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s one of the only bookstores in Rankin County, Bay Window Books in Brandon has a big responsibility, and one that owner Suzanne Hatch says she takes seriously. “There’s such a need for books,” she says. “Our primary inventory is used so that we can cut the cost in half. ... I don’t have the room for one of everything, so I make it easy for my customers—if we don’t carry it, we’ll get it, most often at a used price.” Hatch says it’s important to her that Bay Window is not only a business but also a positive force for the community. She works with teachers to stock affordable copies of required reading materials, and each month, she hosts book signings to promote Mississippi authors. Bay Window hasn’t always been located in the Jackson metro area, though. Before moving to Mississippi, Hatch lived with her husband, Allen, in York, Pa. They opened the store there in April 2009 when his health made it impossible to continue his career as an insurance auditor. After a 28-year battle, Allen died of cancer in 2011, and Hatch decided she would sell the business. Eight groups were interested in purchasing it but couldn’t come up with the finances. “In the meantime, I fell in love with it,” she says. “I had been laid off from my


position and had the opportunity to spend the last month having coffee with (Allen) there in the mornings but also to get to know the store, to get to know the customers, and to realize that this was really a blessing and something that I was enjoying.” Instead of selling, she decided to run the store herself. The connection to Mississippi came when she drove down to help a family move to Pearl. Hatch had befriended the mother, Jennie Carter, who volunteered at the store, and wanted to help get the children signed up for classes. But as Hatch exited the interstate onto Highway 80, a feeling washed over her, and she knew she was home, she says. After returning to Pennsylvania, Hatch says she argued with God about the idea of moving Bay Window Books across the country. “But in August 2012, we had two 28foot carrier trailers loaded by volunteers up there to make the journey down here,” she says. She opened Bay Window in Pearl in January 2013 and moved the store to its current location at 151 W. Government St. in Brandon on March 2, 2015. “It was absolutely petrifying, but I knew that it was (God’s) will that I do this,” Hatch says. “I knew, and I still know, that this is where I’m supposed to be.” Hatch has two daughters, Kimberly and Jennifer. —Micah Smith

cover photo of Chokwe Antar Lumumba by Imani Khayyam

6 ............................ Talks 12 ................... editorial 13 ...................... opinion 16 ............ Cover Story 22 ........... food & Drink 24 ......................... 8 Days 25 ........................ Events

6 Supe-r Drama

On the first week of the legislative session, a lawmaker tried to reverse a political hit on superintendents.

22 Building a bōl

Read about downtown’s newest health-conscious restaurant.

25 ....................... sports 26 .......................... music 26 ............................ Arts 27 ........ music listings 28 ...................... Puzzles 29 ......................... astro 29 ............... Classifieds

26 The Making of a ‘Superhuman’

“It was the most powerful music I’ve ever recorded. … With ‘Superhuman,’ I really wanted people to be inspired. I wanted people to be lifted up by what I had to say.” —Aretha Henry

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4 ............ Editor’s Note

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editor’s note

by Donna Ladd, Editor-in-Chief

Gov. Winter: Self-Made Hero on Road Less Traveled


few years back, I was leaving a talk at Millsaps College when a U.S. congressman from Mississippi stopped me in the garage below the building. The white lawmaker introduced himself and then awkwardly told me he really does care about race relations. In this not-uncommon private and revealing conversation with someone who believes he can’t speak out publicly against racism, I got the immediate sense that he was riddled with guilt due to his choices, but didn’t believe he had other options. I felt sorry for him. Sort of. Living and governing that way on behalf of power and money, and in a way that appeals more to America’s lesser angels for votes, is clearly some kind of fresh hell, especially if you don’t believe everything you end up representing. But it’s not like he and others can’t choose the road less traveled. They just don’t have the moral courage to take it. Since Gov. William Winter fell on ice last Saturday, scaring the dickens out of so many people, I’ve been thinking about that congressman. Was it worth it to go along to get along, to play against what seemed to be his nature? Is his tarnished place in the history books worth keeping his mouth shut, at least publicly, about things that really matter, like preferring, say, tort reform over the need for well-funded public education? Gov. Winter didn’t follow the path of least resistance and most power. He grew up in a segregationist society and has been open that he had to teach himself to reject the racism he grew up around. Like former Sen. Robert Byrd, a Klansmanturned- progressive on race, Winter proves it is possible to reject racial fear and become something greater than the sum of community “heritage”—but why don’t more white

people choose this hero’s journey? It’s easier for many not to, I guess. There is fleeting power and top-dollar campaign contributions and maybe a sweet corporate lobbyist gig after you leave the political arena. The children can attend pricey private schools; you can all go skiing in Colorado when you feel like it. You can make your conservative daddy proud by carrying on long-held traditions.

We have so few with the moral courage to stand tall. But what mark do you make on your fellow man? Do you help lift up society and bring people together, or do you help the wealthiest divide and conquer it, plundering the spoils? Gov. Winter could have gone that path and probably served more than one term. But, along with his tireless “boys (and girls) of summer” team, he chose to fight hard for education reform in the 1980s—which essentially was the first real effort to take embedded racism out of the state’s public-school system. Since then, Gov. Winter has dedicated himself fully to fighting legacies of racism and proudly walking his own talk. Winter is the white hero our state needs because, sadly, we have so few with the moral courage to stand tall for what is right. As a result, diverse people everywhere love him, instead of just a mean subset of very-wealthy white folk. He is surrounded

by loving family and his long-time wife, who has fought beside him. That is true love. He lives in Jackson, not the suburbs, and he keeps fighting even as he nears 94. Yet, Gov. Winter takes time to handwrite letters of encouragement to younger people trying to deserve his baton. I keep my collection of letters from him with my batch from James Meredith, and I own little that means more to me. I last saw Gov. Winter in Carlsbad, Calif., for a national gathering of people involved in the W.K. Kellogg Foundation’s “Truth, Racial Healing and Transformation” effort, which arguably has never been more needed. Winter is the honorary cochairman, and as always, he gave powerful opening remarks that I never tire of him saying, ending with “We cannot go back.” He is soldiering on, and so must we. Gov. Winter provides such a contrast with the congressman at Millsaps, our current state leaders and the nation’s new president. Their fight is hawking fear against people who need societal support or who threaten their lily-white voting base. Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves has adopted the rhetoric of the past, slamming “outsiders” trying to make the Mississippi flag less oppressive and regressive, and he insults Mississippians who believe in asking for forgiveness in order to try get their votes for governor: Stop apologizing, he tells us. Meantime, Reeves doesn’t offer solutions for the continuing legacies of the past, as Gov. Winter still does. Winter isn’t afraid to say that public education must be supported and funded because it will help those Mississippi left behind, even as he knows it will also keep all of us safer and grow our economic and jobs base. He, and I, choose abundance over spreading fear.

Reeves insults our intelligence, telling us school districts in the poorest and most historically segregated areas—often due to severe white flight when schools were forced to integrate—should get state funding based on the amount of money richer districts need. That logic breaks the brain. Does Reeves really believe this, or is he just pandering to those who don’t want to help “the other” even if it also helps them? It doesn’t matter. It doesn’t matter what’s in a man’s heart; his words and actions show the quality of a character and will outlive him in the history books. Same for women. Heroes like Gov. Winter or Mr. Meredith or Medgar Evers or Fannie Lou Hamer or Hazel Brannon Smith are not born that way; they dig deep for the courage to buck the status quo, sometimes against the teachings of their own community and often at great personal cost. (Evers was assassinated, and Smith died penniless after pissing off white advertisers one time too many.) I hear the words Reeves is intentionally using that puts him in the camp of white people I grew up around in Neshoba County blaming “outside agitators”—like Chaney, Goodman and Schwerner—for coming here and stirring up trouble. That “trouble,” of course, was fighting for the rights, dignity and opportunity for all Mississippians, regardless of our mucked-up heritage of white supremacy and fear. Each of us, regardless of political leanings, must fight for Gov. Winter’s principles, which are under public attack like we haven’t seen in decades as Trump takes office. It is the inspiration of self-made heroes like him that can help us take the next step, and then the next—not from people who only whisper their true feelings in a quiet, dimly lit parking garage.

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Tim Summers Jr.

Arielle Dreher

Imani Khayyam

Amber Helsel

Greg Pigott

Mary Osborne

Kristin Brenemen

Myron Cathey

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 He wrote the cover story.

News Reporter Arielle Dreher is working on finding some new hobbies and adopting an otter from the Jackson Zoo. Email her story ideas at arielle@jacksonfreepress. com. She wrote about school superintendents.

Staff Photographer Imani Khayyam is an art lover and a native of Jackson. He loves to be behind the camera and capture the true essence of his subjects. He took photos for the issue, including the cover of Chokwe Lumumba.

Some call Assistant Editor Amber Helsel the Demon Lady of Food (not really, but she wouldn’t object to it). She likes to cook, eat, make art and pet cats. Email story ideas to amber@ She wrote about AND Gallery.

Freelance writer Greg Pigott teaches business and technology at Velma Jackson High School. He wrote the book on being an all-around hustler. He is the guy who takes karaoke seriously. He wrote about R&B artist Aretha Henry.

Sales Assistant Mary Osborne is a Lanier Bulldog by birthright and a JSU Tiger by choice. She is the mother of Lindon “Joc” Dixon. Her hobbies include hosting and producing “The Freeda Love Show,” which airs on PEG 18.

Art Director Kristin Brenemen is an meganekko with a penchant for dystopianism. She’s gearing up for next convention season by starting to learn leather crafting for two space heroines. She designed much of the issue.

Sales and Marketing Consultant Myron Cathey is from Senatobia. He is a graduate of Jackson State University and enjoys traveling, music, and spending time with family and friends.

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“You can’t sell the house to pay the rent.” —Mayoral candidate Chokwe Antar Lumumba said of the 1 Percent Sales Tax Commission and how the city-state relationship needs to work

Wednesday, January 4 A hung jury and a last-minute revelation of a biased juror in the case against Hinds District Attorney Robert Shuler Smith lead Judge Larry Roberts to declare a mistrial.

Friday, January 6 Community advocates, nonprofit organizations and lawmakers say the neediest families in Mississippi must have access to assistance when they need it during a gathering at the Capitol. … Former Mississippi Gov. William Winter is hospitalized in emergency care after falling on ice in his driveway and hitting his head. Saturday, January 7 The University of Mississippi basketball team defeats Auburn 88-85 and earns its first SEC win.

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Sunday, January 8 Trump’s presumptive chief of staff Reince Priebus says the president-elect has accepted the intelligence community’s conclusion that Russia tried to meddle in the U.S. election to help Trump win. … Actress Meryl Streep defends Hollywood and journalists, criticizing Donald Trump in her acceptance speech for a lifetime achievement award at the Golden Globes. He later called her over-rated in a Twitter rant.


Monday, January 9 Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves announces that EdBuild’s recommendations to change the state’s school-funding formula will be ready before the deadline to introduce legislation. Tuesday, January 10 U.S. House Speaker Paul Ryan says Republicans will work on unraveling and replacing the Affordable Care Act at the same time. ... A jury sentences Dylann Roof to death. Breaking news at

Politics Cripple Superintendents Group by Arielle Dreher


he Mississippi Association of School Superintendents is running out of funding, largely due to a last-minute change a few lawmakers made last session to the State’s education budget bill, cutting off all funding to the group. Sen. Hob Bryan, D-Amory, reminded the Senate that the move came late in the budget writing process last year, likely as a political move in retaliation for the group’s support of Initiative 42, a failed 2015 ballot initiative to force the Legislature to fully fund the state’s education formula. After the 2016 session ended, former House Appropriations Committee Chairman Rep. Herb Frierson, R-Poplarville, told the Associated Press that the provision was in response to MASS supporting Initiative 42 to require full education funding. “When they attack people like that, they’re biting the hand that feeds them, and maybe the next time they need to think about that,” Frierson told the Associated Press last June about the superintendents. On Jan. 3, what is typically a quiet reunion-filled but otherwise slow first day of session, Sen. Bryan introduced a bill to delete the two sentences that suspended funding for the group. Bryan asked the Senate to consider the bill as a committee as a whole, meaning the bill would not have to go through the typical committee process to expedite its passage. Almost all the state’s superintendents are members of MASS, which is respon-

sible for hosting two conferences every year for administrators to receive workshops and continuing education and training. Superintendents and licensed administrators can COURTESY MASS

Thursday, January 5 Wayne Mitchell Parish, the man charged with killing 17-year-old Charles McDonald outside his business, Performance Oil, in south Jackson requests bail after his Dec. 29 arrest for first-degree murder.

