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ustin Bruce, 28, is passionate about helping the capital city succeed, and as director of innovation and performance for the City of Jackson, he gets to do just that. Born and raised in the Jackson metro, Bruce went to Madison Central High School and attended Jackson State, where he met his wife of seven years, Anna. He was previously the senior strategist and executive writer for the mayor’s office and shifted to director of innovation and performance in 2015. The office exists to “judge the performance of the department in a more tangible way,” Bruce says. His work centers on data—facts and statistics that look at how departments in Jackson are performing. His job is to identify areas that need work and encourage projects that are doing well. Bruce helped build the City’s open-data portal, Open Jackson, which launched in March 2016. Bruce has been working to help catch the City up technologically by creating an online system with public information on Jackson’s infrastructure, crime and more. “It’s definitely a big undertaking,” Bruce says of his work. His latest project is a budget app that will launch by the end of the year, which will show how the City is spend-
ing its money. Bruce says this open-data initiative is about making Jackson more transparent and holding the government accountable to its goals. Jackson can be a city that makes better-educated, statistic-driven decisions, Bruce believes. “The city’s future is bright. It is not dead. In certain areas, it’s thriving,” he says. After partnering with the Bloomberg Philanthropies public-data initiative, work by Bruce’s team received recognition from Government Technology magazine, Johns Hopkins University’s Arts & Sciences Magazine and Harvard Kennedy School Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation. “I like the ability to take an idea and see it carried out,” Bruce says. “If you don’t have a vision, you can’t do this.” Bruce challenges existing policies and practices, forcing directors to try new methods and measuring whether those methods are successful. “My job is to get people to understand that there is more than one way to get something done,” he says. He loves spending time with his family, including his three boys: Justin, 7; Charles, 4; and Eli, 3 months. He also enjoys traveling, being active in church and playing the piano. —Abigail Walker
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by Donna Ladd, Editor-in-Chief
Donald and Melania, Stop Insulting Men
ait, what? No, Melania, good men aren’t “egged” into bragging that they can grab women’s private parts any time they want. I get that you’re trying to defend your husband, but that kind of national enabling will just continue the “boys will be boys” lie that sexual predators and perverts have long lurked behind. That is, that men just can’t help themselves. They are tempted, teased, lured and lulled by alcohol or drugs into doing what any red-blooded American man naturally wants to do—take what they desire sexually and then brag about their exploits. Or encourage others to if they don’t have the, er, courage to follow through. No, Mrs. Trump, your husband is an ugly cog in a culture that abuses women, makes dumb excuses for it and then belittles even men who don’t want any part of it, try to change their own ways or who try to speak up about the rape culture. Trump brushing off his words as “locker-room” jokes doesn’t work because most athletes of whatever gender do not brag about or encourage sexual assault, and those who do need to be exposed and even prosecuted, as former New Orleans Saint Darren Sharper was. It is wrong, and archaic, to act like it’s just what all men do. That attitude, as Michelle Obama eloquently explained it last week, sets women up to be constant targets. And, I’ve long fretted that making excuses for abusive men makes it harder for noncriminal men who don’t believe women are simply there for their one-sided gratification to speak out and help change this toxic culture for all of us. Like many women, I was raped by this culture. Literally.
My rapist was a mini-Trump, if you will, at least by Neshoba County standards in the 1970s. He was a football player and a Mr. Everything at school; everyone loved him. And he was raised to do what he did to me, if not by his family, certainly by the culture that excused it. Trump and others are lambasting
Not all men assault women. women coming forward now. But there is power in numbers, and the NBC tape proved he admits to doing those very things. Trump’s smirking retort is typical of sexual assaulters and their apologists: Why now? And: They were too ugly to assault when I could have a trail of women like Melania, Marla and Ivana. That horrifying logic assumes that men assault women only when they’re beautiful enough to be attacked. Really? I didn’t report my rape because no one would believe me. Even at that age, I knew I was powerless against that popular guy. I went, with others, to his house, and we were drinking beer and flirting. Plus, he could afford better attorneys who might pass my lace panties around a jury. Rape victims face that scenario every day. We report, and we’re victimized all
over again, or we stay quiet, blame ourselves and pray the rapist doesn’t do it again, knowing he probably will. Besides, society tells us over and over again that “boys will be boys,” whether it’s the swimmer rapist at Stanford, the New Jersey teens who raped a mentally ill girl with a baseball bat and a broomstick in 1989, or Donald Trump over decades of vocal, and possibly physical, assaults on women and girls—all of whom acted like it was just what naughty men do. Yes, this is horrifying for women, but it is also terrible for men. Talk about a bigotry of low expectations: Men are really supposed to accept that they cannot control themselves and their urges to refrain from committing a sexual crime? I’ve long known men who are insulted by this low bar for their gender. They’re belittled, too, if they won’t play the game. At this point, Trump is running to be a role model to other young men. But his example is having a lovely wife at home while bragging about his exploits to build himself up in the eyes of other men who, he presumes, are jealous of his life. This is about power and propping up a fragile ego—and promoting criminal behavior. We’ve heard what Trump says about his daughter Ivanka—saying on a TV talk show that they have “sex!” in common as she smiled next to him. Just imagine what he’s told his sons. Donald Trump Jr. proved the family cycle of misogyny when he said that women who couldn’t take the stuff his father does should avoid the workplace and work in a nursery school. Seriously, bro? Not all men rape. Neither do all men joke about sexual assault and belittle women constantly, or call them “crooked,” a “piggy,” ugly or say a wom-
an belongs in jail because she challenges him. Trump is telling women to either support supposedly typical abusers, or be the butt of the joke, or worse. He’s telling men who defy the rape culture that they are weak and “whipped” by women. He is setting an example of a double culture women should fear if we even know it exists: We can’t trust what men do or say when we’re not within earshot, or in the so-called locker room of depravity. Trump’s locker-room excuse sends bad messages, whether to would-be rapists or to aging “players” who make a sport out of leaving a long line of heartbroken interns in the workplace. I love that so many athletes are pushing back on him, saying they don’t hear men around them encourage or brag about sexual assault. Now it is time for the roughly half of American men who do not adore Trump and his antics to speak out as well and change this disgusting culture. At the second debate, Trump called on Muslims to report potential terrorist actions they see. America has far more rapists and harassers than terrorists of any background, and it’s a daily crime. Men and women must report people who admit to the crime, but even more importantly, speak up before they do. Tell them their words aren’t acceptable, that sexualizing women in the public arena is unacceptable, and to stop grabbing women, whether at the club or at a Mother’s Day brunch in your tacky mansion. Men, we need you to speak up in public and even in the locker room. Wearing pink cleats during October is a great message for defeating breast cancer; challenging men like Trump year-round when they disrespect women is an even better one. Not all men assault women; let’s start acting like it.
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City Reporter Tim Summers Jr. enjoys loud live music, teaching his cat to fetch, long city council meetings and FOIA requests. Send him story ideas at email@example.com. He wrote about One Lake, the DA Files and Robert Graham.
JFP and Hechinger Report Education Reporting Fellow Sierra Mannie’s opinions of the Ancient Greeks can’t be trusted nearly as much as her opinions of Beyoncé. She wrote about EdBuild and MAEP for this issue.
News Reporter Arielle Dreher is working on finding some new hobbies and adopting an otter from the Jackson Zoo. Email her story ideas at firstname.lastname@example.org. She wrote about voter disenfranchisement.
Web Editor Dustin Cardon is a graduate of the University of Southern Mississippi. He enjoys reading fantasy novels and wants to write them himself one day. He wrote about local food news.
Freelancer Malcolm Morrow has a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice from the University of Southern Mississippi. He is the founder of Jackson-based entertainment blog The Hood Hippie. He wrote a story about hip-hop artist devMaccc.
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“It’s a constant source of conflict and dispute. We need to find a way where the school systems can get what they need and in some way that doesn’t result in an argument every year.” —House Speaker Philip Gunn, R-Clinton, speaking about the Mississippi Adequate Education Program formula in November 2015
Wednesday, October 12 State legislative leaders hire nonprofit EdBuild to evaluate MAEP, the state’s school-funding formula.
Mississippi’s Silenced Voters
Thursday, October 13 The Cleveland school district says it’s ready to stop fighting a plan to merge historically black and white schools, but on the condition that it be allowed to close historically black East Side High. … Protesters at a press conference at the Capitol say that Gov. Phil Bryant should apologize for declaring October “Racial Reconciliation Celebration Month” without acknowledging the dark past of racism in Mississippi or how the Mississippi flag plays into that history.
Saturday, October 15 Donald Trump tweets unsubstantiated claims that the election is rigged against him, vows anew to jail Hillary Clinton if he is elected and insinuates that she was on drugs during the last debate, calling for drug tests before the final debate Wednesday.
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Sunday, October 16 An unknown person vandalizes and firebombs the Orange County Republican Party headquarters in North Carolina.
Monday, October 17 The Hinds County Board of Supervisors allocates funding to support a detention alternative for young girls. Tuesday, October 18 President Barack Obama accuses Donald Trump of showering praise and modeling his policies on Russian President Vladimir Putin to a degree that is “unprecedented in American politics.” Get breaking news at jfpdaily.com.
by Arielle Dreher
hanks in part to Mississippi’s antiquated and disenfranchising voting-rights laws, Robert Banks still cannot vote, even though he has been off probation for over a decade. A Marshall County jury convicted Banks of robbery in 1999. He served less than a year of his five-year sentence in prison, spending three years on probation instead. Fully discharged in 2002, he still did not have the right to vote, his suffrage bill says. Sen. Bill Stone, D-Holly Springs, introduced a suffrage bill in the 2016 legislative session to restore Banks’ right to vote. While the bill passed the Senate on its last day in session, it died in the House in committee on the day the House adjourned. Stone said the bill died due to the late timing, but neither the House nor the Senate passed any suffrage bills in the last legislative session. Stone said he introduced the bill because Banks is a “model citizen” and hard-working taxpayer in his district. Banks’ mother asked Stone to introduce the bill. Banks or his mother could not be reached for comment by press time. It is common for Mississippians to be confused about whether or not they are disenfranchised, said Stone, who has introduced suffrage bills before, says i “What I have found a lot of times when you have someone contact you be-
Word clouds give you a window into what a website’s about, so for this week’s Little Six, we decided to generate one to see what we find about jacksonfreepress.com. Here are the results.
Friday, October 14 A petition drive to erase the Confederate battle emblem from Mississippi’s flag fails due to sponsors not collecting enough signatures to put an initiative on the 2018 ballot. … Donald Trump calls the women accusing him of sexual assault “horrible liars,” and his running mate Mike Pence says the campaign is working on producing evidence that the claims are false.
