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11 JXN H-APP-iness Read about local app developer Sheena Allen. 12 Stepping into Fashion All about Hinds CC’s fashion program. 14 EXPAT Media Mogul From Jackson to CNN. 16 PROGRESS Moving Forward See what’s happening in the city. 18 BIZ Sarees and Curry A little bit of India. 20 WELLNESS Health Care Biz What’s happening in the medical world? 21 PEEKABOO Staying Active A look inside a runner’s bag.


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22 Follow the Trail The future Museum Trail, that is. 24 Teeth and Bones and Organs, Oh My! Your favorite doctors and dentists. 29 MENU GUIDE Paid advertising. 38 BITES A Local Classic Bully’s recently received a prestigious award. 38 Love and Cocktails A tale of two bartenders. 40 YOUNG INFLUENTIALS Jackson’s Bright Minds The area’s movers and shakers.


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Assistant Editor Micah Smith Editorial Assistant Adria Walker Editorial Writers Torsheta Bowens // Dustin Cardon Brynn Corbello // Richard Coupe Onelia Hawa // Genevieve Legacy Danie Matthews // Mike McDonald Maya Miller // LaShanda Phillips Greg Pigott // Julie Skipper Jessica Smith // Tim Summers Jr. Abigail Walker Listings Editor // Latasha Willis Photography Imani Khayyam Ad Design Zilpha Young Business and Sales Advertising Director // Kimberly Griffin Sales and Marketing Consultant // Myron Cathey Sales Assistant // Mary Osborne Distribution Manager // Richard Laswell Assistant to the CEO // Inga-Lill Sjostrom Operations Consultant // David Joseph President and Publisher Todd Stauffer CONTACT US Story pitches // Ad Sales // BOOM Jackson 125 S. Congress St., #1324, Jackson, MS 39201 p 601.362.6121 // f 601.510.9019 Would you like copies of BOOM Jackson for recruiting, welcome packets or other corporate, institutional or educational uses? Call 601.362.6121 x16 or email BOOM Jackson is a publication of Jackson Free Press Inc. BOOM Jackson, which publishes quarterly, focuses on the urban experience in Jackson, Miss., emphasizing entrepreneurship, economic growth, culture, style and city life. © 2016 Jackson Free Press Inc.

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have the honor right now of being on the get done—and more people get ahead. What it takes is good people. Two Team board of directors of two unique Jackson non- profit organizations. While they serve differ- JXN advisory-board members, J. David Lewis and Shameka Reed, made the Young Influenent missions, I think they represent two sides of the same coin that Jacksonians need to focus tials feature on pages 40-43. But here I want to give a shout out to a few others that I’ve met on to make this city a success. via Jackson 2000 and Team The first is Jackson JXN: Tim Mask is help2000, a racial-reconciliation ing to promote a positive, nonprofit started in 1989. Its thriving Jackson through mission today is to “build comthe hashtag, #myJXN. The munity through dialogue” via idea is to bypass traditional a number of Dialogue Events “if it bleeds, it leads” media that we hold throughout the and showcase the Jackson year, ranging from six-week many of us know and love. intensive Dialogue Circles to Mary Claire Primos all-day events such as the Day runs Stray at Home each of Dialogue and the Youth Day year—an all-day festival in of Dialogue. The purpose of Publisher Todd Stauffer the spring that transforms these events is to create a “safe sleepy Smith Park in downspace” where people can talk town Jackson into an arts-and-crafts (and food to one another about their backgrounds, famitrucks and beer) festival. Her determination lies, histories—and when and where they’ve to bring people back downtown is one I hope encountered race, racism or ethnic strife. will catalyze a great deal more programming in For individuals, going through facilitated Dialogue Events can frequently open their eyes Smith Park and other downtown venues. Dr. Robert Blaine spoke at a Jackson 2000 and mind to the very real experiences that oth- ers deal with because of their ethnicities; the luncheon and reminded me why he’s amazing. As Jackson State University’s dean of undergoal is to build empathy and understanding that leads to being part of the bigger solution. In that graduate studies and cyberlearning, Blaine spirit, some participants go on to dig deeper has overseen the transformation of JSU into a into the structural and institutional racism that campus of iPad-wielding faculty and students who are reinventing the learning and creating places like Jackson (not to mention Mississippi and America) deal with on a historical and on- experience on campus. Matthew and Shannon McLaughlin have going basis. With an empathetic mindset and thrust Coalesce onto the scene in downtown some training, it becomes easier to identify institutional and structural challenges that still Jackson, where the weekly 1 Million Cups discussions take place on Wednesday mornings. affect people of color (and women and LGBT It was in Coalesce that I recently attended folks) in a disproportionately negative way. the first night of Startup Weekend (and wit The second nonprofit is Team JXN, a group that works to organize area businesses nessed a group of young, diverse, talented crearound celebrations of new entrepreneurship, ators), which Innovate Mississippi produced. At 1MC I’ve seen pitches from Sheena Allen economic development and hard-working nonprofits. Team JXN reminds me how important (of Sheena Allen Apps), the dynamic young the hard work of economic development is for a entrepreneur who is now back in Jackson (see page 11). And I was blown away by Maximum city like Jackson, where creating jobs and busiWright, who champions the idea of training nesses literally means survival for the city and more filmmakers and crew in Jackson so peoits people. Building a Jackson that helps everyone get ahead—through work, creativity and ple can tell their own stories. As you enjoy this issue of BOOM Jackentrepreneurship—means there’s an opportu- son, consider getting involved with either—or nity to build in equity as well. If we do this right, we could build a com- both—of the nonprofits mentioned. The more munity that helps its citizens create thriving of us there are to work on building a new infrastructure for success in Jackson, the more businesses and new institutions that truly reinvent Jackson as a place where amazing things likely that success will come about.

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Onelia Hawa Editorial intern Onelia Hawa is a 20something-year-old Atlanta native, journalism and nonprofit graduate from USM. She is bilingual, a foodie, an activist and lover of all things Frida Kahlo. She wrote about Bully’s Restaurant, several Young Influentials and Best of Jackson pop-up ballot winners.

Danie Matthews Freelance writer Danie Matthews is a Mississippi College graduate. She’s a fan of conscious hip-hop, neo-soul and classic R&B, and hopes to one day become a full-time music writer. She wrote about the Hinds Community College Fashion program and Young Influentials.

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Sheena Allen, who is the CEO of Sheena Allen Apps, was just playing around when she created her first app, Words on Pics, in November 2011.

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heena Allen says she was just playing around with a simple application to put captions on photos she took with her phone when she created her first app, Words on Pics, in November 2011. It wasn’t until the next year that Allen, now the chief executive officer of app development company Sheena Allen Apps, decided to develop and program apps professionally. “Back when I first made Words on Pics, photo captioning wasn’t very popular yet, and I just thought it was something I’d like to have and use, and I went with it,” Allen says. “That first app took me about two months to develop after I came up with the idea. I didn’t do any real advertising for it, and back then, word got out about what I’d made.” Allen, 27, is originally from Terry and currently lives in Byram. She attended Terry High School before going on to the University of Southern Mississippi, where she graduated in 2011 with bachelor degrees in psychology and film. She developed Words on Pics at the end of her senior year in college, and after it proved to be a success, she started work on her next app, Dubblen, in 2012. Though she didn’t do any advertising for that app, either, news spread among mobile users until rapper Soulja Boy used it and praised it, which caused the app’s popularity to increase tremendously. Today, Sheena Allen Apps has five apps for iPhone and Android, all of which focus on photographs. Words on Pics allows the users to put speech

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balloons, thought bubbles and captions on photos. Dubblen creates a split camera lens that allows users to create a clone of themselves in a photo. The camera is split down the middle; to create the illusion, users take the first photo on the left and then the second photo on the right, and then click the “merge” button. Picslit makes block puzzles out of pictures and uploads them to the user’s Instagram page. Orange Snap allows people to use multiple types of filters for one picture, along with a variety of border styles. Twtbooth provides a convenient means of viewing photos posted on Twitter, regardless of whether the user took them through Twitter, Instagram, Twitpic, Lockerz, yFrog, or other platforms. All of the apps come in free or 99-cent versions, depending on the platform. Allen’s apps currently have close to 2.2 million downloads overall among all five, and she plans to release more in the next three to five months, which will be focused on social-networking traction and engagement, and entertainment. She also plans to release apps for more devices from 2016 onward. “I personally want to use my business to show that Mississippians can do something like this, that we have the talent and the ability,” Allen says. “People might overlook us, but we can make it as a high-tech marketplace. It only takes one person to bring about innovation.” For more information, visit 11

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The Hinds Community College fashion merchandising technology program, which began around 2009, has about 40 students, some of whom are pictured.

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that it has no prerequisites, and students can start in any semester. They receive hands-on experience and get the opportunity to delve into fashion merchandising with courses such as Principles of Design, Fashion Show Production, Fundamentals of Textiles and Visual Merchandising, which Eastland-Foreman says is an important area to retailers because it draws Imani Khayyam

he Hinds Community College fashion merchandising technology program is helping train the state’s next generation of fashion executives. The program, with Jane Eastland-Foreman as the district chair and online curriculum coordinator, is one of the college’s best-kept secrets. Hinds hired Eastland-Foreman as an adjunct instructor for the marketing management technology and business office technology in 1994. In 2014, she began chairing the fashion marketing program, though she had been online curriculum coordinator for several years before that. “A few years ago, we had a lot of inquiries from companies approaching us saying they needed qualified people in Mississippi who knew more about fashion than just sales,” Eastland-Foreman says. She believes the fashion industry is a good field to pursue because it has hundreds of jobs available in Mississippi, which opens up many avenues for the students. And fashion is a part of everyone’s life, she says. Hinds is the only community college in Mississippi that offers the program. It has an estimated total of 40 students currently enrolled. Eastland-Foreman says the class scheduling is flexible, with on-campus and online coursework on the Raymond and Rankin campuses. It’s an upside-down curriculum, which means

Students in Hinds Community College’s fashion merchandising technology program learn about topics such as color and design.

