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Friday, August 6 at 7pm jackson Country Club 345 Saint Andrews Drive $75 per person Cocktail hour at 6pm Breaking the Silence, Giving Voice to the Cause and Working to Find a Cure For sponsorship information, contact Jefforey Stafford at 601.924.2964. Contributions may be mailed to Mississippi Sickle Cell Foundation P.O. Box 68425 Jackson MS 39286
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Battling Joblessness Gov. Haley Barbour’s STEPS program is showing mixed effectiveness.
CHRISTI VIVAR; KRISTIN BRENEMEN; CHARLES A. SMITH; KEROSENE PHOTOGRAPHY
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THIS ISSUE: Creating Leaders
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dionne woody Dionne Woody’s office is filled with red: Red coffee mugs, red delicious apples inscribed with “No. 1 Teacher,” and red elephants, symbols for Woody’s college sorority, Delta Sigma Theta, splay across her cherry wood desk. She has saved the most prominent display, however, for the photos of her large family. Woody, 38, the principal of Bradley Elementary School, is happily married with 210 children. Although she is the biological mother of only three, Woody embraced all the students at the school. “I treat all of these (students) as though they’re my children,” she says with a smile. Born to parents who were educators and raised in Columbus, Miss., Woody says the most common profession in her hometown was teaching. “Everyone has to come through a teacher. A football player, a doctor, a lawyer—everybody goes through a teacher,” she says. Woody, who holds a bachelor’s and a master’s degree in education-related disciplines from Jackson State University, steadily worked her way up to becoming a principal. Woody began teaching first grade at Marshall Elementary from 1995 to 1997. She moved to Atlanta and then Montgomery, Ala., before returning to Jackson in 2006 to serve as the assistant principal at Johnson Elementary until 2008, when she moved to Bradley.
Before Woody became its principal, Bradley was a low-performing school, with many students not proficient in math and language arts. Woody implemented a daily math and reading bloc, encouraged datadriven instruction in the classroom and garnered more parental involvement. Bradley is now a successful school with students performing at proficient and advanced levels on standardized tests. Woody does not claim credit for the dramatic improvement in the school’s scores. “Every staff member in this building has ownership of these children. I’m not an ‘I’ person. I’m a ‘we’ person,” she says proudly. Although relatively new to the school, Woody has cultivated a strong bond with the staff and students. She is not only an authority figure but also a caregiver. “Before we can teach a child, we want to make sure that their learning environment is comfortable,” Woody says. Woody is an active principal who spends more time in classrooms than behind her desk. “You have to inspect what you expect,” she says. The principal makes it a point to observe teachers in action, to interact with her students and to be visible in the community. “I love my job; getting up every morning and seeing the bright smiling faces, knowing I’m making a difference,” she says. “I love these kids. I love it here.” —Angelyn Irvin
Youth Leadership Jackson gives young people a chance to make a difference.
19 Stylin’ at School The best part of going back to school is the chance to show some fashion savvy.
32 Bieber Fever Using kids’ favorite pop songs to bond and create teaching moments.
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by Ronni Mott, Managing Editor
was never a stellar student. It’s not that I’m not bright; I always tested well, 98th and 99th percentile on standardized tests in everything but math. Most of my teachers, however, utterly failed to engage my interest. Out of dozens of school teachers, I only remember the name of one: Mrs. Margaret Johnson at Layton Hall Elementary in Fairfax, Va. I remember others—the hunky blond high-school English teacher, the psychology professor who taught stoned, the perpetually annoyed band director—but I don’t remember their names. I absolutely adored Mrs. Johnson. She was the first to recognize that this shy, quiet little girl in the peculiar homemade clothing wasn’t slow. By the time I was in her sixth-grade class, I had attended four different schools because we had moved that often. I was forever the new kid, coming into classrooms in the middle of the year. My mother insisted on sewing clothes for me and my two sisters, and being Austrian, she dressed us like Austrian children, in bright dirndls (think “Sound of Music”—full skirts, puff sleeves and aprons). Mama thought nothing of her girls wearing the same weird outfit for days at a time: She grew up that way, and if it was good enough for her, it was good enough for us. It wasn’t, of course, and I was the object of much teasing, which mama pooh-poohed from her cross-eyed and flat-footed youngest. So I learned to compensate. I learned that being alone was far easier than trying to fit in. I learned to lose myself in books and sing in the woods when no one was watching and to handle baby birds and butterflies gently. I could spend hours happily watching ants bringing food to their nest, and I could tell you the names and habits of dozens of birds and mam-
mals, but I never learned how to “do” school. In Mrs. Johnson’s class, though, I was a star. While other kids were practicing spelling and math problems, I drew and lettered the posters that hung from every wall. I was the best reader in the class, so I got to read all the really cool parts. Mrs. Johnson encouraged me to “act” the parts. I was the princess in the class play. And for the first time in my life, people wanted to know me. Even Patty, the prettiest girl in class, suddenly invited me to play. It was almost too much to bear. During the eight months of sixth grade, I cautiously learned that it was OK to be myself. Mrs. Johnson, with her soft English accent and steel-gray hair, took a special interest in an unusual and withdrawn little girl who wasn’t athletic and didn’t know her multiplication tables. I made all A’s that year. It was the first and last time in my academic career that I uniformly excelled. Fast-forward: Today, two of the great pleasures of my life involve teaching. The first is at the Jackson Free Press. This summer, the JFP has had a dozen interns working with the editorial staff, along with several others working in other areas. I’ve had the privilege of getting to know a great group of bright, capable young people, helping them shape and improve their writing and editing skills. They have gotten a taste of what it takes to work in a newsroom and produce a publication on deadline. I’ve also had the great privilege of teaching yoga for just over two years now, which is an amazing and humbling experience. The two disparate environments have one thing in common: what yoga philosophy calls “the seat of the teacher.” The viewpoint holds that the teacher has a responsibility to her students that goes beyond the transmis-
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sion of knowledge. Teachers should be firm, yet kind and compassionate, modest about their talent and honest about their limitations, while understanding that students expect her to be more knowledgeable and have a deeper relationship with all aspects of her subject. The teacher is always in service to the student. Mrs. Johnson knew that. Sure, it was her job to cram the curriculum into our thick little heads, but it was also her job to recognize and gently nurture our differences. She took the time to work with kids who weren’t the best at anything, drawing forth that which was uniquely good and great in us individually. She remains a “one in a million” teacher, and my life is a demonstration of the inquisitive and creative nature Mrs. Johnson effectively nurtured: I’ve performed on stage, danced, owned a graphic-design studio, rappelled off a mountain, traveled far and wide; and now, I edit and write—all without completing a degree. For decades now, experts and journalists have written volumes about what’s wrong with education in the United States: lack of funds, poorly trained teachers, the failure of constant testing and narrow focus on “core” curricula, parents’ lack of input, the achievement gap that mirrors our ever-widening prosperity gap, our deplorable dropout rate, the exorbitant cost of higher education. As Jackson State University professor B.L. Fish wrote May 19 in a JFP column, since the early 1980s business has heavily influenced education, demanding a focus on producing workers: “Our children need to know the things that are important for business and future employment: to be able to read on grade level ... and perform complex math functions.” But it’s not enough. Fish continued: “… [O]ur children desperately need to find their identity when they are young. Overemphasis on academics … is robbing our children of initiative, inquiry and imagination.” We know what works to educate children: Stimulate their minds from the time they’re in diapers, instilling a love of learning; nurture their curiosity and creativity; give them good food; and allow them time to play. It’s not rocket science. Politically, however, we deal primarily with the failures of education—our prison population, for example, and emphasis on creating low-skill jobs—spending our collective treasure at the wrong end of the issue. As kids return to classrooms in Jackson in the next few weeks, they may become pawns in political games. With a nation on economic tenterhooks and a growing dissatisfaction with the rate of recovery, it will be easy to succumb to finger pointing. Don’t be deluded into thinking your tax dollars are best spent on squeezing children through poorly funded and ever-narrowing assembly-line educational systems. We must do better, Mississippi. Maybe we should start by going to the horse’s mouth: Find our schools’ Mrs. Johnsons and ask them what works. And then demand accountability from our politicians instead of the other way around.
ShaWanda Jacome Assistant to the editor ShaWanda Jacome enjoys family game night and likes everything “Twilight” (which may be lame, but she’s OK with that.) And Edward says to Bella, “You are my life now.” She coordinated the fashion spread.
Charles A. Smith Photographer Charles A. Smith, a Tougaloo grad, thinks football should last 12 months out of the year, and every office in America should have a Joan Harris from “Mad Men.” Check out his work at www.studioroyale.net. He photographed the cover.
Natalie A. Collier Associate editor Natalie A. Collier is originally from Starkville, and graduated from Millsaps. She recently moved back from Chicago where she was associate editor of N’Digo. She’s not easy to impress. Try. She wrote about the Neshoba County Fair.
Ward Schaefer JFP reporter Ward Schaefer came to Mississippi to teach middle school, and is now a journalist. His hometown of Chevy Chase, Md., was not named for the actor. He is slowly learning to play banjo. He wrote Talks.
Angelyn Irvin Editorial intern Angelyn Irvin is a senior at Murrah High School. She rarely checks her Facebook but happily accepts real-life friend requests. She doesn’t want the world to end in 2012 because she has a lot of life left in her. She wrote the Jacksonian.
Holly Perkins Editorial intern Holly Perkins is originally from the Jackson area. Holly loves the arts—acting, painting, photography, writing and music. She plans to attend Belhaven University this fall and travel the world after she graduates. She wrote a music piece.
Katie Bonds Editorial intern Katie Bonds has a master’s from the University of Memphis and a bachelor’s from Rhodes College. She is a Madison native, now living in Belhaven. She enjoys reading, writing, and running the hills of Belhaven. She wrote an arts piece.
Lisa Fontaine Bynum Lisa Fontaine Bynum is a Grenada native and a graduate of Delta State . She lives in Brandon with her husband, her cat Zorro, and a boxer puppy named Otis. She has a food and cooking blog at www. cookingbride.wordpress.com. She wrote a food piece.
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Thursday July 29th Fired USDA employee Shirley Sherrod says that she will sue conservative blogger Andrew Breitbart for editing an interview to make it appear that she refused government help to a farmer because he was white. ... The Mississippi Department of Human Services begins auditing hundreds of childsupport cases after discovering that process servers may have lied about delivering subpoenas for court appearances. Friday, July 30 The U.S. House approves a bill to raise safety standards for offshore drilling, remove a federal cap on economic liability for oil spills, and impose new fees on oil and gas production. … Gov. Haley Barbour and Rao Mulpuri, chief executive officer of Soladigm, a supplier of green building solutions, announced that Soladigm will house its factory in Olive Branch. Saturday, July 31 In response to Rep. Edward J. Markey’s accusations that BP has overused dispersants in the Gulf oil disaster, Adm.Thad Allen, leader of the federal response to the oil spill, and EPA administrator Lisa P. Jackson said they had come close to reducing dispersant amounts by 75 percent.
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Sunday, August 1 Brazilian President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva appeals to Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad to allow an Iranian woman convicted of adultery to take asylum in Brazil rather than be executed by stoning.
Monday, August 2 President Barack Obama announces his plans are “on schedule” to remove 50,000 U.S. troops from Iraq by the end of the month and for a complete withdrawal by the end of next year. … Former University of Oregon quarterback Jeremiah Masoli announces his intention to play football for the University of Mississippi this fall. Tuesday, August 3 New York City clears the last hurdle to build a 14-story tower about two blocks from 9-11’s ground zero in Manhattan that will contain a mosque.
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State Officials Target ‘Illegals’
by Adam Lynch
t. Gov. Phil Bryant accused immigrants’ advocacy agencies of committing felonies at a public forum Monday in Madison. “It is a felony to encourage or induce an alien to reside in the United States. Well, wait—we have organizations that say, ‘We are immigrant allies. We encourage them to immigrate. We encourage them to get signed up for benefits. We want to make sure that they’re here, even if they’re undocumented,’” Bryant said to an audience of about 250 people, mostly whites aged 40 or older. “Well, they broke a federal law. Who is going to enforce that? If I am conspiring or encouraging or including counseling illegal aliens to continue working in the U.S. or assisting them in completing their application, I’m committing a federal violation.” Mississippi Immigrants Rights Alliance Executive Director Bill Chandler said the only laws immigrants’ advocacy organizations like MIRA are breaking are “in Bryant’s head.” “We don’t help them sign up for benefits,” Chandler said. “Economic benefits are not available to immigrants until they have residency for five years, and they’re not available to people without documentation except for emergency services at a hospital, for which there are federal funds,” Chandler said. The federal government allotted the state of Mississippi $190,775 in 2008 to cover uninsured immigrant emergency-room service for the entire state, but historically, the state
Wednesday, July 28 A federal judge grants a preliminary injunction blocking the most controversial parts of the recently passed Arizona immigration bill, including allowing police to stop and question those they suspect of being in the country illegally.
High-school students whose school start time was delayed a half-hour reported more satisfaction with sleep and improved motivation, reports a study in the July “Archives of Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine.” Daytime sleepiness and depressed mood decreased, and attendance improved, the study found.
Lt. Gov. Phil Bryant accused immigrants’ advocacy agencies of committing felonies, prompting a response that such felonies are “in Bryant’s head.”
never uses the entirety of the federal money. Mississippi hospitals only used $208,000 of a total of $334,000 the federal government gave the state from 2005 to 2007. Chandler accused Bryant of trying to mislead whites into believing that MIRA and other immigrant advocate organizations are helping undocumented residents qualify for taxpayer-financed state and federal benefits for which they do not qualify.
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“Not only did they sneak through your back window, now they’re starting to come into your living room and telling you they own the house.” Congressional candidate Bill Marcy speaking about undocumented immigrants during a Monday forum in Madison.
“They legally qualify for whatever benefits we’re helping them with—or else we wouldn’t be trying to help them. The benefits we’re talking about are the benefits provided by (the Department of) Homeland Security and the Department of Justice and other agencies that help people who may or may not have an obstacle-ridden path to citizenship,” TARGET, see page 9
he annual political pontificating in Neshoba County may be over for this year, but there’s never a better time than now to get started on your speech for 2011. Here’s a little something to get you started.
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TARGET, from page 8
1. The city passed a resolution last week to do what to Capitol Street? a. Make it a cobblestone street. b. Make it a two-way street. c. Place digital billboards along it to boost revenue. d. Change the street name to Frank E. Melton Drive.
3. Local radio host Kim Wade thinks immigrants should: a. Landscape his yard for minimum wage. b. Be transported to the Gulf Coast to assist with oil-spill clean up. c. Get a conditional citizenship that doesn’t include the right to vote. d. Move to Arizona.
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ship,” wherein immigrant advocates “can get their people in power who will vote for Democrats until perpetuity.” Latino told the crowd that he believed both Republicans and Democrats on the federal level had ignored “their constitutional duty to defend the border.” “This is a deliberate act,” said Latino, a self-professed descendent of Italian immigrants. “What they see is a potential voting bloc of 13 million people, and they want that voting bloc, and instead of being driven by principle and the rule of law, they are driven by electoral greed.” Chandler dismissed Wade’s statement that newly nationalized Hispanics tended to vote Democrat. “There’s no telling how Latinos vote,” Chandler said. “There’s a wide variety of personalities in the community. … What they’re using is a scare tactic to frighten white people into believing they’re going to lose their country,” he said.