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Sam Bounds, the executive director of the Mississippi Association of School Superintendents, says his organization is working with state leaders to remove a provision that cut most of its funding last session.

receive credits to renew their certificates at these conferences. ‘Total Limbo’ The current education budget bill

not only disallows school districts to use state funds on MASS expenses or dues but also threatens to cut off all state funding to schools “if any local school district expends any public funds to make payments or transfers to the Association.” Dr. Sam Bounds, MASS’ executive director, said that second sentence froze all funds, local, state or federal, from coming to the organization. Bounds told the Jackson Free Press that his organization was not aware of the provision until it was passed. “It (that provision) cut off all funds, and yes, we’re beginning to suffer financially because we don’t have any means or any revenue coming in from our districts,” Bounds said last week. In October, when House Speaker Philip Gunn and Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves announced intentions to revamp the school’s education funding formula, MASS supported the initiative. Bounds said his organization continues to work with lawmakers to ensure that the provision that cut out their funding is not in fiscal-year 2018’s budget bill. The winter MASS conference is scheduled for Jan. 23-25, and Bounds said MASS is giving it away to its members for free. Mississippi has 144 school districts, and 134 superintendents are members of MASS, Bounds said. MASS operates with dues members paid before June 30, before the appropriation bill cut off funding. Bounds said the MASS sum-

Winter Storm Helena:

Zilpha Young: It’s worth it to get an ice scraper to keep in your car even if you only use it once a year.

What We Learned by JFP Staff


inter Storm Helena moved into Jackson on Friday and caused a bunch of problems. Here are some of the lessons we learned over this freezing cold weekend.

Arielle Dreher: Marathons and ice don’t mix. Amber Helsel: Stock up on food before the storm hits—not during. Also, winter storms provide the perfect opportunity to have consecutive sick days. AD and AH: Ice and weekend plans don’t mix.

Kristin Brenemen: By marathoning “Trollhunters” I learned that you accomplish more goals with a good team, and not all adults are evil Changelings in disguise. Micah Smith: It’s really fun to roundhouse-kick icicles until you come across one that will not break. Todd Stauffer: Two words—cat food. Stock up or die. Donna Ladd: A little ice doesn’t stop the Jackson Free Press.

“Unfortunately, we learned after a 2-1/2-week trial that a juror talked during deliberations about having known the defendant.” —Mississippi Attorney Jim Hood, commenting on Hinds County District Attorney Robert Shuler Smith’s mistrial

“Our kindergarten teachers are knocking it out of the park.” —State superintendent Carey Wright told the House Education Committee last week, after discussing kindergarten test score gains

Fearless Trio: The Bad Boys of JXN, D.C. and the U.K. By Donna Ladd

Nigel Farage of British Brexit fame spoke at the Mississippi Coliseum on Aug. 25, 2016, during a rally Donald Trump (left) held in Jackson. Gov. Phil Bryant introduced Trump before the rally, and has invited his Brexit friend to attend Trump’s inauguration.

came under fire in Europe for a poster slamming Croatian refugees that eerily resembles a Nazi propaganda photo. After meeting Trump at the Convention Center, the story goes, Farage appeared on stage with him at the rally and told Mississippians to follow the Brexit Brits and take the United States from the “big banks” and the professional “political class.” This “drain the swamp” rhetoric may be ironic now that Trump is surrounding himself with bankers and billionaires, even the Goldman-Sachs crowd that Hillary Clinton critics on the left and the right railed against.

tions Committee to be considered. The Legislature addressing frustrations in this way was a “mistake,” Bryan said. “I think all of us who run for public office and serve in public office (hear) people say things about us that’re unpleasant,” he said. “It’s a free country, and you get to do that, and retaliating against individual superintendents and the superintendents’ association is just the wrong thing to do.” Bryan said his bill is a needed symbolic act. “We don’t need to do again the things we did in the previous session,” Bryan said. More Supe-r Bills Superintendents must have been on the agenda in the Legislature’s first week back, as the House Education Committee quickly considered and passed a bill that al-

But in Jackson in August, Farage called on Mississippians to vote against the “establishment,” as he says they did in Britain. “We reached those people who have never voted in their lives but believe that by going out and voting for Brexit they could take back control of their country, take back control of their borders, and get back their pride and self-respect,” Farage told thrilled Mississippians here. Farage and Trump both implied in Jackson that a vote for Trump was equivalent to a vote for “Leave” in Brexit. “My advice to you is if you want change in this country, you better get your walking boots on,” Farage said. “You better get out there campaigning and remember anything is possible if enough decent people are prepared to stand up against the establishment.” One of the main criticisms of the British “Brexit” from those who wished to remain in the European Union was the movement’s focus on stemming immigration into the United Kingdom. The new prime minister, Theresa May, has said that one of her big takeaways from the “leave” vote is that the Brits wish to see “a reduction in immigration,” the BBC reports. This sentiment fits with the exclusionary immigration policies Trump pushes, including building a wall between the U.S. and Mexico, as well as those Bryant has heralded in Mississippi over the years. Now, the three men are D.C.-bound to celebrate a rather large win for their shared ideology, even as Trump has started plans for what he calls the “Great Wall” along the Mexican border. The three should have much to celebrate in Trump’s new Man Cave on Pennsylvania Avenue. Read a longer version of this story at with many links. Follow Donna Ladd on Twitter at @donnerkay.

lows school districts to appoint new superintendents in the event of a vacancy, ahead of the full roll-out of the Senate Bill 2438 from last session that will require all districts to appoint superintendents by 2019. Out of the 144 superintendents in the state, 55 are elected, Bounds at MASS said, meaning that a majority of the state’s superintendents are already appointed. The organization was neutral on the bill, which sparked some debate last session. “I think a good individual who is working hard and doing their job as superintendent will be elected or appointed,” Bounds said. “And if the persons that are elected this year, they stand to be appointed by the school board by 2019 if the board chooses to, so it wasn’t eliminating anyone from the job.”

The House Education Committee met to quickly consider and pass House Bill 32, which Chairman Rep. John Moore, R-Brandon, said will save school districts money in the long run. Moore told the Jackson Free Press that the bill was specifically for Webster County, which elects its superintendents. “The estimated cost for this county is going to be somewhere in the neighborhood of $60,000 to have a special election, and the guy would have to be reappointed in two years,” Moore told the Education Committee on Jan. 3. Webster County school officials did not respond to messages by press time. The bill passed the Senate on Jan. 10 and heads to the governor’s desk now. Email state reporter Arielle Dreher at

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mer conference is in jeopardy with limited funds, meaning opportunities for administrators to further their education or get certified this year are in jeopardy. “The summer is in total limbo, and I don’t see right now that we’ll be able to have the summer convention unless the language is changed,” Bounds told the Jackson Free Press. “But we’re very, very hopeful that working with the leadership and with lawmakers that we can eliminate that language from the 2017 appropriations bill which will allow us to move forward.” Bryan’s bill would restore funding to MASS, or at least it would lift the penalty for school districts to pay for dues or other workshops with public funds. The Senate did not vote to bring Bryan’s bill up for a vote, instead sending it to the Appropria-

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ne might not think that Nigel Farage, who helped lead the Brexit “populist” movement in the United Kingdom, would need to go through Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant to get invited to the presidential inauguration on Jan. 20. After all, Farage was at Donald Trump’s side when he visited Jackson in August. And Farage later visited him in Trump Tower within days of the election, even sharing a photograph in the gold elevator. The Huffington Post UK reported that Bryant invited Farage to the inauguration. Bryant had become friends with Farage in the last year, even inviting him to hang out with him here in Mississippi in his “man cave.” “Farage attended (the) Republican National Convention in Cleveland (Ohio) in July 2016, where over drinks he struck up a conversation with the Mississippi delegation,” Huffington Post reported. They invited him to Jackson. Arron Banks writes in his book, “The Bad Boys of Brexit” that Farage came to Jackson for a “state dinner,” and afterward he and Bryant headed to Bryant’s man cave. “In real old-school style, the ladies said goodnight and the men went into the converted garage outside, which was full of motorbikes, old Chevy cars, comfy chairs, a full bar and the best tobacco the South could offer,” he wrote. Banks says Bryant joined Farage here at a reception at the Jackson Convention Complex on Aug. 25, 2016, before heading to the Mississippi Coliseum for a rally. “(Trump) strode over and gave Farage a bear hug, congratulating him on ‘a great job winning Brexit,’” Banks writes. The New York-Jackson-UK trio isn’t as unlikely as it sounds. They are all conservative “populists”—meaning anti-immigrant, among other ultra-right positions. Farage


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Infrastructure: Can the State Afford to Wait on Trump? by Arielle Dreher


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The Trump Plan Trump’s infrastructure plan has already morphed since he was elected. His initial proposal was a $1-trillion plan that relied primarily on the private sector to invest in the program, incentivized through tax credits. “These tax credits offered by the government would be repaid from the incremental tax revenues that result from project construction in a design that results in revenue neutrality. Two identifiable revenue

streams for repayment are critical here: (1) the tax revenues from additional wage income, and (2) the tax revenues from additional contractor profits,” an October 2016 policy paper from Wilbur Ross and Peter Navarro, two of Trump’s senior policy advisers, stated. On his transition website, the president-elect has scaled down his $1-trillion plan already. The site says he now seeks to invest $550 billion in the country’s trans-

concept paper or a thought piece as opposed to a real plan.” No Clear Direction How federal infrastructure funding could help Mississippi is not clear, never mind the plan itself, and lawmakers have different approaches on what to do now. Senate President Pro Tempore Terry Burton, R-Newton, acknowledged Trump’s commitment to infrastructure, as well as the Imani Khayyam

ome Mississippi Republican leaders invoked President-elect Donald Trump’s expensive infrastructure plan last week when discussing Mississippi’s crumbling roads and bridges, seeming to believe it will solve the state’s urgent issues with roads and bridges. But they did not talk about who will pay the costs of Trump’s plan—which is based on tax breaks for corporations that agree to fund the improvements. At the Mississippi Economic Council’s Capital Day, Gov. Phil Bryant said he thinks Mississippi can lead the way with infrastructure improvements, especially with Trump in the White House providing help from the federal government. “That’s the type of result we get from a President Donald Trump and the possibilities of him working with the governors across the nation so that we will have a plan that is in sync with one another,” Bryant told business leaders at the Jackson Marriott last week. Bryant, who campaigned for Trump, said he is talking not only with state leaders but also with the president-elect about the plan. The governor seemed to be pushing more economic development as a means to fund Mississippi’s roads and bridges. Independent research from the University of Southern Mississippi and Mississippi State University shows that 2,400 of the state’s bridges cannot carry their weight capacity any longer, and MEC estimates that about $375 million is needed annually in the next decade to restore bridges and roads that have gone without major repairs since the Mississippi Legislature last funded its highway program in 1987. The governor referenced an MEC study that found that the Canton Nissan plant contributes close to $300 million annually in local and state tax revenue. “So if we get one more Nissan, problem solved,” Bryant said on Jan. 5.