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A new study from the Sentencing Project estimates that more than 200,000 Mississippians are disenfranchised from voting due to outdated state laws.
cause of a suffrage bill, 10 to 20 percent (of the time) we can actually do something, because a lot of times people will contact me about a suffrage bill because they think they’re disenfranchised, and they’re not,” Stone told the Jackson Free Press. The secretary of state’s website lists 22 disenfranchising crimes ranging from murder and rape to larceny and receiving stolen property. Mississippians with any of those 22 crimes on their records have few options to get rights restored. The ban comes from a precedent set in an article of the Missis-
sippi Constitution, which has not been changed since the 1970s. A 2009 attorney general’s opinion recently defined the list of crimes. Disenfranchised citizens can ask the governor directly to restore their rights or ask the court directly. The Legislature can pardon them with individual suffrage bills. In September, after introducing the Y’all Vote website, Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann told reporters about reforms he would like to see in Mississippi’s election and voting laws. He also said the Legislature should look at revisiting
“We have to get to the root of this and break the cycle. ... If we can get these mothers the help they need and get them on the road to recovery, we can reunify families more quickly.”
“So if we have a waiting list for child-care services, why aren’t we spending the money on child care?”
— Mississippi Supreme Court Justice Dawn Beam announcing the ReNewMS program, which will help parents with children in state custody overcome drug addiction
—Rep. Jarvis Dortch, D-Jackson, asking a State agency director why MDHA had left millions in federal funds on the table.
Would a New Formula Fund Public Schools Better? by Sierra Mannie
Mississippi: The ‘Outlier’ Mississippi has the second-highest percentage of disenfranchised voters in the coun-
Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves spearheaded an attempt to change the state’s education funding formula, the Mississippi Adequate Education Program, back in January by adjusting its funding standards.
funding mechanism with the idea that students get equitable funding regardless of where they attend school; and principals allocate funds instead of district administrators. The benefit, nonprofit Education Resource Strategies says, is equity, the opportunity for innovation and transparency regarding how much money the school receives. But in some districts that have adopted the funding model, critics say money gets taken away from some schools, which makes it harder for those schools to pay competitive teacher salaries. And while this finance system could make funding more fair by redistributing some state
try, second only to Florida, a new report from the Sentencing Project shows. This is primarily because of the state’s rigid felony list, but also due to its laws in general. Once a person is convicted of a felony, he or she loses voting rights for the foreseeable future. Mississippi is one of a dozen states that disenfranchise those in jail, on probation and post-sentence. The Sentencing Project report estimates that state law currently disenfranchises 218,181 Mississippians. Marc Mauer, executive director of the Sentencing Project, says that while the report’s numbers are estimates, they are the soundest numbers out there. Researchers took into account mortality and recidivism rates to make sure they did not double-count those who committed a second offense. State policies on disenfranchisement vary widely across the country. In Vermont and New Hampshire, even committing
dollars, it is not clear if it would inject the additional dollars schools into some of the poorest areas of Mississippi. Scrap it Altogether Most people worried about the current formula haven’t called on the State to change it or scrap it completely; rather, educators and mostly Democratic politicians have called for the Legislature to fully fund it. Still, Reeves and Gunn have wanted to tinker with the formula for a while.
felonies do not mean losing your right to vote. Mauer said Mississippi is an outlier state due to its disenfranchising crimes list. “The vast majority of other states, whether they are very restrictive or very liberal, don’t take into account the offense itself; they’ll just say you can’t vote if you’re on probation or you can, but the offense itself has nothing to do with that determination,” Mauer told the Jackson Free Press. The report shows that in the past 15 years, 335 Mississippians have had their voting rights restored. Racial Disparities The Sentencing Project report also looks at how disenfranchisement disproportionately affects African Americans in each state. The report shows that Mississippi’s voting-rights laws disenfranchise almost 16 percent of voting-age African Americans—
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about 127,130 Mississippians. In the last presidential election, with 1.285 million Mississippians casting votes, President Obama received 43 percent of the vote. He lost to Romney by under 150,000 votes in Mississippi in 2012. Mauer said the number of disenfranchised African Americans in the state are indicative of a criminal-justice system with a well-documented history of unwarranted racial disparities. “It’s not just a function of crime rates, and therefore, we have these racial disparities in the justice system that should be very disturbing, that then translate into higher rates of disenfranchisement as well. “So it just compounds the problem that way,” Mauer said. Email state reporter Arielle Dreher at email@example.com. at jfp.ms/state.
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disenfranchisement laws in the state. “We are skewed … because we have pedophiles and drug dealers still voting, and I’ve got somebody who steals timber that’s disenfranchised,” Hosemann told reporters in September. Hosemann said the Legislature could come up with an array of alternatives, but some of bills lawmakers have previously introduced never made it to the floor. In 2016, Rep. Alyce Clarke, D-Jackson, filed a bill to restore rights to someone charged with a disenfranchising felony after he or she completes all the terms of supervision, probation or prison time, and if three years pass with no new charges. The bill did not make it out of committee.
fter a litany of lawsuits, public outcry and legislative drama, Mississippi’s GOP leaders have joined forces with a New Jersey-based nonprofit to see if the state’s public-school funding formula should change. Mississippi Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves and House of Representatives Speaker Philip Gunn announced on Oct. 11 that they and education consulting company EdBuild would collaborate to examine and possibly overhaul Mississippi’s public-school funding formula, known as MAEP. The Mississippi Adequate Education Program determines the State’s share of financial responsibility for the education of each student. The State has only fully funded the program twice since its enactment in 1997. “The lieutenant governor and speaker of the House actually reached out to us,” EdBuild CEO Rebecca Sibilia told the Jackson Free Press. “What they told us pretty recently … is that they were interested in having a non-partisan group of experts come in and take a look at MAEP, figure out what’s working and isn’t, and come up with recommendations for how to do it better,” Sibilia said. The new school-finance program would aim to make funding more equitable, Reeves said during a press conference. That could mean that Mississippi would adopt “weighted student funding,” a system advocated by EdBuild, in which schools receive a base amount for each student and receive additional money for students with extra needs, like whether they are impoverished or learning English. Cities like Boston and Baltimore have adopted the
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‘One Lake’ Plan Moving Forward by Tim Summers Jr.
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The Pearl River Vision Foundation’s plan for the Pearl River includes allowing expansion to afford recreational access. However, downstream interests argue that restricting the flow of the river could have drastic effects.
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“It’s a constant source of conflict and dispute,” Gunn said in an Associated Press story in November last year. “We need to find a way where the school systems can get what they need, and in some way that doesn’t result in an argument every year.” Mississippi awards its public schools and districts accountability rankings on an A-through-F scale, representing how well they perform on assessments. Last January, Reeves spearheaded an attempt to change the formula, adjusting its funding standard by how much A and B districts—instead of C ones—use to educate their students. Reeves insisted that part of the budget problems stem from schools spending more money on administrative costs than on classroom costs. Currently, Mississippi’s complex formula takes into account things like average daily attendance and local contribution, which means districts vary greatly in how
inding a way to prevent the kind of flooding that left downtown Jackson underwater in the Great Easter Flood of 1979—while still getting the most use out of the river with development and recreational use—is the stated goal of the Pearl River Vision Foundation. The group’s preferred solution, long in planning stages, is the “One Lake” plan—as opposed to an earlier unworkable “Two Lakes” strategy— and is getting closer to actually happening, foundation spokesman Dallas Quinn explained during an Oct. 13 interview. “The plan you want to pick is the plan that maximizes the flood-reduction benefits and minimizes any impact to the environment,” Quinn said. The idea of One Lake is for engineers to expand the Pearl River outward to both anticipate and then hold increased river levels, all the while mitigating any environmental effects downstream. The plan would also provide waterfront development and recreational property and greater access to the river. Quinn represents Pearl River Vision Foundation, which local oil magnate John McGowan started to move “One Lake” forward. The foundation is a partner of the Rankin-Hinds Pearl River Flood and Drainage Control District, a public entity made up of local mayors and county representatives, to explore flood-control options. McGowan and his company, McGowan Working Partners, previously had to abandon the controversial Two Lakes project due to varied opposition, including environmental concerns, costs, eminent-domain issues, concerns about
much money they receive and spend per pupil. In the 2012-2013 school year, for example, Jackson Public Schools got $4,320 from the State of Mississippi per pupil; Madison County got $3,457. Weighted student funding would not include factors like average daily attendance, but instead would provide funding based on the needs of the students themselves. But Eric Hanushek, a Paul and Jean Hanna Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution of Stanford University, says that the formula promises more than it can actually deliver, at least for individual schools. There is no guarantee that the extra money for special-needs students will fund salaries for more special-education teachers, or resources for special-needs students. And wealthier districts typically with smaller numbers of English-language learners and impoverished children, might actually lose money under a weighted formula, and be forced to cut special programs that enrich academic experience. A 2005 study by a national teachers union says weighted school funding is a method that improves funding equity, while not addressing whether funding is adequate.
conflicts of interest and the potential harm of rerouting the Pearl River on communities downstream as far as Louisiana. As the scaled-back One Lake option moves forward, communities downstream are still watching with a wary eye. Lessons of ‘Two Lakes’ The ambitious Two Lakes project crashed in 2009, but this time around the proponents of the One Lake strategy aren’t taking any chances and have spent a considerable amount of time researching the environmental effects of One Lake and how to mitigate them. Quinn said the foundation will solicit public opinion after completing environmental studies in the next month or so. “The main focus right now has been to get the report complete, the draft out for review, back in and fix it, go to the public and then continue on. So I wouldn’t say fix it; I’d say make alterations if needed in certain areas,” Quinn said. The report is crucial to wrangling in the estimated $135 million to $150 million in funds the project needs to move forward. The federal government authorized the funds in 2007, but never allocated it as the project hit roadblocks. The foundation’s new study must pass the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ scrutiny, and afterward, an independent engineering firm’s verification of its findings, before any federal money touches the project, which Quinn estimates will cost more than $300 million total. Quinn said that although the project is not
Hanushek attributes support for the funding system to overall naivety. Liberals mistakenly believe equitable funding automatically ensures better teachers, Hanushek writes, and conservatives do not understand that the formula still will not make charter schools richer. “Conservatives, focused on the funding from the state, ignore the fact that local funding would not necessarily flow with the child under a weighted student funding system, so that redirecting the state funding would not achieve the parity that they seek for charter schools,” he wrote. Representatives for the Mississippi Department of Education say that Carey Wright, state superintendent, was not involved in the process of selecting individuals in order to analyze the state’s funding mechanism. Sibilia, however, says that her company will need public comment before EdBuild makes any recommendations on how to implement change in Mississippi. She expects to be in contact with state education leaders soon in order to start that process, she added. Email education reporting fellow Sierra Mannie at firstname.lastname@example.org. Comment at jfp.ms.