2. Jackson developer David Watkins’ plans to renovate Metrocenter Mall include: a. water slides b. a movie theater c. a hotel d. all of the above
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Chandler said. “Is Bryant calling the process to achieving legal status an illegitimate process? I don’t get it.” Monday’s forum, hosted by the Mississippi Federation for Immigration Reform and Enforcement and members of a Mississippi Tea Party movement, served as a launch pad for a proposed bill to mimic Arizona’s controversial anti-immigration law. Last month, U.S. District Judge Susan Bolton imposed a partial injunction on the Arizona law, restricting Arizona law enforcement from pulling over motorists and questioning their citizenship status. Bolton’s decision also strikes down the section of law that requires Arizona immigrants to carry immigration registration papers at all times. Rep. Becky Currie, R-Brookhaven, announced she would submit a similar law during the next legislative session. “I’m working on an illegal immigration bill, and I’m working on it because the term ‘illegal’ does not confuse me at all,” Currie told the cheering audience. She said later in her speech that her “job is not to make economic opportunities for illegal immigrants.” “My job is to make economic opportunities for Mississippians. If you are here on a work visa and you are here legally, welcome—and you are going to love it here. But the day your visa runs out is the day you leave the country and come back legally,” Currie added. The speaker line up, which included Lt. Gov. Phil Bryant, radio talk-show host Kim Wade, state Rep. Becky Currie, R-Brookhaven, Second Congressional District candidate Bill Marcy and local Tea Party member Russ Latino, then took swipes at the federal government’s perceived unwillingness to discourage illegal immigration. Wade said he believed the national and state political indifference toward immigration restriction stemmed from the mechanics of the democratic process. “If it’s all about compassion, why don’t you step up ... and say, ‘We just want to work. We don’t want to vote for anybody.’ Do it like that. Because if the people who come into this country illegally say that, they’d find that they don’t have as many supporters as they thought they had, because the supporters they have only want to get them to vote for them,” Wade said. Wade told the Jackson Free Press Monday that local and national Democrats ignored immigration restriction in an effort to garner votes from the growing Hispanic community. He described political arguments against immigration restriction as “political gamesman-
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State Slow to Spend STEPS Hiring Funds
hiladelphia, Miss., business owner William Hegman says the Workforce Investment Network of Mississippi is not properly monitoring its spending of $52 million in federal job placement money. “This is money that was granted to give people jobs, but I don’t think they really know how to use it right,” said Hegman, owner of Mississippi Solar. “They’ve never had the resources to handle it, and their people just aren’t trained, for whatever reason. I think they bungled it.” Gov. Haley Barbour announced the launch of the Subsidized Transitional Employment Program and Services, or STEPS, Sept. 15, 2009, as a means to coax new hiring by subsidizing wages for new employees over a six-month period. The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act allotted the state $52 million for job preservation or creation, which the state opted to pay to businesses to finance the new salaries. The Mississippi Department of Human Services and the Mississippi Department of Employment Security manage the venture jointly. The program is available to job-seekers who are state residents, 18 years of age or older, who have at least one child living in their home under age 18. The employee must also fall at or below 250 percent of the federal poverty guideline ($45,775 for a family of three). The program, which according to its state description reimburses employers “monthly for the wages that were paid to the (STEPS) participant and the employer tax match associated with the participant (FICA and Medicare),” is not available to temporary work agencies. The program also makes available to potential employees outreach and orientation services; skill level, aptitudes and abilities assessments; and some limited training regarding professional conduct. So far, however, the state has only spent half the allotted funds, according to Barbara Hicks, director of the Office of Customer Operations at the Mississippi Department of Employment Security. “We’ve got more to go,” Hicks said. “I don’t know the exact dollar amount … but Sept. 30 is the deadline. (That deadline) can only be extended by Congress.” Hegman said the WIN Job Center in Philadelphia proved incapable of helping him finance the wages of new employee Windie Jenkins months after Barbour first announced the program. “I don’t understand how that happened,” Hegman said. “A representative of the Mississippi Development Authority came to me with the program. They said it was tailormade for our company.” Hegman said he picked Jenkins, an East Central Community College graduate, from a list of resumes. Hegman sent Jenkins to the WIN Job Center in Philadelphia in October, but told the Jackson Free Press that employees
at the center did not return calls for months. Desperate for an employee, Hegman asked WIN counselors if he could hire Jenkins on a part-time basis and allow her to retain her eligibility for STEPS. “I spent an afternoon on the phone trying to get an answer on that,” Hegman said. “I called 22 people associated with STEPS. Eighteen of them were out of the office or in meetings. The other four didn’t know the answer to my question. I hired Windie as part-time, and me and my accountant kept calling them every week. They always said they’d get back, and they never, ever did. They never did.”
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Hicks said the governor made his September announcement before the program was ready, and that the program wasn’t ready to go until December. “This was so brand new and so unique, (the Mississippi Department of) Human Services, which had the TANF dollars, wanted to study it a little bit more, and that kind of delayed it,” Hicks said. Information about the program was available on the STEPS website in October, but Hegman said the rules weren’t clear and required clarification from a STEPS counselor. “They could have called us to tell us this,” said Hegman, who learned in January, after hiring Jenkins, that her part-time employment disqualified her from STEPS participation. “They told us I would have to fire her and hire somebody else who qualified. Can you believe that?” Hegman said he has not released Jenkins from employment, but is not sure how much longer he can afford her wages. Hicks, who said she speaks for the WIN Job Center in Philadelphia, as well as the job centers in the rest of the state, confirmed that Jenkins no longer qualified for STEPS placement with Mississippi Solar because the program policy restricts an employer from firing an employee for the express purpose of bringing them back on under a STEPS-subsidized wage. That restriction also pertains to part-time workers. The director said the slow callbacks in
Philadelphia were due to the sate of the job market. “Unemployment is at an all-time high. We have a lot more people looking for employment because of the economic situation. … We have the same amount of people (working) in the WIN center as we did before the economic downturn. But we have so many customers (that) their wait time will be a little longer,” Hicks said. Faced with the prospect of having to send half its $52 million allotment back to the federal government in September, MDES created two new branches of the STEPS program in June. Hicks said the state invested $10 million of the $52 million into the Summer STEPS program for individuals age 18 to 24 and another $3 million for STEPS New Start, an entrepreneurial program that offers grants of up to $5,000 to people looking to start new businesses. The goal of the program, Hicks said, is to connect 3,500 employees with employers before Sept. 30. Last Friday, she said the program had 2,240 employees receiving subsidized wages through the program. But pickings appear slim to anyone searching for STEPS jobs through the program’s state website, which only listed seven STEPS-eligible jobs within a 50-mile radius of the city of Jackson on Tuesday. Fortyeight STEPS jobs existed within a 200 mileradius of a north Jackson ZIP code—the entirety of the state—and only 47 listings within 100 miles of the same code. Many of those STEPS-eligible openings that are on the website require industryspecific training, such as journeyman electrician certification or nurse certification, and linger unfilled on the site for weeks.. Hicks said the website does not consist of the entirety of the employer database, however. “We have representatives at our WIN Centers who go out to employers throughout their communities and solicit—tell them about the program, and give them information and if they’re interested, we’ll sign up those employers to participate,” Hicks said, adding that many jobs never make it to the website because STEPS-certified employment counselors personally connect employers with a list of potential employees as counselors solicit the program to employers. Hicks added that some employers also approach the agency with potential employees that they would like to enroll in the program, although these “reverse referrals” do not comprise a significant portion of hires, Hicks said. Other states, such as Washington and Oregon, have used ARRA funding for employee training and job retention. The state of Oregon, which received $38 million in Recovery Act funds for job creation, job training and placement services, has already spent their funds, according to Tom Fuller, communications manager with Work Source Oregon Employment Department.
by Ward Schaefer
Trent Walker, a former special circuit judge and assistant county prosecutor for Hinds County, is seeking a spot as county court judge for District 1.
rent Walker has worked most angles of Hinds County’s judicial system. The candidate for county court judge has served as a special appointee to Hinds County Circuit Court, an assistant county prosecutor and a youth court referee. Now living in south Jackson, Walker, 41, grew up in Brandon and attended Pearl High School, graduating in 1986. He received a master’s degree in Public Policy from Jackson State University in 1995. After receiving his law degree from Tulane University in 1996, he worked for a year at the Mississippi Supreme Court as a law clerk to then-Associate Justice Jim Smith. Walker has worked for a number of private firms, including Currie Johnson Griffin Gaines and Myers, and Blackmon & Blackmon. Walker has also worked as a public defender in Yazoo County. In 2008, Justice Smith appointed him to an 11-month post as a special circuit judge in Hinds County and tasked him with helping clear the county’s crowded criminal docket. Walker currently works for Schwartz & Associates, handling worker’s compensation and personal injury cases. He calls himself a “homebody,” happy to spend a day with his wife, Lisa, three stepchildren and three biological children barbecuing using his homemade sauce. You’ve worked in a lot of different legal arenas. [B]ecause we’ve been on every side, we don’t come in with a jaded point of view that one side or the other is necessarily correct. You talk to some lawyers, and they feel that way about some judges. One of the things I’m trying to sell is I’m not going to be one of those judges. … I want everybody to know that we’re going to hear the case first, hear the arguments first, and then the decision will be made. And not, “Judge Walker tends to lean one way or the other on this.” What changes would you make in the way county court runs?
Number one, I want to see if it is possible—because everything costs money—to expand the use of the drug-court system. That’s something that’s, in my experience, grossly under-utilized and, quite frankly, is probably significantly less expensive (than incarceration). How does drug court save money? You have a non-violent offender who is identified as someone who can benefit from the drug-court program. They have an identifiable drug problem. If you can control that drug problem, you can control that individual’s appearance in court on a repeated basis. If you look both locally and nationally at the drug court programs … it drastically decreases your rate of recidivism, and it allows people who have an addiction to break that cycle and to be good citizens. Obviously, nothing’s a hundred percent, but if you think about the amount of money, not having to incarcerate a person for a year, and what the savings is on that. The way a drug court works is you come in, you’re going to enter a guilty plea. When you enter that guilty plea, the judge withholds adjudication on your guilty plea until such time as you complete the drug-court program. … There’s a lot of carrot and stick involved. And if they’re serious enough to break the cycle of addiction, they tend to succeed. So you want to get more cases into drug court? Where the opportunities arise, yes. But a lot of that will come (down) to funding. And of course we’re in a recession now. (Also) we can use the county court the way the federal courts use a magistrate system. Right now … if I file a civil suit in circuit court, then I have somewhere between a year and a half to two and a half years before I can get a workable trial date. … Whereas your county courts, if I filed a lawsuit in county court today, that lawsuit can be tried in seven, eight to twelve months—which, if the lawyer’s doing his job, he’s going to need to prepare his case in the first place. So what I would suggest is rather than tying up your circuit judges with a bunch of motions and things of that nature, you decide (that) your county court judges can hear a lot of your preliminary motions. They’re already hearing your bond hearings in criminal cases. Why are you running? In short, I want to run because I think I’m eminently qualified for the position. I think I can bring some youth and enthusiasm and a fresh outlook, … ways to do things more efficiently than they have been done. … There’s room for improvement in any system. I think that people ought to know that I won’t be someone who just shows up and hears what’s on my docket and goes home. I’ll be someone who’s constantly looking for ways to make the system more efficient and better serve the citizens of Hinds County.
Improving the System
by Byron Wilkes
Change Where It Matters
August 5 - 11, 2010
n an age when television airwaves and opinion pages burst with outraged faces and voices on both sides of the political spectrum, one group of Mississippi youth is conducting public discourse in a more levelheaded light. What’s more, these high schoolers are learning how to enact social change where it matters most: the community. The high school sophomores and juniors in Youth Leadership Jackson come from about 22 public and private schools in Madison, Hinds and Rankin counties, from both urban and rural areas. This diverse group of 44 students discusses race, religion, politics and local issues without debasing one another or resorting to insults. Angelyn Irvin, 17, was one of those students last spring, and she says that her experience in YLJ has taught her to look at social problems and issues from another point of view. “There were a lot of elephants in the room at first, not just race but the different social economics,” says Irvin, who was a Jackson Free Press intern this summer. “We shouldn’t silence issues,” she adds. “You have to bring it up. Ignoring a problem will not make it go away.” Irvin, now a senior at Murrah High School, reiterates the importance of employing empathy in day-to-day life, a core tenet of YLJ. “That’s another thing we discussed, getting out of your comfort zone, purposefully putting yourself in an awkward situation,”
she says. “You better yourself by doing that. You become a more compassionate person. ... You appreciate people more. You see where they’re actually coming from when they do certain things or say certain things; you don’t just make snap judgments.” The YLJ class of 2009/2010 represents a carefully selected segment of young men and women from a pool of more than 400 applicants, says Shirley Tucker, the program’s director, who has been with the program for 17 years of its 19 years of operation. “Our goal is to develop leadership skills in youth in the metro area,” Tucker says. “We help develop their skills not only by teaching them about themselves, but getting them involved in the community.” YLJ is part of the Greater Jackson Chamber Partnership and Leadership Jackson Alumni, and has been operating since 1991. For the six months that the program lasts, the group meets once a month, discussing a different topic for five of those months: leadership development, diversity, law and politics, education and health care. Self-discovery and community involvement are also key elements. “(YLJ) aided me in knowing who I am, being confident and telling everyone about it,” says 17-year-old Jerek Brown. Brown was part of the international baccalaureate program at Jim Hill High School, “located in west Jackson, in the historic Washington District,” he says with pride. He describes his school as “99 percent African American,” so the YLJ class is a more diverse atmosphere than he’s used to in the classroom. For instance, had Brown never been involved with YLJ, it’s conceivable he never would have met Elliot Thomas III, who is also 17 but attends Jackson Academy. “It opens you up to things you’re not used to,” Thomas says. “They throw a lot at you at one time. You would never experience some of this stuff if you weren’t in the program.”
Thomas says that during meetings, it was a welcome change to be able to speak frankly to other students his age on issues traditionally considered too touchy, namely segregation. “You can be very blunt with people because we’re all here to learn from each other,” he says. “You can speak what’s on your mind. You learn to deal with people in different situations.” Much like the students themselves, YLJ facilitators come from a variety of professional backgrounds; police officers and lawyers discuss how the law is implemented and its various phases, while doctors and nurses elucidate health-care issues, both in the broader political theater and the patients’ bedside. But YLJ isn’t all talk. In fact, a Salvation Army representative’s dialogue on how cold weather affects donations and the organization’s clients spurred Thomas and his YLJ peers to turns words into action. “Me and the other four other people who go to JA that are in Youth Leadership, decided, well, OK, we’ll do a shoe drive: It’s easy, and it’ll bring (the Salvation Army) a lot of money,” he says. Thomas says the area Salvation Army sends worn-out shoes to Texas where they are refurbished. The charity receives 50 cents a pound for the shoes, or if the shoes are in good enough condition, local Salvation Army stores sell them for anywhere from 75 cents to $2. “We went back to the administration, and they approved it,” he says. “We got a bunch of boxes, put them through the school and put fliers up. We were able to raise 8,200 pounds of shoes.”
The collected shoes meant the Salvation Army would receive at least $4,100, but more importantly, it proved that high-school students, like those in YLJ, could make a meaningful impact in their community. “We thought, ‘This was something we could do,’” Thomas says. “It was a lot of work, but it paid off in the end.” YLJ also emphasizes the importance of staying local: how living and working in Jackson and Mississippi can positively affect the economy and community. “That’s part of our goal, too,” Tucker says. “We try to retain these students.“ “We feel like we lose our crop. You go out and select these students and then they go off to college, and you never see them again.” The students who graduated from YLJ last year underwent a rigorous selection process: submitting an essay on their concerns for the community and potential solutions; providing recommendation letters from their principal and teachers; and undergoing a group interview in which YLJ facilitators handpicked discussion leaders and problem-solvers. Students who graduate from the program gain the tools they need to be effective leaders. Whether they stay in Mississippi or move abroad, they will be equipped to act as valiant stewards of a state often cast as ignorant and bigoted, Tucker says. “I see a real difference in our children,” Tucker says. “A lot of our kids come in with a limited knowledge of other people who aren’t like them. By the time they leave this program, they’re a little bit more relaxed.”
