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Mayor vs. Chief on Cop Shootings?

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pot On Productions and Crossroads Film Festival co-founder Philip Scarborough, 46, says that though some filmmakers may choose to leave Jackson, he would rather be a big fish in a small pond. “If I went to Hollywood, I’d be another schmuck trying to make it,” he says. “I want to do something meaningful here.” Scarborough moved to Dothan, Ala., from Jackson when he was 3. He started making films at age 11 when his father, engineer Philip Scarborough Sr., started working at the now-closed Sony plant in Dothan. “Employees could rent equipment,” Scarborough says. “He would rent a camera for the weekend. I’d film all the things I wanted to.” Scarborough says he wanted to make films after seeing HBO’s “Behind The Scenes: Raiders of the Lost Ark.” He would spend the week coming up with ideas and then film on the weekends. One of his early experiments were with Claymation and his character “Mr. Clay.” He later became fascinated with visual storytelling. He attended film school at the University of Southern Mississippi, graduating with a bachelor’s degree in film in 1997. After graduation he moved to Jackson, following several of his friends.


In 1999, Scarborough, along with Ed Inman and Anita Modak-Truran, founded Crossroads Film Festival in Jackson after several successful Mississippi Filmmaker Showcases. Crossroads Film Society has held the event around Jackson, including the Capri Theater in Fondren and UA Parkway Place Stadium 10 in Flowood. For the last few years, the festival has been at Malco Grandview Cinema. “We like having it at theaters,” Scarborough says. “We want filmmakers to have a chance to see their films on a real screen with a real audience.” The festival celebrates Mississippi filmmakers and tell stories of the state’s heritage, he says. Scarborough and friend Tom Beck founded Spot On Productions in 2011 and have worked on several commercials and corporate videos for C Spire, documentaries such as “Rudy’s Olde Hat,” and music videos for local artists, including “MY CITY” by AJC, which won Audience Choice at Crossroads 2017 Commercials pay the bills, he says. “But it’s also a way to showcase Mississippi. ... I’ve always loved Mississippi. It’s a unique and diverse place,” he adds. “… There’s so many stories that haven’t been told here. I want to be the one to tell them.” —Seth Reeks

cover photo of “Big BoooM” courtesy Crossroads Film Festival

6 ............................ Talks 10 ......................... Op / Ed 12 ...... Medical Ballot 15 ............ Cover Story 20 ........... food & Drink 22 ......................... 8 Days 24......................... Events 24 ....................... sports 26 .......................... music 26 ........ music listings 28 ...................... Puzzles 29 ......................... astro 30 ............... Classifieds

6 Mayor vs. Chief?

Things are heating up in the debate on how the City of Jackson handles officer-involved shootings.

20 Tortillas and Southern Cooking

Eddie Hernandez and Susan Puckett worked together to create a cookbook that highlights the connection between Mexican and Southern food.

26 Celebrate Mississippi Composers

“The thing I would say about this concert is this is beautiful music. People will not go away from this wondering, ‘Why did I go to that concert?’ They’re going to come away from it emotionally moved and hopefully elevated.” —Mark Nabholz, “Celebrating Mississippi Composers”

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4 ............ Editor’s Note

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by Donna Ladd, Editor-in-Chief

Celebrating Teen Excellence at Crossroads Film Fest


ast summer, I walked in on a diverse group of teenagers recording a haunting a capella version of the black spiritual “Wade in the Water.” They had decided to record themselves singing the song as their soundtrack to their short documentary, “Woolworth’s Sit-In: Protesting for Life, Freedom and Dignity.” The team of Mississippi Youth Media Project students chose the Woolworth Sitin as a subject after we read about the sit-in in Anne Moody’s seminal book on race in the state: “Coming of Age in Mississippi.” Most had never heard of the Woolworth sit-in in 1960 a couple blocks from where we were in downtown Jackson. A handful then visited the sit-in exhibit at the Smith Robertson Museum nearby, where they saw the actual lunch counters. That inspired the documentary on the sit-in as well as a long-form story exploring the parallels between activism then and now in the Black Lives Matter movement. The haunting Woolworth doc is one of three YMP films included in the Crossroads Film Festival this week. You can see it at 1 p.m. on Thursday at Malco during the “Mississippi Student Showcase of Films.” On Friday night, the powerful “Digging Deeper: Confronting Youth Crime’s Causes and Solutions” will screen at 6:15 p.m. during the “Afro-Centric Cinema: International Black Film Collective” block at Malco. The seeds for the 10-minute doc were planted when a group of Wingfield High School students decided to write the many causes of youth crime on paper to create a “crime wall” in the YMP office in spring 2016. Several students had witnessed or experienced violent crime in one way or another and felt deeply about the issue. Then after Leslyn Smith, a student

from Callaway High School, enrolled in the summer project, she stood staring at the wall, then telling me she wanted to continue the project. A group of the students chose youth crime as their focus, creating the documentary and writing a seriously impressive long-form story filled with causes and solutions for youth crime, along with strong narrative. They interviewed an amazing line-up, from a former gang leader to the head of the Jackson FBI.

Plenty of adult journalists don’t work this hard. YMP’s third festival film, “Minor Setback, Major Comeback: Supporting Black Dollars and Businesses in Jackson, Mississippi,” is a beautifully filmed short documentary focusing on the rise and fall of Farish Street, the historic black business district in Jackson that started failing after integration. The young African American team feel deeply about the need for blackowned businesses to survive and thrive and wanted to figure out why they didn’t. The long-form story for this project is also super-impressive, even delving into problems of “redlining”—a loan discrimination practice that kept black Americans from building generational wealth. It screens in Saturday’s 7:45 p.m. block, open-

ing for “Lindy Lou, Juror Number 2.” It’s hard to express how hard these and other YMP students worked to do top-level work on these projects. Like most adults, they struggled with time and project management; navigated stress and grumpiness; got over fear of making phone calls and doing interviews; greeted interviewees at the door; did deep research on causes and solutions; wrote and edited multiple drafts; and factchecked the heck out of their work. Honestly, I’ve known plenty of adult journalists who don’t work this hard, or produce work this impressive. Their work goes far beyond easy he-said-she-said politics that passes for journalism these days; it’s deep and transcends ideology. Oh, and these students are determined to help our community with information, not just complain about problems. (Ahem, adults.) It tickled me no end, as I expect it would the Solutions Journalism Network approach that guides us, that the mostasked question around YMP was, “So, what is the solution?” They don’t want to just hear about problems; they want to find and implement solutions. Many of you know that excellence is my personal goal in everyday life, and for our city and state (that aren’t often known for it). Little pleases me more than seeing teenagers from all parts of Jackson achieve great things and be recognized for them such as their inclusion this week in the Crossroads Film Festival. Last year, they had one film in it, “HB 1523: Growing Up LGBT in Mississippi”; this year three. I launched the Mississippi Youth Media Project as a full-time summer training project in 2016 with the help of a W.K. Kellogg Foundation fellowship. Since then, I and my collaborators over at Missis-

sippi Public Broadcasting and various other mentors have worked with close to 100 students to help them create solutions-driven journalism and writings about issues that matter the most to them and their communities, and we plan to again this summer. Our goal is to assemble the tools, outfit an inspiring space (next door to the JFP in Capital Towers), provide professional mentoring and project guidance, expose young people to working professionals and creatives, have deep discussions about issues that inspire them to choose their own topics, hand them the leadership reins, and then step back and allow them to create. Yes, we’re there to keep them on track and give guidance, but it is their work. At this year’s Crossroads Film Festival, you will see a lot of these young filmmakers running around with badges and looking mighty proud of what they’ve accomplished. What I hope you will do is come out, pack the theaters for their films, cheer them on, and then tell them afterward how proud you are of every one of them. I’ve said it many times: Our young people can do anything if they believe they can and have the tools. And they can and will do it on behalf of our community if enough adults step up to really listen to them—face it, grown-ups talk more than listen to young people, typically—and help facilitate the changes and opportunities. In fact, Leslyn, Ruben Banks and other students, along with teenager from the Kappa League, are volunteering to host a series of youth-crime dialogues around the city. I hope you will attend at least one and be heard; email info@youthmediaproject. com to get on the mailing list. Meantime, the students and I will see you at the movies this week.

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Amber Helsel

Mike McDonald

R.H. Coupe

Stephen Wilson

Arielle Dreher

Ko Bragg

Micah Smith

Kimberly Griffin

Managing Editor Amber Helsel is a feminist, writer, artist and otaku. She loves cats, food, music, anime and storytelling, and often runs sound for CityHeart Church. Email story ideas to amber@jackson­freepress. com. She wrote the cover story.

Mike McDonald attended the University of Montana. He enjoys listening to rap music, writing short stories and reading books about American history. He wrote Crossroads Film Festival reviews.

Recently returned from living in France, R.H. Coupe is a scientist, occasional writer, soccer referee, and once more, against all odds, the owner of a house needing much work. He wrote Crossroads Film Festival reviews.

Staff Photographer Stephen Wilson is always on the scene, bringing you views from the six. He contributed some of the photographs in this issue.

News Reporter Arielle Dreher is trying to read more than 52 books this year and wants to foster an otter from the Jackson Zoo. Email her at She wrote about Jackson Convention & Visitors Bureau and suffrage laws.

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 policing.

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 Mississippi Chorus.

Associate Publisher Kimberly Griffin is a Jackson native who loves Jesus, her mama, cooking, traveling, the Callaway Chargers, chocolate, her godson, and locally owned restaurants, not necessarily in that order.

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Mayor Lumumba, Police Out of Sync? by Ko Bragg

Thursday, April 5 Mississippi’s Supreme Court rules that a woman has parental rights to a 6-year-old boy born to her ex-wife when the two were married. Friday, April 6 Mayor Chokwe A. Lumumba establishes a task force to provide recommendations for developing a Jackson Police Department policy that will govern the release of names of officers involved in a shooting. Saturday, April 7 A man named Todd Brassner dies after a fire breaks out in a 50th-floor apartment at Trump Tower, which did not have sprinklers because Trump personally fought against installing them as a real estate developer after New York City passed a law requiring them.

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Sunday, April 8 A chemical weapon attack kills at least 40 civilians in the city of Douma in Syria in an attack that opposition activists and rescuers say Syrian President Bashar Assad’s government carried out.


