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Confronting BP Jim Hood and other Gulf Coast attorneys general allege the BP claims process is skewed for BP.
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Attorney and advocate Patricia Ice squeaks in under the deadline for the Ward 1 council race.
timothy fizer The front door of F. Jones Corner bursts open around 4 a.m. on a Friday, and Timothy Fizer emerges, holding a drunken man’s arms behind his back as the man bucks and jerks under the 6-foot-tall, 330-pound bouncer’s half-nelson. Instead of fighting the troublemaker, Fizer simply takes the man across the street away from the commotion of the bar and sits on his back until he stops resisting. Fizer leans over to address the subdued partier. “You gonna stop acting an ass now?” Fizer politely asks. On Thursday nights and weekends, Fizer works from dusk to sunrise at the popular Farish Street hangout. During the day, he’s a student at Jackson State University where he is majoring in biology. Fizer schedules his class time around his latenight work schedule. The young man has been working security at various clubs around Jackson since he was 17, mostly due to his impressive size. He still holds the record for power lifting at Jim Hill High School, where he was captain of the football team. Fizer finds purpose as a bouncer, he says, keeping weekend partiers safe at the Farish Street club. The Jackson native says the historic neighborhood is one of Jackson’s best assets, and will only grow after more businesses open later this year.
“The city of Jackson has progressed in leaps and bounds in the last 10 years,” he says. “It has come a long way, and I’m glad to say I’m a part of it and a part of its future.” As vice president of JSU’s NAACP chapter, Fizer works to register voters. He helped the chapter win the NAACP’s national Upload 2 Uplift competition for registering the most new voters on a college campus. Most recently, Fizer organized more than 1,000 students to write letters asking Gov. Haley Barbour to free Gladys and Jamie Scott, who were serving life sentences for armed robbery. Barbour suspended their sentences Dec. 29. “Politics don’t fail when people take the action,” Fizer says. “Whenever the people’s voices are heard, things will get done.” After he graduates in December with a bachelor’s degree, Fizer plans to dive fully into entrepreneurship and expand Magnolia Air Quality, a company he co-owns. Magnolia provides heating, ventilation and air conditioning system cleanings and energy auditing services. “We’ve been in business for about a year,” Fizer says. “I enjoy being my own boss, and I eventually want to help get someone else a job, and help Jackson grow economically.” —Carl Gibson
29 Bare Truth A new art show at Millsaps College provides a glimpse into the naked souls of its subjects.
28 Real Fiction? Two novels meld reality and fiction to bring readers into the worlds of 2025 “retro” and hip-hop music.
Adam Lynch Award-winning senior reporter Adam Lynch is a Winona native and graduate of Jackson State. He and his family live in North Jackson. E-mail tips to adam@ jacksonfreepress.com, or call him at 601-362-6121, ext. 13. He interviewed Johnny DuPree.
Jessica Mizell Jessica Mizell currently works at MDOT and moonlights planning events and writing. Her interests include “Nurse Jackie” and locating Pineapple Big Shots. She wrote a music feature.
Dorian Randall Editorial intern Dorian Randall is a Jackson native. She has degrees in journalism and media studies. She hopes someday to write a New York Times bestseller, win an Oscar, and marry a Dolce and Gabbana male model. Maybe. She wrote an arts piece.
Byron Wilkes Freelance writer Byron Wilkes enjoys swashbuckling his way through the Mississippi countryside. He graduated from Middle Tennessee State University in 2009 and currently works at the Meridian Star. He wrote the book reviews.
Natalie Collier Associate editor Natalie A. Collier is originally from Starkville and is a graduate of Millsaps College. She lived in Chicago for a while, but is now back in Jackson. She’s not easy to impress. Try. She wrote and coordinated the Fly feature.
Bryan Flynn Bryan Flynn is a lifelong Mississippi native who lives with his wife and their four cats in Richland. When not writing about sports for the JFP, he writes a national sports blog, playtowinthegame. com. He wrote the sports piece.
Tom Ramsey Tom Ramsey is a lobbyist and former investment banker who teaches private cooking lessons, runs with the bulls and has been known to produce an album or two. He owns Ivy & Devine Culinary Group (www.ivyanddevine. com). He wrote a food piece.
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Account executive Ashley Jackson is a Brandon native. She loves volunteering with youth, cooking, doing homework, wearing awesome shoes and dancing like a fool while playing her extensive vinyl collection.
by Donna Ladd, Editor-in-Chief
Of Truth and the Shortest Month
admit it: I’ve never been Black History Month’s biggest fan. Let me put that another way: I don’t like how media tend to treat Black History Month. Too often, it is a vehicle for selling ads on a special page to commemorate black history, usually with predictable images or talk of little-lady Rosa Parks suddenly getting tired and refusing to get up out of her seat. (No. She was a trained activist; the historic moment was planned.) Even worse, many publications around the United States use February as the time to load diverse coverage into one month, or at least to provide some coverage of African Americans that doesn’t involve crime, music or sports. As much as I know and respect why Carter Woodson started this tradition, it is too often an excuse for not doing truly diverse, educational coverage the rest of the year. Black History Month also provides cover for educational institutions to give a cursory nod to civil-rights icons without teaching the hard stuff that we all need to know. For instance: that Mississippi had the most lynchings. That we had horrendous “Black Codes” after slavery and reconstruction officially ended. That white citizens in Mississippi voted in the 1960s to close the public schools rather than integrate them. That a state-funded spy agency, the Mississippi Sovereignty Commission, not only gathered “intelligence” on blacks who “stepped out of line” and the white “activists” who helped them, but reported on travesties like a white gas station owner in Neshoba County allowing a black man to use his station bathroom. Why care about bathrooms? To scare decent white people into going along with maintaining segregation at all costs. And if they didn’t, the upstanding members of the Citizens Councils—organized to prevent integration—would lead boycotts of their businesses, or worse. If all else failed, the Citizens Council and the Sovereignty Commission would join forces to get “intelligence” (like the license plate number of Chaney, Goodman and Schwerner) out to local law enforcement, who were either Klan members or buddies with them. Then came the murders, harassment, even efforts to starve families into submission (in Greenwood, they cut off food assistance to poor blacks who tried to register to vote). No, this history isn’t comfortable, and it’s not just “black history.” It is all of our history, and we should all know it inside and out to prevent repeats of it (not so hard to believe since the last presidential campaign) and so that we all can understand why problems exist and, thus, how to cure them at their roots. If you don’t know, for instance, about the “red-lining” (Google it) and blatant economic discrimination by institutions including banks, landlords, health-care agencies, doctors and lending agencies until the early 1990s, you cannot comprehend why an entire race of people have had such a difficult timing obtaining wealth, land, credit and connections that help level the playing field. If you do not
know about the brutal criminal acts committed by whites against blacks in order to keep Jim Crow alive—often leaving dead men’s privates stuffed in their mouths in lynchings documented on postcards with partying white adults and children smiling and pointing— you cannot understand the cycle of despair and violence in which American society has forced several generations of black men. If you do not know that thousands of families (and their resources) fled the Jackson Public Schools when the U.S. Supreme Court forced us to integrate in late 1969, you probably don’t get the need for the Mississippi Adequate Education Program or why public schools are struggling. You sure won’t get that a disaster that took generations to create is going to take serious effort on our part to reverse. It sure as hell is going to take knowledge. Of course, I write this in times that prove the point. Our governor, who is a serious candidate for president, recently downplayed the horrible Citizens Council and before that, made comments that his generation wasn’t part of all the mess back then. (Right.) A state representative from Brandon, Rep. John Moore, wants to repeal legislation (ironically signed by the governor) to bring actual civilrights education to our public schools. I hate to imagine what is, and isn’t, being taught in many of the private academies, originally set up as “segregation academies.” Really terrifying, there are efforts around the country by Tea Party groups to simply erase slavery and black oppression from our history books. Then there’s Rep. Mark Duvall, a Mantachie Democrat, trying to get the Legislature to force back Colonel Reb and the “From Dixie With Love” fight song to Ole Miss. It is entirely possible, even probable, that
Duvall and Moore just don’t know any better. They may have been raised in households and schools where people just don’t talk about “all that.” Perhaps they come from the mentality that uncomfortable history isn’t worth talking about; besides, “WE didn’t do it.” And do on. It is exactly this level of ignorance—or intentional efforts to get the ignorant vote— that proves how desperately we need to get acquainted with our recent history. No, most of us did not go to Citizens Council meetings or send out postcards with a lynched man hanging from a tree or pour sugar on protesters’ heads at the old Woolworth, but all of us are hurt by the legacy of this lunacy. The cycle of crime endangers us; the division pushed by politicians makes us vote against our own interests because we’re scared of “them”; the shame of what our people did to our neighbors haunts us and hurts our state’s economy. One woman even stated adamantly to me on Facebook that the slavery of “entitlements” was worse for blacks than the slave trade (apparently not understanding where or when “entitlements” came about in the U.S.) I’ve said it before: People don’t know what they don’t know. And when they’ve been told all their lives that black people (or, conversely, white people) are all violent, greedy, lazy, whatever, they will sometimes believe stereotypes without bothering to consider history. Here’s the good news, though: People who face the truth and embrace the lessons of history find a brave new world of love and understanding. When you find the courage to show you care about our shared, difficult history, and to listen and learn, suddenly the shame disappears. You form new relationships, and you know you’re part of the solution. The truth really will set you free. Try it.
