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ver since Chavakia Porter was a little girl, she says she dreamed of being a wedding planner. However, when she later realized she wanted to work with a variety of events and clients, she decided to become an event planner. The 24-year-old opened her business, Chavakia Event Planning and Décor, in March. Though Porter says it is not easy being an event planner, she thrives off making her clients’ visions come to life. “I enjoy making my clients happy because they trust me with all of their goals, dreams and expectations,” she says. Porter organizes events such as dinners, baby showers, weddings and birthday parties. She can also set up dessert tables with sweets, such as cake pops and Rice Krispies treats at events. Prior to her becoming a full-time event planner, Porter did event planning as a hobby for five years. In 2016, she graduated from Ultimate Medical Academy with an associate’s degree in medical administration and found a job as a customer service representative at Humana. After Porter realized she was unhappy with her current career path, she started taking event-planning online courses at Ashworth College in August 2016. Though she knew she wanted to become a full-time entrepreneur, she says she


was worried about leaving her paying job to work for herself, but she found the will to start her own business in her faith and support system. “I prayed,” Porter says. She quickly realized that she wanted to leave her job and start her own business. “I guess that was God speaking to me, and he put in my heart that if (event planning) is your passion, go for it,” she says. “Also, my pastor and a lot of my church members and family encouraged me. They told me I had too much talent to go to waste. ... I stepped out on faith, and it was one of the best things I’ve ever done.” She says her most memorable event to date was a breast-cancer dinner that was at her church, The Holy Ghost Missionary Baptist Church in Clinton. Last October, Porter volunteered her services because her grandmother is a breast-cancer survivor. The annual event honors the survivors of breast cancer and those who are currently battling the disease. Porter looks forward to opening an office in Byram soon. She finds inspiration from traveling and shopping, two of her favorite pastimes. For information on her businesses, email or find Chavakia Event Planning and Decor on Facebook. —LaShanda Phillips

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6 The Push for Early Education

Pre-K is working, and State Superintendent Carey Wright is asking state lawmakers to spend more than double what they did last year on early education.

12 Finding Community on the Bus “Jackson needs much better public transit to truly become a city of the future.” —Vijay Shah, “At Home on the Bus”

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22 From Ireland to Jackson

Accordian player Paul Brock has pursued traditional Irish music for almost his entire life.

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by Donna Ladd, Editor-in-Chief

Seeking Solutions Over Blame and Partisanship


s youth crime the fault of the child or the parent?” A teacher gave that free-write prompt to young people I worked with in the Mississippi Youth Media Project last spring. Most of them had either witnessed or been a victim of violent crime and had just read a story in the Jackson Free Press’ “Preventing Violence” archive (at preventingviolence). She then wanted them to decide which of two parties was at fault. In so doing, she unwittingly encapsulated just about everything that is wrong with journalism in one sentence. The worst reporting just looks for two sides to blame each other. In this case, either the child or the parent must be to blame. The implication is the two parties cannot share the responsibility with little thought that many parties may be complicit to varying levels. The sentence thus violates a cardinal rule of good reporting—avoid yes-or-no or leading questions. Take TV. Many will-be broadcasters are taught to just go get a good sound bite, or ask someone “how it feels” when they lose a loved one rather than “how can we prevent crime,” for instance. Little results from such journalism, other than ratings or clicks. Maybe the audience gets a warm-and-fuzzy feeling if it’s a “positive” story, or feels anger or hopelessness if it’s a “tragic” story. Put simply, such blame-seeking, binary questions do not reveal complicated causes, inspire action and certainly do not present possible solutions. I’m a journalist to find solutions for issues such as youth crime. And that means seeking the various causes first to get there. That is why the journalism in the Jackson Free Press is different. We reject the “both-sides-ism” we’re hearing a lot about after the practice helped Donald Trump

slip into the White House. In “horse race” political coverage, media outlets tend to take the easiest route: report the dumpster fires and nasty opposition research as they pop up. And divide the story down a fake middle with an equal number of Republicans and Dems staring each other down. Some outlets even count the number of partisans on each side, to the confusion of those of us who reject partisan shtick. If you haven’t figured it out, yet, that dog don’t hunt—or educate kids or stop Russia from controlling the White House. It’s a false paradigm pushed by those obsessed with party politics and politicians. Such feigned “neutrality” sure doesn’t (a) seek and report true causes, (b) know what to do with complicated nuance or those who eschew party devotion or (c) focus pretty much at all on solutions. Why? Because “horse race” journalism is designed to stoke what linguist Deborah Tannen calls the “argument culture.” It follows an either-or frame, and it’s usually damn useless, except for page views and dividing people into two neat, useless groups that growl at each other. It’s why I’m obsessed with a growing type of reporting called “solutions journalism.” I just spent three days at the Solutions Journalism Summit at Robert Redford’s beautiful Sundance Resort

The worst reporting looks for two sides to blame each other.

in Utah (“Think you used enough dynamic there, Butch!?”) with about 100 inspiring, passionate journalists from across the U.S. and a few from Europe. I was the only representative from Mississippi, and it was amazing to plan collaborations with solutions-focused journalists. The network’s site at solutions opens with hints about how this type of journalism is different from the problem-focused reporting we too often see. Per the network, “solutions journalism” is “rigorous reporting on responses to social problems,” “a way to spark constructive discourse,” “a way to build trust with your audience,” “a universe of stories not being told,” “part of a higher-quality news product” and “just better journalism.” It is not hero worship of a cool-sounding “solution.” In fact, when I revealed a failed local crime initiative (“MACE”) where law enforcement diverted a grant that was supposed to include services for atrisk teens to just do police sweeps, I was following a “sojo” best practice to vet alleged solutions. Other local media did breathless reporting when MACE went public—decidedly not rigorous solutions journalism. Some journalists are a harder sell than I was when it comes to solutions journalism. Throughout the now-30-plus years of my career, I have rejected the he-said-shesaid, USA Today-style tradition of splitting stories down a fake middle to keep “both sides” from complaining. I always wanted to go deeper and report, and try to inspire, viable solutions. Truth is too messy and problems too complex to fit neatly into two identical containers, and often what passes as a “side” is just political propaganda. What I do believe in, and teach and practice here at my newspaper, is digging

deep into an issue and reporting what we find regardless of where it happens to bounce on the partisan roulette table. That’s how I ended up a guest on a pro-NRA radio show after reporting on a black preacher who armed himself to take on the Klan in the 1960s. It’s also why we pursued reporting few others would touch that landed a rather-crazy, gun-toting, alcoholic mayor— who happened to be a black Democrat—in a state and later a federal trial. That pursuit of truth, regardless of party, led to authorities removing the young men living in his house with him. Thinking back, I might’ve dug deeper into solutions to keep powerful men from declaring themselves “foster parents” in the first place. Or I could have investigated better ways to interrupt the crime cycle than the snake oil Frank Melton was doling out. (I am now.) Problem-focused sensationalism is so common that I forgave the teacher’s binary crime topic. I decided to build on it, though. I asked the students to do a new free write: “Young people commit crime because ….” They wrote emotional, informed pieces and then read them aloud. I then asked them to write each cause on a sheet of paper for a systems analysis of the dozens of reasons for youth crime on the floor, which they later moved to a wall. The YMP crime wall then inspired later students to create a powerful long-form story and a 10-minute documentary about the causes, and potential solutions, of youth crime (at They interviewed the mayor, the state FBI leader and former criminals. They ignored politics as they told powerful stories with embedded causes and possible solutions. It was real, rigorous and much better than two sides sniping at each other from one paragraph to another.

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Amber Helsel

Stephen Wilson

Ko Bragg

Arielle Dreher

LaShanda Phillips

Micah Smith

Kristin Brenemen

Meghan Garner

Managing Editor Amber Helsel is a Gemini, feminist, writer, artist and otaku. She loves travelling, petting cats, hoarding craft supplies and more. Email story ideas to amber@ She wrote the cover story.

Staff Photographer Stephen Wilson is always on the scene, bringing you views from the six. He took the cover phoot and many photos for the issue.

City Reporter Ko Bragg is a Philadelphia, Miss., transplant who recently completed her master’s in journalism. She loves traveling and has been to 25 countries to date. She wrote about taxis and midwives.

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 youth court and pre-K education.

Freelance writer LaShanda Phillips is a recent graduate of Jackson State University. She is the third oldest of seven children. She wrote about Jacksonian Chavakia Porter.

Music Editor Micah Smith is a longtime fan of music, comedy and all things “nerd.” He is married to a great lady, has two dog-children named Kirby and Zelda, and plays in the band Empty Atlas. He wrote about the Paul Brock Band.

Art Director Kristin Brenemen is a meganekko with a penchant for dystopianism. She’s recovering from two intense months of sewing and leatherwork and already wants to do more. She designed much of the issue.

Digital Marketing Strategist Meghan Garner avoids crowds and is most often spotted hiding behind a dry martini. She works to help local businesses thrive through JFP’s website building, content marketing, SEO and digital creative services.

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“We don’t like to sue people. We prefer to educate and persuade, but it’s getting to the point now where something’s got to give.”

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— Scott Crawford, member of Jackson ADA council, on the struggle to get taxicabs to comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act.

Thursday, November 2 A new report from the March of Dimes states that more babies are born prematurely in Hinds County than anywhere else in the state, and that Mississippi received an “F” grade in the national preterm birth rate, with a state average rate of 13.6 percent. Friday, November 3 Mayor Chokwe Antar Lumumba hosted an open house and tour of his office and the top floors of City Hall as part of an effort to make operations at City Hall more transparent. … House Speaker Paul Ryan calls for mandatory sexual-harassment training for members of Congress after women staffers and lawmakers report experiencing harassment and sexual advances on the job. Saturday, November 4 Mississippi police make arrests in two dogfighting operations in Adams County and Madison County.

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Sunday, November 5 A gunman named Devin Patrick Kelley kills 26 people during worship services at First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, Texas.


Monday, November 6 Eight Mississippi legislators argue before U.S. Magistrate Judge Keith Ball that they should not have to turn over documents and emails about their 2016 vote to shift control of Jackson’s airports to a new board mostly appointed by state officials. Tuesday, November 7 Polls were open to elect a new county attorney for Hinds County to replace the late Sherri Flowers-Billups.

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Pushing for Pre-K in the Midst of Poverty by Arielle Dreher


hen Candra Nelson walks into Canton Public Schools’ early-learning collaborative classroom, she sees what looks like a typical kindergarten class, except these are 4-year-old boys and girls. Sometimes there is a read-a-loud, and other times students are in small group settings, learning to manipulate letters and sounds, Nelson says. Canton’s ELC is one of 14 collaboratives statewide, and the school district partners with Agape Community Development and Friends of Children Head Start Center to run the program that provides public, free pre-kindergarten for 40 students. Public pre-K is a part of the state’s push for early learning statewide in order to increase literacy for students in public schools. Nelson says pre-K is working for Canton students. “We’ve compared our data of the students who attended pre-K versus students who entered from Head Start, from home or a babysitter,” Nelson said. “And we did notice that those students who attended pre-school regardless of where they went … at the end of (their) kindergarten year, those students were probable or transitional readers, and that’s where we want our kids.” “So what does that say? The earlier we can get them and work with them, the sooner they can become readers,”

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Wednesday, November 1 Donald Trump calls for tougher immigration measures based on “merit” and for Congress to repeal the Diversity Visa Lottery Program after the deadly truck attack in New York City. … The Mississippi Revenue Department files notice that some online retailers without in-state locations must collect a 7-percent tax on sales starting Dec. 1.