Monday, April 9 Jackson Women’s Health Organization asks a federal court to block state abortion restrictions, including a 24-hour waiting period that requires a woman to make two trips to the clinic. Tuesday, April 10 Mississippi’s eighth-grade reading scores improved on national assessments, but other scores did not change significantly. Get breaking news at



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Wednesday, April 4 Civil rights activists Flonzie Brown-Wright, Charles McLaurin and James Meredith speak at the 2 Mississippi Museums to commemorate the 50th anniversary of Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.’s death. ... Mississippi Rising Coalition files a lawsuit seeking to ban public displays of the Mississippi state flag in Ocean Springs because it contains the Confederate battle emblem. ... U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders holds a townhall conversation with Jackson Mayor Chokwe Antar Lumumba in Thalia Maria Hall.


As the City prepares for the first officer-identification task-force meeting on April 11, Mayor Chokwe A. Lumumba and Interim Police Chief Anthony Moore might not be in sync when it comes to officer-involved shootings.


f you walked into Jackson City Hall two weeks ago at just after 7 p.m., you would have seen the mayor’s chief of staff, Safiya Omari, in a tense, loud exchange with public defender Adofo Minka who had just criticized Mayor Chokwe A. Lumumba publicly on how he is handling officer-involved shootings. The capital city has had two fatal officer-involved shootings this year alone, with seven total shootings by police since the mayor took office in July. The Jackson Police Department has a longstanding practice of withholding those officers’ names. During public comments at the March 27 city council meeting, Minka, who is also an occasional columnist for the Jackson Free Press, pressured the mayor to clarify his position on releasing names of officers who shoot civilians. Earlier that day, the mayor had signed an executive order to create a task force to evaluate how the City will handle transparency in officer-involved shootings moving forward, but Minka wanted to know more. “I’m not asking where a task force stands,” Minka said then. “I’m asking you as the mayor of the City of Jackson right now where you stand.” The two men have a history dating back to the early days of both men’s legal

careers, and Minka has been active in the Malcolm X Grassroots Movement, which the mayor’s father helped start. In response to Minka, Lumumba said he had heard from both sides of the argument, but that the process needed to move beyond him. “[I]f it was just Chokwe that had to make the decision based on his personal views, then I would release them,” the may-

or said. “But I also give people opportunity for a democratic process....” “To be clear, you’re bringing government bureaucracy to the table through a task force,” Minka shouted back, as he turned to walk out of the chambers. City Council President Charles Tillman of Ward 5 struck his gavel. “That’s not the people,” Minka added. The rift between the mayor and Minka is not the only fracture over policing the mayor faces. As Lumumba looks for consensus over how the City handles officer-involved shootings, Interim Police Chief Anthony Moore’s department wants to leave things where they are, with officers asking the community to support JPD. ‘Luxury of Anonymity’ Chief Moore walked into the meeting room at JPD headquarters in a light-blue oxford, gray slacks, an olive-green tie and his gun on his waist on March 27. Nearly a dozen officers filed in behind him, standing shoulder to shoulder behind the podium where Moore stood to address the room. The day before that meeting, a message went up on the NextDoor neighborhood website warning that the City might force JPD to release officer names within 72 hours of cop-involved shootings—a

“I’m shocked that there’s still a provision in our state constitution that precludes people from voting forever.” — Sen. Hob Bryan, D-Amory, in the last days of the legislative session as the Senate debated the state’s ancient suffrage rules and crimes that disenfranchise Mississippians from voting forever.

“I’m not asking where a task force stands. I’m asking you as the mayor of the City of Jackson right now where you stand.” — Adofo Minka, a public defender, at a city council meeting on officer-involved shootings during public comments.

State to Reauthorize, Monitor Visitors Bureau by Arielle Dreher

national recommended standard used in many cities. The post encouraged concerned community members to show up to the precinct meeting to support JPD. Moore addressed a mixed-race crowd that nodded and sounded off in agreement whenever anyone brought up officer safety. He said wanted to learn about how people feel about the practice, and yielded to Paul Hobson, the president of the Jackson Police Officer Association, the labor union that represents JPD officers. Hobson said Jackson’s small size means the officers do not have the “luxury of anonymity” like some of the larger cities do—a reason the police union does not believe in releasing names. “I can tell you and assure you that 100 percent of our department is against the release of officer names as it pertains to shootings,” Hobson said. “We believe that there should be transparency in the process ... but we do not believe that it is in the best practice to release names.” Hobson is a member of the new officer-identification task force. Deputy Chief Tyrone Buckley seconded what Hobson said about anonymity because his kids go to Jackson Public Schools, he said, adding that JPD has made progress by working with the Mississippi Bureau of Investigation. “Just recently, we elected MBI to come in and do all our officer-involved shootings. That adds another level of transparency,” Buckley said. The bureau has stepped in to investigate the last

Sen. John Horhn, D-Jackson, said he hopes legislation that re-authorizes the Jackson Convention and Visitors Bureau as well as authorizes a review of the entire operation will lead to solutions for the city’s tourism agency.

than $4 million spent in 2017 was used for personnel and 54 percent on direct promotional events. While the annual report does not have a per-event breakdown, special projects, including the Jackson R&B Fes-

officer-involved shooting that claimed the life of Lee Edward Bonner in February. It is also investigating an officer-involved shooting by Flowood police at a Kroger there. Buckley tried to make the case that crime suspects in Jackson are not plastered throughout the press, which is actually a standard practice in this City throughout different types of media. He said that if officers’ names went out following an officer-involved shooting, the “officer could be convicted way before going before a jury of his peers.” National experts acknowledge that officers can be in danger after shooting someone on the job, but call for balancing that concern with the public’s right to know. “If (departments) are coming out, and they’re saying, ‘we’ve got to protect our officers,’ and they’re not talking about what the cost is to community trust, that’s probably not someone who’s balancing the right set of things,” Philip Goff, president of the Center for Policing Equity at John Jay College in New York, said in March. The room agreed with Buckley, and throughout the meeting people asked officers how they could support them further. Keyshia Sanders of constituent services, who represented the mayor’s office, encouraged them to speak before the council that night. Only one woman did, however. Thin Blue Line Susan Lunardini, wearing a baby yellow sweater, stood

tival, cost the bureau $556,217 in 2017. Roosevelt “Trey” Daniels, the bureau’s lobbyist, emphasized that the group is a more BUREAU, see page 8

up at the precinct meeting to talk about the importance of law enforcement. As a Jackson resident, business owner and former president of the Jackson Police Foundation, she expressed concern that releasing officer names would gravely affect recruiting, and also might incite violence from families of loved ones shot by JPD. “I greatly feel for the victims’ families,” she said. “I know they want information, it’s the first thing you want. ... But vengeance is in the heart of some people when they’re in grief, and it just is a dangerous emotion until you have time to work through it.” Lunardini was one of the only people to mention families of people who JPD has shot. Later that night, Lunardini spoke at city hall just before Minka. “I want to see that thin blue line we have get thicker and longer. It’s just what gives us civilization,” she said. Minka feels the opposite. “When we have a situation where people’s human rights can be abused and officers can skirt being identified, you have a police-state situation,” Minka said before the council. With clear polarity between the mayor’s personal views and JPD, but also citizens like Minka and Lunardini, the 21-person task-force will have to pack a lot into their bi-monthly meetings beginning April 11. Six of them are law-enforcement officers. Read more at Email city reporter Ko Bragg at Twitter: @keaux_

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for four more years. However, Sen. John Horhn, D-Jackson, asked the staff at the Joint Legislative Committee on Performance Evaluation and Expenditure Review to get data from JCVB during the session. “The percentage of staff that they have in the bureau is a little high in some of our opinions; (about) 40 percent of their budget is going towards administration,” Horhn told the Jackson Free Press. “So you’ve got a high staff volume; you’ve got this (R&B) festival, and the staffing costs take a third of your money, the festival takes almost a third of your money. Then you’ve got to use the rest of it to fund the rest of your programs for the rest of the year.” The bureau canceled the R&B festival for 2018 back in October. The PEER data Horhn requested show that from 2013 to 2016, the festival lost nearly $2.4 million in revenue. Simultaneously, festival attendance decreased for those four years, with the exception of a sharp increase in attendance in 2014. The bureau’s 2017 annual report shows that 37 percent of the more

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ending Gov. Phil Bryant’s signature, the State of Mississippi is reauthorizing the Jackson Convention and Visitors Bureau for another year, but with added strings attached. The Legislature has authorized the city’s tourism arm to use 1-percent tourism tax dollars from Jackson restaurants and hotels to promote the capital city and host events. In 2017, the tax generated $3.8 million in revenue for the bureau. Late last year, the bureau asked the Jackson City Council for the authority to seek a tax increase from the Legislature, but after debate from some council members over what the bureau would do with more funds, it voted to just allow the bureau to seek its current level of taxing authority. At the Legislature, some Jackson lawmakers expressed concern with the bureau’s operations and, thus, added accountability measures to the legislation that reauthorizes the 23-employee group. The bureau wanted a simple reauthorization, allowing it to continue operating


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Disenfranchised for Life? No Changes, Yet. by Arielle Dreher


Stephen Wilson

tanley Barnes of Claiborne County was convicted of ited the list of 22 disenfranchising crimes, despite its racist both the House and the Senate to approve before having murder in 1990 and received a life sentence, but was origins, and as a result, some inmates serving time in the voting rights restored. paroled in 2000. He is still on unsupervised parole. State’s custody never lose their right to vote, while others are Sen. Albert Butler, D-Port Gibson, intro- barred from voting for life. One provision of Mississippi’s Arbitrary Guidelines duced a bill this session to restore Barnes’ voting rights. constitution allows those disenfranchised to petition the Not all senators believe that someone who committed Butler told the Senate that Barnes had worked on a Legislature with suffrage bills, which require two-thirds of a crime of violence should have their voting rights restored. farm and lost one of his legs in a “I’m shocked that I see a bill tractor accident, which could have like this before the Senate, before the contributed to his criminal behavbody,” Sen. Angela Hill, R-Picayune, ior, after he was bullied for several said. “(For) somebody who commityears. Butler said he now attends ted murder and is still on probation church with Barnes, who has made to have suffrage rights returned.” a “complete change in his life.” Hill moved to kill the bill, Barnes drives the bus for his but Sen. Hob Bryan, D-Amory, church’s Sunday School ministry, pushed back. Butler added. “I’m shocked that there’s still One day before lawmakers left a provision in our state constitution Jackson on March 28, the Senate dethat precludes people from voting bated voting rights for Barnes, preforever,” he said. “… It’s my opinion viewing what could become points that after someone who has been of contention in future changes to convicted of a crime has served his the state’s disenfranchisement laws. or her time in jail, that we should at In Mississippi, someone loses that point make it as easy as we can his or her right to vote depending for these individuals to once again— on if the specific crime is on a list of to use a trite phrase—become prodisenfranchising crimes listed in the ductive members of society.” Mississippi Constitution of 1890. Republican senators exThe list was a way to disenfranchise pressed concerns about restoring African Americans from voting, a suffrage to someone who was still on Sen. Angela Hill, R-Picayune, adamantly opposed a measure that would restore the 2017 Brennan Center report found. unsupervised parole, but Mississippi voting rights of a man convicted of murder in 1990. The Legislature has never revislaw does not have any guide-

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tourist organization, trying to attract people to the capital city who do not live here. He said the bureau has a grant program to help sponsor local events, including the Farish Street Festival. The bureau also financially supports the Greater Jackson Arts Council.