Downstream Concerns Any attempts to contain the Pearl River in this area inevitably will have affects downstream, especially alteration to the free flow of water into the Gulf of Mexico. “The Pearl has already got one reservoir on it and the cumulative effects, impacts of adding a second dam—a second lake on a river that already has a large dam and lake on it—will be certainly a part of the analysis they have to do,” says Andrew Whitehurst, assistant director of Science and Water Policy at the Gulf Restoration
“We are still months away,” Quinn said when asked about the report. Network, and a critic of the Lake projects. Quinn explained in a follow-up interview on Oct. 17 that the Pearl River Vision Foundation studied several different options for controlling the floodplain in the metro, much of which is concentrated in the area below Lakeland Drive. The Levee Board could choose a “do-nothing” alternative all the way to the foundation’s preferred plan: widening the allowed flooding area into a still-flowing wider and deeper river with a weir at the bottom. A weir is a dam-like installation that allows a constant flow of water over its peak. The foundation’s plan would move the weir that exists closer to the Fortification Street exit, four miles downstream. This would pool the water out, after excavation of certain sites, broadening the river. This would also create new accessible riverfront property, a notion that Quinn said was another positive for the project. He did not clarify whether the property would be private or publicly owned and accessed. Whitehurst pointed to several existing problems, such as riverbanks falling into
the Pearl when the water level rises and falls quickly—something that happens when the Ross Barnett Reservoir releases more water than usual. The engineering department of St. Tammany Parish in Louisiana did a study finding that an additional 1,500acre lake on the river system could cause an increase in evaporation because the water is no longer moving. That could equal a reduction in the flow of 90 cubic feet per second at the end of the Pearl. This could have tremendous effects in the fragile Delta area, where most ecosystems depend heavily on the presence of brackish water, a mixture of freshwater and saltwater. “Their concerns include saltwater intrusion, effects on shallow drinking water wells, habitat loss, loss of commercial fisheries and risk to water quality from permit exceedances,” Whitehurst said of downstream communities. “So those are the questions about reduced flow at the bottom of the system.” Workable Restoration? A BP restoration project on the Pearl River located about a mile and half from the mouth, in Hancock County’s Heron Bay, includes 40 acres of new marsh, 40 acres of new oyster bottom and three miles of living shoreline. All of that, Whitehurst said, could be in jeopardy from another large body of water upstream. “In order for that restoration to work, the salinity needs to be moderate. They can’t have full-strength seawater coming in at that point,” Whitehurst said. “That’s one of the problems with the marshes eroding at that point … salinity has worked against marsh creation, and there is overall marsh edge erosion to the north.” After the Pearl River Vision Foundation finishes its environmental impact and feasibility study, it will hold public meetings, one in Jackson and several downriver. Its past meetings have not engaged the public in dialogue and debate, but asked for written responses. Whitehurst believes the effects on the environment downstream outweigh any advantages the One Lake project may afford upstream residents. “We don’t think that this is good, no. Adding another lake and dam on the river, increasing evaporation and reducing flow? No I don’t think that’s good for the Pearl, especially in light of the restoration work down the river,” Whitehurst said. Quinn said that the foundation’s plan rides the middle line between allowing for increased protection from flooding while preventing any reduction of the flow downriver. Read the JFP’s award-winning coverage of the proposed lakes projects at jfp.ms/pearlriver.
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How State Agencies Dance with Privatization by Arielle Dreher
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Fund) will be utilized to the greatest extent possible to meet these goals,” MDHS said. Money Flowing Out of State The red tape and delays of the childcare funds are indicative of larger problems Mississippi state agencies are facing. MDHS spends a total of $78 million in state money on contracts each year. But 94 percent of the department’s total budget is
to lawmakers on the budget review committee show that this increase is not due to new legislation—but done out of necessity. “Without the ability of the agency to contract for services such as medical and nursing services, DMH could not provide the needed treatment services to individuals with mental illness and intellectual/developmental disability as mandated by the Legislature,” an email from DMH shows. Arielle Dreher
ississippi children living in poverty may be among the neediest in America, but last year the State of Mississippi did not allocate $35 million earmarked to help poor families in the state. That money sat on the table even as many children are on a long waiting list for services. Last Wednesday, Rep. Jarvis Dortch, D-Jackson, pressed John Davis, the executive director of the Department of Human Services, on why he did not allow the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families, or TANF, funds to be spent, considering the waiting list of children who need child-care vouchers in the state. Davis responded that TANF funds can roll over from year to year as long as the agency does not proportionally allocate the maintenance of effort funds for federal matching. “So if we have a waiting list for childcare services, why aren’t we spending the money on child care?” Dortch insisted. Davis explained that he transferred the maximum amount of TANF funds he could through the federal child-care block grant, which issues vouchers to families who use TANF and need child care. In order to use the leftover TANF money, Davis said he would have to create a separate program, and hasn’t done that. “I would have to actually start a separate child-care program to use those funds,” Davis said last week. “I can’t just funnel that through the child-care block grant.” Besides, he said, it’s not enough, anyway. MDHS is currently spending $19 million of TANF funds on child care, but Davis said that even if he re-allocated those leftover TANF funds, there would still be a waiting list of children needing help. “It doesn’t matter how much we spend, there’s always going to be a waiting list,” Davis told lawmakers last week. “We’ll never have enough money to get people off the waiting list,” he added. MDHS emailed a statement to the Jackson Free Press when asked for further comment on the delay. “The Mississippi Department of Human Services continues to look for opportunities to serve all child-care needs in Mississippi. We have been working with partners across the state to identify the best approach that will meet the new federal requirements provided through the Child Care Reauthorization Act. TANF funds as 10 well as CCDF (Child Care Development
John Davis, executive director of the Department of Human Services, told lawmakers that his department spends $75 million on contracts annually.
made up with federal funding, Davis said. Other state agencies cannot rely on that much federal funding and, thus, depend much more on state support, spending a large chunk of state dollars on contracts. MDHS does not spend the most on contracts, compared to other state agencies. The Mississippi Department of Corrections spends $176 million on contracts annually, the majority of which are with out-of-state companies, emails provided to lawmakers on budget review committees show. State law mandates some contracts, but in MDOC’s case, the Legislature only requires 27 percent of its contracts. MDOC is not alone in its high spending on contracts. The Mississippi Department of Mental Health spends $44.13 million on contracts and contracted workers annually, but the number of contracted workers has increased significantly in the past few years. In 2009, the department only used 275 contracted workers; today it uses more than 1,000 contracted workers. Emails provided
A Hunt for Transparency Lawmakers in the budget hearing groups combed through long lists of agency contracts last week, looking for potential overlap in services. All agencies report their contracting data in the Transparency Mississippi portal, but lawmakers wanted more detail than those reports provided. Rep. Becky Currie, R-Brookhaven, wanted department heads to explain the purpose of certain contracts, and asked that agencies provide follow-up information about what contractors listed as “consultants” are actually doing. Several agencies list contractors as “consultants” without explanation. The MDHS contractor list contains 30 “consultants,” but it’s unclear what services those consultants provide. Rep. Brad Touchstone, R-Hattiesburg, asked Davis why the department had so many consultants. “Are some or most of those consultants attached to the Olivia Y settlement?” Touchstone asked.
As a part of the Olivia Y consent decree, which came from a lawsuit filed against the state’s foster-care system, MDHS had to contract with several outside companies and independent auditors to evaluate the state’s foster-care system. MDHS is still in the process of splitting from the new department of Child Protection Services, and some of the contracts stayed on MDHS’ list due to their longevity. Davis said the majority of the consultant contractors were related to Olivia Y. MDHS has 126 contracts in total: 73 with Mississippi-based companies and 53 with out-of-state companies. Lawmakers asked most state agency heads to provide more details about what exactly a “consultant” contract meant. Marrying Public and Private From the outset of budget hearings, Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves and House Speaker Philip Gunn, both Republicans, have said the working groups will prioritize what government should be paying for within certain departments and agencies and whether or not contracting will help. “Should we privatize some of those expenditures? Is this agency performing a function that could better be done by the private sector?” Gunn said back in August. In many cases, federal funding depends on the amount of State funding provided, often requiring a certain “match” to trigger the flow of federal dollars. Other federal funds are only available for specific purposes. The federal government provides funding to MDHS for tobacco-use prevention, for instance. The number of contracts and the actual contractors, however, are much more up to its leadership. During budget hearings last week, lawmakers heard a presentation from the Reason Foundation, a libertarian think tank that encourages public-private partnerships, especially in government—and is popular among conservatives as a way to reduce the size of government even as critics say privatization can hurt service delivery. Reason’s presentation to lawmakers presented private competition as a panacea, though. “Virtually every service, function and activity has successfully been subjected to competition by a government somewhere around the world at some time,” it promised. Email state reporter Arielle Dreher at arielle@ jacksonfreepress.com.