State Superintendent Carey Wright requested more than double the current early-education state funding to expand Mississippi’s pre-K programs.

she added. Four-year-olds in Canton are not alone. The data behind Mississippi’s pre-K collaboratives back up Wright’s conviction to ask for more funding. All 14 ELCs met the target scores on their state assessments, 2017 data show. Seventy-eight percent of 4-year olds who attended public pre-K collaboratives in Mississippi met the target readiness scores, indicating that taxpayer-funded pre-K works. Pre-K is crucial for all students, but last month Mississippi Superintendent

of Education Carey Wright said pre-K is even more important for children living in poverty, making the push for early education crucial for Mississippi’s next generation. “Early childhood … is significantly important for children that live in poverty, and in a state such as ours, that significance cannot be overlooked,” Wright said at the Stennis Capitol Press Forum. “In fact, in Mississippi, nearly one in three children live in poverty, and if you are African American and a

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“It is the equivalent of the state adopting ‘White Supremacy Forever’ as its state motto.”

“Sometimes the image that they give of us after slavery is that they were running around and begging and stuff.”

— Attorneys representing Carlos Moore in the U.S. Supreme Court case about the state flag in their final brief before the high court decides whether to hear his case.

-Dr. Alferdteen Harrison, the chairwoman of the Scott Ford Foundation, discussing why preserving the houses is important.


s a wheelchair user, Scott Crawford is tired of not being able to take a cab in Jackson—especially since legally he should be able to. “Over 27 years taxi companies have evaded the ADA (American Disability Act), and it’s just not OK anymore,” Crawford told the Jackson Free Press. “People with disabilities need transportation like everyone else—it is mandatory to being a productive citizen to being engaged and involved.” Disability rights advocates have pushed for changes for two years, Crawford said. He and other of the City’s ADA Advisory Council members want taxi companies to have a mandatory minimum number of wheelchair-accessible vehicles in their fleet. As a member of the council, Crawford met with City of Jackson attorneys and the planning committee’s chairman, Ward 3 Councilman Kenneth Stokes, about six weeks ago. He said they assured him that they would have a resolution by the end of October that would include taxi companies’ and the disabled communities’ needs. While their demands seem different on the surface, taxi companies and the disability advocates are essentially asking the

child in Mississippi, your odds are raised to almost one in two,” Wright said. “So when you’ve got that level of poverty, being able to provide access to a high-quality early-childhood education is significant because it’s an equity issue. We need to make sure all of our children are learning.” The 2017 Mississippi Kids Count data show that half of Mississippi kids are not attending preschool, and by the time they get to fourth grade, 74 percent of students are not proficient in reading. The Kids Count report suggests increasing the number of pre-K collaborative classrooms to have one per school district in the next five years “beginning where the state’s most disenfranchised children live.” Wright is pushing for an increase in early-childhood funding and asking the Legislature to back up her request. She more than doubled the Mississippi Depart-

ment of Education’s funding request for early childhood education in fiscal-year 2019, asking lawmakers for $10 million versus the $4 million used to operate 14 publicly funded pre-K currently. That additional $6 million would allow MDE to serve roughly 2,650 more fullday students, MDE Communications Director Patrice Guilfoyle told the Jackson Free Press in a statement. Pre-kindergarten is crucial for young students to pick up literacy skills before hitting kindergarten or third grade, where they must score high enough on reading tests in order to be promoted to fourth grade. Assessments show that two out of every three children entering kindergarten are not prepared, Wright said, and now when parents enroll their kids in kindergarten, they must list where they sent their child as a 4-year-old. Children who attended a pre-K program, either private or public, were the top performers on

chair must resort to the JATRAN bus service, which has limited operating hours and does not go beyond city limits or to the airport. Transportation network services, such as Uber and Lyft, say they do not have to provide handicap-accessible vehicles in compliance with the ADA because they do not offer a service classified as “public accommodations.” These companies are no longer City-regulated after the Legislature turned them into State-regulated agencies in 2016. At the Oct. 31 meeting, the committee reviewed the entire taxi ordinance as it stands as well as proposed changes including drivers’ fees and fare flexibility, as well as the disabled communities’ requests for every company to be required to supply wheelchair-accessible cars equally. If the council does not change the ordinance after legal review, Crawford says he is not opposed to taking legal action himself. “One could sue a taxi company for non-compliance with the demand-response service requirements,” he said. “And believe me, that is under consideration.” “I know I’m speaking for everybody in the disability community. We don’t like to sue people. We prefer to educate and persuade, but it’s getting to the point now where something’s got to give,” Crawford said. He added that fairness is the cost of doing business with the public. “Would it be OK if they decided not to provide service to people of a certain ethnicity? That would not be OK. “ADA is just like that.” Email city reporter Ko Bragg at ko@

their kindergarten readiness assessment. The bottom two performers were children kept at home and those attending Head Start programs across the state, Superintendent Wright said. Mississippi State University researchers studied pre-K attendance in 2015. Researchers found that children who attended pre-K were 1.5 times more likely to be proficient at reading in third grade and 3.5 times more likely to graduate on time. The study did not address the quality of pre-K programs, just whether or not students attended. The W.K. Kellogg Foundation awarded MDE a $6-million grant in December 2016 to provide professional development and support for teachers in pre-K settings around the state. All of MDE’s materials for curriculum and pre-K standards are available to the public for free. Email Arielle Dreher at

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The Fight to Make Taxis Equal

same thing: for the City to enforce laws mandates “full and equal” access to transthat protect them and allow them fair ac- portation services. Lee Cole, chairwoman cess. For Tyra Dean, owner of Deluxe Cab, of the City’s ADA Advisory Council, said that change would come through a City she only knows of one taxi company for sure in Jackson, Veterans Cab, that opercrackdown on unregistered taxis. “There’s so many undocumented as ates with a handicap-accessible vehicle, well as illegal cab companies that are unrestricted and operating in the city with no rules,” Dean said. She would like to have more flexibility with rates. At present time, her company does not have any wheelchair-accessible vehicles, but she said they are “in the process of working on them,” and learning more about what the ADA requires. With taxis bound by City ordinance that keeps them from adjusting their fares, thus making them less competitive with transportation-network services, some argue that taxi companies might not be able to purchase or create wheelchair-accessible vehicles. “We could on one end just say, ‘well let’s just make all vehicles ADA-accessible,’” Ward 2 Councilman De’Keither Stamps said at a planning committee meeting on Crawford, a disability advocate in Oct. 31. “Then taxicab businesses Scott Jackson, said it is a civil-rights violation for are going to have to find another taxis to not provide equal services. He is business to get into ... and then pictured here at a press conference for JPD. people won’t have taxis at all.” City ordinance states that no driver and maybe one other. Cole wants to see can refuse to accept a passenger in a mem- explicit mandatory minimums for wheelber of any protected class, including the chair-accessible vehicles for taxi compadisabled community. It also says vehicles nies written into the city code. need to comply with the ADA, which Otherwise, customers in a wheel-


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A Midwife’s Tale:

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Saving the Scott Ford Houses


people were entrepreneurial. We don’t tell that story at all-—it’s just like out of slavery into civil rights. Harrison researches the legacy of midwives in Jackson and throughout the state. Midwives like Scott were literally responsible for the successful births that make up an entire generation of African Americans that racism kept away from formal health care. A midwife named Hattie Simon brought Harrison herself into this world, but she did not learn much about the practice growing up. Harrison says that being called a “Black African” as a child by schoolaged children who did not know any better sparked her lifetime pursuit to find out all there is to know about African American culture as a way to learn about herself. On a crisp Friday at the Smith Robertson Museum and Cultural Center that she helped found on the site of Jackson’s first school for black children, Harrison spoke to a group of women from greater Hinds County. The women had forged a bond rooted in their relationship to midwifery. Some had mothers or grandmothers who worked in the profession decades ago, and almost all of them had come into the world at the hands of a midwife. Dollie Gathings entered that room with poster-sized photos of her grandmother, Frankie Owens-Brown, who was a practicing midwife until six months before she died in 1960 at age 78. Gathings is into genealogy and has traced midwifery in particular. She said her grandmother never turned people down for midwifery services because they could not pay—rather “it was just one of those things she loved doing, she did it for the community.” Midwifery transcended race lines even during slavery. Gathings’ grandmother was trained by the midwife who delivered her 10 children—one of whom is still living at the age of 105, Eula V. Polk. Polk recalled not being able to touch any of the midwifery stuff her mother brought to and from people’s houses. Polk’s niece, Gathings, hopes that young people with no tangible experience with the practice that became outdated in the 1950s and ’60s understand its significance. “I think it was almost like a spiritual thing,” Gathings said of midwifery. “Doing the work of God, helping these women to get these children into the world.” Comment at Ko Bragg