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customers into stores. In the courses, students’ learn information such as how to recognize the best outfit for certain body types, how to accessorize, and what elements of color and design are most appealing to certain audiences. The students participate in several activities a year, including assisting in the production of four different fashion shows: the Pearl Chamber of Commerce’s Girls’ Night Out around August or September, the City of Brandon’s Brandon Market in October and the campuses’ fashion shows. The show on the Rankin campus is in January, and Raymond’s show is in April. Individuals interested in the program who hold a previous degree are not required to retake classes, though Eastland-Foreman says it depends on the course and college. Program coordinators are currently considering rewriting the curriculum, which would then offer students sewing and construction classes. Former program student, Gabrielle Woodard, who is currently an adjunct instructor in the program, believes the Hinds fashion merchandising program prepared her for her current job in the fashion industry. “There are a lot of jobs in this field, “she says. “Being a student and now being a teacher helped build my confidence, and it’s like training wheels into the industry.” For more information, visit


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Kim Hutcherson, who was born in Jackson, is currently a writer, voice talent and package producer for CNN in Atlanta.


n the field of journalism, there is no guarantee of a “normal” workday. That’s been especially true for Jackson native Kim Hutcherson. As an employee of CNN in Atlanta, she decided to turn the network’s 24-hour work cycle into a way to grow in her career. “What I discovered was that on overnights, there are a lot of opportunities,” she says. “If you’re just willing to do it, come in, give up your nights, give up your evenings, give up your weekends, you have the opportunity to do a lot of things that you don’t get to do during the day.” While she was growing up, Hutcherson’s parents moved often for work, living in Jackson, Pearl, Starkville and Florence, before settling in Atlanta when she was a teenager. Although she was always a news junkie, reading the paper from cover to cover even as a young girl, she didn’t intend to be a journalist. Instead, Hutcherson enrolled at the University of Georgia in the 1990s and became interested in philosophy. After a few years of school, she decided to devote time to activism and hitchhiking around northern California with a group. She returned to Georgia in 1997 to attend Georgia State University, where she earned a bach-


elor’s degree in philosophy in 2001. Hutcherson worked in the university’s philosophy department, which allowed her to see how competitive the field was. She needed another option. During that time, a fellow employee at fondue restaurant Dante’s Down the Hatch helped her find an entry-level job at CNN. When she heard about an opening for an archivist in the video library, she applied and got the position before moving to another department, where she provided archive services to affiliates. After a co-worker overheard her reading a news story aloud, he asked if she considered doing voice work. He also encouraged her to write scripts. “I had a goal for myself,” Hutcherson says. “Every day at work, I was going to take five pieces of wire copy and write five little 20-second readers. I saved all those scripts, so when a writer position in that department came up, I applied for it, and because I had all these scripts showing what I can do, I got the job.” Hutcherson continued to flourish in the news world from there. She worked as a writer for CNN International from 2006 to 2011, when she moved to Washington, D.C., to work as a producer for Al Jazeera English. She then served as

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a field producer for Al Jazeera America when the station launched in 2013, but about eight months later, layoffs hit the company. In late 2014, she returned to CNN, where she now works as a writer, voice talent and producer on packages such as “news of the day” segments, which often air on TV and radio stations nationwide, including WLBT and WAPT in Jackson. Hutcherson says people sometimes have misconceptions about her work, whether its assuming that she’s always dealing with big news or that she can get them a job or tell their stories. Like most jobs, she says, there are great things and things that aren’t for you. “I’ve always thought that you shouldn’t do this if you want to be famous as a reporter or famous as a journalist,” she says. “You have to be dedicated to this process of providing people with the information that they need.” For those interested in a career in news, Hutcherson says it’s important to consume media to know what people respond to. Technology is still shaping what news will look like in coming years, she says, but there will always be a need for journalism that treats subjects with respect.

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Fondren Hotels on the Way Set to begin construction by the summer, The Fondren, a project of CDA Hospitality and Eldon Development, will be a nine-story hotel on the corner of Mitchell and State streets. It will use the Kolb’s Cleaners building as its lobby and entrance, and will have a rooftop restaurant. Roy Decker, a principal on the project, said that the development was two years in the making and estimated that work would begin

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n May 6 at Tougaloo College, Mayo Flynt, president of AT&T Mississippi, presented $250,000 toward the 2 Mississippi Museums project. AT&T’s donation will support a gallery in honor of Judge Reuben Anderson, a Mississippi civil-rights activist who was the first black graduate of the University of Mississippi Law School, the first black judge on the Mississippi Supreme Court and the first black

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Phase two of the 2 Mississippi Museums Project, including the new Mississippi Civil Rights Museum and the Museum of Mississippi History, is slated for December 2017 completion. president of the Mississippi Bar Association. The Mississippi Civil Rights Museum will be the first state-constructed and stateoperated civil-rights museum in the nation and will examine the history of the struggle for civil rights and equality. The Museum of Mississippi History will explore the state’s past from its origin to more recent events. The 2 Mississippi Museums project is expected to generate more than $17 million in annual economic impact. Construction on the project began in downtown Jackson in December 2013. The first phase was completed last fall. Phase two has begun and is expected to be completed by December 2017, just in time for the state’s bicentennial celebration. 16

rentable space for meetings and community events. Celia Barrett, owner of the Design Studio, is working on a sleek, modern theme. The project took a few years to finalize since the Historical Preservation Society that controls the area near Duling did not approve the initial plans. With its new location, Whitney Place is slated for construction this summer. Desai said it should be completed by summer 2017. “What’s happening in Fondren, I think, is that it’s showing people that things can work in Jackson,” Desai said.

in early summer and be completed within 18 months. “There’s not really a hotel … besides Cabot Lodge, that serves close to the colleges, Millsaps, Belhaven and the hospitals,” Decker said. “It’s going to bring visitors to be patrons for existing business. It’s a very good economic project to promote local spending.” The second hotel, the newest version of the Whitney Place plan, will be a Hampton Inn hotel between the Pig and Pint restaurant and Butterfly Yoga in the Fondren business district. It is a project of the Desai Hotel Group, and Jason Watkins and David Pharr of Pix Development Corporation, and will feature streetlevel storefront space. The hotel will have 111 rooms, roughly 6,000 square feet of retail space on the first floor and a 5,000-square-foot rooftop restaurant and bar, as well as a 3,000-square-foot

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Taylor Court, Downing Court and Oxford Court apartment homes in west Fondren are scheduled for completion by early summer 2016. Taylor Court, Oxford Court and Downing Court will have 163 one-, two- and threebedroom apartments near Mississippi Veterans Memorial Stadium, close to University Medical Center and just a short walk from the Fondren business district. The Meridian apartments in Fondren, across from the University Medical Center, have begun accepting pre-lease applications. From studio apartments to three-bedroom units, The Meridian’s first-come, first-served priority wait list opened to anyone interested in February. For information, visit The East Village Estates foundation’s housing-development project held its grand opening this May. The apartment homes consist of 44 townhomes and a 2,500-square-foot community center, and rests in the Farish Street Historic District.

The District, Anchored In March, Baker Donelson moved into The District at Eastover as the anchor tenant in One Eastover Center. More than 150 employees occupy the firm’s new 70,000-squarefoot office, which occupies three floors in the building, located at Interstate 55 and Eastover Drive—centrally positioned between the city’s major medical corridor, the Fondren Arts District and the high-end residential homes of the Lefleur East District, the District at Eastover’s website states. See and for breaking business and development news.


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hen you enter the India Bazaar in Clinton, the first thing modates up to 300 people. On-site catering from the Taste of India kitchen is available. The banquet hall can be used for wedding reyou may notice is the aroma of spices that tell you Indiceptions, anniversaries, birthday parties and conferences. an delicacies await. Wander the grocery aisles “It’s a place where people can have fun and enjoy or take in the sparkling Bollywood-style themselves,” P.J. says. jewelry in the boutique, and it isn’t hard to imag Amid the fragrance of the daily lunch ine you’ve left Central Mississippi behind. buffet next door, customers will find gro Co-owners and brothers P.J. and Johnny cery aisles filled with spices, herbs, chutSingh relocated to Mississippi after visitneys, sauces, basmati rice, raw cashews ing in 2014. Recognizing an opportunity and golden raisins, to name a handful to serve the Indian and Pakistani nationof items. The store has fresh Indianals who reside in the Jackson area, they style produce and an extensive selecsold their restaurant businesses in Utah. tion of frozen foods to explore, as well In January 2015 they opened Bombay as vibrantly colored sarees, scarves, Plaza (now called India Bazaar), a compunjabi suits, jewelry and more in the bination fashion boutique, grocery store fashion boutique. and café, and Taste of India, a fine-dining “We want people to come and enjoy restaurant. Over the last year and a half, our one-stop,” P.J. says. The layout helps to their business venture has attracted a few show people our Indian community and our Mississippians as well. “Most of our new cusway of life. Considering what is happening in tomers begin at Taste of India, where they try this world, it’s good to have a better understandIndian cuisine,” P.J. says. “They have a good time ing of each other.” eating at the restaurant, so they take a walk through The India Bazaar in Clinton India Bazaar (957 Highway 80 E., Clinton, the store to browse around and learn about different has a grocery store, Indian boutique and a restaurant, 601.272.4000) is open 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday spices and flavors.” Taste of India, which P.J. through Saturday, though the restaurant is closed on Building off their success, the Singhs have (left) and Johnny Singh Monday. For more information, visit indiabazaar recently added an event and banquet hall to India (right) own and operate. Bazaar. Located at the back of the building, it accom-

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Developing Jackson’s Health // By Dustin Cardon and Tim Summers Jr.


It is the seventh school on the UMMC campus, along with medicine, nursing, dentistry, health-related professions and graduate studies. The School of Pharmacy is located in Oxford with clinical programs at UMMC.

entists can collaborate with industry members to develop new ideas. The university’s new School of Medicine building, which had its own topping-out ceremony in March, is located east of the center

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he city of Jackson is undergoing a transformation in the health-care sector, with revitalizations in medical programs across the capital. From neuroscience to stroke care, the city is poised to become a leader in medical innovation, with various projects beginning this year and slated for completion by 2017.

Center for Population Health The University of Mississippi Medical Center received permission from the State Institutions of Higher Learning on April 21 to form the new University of Mississippi School of Population Health. Population health involves the study of biological, social and behavioral factors in society and their effects on health. The school, which will be the third of its kind in the U.S., is scheduled to open in 2017, UMMC’s website states. The school will open with three departments—preventive medicine, data science and population health science. The first two are already in place within the School of Medicine and as part of the Center of Biostatistics and Bioinformatics. The Department of Preventive Medicine will develop an accredited residency program in general preventive medicine that will focus primarily on outpatient care and collaborations to address disease prevention and factors that promote good health. Data science will make use of statistics, computer science and predictive analytics to turn large amounts of data into usable evidence. The department will also offer master’s and doctorate degrees in biostatistics and data science. UMMC will conduct national searches for a Department of Population Health Science chairman and faculty members. The department will offer research-oriented master’s and doctorate degrees in population health. Eventually, the school intends to add a Department of Health Care Economics. The school intends to hire faculty, recruit students and create coursework in 2016, and admit its first students in January 2017. The School of Population Health will be located in the Translational Research Center. 20

The Translational Research Center topping-out ceremony was held in Jackson on May 2.