Youth Leadership Jackson
will solicit applications for the 2010-2011 program later this month after school begins, selecting about 40 participants in September. The first meeting is scheduled for November, and the group will meet once a month for six months. To be eligible for the program, students must live in the Jackson metropolitan area, be high school sophomores or juniors, ex-
hibit leadership skills and display an interest in improving the community. Participants must complete at least eight hours of community service during the program. For additional information, go to www. metrochamber.com/chamber/youth_leadership.asp, or contact your school administrator or YLJ Director Shirley Tucker at 601948-7575, ext. 270.
by ShaWanda Jacome
Childhood Classics That Changed Us
“The People Could Fly: American Black Folktales” by Virginia Hamilton was one of the first books I ever read where the people in the stories looked like me. They did magical, incomprehensible things, like have hope in times of hopelessness. —Natalie Collier “Maniac Magee” by Jerry Spinelli introduced me and other kids my age to the concept of urban legends, and it even delved into race relations in a way we could understand. I didn’t realize it then, but that book taught many
adult concepts to children that a lot of adults seem to have trouble grasping. —Carl Gibson As a child, the first novel I read was “Heidi” by Johanna Spyri, a classic story of an orphan girl in the Swiss Alps who is forced to live with her elusive grandfather. The young heroine made me want to help others and be an inspiration to them to this very day. I recommend the story to any young girl who needs a little guidance on empathy and sacrifice. —Latasha Willis “Where The Red Fern Grows” by Wilson Rawls. I was 6, my brother 10, when our Mother read us this story. It sparked a deep love for the magic of the written word that has yet to fade. —Deanna Graves I remember reading “The Phantom Tollbooth” by Norton Juster until the cover literally fell off. If anything, the story taught me that there’s always a new way of looking at life and that there can be a story hidden in even the most everyday of things. —Bret Kenyon
“Charlotte’s Web” by E.B. White. It’s such a beautiful story of simple acts of bravery, faith and friendship. Fern helped teach me that being young, and a girl, doesn’t mean that I can’t have strong convictions and stand up effectively for them. And Charlotte—her lessons were profound and lasting: I may be one small person, but I can have a big impact by caring about something and dedicating myself to it. —Julie Skipper When I was introduced to Louise Fitzugh’s “Harriet the Spy,” I felt supported and inspired. I loved reading about all the methods Harriet employed to lead her double life, spending her days as a clever school girl from a privileged background, and her free time sleuthing and going on her regular spy routes. I tricked out my spy notebook after reading that book, which I regarded almost as if it were a manual. “Harriet the Spy” made me feel as if I finally had a colleague in the field of espionage. —Charlotte Blom My book would be “Aesop’s Fables,” practical life lessons imparted by bugs and animals—
that’s wisdom a kid can enjoy. Without feeling like they were actually learning something. Fun and practical in every sense, plus, it’s applicable to every stage of life. “The Ant and The Grasshopper” was my favorite. —Chris Zuga I remember on my seventh birthday, my English teacher gave me “A Light in the Attic” by Shel Silverstein. It not only expanded my already vivid imagination, but this book of memorable poems taught me about the “what ifs” in life, the similarity between children and the elders, and even an insight on what happens when someone steals your knees. —Pamela Hosey My aunt’s 1940s edition of the “Nancy Drew” series fascinated me as a child, and likely set me on a track of being a lifelong mystery reader. Each one featured a young, intelligent and courageous Nancy Drew, exploring uncommon situations in exciting locales and then solving the “mystery of whatever.” Sure, they were junk books, but they were fun escapism and opened the door to a serious love of reading that continues still. —Lil McKinnon-Hicks
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omemade ice cream is definitely a welcomed treat during hot Mississippi summers. That’s why employees at Marble Slab Creamery on 1059 East County Line Road in Jackson often see lines out of the door. The cool thing is that customers are the creators of all things sweet at Marble Slab Creamery. If you’ve never been to Marble Slab Creamery, the business name describes exactly what they do there. Homemade ice cream is mixed with your favorite topping on a cold slab of marble. Create whatever combination you want; again, you can be the creator of all things sweet. Homemade ice cream flavors range from coffee to cheesecake; the most popular flavors are sweet cream and strawberry. Combine your favorite homemade ice cream flavor with a plethora of toppings: pecans, walnuts, fresh blueberries, strawberries, raspberries, pineapples, Snickers or Heath Bar candy crumbles, Oreos, sprinkles, chocolate chips, Gummi Bears, almonds, coconut, marshmallows, Whoppers, Graham crackers and more. General Manager Siedah Redmond says, “Popular Marble Slab combos include Oreos with vanilla ice cream, cheesecake with Graham crackers and strawberries, or homemade coffee ice cream with Heath Bar.” All Marble Slab ice cream is homemade and each flavor is designed with special flavorings, along with trademarked Marble Slab milk. For example, the strawberry-flavored ice cream is homemade with Marble Slab’s specially designed milk and mixed with special strawberry flavoring and fresh strawberries. Marble Slab Creamery is unique in that they make their own cones and waffle bowls. Also, they have specialty cones and rolled cones – ice cream cones dipped in chocolate or white chocolate, dipped or rolled in sprinkles, Heath Bar, Butterfinger or peanuts. Or if you choose too, you can get your favorite ice cream concoction in just a white chocolate or chocolate dipped cone. Various celebrity ice cream promotions engage customers to try different sundaes and other tasty creations. The family-oriented ice cream shop provides a warm, welcoming environment where a steady stream of families, church groups, and sports teams frequent. Marble Slab Creamery is also a very active fundraising community partner for such organizations as private and public schools, church groups, non-profit organizations and sports teams in Jackson. They will come to your event to sell their specialty ice cream, and your organization will receive one-third of the event profits. “We want Jacksonians to embrace this opportunity to use Marble Slab Creamery as a fundraising source for their organization,” said Redmond. “We will also do birthday parties or parties anywhere anyone wants to hold one. We go wherever the party is, just give us 48 hours notice, and we’ll bring Marble Slab Creamery to you!” Walk into a clean, refreshing environment at Marble Slab Creamery on 1059 East County Line Road (Suite B) Monday through Thursday from 11:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m., Friday and Saturdays 11:30 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. or Sunday 12:00 noon to 9:30 p.m., where their employees will treat you like a family member. Visit them online at www.marbleslabcreamery.com or on Facebook; or call 601-899-9060.
hen I think back to books of my youth, “Dear Mr. Henshaw” by Beverly Cleary stands out. I could relate to the main character, Leigh Botts, because at times I felt lonely as a child because I had to change schools a lot. They changed the zoning in my neighborhood so I went to a different school every year from third to sixth grade. I started keeping a journal like the character in the book. I asked co-workers, writers and friends of the Jackson Free Press which book from their youth had made a lasting impression, and this what they had to say.
Searching for the Neshoba Metaphor
Families pass down the often once-a-year occupied cabins from one generation to another.
didn’t know specifics about it before I went. Much of what I knew, I pieced together here and there from hearing conversations about it. The facts were all cut and dry. They pretty much went like this: “Racists are there. … It’s where the three civil rights works were buried under the dam. ... Ronald Reagan launched his “southern strategy” there when he was running for president. … It has
cabins. … The Choctaw reservation is not far away. … And even more racists are there.” I never had much of a desire, even as I got older, to learn anything else about the Neshoba County Fair. I was content with my ignorance. Last Wednesday, when my co-worker Ward Schaefer topped off my gas tank on our way to the fair, we had two different plans. His was to report on speeches, and
Fact-Checking the Speeches
August 5 - 11, 2010
he political speeches at the Neshoba County Fair are a time when politicians and candidates get on the stump to tout their achievements, take a few jabs at their opponents and occasionally forget to the tell the truth. We’ve looked into some of the statements on a few of the speeches and fact-checked their validity.
Republican Alan Nunnelee speaking about Rep. Travis Childers, a Democrat: “Our congressman has shown that when they need him, he’s willing to stand with (Speaker of the House) Nancy Pelosi and the likes of (Massachusetts Congressman) Barney Frank. In fact, Barney Frank has had three fundraisers for our congressman. Now, I don’t know about you, but that’s not the Mississippi that I know.” A search of Party Time, an online database of political fundraising events managed by the non-partisan watchdog Sunlight Foundation, reveals four fundraisers benefitting Childers and featuring Frank. The most recent was a May 13 breakfast at the National Democratic Club in Washington, D.C., that Frank hosted. Frank also appeared at a Sept. 10, 2009, fundraiser for Childers and 10 other Democratic congressmen. On June 27, 2008, and June 17, 2009, Frank hosted fundraisers for Childers at a Washington, D.C., seafood restaurant.
“And when it came time for a vote on health care, (Childers) waited until two days before the vote, and then announced he was against it. And then two days after the vote, he said, ‘Yeah, well I’m not going to be in favor of repeal.’ Well, are you against it, or are you for it? We don’t know.” Childers voted against the original healthcare measure, the Affordable Care for America Act, that the House of Representatives passed Nov. 7, 2009. As early as Aug. 18, 2009, Childers said that he would not support the original House proposal. On March 18, three days before the House passed the final bill, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, Childers issued a statement saying that he supported health-care reform but would oppose the legislation. On March 24, one day after President Barack Obama signed the bill into law, Childers said that he would not support efforts to repeal it. Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann “I promised better management of 16th section land. During my first 90 days, I put all 7,000 leases on the Internet. … We started the process of getting more income and being more transparent. The end result, this year we will make $22 million more for 16th land.” In June, former Franklin County forester Steve Oglesby told the Jackson Free Press that the Secretary of State’s office has endorsed aggressive
mine was to see if anyone reacted to us posing as a couple. Barack Obama is president, but it’s still the Neshoba County Fair. The red mud squished beneath my thong sandals. I was happy I’d left my peeptoe stilettos at home, jealous of the Timerland boots he was wearing. “They’re like actually cabins,” I heard myself say aloud. I knew there were going to be cabins, but I had no idea it was a neighborhood of cabins, lined up like row houses. People sat on their respective porches, looking on as Ward and I awkwardly consulted the map, trying to figure out how to get to the square. We left the suburbs of cabins and entered the main square. Attorney General Jim Hood had just finished speaking, and music blared from speakers. It was break time. After we oriented ourselves, and Ward got in a brief conversation with Hood, we decided to settle in under the pavilion. Sitting on the last row, I snuggled up as closely to Ward as heat and humidity would allow. “Let’s count the black people,” I said to my boyfriend-for-the-day. I’d already spotted one black man walk into a cabin while Ward talked to Hood. At least 30 minutes had passed, and he’d yet to come back out. “Like an index. A BPX. A black people
index,” he responded. As he took out his notebook to start the tally, we spotted two black gentlemen pouring drinks for passersby. I looked right over my shoulder and spotted an older black woman, donning a black cotton muumuu with festive flowers sprouting up from the hem, handing a younger white gentleman a cold drink. Sweat glistened on her forehead. “We should also count the Asians,” said Ward, the child of a Chinese mother and Irish-German father. “So far, I’ve seen zero,” I assured him. The man to our left kept eyeing us suspiciously. I saw him tap his friend and point in our direction. I feigned a sweet smile. He smiled a curious, “Are they ‘together’ or just together?” one. The band closed out its joyous song about whiskey, beer and being southern, and introduced another. “I know y’all know this one. It’s going to close us out,” the lead singer announced. I hoped for Garth Brooks’ “Friends in Low Places,” until the lead singer said, “It’s a familiar hymn we sing up in north Mississippi,” and the band started playing “It Is Well.” I love that hymn, but there was something unsettling about singing it at the Neshoba County Fair. The band reached the
by Ward Schaefer and Lacey McLaughlin
logging practices that have made timber theft easier on 16th section land. He alleged that the new way of cutting down trees called “cutter select” makes timber theft easier because the trees are not marked for harvesting. “About 30 percent of children in Mississippi do not graduate from high school, (in) some Jackson schools it’s over 50 percent.” The most recent numbers from the Mississippi Department of Education show that the state’s class of 2009 had a graduation rate of 71.4 percent with 16.7 percent of students dropping out. The completion rate for the state is 79 percent, which includes students who graduated, received a certificate of completion or GED. The small percentage of students unaccounted for in the above percentages, could have died while in high school or taken five years to receive degree. The overall dropout rate for Jackson Public Schools is 24.3 percent, with 63.8 percent of students completing high school and 59.8 graduating. No JPS high school had a 50 percent drop-out rate for 2009, and every high school had a completion rate of more than 50 percent.
rooms. In fact, they are going to have to close certain parts of hospitals and not deliver health care.” Roy Mitchell, director of Mississippi Health Advocacy Program, suspects that Hosemann is referring to the portion of health-care reform that will expand Medicaid eligibility. Under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, thousands of low-income Mississippians will be eligible for health care for the first time. Mitchell said the federal government, however, is picking up 96 percent of the Medicaid expansion tab. The money state and local governments spend to treat the uninsured each year will also will also decrease as more people receive health insurance, he said. AARP reported last year that “the majority of the initiatives that would pay for reform will come from cutting waste, fraud and abuse within existing government health programs.” Mitchell said emergency rooms would not shut down because of lack of reimbursements, but more people with health insurance will be able to see a primary care doctor instead of going to the emergency room for basic care, or waiting until their symptoms progress.
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chorus, “It is well …” I told Ward he was supposed to echo. He did. I didn’t. All was not well with my soul. I spotted the sign behind the band, boasting that this year marked the 121st fair. “There’ve been 121 of these?” I mumbled. I picked up my phone to do a quick Google search. “There’s a black man with locs!” Ward pointed out excitedly. He was walking alongside a white guy. The two looked to be friends. I wondered if those two knew that six days after the FBI found civil-rights workers James Chaney, Andrew Goodman and Michael Schwerner buried 15 feet below the ground’s surface in 1964 fewer than six miles north on Highway 21, the fair kicked off. I’d just learned that. Then I wondered if they cared. As the crowd cleared out, I looked for a handheld fan that wasn’t endorsing a political candidate, and Ward made a call back to the office. I found church-style fans with “pur air” stamped on them. “Beautiful lies,” I thought. Ward asked if we could go grab a bite to eat before coming back to the square to hear congressional candidate Alan Nunnelee’s 10minute speech. We walked slowly, chatting, and a woman caught my eye. “Y’all hungry?” she asked. “We have plenty of food.”
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Ward and I looked at one another. I knew he’d want to go in. It was, after all, an offer for free food. I obliged him. Up one, two, three, four shallow stairs, I could feel the woman’s eyes on my back. “You’re probably just being paranoid again,” I thought. A quick glance over my shoulder confirmed I wasn’t; I caught her still looking. The four people in the cabin’s kitchen introduced themselves quickly, as did we; then they ushered us to the island in the middle of the small room where food sat buffet style. We put food on our plates, and I sat mine down to get drinks. “Do you want tea, lemonade or bottled water, sweetie?” I asked Ward. The little girl who sat on an adult’s hip couldn’t control her mouth, as it dropped open. Ward chuckled. “Water is good.” “Y’all can go out on the porch to eat or upstairs,” someone said. We walked up the stairs and positioned ourselves on the modest balcony. A black woman dressed in an apron and hair net walked out of the back door of a cabin across the way, tossing a bucket of water out, as Ward ate from his plate and mine. “There’s another black person,” he said. “Yep,” I replied, letting the sip of water I took punctuate my one-word sentence.
A gentle breeze blew, and the American flag I was sitting behind reached back and hit me in the face. “Wow,” boyfriendfor-a-day said. “I just got hit. In the face. With an American flag,” I said. “Wow. That’s a metaphor for something,” Ward said, chuckling. “Yeah; it’s a metaphor,” I agreed. We threw away our plates, thanked our hosts and went back down to the plaza to hear Nunnelee speak. “Together, we can write history. … But how will our grandchildren and their grandchildren know of the greatness of America?” Nunnelee asked during the opening few sentences of his speech. “Will posterity enjoy the blessings of liberty secured for us by our grandparents and their grandparents before them? ... (W)ill the greatness of America be barely a chapter in their history books? A record of what once was? The answer to that question is in our hands,” he declared before going on with a Nancy Pelosi-obsessed diatribe. The crowd hooted, hollered and agreed. I sat, finally figuring it out, as I looked over and spotted two more black people. I wasn’t uncomfortable chiefly because of my race. I was uncomfortable because I didn’t belong. The liberties Nunnelee preached about and
hope I can say ‘nuclear power plant’; I’m working on that, I’ll tell you about—but a new clean coal gasification plant in Noxubee County. A billion-dollar plant that’s going to provide jobs, high-tech jobs like Schultz will, like Twin Creeks will. We’re talking about 1500 new jobs in the state of Mississippi in the worst national recession in modern times. You bet I’m proud about that.” Mississippi Power is currently planning a coal gasification plant for Kemper County, not Noxubee County, at a cost of up to $2.88 billion. The plant and adjoining mine would create 260 permanent jobs and 1,000 temporary jobs during peak construction, according to a Jan. 16, 2009, Mississippi Power press release.