eople sit at a black folding table in a woman who promised to pay the taxes on donate money to preserve them. front yard playing cards, while others the homes had not followed through. Scott Ford Houses Inc. hosted a talk watch cars pass with an occasional Harrison found out in 2015 that a series at the Smith Robertson Museum wave. The scene is common through- developer named Clarence Chapman of from September 2016 through September out much of Jackson, but it is a rare sign Chartre Consulting Ltd., who was also of this year to share midwife stories. of life on Cohea Street in the once-vibrant doing development work in the neighbor- To date, the nonprofit has raised just Farish Street district. hood, had bought the Scott Ford homes. over $100,000 through grants and com Cohea Street runs perpendicular to Frantic, she eventually got through to him, munity investments. The organization Farish Street, once the “spinal cord” of the and he agreed to give the property to Scott estimates it would require $500,000 for black business district, as “The WPA Guide Ford Houses Inc. under a “reverter clause” renovations to create a museum complex to the Magnolia State” described it in 1938. “On Saturday nights this street, swarming with shoppers and pleasure seekers, has a carnival atmosphere,” the book reads. It refers to law offices, betterment societies, auditoriums, dance halls and pool rooms that dotted the district. Now, the overgrown foliage in by Ko Bragg front of abandoned houses on Cohea makes it feel like the street is closing in on itself. One home has become a shell and only the front remains—there is no siding because there are no sides. The mile-long street dead-ends at a cemetery—a tangible reminder of the lifelessness that plagues the neighborhood. The Scott Ford Houses at 136 and 138 Cohea Street sit virtually indistinguishable from other houses on that block. The The Scott Ford Houses on Cohea Street, now falling apart, were once home to a former slave and her daughter, a midwife. Eula V. windows and doors are boarded Polk, the 105-year-old daughter of a midwife, is pictured to the up, the house frame slants, the right with her niece, Dollie Gathings (standing). outdoor paint, though freshly white, pills visibly. But what is invisible to the eye is that a single black fam- that made Scott Ford Houses Inc. promise and an additional ily owned those houses for more than 100 to make significant progress in two years, or $500,000 for administrative staff, a midwife dayears. the City would take the property. Erected around 1891, only about 25 “We were going to tear them down tabase and office space. years after the end of slavery, the homes and put new homes there,” Chapman told belonged to a former slave woman who the Jackson Free Press. “But, this had more Making Midwifery Matter Scott and Ford lived side-by-side on became a maid, Mary Green Scott, and her history to do with the community and daughter, Virginia Ford, who worked as a their interest and so on, and we had (other) Cohea Street in the late 1800s. Ford was a practicing midwife and lived in the home midwife. lots where we could do what we wanted.” Dr. Alferdteen Harrison, a retired Chapman is also responsible for the with her husband, John Ford. Her mother, Jackson State University professor and Helm Place Housing developments that Scott, had come to Jackson right out of chairwoman of Scott Ford Houses Inc., is are right around the corner from the Scott slavery and worked as a maid. Scott learned about buying property, and she saved the leading an effort to restore the houses as Ford homes. timepieces demonstrating African Ameri- In September 2015, Harrison part- money to buy the land where her home can life between slavery and the Civil nered with a community fund based in and her daughter’s home still stand. There Rights Movement. The homes are at risk Jackson that acts as an “investment bank is evidence that they ran a wash house in unless she can get funding to restore houses for charity,” as Jane Alexander, president the backyard, likely laundering and hanthat seem to dilapidate by the hour. and CEO of the Community Founda- dling clothes for white legislators at the tion for Mississippi, describes it. Alexander nearby Mississippi Capitol. Harrison hopes to raise enough Preservation Costs hopes donors will unite around the fact Virginia Ford’s granddaughter, Doro- that the Scott Ford legacy is more than just money to restore the homes to preserve the thy Dobbins, left the homes to Scott Ford about the African American community; it women’s history in a rare tribute to self-emHouses, Inc., a nonprofit established in is also a “lost chapter of how everyday folks powerment following slavery and preceding the civil-rights era. 1995 to preserve the story of the home and experienced life,” she said. “Sometimes the image that they give the Scott and Ford families. Since then, Alexander and Harrison are hope- the financial management fell through the ful that the houses’ inclusion on Heritage of us after slavery is that they were running cracks, and the houses went up for tax sale. Trust’s new list of the 10 most endangered around and begging and stuff,” Harrison The nonprofit had realized too late that the sites in Mississippi will inspire people to told the Jackson Free Press. “But, these

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‘Judicial Kidnapping’ in Pearl Youth Court? by Arielle Dreher


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alia (not her real name) and and the parent’s ability to provide supervi- Late on Wednesday, Oct. 25, the her friend were driving in Pearl sion. Following the hearing, Malia believed Pearl Board of Aldermen and the mayor one day in August last year, out that she could not see her child because the met for an emergency-called meeting. The looking for jobs. Malia, who is judge had granted her mother custody of aldermen decided to shut down the youth in her 20s, was in the passenger seat, and the baby, Johnson said. Malia still owed court, and Shirley resigned his post as both her 4-month-old baby rode in a car seat in fees in Shirley’s municipal court, and she the Pearl Municipal Youth Court and Justhe back. Suddenly, a Pearl police officer did not return to youth court to attempt tice Court judge. Shirley, who also serves pulled the vehicle over for a traffic viola- to get custody of her child back. Mississippi as a justice-court judge in Rankin County, tion involving using a phone while driving. law did not mandate that Malia be provid- claims some information Johnson wrote in The officer ran Malia and her his press release is untrue. friend’s names and found they both had outstanding warThe Judge Responds rants for routine misdemeanor Judge Shirley claims offenses, meaning that Malia the mother did not come back had not paid Pearl Municipal to youth court and that he did Court fines she owed. The not know she was indigent. officer arrested both women After news of his resignation and called the Mississippi Debroke, he sent a statement to partment of Human Services WLBT placing the responsito report that the baby was bility on the teenage mother. “abandoned” after her moth “The child’s mother er’s arrest. Even though the complained in a press release baby’s grandmother, Malia’s that her contact with a child mother, showed up to take the was prohibited because she baby, the officer took the child was indigent, but she refused before Judge John Shirley, who to appear in court at the next presided over Pearl Municipal hearing and never informed Youth Court. me about financial issues,” Youth-court judges in Shirley said in the statement Mississippi preside over all published by WLBT. “I have matters involving delinquent always been very understandjuveniles in addition to abused, ing about financial issues if I neglected or abandoned chilhave been informed by somedren. Youth-court judges have one in court, but a judge can’t the power to send children to properly assess a financial situfoster care, grant custody to ation unless informed. The different guardians or give a Judge John Shirley resigned from his post at Pearl Youth remedy was for the mother child to adoptive parents. to appear in court and she did Court in October, after the MacArthur Justice Center Judge John Shirley gave brought forward its investigation into city leaders. NOT (emphasis his).” custody of the baby to the Shirley wrote that grandmother immediately. youth-court judges are auShirley, who also presided over Pearl Mu- ed an attorney to represent her. thorized to order “no contact” between a nicipal Court, demanded $500 from Malia The above account is based on a press child and the child’s parent “if the judge of her outstanding court fees, which totaled release attorney Johnson prepared and is concerned that the child would not be more than $1,000. Neither Malia nor her subsequent interviews with him. Youth- safe because the parent is refusing to take mother could afford that fee, so Malia spent court documents detailing the situation are corrective action to prevent future abuse or seven nights in jail, MacArthur Justice Cen- bound by strict state confidentiality rules neglect. One indicator of a parent refusing ter attorney Cliff Johnson told the Jackson and not public record. to take corrective action is when the parent Free Press. He also said the Pearl Municipal More than a year later, Malia heard refuses to come to court.” Court could not produce files on Malia’s about the MacArthur Justice Center and Johnson says that if Shirley believed earlier misdemeanors. After a week, Ma- called Johnson in October. He investigated Malia to be a neglectful and abusive mothlia’s mother got $300 together to help get her case and alerted the Pearl Board of Al- er, he gave no reason for why she should her out of jail. It was around this time that dermen and Mayor Jake Windham about suddenly get custody of her baby back days Judge Shirley issued an order preventing Malia’s case, and Judge Shirley reversed his before the City of Pearl shuttered its youth Malia from seeing her child. order on Tuesday, Oct. 24, despite Malia court. Johnson told the Jackson Free Press Youth-court judges conduct hear- still not paying her court fines. The mother that his client has two more children who ings within 14 days after the initial hear- could finally see her now 18-month-old continued to live with this past year. He ing and consider several factors including baby after more than a year of court-or- could not see the youth-court documents either because the court did not appoint 10 the child’s physical and mental conditions dered separation.

him to represent Malia, Johnson said. Malia did not return to youth court after the hearing last August, but Johnson says his client’s story of being locked up for unpaid fees and then being fearful to return to court is common. The MacArthur Justice Center has spearheaded litigation, most recently in Scott County, Miss., to change the judicial practice of locking people up for their inability to pay fines. Johnson said if a person is intimidated or frightened to go back to court, they usually will not. “The reason they don’t show back up is because they are afraid of those judges. They are afraid if they go back to court, they’re going to get put in jail, so they just hope against hope that they’re not going to get picked up,” Johnson said. Judge Shirley’s press release, titled “Political Games by Mayor and County Youth Court Judge,” alleges that the “situation” arose due to a coordinated effort between Mayor Jake Windham and County Youth Court Judge Tom Broome. “I resigned because I am tired of the politics of Mayor Jake Windham and Rankin County Youth Court Judge Tom Broome,” Shirley’s statement says. Broome told the Jackson Free Press he did not want to dignify the statement with a comment, saying “I will let my record and that of our court speak for itself.” Mayor Windham said he and the board acted on objective facts presented to them. “This had no political gerrymandering going on,” he told the Jackson Free Press. The mayor said he felt that he made the correct decision for the city and was taken aback by Shirley’s statement. The former youth-court judge defends his time on the bench in Pearl, saying his coordination with law-enforcement officers and his persistent pushing on Child Protective Services workers resulted in “many criminal child predators (that have) been prosecuted and convicted.” Johnson calls the act of linking child contact to inability to pay court fees “judicial kidnapping.” He said he got “dozens and dozens” of calls after releasing his statement on Oct. 26, which indicated to him that not being able to see children due to outstanding fees was common in Pearl. Shirley did not respond to repeated requests for comment through Pearl public information officers, Facebook messages, emails and messages left at Pearl Municipal Court and Rankin County Justice Court. Story continues at

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At Home on the Bus


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s morning dawns on the capital city, my fellow JATRAN passengers and I begin our day together. On the road, I have formed the kind habit of wishing my fellow passengers well upon their destination. “Take care,” I say. After work, as my bus turns onto High Street, I feel a certain kind of peace. My shoulders lighten a bit. I gaze out at the Capitol with its regressive flag, reflecting on the Mississippi that could be and should be. When I tell people that I ride the bus, they look at me like I have a hole in my head. But as a newcomer to Jackson, I actually feel most at home on public transit. I moved from Illinois after I took a position at the University Press of Mississippi a few years ago. Upon my arrival, I immediately climbed aboard the bus. There, I have met some fine drivers and passengers and learned a lot more than if I had merely driven to and from work in my own car. Even now, my initial rides remain so vivid. Our popular morning driver, Mike,showedmetheropes,sincetherearenosignsforbusstopsdownonLakeland Drive. Ever helpful, he informed me where to pick up the bus after work. Many of us on bus 4B enjoy beginning our day with Mike, who tells us about his upbringing in Los Angeles or, lately, his fondness for Jerry Lewis films. With security guard Owen, we talk about the news of the day. I love my bus buddies. En route to work, we stop at the G.V. (Sonny) Montgomery VA Medical Center on Woodrow Wilson Drive. On the road, I have become acquainted with some of our soldiers. These veterans have helped me better understand the casualties of war. On the other end of the spectrum, I met a couple of tots, whom I know as Cupcake and Superhero. En route to daycare with their father, the girls told me about their fun activities and favorite stories with joy. Cupcake and Superhero sit on the edge of their seat and peer out the front window. Such fellowship on the bus may surprise you. I will always remember last summer when I shared with my drivers Mike and Charles after my father’s death. Choking up, I could barely eke out the sad words. In my time of grief, I recognized the bus as my com- Though JATRAN has its issues, it can bring a sense munity in Jackson, a veritable mobile of community to people home-away-from-home. who ride buses daily. Last summer, JATRAN’s buses were often breaking down, at times even without air conditioning in the sweltering heat. Despite the trouble, the feeling of community kept me on the bus day in and day out. Now, I am working with some advocates who are trying to improve public transit here. Jackson needs much better public transit truly to become a city of the future. We urge all people to join our vital cause. Every once in a while, I hear the words of Jackson’s great poet Margaret Walker in my ear. She so eloquently paid tribute to her adopted home: “I give you my heart, Southern City For you are my blood and dust of my flesh, For you are the harbor of my ship of hope.” As our bus heads down State Street, I echo her whisper: “Ship of hope, indeed.” A native of Ohio, Vijay Shah moved to Jackson after taking a position at the University Press of Mississippi. He advocates for public transit. This column 12 does not necessarily reflect the views of the Jackson Free Press.