A Legitimate Board The quickest change House Bill 1637 requires is essentially an overhaul of the nine-member board. Technically, the bureau is supposed to act at the board’s direction, but several members are serving well beyond their four- or two-year terms. Mayor Chokwe A. Lumumba has 90 days after Gov. Phil Bryant signs the bill to pick new members for the board. The hotel, business, convention center, attractions and restaurant associations nominate several individuals, and the mayor chooses representatives from those nominees for council confirmation. Lumumba must also

choose one member representing the arts community and an at-large member. In 2017, the Legislature changed state law to say that any board with members serving outside their set terms are not technically not operating legally. This was the case at the bureau, which currently has only eight members, with one spot vacant. The most recent appointees came during former Mayor Tony Yarber’s administration in 2015. Three members of the board are within their term limits. “Starting July 1, every vote that the existing board has taken—the majority has been an illegal vote,” Horhn said. “They have nine positions on that board, and five of the positions have been expired since 2013. … So you’re looking at all this and saying ‘who’s in charge here and why are they operating in such a loose fashion?’” An Independent Review Horhn put a provision into the legislation that requires the Legislative PEER Committee to study or hire a group to

review “accounting practices, office operations, administration, staffing, resource utilization and other best practices of facility management” at JCVB. If PEER delegates the review to another group, JCVB will have to pay up to $100,000 to cover the costs. Daniels said the bureau is amenable to being audited. He emphasized that as a member of Destination International, the bureau is accredited and audited through the Destination Marketing Accreditation Program. “What you will find out is that they have a great organization that operates well and that there’s no mismanagement or misappropriation of funds, so the bureau feels that it will go through this process … and get great results,” Daniels said. Bureau staff did not respond to interview requests but provided the following statement. “The most important factor for this year’s legislation was reauthorization. While there are some amendments, Visit Jackson is confident that it will continue to

comply with all requirements to regain the standard reauthorization terms. Currently, there are three members of our Board of Directors within their term, Pam Confer, Carol Burger and Jackie Wansley,” the statement says. “The remaining members will continue to serve as allowed in our legislation, but subject to change at the Mayor’s discretion. The mission of Visit Jackson remains the same and we will continue to promote, attract and facilitate events to and within our market to improve the quality of life of our citizens.” House Bill 1637 only authorizes the bureau for a year, meaning the group will have to be re-authorized in 2019 again. “We hope that … we will be able to come up with some solutions that everyone can live with, but at the same time, problems have been identified that need to be addressed,” Horhn said. The governor has until April 19 to sign House Bill 1637. Comment at

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lines for lawmakers about who gets suffrage and who does not, which is why the process is so arbitrary. “There’s just something that when you commit a crime such as murder … taking a human life supersedes almost anything else, and this is not something that I think someone ought to be able to get their voting rights for,” Hill told the Senate. Her motion to kill the bill failed, but the bill to restore Barnes’ suffrage also failed to pass the Senate because it needed a two-thirds vote to pass. Race Disparities Suffrage requests often do not fare well in the Legislature. Rep. Andy Gipson, R-Braxton, who chaired the Judiciary B Committee in the House before recently becoming agriculture commissioner, outlined unofficial rules that his committee has used for several years, he said, to evaluate the proposed legislation. “No violent crimes, no crimes of violence, no public officials who embezzle money and lose their office, nobody who got a conviction and then got back into trouble with the law again or violated the terms of their parole or probation and generally, we like to see a period of about five years or more before they seek this request, so they’ve demonstrated that they are a law-abiding citizen,” Gipson said in the last weeks of the session.

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Ironically, as lawmakers debated restoring voting rights to a handful of individuals, others who are disenfranchised from voting stood across from the Capitol and announced a class-action lawsuit against Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann. The lawsuit claims that Mississippi’s list of disenfranchising crimes is unconstitutional, as well as the suffrage process. The Sentencing Project, One Voice and the NAACP of Mississippi released a report earlier this legislative session that estimates that more than 218,000 people in Mississippi are disenfranchised due to the list, and African Americans are still disproportionately affected. Nearly 16 percent of the black electorate in the state of Mississippi are disenfranchised, the report found, using 2016 numbers. Bryan said his Judiciary B Committee plans to study disenfranchisement and the suffrage process this summer, and its work could be crucial as the state will have to deploy attorneys and taxpayer dollars to defend Hosemann in the litigation brought by the Southern Poverty Law Center. A measure to create a study committee that would look at disenfranchisement has passed the House several years in a row, but died again this year in the Senate. Email state reporter Arielle Dreher at Follow her on Twitter at @arielle_amara. Comment on this story at

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These arbitrary rules would have rendered Barnes’ request for suffrage moot even if it had passed the Senate. Gipson’s committee killed three of the eight House suffrage bills introduced in 2018. Overall, only 50 percent of suffrage bills passed the Legislature this year. They are due from Gov. Phil Bryant next week but become law without his signature. He has never signed a suffrage bill.

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quity in education has been a hot topic of conversation around the nation over the last few years. How do we ensure that children who face extra barriers like racism and classism or live in areas with underfunded school districts have the support and funding they need to have the same academic skills and confidence of their peers who do not face those barriers? At Springboard to Opportunities, we ask these questions every day. We offer our students high-quality after-school programming that has the extra support our families are asking for. We provide academic support, but also opportunities for students to grow in their leadership and professional skills, and have experiences such as attending a global leadership summit in New York City or taking a summer coding class, that might otherwise not be available to them. In every program, we are pushing our students to think about the future and their goals. We work with those who want to be doctors, teachers, computer programmers, firefighters, lawyers, and the list goes on. We want every single student we work with to be able to reach his or her goals. Having an equitable education system is a big part of this, but what happens when our students, full of hopes and dreams and incredible ideas, graduate from high school having no idea how they are going to pay for college? Filling out a FAFSA and applying for financial aid can be a boost, but

many students may not even take the necessary steps toward applying if they do not have something to let them know that college is financially possible in the first place. Research points to the fact that students are six times more likely to go to college with as little as $50 in a savings account designated for their education and that has their name on it. While it might seem strange that such a small amount can have

College is a possibility and somewhere they are headed. such a large impact, consider what happens when you receive a $5 gift card to a store. That card probably won’t cover your whole purchase, but you start thinking about that store and what items you might want to buy. You might even go there or shop online to see what your options are. You get excited about the possibilities, and you find a way to make your purchase happen, even with a simple $5 card. In the same way, college savings accounts help pay for college and higher education, but also help kids start thinking, from a young age that college is a possibility and somewhere they are headed. They start looking around at the different options, and get excited at the prospect of attending cer-

tain schools and seeing the careers that are available. They start doing some research and find out about FAFSA forms, scholarship opportunities and financial aid that could help fill in some of the gaps. Pretty soon, that small college savings account has made higher education a real possibility. Our hope is that every Springboard kid will be a student who believes that higher education is more than a far-off dream. That’s why for the second year in a row, we are partnering with Hope Credit Union for our fourth annual 5K Run for Our Community. All money raised will go toward creating CSAs for Springboard kids. We would love to have you out there walking or running alongside us and our families as we move together to make higher education a real possibility for all students, no matter their zip code or school. The race is on Saturday, April 21, and kicks off at Dawson Elementary (4215 Sunset Dr.). Sign up by going to and clicking the link that says, “Register for our 5K.” If you can’t make the race, you can still head to our race page to make a donation. We are excited to see you at the start line! Aisha Nyandoro is the executive director of Springboard to Opportunities in Jackson. She is an occasional columnist for the Jackson Free Press. This column does not necessarily reflect the views of the JFP.

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here’s a modern-day adage that is good advice for the Lumumba administration: “Stay ready so you don’t have to get ready.” As we get to the one-year mark of Mayor Chokwe A. Lumumba’s time as mayor, it is clear that he has not tended to all the regular business of the city. Take the unfilled school board, the lackluster and even retroactive “fight” for the zoo, and the out-ofThis last-ditch compliance Jackson Convention and effort to save Visitors Bureau (see page 7). the zoo is We applaud the mayor for reaching a needed compromise to avoid a reactive rather state takeover of the Jackson Public than proactive. School District. However, Ward 3 has gone without a school-board member for more than four months, while the rest of the board has been seated since November. Is he waiting for the six-member board to reach an impasse with an evenly split vote to realize the dire need for a seventh member, especially with the superintendent search? Early in his term, Lumumba sat down with the leadership of the Jackson Zoo to hear their concerns, and they felt hopeful at that 10

time. Fast forward to late March, and the zoo has decided to pack up and leave west Jackson. The mayor just announced a press conference for April 11 about keeping the zoo where it is, but it might be too late—the executive director of the zoo, Beth Poff, is already envisioning her new zoo elsewhere with donor support after years of failed promises to revive the area around the current one. This last-ditch effort to save the zoo is reactive rather than proactive. In December, the mayor and the JCVB ping-ponged blame over who was responsible for proposing an increased 2-percent tax to fund the bureau that was up for legislative reauthorization. The city council rejected the heightened tax, and meanwhile, members are still sitting on the board with expired terms, and the mayor is responsible for those nominations needed to comply with the law. As soon as Gov. Phil Bryant signs legislation reauthorizing the Jackson Convention and Visitors Bureau, Lumumba will have 90 days to confirm six members to the board that technically controls the actions of JCVB. We encourage the mayor to appoint these members promptly and quickly and fill that remaining schoolboard position. Ten months in, it is time for the administration to get organized, become proactive and plan ahead on all fronts.

