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ichard Miles, medical director of Merit Health Central’s emergency department and owner of Hops & Habanas, got his start as a business owner due to a medical problem. Miles injured his bicep in 2009 and had to take a month off work after surgery. Around the same time, he learned that a small beer shop in Madison he frequented was closing down and going up for sale. He saw it as an opportunity. “I’ve always enjoyed a good draft beer, and I even keep a kegerator—a small refrigerator that you put a keg inside—at home,” Miles says. “My wife (Trayce Miles) was also looking to get back into the job market after having been a stay-at-home mom for a while at the time. So when I found out that store was closing, and I might lose the place I got my beer from, I decided to purchase it and enter the retail business. That shop became the first Hops and Habanas location.” Miles, 52, was born in Ontonagon, Mich., and received a bachelor’s degree in biology from Michigan Technological University in 1987. He then went on to Des Moines University in Iowa, where he received a doctorate in osteopathy in 1992. From 1992 to 1993, Miles served as a military doctor with the U.S. Army in Fort Gordon, Ga., then transferred to Fort Rucker, Ala., until 1996. Miles then worked as a flight surgeon at Camp
Richard Miles Paige in South Korea until 1997. Miles returned to the U.S. and 2000, completed his three-year emergency medical residency at Medical College of Georgia in Augusta. Miles then worked at Mercy Medical Center in Des Moines until he took his current job at Merit Health in 2005, and moved to Madison, Miss. He opened the original Hops & Habanas in Madison in 2009 and the Fondren location in 2014. He ultimately decided to close the Madison location in 2017. “While I had to close the Madison location because I didn’t have the time to dedicate responsibilities to two stores, we had wanted to move into Fondren in the first place,” Miles says. The Fondren space is 4,200 square feet and includes an indoor bar with 24 tap beers, a 1,000-square-foot outdoor cabana with its own bar and televisions, a lounge and other features. “The Madison location was just a place where people could buy their packages, but Fondren is the place to go to enjoy what you buy right there,” he says. Since moving to Fondren, Miles says Hops & Habanas has also worked to promote beer-related events in the city, such as Zoo Brew and the Mississippi Craft Beer Festival. —Dustin Cardon
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by Amber Helsel, Managing Editor
ayne State University was bustling with activity as Allied Media Conference attendees walked around the Detroit, Mich., campus, some headed to the student center for food or coffee or relaxation, and others to attend sessions or relax outside. The line for Allied Media Conference badges was long but necessary because the only way to get into events was with a nametag—one with your name, job and also your preferred pronoun. The event itself sort of felt like a pop-culture convention, only for people in the media industries, including art, writing, journalism, film and everything in between. I finished my last session for the day on Friday, June 15, around 5 p.m. I was hungry, but I was in a new city, so I wasn’t exactly sure where to go. After seeing a few
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Jackson needs people who are willing to do the hard work.
people head across the street, I decided to follow them, hoping wherever they were going would have food. They crossed the street to the Detroit Public Library, which was probably one of the most beautiful ones I’ve ever seen, with tall ceilings, stained glass windows, Roman busts and endlessly tall shelves of books. I wanted to stay there the whole time, but instead, I kept following AMCers. They passed through the library, and then down the front steps toward the Detroit Institute of Arts, which has much of the same architecture as the library. We wound through the museum and then ended up at the Detroit Film Theatre, as fellow conference-goers piled in and sat in the opera-style theater for the AMC opening ceremony. The event officially kicked off the conference, and was filled with music, dancing, celebration, mourning and even a short question-and-answer session with #metoo founder Tarana Burke. It was a power-
ful ceremony, and as I sat there watching, I felt glad that I had ended up at the right place at the right time (something that rarely happens). The event set the tone for the conference: one of inclusivity, community, conversation, and coming together through good and bad times. It was powerful, and I learned a lot. But one thing struck out to me the most: how proud people are of Detroit. When we were working on BOOM Jackson’s 2018 Young Influentials, I interviewed Salam Rida, a planner for the City of Jackson and also a Detroit native. During the interview, we briefly spoke about the similarities between Jackson and Detroit. “It’s been really exciting. One of the ... reasons why I really love being is because Jackson does remind me a lot of Detroit,” she said. “They share very similar struggles.” I kept her words on Detroit in mind as I traversed the city, and she wasn’t wrong. While Detroit is larger at 139 square miles (Jackson is about 111, Rida said), they both have much the same vibe. Both are majority-black cities that struggle with gentrification, infrastructure problems, urban blight, lack of density and the list goes on. Detroit has been bankrupt multiple times, and Jackson struggles with its finances constantly. But the one thing that struck me was that even though the city has issues, people were still proud of it. Just ask the Uber and Lyft drivers. A lot of them had some kind of Detroit insignia on their clothes or hat or car, and the restaurants in the city had all kinds of insignia, from historical photos to Detroit Lions memorabilia. They love the city they’re in, and they’re not wrong
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Detroiters have a lot to be proud of, including the Detroit Institute of Arts, which not only covers periods of art history. It also tells some of the city’s complicated, difficult history through art.
about it being a great city. If I lived there, you wouldn’t be able to get me to leave the library or the art museum, and I would lose so much weight from all the walking. I thought about all of this as I wandered around Detroit Institute of Arts on my last day, walking through periods of art. It was like a puzzle was coming together. I realized that Jackson is not Detroit. They are similar cities, but just like Memphis, Jackson could never be an exact replica. We are our own city, after all. Our pride is sometimes not as evident as Detroiters, but it’s there nonetheless. We
City Reporter Ko Bragg is a Philadelphia, Miss., transplant who recently completed her master’s degree in journalism. She loves traveling and has been to 25 countries to date. She wrote the cover story.
News Intern Marie Weidmayer is a Michigan native who is still trying to adjust to the heat of a Mississippi summer. She wrote about local opposition to the Trump administration’s asylum and immigration policies.
Web Editor Dustin Cardon is a graduate of the University of Southern Mississippi. He enjoys reading fantasy novels and wants to write them himself one day. He wrote about Neon Nights at the Mississippi Children’s Museum.
just have to make ourselves heard. A friend of mine recently became a driver for Uber and Lyft, and as she told me one morning over coffee, she is a lot like a tour guide. She meets people from the city and beyond, and in a way, she is essentially showing them around. Her job has made her more excited about Jackson, so much so that she’s seriously considering moving downtown. “Jackson is a city that needs people to help it,” she said. And she’s right. It needs people who are willing to do the hard work—to attend city council meetings to see what’s happening, to push back when the city’s government isn’t sticking to their word, to get to know the people in the city, to make Jackson that much more beautiful. We need people to help Jackson, so more people can be proud of our city, and at the very least, we can prove everyone wrong. Managing Editor Amber Helsel is a storyteller who moonlights as an artist. Email story ideas to email@example.com. CORRECTION: In last issue’s cover feature, “Brotherhood of Destruction,” Donna Ladd erroneously included heroin among the drugs that Chris Dennington previously abused. We apologize for the error.
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“The problem with our government is they no longer fear ‘We the People.’”
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Reimagining 9 Acres Downtown By Ko Bragg
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At the Downtown Design Dialogue on June 30, the City’s Planning Department displayed renderings to spark conversation around what land in front of the convention center can become.
that purchased the land from the City went bankrupt, the property went back to the City and the Jackson Redevelopment Authority, and nothing else happened. The City still owes that loan to HUD, but Mukesh Kumar, director of planning and development, established a “workout plan” with the federal agency last fall to give the administration an opportunity to secure a master developer once more.
. Part of the workout plan was to bring in a team of consultants to do a market analysis of downtown Jackson. Chicago-based Hunden Strategic Partners hosted listening sessions in the winter prior to compiling a roughly 100page study with recommendations about the downtown area. Some of those findings were on display at D3. Kumar, a brand-new father for the
first time, welcomed people at the first introductory station in a striped linen shirt, navy pants and brown sandals. Von Anderson and Mike Davis from the planning department walked groups through the highlights of the next station, focusing on the downtown market analysis. Approximately 485 people live downmore DOWNTOWN p 7
Pop Quiz on Lumumba-isms by Ko Bragg You’ve had 365 days to prepare. Take the quiz, and upload your results by tagging us on Twitter and Instagram @jxnfreepress.
1. When he became mayor, who else did? a. North Jackson b. Ebony and Rukia c. Me, and you, your momma and your cousin, too d. All of the above
2. Identify the list of businesses that inspire the mayor’s hope for a cooperative movie theatre. a. Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Video b. Big Apple Inn, Pearl’s, Bully’s c. Land O’Lakes Butter, the Green Bay Packers, Ace Hardware d. Nissan
3. If 85 percent of your population is left-handed, what kind of jobs do you need? a. Contracting firms with EBO plans b. Left-handed jobs c. I don’t need a job, I, too, became mayor July 2017 d. I don’t believe in bias, so, ambidextrous jobs
4. What can’t you “out-police”? a. Crime b. Councilman Stokes’ oversized suit jackets c. Council meetings that last until midnight d. JPS “CAP” violations
Bonus: How often does the mayor go to the barbershop? a. Twice in the time it took me to read this question b. Daily c. Weekly, especially if he’s about to travel d. Never, he wakes up like that
Answers: 1-d; 2-c; 3-b; 4-a; Bonus-C
Talking Design The City’s Planning and Development Department hosted an event on June 30 called “Downtown Design Dialogue”—colloquialized to D3—where the public came to share hopes about what could fill the undeveloped acres largely functioning as parking lots for now. The backdrop of D3 was perfect: the large floor-to-ceiling windows offered a direct line of sight to where a $315-million development could go in the next six to eight years. More than 100 people took the escalator up to the second floor of the convention center. After signing in, groups cycled through presentations from members of the planning department. Large-format printouts of downtown’s history and renderings of what it could possibly look like in the future rested on large cinder blocks. In 2008 the City took out a $7-million loan from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development to develop the land across from the convention center. But, after the initial developer
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f downtown Jackson were a person, she would be an upstanding woman with a lot of scars, living in the shadows of painful memories. Despite her propensity to bask in nostalgia and hypotheticals about what could have been, she would be one of those people with strange, unmerited optimism considering how many people have abandoned her—she believes her people will come back to her. As a capital city, albeit a small one, Jackson is not the social or economic hub that it should be. Nearly 20,000 people in the daytime workforce flood its “business improvement district,” and they don’t stay once they’re off the clock. However, the City is in the early phases of developing roughly 9 acres in front of the Jackson Convention Complex. This could be the catalyst, and makeover, that downtown needs to get her groove back. “This is a huge opportunity for us to rethink what our downtown can be,” Travis Crabtree, a member of the City’s long-range planning team, says.
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SO LONG, RAINBOW, BUT NOT GOODBYE (2807 Old Canton Road) On Sunday, July 8, Rainbow Natural Grocery Cooperative announced that it will close the Fondren location by the end of July at the latest. It plans to reopen in a new space once the current one sells. The store has been open since 1980.
WHERE’S WAL-KO? JULY 14 If you’re hoping to catch our city reporter dishing about what it’s like to be a millennial in the media, she will be speaking at the “People, Politics & the Press” civic engagement summit at the Two Museums at 2 p.m. on, Saturday, July 14. Our guess is she might just go ahead and talk about non-millennial stuff while she’s at it.
NEW SUPE SOON! (662 S. President St.) Jackson Public Schools and students should have a new superintendent before the first day of school on Aug. 8. The Board of Trustees is choosing between three candidates.
BRIGHT CITY, BIG IDEAS (105 E. Pascagoula St.) On June 30, the COJ Planning & Development department hosted a dialogue about development ideas for 9 acres of land across from the Jackson Convention Complex.
CHIEF #3, REPORTING FOR DUTY On June 28, James Davis became the interim chief of police for the Jackson Police Department. Mayor Lumumba has had three chiefs in his first year.
