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series of effervescent synthesizer notes pipe through what sound like disembodied reeds. The resulting track, “Processing,” is not so much a song but a mood, baked in the guts of Tyler Tadlock’s computer. His audio and multimedia project, spirituals, serves as an expressive outlet next to his work as a visual artist. Auditory and visual arts often coincide and influence each other, Tadlock says. “I stumbled into free improvisational painting and drumming at the same time,” he says. “And after I saw that I didn’t need a band to play (electronic music), I realized that music composition is similar to creating a visual composition. I consider everything I do under the umbrella of (multimedia) art.” Tadlock says he appropriates noise samples—from brass instrument clips to the sounds of trains—to assemble many of his tracks. He uses the same process in other areas. He co-opted a warehouselike building with Jackson artist Adrienne Domnick and others, and in November 2016, the two created a venue in the space called AND Gallery. Tadlock says many of the gallery’s contributing artists focus on socio-political issues such as race and gender. He graduated Belhaven University with a bachelor’s


degree in fine arts in 2008, moved to Portland, Ore., that year, and then returned to Jackson in 2011 when he says he saw that the city needed more forward-thinking artists expressing themselves openly. “As an artist, you are always trying to solve a problem visually or creatively,” Tadlock says. “I like to speak through imagery that can be perceived as contentious. (Conceptual artists like me) don’t want our ideas policed. We want our ideas expressed. “It’s like the 20th century in art happened, and Mississippi is still stuck there. We’re clinging to this traditional idea of art. There are some great galleries in town, and there is some great art being shown, but stylistically, it stops at a certain point. We wanted a space where we could have more freedom.” When Tadlock isn’t making music or visual art, he contributes to Big House Books, sending books to Mississippi prisons by way of requests from inmates. “Mississippi has one of the highest incarceration rates (per capita) in the U.S.,” Tadlock says. “People are just begging for something to read. You’ll read these letters and step away, and in your head you’ve suddenly humanized all these faces that you were demonizing in the news.” For information, visit —Jack Hammett

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by Tyler Edwards, Events Editor

Pride Month Is Over, But the Fight Isn’t


eing gay and living in Jackson is a mixed bag. Any time I’m traveling out of the state or talking with someone who lives far outside the South, the immediate reaction to “I’m from Mississippi” is a facial-expression cocktail that’s two parts shock with a shot of pity. To an outside observer, that reaction isn’t entirely unwarranted. In addition to the 2014 Mississippi Religious Freedom Restoration Act, which allows private businesses to deny service to LGBT individuals, Mississippi’s House Bill 1523 recently went into effect, giving us the country’s most stringent anti-LGBT laws. Under HB 1523, anyone who acts on the beliefs that marriage is solely “the union of one man and one woman,” that “sexual relations are properly reserved to such a marriage” and that “an individual’s immutable biological sex,” receives complete immunity from legal action. Full stop. Landlords may evict lesbian renters, employers may fire LGBT workers, private and state-run adoption agencies can turn away same-sex couples, and a doctor can refuse to treat a gay patient. All are protected under HB 1523. It is interesting, though, that the threejudge panel of the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, which lifted the injunction blocking HB 1523, did so in June during the last week of Pride month. June has a storied history, both good and bad, with the LGBT community. The U.S. Supreme Court released the ruling legalizing same-sex marriages nationwide on June 26, 2015; the Pulse nightclub shooting that killed 49 LGBT people and injured 58 more was on June 12, 2016; and one of the most important events in the history of the

LGBT community, the Stonewall Riots, started on June 28, 1969. These riots began when the New York Police Department started conducting all-too-common raids, rounding up and arresting anyone at the bar who was not dressed in gender-conforming clothing. But this time, the patrons at Stonewall, a well-known refuge in New York for LGBT people at the time, fought back, trying to escape and pleading with the growing

Despite the obstacles, we should be inspired by those who came before us. crowd of onlookers, “Why don’t you guys do something?” before violence erupted. The following year, in June 1970, the first Pride march took place. By 1972, the marches had spread to Boston, Dallas, Milwaukee and all across the country. The marches, or parades, began as protests— against discrimination, against the denial of basic human rights to queer people. While these marches are still protests in their own right, they are also celebrations—celebrations of how far the LGBT community has come and of the progress we are still making. Most of all, though, Pride represents a safe space in which mar-

ginalized people are free to be themselves. That queer history lesson is all to say that despite the obstacles of systemic discrimination and slow-moving acceptance in the Magnolia State, we should be inspired by those who came before us, those who had to resort to throwing bricks and risked arrest simply for being who they were. We should be galvanized to not only fight to see laws change in our state on every level but to get involved in the community. While progress is slow, and at times appears to move backward, we’re still making progress. Over the last year, I have had the privilege to call Rob Hill, the director of the Mississippi branch of the Human Rights Campaign, one of my close friends. Since he took the position in 2014, Rob has fought tirelessly to see rights extended to some of the most vulnerable citizens in our state. He and his team have been integral in getting non-discrimination ordinances passed in both Jackson and Magnolia. Despite the political and legal struggles that we as a community face, Jackson is still home to so many of us. The metro area is where I grew up; I’ve lived in Fondren for the past year with my boyfriend, whom I was lucky enough to meet, and it’s where I’ve seen acceptance, love and community not diminish or be stagnant, but flourish. The city’s one LGBT-centric bar, WonderLust, which opened in 2015, has continued to grow and thrive, expanding from only being open on Friday and Saturday nights to hosting karaoke on Thursday and booking high-profile performers from VH1 reality competition “RuPaul’s Drag Race.” In that same vein, WonderLust has cultivated what has become Jackson’s first real drag scene, giving performers such as Tara Shay Montgomery and Mia Cham-

ber, who got their starts in the capital city, a platform from which to perform around the state and beyond. Another recent achievement was a community event that the HRC held at Green Ghost Tacos at the end of June. The organizers expected about 30 Jacksonians to show up for their first-ever drag bingo night, but more than 100 participants showed up to play and participate. For more examples of inclusion in the capital city, look no further than the Best of Jackson Awards earlier this year, with Jackson staples such as Cups Espresso Café, Babalu Tacos & Tapas, Fenian’s Pub and The Manship Wood Fired Kitchen all making it as finalists for the Best LGBT Hangout Award. At these locations, and at so many more in the Jackson area, you can find round stickers at the entrances that say, “We Don’t Discriminate. If You’re Buying, We’re Selling,” indicating to their customers that all are welcome. Like so much of the South, Mississippi has a long way to go when it comes to full equality. But with organizations such as the HRC and the American Civil Liberties Union; local businesses taking a stand on their own to welcome everyone; and places like WonderLust offering a safe place where Jacksonians are free to express their love, our state and city will get there. Even though Pride Month is over, and we don’t have to worry about being arrested for our gender identity or sexual orientation like those at Stonewall did, for July, August and every other month, let’s never forget those who came before us, and continue to fight for Jackson and for Mississippi. Events Editor Tyler Edwards loves film, TV and all things pop culture. Send events to

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Former news intern Sierra Mannie is a University of Mississippi graduate whose opinions of the Ancient Greeks can’t be trusted nearly as much as her opinions of Beyoncé. Now a freelancr, she 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 She wrote about discipline in schools.

City Reporting Intern William H. Kelly III is a student at Jackson State University and is originally from Houston, Texas. Send him city news tips at william@jacksonfreepress. com. He wrote about Councilmen Priester and Tillman.

Editorial intern Devna Bose is a print journalism and pre-law student at the University of Mississippi. She loves spicy food, good music and all things Mississippi.. She interviewed Derek Emerson, the new owner of Parlor Market.

Editorial intern Jack Hammett is an award-losing writer and picture taker. He wasn’t able to afford a haircut until recently. He wrote about R&B artist Krystal Gem.

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 for the cover and cover story.

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“The most important thing the council can do is work collaboratively with the mayor and try to help him have good people in the right places.” — Ward 2 Councilman Melvin Priester Jr. on the Lumumba administration’s transition.

Thursday, July 6 The first city council meeting with Jackson’s newly elected mayor and council members takes place inside City Hall. … Children’s Defense Fund founder Marian Wright Edelman announces that she and other advocates will travel to the poorest parts of the rural Mississippi Delta to examine food insecurity, health and poverty. Friday, July 7 Twelve Mississippians ask the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals to re-hear their case against House Bill 1523, now state law, in front of all the judges. Saturday, July 8 The Group of 20 summit ends with world powers unanimously supporting the Paris climate agreement Donald Trump rejected, calling the deal to reduce greenhouse gases “irreversible” and vowing to implement it “swiftly” and without exception. Sunday, July 9 Donald Trump Jr. says he met with a Kremlin-linked lawyer during the 2016 presidential campaign after being promised information damaging to Hillary Clinton.