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Thursday, Jan. 27 Egyptian activists went to the streets again today in protest of their president, Hosni Mubarak. Mubarak has earned a reputation for corruption, from rigging his elections to jailing political dissidents. … The Mississippi House passes the Senate’s Arizona-style anti-immigration bill, but not before they made significant changes. Friday, Jan. 28 Protesters in Yemen continue rioting in opposition to their President, Ali Abdallah Saleh, who has ruled the country for more than 30 years. … The State Senate passes a ban on novelty products marketed as “bath salts”; these salts produce a dangerous high when snorted, smoked, or injected. Saturday, Jan. 29 President Barack Obama urges Egyptian President Mubarak, to not deal with Egypt’s protesters violently. … USM beats Tulane in basketball 67 to 54. Sunday, Jan. 30 Secretary of State Hillary Clinton calls for an “orderly transition” to a more democratic Egypt but stops short of telling President Mubarak to resign. ... The JFP hosts the 2011 Best of Jackson party in the old Coca-Cola plant on Highway 80.
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Monday, Jan. 31 A federal judge in Virginia rules that the new health-care law requiring Americans to purchase health insurance is unconstitutional. …The Mississippi Department of Revenue approves Oxford’s request to legalize restaurant sales of wine and liquor on Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, the Sundays closest to Ole Miss football games, and New Year’s Eve and Valentine’s Day when they fall on Sundays.
Tuesday, Feb. 1 Barbara Bush, one of George W. Bush’s twin daughters, endorses gay marriage. … Campaign-finance records show Mississippi Lt. Gov. Phil Bryant has collected more than $2 million in campaign contributions in preparation for a gubernatorial run.
BP Claims Process Compromised?
by Adam Lynch
ississippi Attorney General lions of oil-spill victims in the tourJim Hood asked a federal ism, fishing and casino industry. judge last week to oversee Of chief concern to Hood is a Gulf Coast Claims Facil“quick pay” option GCCF provided ity pay-outs to individuals the 2010 to claimants. White House-apBP oil spill disaster injured. pointed attorney Kenneth Feinberg Hood said he fears that the oversees GCCF, which made the GCCF is asking claimants to surquick-payment option available in render their legal rights in return December as a means to deliver fast for payouts from BP’s $20 billion restitution money to oil spill victims. escrow fund. He submitted a stateThe option is only available to inment in U.S. District Court, in New dividuals and businesses who have Orleans, asking Judge Carl Barbier received an emergency payment to facilitate the claims process. from the GCCF. To qualify, GCCF The attorney general has been says any “Quick Pay” applicant must monitoring BP’s payout process “sign a full release giving up the right since the oil company began making to sue BP and all other alleged dedamage payments to spill victims. In fendant companies arising out of the his Jan. 24 letter of interest, he said explosion and spill.” that discussions between GCCF ofHood argues that the option ficials and a host of attorneys gen“unfairly encourages fast, low-dollar eral representing oil-damaged states settlements for people who, at this “have unfortunately met with only point, are financially desperate.” limited success.” “No justification is provided “The Attorney General agrees Attorneys general representing Gulf Coast states are asking for the $5,000 and $25,000 quick that a federal judge oversee BP’s process for paying damages with (spill victims) that there are related to last year’s massive oil spill. payment amounts,” Hood wrote in serious deficiencies in the structure December to Feinberg. “The quick and operation of the claims facility, monitoring the process. Attorneys general payment option benefits BP and the and that this court is in the best position to representing the states of Florida, Texas and GCCF by resolving more claims on an expecorrect them,” Hood wrote. The U.S District Alabama have joined him to submit a list of dited basis but provides no apparent benefit to Court in New Orleans is the legal landing concerns to the Gulf Coast Claims Facility claimants. All claims (of oil damage) should point for most legal disputes concerning the since the Obama administration set up the be evaluated and paid quickly, not just ones BP ecological and economic disaster. independent entity to act as BP’s surrogate where the claimant is willing to sacrifice monHood is not the only attorney general to speed up the claims process for the milCLAIMS, see page 7 PETTY OFFICER 3RD CLASS ANN MARIE GORDEN
Wednesday, Jan. 26 Inspired by the sight of Republicans and Democrats sitting amongst each other during the State of the Union address, Sen. Ben Nelson, D-Neb., urges his fellow senators to do the same on the Senate floor. … Gov. Haley Barbour, who’s considering a run for president, has two private meetings scheduled with Republican leaders in South Carolina, an early primary state.
When Gov. Haley Barbour moves out of the governor’s mansion after this year, he joins five other living former Mississippi governors: Bill Waller, William Winter, William Allain, Ray Mabus and Ronnie Musgrove.
Patricia Ice is running for the vacant Ward 1 council seat, p. 11
“Jackson ought to be a shining star to this state. It ought to be the poster boy for Mississippi, saying, ‘Look at our state. This is a great place to come.’ It should reflect the best that the state of Mississippi has to offer.” —Mississippi Democratic gubernatorial candidate and current Hattiesburg Mayor speaking to JFP reporter Adam Lynch about giving city leadership the credit they deserve.
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id you miss this year’s Best of Jackson party (Sunday, Jan. 30) at the old Coca-Cola bottling plant? JFP editorial interns Ashley Nolen and Dorian Randall spent some time finding out what people where thinking. “I won second-place jazz artist. It’s fabulous. I won it last year, too. I’m gonna hold the second place down.” —Rhonda Richmond “I won best gospel artist in Jackson. It feels good to know that I have the support of Jackson every year. This is year number three or four. I haven’t been keeping up, but it feels good to know your hometown really supports what you do as well the people everywhere else. —Dathan Thigpen: “I’m proud of my boo.” —Arian Thigpen (about husband Dathan Thigpen) “I was at Belhaven for the Flash
Mob that we did. ... It’s been awesome. My stomach is so happy.” —Bridget Marquardt “I love the Free Press. I think they do a wonderful job at reporting on real items in the community. The party is fantastic, and the venue is great. I’m very excited about the turnout and the diversity here.” —John Goerlich, owner of G2 Fitness, where Best Massage Therapist Allin Kimbrough works “I won last year, too. I always come to this party because there are so many cool people here—great party!” Don Potts, Best Real Estate Agent
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CLAIMS, from page 6
Feinberg told Mississippi reporters in June that Obama “made clear that (the Gulf Coast Claims Facility) will be run independently of the White House, independently of BP.” But King pointed to “startling revelations” that BP is paying Feinberg “$850,000 a month,” which he said underscores concerns that Feinberg has “every reason to act on behalf of BP and at the expense of those they have harmed.” “While I never believed you were sincere, initially Alabama Gov. Bob Riley bought your line,” King wrote in the November letter to Feinberg, while pointing out that Riley’s Alabama Department of Homeland Security Director Jim Walker welcomed Feinberg to the Coast by assuring Alabamians that Feinberg doesn’t work for BP and works for the people of the Gulf Coast. King added, bitterly, that Walker referred to Feinberg as the peoples’ attorney, lawyer and advocate. “You, yourself, told Gulf Coast residents that you were their fiduciary. You have proved to be none of these,” King wrote. Gulf Coast Claims Facility spokeswoman Amy Weiss said GCCF would not comment on the issue.
Best of Jackson 2011 Corrections
s hard as we try, some errors slip into the huge Best of Jackson issue every year. Following are corrections for last week’s big issue. If you saw others, please send them to email@example.com. We apologize for the errors; they have also been corrected in the online version. AARON PHILLIPS
Community A photo of the wrong Christopher Paige ran with the Best Rising Entrepreneur write-up. This is the correct photo of the winner.
The first name of Erika Montgomery of The AKIRE Company, who earned a Good Showing nod for “Best Rising Entrepreneur,” was misspelled. Urban Living In the third-place award for Best Locally Owned Business, we put an extra space in LaCru Salon. The wrong phone number was listed for Michael Armstrong, who earned Good Showing in the Best Tailor category. His correct number is 601-713-2034. In the write-up for Best Unique Gifts, we should have listed the winner as Mississippi Craft Center, not Mississippi Crafts Center. It was also misspelled in its Good
Showing for Best Place to Buy Art. The Best Place to Buy Antiques is Antique Shops of Jackson, rather than Antique Shop of Jackson. The Olde Tyme Commissary was misspelled in the Best Kids’ Clothes and Toys section, where it placed with Good Showing. Food & Drink The winner of the Best Fried Fish award is Cock of the Walk, not Cock o’ the Walk. For the Best Barista award, Byron Knight and Caitlin McNally should have been listed as Good Showing. Nightlife The Best Original Rock Band blurb was written by Jessica Mizell, not Chris Zuga, as printed in the paper. There were two different awards for Best Cocktails and Best Place for Cocktails this year. Parlor Market took first in the former and Julep in the latter. In the print edition, the finalists for Best Place for Cocktails (listed on page 46 under the Julep awards) were listed erroneously as Best Cocktails. We apologize for any confusion. Under Best GLBT Hangout, Dick & Jane’s was listed as closed. After we went to print, we discovered it was re-opening Jan. 28 at 206 W. Capitol St. Phone number unavailable. Also, Third Place JC’s should have been listed as JC’s (Jack’s Construction Site).