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hat exactly was Hinds faced in 2015. Smith argued that Butler fice argued that the documents were still defense attorney before becoming district County District Attorney should go free in light of testimony and exempt from disclosure because they were attorney. As a result, Judge Weill attempted Robert Shuler Smith look- evidence from a DVR MBN had seized. part of an ongoing investigation. to reassign the cases to the attorney gening for when he subpoenaed “This is the exact same pattern that eral’s office. Weill, despite his initial approval, a circuit-court judge in January? Snyder, during the January hearing in eventually denied Smith’s request to drop I am proving and will prove happened in Christopher Butler’s criminal cases the charges and attempted to move Butler’s this particular case,” Smith told Whitten, front of Whitten, addressed how the judge’s might have been “the hub of the wheel” of cases to the attorney general’s office. referring to the DVR tapes. subpoena might prevent him from particia series of subpoenas the district attorney “But again, this is not the only case pating in those 30 cases, pointing out that Snyder specifically references a forfei- issued for two assistant attorney generals, ture hearing for the property MBN seized, that we are inquiring about. I believe that it was irregular to subpoena a judge. Hinds Circuit Judge Jeff Weill, and even during which Smith fought for a copy of the attorney general’s office, although they “And as I pointed out, it’s extremely irtwo employees from the Mississippi De- the tape. may seem to be speculating about what all regular that a circuit judge, a sitting circuit partment of Corrections. judge, would be subpoenaed to “It’s like the hub of a wheel, a grand jury to provide evidence and there are a lot of things that in the case,” Snyder said, when mostly which I’m not aware of, discussing reasons why a judge but I’m aware of some of the might be called to testify. Smith’s things that were not disclosed strategy, he later suggested, might about that case,” Special Assistant be that after the judge testified, Attorney General Edwin Snyder Weill might be forced to recuse said during the Jan. 25 hearing himself from any related cases, as captured in a recently unsealed including Butler’s. transcript. “But one has to wonder “But we believe that the purwhether or not all the actions of pose of Mr. Smith subpoenaing the district attorney are to exclude these witnesses is that it relates to Judge Weill from handling the the Butler case.” two Christopher Butler cases,” Butler faces ongoing charges Snyder said. “He’s tried to use a for possession of marijuana greatsubpoena as a device to get the er than an ounce from 2011, as judge to recuse himself.” well as allegations of wire fraud Weill did turn down all and embezzlement from a newer Smith’s attempts to dismiss the Hinds County District Attorney Robert Shuler Smith (left) may have used subpoenas as a set of charges the attorney gencase against Butler months before, way to force Circuit Court Judge Jeff Weill (right) to recuse himself from Christopher Butler’s eral’s office filed earlier this year. something that Snyder recognizes. cases, one lawyer says. Smith is under felony and misdemeanor indictment for his actions. Smith issued subpoenas “Now it may very well be in early January 2016 for assisthat Judge Weill has a higher tant attorney generals Patrick Beasley and “And during that hearing was when is going on, I believe they know exactly standard for granting nolle pros than some Shaun Yurtkuran, as well as the one for Mr. Smith was trying to get control of a what’s going on, but they’re trying to get as may, but nevertheless, Judge Weill has Weill. Hinds County Circuit Court Judge DVR that showed what was going on in much out of me as possible so that they can shown that he’s not going to take supposiTomie Green moved those subpoenas into the Butler house for at least a 30-day pe- know how to proceed on their side.” tion and guesses in order to grant the disa separate case file, 16-0026, which Special riod, and the FBI has gotten a copy of that trict attorney’s motion to enter nolle pros Master Amy Whitten considered during a DVR, and of course the Bureau of Narcot- Weill’s Subpoena in the Butler cases.” In September 2015, FBI Special hearing in late January, the unsealed docu- ics have a copy,” Snyder said. ments show. Email city reporter Tim Summers Jr. “But the defense attorney was only Agent Robert Culpepper wrote a letter to provided with the period of time from the the attorney general’s office, outlining sev- at email@example.com. All About Butler? beginning of the search of the house to the eral conflicts of interest Smith might have Read more about the indictin prosecuting certain cases due to long- ments of the district attorney Snyder, in the transcript of the Jan. conclusion of the search.” 25 hearing, outlined how in 2015 Smith The transcripts show that Smith, in standing relationships since his work as a at jfp.ms/DAFiles. fought on two fronts regarding Butler’s chambers, said he was attempting to get 2011 drug charges: Smith’s denied at- the tape before it disappeared. He comtempts to dismiss Butler’s charges and the pared the MBN’s transfer of the tape to the Most viral stories at jfp.ms: Most viral events at 1. “Cheers from (Some) Mississippi Trump Fans: DVRs from the surveillance system during FBI to what he said the state auditor’s ofjfpevents.com: ‘Why did we ever give the vote to women and 1. Mississippi State Fair, Oct. 5-16 the Mississippi Bureau of Narcotics raids of fice attempted “on the coast,” referring to blacks?’” by Donna Ladd, Politics blog 2. Mississippi Championship Hot Air Balloon Festihis then-girlfriend’s home that resulted in that office’s investigation into the Depart2. “City Agreement Outrages Abortion Clinic Owner, val, June 30-July 1 Staff” by Tim Summers Jr. his drug charges. ment of Marine Resources in 2015. 3. The Boombox Classic Comedy Throwdown, Oct. 14 3. “Lost Revenue: Closing the ‘Amazon Tax’ Loop Smith had attempted a year earlier, The state auditor’s office moved doc4. Boo at the Zoo, Oct. 29 hole” by Arielle Dreher 5. 2016 Sun King 5K run and walk, Oct. 15 in January 2015, to petition Weill’s court uments to the federal court in Jackson after 4. “The Poverty-Crime Connection” Find more events at jfpevents.com. for a “nols pros,” a legal term describing a Harrison County Chancery Court judge by Lacey McLaughlin 5. “Interesting Foods to Try at the the prosecuting party’s request to drop all ordered the documents released to the Sun Mississippi State Fair” by Amber Helsel 12 charges, for the drug offenses that Butler Herald newspaper. The state auditor’s of-
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Don’t Screw with MAEP
egislative leaders recently hired EdBuild, a New Jersey-based education-consulting firm, to review the state’s public-education funding formula, the Mississippi Adequate Education Program. A review is appropriate and timely. Every public program should be reviewed periodically for efficiency, effectiveness and need. However, many public-education supporters’ fear that the leadership will use this as a chance to reduce education funding and increase the number of charter schools and school-voucher programs is not without merit. The Legislature adopted MAEP in 1997, in part as a reaction to litigation in other states over funding disparities among public-school districts. Wealthier districts, those with high property-tax values, had more resources than poorer districts with low property-tax values—the equity issue. To avoid litigation, the MAEP formula accounts for wealth disparities by providing the same “base student cost” level of funding per student for every district. The goal of MAEP is to ensure each district has enough money to provide every child with the opportunity for an “adequate” education. MAEP comes close to addressing both the adequacy and equity issues. Legislative leaders and media continue to imply that the Legislature has not reviewed MAEP since its 1997 adoption. That allegation is not true. In 2005, the Legislature established a 17-member commission to review the formula. It consisted of legislators, education professionals and financial experts, including then-State Auditor Phil Bryant. Then-Sen. (now Insurance Commissioner) Mike Chaney and I were co-chairmen. To assist in the review, the committee retained the same education-consulting firm the Legislature hired to help design the original 1997 MAEP legislation. Based on the work of the experts and input from stakeholders, including those who attended a public hearing, the commission issued its report prior to the 2006 legislative session. There were several recommendations for minor adjustments to the formula. Using the commission report and following the normal legislative committee process, the Legislature reauthorized the adjusted MAEP formula in its 2006 session. Gov. Barbour signed it. The point of all of this history is that MAEP is not just some formula that a bunch of liberal legislators pulled out of the air. It was carefully crafted, fully vetted, thoroughly debated by the House of Representatives and the Senate, and passed with bi-partisan support—twice. Since its original adoption in 1997, MAEP been funded only two times in accordance with the law. There are lots of reasons for the State’s failure to fund, and no reason to point fingers. The issue is not what happened in the past. The issue now is how the Legislature will approach funding our public schools in the future. Will the new funding plan gut MAEP and further cut funding for public education, or will it focus instead on making sure that every child in Mississippi has access to a quality education? Obviously, a quality system of public education is of vital importance to our future. In the 19 years since MAEP was first adopted, more than 500,000 kids have graduated from Mississippi public schools. Another 460,000 Mississippi kids are currently enrolled in those same schools. They are all part of the future of this state. If they are not successful citizens, Mississippi will pay the price. A quality education is the key to that success. If we are going to modify the education funding formula in any substantive way, the message to decision makers should be simple: Don’t screw it up. Central District Public Service Commissioner Cecil Brown is the former chairman of the House Education Committee. 14 October 19 - 25, 2016 • jfp.ms
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Mississippi: Stop Disenfranchising Black Voters
ississippi has the second highest rate of voter disenfranchisement in the country, largely due to post-sentence restrictions. The state is one of 12 where a person can serve his or her time, be released and not automatically be able to vote. Twenty-two convictions means no voting rights until the Legislature, governor or a judge says otherwise. The fight for voting rights in Mississippi harkens back to an era of segregation, Jim Crow restrictions and violence toward African Americans. A tradition of poll taxes, intimidation and having to answer questions like “How many bubbles in a bar of soap?” kept most black Mississippians from voting until the 1960s. The Voting Rights Act of 1965, which both black and white Americans died to make bring about, officially ended those disenfranchisement practices. Still, a period of mass incarceration, including felony charges for drug crimes, lay just ahead— bringing another method to keep black people from voting, even after serving time for a crime. Now, 52 years after Freedom Summer volunteers forced voting rights for on into the state, most disenfranchised voters are still African American. The Sentencing Project’s most recent report on disenfranchised voters with felony convictions in 2016 estimates that of Mississippi’s approximately 218,181 disenfranchised voters, 127,130 are African Americans. That means around 58 percent of disenfranchised voters are African American.
Gov. Phil Bryant recently declared October “Racial Reconciliation Month,” causing an outcry from some community activists and leaders because it is clearly an empty public-relations slogan for a governor who refuses to lead on issues to end the disparate treatment of people of color. Mississippi has the highest percentage of African Americans in the country—more than 37 percent per the last Census—but State leaders like Bryant still support state-sanctioned discrimination against them. From the Mississippi flag to African Americans not allowed to vote until they petition the very lawmakers sanctioning the archaic laws, Mississippi has work to do—as those skeptical community leaders sought to bring to light last week at the capitol. The idea of “racial reconciliation” is admirable, but to just declare it without properly addressing the structural problems at the root of race disparities in this state is a slap in the face to all Mississippians. We have laws that still disproportionately target people of color, and the state cannot move on to its future until those laws are changed and the “heritage” of racism is truly dismantled. Lawmakers must prove that they are not trying to squelch voting by black people by acknowledging that antiquated laws and hurtful symbols are not just harmful to our state’s image at home and abroad—but it proves that they want to continue perpetuating inequality in the poorest state in the union. No more empty talk on race, governor. You and other state leaders must start walking the talk.