Senate Transportation Chairman Willie Simmons, D-Cleveland, told business leaders that the State needs to take action like Ronald Reagan did and figure out a plan to pay for the state’s crumbling infrastructure.

portation network but does not explain how that will work. “We will harness technology and make smarter decisions on how we build and utilize our infrastructure,” the Transportation page promises. Trump’s nominee for secretary of transportation, Elaine Chao, has yet to lay out her plan, but has said she supports Trump’s “clear vision” for infrastructure in the country. Experts from both sides of the political aisle told The Wall Street Journal that they are skeptical that Trump’s push for private-sector funding of public infrastructure can or will work. The October 2016 policy paper shows that Trump wants to rely on the private sector to finance infrastructure projects, and Navarro and Ross estimate that financing $1 trillion for infrastructure would need an “equity investment of $167 billion, obviously a daunting sum.” Pat Jones, the executive director of the International Bridge, Tunnel and Turnpike Association, told The Wall Street Journal that Trump’s plan “strikes me as sort of a

pressing need for state lawmakers to address their infrastructure issues this session. “The president-elect has made the comment that infrastructure is important to him, so we need to see exactly what that Washington answer is going to be,” Burton told business leaders at the Capitol. “We need to have those discussions before we can make final decisions, but we can’t, in my opinion, let another session go by without trying to something about our infrastructure.” Senate Transportation Committee Chairman Sen. Willie Simmons, D-Cleveland, told the Jackson Free Press in December that even if Trump enacts a plan, Mississippi should act first because the federal funding likely would not address all the state’s infrastructure funding needs. “It’s better to do it first because if he (Trump) does one or brings (a plan) forward, it will address some of the issues for the nation, but it won’t be the savior for Mississippi,” Simmons said in December. “We would get additional dollars, but it wouldn’t take care of the 4,000 bridges in

our state and the additional lanes of deficient highways.” Simmons told business leaders last week that lawmakers need to take President Ronald Reagan’s approach and raise taxes to fund the infrastructure needs. MEC estimates that if the Legislature implements a system of user-based taxes and fees, it will cost a Mississippian who uses roadways about 37 cents a day, or $150 annually—a cost they say is much cheaper than the damage that could be done driving on dangerous roads in the future. House Speaker Philip Gunn, R-Clinton, addressed the “difficulty” he sees with raising taxes and fees to pay for infrastructure, pointing to the supermajority of votes needed (74) in the House of Representatives to pass a tax bill. “These are legislators who have campaigned upon smaller government; they have stood for lower taxes; they have stood for creating a business-friendly environment; they have relieved tax burdens,” Gunn said last week. Business leaders around the state have already rallied around MEC’s plan. Joe Sanderson Jr., who chairs MEC’s Blueprint Task Force, wrote to lawmakers about the issue last session, with concerns of the longterm impact putting off the state’s roads and bridges problem will have on the economy. “There will be lost opportunities for business growth and lost opportunities for Mississippians who could’ve had good paying and productive careers,” Sanderson Jr.’s letter to lawmakers warns. Gunn said he plans to continue to look at the Mississippi Department of Transportation’s budget to find efficiencies he thinks can help fund the infrastructure. “We’re going to do the best we can to find a way to meet the issue about roads and bridges, and if we can’t do it this year, we’ll keep working until we’re able to do that in years to come,” Gunn said. Simmons, who called the state’s infrastructure woes a “major, major crisis,” told business leaders that Mississippi cannot afford to wait longer to act on a solution. “We need you to communicate to each of us and let us know because raising taxes and fees is very difficult,” he said. “And the closer we get to an election it gets even more difficult because we have concerns about how they’re going to react to it.” Email state reporter Arielle Dreher at and follow her at @arielle_amara. Comment at








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Mistrial for Smith, But Bribery Question Lingers by Tim Summers Jr.


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the DA. “‘I just need to know because you don’t want people around saying all kinds of stuff.’ And we left it at that.” Henderson: Smith Knew Robert “Too Sweet” Henderson testified that he took bribes from members of the Jackson community in exchange for “support” at Smith’s behest. Henderson was a convicted felon whom Gov. Haley Barbour had pardoned in 2012, based in part on Smith as a reference. Henderson said he agreed to testify because he feared for his safety now that Smith had not held up his end of the bargain, but still took the money for his reelection campaign. Henderson also faces bribery charges for contacting Johnson while the assistant district attorney was working for the FBI. “I felt there was a need to get this really resolved, because it seemed like somebody could get hurt. It was real serious,” Henderson said, stating that he approached Johnson with money to solve his problems. “The $500 was supposed to get this resolved and get the cases dismissed.” So far, neither district attorney nor his office have responded to requests for comment on the bribery accusations. “We now know as we sit here today that there was a scam going on,” Waide told the jury during closing arguments. “We know that their first witness, Johnson, was a part of it, that there is a shakedown going on of family members trying to get people out of jail. We know that Smith was looking into that.” The attorney general’s office declined this week to comment on its ongoing investigation of the DA’s office. Email city reporter Tim Summers Jr. at tim@jackson Read full coverage at Imani Khayyam

he trial of Hinds County District after the mistrial that he was feeling “pretty was still involved with the woman from Attorney Robert Shuler Smith for good,” that Smith was a good friend and whom Johnson took a bribe in 2014. conspiracy to hinder prosecution that the next trial would begin June 12. Smith also got salty in those taped by aiding or assisting a defendant But the rogue juror was a mystery to him. talks, saying they were going to “get that ended last week with a mistrial after a sim- “There was a comment that came out ass,” referring to Hinds County Judge Jeff ple note sent two-and-a-half weeks of legal that a juror had some prior opinion, some Weill. He also called one black assistant atwrangling spiraling. prior dealings, with Robert,” Waide told torney general an “Uncle Tom” in text mes When the jurors sent notes to Special the Jackson Free Press outside the court- sages. Prosecutors used these conversations Judge Larry Roberts a couple hours into room. “Don’t know anything about the in the trial to, perhaps, prove a pattern of jury deliberations, he prophetically said such notes are a judge’s worst “nightmare.” A frustrated attorney general’s office released the note soon after the mistrial. “What do we do about a juror who has previous knowledge of Robert Smith and has a previously formed opinion of him and is basing her verdict on previous knowledge and opinion instead of current evidence?” the note asked. Most media assumed the juror supported Smith. However, Ross Adams of WAPT-TV was reporting by early the next morning that the suspect juror actually worked Judge Larry Roberts declared a mistrial in the case against of Hinds County DA Robert for the Jackson Police Department Shuler Smith (man on left), but many questions about the bribery schemes remain. as a dispatcher. Other jurors said she told them Smith was guilty because he had “been under the radar” for juror,” Waide added after the trial. illegal activity that would further tarnish such activities for years. The Clarion-Led- Still, other jurors told WAPT that Smith’s attempts to help Christopher Butger later reported that the disputed juror’s they believe the jurors would have split on ler, a defendant his office was supposed to name was Sharron Sullivan. guilt, even without Sullivan’s remarks. prosecute for drug charges and who also Attorney General Jim Hood himself faced state charges for wire fraud and emdid not indicate whether the juror was on Bribery Questions Remain bezzlement at Mega Mattress in Jackson. Questions about the integrity of the Smith’s side or not, but was livid at the ju- Johnson admitted to the FBI agents ror. “I am disappointed that the jury was DA’s office remain unsettled. The State and a U.S. attorney that he took money to deadlocked in this case, but a mistrial was proved bribery existed inside the office, at lower the bond amounts of certain defenthe only appropriate result after learning least among one assistant district attorney, dants in the Hinds County courtroom. A that a juror sat silently during jury ques- Ivon Johnson, but it is impossible to yet former client, Marietta Harris, gave him tioning before the trial, even though that know how many jurors believe the boss money, Johnson said, to help get her nephjuror knew the defendant. Unfortunately, was or was not in on the bribery. ew out of jail. Johnson testified that he told Smith’s trial was not for bribery, of Smith, who brushed it off at that time. we learned after a 2-1/2-week trial that a juror talked during deliberations about course, but Hood’s attorneys dangled it as “We discussed the nature of that incihaving known the defendant,” Hood said a possible motive for the DA’s allegedly ille- dent in my office,” Johnson testified. gal actions to help a defendant avoid pros- in a statement the same day. “(Smith’s response to me was that Hood vowed to punish the juror who ecution, with the judge allowing evidence ‘none of us are perfect, but I just need to wasted the court’s time: “A juror takes an about bribery incidents on Smith’s watch know what’s going on,’” Johnson said of oath to answer questions posed to them by into his trial. The FBI, who attended the the Court and the lawyers. Consequently, trial daily, had long been investigating the this case will need to be presented to an- DA’s office for potential bribes. 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ollowing a statute passed in 2012, the Mississippi Department of Corrections has instituted major changes to its visitation policies, including a rule banning inmates and families from taking photographs on family visitation days. This may seem like a small thing, but the change has come as a devastating shock to many families. In making this change, Mississippi became one of only six U.S. states that comprehensively prohibits all photography during visitation sessions throughout the year. The majority of states recognize that family photographs are an essential tool for inmate rehabilitation. A policy removing the right to such photographs is shortsighted, counterproductive and cruel. Mississippi inmate families have been working in conjunction with the ACLU since 2012 to combat this policy change. Viable alternative solutions exist and have been presented, but without public pressure and outcry, MDOC seems unlikely to consider them. So allow me to present you with a few reasons to provide that outcry and pressure. To begin with, the vast majority of people that this policy hurts are free citizens who have never been charged with a crime. The impact of incarceration on parents, siblings, spouses, children, and other family members left behind is a painful and devastating. These are human beings guilty of no crime or wrongdoing who, through no fault of their own, have lost a close family member for years, or perhaps for life. Their loss is immeasurable, and the negative impact on their lives and livelihoods is massive. By further removing their sense of connection, this policy only adds to their pain and increases the likelihood that younger members will continue the cycle of incarceration. Moreover, abundant data show that a strong connection to family is a crucial part of any inmate’s successful re-entry into society. Family visitation and photographs that preserve and memorialize that time and those connections is critical to any genuine attempt at rehabilitation. As a professional photographer, I have witnessed firsthand the incredible power and impact that family images can hold. I’ve photographed tearful brides carrying a treasured portrait of a deceased parent. I’ve photographed anxious teenagers clinging to photographs of older siblings deployed in battle, as though the image is a talisman against future harm. I’ve photographed countless spouses who have been separated by work or deployment, seeking anything tangible, no matter how small, to make the distance seem a little bit less. A photograph is never just a piece of paper. It’s a symbol of love, hope, commitment and connection between people. MDOC has stated budget concerns and efforts to restrict contraband (such as cell phones used to take photos) within their facilities as the impetus for this decision. These concerns are valid and must be addressed. However, prohibiting photography entirely is not the answer. On Thursday, Nov. 10, I sent an official statement to the office of MDOC Commissioner Marshall Fisher offering to “volunteer my time and expertise, free of any charge, to capture photographs on family visitation days for those inmates desiring one … and to provide a copy of said images both to the inmate in question and to the outside family group.” This solution involves no additional cost to MDOC, nor will it allow inmates access to any contraband equipment. I have yet to receive any response from Commissioner Fisher’s office. If, like me, you are touched by the human suffering in this situation, you can take action in multiple ways. Inmate family members Jennifer Bynum and Stephanie Martin have created a petition on to bring back photography during visitation. Additionally, Mississippi residents can contact Fisher’s office to express support for my solution, or other alternatives, and for the petition. 12 Meghan Garner is a professional photographer in Jackson. January 11 - 17 , 2017 •

Their loss is immeasurable.

Leg, No Time to Wait for Trump on Transportation


he state’s business leaders called on the Legislature to put together a plan to fund Mississippi’s crumbling roads and bridges back in 2016. But after a patchwork bill died in committee, the Mississippi Economic Council is back to remind lawmakers that the state’s infrastructure problem will get worse—not better—the longer they wait. And that’s bad for business. Most lawmakers know infrastructure is a problem, but many dodge the question of how to fund solutions. The MEC has recommended raising taxes, specifically user-based taxes on gas or car tags, as part of its $375-million-a-year plan to maintain and repair roads and bridges around the state. Sen. Willie Simmons, D-Cleveland, says lawmakers will have to look at tax and fee increases. House Speaker Philip Gunn is much more hesitant to admit that, pointing to conservative principles that got him and other lawmakers elected last week. He committed to “engaging” on transportation but made no further promises. Kicking the can down a crumbling road will cost taxpayers more in the long run. It costs less to do preventative maintenance on roads and bridges than to completely repair them. Last week, the governor and state leaders mentioned President-elect Donald Trump’s promise to address infrastructure to avoid commitment to any plan. But that plan is far from a silver bullet, and it will cost taxpayers. Like Mississippi lawmakers, Congress will have a tough time swallowing tax increases to pay for national infrastructure prob-

lems, even if it’s in the form of corporate welfare. And if Trump’s half-billion-dollar tax-incentive plan works, it will rely heavily on the private sector to invest, which policy experts of both parties have difficulty accepting, The Wall Street Journal reports. Mississippi’s supermajority and the party in power in Congress fundamentally oppose tax and fee increases, so to bank on the feds approving tax credits for corporations but not wanting to consider tax increases themselves to help improve the state’s roads is beyond disingenuous; it’s contradictory. Money for roads and bridges will have to come from somewhere, and MEC has conducted public polls that so far indicate that a majority of Mississippians actually support tax increases to fix infrastructure. Certainly, Mississippians would prefer spending fewer taxpayer dollars on infrastructure now than paying double that amount down the road. Funding public infrastructure is a conservative idea, state leaders have said, but pretending that finding efficiencies in the Mississippi Department of Transportation’s budget or extra cash flow elsewhere to the tune of $375 million in the midst of the state heralding its biggest tax cut ever in the coming fiscal year is a ridiculous dodge of reality. And it is irresponsible to wait for a Trump plan that few experts or lawmakers in Washington seem to think will work. The longer we wait, the more Mississippi taxpayer dollars it will cost when the state finally gets around to investing in the roads and bridges. It’s time to act, #msleg. Our economy, business development and safety depend on it.