Many Thanks to Everyone Who Made Our 9th Annual Best of Jackson Party a Success We couldn’t have done it without you. The Plant on Hwy 80 Stephen Barnette, Davaine Gil Sidi Lighting Greater Jackson Arts Council Nat Duncan, ND Audio Capital City Beverage Belhaven University Dance Kats Wine and Spirits Department Fresh Cut Catering and FIGMENT Jackson Floral Whitney Grant, Neil Polen Duling Hall & Jackson Community Entergy Design Center Very Special Arts Duane Smith and Hinds County Sheriff’s Knol Aust Department Edward St. Pe, Mississippi Mayor Harvey Johnson Film Institute and the City of Jackson Studio Chane Shannon Barbour, Kimberly Griffin, JFP Staff, Freelancers and Volunteers Aladdin Mediterranean Grill Amerigo Char Cool Al’s Cool Water Catering Cerami’s Italian Restaurant Burgers and Blues BRAVO! Broad Street Baking Company Cups Espresso Cafe F. Jones Corner Hickory Pit Barbeque Ida’s Restaurant Lumpkin’s Barbeque MiMi’s Family and Friends Pan-Asia Parlor Market Primos Cafe The Pizza Shack Sal and Mookie’s Shapley’s Scurlock’s Donuts Wing Stop Underground 119 VIP Catering
etary value for speed.” Hood added that the quick payment option is “particularly troubling” because of the “speculative nature of any estimate of final damages” to the victim this early in the process. He told the Jackson Free Press last year that he expected scientists and economists would not be able to estimate total damages for victims in the tourism and fishing industry for many years. The fishing industry, he said, is sensitive to the spill’s delayed environmental effects, since young generations of sea life—including fish and crustaceans—may not exhibit the impacts of oil poisoning until, or if, they fully mature years later. Other attorneys general are considerably more aggressive in their criticism. Alabama Attorney General Troy King submitted a letter to Feinberg in November complaining that Feinberg “shamefully” continued to cede concessions in favor of BP, whom King described as Feinberg’s “benefactor.” Those concessions include the quick-pay option and its requirement of a full release by the applicant of legal rights.
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Immigrants, Medicaid and Abortion
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he House took up a controversial bill demanding that state and local law-enforcement officials request proof of residency status from civilians they suspect are undocumented immigrants. The version of Senate Bill 2179 that left the Senate two weeks ago also allowed citizens to sue local members of law enforcement for not enforcing the language of the bill—an issue that municipal and law enforcement advocates warned would cut into cities’ funds and tie up vital law-enforcement personnel in court. The House passed the bill, but sliced away the language that potentially put cities in legal limbo, inserting a provision allowing citizens to instead take a business to court for hiring undocumented workers—an issue Mississippi NAACP President Derrick Johnson touts as a more effective way to curtail undocumented immigration. The House bill, passed 77-40, could have employers facing fines between $5,000 and $25,000 per undocumented employee for each day the employee works at the company. But while senators, like Joey Fillingane, R-Sumrall, have little patience with criticism from municipalities trying to avoid lawsuits against their police officers, they offer full sympathy to businesses, saying legal suits could easily bankrupt them and drive businesses from the state. Both versions of the bill mandate state and local police request proof of residency status from people they suspect are in the country illegally when police are inquiring on other matters, such as traffic stops. A federal judge put a hold on similar language in an Arizona bill passed last year, arguing that immigration enforcement is the duty of the federal government, not states.
A bill creating an attempted-murder charge survived a House committee vote.
Medicaid’s face-to-face policy and complains that the travel places an unnecessary burden upon beneficiaries with tight work schedules. With his vote, the House Medicaid Committee passed HB 1359, which removes a longstanding requirement that Medicaid beneficiaries recertify their state Medicaid service in a face-to-face meeting or interview with a Mississippi Department of Human Services official. The bill, if it survives the Senate and the governor’s veto, will allow recertification for Medicaid services through the mail. The House Judiciary A Committee passed a bill last week making attempted murder a criminal offense carrying penalties of 20 years to life in prison on conviction. Jackson Republican Rep. Bill Denny’s House Bill 1340 will give prosecutors a new tool to give longer sentences to violent offenders, including domestic abusers, who “design and endeavor to commit an act, which, if accomplished, would constitute an offense of homicide … .” Under current law, the best prosecutors can do in a non-lethal situation is to use an aggravated assault charge, with penalties of up to 10 years. The proposed law proscribes life sentences in the case of the attempted murder of a law officer or fireman. Abortion Back Senate floor action this week was slow,
compared to work over in the House, and much of the legislation that got through last week was political in nature, like the controversial immigration bill changed in the House. Senators passed Senate Bill 2498, “Mississippi Child Protection Act of 2011,” which, among other things, makes possible a lawsuit against anyone who helps a minor obtain an abortion. “No person shall intentionally cause, aid, or assist a minor under the age of 18 to obtain an abortion without (parental) consent,” the bill states, and makes anyone engaging in the behavior “civilly liable to the minor and to the person or persons required to give the consent or consents under (state law).” The bill does not take into account that the legal age of consent for sex in Mississippi is 16. If passed, the bill will also force any physician who performs an abortion on a minor younger than 14 years of age to preserve fetal tissue extracted during the abortion, and submit the tissue to the Mississippi Department of Public Safety’s Bureau of Investigation. A second bill fresh off the Senate floor last week, SB 2617, mandates all physicians who perform abortions in abortion facilities (Mississippi only has one) to be board certified in obstetrics and gynecology. Planned Parenthood Southeast Inc. Regional Public Policy Director Felicia Brown-Williams points out that the state “already requires that abortion providers have experience with OBGYN care,” and that state law “also requires that any abortion facility … have a written transfer agreement with a physician with admitting privileges at a local hospital.” Brown-Williams said legislators are misplacing their priorities. “Mississippi legislators should be focusing on real sexual-health issues like the teen birth rate, (sexually transmitted infection) rates and infant mortality,” she said in a statement. “If legislators actually cared about reducing the number of unintended pregnancies and the need for abortion in Mississippi, they would focus on increasing access to affordable contraceptives and pass legislation in support of comprehensive sex education.” Comment at www.jfp.ms.
by Ward Schaefer
or proponents of a felony animal-cruelty law in Mississippi, state Rep. Greg Ward, D-Ripley, seems like the biggest obstacle to success. Last year, when a Senate-approved bill to make the malicious torture or killing of a dog or cat a felony died in the House Agriculture Committee, many animal-welfare advocates blamed Ward, the committee chairman. This year, that same bill appears headed for Ward’s committee again. Rep. Linda Whittington, D-Schlater, says, however, that Ward doesn’t deserve a bad rap. “I know that he’s getting some bad publicity from certain animal groups, but in all sincerity, Chairman Ward is trying to do the best he can do to handle the bill,” Whittington said. “He really is trying, but it’s a difficult committee.” Whittington, also a member of the Agriculture Committee, tried this year to craft a compromise bill that would satisfy animal advocates and the committee’s farmer members, many of whom side with the Mississippi Farm Bureau Federation in regarding animal-cruelty laws as a threat to standard farming practices. Whittington’s bill, HB 831, which she drafted seven times, targeted dogs and cats only and made cruelty to them a felony on the third offense. On Jan. 19, however, when Ward brought the proposal up for a vote,
only Whittington and Rep. Sherra Lane, DWaynesboro, voted for it. The remaining members either abstained or opposed the bill. “There was a small group that seemed to pull the rest of the group with them,” Whittington said. “I don’t think I could ever make concessions that would cause them to allow a bill to come out of committee.” Former Farm Bureau Federation President David Waide, who opposed the Senate bill last year, told the West Point Daily Times Leader last week that he still opposes making animal cruelty a felony crime. “Farmers every day catch wild dogs that kill calves,” Waide told the newspaper. “We don’t want farmers in jeopardy of conviction, trying to protect (their) livelihood.” Whittington’s bill appeared to specifically address Waide’s concerns, however. The proposal included three explicit exemptions for people defending themselves or another person, or for protecting any animal under their care from a trespassing cat or dog. Despite the measure’s failure, Whittington said, “all is not lost.” The Senate will likely pass at least three different versions of a felony animal-cruelty law. One, sponsored by Sen. Billy Hewes, R-Gulfport, is identical to last year’s failed measure. Another, sponsored by Sen. Bob Dearing, D-Natchez, mirrors
Proposals for a felony animal-cruelty law may still find their way out of the state Legislature.
the language in Whittington’s unsuccessful attempt at a compromise. If those bills pass the Senate—as Whittington assumes they will—House Speaker Billy McCoy, D-Rienzi, a farmer himself, will almost certainly refer them to the Agriculture Committee, where Ward will have another shot at passing a compromise. “Chairman Ward is trying to make a blended bill out of what he considers to be the best of the language (in all bills),” Whittington said. If that attempt fails, there is still one more avenue for addressing cruelty to animals on the House side. While McCoy refers most bills dealing with animals to the Agriculture Committee, a measure addressing the sale of animals along public roads has already passed the Judiciary B Committee and is headed for the House floor. Sponsored by Rep. Chuck Espy, D-
Clarksdale, House Bill 1212 creates a misdemeanor offense for selling animals “on or beside” any public highway or street, punishable by a fine of up to $500. Espy calls the bill an “animal rights” measure. Frequently dogs sold on public streets are products of “puppy mills,” home-breeding operations that produce large numbers of puppies very quickly, Espy said. Whittington said that she hopes to amend the bill on the House floor to directly address the problem of puppy mills. “We’re going to at least get try to get something that addresses anybody who is breeding (more than) 20 dogs, that they must meet certain standards,” Whittington said. Regarding the possibility of other amendments that might target acts of animal cruelty, Whittington was coy. “You never know exactly what’s going to happen on the floor,” Whittington said.