State, City Must Not Hinder Access to Public Info


ississippi legislators are arguing with a straight face that they should not have to turn over documents about a 2016 vote to shift control of Jackson’s airports to an outside board because of “legislative privilege.” Mike Wallace, an attorney for eight lawmakers, argued before U.S. Magistrate Judge Keith Ball that his clients are protected because lawmakers do not have to disclose anything they do concerning the Legislature unless it is felonious or criminal. Unbelievably, the Mississippi Public Records Act allows the Legislature to make up its own rules about public records—literally. Section 25-61-17 says, “Nothing in this chapter shall be construed as denying the Legislature the right to determine the rules of its own proceedings and to regulate public access to its records.” That’s right: With the exception of how lawmakers spend tax dollars and the performance results of those expenditures, lawmakers can decide how to regulate public access to their own records. In 2016, when the Associated Press asked top lawmakers for emails and their schedules, only the governor complied. House Speaker Philip Gunn and Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves denied the request, citing exemption from the Public Records Act altogether and internal Senate Committee rules that restrict public access to records of the lieutenant governor. This is another loophole that keeps publicinterest documents out of the hands of journalists and citizens. Limited, blocked or over-regulated access to public records is rampant in state and local

governments in Mississippi. We are also experiencing such blocks locally through “research fees” and bureaucracy recently within the City of Jackson. In recent public-records requests to the City that would shine the light on pivotal planning and public-works procedures, we got charged with pricey “research fees,” at least for a non-corporate news outlet, for recent documents. We’re not assuming the City has anything to hide, but because we don’t freely and routinely have the access to documents that would concretely determine what is going on, we cannot properly inform our readership of the city’s operations. They need to push a button to make PDFs instead of rack up discouraging fees. The same goes in nearby towns. This week, one of our reporters had to submit a public-records request for the agenda of a special city council meeting in Pearl—not the minutes, just the agenda. As a small entity, we are cornered between the costs of public documents and our civic duty to tell the full truth. While we recognize that small municipalities are catching up to the Internet age and are also short-staffed, that should be motivation to open the doors for public records—not close them. The documents we’ve requested and that those lawyers demanded of legislators might not be sinister. But who knows when institutional roadblocks are erected to keep information private? The press is a protected party, too, through the First Amendment, and each of our reporters pays taxes. Such fees and “legislative privilege” hinder transparency and infringe on our rights as citizens and press.

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Domestic Violence is the Problem


y ex-husband is fond of saying, “I never owned a gun when I was with Laurie because I knew if I did, she might kill me.” He’s right. I might have. I was 16 years old and 5 months pregnant when I married my high-school sweetheart. Even though we were young, our relationship seemed so perfect to so many people. He doted on me. He was so sweet and kind. We were together all the time, and I do mean all the time. We went everywhere together. People thought it was adorable, loyal and dutiful. What people didn’t see was I couldn’t go anywhere alone unless he approved. It wasn’t cute. It was control and abuse. I don’t even remember how it started, probably something I wore, but I remember he had a way of beating me so all my bruises would be hidden, just body blows. It’s more likely that if we had a gun in our house, I could have died, but there were so many nights when I would have blown him away to escape. I could recount to you all the times my ex-husband beat me, but that would take a whole issue of the paper. Just know there were many years of bruises, and even a fractured eye socket when he punched me in the face while I was holding one of our newborn twins. When I had enough, I made a plan, and I left. The person who helped me do that was my mother. My ex had plenty of rage for her, too, but thankfully, it was never violent rage. When I left my marriage, I spent many nights worried about the safety of my family. I hoped and prayed my ex would let go and move on. At the very least, I hoped he wouldn’t be too violent. I hoped he would stick to watching my house. He used to tell me that if I ever left him, he would blow up my house while I slept. My way to deal and feel safe was having a very public affair with a police detective. Thankfully, my ex moved on, and so did I. He now has a small arsenal of guns. When I heard about the mass shooting in Texas, and we learned that it wasn’t racially motivated, I immediately thought, “Oh no, another one.” Another angry man has killed people because he’s a domestic abuser and wants control. I

figured another ex-girlfriend, wife, baby mama, mother or family of said person was his target. People keep saying, “It shouldn’t have happened here.” I struggle to define where “here” is. Is here a small rural town and a white church? Is it because he gunned down kids? I ponder these things because, aside from the scale of the event, this shooter didn’t do anything new. Kids have been killed in churches before. Domestic abusers all over the country gun down family members they blame for their problems every day. They take children and bystanders with them. All of the people involved are undeserving of death. Labeling them as “innocent” is unneeded unless we secretly think women who leave their abusers somehow deserve to be gunned down in cold blood in their living rooms while holding their kids, in their churches, at stop lights, at schools and at workplaces. Some of us seem to think that. Every time there’s a tragedy like this, here come the people who either flat out say or insinuate, “Why didn’t the person just shoot the woman he was mad at?” As if it would be better to just kill the woman who offended him. It’s already happening in this case. “There are many ways that he could have taken care of the mother-in-law without coming with 15 magazines and a loaded assault rifle to a church,” Texas Department of Public Safety Regional Director Freeman Martin said at a news conference, as the Los Angeles Times reported. Just killing one target isn’t the issue; the need for people not to kill people because they can’t have their way is. In the coming weeks, we will continue to hear about how domestic violence should have been a warning sign. People are going to debate how and why the shooter was allowed to purchase guns. But domestic violence wasn’t the warning sign—it’s the problem. It’s the core problem of many gun deaths. The deep concern for safety shouldn’t only come after an abuser has gunned down multiple people. We should be outraged from the first punch. Laurie Bertram Roberts is a reproductive-justice activist, full-spectrum doula and writer based in Jackson. This column does not necessarily reflect the views of the JFP.

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What was your modeling experience like in Miami compared to Jackson? It was a different experience, but I was surprised that (I got to do) work like (commercial work) because, like, I have tattoos all over. They can be all hidden because they’re all cute, like underneath my arms and different things like that, but … being short and having tattoos, and I wore a high-top fade, I didn’t think my look would do as well as it did. But being in Miami, I guess that’s the difference between being like in New York where they … have a (5-feet7-inches)-112-pounds-type thing. In Miami, they’re really versatile. They want diversity. I’m not really into commercial modeling. I take good pictures, that what’s people say, but I’m not really a poser. … I like for people to see me right in front of their face. … I’m more of a runway model, more so than commercials, and in Miami, I got to do both of them, and it was a great experience. What were some of your negative experiences? I didn’t have any negative experiences. There were gigs that I didn’t book that I may have necessarily wanted to book, but it was all a learning experience for me, honestly, because I didn’t know that I was into it like I was until then. … If you would book one gig, you would book another. Even when you were at these gigs, sometimes they’d say, “Hey, you didn’t book this one, but there may be another gig that we have for you.” I just took that positivity, and honestly, that’s what made me push forward with that.

When did you return to Jackson? I recently returned to Jackson, about a year ago, but before I came back here, I was in New York for two-and-a half years. (When I was in) Miami, I got lonely. I’m a 16 homebody, and I love being around, like, my sister and my

brother. I was in Miami by myself for a while, and then my sister came, and she moved to Miami, as well, maybe like six months later, and then I was fine. Then after (about a year), I was like, “OK, I’m bored now,” I came back home for about (a year). I told my mom (after a while), “Well, I’m moving to New York. I may have a gig. I may have booked a gig.” She was like, “What do you mean? You Stephen Wilson


eeya Thomas stands 5 feet and 2 inches tall—about three inches short of the national average for women. She says that because of her height, she loves to wear heels, and that is where her inspiration for her shoe designs comes from. Thomas, a Jackson native, graduated from Callaway High School in 2004 and attended Hinds Community College in 2006. In 2007, she moved to Miami to pursue a modeling career and to attend the Miami International University of Art & Design. While there, she also began creating fashion designs, initially for eyewear. After returning home in November 2009, she moved to New York in 2011 to pursue a career as a designer. In 2013, she created her first shoe line, and about a year ago, she moved back to Jackson, bringing her quest for fun yet affordable shoe fashion with her. Thomas spoke to the Jackson Free Press about her modeling career and her aspirations as a shoe designer.

people and was able to get into Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week. The first year that I went, I wore all of my own designs that I had on, and after maybe about that third day, I went to a show, and then a Chinese magazine saw me, and they were like, “Who created your outfit?” I told them, “Myself.” They invited me to Beijing Fashion Week to actually do one of the side shows (but I didn’t go. I went back to the Mercedes-Benz show). I stayed in New York for a while, and then, once again, I got lonely. I wanted to come home. My sister actually even moved up there, as well, and she stayed. I’m back home, but she actually stayed and is doing hair. But I was like, “I want to go home. I miss my friends. I miss my family.” That’s what actually made me come back home, but once again, I was like, “OK, I’m not doing what I want to be doing.” That recently had me get to this point, which (was) the fashion show (on Nov. 5) that I’m sure you’ve heard about. That’s a new collection that I’ve come up with since I’ve been home. Like I said, it just made me want to get back into design. Tell me about how you got into designing. We have a (single-parent) family, and our dad lives in (Miami). We just weren’t fortunate enough to be able to have a lot of stuff or the best of things, and different things like that. I knew my mother used to make her own clothes, and she (would) tell us how she always used to make her dolls’ clothes and different things like that, and I started just mixing and mingling with things.

Meeya Thomas created her first shoe line in 2013 and has been doing it ever since. She says she owns about 200 pairs of shoes.

have no money. You can’t just move to New York.” Our mom used to be a model, so she knew (what it was like and didn’t want it to be our career path). My mom’s like ... 5-foot-8(-inches), our dad’s short, so me and my sister got the shorter end, literally, of the stick, and my brothers are really tall, our uncles are really tall. … Us short girls, me and my sister, that actually modeled, and my sister, she’s a (ballet) dancer, we would have wanted that height. I decided to take that and push forward with my designing again. After a while, people would still ask me, “Hey, are you not doing this anymore? Hey, are you making this anymore?” … And I was like, “OK, maybe I should start back doing this.” Something always pushes me back to designing some kind of way. So I decided to move to New York. When I was in New York, I hooked up with some

So why eyewear design? I love shades. I really do, and the crazy thing is, I love shades, but I will not wear them for a long time because they give me a headache, but I just like the fashion portion of them. I knew that it wasn’t a big thing that people were doing, and I’m really good with, like, bedazzling things, as my mother said. She used to say, “You’re not designing; you’re just bedazzling.” So I was like, “Well, this bedazzling will make something (that’s) still nice.” My mom calls me “The Embellishing Queen.” How did you design your eyewear? All different ways. Sometimes, I would take different frames from other shades, and like, I may make two of the same shades with different colors, and I may pop the frames out, change the frames, and I may put stones on them, I may put spikes on them, I may put ribbon on them, anything on them. Why did you go from eyewear to shoe design? Now, as much as I like eyewear, I love shoes. Any time somebody comes to my house, they say, “OK, so where is the store?” I probably own about 200 pairs of shoes. They’re in my room, so my whole room is just surrounded, all of my walls are just surrounded with shoes. I think that’s also how I get my inspiration when I’m designing shoes be-

pus, so I would hear about (what she goes through), like she had an outbreak not too long ago, and I was like, “You don’t hear about it a lot.” That was my thing—you don’t hear people talk about it a lot. Some people don’t even know what it does, what it is, what it does to your body, how it affects your immune system and different things like that. I just decided that’s what I’m going to dedicate this to. I’m going to give back. I give back to breast-cancer (awareness organizations) all the time because of my mom, but I thought that this was something ... for me to do.

