to be beneficial to us in catching criminals,â&#x20AC;? Vance said this morning, before the item passed unanimously. The system will take between one to two months to get up and running. Several mayoral appointments that were on the agenda today were held so that confirmation hearings could take place next week. Cheerleading for the Capital A major Republican power player who helped Mayor Tony Yarber win his current position is in line to be the City of Jacksonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s next lobbyist. The Jackson City Council was scheduled to vote on a professional-services contract with Hayes Dent Public Strategies and Cornerstone Government Affairs at its regular meeting Tuesday, Sept. 9. The council voted to move the contracts to the Legislative Committee, which Ward 6 Councilman Tyrone Hendrix, a longtime Democratic Party operative, chairs. Dent served as the chief of staff for former Gov. Kirk Fordice, and he was the Republican nominee for Congress in the 2nd Congressional District in 1993, running against now-Rep. Bennie Thompson, a Democrat who won his first term that year. Dentâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s previous lobbying firm, also based in Jackson, was called Southern Strategies Group. Another principal in Dentâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s firm, Steve Browning, worked under both Gov. Haley Barbour and U.S. Sen. Trent Lott, and was a primary architect of tort reform in Mississippi. Tony Geiger, an officer of the Republic Group, is a member of the Mississippi Republican Party executive committee. Dent told the Jackson Free Press that he has worked with the city since 2004 when he helped get legislation passed for the Jackson Convention Complex. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve been committed to trying to help the City of Jackson as it interacts with the state of Mississippiâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;

clearly two separate groups of government that ought to be working together better than they are,â&#x20AC;? Dent told the JFP. Shrewd Move or Payback? Dent is also the principal owner of a firm that Jackson Mayor Tony Yarber hired during his mayoral campaign earlier this year. The Republic Group LLC, which Dent owns but is a separate business entity from the lobbying firm, was Yarberâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s media buyer during the campaign. Beyond one $4,400 payment to buy ads responding to anti-Yarber attack ads from a political-action committee the late Precious Martin established, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s unclear how much Yarberâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s campaign paid the Republic Group. The next campaign-finance reporting deadline for this yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s mayoral race is Oct. 28, 2014. Early in the race, the Republic Group commissioned a poll that showed Yarber neck-and-neck with Chokwe A. Lumumba, the son of the late mayor. Yarber and Lumumba went on to compete in an April 22 runoff. Hiring Dentâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s firm could be seen as a shrewd move for Jackson, a largely Democratic city whose relationship with the Republican-dominated Legislature has been tumultuous. Others might see it as a way to reward the firm for its help procuring the mayoral seat for Yarber. During the campaign, the firm was adamant that it did nothing to help raise funds for Yarber. The firmâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s website states that Republic Group â&#x20AC;&#x153;works to create a uniquely integrated action plan for each of its clients that includes; general strategy development, image and brand building, financial solicitation, operational budgeting, creative direction, and the implementation of enterprise media marketing plans.â&#x20AC;? And, it adds, the effort is often successful, even in districts where â&#x20AC;&#x153;probusinessâ&#x20AC;? candidates donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t always do well. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Republic Group boasts a cumulative win average of over .700 and has gained an industry moniker for helping elect pro-business candidates in historically hostile districts as well as protecting valuable incumbents.â&#x20AC;? Cornerstone Government Affairs is headquartered in Washington, D.C., with offices in Jackson and four other cities around the nation. The registered local agent for Cornerstone is Joseph K. Sims; the board of directors are Geoffrey J. Gonella and Beckie Feldman. Local lobbyists are Joe Sims, Susan Sweat and Camille Scales Young. On Aug. 26, the city council voted to extend a contract approved earlier this year with John Waits of Chicago-based Winston & Strawn to lobby for Jackson on Capitol Hill. Waits has held the contract in recent years. Trip Burns contributed reporting. Comment at

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The Dollars and Sense of the Costco Fight by R.L. Nave


he called a vote for neutrality between the Yarber administration and the residents and directors of nearby museums who oppose the Lakeland location. “I definitely saw the pros and cons on

fore the seven-member city council. Unlike planning board members, who are appointed, council members may feel more intense political pressure to vote in favor of granting the zoning request re-

land that is proposed for the Costco, Mississippi Department of Transportation information shows. Interstate 55, between the Fortification Street and Northside Drive exits, sees traffic counts of between 100,000

gardless of the uncertainty around Hosemann’s position that the land would revert to state ownership. Yarber rebuffed accusations that his administration has been secretive with plans for the project, which late Mayor Chokwe Lumumba initiated and kept quiet, saying the retail giant asked the city to not “talk about it (until) we got over some initial hurdles.” Besides, the mayor added: “The way we look at it, when we got here, Costco was sitting in the frying pan, and they were really dictating the terms. There were no alternate sites. That is the only site they have their eyes on. We’ve talked to them about some other sites, but their numbers say in order for them to be successful, that’s the site they need to be in. So we haven’t been able to do any negotiating on where the site would be because the site piece was kind of non-negotiable.” Some speculation has arisen that Costco should pursue the former Sam’s Club location just off Ridgewood Road in north Jackson, but Yarber points out that Sam’s, a division of Bentonville, Ark.-based Walmart, left that location because the building was in disrepair and the company thought it could be more profitable in Madison. The Lakeland site, Yarber believes, represents a catch-all for some of the highest traffic counts in the Jackson metro. Some 50,000 vehicles traverse Lakeland near the

and 125,000 vehicles. The profit potential is great, especially for a company that doesn’t have particularly large profit margins, just 2 percent of overall sales. Costco makes money by carefully surveying sites around the country and moving where the company can maximize its profits. Going into the 2014 fiscal year, which began Sept. 1, 2013, the IssaquahWash.-based company planned to spend between $2.3 billion and $2.5 billion on expansion, which would include opening 30 to 36 new warehouses. That was an increase from the $2 billion Costco spent to open 26 new stores in fiscal 2013. Yarber added that he has had two cordial conversations with Hosemann, who seems entrenched in his position that the land would revert back to state ownership. In the meantime, the city’s legal department is preparing for a possible showdown. Lawyers for Jackson plan to argue that the reversion to state ownership happens at the issuance of a certificate of occupancy, not after rezoning as Hosemann has argued. “One doesn’t allow anything to happen. One allows construction to happen,” Yarber said. “That’s what the attorneys are working through, and we think that we’ve got a really strong case.” Comment at Email R.L. Nave at


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ostco Wholesale Corp. is a business. Specifically, it is a $100 billion company, one of the 20 largest in the United States and one of the biggest retailers in the world. On a per-share basis, Costco’s stock ($126) is more valuable than Apple’s ($98), and the company is showing no signs of slowing down. Despite its shimmering reputation for paying higher-than-market-rate wages and offering excellent employee benefits, Costco is not a charity. In looking to relocate to the Jackson area, Costco is not making an altruistic overture, bestowing a gift on the people of the capital city and expecting nothing in return. So between Costco’s profit expectation and the emotions of Jackson residents who felt spurned by businesses, such as Sam’s Club—a Costco competitor—and Puckett Machinery that have moved out of town in recent years, the city’s elected officials feel stuck between a rock and a hard place. In fact, the loss of Sam’s and Puckett became political fodder against former Mayor Harvey Johnson Jr. in his failed 2013 re-election bid. A prime sticking point is the position of Mississippi Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann, who has told the city that any change in use of land on Lakeland Drive, just east of Interstate 55, which was deeded to the city specifically for parks more than 50 years ago, would trigger a reversion provision, allowing the state to take back control of the land. Jackson’s current mayor, Tony Yarber, declined to speculate on whether the ageold tension between Jackson, a Democratic stronghold, had anything to do with resistance from state officials such as Hosemann, a Republican. “Politically, it is a win,” Yarber said last week. “It’s a statement that we are vibrant. It is a huge statement for Jackson, and it says, despite the (negative) news clippings, here is the other side of Jackson’s story.” Nor is Yarber buying Hosemann’s story about the state retaking possession of the land near Smith-Wills stadium. In a telephone interview Sept. 5, Yarber said the property was used for non-recreational purposes in the late 1980s and early 1990s, rendering Hosemann’s point moot. Yarber hopes to make that case to the Jackson City Council. The planning board, which rejected the city’s zoning request Aug. 27, makes recommendations that the city council then accepts or rejects in whole or in part. Yarber said he does not have a timetable for putting the appeal before the full council. Bo Brown, a former Ward 4 councilman, was the lone member who abstained in the August planning board meeting, which

Mayor Tony Yarber is preparing for a fight over the proposed Lakeland Drive site for a new Costco in Jackson.

both sides of it. If you ask me does the city of Jackson need new tax revenue, I would have to say yes. If you ask me does the city need to invade on the green space that we have ... (and) the traffic congestion it would create, I would say those are things to consider as well,” Brown said. City ordinances permit parties to appeal recommendations from the planning board to the council; Yarber said his office is planning to appeal to the planning board first, but ultimately wants to get the issue be-

Jackson Planning Board Members Michael Booker Samuel Mitchell Bennie Richard Vivian Dotson Zelma Carson Richard Clayton Jimmie Robinson Jim McGraw Joyce Jackson William “Bo” Brown Barron Banks Jean Coppenbarger Larry Weems SOURCE: CITY OF JACKSON

TALK | state

Gov. Bryant’s Fear of Immigrants


or some people, it’s snakes; for others, spiders. And yet others have absolutely crippling fear of buttons (koumpounophobia). Gov. Phil Bryant’s biggest phobia clearly is that a bunch of people are trying to sneak into Mississippi. This is evidenced in his recent stated opposition to a program that places a handful of immigrant children in foster and group homes around the state each year. Last week, Bryant told federal officials that Mississippi would no longer accept children through the Unaccompanied Refugee Minor Program through the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The program is 100 percent funded through the federal government but funnels the money through the Mississippi Department of HuTRIP BURNS

Gov. Phil Bryant wants to shut down a program that started 34 years ago to help immigrants who fled Cuba after Fidel Castro seized power.