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Monday, July 10 The United Auto Workers file petitions to force a unionization election at a Nissan Motor Co. plant in Mississippi after a long campaign to build support.


Tuesday, July 11 Attorney General Jim Hood and state officials encourage law-enforcement officials, health-care practitioners, and lawmakers to collaborate to curb opioid and heroin addiction in the state at the Mississippi Drug Summit. Get breaking news at

Returning ‘Dignity’ to Public Schools by Arielle Dreher


ositive rather than punitive school climates are the best way to keep young people in schools, a group of community leaders and students are arguing in their Dignity in Schools campaign. A group of Mississippi organizers called on education officials to prioritize actively promoting healthy, affirming educational atmospheres as part of the federal Every Student Succeeds Act, which replaced the controversial “No Child Left Behind.” Such school climates prioritize alternatives to traditional discipline procedures, such as detention and suspension, which are typically used more harshly against young people of color. Instead, schools might choose alternatives such as school-based mental health care, restorative justice or parent and family engagement programs. “(It’s) a climate where students feel physical and emotionally safe,” Legal Defense Fund Senior Policy Associate Elizabeth Olsson said last month outside the Mississippi Department of Education. “There’s mutual respect between students and teachers, and students aren’t in fear of being punished by unfair discipline practices that target some subgroups over others.” In June, several Mississippi community organizers and students held a press conference to advocate for safe school climates, even if the state board did not specifically include it in Mississippi’s plan. The Mississippi Board of Education

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Wednesday, July 5 Mississippi State Auditor Stacey Pickering demands that electric car maker GreenTech Automotive and its CEO, Charles Wang, repay $4.9 million in state and local aid the company received, plus $1.5 million of interest, for failing to live up to pledges to invest $60 million and create 350 jobs in Tunica County.

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Local Dignity in Schools campaign organizers called on state education officials to prioritize root causes of the state’s achievement gaps in June, as the board approved the state’s Every Student Succeeds Act draft plan inside.

could have added a school-climate component to its ESSA plan, as a way to measure proficiency in the state, but the move would have been innovative. So far, only California appears to be including school climate as an indicator for school success in its federal Every Student Succeeds Act plan, although the deadline for states to send in their plans is not until this fall. Addressing the Racial Gap Reporting statistics like chronic ab-

senteeism, detentions and out-of-school suspensions are a part of tracking a school’s climate. This kind of data reveals how discipline has an impact on specific student groups in school. Mississippi’s racial gap in publicschool discipline is large. Of the 51,030 students who received out-of-school suspension in the state in the 2011-2012 school year, 37,897 of them were black. That means that 75 percent of students who received out-of-school suspensions in

More Headlines That Don’t Exist—But Should

by Micah Smith Being plugged into the news world is important, but it can be tough for a number of reasons. Chief among them is the fact that there’s always a new crisis coming up. It’s nice to take a moment between political blunders to put a less grim face on the news cycle. Here are a few fake headlines that we’d like to see.

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“In my opinion the way to close those gaps is not to focus specifically on the gap, but to make sure you have high standards and high expectations.” — New Clinton Public School District Superintendent Tim Martin on how the district closes achievement gaps.

“Our solution to the crack-cocaine epidemic was to make more severe penalties for crack cocaine than powder cocaine, and it took us 25 years to correct that. ... [I]t was a knee-jerk reaction, so we put a lot of African Americans in jail for the same crimes that Hispanics and Caucasians were doing with a different form of cocaine … and that was wrong.” — Department of Public Safety Commissioner Marshall Fisher at the Mississippi Drug Summit, discussing past and present responses to drug epidemics.

New Council Leaders Laud ‘Brand-New Era’ for Jackson by William H. Kelly III

Ward 5 Councilman Charles Tillman, once again the Jackson City Council president, says residents now expect professionalism, stability and leadership.

of tension between the council and Mayor Tony Yarber, that pledge is a bigger deal than it sounds like. “(Citizens) want to see a minimum of fighting and a maximum of action. That’s again why I think Charles Tillman is going to be a really good city council president for our current situation because he’s an educator at his core,” Priester said. “He makes us more civil.” Priester added: “He’s the one person on the council that just makes everyone act better. And that’s what the City really needs right now.” Mayor Lumumba and the council must operate as one entity, as many of the mayor’s decisions go through the council for approval. The council often

the over-discipline of students of color likely stems from implicit biases of teachers and administrators. As Johanna Wald writes in her paper about de-biasing: “There is clear evidence that children of color are punished more severely than White children for relatively minor, subjective offenses in schools. These are the very types of behaviors that require judgment and discretion by the decision-maker in determining punishment,” she writes. “There is also research that illustrates how the implicit biases or assumptions held by adults with decision-making authority lead to harsher treatment of Blacks than Whites for similar behaviors,” she continues. “Considered in tandem, these two sets of studies strongly suggest that implicit racial bias contributes to the differential treat-

bickered with Yarber’s administration, often for bringing them into the loop too late. Priester believes that Lumumba’s willingness to listen is useful to Jackson, as it assists with the relationship between administration and the council. “I think what the council has to do is not squander Mayor Lumumba’s unique leadership skills by infighting or making the next several months about the individual council members or council agendas or the ward agendas,” Priester said last week. ‘The Mayor’s Time to Shine’ Mayor Lumumba announced three key administration officials at the July 6 council meeting—all of whom Priester says he is excited about. Lumumba appointed Dr. Robert Blaine as his chief administrative officer—essentially the person who keeps the city functioning. The former professor of music has held several academic administrative positions at Tougaloo College and Jackson State University. Blaine said that all City department heads will report to him. Dr. Safiya Omari is Lumumba’s new chief of staff, a position she held in his father’s truncated mayoral administration. She has served as director of Jackson State University’s Center for University Scholars and as a professor of social work. She is also the director of the Southern Institute for Mental Health Advocacy Research and Training. Keyshia Sanders is the new constituent services director, and will coordinate communications between neigh-

ment of children of color—particularly Black boys—in school settings.” Joyce Parker, the director of Citizens for a Better Greenville, told reporters in June that improving the school climate requires getting to the root causes of why children are not successful in school, and then helps ameliorate those causes. Research shows that positive school climates are “associated with lower rates of misconduct and discipline,” Skiba writes in his “Are Black Kids Worse?” paper. “We need to know what the root causes are and because of ESSA looking at poverty and impacts and the root causes that come along with that … we’ve got to look at why children aren’t being successful in school,” Parker said. The State Board of Education’s ESSA

more COUNCIL, see page 8

proposal includes a plan to address the State of Mississippi’s “failing” schools and districts with targeted coaching, supports and professional development. “We’ve got to address what’s happening in our ‘D’ and our ‘F’ districts across the state,” Nathan Oakley, the executive director of the MDE Office of Elementary Education, said at a public hearing about the ESSA plan at the end of June. Using the New Model Oakley said a primary reason the state board chose to not include school climate in Mississippi’s ESSA plan is that MDE’s new accountability model has only been operational for one year. more DIGNITY see page 10

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the 2011-2012 school year in Mississippi were black, federal civil-rights data show. Black students only made up 49 percent of the state’s public-school system that year, however, as they do today. Research, such as that by Dr. Russell Skiba of the Indiana University School of Education, has long proved that children of color are punished more harshly than white students for the same or lesser offenses. In a supplementary paper titled “Are Black Kids Worse?” Skiba dispels the myth that children of color actually misbehave more than their white counterparts. “The data are consistent: there is simply no good evidence that racial differences in discipline are due to differences in rates or types of misbehavior by students of different races,” Skiba writes. In other words,

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ith a new mayor riding into Jackson with a strong mandate, returning city council members are predicting that much can change for the capital city—in a good way. “This is really a brand-new era for the city,” Ward 2 Councilman Melvin Priester Jr. said in an interview last week. How the era unfolds depends on the performance and unity of the elected city officials, Priester says, who are so far inspiring many residents. Mayor Chokwe Antar Lumumba and the revamped council took office July 3. “I think one of the things that’s very distinctive about Mayor Lumumba is … he inspires hope. And that’s something that’s very important because hope makes people sacrifice, and it makes people work for long-term gain despite short-term challenges,” Priester said. Colleagues named attorney Priester, who ran against Lumumba’s father for mayor four years ago, as vice president of the city council on July 6, alongside new council President Charles Tillman of Ward 5. Both have held those positions previously. Priester told the JFP that the new council is eager to work with the new mayor. “At the end of the day, the most important thing the council can do is work collaboratively with the mayor and try to help him have good people in the right places,” Priester said. “We can try to make sure we have the best budget we can possibly have.” Tillman’s responsibilities as president includes managing official council business and supervising the city clerk’s office in City Hall. However, Tillman says that his “numberone plan is to really work with the new administration.” That might sound like a platitude, but after three years