What’s the craziest thing you designed? What’s the craziest? I made some 9-inch heels with like a 9-inch platform on it, and the whole entire shoe … was filled with stones. I completely hand-sewed all the stones. It took me about three months just to do that one pair of shoes. It was,

What is in the future for your business? I hope somebody picks me up and gives me some money. Now, I see why, I’m not going to say it’s easier to make clothes because it’s not easy, but it’s easier to go and get clothes processed, and cheaper—a whole lot cheaper—to get clothes than shoes because shoes are just really, really expensive. To get one prototype for one shoe, and I’m talking about just the left side, it’s like maybe $250. Then, you have to get another prototype for the right, and then, that’s just a size six, so you have to do the same process for the six, the seven, the eight, the nine, so you may be spending, like, $3,000 just for one design. My goal is definitely to be able to either maybe shop some ideas to, like, Michael Kors and people like that, and to be able to raise money and be able to mass-produce my line because another important thing (to note) is my shoes are definitely worth $600, $700, $800, $900 and up when you think of all the stuff that I put on them, and that’s what I’m saying, how extravagant the shoes are. (Growing up), I wasn’t unfortunate; I was a little bit less fortunate, but my mom still made sure that we (had) anything that we needed. It’s so important for me to create a dope shoe that a celebrity could buy, but that my cousin could buy at the same time. That’s my ultimate goal is to be able to save enough money to be able to mass-produce shoes at still an affordable rate. I’d rather see 500 regular people take pictures and wear my shoes and can afford my shoes than five celebrities that are probably going to wear it one time, and you’ll never see it again. … I don’t want to sell my shoes for $900. I don’t buy … Christian Louboutin (shoes). I don’t buy him because first of all his shoes are uncomfortable, and you pay $10,000 for them. That’s total opposite of what I want. For more information on the brand Meeya Thomas, visit or find the business on Facebook and Instagram.

courtesy Meeya Davis

What kind of shoes do you design? Right now, honestly, I would say women’s shoes, and that’s really heels, like 6 inches or taller if I can find it. I do honestly do all (heights), but I love really tall heels because once again, I’m really short. So I don’t even really own regular tennis shoes, I have one or two pairs, but even my tennis shoes are like tennis-shoe wedges. I just love to be tall. As far as design and creative-wise, I compare myself to, like, Alexander McQueen, Versace, (Patricia Field) styles. A bunch of everything goes onto my shoes. I created a cupcake line this past spring (and) summer, with like fun cupcakes and hearts and unicorns, and then

it really depends. That’s why I don’t really like to be, like, on anyone else’s time when I create my shoes. My mom (says) all the time, “You could be working for somebody else. You could be working for Michael Kors.” She’ll see my shoes one season, and the next season, she’ll see something similar to it like in Vogue magazine or something like that, and she’s always like, “That’s what I told you.” It’s like my brain is always a season ahead. It’s all a creative process to me, so I don’t like to be rushed. That’s why I don’t tell people a time or how long it’ll take me unless I’m ready to actually put out a whole line.

Meeya Thomas likes to design shoes with high heels. “The higher the heel, the closer to God,” she says. She also likes to add embellishments such as rhinestones, sequins, embroidery and, apparently, huge pompons.

the one I’m doing now is “Welcome to the Jungle,” which is like, furs and leathers and browns, and different things like that. And then I did like a sweetheart line with roses. I try to pick a theme every spring (and) summer, and then I pick another theme every fall (and) winter. Walk me through the process in how you actually design shoes. Sometimes, when I do the shoes, I create the heels, as well, myself. I may take a heel off another one. My main goal, one day, is to manufacture my shoes. Right now, I just custom-make them, so when I make a pair, it’s kind of like, “If you can’t fit this size, sorry. You just have to wait until the next one.” Sometimes, I create the heels, or I put heels on, and then sometimes, I may add a fabric, I may add embroidery, I may add sequins. It just depends (on) what I’m feeling. My thought process of them is it may take a month, two months, a week—

like, amazing that other people were mimicking it. I wasn’t even mad at it because it was really dope. I didn’t make anymore after that, but it was a really dope concept. So why did you choose lupus as a cause to focus on during your fashion show on Nov. 5? My mom (is a breast-cancer survivor), and I know you see breast cancer a lot. You know, you see pink a lot, you see it on TV a lot, you see people wear it a lot, you see it in stores a lot. A cousin that I grew up with ... she has lupus, and we’re about the same age. For a while, … I just kept seeing (social-media posts about) how she was always in the hospital, and I know she has a daughter, and I just kept seeing about how she’s always in the hospital, and how she’s always thanking God. She’s always positive about it. I just didn’t know how somebody could be so positive about being sick all the time and being in the hospital. My boyfriend, his mother has lu-

Best of Jackson: Beauty & Style By Amber Helsel


t’s time once again to nominate people for the 2018 Best of Jackson ballot ( While in this season, take a look at some of the 2017 winners in categories related to beauty and style.

Best Makeup Artist: Christine Cody (Makeup by Cody LLC) Finalists: Amy Head (Amy Head Cosmetics, 120 W. Jackson St., Suite B, Ridgeland, 601-8533098) / April Epps (Beauty Tips by A. Renee’ Makeup Artistry) / Hannah Burt (Static A Salon, 219 Garden Park Drive, Suite 200A, Madison, 601-853-0054) / Tracy Branch (Tracy Branch Agency,) / Waylon Garrett (Maison Weiss, 4500 Interstate 55 N., Suite 109, 601-981-4621) Best Hair Stylist: Emily Blocker (Fondren Barber Shop, 2943 Old Canton Road, 601-826-0707) Finalists: Bethany Allen (Barnette’s, 4465 Interstate 55 N., Suite 201, 769-230-4648, / Brooke Quick (James Jacobs Salon, 100 N. Bierdeman Road, Pearl, 601-9391979) / Lindsay Cash (Vamp the Salon, 151 E. Metro Pkwy., Flowood, 601-955-9368) / Nikki Henry Gallagher (RITZ SALON, 574 Highway 51 N., Suite H, Ridgeland, 601-856-4330) / Tiffany Jacobs (Studio J Salon, 151 E. Metro Pkwy., Flowood, 601-212-9130) Best Barber Shop: Fondren Barber Shop (2943 Old Canton Road, 601-826-0707) Finalists: ACEY Custom Hair Design (3015 N. State St., 601-937-7754) / The Barbershop at Great Scott (4400 Old Canton Road, Suite 100, 601-984-3500, / Maurice’s Barber Shop (multiple locations) / Southside Barber and Beauty Shop (715 W. McDowell Road, 601-321-9240) / Yelverton Barber Salon (901 Highway 51, Madison, 601-856-0015) Best Place for Women’s Clothing: Material Girls (734 McKenzie Lane, Flowood, 601-9924533; 1000 Highland Colony Parkway, Suite 7005, Ridgeland, 601-605-1605; Finalists: CoatTails (111 W. Jackson St., Ridgeland 601-853-1313, / Forty Four Fifty (4450 Interstate 55 N., 601-3663687) / James & Leigh (420 Monroe St., Suite A, Clinton, 601-910-7008, shopjamesandleigh. com) / Libby Story (1000 Highland Colony Pkwy., Suite 5003, Ridgeland, 601-717-3300, / Maison Weiss (4500 Interstate 55 N., Suite 109, 601-981-4621, maisonweiss. com) / MiGi’s Boutique (144 Market St., Flowood, 601-919-8203) Best Local Men’s Clothing: Buffalo Peak Outfitters (4500 Interstate 55 N., Suite 115,601366-2557, Finalists: Great Scott (4400 Old Canton Road, Suite 101, 601-984-3500, / Kinkade’s Fine Clothing 
(120 W. Jackson St., Ridgeland, 601-898-0513, / The Landing (1000 Highland Colony Pkwy., Suite 5008) / Red Square Clothing Company (4500 Interstate 55 N., Suite 103A, 601-3983403; 1000 Highland Colony Pkwy., Suite 9004, 601-853-8960; / The Rogue (4450 Interstate 55 N., 601-3626383, Submit your nominations for the 2018 Best of Jackson contest at

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cause sometimes I wake up in the middle of the night, and I look over to this shoe, and I look at that shoe, and then it may put something else into my head. That’s pretty much how I got into shoes—because I just have a lot of shoes.


LIFE&STYLE | food&drink

Eat and Play Locally Blue Plate Specials 11am-3pm Mon-Fri Includes a Non-Alcoholic Drink

WEDNESDAY Fried Pork Chop

buttermilk fried, bone-in chop, Guinness onion gravy, champ, sauteed garlic greens


by Amber Helsel


good way to get connected to Jackson’s foodie scene is to participate in local food events, and luckily, Jackson has a few in the next couple of weeks. Here are some of the ones to check out. To see and add more events, visit

During the event, Lucky Town will sell Lucky Fifth, which is a Belgian dark strong ale aged in Kentucky bourbon barrels. The event includes performances from Jig the Alien at 6 p.m., Stonewalls at 8 p.m., and Vibe Doctors Jazz Project with 5th Child at 10 p.m. For more information, find the event on Facebook.

Food Truck Friday: Playstreets Smith Park (250 N. West St.) Friday, Nov. 10, is National Bike to Work Day, and it’s also the last Food Truck Friday of the year. In honor of the national holiday and this month’s theme, “Playstreets,” the event will have games and more, in addition to food trucks and other local food vendors. DJ Black will play music during the event. Food Truck Friday is Nov. 10 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. For more information, find the event on Facebook.

Tea Party With a T-Rex Mississippi Museum of Natural Science (2148 Riverside Drive, 601-576-6000) If you ever wanted to know what it is like to drink tea with a dinosaur, check out this event at the Mississippi Museum of Natural Science. The event, which is Saturday, Nov. 18, from 10 a.m. to noon, includes a reading of Molly Idle’s “Tea Rex,” food and drinks, playtime in a fossil pile and a visit with a dinosaur. The event has limited space. Admission is $6 for adults, $4 for children ages 3 to 8, $5 for seniors, and admission is free for children ages 3 and under. Guests should make reservations by Nov. 16. For more information, find the event on Facebook.