Translational Research Center UMMC recently held a topping-off ceremony—commemorating a building milestone in which a structure has reached maximum height—for the center on Monday, May 2. UMMC representatives and members of Fountain Construction and Foil Wyatt Architects conducted the ceremony by using a crane to raise a white iron construction beam bearing their signatures to the roof of the building. UMMC’s Memory Impairment and Neurocognitive Dementia Center will occupy the building’s first floor, while the Center for Biostatistics and Bioinformatics, soon to be part of the Department of Data Science and the School for Population Health, will use space on the second floor, information on their website states. The third floor will house neuroscience labs that members of UMMC’s new Neuroscience Institute will use. The basement floor will include laboratory animal facilities, and the top floors will house an incubator space where sci-

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and is also scheduled for completion in 2017. Among other things, the School of Medicine building will feature a dedicated floor for simulation labs that students can use to learn techniques on software programs and computercontrolled interactive mannequins.

New Neuroscience Institute On July 11, 2016, UMMC will open a new Neuroscience Institute, a collaborative effort between the UMMC academic departments of neurobiology and anatomical sciences, psychiatry and human behavior, neurology and neurosurgery, as well as University Hospital administrators and the Methodist Rehabilitation Center. The NSCI will feature multidisciplinary educational programs alongside clinical care and research facilities. Its first focus will be on stroke, neurotrauma and substance addiction, with goals that include stroke-care expansion and certification for UMMC, an addiction treatment service and a comprehensive neurotrauma program.

As part of the affiliation between UMMC and MRC, the physicians and nurse practitioners at MRC will join the staff at UMMC as part of the university’s newly created Department of Rehabilitation Medicine. To advance basic research, NSCI will recruit scientists to create and build on existing programs and apply for external funding. NSCI will also oversee UMMC’s doctorate program in neuroscience and develop a firstyear medical neuroscience course as part of a long-term plan to create an integrated four-year neuroscience curriculum. The facility also hopes to develop a physical medicine and rehabilitation residency program in conjunction with MRC.

State Public Health Laboratory The Mississippi State Department of Health held a ribbon-cutting for the Dr. F.E. “Ed” Thompson Jr. State Public Health Laboratory on its central office campus in Jackson on April 13, news on their website states. Construction on the 80,000-square-foot laboratory began in 2010. The original MSDH laboratory has assisted health authorities in the prevention and control of public-health threats in Mississippi since 1917. The only public-health laboratory in the state performs tests on biological, toxicological, chemical and radiological threats in the state and allows physicians to respond rapidly to public health emergencies such as novel strains of flu, suspicious substances containing anthrax or ricin, and disease outbreaks following natural disasters such as widespread flooding or hurricanes. The laboratory is equipped with more than 3,000 square feet of Biosafety Level 3 containment areas, which allow the laboratory staff

to work safely with highly infectious agents such as multi-drug resistant tuberculosis or newly emerging pathogens such as Ebola. The MSDH laboratory’s 85-member staff moved into the facility in January.

$100M Pediatric UMMC Campaign A gift from Mississippi businessman Joe Sanderson and his wife, Kathy, leads a campaign to raise $100 million to fund expansions for pediatric, neonatal care, including an addition to the Children’s Heart Center. “This is a wonderful day for the medical center,” said Dr. LouAnn Woodward, UMMC vice chancellor for health affairs and dean of the School of Medicine in a press release. The fundraising effort focuses on improvements to the UMMC and Batson Children’s Hospital. Sanderson’s gift is the largest in the history of Children’s of Mississippi. “Children’s of Mississippi must grow so Mississippi’s children can keep growing,” Sanderson said. Sanderson’s granddaughter was a patient at Batson Children’s Hospital, and the pair said that the level of treatment they witnessed inspired the donation. “The goal is to provide the best health care for children in Mississippi today, and tomorrow is one that we must meet and exceed,” Woodward said. “A health future for our children depends upon the priorities we set now.”

St. Dominic’s 70th Anniversary In 1946, a small group of Dominican Sisters came all the way to Springfield, Ill., to Jackson to take over responsibility for the Jackson Infir-

mary, located downtown on Amite Street. Now more 70 years later, St. Dominic celebrated its anniversary with a life-sized bronze statue of one of those intrepid Dominican Sisters, created by sculptor Tracy Sugg. The statue was forged from the bronze gathered from the many plaques purchased by grateful patients over the years to Dominic’s, which used to hang from the doors of the rooms, the St. Dominic website says. Sugg melted these down to make the statue. “This sculpture honors our many friends and represents the donor recognition plaques placed throughout the hospital in prior years,” Lester K. Diamond, president of St. Dominic Hospital said. “I cannot think of a better way to commemorate St. Dominic’s 70th anniversary than this distinctive representation of what we hope to embody as an organization.”

Baptist Medical Center Earns Awards For the fourth year in a row, Baptist Medical Center has earned the Get With The Guidelines-Stroke Gold-Plus Quality Achievement Award for implementing certain quality-improvement measures for the treatment of stroke patients as a result of its diagnosis and treatment of those patients, including an aggressive use of medications and risk-reduction therapies that help reduce death and disability. “This study validates our efforts to improve quality and illustrates our focus on better outcomes for our patients,” Baptist Stroke Medical Director Keith Jones said on the hospital’s website.

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Before plans for the south end of the trail, politan Planning Organization, also through the he many trees around the corners of which developers hope will begin soon, can Highway Administration. The TAP program was Moody Street and Greymont Avenue move forward, the Jackson City Council has to a federal-aid transportation program that providstand like skinny, silent giants, wild and pass another easement so the City can work on ed funding to states and localities for transportaproud, overlooking Jackson. tion alternative improvement projects. On Dec. a water line that runs contiguous to that end of Occasionally, members of JXN Trailblaz15, President Barack Obama signed the Fixing the trail. The north side may also change based ers, an organization dedicated to encouraging America’s Surface Transportation Act, which on the redesign of Riverside Drive. Pharr says and promoting trails in the city, come to this area MDOT put protective walkfor a clean-up day in preparaways on the road’s Interstate tion for the Museum to Mar55 North overpass in anticipaket Trail (also known as the tion of the Museum Trail. Museum Trail). This area will The trail will give peoeventually be part of the south ple access to parks such as end of the trail, which will go Lefleur’s Bluff State Park and from the Mississippi Farmers six museums (the Ag MuMarket through Belhaven, seum, Sports Museum, Misand the south end will run sissippi Children’s Museum, from Riverside to Lakeland the Mississippi Civil Rights Drive. The completed fiveMuseum and the Museum mile trail will connect High of Mississippi History) while Street in downtown Jackson to passing through the Belhaven Lakeland Drive. and Belhaven Heights neigh The developers predict borhoods. Moody says the the path will bring economic trails and pathways could lead growth, a decrease in obesityto an increase in overall safety, related health problems, an tourism, property value, busioverall increase in residents’ ness revenue and new opporquality of life, and as local lawMembers of JXN Trailblazers participate in a Community Clean-up Day tunities for citizens to save yer David Pharr says, it may around Moody Street and Greymont Avenue in Belhaven in preparation money by driving less. A realso help reverse Mississippi’s for the Museum Trail, which will connect downtown Jackson to Lakeland. port from Advocacy Advance, brain drain. “When we origiwhich is a partnership of the nally started looking at the League of American Bicyclists project, we discovered a lot of and the Alliance for Biking & Walking, says that research indicating that recreational trails and provides long-term funding certainty for surface Joe Cortright’s “Green Dividend” study found bicycle and pedestrian infrastructure in general transportation, so state and local governments can go forward with important transportation that since Chicago residents drive an average were things that millennials prioritized when deof 2.2 miles less per day in median large U.S. projects. To get the first grant for the Museum ciding where to live,” Pharr says. “It was just a highly sought-after amenity for talented young Trail, the City of Jackson had to match 20 per- cities, which saves an average of $2.3 billion. cent of the funding and worked with local busi- Residents of Portland, Ore., which is designated people that Jackson needs to make its economic nesses to ensure it. “There’s a willingness in the as Platinum-level Bicycle Friendly, travel 2.9 bilpillars strong.” lion fewer miles per year and spend 100 million business community,” he says. Melody Moody, executive director of stateThe first grant will fund the south end of fewer hours commuting, which saves $2.6 bilwide bicycle and pedestrian advocacy organiza- lion per year. the trail, and the second will fund the north end. tion Bike Walk Mississippi, which is a sponsor of The planning phases of the trail are conJXN Trailblazers, says there was an “extra effort Moody says that when Jackson was awarded the money in 2011, Ridgeland and Flowood received stantly changing. Keep up with the updates at to push for trails and paths all over the city.” or find the organization The project began about six years ago. In identical amounts for trail projects, so it was eson Facebook. sentially a regional effort for trails. 2011, the City of Jackson received its first grant for the trails, a Transportation Enhancement Grant through the U.S. Department of Trans• In a study conducted after Longleaf Trace was built in Hattiesburg, 20 percent of homeowners portation’s Federal Highway Administration. within three miles of the trail reported getting more exercise. People who live near trails are three After that, the City received a Transportatimes more likely to engage in physical activity. tion Alternatives Program grant from the Metro• The property values of homes near trails increase by an average of $10,000.