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Healing and Finding Joy After Domestic Abuse
any think overcoming abuse equals leaving the abuser. But leaving does not heal the anguish and pain automatically. Sure, removing yourself from an abusive situation is an important step; however, it’s only the beginning. There are no set rules to re-finding the joys of life. But you have to take steps, in your own time, to recover. The first is to acknowledge that the abuse existed (or exists). Far too many people fail to do that. They convince themselves that they’ve done something to deserve being attacked. Abusers are usually skilled at making victims feel this way. The abusers are often broken themselves. They take their fears, anger and disappointment out on the person closest to them. Since they are most often the bread-winners in the household, the victims feel compelled to take their behavior as it comes because they aren’t in a financial position to leave. Often, though, the shock of the abuse covers victims’ minds in such a way that they makes excuses until little is left but the truth. Acknowledging the abuse must occur before a person can take further steps. Sounds easy, but for many, this step takes years. The victim must accept and forgive. It’s important that, one day, the victim forgives the abuser. But before that can even happen, the victim has to learn selfforgiveness. I’d been out of my domestic violence situation for many years before I even recognized that I blamed myself. I knew full well that I blamed him and that I hated him. That was the easy part. What was difficult to wrap my head around was the fact that I allowed someone else to break me. I could not understand how I had permitted another person to steal my life, my joy, my contentment, my dreams, my desire to take over the world. He could take it all because he separated me from people who would have noticed that I wasn’t the same. He moved me away from my family, who would have easily seen that the light was gone from my eyes. He monopolized my time and convinced me that the two of us was all that mattered—not family, not school, not friends. Then he began verbally attacking me. For years afterward, I avoided looking in a mirror because I just could not face the woman who starred back at me. I didn’t love her. I didn’t like her. I didn’t even know
her. I could not bring myself to understand how my father’s child, who’d been taught to be bold, strong, proud and smart, had turned into a punching bag for some man. As time passed, I began to recognize that if I did not forgive myself, I’d never move past the defeat. If I did not accept that I was abused and that I didn’t ask for it, I would spiral into more of a depression than I’d already found myself. I had to go all the way back to my 4-year-old self and hear my parents tell me again that I was born for greatness. I had to go back to those times when people listened and valued my voice and my opinions. I had to remember that, at one time, I was happy, and I loved being alive. I simply had to recognize that someone who said they loved me attacked me, and I would no longer be submissive to that pain. Healing, the last step, is crucial and often gets skipped over. It’s my opinion that healing from a long-time abusive partner requires complete and absolute concentration on self. It requires constant awareness of where you are in the process. Getting into another relationship clouds your ability to see yourself. Who are you now? How did the abuse change you? What do you need from the world now, from yourself, from your next partner? You have to give intentional time and effort to just being alive and finding yourself. You can prolong this step, but you can’t skip over it. It has to happen, or the brokenness will live on. People who have not been in abusive relationships don’t quite understand that it consumes your entire being—mind, body and soul. It literally snatches your life away from you, and it is up to you to get it back and start over. So many people never have a chance to start over. But if you are reading this, and someone you love has abused you, take the steps. It doesn’t matter how long it takes. It doesn’t matter how hard it is to relive or how much you think you’ve put it behind you. Take the steps. Abuse hides in the depths of your soul, in your scars, in your tears, even in your thoughts, and if you don’t conquer it, it will never die. Funmi “Queen” Franklin is a word lover, poet, a truth yeller and community activist. She is the founder of an organization that promotes self-love, awareness and sisterhood.
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Showing Up: Mayoral Hopeful Graham Pledges to Manage Crisis by Tim Summers Jr.
Robert Graham Education: Lanier High School Graduate Jackson State University, B.S. in Criminal Justice Experience: 35 years with the Jackson Police Department
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Hinds County District 1 Supervisor since 2007 Family: Married to Shirley Wilson with four children: Fronchon, Shandra, Tim and Jeremy.
After retiring from JPD in 2006, Graham ran for his current position in 2007, becoming the first African American to represent District 1, which covers the most northeast corner of the county. Now, in a climate of budgetary constraints and rising homicides compared to this time last year, Graham has turned his attention to Jackson and its mayoral race in the spring. He believes that his law-enforcement experience and managerial know-how differentiate him from the competition and the incumbent. What really sets you apart? My experience, my knowledge of the city. When you work for five different mayors and 23 different police chiefs, and you were the public information officer for the large majority, that means you are in on all of the delicate situations and the delicate conversations. For a period of about 12 years, I went to every violent murder scene: triple homicides, double homicides, keeping the media informed. So I know what crime and violence look like up close and personal. Going to homes where people are laying on the floor dead. Listening to grieving mothers. Those types of things give me a unique perspective as to what has happened. And while I’m here at the county, one of the things that supervisors have always been famous for, if we could do nothing else, we could pave a road. Everybody thinks that we are driving around with the asphalt in the back, but we could pave roads. We know how to pave roads. And my perfect example is Watkins Drive, which we just finished. What is your solution to the City’s current budget crunch? I personally do not think that the City is in a budget crunch. I think the City is in a management crunch. And let me preface that by saying this: If you
had the correct leadership, if you had the experience and the maturity at the top, your management crisis would not have ballooned into a budget crisis. Because you would have seen from the beginning, you would have anticipated, you would have forecasted the fact that we have budget problems way back here. A good manager will say let’s not wait until the day that we have this crisis before we start saying, “oh hell.” The
erything on that ship, he is vicariously liable. When the captain of the ship realizes you’re taking on water, you shouldn’t wait until you are at the water to say I think that we should do something. I think that there still have to be hard decisions. I think that in this crisis of management that they are in, I think that you are going to have to prioritize, but in order to prioritize you need … to stop the bleeding. And then you need to courtesy Robert Graham
obert Graham traces his 35 years with the Jackson Police Department with a sense of resolve. Starting at JPD as a civilian who mopped the floors, he says it was persistence, or “showing up,” that led him to where he is today—behind his desk in the Hinds County Chancery Court building. Showing up, again and again, Graham explains, he worked his way up from janitor to 911 dispatch, then to supervisor of the department, then all the way to public information officer. Throughout his time as Hinds County District 1 supervisor, this philosophy of consistency and persistence has served him well, he says.
Robert Graham and his wife, Sharon Wilson, have enjoyed 16 years of marriage. They have four children: Fronchon, Shandra, Tim and Jeremy.
management crisis happened two or three years ago, because during the present administration there was an $18million surplus. And it’s kind of hard to spend $18 million, even if you are my wife. It’s just kind of hard to do. Even at that, you have to look at the captain of the ship. … Whether he wants to be or not, is responsible for ev-
have some experience in some institutional or historical knowledge to know what’s going on so you know how this stuff works. Why are you qualified to know how it works? I am intimately experienced, if that’s the right word, of the interworking
of the police department, the fire department and a lot of the City departments because of the years that I have worked there. There is no greater, I guess you would say, fundamental responsibility of any elected official than to protect the people they serve. You have to protect the people. But as of right now, when I am out walking around and visiting people and visiting neighborhoods, we are in a crisis of management as it relates to infrastructure and paving the streets. That’s the reason that the County has decided to step up. We’ve presented the City with over $5 million for paving the streets. The County has been paving streets for the last two or three years. But to answer your question specifically, if you have the proper leadership skills and management skills, then you would know how to first of all recognize talent, develop that talent of the people that you need to help you run the City. If you have the leadership skills, knowing that you have to get along with the city council, there’s no ifs, ands or buts. The arguing, the bickering, the things of that nature that are going on, that can’t happen. You have to get along with the city council. That’s politics 101. And you have to ask them to help you. One man
cannot run the City by himself. You have to have a lot of individuals, and I mean the city council. If I’m mayor, then they have to be mini mayors to help you run the City. What would you have done differently on the budget front? I would not have cut the arts center’s budget. There are three things that I think you have to do to be a successful mayor. Number one, you have to have the arts and amenities. If I’m your mayor ,I want to see not only the arts, but I want to see the arts expanded. I want amenities for people. I want people sitting outside. I want to see people eating outside. I want to see people walking. One of the things I want to do is make downtown Jackson a showcase for the entire city. I want to see people living downtown. I think the only reason you don’t have more people living downtown now is that there is no place to live. I’d like to take several of these abandoned buildings and make them into residential areas. I want people walking downtown, eating downtown, staying downtown. I want to see more concerts, more venues. … [W]hen people don’t have stuff to do, that’s when your crime and everything else comes.
How would you balance not having enough resources with those plans? Prioritizing is more than prioritizing in one way. Downtown has to be a priority. You have to make it a priority. Then from that, your gateway streets. These are the streets that are most traveled and most people see that are coming inside the city. People have to feel good about the city. I would employ some of the smartest people that I could get my hands on or know, about finances. I would leverage some of the existing money against future money, because we need to do this now. The 1-percent sales tax is always going to generate money, so there are other things that I feel like we can do as far as leveraging the amount of funds in order to get additional funds in. I would like to see four paving crews in the city of Jackson at one time, north, south, east and west. And we may not be able to sustain that for a very long time, but everyone needs to know that they are not being neglected. As mayor, how would you address the apparent disconnect between the City and state leaders and lawmakers? My fundamental belief is that from
the cradle to the grave, it is about relationships. I think that a lot can be done with those relationships. I know all of the state leaders. One of the things that I am going to do in the next week, and it has been something that has been in the works for a while, is to send a letter to all of them to let them know that if I am so lucky to be elected as your next mayor, you will have a friend in city hall. You will have someone that you can talk to. I know for a fact that behind the scenes it’s relationships, relationships, relationships. And I think there’s a lot that we can do to help the state, and there is a lot that the state can do to help us. But we are not going to do anything if we are arguing and fighting all the time. I want to build relationships because again that is a part of that diversity. We need to build on the fact that the Legislature is there for four months. They should be our friends. We should make them know and feel at home and welcome from April to May. They are the biggest homeboys we got. And that’s what we have to do.