man Services to Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Jackson, which has run the program for 34 years. There are currently 27 participants in the program, but Bryant believes that President Barack Obama wants to use the program to flood Mississippi with children who arrived in the U.S. illegally through Mexico. Bryant laid out his rationale to Mississippi Public Broadcasting recently. “This program started after the Vietnam War to bring Vietnamese children over here. … Many of the children that are coming now are from areas like Venezuela and El Salvador and Mexico, the same countries that we see children flooding into the United States. I want to make sure that these two programs are not being blended and if it takes terminating that program or suspending it until we can make certain of that, I am willing to do that,” Bryant told MPB. Bryant’s fears appear to be without basis in rationality. The children who participate in the program, who are come from warand disaster-torn countries, receive refugee

status from the United Nations, giving them legal immigration status, explains Greg Patin, executive director of Catholic Charities in Jackson. From there, the charity recruits foster families to place children with or places them in a group home that houses eight boys who come from countries in Central America, Burma, the Democratic Republic of Congo and Zambia. Like other kids, the children attend local schools, and the charity provides tutors if necessary as well as support from cultural specialists who help with the transition to a new country. “They generally know very little English when they get here, but they learn so fast,” Patin said, adding that the children also receive therapy and case management through the charity. Bryant, who is Methodist, met with several faith leaders Sept. 4 for what a statement from the Catholic Diocese of Jackson called a cordial meeting. Officials declined to discuss the meeting at length, but said through a statement that Bryant “was assured the Unaccompanied Refugee Minor program operated by Catholic Charities for 34 years serves refugee children coming into the country legally from a number of countries across the globe” and that Bryant “promised to carefully consider the situation.” This isn’t the first time Bryant has put his toe in the waters of international affairs. On July 18, Bryant sent a letter to President Obama expressing outrage at the U.S.’ growing trend of taking in and helping migrant children. It began: “I am writing to express my deep concern regarding the ongoing crisis at the United States’ southern border. Illegal aliens—many unaccompanied children—are flooding into our country in record numbers.” Despite the fact that Obama has also deported people in record numbers, Bryant has often locked horns, albeit unsuccessfully, with the White House over immigration policy. In 2012, a group of Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents sued thenU.S. Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano over Obama’s executive order that ended the practice of deporting young people whose parents brought them to the U.S. illegally as children. The agents, who were represented by Kris Kobach, Kansas’ controversial secretary of state who is credited with helping develop anti-immigrant legislation in several states, claimed that the new policy prevented them

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TALK | state



from fulfilling their sworn duty. In October of that year, Bryant joined the lawsuit on the state’s behalf, making Mississippi the only state to be a plaintiff in the federal suit, filed in Texas. In July 2013, U.S. District Judge Reed O’Connor

dismissed the suit because the district court lacked jurisdiction. Bill Chandler, executive director of the Mississippi Immigrant Rights Alliance, which is providing legal services pro bono to some of the children in the program, said Bryant’s latest move is part of Bryant’s long history of using immigrants as a punching bag to score points with his conservative political base. In 2006, then-state Auditor Bryant commissioned a report that concluded un-

documented immigrants cost state taxpayers millions of dollars based on “significant education, law enforcement and health care costs, as well as substantial lost tax revenues and other economic losses.” At the time, Bryant estimated that 49,000 “illegal aliens” resided in the state. The Pew Hispanic Center placed the number of undocumented immigrants at 45,000 in 2010. Contrary to Bryant’s assertion, however, unauthorized residents are not

eligible to access such government benefits as Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF), Medicaid or the State Children’s Health Insurance Program (SCHIP). Chandler characterizes Bryant’s report and previous public stances on immigration issues as “full of misinformation.” “Phil Bryant will do things and say things without thinking—and that’s being kind,” Chandler said. Comment at

MPB Blocks Late-Term Abortion Discussion by Anna Wolfe


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just thought the other day, ‘My Michael Getler said 10 states did not air would have to refuse to broadcast more than It is also about the complex reasons that their God, I can’t retire,’” said Dr. the program—at least on the Monday it just comedians on talk shows and films like patients seek their services and the ethical diSusan Robinson, one of the was meant to air. “Typical ‘POV’ carriage, “After Tiller”—which documents real stories lemmas surrounding these decisions.” only four doctors who openly specialists say, is about 55 percent of the of women and their health-care providers, Late-term abortions have been a point perform third-trimester abortions in the stations and 73 percent coverage of the both in difficult situations. of controversy in recent Mississippi legislaUnited States. “There aren’t enough of us,” country’s TV households. This program The trailer for “After Tiller” illustrates tive sessions culminating with the passage she laughed, sadly. She told her story in the looks like 48 percent and 60 percent, re- the emotion surrounding the nation’s abor- of a 20-week abortion ban in April 2014. documentary “After Tiller,” which aired spectively,” Getler wrote. tion debate on both sides. It shows images The ban prohibits women from receiving Monday, Sept. 1, as part of PBS’ abortions after halfway through “POV” documentary series. their pregnancy, which is often deIn Mississippi, where access fined as the marker for late-term to abortion is in constant jeopardy, abortions. The only exceptions of the documentary didn’t air, howevthe ban are for women facing lifeer. Mississippi Public Broadcasting threatening pregnancies or serious Executive Director Ronnie Agnew injury or in cases of severe fetal decided to replace the show with abnormality. The law doesn’t mean other programming due to its conwomen in Mississippi aren’t receivtroversial nature. ing late-term, even third-trimester, The documentary chronicles abortions in hospitals and in serithe lives of four third-trimester aborous circumstances. tion providers in the wake of Dr. Late-term abortion is still a releGeorge Tiller’s death. Tiller was a vant topic for women in Mississippi, Wichita, Kan., abortion doctor who not only by how they can be affected was shot and killed while attending directly, but in how the narrative church services in 2009. surrounding women’s reproductive Agnew declined an interview health is formed. Even those who with the Jackson Free Press but refight for abortion rights for women, leased a statement saying that MPB “After Tiller,” which aired Monday, Sept. 1, as part of PBS’ “POV” documentary series, was blocked Roberts explained, can have a difhas the right to choose its program- by Mississippi Public Broadcasting Executive Director Ronnie Agnew. ficult time grappling with the idea ming. “I respect POV and the conof late-term or third-trimester abortent it produces, but we will always reserve MPB’s Public Relations Director Mar- of protests, bullet holes in windows (of tions. As taboo as abortion is in Mississippi, the right to make programming decisions garet McPhillips, who is Republican U.S. abortion provider Dr. Warren Hern’s office late-term abortion is even more so. based on what we think will appeal to a wide Sen. Roger Wicker’s daughter and U.S. Sen. in Boulder, Colo.), tears in clinic waiting “We can’t agree on it (late-term aboraudience. We were pleased to air two locally Thad Cochran’s former spokeswoman, sent areas and hugs in procedure rooms. It por- tions) because we don’t talk about it,” produced documentaries on Monday night,” Getler’s statement to the JFP. Both Wicker trays the lives and struggles of those dealing Roberts said. Agnew wrote. and Cochran are on the record as opposing with hard decisions. Agnew said Mississippians can still But community concern over the abortion rights. It is not propaganda, Roberts explains. watch the documentary online. public-radio censorship grew throughout The refusal to air “After Tiller” isn’t “We, in Mississippi, do not have con“I feel confident that anyone who the week. Laurie Bertram Roberts, presi- the first time MPB has cut, or moved, pro- versations about abortion outside of these wants to watch ‘After Tiller’ will be able to dent of Mississippi’s chapter of National gramming based on what they, or those very charged, very partisan, very stunted con- do so at,” he wrote. Organization for Women and an occa- who influence them, deem inappropriate. versations that are political. Very rarely are But not everyone has access to the Insional columnist for this newspaper, said In 2010, MPB cut and then moved to a these personal stories ever shown. So here’s a ternet. Agnew’s attempt to squelch an intelAgnew was wrong for cherry-picking the later time slot the afternoon show “Fresh chance for that to be shown in an apolitical ligent discussion about late-term abortion, POV documentary series. Air” after host Terry Gross interviewed co- way,” Roberts said. or “protect (women) from hearing about “When MPB chooses to air a pro- median Louis C.K., who made a remark In his statement, Getler wrote that the abortion,” according to Roberts, is parallel to gram such as ‘POV,’ then they should air about his sex life. Those who supported documentary “is not about the broad, heat- the way men in Mississippi Legislature try to the program,” Roberts said. She said Agnew MPB’s controversial decision called the ed, decades-long debate about abortion. It is “protect” women from abortion itself. They shouldn’t use his personal gauge of appro- show “left-wing propaganda.” about these four doctors who, in the wake make the decisions; women are supposed to priateness to either show or refuse to show “Where does it end?” Roberts said, add- of the assassination of Dr. Tiller and facing go along with their choices. certain shows. ing that if Agnew wants to censor every story intense protest from opponents and fearing Comment at Email Anna Wolfe at A statement from PBS Ombudsman that would offend conservative viewers, he for their own safety, carry out this procedure.


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You Say â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Riot,â&#x20AC;&#x2122; I Say â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Uprisingâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;


r. Announcer: â&#x20AC;&#x153;In the ghetto criminal-justice system, the people are represented by members of the newly established Ghetto Science Community Peace Keeping Unit: police officer and part-time security guard at the Funky Ghetto Mall Dudley â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Do-Rightâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; McBride, attorney Cootie McBride of the law firm McBride, Myself and I, and guest rookie peace officer Brother Hustle. This is their story.â&#x20AC;? Dudley McBride: â&#x20AC;&#x153;This long, hot summer of 2014 continues for us, fellas. Our dispatcher called for us to maintain the peace at an Electric Slide and Minimum Raise Protest Rally at Crunchie Burga World. It looks like things might escalate like neck bones in a pressure cooker. Crunchie Burga World Corporate Office has already ordered the militarized Cootie Creek County Police Department to deal with the protesters.â&#x20AC;? Cootie McBride: â&#x20AC;&#x153;We need to be there before an uprising ensues. It looks like today will be a training day for rookie officer Brother Hustle.â&#x20AC;? Dudley McBride: â&#x20AC;&#x153;Uprising? Donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t you mean riot, Cootie?â&#x20AC;? Brother Hustle: â&#x20AC;&#x153;Cootie used the correct word: â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;uprising.â&#x20AC;&#x2122; The protesters are executing an act of resistance against Crunchie Burga Worldâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s current minimum-wage policy.â&#x20AC;? Cootie McBride: â&#x20AC;&#x153;Whatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s happening at Crunchie Burga World is similar to the 1968 sanitation workersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; strike in Memphis, Tenn. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and the Poor Peopleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Campaign organized it.â&#x20AC;? Dudley McBride: â&#x20AC;&#x153;All semantics aside, we need to keep the peace at this organized rebellion before something unfortunate happensâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;like a riot. The Law-N-Order SUV is ready to go.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;Doink, doink!â&#x20AC;?


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Why it stinks: First, of course, is the sheer amorality of suspending a program that helps children in order to score political points with the anti-immigration lawâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;an utterly abominable position to hold. Beyond that, the law probably isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t on the governorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s side. Interfering with the program, which takes in kids the United Nations has deemed to be political refugees, would be tantamount to Bryant setting foreign policy. To be clear, a 2000 U.S. Supreme Court decision affirms that only the president can establish foreign policy. The case was the result of a Massachusetts law that sought to impose economic sanctions against Burma for alleged human-rights abuses. Later, courts also ruled that several states could not divest from Sudan during the genocide in Darfur. So, short of getting himself elected commander-in-chief or asking President Obama very nicely, Bryant is likely fighting a losing battle against these immigrant children.