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Best of Jackson: Health Care Jackson is one of the coolest places to live, so we have plenty of reasons to smile. Of course, it helps to have great dental professionals and doctors to keep your pearly whites shining and help you reach optimal health. Readers voted, and we counted, so here are the winners in this year’s Health Care ballot. See last year’s winners at

Smiles on Broadway Dental Care, 5442 Watkins Drive, 601.665.4996 When LaMonica Davis Taylor set out to design her practice, she wanted to create one that would welcome children, reach parents and provide optimal care. Upon entering Smiles on Broadway, clients will see vibrant walls, bright furniture and inspirational quotes. Their eyes may be immediately drawn to the wall mural just inside the patient area that recognizes dentists who have influenced Taylor’s career such as her mentor, Dr. Barbara Sias-Chinn. The office features patient rooms themed after Broadway

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Dr. Timothy Quinn

musicals such as “Aladdin” and even Motown. “I was looking for a unique and creative idea, and I thought about how much I enjoyed my time on Broadway during my residency,” she says. The Mound Bayou native has an undergraduate degree in biology from Spelman College in Atlanta and a dental degree from the University of Mississippi. She completed a year of general practice residency and two years of pediatric dental residency at BronxLebanon Hospital in New York City. Smiles on Broadway primarily ser-

vices children ages 1 to 21 years old and special-needs adults. As of May 14, Taylor began a Saturday clinic to help the parents of existing patients. —Torsheta Bowens Finalists: Charles Ezelle (Jackson Dental Care, 2665 Lakeland Drive, Flowood, 601.932.8212) / Jim Ed Watson (Jackson Center for Smiles, 1437 Old Square Road, 601.366.7645) Shenika Kelly-Moore (Kelly Family Dentistry, 514 E. Woodrow Wilson Ave., Suite G, 769.572.4425) / Terrance Ware (Terrance Ware DDS PLLC, 5800 Ridgewood Road, Suite 104, 769.251.5909,

Dr. LaMonica Davis Taylor

Best Doctor: Timothy Quinn Quinn Healthcare, 768 N. Avery Blvd., Ridgeland, 601.487.6482, During his first semester of medical school and intimidated by his rigorous studies, Timothy Quinn says his father, Donald, told him that the guy he sees in the mirror is the only one that can break him. Quinn quickly realized that his attitude toward life and being humble is key to success. “You have to stay humble, and don’t give up, stay persistent,” Quinn says. He graduated in 1999 from Meharry Medical College in Nashville, Tenn., and completed his residency in 2003 at Martin Luther King Jr./Drew Medical Center in Los Angeles, Calif. Quinn practices family medicine in Jackson at his practice Quinn Healthcare.The Chicago

Foxworth Chiropractic 2470 Flowood Drive, Suite 125, Flowood, 601.932.9201, Growing up, Neely Berry was an athlete, which came with plenty of bumps and bruises, including a neck injury from cheerleading. She learned basic methods to relieve her neck pain without using heavy medication. Years later, as she became interested in chiropractic treatment, she realized that she could use the field to help people with similar injuries to avoid chronic pain. “I really just kind of wanted to be able to get somebody back to moving better, so they can do

what they like doing,” she says. The Greenville native received her doctorate of chiropractic in December 2009 and a master’s degree in sports science and rehabilitation in April 2010, both from the Logan University College of Chiropractic in Missouri. After college, she practiced in Cleveland, Miss., until 2012, when she and her husband, Michael, moved to Jackson for his job. He is currently the area vice president for Healogics, a company that provides advanced wound-healing services across the country. She has been prac-

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native wants to help educate as many people as possible on how to live healthier lives while focusing on preventative health care. —Onelia Hawa Finalists: Carrie Nash (Mississippi Baptist Medical Clinic Brandon, 1490 W. Government St., Suite 10, Brandon, 601.825.1936) / Justin Turner (TurnerCare PLLC, 5240 Robinson Road Ext., 601.398.2335) / Rahul Vohra (NewSouth NeuroSpine, 2470 Flowood Drive, Flowood, 877.554.4257) / William E. Loper (MEA Primary Care Clinic, 323 Highway 51, Ridgeland, 601.898.9150)

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Best Chiropractor: Neely Berry


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Best Dentist: LaMonica Davis Taylor

Dr. Neely Berry

ticing at Foxworth Chiropractic in Flowood since February 2013. —Amber Helsel Finalists: Chad Brown (Brown Chiropractic Center, 4294 Lakeland Drive, Suite 100, Flowood, 601.936.6650) / Clayton Pitts (Norville Chiropractic Clinic, 1000 Lakeland Square, Suite 400, Flowood, 601.398.9412) / Laura Stubbs (Body in Balance Health care, 5472 Watkins Drive, Suite C, 601.376.5636) / Leo C. Huddleston (Natural Wellness Center, 6500 Old Canton Road, Ridgeland, 601.956.7953)

Best Cosmetic Dentist: Jim Ed Watson

As a general dentist, Jim Ed Watson puts a high value on patients’ overall health—from how they feel to how they feel about themselves. The Yazoo City, Miss., native moved to Jackson to open his own practice, Jackson Center for Smiles, in 2001 and quickly gained a reputation in the metro area for his skills at cosmetic dentistry. Before arriving in Jackson, Watson earned his undergraduate degree at the University of Mississippi and attended the University of

Tennessee’s College of Dentistry, where he received his doctorate in 1993. However, his education didn’t stop there. He is also a graduate of the Pacific Aesthetic Continuum, which certifies expertise in veneers and whole-mouth restoration, and he holds certifications in periodontal therapy, implant dentistry, endodontics, orthodontics, prosthodontics and practice management. On the clinic’s website, jxn, one reviewer said,

“Dr. Watson always does his best to make your visit as comfortable as possible. He always spends time with you to answer any questions and you don’t feel that you are being rushed in and out.” —Micah Smith


Jackson Center for Smiles, 1437 Old Square Road, 601.366.7645,

Dr. Jim Ed Watson Finalists: Keith Klaus (Tharp & Klaus Dental Clinic, 2695 Flowood Drive, Suite A, 601.939.4100, smilesin / Terrance Ware (Terrance Ware DDS PLLC, 5800 Ridgewood Road, Suite 104, 769.251.5909, / Wendy Lewis (The Winning Smile, 1350 W. Government St., Brandon, 601.825.3807; 4802 Lakeland Drive, Flowood, 601.936.0025;

Cosmetic Surgeon: Scott Runnels The Runnels Center, 1055 River Oaks Drive, Flowood, 601.939.3223, COURTESY SCOTT RUNNELS

Dr. Scott Runnels

Growing up, two of Scott Runnels’ biggest passions were playing baseball at Magee High School and riding bucking horses and bulls. While he couldn’t continue either pursuit in college, he did discover that he had a talent for both science and art. “Even as a child, I remember having an appreciation for people’s perspectives, and I think art gave a person an opportunity to express their perspective,” he says. “(Plastic surgery) seemed to me the best combination in medicine of the sciences and arts.” He graduated from Mississippi College with a bachelor’s degree in biology in 1988 and from medical school at the University of Mississippi in 1993. He completed his general surgery and plastic-surgery training at the Univer-

Finalists: Adair Blackledge (Blackledge Face Center, 1659 Lelia Drive, 601.981.3033) / David Steckler Jr. (Mississippi Center for Plastic Surgery, 200 W. Jackson St., Suite 100, Ridgeland, 769.300.4055) / Shelby Brantley (The Face & Body Center of Plastic and Hand Surgery Associates, 2550 Flowood Drive, Flowood, 601.939.9999)


Best Hospital: St. Dominic Hospital 969 Lakeland Drive, 601.200.2000 While the Best of Jackson award for Best Hospital shows that Jacksonians appreciate the work that St. Dominic Hospital does, the hospital has also earned several important industry accolades this year. Healthgrades, a health-care rating organization, gave St. Dominic its prestigious award for Outstanding Patient Experience, which is an honor only the top 15 percent of hospitals nationwide that have been scored on experience. Healthgrades gives the award based on surveys from patients evaluating qualities such as cleanliness, educating patients regarding their medica-

sity of Tennessee before he began practicing in Jackson in 1998. He opened The Runnels Center in Flowood in 2005. Runnels says he has an appreciation for cosmetic surgery and breast reconstruction after breast cancer because both are opportunities to help patients get to better places. —Amber Helsel

St. Dominic Hospital tions, and communication between patients, and physicians and nurses. In addition to its patient experience, St. Dominic is also the only hospital in the state to receive an Advanced Certification for Comprehensive Stroke Centers and received the 2016 Outstanding Achievement Award by the Commission on Cancer in the American College of Surgeons. St. Dominic also specializes in robotic surgery,

women’s health care, diabetes treatment and heart-attack treatment. “We’re grateful to Jackson and all who visit us for selecting us for an honor like this,” Theresa Horne, vice president for patient-care services and chief nursing officer at St. Dominic, told BOOM Jackson. “It’s a big thing for us anytime anyone recognizes the work we do for patients in or outside of Jackson. This year we are celebrating the 70th anniversary of the hospital’s founding. ... I believe that what truly comes across for our patients is the passion our employees show in caring for them, from nurses to volunteers.“ —Dustin Cardon Finalists: Baptist Health Systems (1225 N. State St., 601.968.1000, / Merit Health River Oaks (1030 River Oaks Drive, Flowood, 601.936.1158, / University of Mississippi Medical Center (2500 N. State St., 601.984.1000,

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Quinn Healthcare, 768 N. Avery Blvd., Ridgeland, 601.487.6482 Ever since Alisha McArthur Wilkes was a little girl, she dreamed of helping people and making a difference. She followed in the footsteps of her late father, Dr. Willie L. McArthur, who was a family medicine doctor from Fayette, Miss. “I grew up in the healthcare field all my life,” Wilkes says. She graduated from Alcorn State University with a bachelor’s degree in biology and pre-medicine in 2006, a bachelor’s of science in nursing in 2007, master’s

degree in nursing education in 2013 and a post master’s degree in family nurse practitioner in 2015. She currently works at Quinn Healthcare, PLLC, as a family nurse practitioner. Wilkes says one of the most rewarding experiences in her career was when a patient who came in with general complaints had previously been to several doctors but felt like no one was listening. “I sat down and talked to the pa-


Best Nurse Practitioner: Alisha McArthur Wilkes

tient about everything that was going on, and I sent her to a cardiologist,” Wilkes says. “Come to find out, she had a blockage in her heart that was able to be relieved.” —Onelia Hawa Finalists: Alice Messer (NewSouth NeuroSpine, 2470 Flowood Drive, Flowood, 877-554-4257) / Kim Loe (Mississippi Baptist Medical Clinic Brandon, 1490 W. Government St., Suite 10, Brandon, 601-825-1936) / Kimberly Strong (Crossgates Family Doctors, 395 Crossgates Blvd., Suite 102, Brandon, 601-825-0003) / Suzanne Cockrell (suzanne

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Surgeon: Dr. Reginald Martin St. Dominic Martin Surgical Associates, 971 Lakeland Drive, Suite 211, 601.200.4350 Jacksonians have many doctors and surgeons to choose from, but Reginald Martin stands out. He is a general surgeon at St. Dominic Martin Surgical Associates. He received his medical degree from Meharry Medical College in 1988 and completed his residency at the