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Jackson mayoral candidate Robert Graham said that his relationships formed during his time as a Hinds County supervisor will help support his focus on infrastructure in the city, including using more inter-local agreements to pave more streets inside the city limits
The JFP Interview with Robert Graham
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looked like a college town. I would like for Jackson to be branded as the educational center of the state of Mississippi. We have Belhaven, Millsaps, Jackson state, Tougaloo, Hinds, the University of Mississippi. There is no reason why this should not be a college town. It’s in the relationship with the State, working with the State. It’s just branding. I think that you are going to have to get … parents involved. If they
would like to bring and to expand Comstat—you need to know that your leader understands what Comstat is and what it needs to do—I would expand Comstat to predictive policing, to where it uses an algorithm the same as if you were predicting the weather. … There are models that will actually tell you that a criminal almost always returns to the scene of the crime. And if you can have that police officer there before or shortly after, you can either prevent or apprehend a crime that is occurring. Imani Khayyam
How can you restore confi- bill of rights. … [I]t’s going to talk about dence in the water-billing sys- a lot of different things, but it is going tem, the quality of the water, to say this: You can expect to get a water and the perception that people bill on time around the same date each have about the City’s ability to month. You can expect for your bill to manage one of its most impor- be right. You can expect that if a business tant resources? says its going to open at 8 o’clock that Water is an enterprise for the City. means it’s going to open at 8, that doesn’t It is one of the most important things mean it’s going to open at 8:15. If it says the City of Jackson has. There again, is that it is going to close at 5 o’clock, it’s a management of crisis. When you don’t going to close at 5, not 4:45. have your hands, or the right individual has his hands, on the steering wheel, the vehicle goes Hinds out of control. That’s County District what’s happened, to use 1 Supervisor Robert that analogy, at the water Graham leans heavily on department. the experience accumulated on his way to the county It’s complicated for seat, including his 35 years the people that are workas a civilian member of ing there. They don’t the Jackson Police understand the system. Department. The proper training, the proper planning, the proper implementation, none of that has been done. It’s what I call one of these political water systems where things are just dumped in your lap and go, “here take this, work it.” Well you can’t do that. Not with the enterprise, not with the area that’s generating the most money. For the parking meters, you can ex It should be the one that you should pect that when you put your money in say, “let’s worry about the code enforce- there that they are going to work. You ment office tomorrow, let’s get down can expect to be treated with courtesy here and deal with the part that gener- and professionalism and respect when a ates money.” We are losing I don’t know City worker confronts you. I think we how much money as it relates to the wa- should let the people know what is exter department. pected of us when they call. You don’t expect to call and get an attitude. You called it a “management of crisis.” What would you do Where as mayor do you see the differently? city’s relationship with Jackson This is a crisis of management; this Public Schools moving? is a crisis of not knowing. This is a crisis The mayor appoints all of the City of people not paying attention. When (school district board of trustees) memyou have the Siemens contract and ev- bers. Number one, I would make sure erything associated with Siemens, no that those board members have my vione knowing what to do, no one know- sion. I think you have to have a vision. ing whether to go or come, we are in a And I think you need to lay out your vimess. So it’s going to take hard work and sion, and then everyone needs to work dedication to get it back. for that particular vision. Someone is going to have to come I’ve visited 43 of the 50 states, in, and I would hire a manager that when I went to Madison, Wis., and also knows how to get it fixed. I’m not look- I think it’s in Lincoln, the University of ing for short-term fixes. … Nebraska. I was amazed as to what I saw I’m going to place under my web- in both cities, from the time you got off 20 site, voterobertgraham.com, a citizen’s the airplane until where you went, it
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are not involved in their child’s education, you are spinning your wheels. And it’s been done before, to do a male corps, to where there are groups of men who would take ownership of a school. Until that happens, then we are going to continue to have these problems. JPS needs more help. The police chief recently told officers that due to a desperate budget climate, they would have to do more with less. How do you plan to address crime when a show of force or a police officer on every corner isn’t economically feasible? Innovation, technology and social media. Social media is the 20th-century version of the cop on the beat. When you are looking for an individual, you have one or two officers working the beat, but you have 5,000 on Facebook. It only makes sense. A lot of police departments I have visited have incorporated Facebook into almost every area. One piece of technology that I
How would your experience affect your perspective on crime? I believe that you have to concentrate on hotspots and hot people. Because what is making this spot hot is this guy. You need to concentrate on this guy. I would create a community resource line, for lack of a better word, where they would identify this guy. Because if you identify enough, and we will park outside of his house if we have to, but you are not going to break in nothing tonight because the police are going everywhere you are going. We would make it hot for him. You have to concentrate on the hot people, not just the hot spots. Everyone in Jackson is not a criminal. Everyone is not committing crimes. The officers know who they are. Let’s target them. I don’t mean target them in a negative way. Let’s target them in a positive negative. That’s experience, the experience that I had from the police department. I know where the precincts are, I know the officers by name, I know what the inside of the police car is. I’ve driven a police car. I rode in a police car. I know how to put handcuffs on. I know the law enforcement code of ethics. I know the police officers. I saw them from day one when they came into the academy and came out the other end a finished product. The stress level is unbelievable. Visit the JFP’s 2017 city elections archive at jfp.ms/cityelections17. Email city reporter Tim Summers Jr. at tim@jackson freepress.com and follow him on Twitter for breaking news at @tims_alive.
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Michael McDermott performs at 7:30 p.m. at Duling Hall (622 Duling Ave.). The rock singer-songwriter performs. Hugh Mitchell also performs. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. $10 in advance, $15 at the door, $3 surcharge for under 21; call 877-987-6487; ardenland.net.
Museum After Hours: Action Jackson is at 5:30 p.m. at the Mississippi Museum of Art (380 S. Lamar St.). . Includes a talent competition for a $500 prize, a pop-up exhibit with work from Rob Cooper and Michaela Fisk, a screening “Get on Up” and more. Free, with cash bar; call 601-960-1515; msmuseumart.org. … Film Night: “What We Want, What We Believe” is at 6 p.m. at Cooperation Jackson (939 W. Capitol St.). Includes a screening of the documentary about the Black Panther Party for Self-Defense and a discussion. Free; call 601-355-7224.
(Left to right) Lydia Brandt, James Kenyon, MacKenzie Mitchell and Madison Ellis star in “The 39 Steps,” Oct. 19-22 at the Belhaven University Center for the Arts.
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Jacktoberfest is from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. in downtown Jackson (Congress Street between Amite and Capitol Streets). The annual street festival features a brewing 24 competition, American craft and German import beers,
The Sanderson Farms Championship is at 9 a.m. at the Country Club of Jackson (345 St. Andrews Drive). The golf tournament is part of the FedEx Cup and is a fundraiser for Birdies for Charity. Visit the website for information on specific events. $25-$90; call 601-898-4653; sandersonfarmschampionship.com.
“The 39 Steps” is at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. at the Belhaven University Center for the Arts (835 Riverside Drive) in Barber Auditorium. The mystery-comedy play is a two-time Tony Award-winning adaptation of Alfred Hitchcock’s 1935 film. Doors open 30 minutes before show. Additional by TYLER EDWARDS dates: Oct. 19-21, 7:30 p.m. $10 admission, $5 seniors and students; free for Belhaven students; jacksonfreepress.com call 601-965-7026; belhaven.edu. Fax: 601-510-9019 … We Are Jackson Soul CelebraDaily updates at tion is at 8 p.m. at Thalia Mara jfpevents.com Hall (255 E. Pascagoula St.). Rita B. is the host. Eddie Cotton, Vick Allen, Fade2Blue, Akami Graham and Press Play 601 with Bridget Shield perform. $35 admission, $25 tickets at JFPDeals.com; jacksonms.gov.
The Domestic Violence Awareness Month Candlelight Vigil is at 6 p.m. at the Mississippi State Capitol (400 High St.). The Mississippi Coalition Against Domestic Violence event honors the memory of domestic violence victims. Free; call 601-981-9196; email arian.thigpen@ mcadv.org. … “Our Town” is at 7:30 p.m. at New Stage Theatre (1100 Carlisle St.). Thornton Wilder’s classic Pulitzer Prize-winning play about relatable struggles among residents of the village of Grover’s Corners. Additional dates: Oct. 26-29, 7:30 p.m., Oct. 30, 2 p.m., Nov. 1-5, 7:30 p.m., Nov. 6, 2 p.m. $28, $22 seniors and students; call 601-948-3533; newstagetheatre.com.
Rock singer-songwriter Michael McDermott performs Wednesday, Oct. 19, at Duling Hall.
The Improv Workshop is at 2 p.m. at 318 S. State St. The Misfit Monkeys Comedy Troupe workshop is designed to teach and develop improvisational skills. All skill levels welcome. For ages 16 and up. $35; call 818-6454404; email firstname.lastname@example.org.
First Ridgeland Harvest Festival is at 5 p.m. at the First Baptist Church of Ridgeland (302 W. Jackson St., Ridgeland). Includes live music, food trucks, dunking booth, inflatables, trunk-or-treat, carnival games, face painting, door prizes and more. Free entry; firstridgeland.org.
Boo at the Zoo Oct. 21-22, 5 p.m., at Jackson Zoo (2918 W. Capitol St.). The event features a Monster Mash dance party, a costume parade, animal encounters, haunted hallows at
The Vice is Right: Interactive Burlesque Gameshow Oct. 22, 9 p.m., at Offbeat (151 Wesley Ave.). Black Hat Burlesque is the host. The Halloween-themed burlesque event features performances from Xena Zeit Geist and others in celebration of Ms. Nada Mused’s 40th birthday. $15 advance, $20 door; offbeatjxn.com.
Disability Awareness Conference 2016 Oct. 24, 8 a.m., at Jackson Marriott (200 E. Amite St.). The event promotes the hiring of Mississippians with disabilities. Free; call 601-960-1863; email email@example.com.
“Our Town” Oct. 25-29, 7:30 p.m., Oct. 30, 2 p.m., Nov. 1-5, 7:30 p.m., Nov. 6, 2 p.m., at New Stage Theatre (1100 Carlisle St.). Thornton Wilder’s play is about struggles among residents of the village of Grover’s Corners. $28, $22 seniors and students; newstagetheatre.com.
the best in sports over the next seven days by Bryan Flynn
The next two weeks are going to be interesting in Dallas. There is going to be a ton of talk about who should be the starting quarterback for the Cowboys during the team’s bye week. THURSDAY, OCT. 20
College football (6:30-10 p.m., ESPNU): Troy beat USM, and South Alabama beat MSU, so tune in to see who wins when Trojans travels to battle the Jaguars. FRIDAY, OCT. 21
College basketball (6-8 p.m., SECN): Get ready for the college basketball season with the University of Kentucky Blue and White Game. SATURDAY, OCT. 22
SUNDAY, OCT. 23
NFL (noon-3:30 p.m., FOX): The New Orleans Saints try to bring their winning streak to three consecutive games as they travel to face the Kansas City Chiefs.
the aquatics house, a live deejay, games and a haunted hayride. $10.25 for adults, $7.25 for children, $3 for members; jacksonzoo.org. Trunk or Treat Oct. 26, 6 p.m., at Meadowbrook Church of Christ (4261 Interstate 55 N.). The event features trick-or-treating, bounce houses, carnival games, music and free pizza and snacks. Free entry; call 601-362-5374; email firstname.lastname@example.org; meadowbrook.org.
COMMUNITY Lights On Afterschool Open House Oct. 20, 3 p.m., at Operation Shoestring (1711 Bailey Ave.). Includes a presentation of Gov. Phil Bryant’s Proclamation of Lights on After-school Day, as well as a chance for attendees to participate in after-school activities alongside Operation Shoestring’s youth. Free; afterschoolalliance.org.