MPB: Donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t Treat Us Like Children


nce again, Mississippi Public Broadcastingâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;which receives public dollarsâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;has initiated a form of censorship to keep certain controversial content away from a Mississippi audience. Anna Wolfe reports this issue (see page 12) that a PBS â&#x20AC;&#x153;Point of Viewâ&#x20AC;? series documentary called â&#x20AC;&#x153;After Tillerâ&#x20AC;? was aired around the country Sept. 1, but MPB Executive Director Ronnie Agnew blocked it in our state. The documentary displayed the work and lives of the only four doctors openly performing abortions after the third trimester in the United States. Named after abortion provider Dr. George Tiller, who was killed by an anti-abortion activist while in church in 2009, the film is undeniably contentiousâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;especially in a state that continually works to limit the accessibility of abortion. Agnew attributes his decision to pull the programming to the controversial nature of the film. This censorship is emblematic of a society afraid of discussion of difficult issues. â&#x20AC;&#x153;After Tiller,â&#x20AC;? which presents how complicated late-term abortion is, could have created thought and dialogue here on both sides of the debate on a topic that even many pro-abortion rights advocates donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t agree on. The point shouldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t be whether we agree or disagree with the content. The laws in Mississippi already prohibit abortions after the third trimester, and there isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t a serious push to change that; weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re grappling with having any access to abortion whatsoever in the state. Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re not convinced that â&#x20AC;&#x153;After Tillerâ&#x20AC;? would change the minds of anyone on the issue

of abortion. The documentary is not â&#x20AC;&#x153;left-wing propagandaâ&#x20AC;? as some PBS programming has been called. It is a film that embraces human stories and evokes empathy on the part of the viewer. Women here still face situations like the ones presented in â&#x20AC;&#x153;After Tiller.â&#x20AC;? With stories seldom told, the doctors invite the viewer into very emotional and personal experiences surrounding pregnancy and reproductive choices. Mississippians deserve access to information, just as residents of other states do. We need to be informed, and we donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t need paternalistic censorship of content that can help us understand difficult issues. Those in power in Mississippiâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;overwhelmingly menâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;already control most discussion of reproductive health on their terms, wasting time and money in the Legislature trying to pass restrictions on legal abortion and install loopholes to effectively ban the constitutional procedure in the state. Agnew justified the cancellation by saying the film is available online. But that is a cop-out for public stations such as MPB. To block discussion about a controversial but legal procedure in our country is irresponsible and shows a certain contempt for MPBâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s audience, our intelligence and our ability to handle complex content. Mississippiansâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;and all adultsâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;deserve the opportunity to have difficult debates and hear complicated, humanized stories without public censorship. And we sure donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t need a daddy telling us what we canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t see. MPB needs to stop treating Mississippians like children.

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t last Julyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Neshoba County Fair, Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann upped the ante on the usual GOP talking points of â&#x20AC;&#x153;business good, government badâ&#x20AC;?; stateâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s rights; Obamaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s failures. After a few minutes of selfcongratulation, he said: â&#x20AC;&#x153;Ninety-nine percent of Mississippians believe their government should balance its budget, should follow the laws passed by its citizens and believe in protecting their right to privacy of their personal information. But you know, there is always that 1 percent of naysayers who believe the sky is falling, and they believe the Constitution is a living document and state law should be enforced only when it is favorable to them. The same 1 percent also does not believe in Friday night football, hunting and fishing, reading with their grandchildren, having church friends, the value of hard work, or planting trees for future generations.â&#x20AC;? What? This went beyond dog-whistle speechifying to â&#x20AC;&#x153;us versus themâ&#x20AC;? divisiveness and downright dishonesty. Hosemann implied that this 1 percent is un-American. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a diversion from the fact that the richest 1 percent of Americans hold 35 percent of the nationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s wealth. Mississippiâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s wealth gap is among the widest in the nation. Then, last week in The Clarion-Ledger, the secretary declared a USA Today column by Alan Draper, a history professor at New Yorkâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s St. Lawrence University, â&#x20AC;&#x153;misleading, inaccurate and an example of lazy journalism mixed with weakly guised prejudice.â&#x20AC;? At the end of a piece about civil-rights icon Fannie Lou Hamer, Draper swung at Hosemannâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s political tent pole: voter ID. Draper wrote: â&#x20AC;&#x153;Like literacy tests and poll taxes Mississippi used in the past to deprive blacks like Fannie Lou Hamer of the right to vote, the stateâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s new voter ID law will have a discriminatory impact on minorities. Less than 10 percent of voting-age whites in Mississippi do not have a driverâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s license while almost 30 percent of voting-age blacks are without one. That is, eligible black voters are three times as likely as whites to lack the most common form of government-issued ID required to vote.â&#x20AC;? Hosemann responded, writing, â&#x20AC;&#x153;The unsubstantiated claim as to the availability and the possession of photo identification by any voting population is totally false.â&#x20AC;? Not so. Draperâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s statistics come directly from the Mississippi Department of Motor Vehicles. â&#x20AC;&#x153;In two statewide elections, which included both Democratic and Republican primaries, 99.9 percent of Mississippians exhibited satisfactory photo identification,â&#x20AC;?

Hosemann continued. â&#x20AC;&#x153;No one was deprived of their right to vote.â&#x20AC;? But counting IDs of people who voted proves nothing about those who didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t. It doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t say how many could not get IDs, or how many didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t try because they are convinced, again, that Mississippi is denying their rights. Hosemann aimed similar antipathy at a 2012 Brennan Center for Justice study, â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Challenge of Obtaining Voter Identification,â&#x20AC;? calling it â&#x20AC;&#x153;purposely inaccurate and misleading.â&#x20AC;? Yet, the Brennan Centerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s statistics, like Draperâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s, are accurate. In December 2012, Hosemann commissioned a voter exit poll that showed 97 percent of white voters had IDs, compared to 84 percent of black voters and 80 percent of those with incomes less than $15,000. That left 38,000 voters without IDs. Now, Hosemann hypes the 2,000 voter IDs issued since then, instead of the 36,000 not dispensed. He crows about award-winning ads, but fails to say how thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s remotely relevant. Finally, Hosemann said St. Lawrence University has a â&#x20AC;&#x153;minorityâ&#x20AC;? enrollment of 3 percent (the schoolâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s website states that 11.8 percent of enrollees are students of color) and challenges comparison to Mississippiâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s universities, but itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a false equivalency. St. Lawrence is a private liberal-arts school in a state with a black population of 15.9 percent. A fairer comparison is to Millsaps College, whose black enrollment was 10.8 percent in 2012, in 37-percent black Mississippi. Hosemann would have us believe that the 1 percent is the problem. â&#x20AC;&#x153;And, that 1 percentâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;well, they can just get off their butts and move somewhere else,â&#x20AC;? Hosemann said, closing his Neshoba speech. Voter ID is not about voter fraud. What little voter fraud there is occurs in absentee ballots, which do not require IDs. Republican voter suppressionâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;whether through voter ID, gerrymandering or limiting access to pollsâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;is real, as Pennsylvania Republican House Leader Mike Turzai famously admitted in 2012: â&#x20AC;&#x153;Voter ID, which is gonna allow Gov. (Mitt) Romney to win the state of Pennsylvania; done.â&#x20AC;? Turzai isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t the only Republican to admit that voter ID is a suppression tactic. Mississippi ranks dead last in The Pew Charitable Trustâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Elections Performance Index published last April. As Draper told me, to say IDs â&#x20AC;&#x153;cureâ&#x20AC;? fraud is similar to saying laws restricting abortion access â&#x20AC;&#x153;protectsâ&#x20AC;? women. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s demonstrably not true, and Hosemannâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s specious arguments wonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t make it so. Ronni Mott is an award-winning freelance journalist and editor in Jackson.

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Spanish Sojourns: Robert Henri and the Spirit of Spain is organized by Telfair Museums, Savannah, Georgia.  This exhibition is made possible through the generous  support of the Mr. and Mrs. Raymond J. Horowitz  Foundation for the Arts, Terra Foundation for American  Art, and the National Endowment for the Arts. Robert  Henri and Spain, Face to Face. An Exhibition about  Connoisseurship, Conservation, and Context is organized by  the Mississippi Museum of Art, Jackson, Mississippi. 


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Why We Must Prep Now for Next Year by Nick Chiles, The Hechinger Report

A Rich-Poor Disparity Researchers have found that students across the board lose about two monthsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; worth of math skills during the summer months. But in reading, middle-class students actually improve over the summer, while low-income students lose more than

have to spend so much time reviewing material students were taught the prior school year that children who were already behind their wealthier peers will lag even further. Material forgotten. Time lost. Money wasted. An argument can be made that sum-

mer slide is the most severe under-addressed problem in the American education ecosystem. After all, fixing it would mean stomping on the American idyll of lazy sun-drenched days. Summers are the precious amber of so many childhoods. Year-round schools? That would be like desecrating apple pie. NICK CHILES

two months of achievement. This means that if children are not intellectually stimulated during the summer, if they donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t do reading and other activities to keep their brains firing at optimal levels, they will need weeksâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;if not monthsâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;to get back up to speed in the fall. Teachers will

Cayden Taylor, 11, sits in the library of Operation Shoestring in Jackson.

â&#x20AC;&#x153;The issue is incredibly important and has a tremendous potential to change outcomes for kids in this country,â&#x20AC;? said Sarah Pitcock, CEO of the Baltimore-based National Summer Learning Association. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I think the reason we donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t see it talked about as much as you would expect is there are a

lot of entrenched systems and infrastructure built around summer break. And there are also widely held beliefs that summer is a time off, summer is a time for rest and vacation and all of those things that comprise the idyllic summer. But that kind of summer does not exist for at least half of the children in this country who live in poverty.â&#x20AC;? In Mississippi, the stakes are about to be heightened exponentially in the coming school year with the third-grade â&#x20AC;&#x153;literacy gatesâ&#x20AC;? testing in May; most third graders must pass a reading proficiency test or be held back. Students who regress during the summer could find themselves sliding all the way back to another year in third grade. Educators believe one of the best ways to keep students engaged during the summer months is with programs that mix fun with academic enrichment. Thousands of such programs across the country step into the breach to make a difference in the lives of young people, particularly in poor communities. If the nation is going to make a substantial dent in the summer slide, expanding and enlarging these programs would be a good place to start. While sheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s never heard the term â&#x20AC;&#x153;summer slide,â&#x20AC;? 11-year-old Cayden Taylor is quite clear on what can happen to her and her classmates when they return to school after a lazy summer. â&#x20AC;&#x153;When you go back, you forget everything,â&#x20AC;? she said. But for this rising sixth grader in the Jackson Public Schools system, this summer was different. This year, Caydenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s mom enrolled her in Operation Shoestring. An Exercise in Triage For more than 40 years, the nonprofit Operation Shoestring has fought gamely to provide academic enrichment, remediation and support to kids in Mississippiâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s largest city. In addition to an after-school program, Shoestring offers a six-week summer program that provides both academic stimulation and activities. The program staff is proud of the progress they have been able to make with students during the summer monthsâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;progress PRUH6800(5VHHSDJH

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rive down a dusty road in the Mississippi Delta in July, and you will quickly come across a familiar scene: Kids walking. Out of the house, no particular destination in mind. Ambling along. But the walking may be better than the alternative: Stopping. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the stopping that gets you in trouble. â&#x20AC;&#x153;In the summer, all kids do is stay cooped up in the house, or walk around and get themselves in trouble,â&#x20AC;? said 18-year-old Kanita Perkins, who lives in Drew, described as the geographical center of the Delta, 20 miles or so east of the dizzying bends of the Mississippi River. This entire region has become the American metaphor for scarcity, a land where dire poverty has defined existence for more than a century. For parents in the Delta looking for summer activities for their children, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s largely a DIY affair: Do it yourself. There are so few programs for young people that families are left to their own devices if they want some meaningful enrichment for their children. And most of them donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have the money for the fancy summer camps that middle-class parents sign their kids up for without a second thoughtâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;cooking camps, dance camps, drama camps, music camps. As students around the country began returning to school last month, many from low-income families were at a loss because of how they spent their summer. For far too many children in the United States, there is such a significant academic regression during the summer months that studies have shown it is responsible for most of the achievement gap between poor and middle-class students. In educational jargon, it is known as â&#x20AC;&#x153;summer learning lossâ&#x20AC;? or â&#x20AC;&#x153;the summer slide.â&#x20AC;? A vital question is: What we can do now to reverse its effects next summer?