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t’s 4:30, Monday night and tipoff is just hours away. Where do you go to find 15 flat screens, all your game-time favorites, like wings and nachos, drink specials, and a pool table for halftime? You make a beeline straight to Jackson’s only sports grill. Make your way to 1428 Old Square Road and settle in with fellow sports fans and enjoy the two projection screens so you don’t miss a moment of the big game. Looking for a more traditional meal? Last Call offers house specials like hardwood smoked ribs, shrimp Last Call Sports Grill or fresh catfish with homemade coleslaw to top it off. Not to mention a variety of chicken sandwiches, po-boys, homemade beef and turkey burgers, and classic patty melts. “If you are looking for wings, we’ve got them in 11 homemade sauces” says Matt Briggs, Last Call’s kitchen manager and creator of the “Sweet to Heat” sauce that is a sweet red chili sauce smothered over wings first baked to perfections then fried to order. The best part? During Happy Hour (Mon-Sat from 2-7 p.m.), boneless wings are just $.50 each. Owners Rahul Chaddha and Paul Arora are examples of a true American Dream, Mississippi style. After immigrating to the US over 18 years ago, the friends settled in Jackson in 2004 and started creating a business from the ground up. “Our goal from the start was to offer Jackson a contemporary sports bar and grill,” stated Chaddha. Once located on the I-55 Frontage Road, Last Call relocated to the building that use to house the Old Venice Pizza Company so that facilities could be expanded to better serve the needs of the customers. “Even in the hard times with the recent economic downturn, we truly believe that the City of Jackson has a tremendous growth opportunity and we are adding to our facility to meet those needs,” Chaddha says. In addition to an existing heated patio, available for parties with two flat screen TVs, expansion has begun to add two additional pool tables and video games. Looking for drink specials? From the signature “Ninja Turtle”, created by head bartender Nick Cheatham, to the “Funky Monkey”, there is something for everyone here. Like martinis? You’re in luck! Monday is Martini Monday and all martinis are 2 for 1. Last Call is not only a great place to eat and drink, but is wallet-friendly with Happy Hour specials like 2 for 1 on all mixed drinks including top shelf, $1 off draft beer and wine. For those looking for great entertainment, Last Call has it all. After you’ve recovered from Martini Monday, Tuesday is karaoke night and you can flaunt your skills in their dart league. Wednesday is Ladies Night and karaoke. With $1 drinks for the ladies, you are sure to find your inner Celine Dion somewhere. Thursday is Wing Night and all wings are just $.55. Friday is the weekend kickoff party that changes every week. Saturday, Last Call is the place to see live bands and rock out to a DJ. Open daily from 2 p.m. - 2 a.m. The more you go, the more you get with the “Howler Card” that gives customers 10% back on sales. Gift cards are a great treat for friends and family. Need more information? Give a “howl” to the great guys at Last Call: 601-713-2700 or log on to Facebook: last call sports grill or on twitter: @last call sports. If it’s happening, it’s happening at Last Call
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Hinds County Sheriff Malcolm McMillin expressed frustration that the county has only one option for inmate medical care.
February 2 - 8. 2011
by Ward Schaefer
nmate medical care is an unpopular business, at least in Hinds County. The Hinds County Board of Supervisors learned that lesson the hard way in January, when it found itself scrambling for a medical provider before its existing contract, with Jackson-based Reddix Medical Group, expired Jan. 31. Reddix informed the county Nov. 4 that it would not seek a renewal of its $213,800 contract to provide medical care for inmates at the county detention center. By Jan. 25, when supervisors met to pick a new provider, County Administrator Carmen Davis had only found two other companies willing to submit proposals for the contract. Supervisors postponed a vote on the contract, though. On Monday, Jan. 31, the board discovered at a special meeting that both proposals had fallen through. As Dan Gibson, the county’s facilitator for its inmate medical costs, explained, prison work is not particularly desirable for most doctors. “It’s hard to find doctors to work in a prison, and if they do, they’re going to price it well above market (rates),” Gibson said. An earlier proposal from Inmate Medical Care Services, which Davis had recommended, collapsed after the company’s participating doctors dropped out. Insurance company owner Matt Thomas, who had presented the offer, told the Jackson Free Press that his group submitted its offer to the county around Jan. 14. By the time the county met on Jan. 25 and postponed its decision, too many doctors had found other jobs, Thomas said. Thomas said that Inmate Medical Care Services had no previous experience working with prisons, though individual doctors had worked with inmates before. The Jackson Medical Mall would have acted as the actual service provider for the group, he said. Dr. David Williams, who submitted the second offer, rescinded his proposal without giving a reason, Gibson told supervisors. In place of the two older proposals, Davis presented a new, costlier offer from Reddix. For $330,000, Reddix would offer a wider variety of services, including on-call access to a
physician around the clock. Davis said that she was able to negotiate Reddix’s original proposed cost down from $363,000 to $330,000 annually. Still, the new Reddix contract would cost the county $116,200 more than its original $213,800 contract. The increased cost reflects an increase in services, with Reddix proposing to offer an on-call physician around the clock, increase the availability of a gynecologist and provide psychological care not included in the county’s current agreement. Faced with the prospect of a gap in health care for prisoners, the board appeared bound to one choice. Sheriff Malcolm McMillin said that he needed more time to review Reddix’s new offer, having not seen it before the meeting. “In this particular situation, I feel I’ve been backed up into a corner,” McMillin said. “We didn’t have this proposal when we had the other two.” “Remember that budget you’re talking about is yours, because the Sheriff’s Department doesn’t have any money for more (registered nurses),” McMillin added. “I think this is an awfully big proposal here. It may be a good idea, but I’m certainly not going to agree to it without studying it.” After a recess, the board voted to approve the Reddix contract. Davis asked Reddix to offer its recommendation for minimum medical staffing levels necessary at the jail. Reddix responded with a plan that would require the county to hire three new nurses but also cut six of the 11 medical officers on staff, and replace two bachelor’s-level social workers with one master’s-level social worker. Neither she nor Reddix were officially recommending the staff reduction, Davis stressed to supervisors. The board voted to accept the company’s suggestions for nurse positions and add one additional nursing position and create two more through attrition, when other medical officer positions become vacant. County Budget Director Lillie Woods said adding the nurses without also reducing the number of medical officers would cost the county an additional $153,544 this year. Following Reddix’s entire staffing recommendation, including cuts, would save the county $89,554, making the total cost increase of the new agreement $26,646. Gibson, the county’s facilitator for inmate medical costs, said the added staff and services could end up saving the county in the long term. Additional nurses would improve the detention center’s initial health screenings of inmates, Gibson said. The new agreement also includes psychiatric services that the county previously contracted for separately. With greater control over psychiatric services, the county could also save money through closer regulation of psychiatric medicines. Comment at www.jfp.ms.
by Adam Lynch
Ward 1 on Ice
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Ward 1 City Council candidate Patricia Ice said she is ready to do battle with her opponent Quentin Whitwell in the upcoming Feb. 15 special election.
crime, to strengthen education and promote economic development in the area. These are the three main ones, but I’m also interested in constituent services and other things. … In the JATRAN situation, I really support keeping the bus routes (at their current size) and not cutting the bus routes. I want people (with disabilities) to be able to ride the buses and have the necessary equipment for the buses. What are your thoughts on employee pay raises? Can citizens afford them? City employees should definitely be paid a living wage or higher. I also support union rights for city employees. I know they’re already allowed to join the Mississippi Alliance of State Employees, but I’m particularly interested in city police and possibly having a pay raise for police officers. That ties in with the issue of crime and officer morale and police responsiveness. Will tax increases be necessary to accomplish this? I think there are ways that we can raise taxes from certain untaxed property that is in the city, either government buildings or offices that should be paying into our system, so that we can raise money for police officers and other city workers.
The Legislature has to agree with any kind of tax increase we want to put on untaxed government buildings. I know there will be an uphill battle on that. What do you make of Quentin Whitwell’s dispute of your signatures? I’m not sure how many signatures he’s disputing, but all of the signatures I have left are all valid signatures, as far as I know. I went door-to-door collecting those signatures. Now some people who signed may have been disqualified, but they told me that they were registered voters in the ward. As a matter of fact, there’s one name that was disqualified who is a registered voter in Ward 1, and I may be challenging the disqualification of that one person, at least. Whitwell is welcome to commit any challenge he likes, but I hold firm with the signatures that I have, and I feel confident that he won’t win any challenge for those remaining 51 signatures.
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When did you start collecting signatures on this? I made a decision just a few days ago. I started a little less than a week before the signatures were due and I pounded the pavement in the ward. I went to several neighborhoods and asked for signatures. What is your opinion of the work of Jackson Public Schools Superintendent Lonnie Edwards over the last three years? (The school board voted not to renew Edward’s contract last month.) I’ve met Dr. Edwards, and I think he is extremely personable, affable, and I think he’s been good for Jackson Public Schools on many levels. I’m concerned about the dropout rate and the low performance of the schools, but I feel like maybe he should’ve had more time to stay in the job because he hasn’t been in the job very long. I think he should’ve been given more time to improve the performance of the school. Comment at www.jfp.ms
Why are you running? I can represent the ward better. My opponent Quentin Whitwell is a lobbyist, and he represents a lot of big businesses. I have worked in my entire career here in Jackson for people, and I believe I have the interests of the ordinary citizens and residents of Ward 1 in mind. He is clearly, in my opinion, interested in business and in making a lot of money rather than the concerns of the ward.
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ississippi Immigrants Rights Alliance Legal Project Director L. Patricia Ice waited until the last minute to enter the race for the vacant Ward 1 council seat. Ice barely managed to gather the 50-signature minimum on her petition to run against Jackson lobbyist Quentin Whitwell in the Feb. 15 special election to replace departing Ward 1 Councilman Jeff Weill. Weill took office as a Hinds County Circuit Court judge in January after a successful November election. Ice, 57, turned in 60 signatures, but signatures must be from Ward 1 registered voters, and the Municipal Election Committee tossed nine of them. Whitwell told the JFP Monday that he challenged the legitimacy of some of the remaining signatures before the Election Committee, arguing that Ice’s petition contained “at least three (signatures) signed by the spouse of the person, clearly in the exact same signature.” Whitwell said his campaign has retrieved the voter-registration application signatures of several of the disputed names, and that their signatures “(do) not match the signature that is on the petition.” Whitwell said Monday that he has received no response from the Election Committee, however, and has surrendered his challenge. He said he is moving forward with the campaign and plans to battle Ice at the ballot box. Ice said she is ready for that fight.