NFL (7:30-11 p.m., ESPN): Defending champs Denver Broncos host their former quarterback, Brock Osweiler, and the Houston Texans. TUESDAY, OCT. 25
MLB (7-11 p.m., FOX): Watch game one of the 2016 World Series as the American League champion host the National League champion. WEDNESDAY, OCT. 26
MLB (7-11 p.m., FOX): The AL champion hosts the NL champion for game two of the 2016 World Series before the series trades locations for game three. Dallas QB Dak Prescott broke the NFL record for most pass attempts without an interception, but Tony Romo is scheduled to return after the bye week. Who should be the Cowboys’ starter? Sound off @JFPSports. Follow Bryan Flynn at jfpsports.com, @jfpsports and at facebook.com/jfpsports.
SPORTS & WELLNESS Sanderson Farms Championship Oct. 24, 9 a.m., at Country Club of Jackson (345 St. Andrews Drive). The golf tournament is part of the FedEx Cup and benefits Birdies for Charity. $25-$90; sandersonfarmschampionship.com.
STAGE & SCREEN “What We Want, What We Believe” Oct. 20, 6 p.m., at Cooperation Jackson (939 W. Capitol St.). Includes a screening of the documentary about the Black Panther Party for Self-Defense and a discussion. Free; call 601-355-7224. Ballet Mississippi—First Moves Oct. 20, 7 p.m., at Duling Hall (622 Duling Ave.). Includes a social and mini-concert that showcases both new works and ballet classics. $15; balletms.com.
Jacktoberfest Oct. 21, 11 a.m.-11 p.m., in downtown Jackson (Congress Street between Amite and Capitol Streets). The annual street festival features a brewing competition, music, American and German beers, bratwurst and more. Free admission; jacktoberfest.com. Smokin’ on The Rez BBQ & Music Festival Oct. 21, 5 p.m., Oct. 22, 11 a.m., at Old Trace Park (137 Old Trace Park, Ridgeland). The event features food, children’s activities, live music and more. Free on Friday, $10 on Saturday (includes barbecue plate); barnettreservoirfoundation.org. We Are Jackson Soul Celebration Oct. 22, 8 p.m., at Thalia Mara Hall (255 E. Pascagoula St.). Rita B. is the host. Performers include Eddie Cotton, Vick Allen, Fade2Blue, Akami Graham and Press Play 601 with Bridget Shield. $35, $25 tickets at JFPDeals.com; jacksonms.gov. Cardinal Fest 2016 Oct. 23, 11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m., at St. Richard Catholic School (100 Holly Drive). The event features carnival food, a chili cook-off, costume contest, games and inflatables. $15; call 601-366-1157; strichardschool.org.
EXHIBIT OPENINGS Museum After Hours: Action Jackson Oct. 20, 5:30 p.m., at Mississippi Museum of Art (380 S. Lamar St.). Includes a talent competition for a $500 prize, a pop-up exhibit with work from Rob Cooper and Michaela Fisk, a screening of the film “Get on Up” and more. Free, with cash bar and food for purchase; msmuseumart.org.
BE THE CHANGE Blues by Starlight Oct. 20, 7 p.m., at Highland Village (4500 Interstate 55 N.). Includes blues music, southern cuisine, cocktails and more. Proceeds benefit Boys and Girl’s Club of Central Mississippi $100; bgccm.org. Check jfpevents.com for updates and more listings, or to add your own events online. You can also email event details to email@example.com to be added to the calendar. The deadline is noon the Wednesday prior to the week of publication.
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College football (6:30-10 p.m., SECN): MSU looks to bounce back from a loss against BYU on the road against Kentucky. … College football (8-11:30 p.m., ESPN): Following a loss against Arkansas, the UM Rebels hit the road to take on LSU.
MONDAY, OCT. 24
CONCERTS & FESTIVALS Events at Duling Hall (622 Duling Ave.) • Michael McDermott Oct. 19, 7:30 p.m. Hugh Mitchell also performs. $10 in advance, $15 at the door, $3 surcharge for under 21; ardenland.net. • Paul Thorn Oct. 21, 8 p.m. Scott McQuaig also performs. $25 in advance, $30 at the door, $3 surcharge for under 21; call 877-9876487; ardenland.net.
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Pumpkin Adventure 2016 Oct. 19-22, Oct. 26, 9 a.m., at Mississippi Agriculture & Forestry Museum (1150 Lakeland Drive). The event includes a hayride around the grounds of the AG Museum, snacks and a pumpkin patch with pumpkin pie for sale. $7; mdac.ms.gov.
Propel Women 2016 Oct. 22, 9:30 a.m., at Mississippi Coliseum (1207 Mississippi St.). The women’s empowerment conference includes worship services, panel discussions and guest speakers such as Kari Jobe, Christine Caine, Beth Redman, Priscilla Shirer, Hannah Brencher and more. $89.50 admission; propelwomen.org.
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OCT. 20 - Thursday Char - Tommie Vaughn 6 p.m. Duling Hall - Ballet MS’s First Moves 7 p.m. $15 Fenian’s - Spirits of the House Fitzgerald’s - Doug Hurd 7:30 p.m. Georgia Blue, Flowood - Jason Turner Georgia Blue, Madison - Todd Smith Hal & Mal’s - Brotherly Love free Highland Village - Blues by Starlight 7-10 p.m. $100 Iron Horse Grill - Stevie Cain 6 p.m. Kathryn’s - Silverado 6:30 p.m. free Livingston Farmers Market DoubleShotz MS Museum of Art - Museum After Hours: Action Jackson 5:30-10 p.m. free Old Capitol Inn - Brian Smith Pelican Cove - Richard Lee Davis 6 p.m. Shucker’s - Sofa Kings 7:30 p.m. free Sylvia’s - The Blues Man & Sunshine McGhee 9 p.m. free
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Ameristar Bottleneck Blues Bar, Vicksburg - Mike Rob & the 601 Band 8 p.m. free Big Sleepy’s - Holy Ghost Electric Show, Criminal Birds & One Red Martian 8 p.m. $5 all ages Char - Ronnie Brown 6 p.m. Downtown Jackson - Jacktoberfest feat. Dead Gaze, Passing Parade, 5th Child, Dream Cult & more 11 a.m.-11 p.m. free Duling Hall - Paul Thorn w/ Scott McQuaig 8 p.m. $25 advance $30 door ardenland.net F. Jones Corner - The Blues Man 10 p.m. $1; Sherman Lee Dillon & the MS Sound midnight $10
Passing Parade Shucker’s - Road Hogs 5:30 p.m. free; Faze 4 8 p.m. $5; Josh Journeay 10 p.m. free WonderLust - DJ Taboo 8 p.m.
OCT. 22 - Saturday Big Sleepy’s - The DLX, And the Echo & Silas 8:30 p.m. $5 advance $8 door F. Jones Corner - Big Money Mel & Small Change Wayne 10 p.m. $1; Sherman Lee Dillon & the MS Sound midnight $10 Fenian’s - See Bright Lights Georgia Blue, Flowood - Brandon Greer Georgia Blue, Madison - May Day Hal & Mal’s - Stevie Cain free The Hideaway - Confederate Railroad w/ Lovin Ledbetter & Chad Perry 9 p.m. $18 advance $20 door $40 VIP Iron Horse Grill - Ezra Brown 9 p.m. Kathryn’s - Guitar Daddy & the Hurricanes 7 p.m. free Martin’s - Late Night Radio w/ Space Kadets 10 p.m. Old Trace Park, Ridgeland Smokin’ on the Rez BBQ & Music Fest feat. Travelin’ Jane
noon $10; Chris Gill & the Sole Shakers 3 p.m. Pelican Cove - Jam Haus 7 p.m. Pop’s Saloon - Trademark 9 p.m. Shucker’s - Steele Heart 3:30 p.m. free; Faze 4 8 p.m. $5; Jonathan Alexander 10 p.m. free Thalia Mara Hall - We Are Jackson Soul Celebration feat. Eddie Cotton, Vick Allen, Fade2Blue, Akami Graham & Press Play 601 w/ Bridget Shield 8 p.m. $35 WonderLust - Drag Performance & Dance Party feat. DJ Taboo 8 p.m.-3 a.m. free before 10 p.m.
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devMaccc’s First Moves by Malcolm Morrow
Jackson hip-hop artist devMaccc is an official brand manager for record, comic and collectibles store Offbeat in midtown.
Oct. 23 - Sunday Char - Big Easy Three 11 a.m.; Tommie Vaughn 6 p.m. Fenian’s - Jason Daniels & John Teal Duo 8 p.m. The Hideaway - Mike & Marty’s Jam Session Kathryn’s - DoubleShotz 6 p.m. free Pelican Cove - Andrew Pates noon; Rocking the Keys 5 p.m. Shucker’s - Acoustic Crossroads 3:30 p.m. free Sombra Mexican Kitchen - John Mora 11 a.m. Wellington’s - Andy Hardwick 11 a.m.
OCT. 24 - Monday Char - Tommie Vaughn 6 p.m. Fitzgerald’s - Hunter Gibson & Chris Link 7:30 p.m. Hal & Mal’s - Central MS Blues Society (rest) 7 p.m. Kathryn’s - Stevie Cain 6:30 p.m. free
Oct. 25 - Tuesday Char - Tommie Vaughn 6 p.m. Fenian’s - Open Mic Fitzgerald’s - Larry Brewer & Doug Hurd 7:30 p.m. Kathryn’s - Steele Heart 6:30 p.m. free Last Call Sports Grill - Top-Shelf Tuesdays feat. DJ Spoon 9 p.m.