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frequently recognized by the surrounding schools, which often direct students to Operation Shoestring. Operation Shoestring’s latest analysis shows that the students who attend its summer program do better on district test scores than their peers who don’t. Specifically, while students in the district show a decrease in their average test scores from the spring term to the first term of the next school year, the students from

Shoestring show a much smaller decrease. But the program reaches just 250 students in grades 1 through 12. There are 30,000 in the Jackson public-school system. Staff members say the phone is ringing constantly in the early spring as parents look to enroll their children; the slots fill up quickly. “If we had more resources, we would expand the scope and depth of what we can offer,” Executive Director Robert Langford said. “While it seems like we served a lot of

Operation Slide: What To Do

by Adria Walker


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obert Langford, the executive director of Operation Shoestring, and Amber May, the organization’s programs director, are in the business of staving off “summer slide.” Langford advises parents to start planning now for next summer. “Really start to plan ahead and start thinking down the road,” he says. “It’s really tough to do, but summer 2015 is going to be here a lot sooner than we think. Have a game plan and work that game plan. Realize that there are options out there, but it is ultimately up to parents to make these things happen for their kids.” Here are their tips for what parents, teachers and students can do.


Parents: • Start looking now for programs. Any child 12 and younger shouldn’t be at home by themselves, and older students need engaging options. Sometimes it may be programs that are offered to the schools, and sometimes it may be a program recommended by the school district office. • Prioritize reading in the household. Start with reading a book, then ask some questions about it. • Get with a group of parents and hold each other accountable. If getting books is the challenge, you might figure out a schedule to share books. • Be persistent and tenacious about finding books or other resources. • It’s really important not to just drill, drill, drill during the summer, but to make it fun. • Talk to your children. Have that conversation about your child’s day or their hopes and dreams or about what they might be watching on TV. Ask them questions.

Teachers: • Teachers can arm parents and other mentors with knowledge of what the child needs outside school. Does the child need some help in trying to read the words as fast as they possibly can or making sure that they actually understand what they read? • Help come up with activities that can be done in the summer. Teachers can work in some of the summer programs or some of the summer schools. • Summer is an opportunity for teachers to get really creative and very innovative and try to do some of those lessons that they would love to do inside the classroom that don’t necessarily have the time. • Teachers or schools could partner with a nonprofit to get books and resources for summer activities, such as asking Operation Shoestring to help raise money to buy 150 books. Students: • Find a summer program that sounds engaging. Older students can look for ways to be engaged and able to work in the summer. • Read more books if they’re able to. Ask their parents to take them to the library. If they’re going away on trips, make sure to bring a book. • Be sure parents are as knowledgeable as possible to the opportunities that they can enroll their child in. Help look for them yourselves. • Learn the discipline of scheduling time to read. Scheduling an hour a day or two 30-minute blocks of reading doesn’t take away from the fun of summer. • Read every change you get, such as turning down the TV volume and reading closed captioning instead.

kids, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s just the tip of the iceberg.â&#x20AC;? Operation Shoestring is one of thousands of programs across the country that serve as beacons in poor communities severely lacking in most everything a child needs. Chronically underfunded, they often must treat the summer as an exercise in triage, tackling as much of the academic stuff as

â&#x20AC;&#x153;When you go back, you forget everything.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x201D; 11-year-old Cayden Taylor they can while keeping the kids safe and fed. When Shoestring ended this yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s summer program July 11, there was still another month before the start of school, meaning parents had to figure out something else, add another stitch to the complicated quilt of summer activities. Some of the older kids were just at home. Langford said he would love to extend Shoestring for the whole summer, but he canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t afford it. In a state where it sometimes feels like

painful memories from the Civil Rights Movement lurk around every corner, Shoestring also has its civil rights past. It was founded in 1968 by sympathetic whites who wanted to promote racial healing after James Meredithâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;the first African American to integrate the University of Mississippiâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;was shot by a white man in 1966 during his March on Fear from Memphis to Jackson to encourage blacks to register to vote. Langford said Mississippians, so accustomed to making do with less, have to fight to make sure they donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t become too complacent and accepting of the culture of scarcity. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Too often we tailor our expectations,â&#x20AC;? said Langford, 50, a white man whose own parents moved to Mississippi from Virginia during the summer Emmett Till was killed in 1955 and who raised him with a keen sense of social justice. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re poor, poorly educated, have a legacy of slavery, have institutionalized racism, have lots of injustices born of racism,â&#x20AC;? he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We need to not carry that forward. We need to make sure we donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t limit our visioning and resourcefulness and actions because of the culture of scarcity.â&#x20AC;? Third-Grade Blues? In Mississippiâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;the state with the lowest per capita income in the U.S., where leaders have never funded the schools at adequate levelsâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;the black community bears the brunt of the miserly ways. Of Mississippiâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s population of 3 million, 37 percent are black, and

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e all know, or should know, that a lifetime reading habit is key to success, and weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re not just talking about texts on a smartphone. recommends forming habits that will keep your kids reading during the summer because they want to. Try these approaches, per Scholastic: â&#x20AC;˘ Read every day. Put many opportunities for your child to read in front of him or her daily: a newspaper (even comics or weather) in the morning, online material, magazines, TV listings during the day; have him read to you from his or her current book at night. You can also have them look up more information from a TV program on a website and read it to you. â&#x20AC;˘ Reading aloud is key. It helps all children and teens build listening comnearly half (44 percent) of those blacks live in poverty. Arkansas is the only state with a higher percentage of African Americans in poverty, at 48 percent. Cognizant of costs, Operation Shoestring offers six weeks of programming, Monday through Thursday from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., for a total cost to parents of $50. Yes, $50 for the full program. (The program is funded primarily through foun-

prehension skills and build reading (and presentation) confidence. â&#x20AC;˘ Six books every summer: During the pivotal time, have a half-dozen books for your child to finish over the summer. Introduce your child to the library, which may have summer reading programs. Ask your school to provide a list if they havenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t already. Again, remember to model reading. Take the time and make reading a daily activity for the entire family. dation grants and private donors.) While the mornings are filled primarily with reading and math, afternoons are a dizzying mix of activities like sports, cooking, swimming and games. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We always have a waiting list,â&#x20AC;? said Amber May, a former teacher who serves as Shoestringâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s program manager. PRUH6800(5VHHSDJH

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“The parents start calling Mississippi joins more in January asking if we started than a dozen other states, accepting kids yet. They want including Tennessee, Calisomewhere for them to be. fornia, Florida, Georgia, They don’t want their kids to and Maryland, as well as just be at home by themselves. Washington, D.C., that In some cases that’s what ends have imposed this barrier to up happening because they promotion in third grade, may not find a summer prowith the hope that it will vider that has hours compatiprod the schools and comble to their work schedule or munities to do a better job that they can afford. Some of teaching more young summer programs charge like ones to read. $150 a week.” In the age of highThe $50 is just the activstakes testing, it has become ity fee for the field trips. “Para familiar American story: ents want to make sure they’re Starve poor kids of resourcin a safe place, and that they’re es, then blame them when going to learn a little bit as their results lag behind well. But we need more sumwealthier kids in financially mer providers in this comflush school districts. munity so we don’t have kids With a wary eye toward just walking up and down the May 2015, when schools will street. And we can only do administer the promotion six weeks. Toward the end we Sisters Kanita Perkins, 18, and Kaniya Perkins, 10, share a test, Shoestring spent extra moment at the offices of the We2gether Creating Change have parents asking us, ‘What program in Drew in the Mississippi Delta. time on literacy with the little am I going to do now? I’ll pay ones over the summer, even you another fee,’” she said. bringing in Junior League of After the summer program ended, May the state tested at or above grade level in Jackson volunteers to work intensely with said, she could look out her window and see reading in 2011. Many educators are par- the second graders for two weeks. some of their students aimlessly walking up ticularly afraid of what this new initiative and down the street. will mean for poor and black children. The Company of Others May is worried about what will The brunt of the policy will fall on them, Just down the road from Shoestring’s happen to the little ones who are facing and they will surely be blamed for their modest building, which stands on a busy the literacy gates test in third grade. Just failures, as will their traditionally under- street near several churches and a conveslightly more than half of third-graders in funded schools. nience store, children of various ages gather

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he Jackson Free Press packs in a variety of interns during the summer, including a number of middleand high-schoolers whose parents send them here to avoid the “summer slide” by staying busy, keeping their minds active and learning the “soft skills” of working with an age-diverse team on a variety of projects. During the summer of 2014, we were joined by several young women from Girl Scout Troop 5441 nearly every morning of the summer. They participated in workshops, brainstormed ideas, and worked with older interns and staffers. After it was over, Jackson Public Schools Superintendent Cedrick Gray honored the Scouts’ summer here as an example of the “learning academy” approach that helps young Jacksonians reach their potential. Research shows that involvement in extra-curricular activities such as sports, Scouts or church youth ministry can offset idleness among young people and help them develop a healthy social life among positive, like-minded friends. We asked the Girl Scouts and troop leader Rosaline McCoy to brainstorm tips for adults on how best to work with young people during such collaborations. • Plan activities that are flexible enough for young people

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in a small park, the younger ones squealing on the playground and darting through the overgrown weeds, the older ones loitering under a gazebo, grateful for the shade on a typically scorching Mississippi summer afternoon. Their only entertainment appears to be the company of others. This is a classic summer scene in Jackson, a visual emblem of the lack of summer stimulation. It is a scene that’s repeated throughout the United States, in urban centers and rural towns, in housing projects and on lazy country roads. “Kids need to be doing more (during the summer),” said Cayden’s older sister, India Brown, 27. “My neighbors, I see them in the morning time from about 8 o’clock all the way up to 11 at night, outside playing. They just playing, all summer long. But my mother ain’t going for that. We make sure Cayden reads her books and does the things she needs to do. She can play later.” After Shoestring ended, Cayden had to spend the rest of her summer at McDonald’s with her older sister, who works as a manager there, while their mom went to her job with the Jackson Housing Authority. “I take naps, read books, listen to music, play games,” said Cayden, a bubbly, energetic child who is never at a loss for words. Does she also eat a lot of McDonald’s? Cayden grinned and nodded.