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COUNCIL from page 7 borhoods and city government. Sanders previously served in the administrations of Mayor Yarber, Chokwe Lumumba Sr. and Harvey Johnson Jr. The mayor must submit nominees for his department heads as well as submit a proposed budget to the council. The council body can vote yes or no but are unable to recommend a different nominee for those positions. Lumumba makes a big deal of vowing not to either appoint, or fire, someone because they did, or did not, support him politically. His father drew some criticism for making political appointments many did not believe handled the positions well. “We have to see this as a collective work,” Lumumba said at a Dialogue Jackson luncheon soon after he won the Democratic primary. “I really don’t care whether you supported me or not. I want us all to work together and build together.” The fiscal year 2017-2018 budget for Oct. 1 through Sept. 30 is due, by law, on Sept. 15. Priester says Lumumba should submit it no later than August to give the council enough time to review it. During the Yarber administration, the council often complained that his staff waited until the last hour to present items they needed to approve spending on, such as when Yarber submitted a 25-page, last-minute addition to the budget in 2014. The new mayor will be able to appoint three new school-board members, although he has said that he plans to “have school-board members elected” down the road. Lumumba also said that he plans to include a young person on the board. Lumumba indicated during his campaign that the leadership of the police department may change as well. Still, Lumumba’s power to hire and fire is limited. The mayor can only eliminate appointees in higher positions such as directors. Employees in City departments have civil-service protection, so it is important to put good people in the place from the start and manage them well. “I think that he and his transition team really have been trying to get a feel for who’s doing what and a feel for the finances,” Priester said of Lumumba. Priester added that Ward 6 Councilman Aaron Banks and Ward 7 Council-

woman Virgi Lindsay are eager to start working. “The new council members have talked a lot about wanting to focus on the city’s finances. Focusing on crime. Focusing on education and infrastructure,” the vice president said. “But at the end of the day, this is the mayor’s time to shine.” Building Relationships Council President Tillman says the young mayor’s election season results are historic. “We get the message that people want stability, they want good leadership, and they want professionalism,” he said in a recent interview in his City Hall office. Tillman and Priester both say that the Ward 5 councilman was elected again as president to help balance out the difference in experience between the executive and legislative branches of city government, and to serve as a mentor of sorts for the 34-year-old mayor. “In this environment, it’s particularly important that we rely and listen to people that have long-term experience and perspective,” Priester said. “(The council) realized how important the relationship needs to be. Especially that working relationship. Especially that genuine advice,” Tillman told the Jackson Free Press. Tillman stressed the importance of the mayor building relationships with the State of Mississippi, the federal government and other officials. “We can’t run this city alone,” Tillman said. He hopes the new mayor has the ability to open doors. “You have to be transparent. Deals are made through building a relationship and being able to sit down and talk to one another,” Tillman added. The council president said that the city’s revenue has decreased over his years on the council. One primary source, he says, is a shrinking tax base. “You can’t do anything without money. We can’t pave the streets and tear the houses down and build better schools without money. Economic development is very important, and people need jobs. And if they have jobs, they pay taxes,” Tillman said in the interview. Still, Tillman is hopeful despite the difficult tasks the council and administration will encounter. “I’m really optimistic with a lot of great hope. I’m excited and willing to do whatever I can … to work with the new administration for one goal and that’s to make the City a better place,” the new council president said. Comment at

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CultureSnap Evolving Black Hashtags by William H. Kelly III


lmost three years ago, Jackson native Frederick Burns decided that the black community needed its own social-media app using the words and phrases popular in the world of Black Twitter, Instagram and Snapchat. His app CultureSnap debuted June 19, popping with words that speak direct-

Burns, who was the valedictorian of Wingfield High School in 2009, now works full-time as an iOS software developer for American Airlines. He also manages his own company, RuniT, LLC, where he develops apps. Before studying computer engineering at Jackson State University, he attended Mississippi State University, Courtesy of Fred Burns

“The sense was we need to give it several years to work, so we have some sort of consistent data over time,” Oakley said. Tracking a school’s climate as a way of grading each school would also put an emphasis on teacher and student absenteeism, Oakley said. Tracking attendance as a measure of school success could be problematic, especially in Mississippi where the compulsory-school laws only require children to stay in school until they are 17 years old on Sept. 1 of that school year. Oakley emphasized that schools should share the information even though MDE is not requiring schools to do climate surveys. As a part of the ESSA plan, MDE will continue to report civil-rights data, which include school discipline, bullying, enrollment and retention statistics broken down by race, ability and gender. The state board’s long-term goal is to eliminate the proficiency gap that also persists between black and all other students entirely. Oakley said MDE will continue to use “subgroup data” (like age, race and poverty data) to target interventions to schools and districts that need the support. Federal funding supports the bottom 5 percent of Title IA schools, which have high percentages of children from low-income families or schools with a graduation rate of less than 67 percent, under the ESSA. In Mississippi, that equals about 50 schools, which will get additional supports based on this year’s data. Oakley said the roughly $12 million in federal funds MDE expects to receive after the governor signs the final ESSA plan this fall will not be enough to even provide in-person coaching and support to those 50 schools. Some schools will receive face-to-face coaching as well as professional development, while others will receive virtual coaching. The 2016 school accountability rankings left 122 schools and 19 school districts in the state with an “F” grade, making some of those schools or districts susceptible to one of the state board’s proposed remedies for its struggling schools: the achievement school district. A separate superintendent will run the statewide achievement school district, which will be implemented by the 2018-2019 school year. The district will have the option to absorb any school or district that receives an “F” grade for two years in a row or twice in three consecutive years. MDE is screening superintendent candidates for the new district, minutes from a 10 board meeting last spring show.

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Frederick Burns, founder of CultureSnap and once the valedictorian of Wingfield High, developed an app to appeal to young African Americans.

ly to the African American cultural experience and bringing popular hashtags to life with visuals and color. Users can choose filters quoting trending phrases like “One time for the culture”; “Black Girl Magic” and “Unapologetically Black” on top of pictures and, soon, videos. The app offers a full-body camera feature with zooming options and photoediting features such as cropping tools, teeth whitening and more. It also offers filters for the National Pan-Hellenic Council that represents black fraternities and sororities. Burns, now 26, says CultureSnap is a tool to help acknowledge and represent the “young, millennial, woke culture.” “Give some people some positivity about their culture. Some ways to have fun with it and something great to embrace themselves, embrace who they are and embrace what we say, and the things that we like and conform to,” the Jackson State University graduate said in a recent interview in the capital city.

where he played football briefly. The young engineer officially began working on the app about six months ago, fighting through 15 different trial runs before releasing it on June 19. He says CultureSnap has already received nearly 10,000 downloads and many 5-star ratings from consumers. The app developer credits mentors for his growth, support and success. He was raised in Jackson in a family of 10, and has experienced living in group homes and being homeless. He grew up on Deer Park Street, where 30-year-old Jeremy Jerome Jackson’s decapitated head was found in early June. “I went through a lot to make it to this point,” Burns said in the interview. “Everyone knows the end result, but they seldom recognize the process.” When he was 15 years old, Burns’ aunt, Shirley Burns adopted him, and always provided him with a stable environment. He considered studying psychology in college to benefit others. One mentor,

former Chicago Bears football player Tyrone Keys, encouraged the young athlete at Wingfield High School to pursue engineering instead and introduced him to Carl Ray Furr, an engineer and a senior vice president at Pickering Inc. “I went through some things in my life. I thought I’d be able to offer people advice,” Burns said. “(Keys) knew at a young age that I used to tear apart my radios, my remotecontrol cars and make generators. All types of stuff with electronics.” Burns shadowed Furr and discovered his passion for engineering after visiting Mississippi State. During his time as a student at MSU in 2011, Burns participated in an internship with Miller Transporters Inc. in the IT department as a computer technician and met his friend, Christopher Turnage, who was also skilled at app building. Miller Transporters is a petroleum hauling company based in Jackson. “I seen him do something on his computer, then he opened his phone, and it was on there,” Burns said. “I said, “Uh, what did you just do?” That following summer, Burns participated in an internship with C Spire as a software developer. During that internship, he created his first app called HelloWorld. “Trust me, if you’re programming or writing code, that’s like learning how to write the letter ‘A’ in kindergarten,” Burns added. The young engineer’s imagination sparked and led him to craft more apps. “I kept going, I kept going, I kept going,” said Burns, now the father of twin boys back in his new home of Dallas. Then came CultureSnap. “I use all the social-media platforms, and I noticed that every time we have something that’s African American that we want to represent, either we have to make a meme about it, or we have to do a hashtag under our photo.” Burns credits three graphic designers for creating the logo and filters: Cornelius Washington, Reshonda Perryman and Clyde Sims Jr. “You take your larger idea and apply it to your culture and create something that no one has done before in a market that no one has tapped into,” Burns said. “The evolution of a hashtag.” Email city reporting intern William Kelly III at



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met her. Sadly, too often, that said about a woman means that she is confident enough to tell people what to do. Besides, chief of staff requires a certain toughness. Darnell—ldavis: With Democrats, nothing never changes other than the politician’s name. Where are the businessmen and women in his administration? Jackson need jobs and these typical (D)emocrats will not address this issue … same old politician. David B.—Darnell: Melton was a businessman and elected by a group of businessmen headed by Leland Speed. Where have you been these last several years? Scott—David B.: Melton was a con man who fooled a lot of people. Donna Ladd—David B.: Yarber was also elected by support of the (white) business community, too, for the record. He doesn’t even deny that. These comments have been edited for length and clarity.