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THE BIG CLAY BOOOM by Amber Helsel “Big BoooM” looks at Earth’s creation and evolution over time through an unconventional method: Claymation. The film begins with a gray, black and white blob breathing in and out, which then blasts into thousands of smaller pieces, and eventually, the Earth appears, going

from barren planet to one covered with greenery and water. It then shows the planet over time—from plant life forming to animals evolving to the Ice Age to humans evolving to the creation and progression of civilization. This film’s soundtrack that progresses

from an atmospheric melody to light and playful accordion music that plays faster and louder as civilization progresses makes the film pack an even bigger punch. “Big BoooM” is a creative insight into the history of our planet and our potential future. The film will show during the “Animation Station” block on Saturday, April 14, at 1 p.m. on screen A.

T H I N G S T O K N O W F O R C R O S S R O A D S Crossroads Film Festival passes are $35 and up for all-access passes, and $20 for industry and student passes. Day passes are $15 and up, and individual blocks are $5 and up. Most film blocks will screen at Malco Grandview Cinema (221 Grandview Blvd., Madison, 601790-3090). “Tales of Terror” will screen at Hal & Mal’s (200 Commerce St., 769-208-6408) on Saturday, April 14, at 8 p.m.

FILM BLOCKS T H U R S D AY, A P R I L 1 2 1 p.m., screen A: “Mississippi Student Showcase of Films” 3 p.m., screen A: “Urban Country” 5 p.m., screen A: “Five @ 5:00” 7 p.m., screen A: “How They Got Over”

F R I D AY, A P R I L 1 3 6 p.m., screen A: “Chasing the Blues” 6:15 p.m., screen B: “AfroCentric Cinema: International Black Film Collective” 8 p.m., screen A: Music Video Showcase 8:15 p.m., screen B: “Mississippi Madam”

S AT U R D AY, A P R I L 1 4 1 p.m., screen A: “Animation Station” 1:15 p.m., screen B: “Fighting for Social Justice” 1:30 p.m., screen C: “Global Snapshots” 3 p.m., screen A: “Comedies I: Light Roast” 3:15 p.m., screen B: “Wonder Women: Stories by Female Filmmakers” 3:45 p.m., screen C: “The ‘Funk’ in Dysfunctional” 5:30 p.m., screen A: “Comedies II: Extra Dark Roast” 5:45 p.m., screen B: “Fantastic Stories: Sci-Fi and Fantasy” 5:45 p.m., screen C: “LGBTQ Stories: Endings, Changes, and Beginnings” 7:30 p.m., screen A: “Purgatory Road” 7:45 p.m., screen B: “Lindy Lou” 8:30 p.m., screen C: “Smells Like Teen Spirit” All films:

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rossroads Film Festival is going back to its roots this year, and that same day, Crossroads hired her. Festival Coordinator Michele Baker says. For this year, Crossroads received more than 500 submis“We thought very long and hard about that before sions, she says. The festival will show 136 of those films, with 21 we began the planning of this festival,” she says. film blocks spread over three days—Thursday, April 12, through For the 19th year of the event, Baker says they have tightened Saturday, April 14. the scope of what the festival would screen. The organizers decided to scale down the event this year to “We made very deliberate choices about those films within make it a festival that represents what the Crossroads Film Society the context of what we wanted to do,” she says. “We knew we is at the mission level, Baker says. wanted to showcase female filmmakers, young filmmakers. We “We wanted to concentrate on getting the fundamentals wanted to showcase perfect,” she says. “And filmmakers of color; we then build that back out wanted to make sure that to include more workwe showed Mississippi shops, more panels, offstories specifically; we site things.” wanted to show a nice She says about 30 permix of documentaries cent of the films this year and features. We wanted have something to do to make sure that we had with Mississippi, whethanimated things and exer they are about a person perimental things, short or topic that concerns the (films), long (films), state, or a Mississippian (music videos).” made it. “We’re very exBaker has been cited about the fact that part of Crossroads Film we’re living our mission,” Society for eight years. she says. “We’re able to She was born in Illinois bring those Mississippi but came to Mississippi Mississippi Youth Media Project film “Minor Setback, Major films out for people to when she was 4 years old. Comeback: Supporting Black Dollars and Businesses in Jackson, see, and we’re also able to Mississippi” will screen at Crossroads Saturday at 7:45 p.m. She attended Millsaps bring those global films College and Mississippi home.” State University, and then went on to the University of Arkansas, Mississippians by nature are creative, she says. where she graduated with a bachelor’s degree in foreign language “We just are. We have some of the most talented singers and in 1992. Before she began working for Crossroads, she had been writers and athletes and medical specialists,” she says. “I mean it working for the Mississippi Commission for Volunteer Service just goes to reason that we would be amazing filmmakers as well. (now Volunteer Mississippi) for 13 years as its director of public Really all you have to do is sit down on your front porch and write relations and marketing. After then-Executive Director Marsha down what you see. I think that’s how Eudora Welty wrote her Kelly retired, Baker decided it was a good time to change paths. stories. She just wrote down what she saw in her neighborhood “I was just ready to go do something else, and that was a every day, and she wrote award-winning, amazing stories.” good, natural break for me,” she says. She says the state’s checkered past also allows for storytelling. A friend of Baker’s asked if she knew Nina Parikh, the then“People are talking about race and gender and politics as deputy director (now director) of the Mississippi Film Office. much as we are here because we’re right at the forefront of all “I said, ‘No,’ and she said, ‘You two would love each other. of those issues,” Baker says. You need to meet,’” she says. “We lived through the civil rights era. We’re the last She shadowed Parikh and then found out that Crossroads stand on things like integration, so those things are very presFilm Society had an opening. She interviewed for the position, ent and very raw, and it makes for amazing filmed material.”





nearly killed him and hurt his family. The film is rich in tempered hues, mostly grayscale. The family lives in a one-room cabin, which makes the death of the grandfather more pervasive. The cabin is in a field, windswept and sur-

“Black Canaries”

rounded by tall grass and alfalfa. The narrator’s voice, combined with the music, is haunting and sobering, reflecting this hardscrabble lifestyle where survival is a daily enterprise. Crossroads Film Festival will show “Black Canaries” on Saturday, April 14, at 1:30 p.m. during the “Global Snapshots” block on Screen C.

As diverse as this year’s Crossroads Film Festival entries are, few individual blocks pack as many different styles in one as the music video showcase. Festivalgoers can check out visuals for rock, country, Americana, and even fife-and-drum blues music from the Jackson metro area and all corners of the country. Here’s a list of what you can expect to see (and hear). “Damaged”: American Automatic “Sentimental”: Cheshi “Glory, Glory”: Shardé Thomas and the Rising Star Fife and Drum Band

Humans have a tendency to compartmentalize experiences, people, relationships and memories when dealing with trauma, or to simply manage circumstances in life. This phenomenon is present in the animated film “Compartments.” In the film, which uses paper-doll-esque animation, the characters have a bookshelf on their chests that represent their lives: family history, life experiences, culture and everything in between. “Compartments” is an animated film project from Daniella Koffler and Uli Seis. It is about a young woman, Netta, who wants to move to Germany, although her father, a son of Holocaust survivors, “Compartments” has warned her about the evils of the German people for her entire life. After meeting a man, Netta moved to Germany, and her father will not talk to her. When the film opens, she receives a package from her father. “Compartments” follows her as she contemplates opening the package as she thinks about her past. Both she and her father have to find ways to deal with their demons to save their relationship. The animation style of the film fits the film’s theme of reconciling one’s past with the future. “Compartments” also hits on themes such as loss, history, personal and cultural identity, generational differences and human behavior. “Compartments” will show on Saturday, April 14, during the “Animation Station” film block on screen A.

Gov. Phil Bryant signed House Bill 1523, which protects certain “sincerely held religious beliefs” from government discrimination, into law on April 5, 2016, amid outcries among civil- and human-rights groups, people across the state, businesses and even some faith leaders in Mississippi. Filmmaker Jenni Smith told the Jackson Free Press in February that she and fellow filmmaker Robbie Fisher wanted to be part of the response, so they decided to create a film that would tell a different story than the one legislators are telling. “We knew that all of Mississippi didn’t think this way, and that (a lot) of Mississippi was aware of the dangers of these types of laws and the problems with them, so we reached out to a couple of people, and the response that we got from faith leaders in Mississippi was just very uplifting,” she said. Smith, Fisher and the rest of the team shot “Dear Mr. Bryant” entirely on an iPhone. The filmmakers interviewed 17 faith leaders and followers of Christian, Jewish and Muslim traditions, including Rev. Ronnie Crudup Jr. of New Horizon Ministries, local philanthropist Bilal Qizilbash and Rev. Paige Swaim-Presley, executive director of Millsaps College’s Center for Ministry.

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“Manna”: King Woman “My Golden Rule”: Melissa Gail Klein “Serve All”: Stace & Cassie “Till I Cross Your Mind”: Young Valley “Bubblewrap”: Baron Von Rumblebuss “Class Dismissed”: Too Many Vices “A Hard Rain”: Stace & Cassie “Moss Point, Mississippi” Don Smith “World Gone Crazy,”: 61 Ghosts “How Much”: Ormond White Crossroads Film Festival’s music video showcase is on screen A at 8 p.m. on Friday, April 13 .

The film opens with a choir crooning the lyrics of Tena Rix Clark’s “My, My Mississippi,” then fades into a title card that cites data Williams Insitute shows that Mississippi’s LGBT community is 60,000 strong, and the state ranks No. 1 in the nation on same-sex couples raising children. Throughout the film, each person in the COURTESY CROSSROADS FILM SOCIETY



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“Glory, Glory” by Shardé Thomas and the Rising Star Fife and Drum Band will screen during Crossroads Film Festival’s Music Video Showcase.