to safely use technology in ways they enjoy and are most familiar (cell phones, social media, etc). Provide incentives for tasks that require more than two hours of their time in one setting, such as lunch, movie passes, etc. Allow young people to have Members of Girl Scout Troop 5441 spent mornings this summer at the Jackson Free Press, participating in a real-world work environment. a voice in things that directly involve them. Avoid too many “adult” ways of thinking and doing things. • Create activities that are relevant and relatable to who Use individual strengths to challenge young people. It they are individually and culturally. They must know builds confidence and makes them want to do more on you understand them. their own. • Assign tasks that are simple and less overwhelming; tryLearn the language of young people and use it to coming to accomplish too much at one time often turns off municate with them; you can always get what you need a young mind. out of them when you “get on their level.” • Give helpful feedback. If they need to improve, guide Add more color and sound; enhancing what young peothem through making it better by using something they ple see and hear will always keep their attention. Study like or are already good at. learning styles to make sure you’re reaching all of them. • Rotate and transition as often as possible. Keep them Celebrate their successes, so they feel good about what moving and motivated—“Too much of the same thing they’re doing. Compliment them often so they know will soon get boring,” the Girl Scouts say. you noticed their effort.

fewer programs around to fill them. But four years ago, an irrepressible woman named Gloria Dickerson swooped into the summer void here, starting the We2gether Creating Change program, which she hoped would give the children of Sunflower County the many things they were missing. In addition to working with them on literacy, Dickerson started adding different elements to her summer program: a choir, a drama club, an art class, a dance team, a chapter of the 100 Black Men organization, a T-shirt printing business, a spelling bee to help with literacy. She even started a food pantry for the residents of Sunflower County. Every year, she takes 100 students to Disney World in Orlando, in addition to other exciting spots, with the idea of showing them how much pleasure there is in the world outside of the Delta. The program runs until the end of July for the students beyond grade 6. The program for the younger students stops at the end of June. Dickerson, 61 (whose maiden name is Carter), knows all about the scarcity of summer activities in the Delta. Fifty years ago she, too, was a young person here, struggling along with her 12 siblings to get enough food in their bellies

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so they would have the energy to assist their sharecropper parents in the cotton fields. When she was 11, Gloriaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s parents made a decision that would change all of their lives: They decided to send their children to the all-white public schools in Sunflower County. The brutal ordeal that the children of Matthew and Mae Bertha Carter endured while desegregating the schools of Drew is

chronicled in two books and one documentary, making the Carter family local civil rights heroes in the Mississippi Delta. The Carters didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t set out to be heroic. They just wanted their children to have an education that would help them escape the unremitting toil of the sharecropperâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s life. As Matthew Carter told author Constance Curry in the 1995 book Curry wrote about the familyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s ordeal, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Silver Rights,â&#x20AC;? when he and Mae Bertha received a letter from the Drew school board instructing them to send their children to the school of their choice, â&#x20AC;&#x153;We thought they meant it.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;My mother said, â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;If you do this and stick with it, you will reap the benefits,â&#x20AC;&#x2122;â&#x20AC;? Dickerson said, sitting near the storefront window of her program, which overlooks Main Street in tiny Drew, with no more than a dozen storefronts, including an old drug store, an antique shop, and several adult hospices and clinics. â&#x20AC;&#x153;So we took it, all of the harassment, people kicking us, throwing things at us, shooting into our house, the family being put off the plantation, being hungry at night. I got called â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;n*ggerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; so much I have a hard time even saying the word now,â&#x20AC;? she said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We took all that because our mother said itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s for the best. She was right.â&#x20AC;? After attending the University of Mis-

sissippi, and then spending decades in corporate America, holding big, fancy jobs, including comptroller of the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, Dickerson eventually retired and found her way back to Drew.* Apologizing to Students Dickerson is driven by the desperate needs she sees all around her. She knows that in too many cases, her program is the only thing that will rescue these youngsters in Sunflower County from a life of grinding povertyâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;adding yet another generation to a family cycle that was established more than a century ago. With thoughts like that in her head, Dickerson canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t help but to keep pushing. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Mississippi has 182 school districts, and when I came back I found out Drew is ranked 182, meaning itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the worst in the state,â&#x20AC;? Dickerson said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Since Mississippi is worst in the nation, that means â&#x20AC;Śâ&#x20AC;? Her voice trailed off as she shook her head, shuddering at the thought that her birthplace now houses the worst schools in the United States. Over her lifetime, the schools went from all white to all black. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I apologized to the students,â&#x20AC;? she said. PRUH6800(5VHHSDJH




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â&#x20AC;&#x153;I said, â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m sorry; itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not supposed to be this way.â&#x20AC;&#x2122; When I went into Drew High School, the school I graduated from, I saw they had no water in the bathroom to wash their hands, no tissue. I said, â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;How do you use the restrooms here?â&#x20AC;&#x2122; They said they donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;tâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;they either hold it all day or call their mom or dad to pick them up and bring them home so they can use the bathroom. I got choked up,â&#x20AC;? she said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;When I went to school here, Drew High School was an excellent school, a clean, beautiful school. This is not what I sat in the classroom and fought for. We didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t take all those licks to come back to this same school and see the condition itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s in. My mother is gone, but I wanted to tell her, â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Mom, look what happened to these kids!â&#x20AC;&#x2122;â&#x20AC;? Dickerson started working first on studentsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; self-esteem, making them believe that the power to change the trajectory of their lives was inside of them. If she could do it, they could do it, too. Her program has a total of about 200 slots for youngsters from first grade to 12th gradeâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;all of whom attend free of charge. With an annual budget of about $400,000, Dickerson has gotten grants from funders like her old employer, the Kellogg

foundation, but sheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s also used a considerable amount of her own money (and doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t take a salary), which has shown the skeptics in Drew that this lady really cares about them. â&#x20AC;&#x153;When I came back, I said, â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m not going to treat them like theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re poor,â&#x20AC;&#x2122;â&#x20AC;? said Dickerson, who also works with women in Sunflower County as a life coach. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I will treat them the way I like to be treated. Give them some of the things Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve gotten since I moved from here. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m trying to give them everything a middle class child gets. They need to have good times, to know life is supposed to be wonderful.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;We Have More Fun Hereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Ten-year-old Kaniya Perkins, who spent her first summer in We2gether Creating Change, said that although she learns a lot in the program, it differs from school in one key respect: â&#x20AC;&#x153;We have more fun here.â&#x20AC;? Her mother, Katrina Perkins, said she knows her daughters Kaniya and 18-yearold Kanita, a three-year veteran of the proPRUH6800(5VHHSDJH


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FROMPAGE have shifted. The kids will be graduating from high school. They’ll have hope; they’ll have faith. People will call this the jewel of the Delta. I can just see it.”

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gram, love We2gether because she doesn’t have any difficulty waking them up early in the morning to get to the program by that runs from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. every day. During the school year, they’re dragging. “When they’re here, sometimes they don’t want to leave and go home,” she said. “Before this program, they would sit home, play games, do the usual, bored out of their minds.” Dickerson only has the capacity for about 200 students in her summer program right now. So while she can count on her youngsters to have enough intellectual stimulation to stave off the summer slide, Dickerson knows there are thousands of others in Sunflower County who get nothing. She’s a one-woman show, doing it all with just one full-time staff member, a few volunteers and a handful of part-time teachers. But Dickerson won’t allow herself to feel despair. “I want to transform Drew and transform Sunflower County so that 20 years from now it’s going to look like a completely different place,” she said. “The culture will

The banks of the Mississippi River, as seen from Great River Road State Park in the Mississippi Delta, where there is a dearth of structured activities for children in the summer.


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f you’re looking for ways to ensure that your kids and mentees don’t fall backward next summer, start planning and thinking about “soft skills” training now. Better yet, become an “education coach” and treat learning like a fun game. Carrie Jasper, director of outreach to parents and families at the U.S. Department of Education, blogs about avoiding summer problems on the department’s website (—with tips that will help your child learn and develop needed “hard” and “soft” skills year-round. Here are her ideas on playing coach: • Set goals—What will you and your child accomplish by a set time? Examples: “After two weeks, we will know how to count by twos to 50,” or, “After one week we will know how to print your first name.” • Practice—Take 15 to 20 minutes a day to work on each goal. Talk about the importance of practice and grit—patience and resilience—in making steady progress. • Put some plays into effect—Look for different ways to apply the skills being developed. Example: Take

your child to the store and have her add up the items you purchased. • Make some touchdowns that will make a difference in their upcoming school year. Help your child see how what he or she has done over the summer that will put him ahead in the fall. Get a workbook or reading book at the grade level in which he or she will be. By midsummer, take out the book and let her begin to work on the areas she has been practicing. • Take your team on the road—Have fun and incor-

porate learning into a summer adventure. Example: Visit a museum, zoo, aquarium, beach or park. Look at maps together and identify where you will visit and how far you will travel. Have your child draw and write about their favorite parts of the trip in the order the events happened. • Celebrate—Have a mid-summer (or mid-school year) reward and really celebrate all the goals set that your champion has accomplished!

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In a separate post, Jasper explains the all-important “soft skills” that so many employers today complain that young job applicants and new employees often lack—and that 77 percent of employers say are just as important as more technical skills. By focusing on the following soft skills—versus the “hard skills” of, say, learning math—year-round and especially during the summer, parents and mentors can help children prepare well for college and the job market. Here are Jasper’s suggestions.


• Work ethic—This is also known as “grit.” Grit allows us to keep going and not give up. Give your child a difficult task to complete and encourage them throughout the process to not give up and teach them how to bounce back from failure. • Goal Setting—Have your child write goals for each week and then have them check them off as they get done and celebrate success! • Dependability—Make your child responsible for tasks that they can complete independently. Give them a chance to be the leader at a family meeting, or decisionmaker for family activities for a day.

• Positive attitude—Create a gratitude calendar with your child where each day, they write down one thing they are grateful for in their lives. • Teamwork—Get your child involved with athletics or other activities where they will need to work as a part of a team. Create family and friend activities where all members must work together to accomplish a fun task. • Problem solving—Think about ways to make everyday routines and activities a puzzle, such as leaving clues around the house that lead kids to solving puzzles while doing chores. Have them interact with online simulations to solve problems.

• Reflection—Help your child begin a journal. Each day, have them write about the events of the day, observations in nature or things they have learned. Younger students can use pictures to express thoughts. • Communication—Create opportunities for your child to speak to you, family and friends. Use pictures, online field trips, role-play scenarios or educational videos as conversation starters to get your child thinking and talking. Don’t forget: The best way to teach vital “soft skills” is to model them daily.