POWER SHIFT By 4-3 votes, Ward 2 Councilman Melvin Priester Jr. is back as council president, and Ward 7 Councilwoman Virgi Lindsay is now vice president. Outgoing President Charles Tillman (5) was the swing vote on an increasingly salty council. “No” bloc is Councilmen De’Keither Stamps (4), Aaron Banks (6) and Kenny Stokes (3).
town, and 87 percent of the residential units in the area are occupied. Eighty percent of those living in the apartments inside of the Standard Life and King Edward are from the suburbs of Jackson. “If you go to Columbus, Mississippi, they will have more people living in their downtown than the capital city of Mississippi. That just don’t seem right—however, that’s why we’re here,” Davis said. Swim, Boat, Gather A middle-aged black woman named Gwen (she declined to give her last name) was among one of the groups. When she permanently relocated to Jackson, she started off living downtown, but left because she wanted the option to own her domicile and desired amenities she could walk
to—her dream is to be able to walk everywhere. Downtown Jackson does not seem walkable right now because things are so spread out. Also, you would mainly see parking lots because that is what comprises most of downtown: 87 acres of parking structures. Twenty-six percent of downtown land is used for parking. The next station was Crabtree’s. As part of the buildout, Crabtree and his team envision some residential apartments among condominiums, office space, vertical parking, green spaces, a movie theater, and eventually, a hotel connecting to the convention center. There could even be a water feature making use of the storm water, as the convention center and undeveloped land in front of it are right in the middle of a floodplain, and Town Creek runs underneath it all. The idea would be to
open it up and create a body of water where people could swim, boat and gather. Finally, attendees filled out color-coded cards to note things they wanted to see in downtown Jackson. Then, everyone pinned the card exactly where the proposed idea should go in the city, and ideas were connected with colorful strings of yarn. Some made serious suggestions. Charles Hatcher, the former director of finance and administration who resigned suddenly at the end of May, showed up to D3, giddy and smiling with his former coworkers like a recent graduate back on campus for the first time since his glory days. Hatcher suggested a convenience store on the perimeter of downtown. more DOWNTOWN p 8
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Others made light of the activity— one person suggested “Shade” as a program the city should implement. It instantly became a fan favorite.
the concept, but Kumar’s goal is to have a city space where people want to linger and make memories. “These people are not thinking that by the very act of you being here in down-
More green spaces, however, are not only cooling, they also represent a shift Kumar wants to achieve with his long-range planning group: going from seeing the worth in consumption to valuing production. For Kumar, the very act of being in a space is a way to produce quality of life for instance. He can’t put a pricing model on
town you’re producing,” Kumar said. “But most of the time people don’t value that. They just see the value in how much can I consume.” Rare Equitable Approach After the event some did linger in the way city planners want to happen regularly
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Director of Planning and Development Mukesh Kumar hopes to increase greenspace in downtown Jackson to create places for people to linger.
downtown. Matt Bolian was among them in his “JXN” shirt. Bolian left the area to serve in the military for seven years, and cried when he found out he had to come back to Jackson. “Jackson sucks; that’s just the reality,” he said after D3. As someone who worked on the Capitol Art Lofts downtown, Bolian is excited about being part of the movement to make the City better, but he still feels that the place, quite frankly, still sucks. But, he says, if you want to be in a place to make a difference, he sees Jackson as a topfive option for that. Even after Bolian left, Kumar stuck around and went back over some of the renderings. He is excited about the opportunity to develop such a huge portion of downtown, but he wants to make sure it happens equitably. He hopes to start funding the City’s affordable-housing trust fund, especially for the Fondren area—no one will be displaced with new downtown apartments because the area is so empty. This is not the case further north. Kumar hopes that as new opportunities attract new residents, a variety of people can benefit. “It would be entirely impractical to think that you should just try to attract 5,000 rich people or people who can afford it directly at the market rate,” he said.
ICE CREAM SAFARI When: Saturday, July 14, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Rep’ing: Meeko the Moonbear JFP Flavor: Moonbear Crunch (Moollenium Crunch) This equitable approach in favor of community input is rare. In most cases, communities get to react to a design firm’s prototype just before a groundbreaking. Kumar and his team will take feedback and come up with other iterations to ultimately roll into an RFP for a master developer. “It’s not a developer’s job to watch out for the interest of the public. ... That’s our job. We have to do that,” Kumar said. Email city reporter Ko Bragg at ko@ jacksonfreepress.com
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Melinda Medina, a community organizer for the Mississippi Immigrants’ Rights Alliance, speaks at a rally to end family separation on June 30.
she believes her face, along with those around her, are reminders of the “atrocities their white ancestors engaged in.” To Medina, America’s immigration policies are personal, including those that separate children from their families such as the “zero tolerance” practices President Donald Trump and Attorney General Jeff Sessions began instituting in April, including for people seeking asylum from violence. Medina’s family includes undocumented individuals who are married to United States citizens and have children who are citizens. While her immediate family is legally in the United States, Medina said deportation and separation remain a scary prospect in her extended family, and the government could separate her nieces and nephews from their parents. Medina attended and spoke at the Families Belong Together rally on June 30 in downtown Jackson because she does not believe in the U.S.’ current policies. More 100 people attended the rally, held outside the gates of the Governor’s Mansion. They stood in the mid-day sun
held in detention for an indefinite amount of time,” Medina told the Jackson Free Press. “Not only that, we’re against the prosecution of asylum seekers.” “Tell me what democracy looks like! This is what democracy looks like!”; “The people united will never be divided”; and “Say it loud, say it clear, refugees are welcome here” echoed throughout the rally. “Look in the mirror and what do you see? Do you see the nations you have destroyed to create your privilege?” Medina said. “There were 2,000 children who were ripped apart from their families, now suffering in detention. … Do innocent children whose only crime is existing belong in jail?” ‘People Heard the Cries’ The government sent the children separated from their families to at least 15 states across the nation, including Michigan, Oregon and Connecticut, The Washington Post reported. They live in a variety of places, including foster care, an old Walmart store and tents. Mississippi apparently did not receive any chil-
dren, even though the governor supports Trump’s immigration policies. The federal government has separated families from children after their arrest on the misdemeanor charge of crossing the border illegally, with many of them planning to ask for asylum, which must be requested on U.S. soil. Some of the later-separated families were turned away and not allowed to cross into official border stations even though they were seeking asylum, which is legal. In Michigan, three detained fathers who were in other states received transfers to a new jail, which moved them closer to their children. The children are in the care of Bethany Christian Services, an organization that provides services such as adoption and foster care. Then on July 10, the fathers were reunited with their children, although it is unclear if the fathers and children will be released, the Detroit Free Press reported. Reunification for all children and their families is supposed to happen by July 26, and those children 5 years old and younger should be reunited on July 10, U.S. District Judge Dana Sabraw ruled on June 26. About 100 children younger than 5 wait to be reunited, but the Trump administration said it will not meet the deadline. Instead, about 38 children were reunited with parents, and 27 children are not eligible for reunification, a filing from the U.S. Department of Justice shows.
But, reuniting families only to house them in detention facilities is not OK, Executive Director of American Civil Liberties Union Mississippi Jennifer Riley-Collins said at the rally. “We don’t want our children behind bars,” Riley-Collins said. “We don’t want our families behind bars. So we the people heard the cries. We the people spoke out. We are going to continue to speak out. That is how we take or country back. Not just in the courtroom, but in the streets and the ballot box.” U.S. District Judge Dolly Gee ruled July 9 that families cannot be reunified and still be detained as a family. The ruling that set the deadlines for family reunification also means families can no longer be separated, leaving the administration in limbo as it scrambles to find records for the families it separated. Gee suggested releasing families on bond until their next court date. At the time of publication, it is unclear what the Trump administration will do. ‘Abhorrent Damage’ An abundance of white, male lawmakers who benefit politically and otherwise from a harsh immigration system exacerbates the problem, ultimately oppressing minority voices, Medina said. “The problem with our governmore Immigration p10
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et out of our country, you don’t belong!” When Melinda Medina hears those words, she feels sad for the person targeting her as a Hispanic woman who descends from a Mexican family. Although the American was born in Texas,
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IMMIGRATION ment leaders is they no longer fear ‘We the people,’” Medina said. “We have allowed the power to shift. But, we can,
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and we will take it back. Together we can make a difference. Let’s show them, who we have hired by vote to do the job we have elected for them to do, just what it means to be ‘We the people.’” Gov. Phil Bryant was all-in on Trump’s family-immigration policy from the beginning. “Like I shared with President Trump at the White House recently, America is a nation of laws, and I am grateful his administration is enforcing them. Every state must make similar decisions when removing a child who has been neglected or abused by their parents. It is an unfortunate reality of our justice system,” he told The Clarion-Ledger. No U.S. law, however, requires separating children from parents who cross the border illegally or try to seek asylum to escape violence or domestic abuse back home. An essential part of taking the power back is voting in the Nov. 6 election and in the November 2019 election, because state and federal representation matters, Danyelle Holmes, the national organizer for the Mississippi Poor People’s Campaign, said at the rally. Mississippi Alliance of State Employees President Brenda Scott spoke about how workers’ rights are reduced and voting is the best way to change the issue.
“If we don’t go in the polls, put all our differences aside, vote for the bread and butter issues, vote for what unites us, then we can blame anybody but ourselves,” Scott said. “We’ve got to make a change. Everybody leave here with the determination to do more than what you did before you got here.” However, voting might not be enough to make a difference, and more direct action might be necessary, speaker Joe Jordan said. “If being comfortable and being legitimate and being polite is more important to you than protecting our families and our way of life, I don’t care who votes, we’re not going to change anything,” Jordan said. No matter what, the drive to change immigration policies and help minorities succeed in the United States must continue, Riley-Collins said. “We’re going to keep resisting,” Riley-Collins said. “We’re going to keep fighting in the court. We’re going to keep marching in the street. We’re going to hold Congress, we’re going to hold this governor accountable. Because abhorrent damage is being done to young lives.” Read more at jfp.ms/immigration.
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ome Jacksonians may not have been familiar with the Poor People’s Campaign before a group of protestors burned the state flag in front of the Governor’s Mansion on Monday, June 25, while roaring, “No more hate in our state.” Maybe those people haven’t been watching the evening news or maybe they don’t have their finger on the pulse of social unrest in Mississippi, or maybe they just don’t care enough to keep up with the laundry list of complaints brought forth by a group that seeks to lift the state’s people out of poverty. It may not be easy to see the connection between poverty and the state flag, but if the demonstration on Capitol Street taught any lesson, it was that the Mississippi Poor People’s Campaign is not only about poverty. In summer 2017, I first encountered the Poor People’s Campaign in a muggy gymnasium of Madison S. Palmer High School in Marks, Miss., my stomach bursting with fried catfish and Delta grits. I was sitting at a round picnic table with Sen. David Lee Jordan and retired journalist and professor Hodding Carter III. At that time, I was filming a documentary about Sen. Robert F. Kennedy’s tour of the Delta in April 1967, and the Jackson office of Marian Wright Edelman’s Children’s Defense Fund had invited me to join the 50th anniversary tour of the Delta. Edelman was a hero of mine, a titan of the Civil Rights Movement in Mississippi. As Edelman spoke, and as a cohort of community organizers followed to testify to the leaps and bounds Quitman County was making toward prosperity, Jordan and Carter told me about the significance of Marks, a town I personally had never heard of and had never dreamt of visiting. They told me about Rev. Martin Luther King’s visit in 1966. He wept tears as he encountered the Delta’s poverty, a rare breed of all-encompassing, racialized suffocation, they said. They told me about the birth of the first Poor People’s Campaign and the Mule Train. All of it had begun right there in Marks. As a history nerd, I was eating it up and wanted to know more. So when Jordan checked his phone, said his goodbyes to Carter and myself, and left the gym, I was disappointed. I leaned over and asked Carter why he left. “Two boys were just shot in his district,” Carter said. Less than a year later, when Revs. Wil-
Some people may not have been familiar with the Poor People’s Campaign before Monday, June 25, when a group of protestors burned a state flag in front of the Governor’s Mansion in downtown Jackson. That got people’s attention.
liam Barber and Liz Theoharis traveled to Marks to organize and galvanize support for a new, comprehensive Poor People’s Campaign, I remembered Jordan scurrying out of the assembly to respond to another community crisis. The Poor People’s Campaign in Mississippi is a reaction to those two boys being shot in Greenwood. It’s a reaction to decades of violence ripping through poor communities in the state. It’s a reaction to decades of neglect, hunger, manipulation,
It’s about dignity. disfranchisement and social asphyxiation that have made life as a poor person in America unbearable. This movement, the movement that brought those protesters to the governor’s front door on Capitol Street, is not only a call for economic reform or a new welfare initiative; it’s a demand for an overhaul of the American fabric of inequality. Inequality is a holistic infection. It invades homes and tears through communities, often through violence, such as in Greenwood last summer and in communities across Mississippi every day. And the state flag, in its own covert fashion, sends the message that the state government is not here to help.
The 2018 Poor People’s Campaign, self-described as a “national call for moral revival,” operates on intersectional principles to address these issues, principles that have reverberated from Ferguson, Mo., to Cleveland to Jackson, Miss. Namely, that no one in the wealthiest nation in the history of human civilization, which proclaims itself to be the oldest democracy in the world, should be forced to live or die without even a chance to truly live. It’s not just about poverty. It’s about dignity. At the Old Capitol Museum in downtown Jackson, there is a board where visitors post messages. The museum was one of the first places I visited when my family moved to the city after I left home for college, and I was struck by the thoughts people before me had left behind. Among the comments, scribbled in handwriting indicative of scribes young and old, were a number of notes imploring elected officials to change the state flag. Visitors cited legacies of slavery, of hate, of violence, of a generational trauma that students should not be reminded of every time they walk into their public schools—the erasure of their human right to dignity. The Poor People’s Campaign is fighting for them, too. Junior Walters, a student at Rhodes College in Memphis, Tenn., writes about economic justice in the Mississippi Delta and state politics. This column does not necessarily reflect the views of the JFP.
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right morning light beamed through the windows in Mayor Chokwe Antar Lumumba’s meeting space that connects to his office on the third floor of Jackson City Hall. It was the kind of sunshine that creates a glare, posing an issue for the mayor on July 5—he needed to get the best view of his father in archival footage from the Mississippi Department of Archives and History. The son and other chief administrators were meeting with a campaign supporter, Dominic DeLeo, who had brought clips to share following a meeting about the “One Lake” proposal. “That’s my dad!” The mayor yelled out, as the late Chokwe Lumumba emerged on the screen, slender and consumed by a well-rounded afro. The mayor’s driver, Ervin Bradley, who goes by Hondo, got up to close the blinds. As everyone around the table swiveled the chairs to face the screen, the room fell silent, mainly because the vol14 ume on this footage was so low.