Oct. 26 - Wednesday Char - Tommie Vaughn 6 p.m. Fitzgerald’s - Sonny Brooks, Rick Moreira & Chris Link 7:30 p.m. Hal & Mal’s - New Bourbon Street Jazz free Kathryn’s - Larry Brewer & Doug Hurd 6:30 p.m. free Lee E. Williams Building - 2 Chainz & Lil Wayne 8 p.m. $65-$100 Old Capitol Inn - Johnny Crocker Pelican Cove - Stevie Cain 6:30 p.m. Shucker’s - Lovin Ledbetter 7:30 p.m. free
10/20 - Chris Stapleton - Mississippi Coast Coliseum, Biloxi 10/21 - Skillet - The Texas Club, Baton Rouge 10/23 - Buddy Guy - House of Blues, New Orleans 10/26 - The Devil Wears Prada & Memphis May Fire - Minglewood Hall, Memphis
y day, Devin Cousin is busy with his courses at Jackson State University, where he is studying mass communications. By night, he’s hip-hop artist devMaccc, a relative newcomer who has been gaining attention in the local music scene with his debut EP, “Euphoria,” which he released in February. As its title suggests, “Euphoria” is centered on the theme of joy, hence the album cover featuring a photo of Cousin from a childhood visit with his grandparents. At the same time, the rapper says the EP tackles heavy topics such as doubt, motivation, the black experience, depression and hope for the future. Since his first performance at Conkrete Sneaker Boutique in January, Cousin, a Jackson native, has become a common name at proving-ground venues across the city due to his high-energy performances, quality production and lyricism. Those traits earned him a spot as one of the official brand ambassadors for Phillip “DJ Young Venom” Rollins’ comic, record and collectibles store, Offbeat, in midtown. “It’s a crazy feeling,” Cousin says. “I feel like Nike and Lebron, having a brand behind you like that, having them trust you to represent them. Venom has given opportunities to a lot of artists working with different mediums here in Jackson. It’s like a support system.” Over the past year, Cousin has also joined fellow Mississippi hip-hop artists Quavias Black, Josh Waters and D. Horton, to create a support group of another kind—one that is based on creativity, collaboration and respect for each other’s craft. The rappers shared the stage as part of the famed A3C Hip-Hop Music Festival in Atlanta on Oct. 5.
“D. Horton was one of my favorite rappers from Mississippi,” Cousin says. “I first met him performing at Soul Wired Cafe but really got the chance to connect with him at an indie mixer event hosted by The Hood Hippie and TheBeatStop.com. The first show I did at Offbeat also featured Quavias Black, who brought Josh into the mix, as well. We bonded easily because we all had a similar artistic vision and goal for the music we were creating.” While “Euphoria” is still fresh on fans’ ears, Cousin is already putting the finishing touches on his next project as devMaccc, “4THEPACK,” which he plans to release in late November. The first two singles from the album, “The Key” and “Silent Wolf,” are currently available to stream on Soundcloud, with more to come in the weeks leading up to the release. “The concept for the album is really making a statement and letting it be known that I’m not just doing this for me anymore,” he says. “I’m doing this (for) everyone around me that has been supporting me. It’s just me showing love to my team and all of my collaborators.” D. Horton, Black and Waters will all appear on the new album, which also finds Cousin working with a multitude of young producers that he discovered through YouTube. These include Luke White and Ty Goods, both of whom have garnered thousands of subscribers by making original beats in the styles of contemporary hip-hop icons such as Chance the Rapper, Future and J. Cole. “They’re like rappers on Soundcloud,” Cousin says. “They make quality music and just want a chance to be heard.” For more information, find devMaccc on Soundcloud or visit 4thepack.com.
Big Sleepy’s - Daisyhead, Words Like Daggers, Finding Peace in Gunshots w/ Alex Fraser & the Vagrant Family Band 8-11 p.m. $5 advance $8 door Char - Tommie Vaughn 6 p.m. Duling Hall - Michael McDermott & Hugh Mitchell 7:30 p.m. $10 advance $15 door ardenland.net Fitzgerald’s - Sonny Brooks & Russell Arnold 7:30 p.m. Hal & Mal’s - Taylor Hildebrand free Kathryn’s - Jeff Maddox 6:30 p.m. free Old Capitol Inn - Brian Jones Pelican Cove - Stevie Cain 6:30 p.m. Shucker’s - Silverado 7:30 p.m. free
Fenian’s - Risko Danza Fitzgerald’s - Hunter Gibson 7:30 p.m. Georgia Blue, Flowood - Brian Jones Georgia Blue, Madison - Shaun Patterson Hal & Mal’s - Bill & Temperance free The Hideaway - Halloween Bash feat. Mustache 9 p.m. $15 Iron Horse Grill - Sherman Lee Dillon 9 p.m. Kathryn’s - The Sole Shakers 7 p.m. free M Bar - Flirt Fridays feat. DJ T. Lewis free Martin’s - Jonathon “Boogie” Long 10 p.m. Old Capitol Inn - Stace & Cassie Old Trace Park, Ridgeland Smokin’ on the Rez BBQ & Music Fest feat. Jay Herrington 6-8 p.m. free Pelican Cove - Luckenbach 6 p.m. Pop’s Saloon - Dance Party feat. Dr. Zarr’s Amazing Funk Monster 9 p.m. Courtesy Passing Parade
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In the course of her long career, Libran actress Helen Hayes won an Oscar, an Emmy, a Grammy and a Tony. Years before all that glory poured down on her, she met playwright Charles MacArthur at a party in a posh Manhattan salon. Hayes was sitting shyly in a dark corner. MacArthur glided over to her and slipped a few salted peanuts into her hand. “I wish they were emeralds,” he told her. It was love at first sight. A few years after they got married, MacArthur bought Hayes an emerald necklace. I foresee a metaphorically comparable event in your near future, Libra: peanuts serving as a promise of emeralds.
Welcome to the Painkiller Phase of your cycle. It’s time to relieve your twinges, dissolve your troubles and banish your torments. You can’t sweep away the whole mess in one quick heroic purge, of course. But I bet you can pare it down by at least 33 percent. (More is quite possible.) To get started, make the following declaration five times a day for the next three days: “I am grateful for all the fascinating revelations and indispensable lessons that my pain has taught me.” On each of the three days after that, affirm this truth five times: “I have learned all I can from my pain, and therefore no longer need its reminders. Goodbye, pain.” On the three days after that, say these words, even if you can’t bring yourself to mean them with complete sincerity: “I forgive everybody of everything.”
SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21):
For the foreseeable future, you possess the following powers: to make sensible that which has been unintelligible ... to find amusement in situations that had been tedious ... to create fertile meaning where before there had been sterile chaos. Congratulations, Sagittarius! You are a first-class transformer. But that’s not all. I suspect you will also have the ability to distract people from concerns that aren’t important ... to deepen any quest that has been too superficial or careless to succeed ... and to ask the good questions that will render the bad questions irrelevant.
CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19):
In the past 11 months, did you ever withhold your love on purpose? Have there been times when you “punished” those you cared about by acting cold and aloof? Can you remember a few occasions when you could have been more generous or compassionate, but chose not to be? If you answered yes to any of those questions, the next three weeks will be an excellent time to atone. You’re in a phase of your astrological cycle when you can reap maximum benefit from correcting stingy mistakes. I suggest that you make gleeful efforts to express your most charitable impulses. Be a tower of bountiful power.
AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18):
In 1415, a smaller English army defeated French forces at the Battle of Agincourt in northern France. Essential to England’s victory were its 7,000 longbowmen -- archers who shot big arrows using bows that were six feet long. So fast and skilled were these warriors that they typically had three arrows flying through the air at any one time. That’s the kind of high-powered proficiency I recommend that you summon during your upcoming campaign. If you need more training to reach that level of effectiveness, get it immediately.
PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20):
Let’s imagine your life as a novel. The most recent chapter, which you’ll soon be drawing to a close, might be called “The Redemption of Loneliness.” Other apt titles: “Intimacy with the Holy Darkness” or “The Superpower of Surrender” or “The End Is Secretly the Beginning.” Soon you will start a new chapter, which I’ve tentatively dubbed “Escape from Escapism,” or perhaps “Liberation from False Concepts of Freedom” or “Where the Wild Things Are.” And the expansive adventures of this next phase will have been made possible by the sweet-andsour enigmas of the past four weeks.
ARIES (March 21-April 19):
In the 1980s, two performance artists did a project entitled “A Year Tied Together at the Waist.” For 12 months, Linda Montano and Tehching Hsieh were never farther than eight feet away from each other, bound by a rope. Hsieh said he tried this experiment because he felt very comfortable
doing solo work, but wanted to upgrade his abilities as a collaborator. Montano testified that the piece “dislodged a deep hiddenness” in her. It sharpened her intuition and gave her a “heightened passion for living and relating.” If you were ever going to engage in a comparable effort to deepen your intimacy skills, Aries, the coming weeks would be a favorable time to attempt it.
TAURUS (April 20-May 20):
In the coming weeks would you prefer that we refer to you as “voracious?” Or do you like the word “ravenous” better? I have a feeling, based on the astrological omens, that you will be extra super eager to consume vast quantities of just about everything: food, information, beauty, sensory stimulation, novelty, pleasure and who knows what else. But please keep this in mind: Your hunger could be a torment or it could be a gift. Which way it goes may depend on your determination to actually enjoy what you devour. In other words, don’t get so enchanted by the hypnotic power of your longing that you neglect to exult in the gratification when your longing is satisfied.
GEMINI (May 21-June 20):
When the wind blows at 10 miles per hour, a windmill generates eight times more power than when the breeze is five miles per hour. Judging from the astrological omens, I suspect there will be a similar principle at work in your life during the coming weeks. A modest increase in effort and intensity will make a huge difference in the results you produce. Are you willing to push yourself a bit beyond your comfort level in order to harvest a wave of abundance?
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Cuthbert Collingwood (1748-1810) had a distinguished career as an admiral in the British navy, leading the sailors under his command to numerous wartime victories. He was also a good-natured softie whose men regarded him as generous and kind. Between battles, while enjoying his downtime, he hiked through the English countryside carrying acorns, which he planted here and there so the “Navy would never want for oaks to build the fighting ships upon which the country’s safety depended.” (Quoted in “Life in Nelson’s Navy” by Dudley Pope.) I propose that we make him your role model for the coming weeks. May his example inspire you to be both an effective warrior and a tender soul who takes practical actions to plan for the future.
LEO (July 23-Aug. 22):
Eighteenth-century musician Giuseppe Tartini has been called “the godfather of modern violin playing.” He was also an innovative composer who specialized in poignant and poetic melodies. One of his most famous works is the “Sonata in G Minor,” also known as the “Devil’s Trill.” Tartini said it was inspired by a dream in which he made a pact with the Devil to provide him with new material. The Infernal One picked up a violin and played the amazing piece that Tartini transcribed when he woke up. Here’s the lesson for you: He didn’t actually sell his soul to the Devil. Simply engaging in this rebellious, taboo act in the realm of fantasy had the alchemical effect of unleashing a burst of creative energy. Try it!
VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22):
The planets have aligned in a curious pattern. I interpret it as meaning that you have cosmic permission to indulge in more self-interest and self-seeking than usual. So it won’t be taboo for you to unabashedly say, “What exactly is in it for me?” or “Prove your love, my dear” or “Gimmeee gimmeee gimmee what I want.” If someone makes a big promise, you shouldn’t be shy about saying, “Will you put that in writing?” If you get a sudden urge to snag the biggest piece of the pie, obey that urge.
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