‘I love it.’ “…(I)f it’s what you say, I love it.” –Donald Trump Jr. in his response to an email that Russian officials had documents that would incriminate Hillary Clinton and were willing to share them with the Trump campaign. July 12 - 18, 2017 •

Why it stinks: Donald Trump Jr. tweeted out his email chain with Rob Goldstone on July 11, which appears to confirm that Russian officials offered to pass on incriminating information about Hillary Clinton to the Trump campaign, and Trump Jr. agreed to a meeting about it. Trump Jr.’s tweets confirm The New York Times’ reporting on the matter. Donald Trump Jr.’s correspondence was about information that “would incriminate Hillary and her dealings with Russia and would be very useful to your father,” the email from Goldstone says. Trump Jr. responded by saying, “if it’s what you say, I love it,” and planned to set up a meeting later in the sumwith Goldstone to discuss the information. Some lawyers believe this 12 mer could pass the collusion line, but that remains to be seen.

Address Racial Inequity in Education Now


ducation was supposed to be the great “equalizer” back when police officers had to escort a few brave black children past screaming white children and adults to integrate white public schools operating on a “separate but equal” theory. Integration eventually became a reality in the 1970s in Mississippi, and integrated school populations peaked nationally in the late 1980s. But re-segregation and white flight began almost as soon as court orders were signed, and the state’s poorest school districts are still suffering from gerrymandering, districts splitting apart or white flight. There are rare exceptions. Clinton Public School District is an example of integration, at least of students, done right. Its “A” rating proves integration can work if the community is willing to work and invest in the system. But that district is also small with a little more than 5,100 students. Proficiency gaps between white and black students in the state persist, and the state school board has added measures in its Every Student Succeeds Plan to address the state’s struggling schools and districts. There’s not enough state or federal funding to support Mississippi’s school needs, however. Federal funding from ESSA will go to around 50 schools (based on last year’s data), but 122 schools and 19 districts in the state have an “F” grade. Black students make up the majority of student-body populations in the failing school districts. Integration is a literal way to address the racial pro-

ficiency gap, and research has shown that it works. But as journalist Nikole Hannah-Jones, who writes extensively about public-school integration/segregation, warns: Someone has to sacrifice for advantage. The state’s school board plans to absorb some of the worst schools into an “achievement school district” soon, taking away local control. While the state’s plan to address proficiency gaps includes professional development and hiring more diverse teachers, integration is never mentioned. Race inequity in education must be addressed. Black children in Mississippi are disciplined much more than white peers—for the same or lesser offenses. In his myth-busting paper “Are Black Kids Worse?” (spoiler: no, they’re not), professor Russell Skiba points to studies showing that “(s)chools with a more diverse and representative teaching force have been found to exhibit lower rates of racial disparity in school discipline.” Also, the racial makeup of the student body plays a role in disciplinary data. “Regardless of levels of misbehavior and delinquency, schools with higher Black enrollment have been found to be more likely to use higher rates of exclusionary discipline, court action, and zero tolerance policies, and to use fewer mild disciplinary practices,” Skiba writes. We must talk about race in schools, including better integration or inclusion to help close the proficiency gap and ensure that education is really “equal” for all students, not just a select few.

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A Plea to My Fellow Evangelicals: Call Out Trump


ike all my brothers and sisters in Christ, I struggle in my faith walk. The example we strive to imitate is very demanding, and so much in this world calls to me and urges me to sin and worship false idols like wealth and power. I am not perfect, and too often I find myself turning my back on the teaching of my savior and to worldly pursuits. I hope God will, in his time, forgive me for my sins. But I know that forgiveness requires that I believe and repent, and bear witness. So, today, I feel compelled to bear witness to my fellow believers whom I feel have also lost their way and been lured by a worldly message that is in direct opposition to Jesus Christ’s teaching. We Evangelicals bear a great responsibility in the election of Donald Trump. It’s easy to understand, given the choices, why we voted for him. After the debates, I found myself voting for neither. I had never voted for a Democrat, and Hillary Clinton was not going to be the first. But I had deep concerns and could not vote for Trump. I have struggled with his victory since the election. I do not think the things he says about women and the weak are in agreement with the words I read and hold in my heart each day from our Lord. I have tried to justify support of his office because I agreed with his nominee to the Supreme Court, because of his promise to bring back manufacturing jobs, because of his support of national defense. I tried to convince myself that this was good enough. After several days of prayerful consideration, I realized that the potential positives of the Trump administration do not justify the many other actions that go against the teachings I hold dear and that God admonishes me to promote. I can no longer stay silent and read tweets that make a mockery of my faith and policies contrary to the scripture that guides my life. This all came to a head for me with the tweets about Mika Brzezinski. I found them vulgar and disgusting. I expected the president to retract the comments or at least walk them back when both Democrats and Republicans rebuked him. Much to my dismay, the White House spokesperson, Sarah Huckabee Sanders, supported and defended the comments. That was a wake-up call for me. Yes, I expect the president to defend our country. I expect him to defend his wife and chil-

dren. I don’t expect him to lash out and attack a woman to defend his self-image. Someone asked Sanders if she believed the president’s actions provided a good role model for her children. She replied by pointing to her faith and saying only God is a perfect role model, which is true. But this would have been a good opportunity to say that this behavior was unacceptable as a Christian, but that we all fall short of the goal. Rather than condemn it as contrary to the teachings of Christ that she holds dear, she defended it as being totally appropriate. Ah, the hypocrisy. Turning the other cheek is one of the hardest teachings for us to follow. But we have to try, or we fail as Christians. How can you profess to be a follower of Christ and have any hope of salvation if you absolutely refuse to apply this basic tenet of Christianity to any part of your life? So often I have heard the president and vice president talk about morals and family values. Yet they seem to have missed the most basic rule: “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.” Is taking away your health insurance something you would do unto others to earn yourself a tax break? Would you take away Meals on Wheels for your neighbor’s mother to earn you a tax break on your corporate earnings? That is what this administration is trying to do with the federal budget. How does any of this square with the Golden Rule and Christ’s many pleas to us to treat those less fortunate with compassion and understanding? For these and many other reasons, I find it necessary to call out the Trump administration and hold them accountable for their actions as my representatives. If they want my support, I must demand that he and his administration represent the ideals and morals that my Lord demands of me. They are no more perfect than I am, and I am not trying to hold them to a higher standard. But in all their actions, they must attempt to promote the teachings that guide the lives of myself and my fellow Evangelicals, or I cannot support them. And I call on my fellow Evangelicals to hold them to the standard we hold ourselves and each other. To do any less is a failure as a Christian witness. Fred Rand is president of several companies in Memphis. He writes southern novels under the name James Hunter Stuart.

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Minding the Equity Gap How Majority-Black Clinton District Earns Its ‘A’ Rating by Sierra Mannie

The Clinton Public School District is the state’s highest-performing, majorityblack school district in Mississippi; the district received an “A” grade in 2016.