The video came from Land Celebration Day, which took place in Bolton in western Hinds County back in 1971. The event represented a benchmark in the Republic of New Afrika’s plan to create independent black communities in the Deep South. The plan was for Mississippi to be an anchor, considering its potential to become a black empowerment zone. The hope was that black people from everywhere would come here as refugees of racism, white supremacy and poverty. Law enforcement on every level grew concerned about the celebration set for March 1971. State, county and federal officials raided RNA member’s homes and arrested them for being armed, as they almost always were. At the same time, musicians and other invited guests declined to attend the land celebration. However, then-Bolton City Councilman Bennie Thompson and state Rep. Robert Clark, Mississippi’s first black legislator since Reconstruction, spoke out against the police interference in defense of the RNA, reads Akinyele Omowale
Umoja’s 2013 book “We Will Shoot Back: Armed Resistance in the Mississippi Freedom Movement.” “This is where the term ‘Free the Land’ comes from,” the mayor said as he watched the video. Chief of Staff Safiya Omari and Lumumba shouted out names of the various RNA members they recognized on the screen such as Alajo Adegbalola, whom Omari and Lumumba called referred to as just “Brother Alajo.” The mayor’s eyes lit up, in awe of how young his father looked, a man he said he does not recall without gray hair. The elder Lumumba was in his early 20s then, wearing a black turtleneck and black jacket. “It’s funny, you look just like him,” Jackson’s Chief Administrative Officer Robert Blaine said to his boss. Blaine also serves as the interim director of the Department of Finance since Charles Hatcher resigned the position at the end of May. Others around the room remarked that the father and son make the same gestures, as they both talk with their hands. The mayor wanted to see footage of
the barricade of law enforcement trying to prevent RNA members from having the land celebration. His father was head of security at that time, and he went to talk to the officers. “My dad’s words to them were: If there’s going to be bloodshed, it’s going to be on both sides, right? And that’s when he said it opened up like the Red Sea,” the mayor told his colleagues. The late Lumumba captured the room through that television screen as he was known to do during his life. His principles, values and vision cemented a world-renowned legacy that his namesake most closely adopted. But, this mayor also wants to make a name for himself. “I feel I always reflect back on my dad because he was my hero, but I feel comfortable being me,” the mayor told the Jackson Free Press. “So it’s a path that he led me on, but it’s my own walk.” Scratching the Surface Jackson’s youngest mayor, now 35, assumed his official duties on July 3, 2017,
Bobbing, Weaving in Crisis City Hall, the edifice, is sturdy. Slaves built it by hand in the 1840s, and it withstood the Civil War when Confederate and Union soldiers laid their heads in the hospital erected in the government building. Inside, however, Lumumba and his closest advisers, hailing primarily from academia, have had to get their hands dirty with proverbial bricklaying. Following the school-district emergency, the City bobbed and weaved through a winter water crisis, the everlooming consent decree with the Environmental Protection Agency over wastewater handling, and constant calls about insurmountable Siemens Inc. water bills past administrations have dealt with too. Additionally, Lumumba has had three police chiefs, a rising homicide count including multiple lethal officer-involved shootings, and the death of a local high
Left to right: Dominic DeLeo, Safiya Omari, the mayor and the JFP’s Ko Bragg watch 1971 MDAH footage of the elder Chokwe Lumumba on July 5 in City Hall.
his advisers reached an unexpected compromise with conservative Gov. Phil Bryant to keep the school district in local control. The new deal meant the past school board had to resign, and the mayor had to appoint a brand new one. Blaine praises the new board, especially President Jeanne Hairston for her leadership. But, the board is still short one member, whom Blaine says should be confirmed this summer. Omari feels like this bipartisan workaround really put Lumumba on the map. “People talk about the national exposure that he has and all the places that he’s invited to speak ... but a lot of that came out of the fact that he was bold enough to expend political capital to step out there and say, ‘I’m going to work with this conservative governor to save our schools because our kids are what matters,’” she said.
school girl due to City negligence. In almost every one of these situations, including Frances Fortner’s death, the City lacked the necessary protocols in place to respond effectively or to prevent such tragedies in the first place. The mayor said he realized the City’s foundation was “far worse than even anticipated.” Radicalness has a less common definition: forming a basis or foundation. As constituents took campaign signs out of their yards and Lumumba and his appointees settled in, the administration had to apply their radical vision to structuring the city’s government. Still, Lumumba thinks they’re moving at the necessary pace to develop long-term change. “Sometimes I realize that a lot of what we’ve been dealing with in our first year— there have been some radical things here
and there—but to me they seem very basic and standard. But we’re only scratching the surface right now,” he said. Owning a Fatal Failure The day before Frances Fortner, 18, was set to graduate from Jackson Academy was one of the first sweltering days in the City. People had just begun to reintroduce open-toe shoes for the season, and businessmen rolled up the sleeves of their buttonups or traded them for polos all together. It was officially the season for riding with the windows down, or, if possible, with the top off altogether. Fortner cruised down Ridgewood Road around noon on May 17 in her mother’s red convertible, her similarly colored hair probably tousling in the wind as she drove to meet her peers for graduation rehearsal. She went over an unsecured manhole, and her car did a 180-degree flip. Fortner was pronounced dead at an area hospital. Jacksonians shuddered. Mayor Lumumba got word almost immediately. He was on the scene that afternoon with members of his security detail. Jackson’s first lady, Ebony Lumumba, said she called to check on him because she knows how personally he feels these types of things, especially as a parent. “Heartbreaking isn’t a strong enough of a tone for what that felt like…,” Ebony said in a phone interview as the newest addition, Nubia, slept on her chest. “My husband is not a stranger to loss, and tragic loss at that, so that’s what I mean when I know how these types of things affect him.” Ebony said their conversation focused on how to cater to the emotional well-being of the Fortner family. Four days later, the mayor took responsibility on behalf of the City for the incident that led to Fortner’s death. “I feel that it is my responsibility as mayor of this city to be honest to the Fortner family and to be honest to the citizens of Jackson and acknowledge that the City of Jackson failed to appropriately secure the site at the time that we learned that the manhole cover was not properly in place,” Lumumba said then. Lumumba chose honesty, despite advisors urging him to choose another route. “He received a lot of counsel against coming out and admitting that the City’s response was not what it should have been,” Omari said. “He listened to all the voices and he said, ‘Look y’all, my heart is telling me that this is what I have to do.’” The mayor says the Fortner case was a personal test of his values. “If I claim to be a radical mayor, and I claim we’re going to be a radical city, then we need to step away from the norms of finding every little way to avoid where we know we failed, and we have to be bold
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taking a radical stance, Priester finds that municipal government should be boring, but if the goal is transformation, then capitalizing on technology and operations would be a game changer. “From my end, effective technocratic government would be a radical accomplishment,” Priester said. Omari now wonders if they’ve been radical enough. She paused, and then laughed after mulling that question over. “The younger me would say, ‘nah, we haven’t been radical.’ But the older, more seasoned me would say ‘yeah, some of the things we’ve done have been,’” she said. Avoiding the Jackson Public School District state takeover is one example that virtually everyone in City Hall agrees demonstrates not only the best day of the last year, but also one of the most radical things to happen in this administration. A few months after the mayor took office, he and
and since then, he has been on a determined-but-rocky mission, as the world looks on. The mayor knows that his popularity stems from who his parents were, but also who the nation is in this moment. “I think also our willingness to embrace radical instead of running away from it is something that the country is kind of in this curious space where, whether you’re considered far-left or far-right, we’re exploring change,” Lumumba said sitting in a wheeled office chair in the same place he watched footage of his dad earlier. Omari has served as the chief of staff for both Lumumbas. She is careful about comparing the two. “Chokwe Sr. was very thoughtful and deliberate,” she told the Jackson Free Press. “But I can’t say that without it seeming like he’s not,” Omari added, gesturing toward the mayor’s office down the hall. “He’s also thoughtful and deliberate, but in a different way.” Omari finds things more fast-paced in this era, and although both men had the same vision, she says the elder Lumumba had a council that was willing to work really closely with him. Now she finds more resistance. “With this council, I think Antar had some big shoes to fill just really based on the name,” she said. City Council Vice President Virgi Lindsay of Ward 7 has been critical of council decorum in her first year in the role, and hopes to get more efficient. “I’ve come to realize that we all are very committed to the City, and really at the end of the day we all are motivated by our desire to see a better City. But, do I wish we could have the one-hour power meeting? You bet,” she said. In this next year, and after a number of open clashes with the council over latehour requests and the thinly stretched budget, Omari wants to step into the role of facilitating communication early on with the council so that the administration can hash out everything before things go on the agenda. However, newly minted Council President Melvin Priester Jr. feels immune to the back-and-forth in meetings because he’s a lawyer by trade, but he also finds them necessary for transparency’s sake. “[P]eople all the time say you should have the meeting before the meeting, but that goes against the spirit of the Open Meetings Act,” Priester said in a phone interview. “So a certain amount of this stuff does have to occur publicly.” After five years on the city council, Priester has gotten used to how administrations spend the first year getting settled in, then year two and three implementing things, so that city officials can show results in year four—the re-election year. Although the mayor campaigned on
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Kicking the Can When Bob Miller listens, he furrows his brow, and he has a tell whenever he is about to respond: his head bows into a sharp nod or two. He responds to everyone methodically, be it a council member or a reporter, often elevating conversation a step further with context and an endearing anecdote. Still, Miller feels as though there is a better listener: Mayor Lumumba. “He is perhaps the best listener I’ve ever known in my life,” Miller said. “He listens very, very attentively. And he carefully considers what you say. And frankly, as a lifelong municipal employee, having a boss that actually listens and cares, that’s a good thing.” Miller has been one of Lumumba’s most fundamental hires, and he almost didn’t take the job. At first, Miller was willing to serve as an unpaid adviser because he was not looking to move from New Orleans where he served as deputy director of the Sewerage and Water Board in New Orleans for eight years. Still, Lumumba remained persistent, asking Miller to pray for him and his City, and promising to do the same in return. Finally, Lumumba invited Miller to church at Free Christian Church. Miller says that if you ever want to take somebody’s measure, you take him to church 16 to see how he interacts with his family, his
declining revenue, flat population growth, a federal consent decree. “It’s just tough because things get kicked down the road proverbially because we don’t have money to deal with it,” Priester said in an interview. “I think the vision that the Lumumba administration, and particularly Dr. Blaine, have tried to craft is: Let’s use technology to change our processes, and, let’s actually make the investment necessary to do that with our limited resources.” Now, Blaine and Miller are working on plans that include GIS mapping to get Delreco Harris
enough to even confront ourselves,” the mayor said recently. As the mayor explained in the press conference following Fortner’s passing, Public Works is not a first-response department, but he still wants to get better equipped. The public-works director wants the same thing. The perennially kind and professional Bob Miller, director of public works, who claims to like Monday mornings so much that he spends his Sunday evenings looking forward to the next day, said the Fortner death is a personal tragedy he and everyone involved will never quite get over. His nearly 37-year career in this business did not prepare him for that Thursday afternoon. “I’ve had occasions to be exposed when there was serious injury or loss of life,” Miller said. “But that one, I expect, will grieve me for the rest of my life. It drives me to make sure that and all of the other possible risks don’t ever happen again.”
minister and his God. He found himself impressed with the mayor. “And this is going to sound a little corny, but I did not want to miss out,” Miller said in an interview. Miller says Lumumba stays engaged in every aspect of running the public-works department. The two men steered the City through a $1.6-million water crisis during which “peanut-brittle pipes,” as Miller called them, burst at rapid rates, and water pressure plummeted in the unusually frigid temperatures. At one point, 70 percent of schools had
Mayor Chokwe A. Lumumba had lunch at Pearl’s Southern Cooking in south Jackson on July 5, 2018. He finished his meal with peach cobbler.