Gov. Haley Barbour “In the 50 years since the four Gulf States— Mississippi, Alabama, Louisiana and Texas—first allowed offshore drilling, more than 30,000 wells have been drilled in the Gulf of Mexico. This is the first time anything like (the BP oil disaster) has ever happened, and to close down the Gulf of Mexico to oil drilling is very short sighted and awfully poor policy.” Factcheck.org reports that the BP oil disaster isn’t the first time an oil spill has occurred in the Gulf. In 1979, the IXTOC well blew out in Bahia de Campeche near Mexico, spilling 71,500 barrels of crude into the Gulf and washing up on 162 miles of U.S. beaches over the course of 10 months.
the ones the American flag that licked my face in the breeze over lunch symbolizes weren’t always meant for me. The disparities in this country and “our” Mississippi are just as much about class and the natural-born, government-acknowledged right to stake claim and pursue happiness as they are about race. It just so happens the powers-that-be granted some posterity and their inalienable rights a few generations after everyone else. A total of 20 blacks and zero Asians later, Ward and I left the fair, headed to the Choctaw reservation. The closer we got to the exit gate, the less oppressed I felt. Florence Mars writes in “Witness in Philadelphia” about the fair of 1964, after FBI agents found Chaney, Goodman and Schwerner buried: “The fair almost seemed the same. There were the same speakings, bands, horseraces, community exhibits, dances, sings, and carnival activities; the same crowds milled near the pavilion ... and there was the same talk about how good it was to be back. The unpleasant events of the summer were not discussed. … Still, there was an air of unspoken tension greatly heightened by the bizarre presence of the auxiliary police.” The unspoken tension, for me, 46 years later, still clung to the air. Maybe there’s a metaphor for that, too. In 1970, a blowout, explosion and fire on a Shell Offshore Inc. well in Louisiana’s South Timbalier region left four people dead and 36 injured and spilled 53,000 barrels of crude into the Gulf. The federal government has not closed down the Gulf of Mexico to oil drilling. The administration’s proposed moratorium only applies to new permits for deepwater drilling; production from existing deepwater wells continues. A June 8 Department of Interior press release explained that “shallow water drilling operations and production activity in both deep and shallow waters are not under a moratorium and will continue, provided they are in compliance with the new safety requirements.”
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disturbing meeting took place at the Madison County Cultural Center Monday night. It was a tea-party-organized forum to call for the state of Mississippi to adopt an anti-“illegals” law such as the one the state of Arizona recently enacted, and which is now caught up in legal battles over its constitutionality. Never mind that a judge stopped much of that law, which would allow authorities to make any Latino-looking person show their immigration papers on demand. Never mind that Mississippi does not share a border with Mexico. Never mind that the emotional arguments against “illegals” aren’t fact-based (especially those dealing with their economic impact on the U.S.) Never mind all that. What matters for Mississippi, not to mention Jackson and our neighbor Madison, is that this kind of politically driven fervor against people based on their skin tone and geographic origin is disturbing, dangerous and harks back to a not-so-distant past when white Mississippians spread falsehoods about black people in order to justify unequal protection under the law. (And it should come as no surprise that many of the same people want to do away with the 14th Amendment that gives Equal Protection to discriminatedagainst groups. Convenient.) Most disturbing about this Madison meeting is that it is was sanctioned by upstanding and supposedly reasonable members of the greater Jackson community. Lt. Gov. Phil Bryant was there, not long after he started throwing around the disparaging label of “anchor babies” for children of undocumented workers who are born in the U.S. and are, thus, just as much an American citizen as Bryant or you or us. Mayor Mary Hawkins-Butler was there as well. Sadly, these people clearly think traveling this hateful road is good politics. So did members of the Citizens Council and the Americans for the Preservation of the White Race (APWR) when they met in government-owned buildings throughout Mississippi to “protect” white citizens from African Americans who supposedly wanted their jobs and resources. They told lies then, and immigration fear-mongers are telling lies now. Predictably, conservative radio trash-talker Kim Wade spoke, and he didn’t hold back on the real reason behind this immigration hysteria. He made it plain to the JFP and to the audience there: “They” will come here, register to vote and then vote for Democrats. Old enough to remember those words from the 1960s (except, then, it was the Dixiecrats spreading fear of then-progressive Republicans)? The fight against giving blacks the right to vote (presumably for the “other”) was loud and vicious then, and led to violence. Now, people like Wade, who is black, is trying to get blacks to turn against “Hispanics” (his word) in order to keep them from coming here and taking voting power away from his Republican and tea-party friends. Truth is stranger and scarier than fiction. Republicans and Democrats alike must reject this hate rhetoric and the people spreading it.
Weary Minds and Souls
August 5 - 11, 2010
udy McBride: “Before I close my monthly Ghetto Group Psychological Therapy and Venting Session, I want to say that I’m very happy to see those individuals who returned from last month’s session and some new people, too. I know that the insanity of this current society of greed and selfishness has challenged your sanity. I also realize that some of the news media depresses your weary minds and souls. And I envision thousands of sleepless people crying into their pillows with mule-size tears of despair and hopelessness. “Let’s end this session on a positive note with a true-to-life story that illustrates the concept of rhetto random acts of kindness. Here to share her story is Lady Red, the nice Caucasian woman who lives and works in the Ghetto Science Community.” Lady Red: “I experienced a ghetto random act of kindness when I tried to purchase gas at Mr. Habib’s gas station and convenience store with my last five dollars. My car was low on gas, and I was late for work. “I remember frantically searching inside my purse for that evasive fivedollar bill. After I found the money, I rushed inside the store to pay my last five dollars on pump five. Mr. Habib replied: ‘No need to pay, Miss Lady Red. You’re the recipient of a ghetto random act of kindness.’ “I drove off to work—with a full tank—realizing that kind deeds really do happen in the ghetto.”
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ecently, President Barack Obama appeared on an episode of ABC’s “The View.” I don’t consider myself a fan of the show. Although it doesn’t necessarily speak to my demographic, no doubt shows like “The View” or “The Oprah Show” speak directly to a core audience that any elected official should jump at the chance to reach. Considering all the controversies the Obama presidency has had to endure—health care, Guantanamo Bay, the stimulus, the BP oil spill—it seems like common sense to accept a platform to speak directly to your constituents. Right? Apparently, not so much. The president’s appearance on “The View” drew ire from the mainstream media, and not just from his nemesis FOX News, either. Shockingly, MSNBC, CNN and several other outlets questioned Obama chatting on the show’s couch. It didn’t help that he cancelled an engagement with the Boy Scouts of America to do it. I’ve always thought the media took itself too seriously. Perhaps those “serious” journalists are a little miffed that the president chose to field questions from Joy Behar and Whoopi Goldberg instead of them. But the fact is, most pundits and media types need to get over themselves. The ladies of “The View,” whether you or I like it or not, have a substantial following. Not only that, they are more in touch with what average Americans, particularly women, think and say about the problems plaguing our country. In my opinion, they asked intelligent, probing questions, and at no point did Obama seem, well, unpresidential in his responses. Seems to me we’ve set an unreasonable bar for our elected officials. We’ve let politics trump people. At times we look at our commander in chief as some kind of deity, not to be confused with mere mortals.
Elected officials are not gods or kings. They are representatives of the people who are supposed to walk with us and lead us. The best, most effective leaders are those who are of the people, who have walked in the people’s shoes, and don’t see certain venues or people as “beneath” them. The most effective leaders are those that respect others and their customs. The most effective leaders are the ones that shun go-betweens and strive to speak directly with the citizenry, even if isn’t the popular or “political” thing to do. Hey, media, we “regular folks” are educated, too. Sometimes we’d also like to speak directly to our president. “The View” wasn’t tawdry TV; it was not “The Jerry Springer Show” or “The Maury Povich Show.” It was a respectable showing that in all likelihood reached more homes than either FOX News or CNN would have reached had they aired it. We’ve gotten away from what our representatives are supposed to be, and crafted them into something others want. We need more Jesse Venturas or Wyclef Jeans and fewer of these cookie-cutter career politicians. I guess presidents are supposed to be stiff, cold, unavailable and devoid of humor or emotion. We fancy our officials to have Ivy League pedigrees. We like them groomed for office. They’re more appealing when they have law degrees or million-dollar corporations or the right family name. But in my opinion, all it takes is common sense and a willingness to serve. Visiting “The View” was a bold move but one I hope sets a precedent for future leaders. As leadership expert Ken Blanchard once said: “In the past a leader was a boss. Today’s leaders must be partners with their people. They no longer can lead solely based on positional power.” And that’s the truth ... sho-nuff.
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he name of the game is change. People try to do it every new year, Obama opened the nation’s eyes with its promise, and now, as an incoming college freshman, I am forced to take its hand and walk with it. But this column won’t be about my fears when I take that step, whether I will be forced to realize I am not as awesome as once previously thought and subsequently ostracized for my lack of intelligence and social finesse, or whether I will gain the notorious freshman 15. This is about how, slowly, I am working to resurrect myself as a creative person. When I was a kid, I was on top of the game. I would complete my homework effortlessly and efficiently, doing more than what was required without breaking a sweat. But when I got accepted into an accelerated school, I slowly began to convince myself I was not capable of much. I saw 10-year-olds casually flipping through “Little Women,” “Anne of Green Gables” and devouring “Harry Potter” books. I told myself I didn’t belong in a competitive learning environment, added the word “can’t” to my vocabulary and lessened my expectations for myself. It is no surprise that I found myself involved in several amazing groups, but when the time came for me to take the leader position, I dropped the ball. At first, I blamed it on the people. I figured that all efforts to recruit people would be in vain because no one would be attracted to what these groups were doing because future
generations “aren’t interested in this stuff anymore.” Then I refused to believe that anything could be done about it. During countless meetings about mobilizing more youth and brainstorming effective recruitment techniques, I would tune out, choosing to focus on why those ideas would not work rather than hoping they would. After another one of these fruitless conversations, an adviser shared a golden nugget: “Sometimes you get so caught up in how big the project is, how it could go wrong, that you get intimidated and don’t even start. But it’s better to just start, breaking the project into pieces as you go, truly being present in what you’re doing without worrying about the outcome and scaring yourself into doing nothing at all.” Yes, I’ve heard it from my friends, my mom and countless times from teachers, but I figure the 500th time is the charm. Perhaps it is the timing: With college beating on my door, I’ve begun to re-evaluate my goals. Maybe I have heard those words so many times they have finally lit a fire under my ass. I’ve decided to regain my childhood attitude—tackling unknown territory fearlessly and diligently; staking my claim on the prize I have wanted so long—to dream while reaching dreams. Sure, I a bit worried about how it all could go, but at least I am no longer buried by the fear.
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ome people need it spelled out for them, you know? 1. Check your pulse. If you have a steady beat, this simply means you are not dead, not that you are necessarily alive. To be alive, you must ascertain you’re not one of the walking dead among us, which would open up a whole new can of worms. 2. Ensure that you have working organs, especially in the metaphorical sense. I’ve never been in a relationship. I’m scared of commitment and independent; I have always been focused on school, shutting out the kind of distractions puppy love brings. I chose scholarships to college over cubic zirconium promise rings, so naturally, my heart has never been broken, nor has it fluttered, flitted or ached beyond any sense I could quickly stifle. There is a beating in my chest, but that doesn’t mean I have a heart. Plenty of things beat: drums, basketballs on a court, Chris Brown (cough). If you’ve never felt something, how do you know for sure it exists? I do know, however, that my heart can breathe because it is often suffocating under the pressure of my brain. And that is different and more indicative of vitality than a simple beat. 3.Determine that you feel so passion-
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Field Trip et’s be honest: One of the best things about going back to school, if you’re fortunate, is the new wardrobe that starts off the year. The frilly dresses and trendy tops, clean kicks and fresh haircuts … who wouldn’t love it? Back to school can even be a way to reinvent yourself. If you’re thinking, “But I wear a uniform.” That’s OK. You still have the weekend to wow them. Cameron, Jada and Dennis sacrificed a sunny afternoon to model back-to-school fashions at the Mississippi Museum of Natural Science just for you. Who are we kidding? It wasn’t a sacrifice.
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On Dennis (left): Ralph Lauren button-down shirt, Repeat Street, $16; “Left Over” T-shirt, Swell-O-Phonic, $20; Roundtree & Yorke shorts, Repeat Street, $5.50 On Jada (right): The Two-Headed Woman vintage navy blazer, $25; Hound’s-tooth army-green T-shirt, Tangle Salon & Boutique, $44; Seven for All Mankind super-skinny jeans, Azul Denim, $169; Brown belt, Repeat Street, $5.50 On Cameron (center): see shopping information on p. 22
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Jesse Robinson performs during the blues lunch at Lumpkin’s BBQ from 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Free. … Fondren After 5 is from 5-8 p.m., and the Fondren trolley will be in front of the Duling School so that The Fondren Association of Businesses can collect donated school supplies. Free, donations welcome; call 601-981-9606. … The opening reception for the “Paintings From the Soul of the Southland” and “Whimsical Women” exhibits at the Mississippi Library Commission (3881 Eastwood Drive) is at 5 p.m. Free; call 601-432-4056. … Seth Libby performs at Congress Street Bar & Grill from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Call 601-968-0857. … Buy tickets to tonight’s Mississippi Braves game at Trustmark Park (1 Braves Way) by calling MIRA at 601-968-5182. … Last Call has music by Eddie “DJ Old School” Harvey. Call 601-713-2700.
$53.50; call 800-745-3000. … Afrikan Funkadelic Friday with DJ RedCley at Afrika Book Café (404 Mitchell Ave.) is from 8 p.m.-1 a.m. Call 769-251-1031. … The Contra Dance at The Commons at Eudora Welty’s Birthplace (719 N. Congress St.) starts at 8:30 p.m. Get a lesson at 7:30 p.m. Free; $5 donations welcome; call 601-540-1267. … First Friday in the Jackson Marriott (200 E. Amite St.) Windsor Ballroom includes music by DJ Kujho. $10, $100 tables; call 601-502-6884; visit jbentertainmentgroup.net.
The Yoga for Non-violence fundraiser at the Arts Center of Mississippi (201 E. Pascagoula St.) is at 10 a.m. and benefits the Center for Violence Prevention. $25 donation; call 601-500-0337 or 601-932-4198; pre-register at yogafornonviolence.eventbrite.com. … Sportsman’s Lounge is hosting a Summer Party from noon until dark, which includes a 30-foot pool, music by Will & Linda, games and drink specials. Call 601-366-5441. … The Mississippi Chorus’ Summer Showcase at Union Station (300 W. Capitol St.) at 6 p.m. includes live music and free beverages. $35, $400 table of six; call 601278-3351 to make a reservation. … Underoath, Blessthefall, To Speak of Wolves and The Advocate play at Fire at 7 p.m. $17 and up. … The Pretty Things Peepshow at Hal & Mal’s starts at 9 p.m. $8 in advance, $10 at the door; call 323-3089174.
Marley Monday at Dreamz Jxn (426 W. Capitol St.) is at 6 p.m. Call 601-979-3994. … Work Play networking at Last Call is from 6-10 p.m. and includes cocktails, music and games. Free admission; call 601-421-7516 or 601-713-2700. … The Central Mississippi Blues Society Jam at Hal & Mal’s is from 8-11 p.m. $5.
Harpsichordist John Paul performs during Music in the City at the Mississippi Museum of Art (380 S. Lamar St.) at 5:45 p.m. Free, donations welcome; call 601-354-1533. … Jackson Comedy Night at Dreamz Jxn (426 W. Capitol St.) is at 8 p.m. $7; call 601-317-0769.
Author Steve Yates is the speaker during “History Is Lunch” at the Old Capitol Museum (100 S. State St.) at noon. Free; call 601-576-6850. … Emma Wynters performs at The Irish Frog from 6:30-10 p.m. Call 601-448-4185. … The Battle of the Bands Playoffs at Electric Cowboy is at 8 p.m. Call 601899-5333.