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ecent Clinton High School graduate Tess Stanford says she, Bryce Little, Neil Paul and Normanda Brown spent the last 12 years of their lives together. They did sports and clubs and honors societies. Tess’ mom taught Normanda in third grade. In May, the high school seniors graduated from Clinton High School, the only high school in the Clinton Public School District in the small but bustling western suburb of Jackson. And for these seniors, there is not a better school—or district—in Mississippi to get an education. “Turn on the TV—it’s always about Clinton. It’s always something good,” Brown said. “You always see something 14 in Jackson schools—someone got into a

support to learn more,” Little said. fight at school; the superintendent quit. “All your teachers are really chal “In Clinton it’s always something positive. I don’t see why you wouldn’t lenging you.” Stanford agrees that Clinton has come here.” Paul says the district offers an edu- great teachers. But for all its excellence, cation on par with the prestigious and she says, it is just like any other high school. private St. Andrew’s Epis “There’s drama, copal School in Ridgeland, there’s pettiness,” she says. which boasted seven stu“… It’s just like any typidents with perfect ACT The cal high school, it’s just scores at the last graduation. achievement Clinton. It’s just like a When his parents considgap between small town. We’re all like ered moving from Hinds white and black together more, and we’ve all County to neighboring students in grown up together. It’s very Madison County, he did Mississippi’s community-based. Everynot even want to go. public schools. one knows everyone, and Little says it is just difeveryone knows everything ferent in Clinton than in about everyone.” the other high-performing suburban public high schools nearby, like Madison Central High School in ‘Intentional Integration’ wealthy Madison. “There’s always that Clinton High is unique in more


than just its academic excellence. The October 2016 release of Mississippi’s accountability ratings for each public-school district reveals wide racial disparities. Each failing school district in Mississippi teaches a student population that is at least 80 percent black. Fifty percent of black students in Mississippi attend a district rated “D” or “F.” Of schools rated “F,” more than 95 percent of their students are black. Mississippi Department of Education data reveal that at 28 points, the gap between white and black students is larger than any other achievement gap in the state, including between that of English speakers and English-language learners and between students with and without individual education programs or IEPs. The achievement gap between students who do and do not live in poverty is second highest in the state at 27 points.


The proportion of students in Mississippi’s F-rated districts who are black. Half of the state’s black students attend schools in districts rated “D” or “F.”

the color of his skin that he can or cannot perform. It’s obvious with the amount of accommodations that we make for kids. We work very hard to maintain that relationship with blacks and whites here. Transparency. It just works.” Clinton may not have the high-growth reputation of other suburbs of Jackson, Burchfield said, but the district has kept its eye on the educational ball for all students. “It’s a great place to work. It was booming, but

Twenty-one-year-old Nia Sims, who graduated from Clinton High School in 2014, says she had a racially and economically diverse set of peers from kindergarten through 12th grade there.

a tipping point, what you’re really saying is that all kids can’t learn. And we have never in our district given a kid (or) allowed a kid to use an excuse because of

we probably took a little bit of a backseat as far as retail (compared to) Madison and Flowood, but our public schools have never wavered at all,” he said.

“I’m telling you, this community is defined so much by its public schools.” Setting a High Bar Although Clinton has seen great success, other school districts in lessaffluent, rural areas of Mississippi still struggle with compliance with federal desegregation orders of the 1960s and 1970s. The Cleveland School District in Bolivar County in the Mississippi Delta made headlines last year when a federal ruling forced its middle and high schools to consolidate, to the chagrin of many of its citizens. More than 50 districts in Mississippi are still under federal desegregation orders. Incoming Clinton Superintendent Tim Martin says the district is closing the achievement gap between black and white students with high standards, not only for administrative and teacher performance, but also for student success. He says the entire community of Clinton, from parents to educators, invests time and attention to make sure all students can succeed, regardless of their racial background. “In my opinion, the way to close those gaps is not to focus specifically on the gap, but to make sure you have high standards and high expectations,” Martin said. “You don’t want to (close the gap) by having white students score less; you want your minority students to rise and score at the same level. It’s not closed in one year; it’s student by student, family by family working together to stay successful.” Clinton can also attribute its success to the relatively low number of students living in poverty. Although about 40 percent of students receive free and reduced-price lunch, the poverty level in the city is 15.5 percent. Statewide, the poverty level for children is nearly double that. Superintendent Martin says the district doesn’t receive a “huge amount” of Title I funding to support its low-income students, but funnels money it does get toward helping students in kindergarten through fifth grade, and on acquiring intervention teachers. “If we can give them a sound foundation whether they are from poverty, if they get that foundation, the rest of their education will be successful,” he said. Richard Kahlenberg, a senior fellow at The Century Foundation who studies socio-economic integration in education, says it’s “not at all surprising” that the only majority-black district in the state to receive an A grade is also economically integrated.

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Not Bled Dry by White Flight Dr. Philip Burchfield just completed his eighth and last year as superintendent of the Clinton Public School District. He retired this summer after nearly a decade of leading the district. During his tenure, the district drew the highest possible accountability rating from the state. Burchfield points to consistent community support and prioritizing students’ needs as vital to Clinton’s success model. But so is intentional equity. The Hechinger Report reported in April 2016 that Clinton decided to organize schools by grade level instead of neighborhood in 1970 in order to comply with desegregation orders, prolific in Mississippi after the state largely resisted integration efforts for nearly two decades starting with the 1954 Brown v. Board of Education decision. Partitioned from the Hinds County School District, Clinton included a majority-black neighborhood within its borders, with federal approval. And unlike Madison County, white families don’t have other schools within the district to flee to at the tipping point. U.S. Census data show that Clinton

and Madison both had populations at about 25,000 in 2010. But 34 percent of Clinton’s residents are black, compared to just 10 percent of Madison’s today. The district’s success is not based on sheer wealth, Burchfield emphasized. “I’m not saying we have a ton of money out here in every household, and I’m not saying we’re affluent out here, but we do the best we can with what we’re given,” Burchfield added. “I think if you call it

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But the Clinton Public School District—an apparent anomaly—presents a different narrative for black students. More than fifty-two percent of its students are black, and the district is rated an “A.” This makes the district the highest-performing majority-black district in the state. Nearby Madison County School District and Rankin County School District are both “A” districts as well, but their black student populations are much lower than in Clinton. Madison’s black student population is 39 percent, while only 22 percent of Rankin County’s student population is black. Clinton’s ability to narrow these gaps is due, in part, to the district’s intentional integration. And though Clinton is far from being a post-racial mecca, students and administrators say that effort has paid off. There are no black schools or white schools in Clinton, and there is just one high school. In a district that is about 53 percent black and 39 percent white, children share the same resources, teachers, and the same well-stocked classrooms and school buildings, regardless of their race or economic status. “Our school system doesn’t have a neighborhood school of the haves and a neighborhood school of the have-nots,” just-retired Clinton Superintendent Philip Burchfield said. “We always said if we start our kids off in Clinton, it makes no difference; we’re going to give them the resources they need to be successful.”

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“African American students and low-income students can perform well if given the right environment, but too many low-income students of color are consigned to high-poverty, segregated schools that don’t provide the ingredients necessary for success,” he said. “By taking steps to integrate its schools, Clinton is showing what is possible when all students are given access to strong, socioeconomically and racially integrated schools.” A 2016 fact sheet on the impact of integration on students by the nonprofit Century Foundation says that socioeconomically integrated schools provide students with a range of economic and social benefits beyond academics. Attending a racially diverse school can result in a “dramatic decrease in discriminatory attitudes and prejudices” among students, it said. Foundation fellow Kahlenberg noted that parental involvement tends 16

to be “more robust” in wealthier schools, where parents may have more time and job flexibility to volunteer.

class,” she said. “It wasn’t strange to have friends with parents who had high school degrees, who had GEDs, PhDs (and) master’s degrees.” Not Perfect, Though Clinton’s integration efforts are not Nia Sims, now 21, graduated from perfect, though. Despite its relative sucClinton High School in 2014. The life- cess, Clinton is still dealing with achievelong honors student, now ment gaps in some grade on the verge of her final year levels and subject areas. And at Mississippi State Univerthough the district is more sity in Starkville, says she than half black, its teaching The number of was not aware that her high staff does not reflect that districts rated A school had a black majority diversity, something Martin in Mississippi, while she was there. says the district is working according on by making a dedicated Her AP classes, she to data from effort to recruit from the says, were a mix of students the 2015-16 state’s historically black colof different racial, cultural schoolyear. leges and universities. and class backgrounds. Sims, however, says Sims herself is black; her school principals were her parents both work in the medical field—her mother is a pe- normally people of color. “The majority of our school admindiatrician, and her father is an epidemi- ologist. “It wasn’t strange to have friends istrators were either black men or womthat weren’t Christian or weren’t middle en,” she said. “It wasn’t strange at all to


see a black person or woman of color in charge of us, which we didn’t realize a lot of students really don’t get.” In Clinton, current and former students say the district’s reputation and ratings show it is doing something right. The Jackson suburb will soon be home to one of three Continental Tire plant locations in the United States; the possibility of new jobs will most likely attract even more new people to the city. And as Clinton has grown, so has the district’s student body. High-school students take classes in trailers parked outside the building to accommodate the large population of kids. This issue will not be quickly resolved, given the state’s cuts to the education budget. But Martin has high expectations for Clinton’s future. “Future success, you can’t rest on past success, but you can learn from the past and continue to do the things that made you successful,” he said. “We do not back down from any expectation. We want excellence in behavior, discipline, academics—in all areas of a child’s education, we expect excellence,” Martin said. “We expect them to be the best they can be, regardless of sex or race or anything about them. “Children deserve to be pushed and expected to achieve at their highest level,” Maritn added. Comment at Sierra Mannie is a freelance writer in Jackson. This story was produced by The Hechinger Report, a nonprofit, independent news organization focused on inequality and innovation in education.