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The Truth About Snakes


hen my brother was 17, a water moccasin bit him as he was trying to grab it out of a lake with his bare hands. I won’t comment on the intelligence level that takes, but I will say we were Delta kids, and hand-grabbing snakes was only second to our love of whiskey and mud-riding. Fortunately—or unfortunately, through whichever paradigm you view such things—he’d suffered a horrible injury to that same hand three years earlier when a car rolled over it during a wreck. He left the scene of the accident being able to see through his hand. A surgeon saved it, and the only visible mark left was a large patch of tough scar tissue on the top of his knuckles. So, three years later, when that moccasin went to strike, its teeth got stuck in the scar tissue, and my brother wasn’t harmed beyond a few scratches. This story was the first thing I thought of when I pulled the list of bills filed for the 2017 Mississippi legislative session, and the first one on the list was HB 1, a bill put forth that states “all venomous snakes are inherently dangerous to humans.” If this was the Clinton administration, we’d all be debating the meaning of the word “inherently” right now. (God, don’t y’all wish it was the Clinton administration? Remember the ’90s? Unbelievable time to be alive. I mean, if you weren’t on welfare during the reform. Or Bill Clinton. Or anyone Bill Clinton had sex with. Or Hillary Clinton. Never mind.) Anyway, my second thought had a few curse words in it and suggestions for future places the Legislature could look to find their heads. I’m not saying the regulation of venomous snakes as pets is bad— we all have our burdens to bear. But, it just hit me that in the middle of us showing the worse poverty and health-care stats in the country, this is what we are looking to change first about our state. Confiscating venomous animals. Can we get all the hissing ones added to this bill? “Speaker, I have an amendment. Add hissing possums to HB1.” (I expect Rep. Steve Holland to do this just to please me. It’s his last term. I’m asking for a favor.) We can debate all day whether or not venomous snakes are inherently dangerous to humans. I’m sure a few of our tax dollars might be spent talking about that very

thing. But we’ve got to get serious about education and employment in this state if we want anyone around for the snakes to actually bite. We have serious brain drain, and I know it’s only getting worse because even I am starting to gaze longingly off into the distance across the state line. And I can’t really move anywhere because I’m that kind of Mississippi Special that they put you in hospitals for in other states. As it sits, the Legislature is set to look at a lot of things, but some of the big ones concern changing our school-funding formula (MAEP); deciding whether or not to expand Medicaid for those that fall in the coverage gap; and tinkering with the usual rules around hunting. With some of the worst health outcomes in the country, I know which ones I’d rather them start looking at first. Mississippi’s stats in health care, education and children living in poverty are not “inherent” to the nature of its citizens. It is not due to moral failings. These things are inherent to its government—a government that continues to crawl toward tax cuts for corporations that do nothing for the economic benefit of its citizens while cutting aid that puts food in the mouth of the 34 percent of our children who live below the poverty line. This is a travesty no matter how you look at it—from up here or from down there on your belly. We have to do better. Our leaders are put into their positions to lead us. Where are they leading us now? And do we want to follow them? I know I don’t. Not until I see some real headway on real issues we have in this state, not just mucking about with more “religious freedom” mess and ways to penalize people for being poor. One thing I do know, snakes are snakes no matter what they wear. They do also bite. But they aren’t inherently dangerous … not if you’re tough. And I think walking into Phil’s fifth year and staring down a Trump presidency has hardened a few folks. A few folks I know are looking to make sure we pay extra-special attention to what’s going on at the Capitol. I am a Delta kid, so I ain’t opposed to hand-grabbing a snake. No matter what it’s wearing. Lori Gregory is a social worker from Greenville, Miss. She lives in Fondren with two ruined rescues and a 7-year-old daughter that terrorizes her.

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C Local attorney Chokwe Antar Lumumba stands in front of the community center on West Capitol Street named after his late father, Mayor Chokwe Lumumba. The son, now running for mayor for the second time, says his slogan is: “When I become mayor, you become mayor.”

ABOUT the Candidate Chokwe Antar Lumumba, 33 Education: Callaway High School, graduated 2001 Tuskegee University, political science, 2005

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Experience: Worked with his father, former Mayor Chokwe Lumumba, during his time as city councilman and mayor. Managing Law Partner of Lumumba and Associates, LLC, for more than three years Married to Ebony McNeal, whom he met in kindergarten, and together they have one daughter, almost-3-year-old Alaké Maryama.

hokwe Antar Lumumba, 33, walks through downtown Jackson on Nov. 19, 2016, soaking up the warmth of the sunshine on the cold winter day as he outlines his plan to carry on the work of his late father, former Jackson Mayor Chokwe Lumumba, who died while in office. His father was a nationally known leader of the Malcolm X Grassroots Movement who originally came to Jackson from his native Detroit, Mich., taking a sabbatical during his second year of law school to join the black-freedom fight here. He was a part of a group of young intellectuals involved in the controversial Republic of New Afrika during the violent riot-filled years following the Civil Rights Movement in Jackson, resulting in several unsolved murders of local black people. The elder Lumumba served as a cabinet member of the national RNA but was vice president of the provisional government that the group constructed for a theoretical new black nation in the South where African Americans would be safer. The movement stalled in 1971, when Jackson police and FBI raided the group’s headquarters at dawn on Lewis Street near Jackson State University, which ended with one dead police officer and 11 of Lumumba’s fellow RNA members arrested. He was not in the house at the time. The elder returned to Detroit to finish law school, and in 1977, he met a flight attendant named Patricia Ann Burke, who would change her name to Nubia when

they married. Lumumba had a son from a previous marriage, Kambon, and soon after, the couple had their other two children, Rukia in 1978 and Antar in 1983. Lumumba moved the family to Brooklyn, N.Y., where they lived as he worked to grow his budding legal career, even representing rapper Tupac Shakur. After New York, Lumumba brought his family back to Jackson in 1988 to organize social initiatives here, raising his children in the life of community advocacy, as well as trying to keep young black men out of the criminal-justice system. For years, the elder worked outside government, often a critic, but in 2009, became the Ward 1 councilman before later running for mayor. In his seven months as mayor, Lumumba grew popular even among many white conservatives who had opposed him, due to his intellect and his willingness to work across divides. A defense lawyer like his father before him and his older sister, Rukia Lumumba, Chokwe Antar Lumumba said he wants to continue the work his father began, filling what he calls Jackson’s lack of leadership. He ran for the seat after his father died but lost to current Mayor Tony Yarber, who is running for re-election. Lumumba is no friend to crime, he said, telling the story of how his older brother was fatally shot in the head in Jackson many years ago. He said addressing that issue in a comprehensive way means getting to the core systemic issues more LUMUMBA, see page 18





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that lead to many of Jackson’s problems, including poverty and a lack of economic opportunity. How do you plan to address the association the voters will have with your father, now that you are essentially attempting to step into his place?

went with that. And so he ran for mayor, and once again people said (to me), “Why don’t you run for city council because he is vacating that seat?” And I said, once again, “No, that’s not what I am interested in.” So the day (my father) died is the first time I started to contemplate whether I would take a step like that. And I didn’t share that with anybody. I kept it to myself. I shared it the next day. I prayed with him, over my father, and I came to the decision after my prayers that sometimes political or leadership should come less out of political

are things that they failed to understand about how that should work. In terms of what we will adopt, we will adopt the same ideology that the people have to be incorporated into this process to a greater extent. What’s the first step in addressing infrastructure?

commission attached to a large sector of Jackson, creating a district which will be controlled, which incorporates all of the revenue-producing institutions in the City of Jackson, to be run by a governor which 85 percent of the citizens in that area more than likely did not vote for. And a state that is providing less than 1 percent of contracts to minorities. That’s egregious. Our view is this, to put it simply: You can’t sell the house to pay the rent. So we feel that there are some agreements that we can come to and had come to in order to receive or get the State to take on its fair share of the process. But it’s taking that 1 percent, utilizing that; it’s leveraging that to fix the infrastructure issue, and it’s also going and taking advantage of different grants and different procedures from the State to get it to do its fair share.

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First of all, people have to understand the complexity of the issues with the infra It is something that I anticipated my structure. We have probably a billion dolwhole life. I can get into my whole relationlars’ worth of infrastructure issues, and peoship with the Lord and the prayers I had as ple complain the most about the roads, but a child because of how much I looked up to my father. I would say, not knowing what that meant, “Lord I want you to use me for something powerful, I want to serve my people in a powerful way, and I want you to use me.” Running for political office (is) not what I envisioned (even) when my father mentioned, “Well, Do you support possible Chokwe, some people have been legal action against coming, and they want to know if Siemens over the $90we can really take some of this work million contract to we are trying to do and take it to a repair Jackson’s water political, electoral like-fashion.” infrastructure? From the gate, the suggestion What I can tell you from the was that (my father) would run for capacity of a lawyer is that what the mayor, and I would run for city federal government wants to see council. And I said, “No, I am not is movement, that you are taking doing that. I just got my law deaction steps to reach your benchgree; I haven’t been home for a year. marks. And the federal government I don’t think it would be proper for usually is more inclined to negotime to run ….” Antar Lumumba and his father Chokwe talk during a Jackson City Council meeting, during ate than you might expect, and so My father had a certain magic the elder’s tenure as Ward 2 representative. I think that we need to take advanabout getting his way ultimately. tage of the opportunity to negotiate So he didn’t push it. He never did some extensions with the federal try to push us, going into law, for the problem with the water and our pipes consent decree. instance. But his example spoke volumes, ambition and more out of necessity. I am in favor (of suing), and I won’t so it made you want to do it. I thought it was necessary not be- may be worse than the actual roads. What But I also discussed with him that cause I think there is something so special we designed to do with the 1 percent (sales go too deep into that, because I don’t think “Look, you know I am going to be do- about me, but I am committed, and I had tax) was to take the money that was com- it’s wise when you are looking at legal acing whatever work is necessary,” and so I the benefit of witnessing what I feel are the ing in from that and leverage those dollars tion, but I think that we need to investigate worked behind the scenes and with him all characteristics of leadership that must be to take advantage that Jackson at that time some serious legal action against Siemens. I have looked at some other cities in which the time. And so I said, “I’ll be honest with embodied. That was my father’s ultimate had a really good bond rating. We have a bond rating that we could Siemens has had contracts, and legal action you, I think that people know who you are, purpose, and he spoke of it often. He knew and they know you in a certain capacity, he had far more yesterdays than tomorrows, still take advantage of, but it isn’t as good as has been taken on behalf of those cities, though, and I don’t think that you are vi- right? But he wanted to provide a model of it was at that time. If you take advantage of and they have succeeded. In most of those able to run for mayor at that time.” leadership that he felt that we should seek that bond rating, and if you leverage that circumstances, far less money was given to 1 percent, you could actually double and Siemens in those deals than what Jackson and subscribe to. triple that money. We discovered how we gave. The Siemens deal was a horrible deal. When was this? And for anyone that is spreading the could do that to get more money. Two-thousand-eight to 2009. I told What is a central initiatives you We had already contacted the gover- rhetoric that it was a Lumumba deal, that’s him, “I don’t think you are viable (as a want to implement as mayor? We are going to make certain that we nor’s office (with a plan); my father had al- inaccurate. That Siemens deal was done uncandidate),” and we had a debate. It wasn’t just me having a conversation with him, see the 1-percent-sales-tax plan that he ad- ready met with (Mississippi Gov.) Phil Bry- der (former Mayor) Harvey Johnson. It was it was a number of people. We concluded opted go into fruition, go fully through, and ant. My plan would be to do the same, to sit already a go; their names were already on that … he should run for city council and that is not happening now. There are some down with him. There were already agree- the bonds. The only thing that my father see what he could do from there. Then we parts of it that the current administration is ments in place that (Bryant) would provide had the responsibility of doing was signing would, kind of, gather ourselves at the end not aware of. Even though we invited and money to the City of Jackson, which the the notice to proceed. (My father) really had his hands tied, and he even told Sieof that and see whether that was sufficient engaged some of the other council people, current administration had a plan to do. But this is where (Mayor Yarber and mens, “Look, I’m inclined not to sign this; or whether we needed to do something to be honest, the mayor wasn’t one of those else. And so, obviously, you know where we people that was working. So I think there I) disagree. We disagree where we see a however, I realize that I would be setting


How would you improve the revenue stream for the City of Jackson?