Howard Jones Jazz plays during brunch at the King Edward Hotel (235 W. Capitol St.) from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Call 601-353-5464. … The MUW Alumni Association Ice Cream Social at Sal & Mookie’s (565 Taylor St.) is at 3 p.m. Call 601665-9243 to RSVP by Aug. 6. … The Mississippi Baptist Symphony Orchestra performs at Meadow Grove Baptist Church (3221 Louis Wilson Drive) at 6 p.m. Call 601- 825-5704. … Jazz, Blues & More at the Atwood Elks Lodge (3100 John R. Lynch St.) is from 7-9 p.m. $5.
Poets II has music by Shaun Patterson from 4:30-7:30 p.m. and Dirty Play at 9 p.m. Call 601-364-9411. … The Greater Jackson Arts Council’s Storytellers Ball at the Arts Center of Mississippi (201 E. Pascagoula St.) is at 6:30 p.m. $50; call 601-960-1557. … Jackie Bell, Norman Clark and Smoke Stack Lightning perform at 930 Blues Café at 9 p.m. $5. ... Johnny Bertram and The Golden Bicycles kick off their summer tour at the North Midtown Arts Center (121 Millsaps Ave.) at 9 p.m. Opening act The Gray starts at 8 p.m.
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ornfields and pecan trees rushed by as I drove down Highway 18 to tour the Museum of the Southern Jewish Experience in Utica. After making a couple of left turns and bumping down a gravelly road, I wondered if I was headed in the right direction. The only things I passed other than rolling fields were a couple of Baptist Churches. Finally, I rolled to a stop in front of an automatic gate, and after explaining to an Israeli guard that I was there to see the “Alsace to America” exhibit, he waved me through. “Odd,” I thought. “I just spoke to an Israeli in the middle of Utica, Mississippi.” The museum sits on 300 acres of land on the site of what also serves as a camp for Jewish youth throughout the South. Rob Friedman, a Vanderbilt University student doing an internship with the museum, greeted me at the door and served as my guide. Walking in the door, I was struck by a huge map displaying the Mississippi River and the cities and states surrounding it in the South. The map contains sites of still active Jewish communities and those that no longer exist. I had no idea so many Jewish populations existed in Mississippi. During the 18th century, Jews from Alsace, France, began emigrating to the United States, entering through the port
of New Orleans. The map shows how Jewish communities sprang up all along the Mississippi River and branched out throughout the state including Rolling Fork and Clarksdale. The “Alsace to America” exhibit explains that journey. Suffering persecution in Alsace and with promises of better lives in the U.S., Jews came to the South in droves that peaked in the 1840s, with another surge when Germans took over Alsace in the early 1900s. The pastoral land and the Mississippi River, much like the Rhine, reminded Jews of their homeland, Alsace. The exhibit illustrates how Jews felt strongly about preserving their culture. Near the beginning of the exhibit, a small trunk displays items that a typical Jewish family would have brought with them: a prayer shawl, a Kiddush cup and other Judaica items showing how important their religious heritage was. After walking down a raised wooden pathway with rope railing, I caught the scent of aged wood, and I realized that I was walking down a dock much like Jews who got off of ships to enter this country. I held my breath with anticipation, much like they might have done. A photograph of a Jewish family in expensive American clothes greeted me at the bottom of the dock. Friedman ex-
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harles Jackson, CEO of New Orleans-based comedy booking agency Jack’s Entertainment Group, says stand-up comedy is “the hardest craft in the entertainment business because you have no back-up when you are on stage performing alone.” And without a comedy club in Jackson, many local comedians don’t have an audience to back them up, either. Jackson hopes to change that with Jackson’s First Annual Comedy Competition. Beginning Aug. 10, the contest will run for four consecutive Tuesdays at Dreamz Jxn, pitting amateur comedians from around the
southeast against each other in a standup comedy tournament. Those who make it to the finals will compete for $1,000 in cash prizes to be awarded among the top three finishers. Beyond the money, however, lies opportunity: Jack’s Entertainment will offer top finishers a representation contract, giving them the chance to perform professionally. Comedy is about more than simply performing in clubs, according to the promoter. Minding his personal motto, “Laugh your way through the crisis,” Jackson sees comedy as therapy.
by Garrad Lee He cites comedians performing for recovering cancer patients as an example of comedy’s healing powers. “You have to laugh,” Jackson says. “Humor cures a lot of ailments.” Ultimately, Jackson wants to bring his vision to the city and open a comedy club in the Jackson. He hopes the competition piques interest in the local stand-up scene. “We’re taking all comers,” he says. Jackson’s First Annual Comedy Competition begins at 8 p.m. Aug.10 at Dreamz Jxn (426 W. Capitol St.) and is open to anyone over age 18. Competitors pay a one-time entry fee of $25 and are expected to bring five guests to each round and give a four-week commitment to the competition. Call Charles Jackson at 386-338-8398 for further details. The cover charge for the competition is $7.
The “Alsace to America” exhibit takes visitors on the journey many Jewish Americans’ foreparents took.
plained that due to the immigrants’ desire to show they were a success in the new world, photographers would wait for them at the end of the pier, ready with clothes that they could borrow, and for a price, they could send back a snapshot of affluence to their families in Alsace. Continuing along the tour, a peddler’s cart sits ready to be hitched to a horse. Many Jews made their living as peddlers, hawking their wares up and down the Mississippi, often eventually establishing successful retail businesses. Their names became synonymous with ethical businesses practices and, in many cases, served as advertising for their businesses. One photograph depicts a crowd gathered in front of a general store. The owner of the store, Moshe Eli Rosenzweig, came to this country in the late 1800s at 15 years old with $5 in his pocket. He worked his way up from being a peddler to opening a store in Lake Village, Ark., in 1910. Jews came to the Deep South, where poverty was widespread, with nothing. They survived, and in some cases, thrived. The heart of this exhibit lies in the struggle that so many Jews have faced and their ability to overcome hardship while maintaining their culture. The exhibit made me respect the dedication that has gone into preserving Jewish culture, especially when considering my own Irish ancestry that no one in my family knows anything about. I was a little disappointed that the exhibit did not go into more detail. A blurb that told of some 5,000 Jews who served in the Confederate army, for example, fascinated me, but only a few sentences went into this captivating piece of history. The tour also briefly touches on discrimination against Jews in the South but only gives a brief account of when and how they were discriminated against. Despite the limited details, this exhibit is something everyone in the South should experience. Though traces of Jewish life surround us, we often don’t notice or ignore them. As Mississippians, we have so many diverse cultures in our midst, and we should embrace them. “Alsace to America” is an ongoing exhibit at the Museum of the Southern Jewish Experience, 3863 Morrison Road, Utica, Miss. Admission is $5 for adults and $4 for children or groups of 15 or more; the museum is open by appointment only. Call 601362-6357 to schedule a tour.
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He proves to be an observant young man watching the moves of the seasoned older players on the court and, after school, mimics their moves for hours a day. He finds discipline while playing, dribbling the ball with blood dripping from his fingertips. Abraham is a boy trapped in a whirlwind of death and despair trying to find a way out. He idolizes his teenage uncle, Donnel, who, at a mere 5 years old, took his mother’s place: “The bond Donnel and I had, the bond he was unconsciously but purposefully building was, in its essence, the fundamental mooring and foundation of my family. We were not grandmother, daughters, sisters, or sons. We were not uncle, aunts, and cousins. We were brothers,” Goodman writes. “Our love was unwavering, unflappable, greater than anything presented by the Bible, the Torah, and the Qur’an combined.” Donnel grows up well-liked, popular in school and a legend on the community basketball court. Abraham knows that his uncle’s basketball skills are going to help the family escape this drug- and murder-infested community. But the idol image comes crashing down like a mirror smashed by a crack addict going through withdrawal. Abraham continues to find solace in the game and in the family of brothers on the court, brothers experiencing the same challenges, choices and dilemmas. They join together finding relief from the strain of their dysfunctional, abusive and drug-filled homes. Deciding between his family and doing what he must to become the man he wants to be is a difficult choice for Abraham. Should he follow his family’s footsteps or stay focused in school and go to college? Will his family continue to love him if he goes the “white man’s way”? As he struggles with his choices, guilt overwhelms him: He does not know if he deserves to have a better life. His cousins are dropouts. His aunt, uncle, mom and grandmother never had the chance to go to college, so why should he? Amid the chaos, Abraham finds ways to keep his dreams alive, avoiding the dark pit that has pulled numerous family generations into a death trap. “Hold Love Strong” examines how we attach ourselves to anything that offers a glimmer of hope. It’s hope that gets us through when all else fails, even when it comes to breaking the reality of generations. Abraham is destined for drugs, jail and the streets because not one of his relatives made it out of the cycle. Ultimately, this is a powerful story of the triumph of Abraham’s all-toohuman spirit.
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n the opening paragraphs of Matthew Aaron Goodman’s debut novel “Hold Love Strong” (Simon and Schuster, 2010, $24.99), Abraham, the novel’s protagonist, tells the story of his birth. His mother, 13-year-old Angela, or “Jelly,” is lying naked on the bathroom floor. “My mother quaked with another contraction and she moaned and rolled her head from side to side as if her neck and spine were suddenly severed. Then she stopped and looked down at the round mound of her belly, her eyes so wide it seemed she was surprised by the sight,” Goodman writes. “She put her hands on it, and with her fingers spread as wide as they could stretch, my mother began to weep. But it was not weeping caused by physical pain, or by ignorance, or even a weeping caused by fear. My mother wept because although she was still a child she had enough sense to understand that she was not prepared to shape my life. She couldn’t multiply or divide. She didn’t know north, south, east, or west. She couldn’t tell time on a regular clock. This is not to say she was dumb. In fact, my mother was brilliant, so smart she could remember all of the words in a song after hearing it just once. What my mother was then was the product of low expectations. She had been failed so she had failed. And yet, social promotion: she had just graduated the seventh grade.” It’s 1982 in Ever Park, an African American neighborhood in the borough of Queens, N.Y. Crack, AIDS and hip-hop are taking over the streets along with young men’s and women’s lives. Abraham’s 20-year-old father James is nowhere to be found. Angela didn’t want a baby; she just wanted a man in her life because growing up she didn’t have that. Goodman deftly brings readers into a world where no one knows if he or she will live to see the next day. People are fighting and killing for drugs or being hauled off to prison because of committing atrocious crimes. “How did AIDS spread? Where did crack come from? What, who, if anything and anyone, was safe? In Ever, brothers and sisters were fish and dying was the H, the 2, and the O of our lives. So what did we do? We did what anyone would do,” Goodman writes. “We breathed in dying and lived in dying as if dying and the baggage that came with dying were normal, like everywhere in the world mama stole from grandma and sold her pussy in the stairwell to get high.” Angela abandons her motherly duties for crack and sex. Nothing is constant in Abraham’s life, as he loses loved ones to gunshots, prisons and drugs. To escape the real world, he dreams big on the basketball court.
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Jackson Public Schools Breakfast Aug. 5, 8 a.m., at Northwest Middle School (7020 Medgar Evers Blvd.). JPS Superintendent Dr. Lonnie J. Edwards invites faith-based institutions to partner with Jackson Public Schools. Participants will learn how to partner with Jackson Public Schools and specific ways to make a positive difference in the lives of JPS students. Call 601960-8935.
Willow Creek Global Leadership Summit Aug. 5-6, at Pinelake Church (6071 Highway 25, Flowood). The summit is an annual gathering of 120,000 church and business leaders in more than 350 cities worldwide via satellite. Speakers include Jack Welch, Tony Dungy, Jim Collins, Zhao Xiao and T.D. Jakes. Sessions begin at 9 a.m. daily. $75-$165; visit willowcreek.com/summit.
Jackson Audubon Society Monthly Bird Walk Aug. 7, 8 a.m., at LeFleur’s Bluff State Park, Mayes Lake (115 Lakeland Terrace). An experienced Audubon Society member will lead the walk. Bring binoculars, water, insect repellent and a snack. Call ahead if you would like to borrow a pair of binoculars. An adult must accompany children under 15. Free, $3 car entrance fee; call 601-956-7444.
• Women’s Fund Forum Aug. 11, 11:45 a.m., on the third floor of the Student Union. The theme is “Let’s Talk about Economic Self Sufficiency in Mississippi.” The speaker is a staff member from the Mississippi Economic Policy Center. Bring your own lunch or order a lunch by Monday, Aug. 9. Free admission, $10 lunch; call 601326-0700 or 601-326-0701.
Back-To-School Open House Aug. 5, 10 a.m., at Mississippi Telco Federal Credit Union (409 Riverwind Drive, Pearl). Come for free school supplies, register to win an iPod Touch and meet Mississippi’s first Young and Free spokeswoman, Sarah Dale Simpkins. Free; call 601-664-2085.
76th Annual Family and Fun Day Aug. 7, 9:30 a.m., at True Light Missionary Baptist Church (224 E. Bell St.). Activities include live music, a picnic and a mime performance. Rev. R.D. Bernard will also sign copies of his book “The Fool.” Donated school supplies will also be collected for Brown Elementary School and Rowan Middle School. Free, donations welcome; call 601-954-4662.
“History Is Lunch” Aug. 11 noon, at Old Capitol Museum (100 S. State St.). Author Steve Yates discusses his new book set during the Civil War, “Morkan’s Quarry: A Novel.” Free; call 601-576-6850.
Events at Jackson Medical Mall (350 W. Woodrow Wilson Ave.). • Town Hall Meeting on Medical Debt Aug. 5, 6 p.m., at center stage. The Coalition for Citizens with Disabilities is the sponsor. Call 601-982-8467. • NACA Homeownership Seminar Aug. 7, 9 a.m. The class will be held in the Community Meeting Room. Free; call 601-922-4008. • MINCAP Business Seminar Aug. 10, 8 a.m.noon. The Minority Capital Fund of Mississippi’s session will be in the Community Meeting Room. Call 601-713-3322. Precinct 1 COPS Meeting Aug. 5, 6 p.m., at Jackson Police Department, Precinct 1 (810 Cooper Road). These forums are designed to help resolve community issues or problems, from crime to potholes. Call 601-960-0001. Mississippi Braves Game Aug. 5, 7:05 p.m., at Trustmark Park (1 Braves Way, Pearl). The Braves play the Mobile Bay Bears. Gates open at 6 p.m. Miss Mississippi, Sarah Beth James, will be at the game to promote organ and tissue donation. The first 200 people to meet Miss Mississippi will receive a commemorative t-shirt. Registered organ donors can show their state driver’s license or organ donor card to receive $3 off admission. Call 601-9331000. The Mississippi Immigrants’ Rights Alliance (MIRA) is also selling tickets at their office (612 N. State St.) prior to the game for $8 as part of a fundraiser. Call 601-968-5182. Miss Mississippi Reception Aug. 6, 6 p.m., at Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame (1152 Lakeland Drive). Sarah Beth James will talk about her platform of organ and tissue donation the upcoming Miss America pageant. Light appetizers will be served. Free; call 601-933-1000. Arenia C. Mallory Banquet, Aug. 6, 7 p.m., at Hilton Jackson (1001 E. County Line Road). Sponsored by the Saints Alumni Association, activities include remarks by guest speaker Bishop J. Neaul Haynes and music by The Saints Crusaders. $50; call 702-510-6193 or 601-278-5190. Fondren Cleanup Aug. 7, 7 a.m. The Fondren Association of Businesses is asking for help beginning at the fork at Old Canton and North State to accomplish tasks such as street cleanup, sign post upgrades, trash pick up, weed eradication and more. Please bring rakes, shovels, gloves, small tools and other necessary items. Call 601-981-6925.