little to no water pressure. When students finally went back to school in mid-January after an extended winter break, they were met with hand sanitizer, sack lunches and portable restrooms. Robert Blaine reflected on this crisis made worse by the City’s lack of standard operating procedures for such an emergency: no contracts in the till, no guidelines for what to do when water tanks lose pressure and no electronic map of the water system. “Literally, we had people walking down the street to figure out where a valve was,” Blaine said. “None of those emergency-preparation pieces had been in place, and the fact that we had to improvise all of that was a huge challenge.” Councilman Priester finds that Jackson is almost always in a state of emergency because of problems the last several administrations have had to deal with: stagnant or
rid of the City’s reliance on paper maps. Also, Miller finally got the council to agree to keep contractors on retainer, especially with the crisis the City’s water and sewer system faces now. The administration has few in-house resources to tackle sewer-system failures and nearly 100 water-system breaks and leaks as of mid-June. Miller had gone back to the drawing board a few times to tweak the contingency contracts to make the council more comfortable with the dollar amount and equal business opportunity requirements. But, this time was dire: the EPA was watching. The mayor told the council that the administration would have to report the council’s decision about fixing the sewers to the EPA just two days after the meeting. So, he and Miller presented these contracts as an emergency item. Aaron Banks of Ward 6 made it clear
he would vote against this item because he wanted not only the EPA requirements in writing, but a list of projects the contractors would tackle. This forced a second council meeting the next day because emergency items require unanimous votes to pass. Miller provided the council a list then, and the item passed unanimously. However, the delay worried the EPA. The mayor expects a warning letter from the U.S. Department of Justice. In April, Miller and Blaine had a sixhour-long meeting with the regional EPA office in Atlanta about the consent decree. Blaine said the interaction was intense, but in the end, he said the EPA took Miller’s plan for how to deal with the federal regulations “word for word,” only asking that he include a timeline. Blaine says the ultimate goal is to renegotiate a consent decree because the one on the table is far too expensive for Jackson. In the face of the winter-water crisis, Miller had to delay tackling the Siemens Inc. water-meter issues. But, in late April he presented a contract “scope swap” to the council that uses $1.1 million already in the contract to pay Siemens’ contractors to fix the billing system by September and start collecting anywhere from $10 million to $20 million in revenue that the City failed to recoup in Miller’s tenure alone. Then, Miller wants them gone. Nearly 20,000 customers got water to their homes without paying for it because they were “stranded in the system,” so if they did get a bill, it could be thousands of dollars because the meter readings have been arbitrary. As of the first week of July, 9,000 customers have been billed for more than $8 million, and half those customers have begun making progress payments amounting to more than $900,000 in cash so far. Miller estimates that the City is halfway through the needed work, and the project is moving like clockwork, he says. To gauge that accurately, the council agreed to bring in West Monroe Partners, LLC, of Chicago to ensure Siemens is in full compliance in executing this contract amendment. Priester said Miller and Blaine impress him, but he finds the administration organized in some parts, and imbalanced in others. The councilman related this year to a game of Jenga. In order to not collapse everything, the administration has had to be careful. But, to keep the pace of the game going, officials also have to get over what the Priester calls “decision paralysis” and make crucial choices, while also keeping in mind how the pieces rely on each other. Like a Jenga tower after a few rounds, there are holes in the administration, and the longer you stay in the game, the harder it gets. more The Antar Era, p 18
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chief—we need to see someone that people feel warmly towards, they’re encouraged to talk to, communicate with,” Lumumba said of Interim Chief Davis. Although Lumumba will also look nationwide for chief options, he says this is the season for Davis to prove himself. Davis inherits a police department bound for change. The understaffed department is working on a new recruit class. At the same time, a mayoral-appointed task force, chaired by his friend and former law partner CJ Lawrence, wrestles with how the City will handle officer-involved shootings and the timeframe in which officers’ names would be released, if at all. The task force has been meeting bi-weekly since April, and has yet to make a decision—the mayor says Delreco Harris
People-Oriented Policing Following his morning duties at City Hall on June 5, the mayor got into the passenger’s seat of a black SUV, and his driver Hondo took him to Pearl’s Southern Cooking in south Jackson. Lumumba’s phone connected via Bluetooth with the car’s radio system and he scrolled through his music library looking for the right song. North Carolina native J. Cole is the mayor’s favorite, but he afforded this superlative with a caveat: he doesn’t always like to listen to “conscious music.” He went through Drake’s new album “Scorpion” and listed his favorite songs; “Blue Tint” was among them. Hondo whips through Jackson’s streets as though he is trying to set a record. Another car with the rest of the mayor’s security detail trailed closely, and the men communicated via walkie-talkie the entire route, joking about who will miss the exit this time. Whether the mayor is out to dinner with his wife or at a city council meeting, you will never see him without some combination of the protective tetrad. Inside the restaurant, the men dished heaps of macaroni and cheese, yams, smothered and fried chicken, lima beans, green beans, turnip greens and various baked breads onto their plates. As Hondo ate chicken and piled up the bones on a separate plate, the other men around the table joked about his age. Hondo went to Alcorn State University in the 1970s, and the men around the table wondered if he had used a horse and buggy to get back to Jackson. They erupted into laughter at each new joke, egging each other on, making the stakes higher for the next punchline. “You see how they do me?” Hondo asked rhetorically in his raspy voice that always gives the impression he needs to clear his throat. “Write this stuff down.” He laughed too, though, flashing a single capped tooth. However, things have not been as jovial with the capital city’s protection arm, which 18
still does not have a permanent leader. The mayor does not want to rush his decision on a permanent police chief, which he sees as the most critical one he faces, especially when he did not expect to have to do so. “When I first came in office, my anticipation was that I had my chief—he was already there,” Lumumba said of now-retired Lee Vance, who left the post in December 2017 with rumors of differences of philosophy with the mayor. Lumumba brought in Anthony Moore as the first interim chief in January. He was difficult to schedule interviews with and elusive at press conferences, where he often hesitated to step up to the podium. Although Moore brought a promising resume with an academic background in
Mayor Lumumba (right) talks to CAO Robert Blaine in City Hall on July 5, 2018, as his driver Ervin “Hondo” Bradley (center) looks on after a meeting about the “One Lake” development and flood-control project.
criminal justice and 34 years on the force, it is unclear if he will remain with the force in the future. “I appreciate the service of Chief Moore, and as we have elevated all of the factors to be considered, there was a need to go in a different direction,” the mayor said. “That doesn’t mean that his efforts weren’t sincere, that doesn’t mean that he didn’t provide valuable contribution to our City.” The new interim chief, James Davis, appointed June 28, is in many ways the antithesis to Moore, at least personality-wise. The mayor likes that Davis has a significant presence in the community. “He is a people person, and I think that we need to see that out of our police
he eagerly awaits the recommendation, and Omari thinks it is taking too long. The task force members set an August deadline to wrap up and provide recommendations. Tetrina Blalock lost her cousin Lee Edward Bonner in February when two officers, Roy Dickerson and Warren Hull, shot him over a dozen times behind an abandoned house following a narcotics pursuit near Jackson State University. “I want officers names released,” Blalock told the Jackson Free Press in March. “It’s amazing to me that (they’ll) release the name of a victim, but you won’t release the name of the officer.” Dickerson and Hull were not indicted, an April Hinds County grand jury no-
bill list shows. Her family is not the only one without answers. Two JPD officers, Rakasha Adams and Albert Taylor, shot and killed Crystalline Barnes, 21, following a traffic stop in January. A grand jury didn’t indict them either. A high-profile Baltimore lawyer hosted an impromptu press conference on the lawn outside of City Hall in May demanding the same thing Tetrina wanted in her cousin’s case: names and transparency. “It’s so many names swept up under that rug of fatal police shootings, that rug has now become a mountain,” Blalock said in March. Lumumba says he personally believes in releasing names following officer-involved shootings, and he intended to make the nationally recommended 72-hour name release Jackson’s practice as well, so long as there was no credible threat to officer’s safety. Omari and Blaine had gone over to JPD headquarters to discuss this policy in the spring, but it didn’t go well. “It was met with 100-percent disagreement from the police department,” Omari said in her office. “… The question that I raised in that initial meeting was, ‘If 72 hours doesn’t give you enough time, how much time do you need?’ And they couldn’t answer that question.” To Omari, it was not a question of releasing names or not, but rather when? Within hours of that meeting, the Jackson Police Department organized a meeting at headquarters on March 27 for citizens to stand in solidarity with them, in hopes that they would go speak at the council meeting later that night. Only one woman did. In a April Jackson Free Press opinion piece titled, “The Mayor’s Task Farce,” criminal-defense attorney Adofo Minka wrote, “(Mayor Lumumba) could have issued an executive order mandating the names of officers involved in violence against civilians be released without the smoke screen of a task force.” The officer-ID task force was a compromise with JPD, and also a way for Lumumba to implement the people-first political style he learned from his father. He finds criticism that he chose a bureaucratic approach to be “unfounded.” “If I am going to submit to a people process, then that means I have to even live by it even when it does not necessarily reflect my personal principles and beliefs,” he said. “... The higher principle that I’m going to engage on people has to win out.” At the same time, the City is well on track to outpace last year’s 64 homicides with 54 at press time with nearly a half-year left. At least three of those stem from officerinvolved shootings. Often, crimes such as homicide take place among familial groups of people, but the local news’ nightly array
returned to Jackson from Washington D.C. to take over the job after a rocky first year for that department. Her first few weeks in the role brought small, but notable changes, such as press releases following press conferences that come in the body of the email instead of always as a PDF. She responds quickly to media requests, and her helpful attitude goes a long way toward being able to document important stories at home. “Bringing on Candice Cole is a huge step for us. To be able to have someone that is a professional in communications will help to tell the story of how Jackson is actually transforming,” Blaine said in an interview in his office. Another critical hire is Michelle L. Thomas, the City’s new financial consultant who is helping Blaine balance the added role of Interim Director of Finance. She comes to Jackson in the midst of an audit and just ahead of budget season with a track record of getting municipal finances in order, including in Newark, N.J. The man who promised to make Jackson the most radical city in the world has seen perhaps one of the most tangible changes in his own home. He and Ebony welcomed their second daughter in March. And as the first family watches their girls grow, Ebony said she has seen her husband do the same. “He has grown in many ways ... I see characteristics that were already there, they’ve just been sharpened or honed in this position,” Ebony said. Ebony finds her husband more comfortable with how deep his feelings for people run into the work he does, as he sets the tone for Mississippi’s capital city, but also for his young girls. Their oldest daughter, Alaké, had been asking who her mother was talking to on the phone initially during the interview, but by the end of the conversation, she had dozed off. Ebony isn’t sure the 4-year-old quite knows what her father’s job is, but the only reality she knows is one where her dad’s face is plastered on signs and commercials. Not too far off, one can imagine, from how her grandfather’s prominence shaped the mayor’s life. “This is perfectly normal for her,” Ebony said. “She’s probably the only one who feels that way. ... She has big expectations for her dad. I think that comes becomes because in her little world, he’s always been a little larger than life.” Email city reporter Ko Bragg at ko@ jacksonfreepress.com. Read more at jfp.ms/ Lumumba and follow Ko on Twitter at @keaux_ for breaking news.