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he adage proved true for my wedding: If you want something done right, you have to do it yourself. It wasn’t necessarily that I thought no one else could do a better job. It was simply a matter of budget. While we were engaged, my now-husband Anthony Knight and I spent a lot of time together walking in the park. It was often for exercise, but it became an opportunity for us to talk about what we wanted our wedding to be like. Our ideas differed, but not greatly. We definitely wanted our guests to experience good music and food, and hosting a nice and elegant event was imperative. For me, “nice and elegant” encompassed a lot. I wanted calligraphy, lined envelopes, fresh flowers and two gowns. But after establishing a comfortable budget, these items seemed out of reach. I had to decide if I would go without these elements or find a way to get them for less. I’ve always been one to hunt for a good deal, so the decision was easy to make. My first challenge was invitations, which, for me, really set the tone for a wedding, signaling what type of event the wedding will be. To get the message across accurately, I wanted high-quality paper with a contrasting envelope liner. Calligraphy was also essential. Research showed that my dream invitations would cost roughly $10 an envelope—and for 100 guests, that would have inflated our budget. I rolled up my sleeves and started to investigate other options. After finding a local printing company that quoted an excellent price for linen invitations and envelopes, much of my problem was solved. I even provided the company with the font name and size to achieve the exact look I wanted. While the company provided matching linen envelopes, they didn’t offer any lined envelopes. Who cares, right? Well, I did. At that point, I started my first DIY project. After searching YouTube for envelope-liner tutorials, I found one that was easy to replicate. I selected a ruby-red linen paper from a local craft store to offer a nice contrast to my classic black-and-white invitations. I cut and glued until they were all complete. Next, I searched for a calligrapher. I entertained the idea of learning calligraphy, but I knew it would take too long to master. I also considered other ideas, such as having the addresses printed on a computer printer. But calligraphy was on my priority list, and I wasn’t willing to budge. After a diligent online search, I found a local calligrapher who was reasonably priced (less than half the price of others I found). She also offered various types of calligraphy from which to choose and provided excellent service. Having our return address done in calligraphy was not a viable option, so instead I looked for a unique way of printing it. I saw embossing on an envelope during an earlier search and loved the idea. I located a company online that sells embossers and, after searching for a coupon code, I bought the embosser for half its retail price. The company customized it

Christianna and Anthony Knight’s special day didn’t break the bank.

with our address, and I embossed the envelopes myself. After successfully getting the invitations I wanted for a fraction of their initial estimate, I was ready to take on my coveted flowers. Because they are so beautiful and add such a nice, personal touch to any wedding and reception, I was determined to have fresh flowers. These natural beauties, though, are not cheap. They can cost thousands of dollars for even small weddings.

Wedding planner: Bride Day-of planner/coordinator: Melanie Brown Officiant: Eugene Thomas Reception location: Country Club of Canton (183 Country Club Road, Canton, 601-859-1722) Groom’s and groomsmen’s attire: Men’s Wearhouse (1039 E. County Line Road, Suite 103, 601-977-0188) Bride’s attire: and Caterer: Ruth Hill Catering (601-502-7813) Florist: Sam’s Club Bulk Flowers (

I decided I would order flowers from a bulk floral retailer online. Arranging flowers was not foreign to me since I buy them often. But shopping online for flowers was scary. I was concerned about reliability and didn’t know what to expect. I eventually ordered 250 roses from a reputable and well-established company. The roses were beautiful, but arranging 250 roses is no small feat. Thankfully, I had a lot of help. My family and I had to de-thorn and cut every single rose (whew!). My sisterin-law was the ringleader, because she was most knowledgeable about making corsages, boutonnieres and bouquets. Without the many hands that assisted, I don’t think we could have completed the task in time for the wedding. The finished result was indeed exquisite. I’m a chameleon. I love change and variety. Wearing two dresses was ideal, but not practical. Instead, I chose a simple dress that could be styled in two different ways. For the ceremony, I purchased a fitted lace, 3/4-sleeve jacket to top my white satin, strapless A-line gown. The jacket was intricate and modest, with white satin buttons down the back. To transition my look from the ceremony to the reception, I decided to forego the jacket and added a beaded sash. While beaded sashes can be a beautiful complement to a simple dress, they can also be expensive. After buying beaded appliques I found on clearance at a craft store, I knew this was an easy DIY project. I adhered the beaded appliques to white satin ribbon, and voila—it was the right amount of sparkle I needed for the reception, and I felt truly beautiful. Planning a wedding is stressful, and doing so on a tight budget can prove to be an even greater challenge. It is possible to have the beautiful wedding you envision without dumping your savings. Shopping around takes effort, but the end result is well worth it. Even though I cut corners everywhere I could, my husband and I got the beautiful wedding that we discussed on those long walks together.

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CAET solves that dilemma and provides perfect appetizers and aperitifs as a prelude to Walker’s entrées. The growing walkability of the historic district will be a contributing factor to the lounge’s success. Emerson says that it will fill the gap in Fondren’s nightlife scene, joining The Apothecary with its handcrafted cocktails and Fondren Public’s selection of draft beer. The interior décor, chosen by Jennifer, provides the welcoming environment that the Emersons dreamed of, with farmhouse-

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he Emersons are at it again. Walker’s Drive-In and Local 463 owner and award-winning chef Derek Emerson recently opened a new business in Miso’s former location at 3100 N. State St. He and his wife, Jennifer, have planned CAET, a wine bar, for years. This venture is completely different from Walker’s but complements what they’re already doing there, as well as the current bar scene in Fondren. “Fondren is a great place to be,” Derek Emerson says. CAET, pronounced “Kate” and named after the Emersons’ youngest daughter’s middle name, specializes in fine wines but is more than a wine bar. The lounge is perfect for pre-dinner drinks or for an older crowd looking for a more relaxed and intimate bar setting. And if customers’ pre-dinner drinks happen to be before dining at Walker’s, they can log in on an iPad and receive a text when their table is ready. The Emersons’ secret weapon for the wine bar is Napa Technologies’ wine-preservation system that keeps wine fresh for 40 days after opening by “re-corking” it with argon gas, enabling the bartenders to have a larger selection of wine by the glass. CAET is the first location in Mississippi to have the system. The wine bar serves small plates, both sweet and savory, to complement the chosen wine. Using local ingredients, Chef Reynolds Boykin creates tapas that rival the quality of the drinks. Emphasizing what’s available seasonally and locally creates an ever-changing menu. In fact, CAET exudes locality—from the art on the walls, painted by local artists to the tables you set your drink on, handmade by local design company D+P Designs. The Emersons’ inspiration for the concept came, in part, because there was no place at Walker’s for customers to hang out with friends before or after their meal.

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Frozen hamburger patties.

Fresh and local options.

Cozy soda fountain.

Comfortable soda fountain, seating 22 people with charging stations.

Visible kitchen.

A wooden piece above the kitchen and a chef’s table below, where patrons can chat with Chef Karl Gorline.

Breakfast in the morning.

Brunch, complete with mimosas and Bloody Marys and breakfast served all day.

Order and eat.

Well, you’ll still have that option, but there will also be case at the front of the restaurant with favorites you can take to-go.

Dinner? You’re out of luck.

The Apothecary, still located at the back of the diner, along with the team from Brent’s, will create nighttime options, such as bar snacks.

Brent’s Drugs (655 Duling Ave., 601-366-3427) is open Monday-Saturday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and for Sunday brunch from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. For more information, find the restaurant on Facebook.


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style coffee tables, ottomans and padded bench seating. The bar itself is perfectly inviting, with elegant and tall chairs and a dimly lit countertop. “It’s a great place to start your evening or end your evening,” Derek Emerson says. The cool, crisp color palette, which consists of grays, whites and distressed wood, convinces you to not only come in, but relax and stay for a while. Along with the Emersons and Boykin, Elise Russell joins the CAET team as general manager and David Grenley as wine specialist. The crew opened the lounge for business Sept. 3 and is open Monday through Saturday. CAET hopes to attract bar-goers hungry for a late-night snack, serving until midnight on the weekends. Emerson is grateful for the reputation he’s established at Walker’s, but likes having the opportunity to create something new. “This wouldn’t be possible without the staff we have,” Emerson says. “Our biggest philosophy is trying to surround ourselves with good people and putting out a good product.” CAET is open Monday-Thursday from 4-11 p.m. and Fridays and Saturdays 4 p.m.midnight. For more information, call 601321-9169 or find CAET on Facebook.

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AMERICAN/SOUTHERN CUISINE Basil’s (2906 N State St #104, Jackson, 601-982-2100) Paninis pizza, pasta, soups and salads. They’ve got it all on the menu. Broad Street Bakery (4465 Interstate 55 N. 601-362-2900) Hot breakfast, coffee drinks, fresh breads & pastries, gourmet deli sandwiches. Primos Cafe (2323 Lakeland 601-936-3398/ 515 Lake Harbour 601-898-3400) A Jackson institution for breakfast, blue-plates, catfish, burgers, prime rib, oysters, po-boys & wraps. Famous bakery! Rooster’s (2906 N State St, Jackson, 601-982-2001) You haven’t had a burger until you’ve had a Rooster’s burger. Pair it with their seasoned fries and you’re in heaven. Two Sisters Kitchen (707 N. Congress St. 601-353-1180) Lunch. Mon-Fri, Sun. PIZZA Sal & Mookie’s (565 Taylor St. 601-368-1919) Pizzas of all kinds plus pasta, eggplant Parmesan, fried ravioli & ice cream for the kids! Mellow Mushroom (275 Dogwood Blvd, Flowood, 601-992-7499) More than just great pizza and beer. Open Monday - Friday 11-10 and Saturday 11-11. ITALIAN 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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The Fontourage by Carmen Cristo


Fontenot Designs, made up of (from left in inset) designer Beth Blackwell, installer Justin Rogers, and owner and designer Susan Fontenot, intertwines clients’ tastes with their lifestyles.

tenot returned, she started her namesake design company and began creating beautiful spaces for people to dwell in. “The Fontourage,” as the company is affectionately called, is comprised of the two designers and their installer, Justin Rogers, who does the heavy lifting, literally. Their clients are all over the Jackson area and beyond, from Belhaven, where Fontenot lives, to Memphis. They aren’t just home decorators, either. The team does corporate spaces, living centers and has even designed new homes from the ground up. What clients love most about the

Fontenot Design team isn’t their expertise, despite more than 35 years of experience between them. They love the level of intimacy that they develop with each person. “I went skydiving this past weekend, and nearly every one of our clients was commenting on my photo saying different things,” Blackwell says. “Most of our friends start out as clients.” One client, Jean, says that she and Fontenot are “married” for life. “I was ready to put this house on the market—that’s how bad it was. And then I met this lady,” she says, motioning to Fontenot.

Jean took me to each room, explaining the process of getting rid of old items that didn’t complement one another and replacing them with pieces that make the house feel like a home—her home. Rogers removed an old, dark antique-esque rug from the hardwood living-room floor and laid a champagne-colored, nearly pearlescent one in its place. The space transformed as light flooded in through the French doors, bouncing off the rug and lighting up the room. “You did good,” Jean says. “You always do good.” For more information, visit fontenot 29 or find it on Facebook.