Summer Showcase Aug. 7, 6 p.m., at Union Station (300 W. Capitol St.). The fundraising event for the Mississippi Chorus includes performances by London Branch, MSO Flutes, Phyllis Lewis Hale, James Martin and Friends, John Paul and many others. Guests are invited to bring their own tablescape, and a prize will be awarded for the best one. Guests can also bring a picnic basket, hors d’oeuvres, etc. There will be a silent auction of classic items and services. Iced tea and lemonade will be provided. Free parking is available. Reservations are required. $35, $400 table of six; call 601-278-3351. Back-to-School Open House Aug. 8, 3 p.m., at Bethlehem Center (920 N. Blair St.). The center provides affordable child care, after-school care and free income tax preparation. Free; call 601355-0224. MUW Alumni Association Ice Cream Social Aug. 8, 3 p.m., at Sal & Mookie’s (565 Taylor St.). All Mississippi University for Women friends, alumni and students are welcome. RSVP by August 6. Call 601-665-9243. Jackson Photography Society Meeting Aug. 9, 7 p.m., at St. James Episcopal Church (3921 Oakridge Dr.). The meeting includes an open color/ monochrome print competition. Anyone interested in photography is welcome. Visit jacksonphotosociety.org. Events at Baptist Medical Center (1225 N. State St.), in the Hederman Cancer Center. Call 601948-6262 or 800-948-6262. • Q & A with a Pharmacist Aug. 10, noon. Ask the Cancer Center pharmacists any questions you may have about your own medications, cancer drugs and drug interactions. Registration is required. $5 optional lunch. • Cancer Rehab Classes ongoing, in the Activity Room on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 2 p.m. The class helps cancer patients enhance cardiovascular strength, endurance, their immune system and bone density. Registration is required. Free. Events at Jackson State University (1400 John R. Lynch St.). • Jackson State University Alumni Association Meeting Aug. 10, 6 p.m., in the Williams Athletics and Assembly Center. The Jackson-Hinds chapter will meet in the Sports Hall of Fame Room. E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
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FORMCities Call for Design Proposals through Aug. 15, at Jackson Community Design Center (509 E. Capitol St.). Mississippi State University’s Jackson Community Design Center (JCDC) will host a design competition and symposium focused on the inherent challenges and immense potential for socioeconomic and environmental reconciliation by addressing barriers created by an urban divide. Student and professional teams may enter, and the deadline is Aug. 15. Prizes will be rewarded in November. $60 professional teams, $35 student teams; e-mail email@example.com. 1st Annual First Day Program Aug. 14, 10 a.m.2 p.m. at Jackson Convention Complex (105 E. Pascagoula St.). The First Day Program is a celebration for all students and parents of Jackson Public Schools to start the 2010-2011 year off right. There will be giveaways, free food, entertainment and minor dental and medical check-ups. Parents can also sign up their children for tutoring, after-school programs and other volunteer, civic and athletic programs. Free to JPS parents and students. Splash & Slide through Aug. 15, at Jackson Zoo (2918 W. Capitol St.). Children get to enjoy inflatable water slides and story time in addition to complete access to the zoo. Five-day passes are available. $4.50 per child; call 601-352-2580. Ongoing Events at Afrika Book Café (404 Mitchell Ave., 769-251-1031, E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.) • Afrikan Funkadelic Fridays. Every Friday from 8 p.m.-1 a.m., enjoy music by DJ RedCley and West African food from Chitoes African Deli. Brews and light wine will also be available for purchase. • You Have the Mic. The open political forum for discussing Jackson’s current issues is hosted by Othor Cain and Mista Main of Hot 97.7 FM on Mondays from 6-8 p.m.
Farmers’ Markets Olde Towne Market Aug. 7, 9 a.m., in downtown Clinton. Vendors will sell everything from fresh produce to unique handmade crafts on the brick streets of Olde Towne Clinton. Live performances by Ralph Miller and the Mississippi Magnolia Cloggers are included. Free admission; e-mail email@example.com. Greater Belhaven Market through Dec. 18, at Mississippi Farmers Market (929 High St.). Buy some fresh produce or other food or gift items. The market is open every Thursday and Saturday from 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Free admission; call 601-506-2848 or 601-354-6573. Farmers’ Market through Dec. 24, at Old Fannin Road Farmers Market (1307 Old Fannin Road, Brandon). Homegrown produce is for sale MondaySaturday from 8 a.m.-7 p.m. and noon-6 p.m. Sunday until Christmas Eve. Call 601-919-1690. Farmers’ Market ongoing, at Mississippi Farmers Market (929 High St.). Shop the Mississippi Farmers Market for fresh locally grown fruits and vegetables from Mississippi farmers, specialty foods, and crafts from local artisans. The market is open every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday from 8 a.m.2 p.m. Call 601-354-6573. Farmers’ Market, ongoing, at Jackson Roadmap to Health Equity Project’s Farmers Market (2548 Liv-
STAGE AND SCREEN Hit Men of Comedy Aug. 6, 8 pm, at Jackson Convention Complex (105 E. Pascagoula St.). Performers include Earthquake, J. Anthony Brown, Lavell Crawford, Tyler Craig and Arnez J. Tickets are available at Ticketmaster outlets. $46.35-$53.50; call 800-745-3000. Pretty Things Peepshow Aug. 7, 9 p.m., at Hal & Mal’s (200 Commerce St.). The burlesque show includes performances by Go-Go Amy, Lil’ Miss Firefly and Bonnie Voyage. $8 in advance, $10 at the door; call 323-308-9174. Jackson Comedy Night ongoing, at Dreamz Jxn (426 W. Capitol St.). Stand-up comedians perform every Tuesday night at 8 p.m. Doors open at 7 p.m. $7; call 601-317-0769.
MUSIC Moonwalker: The Michael Jackson Experience Aug. 7, 7 p.m., at Silver Star Hotel and Casino (Highway 16 West, Choctaw), in the Convention Center. Michael Jackson impersonator Michael Firestone will perform live. $15, $25 VIP; call 86644-PEARL, ext. 30356. Music in the City Aug. 10, 5:15 p.m., at Mississippi Museum of Art (380 S. Lamar St.). This new partnership with St. Andrew’s Episcopal Cathedral encourages Jacksonians to stay downtown for some culture and fun. Hors d’oeuvres will be served at 5:15 p.m, and the music performance with harpsichordist John Paul begins at 5:45 p.m. Free, donations welcome; call 601-354-1533.
LITERARY AND SIGNINGS “Your Journey to Spiritual Maturity, Volume I” Aug. 7, 9:30 a.m., at True Light Missionary Baptist Church (224 E. Bell St.). Pastor R. D. Bernard signs copies of his book. $15 book; call 601-954-4662. “Rising from Katrina: How My Mississippi Hometown Lost It All and Found What Mattered” Aug. 10, 5 p.m., at Lemuria Books (202 Banner Hall, 4465 Interstate 55 North). Kathleen Koch signs copies of her book; reading of the book at 5:30 p.m. $22.95 book; call 601-366-7619. Tennessee Williams/New Orleans Literary Festival Poetry Contest through Aug. 15. Submit two to four poems with a combined length of up to 400 lines to be judged by Louisiana poet laureate Darrell Bourque. The grand prize is $1000, a public reading at and VIP pass to the 2011 festival, and publication in Louisiana Cultural Vistas magazine. Visit tennesseewilliams.net/contests for guidelines. $20 entry fee; call 504-581-1144.
CREATIVE CLASSES Jewelry Making Class ongoing, at Dream Beads (605 Duling Ave.). This class is offered every Saturday from 10 a.m. to noon. Free; call 601-664-0411. Afrikan Dance Class ongoing, at Afrika Book Cafe (404 Mitchell Ave.). The class is taught by Chiquila Pearson on Tuesdays at 6 p.m. $5; call 601-9518976. Art Therapy For Cancer Patients ongoing, at Baptist Medical Center (1225 N. State St.). in the Activities Room of the Hederman Cancer Center on Wednesdays. Classes are designed to provide an outlet to express feelings, reduce stress, assist in pain management, help build positive coping skills and increase self-discovery and self-awareness. Art supplies are included. Registration is required. Free; call 601-948-6262 or 800-948-6262.
EXHIBITS AND OPENINGS “Paintings From the Soul of the Southland” and “Whimsical Women” Opening Reception Aug. 5, 5 p.m., at Mississippi Library Commission (3881 Eastwood Drive). The reception is for landscape artist Alfred Nicols and clay sculptor Susan Clark of the Craftsmen’s Guild. The exhibits will be on display until Aug. 31. Free; call 601-432-4056.
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Fifth Annual Storytellers Ball Juried Invitational Aug. 5-22, at Arts Center of Mississippi (201 E. Pascagoula St.). The art exhibition is based on the theme “Life Is a Cabaret: Broadway Magic.” Free; call 601-960-1557. Mississippi Wildlife Extravaganza Aug. 6-8, at Mississippi Trade Mart (1200 Mississippi St.). Come for hunting and fishing exhibits, lectures and animal demonstrations. Hours are 3-9 p.m. Aug. 6, 9 a.m.7 p.m. Aug. 7 and 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Aug. 8. Admission is $7 adults and free for children 12 and under on Aug. 6. Aug. 7-8, admission is $8 adults and $4 children ages 6-12. Call 601-206-5703. ArtBuds — VSA Arts Mississippi Aug. 7-22, at Arts Center of Mississippi (201 E. Pascagoula St.). This program pairs students with disabilities with professional artists for instruction, mentoring and collaboration on art projects. The program will culminate with an exhibition and reception on Aug. 7 featuring individual artwork by the students and the artists, along with the collaborative pieces they created. Free; call 601-960-1557. “Left of the Dial” through Aug. 19, at Light and Glass Studio (523 S. Commerce St.). See new Polaroids by Gorjus (David McCarty), collaborative mixed-media work and more. Free; call 601-942-7285.
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“Summer Dress” through Aug. 31, at Manship House (420 E. Fortification St.). The museum exhibits the Victorian practice of preparing the home for the heat, insects, and dirt of the summer months. Reservations are required for groups of 10 or more. Free; call 601-961-4724. Mississippi Artists’ Guild Exhibition through Aug. 31, at Municipal Art Gallery (839 N. State St). The art exhibit will highlight 50 to 100 artistic selections from members including winners of the juried exhibition. Exhibit hours are 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday. Free; call 601-960-1582. Check jfpevents.com for updates and more listings. To add an event, e-mail all details (phone number, start/end date and time, street address, cost, URL, etc.) to firstname.lastname@example.org or fax to 601510-9019. The deadline is noon the Thursday prior to the week of publication. Or add the event online yourself; check out jfpevents.com for instructions.
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Dancing with the Mississippi Stars Aug. 5, 7 p.m., at Old Capitol Inn (226 N State St.). See local celebrities such as Brad McMullan, Linda Allen and and Othor Cain perform. Proceeds benefit the Community Place Relocation Initiative. $40 singles, $90 couples, $350 table; call 601353-0617. Laugh Away SMA Aug. 6, 7:30 p.m., at Thalia Mara Hall (255 E. Pascagoula St.). The comedy show features Ralph Harris and Henry Cho. Tickets are available through Ticketmaster. All proceeds benefit Stop SMA, an organization dedicated to the eradication of spinal muscular atrophy. $25, $15; call 601-988-4146.
ingston Road). Buy from a wide selection of fresh produce provided by participating local farmers. Market hours are 10 a.m.-6 p.m. on Tuesday and Fridays, and 8 a.m.-3:30 p.m. on Saturdays. Free admission; call 601-951-9273.
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Children heading back to school can take advantage of their “Bieber Fever” and pop-star envy, as studies have proved that music appreciation aids in learning.
s different as children are, the vast majority of them have a deep love of teen-singing-sensation Justin Bieber. This realization came earlier this month when I was teaching at an educational summer camp in Greenville. One day at camp “Rockin’ Around the U.S.A., we popped in one of our kid-friendly mix CDs and a thin little girl named Brittany raised her hand. “Can we hear some Justin Bieber?” she asked. The entire class broke into Bieber pandemonium with each kid begging for Justin Bieber. “This music is better than Justin Bieber,” one of our counselors said. That seemed to hush the children and they resumed their activities. Later, though, a 9-year-old boy took me aside, motioned with his tiny fingers for me to lean in, as if to tell a secret, and informed me “the only person that’s better than Justin
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morial Building Taylor Hildebrand officially releases his EP “Nena.” Free. Just up the street at Martin’s, the Starkville-stationed psychedelic, blues-rock band Graball Freerun makes its Jackson debut Friday night, 10 p.m. Another new group, Jay Lang & the Devil’s Due, will play Martin’s Saturday night. You’ll recognize these guys from Gunboat and rootsrock favorites Rocket 88. Come back to Martin’s next weekend when indie-rock favorite Dent May returns Aug. 13, and funkrock-jam favorites Gravy Saturday, Aug. 14. Afrika Book Café in Fondren hosts several weekly recurring events. Othor Cain and Mista Main from WRBJ 97.7 host “You Have the Mic” open mic every Monday evening from 6-8 p.m. Fridays, DJ Redcley continues his Funkadelic Fridays at 9 p.m. The café will also offer an African dance class every Tuesday at 6 p.m. Greenville native and R&B/soul diva Eden Brent performs her sonorous vocal stylings at Underground 119 this Friday night, 9 p.m.-1 a.m. The Blues Foundation award-winning Brent (aka “Little Booga-
hey’re kind of hardcore; they’re kind of evangelists; they’re kind of nothing that you might expect a Christian rock band to be. Hailing from North Carolina, and with the Internet’s buzz propelling them forward, the metallic-rocker, smooth lyrical sounds of To Speak of Wolves stop in at Club Fire next Saturday night. The band’s first full-length album, “Myself < Letting Go,” is an expressioninvoker, according to The Richland Chronicle: “Refreshing ... (the album) makes you want to stand there, close your eyes, reach your hands for the skies and allow whatever emotion is building up inside you to erupt.” And everyone needs a release every now and then. The venues listed on the band’s tour schedule dictate they’ll stop where anyone is willing to listen to tracks like “Trust but Verify,” “Vultures” and “Quercus Alba.” Check out To Speak of Wolves at myspace.com/tospeakofwolves before heading over to Fire Sat., Aug. 7, for a quadruple bill with Blessthefall, The Advocate and headliners Underoath. Advance tickets (available through Ticketmaster.com) are $17. Doors open at 7 p.m. level. Her reading skills helped her fit in with the older children because she was able to participate in higher-level activities. “Reading with your children is one of the best things you can do for their education and confidence. Teaching them the alphabet will put your kindergartner “about 34 percent above his or her peers,” stated the U.S. Department of Education in “The Condition of Education 2000.” Add to those facts an appreciation for music, and you have one well-rounded child. When children who are learning to read see printed words (say, liner notes where lyrics are printed in a CD sleeve) repeatedly, they begin to identify those words in other contexts. Use your child’s obsession with a pop star to your advantage, and maybe Bieber Fever doesn’t need a cure after all.
loo”) is often compared to Bessie Smith and Aretha Franklin. The Pretty Things Peepshow returns to the Hal & Mal’s Red Room this Saturday night, 9 p.m. For the uninitiated, the Pretty Things Peepshow is a vaudeville-style traveling burlesque sideshow, complete with sultry tattooed Suicide Girls and other exotic performers. Sherrill Holly and The Musicians return to the Atwood Elks Lodge on Lynch Street for their monthly installment of the Jazz, Blues and More performance series this Sunday evening from 7-9 p.m. The $5 cover at the door gets you in to see many of the best old-school jazz and blues musicians from the Jackson area. The monthly showcase is a long-running favorite. The next installment of Music in the City at the Mississippi Museum of Art will feature harpsichordist John Paul next Tuesday, Aug. 10, at 5:45 p.m. It’s free. Then next Friday, Aug. 13, the art museum’s Art Remix indoor/outdoor concert will feature the spectacular Ivan Neville’s Dumpstaphunk at 8:30 p.m. Tickets are $20 in advance or $25 at the door.