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“The Village Social: Bend & Brew” is from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Highland Village (4500 Interstate 55 N. Frontage Road, Suite 281). Sean Cupit and Chris Grothe of Crossfit 601 lead the exercise sessions. All fitness levels are welcome. Includes a free beer or soda for all who attend and a chance to win highland Village Jingle Coins. Free; call 601-9825861; find it on Facebook. Author Akhil Sharma signs copies of his latest novel, “A Life of Adventure and Delight,” at Lemuria Books on Tuesday, July 16.


“Civil Rights, Culture Wars: The Fight Over a Mississippi Textbook” is at 5 p.m. at Lemuria Books (Banner Hall, 4465 Interstate 55 N., Suite 202) Charles W. Eagles signs copies. Reading at 5:30 p.m. $34.95 book; call 601366-7619; … HRC Connect Happy courtesy Charence Higgins


PRGS in The Gallery: “Incontrived” is from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Pearl River Glass Studio (142 Millsaps Ave.). The exhibit features work from sculptor Ed Millet. The exhibit is on display through Aug. 12. Free admission; call 601353-2497; find it on Facebook. … “Travis Meadows: Live at the by TYLER EDWARDS Chapel” is at 7 p.m. at the Chapel in Livingston (Livingston Church Road, Flora). The Nashville singer-songwriter performs. Doors Fax: 601-510-9019 open at 6 p.m. $25 in advance, Daily updates at $30 at door; call 601-667-4282;


The Mississippi Fashion Week Menswear Fashion Show is from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. at the Metrocenter Mall (3645 Highway 80 W.) in the center court. Singer and actress Charence Higgins is the host. $10, $20 for front-row seating; call 601-969-7633; find it on Facebook.

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Singer and actress Charence Higgins hosts the Menswear Fashion Show, which takes place Sunday, July 16, at the Metrocenter Mall as part of Mississippi Fashion Week.

Hour is at 5:30 p.m. at The Iron Horse Grill (320 W. Pearl St.). The monthly gathering features an opportunity for LGBT Mississippians and allies to gather and learn about the work and upcoming events with the Human Rights 20 Campaign. Free; email;

The Ice Cream Safari is from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Jackson Zoo (2918 W. Capitol St.). Local media celebrities, including JFP, meet with zoo visitors and scoop ice cream that participants vote on to award best flavor. $14.25 adults, $11.25 kids; call 601-352-2580; … Neon Nights is from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. at the Mississippi Children’s Museum (2145 Museum Blvd.). The summer fundraising event for the Mississippi Children’s Museum features food trucks, signature drinks, music and dancing. $50; call 601-981-5469; … The “Made in Mississippi” Comedy Showcase is from 7:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. at The Alamo Theatre (333 N. Farish St.). Comedians include JJ Williamson, Karlous Miller, Marvin Hunter, Kdubb, Rita B and Bo-P. $25;

A Conversation with Jane Chu is from 11 a.m. to noon at the Mississippi Museum of Art (380 S. Lamar St.). National Endowment for the Arts Chairperson Jane Chu is the guest speaker. Includes a panel discussion with Chu, Mississippi Arts Commission Executive Director Malcolm White and MMA director Betsy Bradley. Free; call 601960-1515;


Akhil Sharma signs copies of “A Life of Adventure and Delight” at 5 p.m. at Lemuria Books (Banner Hall, 4465 Interstate 55 N., Suite 202). Reading at 5:30 p.m. $24.95 book; call 601-366-7619;


Jason Isbell & the 400 Unit perform at 8 p.m. at Thalia Mara Hall (255 E. Pascagoula St.). The Americana and southern-rock band’s latest album is titled “The Nashville Sound.” Amanda Shires also performs. $30.50$49.50; call 877-987-6487;


Community Night July 13, 6-10 p.m., at Claiborne Park (785 Claiborne Ave.). Features free food, live music from local artists, games and activities for all ages. Free; email info@cgcchurch. org; find it on

Uncork & Fork: Sean Minor Wine Dinner July 12, 6:30-9 p.m., at Table 100 (100 Ridge Way, Flowood). Features a five-course dinner from chef Sean Minor with wine pairings. $97.60; call 601-420-4202; find it on Facebook.

2017 Mississippi Corvette Classic July 15, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., at Jackson Convention Complex (105 E. Pascagoula St.). Corvettes from all seven generations are on display. Features music, food, games and a silent auction. Proceeds benefit the Diabetes Foundation of Mississippi. $5, free for ages 12 and under; call 601-862-7560; email;

Ready to Rhumble July 14, 6:30-10 p.m., at Rickhouse by The Manship (717 Poplar Blvd.). Alexandre Gabriel of Plantation Rum and Ben Jones of Spiribam lead the rum tasting. Includes heavy hors d’oeuvres. $75;

Green Market & Craft Fair July 8, 11 a.m.-3 p.m., at Dogwood Festival Markets (150 Dogwood Blvd., Flowood). Features local produce, baked goods and crafts for sale. Free entry; call 775-354-7437; email brandi.sonicboomnv@; Neon Nights July 15, 7-11 p.m., at Mississippi Children’s Museum (2145 Museum Blvd.). The summer fundraising event for the Mississippi Children’s Museum features food trucks, signature drinks, live music and dancing. $50; call 601-981-5469; email; Mississippi Fashion Week: Menswear Fashion Show July 16, 5-10 p.m., at Metrocenter Mall (3645 Highway 80 W.). In the center court. Singer and actress Charence Higgins is the host. $10, $20 for front-row seating; call 601-9697633; find it on Facebook. A Conversation with Jane Chu July 17, 11 a.m.-noon, at Mississippi Museum of Art (380 S. Lamar St.). National Endowment for the Arts Chairperson Jane Chu is the guest speaker. Includes a panel discussion with Chu, Mississippi Arts Commission Executive Director Malcolm White and MMA director Betsy Bradley. Free; call 601-960-1515; MSU Summer Extravaganza July 18, 5:30-8 p.m., at Mississippi Trade Mart (1200 Mississippi St.). Includes local vendors, refreshments, autograph opportunities and a guest panel featuring Mississippi State University coaches and staff. $10; find it on Facebook. JXN Barley’s Angels Meeting July 18, 6-8 p.m., at Lucky Town Brewing Company (1710 N. Mill St.). The co-ed event features memberships opportunities, a snack table and more. Participants bring food for a potluck meal. Free admission; call 601-790-0142; find it on Facebook.

KIDS Lights! Camera! Imagination! July 16, 1-4 p.m., at Mississippi Children’s Museum (2145 Museum Blvd.). Jackson-metro-area children ages 1-10 audition for a professional photo shoot and an opportunity to represent the museum in statewide advertisements. $15; call 601-9815469; Preschool Adventures July 18, 3-3:30 p.m., at Mississippi Museum of Natural Science (2148 Riverside Drive). Features education themed activities. The theme for this installment is “A Parade of Ants.” Included with admission; call 601-576-6000;


ment. Features glow-in-the-dark equipment and four-person teams with divisions for people of all ages and skill levels. Admission TBA; call 601572-7052; Free Health & Wellness Event July 15, 11 a.m.-1 p.m., at Hilton Garden Inn (235 W. Capitol St.). Dietitian and author Rebecca Turner and Ebony L. Cooper, the proprietor and operator of Body by Ebony Personal Training are the speakers. Participants receive customized guidance on healthy and sustainable exercise activities. Free; call 601353-5464; find it on Facebook.

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Now that the MLB All-Star break is over, it is time for NFL training camps to get underway. Rookies for the Dallas Cowboys will be the first to report, heading to camp on Monday, July 17. Thursday, July 13

NBA (3-11 p.m., ESPN2): Basketball fans will love this long NBA Summer League block to get a look at just drafted rookies and young players hoping to make an impact. Friday, July 14

Poker (7-10 p.m., ESPN2): The “main event” of the 2017 World Series of Poker is a great way to spend a Friday night if you want to pick up some expert techniques of the game. Saturday, July 15

Soccer (6-8 p.m., FXX): For some reason, Fox has banished the third group game of the 2017 Gold Cup, the U.S.’s match against Nicaragua, to its sister channel, FXX. Sunday, July 16

Poker (1-5 p.m., ESPN2): Spend a lazy Sunday afternoon watching flops, draws and players going all in, as the “main event” of the 2017 World Series of Poker continues.