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his. This is Paula,” Susan Fontenot, owner of Fontenot Designs said, entering a room straight from a Pinterest Dream Home board. The room was a perfectly orchestrated smorgasbord of textures, prints and colors. It’s eccentricity and lack of one central theme was a clear reflection of the woman who spent her days there, perched on the orange sofa or stopping by to gaze out the window on her way from kitchen to living room. When I met Paula, I already knew her. Fontenot is half creative genius and half psychic, as all great interior designers are. She isn’t loyal to a specific style, nor does she create carbon copies of her own eclectic home. Instead, she spends time with the client, learning them and their tastes and intertwining pieces of their lifestyle and personality to create something as unique as they are. A day at Fontenot Designs is a mad rush from client to client and store to store, her minivan loaded down with rugs, lamps and pillows. Her fellow designer and sidekick, Beth Blackwell, drives. The pair began working together a little over five years ago after the furniture store where Blackwell worked closed. Fontenot explained that because interior designers are often in the same store several times a week, they pick just one salesperson to deal with. At that particular store, Louisiana native Blackwell was her go-to girl. “I always knew she would work for me, ever since the day we met,” Fontenot says. Born and reared in Jackson, Fontenot moved to Starkville with her family as a teen. After high school, she lived in Memphis, Tenn., for more than 15 years, and then moved to Wilmington, N.C., where she owned and operated a bed and breakfast until she came home in 2000. When Fon-

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Magnolia Roller Vixens Roller Derby Sept. 13, 7 p.m., at Jackson Convention Complex (105 E. Pascagoula St.). The team takes on the Hub City Derby Dames. Doors open at 6 p.m. $12 in advance, $15 at the door, $5 children; call 960-2321;

Nature Nuts Preschool Program Sept. 16, 10 a.m., at Clinton Community Nature Center (617 Dunton Road, Clinton). The nature discovery program is for children ages 2-5. Adults must accompany children. A professional educator from the Mississippi Natural Science Museum teaches the class. $5, $3 members, $1 discount for each additional child; call 601-926-1104; email;

#/--5.)49 History Is Lunch Sept. 10, noon, at William F. Winter Archives and History Building (200 North St.). Artist Rolland Golden talks about his new memoir, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Life, Love and Art in the French Quarter.â&#x20AC;? Free; call 601-576-6998; Senior Day Sept. 11, 9 a.m.-noon, at Jackson Zoo (2918 W. Capitol St.). Patrons ages 65 and older enjoy free admission. Pre-registration required. Free for seniors, others: $9.25, $6.75 ages 2-12, children under 2 and members free; call 601-3522580; Magnolia Classic Dog Show Sept. 11-14, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., at Mississippi Trade Mart (1200 Mississippi St.). Includes showmanship, obedience and rally trials, seminars and vendors. Dogs not competing and strollers not allowed. Proceeds benefit local animal causes. Admission TBA; call 354-7051; Ladiesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Night Out: Letâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Talk Sept. 12, 6 p.m., at Jackson Medical Mall (350 W. Woodrow Wilson Ave.). At Center Stage. Speakers include life skills coach Pastor Janie Taylor and Pastor Betty Robinson of Greater Grace Tabernacle of Deliverance. Refreshments included. Free; call 601-955-9486 or 601-506-4149. Annual Fall Fix-up Sept. 15-18, at Mississippi Childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Museum (2145 Highland Drive). The museum closes to the public to paint, repair and clean the 50,000 square-foot facility. Volunteers needed. All ages welcome. Free; call 601-9815469; Unburied Treasures: Cover to Cover Sept. 16, 6 p.m., at Mississippi Museum of Art (380 S. Lamar St.). Photographer Bruce West talks about Rev. H.D. Dennis, the subject of his book, â&#x20AC;&#x153;The True Gospel Preached Here.â&#x20AC;? Includes live gospel music. Cash bar at 5:30 p.m. Free; call 601-9601515;

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History Is Lunch Sept. 17, noon, at Old Capitol Museum (100 S. State St.). Old Capitol Museum historian Michael Stoll presents â&#x20AC;&#x153;Monuments to Democracy: The 50 State Capitols.â&#x20AC;? Free; call 601-576-6998.


Events at Ridgeland Public Library (397 Highway 51, Ridgeland) â&#x20AC;˘ Baby Bookends (Ages 0-2) Wednesdays, 10:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m. through Sept. 24 Children and their caregivers sing rhymes, play musical instruments, read stories, and do flannel board and movement activities. Free; call 601-856-4536. â&#x20AC;˘ Rising Readers Storytime (Ages 3-7) Tuesdays, 4 p.m.-5 p.m. through Sept. 30 Programs include stories, songs, flannel board activities, movement and crafts. Free; call 601-856-4536.

&//$$2).+ Plant-Based Potluck Sept. 13, 1 p.m.-3 p.m., at High Noon Cafe (Rainbow Plaza, 2807 Old Canton Road). Hosts include Mississippi Vegetarians, Rainbow Natural Grocery Cooperative and Dr. Leo Huddleston. Bring a plant-based dish to share. Free; call 366-1513; find â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Plant-Based Potluck is Back!â&#x20AC;? on Facebook.

30/2437%,,.%33 Summit Fighting MMA Sept. 13, 7 p.m., at Lady Luck Casino (1380 Warrenton Road, Vicksburg). Mixed martial artists Codale â&#x20AC;&#x153;Crunchtimeâ&#x20AC;? Ford and Andy â&#x20AC;&#x153;Stunnerâ&#x20AC;? Urich compete. Doors open at 6 p.m. In advance: $40, $250 tables; day of event: $50, $300 day of event; call 800â&#x20AC;&#x201C;503â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 3777; WWE Live Sept. 13, 7:30 p.m., at Mississippi Coliseum (1207 Mississippi St.). Wrestlers include Randy Orton, Roman Reigns, Seth Rollins, Desaro and more. $15-$95; call 800-745-3000.

34!'%3#2%%. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Mrs. Mannerlyâ&#x20AC;? Sept. 9-13, 7:30 p.m., Sept. 14, 2 p.m., Sept. 16-20, 7:30 p.m., Sept. 21, 2 p.m., at New Stage Theatre (1100 Carlisle St.). The play is about a 10-year-oldâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;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;

â&#x20AC;&#x153;A Motherâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Loveâ&#x20AC;? Sept. 11-12, 8 p.m., at Thalia Mara Hall (255 E. Pascagoula St.). Kandi Burruss and Todd Tuckerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s musical is about a woman torn between the love of her life and her controlling mother. $39-$49; call 800-745-3000. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Saved by the Monkeysâ&#x20AC;? Improv Show Sept. 12, 7:30 p.m.-9:30 p.m., at Warehouse Theatre (1000 Monroe St.). In the style of â&#x20AC;&#x153;Whose Line Is It Anyway?â&#x20AC;?, Jackson improv troupe the Misfit Monkeys get suggestions from the audience and make up scenes on the spot. $7; call 818-6454404; â&#x20AC;&#x153;A Streetcar Named Desireâ&#x20AC;? Sept. 16, 7 p.m., at Tinseltown (411 Riverwind Drive, Pearl). The simulcast of Tennessee Williamsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; play features actors such as Gillian Anderson, Ben Foster and Vanessa Kirby. Admission TBA; call 601-9365856;

#/.#%243&%34)6!,3 Flow Tribe Sept. 12, 10 p.m., at Martinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Restaurant and Lounge (214 S. State St.). For ages 21 and up. $5-$10; call 601-354-9712. Moonvine 49 Arts and Music Festival Sept. 13, 2 p.m., at Live Oaks Golf Club (11200 Highway 49 N.). Performers include The Fides, Rosco Bandana, Eddie Cotton, Oh Jeremiah and Wyatt Waters. Film festival at 7 p.m. $5 in advance, $10 at the gate; call 601-292-7999; An Evening with Dale Watson and the Lonestars Sept. 17, 7:30 p.m., at Duling Hall (622 Duling Ave.). Doors open at 6:30 p.m. $10 in advance, $15 at the door; call 601-292-7999; email;

,)4%2!293)'.).'3 Events at Lemuria Books (Banner Hall, 4465 Interstate 55 N., Suite 202) â&#x20AC;˘ "The Future for Curious People" Sept. 10, 5 p.m. Gregory Sherl signs books. Reading at 5:30 p.m. $14.95 book; call 601-366-7619; email â&#x20AC;˘ "The Resurrectionist" Sept. 11, 5 p.m. Matthew Guinn signs books. Reading at 5:30 p.m. $14.95 book; call 601-366-7619; email â&#x20AC;˘ "The Language of Silence" Sept. 13, 1 p.m. Peggy Webb signs books. $16 book; call 601366-7619; email Author Meet and Greet Sept. 13, 5 p.m.-7 p.m., at Walmart, Clinton (950 Highway 80 W., Clinton). William Trest Jr., Meredith Coleman McGee, Starkishia and new author Ty A. Patterson sign books. Free admission, books for sale ($7.35-$44); call 601-924-3364;

#2%!4)6%#,!33%3 Mining Your Memories: Writing Family Stories Sept. 12, 1 p.m.-2:30 p.m., at Ridgeland Public Library (397 Highway 51, Ridgeland). Learn ways to bring back memories in order to write stories about your life. Sessions are monthly on second Thursdays. Free; call 601-856-4536; email

%8()")4/0%.).'3 â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Stump Ghosts Call Me Sweetheartâ&#x20AC;? Gallery Talk and Show Sept. 12, 3:30 p.m., Sept. 12, 7 p.m., at Lewis Art Gallery (Millsaps College, Ford Academic Complex, 1701 N. State St.). Ming Donkey talks about his art exhibit at 3:30 p.m. and performs at 7 p.m.. Free; call 601-4977454; email

"%4(%#(!.'% BioBlitz Sept. 13, 6 a.m.-7 p.m., at Mississippi Museum of Natural Science (2148 Riverside Drive). The event brings scientists and community members together to identify local species. Included with admission ($6, $5 seniors, $4 ages 3-18, children Under 3 and members free); call 601-576-6000; Mississippi Immigrants Rights Alliance Advocacy Meeting Sept. 10, noon, at Mississippi Immigrants Rights Alliance (612 N. State St., Suite B). MIRA discusses current issues and upcoming campaigns at the meeting held on second Wednesdays. Open to the public. Light dinner is included. Free; call 601-968-5182; Blood and Donation Drive for Ryan LaSource Sept. 13, 10 a.m.-3 p.m., at Hollywood Feed (1250 E. County Line Road, Ridgeland). Donate blood at the Mississippi Blood Services donor coach as well as money an supplies that the LaSource family needs. Supply list on Donations welcome; call 601-977-6220. Partners to End Homelessnessâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Project Homeless Connect Sept. 16, 8:30 a.m.-2 p.m., Sept. 17, 1 p.m.-3 p.m., Sept. 18, 8 a.m.-1 p.m. At Poindexter Park (200 Poindexter St.), Homeless Service Fair is Sept. 16, 8:30 a.m.-2 p.m., and Picnic in the Park is Sept. 17, 1-3 p.m. Conference is Sept. 18, 8 a.m.-1 p.m. at Galloway Church (305 N. Congress St.). Call 601-213-5301; 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.







Author Meet and Greet is at the Clinton Walmart.

“A Streetcar Named Desire” plays at Malco Theater.

History Is Lunch with Michael Stoll is at Old Capitol Museum

BEST BETS SEPT. 10 - 17, 2014



Mississippi Museum of Art’s “Unburied Treasure” has gospel music and a talk with Rev. H. D. Dennis, Sept. 16.