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“[W]e have to be bold enough to even confront ourselves.” communities. He brought a violenceprevention leader from New York City in June to assess the city’s potential to create a force of interrupters—typically former criminals who are trained to mentor and “interrupt” violence with direct interaction with high-risk young people. The mayor’s sister, Rukia Lumumba, hosted a people’s assembly on crime that same week. But no specifics have emerged from the efforts to date. Lumumba knows such programs require the f-word—funding. “As radical as I want to be, if I don’t have the money to achieve any of this, then it really ties my hands,” the mayor said. ‘Larger than Life’ A lot can change in a year, but a lot of things stay the same in a full revolution around the sun. This first year in the “Antar Era” has been a reactionary one. Blaine’s hope is to become an intelligent city by using data through OpenGov for instance, instead of continuing on this path of anecdotal decision making. “When you can be predictive, then you can actually determine your preferred future,” Blaine said. “In any other scenario, you are actually waiting for the future to happen and reacting to it. Data and technology become especially important for hiring: a process the City still does by having people physically take applications across the City to get signatures. A consulting firm is looking into digitizing this process now through an enterprise resource planning (ERP) system. One of those recent hires is Candice Cole, the city’s new communication manager and a former reporter for WJTV, who
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of mugshots can heighten the perception that Jackson is a war zone. The mayor says whether or not people are statistically more likely to be hurt is not the point. “If you don’t feel safe it’s a problem— it’s as big of a problem as the reality or the perception is,” the mayor said. Lumumba talked about an alternative reality: violence-interrupter training to make an impact where police aren’t or don’t need to be—homes and nuclear
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ff part of the Natchez Trace for MPB in marketParkway in Ridgeland, a wooding and development en boardwalk trails over a patch from October 2010 of woods. In the middle are two to June 2012. She wide trails, a hill of trees and plants sitbecame executive diting between them. In the 1800s, this rector for the Craftsmarked the north and south lanes of the men’s Guild in 2012. old Natchez Trace, and was once where “I like jobs that Brashear’s Stand (back then, a stand was promote positivity of a hotel) was located. Mississippi,” she says. At the end of the raised boardwalk, “Craft art is something A spinning wheel is on display a sign reads “Mississippi Craft Center,” that Mississippians reon the second floor of the the while the other side says “Natchez Trace ally excel in, so I love Mississippi Craft Center. Parkway.” The walkway, which the having the opportunity Craftsmen’s Guild of Mississippi built Displays in the Mississippi to help promote this in 2016 and the Mississippi Wildlife, Craft Center, including one platform for others to Fisheries and Parks funded, connects near the center’s store, see just how talented we are. Mississippi’s the Ridgeland Multi-Use Trail, part of feature examples of crafts creative spirit is almost unmatched.” which crosses the Trace, to what Execu- from across the state of The guild holds a juried selection for tive Director Nancy Perkins says is the Mississippi. potential members in March and August. real front entrance to the craft center. Artists must apply for a specific medium Unlike the entrance on Rice Road, the and category, and submit three pieces boardwalk entrance provides direct accompleted in the last two years and five A loom holds threads at the cess from Natchez Trace. photos of works over the last five years, along with a Mississippi Craft Center’s bio and artist statement. Once craftspeople make “We’re trying to get word out about weaving studio. it into the guild, they must re-jury every three that,” Perkins says, and the guild is also tryyears, until their ninth year, ing to improve the entrance, such as adding when they become a fellow. an awning over the door. Prior to the guild’s founding, Gov. Wil “Once you make it liam Waller and then-Delta State Univerin at the nine-year point, sity graduate student and craftsman Dan they figure that you Overly had come to the same concluprobably know what sion: Mississippi needed an organization you’re doing,” Jackson of craftspeople. The two connected and artist and Craftsmen’s started the guild in 1973. Guild member Elaine Over the 40 years since its foundMaisel says. ing, the guild has grown from just a few Maisel, whom Elaine Maisel’s “Backyard Beasts” is on display at the craftspeople to 359 members, 80 percent of most may know for her Mississippi Craft Center’s George Berry Gallery. which reside in Mississippi, and the mempaintings on feathers, bers specialize in everything from wood has been a member turning to clay pottery to iron works. of the guild for six Since 2007, the guild has been years. This August, she will undergo in its current location, the Missisher six-year review. sippi Craft Center, a gray modern-style “The very first time I applied, I building with large glass windows and wasn’t sure if I get in because I paint folk art dotting the landscape. This fall, on feathers, and I wasn’t sure if they’d the Mississippi Craft Center will be reconsider that painting or a craft,” dedicated as the William Lowe (Bill) she says. “... Now that I’ve been in six A boardwalk connects the Waller, Sr. Craft Center. years, I feel pretty confident that I won’t Natchez Trace with the Perkins has been the executive direchave any trouble because I’ve improved Mississippi Craft Center. tor since July 1, 2012. She was born in each time. One nice thing about the Jackson, but grew up in Gulfport and review process is that it ... pushes has lived in cities such as Los you to improve your craft because display in the gallery through the end of July. Angeles and Atlanta, and people are watching.” “The (Craftsmen’s Guild) is a good bunch of moved back to Mississippi Some of Maisel’s work is people,” she says. in 2001. She was the execucurrently in the center’s George tive producer of on-air fundBerry Gallery in an exhibit The Mississippi Craft Center (950 Rice Road, Ridgeland, raising for Mississippi Public titled “Backyard Beasts,” with 601-856-7546) is open Monday through Saturday from Broadcasting from April 2002 paintings of foxes, insects and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday from noon to 5 p.m. For more to April 2009, then worked more. Her work will be on information, visit craftsmensguildofms.org. 20 Amber Helsel
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7.19.18 THIRD THURSDAY POP-UP EXHIBITION | 5:30 PM-until The Museum School Summer Camp Showcase
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So you think there’s nothing to do in Jackson? Visit JFPEVENTS.COM for more. COMMUNITY Events at Two Mississippi Museums (222 North St.) • History Is Lunch July 11, noon-1 p.m. B. Brian Foster, associate professor of sociology at the University of Mississippi, presents on the topic “‘That’s for the White Folks’: Race, Culture and (Un)making Place in the Rural South.” Free admission; mdah.ms.gov. • People, Politics & the Press July 14, 9 a.m.4:30 p.m. Reason to go: JFP city reporter Ko Bragg is on a panel about millennials in the media at 2 p.m. (and will talk about more than her age group.) Registration is required. Boxed lunches are available for purchase. Free admission, $10.90 lunch; find it on Facebook. Beer & Business July 11, 5:30 p.m., at CS’s Restaurant (1359 N. West St.). Henry Davis with the City of Jackson Community Improvement Office presents on the topic “Strategy for Addressing Blighted Housing.” Beer and food served. Admission TBA; find it on Facebook.
Neon Night July 14, 8 p.m.-midnight, at Mississippi Children’s Museum (2145 Museum Blvd.). The museum’s summer fundraising event features local food trucks, live music, cocktails and more. $50 in advance, $55 at the door; mschildrensmuseum.org.
An Evening with James Meredith July 17, 7-8 p.m., at Brandon Public Library (1475 W. Government St., Brandon). The Brandon Historical & Genealogical Society and Rankin Historical Society present the talk with civil rights icon James Meredith. Free; find it on Facebook. “Christmas in July” Gardening Event July 19, 10 a.m.-3 p.m., at Pearl Community Center (2420 Old Brandon Road, Pearl). The Rankin County Master Gardeners present the event featuring workshops and speaker James DelPrince.
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The “Triggered” Mississippi Film Premiere is at 7 p.m. at Malco Grandview Cinema (221 Grandview Blvd., Madison). Mississippi-native filmmaker Chris Moore’s dark-comedy thriller is about two teenagers who fake an attack by a serial killer and find themselves in the sights of the real killer. For mature audiences only. Tickets must be purchased in advance. Bring confirmation via phone or paper. $10 admission; call 601-613-9202; find it on Facebook.
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FLEET July Portfolio Social July 12, 5:30-7:30 p.m., at Mantle. City Club + Inc. ubator (622 Duling Ave.). The social event for Jackson creatives features a portfolio showcase featuring work from Roderick Red and Erin Foster, and food from CityHeart Creative. Free admission; find it on Facebook. CommUNITY Collaboration: Building Relationships July 14, 4:30 p.m., at Kundi Compound (256 E. Fortification St.). The event features discussions on topics such as networking, positioning, identifying potential collaborators and more. Free admission; find it on Facebook.
Renaissance Christmas in July is from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the Renaissance at Colony Park (1000 Highland Colony Pkwy., Ridgeland). The holiday-themed event features summer sales, prize drawings, refreshments and more. Additional dates: July 13-14, 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Free admission, prices vary; find it on Facebook.
The 2018 Neon Night is Saturday, July 14, from 8 p.m. to midnight.
he Mississippi Children’s Museum will host its fifth annual Neon Night on Saturday, July 14, from 8 p.m. to midnight. The summer fundraiser for the event is open to visitors age 21 and up. “This event is a great way to kick off the summer, revisit ... college days, dance, drink, eat and have a great time,” Whitney Allen, chairwoman of social media and publicity for Neon Night, told the Jackson Free Press. “Neon Night ... just keeps getting bigger and bigger every year.” During Neon Night, museum staff will pass out glow sticks, necklaces, tambourines and bracelets, and ’90s country-tribute group The Moustache Band will perform live throughout the night. Food trucks Hog Heaven BBQ, On A Roll! Gourmet Egg Rolls and Small Time Hot Dogs will be at the museum for the event. Fondren Cellars and Cathead Vodka will host a cocktail contest, in which local restaurants The Manship Wood Fired Kitchen, The Iron Horse Grill, Barrelhouse and Fine & Dandy will each make a specialty cocktail using Cathead Vodka. Guests will vote on their favorite, and the museum will announce the winner at the end of the night. Neon Night will also feature a raffle, with tickets for $10 each or three for $25. Those will only be available during the event, but guests do not have to be present during the drawing to win. Tickets for Neon Night are $50 online, with a cut-off time of noon on July 13, or $55 at the door. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit mschildrensmuseum.org or find the event on Facebook.
“Built for Success” Empowerment Seminar July 21, 9 a.m.-1 p.m., at Flora Public Library (144 Clark St., Flora). The seminar focuses on topics such as business etiquette, the steps to starting a business and making money doing what you love. Lunch and business package included. Pre-registration required. $10 per person; eventbrite.com. Mississippi Corvette Classic July 21, 9 a.m.4 p.m., at Jackson Convention Complex (105 E. Pascagoula St.). The car show includes vendors, live music, a silent auction, an opportunity to drive a new Chevrolet and more. Proceeds benefit the Diabetes Foundation of Mississippi. $5 admission; mscorvetteclub.com. Salvation Army Back to School Splash July 21, 10 a.m.-1 p.m., at Jackson Zoo (2918 W. Capitol St.). The event provides students with the school supplies they will need for the next school year. Includes inflatables, face painting, food trucks, free health screenings, community vendors and more. Free event, 50 percent off zoo entrance; find it on Facebook. The Pink CEO Brunch & Business July 21, 10 a.m.-noon, at Golden Corral (988 Top St., Flowood). The Empowering Progressive Women’s Association presents the brunch, networking event and “Business 101” workshop. Pre-registration required. Free admission, food prices vary; email firstname.lastname@example.org; eventbrite.com. JumpStart: The Back-to-School Jam July 21, 10 a.m.-1 p.m., at Jackson Medical Mall (350 W. Woodrow Wilson Ave.). In the Thad Cochran Center. The annual event features school supplies giveaways, vendors, games, food, free health screenings, a talent show for ages 14-21 and more. Free admission; find it on Facebook.
MONDAY 7/16 Caroline Arden signs copies of her middle-grade novel, “The High Climber of Dark Water Bay,” at 5 p.m. at Lemuria Books (Banner Hall, 4465 Interstate 55 N., Suite 202). $11.99 book; call 601-366-7619; lemuriabooks.com.
SATURDAY 7/21 Metal Night at the Brewery is from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. at Lucky Town Brewing Company (1710 N. Mill St.). The metalmusic showcase features performances from Epoch of Unlight, Process of Suffocation and Void. For all ages. Free admission; find it on Facebook.
GEO Back 2 School Event & Supplies Giveaway July 21, 11 a.m.-2 p.m., at New Solid Rock Christian Church (3011 Forest Ave. Ext.). Generational Empowerment Organization hosts the annual school supplies giveaway featuring food, games and more. All school-age children welcome. Free admission; find it on Facebook.
KIDS Events at Mississippi Children’s Museum (2145 Museum Blvd.) • Question It? Discover It!—Brain Day July 11, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Children learn about the brain through activities with representatives from the UMMC Child Development Clinic Center for the Advancement of Youth. $10 admission; mschildrensmuseum.org. • Visiting Artist: Samantha King July 14, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Special guest Samantha King leads the workshop teaching children about the process of creating collagraph artwork. $10 admission; mschildrensmuseum.org.
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Events at Arts Center of Mississippi (201 E. Pascagoula St.) • Kids’ Spirit Week Runway Show July 21, 3-5 p.m. Angel Lee and Gaylon Steele host the fashion event for children. A portion of the proceeds benefits the For Open Arms Sports Association. $10 admission; eventbrite.com. • Fashion Mississippi Week: Unapologetic July 22, 7 p.m. The fashion-week finale features a showcase of designers from Mississippi and neighboring states. Teezy Thomas and Chante Chante are the guest hosts. Doors open at 6 p.m. $20 in advance, $25 at the door; find it on Facebook.
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Ice Cream Safari is from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Jackson Zoo (2918 W. Capitol St.). The annual fundraising event features local celebrity scoopers, water activities, animal visits, live music and more. Attendees will vote on the best scooper and their favorite flavors of ice cream. $14.25 for adults, $13.25 for seniors, $11.25 for ages 12 and under; call 601-352-2580; jacksonzoo.org. … Neon Night is from 8 p.m. to midnight at the Mississippi Children’s Museum (2145 Museum Blvd.). The museum’s summer fundraising event features local food trucks, live music, cocktails from local restaurants and more. $50 in advance, $55 at the door; mschildrensmuseum.org.
Events at Mississippi Museum of Natural Science (2148 Riverside Drive) • Optical Illusions July 13, 10 a.m.-noon. Visitors learn about the science behind some common optical illusions. Included with admission; call 601-576-6000; mdwfp.com. • Freaky Nature July 20, 10 a.m.-noon. Visitors learn about unusual natural phenomena, including two-headed snakes, albino alligators, cave-dwelling creatures and more. Included with admission; call 601576-6000; mdwfp.com. • Experience the Magic of Science with Super B Productions July 25, 1:30-3 p.m. In Rotwein Theater. John Banks of Super B Productions presents an interactive science magic show demonstrating concepts behind physical and chemical concepts. Included with admission; call 601-576-6000; mdwfp.com. The Kick Off July 16, 2-7 p.m., at Grove Park Community Center (4126 Parkway Ave.). Team Legit hosts the event for teenagers featuring a water-balloon fight, music, free food and drinks, and more. $2 admission; find it on Facebook.
(110 Bass Pro Drive, Pearl). The tasting features white and red wines, hors d’oeuvre, a jazz band, door prizes and more. Proceeds benefit Make-AWish Mississippi. Tickets are available in advance at the Holiday Inn or the Pearl Chamber of Commerce. $10; call 601-939-3338. “Fat Tire Friday” Beer Sampling July 13, 6-8 p.m., at Hops & Habanas (2771 Old Canton Road). New Belgium representative Chris Lishman leads a sampling event with a variety of beers form the Colorado brewery. Free admission; find it on Facebook. Food Truck Friday: Keep Calm & Food Truck On July 13, 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m., at Smith Park (302 E. Amite St.). The event features local food trucks, sweets for sale, a deejay, vendors and more. Free admission, food prices vary; find it on Facebook. Ice Cream Safari July 14, 10 a.m.-1 p.m., at Jackson Zoo (2918 W. Capitol St.). The 23rd annual fundraising event features local celebrity scoopers, water activities, animal visits, live music and more. $14.25 for adults, $13.25 for seniors, $11.25 for ages 12 and under; jacksonzoo.org.