We look at the fact that Jackson has some $80 million in uncollected revenues. And so if we are in an approximate $15million deficit, $80 million in uncollected revenue can certainly help out. So what do we look at? How do we look at means in which we bring more of that money in? I think we need to explore measures of … the possibility of Amnesty Day; we have to be aggressive in bringing that revenue in. So we make agreements; if we can bring in $40 million of the $80 million in, that helps us. Then we have to look at innovative ways of bringing in more revenue. I have been talking about (the need to upgrade

“Why are we looking to outsource every single thing?” parking meters since) before the council started talking about them. … I disagree with the theory that we outsource to another company to do this. I think that we can handle this ourselves, and the money that a company would take as revenue or as profit, we put back into our budget. Why aren’t we doing this. Why are we looking to outsource every single thing? Oftentimes when we outsource all of this work, that’s paying back political debts. That’s paying somebody a contract or giving somebody a contract that is going

to put money back in your pocket. … We don’t have that luxury. Jackson is hurting, and the people need to see more for their dollar. And so we need to recover more money for the city. I think that we can look at the option of making ourselves the most sustainable city in the nation. We could take advantage of solar panels and reduce our energy cost for the city. We could put solar panels on lights, on streetlights and reduce a lot of our overhead so that we are spending less money. Then I think that we have to look at the option of whether we restructure some departments. Some people, what they are doing, they have to go to two or three departments to get something done when it could all be streamlined into one department. I think all of those things would help, in order to talk about everything you do to raise the budget; that is essentially the job of the mayor.

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How do you address our increasing homicide rate with dropping police numbers and a dwindling budget?

I talked (earlier) about my brother getting shot in the head here in Jackson, and so I am no friend of crime. My family has actually felt the effects of this crime, so we can relate to what people are feeling and the experiences they are having. We have to be serious on crime. We have to be tough on crime, we have to be very tough on crime, and we have to give officers the resources they need in order to combat it. With that being said, what you will hear from me, which is different, (is that) a big part of the issue of crime is the opportunities that exist in the city. If you don’t do anything to combat the conditions which lead to crime, you can’t out-police it. So what we have to do is engage our young people; we have to have greater opportunities to give them something else to do. And we have to fund that. One of the things that was my father’s baby was the basketball program that he worked (on) for years. He created the Jackson Panthers. In that program there were probably somewhere in the neighborhood of 700 boys that came through that program. And it had about a 98-percent success rate for getting young men in college. The reason that succeeded so tremendously was because he took something that captured their attention and used that to keep them close enough to the process of learning: You’re not able to play basketball more LUMUMBA, see page 20

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Jackson up for all kinds of legal backlash. We could get sued.” It would be failure to abide by a contract; that is a binding agreement. Not to mention one of the things that was of a concern (to the elder Lumumba) is that a lot of the money that was supposed to be an upfront payment for the consent decree was tied into that deal. So he could not afford to (not abide by it). And so it was not his deal. He did not come up with the agreement. That was not something that he manufactured or dreamt up. But it was something that he had to sign: the notice to proceed. But that does not mean that we still don’t see a need to pursue legal action against Siemens. And I think it would be advantageous for us to do so.

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respect for our leadership taking place in the City of Jackson. And you talk about people investing. I won’t go into those specifics, but good try.

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if your grades aren’t right, you can’t go on these trips, you can’t do any of these things. When we look at our young people, and I am not just leaving the issue of crime to young people, we have to find ways to connect with them.

How do you plan to deal with the complex relationship between the City and the State Legislature?

It really gets to the heart of how you get business done. How do you move the ball when you need to? And I understand some of the common rhetoric that is used

How do you get more people, including state leaders, to invest in Jackson’s future?

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You talk about people investing, you talk about trying to get things passed in the Legislature. You wouldn’t invest in a comClearly, that isn’t pany you didn’t respect. If happening enough. you had questions in terms How do you change of its leadership or who is at that? the helm, that is one of the My parents were major things that company’s organizers and put us in stocks go up and down that, and one saying we based on their leadership. have in organizing is “If That’s what I want: to you can only organize establish that you are, one, people who think like serious about what you are you, you are not much trying to achieve, and I am of an organizer.” willing to have a conversa So we have to meet tion with anybody. I am people where they are, willing to talk to anybody, and have to engage our but the starting point of young people. We have those conversations is that to take advantage of the we have a mutual respect for one another and the things things that are of their that we are trying to do. If interest and use that as a friendship develops in the the draw. process, great, but the first One thing that I thing is that we understand like is the idea of investwhat we are trying to do and ing in music studios. identify common interests. We have young people And I think that there who are interested in music, interested in the are some common interests. arts. It could be a photo I think that if we talk about studio. And we take the state of Mississippi and those things, and if we the view of the state of Misare looking at a music sissippi and how we build studio, so we have some the state of Mississippi, rules. When you come that is closely associated in this studio, there is to the progress of Jackson. Jackson mayoral candidate Chokwe Antar Lumumba poses for a no derogatory language, The state of Mississippi will picture with his wife, Ebony, and his daughter Alaké. there is no misogynistic never progress, the state of language, but we are Mississippi will never stop going to nurture your being last in everything uninterests, we are going to nurture your tal- against me as it was against my father: that less the city of Jackson is able to succeed. So ent, we are going to invest in your talent. we are too radical, that we don’t have the we need to identify how we do that and ... And that engages young people. relationships. People have to understand our common goals. I grew up here. I’ve been here since that I am an attorney throughout the en- You have to be a negotiator, but I was 5. I know what every young person tire state of Mississippi. I practice in Fulton you can’t view negotiation from the has said at some time living in Jackson: County I practice in Neshoba, I practice standpoint of, “I am going to friend There’s nothing to do. And we have to in all of these places where the opposition you to death, be the best friend to you.” take that criticism to heart, right? We doesn’t look like me, the judge doesn’t look It’s about identifying common interhave to take that criticism to heart and like me, but yet I am able to have success in ests and about identifying points of lechange that dynamic. Because the reality the courtroom. verage. How do I leverage my point so is that if there is nothing to do, they will The reason is because I understand that I am able to advance my agenda? that friendship is nice, icing on the cake, find something to do. One of the things said about the Leg Every block is going to be organized but more important than that is your re- islature when my father took office was by somebody. It is either going to be orga- spect. If you respect me, then that’s the they didn’t feel the leadership had come nized by a positive force or a negative force. starting point that we need. Jackson hasn’t across there enough, had spent enough So we have to be the ones that control the fallen into the place that ... is because it has time with the Legislature, asking them. blocks. So that’s what we need to do. I said had too radical leadership. Jackson hasn’t I’m going to be over there. I’m going to be that I was going to come around to what had anybody to fight for Jackson, first and knocking on some doors. I’m going to be foremost. … Currently, we have a void of letting you know, “This is what we need.” 20 people are suffering from.

How do you plan to address or support efforts to revitalize downtown?

In terms of downtown revitalization, I don’t think downtown Jackson is suffering because you have a couple of panhandlers. That isn’t the crux of our problem. We need to focus on downtown. We are (walking) on Capitol Street right now. There should be opportunities to take people’s money right here, in terms of businesses. There should be some opportunity where we have some retail spaces. Maybe a Gap or Banana Republic. There should be opportunities to do so. I am going to be a building mayor. I am not going to stop development. At the same time, the tone that I want to strike is that we want businesses to come. We will do whatever we need to do to incentivize businesses coming. Come to Jackson and make a lot of money, but also invest the money back in the city. Sam’s (Club) made a lot of money in Jackson. But Sam’s wasn’t invested in Jackson, and so they left. And so we need businesses that want to come and also be invested enough to see us develop and see us grow and see us go into the next phase. As we focus on how we develop Jackson and specifically downtown, we have to make certain that we bring businesses that are about the business of investing back in Jackson. And we can’t let ourselves to just be focused on downtown. We have to be focused around town. Because what you achieve if you don’t focus around town is you see an island of wealth surrounded by a sea of poverty. Whether we are talking about how we create opportunity, how we look at contracts, how we look at city employees and how they are paid, how we look at our budget, it comes to two essential options to me. We have the option of economics by the people and for the people, or economics by a few people for themselves. That’s what it has been thus far; it has been economics by few people for themselves. I don’t want to push people from the table; I want to bring more people to the table. I am trying to broaden the tent. Because Jackson doesn’t have a problem producing wealth; it has a problem maintaining wealth. And how we do that is not going to happen by mistake. It is going to require an intentional effort in which we make the strategic decisions and enforce policy that makes that happen, that allows for us to recover more money for the city of Jackson. It comes back to leadership. Email city reporter Tim Summers Jr. at and follow him on Twitter @tims_alive. Read more on the mayoral race at Paid advertising section. Call 601-362-6121 x11 to list your restaurant

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Building a bōl by Alex Thiel


n the first floor of the Walter Sillers building in downtown Jackson, diners whip in and out of bōl on their way to and from work in their offices. For these guests, lunch is often compressed into a fraction of one hour. But for bōl owner, cofounder and General Manager Tammy Cotton, the experience of the restaurant has been months in the making. Cotton says that the bōl concept is predicated upon the number of workers in the immediate vicinity in need of a fast, affordable lunch option. “People in Mississippi are fickle about food,” she says. “Either they’re foodies, or they’re just eating for economic reasons.” Cotton, a Jackson resident for more than 10 years, found herself invested in the local food scene after co-operating Pickett Farms, which supplied lamb to chef Tom Ramsey (currently of Stage pop-ups) at his previous downtown Jackson restaurant, La Finestra. Ramsey and Cotton collaborated on the bōl concept, just steps from La Finestra’s former location. bōl offers a health-conscious menu based on the build-a-bowl concept— something Cotton describes as “Chipotle meets Genghis Grill.” Starting with a base of rice, roasted potatoes or fresh greens, diners can choose from a rotating array of proteins, vegetables and other accoutrements.


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Though the restaurant will keep the bowl aspect, Cotton says that she plans a re-brand for the new year based on customer feedback to her new and flexible concept. Cotton says she doesn't want to compete with downtown restaurants such as Two Sisters' Kitchen, which is why at first she was hesitant to begin carrying blue-plate dishes. Ultimately, she decided to do them at bōl, with ones such as a smoked burger or chicken tetrazzini with a side salad, a roll and a drink. She says the specials are available on its Facebook each morning. Another change that Cotton anticipates (“because the masses have requested it,” she says) is the introduction of a build-your-own salad bar as an extension of bōl’s existing format. It will open on Jan. 17, and the restaurant will still carry the bowl dishes for those who want them. She says the restaurant will get busier now because that the legislative session has started. “[W]e’ll have lobbyists, (or) people that are up here just visiting their senator,” she says. “They only have an hour for lunch; they’ll just run over.” bōl (550 High St. 601-359-5513) from 7 a.m. to 10 a.m. for breakfast, and from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. for lunch Monday through Friday. For more information, find the restaurant on Facebook.



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The Harlem Globetrotters play at the Mississippi Coliseum.

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The Jackson Indie Music Week Blender is from 7 p.m. to midnight in downtown Jackson. Venues include Jaco’s Tacos (318 S. State St.), Hal & Mal’s (200 S. Commerce St.), One Block East (642 Tombigbee St.) and Martin’s Restaurant & Bar (214 S. State St.). Alfred Banks, Throwaways, Fides, Coke Bumaye, Skipp Coon, Passing Parade, And the Echo, Dream Cult, Revel in Romance and more perform. $40 all-event pass, $15 all-day pass, $5 admission; email;

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Hip-hop artist Big Sant, a native Mississippian, is one of the panelists at Jackson Indie Music Week’s “Do the Knowledge” Music Industry Panel, which is Friday, Jan. 13, at Hal & Mal’s.


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The ICON Awards and R&B Showcase are from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. at Duling Hall (622 Duling Ave.). Jesse Thompson, Lee King, Lillian Axe, Malcolm White and Pat Brown are the recipients. JackieJackie, JROC, Los Brown, Rashad Smith and Marc Hughes perform. $40 all-event pass, $15 all-day pass, $10 admission; email;

case is the keynote speaker. Free; call 601-979-3935; email; … The “Do the Knowledge” Music Industry Panel is from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at Hal & Mal’s (200 Commerce St.). Garrad Lee is the moderator. Entertainment attorney Kamel King, show promoter Caleb Rowe, DJ T-Lewis and hip-hop artist Big Sant are the panelists. Free; email;


“Dick Gregory: Class Is Now in Session” is from 7:30 p.m. to by TYLER EDWARDS 10:30 p.m. at the Alamo Theatre (333 N. Farish St.). Political dian and civil-rights activist Dick Gregory performs. Doors open a 7 Fax: 601-510-9019 p.m. $30 admission, $45 VIP; call Daily updates at 601-352-3365; … “MSO Chamber II: Mozart by Candlelight” is at 7:30 p.m. at Belhaven University Center for the Arts (835 Riverside Drive). The Mississippi Symphony Orchestra performs the work of Mozart and features principal flautist Amulet Strange. $17; call 601-960-1565;

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Mississippi historian Stephanie Rolph is panelist for “The State of Our State: Mississippi at 200 Years” on Tuesday, Jan. 17, at Millsaps College.


The Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Birthday Convocation is at 10 a.m. at Jackson State University (1400 John R. Lynch St.) in Rose E. McCoy Auditorium. Cheryl 24 Brown Henderson of the Brown v. the Board of Education


Short Film Showcase is from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Russell C. Davis Planetarium (201 E. Pascagoula St.). Filmmakers such as Jordan Henry, Ashley Norwood, Isabella Kinder, Thomas Haffey and Charles Jett present their

work. $40 all-event pass, $15 all-day pass, $5 admission; email; … WWE Live is at 7 p.m. at the Mississippi Coliseum (1207 Mississippi St.). Wrestlers include Roman Reigns, AJ Styles, Seth Rollins, Sheamus and Charlotte Flair. $15-$155;


“Cabaret at Duling Hall: Bulldogs on Broadway” is at 7:30 p.m. at Duling Hall (622 Duling Ave.). The Mississippi Opera and members of Mississippi State University faculty and students present scenes from “Ragtime,” “Les Misérables” and other musical-theater shows. $20; call 601292-7121;


“The State of Our State: Mississippi at 200 Years” is at 7 p.m. at Millsaps College (1701 N. State St.). Gov. William F. Winter (scheduled), Frank X. Walker and historian Stephanie Rolph reflect on 200 years of politics, education, culture and history. $10, $5 students; call 601-974-1130; email;


“The Midnight Cool” book signing is at 5 p.m. at Lemuria Books (Banner Hall, 4465 Interstate 55 N., Suite 202). Lydia Peelle discusses her book along with special guest Ketch Secor of the band Old Crow Medicine Show. $26.99 book; call 601-366-7619;


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Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Birthday Convocation Jan. 13, 10 a.m., at Jackson State University (1400 John R. Lynch St.). In Rose E. McCoy Auditorium. Cheryl Brown Henderson of the Brown v. the Board of Education case is the keynote speaker. Free; call 601-979-3935; email;

Jackson Indie Music Week—Hip Hop Concert Jan. 13, 8-11 p.m., at Hal & Mal’s (200 Commerce St.). Big Sant, Hollywood Luck, 5th Child, Savvy and Sir Flywalker perform. $40 all-event pass, $15 all-day pass, $10 admission;

Jackson Indie Music Week—Juke Joint Jam Jan. 13, 11 p.m.-3 a.m., at F. Jones Corner (303 N. Farish St.). Featuring the Jason Turner Band. $40 all-event pass, $15 all-day pass, $5 admission;

Jackson Indie Music Week—“Do the Knowledge” Music Industry Panel Jan. 13, 6-7:30 p.m., at Hal & Mal’s (200 Commerce St.). Attorney Kamel King, show promoter Caleb Rowe, DJ T-Lewis and hip-hop artist Big Sant are the panelists. Free; The State of Our State: Mississippi at 200 Years Jan. 17, 7 p.m., at Millsaps College (1701 N. State St.). Former Gov. William F. Winter, Frank X. Walker and Stephanie Rolph reflect on 200 years of politics, education, culture and history in the state. $10, $5 students;

Jackson Indie Music Week—ICON Awards and R&B Showcase Jan. 12, 7-10 p.m., at Duling Hall (622 Duling Ave.). Jesse Thompson, Lee King, Lillian Axe, Malcolm White and Pat


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Cheesecake, Wine, Woman & Song Jan. 14, 9 a.m.-noon, at Liquid Light Café (224 E. Capitol St.). Includes live food, organic wines and music from Amira Carey. $15; email; Jackson Indie Music Week—Because Brunch Jan. 15, 11 a.m.-3 p.m., at Green Ghost Tacos (2801 N. State St.). Includes music from leon grey. $40 all-event pass, $15 all-day pass, $5 admission;

College basketball (6-8 p.m., SECN+): The UM Rebels women host a tough Tennessee team. … College basketball (8-10 p.m., SECN): The MSU women look to stay undefeated against Florida. Friday, Jan. 13

NBA (7-9:30 p.m., ESPN): The Atlanta Hawks host the Boston Celtics in a battle of two top teams from the Eastern Conference. Saturday, Jan. 14

SPORTS & WELLNESS Dyslexia Symposium Jan. 13, 8 a.m.-3:30 p.m., at New Summit School (1417 Lelia Drive). Speakers discuss topics such as testing, screening, accommodations, therapy, dyslexia legislation in Mississippi and more. $35, lunch included; call 601-982-7827; Harlem Globetrotters Jan. 13, 8 p.m., at Mississippi Coliseum (1207 Mississippi St.). The exhibition basketball team combines athleticism, theater and comedy. $18-$114; call 601-3530603;

STAGE & SCREEN Dick Gregory: Class Is Now in Session Jan. 14, 7:30-10:30 p.m., at Alamo Theatre (333 N. Farish St.). The political comedian and civil-rights activist performs. $30 admission, $45 VIP; call 601-352-3365; “13th” Screening Jan. 15, 2-6 p.m., at Tougaloo College (500 W. County Line Road). Ava Duvernay’s documentary chronicles the role that the 13th Amendment has played in today’s mass incarceration. Free; Jackson Indie Music Week—Short Film Showcase Jan. 15, 5-7 p.m., at Russell C. Davis Planetarium (201 E. Pascagoula St.). $40 allevent pass, $15 all-day pass, $5 admission; email; Cabaret at Duling Hall: Bulldogs on Broadway Jan. 16, 7:30 p.m., at Duling Hall (622 Duling Ave.). The Mississippi Opera and Mississippi State University faculty and students present scenes from musicals. $20;

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Not much was “wild” about Wild Card weekend in the NFL Playoffs. The average margin of victory was 19 points in the four games played Jan. 7-8. Thursday, Jan. 12


Jackson Indie Music Week—Hookah Hangout Day Party Jan. 14, 3-8 p.m., at Kemistry (3716 Interstate 55 N.). Seismos, Argiflex and leon grey perform. $40 all-event pass, $15 all-day pass, $5 admission;

NFL (3:30-7 p.m., FOX): The Atlanta Falcons host the Seattle Seahawks to start the divisional round. … NFL (7-11 p.m., CBS): The New England Patriots, who have the top seed in the AFC, host the Houston Texans. Sunday, Jan. 15

NFL (noon-3:30 p.m., NBC): There should be plenty of offense on display as the Kansas City Chiefs host the Pittsburgh Steelers. … NFL (3:30-7 p.m., FOX): The NFC top-seed Dallas Cowboys host the Green Bay Packers.

Brown are the recipients. JackieJackie, JROC, Los Brown, Rashad Smith and Marc Hughes perform. $40 all-event pass, $15 all-day pass, $10 admission; Jackson Indie Music Week—Singer-Songwriter Showcase Jan. 12, 7-9:30 p.m., at Sneaky Bean (2914 N. State St.). Caitlyn Spane, Joshua Waters, Codetta South and Andrew Bryant perform. $40 all-event pass, $15 all-day pass, $5 admission; Jackson Indie Music Week—ICON Awards After-Party Jan. 12, 10 p.m.-midnight, at Fondren Underground (607 Fondren Place). Friends Fly South performs. $40 all-event pass, $15 allday pass, $5 admission; Jackson Indie Music Week—Fusion Showcase Jan. 13, 9 p.m., at Fenian’s Pub (901 E. Fortification St.). El Obo, Alex Fraser & the Vagrant Family Band, Jason Mathena and Clouds &

Monday, Jan. 16

College basketball (7:30-9:30 p.m., ESPNU): The JSU men hit the road to face Texas Southern. … College basketball (6-8 p.m., SECN): The MSU women host the Rebels, as these instate rivals battle for bragging rights. Tuesday, Jan. 17

College basketball (6-8 p.m., ESPN): The MSU men face a tall task as they host the Kentucky Wildcats. … College basketball (8-10 p.m., SECN): The UM Rebels men’s team hosts the Tennessee Volunteers. Wednesday, Jan. 18

Tennis (8-11 p.m., ESPN2): The first Grand Slam tournament begins, as players battle for the Australian Open. All four home teams won in the Wild Card round, but will that dominance continue? This week’s hosting teams are coming off a much-needed bye week. Follow Bryan Flynn at, @jfpsports

Claire Holley & Kate Campbell Jan. 14, 6-7:30 p.m., at Mississippi College (200 S. Capitol St., Clinton). In Swor Auditorium. The folk singersongwriters perform. $20 admission, $10 students/children; email MSO Chamber II: Mozart by Candlelight Jan. 14, 7:30 p.m., at Belhaven University Center for the Arts (835 Riverside Drive). The Mississippi Symphony Orchestra performs the work of Mozart and features principal flautist Amulet Strange. $17; call 960-1565; Jackson Indie Music Week—Hip-Hop Showcase Jan. 14, 8-11 p.m., at Offbeat (151 Wesley Ave.). Mack Life, devMaccc, Tiio-Etienne, Mr. Fluid and Marcel P. Black perform. $40 all-event pass, $15 all-day pass, $5 admission; email; Jackson Indie Music Week—EDM Party Jan. 14, 10 p.m.-3 a.m., at Russell C. Davis Plan-

etarium (201 E. Pascagoula St.). DJ Tree, 360 Degrees, DJ Uri, DJ Repercussion, Taboo, DJ Tam, Daphya Selecta, Rob Roy and Monoxide perform. $40 all-event pass, $15 day pass, $5 admission; Jackson Indie Music Week—“#NewWave: An Under-21 Showcase” Jan. 15, 2-5 p.m., at Cups (2757 Old Canton Road). Tribe 3, Krystal Jackson and Surfwax perform. $40 all-event pass, $15 day pass, $5 admission;

LITERATURE & SIGNINGS Inspirations by Welty Jan. 14, 2:30-4 p.m., at Mississippi College (200 S. Capitol St., Clinton). Eudora Welty scholars Suzanne Marrs and Elizabeth Crews are the guest speakers. Free admission; email “The Midnight Cool” Jan. 18, 5 p.m., at Lemuria Books (Banner Hall, 4465 Interstate 55 N., Suite 202). Author Lydia Peelle discusses her new book along with special guest Ketch Secor of the band Old Crow Medicine Show. $26.99 book; call 601-366-7619;

EXHIBIT OPENINGS Events at Mississippi Museum of Art (380 S. Lamar St.) • An Artist’s Look with Philip R. Jackson Jan. 14, 11:30 a.m.-12:15 p.m. The Mississippi Invitational artist leads participants in a casual, conversational gallery tour while sharing personal connections between his work and others featured in the invitational. $10, $5 for members (includes admission to exhibit); call 601-960-1515; • “Conversations with Mississippi Artists” Panel Discussion Jan. 14, 2 p.m. The guest curator of the 2016 Mississippi Invitational, Jane Hiatt, and this year’s Hiatt Artist Fellowship recipient are the panelists. Included with admission; call 960-1515;

CREATIVE CLASSES Painting the Figure in Oils Jan. 14, 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Jan. 14, 5-8 p.m., Jan. 15, 1-4 p.m., at Mississippi Museum of Art (380 S. Lamar St.). Artist Jerrod Partridge leads the two-day, threesession workshop and introduces students to both direct and indirect processes of oil painting. $225; call 960-1515; Events at Farmer’s Table Cooking School in Livingston (1030 Market St., Madison) • Homemade Pasta Workshop Jan. 16, 6-8 p.m. Participants learn a pasta-dough recipe, how to make handcrafted pasta dish, and roasted eggplant with herbs and berries with a champagne zabaglione. $69; call 601-5066821; • Sauces 101 Jan. 17, 6-8 p.m. Learn how to make four sauces: parsley and pecan pesto, tangy mustard sauce, white wine sauce and chocolate sauce. $69; call 601-506-6821; Check for updates and more listings, or to add your own events online. You can also email event details to to be added to the calendar. The deadline is noon the Wednesday prior to the week of publication.

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‘getting it right.’ I just had fun and did my little dance.” In September 2014, Henry released

Aretha Henry is a Camden, Miss., native and a singersongwriter who has recorded original music since 2008.

record, “Enchanted,” in 2012. “‘Enchanted’ was when I let myself get a little bit crazy; it was really a lot of fun to record,” she says. “I wasn’t really focused on

her latest work, “Superhuman,” which she says is her most mature album to date. She attributes that to her approaching the seven-song release with an in-

spirational style of lyrics, which she says were some of her most personal. “It was very vulnerable but also very strong,” Henry says. “It was the most powerful music I’ve ever recorded. … With ‘Superhuman,’ I really wanted people to be inspired. I wanted people to be lifted up by what I had to say.” Henry is currently working on a new recording project with producer Kevin “KJ” Jones at 16 Bars Recording Studio in Jackson, though it’s in its early stages and currently untitled. She hopes to release that album along with a few new singles within the next year, saying, “The time has come for a new release.” In the meantime, she says that she doesn’t plan on shutting herself away and will be performing in the Jackson metro area regularly. To see upcoming show dates, visit Aretha Henry’s music is available on iTunes, Google Play, Amazon, Spotify, and most digital music retailers.