University of Louisville School of Medicine in 1993. He began working at St. Dominic in1996. Clinical Administrator Michael Gregory says of On Martin as a surgeon: “He really lays out ... what to expect, what’s going on. It’s not easy to have these conversations

Smile Design Orthodontics, 201 Riverwind East Drive, Pearl, 601-965-9561

Chandra Minor says she always wanted to be in the health field. In Allied Health while in high school, the Hazelhurst native had to shadow health professionals, which she continued to do in college. While in dental school at the University of Mississippi Medical Center, she went to different clinics and decided to apply for orthodontic residency. “I really loved orthodontics. The effect


Flowood Drive, Flowood, 877.554.4257) / Jason Murphy (The Surgical Clinic Associates, 501 Marshall St., Suite 500, 601.948.1411) John D. Davis IV (NewSouth NeuroSpine, 2470 Flowood Drive, Flowood, 877.554.4257) / Phillip Ley (St. Dominic’s Surgical Oncol-

Dr. Reginald Martin ogy, 106 Highland Way, Suite 200, Madison, 601.200.7465,

that it has on (patients’) self-esteem and their traditional metal braces, clear braces, Invisalign confidence, really motivated me,” she says. and ceramic braces. She graduated from Alcorn State University with a bachelor’s degree in biology in 2008, from the Finalists: Eugene C. Brown University of Mississippi Medical (Smiles by Design, 5800 Center in 2012 with a doctorate of Ridgewood Road, Suite 103, dental medicine and then completed 601.957.1711; 125 Jones St., her residency at Howard UniverMadison, 601.427.9252) / Kensity in Washington, D.C., in 2014. neth Walley (Kenneth Walley Minor has made Mississippi Orthodontics, 2174 Henry Hill history because she is the only AfDrive, 601.922.3888; 208 Key rican American female orthodontist Drive, Madison, 601.898.1788) / practicing in the state, she says. Priscilla Jolly (Jolly OrthodonIn November 2014, Minor opened tics, 1000 Highland Colony Pkwy., her own practice, Smile Design OrthoRidgeland, 601.605.2400) Dr. Chandra Minor dontics, which offers services such as

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with people, especially when you’re talking ... about breast cancer and things of that nature, but somehow or another, when patients leave his clinic, they always seem to be kind of ok with what’s going on.” — Jessica Smith Finalists: Greg Wood (NewSouth NeuroSpine, 2470

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Bully’s: A Local Classic // by Onelia Hawa Imani Khayyam


ully’s is located in a small, onceindustrialized area of Jackson, but it may make people feel like they have time-traveled back to a weekly , afterchurch Sunday dinner. The dining room feels like someone’s home. Its brick walls are lined with pictures and artwork, as fans spin above guests, who are sitting at long tables, chattering as they eat. Owners Tyrone Bully and Greta Brown have been in business since 1982. The late W.D. Bully, who was Brown’s father-in-law, and her husband, Tyrone Bully, worked as brick masons and later decided to build the restaurant from top-to-bottom, laying every brick themselves. Bully’s started as a snack shop that served local factory and manufacturing-plant workers during their lunch breaks. “At the time, these workers only had 30 minutes for lunch, and would run over here and get cold cuts and snacks,” Brown says. “My

Bully’s Restaurant, which Tyrone Bully co-owns with his wife, Greta Brown (right, pictured with daughter Tyre’a Bully, left), has been in business since 1982. father-in-law saw how these people worked too hard and needed a hot meal, and that’s how

Bully’s transformed from being a snack shop to what it is today.” Though some aspects such as the technology have changed, the cooking remains the same to this day. The menu offers items such as freshly picked greens and some that are not traditionally found on menus such as oxtails, beef ribs, neck bones, pig’s feet, and smothered liver and onions. Each delicacy is dished out on classic cafeteria-style lunch trays. Earlier this year, Bully’s won the American Classic award from the James Beard Foundation. “We are not only happy for us, but we are happy for the neighborhood,” Greta says about the award. “My husband has always been promising to take me to Chicago, and (we went there) for the award ceremony in May.” Bully’s Restaurant (3118 Livingston Road) is open Monday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. For more information, call 601.362.0484.

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hen Jimmy Quinn, 34, started visiting The Apothecary at Brent’s Drugs in late 2015, his intent was to research craft cocktails for his second job bartending at La Finestra. The microbiologist for the Mississippi Department of Health had bartended in college at Auburn University, where he earned a graduate degree in microbiology in 2005. After moving to Jackson that year, he bartended at Fenian’s Pub until 2012 and then at La Finestra from October 2014 until the restaurant closed in November 2015. His cocktail research at The Apothecary turned into “very expensive courting,” he says, laughing. While there, he made a connection with bartender Jess Rahaim, 30. Rahaim, who grew up in Clinton, moved to Scotland at 18 with her family and stayed to attend the University of Dundee. She graduated with a master’s degree in English literature in 2009 and lived in New-

Jimmy Quinn (left) and Jess Rahaim (right) are the movers and shakers behind bartending-based business Simply Tended. castle, England, for four years before returning to Mississippi in 2013. As the two talked cocktails, a romance blossomed. They also realized that they shared a desire to “do what we enjoy, but in a way that allowed us to do our day jobs as well, without working until 2 a.m.,” Rahaim says. Quinn says that after several

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Old Fashioneds at happy hour at CAET Wine Bar in November 2015, the idea for a cocktail and bartending-based business, Simply Tended, was birthed. The idea was to host cocktail parties and teach cocktail classes in people’s homes, Rahaim says, though it evolved to include event consultations, such as creating sig-

nature cocktails for weddings and staffing the bar at the celebration. For one recent class at The Ramey Agency, where she also works as the office coordinator, Rahaim brought her co-workers into their office’s kitchen space and taught them three cocktail recipes that they can make at home. “I think a lot of people see making cocktails as a complex, intimidating thing,” she says. “By bringing it into their home to teach them, we can make it more accessible.” Quinn adds that the in-home classes can be a fun alternative to dinner parties. For Rahaim, bartending and developing cocktails “is a way for me to be creative.” So she enjoys, for instance, working with a bride and groom to create drinks that reflect their individual personalities, as well as encouraging folks to experiment with mixing drinks in their homes. For more information, find Simply Tended on Facebook.

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YOUNG INFLUENTIALS 2016 Jackson has given plenty of important figures to the world, but creatives, servants and entrepreneurs are still our main point of pride right here at home. Here are a few notable Young Influentials.


I wouldn’t be anything. I wanted something different.” Shortly after receiving his bachelor’s degree in anthropology from the University of New Orleans in 2010, he decided to attend massage school in Jackson, which eventually spearheaded the idea for his first business, Massage Revolution, with business partners James Rader and Laura Manning. “People don’t realize how important massage is,“ Cruz says. “We could’ve gone the traditional route and opened up in a high-volume area, but we decided to put it right among the working class. We wanted to alter the way people think about massage.” After Massage Revolution’s storefront closed in 2015 (the business is now mobile), he and his business partners decided to open Revolution’s Corner, which is a modernAbraham Santa Cruz (right) and his style bodega that offers son, Moishe Eden (left) customers healthy food alternatives, live music and a laidin 2010, Cruz was simply a young back atmosphere. Cruz appreciates the growth man searching for a way to help build pride and a sense of culture in of both of his companies and says Jackson and to help the downtown that business is the quickest way to area grow. A New Orleans native, influence change within culture. “I love improving the lives of he grew up in poverty and understands the value of work ethic. others including the people in my “I was an inner-city kid from the city and those I invest in,” he says. — Danie Matthews projects,” he says. “I was told that


ntario Moore says his work in the medical field has given him a passion for helping others, but he also has a “strong entrepreneurial itch.” Moore, 25, is a medical laboratory scientist at St. Dominic’s Hospital. He graduated from the University of Mississippi Medical Center with his degree in medical laboratory science in 2014.


hen you have owned two successful businesses in six years’ time, you may be just as influential as Abraham Santa Cruz. At just 33 years old, Cruz has managed to master the art of entrepreneurship, although some could never tell by his relaxed demeanor and love for all things unconventional. Upon his arrival to Jackson

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He considers himself a cultural ambassador and hopes to bring like minds together and share what people are doing in the community. If someone is in need of a service, Moore says he is quick to provide a list of people that he knows can do the job. He says he also loves giving free publicity to those in Jackson who are using their talents to make a difference. “I can’t keep my mouth shut when I hear a good idea,” Moore says. “... The local entrepreneur community is made up of beautiful people, but they can’t get the funding they need most of the time.” With his personality and ability to network, Moore hopes to help entrepreneurs find the resources they need. He strives to encourage those who are pouring back into the city, especially young people like himself. The promoter has hosted events, started funding campaigns and helped launch “The Token Talk” podcast, in which he and his two co-hosts discuss issues facing the community, all in an effort to bring people together. Moore says he envisions a Jackson that is an “incubator of dreams,” where people help each other move forward. “I hope that Jackson can be a fostering and nurturing environment for businesses and social ideas,” he says. — Abigail Walker

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Billy Salinas ARTIST


n 2015, Arekia Bennett graduated with a bachelor’s degree in physics and landed a job as a soil conservationist at the U.S. Department of Agriculture Resources Conservation Service. Then, she changed her mind. “I wasn’t there (mentally),” she says. “I love helping people on a personal level.” Now, Bennett, 23, is a youth organizer at the Mississippi Safe Schools Coalition, an organization that works to reduce discrimination against LBGT students in public schools. The career change came about while she was attending Jackson State University, where she founded Gathering Information Related to Ladies, a campus organization for women—but not exclusive to what society says a woman is—that focuses on creating sex-positive spaces and promoting love amongst women. Before starting college, she didn’t know much about women’s history, but once she did her own research on strong women such as Fannie Lou Hamer, she was upset that there wasn’t a curriculum or organization educating students on courageous women in history. Her participation in various groups on campus, such as the Student Government Association and Spectrum, a Gay-Straight Alliance organization, gave her the courage she needed to start her own organization. “I couldn’t create a curriculum, but by being in SGA, I knew I could create a group,” she says. Though she’s no longer a student at JSU, she remains an advisor to GIRL. “I still have a strong connection (to it), and I love watching it evolve,” Bennett says. —LaShanda Phillips Work. Live. Play. Prosper.