In the 20th century, coal miners carried canaries into mines to detect toxic gases such as carbon monoxide. If the bird died, it alerted the miners to seek refuge or wear a respiratory device. “Black Canaries,” which is based on writer, producer and director Jesse Kreitzer’s coal-mining ancestry, tells the story of a man, Clarence Lockwood, who used the apiary safety tool once, but the trick was ineffective. He survived a mine accident, and his father fell ill and one of his sons became blind because of it. The narrator, Lockwood’s other son, says in the beginning: “Hard to say what kept him going. … After the mine collapse, he swore that the land was still rich.” Still, he continues to mine. Coal beckons to him, not as a cold, inanimate object, but a material very much alive, on fire, glowing in his hands in a vision or reminding him of that fateful day, as well as the power of the resource through the iron grates on his fireplace, emanating warmth day and night. He is drawn to coal, ignoring that it

Rev. Brad Corban, the pastor at Court Street United Methodist Church in Hattiesburg, appears in “Dear Mr. Bryant.”

film speaks on their disdain for HB 1523 against the same background. “Dear Mr. Bryant” reads just like the name sounds: like a letter to Gov. Phil Bryant, and legislators and state leaders who support HB 1523. “Dear Mr. Bryant” will screen during the “Wonder Women: Stories by Female Filmmakers” film block on Saturday, April 14, at 3:15 p.m., on screen B.

A MAN AND A TEDDY BEAR by Amber Helsel



knocked it unconscious, and then lassoed it and tied it to a tree. When Roosevelt came back, he saw the bear, but because news reporters were among the entourage, he decided not to shoot it. The incident made headlines. In one political cartoon, “Drawing the line in Mississippi,” cartoonist Clifford Berryman drew the bear as a cub—a Teddy bear. COURTESY CROSSROADS FILM SOCIETY


The short seeks to inspire viewers to “Minor Setback, Major Comeback: Supporting Black Dollars and Businesses be active in the development of not just in Jackson, Mississippi” may begin with a Farish Street but the black-owned business quick look at the past, but its perspective is community as a whole, whether it’s Mosley all about keeping an eye toward the future. stressing the importance of people of color After a jovial voiceover from one of engaging in local economic growth or Prim the three young filmmakers, the short, which students in the Mississippi Youth Media Project created, launches into interviews with residents who are working to stimulate growth on Farish Street, once a vibrant black business district in Jackson that fell into decay in the decades since leMaati Joan Prim is featured in “Minor Setback, gal segregation ended.. Major Comeback,” a student-produced film that “Minor Setback” introwill screen at this year’s Crossroads Film Festival. duces viewers to Marshall’s Music & Bookstore owner Maati Joan Prim, Johnny T’s Bistro & discussing the need to provide quality serBlues owner John Tierre and David Mos- vices to customers and push past infrastrucley, chairman of organization Respect ture issues to succeed. Our Black Dollars. The film contrasts the While “Minor Setback” could have vibrant interiors of their businesses with benefited from a consistent visual style, it is shots of shuttered storefronts in the once- a solid call to action for Jackson’s future. booming neighborhood, but it is clear that “Minor Setback, Major Comeback” will the filmmakers are most interested in pro- screen during the “Lindy Lou” block on Saturviding a path forward. day, April 14, at 7:45 p.m. on screen B.

A black man runs through a thick forest, shotgun in his hand. Three dogs run alongside him, barking and growling. Suddenly, the man stops, aims his gun and shoots. Amid the smoke, the words “Holt Collier” appear on the screen. The film, “Holt Collier,” which Heather D. Mathews produced, tells the story of Collier, a famed hunter who killed more than 3,000 bears in his lifetime. Collier’s family members were slaves at Howell Hinds’ Home Hill Plantation. At the age of 10, Hinds brought him to the family’s Plum Ridge Plantation in Washington County, where he first learned to shoot. Four years later, he ran away to join his master, Howell Hinds, and Hinds’ son Thomas in the Confederacy. At one point he ended up shooting on the front lines. Collier later rode with the 9th Texas Cavalry until the end of the war. After Hinds died, Collier returned to his home in Greenville. Over the years, Collier had become such a famous hunter that President Theodore Roosevelt wanted him to be his tracker while bear hunting. In the woods of Sharkey County in Rolling Fork, Miss., Collier told Roosevelt and Major George M. Helm to sit and wait while he looked for a bear. When Collier cornered a bear near the site, the two were nowhere to be found. Instead of killing the bear, he

“Holt Collier”

The film features interviews from people such as author Minor Buchanan and Roland Hurts, the director of the Delta Center for Culture and Learning at Delta State University. Along with interviews, the film also features reenactments of scenes from Collier’s life, including him hunting and of the 1902 hunt with Roosevelt, and even some animation. “Holt Collier” will show during the “Afro-Centric Cinema: International Black Film Collective” film block on Friday, April 13, at 6:15 p.m. in screen B.

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tween the sexes, and between order and disorder, singing and dancing, suspense and surprise, and even some violence with singing and dancing in the end.

by R.H. Coupe

I suspect “Hard Way—The Action Musical” will have a cult following. The film is definitely worth a view. “Hardway—The Action Musical” will show on Saturday, April 14, at 5:30 p.m. during the “Comedies II: Extra Dark Roast” on screen A.

The film follows her journey as her grandson says goodbye, and she has to get across the Baitarani River in her path to afterlife. “The Eternal Journey” is a film worth watching for its insight into another culture

“Ananta Yatra (The Eternal Journey)”

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“Hard Way—The Action Musical”

A grandmother sings a lullaby to an unseen child in a swinging bassinet. Then, the scene goes dark with the sounds of debris falling and then a crying baby. “Ananta Yatra (The Eternal Journey),” which Sunil Pandey directed, is set in Nepal during the devastating 2015 earthquake that killed nearly 9,000 people and injured about 22,000. Pandey created the film as a eulogy to his grandmother who died during the earthquake. “The Eternal Journey” is an eerie movie with few spoken words, subtitled into English, and no background music—just the sounds of the wind, birds, the earthquake and the rustle of water. After the screen goes dark, the picture returns with the grandmother, who is dressed differently now, sitting calmly looking out the window at a desolate landscape with the room askew, and the baby crying. Then begins her “eternal journey.”



“Hard Way—The Action Musical” is a tongue-in-cheek movie that blends together several film genres that people may not generally think are compatible. Think “Mad Max” breaking into song and dance a la “The Greatest Showman,” or maybe a bit more like “The Rocky Horror Picture Show.” The film follows the main character, Jake, as he and his S.W.A.T. team raid an abandoned factory to take down a terrorist, all while singing and dancing. The student film’s action takes place in Detroit, but the filmmakers actually shot it in Germany. Most of the main actors are fairly well-known, including Hannah Britland, who plays Abigail in Netflix series “Lovesick,” and Charlie Anson, who plays Mr. Hurst in “Pride & Prejudice & Zombies.” The movie is something for everyone: A love story (unrequited love that is eventually reconciled), a literal battle be-

and how it resonates with our own beliefs. “Ananta Yatra (The Eternal Journey)” will show on Saturday, April 14, during the “Global Snapshots” film block at 1:30 p.m. on Screen C. 17



“Where Medgar Evers Lives Today”

or she is focused on the betterment of others and society. “Where Medgar Evers Lives Today” will show during the “Fighting for Social Justice” film block on Saturday, April 14, at 1:15 p.m. on screen B.

law enforcement. In fact, politicians and lawmen alike allowed Jackson to conduct her business, believing her presence in Natchez was just another part of the checkered history in this old river town. “Mississippi Madam: The Life of Nellie Jackson” will show during the film block of the same name on Friday, April 13, at 8:15 p.m. on screen B.

April 20, 1 p.m

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Millsaps Friday Forum: Senator John Kennedy

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Gertrude C. Ford Academic Complex, Recital Hall | Admission: Free

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Millsaps Arts & Lecture Series: Annual Writers’ Program with Mary Miller and Kevin Wilson Gertrude C. Ford Academic Complex, Recital Hall | Admission: $10

Faculty Recital: Jason Mathena Gertrude C. Ford Academic Complex, Recital Hall | Admission: Free

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“Mississippi Madam: The Life of Nellie Jackson”

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care. Jackson was popular. She provided young women from the region and midwestern states with a job, and kept a firm grip on the rules in the house, brandishing a pistol when needed and handling rowdy customers on her own without the need for COURTESY CROSSROADS FILM SOCIETY

humanity centered around common goals like educational attainment and social wellbeing, which would make Evers proud if he were alive today. Both young and old in the film believe that Eves serves as a role model for what one person can achieve when he COURTESY CROSSROADS FILM SOCIETY

“Where Medgar Evers Lives Today” ponders the idea of where Medgar Evers’ legacy resides. To Jacksonians and Mississippians generally, Evers may live in his old office on Farish Street, or his home on Margaret Walker Alexander Drive where he was assassinated, and also in every town in the state where he wished for a desegregated future. Though the film does not definitively answer that question, it contends that one place Evers may live is at his namesake library on Medgar Evers Boulevard near Freedom Corner. The film features interviews with the library director, Anne Sanders, and its diverse patrons. They talk about how the library embodies the legacy and civil-service mission that Evers dedicated his life to and why the library serves as an integral part of the community. Several interviewees in the film say that events and programs at the library bring together people from surrounding neighborhoods. They fester a coalition of

Communities across the United States contain colorful characters, both past and present. Certain professions may attract these types of personalities more than most, such as becoming a madam or lady of the evening. “Mississippi Madam: The Life of Nellie Jackson” tells the story of Nellie Jackson, who ran a brothel called Nellie’s at 416 N. Rankin St. in Natchez. The film begins with Jackson’s greatniece, Nellie Howard, walking around the old house, now vacant and succumbing to the elements, detailing how the house looked and the activities that would happen in different rooms. For example, in the kitchen, a long wooden table stood in the center, and Howard would often cook breakfast for “her girls” in the morning, using leftover bacon grease with cornmeal to feed the dogs after the food was served. From pictures in the film, viewers can see that Jackson decorated the house like a grandmother’s home, with bulky stained wood furniture, pictures in frames on the walls and antique trinkets on bookshelves. All interviewees (some with a sheepish grin) state that everyone knew the business dealings at 416 North Rankin, yet did not