Ice Cream Safari July 15, 10 a.m.-1 p.m., at Jackson Zoo (2918 W. Capitol St.). Features local media celebrities showing off their personalities and scooping ice cream that participants vote on to award best flavor. $14.25 adults, $11.25 kids; call 601-352-2580;

SPORTS & WELLNESS The Village Social: Bend & Brew July 12, 6 p.m.-7 p.m., at Highland Village (4500 Interstate 55 N. Frontage Road, Suite 281). Sean Cupit and Chris Grothe of Crossfit 601 lead exercise sessions. All fitness levels are welcome. Includes a free beer or soda. Free; find it on Facebook. Spike at Night Grass Tournament July 14, 6:30-10 p.m., at Unique Life Church (7417 Old Canton Road, Madison). Participants wear glowin-the-dark attire for the grass volleyball tourna-

Monday, July 17

NBA (9-11 p.m., ESPN): The championship game of the NBA Summer League is broadcast live from Las Vegas, with young players looking to impress scouts. Tuesday, July 18

College football (6-9 p.m., ESPNU): Get ready for the 2017 season by reliving the best battles from last year in ESPN’s “Top 25 College Football Games of 2016.” Wednesday, July 19

Soccer (5-10:30 p.m., Fox Sports 1): Tune in for the first two of four quarterfinal games of the 2017 Gold Cup; the matchups are not set at this point in the tournament. As the month of July progresses, more professional football teams will open training camp in preparation for the preseason. The Dallas Cowboys and Arizona Cardinals will open preseason play in August.

STAGE & SCREEN “Once on This Island Jr.” July 13-15, 7 p.m., July 16, 2 p.m., at New Stage Theatre (1100 Carlisle St.). New Stage’s Broadway Junior Summer Camp presents the theatrical adaption of Hans Christian Andersen’s “The Little Mermaid.” $15 for adults, $10 for ages 12 and under; call 601-948-3531; “Made in Mississippi” Comedy Showcase July 15, 7:30-10:30 p.m., at The Alamo Theatre (333 N. Farish St.). Stand-up comedians include JJ Williamson, Karlous Miller, Marvin Hunter, Kdubb, Rita B and Bo-P. $25; “Reunion” Murder Mystery Dinner July 17, 6-9 p.m., at Char (4500 Interstate 55 N.). Features a three-course meal and an the interactive dinner theater performance. Seating and cocktail service begins at 6 p.m. $49;

CONCERTS & FESTIVALS Shane & Shane July 12, 7-10 p.m., at Pinelake Church (6071 Highway 25, Brandon). The contemporary-Christian duo performs. $10; call 601-829-4500; find it on Facebook. Events at Duling Hall (622 Duling Ave.) • Jason Eady July 13, 7:30 p.m. The bluesinfused Americana artist performs. Courtney Patton also performs. $10; • The Molly Ringwalds July 15, 7-11 p.m. The Sheffield, England-native ’80s cover band performs. $25 in advance, $30 at the door; call 877-987-6487; Travis Meadows: Live at the Chapel July 14, 7 p.m., at Chapel in Livingston (Livingston Church Road, Flora). The Nashville singer-songwriter performs. $25 in advance, $30 at door; call 601-667-4282; Post Animal July 15, 9 p.m., at Spacecamp (3002 N. Mill St.). The Chicago psychedelic-pop band performs. The Evening Attraction, Dream Cult and Fides also perform. $10; email; find it on Facebook. General Missionary Baptist State Convention of Mississippi Youth Concert July 19, 7 p.m., at Jackson Convention Complex (105 E Pascagoula St). The concert features performances from the Voice Youth Choir and gospel artist Smokie Norful. $10 in advance, $20 at the door; call 601-720-3062; Jason Isbell & the 400 Unit July 19, 8 p.m., at Thalia Mara Hall (255 E. Pascagoula St.). The Americana and southern-rock band performs. Amanda Shires also performs. $30.50-$49.50; call 877-987-6487;

LITERARY & SIGNINGS Events at Lemuria Books (Banner Hall, 4465 Interstate 55 N., Suite 202) • “Civil Rights, Culture Wars: The Fight Over a Mississippi Textbook” July 13, 5 p.m. Charles W. Eagles signs copies. Reading at 5:30 p.m. $34.95 book; • “A Life of Adventure and Delight” July 18, 5 p.m. Akhil Sharma signs copies. Reading at 5:30 p.m. $24.95 book; Pam Houston Reading & Book Signing July 17, 6-7:30 p.m., at Millsaps College (1701 N. State St.). In Ford Academic Complex, Room 215. Houston is the author of books such as “Cowboys Are My Weakness” and “A Little More About Me.” Free; find it on Facebook.

EXHIBIT OPENINGS PRGS in The Gallery: “Incontrived” July 14, 5-8 p.m., at Pearl River Glass Studio (142 Millsaps Ave.). The exhibit features work from sculptor Ed Millet. The exhibit is on display through Aug. 12. Free; find it on Facebook. Music, Conversations & Portraits July 18, 6-9 p.m., at Offbeat (151 Wesley Ave.). Features artwork and music from local artists and opportunities for networking. Free; 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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July 13 - Thursday The Big Muddy, Vicksburg - Doug Bishop & James Bailey 6-9 p.m. Bonny Blair’s - Don & Sonny 7:30-11:30 p.m. free Capitol Grill - Jesse Robinson & Friends 7:30-10:30 p.m. $5 Drago’s - Johnny Barranco 5:30-8 p.m. Duling Hall - Jason Eady w/ Courtney Patton 7:30 p.m. $10 F. Jones Corner - Raul Valinti & the F. Jones Challenge Band 10 p.m. $5 Fenian’s - Chris Nash Georgia Blue, Flowood - Jonathan Alexander Georgia Blue, Madison - Jim Tomlinson Hal & Mal’s - D’Lo Trio free Iron Horse Grill - Sherman Lee Dillon 6 p.m. Kathryn’s - Scott Turner Trio 6:30-11:30 p.m. Kemistry - DJ TMoney 9 p.m. Livingston Farmers Market - Sid Thompson & DoubleShotz 5-8 p.m. Pelican Cove - Andy Tanas 6 p.m. Shucker’s - Road Hogs 7:30 p.m. free Table 100 - Andrew Pates 6 p.m. Underground 119 - Stevie J Blues free

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Ameristar, Vicksburg - Nashville South 8 p.m. free Anjou - Bastille Day Celebration feat. Swing de Paris 4 p.m. The Big Muddy, Vicksburg Osgood & Blaque 7-10 p.m. free Bonny Blair’s - American Band 7:30-11:30 p.m. free Capitol Grill - Snazz 9 p.m. $10 Center Stage of MS - Stephanie Luckett 9 p.m. $10 Cerami’s - Linda Blackwell & James Bailey 6:30-9:30 p.m. Chapel in Livingston - Travis Meadows 7 p.m. $25 advance $30 door Char - Ronnie Brown 6 p.m. free

Jason Isbell & the 400 Unit Two Rivers, Canton - Sid Thompson & DoubleShotz 8:30-11:30 p.m. Underground 119 - Blind Dog Otis

July 15 - Saturday The Alamo Theatre - Made in MS Comedy Tour feat. JJ Williamson, Karlous Miller, Rita B., Kdubb Walker & more 7:30-10:30 p.m. Ameristar, Vicksburg - Eddie Cotton Jr. 8 p.m. $10 Anjou - Stevie Cain 6 p.m. Brandon Civic Center - Brandon Opry feat. Debbie Dukes & Brian Dew 6:30-8 p.m. Capitol Grill - Jessie Howell Trio 9 p.m. $10 Char - Bill Clark 6 p.m. Cowboy’s Saloon - Snazz 9 p.m. Drago’s - Johnny Crocker 6-9 p.m. Duling Hall - The Molly Ringwalds 7-11 p.m. $25 F. Jones Corner - Big Money Mel & Small Change Wayne 10 p.m. $1; Sherman Lee Dillon & the MS Sound midnight $10 Fenian’s - Mark Taylor Georgia Blue, Madison - Phil & Trace Hal & Mal’s - Chad Wesley free Iron Horse Grill - LaLa Craig 9 p.m.