ackson-based artist Guillermo “Billy” Salinas, 22, is a Texas native who spent nearly all of his childhood and adolescence in Ixtapa, Mexico, a coastal city bordering the Pacific Ocean, which inspires many of his pieces. On some mornings in Ixtapa, Salinas would surf and create a variety of images from rocks along the shore, only to watch the tide destroy his temporary works of art. “That, for me, was very pleasant and satisfying,” he says. “It is very rare that (people) let themselves have real experiences with works of art and life; that’s where (art) is happening.” Salinas, who has studied visual arts at Belhaven University since 2013, often incorporates wood, stones and even incorporates welding into his sculptures. He also draws a strict distinction between his art and his craft as a pastry chef at La Brioche. “I have a hard time considering my work art,” he says. “Mostly, what I see is not what I produce but the process I go about doing it.” Salinas says he makes sense of the world around him through the art-making process and responding to whichever medium he is working. Making pastries is a different picture altogether. “I have a process that I have that I know exactly what I’m going to do, and I know exactly the outcome from it; it’s a means to an end, and that’s what I would classify more as a craft,” he says. Salinas says he advises those interested in art to stop and see what’s around them, and every artist should keep a sketchbook handy and draw constantly. —Onelia Hawa





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anielle Buckingham, 23, is giving a year of her life to invest in others as an AmeriCorps VISTA fellow at Millsaps College with an emphasis on increasing educational equity in underprivileged areas. During her college career at Millsaps, where she earned her undergraduate degree in 2015, she logged many hours of service to others through Millsaps’ 1 Campus 1 Community program and organizations such as the Boys and Girls Clubs of Central Mississippi. Born in Chicago, Buckingham moved to Louisville, Miss., as a young child, where her grandmother, Annie Hudson, raised her. Buckingham credits Hudson with giving her the skills to succeed in school. While she was successful at Louisville High School, she saw that many of her peers were not. “I noticed many of the kids I was in school with did not have that same kind of support at home, and so the fact that I had that really shaped my view of the importance of education,” she says. As an AmeriCorps VISTA fellow, Buckingham’s responsibilities include matching up students with volunteer opportunities in with the goal of improving educational opportunities for underprivileged children. After her fellowship, she plans to attend graduate school at the University of Mississippi to earn her master’s degree in sociology. “(Being influential) means influencing those around me in positive way, but also acknowledging those who have given me the mentorship and tools to be ‘influential’ to my respective community.” —Richard Coupe 41


Grant Hutcheson INNOVATOR

Shameka Reed VISIONARY




went to a barbecue competition in Memphis with a team called Slapjo Momma. At the time, he says he didn’t like barbecue. But the competition changed his mind. “I fell in love with the atmosphere immediately,” he says

“Getting there, you see it, all the smells, you just take it all in, and then you get to go around and taste the top 25 teams in the nation’s barbecue. It gave me a new perspective of what barbecue is supposed to do.” After Parker House closed, he, Andy Cook, Chris Clark and Scott Jackson created Fresh Concepts. Originally, they wanted to do a farmto-table, fine-dining, wine-bar concept. But after finding the space that once housed Mimi’s, they decided to go in a different direction: barbecue. The Pig & Pint opened in March 2014. Hutcheson brings his fine-dining culinary training to the menu at the restaurant. One of his favorite dishes to create is the pork-belly corn dogs, which come with a seasonalbeer mustard and smoked tomato-ginger jam. Giving back is important to him, which is why The Pig & Pint often participates in events for charity organizations such as the Phoenix Club of Jackson and Stewpot Community Services. When he’s not at work, he likes to hunt, fish and watch Disney movies with his children, Caroline, 3, and Jack, 1. His wife, Jenna Swindle Hutcheson, is a pediatric dental hygienist at Madison Pediatric Dental Group. —Amber Helsel

hameka Reed says one reason she chooses to stay in Jackson is that it’s the perfect place for visionaries, and she’s doing her part to foster that. In 2015, she created the annual Young, Gifted and Empowered Awards at the Jackson Convention Complex. She says she saw a need to recognize and honor the young African American professionals in art, philanthropy, education, leadership, entrepreneurship and innovation. “A lot of stories told about our community are negative, and I knew there were a lot of African Americans in Mississippi … who are progressive and change agents,” Reed says. “Those are the stories I wanted to tell, because they don’t get told often.” The event, which took place Feb. 28 this year, was free and open to the public, and featured a variety of hosts and presenters, as well as performances from entertainers such as Tonya BoydCannon, MADDRAMA and Laurie Walker Hall. “Every year, I want it to be bigger and better,” she says. Reed, 35, is also a board member and steering committee member for TeamJXN, an organization dedicated to improving the city of Jackson. “When I look around, … I see so much potential,” she says. “Jackson is worth it. You’re not going to find nicer people.” Reed has owned her own business, Savvy Inc., since 2004. It is a boutique marketing, public-relations and media-relations firm. She also works at Jackson State University as an international marketing and recruiting specialist. She sings in her church’s choir and says she finds thrift shopping for vintage clothes relaxing. —LaShanda Phillips


rant Hutcheson’s business card says he’s the “pig guy” of The Pig & Pint. (Chris Clark is the “pint guy”). But Hutcheson, 30, hasn’t always liked barbecue. At the University of Southern Mississippi, he studied hospitality management with an emphasis on restaurants and received a bachelor’s degree in business management in 2009. He helped open Parlor Market and worked on the grill line, which he says is when his culinary career really took off. In 2011, he became the sous chef at Parker House, which closed in 2012. 2011 was the first time he ever



haka, Bangladesh, native and Jackson State University rising senior Lufat Rahman knew almost nothing about Jackson State when she enrolled there as a freshman. Since first stepping foot on campus in August 2012, her impact has been immediate and immense; however, if you ask her, there is a still a lot of work to do. “JSU made me love the United States,” Rahman, 22, says. “I had never experienced American culture or people. I had the un-


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believable opportunity to take part in American music and drama, and Jackson State really gave me that opportunity. My goal now is to bring my Asian culture together with the culture of Jackson State and the city of Jackson by acting as an ambassador for cultural understanding.” Jackson State’s chapter of Net Impact— the first in the state of Mississippi—has put this understanding in the spotlight. Net Impact is an organization for young professionals who want

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State University, where he received a bachelor’s degree in architecture in 2015. While traveling around the country with his family and for field trips with MSU’s School of Architecture, Lewis observed the way cities are planned, interconnected trail systems through neighborhoods and how their parks are used. He envisions a Jackson where these city elements are not only possible but probable. Lewis, 24, currently serves on the board of Team JXN, an organization that focuses on positive stories surrounding urban development in

the city. Quarterly community question-and-answer sessions, often combined into a luncheon environment, provide a conduit for city residents, new and old, to network with one another and businesses, leading to economic and social growth. The organization also has after-hours events about six or seven times a year right now, though Lewis says it hopes to eventually have them once a month. Team JXN believes that interconnectivity can strengthen the city’s community and economics; however, Lewis personally believes that the center of interconnectedness should be downtown. While the other neighborhoods are important, a strong city starts with a strong downtown. “There is a real desire to live downtown, especially among young people, and just not enough living space,” he says. Lewis describes himself as a “student of the city.” He drives folks around town to show them neighborhoods, restaurants, schools, parks and other sites new residents are interested in when relocating. He tries to talk about Jackson as much as possible and believes starting a positive dialogue can counter negative perceptions that often dog the city. “Jackson is like a blank canvas where creativity can be unlimited,” he says. On May 16, he started in his position as an intern for the Greater Jackson Arts Council. —Mike McDonald

to use their passions to transform the world. When asked why she chose this organization, Rahman, who is president of the chapter, says: “Everything can be solved, and most of the time, it’s a simple solution no one thought about. We have come up with simple solutions to issues on the campus of making Jackson State a green campus through recycling efforts and sponsoring programs to promote racial and religious equality for all students, no matter their backWork. Live. Play. Prosper.

atalie Blakely enjoys knowing how things work and why they work the way they do. The 20-year-old Brandon native is studying mechanical engineering at the Hinds Community College Rankin campus. She attended Park Place Christian Academy and graduated in 2014. After Hinds, she wants to go to Mississippi State University. Her mother, Nancy, is an industrial engineer for UPS. “(My mom) has always been a big influence to me and encouraging me to do what I wanted,” Blakely says. “I’ve always been good at math and science ... so it just kind of seemed like the right fit.” For mechanical engineering, Blakely studies subjects such as physics, robotics and computer programming, and the field also involves a lot of math. After recently finishing the NASA Community College Aerospace Scholars Program at the John C. Stennis Space Center, where participants spent four days working with NASA engineers, she says she is considering going to work for the agency. However, since the field is so broad— they can do anything from designing houses and cars to sending a rover to Mars—she isn’t totally sure what she wants to do. After she has spent time in the field and earns her master’s degree, she wants to teach at the college level in subjects such as science, math and engineering. When not at school, she volunteers with the Mississippi Robotics Competition, Star Youth Association, Mississippi Food Network and is also a tutor. For any girls who want to study in the STEM field, Blakely says: “Never be afraid of doing what you’re good at.” —Amber Helsel



. David Lewis knows a thing or two about Jackson. He grew up in the Belhaven neighborhood and only went out of the area to attend Mississippi

ground.” Rahman says that another purpose of Net Impact is to “teach professional development and how to approach issues. We always want to ... ask questions for people to think about.” In addition to her Net Impact group, Rahman is also in the International Student Association at JSU. She says that she finds peace of mind at the JSU Plaza because so much is going on. The computer engineering major has big

plans for her return to Southeast Asia. She plans to continue her work and use the important aspects of American culture and leadership she has come in contact with to positively impact not just Bangladesh, but the entire Southeast Asian community. “This is about more than just my country,” Rahman says. “I will always have a vision and will always look to help people understand each other despite their differences.” —Greg Pigott 43



Actively Giving Back // by Amber Helsel

June Glow in the Park 5K Run/Walk

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When: June 18, 8 a.m. start Where: Clyde Muse Center at Hinds Community College Rankin Campus (515 Country Place Pkwy., Pearl) What: Help out young people and get some exercise at the same time. The run and walk will begin



Cost: $29 Charity: Skin Cancer Foundation. If 5,000 people sign up for the race, Run Bling Repeat will have met its fundraising goal of $15,000. More information:

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When: June 18, 8:30 p.m. run start Where: Old Trace Park (Post Road, Ridgeland) What: This year, Glow in the Park has added a glowing theme to its events, which means that while you run, you can light up the night. For race packets, participants will receive items such as a T-shirt, glow paint, finger lights and a glow necklace. Register online through race day. Cost: The prices for individuals range from $35 to $50 depending on registration time, and teams cost $25 to $45 and require a minimum of four people. Charity: Gogo’s Breast Cancer Foundation, which is a nonprofit that helps women and men diagnosed with breast cancer. The organization provides tips and tricks for chemotherapy, products that may save eyelashes and eyebrows, emotional support to those affected and more. More information:

at 8 a.m., and the one-mile fun run will start immediately after the 5K. Cost: $25 March 9-June 11, $30 June 12-18 Charity: Pearson Baptist Church youth group

iving back is a crucial element of a successful community. For those of you that are looking for an “active” way to do that, here are a few 5Ks this summer that will benefit the metro area in some way.