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Turn Down the Politics
ith nearly two weeks before the Jackson City Council special election to replace former Ward 1 Councilman Jeff Weill (who left to serve as a Hinds County judge), candidate Quentin Whitwell was just as surprised as we were to find out attorney and activist L. Patricia Ice had jumped into the race. Immediately after she filed her paperwork, Whitwell began to challenge her signatures. Ice fired back in a press statement Tuesday afternoon saying: “I hope my opponent will spend as much time debating the issues as he has trying to keep me off the ballot. To be honest, I think people are tired of that kind of politics.” While Whitwell is certainly free to challenge his opponent, we hope that this isn’t the beginning of a two-week mud-slinging contest full of half truths, political wedge issues and personal attacks that take away from the real problems of the city. The Jackson City Council already has enough of that kind of silliness. In any citywide election, the matter of party loyalty is also beside the point. Voters should take a long hard look at what kind of city they want to live in. It’s not enough to take a narrow view of your neighborhood and only vote based on your personal wants and needs. Yes, this election is limited to Ward 1; however, all members of the City Council must work together to create a city where all can thrive. A declining tax base, a failing school system and decaying neighborhoods in any part of the city affects every citizen in Jackson. Ward 1 residents are not immune from the inequities found elsewhere in the city. And as Jackson goes, so goes the Jackson metro area. As Hattiesburg Mayor and gubernatorial candidate Johnny DuPree states so well in his interview in this issue, Jackson should be a shining star for the state of Mississippi. It will take every Jacksonian to make a difference at the local level, and then follow that upward progress through the Magnolia State. The Jackson Free Press encourages council candidates Ice and Whitwell to engage in informative and productive debates, and make a real effort to have Ward 1 voters turn out at the polls. We’ve come a long way in the past two years, and Jackson is making progress. Let’s focus on the real issues: infrastructure, economic development, education and creating a better future for all Jacksonians. As for voters, it’s the local candidates who go on to state and national politics. Choose wisely.
Thriving in the Ghetto
February 2 - 8, 2011
rnest “Monday Night Football Head” Walker: “Welcome to the Ghetto Science Team’s Super Bowl XLV Tailgate Viewing Party and Disco Business Strategy meeting. I hope my fellow business associates are ready to provide lots of entertainment, fun, food and souvenir products for residents of the Ghetto Science community. “Hosting a large-scale Super Bowl viewing and party event is a great opportunity to increase our business revenue. Also, Ghetto Science community residents get to show their purchasing power while supporting local entrepreneurs. Money spent in the ghetto, stays in the ghetto, which results in people thriving in the ghetto. It’s a win, win and win situation. This is why I’m honored to organize an event like this to unify and lift our spirits. “The Tailgate Viewing Party and Disco will take place at the Clubb Chicken Wing Multipurpose Complex. Little Momma Roscoe and the Hot Wing Squad will supply hot wings at half price. Bubba Robinski will have plenty of tasty homemade Polish perogies from Pittsburgh’s South Side. Brother Hustle will sell Wisconsin cheese nachos and lots of Juicy Juice on ice. Chef Fat Meat will fire up grills loaded with beef and turkey hotdogs, superthick Fat Burgers, and his world famous Get Back Baby-Back Ribs. Aunt Tee Tee and her crew will set up the flat screen monitors. And my Pork-N-Piggly staff will sell soft drinks, snacks, party whistles, Green Bay Packers Cheese Hats and Pittsburgh Steelers Terrible Towels. “Thanks vendors for your valuable community service.”
Jackson Schools in Crisis
am a proud product of Jackson Public Schools. I spent nine years in that system. My mother was a long-time educator in JPS. My brother currently teaches in JPS. And I count several friends, classmates and colleagues who are either in the classroom or in administrative roles in Jackson Public Schools. There was a time I believed in it unconditionally: so much so that I trusted JPS to educate my children, my nieces, my nephews. And I still do, stubbornly, to a degree. But is it to their detriment? One thing most Jacksonians can agree on is that the district is in peril. And our children, its most precious commodity, are in grave danger. Even the most staunch apologist is going to have a problem these days justifying JPS’ current state. It simply isn’t producing a prepared product to the world. No need to take my word for it. Just look at the numbers. Only one area high school, Callaway, met its targets last year in the core areas of math, language arts and graduation rates. Look closer, and you’ll find that 33 of the district’s 59 schools were “at risk.” JPS, are you paying attention? How about the parents who I meet around town every day, my age and younger, who say they, too, are fed up? Like the mother I talked to who says she gets up at 5:30 a.m. every day to drive her daughter to Flowood because she refuses to enroll her in a JPS school. Or the mother who commented on my Facebook page that as soon as she is financially able, she will be sending her kids to private school? The gentleman with the education degree who said he will never teach in JPS because he refuses to let children disrespect him with no consequences? These are all African American parents and educators who are adamant about their disappointment in the largest school district in the state. Let’s be honest. Most white Jacksonians have stopped sending their kids to JPS schools. The dis-
trict is now 98 percent African American. But now black folks are making beelines for Clinton, or Madison and Rankin County schools. Not because they “want” to but because they feel they “have” to. Can administrators tell me why? Why do I walk through the halls of my son’s school and see kids disrespecting adults (he’s been guilty, too) with little to no consequences. Why are we losing our best and brightest young teachers? Why are some JPS employees and teachers clearly there just to draw a check? What are our tax dollars being spent on? Where is the money going? Superintendent Lonnie Edwards’ contract won’t be renewed. After June 30, JPS will be looking for a leader. Edwards is an educated gentleman, a nice guy. He would serve as a great ambassador and motivator. Is he the best to lead the district right now? Probably not. Granted, the problems in JPS weren’t created in just two years, so Edwards (or anyone, for that matter) shouldn’t be expected to fix them in two years. However, considering that we are at Defcon 4, the next superintendent is going to need to be overqualified to stop the bleeding. Here are a few suggestions: • Stop the emphasis on standardized testing. It’s promoting memorization over retention. • Reinstate corporal punishment now! The kids run the schools, not the adults. • Evaluate teachers and principals more stringently. Are they there for the kids or a check? I know plenty of principals and teachers that don’t need to be at JPS. Simple as that. But who am I? I’m just a parent. One who gets laughed at when I tell folks that I’m going to keep my son in JPS, even though I could send him to private school tomorrow. I’m just hardheaded like that. And that’s the truth ... sho-nuff.
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peaking with my mother on the phone last week, I learned something surprising. Until the recent figurative firestorm over Sarah Palinâ€™s use of the term â€œblood libelâ€? in her online video response to the shootings in Tucson, Ariz., my mother, Jewish since birth and only two generations removed from the varied hardships of Jewish life in Eastern Europe, did not know what the blood libel was. So if you are unfamiliar with the term, there is no need for embarrassment. â€œBlood libelâ€? usually refers to a myth alleging that Jews commit ritual murder or human sacrifice, according to Raymond P. Scheindlinâ€™s â€œA Short History of the Jewish People.â€? Such beliefs predate Christianity, but blood libel took on its most widespread form in medieval Europe. During and after the Crusades, much of Christian Europe regarded Jews as infidels, and the claim that Jews commonly kill nonJews expressed the dominant cultureâ€™s discomfort with non-believers among them. They believed Jews killed Jesus Christ, and the blood libel, which often specified that Jews murder Christian children as a religious rite in preparation for Passover, took root in the communal imagination as a bizarre and demonic counterpoint to communion in the Catholic mass. From the 12th century to the 15th in England, France, Germany, Austria and Spain, Jewish families and entire communities were murdered as a direct result of accusations based on these myths. Even the Jewsâ€™ expulsion during the Spanish Inquisition was partially rooted in a case of blood libel. The blood libel reappeared in Eastern Europe and the Middle East in the 19th century, and Jewish ritual murderâ€”overtly or by way of allusionâ€”remains a potent bogeyman in anti-Semitic rhetoric around the world. Here is how Palin used it: â€œEspecially within hours of a tragedy unfolding, journalists and pundits should not manufacture a blood libel that serves only to incite the very hatred and violence they purport to condemn.â€? This statement, largely detached from the rest of Palinâ€™s speech, has become the focus of ticky-tack arguments across the country, a chance for pundits and partisans to score points against each other while ignoring depressing but significant and complex topics like wars (weâ€™re fighting two) or crunching the numbers for the cost of repealing health-care reform. And here I am, trying to add something useful to a conversation that never needed to be national news.
Palin was not responsible for the violence of Jan. 10, and she has a right to defend herself. Invoking the blood libelâ€”a pernicious lie spread over hundreds of years, provoking the destruction of entire communitiesâ€”to describe premature smears against her political rhetoric and campaign tactics is more than a little dramatic, but hardly out of character, just as the current atmosphere of fear-mongering is far from unprecedented in American politics. I do not see much point, however, in agonizing over her appropriation of the term and whether it cheapens historic instances of antiSemitic violence. We would be better served to see this instance of political rhetoric not as a grave and inappropriate misstep but as a commonplace attempt to deflect criticism and avoid introspection by claiming victimhood. This is not to say that we should ignore past misdeedsâ€”genocide, human rights abuses, large-scale thievery, discrimination and segregation, or the enslavement of human beingsâ€”in our conversations about history, public policy or current events. Such events are still occurring all around us (Iâ€™m looking at you, mass incarceration), and past incidents continue to shape our world. We have to be careful, though. When our sense of victimhood, individually or collectively, interferes with the ability to take responsibility for our own actions, we run a greater risk of victimizing others. When our own suffering, past or present, becomes a shield against accountability rather than a resource for greater compassion, we miss opportunities to connect with others and to take stock of our own words and actions. When multiple parties, whether siblings or nations, adopt these tactics, important conversations devolve into mere victimhood pissing contests. As Ezra Klein, the Rev. Al Sharpton and others have noted, the violent attack on Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords and her constituents, while not a result of anything we could identify as mainstream (or even rational) political discourse, presents all of us with a chance to reflect on how we affect the world through word and deed. It would be a shame to miss that opportunity. Hailing from Columbia, Mo., Josh Parshall is an oral historian who has lived in Jackson since May 2009. He holds a masterâ€™s degree in folklore from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, where his research focused on Jewish American culture and music.