A Space for Experimental Art by Amber Helsel

needs,” Domnick says. “And what there’s room for,” Tadlock adds. He says that he and Domnick had been talking about the lack of galleries in Jackson that embrace emerging artists and contemporary art and performance. “It’s my experience that art galleries around the region, apart from New Orleans, … tend to be lacking in some ways,” he says. “I think that probably has to do with the market, probably has to do with who buys art, things like that, but we had a vision for a space that embraces experimental art and experimental stuff.” Domnick, 31, grew up in Jackson. She graduated from the University of Southern Mississippi in 2010 with a bachelor’s degree in sports education. While she had always been involved in the arts, she first discovered her talent for pop art in 2012 when she did a portrait of the late hip-hop artist Notorious B.I.G. After graduating from college, she began to focus more on her art. Tadlock, a 32-year-old Jackson native, graduated from Belhaven University in 2008 with a bachelor’s degree in fine arts. He says the college was good about getting

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large geometric shield sits in a corner, the word “SUBMIND” projected on it. Local artist daniel johnson, who does not capitalize his name, stands in front of a crowd and warns them that anyone who has epilepsy should not watch the demonstration that is about to happen. Bold, black lines move across a white background on the shield as a series of loud noises echo out of speakers. A few minutes in, clips of commercials, TV shows and movies project onto the shield, interchanging with the white and black. The performance-art piece is part of a pop-up collaboration between johnson, Tom Eddleman and Adrienne Domnick, complimenting her latest exhibit, “Hip Hop Show Vol. 2.” The exhibit features Domnick’s tributes to music icons, such as Big K.R.I.T. in her piece “King Remembered in Time” and Outkast in “Elevators.” The exhibition is also the first held at AND Gallery, a venture from Domnick and artist Tyler Tadlock. “It’s been something that’s been talked about for a while as far as what the city 26

tiful,” in 2010. She followed it up with several singles, including “In One Piece” and Captive,” as well as her personal favorite

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ver since Aretha Henry started recording music in 2008, she says her songwriting has leaned toward being a bit moody. “(It’s) sometimes feathery with a little edge, sometimes sweet and mellow, but it’s always moody,” the Camden, Miss., native says. Henry, 34, is a graduate of Velma Jackson High School and has lived in the capital city for about two years. She says the honesty, beauty and grit in her music are what make her “not your everyday artist,” drawing influence from female pop and R&B artists such as Mariah Carey and Sia, while also including elements of hip-hop in her original music. “But I don’t try to fit in into any box,” Henry says. “I do what feels right, and even when I write my songs, I just let the music play and see what comes out of me. Instead of making it feel a certain way, what I come up with is just some lyrics and a sound, and it comes out more honest, which is what I strive for as an artist.” Henry released her first album, “Beau-

by Greg Pigott

Adrienne Domnick (pictured) and Tyler Tadlock opened AND Gallery in midtown in November 2016.

its students out to experience art across the country and the world. After graduating, he moved to Portland, Ore., and in 2011, he moved back to

Jackson, settling in midtown. By day, he’s a freelance graphic designer, but he’s also a mixed-media artist and musician, among other things. Domnick had been renting living space at 133 Millsaps Ave. for about five years, and Tadlock had been renting there for about four years. The two of them and some of the other tenants cooperated to purchase the space in 2011, and Tadlock and Domnick opened AND Gallery in the building’s garage in November 2016. Tadlock says they want AND to be a space where people can learn about new art and developing styles in the larger art world, and they anticipate having more events like the SUBMIND installation. They also want AND to embrace contentious art and work that deals with social-justice issues. “Art is an ongoing story that keeps changing, and artists are constantly being inspired by new artists and being challenged in those ways,” he says. “Just to have a space for that is really important.” Domnick’s “Hip Hop Show Vol. 2,” will be up until Jan. 25. For more information on upcoming exhibits, visit

Music listings are due noon Monday to be included in print and online listings:

Char - Tommie Vaughn 6 p.m. Fitzgerald’s - Sonny Brooks, Don Grant & Chris Link 7:30 p.m. Hal & Mal’s - JXN Indie Music Week: The Ellie Badge, Skipp Coon, Passing Parade & Coke Bumaye 7 p.m. Jaco’s Tacos - JXN Indie Music Week: Throwaways & Fides 7-9 p.m. Kathryn’s - Gator Trio 6:30 p.m. Martin’s - JXN Indie Music Week: Alfred Banks, Revel in Romance, Ray Kincaid, BARK. & Betzenzo 8 p.m. One Block East - JXN Indie Music Week: Shawty 4’8”, Dream Cult & And the Echo 9 p.m.-midnight Pelican Cove - Open Mic w/ Stace Shook 6 p.m. Shucker’s - Shayne Weems 7:30 p.m. free

Jan. 12 - Thursday Char - Tommie Vaughn 6 p.m. Deep South Pops - Soundwagon 6 p.m. Duling Hall - JXN Indie Music Week: R&B Showcase feat. Jroc, JackieJackie, Los Brown, Marc Hughes & Rashad Smith 7 p.m. F. Jones Corner - Blues Challenge w/ Dexter Allen 10 p.m. Fitzgerald’s - Andrew Pates 7:30 p.m. Fondren Underground - JXN Indie Music Week: Friends Fly South 10 p.m.-midnight Georgia Blue, Flowood - Jonathan Alexander Georgia Blue, Madison - Acoustic Crossroads Hal & Mal’s - D’Lo Trio Iron Horse - Sarah Ulmer 6 p.m. Kathryn’s - Scott Turner Trio 6:30 p.m. free Pelican Cove - Andy Tanas 6 p.m. Shucker’s - Road Hogs 7:30 p.m. Sneaky Bean’s - JXN Indie Music Week: Caitlyn Spane, Joshua Waters, Codetta South & Andrew Bryant 7-9:30 p.m. Soulshine, Flowood - Chris Gill 7 p.m. free

Jan. 13 - Friday Center Stage - Stephanie Luckett & Robbie Carter 9 p.m. $10 admission $15 reserved seating Cerami’s - Linda Blackwell & James Bailey 6:30-9:30 p.m. free Crossgates Baptist, Brandon Elevation Worship 7 p.m. $20 F. Jones Corner - JXN Indie Music Week: Jason Turner 10 p.m. Fenian’s - JXN Indie Music Week: El Obo, Jason Mathena, Alex Fraser & Clouds & Crayons 9 p.m.-midnight

Fitzgerald’s - Will & Linda 7:30 p.m. Freelon’s - Aziatik Blakk, DJ T-Lewis, DJ Dream & DJ Bigg Shocka 10 p.m. Georgia Blue, Flowood - Shaun Patterson Georgia Blue, Madison - Jason Turner Hal & Mal’s - Barry Leach (rest.); JXN Indie Music Week: Big Sant, Hollywood Luck, 5th Child, Savvy & more 8 p.m. Iron Horse - 61 Ghosts 9 p.m. Kathryn’s - Sole Shakers 7 p.m. Martin’s - The Quickening 10 p.m. Pelican Cove - Hunter Gibson 6 p.m. Shucker’s - Acoustic Crossroads 5:30 p.m. free; Snazz 8 p.m. $5; Brian Jones 10 p.m. free Soulshine, Flowood - Holiday House 7-10 p.m. free Soulshine, Ridgeland - John Causey 8 p.m. free WonderLust - DJ Taboo 8 p.m.

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Jan. 14 - Saturday Alamo Theatre - Comedian Dick Gregory 7 p.m. $30-$45 Belhaven Center for the Arts MSO’s “Chamber II: Mozart by Candlelight” 7:30 p.m. $17 Bonny Blair’s - The American Band 7-11 p.m. free F. Jones Corner - Big Money Mel & Small Change Wayne 10 p.m. $1; Smokestack Lightnin’ midnight $10 Georgia Blue, Flowood - Brandon Greer Georgia Blue, Madison - Jim Tomlinson The Hideaway - Jason Miller Band 9 p.m. $10 Iron Horse - Nellie Mack 9 p.m. Kathryn’s - Fade2Blue 7 p.m. free Kemistry - JXN Indie Music Week: Seismos, Argiflex & leon grey 3-8 p.m. Liquid Light Cafe - Cheesecake, Woman, Wine & Song feat. Amira Carey 9 p.m. $15 Martin’s - The Sal-Tines 10 p.m. Mississippi College - Claire Holley & Kate Campbell 6-8 p.m. $20 Offbeat - JXN Indie Music Week: Mack Life, devMaccc, TiioEtienne, Mr. Fluid & Marcel P. Black 8-11 p.m. Pelican Cove - Chris Gill 6 p.m.

1/13 - Velcro Pygmies - Vinly Music Hall, Pensacola 1/14 - Earl Thomas Conley - Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, Biloxi 1/15 - Joe & Dru Hill - University of New Orleans Lakefront Arena

Russell C. Davis Planetarium - JXN Indie Music Week: DJ Tree, 360 Degrees, DJ Uri, DJ Repercussion, Taboo, DJ Tam, Daphya Selecta, Rob Roy & Monoxide 10 p.m.-3 a.m. Shucker’s - Andrew Pates 3:30 p.m. free; Snazz 8 p.m. $5; Chad Perry 10 p.m. free Soulshine, Ridgeland - Ron Etheridge 8 p.m. WonderLust - Drag Performance & Dance Party feat. DJ Taboo 8 p.m.-3 a.m. free before 10 p.m.

Jan. 15 - Sunday AND Gallery - JXN Indie Music Week Wrap Party feat. Stonewalls 8-10 p.m. Char - Big Easy Three 11 a.m.; Tommie Vaughn 6 p.m. Cups, Fondren - JXN Indie Music Week: Tribe 3, Krystal Jackson & Surfwax 2-5 p.m. Fenian’s - Emerald Accent 4-6 p.m. Green Ghost, Fondren - JXN Indie Music Week: leon grey 11 a.m. Kathryn’s - Owen Brothers 6 p.m. Pelican Cove - Will & Linda 11 a.m.; Rockin’ the Keys 4 p.m. Shucker’s - The Chill 3:30 p.m. free Soul Wired Cafe - Sika J 9 p.m. $5 advance $10 door Table 100 - Jazz Brunch feat. Raphael Semmes Trio 11 a.m.

Jan. 16 - Monday Char - Tommie Vaughn 6 p.m. Duling Hall - MS Opera’s “Cabaret at Duling Hall: Bulldogs on Broadway” 7:30 p.m. $20 Fitzgerald’s - Johnny Crocker 7:30 p.m. Hal & Mal’s - Central MS Blues Society (rest) 7 p.m. Kathryn’s - Stevie Cain 6:30 p.m. free

Jan. 17 - Tuesday Char - Tommie Vaughn 6 p.m. Fenian’s - Open Mic Fitzgerald’s - Sonny Brooks, Rick Moreira & Chris Link 7:30 p.m. Kathryn’s - Rockin’ the Keys 6:30 p.m. free MS Museum of Art - Milena Rusanova & Shawn Leopard 5:15 p.m. free


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BY MATT JONES Last Week’s Answers

“TV Sudoku”

Solve this as you would a regular sudoku, except using the nine given letters instead of numbers. When you’re done, each row, column and 3-by-3 box will contain each of the nine given letters exactly one time. In addition, one row or column will reveal, either backward or forward, the name of a TV show.

CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19):

I recently discovered “Tree of Jesse,” a painting by renowned 20th-century artist Marc Chagall. I wanted to get a copy to hang on my wall. But as I scoured the Internet, I couldn’t find a single business that sells prints of it. Thankfully, I did locate an artist in Vietnam who said he could paint an exact replica. I ordered it, and was pleased with my new objet d’art. It was virtually identical to Chagall’s original. I suggest you meditate on taking a metaphorically similar approach, Capricorn. Now is a time when substitutes may work as well as what they replace.

“It is often safer to be in chains than to be free,” wrote Franz Kafka. That fact is worthy of your consideration in the coming weeks, Aquarius. You can avoid all risks by remaining trapped inside the comfort that is protecting you. Or you can take a gamble on escaping, and hope that the new opportunities you attract will compensate you for the sacrifice it entails. I’m not here to tell you what to do. I simply want you to know what the stakes are.

PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20):

“All pleasures are in the last analysis imaginary, and whoever has the best imagination enjoys the most pleasure.” So said 19th-century German novelist Theodor Fontane, and now I’m passing his observation on to you. Why? Because by my astrological estimates, you Pisceans will have exceptional imaginations in 2017—more fertile, fervent and freedom-loving than ever before. Therefore, your capacity to drum up pleasure will also be at an all-time high. There is a catch, however. Your imagination, like everyone else’s, is sometimes prone to churning out superstitious fears. To take maximum advantage of its bliss-inducing potential, you will have to be firm about steering it in positive directions.

ARIES (March 21-April 19):

In Norse mythology, Yggdrasil is a huge holy tree that links all of the nine worlds to each other. Perched on its uppermost branch is an eagle with a hawk sitting on its head. Far below, living near the roots, is a dragon. The hawk and eagle stay in touch with the dragon via Ratatoskr, a talkative squirrel that runs back and forth between the heights and the depths. Alas, Ratatoskr traffics solely in insults. That’s the only kind of message the birds and the dragon ever have for each other. In accordance with the astrological omens, Aries, I suggest you act like a far more benevolent version of Ratatoskr in the coming weeks. Be a feisty communicator who roams far and wide to spread uplifting gossip and energizing news.

TAURUS (April 20-May 20):

You have a divine mandate to love bigger and stronger and truer than ever before. It’s high time to freely give the gifts you sometimes hold back from those you care for. It’s high time to take full ownership of neglected treasures so you can share them with your worthy allies. It’s high time to madly cultivate the generosity of spirit that will enable you to more easily receive the blessings that can and should be yours. Be a brave, softhearted warrior of love!

GEMINI (May 21-June 20):

I love and respect Tinker Bell, Kermit the Frog, Shrek, Wonder Woman, SpongeBob SquarePants, Snow White, Road Runner and Calvin and Hobbes. They have provided me with much knowledge and inspiration. Given the current astrological omens, I suspect that you, too, can benefit from cultivating your relationships with characters like them. It’s also a favorable time for you to commune with the spirits of Harriet Tubman, Leonardo da Vinci, Marie Curie or any other historical figures who inspire you. I suggest you have dreamlike conversations with your most interesting ancestors, as well. Are you still in touch with your imaginary friends from childhood? If not, renew acquaintances.

CANCER (June 21-July 22):

“I never wish to be easily defined,” wrote Cancerian author Franz Kafka. “I’d rather float over other people’s minds as something fluid and non-perceivable; more like a transparent, paradoxically iridescent creature rather than an actual person.” Do you ever have that experience? I do. I’m a Crab like you, and I think it’s common among members of our tribe. For me, it feels liberating. It’s a way to escape

people’s expectations of me and enjoy the independence of living in my fantasies. But I plan to do it a lot less in 2017, and I advise you to do the same. We should work hard at coming all the way down to earth. We will thrive by floating less and being better grounded, by being less fuzzy and more solid, by not being so inscrutable, but rather more knowable.

LEO (July 23-Aug. 22):

Here’s my declaration: “I hereby forgive, completely and permanently, all motorists who have ever irked me with their rude and bad driving. I also forgive, totally and forever, all tech support people who have insulted me, stonewalled me or given me wrong information as I sought help from them on the phone. I furthermore forgive, utterly and finally, all family members and dear friends who have hurt my feelings.” Now would be a fantastic time for you to do what I just did, Leo: Drop grudges, let go of unimportant outrage and issue a blanket amnesty. Start with the easier stuff—the complaints against strangers and acquaintances—and work your way up to the allies you cherish.

VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22):

There are some authors who both annoy me and intrigue me. Even though I feel allergic to the uncomfortable ideas they espouse, I’m also fascinated by their unique provocations. As I read their words, I’m half-irritated at their grating declarations, and yet greedy for more. I disagree with much of what they say, but feel grudgingly grateful for the novel perspectives they prod me to discover. (Nobel Prize-winner Elias Canetti is one such author.) In accordance with the current astrological rhythms, Virgo, I invite you to seek out similar influences—for your own good!

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LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22):

Now would be an excellent time to add new beauty to your home. Are there works of art or buoyant plants or curious symbols that would lift your mood? Would you consider hiring a feng shui consultant to rearrange the furniture and accessories so as to enhance the energetic flow? Can you entice visits from compelling souls whose wisdom and wit would light up the place? Tweak your imagination so it reveals tricks about how to boost your levels of domestic bliss.

SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21):

In 2017, you will have unprecedented opportunities to re-imagine, revise and reinvent the story of your life. You’ll be able to forge new understandings about your co-stars and reinterpret the meanings of crucial plot twists that happened once upon a time. Now check out these insights from author Mark Doty: “The past is not static, or ever truly complete; as we age we see from new positions, shifting angles. A therapist friend of mine likes to use the metaphor of the kind of spiral stair that winds up inside a lighthouse. As one moves up that stair, the core at the center doesn’t change, but one continually sees it from another vantage point; if the past is a core of who we are, then our movement in time always brings us into a new relation to that core.”

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21):

The “Tao Te Ching” is a poetically philosophical text written by a Chinese sage more than two millennia ago. Numerous authors have translated it into modern languages. I’ve borrowed from their work to craft a horoscope that is precisely suitable for you in the coming weeks. Here’s your highclass fortune cookie oracle: Smooth your edges, untangle your knots, sweeten your openings, balance your extremes, relax your mysteries, soften your glare, forgive your doubts, love your breathing, harmonize your longings and marvel at the sunny dust.

Homework: Tell a story about the time Spirit reached down and altered your course in one swoop. Go to and click on “Email Rob.”

The Mississippi Youth Media Project is looking for collaborators, donations and volunteers to teach us. Visit to learn how you can help train young people to do great media and learn job skills. Read student work from summer 2016 at Media: Run YMP stories! Write: The Kellogg Fellowship Leaders Alliance (KFLA) is the fiscal agent of MYMP. Visit for info. Thank You to our Sponsors:

January 11 - 17 , 2017 •

AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18):

BULLE TIN BOARD: Classifieds As low as $25! Help Wanted CARA Animal Shelter Needs Kennel Workers




------------- H E A LT H C A R E / W E L L N E S S ---------------The Headache Center

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-------------------- HOME SERVICES -------------------Solar Control



291 US-51 E4, Ridgeland, MS 39157 (601)707-5596 Mississippi’s only full-service 3M Authorized window film dealer. Services include, residential, graffiti shield and automotive tinting.

Tri-county Tree Service

Jackson, (601)940-5499 Personalized and courteous services to valued customers in Madison, Hinds, Rankin or Jackson County. Contact us today for a FREE NO HASSLE ESTIMATE.

---------------------- AUTOMOTIVE ----------------------J & J Wholesale Service & Repair



3246 Hwy 80 W., Jackson, (601) 360-2444 Certified Technician, David Rucker, has 40+ years of experience. Mr. Rucker specializes in a/c, front end, part replacement, brakes, select services and repairs. Appointments only.

-------------------- BANKS/FINANCIAL ------------------Members Exchange

107 Marketridge Dr. Ridgeland, 5640 I-55 South Frontage Rd. Byram 101 MetroPlex Blvd. Pearl, (601)922-3250 Members Exchange takes the bank out of banking. You will know right away that you are not just a customer, you are a member.

Guaranty Trust

2 Professional Parkway, Ste A Ridgeland, (601)307-5008 Your friendly source for mortgage advice and service in FHA, USDA, VA, Jumbo and conventional mortgages.

------------------- FOOD/DRINK/GIFTS ------------------Beckham Jewelry

4800 N Hwy 55 #35, Jackson, (601)665-4642 With over 20 years experience Beckham Jewelry, manufactures, repairs and services all types of jewelry. Many repairs can be done the same day! They also offer full-service watch and clock repair.

Fondren Cellars

633 Duling Ave, Jackson, (769)216-2323 Quality wines and spirits in a relaxed environment. Voted Best Wine and Liquor store by Jackson Free Press readers.

Nandy’s Candy

Maywood Mart, 1220 E Northside Dr #380, Jackson, (601)362-9553 Small batch confections do more than satisfy a sweet tooth, they foster fond traditions and strong relationships. Plus, enjoy sno-balls, gifts for any occasion and more!

McDade’s Wine

Maywood Mart, 1220 E Northside Dr #320, Jackson, (601)366-5676 McDade’s Wine and Spirits offers Northeast Jackson’s largest showroom of fine wine and spirits. Visit to learn about the latest offerings and get professional tips from the friendly staff!

Playtime Entertainment

1009 Hampstead Blvd, Clinton, (601)926-1511 Clinton’s newest high energy video gaming and sports grille destination.

-------------------- TOURISM/ARTS ----------------------Mississippi Museum of Art

380 South Lamar St. Jackson, (601) 960-1515 MMA strives to be a fountainhead attracting people from all walks to discuss the issues and glories of the past and present, while continuing to inspire progress in the future.


2906 North State St. Suite 207, Jackson, (601) 292-7121 Jackson’s premiere music promoter with concerts around the Metro including at Duling Hall in Fondren.

January 11 - 17, 2017 •

Natural Science Museum


2148 Riverside Dr, Jackson, (601) 576-6000 Stop by the museum and enjoy their 300-acre natural landscape, an open-air amphitheater, along with 2.5 miles of nature trails. Inside, meet over 200 living species in the 100,000 gallon aquarium network.

Mississippi Children's Museum FITNESS CLUB

2145 Museum Boulevard, Jackson, (601) 981-5469 The Mississippi Children’s Museum provides unparalleled experiences that ignite a thirst for discovery, knowledge and learning in all children through hands-on and engaging exhibits and programs focusing on literacy, the arts, science, health and nutrition.

---------------- BEAUTY SHOP/SALON ------------------Barnette’s Highland Bluff

4400 Old Canton Rd, Jackson, (769) 230-4648 Barnette’s specializes in custom hair color as well as beautiful precision cuts.




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1060 E County Line Rd #22, Ridgeland, MS 39157 601-899-0038




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We’re still #1! Best Place to Play Pool Best of Jackson 2016



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$1 PBR & HIGHLIFE $2 MARGARITAS 10pm - 12am

UPCOMING SHOWS 1/20 - A Live One (Exploring The Music of Phish) 1/21 - Flash Bang featuring Luzcid, Art & Music Showcase Vol. 1 1/22 - American Aquarium 1/27 - Honey Island Swamp Band 1/28 - New Madrid 2/3 - Universal Sigh 2/4 - Naughty Professor 2/7 - The Funky Knuckles (Snarky Puppy’s Label) 2/9 - Lucero w/ special guest Esmé Patterson 2/10 - Andrew Duhon 2/17 - Wild Adriatic 2/18 - CBDB 4/6 - Papadosio (Pattern Integrities Spring Tour)

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Saturday, January 21



$40 all-event pass, $15 all-day pass, $5 admission _________________________

the 35th annual country showdown is america’s oldest and longest country music talent showcase

Thursday, January 26

UNKNOWN HINSON “ while singing his own hilariously incorrect songs, he plays guitar in a style incendiary enough to have satan himself reaching for the antiperspirant”


Saturday, January 28

D’LO TRIO Restaurant - Free _________________________


BARRY LEACH Restaurant - Free _________________________


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BLUE MONDAY Restaurant - 7 - 10pm

$3 Members $5 Non-Members _________________________



w/ Jimmy Quinn

Restaurant - 7:30pm - $2 to Play _________________________ UPCOMING _________________________ 1/18 Kevin Galloway 1/19 Taylor Hildebrand 1/20 The Hustlers 1/21 Cary Hudson 1/25 Zach Lovett 1/26 D’Lo Trio 1/27 Stevie Cain 1/28 Delta State DMI Night in the Red Room _________________________ OFFICIAL


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601.948.0888 200 S. Commerce St. Downtown Jackson, MS


his combination of sweet, blue-eyed soul with foot-stomping r&b, swamp pop, funk and blues has won him critical and popular acclaim across the country

Wednesday, February 1


regarding his new album: “it’s a near flawless record, cohesive and self-assured” - no depression

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Saturday, February 4


southwestern indie rock band formed in phoenix, arizona, whose music is influenced by their home’s blend of cultures

Tuesday, February 7

FRED EAGLESMITH Traveling Steam Show

canadian alternative country singer-songwriter

Thursday, February 9

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RUNAWAY JUNE michigan rattlers

rootsy, brightly colored and mixing bluegrass tradition with dusty, desert cool, runaway june is comprised of 3 very different women who fuse their own influences to create a style country fans have been craving

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Thursday, March 30


indie rock band hailing from new orleans with an atmospheric, harmony-driven sound and unique dual frontman arrangement


January 11 - 17, 2017 •



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V15n19 - JFP Interview With Lumumba  

Broadening the Tent: Lumumba Vows to Gain, Give Respect as Mayor, pp 16 - 20 • Roads, Bridges: Can Trump Help?, p 8 • The Making of a Bōl, p...