When: Aug. 13, 8 a.m. Where: Madison Healthplex Performance Center What: A 5K for brain cancer research. The race begins at 8 a.m., and the Kid’s Fun Run begins at 9:15 a.m. Cost: $25 through June 29, $30 from June 30 to Aug. 10, $40 for day-of registration, $15 for the kids run. Charity: Head for the Cure Foundation, which raises awareness and funding for research in fighting against brain cancer Website:

September Color Vibe 5K The Color Vibe 5K is coming to Ridgeland in September 2016.

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When: June 1-30, whenever you want Where: Wherever you want What: This isn’t a normal 5K in the sense of gathering together for a one-day run. To participate, you register and then run, walk or even crawl throughout the month of June. After the month is over, Run Bling Repeat, which is putting on the event, will mail participants a medal.

When: June 16, July 21, August 18, 6:30 to 7:45 p.m. Where: TBA What: Run or walk the 5K and donate $5 to a local ministry. Charity: TBA Website:

Shop at The Mustard Seed’s gift shop. Help out at local animal adoption events such as ones for Community Animal Rescue & Adoption, the Animal Rescue Fund of Mississipi and Mississippi Animal Rescue League.

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Donate duffel bags, suitcases and other luggage for children to Mississippi Children’s Home Services.

When: Sept. 3, 9 a.m. Where: Northpark Mall (1200 E. County Line Road, Ridgeland) What: If you like color and running (or walking), this race is for you. Participants will go through different color zones and then a dance party and color throw at the end. Cost: Individual runners are $60, team runners are $65 and kids are free. If participants sign up on the day of the event, the prices are higher. Charity: Children’s Advocacy Centers of Mississippi, which helps families deal with child abuse. Website:

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Eats, Comedy and Murder // by Danie Matthews

courtesy Keni Bounds

(Left to right) Chris Moore, Keni Bounds, Cheryl Abernathy and Eric Riggs starred in the Detectives Comedy Dinner Theatre’s “Haunted.”

The Detectives Comedy Dinner Theatre has put on plenty of original productions over the years. Here are a few of the troupe’s most recent shows you might have missed. “The Reunion” Former students and faculty at a high-school reunion rehash their less-than-perfect pasts. “Couples Retreat” A husband and wife face off against relationship problems, but their counseling may make for different problems entirely. “The Delivered” Join the reception of a newlywed couple that has its hands full with the bride’s disapproving family of rednecks. 46


room full of astonished dinner guests gasps as someone mysteriously drops dead on the floor. The lights slowly dim as one question lingers in the air: “Who did it?” Of course, that’s just another night for Keni Bounds, writer, actress and co-owner of The Detectives Comedy Dinner Theatre. Since starting the troupe in 2009, Bounds and her business partner, Eric Riggs, have maintained their company’s success by using crowd interactivity as one of the leading ploys for comedy shows. The two actors met while working together with another acting group. After discovering that they both had an interest in boisterous humor, they decided to combine Bounds’ acting background along with Riggs’ comedy chops to create The Detectives. Bounds says their shows are unlike most dinnertheater performances because they focus less on mystery and more on making guests laugh. “One thing about dinner theater is that it’s all kind of corny and all kind of funny,” she says. “So we were like, ‘Why can’t this be focused more on comedy?’ We have a smarter type of humor, and our mystery stinks, but we’re so funny that nobody really cares.” Unbeknownst to many Mississippians, the state has had an active dinner-theater community since the William Carey University’s Carey Dinner Theatre debuted in Hattiesburg in 1975. “I think most people don’t look at dinner theater as real theater, and that’s why it has taken so long for Mississippi, but I believe it’s hard anywhere,” Bounds says.

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Bounds and Riggs act in each performance and write all of their own scripts, refreshing their show arsenal every few months. Their writing process begins with a basic premise, and then the two exchange ideas until the final product is complete. Writing a new script takes one to two weeks, and The Detectives usually write about four new plays per year. They currently have more than 25 different scripts, each with a different twist and tale. The shows each rely on a four-person ensemble, but they allow their audience members to participate by filling in minor roles throughout the show. Bounds says engagement is ideal for a successful performance because it keeps the crowd invested. “We try to include the audience. It’s a reason why all of them are (funny) though, so we like to have fun with them,” she says. The ensemble travels throughout the Jackson metro area, performing regularly at Signa’s Grille, the Iron Horse Grill, Anjou, Kismet’s Restaurant & Catering in Brandon, and Char, which Bounds says is the troupe’s “home base”—they book up to four shows there a month. The Detectives also frequently travel to other venues throughout the Southeast and perform for private events. Bounds says the most difficult part of getting involved with the dinner-theater world is simply getting started. “Stop thinking about it and do it,” she says. For more information, call 601-291-7444 or visit





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hile plenty of musicians use the first months of a new year to kick off recording projects or plan performances, Jackson native Jason Gibson took a different approach. He turned down multiple singing engagements for his gospel group, Destiny Project, to focus on the “business” of the music business—something that didn’t seem all that important when he first started his ministry five years ago at age 19. “Starting off, you know you’re good at it, you know this is kind of your niche, but you aren’t really concerned with the business side,” he says. “It’s just, ‘I’m ready to get onstage! Let’s go, y’all! We can sing, so let’s go sing.’” In 2015, Gibson accepted a position as the praise and worship leader for Jackson Revival Center, which has allowed him to attend several major conventions and seminars, such as T.D. Jakes’ Project Gideon Mentorship Conference and Tye Tribett’s The Chosen: Music Mentorship Program. He says these have helped him reach a better understanding of leaderJackson singer and songwriter Jason Gibson began focusing on the business aspect of his ship and the business aspect of music ministry and his gospel group, Destiny Project, this year. ministry, including copyright law. When churches and organizations Destiny Project performances in 2016 so first began requesting Destiny Project for clause stating that if churches don’t have the far, but Gibson has still been onstage plenty, events, Gibson says, he didn’t even realize resources to pay for a performance, Gibson is willing to speak with them to find a more albeit in a different setting. This year alone, that the group should be compensated. “Once I started getting into recording attainable fee. That’s another place where he has already completed five speaking and preaching engagements, which he says will and everything was coming out of my pock- his recent business training has come into become a more consistent part of his minplay, he says. et, it was like, ‘OK. I know it’s not supposed istry in the future. At the same time, music “It comes to that discernment factor,” to go like this. I don’t think I’m supposed to remains his focus. He says supporters can be performing for free and paying for every- Gibson says. “Some people try to take advanexpect plenty of new gospel tunes shortly, tage of that. You just want to be as prayerful thing,’” he says with a laugh. as he hopes to release more recordings this as you can. You don’t want people who would Now, to book the group, clients fill out an artist request form, which lays out the take advantage of it to kind of suck you dry summer and will soon get back to booking varying options for booking Gibson and because that has an overlapping effect on the Destiny Project performances. For more information, find Jason Gibson Destiny Project, from a solo performance to people who really don’t have (resources) but and Destiny Project on Facebook or email do have the need.” a full-band concert. However, he says, Jacksonians may have seen a few less istry still comes first. The form features a

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Events // festivals


’90s Hip-Hop Exhibition June 1-4, 8:30 a.m. -5 p.m., at Gallery1 (One University Place, 1100 John R. Lynch St., Suite 4). Includes hiphop music, graffiti art and a sneaker display. Free, donations welcome; call 601.960.9250;


WWE Live June 11, 7:30 p.m., at Mississippi Coliseum (1207 Mississippi St.). Wrestlers include Roman Reigns, A.J. Styles, Charlotte, Sheamus, Dolph Ziggler and Ric Flair. $15-$95; call 800.745.3000;

An Evening with Chris Robinson Brotherhood June 15, 7:30 p.m., at Duling Hall (622 Duling Ave.). Chris Robinson, former lead singer for the Black Crowes, leads the rock band. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. $30 in advance, $35 at the door, $3 surcharge for patrons under 21; call 601.292.7121; email;


The Joking Around Comedy Show Featuring Kountry Wayne June 18, 8 p.m., at Wahabi Shrine Center (4123 Interstate 55 S. Frontage Road). Kountry Wayne is a comedian and Internet superstar. Other performers include Big Sean Larkins, Nardo Blackmon, Skipper Da Comic, Kajuan Claiborne and Rita B. Doors open at 7 p.m. $20, $30 reserved, $40 VIP; call 601.709.7894; email office@;


“The Robber Bridegroom” June 1-4, 7:30 p.m., June 5, 2 p.m., at New Stage Theatre (1100 Carlisle St.). The Mississippi bluegrass musical is about a robber who courts the daughter of a rich planter. $28, $22 students; call 601.948.3533, ext. 222;


16 Tiki Tuesday June 16, 4-9 p.m., at Saltine Oyster Bar (622 Duling Ave., Suite 201). Enjoy special tiki-inspired food and drinks on the patio on third Thursdays. Food for sale, prices vary; call 601.982.2899;

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“Everybody’s Fool” June 2, 5 p.m., at Lemuria Books (Banner Hall, 4465 Interstate 55 N., Suite 202). Richard Russo signs books. Reading at 5:30 p.m. $27.95 book; call 601.366.7619; email;

All Are Welcome! All Belong! June 4, 11 a.m., at Chokwe Lumumba Center for Economic Democracy (939 W. Capitol St.). Attendees celebrate a welcoming Jackson with art, spoken word and stories. Free; find the event on Facebook.