The Annual Fall Fix-up begins at the Mississippi Children’s Museum (2145 Highland Drive). The museum closes to the public to paint, repair and clean the 50,000 square-foot facility. Volunteers needed. Volunteers clean up and construction continues through Sept. 18. All ages welcome. Free; call 601-981-5469;


Author Gregory Sherl signs his novel “The Future for Curious People” at 5 p.m. at Lemuria Books (Banner Hall, 4465 Interstate 55 N., Suite 202). Reading at 5:30 p.m. $14.95 book; call 601-366-7619; email info@;


The High Note Jam is from 6 p.m.-7:30 p.m. at the Mississippi Museum of Art (380 S. Lamar St.). Enjoy live music and refreshments in the Art Garden. Cash bar BY MICAH SMITH included. Free; call 601-9601515; … “A Mother’s Love” begins at JACKSONFREEPRESS.COM 8 p.m. at Thalia Mara Hall FAX: 601-510-9019 (255 E. Pascagoula St.). Kandi Burruss and Todd Tucker’s DAILY UPDATES AT JFPEVENTS.COM musical is about a woman torn between the love of her life and her controlling mother. Performance also on Sept. 12. $39-$49; call 800-745-3000.



Jackson blues guitarist Jesse Robinson performs at 9 p.m. at Underground 119 (119 S. President St.). $10; call 601-352-2322. ... Flow Tribe performs at 10 p.m. at Martin’s Restaurant and Lounge (214 S. State St.). The funk and rock band performs to promote its latest album, “Alligator White.” For ages 21 and up. $5-

$10; call 601-354-9712; ... JJ Thames and the Volt perform at 9 p.m. at The Penguin (1100 John R. Lynch St., #6A). $10; call 769-251-5222.


King Edward & Friends perform at 9 p.m. at Underground 119 (119 S. President St.). $10; call 601-352-2322. ... Sherman Lee Dillon and the MS Sound perform at midnight at F. Jones Corner (303 N. Farish St.). $10; call 601983-1148. ... Plant-Based Potluck is from 1 p.m.-3 p.m. at High Noon Cafe (Rainbow Plaza, 2807 Old Canton Road). Hosts are Mississippi Vegetarians, Rainbow Grocery and Dr. Leo Huddleston. Bring a plant-based dish to share. Free; 366-1513; find “The Plant-Based Potluck is Back!” on Facebook. … Magnolia Roller Vixens Roller Derby is at 7 p.m. at the Jackson Convention Complex (105 E. Pascagoula St.). Doors open at 6 p.m. $12 advance, $15 at door, $5 children; call 960-2321; ... WWE Live is at 7:30 p.m. at the Mississippi Coliseum (1207 Mississippi St.). Wrestlers include Randy Orton, Roman Reigns, Seth Rollins and more. $15-$95; call 800-745-3000.


“Mrs. Mannerly” continues at 7:30 p.m. at New Stage Theatre (1100 Carlisle St.). The play is about a 10year-old’s attempt to earn a perfect score on his final exam for his etiquette class. Performances also on Sept. 16-21. $28, $22 seniors and students; call 601-948-3533, ext. 222; ... Raphael Semmes performs for Jazz Brunch at 11:30 a.m. at Table 100 (100 Ridge Way, Flowood). Free; call 601-420-4202.

Jackson legend King Edward delivers his classic blues for patrons of Underground 119, Sept. 13.


Dale Watson and the Lonestars perform at 7:30 p.m. at Duling Hall (622 Duling Ave.). Country singersongwriter and Alabama native Dale Watson has released more than 20 albums in his career. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. $10 in advance, $15 at the door; call 601-292-7999; email;

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“Unburied Treasures: Cover to Cover” is at 6 p.m. at the Mississippi Museum of Art (380 S. Lamar St.). Photographer Bruce West leads a conversation with Rev. H.D. Dennis on the subject of his book, “The True Gospel Preached Here.” The night includes live gospel music. Cash bar at 5:30 p.m. Free; call 601-960-1515;





September 2014 by Micah Smith

Jim Booth’s “Terrapin Scratch” (Tate Publishing, 2014, $18.99) Brandon, Miss., author Jim Booth’s latest novel places his rough-and-tumble constable, Thomas Jefferson Davis McCall, on the trail of a murderer who winds through Mississippi and Georgia. Adding to the constable’s problem, he’s about 100 years too late. Booth signs copies of his book from 10 a.m. to noon, Thursday, Sept. 11, at Woodland Hills Baptist Church (3327 Old Canton Road).

Ty A. Patterson’s “Southern Jewel: The Elements Within” (CreateSpace, 2014, $12.99) The first book from Jackson author Ty A. Patterson wasn’t as intentional as some works. After posting her original poems and musings on Facebook for several years, friends convinced her to collect and publish them. The writings in “Southern Jewel” center on themes of female empowerment and self-worth. Patterson’s book release party is from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m., Sunday, Sept. 28 at The Room (421 W. Woodrow Wilson Ave.).





Ian McEwan’s “The Children Act” (Doubleday Publishing, 2014, $25.00) Those with a good memory will recognize English novelist Ian McEwan as the scribe behind 2001’s “Atonement.” His 2014 outing, “The Children Act,” tells the story of Fiona Maye, a London family-court judge. She presides over the case of Jehovah’s Witness parents who won’t consent to an essential blood transfusion for their son. The premise isn’t unheard of, but McEwan has a way of elevating his material toward brilliance.

all might mean football season to a lot of people, but the conscientious bookworm knows changing leaves mean that your favorite bookstores are changing their shelves. Here are some interesting international and local releases to check out this month.

Katy Simpson Smith’s “The Story of Land And Sea” (HarperCollins, 2014, $26.99) It’s not often that a debut novel will land with as much of a splash as “The Story of Land And Sea,” but it’s also not often that a fledgling writer will tackle the tough challenges. Jackson-born scribe Katy Simpson Smith sets her focus on denizens of a coastal North Carolina town near the end of the American Revolution. Filled with rich characters, powerful drama and thrilling turns, Smith’s novel is a worthy tribute to one of the country’s most turbulent times.


Voyage into the Mind of Jenny Lewis by Amber Helsel

I September 10 - 16, 2014 •


f you’ve ever heard Jenny Lewis sing, you may be sur- mer boyfriend and band mate Blake Sennett, a founding being a woman than anything else. It’s not your typical prised that her interest in music came after hearing The member of Rilo Kiley. The song is filled with the thoughts run-of-the-mill, female-empowerment anthem, though. Beastie Boys. Her West Coast-driven sound is starkly a person might have in that kind of situation, from the It’s about a woman’s struggle in getting older, following her different from rap or hip-hop, and critics have called realization that you just gave up an important part of your- dreams and being independent while still having to contend “The Voyager,” released in early August, her most Califor- self to coming to terms with it being over. with questions such as whether she wants to settle down nia-esque album. It harkens back to ’70s rock ‘n’ roll, with The next song, “Just One of the Guys,” is more about and have children. In one of the most profound lines, Lewis the melodies of bands like Fleetwood Mac and sings, “There’s only one difference between you and Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers informing the me. When I look at myself, all I can see I’m just sound and feel of the music. another lady without a baby.” The entire album is a journey through Lewis’ “Aloha & the Three Johns” outlines many of mind and her struggles over the last few years, from the fears that come in a long-term relationship, set the dispersing of Lewis’ former band Rilo Kiley to to the backdrop of a bad vacation. Many of the lines the death of her father, whom she only knew in the ring true about getting older, too, especially when she last few years of his life. asks, “Is this the beginning of middle-aging?” The “The Voyager” is a strong narrative that paints lyrics indicate that she can no longer handle many of a clear picture of where she finds herself now. the quirks that she took in stride in her youth. The opening track, “Head Under Water,” The entire album is the latter chapter of a centers on Lewis’ experiences with insomnia folcoming-of-age story for Lewis, and possibly, for lowing the death of her father in 2010. Certain lyrmany who of the listeners who’ve stuck with her ics allude to the strange state of mind that happens over the years. Her album resonates with me. It after days of not sleeping. “I took a blanket into tells the story of a woman struggling through perthe bath, opened my eyes and hallucinated. I took sonal issues, relationships and her independence, a nap and woke up in the grass,” she sings. and that I can understand. With its Sheryl Crow-like guitar riffs, “She’s Though the album has a couple of weak Not Me” tells the story of a terrible breakup and spots, such as “Late Bloomer,” overall, it’s a great Singer-songwriter Jenny Lewis crafts a story of aging, heartbreak seeing an ex with someone else, possibly alluding listen for those who are feeling equally unimand where those feelings can take you. to the messy separation between Lewis and her forpressed with what the aging process has to offer.



Hitting the ‘High Note’

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The Mississippi Museum of Art’s High Note Jam combines music and movies to celebrate Jackson’s artistic elements.


he Art Garden at the Mississippi Museum of Art opened in 2011, and filled a need for an outdoor downtown venue. The museum had the diverse creative community of Jackson in mind when they planned and built the beautiful collaborative space. “It’s definitely important (to engage local artists),” says Julian Rankin, director of media and public relations at the museum. “When we built the Art Garden, it really opened up the types of events we can have here. It has really cemented itself as a great music venue. We are really pleased to be able to have this place and use it to strengthen relationships within the art community.” Not only does the space connect the art community metaphorically, but also geographically, with its C Spire stage, splash pad and green lawn, stretching between the museum and the Greater Jackson Arts Council right next door to Thalia Mara Hall. In the three years since its opening, the museum has continued to celebrate the varieties of artistic expression in Jackson with an array of events, including High Note Jam, a concert series presented by the museum and the Arts Council. The upcoming High Note Jam on Sept. 11 will combine the concert series with another recurring museum event—Screen on the Green. Local musicians Bill and Temperance will perform, in their second High Note Jam appearance. The bluegrass duo will cover songs associated with cinema icons the Coen Brothers, with music from films such as “No Country for Old Men,” “O! Brother, Where art Thou?” and “True Grit.” The Coen Brothers’ Nicolas Cage-led comedy “Raising Arizona” will be shown on the lawn following the concert for the Screen on the Green portion of the event. “We usually have a theme. When we started, we

wanted each concert to be a different night,” says Special Events Director Tammy Golden of the Greater Jackson Arts Council. “We invited Bill and Temperance back because we knew they have Coen Brothers music in their repertoire. It’s a way to honor the great music in their films, which is vast.” Previous themes have included a range of genres, from rock to blues to classical. Funding from community grants enables the Arts Council to team up with the museum and create an environment for families to interact with local artists in inventive ways. High Note Jam also brings in an audience that wouldn’t necessarily visit the museum otherwise. “The group of people we serve is a different group of people than who the museum serves. It’s usually a diverse crowd—different ages, different backgrounds,” Golden says. “It’s a nice couple of hours to spend downtown enjoying free music, kind of a pre-weekend.” The end goal of the joint event, for Golden, is to promote local musicians, like Bill and Temperance, and the local art community as a whole. “One of the things we do here at the Arts Council is promoting local artists that have not been featured in galleries, yet. With High Note Jam, it’s the same idea with musicians,” she says. “We want to feature musicians that aren’t heard all the time. We want to spotlight them and give others the opportunity to hear music they might not usually hear.” Rankin says the union is beneficial for MMA because the Arts Council usually has plenty of options for musical guests. High Note Jam is at the Mississippi Museum of Art (380 S. Lamar St., 601-9601515), 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. on Sept. 11. “Raising Arizona” will be shown at dusk, following the concert. The event is free with a cash bar and refreshments available for purchase.

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