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Lucky Town Brewing Company will celebrate its fifth anniversary with a party on Friday, Nov. 10.


Lucky Town Fifth Anniversary Celebration Lucky Town Brewing Company (1710 N. Mill St., 601-790-0142) Lucky Town has officially been in Jackson for five years. On Friday, Nov. 10, Lucky Town will celebrate its fifth anniversary at the brewery from 4 p.m. to midnight. This is also the first anniversary date when the brewery can sell beer to the public, after state legislators passed House Bill 1322, which allows breweries to sell beer on the premises.

Chef’s Counter Tasting, Estelle Wine Bar & Bistro (The Westin Jackson, 407 S. Congress St., 769-235-8400) On Tuesday, Nov. 14, Estelle Wine Bar & Bistro chef Matthew Kajdan will present a five-course menu with wine pairings as part of the restaurant’s Chef’s Counter Tastings. The dinner is $80 plus tax and gratuity, and a deposit of $50 is required to save a seat. For more information, find the event on Facebook. “Deck the Halls” dinner theater, Sombra Mexican Kitchen (111 Market St., Flowood, 601-215-5445) On Tuesday, Nov. 14, The Detectives Dinner Theatre will do a production of the company’s “Deck the Halls” murder-mystery dinner theater during a three-course meal at Sombra in Flowood. The meal includes cheese dip with hatch green chiles, tomatoes, jalapeño peppers and cilantro; a quesadilla with mixed cheese, a choice of chicken or steak, and served with sour cream, guacamole, lettuce, pico de gallo and jalapeño peppers; and a pecan butter crunch cake topped with vanilla ice cream and tequila reduction. The dinner is $39 per person, excluding tax and gratuity. For more information, find the event on Facebook. Paid advertising section. Call 601-362-6121 x11 to list your restaurant

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FRIDAY 11/10


Beth Ann Fennelly signs copies of “Heating & Cooling” at Lemuria Books.

The Lucky Town 5th Anniversary Celebration is at Lucky Town Brewing Company.

The NAMI Walk & Wellness Festival is at the Mississippi State Capitol.

BEST BETS Nov. 8 - 15, 2017 courtesy Jackson Choral Society


November Luncheon: “Mississippi Civil Rights Gets Its Home in History” is from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Arts Center of Mississippi (201 E Pascagoula St.). The Dialogue Jackson luncheon features guest speaker Pam Junior, director of the new Mississippi Civil Rights Museum. Register online. $12 for non-members, $10 for members; email; The Jackson Choral Society performs for the “Closer to Home” choral concert on Nov. 14 at St. Philip’s Episcopal Church.


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“Vietnam Reflections: Mississippi Stories” is from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the Mississippi Public Broadcasting Auditorium (3825 Ridgewood Road). Includes a screening of the documentary “Mississippians in Vietnam: A Shared Experience” and a panel featuring members of the squad that Pfc. Milton Lee Olive III, the first African American to receive the Medal of Honor in Vietnam, saved. Registration required. Free; call 601-432-6565;


“Bravo II: Fierce Keys” is from 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. at Thalia Mara Hall (255 E. Pascagoula St.). International pianist Conrad Tao joins the Mississippi Symphony Orchestra for a concert featuring music from Robert Schumann and Dmitri Shostakovitch. Pre-concert lecture with Timothy Coker at 6:45 p.m. $20-$62; call 601-960-1565; … “10 Years of 7evenThirty” is from 8 p.m. to 1 by Rebecca Hester a.m. at Offbeat (151 Wesley Ave.). Hip-hop artist 7evenThirty forms in celebration of the decade anniversary of his debut album. Fax: 601-510-9019 5th Child, Nicholas McQueen Daily updates at and Red Planet also perform. 5-D is the host. $5 admission; find it on Facebook.


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SUNDAY 11/12 Hip-hop artist 7evenThirty performs on Nov. 11 at Offbeat for “10 Years of 7evenThirty,” celebrating the anniversary of his debut album.

FRIDAY 11/10

Food Truck Friday: “Playstreets” is from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at Smith Park (250 N. West St.). Includes food for sale from local food trucks, music from DJ Black, vendors, games set up in the street, and more. Free admission, 20 food prices vary; find it on Facebook.

Jam for Puerto Rico is from 1 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Hal & Mal’s (200 Commerce St.) and from 8:30 p.m. to 2:30 a.m. at Martin’s Restaurant & Bar (214 S. State St.). The concert is a fundraiser for Puerto Rico hurricane relief and features performances from Epic Funk Brass Band, These Days with Jewel Bass featuring Jesse Robinson, Latinisimo, the Central Mississippi Blues Society Band, Chris Gill, Jason Turner, Micah Smith, Omega Hart, Bluesman McKinney Williams, Sika J, Seth Power & the Part-Timers, Monsterz featuring Dexter Allen, and more. $15 per event, $25 for both events;

MONDAY 11/13

“The Drums of Sweetwater” is at 7 p.m. at Jackson State University (1400 J. R. Lynch St.) in Rose McCoy Auditorium. The Thomas Melancon-penned dramatic play is set in 1968 and follows an African American female psychiatrist who moves from New York City to a small segregated town called Sweetwater, Texas. Additional dates: Nov. 9-11, 7-9:30 p.m., Nov. 10, 10 a.m-12:30 p.m., Nov. 12, 3-5:30p.m. $10, $5 seniors and students with ID; call 601-979-5956;


The “Closer to Home” choral concert is from 7:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. at St. Philip’s Episcopal Church (5400 Old Canton Road). The Jackson Choral Society performs works from American, Southern and Mississippian composers in honor of the state bicentennial. Proceeds benefit Stewpot Community Services. Bring one canned-food donation. $10 admission, $8 for students and seniors; call 601-260-6356; email jcolemanedu516@;


“American Freakshow” is at 9 p.m. at Martin’s Restaurant & Bar (214 S. State St.). The electronic-dance music concert features performances from Bear Grillz, PhaseOne, Dirt Monkey and Kompany. Doors open at 8 p.m. $15 advance, $25 at the door; email; call 601-354-9712;

November Luncheon: Mississippi Civil Rights Gets Its Home in History Nov. 8, 11:30 a.m.1 p.m., at Arts Center of Mississippi (201 E Pascagoula St.). Pam Junior, director of the Mississippi Civil Rights Museum, is the guest speaker at Dialogue Jackson luncheon. Register online. $12 for non-members, $10 for members; email; Jam for Puerto Rico Nov. 12, 1-8 p.m., at Hal & Mal’s (200 Commerce St.) and Martin’s Restaurant & Bar (214 S. State St.). The concert is a fundraiser for Puerto Rico hurricane relief. The Hal & Mal’s lineup includes Epic Funk Brass Band, These Days with Jewel Bass, Latinisimo, McKinney Williams and more. The Martin’s lineup includes Sika J, Seth Power & the PartTimers, DJ Young Venom, and Monsterz. $15 per event, $25 for both events;

COMMUNITY Veterans’ Day Ceremony Nov. 10, 10 a.m., at War Memorial Building (120 N. State St.). The War Veterans Memorial Commission leads the ceremony with speaker Major General Janson D. Boyles, the adjutant general of the Mississippi National Guard. Includes a reception with refreshments. Free; email Events at Millsaps College (1701 N. State St.) • Humanities Teacher of the Year Forum Nov. 9, 4 p.m.-5 p.m. In Gertrude C. Ford Academic Complex room 215. Rachel Heard, the associate professor of music, performs and speaks on the topic “Kenner und Liebhaber: Why the Love Affair with 18th-Century Keyboard Music Continues.” Free; • Education Funding in Mississippi: What to Look for in the 2018 Legislative Session Nov. 10, 1 p.m. In Gertrude C. Ford Academic Complex room 215. Local nonprofit leaders and state legislators discuss the next legislative session and the effects it may have on education throughout the state. Free;

KIDS Harvest Fest Nov. 8-11, 9 a.m.-2 p.m., at Mississippi Agriculture & Forestry Museum (1150 Lakeland Drive). Includes live demonstrations throughout the museum grounds to give visitors a glimpse of Mississippi’s past and show the impact agriculture has made. $6 for adults, $4 for children; Hoot & Holler Family Creation Lab Nov. 12, 2-3:30 p.m., at Mississippi Museum of Art (380 S. Lamar St.). A museum educator leads children ages 6-10 and their caregivers in an art project that takes inspiration from a guest artist. $10 per child; call 601-960-1515;

giveaways and music from Jig the Allen, Stonewalls and Vibe Doctors Jazz Project with 5th Child. Free admission; find it on Facebook.

SPORTS & WELLNESS NAMI Walk & Wellness Festival Nov. 11, 8 a.m.-noon, at Mississippi State Capitol (400 High St.). Includes a 5K walk, a children’s area, live music, vendors and more. Proceeds benefit the National Alliance on Mental Illness’ work in the state. Free;


“Building the Wall” Nov. 10-12, 7:30 p.m., Nov. 18-19, 7:30 p.m., at Warehouse Theatre (1000 Monroe St.). The dramatic stage play centers on a historian’s interview with a former prison warden in a near future where anti-immigration rhetoric has led to the mass incarceration of illegal aliens. $10 per person;

the best in sports over the next seven days

by Bryan Flynn, follow at, @jfpsports

Every four-year college and university in our state now has at least one win this season. Mississippi College opened November with its first win of the 2017 season. THURSDAY, NOV. 9

NFL (7:25-11 p.m., NBC): Two NFC West foes, the Arizona Cardinals and the Seattle Seahawks, duke it out to keep playoff hopes alive. FRIDAY, NOV. 10

College basketball (5-7 p.m., SECN+): The UM Rebels women’s basketball team hosts Northwestern State in its season opener. … College basketball (5:30-9:30 p.m., SECN+): The MSU men’s basketball team kicks off the regular season against Alabama State. SATURDAY, NOV. 11

trip to New York to face the Buffalo Bills and try for a seventh win in a row. MONDAY, NOV. 13

NFL (7:30-11 p.m., ESPN): The Carolina Panthers, who are trying to keep pace with the Saints in the NFC South, host the Miami Dolphins. TUESDAY, NOV. 14

College basketball (6-8 p.m., ESPN3): Get your streaming device ready as the Jackson State University men’s basketball team hits the road to face Mercer University. WEDNESDAY, NOV. 15

NFL (noon-3:30 p.m., FOX): The New Orleans Saints make the long

College football (6-10 p.m., ESPN2/ ESPNU): Tune in for some midweek MAC-tion featuring Bowling Green taking on Toledo and Eastern Michigan facing off against Miami University of Ohio. Mississippi College needed a last-second field goal to win 30-29 over Shorter University on Nov. 4. The Choctaws blew a 27-15 lead before rallying to win the game.