The blood libel remains a potent bogeyman in anti-Semitic rhetoric around the world.
CORRECTION: In â€œLatinos and Loansâ€? (Jan. 19, 2011; Vol. 9, Issue 19), reporter Adam Lynch transposed numbers for the APR percentage rate in the stateâ€™s exemption for payday lenders. The correct APR is 572 percent, not 527 percent, according to the Mississippi Department of Banking and Consumer Finance. The Jackson Free Press apologizes for the error..
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The JFP Interview: Johnny DuPree
by Adam Lynch
February 2 - 8, 2011
ohnny DuPree makes clear that he is a city man. DuPree, 57, has served as Hattiesburg’s mayor for almost 10 years and wants to take his municipal know-how to the state level. He is one of two Democratic candidates, so far, who have announced their desire to run for the Mississippi governor’s office this coming November. Born in Fort Benning, Ga., DuPree grew up in Hattiesburg. He married his wife, Johnniece, when she was 17 and he was 19—not the most stable time in life, DuPree admits, to get hitched. Still, they’ve had 38 years to work out whatever trial and error a couple is likely to suffer. DuPree worked for Sears for 15 years before entering public service as a member of the Hattiesburg school board in 1987. He and his wife also started their own real estate company in 1988. DuPree entered real-deal politics when he ran for Forrest County supervisor in 1991. After a series of successful re-elections as a supervisor, he became Hattiesburg’s first black mayor in 2001. As mayor, DuPree takes pride in making the college town’s city services more efficient: he cut the number of garbage collectors, but covered the resulting labor shortfall by investing in the one-time purchase of automated garbage trucks. He says he is confident that state government has the resources—and possibly enough room for improvement—to be a better government without raising taxes. DuPree, however, is savagely defensive of municipalities’ interest in any state-level argument. Having weathered unpopular property-tax increases on the local level to cover municipal and county-wide budget shortfalls, DuPree smacks his lips distastefully when he hears state-level politicians brag that they’ve kept taxes down amid statewide budget cuts. Statewide budget cuts, when paired with stagnant revenue generation, all too frequently spur tax increases on the local level to cover the resulting shortfalls in the school system and city services, he said. DuPree says his tenure as mayor does not permit him to live in a rosy world of unrealistic budget expectations, and said he will make no vague statements about tax 14 increases or budget cuts.
Money issues will come up real quick as a top priority. What are your plans for meeting the state’s continuing budget shortfall head on? First, you have to look at revenue, and make sure you’re taking advantage of every opportunity for revenue generation that you have. For instance, there’s a little deal going around now where some of the big-box retail stores are not paying their fair share of taxes. Those are the kind of things we need to pay attention to. You increase your revenue by doing some other things, too, but we’ll talk about that further as the campaign goes on. The big-box thing sounds like something you may have encountered as a mayor. Yeah, those are the kind of things you find out as you try to be more efficient and make sure everybody’s paying their fair share. That’s always been my message: We don’t want to increase anybody’s tax burden;
we just want to make sure that everybody’s paying their fair share. There are loopholes out there that you need to come back and close. There are plenty of opportunities for that in the state budget, if it’s anything like other budgets. I’d like more details on that. We’ll talk more about them as the campaign progresses. What’s your take on state Medicaid spending? The governor has proposed cutting spending. Is that necessary? I’m not for cutting any part of essential services that the state provides, not without taking care that we’ve made the system as efficient as possible. If we’re not going to take care of the young, the elderly and the disabled, then what kind of state are we? We have to take care of those who need it the most. We’ve heard a lot about cutting to the core, but when you cut to the core, you get real troubles. There have got to be ways
Candidate: Johnny DuPree, Democrat Age: 57 Education: Jackson State University, doctoral degree in urban higher education; University of Southern Mississippi, master’s degree in political science. Work: Mayor, city of Hattiesburg, 2001 to present; Forrest County Board of Supervisors member, 1992 to 2001; Hattiesburg Public School Board member 1987 to 1992; DuPree Realty Broker, 1988 to present. Family: Wife, Johnniece DuPree. Two adult children: Monica DuPree and April DuPree Taylor
we can increase our revenue and efficiency to make sure we don’t cut these programs any more than what we already have. The state has a very nice match from the federal government. The federal government is more generous with us than many other states, and when you receive many times what we put into Medicaid, to me, it doesn’t make sense to cut that. That’s no way to meet the very dire needs that the state has. If the federal government is willing to help us with our needs, then we need to make sure to take advantage of that. How do you propose to make it more efficient? There needs to be new eyes looking at everything that we do in the state and making sure that we’re getting and giving what we’re supposed to getting and giving, and if there are opportunities out there that we’re not taking advantage of, then we should be taking advantage of them. What do you think of the need for Medicaid beneficiaries to meet face-to-face with a Human Services person in order to re-qualify for service? I’m not going to judge the face-to-face policy before I have a chance to fairly review its effectiveness. If there’s a situation where the policy is actually uncovering fraud, then we’ve got to correct the fraud, but if it’s not really doing anything, then it’s a policy that we need to look at improving or replacing. I think there are actually a very low percentage of people who are taking advantage of the system. If there’s a need for more accountability and proof that there’s massive fraud then I’m all for it, but we have to be careful not to remove people who genuinely need these services. The ones who get it should be the ones who need it. So you’re neither for it nor against it, yet? I haven’t spoken with anybody about face-to-face directly, but my issue is that we ought to have enough funds to take care of the people who need it, and in the process evaluate whether face-to-face is even needed or not. We’re always hearing about fraud in Medicare or Medicaid. That’s the first thing they say: “We’re going to reduce fraud”—almost as if everybody on the pro-
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Tax cuts and budget cuts on the state level mean having to cut services or fight with property tax increases in the city, almost every time.
Hattiesburg mayor and gubernatorial candidate Johnny DuPree says the state should focus on municipal improvements.
The Arizona-style immigration bill could make it out of the Legislature this year. Is it a good idea for the state to adopt a federal role in immigration policy? First of all, I don’t see the point in passing legislation that you’ll surely find locked up in court. Another issue I have is regarding unfunded mandates. As a mayor, I hate unfunded mandates. The reason the Municipal League is against the Arizona bill coming out of the Senate is specifically because it is an unfunded mandate. They want to subject our mayors and our supervisors and our councilmen to lawsuits by individuals, and put undue responsibility on police chiefs and our sheriffs. By all accounts, we’re not one of the states that are in dire need of that kind of legislation, anyway. We’re not exactly flooded with immigrants, legal or otherwise, so I don’t see the reason to put any extra burden upon local police forces. Makes no sense. Are you so sure it will be an unfunded mandate? The House and Senate haven’t finished with it, yet. That’s exactly what it’s going to do the way it looks now. They’re going to make us put immigrants in our jails, force our officers into immigration control, and when they get sued for either performing these new duties or for not performing these new duties—either one can get them in
trouble—they’re going to have us put these officers on administrative leave to wait for the suit to play out in court, when we really don’t have the police to spare. When you have these kinds of resource-draining laws coming down on the state level, the people that really suffer under these laws are the people running our cities, counties and schools, because they’re the ones who have to come up with the money to actually implement these kinds of measures. It’s on our backs. We need to implement measures that actually benefit local governments. There’s a way to take care of the illegal-immigrant issue in Mississippi, but this law that’s proposed isn’t it, not by a long shot. There are other ways to do it. There are people in power who understand better how to solve this issue, but they’re not willing to put a serious effort forward. This is an issue that’s more about supply and demand than law breaking. Did the city of Hattiesburg benefit from immigrant work during the Katrina clean up? When clean-up was going on around Hattiesburg, I wasn’t keeping count of the immigrants holding the shovels or pulling up tree limbs. We were too busy giving our thanks for our electricity. At the time, I can tell you that we really didn’t care whether or not they were legal—they were helping us get back to some kid of normalcy. We had people from Virginia, Canada, California, China—you’d be amazed how few people really cared where they were from. Supply and demand, as you say. Speaking of demand, Gov. (Haley) Barbour has stated that the future of the state lies in energy creation, among other things. He was referencing a couple of solar-
panel plants moving into the state, and no doubt a new coal plant. Tell me something: How did you manage to land that new solar construction plant down there in Hattiesburg? I didn’t land it. We all worked together. This was large set of people who were willing to come together and move Mississippi forward. It helps when you have more people working together. Economic development is not a stagnant kind of endeavor. It’s a continuation. Sometimes you hear about people moving, and sometimes they hear about you having adequate space opening up in your city. MDA and our economic people in Hattiesburg heard there was an opportunity, and they knew that we had a facility that they could possibly use, and then the county government and the city government came together and talked, and, of course, Barbour had a hand in it also. When they talked to him, he said Hattiesburg would be a good place to come. There’s not one person, entity or anything that makes these kinds of things happen. You’ve got a corner man and a cut man and a train man—you need all these people behind you to make this really work. Haley Barbour stands against the idea of expanding the use of solar technology in the state, even if he does promote building solar panels here. What’s your own take on the potential for solar home generation units on Mississippi rooftops? My wife and I went to China last March, and every building in that part of China had some kind of solar-operated thing on their roof. I think maybe 10 or 15 years down the road we’ll begin to open a new world of energy development here
in Mississippi. It will happen, because this is an emerging kind of industry, and we’ve got to have some alternative way of powering, cooling and heating our facilities, and this is one of those options that we have. Sunlight is all around us. But there have got to be incentives for it. The cost has to come down in order for the average man to put something like that on his roof and to invest in it. We need some benefit like net metering to offset the cost. We’ve got to make it worth the investment. Net metering hasn’t really gotten off the ground in Mississippi. It needs to, or something like it needs to. There’s got to be some benefit that businesses can see in order to invest. We have to make it a good business decision to weatherize and generate your own electricity. Our Legislature has to look at alternative measures to help the development along, like net metering. It’s already happening in other states. Frankly, it’s happening in a lot of states directly around us, in states like us with a lot of sunlight. Net metering allows us to sell power at a decent price back to the power company, to make (solar) affordable. You have to get something from your investment. Not only would it lower your bill, but it would take some of the generation need off our power grid. What has Mississippi got going for it to draw new technology-savvy industry? It’s got people, of course. It’s got people with passion and people willing to work. Mississippi has never been short on people who are willing to work hard, and
gram is guilty of fraud. That’s the underlying message that we’re sending people. But I trust Mississippians, and I trust people who are on these programs, and I’m interested in making sure that they have access to as many resources as possible. I’m not going to say there isn’t fraud, but I’m willing to believe that there are many more people on the program who actually need it.