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ddie Hernandez had dreams of being a rock star. He was born in Monterrey, Mexico, the third-largest metropolitan area in the country and a city that is about 115 miles from the Texas border. His grandmother, Consuela (everyone called her Chelo), who owned bars and convenience stores around Monterrey, inspired him to cook. â&#x20AC;&#x153;She was big on fresh food, and she never made the same things two days in a row,â&#x20AC;? he says in the cookbook â&#x20AC;&#x153;Turnip Greens & Tortillas.â&#x20AC;? Now, Hernandez co-owns Taqueria del Sol, a chain of Mexican restaurants in Georgia. He recently published the book, which features his southern food-meetsMexican recipes, with writer Susan Puckett. His dream was not to be a chef. He told the Jackson Free Press that he wanted to become a famous musician. He was the drummer in a band called FascinaciĂłn, and when he was 17, he and his bandmates drove to Houston to get a record deal. Though they were not successful, he ended up staying in Texas, working various day jobs and playing music. He met current business partner Mike Klank in 1987, when he applied for a server position at a Tex-Mex chain restaurant near Atlanta. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Eddie, like the first or second day he worked there, told (Klank) everything that was wrong about his food,â&#x20AC;? Puckett told the JFP. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Mike ... actually agreed with him, and he said, â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Can you do any better?â&#x20AC;&#x2122;â&#x20AC;? Klank put him in charge of the kitchen, and Hernandez began adding fresh ingredients into the recipes. He said that Klank was the person who introduced him to southern food, and through that journey, he began to notice the connection between Mexican and southern cuisines. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We do corn tortillas; you do cornbread,â&#x20AC;? he said. In â&#x20AC;&#x153;Turnip Greens & Tortillas,â&#x20AC;? Hernandez plays the role of chef, and Puckett said she essentially plays the role of oral historian. Puckett, a Jackson native, received a bachelorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s degree in journalism from the University of Mississippi. Her first job as a journalist was at The Clarion-Ledger around the time when the newspaper was first starting its Southern Style section. She published her first book, â&#x20AC;&#x153;A Cookâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Tour of Mississippi,â&#x20AC;? in 1980 with Angela Hederman, who was a southern styles editor at the time. Though Puckett had not seen herself as a food writer before, â&#x20AC;&#x153;A Cookâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Tour of Mississippiâ&#x20AC;? changed her mind. She quit her job at the Ledger and attended Iowa State University, receiving her

encouraged her to go back to Mississippi and write a book. Upon returning, Puckett began researching food traditions in the Mississippi Delta. It was around this time that she first reached out to Hernandez to publish a book. Eventually, they landed the book deal for â&#x20AC;&#x153;Turnip Greens & Tortillas.â&#x20AC;? The book combines stories of Hernandezâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s life, food culture and perspective with recipes that have southern and Mexican influences. Puckett said a book like â&#x20AC;&#x153;Turnip Greens & Tortillasâ&#x20AC;? is important because it expands peopleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s ideas of what southern food is. â&#x20AC;&#x153;For a long time, people have had a pretty limited, stereotypical idea of what southern food is,â&#x20AC;? she said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;What I hope really comes is just how if you do come from a different place and settle in a new place, you donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have to give up your culture, and you can embrace this new culture, and you can make it your own.â&#x20AC;? Hernandez and Puckett sign copies of â&#x20AC;&#x153;Turnip Greens & Tortillasâ&#x20AC;? (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2018, $30) on Sunday, April 15, from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the Mississippi Craft Center (950 Rice Road, Ridgeland) and on Monday, April 16, at Lemuria Books (4465 Interstate 55 N., Suite 202) at 5 p.m. For more information, find the event on Facebook. Read a longer version online.



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5:30 PM-until: Pop-up exhibit featuring the photography of Rory Doyle and Christina McField and the winners of the Envision Mississippi art contest. 6 PM: In partnership with the Mississippi Center for Justice, the Museum’s Center for Art & Public Exchange (CAPE) presents Re:frame—a dialogue featuring former Congressman and U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Mike Espy and Footprint Farms owner Cindy Ayers, about the complexities of Southern farmland, in the galleries of White Gold: Thomas Sayre. The program will conclude with a tasting by Chef Nick Wallace that pays culinary homage to the people who’ve worked the land in Mississippi. Until 8 PM: Galleries open late.



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“Disney on Ice: Dream Big” is at the Mississippi Coliseum.

The Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure is at Renaissance at Colony Park.

“Sip. The Pop-up Tea Room, Part Deux” is at The Flamingo.

BEST BETS April 11 - 18, 2018 Mississippi author Mary Miller is one of the guest speakers at the Arts & Lecture Series Annual Writers’ Program at Millsaps College on Tuesday, April 17.

“History Is Lunch” is from noon-1 p.m. at the Two Mississippi Museums (222 North St.). Gerard Helferich discusses his latest book, “An Unlikely Trust: Theodore Roosevelt, J.P. Morgan, and the Roots of Federal Regulation.” Sales and signing follow. Free admission; call 601576-6998; email;

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The Crossroads Film Festival begins at 1 p.m. at Malco Grandview Cinema (221 Grandview Blvd., Madison). The 19th annual festival features more than 140 films from across the world in a variety of genres and forms, including short films, music videos, feature-length films and more. Visit the website for a full schedule of screenings. Additional dates: April 13, 6 p.m., April 14, 1 p.m. $45 allaccess, $20 day pass, $8 per film block; call 601-345-5674;


Touch A Truck Jackson is from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Trustmark Park (1 Braves Blvd., Pearl). Children can explore and learn about trucks, emergency response vehicles, heavy machinery and more. 5 general admission, $25 VIP ticket, $15 family four pack; email touchatruck@jljackson. org; … The Cathead Amateur Dog Show is from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Cathead Distillery (422 S. Farish St.). The amateur dog show features prizes and awards in categories such as “Fluffiest Dog” and “Most Likely by Rebecca Hester to Run in the Opposite Direction.” Includes games, tours and more. Must register dogs in vance. Proceeds benefit Cheshire Fax: 601-510-9019 Abbey. $10 dog entry fee; email Daily updates at; find it on Facebook. … The Joking Around Comedy Series is at 8 p.m. at The Hideaway (5100 Interstate 55 N. Frontage Road). The comedy show features stand-up Damon Williams of “Tom Joyner Morning Show,” “Def Comedy Jam,” BET’s “Comic View” and more. Spencer Neal, Q Laugh and Skip da Comic also perform. Doors open at 7 p.m. $20 in advance, $25 at the door; find it on Facebook.

50-piece orchestra constructed of professional, amateur and student musicians from the Jackson metro area performing music from Disney films. $20;


Eddie Hernandez and Susan Puckett sign copies of “Turnip Greens & Tortillas: A Mexican Chef Spices Up the Southern Kitchen” at 5 p.m. at Lemuria Books (4465 Interstate 55 N., Suite 202). Reading at 5:30 p.m. $30 book; call 601-366-7619;

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Stand-up comedian Damon Williams performs for the Joking Around Comedy Series at The Hideaway on Saturday, April 14.


Black Jacket Symphony performs “Hotel California” at 8 p.m. at Thalia Mara Hall (255 E. Pascagoula St.). The rock band of veteran musicians recreates The Eagles’ iconic 1976 album. Doors open at 7 p.m. $25-$35; call 22 877-987-6487;


Worship Orchestra Dinner Concert is from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at First Baptist Church of Jackson (431 N. State St.). The concert includes dinner and a performance from a

The Arts & Lecture Series Annual Writers’ Program is from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at Millsaps College (1701 N. State St.) in Gertrude C. Ford Academic Complex. The guest speakers are Mary Miller, author of “The Last Days of California” and “Always Happy Hour,” and Kevin Lewis, author of “Perfect Little World” and “The Family Fang.” $10; call 601-974-1130;


“Shakespeare in Love” is at 7:30 p.m. at New Stage Theatre (1100 Carlisle St.). The comedic play tells the fictional tale of William Shakespeare’s love affair with Viola de Lesseps, who inspires him to write “Romeo & Juliet.” Recommended for ages 14 and up. Additional dates: April 17-21, 7:30 p.m., April 22, 2 p.m., April 24-28, 7:30 p.m., April 29, 2 p.m. $30 admission, $25 for seniors, students and military; call 601-948-3533;


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JFP-SPONSORED Touch A Truck Jackson April 14, 10 a.m.4 p.m., at Trustmark Park (1 Braves Blvd., Pearl). Children can explore and learn about a variety of trucks, emergency response vehicles, heavy machinery and more. VIP admission includes early access, breakfast and a fast pass for the digger equipment. $5 general admission, $25 VIP, $15 family four pack;

COMMUNITY Consider This: #MeToo—Now What? April 12, 5:30-7 p.m., at Hal & Mal’s (200 Commerce St.). The panel discussion is centered on sexual harassment and how victims can safeguard themselves legally, professionally and personally. Includes free appetizers and a cash bar. Free admission; Islamic Heritage Month Cultural Nights April 14, 4-6 p.m., at International Museum of Muslim Cultures (201 E. Pascagoula St.). The event series features presentations on the cultures of different countries each week. Free admission; find it on Facebook.

KIDS CU at the Zoo April 14, 9 a.m.-2 p.m., at Jackson Zoo (2918 W. Capitol St.). Includes interactive booths with games and activities for children and their families to teach them about financial literacy and savings. The first 2,500 guests receive free admission to the zoo. Free; KidFest! Ridgeland April 14, 9 a.m.-6:30 p.m., April 15, noon-6:30 p.m., at Freedom Ridge Park (253 W. School St., Ridgeland). The children’s festival features circus performers, a walkthrough reptile zoo, train rides, carnival rides, arts and craft demonstrations, and more. $12, free under age 2;

FOOD & DRINK Food Truck Friday: Smith Park Reopened April 13, 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m., at Smith Park (302 Amite St.). Includes food trucks, live music and a ribbon cutting to celebrate the reopening of the park. Food prices vary; find it on Facebook.

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Sip. The Pop-up Tea Room, Part Deux April 18, 5:30-10 p.m., at The Flamingo (3011 N. State St.). Includes unlimited cups of tea, featuring a selection from around the world. $14.72 individual, $23.16 couple; find it on Facebook.