he good-time weekend vibes kick off with the fusion/progressive jazz rock of Amalgamation at Underground 119 this Thursday night, 9 p.m. Free. JFP 2010 Best Of Jackson winner for best musician Scott Albert Johnson will sit in on harp with the Cleveland, Miss. group. Club Fire has music for two generations of rock fans this weekend. Friday night, they’ll host long-time New Orleans rock favorites Cowboy Mouth with Gringo Star, 9 p.m. $20. Saturday night, Fire hosts Underoath, Blessthefall, To Speak of Wolves and The Advocate. If you haven’t heard of Underoath, chances are good that you’re older than 40. The Tampa-based Christian metalcore band is the most popular group on the Solid State/Tooth and Nail Records imprint and received Grammy nominations in 2007 and 2010. It’ll be a pretty musically heavy line-up for the kids to rock out. Advance tickets are $17; doors open at 7 p.m. At 7:30 p.m., in front of the War Me-
Bieber is God.” Another day, I brought my guitar to class and the kids raved about this Beiber kid again, begging for me to play his hit song “Baby”. When I told them I had no idea how to play it, all fifteen kids started to sing “And I was like baby, baby, baby, ooh” While I sat listening to these children sing every word of a pop song, it hit me that these kids know a song but can’t tell me what happened in the book we read together this morning. The obvious reason is that singing is enjoyable for the children. Analyzing “Bieber Fever,” I wondered how different life would be if reading was like this. What if these kids were as excited to read a book to me instead of singing me this song? What if instead of knowing every lyric to their favorite pop songs these kids knew every word in their favorite books? If kids hear the song every day and learn it, shouldn’t they be able to read a book every day and learn that, too? To most children, singing a song is much more appealing than reading a book. Let’s be honest: to most adults singing a song is more appealing than reading a book. But reading with a child can be a fun and rewarding activity. After all the wonderful things that I experienced at camp, hearing a child tell me she loved to read was one of the most rewarding things that happened all summer. Many of the kids at camp discovered that they enjoyed reading. At the beginning of camp, the kids dreaded playing reading games. When it got to “Reading Relays” time, heads would go down with mumbling and sighs, and occasionally, we heard: “Do we have to?” At the end, the mumbles and sighs were gone and we heard: “Can I go next?” One of our little boys even asked: “Can we do some reading questions now? I’m really good at reading.” When children learn to read or improve their reading skills, they also improve their confidence. I doubt it was a coincidence that our most confident camper was also one of our top readers. She was one of the youngest children at the camp, entering third grade this fall, but could read well above her grade
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Be sure to check out acoustic punk/ anti-folk performer Ed Hamell at Ole Tavern next Wednesday, Aug. 11, 10 p.m. (hamelltv.com). Another must-see show at Ole Tavern is Adrian & the Sickness Friday, Aug. 13. Check out the Austin poppunk GoGos-meet-The-Donnas-style girl rockers at adrianandthesickness.com. Mark your calendar for upcoming big shows at Dreamz Jxn. See an eclectic concert of hip-hop, rock and blues Friday, Aug. 20 with Storage 24, SMAASH, Bad Eye Mike and several others yet to be announced. Also, mark your calendar for Aug. 27 when Dreamz brings Too Short live in concert. —Herman Snell
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KARAOKE W/ MIKE MOTT THURSDAY - AUGUST 5
DYLAN MOSS PROJECT
OPEN MIC & FREE LINE DANCE LESSONS
ladies drink all you can 8pm-12am for $5 - no cover THURSDAY
Different theme each week FRIDAY
FRIDAY - AUGUST 6
DYLAN MOSS PROJECT SATURDAY - AUGUST 7
DYLAN MOSS PROJECT TUESDAY - AUGUST 10
POOL LEAGUE NIGHT 2636 S. Gallatin Jackson, MS 39204
Jay Lang & The Devilâ€™s due
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F. Jones Corner - Jesse â€œGuitarâ€? Smith free; Amazinâ€™ Lazy Boi & the Blues Challenge Band 10-4 a.m. free Lumpkinâ€™s BBQ - Jesse Robinson 11:30-1:30 p.m. Burgers & Blues - Jason Turner 69:30 p.m. Underground 119 - Amalgamation w/Scott Albert Johnson 9 p.m. 930 Blues Cafe - Jackie Bell, Norman Clark & Smoke Stack Lightning 9 p.m. $5 Blaylock Photography - Wooden Finger, Strange Pilgrims, Super Space Ship 8 p.m. Ole Tavern - DJ Nick 10 p.m. Congress St. Grill - Seth Libby 6:308:30 p.m. Cherokee Inn - Dâ€™lo Trio 6:30-10 p.m. Kathrynâ€™s - Larry Brewer 6:30-9:30 p.m. Poetâ€™s II - Shaun Patterson 4:307:30 p.m.; Full Moon Circus Last Call - Eddie â€œD.J. Old Schoolâ€? Harvey Que Sera (patio) - Buie, Hamman & Porter 6:30-9:30 p.m. Electric Cowboy - DJ RPM 9 p.m. Time Out - Shaun Patterson 9-12 a.m. Soulshine, Township - Fingers Taylor & Mark Whittington 7 p.m. AJâ€™s Seafood - Hunter Gibson 6:3010 p.m. Parker House - Jacktown Ramblers 7-10 p.m. Regency Hotel - Karaoke 7 p.m. free McBâ€™s - Karaoke 7 p.m. free Roberts Walthall - Ben Payton (blues) 6:30-10 p.m. Applebeeâ€™s, Ridgeland - Emma Wynters 6-10 p.m. Philipâ€™s, Rez - Bubba & His Guitar 7-10 p.m. free Union St. Books, Canton - Singer/ Songwriter Showcase 7-9 p.m. free, 601-859-8596
Aug 6, Friday Fire - Cowboy Mouth, Gringo Star 9 p.m. 18+ $20 Lumpkinâ€™s BBQ - Virgil Brawley 12-2 p.m. War Memorial Building, State St (in front) - Taylor HIldebrand (ep release) 7:30 p.m. Hal & Malâ€™s - Dirt Road Jam Band Martinâ€™s - Graball Freerun 10 p.m. $5 F. Jones Corner - Jason Bailey noon; Stevie J & the Blues Eruption 12-4 a.m. $10 Ole Tavern - Thomas Jackson Orchestra Underground 119 - Eden Brent 9 p.m. Poetâ€™s II - Yankee Station Fenianâ€™s - Lynn Drury McBâ€™s - The Rainmakers 8-11:30 p.m. Burgers & Blues - Fulkerson/Pace 7-11 p.m. Soulshine, Township - Blue Triangle 8 p.m. Soulshine, Old Fannin - Barry Leach 7 p.m. Marriott Downtown, Windsor Ballroom - First Friday/DJ Kujho 10 p.m. Zydeco - Time to Move Band 8:30 p.m.
Afrika Book Cafe - DJ Redcleyâ€™s Afrikan Funkadelic 8-1 a.m. Welty Commons - Contra Dance 8:30 p.m. 930 Blues Cafe - Jackie Bell, T-Baby 9:30 p.m. $10 Little Willieâ€™s - Mark Whittington & Fingers Taylor 6-10 p.m. Kathrynâ€™s - Hunter Gibson & Larry Brewer 7-10 p.m. free Wired Cafe - Open Mic 7 p.m. Philipâ€™s, Rez - Sic Transit 6-10 p.m. free Electric Cowboy - DJ RPM 9 p.m. Dick & Janeâ€™s - Show Night/DJ Allen 9 p.m. $6; 18+ $10 Irish Frog - Reed Smith 6:30-10 p.m. Kristoâ€™s - Jan & JoJo Reed Pierceâ€™s - Trademark 9-1 a.m. free RJ Barrel - Jason Turner 7:30 p.m. Ameristar, Vâ€™burg - Dr. Zarrâ€™s Funkmonster, Shabang Pearl River, Choctaw - Michael Jackson Tribute Contest 7 p.m. Whistle Stop, Hazlehurst - Natalie Long
Aug 7, Saturday Fire - Underoath, Blessthefall, To Speak of Wolves, The Advocate (rock/Tampa/all ages) 7 p.m. $17+ Electric Cowboy - 17th Floor (rock/ crawfish boil) 9 p.m. Hal & Malâ€™s Red Room - Pretty Things Burlesque Sideshow 9 p.m. Hal & Malâ€™s Restaurant - Lisa Palmer & the Knight Bruce Group 8:30 p.m. Martinâ€™s - Jay Lang & the Devilâ€™s Due 10 p.m. $5 Ole Tavern - M.O.T.O., The Hot Pieces, Los Buddies F. Jones Corner - Stevie J & the Blues Eruption 12-4 a.m. $10 Burgers & Blues - James Earl & Ethan 7-11 p.m. 930 Blues Cafe - Jackie Bell, T-Baby 9:30 p.m. $10 Soulshine, Township - Delta Mountain Boys 8 p.m. Dick & Janeâ€™s - House Party/DJ Allen 9 p.m. $6; 18+ $10 Petra Cafe, Clinton - Karaoke 8 p.m. Poetâ€™s II - The Rainmakers 9-1 a.m. Pelican Cove - Jason Turner 6 p.m. McBâ€™s - The Xtremze 8-11:30 p.m. Philipâ€™s, Rez - Southbound 6-10 p.m. free Jefferson St., Clinton - Olde Towne Market: Ralph Miller (arts, crafts, music) 9-1 p.m. Reed Pierceâ€™s - Trademark 9-1 a.m. free Ameristar, Vâ€™burg - Dr. Zarrâ€™s Funkmonster, Shabang Pearl River, Choctaw - Moonwalker: Michael Jackson Experience 7 p.m. Whistle Stop, Hazlehurst - Reed Rodgers
Aug 8, Sunday King Edward Hotel - Howard Jones Jazz 11-2 p.m. Lumpkinâ€™s BBQ - Mac James & Randy 12-2 p.m. Warehouse - Mike & Marty Open Jam Session 6-10 p.m. free
8/06 Sugarland - Wharf, Orange Beach 8/06 Crystal Method - Minglewood Hall, Memphis 8/11 Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers - Philips Arena, Atlanta 8/27 Billy Idol - IP Casino, Biloxi; 8/28 Resorts Casino, Tunica 9/03 Blondie - Memphis Botanic Garden
Fitzgeraldâ€™s - Andy Hardwick 11-2 p.m. Sophiaâ€™s, Fairview Inn - Knight Bruce 11 a.m. Atwood Elks Lodge, Lynch St - Jazz, Blues & More: The Musicians 7-9 p.m. $5 F. Jones Corner - Norman Clark & the Smokestack Lighting Band 6-10 p.m. free Philipâ€™s, Rez - Rico & the Border Patrol 5:30-9:30 p.m. free Burgers & Blues - Richard McCain 5-9 p.m. Meadow Grove Baptist Church - Mississippi Baptist Symphony 6 p.m. Ameristar, Vâ€™burg - Shabang
Aug 9, Monday Hal & Malâ€™s Restaurant - Central Miss. Blues Society Jam 8-11 p.m. $5 F. Jones Corner - Jesse â€œGuitarâ€? Smith free Fitzgeraldâ€™s - Hunter Gibson & Rick Moreira 8-12 a.m. free Martinâ€™s - Open Mic Free Jam 10 p.m. free Afrika Book Cafe - Othor Cainâ€™s Open Mic 6-8 p.m. Fenianâ€™s - Karaoke 8-1 a.m. Dreamz - Marley Mondays/DJ 6 p.m. Irish Frog - Open Mic 6:30-10 p.m.
Aug 10, Tuesday F. Jones Corner - Jason Bailey free Lumpkinâ€™s BBQ - Josh Taylor 12-2 p.m. Miss. Museum of Art - Music in the City: John Paul 5:45 p.m. free Hal & Malâ€™s Restaurant - Pub Quiz 8 p.m. Fenianâ€™s - Open Mic 9 p.m. Martinâ€™s - Karaoke 10 p.m. free Shuckerâ€™s - The Xtremez 7:30-11:30 p.m. free Fitzgeraldâ€™s - Hunter Gibson & Rick Moreira 8-12 a.m. free AJâ€™s Seafood - Scott Albert Johnson 6:30 p.m. Ole Tavern - Open Mic Time Out - Open Mic 8 p.m. McBâ€™s - Karaoke 7 p.m. free LDâ€™s Kitchen, Vâ€™burg - Blue Monday Band 8:30 p.m.
Aug 11, Wednesday F. Jones Corner - Sherman Lee Dillon free Ole Tavern - Ed Hamell, Cody Cox 10 p.m. Electric Cowboy - Battle of the Bands Playoffs: Trailer Park Playboys vs Dylan Moss Project 8 p.m. Shuckerâ€™s - DoubleShotz 7:30-11:30 p.m. free Burgers & Blues - Jesse â€œGuitarâ€? Smith 5:30-9:30 p.m. Parker House - Delta Mountain Boys 7-10 p.m. Regency Hotel - Snazz 8:30 p.m. Philipâ€™s, Rez - DJ/Karaoke 7-10 p.m. free Irish Frog - Emma Wynters 6:30-10 p.m. Whistle Stop, Hazlehurst - Reed Rodgers 7:30 p.m.