“Lord of the Night” Release July 14, 1-8 p.m., at Lucky Town Brewing Company (1710 N. Mill St.). The event celebrates the upcoming release of Lucky Town’s Lords of the Night Hazy IPA. Prices vary; find it on Facebook. Bastille Day Celebration July 14, 4-10 p.m., at Anjou Restaurant (361 Township Avenue, Ridgeland). The celebration of the French holiday includes a three-course prix fixe menu and music from the David Keary Jazz Trio with Alley Jenkins. Prices vary; anjourestaurant.net. The Living Room Culture July 14, 9 p.m., at Soul Wired Café (4147 Northview Plaza Drive). The event features visual arts, music, selected specials and more. Doors open at 8 p.m. BYOL with a fee. Two-drink minimum. Free admission with ticket; find it on Facebook. Uncork & Fork: Backwater Cider Dinner July 17, 6:30 p.m., at Table 100 (100 Ridge Way, Flowood). The dinner includes a threecourse meal with pairings from Backwater Cider Company, a project from Lucky Town Brewing Company. $40 per person; eathere.com. BRAVO! Homecoming Dinner July 23, 6-9 p.m., at BRAVO! Italian Restaurant & Bar (4500 Interstate 55 N., Suite 244). Six chefs who have previously cooked for BRAVO! prepare six courses with wine pairings. $135 per person; call 601-982-8111; bravobuzz.com.
SPORTS & WELLNESS Eagle Ridge Junior Golf Clinic July 11-13, 9 a.m.-noon, at Eagle Ridge Golf Course (1500 Raymond Lake Road, Raymond). The workshop series features beginners’ sessions covering rules of golf etiquette, putting, chipping, full swing and course play. Lunch provided. Must register in advance. $150 per session; find it on Facebook.
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The summer break is about half over when Major League Baseball takes its midseason break for the annual All-Star Game. After that, the mad dash to Labor Day and college football begins. THURSDAY 7/12
Poker (8-11 p.m., ESPN): World Series of Poker Final Table FRIDAY 7/13
College football (10 a.m.6 p.m., SWAC.org): SWAC Football Media Day SATURDAY 7/14
Soccer (9-11 a.m., FOX): FIFA World Cup third-place match SUNDAY 7/15
Soccer (10 a.m.-noon, FOX): FIFA World Cup Championship Game MONDAY 7/16
MLB (7-10 p.m., ESPN): T-Mobile Home Run Derby TUESDAY 7/17
MLB (7-11 p.m., FOX): MLB All-Star Game WEDNESDAY 7/18
College football (8: 30 a.m.-5:45 p.m., SECN): Day three of SEC Football Media Days THURSDAY 7/19
College football (8:30 a.m.2 p.m., SECN): Final day of SEC Football Media Days FRIDAY 7/20
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Neon Glow Paint Party July 21, 9 p.m., at The Hideaway (5100 Interstate 55 N. Frontage Road). The event features a three-dimensional deejay stage, more than 1,000 gallons of glow paint, glow robots, paint cannons, music from DJ Rozz and more. $20 for ages 21 and up, $25 for ages 18-20, $40 VIP; find it on Facebook.
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TUESDAY 7/17 The “Uncork & Fork” Backwater Cider Dinner is at 6:30 p.m. at Table 100 (100 Ridge Way, Flowood). The dinner includes a three-course meal with pairings from Backwater Cider Company, a project from Jackson brewery Lucky Town Brewing Company. Limited space. Must purchase in advance. $40 per person (includes tax & gratuity); eathere.com.
CFL (8-11 p.m., ESPN2): Montreal Alouettes vs. Calgary Stampeders SUNDAY 7/22
NASCAR (1-5 p.m., NBC Sports): Foxwoods Resort Casino 301 MONDAY 7/23
College football (10 a.m.-1 p.m., ESPN3): MAC Football Media Day TUESDAY 7/24
WNBA (6-8 p.m., ESPN3): Seattle Storm vs. Indiana Fever WEDNESDAY 7/25
Tennis (11 a.m.-8 p.m., ESPN3): BB&T Atlanta Open men’s tennis tournament
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43.5% survey participants identified as foodies.
Foodie Facts by Amber Helsel
ood can be a great equalizer, but it can also be a great divider. Recently, porch.com surveyed 1,000 people on their food preferences. Here are some of the findings.
had stronger feelings about food than politics.
71.6% said it is acceptable to put pineapple on pizza.
51.7% preferred pancakes
49.6% preferred their eggs . scrambled.
74.5% said hot dogs are not sandwiches.
aTo Do Listd Glow Ball Scramble July 13, 4-11 p.m., at Castlewoods Golf & Country Club (403 Bradford Drive, Brandon). The charity golf event features a nighttime game with glow-in-the-dark golf balls. Includes a dinner with beer, wine, a silent auction and music. Proceeds benefit the Sherard Shaw Foundation for Pediatric Cancer Research. $500 four-person team, $125 individual, $30 non-golfer; call 205-994-4910; sherardshaw.org. M-Braves Ladies Night July 13, 7 p.m., at Trustmark Park (1 Braves Blvd., Pearl). Women are invited to sit in the Farm Bureau Picnic Pavilion for the game. Includes beer and wine specials, free snacks, door prizes, goody bags and more. Gates open at 6 p.m. $6-$16; milb.com.
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Elliptigo Demo Day July 14, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., at Fleet Feet Sports (500 Highway 51, Suite Z, Ridgeland). Participants can test ride an Elliptigo and gain insight from a representative. Register in advance. Free admission; find it on Facebook.
WEDNESDAY 7/25 JXN Gumbo #3 is from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Cathead Distillery (422 S. Farish St.). Citizenville hosts the micro-granting dinner. Participants enjoy gumbo and drinks, and learn about four community projects, selecting one to receive the money raised from the dinner. $5; email shira@ citizenville.org; citizenville.org.
48.3% preferred waffles.
So you think there’s nothing to do in Jackson? Visit JFPEVENTS.COM for more. WEDNESDAY 7/18 The Kingdom Camp Concert is at 7 p.m. at the Jackson Convention Complex (105 E. Pascagoula St.). The General Missionary Baptist State Convention Youth Department presents the concert featuring performances from gospel artists such as Brandon Mitchell and Jason Gibson, COURTESY JASON GIBSON and guest speakers such as Rev. Arthur Sutton and Rhonda Davis. Comedian Rita Brent is the host. $10 per person; call 601-720-3062; find it on Facebook. Kiss My Curves Plus-Size Pole Competition July 14, 5-9 p.m., at Jackson Convention Complex (105 E. Pascagoula St.). The second annual event is a celebration of plus-size athletes and features 20 to 30 competitors from across the country. Judges include U.S. Pole Federation President Summer Vyne, Dangerous Curves founder Roz “The Diva” Mays and professional pole athlete Crystal Belcher. $$20 in advance, $30 at the door, $45 VIP; kissmycurvespole.com. Mississippi Black Rodeo July 14, 8 p.m., at Mississippi Coliseum (1207 Mississippi St.). The rodeo features events such as barrel racing, bull riding, bronco riding, steer wrestling and more. $20 admission; ticketmaster.com. MSU Summer Extravaganza July 17, 5-8 p.m., at Hinds Community College (515 Country Place Pkwy., Pearl). In Clyde Muse Center. The event for Mississippi State University alumni and fans features appearances and autograph sessions with athletes and coaches, representatives from
various schools, vendors, food trucks and more. $10, free for ages 18 and under, and MSU students; find it on Facebook. Pop-Up Candlelit Yoga + Sound Bath Meditation July 21, 5:55-7:15 p.m., at Epic Dance & Fitness (829 Wilson Drive, Ridgeland). Positive Ashley and Kevion Devante lead the 30-minute yoga session and 30 minutes of guided meditation with crystal quarts and Tibetan sound bowls. Participants should bring yoga mat, water and yoga wear. $22 early-bird, $33 admission, $66 and $99 VIP packages; eventbrite.com.
STAGE & SCREEN “Triggered” Mississippi Film Premiere July 12, 7-9 p.m., at Malco Grandview Cinema (221 Grandview Blvd., Madison). Mississippi native Chris Moore wrote and directed the dark-comedy thriller. For mature audiences. Tickets must be purchased in advance. Bring confirmation via print or phone. $10; find it on Facebook.
CONCERTS & FESTIVALS Community Night: Hip-Hop in the Park July 12, 6-8 p.m., at Claiborne Park (785 Claiborne Ave.). The family-friendly event features performances from Amanda Furdge, 5th Child, Vitamin Cea and Jo’De Boy, as well as song-writing and beat-creation sessions for ages 4-8 and ages 9 and up. Free admission; find it on Facebook. Malaco 50 Year Gospel Celebration July 12, 7 p.m., at Thalia Mara Hall (255 E. Pascagoula St.). The concert in honor of the record label’s 50th anniversary features Fred Hammond, Tina Campbell, Bishop Paul Morton, Tasha Page Lockhart, Earnest Pugh and more. Doors open at 6 p.m. $39-$89; ticketmaster.com. Bluegrass & Barbecue July 14, 6 p.m., at Pearl Community Center (2420 Old Brandon Road, Pearl). The Mississippi Opry’s summer show features bluegrass and country music from Harmony & Grits with Alan Sibley & the Magnolia Ramblers. Food and drinks for sale. $10 for adults, free for children; find it on Facebook.
FRIDAY 7/13 The Sticker Show is from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Offbeat (151 Wesley Ave.). The sticker art show is a fundraiser for the Greater Jackson Arts Council, and includes a silent auction, music from DJ Young Venom and DJ Sandpaper, and more. Free admission; find it on Facebook.
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Malaco’s Gospel Milestone by Micah Smith
ootsteps shuffle past a wall of framed records outside the office of Darrell Luster. It’s an afternoon in late June, and Luster is at his desk for just a moment between tasks as one of the directors for the Malaco Music Group gospel division. “We don’t really go into titles, though. I’ll go back over there and pack some boxes in a little bit,” he says with a laugh, pointing toward the warehouse. “You know, it’s not like ‘Mr. Executive.’”
guitar for the Sensational Nightingales, a North Carolina quartet. That first trip to Jackson opened the door for Luster to produce music at Malaco for the Nightingales, as well as acts such as the Angelic Gospel Singers, the Pilgrim Jubilees, the Soul Stirrers, The Highway Q.C.’s, and Slim and the Supreme Angels. That legendary lineage of artists is at the center of Luster’s latest endeavor at the label, the Malaco 50 Year Gospel Celebration, a concert marking the label’s 50th anniversary. The event will feature hosts Bobby Jones and Dorinda Clark Cole, and award-winning singers such as Fred Hammond, Tasha Page Lockhart, Tina Campbell, Bishop Paul Morton, Earnest Pugh, Byron Cage, LaShun Pace, Luther Barnes, Paul Porter, the Mississippi Mass Choir and Ann Nesby, among many others. Rather than their own hits, the artists will perform renditions of the Malaco music that influenced them. Luster says fans may be surprised to learn how many of their favorite gospel tracks can trace their roots to Jackson. Still, for some of the people who have continued to shape Malaco since the early days, he says reaching half a century as a label is just another day at the office. “They don’t really see it like (me). I’m still a fan. I’m still saying, ‘Oh my god, it’s 50 years! We’ve got to do something,’ and they’re saying, ‘Why?’” Luster says with a laugh. “It’s a milestone, you know? You’ve touched the lives of the likes of Dorothy Moore with ‘Misty Blue,’ King Floyd and all of these huge artists—Johnny Taylor, Denise LaSalle, the Mississippi Mass Choir, the Canton Spirituals, the Williams Brothers. “A lot of these artists, nobody knew who they were until Malaco put their thumbprint on them. So it’s kind of the right thing to do, for us to say, ‘Thank God that we’ve been here for 50 years, and we’ve touched the lives of not only artists, but people who have listened to music for 50 years.’” The Malaco 50 Year Gospel Celebration is at 7 p.m., Thursday, July 12, at Thalia Mara Hall (255 E. Pascagoula St.). The doors open at 6 p.m. Ticket prices range from $39 to $89. For more information, visit malaco.com/gospelcelebration.
Tasha Page Lockhart is one of the many artists performing for the Malaco 50 Year Gospel Celebration on Thursday, July 12, at Thalia Mara Hall.
Luster, a native of Durham, N.C., has held his current position at Malaco for about six years, but his connection to the Jackson record label began with him as a fan. “They started recording a lot of my favorite artists in the ’70s, ’75 and whatever, and I was like, ‘Oh my God, what is going on at Malaco in Jackson, Mississippi?’” he says. “I’ve been an avid reader of the back of albums, you know, to find out, ‘Well, who in the world is Wolf Stephenson? Who is Tommy Couch?’” After nearly a decade following Malaco’s work, Luster had the opportunity to visit the studio in 1984, playing
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FRIDAY 7/20 Big Smo performs at 9 p.m. at The Hideaway (5100 Interstate 55 N. Frontage Road). The Tennessee country-rap artist’s latest album is titled “Special Reserve.” Doors open at 9 p.m. $20 in advance, $30 at the door; find it on Facebook.