College football (11 a.m.-2:30 p.m., SECN): The UM Rebels host Louisiana-Lafayette as they look for their fifth win of the season. … College football (6-9:30 p.m., ESPN): MSU looks to pull off the upset of the college-football season at home against mighty Alabama. SUNDAY, NOV. 12

“Hedwig and the Angry Inch” Nov. 8, 7:30 p.m., at Duling Hall (622 Duling Ave.). The musical is about a rock-and-roll band and its East German gender-nonconforming vocalist. $15 in advance, $20 at the door;

Food Truck Friday: Playstreets Nov. 10, 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m., at Smith Park (250 N. West St.). Includes food for sale from local food trucks, music, games set up in the street, and more. Free admission, food prices vary; find it on Facebook.

Vietnam Reflections: Mississippi Stories Nov. 9, 3-6 p.m., at Mississippi Public Broadcasting Auditorium (3825 Ridgewood Road). Includes a screening of “Mississippians in Vietnam: A Shared Experience” and a panel featuring members of the squad saved by Pfc. Milton Lee Olive III, the first African American to receive the Medal of Honor in Vietnam. Registration required. Free;

Lucky Town 5th Anniversary Celebration Nov. 10, 4 p.m., at Lucky Town Brewing Company (1710 N Mill St.). Includes special beers, food,

“The Drums of Sweetwater” Nov. 9-11, 7-9:30 p.m., Nov. 10, 10 a.m-12:30 p.m., Nov. 12, 3-5:30p.m., Nov. 13, 7-9:30 p.m., at Jackson


State University (1400 J.R. Lynch St.). In Rose McCoy Auditorium. The play follows an African-American psychiatrist who moves from New York to a segregated town in Texas. $10, $5 seniors and students with ID; ;

Paul Brock Band Nov. 10, 7:30 p.m., at Fairview Inn (734 Fairview St.). Award-winning accordion-player Paul Brock of Ennis, Ireland, fronts the traditional Irish band. Doors open at 6 p.m. $20 admission, $15 for Celtic Heritage Society members; Shooter Jennings Nov. 10, 10 p.m., at Martin’s Restaurant & Bar (214 S. State St.). The country and southern-rock artist performs. Doors open at 9 p.m. For ages 18 and up. $20 in advance, $25 at the door; Events at Duling Hall (622 Duling Ave.) • Cindy Wilson Nov. 11, 8 p.m. The B-52s vocalist’s latest solo album is titled “Change.” Olivia Jean and Material Girls also perform. Doors open at 7 p.m. $15 in advance, $20 at the door, $35 VIP;

• John Mark McMillan Nov. 14, 7:30 p.m. The North Carolina-native singer-songwriter’s latest album is titled “Mercury & Lightning.” The Brilliance and LaPeer also perform. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. $15 in advance, $20 at the door, $35 VIP;

LITERARY SIGNINGS Events at William F. Winter Archives & History Building (200 North St.) • History Is Lunch: Mississippi Encyclopedia Nov. 8, noon-1 p.m., Ted Ownby, Charles Reagan Wilson, Nell Knox, Nan Prince, Clay Williams, Stephanie Rolph, Otis Pickett and Michelle Jones discuss the new “Mississippi Encyclopedia.” Free admission; • History Is Lunch: Karen L. Cox Nov. 15, noon-1 p.m., Karen L. Cox discusses her book, “Goat Castle: A True Story of Murder, Race and the Gothic South.” Free; Events at Lemuria Books (Banner Hall, 4465 Interstate 55. N., Suite 202) • “Jim Carmody, Big Nasty: Mississippi’s Coach” Nov. 8, 5 p.m. Jim Carmody and Rick Cleveland sign copies. Reading at 5:30 p.m. $24.95 book; • “Heating & Cooling: 52 Micro-Memoirs” Nov. 9, 5 p.m. Beth Ann Fennelly signs copies. $22.95 book; • “Falsely Accused” Nov. 10, 5 p.m. Vincent Mack signs copies. Reading at 5:30 p.m. $19.99 book; • “Reckoning with Race: America’s Failure” Nov. 13, 5 p.m. Gene Dattel signs copies. Reading at 5:30 p.m. $27.99 book; call 601366-7619; • “Adelicia” Nov. 14, 5 p.m. Joyce Blaylock signs copies. Reading at 5:30 p.m. $35 book; call 601-366-7619;

EXHIBIT OPENINGS Delta Pathways: Figurative Narrative via Canvas & Clay Nov. 9, 5 p.m., at Fischer Galleries (Dickies Building, 736 S. President St.). Exhibition features artwork from painter Cathy Hegman and ceramic sculptor Stacey Johnson. Free; call 601-291-9115; The Market at Highland Village Nov. 11, 1-5 p.m., at Highland Village (4500 Interstate 55 N. Frontage Road). The arts showcase is on the second Saturday of each month. Features music from Jay & John Marc and Melissa Thorson, and art from Susannah Morse, The Prickly Hippie, Tina Loftin, Phelan Harris, Will Brooks and more. Free admission;

LGBT HRC’s Second Annual Lip Sync Battle Nov. 10, 7:30-10:30 p.m., at WonderLust (3911 Northview Drive). Local drag performers compete in a lip-sync contest to popular music, with a champion crowned at the end of the night. Proceeds go toward LGBTQ rights efforts in Mississippi and beyond. $10; 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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Nov. 8 - Wednesday Alumni House - Hunter Gibson 5:30-7:30 p.m. Char - Tommie Vaughn 6 p.m. Drago’s - Johnny Barranco 5:30-8:30 p.m. Hal & Mal’s - New Bourbon Street Jazz Band 6 p.m. free Kathryn’s - Larry Brewer & Doug Hurd 6:30 p.m. Old Capitol Inn, Rooftop - Jonathan Alexander 6 p.m. Pelican Cove - Acoustic Crossroads 6-10 p.m. Shucker’s - Lovin Ledbetter 7:30 p.m. free Table 100 - Andy Henderson 6 p.m.

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Center Stage of MS - Gerald Richardson 9 p.m. $10 Char - Ronnie Brown 6 p.m. Drago’s - Greenfish 7-10 p.m. Duling Hall - Gala with The Gants feat. Curb Service Band, The Curvettes & Ann Freeman Band 7 p.m. $125 F. Jones Corner - Jamell Richardson midnight $10 Fairview Inn - Paul Brock Band 7:30 p.m. $20, $15 members Georgia Blue, Flowood - Shaun Patterson Georgia Blue, Madison - Stevie Cain Hal & Mal’s - Crooked Creek (rest.) 7 p.m. free; DevMaccc, T-Lo da Champ, Yung Jewelz, Cadillac Pac, Kaye “The Beast,” TK Osaze & more 9 p.m. $10 The Hideaway - Cortez & Boha Tribe w/ Tattoo 8 p.m. $10 Iron Horse - Vince Johnson 9 p.m. Kathryn’s - Luckenbach 7 p.m. Lucky Town - 5th Anniversary feat. Jig the Alien, Stonewalls & Vibe Doctors with 5th Child 5 p.m.

Nov. 11 - Saturday Char - Bill Clark 6 p.m. Drago’s - Larry Brewer 6-9 p.m. Duling Hall - Cindy Wilson w/ Olivia Jean & Material Girls 8 p.m. $15 advance $20 door $35 VIP F. Jones Corner - Big Money Mel & Small Change Wayne 10 p.m. $1; Jamell Richardson midnight $10 Georgia Blue, Flowood - Jason Turner

Char - Big Easy Three 11 a.m.; Tommie Vaughn 6 p.m. Fenian’s - Mostly Monthly Ceili feat. Emerald Accent 4 p.m. Hal & Mal’s - Jam for Puerto Rico feat. These Days w/ Jewel Bass, Latinismo, The Vamps, Bluesman McKinney Williams, Epic Funk Brass Band & more 1-8 p.m. $15 one show $25 both The Hideaway - Sunday Jam 4-8 p.m. free Kathryn’s - Chris Gill 6-9 p.m. Martin’s - Jam for Puerto Rico feat. Sika J, Seth Power & the Part Timers, Clouds & Crayons, Monsterz w/ Dexter Allen & more 8 p.m.midnight $15 one show $25 both Pelican Cove - Keys vs. Strings 5 p.m. Shucker’s - Andrew Pates 3:30-7:30 p.m. Table 100 - Raphael Semmes Trio 11 a.m.-2 p.m.; Dan Michael Colbert 6-9 p.m. Wellington’s - Andy Hardwick 11 a.m.-2 p.m.

Nov. 13 - Monday Char - Tommie Vaughn 6 p.m. Hal & Mal’s - Central MS Blues Society (rest) 7 p.m. $5 Kathryn’s - Joseph LaSalla 6:30-9:30 p.m. Table 100 - Andrew Pates 6 p.m.

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John Mark McMillan Georgia Blue, Madison - Brandon Greer Hal & Mal’s - Cary Hudson 6 p.m. Iron Horse - Bernard Jenkins 9 p.m. Jose’s, Pearl - Blake Edward Thomas 6-9 p.m. Kathryn’s - Axe-identals 7 p.m. Martin’s - Amoramora 10 p.m. Offbeat - 7evenThirty w/ 5th Child, Nicholas McQueen & Red Planet 8 p.m.-1 a.m. $5 Pelican Cove - Richard McCain noon; Stace & Cassie 6 p.m. Pop’s Saloon - Pop Fiction 9 p.m. Shucker’s - 4 on the Floor 3:30 p.m.; Johnny Barbato & the Lucky Doggs 8 p.m. $5; Jonathan Alexander 10 p.m. Table 100 - Tommie Vaughn 6 p.m. Thalia Mara Hall - MS Symphony Orchestra’s “Fierce Keys” feat. Conrad Tao 7:30-9:30 p.m. Underground 119 - Lady L & the River City Band 9 p.m.

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Char - Tommie Vaughn 6 p.m. Drago’s - Johnny Barranco 5:30-8:30 p.m. Duling Hall - John Mark McMillan w/ The Brilliance & LaPeer $15 advance $20 door $35 VIP Fenian’s - Open Mic Hal & Mal’s - Raphael Semmes & Friends 6-8:30 p.m. free Kathryn’s - Andrew Pates 6:30-9:30 p.m. St. Philip’s - Jackson Choral Society’s “Closer to Home” 7:30 p.m. $10 Table 100 - Chalmers Davis 6 p.m.

NOV. 15 - Wednesday Alumni House - Pearl Jamz 5:30-7:30 p.m. Char - Tommie Vaughn 6 p.m. Drago’s - Johnny Barranco 5:30-8:30 p.m. Hal & Mal’s - Thomas Lovett 6 p.m. free Kathryn’s - Gator Trio 6:30 p.m. Martin’s - Bear Grillz, PhaseOne, Dirt Monkey & Kompany 9 p.m. $15 advance $25 door Old Capitol Inn, Rooftop - Ron Etheridge 6 p.m. Pelican Cove - Shaun Patterson 6 p.m. Shucker’s - Larry Brewer & Doug Hurd 7:30 p.m. Table 100 - Andy Henderson 6 p.m.