venuelist Freelon’s Bar And Groove 440 N. Mill St., Jackson, 601-353-5357 (hip-hop) Fusion Coffeehouse Highland Colony Parkway, Ridgeland, 601-856-6001 Gold Strike Casino 1010 Casino Center Drive, Robinsonville, 888-245-7529 Grand Casino Biloxi 280 Beach Boulevard, Biloxi, 228-436-2946 Grand Casino Tunica 13615 Old Highway 61 North, Robinsonville, 800-39-GRAND The Green Room 444 Bounds St., Jackson, 601-713-3444 Ground Zero Blues Club 0 Blues Alley, Clarksdale, 662-621-9009 Grownfolks’s Lounge 4030 Medgar Evers Blvd, Jackson, 601-362-6008 Hal & Mal’s 200 S. Commerce St., Jackson, 601-948-0888 (pop/rock/blues) Hamp’s Place 3028 W. Northside Dr., Jackson, 601-981-4110 (dance/dj) Hard Rock Biloxi 777 Beach Blvd., Biloxi, 228-374-ROCK Hat & Cane 1115 E. McDowell Rd., Jackson, 601-352-0411 Hauté Pig 1856 Main St., Madison, 601853-8538 Here We Go Again 3002 Terry Road, Jackson, 601-373-1520 Horizon Casino Mulberry Lounge 1310 Mulberry St., Vicksburg, 800-843-2343 Horseshoe Bar 5049 Hwy 80 West, Jackson, 601-922-6191 Horseshoe Casino Tunica, 800-303-7463 The Hunt Club 1525 Ellis Ave., Jackson, 601-944-1150 Huntington Grille 1001 E. County Line Rd., Jackson, 601-957-1515 The Ice House 515 S. Railroad Blvd., McComb, 601-684-0285 (pop/rock) The Irish Frog 5o7 Springridge Rd., Clinton, 601-448-4185 JC’s 425 North Mart Plaza, Jackson, 601-362-3108 James Meredith Lounge 217 Griffith St. 601-969-3222 Julep Restaurant and Bar 105 Highland Village, Jackson, 601-362-1411 Kathryn’s Steaks and Seafood 6800 Old Canton Road, Ridgeland. 601-956-2803 Koinonia Coffee House 136 S. Adam St., Suite C, Jackson, 601-960-3008 Kristos 971 Madison Ave., Madison, 601-605-2266 LaRae’s 210 Parcel Dr., Jackson, 601-944-0660 Last Call Sports Grill 1428 Old Square Road, Jackson, 601-713-2700 The Library Bar & Grill 120 S. 11th St., Oxford, 662-234-1411 The Loft 1306 A. Washington St., Vicksburg, 601-629-6188 The Lyric Oxford 1006 Van Buren Ave., Oxford. 662-234-5333 Main Event Sports Bar & Grill 4659 Hwy 80 West, Jackson, 601-922-9987 Manda’s Pub 614 Clay Street, Vicksburg, 601-638-6607 Martin’s Lounge 214 S. State St., Jackson, 601-354-9712 (rock/jam/blues) McB’s Restaurant 815 Lake Harbor Dr., Ridgeland, 601-956-8362 (pop/rock) Mellow Mushroom 275 Dogwood Blvd., Flowood, 601-992-7499 Mississippi Academy of Ancient Music 103 Magnolia, Edwards, 601-977-7736 Mississippi Coliseum 1207 Mississippi St., Jackson, 601-353-0603 Mississippi Opera P.O. Box 1551, Jackson, 877-MSOPERA, 601-960-2300 Mississippi Opry 2420 Old Brandon Rd., Brandon, 601-331-6672 Mississippi Symphony Orchestra 201 East Pascagoula St., Jackson, 800-898-5050 Mississippi Veterans Memorial Stadium 2531 N. State St., Jackson, 601-354-6021 Monte’s Steak and Seafood 1855 Lakeland Dr., Jackson, 601-362-8182 Mugshots 1855 Lakeland Dr., Jackson, 601-713-0383 North Midtown Arts Center 121 Millsaps Ave., Jackson, 601-497-7454 Okasions 1766 Ellis Avenue, Jackson, 601-373-4037 Old Venice Pizza Co. 1428 Old Square Rd., Jackson, 601-366-6872 Ole Tavern on George Street 416 George St., Jackson, 601-960-2700
Olga’s 4760 I-55 North, Jackson, 601-366-1366 (piano) One to One Studio 121 Millsaps Ave., in the Millsaps Arts District, Jackson One Blue Wall 2906 N State St., Jackson, 601-713-1224 Peaches Restaurant 327 N. Farish St., Jackson, 601-354-9267 Pelican Cove 3999A Harborwalk Dr., Ridgeland, 601-605-1865 Pig Ear Saloon 160 Weisenberger Rd., Gluckstadt, 601-898-8090 Pig Willies 1416 Washington St., Vicksburg, 601-634-6872 Poet’s II 1855 Lakeland Dr., 601- 364-9411 Pool Hall 3716 I-55 North Frontage Rd., Jackson, 601-713-2708 Pop’s Saloon 2636 Gallatin St., Jackson, 601-961-4747 (country) Proud Larry’s 211 S. Lamar Blvd., Oxford, 662-236-0050 The Pub Hwy. 51, Ridgeland, 601-898-2225 The Quarter Bistro & Piano Bar 1855 Lakeland Dr., Jackson, 601-362-4900 Que Sera Sera 2801 N. State St., Jackson, 601-981-2520 Red Room 200 S. Commerce St., Jackson (Hal & Mal’s), 601-948-0888 (rock/alt.) Reed Pierce’s 6791 Siwell Rd., Byram, 601-376-0777, 601-376-4677 Regency Hotel Restaurant & Bar 420 Greymont Ave., Jackson, 601-969-2141 Rick’s Cafe 318 Hwy 82 East, #B, Starkville, 662-324-7425 RJ Barrel 111 N. Union 601-667-3518 Sal and Mookie’s 565 Taylor St. 601368-1919 Sam’s Lounge 5035 I-55 N. Frontage Rd., Jackson, 601-983-2526 Sam’s Town Casino 1477 Casino Strip Blvd., Robinsonville, 800-456-0711 Schimmel’s Fine Dining 2615 N. State St., Jackson, 601-981-7077 Scrooge’s 5829 Ridgewood Rd., Jackson, 601-206-1211 Shuckers on the Reservoir 116 Conestoga Rd., Ridgeland, 601-853-0105 Silver Star Casino Hwy. 16 West, Choctaw, 800-557-0711 Soop’s The Ultimate 1205 Country Club Dr., Jackson, 601-922-1402 (blues) Soulshine Pizza 1139 Old Fannin Rd., Brandon, 601-919-2000 Soulshine Pizza 1111 Highland Colony Parkway, Ridgeland, 601-856-8646 Sportsman’s Lodge 1220 E. Northside Dr. at I-55, Jackson, 601-366-5441 Stone Pony Oyster Bar 116 Commercial Parkway, Canton, 601-859-0801 Super Chikan’s Place 235 Yazoo Ave., Clarksdale, 662-627-7008 Thalia Mara Hall 255 E. Pascagoula St., Jackson, 601-960-1535 Thirsty Hippo 211 Main St., Hattiesburg, 601-583-9188 Time Out Sports Bar 6270 Old Canton Rd., 601-978-1839 Top Notch Sports Bar 109 Culley Dr., Jackson, 601- 362-0706 Touch Night Club 105 E. Capitol St., Jackson, 601-969-1110 Two Rivers Restaurant 1537 W. Peace St., Canton, 601-859-9979 (blues) Two Sisters Kitchen 707 N. Congress St. 601-353-1180 Two Stick 1107 Jackson Ave., Oxford, 662-236-6639 Under the Boardwalk 2560 Terry Rd., Jackson, 601-371-7332 Underground 119 119 S. President St. 601352-2322 VB’s Premier Sports Bar 1060 County Line Rd., Ridgland, 601-572-3989 VFW Post 9832 4610 Sunray Drive, Jackson, 601-982-9925 Vicksburg Convention Center 1600 Mulberry Street, Vicksburg, 866-822-6338 Walker’s Drive-In 3016 N. State St., Jackson, 601-982-2633 (jazz/pop/folk) The Warehouse 9347 Hwy 18 West, Jackson, 601-502-8580 (pop/rock) Wired Expresso Cafe 115 N. State St. 601-500-7800
Wednesday, August 4th
Ladies’ Night w/ Snazz 8:30 p.m. - Guys’ Cover $5
BUY 1, GET 1 WELLS Thursday, August 5th
Bike Night w/ Krazy Karaoke 7:00 p.m. - No Cover
$2 MARGARITAS! Fri. & sat. August 6th & 7th
8:30 p.m. - $5 cover Exquisite Dining at
The Rio Grande Restaurant
Weekly Lunch Specials
Open for dinner Sat. 4-10pm thursday
LADIES NIGHT with MR. NICK! LADIES DRINK FREE
WELLS & PONIES 9PM-2AM
ORCHESTRA 400 Greymont Ave., Jackson 601-969-2141 www.regencyjackson.com
SPORTSMANS LODGE PRESENTS: WEAR YOUR BATHING SUITS TO OUR
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M.O.T.O. w/ The Hot Pieces and Los Buddies monday
A 30 FT SWIMMING POOL! BUD GIRLS * CULT ENERGY GIRLS DRINK SPECIALS * GAMES PRIZES & TONS OF SCHWAG!
LIVE MUSIC BY WILL & LINDA SPONSORED BY: PARADISE POOLS & SPAS / SOUTHERN BEVERAGE BUDWEISER/ CULT ENERGY DRINK
2-for-1 Draft tuesday
SATURDAY, AUGUST 7TH noon UnTIL DARK
OPEN MIC with Cody Cox *DOLLAR BEER* wednesday
KARAOKE w/ CASEY AND NICK FREE WiFi Open Mon-Sat, Kitchen open Mon-Fri 11 am-10 pm & Sat 4-10 pm
88 Keys 3645 Hwy. 80 W in Metrocenter, Jackson, 601-352-7342 930 Blues Cafe 930 N. Congress St., Jackson, 601-948-3344 Alamo Theatre 333 N. Farish St, Jackson, 601-352-3365 Alley Cats 165 W. Peace St., Canton, 601-855-2225 Alumni House Sports Grill 574 Hwy. 50, Ridgeland, 601-855-2225 America Legion Post 1 3900 W. Northside Dr., Jackson, 601-605-9903 Ameristar Casino, Bottleneck Blues Bar 4146 Washington St., Vicksburg, 800-700-7770 Beau Rivage Casino 875 Beach Blvd., Biloxi, 800-566-7469 Belhaven College Center for the Arts 835 Riverside Dr, Jackson, 601-968-5930 Bennie’s Boom Boom Room 142 Front St., Hattiesburg, 601-408-6040 Borrello’s 1306 Washington St., Vicksburg, 601-638-0169 Buffalo Wild Wings 808 Lake Harbour Dr., Ridgeland, 601-856-0789 Burgers and Blues 1060 E. County Line Rd., Ridgeland, 601-899-0038 Capri-Pix Theatre 3021 N. State St., Jackson, 601-981-9606 Central City Complex 609 Woodrow Wilson Dr., Jackson, 601-352-9075 Cerami’s 5417 Highway 25, Flowood, 601-919-2829 Char Restaurant 4500 I-55, Highland Village, Jackson, 601-956-9562 Cherokee Inn 1410 Old Square Rd., Jackson, 601-362-6388 Club 43 Hwy 43, Canton, 601-654-3419, 601-859-0512 Club City Lights 200 N. Mill St., Jackson, 601-353-0059 Club O’Hara 364 Monticello St., Hazlehurst, 601-894-5674 Club Total 342 N. Gallatin St., Jackson, 601-714-5992 Congress Street Bar & Grill 120 N. Congress St., Jackson, 601-968-0857 The Commons Gallery 719 N. Congress St., 601-352-3399 Couples Entertainment Center 4511 Byrd Drive, Jackson, 601-923-9977 Crawdad Hole 1150 Lakeland Dr., Jackson, 601-982-9299 Crickett’s Lounge 4370 Hwy 80 West, Jackson, 601-922-0500 Crossroads Bar & Lounge 3040 Livingston Rd., Jackson, 601-984-3755 (blues) Cultural Expressions 147 Millsaps Ave., Jackson, 601-665-0815 (neosoul/hip-hop) Cups in Fondren 2757 Old Canton Road, Jackson, 601-362-7422 (acoustic/pop) Cups in the Quarter 1855 Lakeland Dr., Jackson, 601-981-9088 Davidson’s Corner Market 108 W. Center St., Canton, 601-855-2268 (pop/rock) Debo’s 180 Raymond Road, Jackson, 601-346-8283 Diamond Jack’s Casino 3990 Washington Street, Vicksburg, 1-877-711-0677 Dick & Jane’s 206 Capitol St., Jackson, 601-944-0123 (dance/alternative) Dixie Diamond 1306 Washington Street, Vicksburg, 601-638-6297 Dollar Bills Dance Saloon 103 A Street, Meridian, 601-693-5300 Edison Walthall Hotel 225 E. Capitol St., Jackson, 601-948-6161 Electric Cowboy 6107 Ridgewood Rd., Jackson, 601-899-5333 (country/ rock/dance) Executive Place 2440 Bailey Ave., Jackson, 601-987-4014 F. Jones Corner 303 N. Farish St. 601983-1148 Fenian’s 901 E. Fortification Street, Jackson, 601-948-0055 (rock/Irish/folk) Fire 209 Commerce St., Jackson, 601592-1000 (rock/dance/dj) Final Destination 5428 Robinson Rd. Ext., Jackson, (pop/rock/blues) Fitzgerald’s Martini Bar 1001 E. County Line Road, Jackson, 601-957-2800 Flood’s Bar and Grill 2460 Bailey Ave., Jackson, 601-713-4094 Footloose Bar and Grill 4661 Hwy 80 West, Jackson, 601-922-9944
by Lisa LaFontaine Bynum
FLATBREAD WITH PESTO SAUCE Pesto Sauce
Better Than Sliced Bread LISA LAFONTAINE BYNUM
2 cups fresh basil leaves 2/3 cups Parmesan cheese, grated 1/3 cup pine nuts 2/3 cup olive oil 2 whole garlic cloves
Combine all five ingredients in a blender or food processor. Pulse until smooth. Store leftovers in the refrigerator for up to a week. Makes 1-1/3 cups pesto sauce.
5-1/4 cups bread flour, more as needed 4 teaspoons baking powder 3 teaspoons kosher salt 2 teaspoons granulated sugar 1/2 cup mayonnaise 1 large egg 1/4 cup olive oil 3/4 cup pesto sauce
ummertime is about the only time my husband offers to cook. I don’t know what it is about warm weather that brings out his inner hunter/provider, but when he asks what we are having for dinner, if I tell him we are having some type of meat as the main course, inevitably his next question is: “Can I grill it?” People generally fit into two opposing camps when it comes to grilling: charcoal or gas. My husband is handsdown a die-hard charcoal man. Yes, gas grills are more convenient—just go outside and turn a knob, and you have an instant flame. You also have more control over the temperature, you don’t have to worry about your flame going out on an overly windy day, and it is easier to clean up. But cooking on charcoal gets back to those hunter/provider roots, back to a time when a man had no other choice but to cook over an open flame. When I was still single and not versed in the ways of outdoor cooking, I didn’t have an opinion on the charcoal vs. gas controversy. And then I had my first steak cooked over an open flame. I have to admit: The smell and the flavor
charcoal adds to food simply can’t be beat. Charcoal grilling also makes for a hotter grill. Consider grilling a few pieces of flatbread to go with your next meal. You can use either a charcoal or gas grill for this recipe. We first tried grilling flatbread last summer when we made our first grilled pizza. It was a little tricky transferring the dough onto the grill, so I would suggest using a large pizza peel or oven spatula. Store-bought refrigerated dough works just fine, but if you have the time and inclination, try making your own dough. Flatbread dough only takes minutes to cook, so don’t toss your dough on the grill and walk off. Stay nearby and be prepared to flip your bread quickly once the dough begins to bubble up and develop grill marks. Because the bread cooks so quickly, try serving warm wedges to your guests with a little hummus. If you want to serve your bread with your meal, save it until everything has come off the grill and cook it while your meat is resting. The warm bread is chewy, slightly smoky and is certain to delight your dinner crowd.
Tofu If You Do
July 29 - August 4, 2010
FLICKR USER ALPHA
y first experience with tofu was not altogether pleasant. I decided to tackle tofu with no previous research. I opened the package and set the formed block on the counter. Eyeing it suspiciously, I thought, “It looks like a giant stack of feta cheese.” I sliced a wedge and crammed the whole thing in my mouth and then almost instantly spit it out. Transforming this into an edible delight was going to take some work. Tofu, compressed soybean curd, originated in China and is still a favorite dish around the world thousands of years later.
Combine flour, baking powder, salt and sugar in a large bowl or in the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment. In a separate bowl, combine the mayonnaise and egg. Add mayonnaise and egg to the dry ingredients and mix on low until dough comes together and forms a ball, about 5 minutes. You may need to add flour, a quarter cup at a time, while mixing if dough is too sticky. Turn dough out on a lightly floured surface. Separate into eight or 10 pieces and form each piece into a ball. Lightly coat each piece with oil, cover with plastic wrap, and let sit for 1 hour. Meanwhile, heat gas or charcoal grill to medium heat. Roll each piece out on a lightly flour surface, sprinkling with more flour as needed to prevent sticking. Roll each piece out to about 8-10 inches in diameter. Spread 1 tablespoon pesto sauce over one half of the dough. Fold the other half over the filling and pinch edges to seal. Lightly coat one side with olive oil. Place flatbread on grill, oiled side down, and lightly oil the other side. Cook for 2-4 minutes on each side until dough is puffy and grill marks begin to form. Serve warm. Makes 8-10 flatbreads.
by Amanda Kittrell Tofu can lower cholesterol and is low in sodium and fat. Its many textures make it easy to transition into most dishes as a protein supplement or meat substitute, from adding silken tofu to milkshakes to using firmer tofu in salads. Because it absorbs flavors from the seasonings and foods surrounding it, tofu is also a relatively inconspicuous ingredient. Mix it in your next fried rice or layer it with noodles and sauce for meatless lasagna. Present it to your favorite carnivore. Tell them they will win a prize and, potentially, a longer life, if they can guess what meat you used.
TOFU STIR FRY 1 14-ounce package extra-firm tofu, drained and pressed* 1 tablespoon cornstarch 1 tablespoon canola oil 2 tablespoons reduced-sodium soy sauce 1 tablespoon dark sesame oil 1 tablespoon hoisin sauce 1 teaspoon minced garlic 2 scallions, chopped 2 cups brown or white rice, cooked
add tofu cubes and stir-fry until golden brown, about 10 minutes. Whisk sauce again and stir into skillet, making sure to evenly coat all tofu pieces. Cover and let steam for three minutes. Remove from heat immediately. Serve over rice and garnish with Heat canola oil in a large skillet or scallions. wok over high heat. Cut tofu block into one-inch cubes *Pressing tofu: Open package and drain. and place in bowl. Lightly toss cubes Wrap block in four paper towels and set with cornstarch and set aside. on a plate. Place a cutting board on top of In a small bowl, combine soy sauce, the wrapped tofu, and place a heavier item, sesame oil, hoisin sauce and garlic. Whisk like a cookbook or a frying pan, on the cuttogether and set aside. ting board to push the water out. Press for When skillet starts to lightly smoke, 20 minutes.
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