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Hattiesburg Mayor Johnny DuPree is one of two Democratic candidates vying for the governor’s mansion this year.
who are willing to learn. There’s a yearning for new technology and learning in Mississippi. When people come here, they learn that there’s a mindset among us to work with businesses and a very strong desire by the citizens for progress.
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What about education? Do you think we’ve invested enough in education? I think the communities have more to invest, and I think the state has more to offer on its end. There’s imbalance everywhere. All of us have to get in there and do our fair share to make sure we have a system that can deliver the best services it can to our children. Unfortunately, the numbers are there that we haven’t been doing all we can to improve education. It’s not just about throwing money at it. There’s a possibility that we need to restructure our whole educational system. Everybody wants a good education for (his or her) child. They often determine where they live based upon the kind of education that’s available for their child. When you have numbers that come out and rate the school unfavorably, it’ll affect your new population. Our goal is to make sure our kids are educated; our schools are vibrant, that we’re active in the community, and people know our schools are trying. We’re going to have to reform our schools and restructure the school system so that when teachers graduate out of college, they’ll know they want to be teachers, that it’s not a trial time, and that in two or three years they’ll come to the conclusion that they want to do something else. We need for them to know before they hit the classroom that this is what they want to do for the rest of their career. There are things we need to do to our school system to change it up. There’s something wrong when you have a football team with 70 kids and seven coaches. That’s a one-to-10 ratio, but then you look at the 16 classrooms and see a 30-to-one ratio, there’s
something wrong with that ratio. It says we value X’s and O’s more than ABCs. That brings us back to that fact that we’ve got to make sure that teachers come out ready to teach. Should I assume that you’re a fan of the Mississippi Adequate Education Program? You don’t have to assume that. I am most definitely a fan of MAEP. I’ll see to it that it gets steady funding. That’s MAEP. What about the Institutions of Higher Learning? IHL is going to continue to take hard budget hits over the next few years, by the look of it. Somebody asked me what’s going to be my priority, and I answered that all of them are going to be my priority. You don’t have two sick children, and only take care of one child, and don’t worry about the other. You make all of them your priority, and you put people together who can help you solve your problem. I’m not going to say that I have all the answers to solve every problem in Mississippi. I can’t even solve all the problems in my house sometimes. What you do is choose the right professionals who have the answers, and get them together to work out a solution. There are enough people who know how to solve problems. You put them around a table and put your priorities before them so we can solve some of those problems, just like we did with Toyota, just like I do with Hattiesburg’s budget. There are some needs we’ve known about for some considerable time. We’ve got to put all the resources together and get some things done. You preach the spirit of cooperation, but, if elected, would you expect hostility from conservatives in the Senate and House? You get what you expect. If you walk into a situation expecting a fight you’ll get
“I’m convinced that everybody wants to unite under the common goal of having a better state.” one. It’s like with children: If you expect a particular child not to learn or not to succeed, that’s probably what you’re going to get. You’ve got to do away with expectations of anything other than we’re all going to work together. I’m convinced that everybody wants to unite under the common goal of having a better state. Nobody walks into this saying, “I’d like to tear this place down.” We all want our children to stay here and be proud to stay here, and we want our state to be a good example for the nation. Do you consider yourself in the political center? Probably. Most of us like to think of ourselves as in the political center, but I rather think of it as wanting to do what’s right, and to be fair. People want to be treated fairly, they want to be considered, and they want their voice to be heard. That’s what I’ve always tried to do as mayor. What makes you centrist? What are some of your more conservative philosophies? Heh, I’m not sure. People have to tell me what’s conservative. I don’t try to determine the decisions I make based on whether it’s conservative or liberal, or who thinks it’s conservative or liberal. What may be liberal to you may come off as conservative to somebody else, and I don’t have a laundry list handy on what’s conservative and what isn’t. I’ll have to leave that up to other people to work out. I just try to shoot for what’s right and what’s fair, and, so far, that seems to take care of all the categories. People who base their decisions upon whether or not their decision aligns with their political bent are basing their decision on the wrong thing. You should make your decision based upon what’s right, and leave it to others to identify that decision as right, center or left. What’s the racial demography of Hattiesburg? Voting age population is different from the regular population, which is roughly 50/50 black and white. When I was first elected, the voting age population was 57 percent white. Many politicos expect whites to run immediately to the Republican ticket. Why is that such an issue in Missis-
sippi? What causes the racial division in our statewide political spectrum? I wish I knew so I could solve that division. I think when the right people with the right minds come together, we accomplish more as a state. The racial division in our political parties only adds to our national image that Mississippi is a state whose people can’t seem to come together, and I think the perception that the nation has adds to our own perception of ourselves. It’s an unfortunate image. We are a state that relishes the people who work and live here, and everybody is equal. We have to start off by speaking these things aloud, and as we believe, so the nation will believe. And I think as we increase the jobs and capital income and reduce poverty and other positive things, the image of divisiveness won’t float to the top as much as it does now. I think one of the reasons it floats to the top is you have to look at the number of people in poverty, and when you see that upsetting figure the next question people come up with is, “why is there so much poverty?” Racial division is one of the first and easiest answers we come up with to that question. We’re going to have to work hard to reduce those factors that affect people’s homes and capital income and increase poverty. Does Hattiesburg suffer the issue of suburban areas drawing away affluent residents? It’s a cyclical issue. You have some moving in and some moving out, based upon the decade. Some areas are pretty stable, and others are diverse or are in a state of transition. How do you keep the youth of Hattiesburg in Hattiesburg? Oh, we’re not immune to that, now. My own daughter moved to Jackson. Ha. Too bad for you. Is there a method to hanging onto our younger generation? Not without offering them opportunity. Young people have to believe that there are opportunities and reasons for them to stay in their town or their state, because there are other states that are constantly offering them opportunities. You know, young people can grow up in a city, spend their whole life there, but then they want to see the world. They want to see if there’s something they missed by living here. My
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Public schools do more than educate children. They measure a city’s pride. They reflect community. They predict the social and economic well-being of a city’s future. For 20 years, Parents for Public Schools of Jackson has worked to keep our public schools strong, to empower parents as leaders for positive change, and to engage community support of our public schools.
Join us. For our city. For our children. For our future. Democratic gubernatorial candidate Johnny DuPree said Mississippi’s public education and its colleges and universities will a top priority as governor.
What would you say sets you apart philosophically from the campaign of Lt. Gov. Phil Bryant? I don’t talk philosophy very much. All I can tell you is what’s on the ground after serving five years on the school board, 10 years on the board of supervisors, and almost 10 years as a mayor. I understand that when the national or state government cuts our funding, the people on the lower level always have to suck up the shortfall. When there’s a cut in education on the state level, we’re the ones who have to fill those holes. As mayor and a local politician I’ve heard over and over again the call to cut services on the state and national level, and I know that this will mean more revenue and budget problems on the local level.
You know, whenever somebody brags about tax cuts on the national and state level, it’s not really a tax cut. Tax cuts and budget cuts on the state level mean having to cut services or fight with property tax increases in the city, almost every time. (Voice rising) When there’s a cut in education, we have to suck it up on a local level. When you have local residents who don’t have jobs and you take their unemployment, we have to suck it up. If our congressmen, our senators, our state legislators don’t do it, our local government will have to do it. There’s nothing philosophical about that—that’s just reality. I know what it takes to deal with that, and I don’t think any of these other people running for governor have ever had to deal with that. I’m not singling out Lt. Gov. Phil Bryant; none of them have that experience. None of them have had to deal with the threat of having to increase property taxes to cover shortfalls that legislators created by cutting services. None of them have had to deal with that kind of pain. None of them have had to worry about whether or not the garbage gets picked up or the sewer system keeps flushing and meets its environmental requirements, or people getting cold outside, or keeping police officers paid and keeping their morale up so they won’t run off to another police department. These are the kinds of things that determine if you’re really capable of running a government, and I don’t think these other guys have done that. People don’t give city leaders proper credit. Take the city of Jackson: Jackson ought to be a shining star to this state. It ought to be the poster boy for Mississippi, saying, “Look at our state. This is a great place to come.” It should reflect the best that the state of Mississippi has to offer. The real potential for success in this state lies in its municipalities, and the state should do all it can to help. Comment at www.jfp.ms.