“Culture Over Everything” Hip-Hop Showcase July 14, 8 p.m., at The Flamingo (3011 N. State St.). The concert features Marcel P. Black, Dolla Black, Vitamin Cea, Timaal Bradford and Scottie Pimpen, with DJ SoleLab BR. Includes free food while supplies last and a live podcast recording with “Blerd-ish.” $5 in advance, $8 at the door; find it on Facebook. Events at Martin’s Restaurant & Bar (214 S. State St.) • South Jones July 14, 10 p.m. The New Orleans rock-and-roll trio’s latest album is titled “Free State: The Saga of Newton Knight.” Waterworks Curve will also perform. Admission TBA; martinslounge.net. • An Evening with Flow Tribe July 21, 10 p.m. The New Orleans-native band is known for its
blend of funk, rock, hip-hop, soul and R&B music. $15 admission; martinslounge.net. Big Smo July 20, 9 p.m., at The Hideaway (5100 Interstate 55 N. Frontage Road). The Tennessee country-rap artist’s latest album is titled “Special Reserve.” $20 in advance, $30 at the door; find it on Facebook.
SUNDAY 7/22 Fashion Mississippi Week: “Unapologetic” is at 7 p.m. at the Arts Center of Mississippi (201 E. Pascagoula St.). The fashion-week finale features a showcase of wellknown and emerging designers from Mississippi and neighboring states. Teezy Thomas and Chante Chante are the hosts. A portion of the proceeds benefits Friends of Survivors. $20 in advance, $25 at the door; find it on Facebook. GODISABLE JACOB / PEXELS
LITERARY SIGNINGS Events at Lemuria Books (Banner Hall, 4465 Interstate 55 N., Suite 202) • “Smack Dab in the Middle of Maybe” July 12, 5 p.m. Author Jo Watson Hackl signs copies of her middle-grade novel. $16.99 book; call 601-366-7619; lemuriabooks.com. • “My Delicious Mississippi Life” July 14, 4 p.m. Author Deborah L. Hunter signs copies. $39.95 book; lemuriabooks.com. • “The High Climber of Dark Water Bay” July 16, 5 p.m. Author Caroline Arden signs copies and reads from her middle-grade novel. $11.99 book; lemuriabooks.com. Joyce Carol Oates Reading July 16, 6-7 p.m., at Millsaps College (1701 N. State St.). In the Gertrude C. Ford Academic Complex. Guest speaker Joyce Carol Oates, author of “A Book of American Martyrs: A Novel,” reads an excerpt and signs copies of her latest book. Books for sale. Free admission; millsaps.edu. Events at Two Mississippi Museums (222 North St.) • History Is Lunch July 18, noon-1 p.m. Julian Rankin discusses his new book, “Catfish Dream: Ed Scott’s Fight for His Family Farm and Racial Justice in the Mississippi Delta.” Sales and signing to follow. Free admission; call 601-576-6998; mdah.ms.gov. • History Is Lunch July 25, noon-1 p.m. Anders Walker, an author and law professor at Saint Louis University, discusses his new book, “The Burning House: Jim Crow and the Making of Modern America.” Sales and signing to follow. Free admission; call 601576-6800; mdah.ms.gov.
Drummers Pep Rally July 21, 2-7 p.m., at Pizza Shack (925 E. Fortification St.). The event is for drummers at middle-school, high-school and college levels to showcase their talents and network. Free admission; find it on Facebook.
“Peach Festival” Cooking Class July 14, 10 a.m.-noon, at The Everyday Gourmet (1270 E. County Line Road, Ridgeland). Participants learn to make green salad with pepper-peach dressing, garlic cheese grits, prok tenderloin with peach salsa, and more. Limited space. $65 per person; call 601-977-9258; theeverydaygourmet.com.
Metal Night at the Brewery July 21, 7-10 p.m., at Lucky Town Brewing Company (1710 N. Mill St.). The metal-music showcase features Epoch of Unlight, Process of Suffocation and VØID. For all ages. Free; find it on Facebook.
Crafts from the Past July 16, 3-4 p.m., at Manship House Museum (420 E. Fortification St.). Children ages 5-12 learn about life during the 19th century through crafts and educational activities. Free admission; mdah.ms.gov.
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7/11 - 7/24 WEDNESDAY 7/11 1908 Provisions - Bill Ellison 6:30-9 p.m. Alumni House - Johnny Crocker 6:30-8:30 p.m. Char - Tommie Vaughn 6 p.m. Drago’s - Greg Breland 6-9 p.m. Hal & Mal’s - New Bourbon Street Jazz Band 6:30-9:30 p.m. free Kathryn’s - Gator Trio 6:30-9:30 p.m. Pelican Cove - Robert King 6-10 p.m. Playtime Entertainment, Clinton - “After Dark” Open Mic feat. Anisse Hampton 7-9 p.m. free Shucker’s - Proximity 7:30-11:30 p.m. Table 100 - Andy Henderson 6 p.m.
Thursday 7/12 1908 Provisions - Babs Wood 6:30-9:30 p.m. Char - Tommie Vaughn 6 p.m. Claiborne Park - “HipHop in the Park” feat.
Majestic Burger - Scott Stricklin 6-8:30 p.m. Pelican Cove - Stace & Cassie 6-10 p.m. Shucker’s - Road Hogs 7:30 p.m. Soulshine, Flowood - Jason Turner 7-10 p.m. Table 100 - Andrew Pates 6 p.m. Thalia Mara Hall “Malaco 50 Year Gospel Celebration” feat. Fred Hammond, Tina Campbell, Tasha Page Lockhart, Earnest Pugh & more 6 p.m. $35-$85
Friday 7/13 1908 Provisions - Andrew Pates 6:30-9:30 p.m. Ameristar, Vicksburg - The Anteeks 8 p.m. Cerami’s - James Bailey & Linda Blackwell 6:30-9:30 p.m. Char - Ronnie Brown 6 p.m. Club 43 - Spunk Monkees & Trademark 9 p.m. Doe’s Eat Place, Florence - Dagnabbit 6:30-8:30 p.m.
See more music at jfp.ms/musiclistings. To be included in print, email listings to email@example.com. Lounge 114 - Adrena Johnson 9 p.m. Martin’s - Southern Komfort Brass Band 10 p.m. Pelican Cove - Sofa Kings 7-11 p.m. Pop’s Saloon - Burnham Road 9 p.m. Shucker’s - Sonny Duo 5:30 p.m.; Faze 4 8 p.m. $5; Aaron Coker 10 p.m. Soulshine, Flowood - Brian Smith 7-10 p.m. Soulshine, Ridgeland Barry Leach 7-10 p.m. Table 100 - Tommie Vaughn 6 p.m. Underground 119 - Lady L 8:30 p.m. WonderLust - DJ Taboo 8 p.m.-2 a.m.
Saturday 7/14 Ameristar, Vicksburg Eddie Cotton 8 p.m. $10 American Legion Post 112 - The XTremeZ 9 p.m.midnight Burgers & Blues - Womble Brothers 6 p.m. Char - Bill Clark 6 p.m. JB Lawrence
Iron Horse Grill - Chris Gill 9 p.m. Kathryn’s - Jay Wadsworth 7-10:30 p.m. Last Call - DJ Energizer, DJ Fortress & DJ Twilight 9 p.m. LD’s Kitchen, Vicksburg - Todd Thompson & Lucky Hand Blues Band 8 p.m.-midnight $10 Martin’s - South Jones w/ Waterworks Curve 10 p.m. Pearl Community Center - Harmony & Grits w/ Alan Sibley & the Magnolia Ramblers 6 p.m. $10 Pelican Cove - Georgetown 2-6 p.m.; Acoustic Crossroads 7-11 p.m. Pop’s Saloon - The Prom Knights 9 p.m. Shucker’s - Sofa Kings 3:30 p.m.; Faze 4 8 p.m. $5; Chad Perry 10 p.m. Soulshine, Flowood - Chad Wesley 7 p.m. Table 100 - Tommie Vaughn 6 p.m. Underground 119 Southern Komfort Brass Band 9 p.m. WonderLust - Drag Performance feat. DJ Taboo 8 p.m.-3 a.m.
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Amanda Furdge, 5th Child, Vitamin Cea & Jo’De Boy 6-8 p.m. free Drago’s - Greg Breland 6-9 p.m. F. Jones - Maya Kyles & the F. Jones Challenge Band 10 p.m. $5 The Flamingo - Hand Out & Red Fam w/ Reed Smith 8-11 p.m. Georgia Blue, Flowood Phil & Trace Georgia Blue, Madison Aaron Coker Hal & Mal’s - D’Lo Trio 7-9:30 p.m. free Iron Horse Grill - Brian Jones 6 p.m. Kathryn’s - Scott Turner Trio 6:30-9:30 p.m.
Drago’s - Greenfish 6-9 p.m. Duling Hall - The Molly Ringwalds 9 p.m. $25 advance $30 door F. Jones Corner - Kern Pratt midnight $10 Fitzgerald’s - Larry Brewer 7-11 p.m. Georgia Blue, Flowood Chad Wesley Georgia Blue, Madison Shaun Patterson Hal & Mal’s - The Kats 7-10 p.m. free Iron Horse Grill - Casey Phillips 9 p.m. Kathryn’s - Chris Gill & the Sole Shakers 7-10:30 p.m. Last Call - DJ Spoon 9 p.m.
District at Eastover - Burt Byler 4-8 p.m. free Doe’s Eat Place, Florence - Joe Carroll 6:30-8:30 p.m. F. Jones - Big Money Mel & Small Change Wayne 10 p.m. $5; Smokestack Lightnin’ midnight $10 The Flamingo - Marcel P. Black, Dolla Black, Vitamin Cea, Timaal Bradford & more 8 p.m.-midnight $5 advance $8 door Georgia Blue, Flowood Brandon Greer Georgia Blue, Madison Stevie Cain Hal & Mal’s - Jackson Gypsies 7-10 p.m. free Hops & Habanas - Sweet Magnolia 7 p.m.
1908 Provisions - Knight Bruce 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Char - Big Easy Three 11 a.m.; Tommie Vaughn 6 p.m. The Gathering, Flora T.B. Ledford & the Accumulators 5 p.m. Iron Horse Grill - Tiger Rogers 11:30 a.m.2:30 p.m. Kathryn’s - Travelin’ Jane 6-9 p.m. Pelican Cove - Hunter Gibson & Ronnie McGee noon-4 p.m.; Proximity 5-9 p.m. Shucker’s - Greenfish 3:30 p.m. Table 100 - Raphael Semmes Trio 11 a.m.2 p.m.; Dan Michael Colbert 6-9 p.m. Wellington’s - Andy Hardwick 11 a.m.-2 p.m.
Monday 7/16 Char - Tommie Vaughn 6 p.m. Hal & Mal’s - Central MS Blues Society 7 p.m. $5 Kathryn’s - Joseph LaSalla 6:30-9:30 p.m. Pelican Cove - Travelin’ Jane Duo 6-10 p.m. Table 100 - Andrew Pates 6 p.m.
Tuesday 7/17 Bacchus - Doug Hurd 6-9 p.m. Char - Tommie Vaughn 6 p.m. Drago’s - Simpatico 6-9 p.m. Fenian’s - Open Mic 9 p.m. Hal & Mal’s - Raphael Semmes & Friends 6-9 p.m. free Kathryn’s - Andrew Pates, Jay Wadsworth & Jenkins 6:30-9:30 p.m. Pelican Cove - Johnnie B. & Ms. Iretta 6-10 p.m. Table 100 - Chalmers Davis 6 p.m.
WEDNESDAY 7/18 1908 Provisions - Dan Gibson 6:30-9 p.m. Alumni House - Pearl Jamz 6:30-8:30 p.m. Char - Tommie Vaughn 6 p.m. Drago’s - Chad Perry 6-9 p.m. Kathryn’s - Larry Brewer & Doug Hurd 6:30-9:30 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.
THURSDAY 7/19 1908 Provisions - Vince Barranco 6:30-9 p.m. Bonny Blair’s - Larry Brewer & Doug Hurd 7:30-11:30 p.m. Char - Tommie Vaughn 6 p.m. Drago’s - Jason Turner 6-9 p.m. F. Jones Corner - Maya Kyles & the F. Jones Challenge Band 10 p.m. $5 Hal & Mal’s - Spencer Thomas 6:30-9:30 p.m. Iron Horse Grill - Jimmy “Duck” Holmes 6 p.m. Kathryn’s - Phil & Trace 6:30-9:30 p.m. Majestic Burger - Hunter Gibson 6-8:30 p.m. Pelican Cove - Coolhands Duo 6-10 p.m. Shucker’s - Acoustic Crossroads 7:30 p.m. The South - “Diamonds & Dogtags” feat. Vasti Jackson 6 p.m. $125 Table 100 - Andrew Pates 6 p.m.
FRIDAY 7/20 1908 Provisions - Hunter Gibson 6:30-9:30 p.m.