From Ireland to Jackson by Micah Smith


ccordion-player Paul Brock has versities in more than 36 states. been a professional musician for “We do lots of music-appreciation the past decade, but his pursuit classes, we do workshops where we teach of traditional Irish music has students the repertoire style and technique spanned almost his entire life. As for how of Irish music, and talk about it, and we long that is, he replies with a chuckle, do master classes for advanced students,” “Well, I’m over 21.” Brock says. As a young child growing up in Ath- One of the things that makes his curlone, a town in the Irish Midlands, Brock rent group, the Paul Brock Band, appealwould often visit his uncle’s shop, which ing to universities and to audiences, in sold radios, bicycles and musical instru- general, is its range of instrumentation, he ments. On one trip to the shop, Brock says. In addition to the button accordion, noticed an accordion in the window and the group features fiddle, banjo, mandolin, asked his uncle if he could look at it. “He handed me this small accordion, and I started messing around and trying to play a pop tune of the era, which was called ‘How Much Is That Doggie in the Window?’” Brock says with a laugh. “That’s what got me started. Simple as that.” Soon, he got his own accordion after begThe Paul Brock Band, a traditional Irish-music ging his father, who then ensemble, performs at the Fairview Inn on Nov. 10 as connected him with fampart of the Celtic Heritage Society’s concert series. ily friend Frank Dolphin, who was a fiddle player from Sligo, Ireland. The veteran musician guitar, an Irish drum called a bodhrán, metook Brock under his wing and taught him lodeon, dance and piano, providing a wide a repertoire of traditional Irish music, also cross-section of Irish music culture. introducing him to the works of great Irish- The Paul Brock Band’s current U.S. immigrant players in the United States. tour comes to Jackson on Friday, Nov. Brock says: “We’ve been exporting 10, as part of the Celtic Heritage Socimusicians to America for a very, very long ety’s concert series. However, it won’t be time, and America has played a very impor- Brock’s first time to visit the capital city, tant role in the development of our music as his other project, the Brock McGuire because the musicians who came out here Band, performed with the Mississippi got opportunity, they got employment, Symphony Orchestra in March 2014 for and their arrival coincided with the whole a concert benefitting the McCoy House evolution of the entertainment industry (in for Sober Living. the U.S.) and the recording industry in the “We’re back for the first time since late 1800s and early 1900s.” then—that’s a couple years back. We have Teaching listeners about the strong connections in Jackson, and we’re really cultural bonds between Ireland and the looking forward to going back there. … United States has since become an integral Two contrasting things: one onstage with a part of Brock’s work because he is not only full symphony orchestra, and this time, just an entertainer but also an educator. four of us,” he says with a laugh. Through meeting Americans over The Paul Brock Band performs at the years, he says he learned that many 7:30 p.m., Friday, Nov. 10, at the Fairview also have a keen interest in the context and Inn (734 Fairview St.). The doors open at background of the music, so those elements 6 p.m. Tickets are $20 per person or $15 have become part of his career. for Celtic Heritage Society members at celt Thus far, Brock he has performed and For more information, visit led workshops for more than 200 U.S. uni-

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Martin’s - Shooter Jennings 10 p.m. $20 advance $25 door Old Capitol Inn, Rooftop - Dan Confait 6 p.m. Pelican Cove - Jason Turner 6 p.m. Pop’s Saloon - Trouble Trio 9 p.m. Shucker’s - Road Hogs 5:30 p.m.; Johnny Barbato & the Lucky Doggs 8 p.m. $5; Brian Jones 10 p.m. Soulshine, Flowood - Andy Tanas 7 p.m. Soulshine, Ridgeland - Steve Chester 7 p.m. Spacecamp - Schaefer Llana w/ Sage Boy & DBL Take 8 p.m. $5 Table 100 - Tommie Vaughn 6 p.m. Underground 119 - Akeem Kemp 8:30 p.m.

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Remember the time, all those years ago, when the angels appeared to you on the playground and showed you how and why to kiss the sky? I predict that a comparable visitation will arrive soon. And do you recall the dreamy sequence in adolescence when you first plumbed the sublime mysteries of sex? You’re as ripe as you were then, primed to unlock more of nature’s wild secrets. Maybe at no other time in many years, in fact, have you been in quite so favorable a position to explore paradise right here on earth.

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21):

As a courtesy to your mental health, I minimize your exposure to meaningless trivia. In fact, I generally try to keep you focused instead on enlightening explorations. But in this horoscope, in accordance with astrological omens, I’m giving you a temporary, short-term license to go slumming. What shenanigans is your ex up to lately, anyway? Would your old friend, the bankrupt coke addict, like to party with you? Just for laughs, should you revisit the dead-end fantasy that always makes you crazy? There is a good possibility that exposing yourself to bad influences like those I just named could have a tonic effect on you, Sagittarius. You might get so thoroughly disgusted by them that you’ll never again allow them to corrupt your devotion to the righteous groove, to the path with heart.

CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19):

In the coming months it will be crucial to carefully monitor the effects you’re having on the world. Your personal actions will rarely be merely personal; they may have consequences for people you don’t know as well as those you’re close to. The ripples you send out in all directions won’t always look dramatic, but you shouldn’t let that delude you about the influence you’re having. If I had to give 2018 a title with you in mind, it might be “The Year of Maximum Social Impact.” And it all starts soon.

AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18):

The punk ethic is rebellious. It transgresses conventional wisdom through “a cynical absurdity that’s redeemed by being hilarious.” So says author Brian Doherty. In the hippie approach, on the other hand, the prevailing belief is “love is all you need.” It seeks a “manic togetherness and all-encompassing acceptance that are all sweet and no sour—inspiring but also soft and gelatinous.” Ah, but what happens when punk and hippie merge? Doherty says that each moderates the extreme of the other, yielding a toughminded lust for life that’s both skeptical and celebratory. I bring this to your attention, Aquarius, because the punkplus-hippie blend is a perfect attitude for you to cultivate in the coming weeks.

PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20):

I’m falling in love with the way you have been falling in love with exciting possibilities that you once thought were impossible. Oh, baby. Please go further. Thrilling chills surge through me whenever you get that ravenous glint in your mind’s eye. I can almost hear you thinking, “Maybe those dreams aren’t so impossible, after all. Maybe I can heal myself and change myself enough to pursue them in earnest. Maybe I can learn success strategies that were previously beyond my power to imagine.”

ARIES (March 21-April 19):

Adriana Martinez and Octavio Guillen got engaged to be married when they were both 15 years old. But they kept delaying a more complete unification for 67 years. At last, when they were 82, they celebrated their wedding and pledged their vows to each other. Are there comparable situations in your life, Aries? The coming months will be a favorable time to make deeper commitments. At least some of your reasons for harboring ambivalence will become irrelevant. You’ll grow in your ability to thrive on the creative challenges that come from intriguing collaborations and highly focused togetherness.

TAURUS (April 20-May 20):

I had pimples when I was a teenager. They’re gone now, although I still have a few pockmarks on my face as souvenirs. In retrospect, I feel gratitude for them. They ensured that in my early years of dating and seeking romance, I would never be able to attract women solely on the basis of my physical appearance. I was compelled to cultivate a wide variety of

masculine wiles. I swear that at least half of my motivation to get smarter and become a good listener came from my desire for love. Do you have comparable stories to tell, Taurus? Now is an excellent time to give thanks for what once may have seemed to be a liability or problem.

GEMINI (May 21-June 20):

The next two weeks will be one of the best times ever to ask provocative, probing questions. In fact, I invite you to be as curious and receptive as you’ve been since you were 4 years old. When you talk with people, express curiosity more often than you make assertions. Be focused on finding out what you’ve been missing, what you’ve been numb to. When you wake up each morning, use a felt-tip marker to draw a question mark on your forearm. To get you in the mood for this fun project, here are sample queries from poet Pablo Neruda’s “Book of Questions”: “Who ordered me to tear down the doors of my own pride? Did I finally find myself in the place where they lost me? Whom can I ask what I came to make happen in this world? Is it true our desires must be watered with dew? What did the rubies say standing before the juice of the pomegranates?”

CANCER (June 21-July 22):

“Things to say when in love,” according to Zimbabwe poet Tapiwa Mugabe: “I will put the galaxy in your hair. Your kisses are a mouthful of firewater. I have never seen a more beautiful horizon than when you close your eyes. I have never seen a more beautiful dawn than when you open your eyes.” I hope these words inspire you to improvise further outpourings of adoration. You’re in a phase when expressing your sweet reverence and tender respect for the people you care about will boost your physical health, your emotional wealth and your spiritual resiience.

LEO (July 23-Aug. 22):

Are you working on solving the right problem? Or are you being distracted by a lesser dilemma, perhaps consumed in dealing with an issue that’s mostly irrelevant to your longterm goals? I honestly don’t know the answers to those questions, but I am quite sure it’s important that you meditate on them. Everything good that can unfold for you in 2018 will require you to focus on what matters most—and not get sidetracked by peripheral issues or vague wishes. Now is an excellent time to set your unshakable intentions.

VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22):

Every one of us experiences loneliness. We all go through periods when we feel isolated and misunderstood and unappreciated. That’s the bad news, Virgo. The good news is that the coming weeks will be a favorable time for you to make loneliness less of a problem. I urge you to brainstorm and meditate about how to do that. Here are some crazy ideas to get you started. 1. Nurture ongoing connections with the spirits of beloved people who have died. 2. Imagine having conversations with your guardian angel or spirit guide. 3. Make a deal with a “partner in loneliness”: a person you pray or sing with whenever either of you feels bereft. 4. Write messages to your Future Self or Past Self. 5. Communicate with animals.

LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22):

The drive for absolute perfection could undermine your ability to create what’s very good and just right. Please don’t make that mistake in the coming weeks. Likewise, refrain from demanding utter purity, pristine precision or immaculate virtue. To learn the lessons you need to know and launch the trends you can capitalize on in 2018, all that’s necessary is to give your best. You don’t have to hit the bull’s eye with every arrow you shoot—or even any arrow you shoot. Simply hitting the target will be fine in the early going.

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We’d Love Your Nomination! Best Music Venue Best of Jackson


Nominate Bonfire Grill for

Best Meal Under $10 Hibachi Lunch and Dinner, Thai Entrees, Sushi Combos

All under $10!

Best of Jackson

Nominations Open 11/1!

Voted Best BBQ

Best of Jackson 2015-17

Nominate your favorite local people and businesses today! Mailed Ballot: Nov. 17 Online Voting: Nov. 19

Dine In or Carry Out Open Every Day 11:00 am - 9:00 pm 118 Service Dr, Suite 17 Brandon, MS 601-591-7211

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Artisan Hair Co. “Best Salon” and Leondria Brown “Best Stylist” 400A Cynthia St, Clinton

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An Open & Affirming (ONA) congregation of the United Church of Christ Home of Voices of MS Choir Services Wed. 6:30pm Sun. 6pm 1345 Flowood Dr, Flowood (601) 906-8934

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