Juneteenth Festival June 18, 1-7 p.m., at Battlefield Park (953 Porter St.). The festival is a celebration of the final freeing of slaves on June 19, 1865. Includes games, sports, music, arts and crafts, speakers, a health fair and a legal fair. Vendors and sponsors welcome. Free; call 601.397.1671 or 601.942.7182; email


2016 Mississippi Craft Beer Festival June 24, 5-9 p.m., at Duling Hall (622 Duling Ave.). The VIP hour is from 5-6 p.m., and the general public attends from 6-9 p.m. Sample more than 100 beers from 28 breweries. Flow Tribe performs at 9 p.m. (combination ticket available). Volunteers are welcome and receive free admission (must sign up). $30 in advance, $35 day of event, $10 designated driver; combination ticket for concert: $40 in advance, $45 at the door; call 601.292.7121; email;


Mississippi Comic Con June 25, 10 a.m.-6 p.m., June 26, 11 a.m.-5 p.m., at Mississippi Trade Mart (1200 Mississippi St.). The two-day event includes vendors, artists, fan groups and special guests such as actor Ernie Hudson (“Ghostbusters”), actress Rochelle Davis (“Grotesque”), Johnny Yong Bosch (“Mighty Morphin Power Rangers”) and more. $15, $5 ages 3-8, ages 2 and under free, $25 two-day pass; call 601.354.7051; mississippicomic


29 History Is Lunch June 29, noon, at William F. Winter Archives and History Building (200 North St.). Author Richard Grant discusses his book, “Dispatches from Pluto.” Free; call 601.576.6998.

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2016 Mississippi Championship Hot Air Balloon Fest July 1, 6 p.m., July 2-3, 7 a.m., at Canton Multipurpose Complex (501 Soldier Colony Road, Canton). The event features balloon races, fireworks, food and more benefits the Good Samaritan Center. Celebrate America Balloon Glow is July 1 at Northpark Mall in Ridgeland. Free; call 601.859.4358;


Family Fireworks Extravaganza July 4, 59:30 p.m., at Traceway Park (200 Soccer Row, Clinton). The familyfriendly event features music from Little Big Town and the Kimberlee Helton Band, children’s activities, food, fireworks and more. Free admission, $8 parking fee; call 601.924.6082;



Farm Bureau Watermelon Classic July 4, 7:30 p.m., at Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame and Museum (1152 Lakeland Drive). The annual race includes a 5K run/walk and a one-mile fun run. Watermelon and beverages served after the race. Registration in advance required. $20 5K, $15 fun run ($5 price increase after June 29); call 601.982.8264;

Ice Cream Safari July 9, 10 a.m.-1 p.m., at Jackson Zoo (2918 W. Capitol St.). Local media celebrities and special guests serve flavors of Blue Bunny ice cream for your votes. Admission TBA; call 601.352.2580;




MASI Summer Golf Tournament July 11, 11:30 a.m., at Reunion Golf and Country Club (150 Greensward Drive, Madison). The Mississippi Association of Self-Insurers is the host. Includes lunch, an awards party and music from Andrew Pates. $200, $150 members; call 601.354.0199;


History Is Lunch July 13, noon, at William F. Winter Archives and History Building (200 North St.). Author Jim Woodrick discusses his book, “The Civil War Siege of Jackson.” Free; call 601-576-6998.

‘sipp Sourced with Chef Nick Wallace July 21, 11 a.m.-2 p.m., July 21, 5:30 p.m., July 22-23, 11 a.m.-2 p.m., at Mississippi Museum of Art (380 S. Lamar St.). Order from a pop-up menu featuring products from Mississippi sources. Food prices vary; call 601.960.1515;

Platinum Productions Barrel Racing Competition July 22-24, at Kirk Fordice Equine Center (1207 Mississippi St.). Equestrians compete for cash prizes. Competitors must register. Free for spectators; call 228.860.8104; email;

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July Art Show July 28, 5 p.m., at Brown’s Fine Art and Framing (630 Fondren Place). See works from artist Chad Mars. Free; call 601.982.4844;


2016 Corvette Classic July 16, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., at Jackson Convention Complex (105 E. Pascagoula St.). See more than 100 Corvettes. Also includes vendors, a silent auction, music and more. $5 suggested donation; call 601.862.7560; email freddie.


USA IBC Grand Prix Reunion Gala July 16, 7:30 p.m., at Thalia Mara Hall (255 E. Pascagoula St.). Includes a performance from Nina Ananiashvili and the State Ballet of Georgia. Admission TBA;

Community Bike Ride July 29, 6 p.m., at Rainbow Natural Grocery Cooperative (2807 Old Canton Road). Bikers ride to a different destination on the last Friday of each month. Jackson Bike Advocates is the sponsor. Free; call 601.366.1602; email co-opgm@rainbowcoop. org; follow Jackson Bike Advocates on Facebook.





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History Is Lunch Aug. 3, noon, at William F. Winter Archives and History Building (200 North St.). Eric Pritchard speaks on the topic, “Vicksburg Fashion Designer Patrick Kelly.” Free; call 601.576.6998.



Splash Back to School Aug. 6, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., at Jackson Zoo (2918 W. Capitol St.). Includes water slides, a dance party, face painting, information from vendors and a school supply giveaway. Included with admission (Adults: $10.25, $9.25 seniors and military, $7.25 ages 2-12, children under 2 and members free); call 601.352.2580;

Fondren’s First Thursday Aug. 4, 5-10 p.m., in Fondren. Studio Chane hosts the mostly monthly neighborhood event, and the main focus will be the arts for 2016. Includes shopping, food vendors, live music, open houses, a pet adoption drive and more. Free; call 601.720.2426;


The Premier Bridal Summer Show: Weddings and Celebrations Aug. 14, 1-4 p.m., at Jackson Convention Complex (105 E. Pascagoula St.). The event includes door prizes, samples and consultations with wedding professionals. No strollers allowed. $15 in advance, $20 at the door; VIP: $45 in advance, $50 at the door; call 601.957.1050;


5 15 Mississippi Writers Guild Conference Aug. 5, 9 a.m., Aug. 6, 8 a.m., at Copiah-Lincoln Community College, Natchez Campus (11 Co-Lin Circle, Natchez). Aug. 5, Richard Wright Day is from 9 a.m.-3 p.m., and the conference kicks off at 5 p.m. The keynote speaker is author Greg Iles. Activities continue Aug 6 with workshops and an awards luncheon. Fees vary per event; call 442.0980;

30th Mississippi Wildlife Extravaganza Aug. 5, 2-8 p.m., Aug. 6, 9 a.m.-7 p.m., Aug. 7, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., at Mississippi Trade Mart (1200 Mississippi St.). The Mississippi Wildlife Federation event to kick off the hunting season includes more than 200 vendors, demonstrations and more. Free for ages 12 and under on Kids’ Day, Aug. 5. $10, $5 ages 6-12, children 5 and under free, $20 weekend; call 601.605.1790; email;


Nourish Your Noggin Educational Series Aug. 18, 10-10:45 a.m., at St. Catherine’s Village (200 Dominican Drive, Madison). The Alzheimer’s Association co-hosts the event. Attendees learn strategies for maintaining a healthy brain, signs of dementia and caregiver tips. Free; call 601.987.0020; email

Fashion Week: Patrick Kelly’s JSU Homecoming Opening Aug. 15, at Gallery1 (One University Place, 1100 John R. Lynch St., Suite 4). See seven of JSU Alum and Vicksburg native Patrick Kelly’s pieces that are going into JSU’s archive collection. Also see contributions from fashion photographers, makeup artists, shoe cobblers and designers. Includes fashion-related workshops. Exhibit hangs through Sept. 2. Free, donations welcome; call 601.960.9250; email;


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17 History Is Lunch Aug. 17, noon, at William F. Winter Archives and History Building (200 North St.). Author J. Lee Annis Jr. discusses his book, “Big Jim Eastland: The Godfather of Mississippi.” Free; call 601.576.6998.


Jackson Rhythm and Blues Festival Aug. 19-20, 6 p.m., at Jackson Convention Complex (105 E. Pascagoula St.). This year’s headliners include T-Pain on Aug. 19 and Kenny “Babyface” Edmonds Aug. 20. The extensive performer lineup also includes Lalah Hathaway, Morris Day and the Time, SilaS, Tiger Rogers, Akami Graham, Bobby Rush and more. Doors open at 5 p.m. Admission TBA; call 800.745.3000;

Music in the City Aug. 23, 5:15 p.m., at Mississippi Museum of Art (380 S. Lamar St.). In Trustmark Grand Hall. Enjoy a cash bar at 5:15 p.m., and a musical performance from Jason Mathena, Tracy Carter and John Paul at 5:45 p.m. Free, donations welcome; call 601.960.1515;


Mississippi Craft Show Aug. 27, 9 a.m.-6 p.m., Aug. 28, 11 a.m.-4 p.m., at Mississippi Trade Mart (1200 Mississippi St.). The fifth annual event includes handmade art and crafts for sale, entertainment and more. Proceeds benefit 9 Lives Cat Rescue, Mississippi Horses and Copiah Animal Shelter. Tickets sold at the door (cash only). $7, ages 12 and under free; call 601.790.0654; email;






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1. Fleet Feet Sports (500 Highway 51, Suite Z, Ridgeland, 601899-9696,

6. Rainbow Co-op (2807 Old Canton Road, 601-366-1602, Rainbow Co-op lets locals get food and products that

Whether you’re looking for a good fit in shoes, sports bras or fitness apparel, Fleet Feet has you covered. The best part is the supportive community that helps people achieve any walking, running or triathlon goal.

have their well-being and the environment as top priority.

2. Deep South Pops (1800 N. State St., 601-398-2174, After a summer run or workout, I like to refuel and refresh with my favorite, Deep South Pops’ buttermilk pop.

crops, vegetables and livestock farm that focuses on agri-tourism for community development in the city of Jackson. You can get a taste of the farms by stopping into the Mississippi Farmers Market on High Street.

3. Broad Street Baking Company (4465 Interstate 55 N., Suite 101, 601-362-2900,

8. Converge Fitness (104 Business Park Drive, Suite C, 601-2149670) Trey Taylor, who owns Converge Fitness is one of my local

7. Foot Print Farms (4945 South Drive, 601-668-5583, Foot Print Farms is a 68-acre specialty

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favorites. His training facility can help people reach their wellness potential.

4. Wellness Systems (1000 Highland Colony Pkwy., 601-984-3126,

9. Super Shakes (various locations, Super Shakes offers made-to-order smoothies and shakes that meet your nutritional needs on the go. My favorite is the Super Fit Peanut Butter and Jelly!

Wellness Systems provides affordable nutrition counseling and related nutrition and weight-loss services from registered dietitians.

10. CrossFit JXN (1424 Old Square Road, 601-861-4244, CrossFit JXN has a variety of workouts from gymnastics

5. The Bike Rack (2282 Lakeland Drive, 601-936-2100) Exercise is more fun on two wheels! The Bike Rack has products at reasonable prices, but it also provides a wealth of knowledge for everyone from the novice to the competitive cyclist. 58

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