Ameristar, Vicksburg Doug Allen Nash 8 p.m. Burgers & Blues - Larry Brewer & Doug Hurd 6-10 p.m. Char - Ronnie Brown 6 p.m. Club 43 - Trademark & Burnham Road 9 p.m. Doe’s, Florence - Big Earl from Pearl 7-9 p.m. F. Jones - Johnnie B. & Ms. Iretta midnight $10 Hal & Mal’s - Barry Leach 7-10 p.m. The Hideaway - Big Smo 9 p.m. $20 advance $30 door Hops & Habanas - Sammy QaDan 7-10 p.m. Iron Horse Grill - Joe Carroll & Cooper Miles 9 p.m. Kathryn’s - Faze 4 7 p.m. Lounge 114 - Mike Rob & the 601 Band 9 p.m. Martin’s - Cody Rogers w/ Dylan Sevey & Buckley 10 p.m. The Med - Epic Funk Brass Band 8 p.m. $10 advance $15 door Pelican Cove - Lovin Ledbetter 7-11 p.m. Shucker’s - Andrew Pates 5:30 p.m.; Mississippi Moonlight 8 p.m. $5; Billy Maudlin 10 p.m. Soulshine, Ridgeland Brian Smith 7-10 p.m. Table 100 - Tommie Vaughn 6 p.m. WonderLust - DJ Taboo 8 p.m.-2 a.m.
Majestic Burger - Carole & the Coolhands 6-8:30 p.m. Martin’s - Flow Tribe 10 p.m. $15 Pelican Cove - Ronnie McGee Trio 2-6 p.m.; Jason Turner Band 7-11 p.m. Shucker’s - Acoustic Crossroads 3:30 p.m.; Mississippi Moonlight 8 p.m. $5; Dos Loco 10 p.m. Soulshine, Flowood Jonathan Alexander 7-10 p.m. Table 100 - Tommie Vaughn 6 p.m. WonderLust - Drag Performance & Dance Party feat. DJ Taboo 8 p.m.-3 a.m. free before 10 p.m.
SUNDAY 7/22 1908 Provisions - Knight Bruce 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Char - Big Easy Three 11 a.m.; Tommie Vaughn 6 p.m. Iron Horse Grill - Tiger Rogers 11:30 a.m.2:30 p.m. Pelican Cove - Chad Perry Duo noon-4 p.m.; Acoustic Crossroads 5-9 p.m. Shucker’s - The Axeidentals 3:30 p.m. Table 100 - Raphael Semmes Trio 11 a.m.2 p.m.; Dan Michael Colbert 6-9 p.m. Wellington’s - Andy Hardwick 11 a.m.-2 p.m.
Ameristar, Vicksburg Doug Allen Nash 8 p.m. American Legion Post 112 - The XTremeZ 9 p.m.midnight Char - Bill Clark 6 p.m. Doe’s Eat Place, Florence Skip MacDonald 7 p.m. F. Jones Corner - Big Money Mel & Small Change Wayne 10 p.m. $5; Stevie J Blues midnight $10 Hal & Mal’s - Taylor Hildebrand 7-10 p.m. Iron Horse Grill - Sister Lucille 9 p.m. Jose’s, Pearl - Travis Dunlap 6-9 p.m. Kathryn’s - Lucky Hand Blues Band 7-10:30 p.m. LD’s Kitchen, Vicksburg - Summer Wolfe & the MS Players 8 p.m.midnight $10 Lucky Town - Epoch of Unlight, Void & Process of Suffocation 7 p.m. free, all ages
Char - Tommie Vaughn 6 p.m. Fitzgerald’s - Johnny Crocker 7-11 p.m. Hal & Mal’s - Central MS Blues Society 7 p.m. $5 Kathryn’s - Barry Leach 6:30-9:30 p.m. Pelican Cove - McCain & Reynolds 6-10 p.m. Table 100 - Andrew Pates 6 p.m.
TUESDAY 7/24 Char - Tommie Vaughn 6 p.m. Drago’s - Jonathan Alexander 6-9 p.m. Fenian’s - Open Mic 9 p.m. Hal & Mal’s - Raphael Semmes & Friends 6-9 p.m. free Kathryn’s - Keys vs. Strings 6:30-9:30 p.m. Pelican Cove - Josh Journeay 6-10 p.m. Table 100 - Chalmers Davis 6 p.m.
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THIS WEEK Friday, June 29
THE MOLLY RINGWALDS
WED. JULY 11 | 10 P.M.
EVERY WEDNESDAY LADIES NIGHT LADIES DRINK FREE
ISSA VIBE DJ FRI. JULY 13 | 10 P.M.
SOUTHERN KOMFORT BRASS BAND
Saturday, June 30 AN EVENING WITH
SAT. JULY 14 | 10 P.M.
W/ WATERWORKS CURVE
Tuesday, August 7
TANK AND THE BANGAS / sweet crude new orleans funk greatness and npr tiny desk contest winners
UPCOMING FRI. JULY 20 CODY ROGERS SAT. JULY 21 FLOW TRIBE FRI. JULY 27 TESHEVA SAT. JULY 28 CEDRIC BURNSIDE PROJECT THURS. AUG. 2 REINA DEL CID FRI. AUG. 3 ZEBRA’S RANDY JACKSON
Friday, August 10 A NIGHT OF COMEDY WITH
get ready for a SMASHING good time with legendary comedian gallagher!
Friday, August 17
ROCK EUPORA ALBUM RELEASE SHOW
WITH TW!NS AND NEWSCAST nashville-via-jackson indie rocker returns to celebrate the release of new self-titled album
Saturday, August 18 WITH FRIENDS LIKE THESE...
AN EVENING FOR JAMES PATTERSON
come out to duling and celebrate jackson photographer and friend of duling: james patterson
Wednesday, August 22
The Marcus King Band WITH BISHOP GUNN
blues rock wunderkind returns to Jackson to rock your world
Wednesday, September 5
Robert earl keen WITH CARY HUDSON
texas country legend live in jackson! WARNING: this show WILL sell out!
Wednesday, September 12
country storytelling that will leave you enamored and begging for more
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A Salty Kind of Relaxation by Amber Helsel
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Among its many services, Soul Synergy Center houses a salt cave for halotherapy.
Dry salt therapy dates back to the 1800s. In 1843, Polish doctor Felix Boczkowski studied men who worked in salt mines and observed that they had fewer respiratory issues than others. During World War II, German physicians noted improved health in patients who hid
music from DJ Young Venom and DJ Sandpaper, and more. Free admission, pieces vary in price; find it on Facebook.
Paint Spills: Abstract Edition July 20, 7-9 p.m., at Soul Wired Cafe (4147 Northview Plaza Drive). Makings of Kenya presents the abstract painting class featuring guidance, tips and techniques for participants. Includes light refreshments and wine. $25; eventbrite.com.
The Market July 14, 4-8 p.m., at The District at Eastover (1250 Eastover Drive). The event features artists such as Emily Hamblin, Rosemary Taylor, Emmi Sprayberry, Meredith Neill and more. Includes music from Burt Byler. Free admission, art prices vary; find it on Facebook.
Beginner’s Calligraphy Class July 21, 10 a.m. -12:30 p.m., at Posh Design Shoppe (420 Monroe St., Clinton). Katie Boles leads the class on the basic skills and techniques of calligraphy. $75 plus tax; call 601-708-4815; find it on Facebook.
Events at Mississippi Museum of Art (380 S. Lamar St.) • Art & Coffee July 18, 10-11:30 a.m. Participants meet with staff and special guests for a discussion of upcoming and current exhibitions. Includes complimentary coffee. Free; call 601-960-1515; msmuseumart.org. • Museum After Hours July 19, 5:30 p.m. The pop-up art event takes place on the Third Thursday of each month, and features art activities, food and drinks for sale, live entertainment, an outdoor film screening and more. Free admission; msmuseumart.org.
Fermentation 101: Pickles July 25, 5-7 p.m., at The Hatch (126 Keener Ave.). Lauren Rhoades of Sweet & Sauer teaches participants to make traditional sour pickles with no vinegar added. Snacks and wine provided. $35; eventbrite.com.
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The Sticker Show July 13, 6-9 p.m., at Offbeat (151 Wesley Ave.). The sticker art show is a fundraiser for the Greater Jackson Arts Council and features pieces of all sizes from local and international artists. Includes a silent auction,
oul Synergy Center’s salt cave is not a cave in the normal sense. It’s a small room at the center of the building meant to simulate a real salt cave. It has salt floors and reclining chairs facing different directions. It’s mostly dark, except for soft lighting that glows orange as it shines on the salt blocks on the wall. The air inside the room feels icy cold—a cool 68 degrees with regulated humidity levels. And like most therapies that require mindfulness, it’s quiet. During sessions, the only sounds are the air conditioner’s hum and the meditative music. Soul Synergy co-owner Jill Jackson first heard of salt caves while living in Asheville, N.C., from 2012 to 2016. “I fell in love with them and loved going to them, so when we were opening our wellness center, we started thinking about (the fact) that there’s not any salt caves in Mississippi,” she says. “We decided to open the first one.” She and her husband of two years, Daniel Clark, now co-own the center. It rents out rooms to practitioners, including reiki master Tracy Crosby and registered nurse Debbie Wise. In hopes of achieving a “metaphysical wellness center,” Jackson says the center additionally offers different events and classes, wanting to make it a teaching center as well. This is a place where each person would have a place to practice and teach their crafts, including reiki, a Japanese healing therapy, yoga, reflexology and more.
BE THE CHANGE OTR IV Justice Tour: The Power Summit July 14, 9 a.m.-noon, at Pearl Street AME Church (2519 Robinson St.). The People’s
TUESDAY 7/24 The State Junior Amateur Golf Championship begins from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. at the Reunion Golf & Country Club (150 Greensward Drive, Madison). The Mississippi Golf Association hosts the tournament is for boys and girls ages 9 to 18 with nine divisions. Register by July 17 at noon. Additional dates: July 25-26, 7 a.m.7 p.m. $150 entry per player; missgolf.org. COURTESY PIXABAY / PEXELS
in salt caves during bombings. “Most of the time, back before we had all the testing, a lot of medical breakthroughs were brought about by just trial and error,” says Dr. Timothy Quinn, who owns Quinn Total Health in Ridgeland. “The common denominator is these people that were exposed to these mines, they were breathing salt particles, (and) they had improvement in their breathing.” Quinn says one drawback is that dry salt therapy does not have a lot of research behind it, so at this point, it’s mostly just theory. The American Lung Association says halotherapy could be helpful for those who suffer from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, which causes airflow obstruction in the lungs, and other respiratory issues such as asthma, allergies and more. “One of the theories is that the tiny salt particles being inhaled are killing off some of the microorganisms in the lungs,” Quinn says. “This results in a reduction of inflammation, and decreasing the mucus.” This article is not meant as medical advice. Before starting any kind of treatment or therapy, it is best to talk to a doctor. For more information on Soul Synergy Center (5490 Castlewoods Blvd., Suite D, Flowood, 601-992-7721), visit soulsynergycenter.com.
THURSDAY 7/19 Paws on the Patio is from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Library Lounge (734 Fairview St.). The fundraiser for the Animal Rescue Fund of Mississippi features food for dogs and owners, drinks, raffles, live music from Bill and Temperance with Jeff Perkins, and more. All dogs also receive a special treat. COURTESY PIXABAY / PEXELS Admission TBA; call 601-948-3429; find it on Facebook.
Consortium for Human and Civil Rights hosts the tour. Participants learn to rally behind a progressive policy agenda covering political, social and economic liberation for all people. The event is open to local community leaders and tackles issues of poverty, racism and militarism. Free admission; find it on Facebook. Paws on the Patio July 19, 5-8 p.m., at Library Lounge (734 Fairview St.). The fundraiser for the Animal Rescue Fund of Mississippi features food for dogs and owners, drinks, raffles, live music from Bill and Temperance with Jeff Perkins, and more. All dogs also receive a special treat. Admission TBA; find it on Facebook. Diamonds & Dogtags July 19, 6-10 p.m., at The South Warehouse (627 E. Silas Brown St.). The event includes dinner, cocktails, auctions, music from Vasti Jackson, and speaker Lt. Gen. Russell L. Honore. Proceeds go to the Warrior Bonfire Program. $250 per individual, $450 per couple; warriorbonfireprogram.org. Hinds County Family Law & Expungement Clinic July 20, 10:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m., at Eudora Welty Library (300 N. State St.). The Mississippi Volunteer Lawyers Project and Forman Watkins
& Krutz LLP present the clinic assisting low-income Hinds County residents with uncontested legal matters. Register by July 13. Free admission; call 601-882-5001; find it on Facebook. Tea in the Garden July 21, 10:30 a.m.-1 p.m., at Mynelle Gardens (4736 Clinton Blvd.). Mom. ME. presents the benefit tea, which is a fundraiser for March of Dimes and raises awareness of women’s mental health issues. Limited space. $30 per person; find it on Facebook. JXN Gumbo #3 July 25, 6-8 p.m., at Cathead Distillery (422 S. Farish St.). Citizenville hosts the micro-granting dinner. Participants enjoy gumbo and drinks, and learn about four community projects, selecting one to receive the money raised. $5; citizenville.org.
Check jfpevents.com for updates and more listings, or to add your own events online. You can also email event details to events@ jacksonfreepress.com to be added to the calendar. The deadline is noon the Wednesday prior to the week of publication.
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