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Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure April 14, 7 a.m., at Renaissance at Colony Park (1000 Highland Colony Pkwy., Ridgeland). The race includes a 10K, a 5K and a one-mile option and a kids’ fun run. Registration at 7 a.m. $30 adults, $20 children, $35 virtual;

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Crossroads Film Festival April 12, 1 p.m., April 13, 6 p.m., April 14, 1 p.m., at Malco Grandview Cinema (221 Grandview Blvd., Madison). The festival features more than 140 films from


the best in sports over the next seven days

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The weekend series between the UM and MSU baseball teams shows once again proved the saying “Games aren’t played on paper.” The Bulldogs took two of three games from the then No. 3-ranked Rebels. THURSDAY, APRIL 12

WNBA (6-8 p.m., ESPN2/ESPNU): See where Victoria Vivians and the rest of the Bulldogs land in the WNBA Draft, with coverage on ESPN2 before moving to ESPNU at 7 p.m. FRIDAY, APRIL 13

College baseball (6:30-10:30 p.m., SECN): MSU looks to move up the SEC standings against fellow basementdweller Auburn. SATURDAY, APRIL 14

College baseball (2-5 p.m., SECN+): Fans can stream game two between MSU and Auburn or game two of UM against Vanderbilt, as both games start at the same time. SUNDAY, APRIL 15

College baseball (4-7 p.m., ESPNU): Tune in for game three between the Rebels and Commodores. across the world. $45 all-access, $20 day pass, $8 per film block; “Disney on Ice: Dream Big” April 12-13, 7 p.m., April 14, 2 p.m., April 14, 6 p.m., April 15, 2 p.m., at Mississippi Coliseum (1207 Mississippi St.). The theatrical ice-skating production features popular Disney characters. $15-$70; “Shakespeare in Love” April 17-18, 7:30 p.m., at New Stage Theatre (1100 Carlisle St). The comedic play tells the fictional tale of William Shakespeare’s love affair with Viola de Lesseps. $30, $25 for seniors, students and military;

CONCERTS & FESTIVALS Black Jacket Symphony Presents “Hotel California” April 13, 8 p.m., at Thalia Mara Hall (255 E. Pascagoula St.). The veteran rock band recreates The Eagles’ iconic 1976 album. $25-$35; call 877-987-6487; Chris Young April 18, 7:30 p.m., at Brandon Amphitheater (8190 Rock Way, Brandon). Kane Brown, Morgan Evans and Dee Jay Silver also perform. Doors open at 6 p.m. $105-$199;

LITERARY SIGNINGS Events at Lemuria Books (Banner Hall, 4465 Interstate 55 N., Suite 202) • “Country Dark” April 12, 5 p.m. Chris Offutt signs copies. Reading at 5:30 p.m. $24 book; call 601-366-7619;


College softball (6-9 p.m., SECN): The 22nd-ranked MSU softball team travels to face its biggest rival, UM. TUESDAY, APRIL 17

College softball (6-9 p.m., SECN+): The day after finishing a three-game series against the Rebels, MSU returns to Starkville to host Memphis. WEDNESDAY, APRIL 18

College baseball (6-9 p.m., SECN+): Alcorn State will try to pull the midweek upset of Alabama. … College baseball (6:30-9:30 p.m., SECN+): The UM Rebels host Arkansas State in a nonconference clash. There is plenty of college baseball and softball to enjoy, but the NHL and NBA Playoffs both begin this week, as well. By mid-June, both leagues will crown their champions. • “Turnip Greens & Tortillas” April 16, 5 p.m. Eddie Hernandez and Susan Puckett sign copies. $30 book; • “Dear Madam President” April 17, 5 p.m. Jennifer Palmieri signs copies. Reading at 5:30 p.m. $20 book; Events at Two Mississippi Museums (222 North St.) • History Is Lunch April 16, noon. Wayne A. and Shirley A. Wiegand discuss their book, “The Desegregation of Public Libraries in the Jim Crow South.” Free; • History Is Lunch April 18, noon. Carlton Dalton Lyon discusses his book, “Sanctuaries of Segregation: The Story of the Jackson Church Visit Campaign.” Free;

EXHIBIT OPENINGS Spring Art Show Opening Reception April 12, 5-8 p.m., at The Cedars (4145 Old Canton Road). The seasonal art exhibition features works from artists Wanda Lowery, Benny Melton, Andrew McIntyre and Susan Wellington. Free admission; find it on Facebook. PRGS in the Gallery: “New Work” April 13, 6-8 p.m., at Pearl River Glass Studio (142 Millsaps Ave.). The exhibition features paintings from artist Guy Stone Stricklin that take inspiration from a set of photographs he took in 2011. Free admission; find it on Facebook. 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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April 12 - Thursday 1908 Provisions - Hunter Gibson 6:30 p.m. Anjou - Brian Smith 5:30-8:30 p.m. Bonny Blair’s - Doug Hurd & Chris Link 7-11 p.m. Char - Tommie Vaughn 6 p.m. Doe’s, Florence - Dagnabbit 7-9 p.m. Drago’s - Johnny Barranco 6-9 p.m. F. Jones Corner - Maya Kyles & the F. Jones Challenge Band 10 p.m. $5 Fenian’s - Penn Johnson 10 p.m. free Georgia Blue, Flowood - Chad Wesley Georgia Blue, Madison - Stevie Cain Hal & Mal’s - D’Lo Trio 6-9 p.m. free Iron Horse Grill - No Strings 6 p.m. Kathryn’s - Scott Turner Trio 6:30 p.m. Kemistry - DJ T-Money 9 p.m. Lounge 114 - Kerry Thomas 7 p.m. Pelican Cove - Acoustic Crossroads Duo 6-10 p.m. Shucker’s - Sofa Kings 7:30 p.m. Soulshine, Flowood - TJ & Laura Leigh Burnham 7 p.m. St. Andrew’s Episcopal Cathedral Rhodes Singers 7 p.m. free Table 100 - Andrew Pates 6 p.m. Underground 119 - Stevie J Blues 7-10:30 p.m. free

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1908 Provisions - Andrew Pates 6:30 p.m. Ameristar Bottleneck Blues Bar, Vicksburg - Mr. Sipp 8 p.m. $10 Bonny Blair’s - Jason Turner 7:30-11:30 p.m. Burgers & Blues - Larry Brewer & Hunter Gibson 6-10 p.m. Char - Ronnie Brown 6 p.m. Doe’s, Florence - Stevie Cain 7-9 p.m. Drago’s - Keys vs. Strings 6-9 p.m. Duling Hall - “’80s Flashback Benefit” feat. U.S 7 p.m. $65 F. Jones Corner - Sorrento Ussery midnight $10 Georgia Blue, Flowood - Andy Tanas Georgia Blue, Madison - Shaun Patterson Hal & Mal’s - Johnnie B & Ms. Iretta Sanders 7-10 p.m. free

Pop’s Saloon - Clay Cormier & the Highway Boys 9 p.m. Shucker’s - Acoustic Crossroads 3:30 p.m.; MS Queen 8 p.m. $5; Chad Perry 10 p.m. Soulshine, Flowood - Doug Bishop 7 p.m. Table 100 - Tommie Vaughn 6 p.m. Underground 119 - John Nemeth 9 p.m. Vicksburg Convention Center Alcorn State Jazz Fest 9:30 a.m.10 p.m. free WonderLust - Drag Performance & Dance Party feat. DJ Taboo 8 p.m.-3 a.m. free before 10 p.m.

April 14 - Saturday American Legion Post 112 - The XTremeZ 9 p.m.-midnight Bonny Blair’s - Sid Thompson & DoubleShotz 8 p.m.-midnight Burgers & Blues - Womble Brothers 6 p.m. Char - Bill Clark 6 p.m. F. Jones Corner - Big Money Mel & Small Change Wayne 10 p.m. $5; T-Baby midnight $10 Georgia Blue, Flowood - May Day Georgia Blue, Madison - Chad Wesley Hal & Mal’s - Pierce Edens 7-10 p.m. free Iron Horse Grill - Johnnie B & Ms. Iretta Sanders 9 p.m. Kathryn’s - Zach & Trey 7 p.m. Kemistry - Kujho & the Nasty Sho 9 p.m. Majestic Burger - Brian Jones 6 p.m. free Martin’s - Danielle Nicole 10 p.m. $10 Pearl High School - MS Chorus’ “Music Changes Everything” feat. MS Youth Chorale & more 7:30-9:30 p.m. $20, $5 students Pelican Cove - Travelin’ Jane 1-5 p.m.; Rewind 6-10 p.m.

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April 15 - SUNDAY 1908 Provisions - Knight Bruce 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Char - Big Easy Three 11 a.m.; Tommie Vaughn 6 p.m. First Baptist Jackson - Worship Orchestra Dinner Concert 6-7 p.m. free Kathryn’s - Jackson Gypsies 6 p.m. Pelican Cove - Larry Brewer noon-4 p.m.; Chad Perry 5-9 p.m. Shucker’s - The Chill 3:30-7:30 p.m. Table 100 - Raphael Semmes Trio 11 a.m.-2 p.m.; Ronnie Brown 6-9 p.m. Wellington’s - Andy Hardwick 11 a.m.-2 p.m.

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1908 Provisions - Bill Ellison 6:30 p.m. Alumni House - Johnny Crocker 6:30-8:30 p.m. Char - Tommie Vaughn 6 p.m. Drago’s - Johnny Barranco 6-9 p.m. Fitzgerald’s - Joseph LaSalla 7-11 p.m. Hal & Mal’s - New Bourbon Street Jazz Band 6-9 p.m. free Kathryn’s - Larry Brewer & Doug Hurd 6:30-9:30 p.m. Pelican Cove - Robin Blakeney 6-10 p.m. Shucker’s - Proximity 7:30-11:30 p.m. Table 100 - Andy Henderson 6 p.m.

Iron Horse Grill - Steve Powell 8 p.m. Kathryn’s - Chris Gill & the Sole Shakers 7 p.m. Kemistry - Mouth of the South 9 p.m. Last Call - DJ Spoon 9 p.m. Martin’s - Mike Dillon Band 10 p.m. Millsaps Ford Academic Complex Concert for the Animals 7-9 p.m. free Municipal Art Gallery MS University for Women’s Classical & Jazz Showcase Concert 4:30 p.m. Olde Towne Grille - James Bailey & Doug Bishop 5:30-8:30 p.m. Pelican Cove - Sofa Kings 6-10 p.m. Pop’s Saloon - Dylan Moss Band 9 p.m. Shucker’s - Sonny Duo 5:30 p.m.; MS Queen 8 p.m. $5; Dos Loco 10 p.m. Soulshine, Ridgeland - Barry Leach 7-10 p.m. free Table 100 - Tommie Vaughn 6 p.m. Thalia Mara Hall - Black Jacket Symphony Presents “Hotel California” 8 p.m. $25-$35 Two Rivers, Canton - Gena Steele & Buzz Pickens 8:30 p.m. Underground 119 - Fred T & the Band 8:30 p.m. WonderLust - DJ Taboo 8 p.m. Courtesy Stevie J Blues

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Char - Tommie Vaughn 6 p.m. Hal & Mal’s - Central MS Blues Society (rest) 7 p.m. $5 Kathryn’s - Joseph LaSalla 6:30 p.m. Pelican Cove - Hunter Gibson 6-10 p.m. Table 100 - Andrew Pates 6 p.m.