7/14 - Dwight Yoakam - IP Casino, Resort & Spa, Biloxi 7/15 - Lillie Mae - Proud Larry’s, Oxford 7/19 - New Found Glory - The Hi-tone, Memphis

Kathryn’s - Todd Thompson & the Lucky Hand Blues Band 7-11:30 p.m. Kemistry - KujoNastySho 9 p.m. Martin’s - Motel Radio 10 p.m. MS Children’s Museum - Neon Night feat. Mustache the Band 8 p.m.-midnight $50 Pelican Cove - Owens & Pratt 2 p.m.; Jason Turner Band 7 p.m. Reed Pierce’s - Pinnishook 9 p.m. Shucker’s - Sofa Kings 3:30 p.m. free; Lucky Dogs 8 p.m. $5; Sid Thompson & DoubleShotz 10 p.m. free Spacecamp - Post Animal w/ The Evening Attraction, Dream Cult & Fides 9 p.m. $10 Underground 119 - Fred T & the Band


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July 16 - Sunday 1908 Provisions - Knight Bruce 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Char - Big Easy Three 11:45 a.m.1:45 p.m. Kathryn’s - Steel Country 6-11:30 p.m. Pelican Cove - Hunter Gibson & Ronnie McGee noon; Sid Thompson & DoubleShotz 5 p.m. Shucker’s - Greenfish 3:30 p.m. Table 100 - Raphael Semmes Trio 11 a.m.-2 p.m.; Dan Michael Colbert 6-9 p.m.

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rystal Jackson, a 21-year-old senior music major at Millsaps College, says she learned to sing before she could talk. Now, as a performing artist in Jackson under the moniker Krystal Gem, her voice spans an entire octave, and she can sing in 10 different languages. At shows, Jackson performs a mix of popular covers and her original works along with a three- to four-piece band— guitars, keyboard, drums and bass. Stylistically, her music lies on the alternative R&B end of the genre spectrum, and she says that her grief often inspires the music she writes. “My grief comes from being a woman, growing up in the ’hood, being young, being queer, being black and being a victim of different kinds of trauma,” Jackson says. “My music comes from historical, personal and familial grief. My music helps me keep myself sane. It’s like writing your own narrative. You have to get your art into the universe. Otherwise, you’re like a Champagne bottle with a tight-ass cork.” Contemporary music is not her only area of expertise, though. Having been classically trained from age 7, Jackson says that she feels torn between her operatic ability and her proclivity for current music. “Growing up, Lil’ Kim was hot, Lil’ Mama was hot, and everybody wanted to be them,” Jackson says. “So when I was outside (singing) with my friends, it was like my friends and I were speaking two different musical languages. Having to figure out who you want to appeal to is where it gets hard. Opera isn’t necessarily a household music anymore.” Jackson says her long-term goal is to create a full-length album that tells a story about who she is. In the meantime, she is

performing at various venues and events around Jackson. Afterward, she says, she’ll conquer the world. “I want 50-year-olds and 5-year-olds to know the words to my songs,” she says. “I want that power, but I want to be Krystal. I want to find happiness for myself and solidify who I am. I’m finding this new woman, and I am OK with her.” Jackson says that “new woman” possesses a sense of self-assurance. “She’s sly, she’s smooth, she moves how she wants to move, and she sheds her skin when she needs to,” Jackson says. “You need to shed your skin periodically—weekly, daily if you need to. This new woman dresses how she wants. We all have to come a long way (to be OK with ourselves).” Jackson says that she works to present that expressiveness not only in her music but in her daily life, as well. During the week, she works as a visual artist at The Wolfe Studio, which she says is cathartic on days where she is feeling depressed. “I just come to work,” she says. “Not a lot of people can say that.” Jackson says that she previously created paintings that dealt with what she calls “generational curses,” including the mistreatment of others based on age, gender, race or sexuality. More recently, her visual art has been focused on complex dynamics between people or animals, something that she also presents in her music. “I think people are very instinctual and primal, a lot like animals, in the way power structures play out, I’ve noticed such as in my family and in my own friendships,” she says. “Who’s the cat, and who’s the mouse? Who’s the lion, who’s the prey? What is this game that we’re playing?” For more information, find Krystal Gem on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.


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â&#x20AC;&#x153;Do not be too timid and squeamish about your actions,â&#x20AC;? wrote Ralph Waldo Emerson. â&#x20AC;&#x153;All life is an experiment.â&#x20AC;? Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d love to see you make that your operative strategy in the coming weeks, Cancerian. According to my analysis of the astrological omens, now is a favorable time to overthrow your habits, rebel against your certainties and cruise through a series of freewheeling escapades that will change your mind in a hundred different ways. Do you love life enough to ask more questions than youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve ever asked before?

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VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22):

The cereus cactus grows in the deserts of the southwestern U.S. Most of the time itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s scraggly and brittle-looking. But one night of the year, in June or July, it blooms with a fragrant, trumpet-shaped flower. By dawn the creamy white petals close and start to wither. During that brief celebration, the plantâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s main pollinator, the sphinx moth, has to discover the marvelous event and come to gather the cactus flowerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s pollen. I suspect this scenario has metaphorical resemblances to a task you could benefit from carrying out in the days ahead. Be alert for a sudden, spectacular, and rare eruption of beauty that you can feed from and propagate.

LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22):

If I had more room here, I would offer an inspirational Powerpoint presentation designed just for you. In the beginning, I would seize your attention with an evocative image that my marketing department had determined would give you a visceral thrill. (Like maybe a photoshopped image of you wearing a crown and holding a scepter.) In the next part, I would describe various wonderful and beautiful things about you. Then Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d tactfully describe an aspect of your life thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s underdeveloped and could use some work. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d say, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d love for you to be more strategic in promoting your good ideas. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d love for you to have a well-crafted master plan that will attract the contacts and resources necessary to lift your dream to the next level.â&#x20AC;?

SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21):

I advise you against snorting cocaine, MDMA, heroin or bath salts. But if you do, donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t lay out your lines of powder on a kitchen table or a babyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s diaper-changing counter in a public restroom. Places like those are not exactly sparkly clean, and you could end up propelling contaminants close to your brain. Please observe similar care with any other activity that involves altering your consciousness or changing the way you see the world. Do it in a nurturing location that ensures healthy results. P.S.: The coming weeks will be a great time to expand your mind if you do it in all-natural ways such as through conversations with interesting people, travel to places that excite your awe and have encounters with provocative teachings.

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21):

In late 1811 and early 1812, parts of the mighty Mississippi River flowed backwards several times. Earthquakes were the cause. Now, more than two centuries later, you Sagittarians have a chanceâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;maybe even a mandateâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;to accomplish a more modest rendition of what nature did way back then. Do you dare to shift the course of a great, flowing, vital force? I think you should at least consider it. In my opinion, that great, flowing, vital force could benefit from an adjustment that you have the wisdom and luck to understand and accomplish.

CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19):

Youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re entering into the Uncanny Zone, Capricorn. During your brief journey through this alternate reality, the wind

and the dew will be your teachers. Animals will provide special favors. You may experience true fantasies, like being able to sense peopleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s thoughts and hear the sound of leaves converting sunlight into nourishment. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s possible youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll feel the moon tugging at the waters of your body and glimpse visions of the best possible future. Will any of this be of practical use? Yes! More than you can imagine. And not in ways you can imagine yet.

AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18):

This is one of those rare grace periods when you can slip into a smooth groove without worrying that it will degenerate into a repetitive rut. Youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll feel natural and comfortable as you attend to your duties, not blank or numb. Youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll be entertained and educated by exacting details, not bored by them. I conclude, therefore, that this will be an excellent time to lay the gritty foundation for expansive and productive adventures later this year. If youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve been hoping to get an advantage over your competitors and diminish the negative influences of people who donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t empathize with you, now is the time.

PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20):

â&#x20AC;&#x153;There is a direct correlation between playfulness and intelligence, since the most intelligent animals engage in the greatest amount of playful activities.â&#x20AC;? So reports the National Geographic. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The reason is simple: Intelligence is the capacity for learning, and to play is to learn.â&#x20AC;? I suggest you make these thoughts the centerpiece of your life in the coming weeks. Youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re in a phase when you have an enhanced capacity to master new tricks. Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s fortunate because youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re also in a phase when itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s especially crucial for you to learn new tricks. The best way to ensure it all unfolds with maximum grace is to play as much as possible.


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TAURUS (April 20-May 20):

Other astrologers and fortune-tellers may enjoy scaring the hell out of you, but not me. My job is to keep you apprised of the ways that life aims to help you, educate you and lead you out of your suffering. The truth is, Taurus, that if you look hard enough, there are always seemingly legitimate reasons to be afraid of pretty much everything. But thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a stupid way to live, especially since there are also always legitimate reasons to be excited about pretty much everything. The coming weeks will be a favorable time to work on retraining yourself to make the latter approach your default tendency. I have rarely seen a better phase than now to replace chronic anxiety with shrewd hope.

GEMINI (May 21-June 20):

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