April 17 - Tuesday Char - Tommie Vaughn 6 p.m. Drago’s - Johnny Barranco 6-9 p.m. Fenian’s - Open Mic 9 p.m. Hal & Mal’s - Dinner, Drinks & Jazz feat. Raphael Semmes & Friends 6-9 p.m. free Kathryn’s - Andrew Pates, Jay Wadsworth & Jenkins 6:30 p.m. Last Call - DJ Spoon 9 p.m. Pelican Cove - Owens & Pratt 6-10 p.m. Table 100 - Chalmers Davis 6 p.m.

April 18 - Wednesday 1908 Provisions - Bill Ellison 6:30 p.m. Alumni House - Larry Brewer 6:30-8:30 p.m. Brandon Amphitheater Chris Young w/ Kane Brown, Morgan Evans & Dee Jay Silver 7:30 p.m. $105-$199 Char - Tommie Vaughn 6 p.m. Drago’s - Johnny Barranco 6-9 p.m. Fitzgerald’s - Barry Leach 7-11 p.m. Kathryn’s - Gator Trio 6:30 p.m. Pelican Cove - Chris Gill 6-10 p.m. Shucker’s - Proximity 7:30-11:30 p.m. Table 100 - Andy Henderson 6 p.m.

The Mississippi Chorus performs “Music Changes Everything,” a concert featuring all Mississippi composers, on April 14 at Pearl High School.


hen the Mississippi Chorus began looking ahead to the launch of its 30th season this fall, Artistic Director Mark Nabholz says that the board faced an important question: How should they kick off such a milestone year? “As the board thought through that and discussed it, one of the things that this organization has enjoyed doing from time to time is commissioning new music and performing it for the first time,” he says. “So out of that came the commission for Luigi Zaninelli at (the University of Southern Mississippi) to write a piece for us.” Working with one Mississippi composer then prompted another question, he says: “What else is out there?” It was that curiosity that paved the way for the Mississippi Chorus’ latest concert, “Music Changes Everything,” which features only composers from the Magnolia State. “There is such a wealth of great music written by Mississippi composers,” he says. “This program actually features six Mississippi composers’ music, and that was tough because there are a lot more than six.” In addition to Zaninelli’s new piece, the concert will include music from former Mississippi College professor James Sclater, former Delta State University professor Richard Waters, Millsaps College alumnus Samuel Jones, James Mulholland and William Grant Still, who was the first African American composer to conduct a prominent American orchestra. “It means that what we have on our license plates means more than just the blues,” Nabholz says of the scope of the concert. “As important as that is, Mississippi also has a rich musical heritage in the realm of serious classical-oriented music.”

One thing that Nabholz says that delving into the selected composers’ bodies of work revealed was just how much Still accomplished in a time when there were few opportunities for African Americans. “He was writing music in the ’30s, ’40s, ’50s and ’60s, all through that tumultuous period in our state’s history—very, very difficult times—and yet, he produced music of great beauty and comfort and solace and encouragement,” Nabholz says. The chorus will debut three pieces­, including Zaninelli’s “The Glories of Spring,” and Sclater’s “In Paradisum,” while the Mississippi Youth Chorale will perform Waters’ “And This Shall Be for Music.” The concert will also feature collaborations with the Mississippi College Singers and Murrah High School Concert Singers. “That was another goal we had for this kick-off to our 30th anniversary,” Nabholz says. “We want to be the Mississippi Chorus, not just for the city of Jackson, and we want to collaborate and draw attention to other good choral things that are going on in the state.” While he says the chorus has fallen in love with the new music, presenting the unfamiliar can be challenging, as some people are less likely to buy a ticket if they do not recognize the composers. “But the thing I would say about this concert is this is beautiful music,” Nabholz says. “People will not go away from this wondering, ‘Why did I go to that concert?’ They’re going to come away from it emotionally moved and hopefully elevated.” “Music Changes Everything” is at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, April 14, in at Pearl High School (500 Pirates Cove, Pearl). Tickets are $20 per person and $5 for students. For more information, visit




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ARIES (March 21-April 19):

Aries statesman Thomas Jefferson was the third president of the United States. He wrote one of history’s most famous documents, the Declaration of Independence. He was an architect, violinist, inventor and linguist who spoke numerous languages, as well as a philosopher who was knowledgeable about mathematics, surveying and horticulture. But his most laudable success came in 1789, when he procured the French recipe for macaroni and cheese while living in France, and thereafter introduced the dish into American cuisine. JUST KIDDING! I’m making this little joke in the hope that it will encourage you to keep people focused on your most important qualities, and not get distracted by less essential parts of you.

In the early 1990s, Australian electrical engineer John O’Sullivan toiled on a research project with a team of radio astronomers. Their goal was to find exploding mini black holes in the distant voids of outer space. The quest failed. But in the process of doing their experiments, they developed technology that became a key component now used in Wi-Fi. Your digital devices work so well in part because his frustrating misadventure led to a happy accident. According to my reading of your astrological omens, Taurus, we may soon be able to make a comparable conclusion about events in your life.

GEMINI (May 21-June 20):

In the fictional world created by DC Comics, the superhero Superman has a secret identity as a modest journalist named Clark Kent. Or is it the other way around? Does the modest journalist Clark Kent have a secret identity as the superhero Superman? Only a few people realize the two of them are the same. I suspect there is an equally small number of allies who know who you really are beneath your “disguises,” Gemini. But upcoming astrological omens suggest that could change. Are you ready to reveal more about your true selves? Would you consider expanding the circle that is allowed to see and appreciate your full range and depth?

CANCER (June 21-July 22):

Playwright Tennessee Williams once spent an evening trying to coax a depressed friend out of his depression. It inspired him to write a poem that began like this: “I want to infect you with the tremendous excitement of living, because I believe that you have the strength to bear it.” Now I address you with the same message, Cancerian. Judging from the astrological omens, I’m convinced you currently have more strength than ever before to bear the tremendous excitement of living. I hope this news will encourage you to potentize your ability to welcome and embrace the interesting puzzles that will come your way in the weeks ahead.

LEO (July 23-Aug. 22):

Are you finished dealing with spacious places and vast vistas and expansive longings? I hope not. I hope you will continue to explore big bold blooming schemes and wild free booming dreams until at least April 25. In my astrological opinion, you have a sacred duty to keep outstripping your previous efforts. You have a mandate to go further, deeper, and braver as you break out of shrunken expectations and push beyond comfortable limitations. The unknown is still more inviting and fertile than you can imagine.

VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22):

Between December 5 and 9, 1952, London was beset with heavy fog blended with thick smog. Visibility was low. Traffic slowed and events were postponed. In a few places, people couldn’t see their own feet. According to some reports, blind people, who had a facility for moving around without the aid of sight, assisted pedestrians in making their way through the streets. I suspect that a metaphorically comparable phenomenon may soon arise in your sphere, Virgo. Qualities that might customarily be regarded as liabilities could at least temporarily become assets.

LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22):

Your allies are always important, but in the coming weeks they will be even more so. I suspect they will be your salvation, your deliverance and your treasure. So why not treat them like angels or celebrities or celebrity angels? Buy them ice cream and concert tickets and fun surprises. Tell them secrets about their beauty that no one has ever expressed before. Listen to them in ways that will awaken their

dormant potentials. I bet that what you receive in return will inspire you to be a better ally to yourself.

SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21):

In the coming weeks, I suspect you will be able to find what you need in places that are seemingly devoid of what you need. You can locate the possible in the midst of what’s apparently impossible. I further surmise that you will summon a rebellious resourcefulness akin to that of Scorpio writer Albert Camus, who said, “In the midst of hate, I found there was, within me, an invincible love. In the midst of tears, I found there was, within me, an invincible smile. In the midst of chaos, I found there was, within me, an invincible calm. No matter how hard the world pushes against me, within me, there’s something stronger—something better, pushing right back.”

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21):

In 1936, Herbert C. Brown graduated from the University of Chicago with a bachelor’s degree in science. His girlfriend Sarah Baylen rewarded him with the gift of a $2 book about the elements boron and silicon. Both he and she were quite poor; she couldn’t afford a more expensive gift. Brown didn’t read the book for a while, but once he did, he decided to make its subject the core of his own research project. Many years later, he won the Nobel Prize in chemistry for his discoveries about the role of boron in organic chemistry. And it all began with that $2 book. I bring this story to your attention, Sagittarius, because I foresee you, too, stumbling upon a modest beginning that eventually yields breakthrough results.

CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19):

In 20 B.C., Rome’s most famous poet was Quintus Horatius Flaccus, known to us today as Horace. He prided himself on his meticulous craftsmanship, and advised other writers to be equally scrupulous. Once you compose a poem, he declared, you should put it aside for nine years before deciding whether to publish it. That’s the best way to get proper perspective on its worth. Personally, I think that’s too demanding, although I appreciate the power that can come from marshalling so much conscientiousness. And that brings me to a meditation on your current state, Capricorn. From what I can tell, you may be at risk of being too risk-averse; you could be on the verge of waiting too long and being too cautious. Please consider naming a not-toodistant release date.

AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18):

Luckily, you have an inventive mind and an aptitude for experimentation. These will be key assets as you dream up creative ways to do the hard work ahead of you. Your labors may not come naturally, but I bet you’ll be surprised at how engaging they’ll become and how useful the rewards will be. Here’s a tip on how to ensure you will cultivate the best possible attitude: Assume that you now have the power to change stale patterns that have previously been resistant to change.

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All for $30

Monday-Wednesday Nights at Eslava’s Grille Dinner Hours: 5pm-10pm

2481 Lakeland Drive Flowood | 601.932.4070

V16n32 - Crossroads Film Fest 2018  
V16n32 - Crossroads Film Fest 2018  

Crossroads Film Festival 2018 • Back to its Roots, p 15 • The Films, pp 16 - 18 • Mayor vs. Chief on Cop Shootings?, p 6 • The Elusive Righ...