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job is to make sure they come back. Young people want to go out and explore. We teach them to go and explore, but then when they’re gone for good, we hold it against them. It’s not their fault. They have to have something to come back to. As I said, it’s time to look at the state with new eyes to figure out how to make this state the best place in the world to live, and the most productive. We have to make sure that we get very smart people together around the table, and ask them how we solve our problems and better ourselves. How do we save our small businesses? There has got to be somebody on a team that gets up every morning and goes to bed wondering, how do we make the Delta a better place to live, making sure we solve some of its serious problems. We need the same kind of people working on our school system, and we need the same kind of people working to preserve the state’s small businesses, working on incentive programs to encourage small business growth and business preservation in the state, to help business owners realize their ideas and give them aid to make their ideas a reality.
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fter months of hot practices, two-a-days, preseason image and earned off-the-field endorsements, it’s not known if games, 16 regular-season games and battles against Roethlisberger, aka “Big Ben,” will do the same. injuries, only two teams are left standing on the verge of immortality. The Green Bay Packers and Sunday’s Match Up the Pittsburgh Steelers have earned the right to play in Both teams are similar, and both are top defense in the Super Bowl XLV Feb. 6. NFL regular season (Green Bay ranked fifth and Pittsburgh Both of the franchises are NFL royalty. ranked second). Defensively, the Packers and Steelers both Green Bay, Wis., aka “TitleTown like to pressure the quarterback. USA,” is home to the Packers, who The Steelers’ front seven is good hold the most NFL championships in at getting to the quarterback and the league with 12. The Vince Lomshutting down an opposing team’s bardi Trophy, which both teams aim running game; they own the firstto win this year, is named after the ranked rushing defense. Pittsburgh Pittsburg Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger legendary Packers coach. relies on LaMarr Woodley, James Pittsburgh has been the most Harrison, James Farrior, Ziggy Hood dominant NFL team in the Super and Lawrence Timmons to stop the be a struggle or a surprise for either team. Green Bay has found Bowl era. This trip will be the eighth rush and pressure the quarterback. a running game lately thanks to John Kuhn and James Starks for the Steelers, tying them with the Green Bay has a distinct advan- finding his way into the starting line up, but was ranked 24th Dallas Cowboys, and with six wins, tage in the defensive back seven: They in the regular season. no team has won more Super Bowls are fifth in the NFL against the pass. Pittsburgh mainly goes with Rashard Mendenhall and than Pittsburgh. Covering the pass is one of the Packers’ Mewelde Moore in the ground game. Both are capable of solid Fans, media and the teams will destrengths. Charles Woodson (reigning numbers but can fade into the background as evidenced by the scend on Dallas (more accurately ArlingNFL defensive player of the year), Nick Steelers’ 11th-ranked rushing attack. ton, Texas, a Dallas suburb) for the Su- Green Bay Packers QB Aaron Rodgers Collins, A.J. Hawk and the emerging Both teams are excellent at forcing turnovers. Green Bay per Bowl. The site of Super Bowl XLV Tramon Williams (with three intercep- finished plus 10 in the turnover department, and Pittsburgh is Cowboys Stadium, the $1.3 billion tions in the playoffs) have made passing finished plus 17. The Steelers and the Packers No. 2 and No. 5 “Dallas Palace” (or “Jerry’s World” for Cowboys owner Jerry against Green Bay tough in the playoffs. in the league, respectively, at interceptions. Jones). Look for this Super Bowl to rival 1980’s Super Bowl The teams’ defenses will only If it comes down to kicking, XIV in Pasadena, Calif., which still holds the attendance record be as good as their star player. For I’ll take the Packers’ Mason Crosby of 103,985. Pittsburgh that’s Troy Polamalu, (place kicker) and Tim Masthay who is always around the football (punter) over the Steelers’ Shaun Memories of Games Past and can cover and play run supSuisham (place kicker) and Jeremy Sunday’s game reminds me of two previous Super Bowls. port. Green Bay will look to Clay Kapinos (punter). Neither team has For Green Bay, this game is reminiscent of 1995’s Super Matthews III (whose father, Clay ill the comedy shows lampoon the a dangerous return man so handling Bowl XXIX between the San Francisco 49ers and the San Di- Matthews Jr., and uncle, Bruce Steelers quarterback this week like they punts and kickoffs could make the ego Chargers. In that game, 49ers quarterback Steve Young was Matthew, were both long-time did while he was suspended? I can just difference in return yards. looking to move out of future Hall of Famer Joe Montana’s NFL stars at their positions) to hear the allusions to Internet-sensation Antoine shadow after taking over four years earlier. rush Roethlisberger and help in Dodson: “hide yo’ kids, hide yo’ wife, and hide My Pick Aaron Rodgers has taken over for Brett Favre but still lives pass protection. yo’ husband” because Roethlisberger is coming In their respective championin the quarterback’s impressive shadow. Rodgers took over for But Pittsburgh’s secondary to town. ship games, both teams started out Favre three years ago, and he’ll be looking to prove he is just as (ranked 12th in pass defense) Other story lines to watch: on all cylinders but failed to show good as the man he backed for three years. and the Packers’ defensive line • Will Steelers coach Mike Tomlin become up in the second half. That could Can Rodgers shine on the big stage and bring a champi- (ranked 18th in rush defense) the youngest coach in NFL history to win two make for an exciting first half but a onship back to Green Bay like Favre did? No quarterback in will have a say on the outcome of Super Bowls? boring second. NFL history has replaced a future Hall of Famer and taken his this game. It will be interesting to • Will Green Bay become the second No. 6 seed It’s fitting these teams meet in team to the big game quicker then Rodgers. Only Young and see which defensive coordinator, to win the Super Bowl? (Pittsburgh was the first.) the championship game. Every Rodgers have replaced a legend immediately behind center and Steelers’ Dick LeBeau (inducted • Will Packers coach Mike McCarthy become playoff game has been a rematch taken their teams to the Super Bowl. into the Hall of Fame before the the third coach to win a Super Bowl in Green of a game played this season or Pittsburgh has the luxury of having a Super Bowl-win- start of this season) or Packers’ Bay? (Pittsburgh and Dallas are the only clubs to last, and a Green Bay-Pittsburgh ning quarterback, Ben Roethlisberger. This is his third trip to Dom Capers, makes the best addo so, to date.) match is no exception. When they the Super Bowl, and he won his previous two tries. justments; both teams play a 3-4 • Mike Wallace of the Steelers and Donald Lee met in 2009 in a thrilling 37-36 Of the quarterbacks who have reached at least three Super base defense. and Donald Driver of the Packers all have MisSteelers’ win, Roethlisberger threw Bowls, all are in the Hall of Fame or will be inducted when Offensively, both teams can sissippi ties. In college, Wallace played for Ole the game-winning touchdown as their careers are over. With a victory, Roethlisberger will tie sling it around the field passing or Miss, Lee played for Mississippi State, and Driver time expired. New England’s Tom Brady with three wins each. run the ball effectively for a win. played for Alcorn State. Super Bowl XLV would beBut Roethlisberger reminds me of 2001’s Super Bowl The receivers are good on both • Will McCarthy use the media to make the ofcome an instant classic if these XXXV storyline, when Baltimore Ravens’ Ray Lewis came into teams; Pittsburgh has younger ficials aware once more of all the fines garnered two teams repeat that performance the game recovering his image from a fatal stabbing incident wide outs, while the Packers rely by Pittsburgh’s defense and James Harrison in on this biggest stage. It’s also what on Super Bowl night the year before. After being charged with on battle-tested veterans. particular? makes this game so hard to pick. murder, Lewis pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor obstructionThe Steelers will look to get • Aaron Rodgers has already sustained two All things looking even, I beof-justice charge and testified against two other defendents. the ball deep to Mike Wallace for concussions this season and took a nasty blow lieve the Packers are younger and Roethlisberger has faced accusations of sexual assault twice big gains, and Heath Miller and from Julius Peppers in the NFC Championship hungrier then the Steelers. Plus, within an eight-month span. The Steelers quarterback was ac- Hines Ward are great at getting Game. Will the Steelers become headhunters in personally, I just can’t root for cused in Lake Tahoe, Nev., in July 2009, and again in Milled- down the field or making a big an attempt to knock him out of the game to get Pittsburgh quarterback Ben Rogeville, Ga., in March 2010. No formal charges were filed in catch to keep a drive alive. Green to backup Matt Flynn? ethlisberger, who, in my mind, is either incident, but Roethlisberger is the first NFL player sus- Bay can eat up yardage in big • Will a shampoo commercial break out bea sexual predator. pended for violating the league’s personal conduct policy not chunks with Donald Driver, Greg tween Packers linebacker Clay Matthews and I am taking the Packers to charged or convicted of a crime. Jennings and Jordy Nelson in the Steelers safety Troy Polamalu, both known for win Super Bowl XLV. Packers The Pittsburgh QB missed the first four games of the sea- passing game. their long locks? 35, Steelers 17 19 son because of his suspension. And while Lewis has regained his Rushing the ball can either
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admit it: For me, the Super Bowl is all about the commercials and the food. Last year’s singing E*Trade babies had me laughing for days. As you sit down to plan your game day menu, dare to step it up a notch. Your friends and family will truly be impressed by a spread that offers more than the predictable chips and salsa and pigs-in-a-blanket. To plan a menu worthy of a “touchdown dance,” I turned to one our favorite chefs and food writers, Tom Ramsey. He’s provided a playbook of recipes that are sure to please all your guests.
16 ounces butterbeans, frozen or fresh (fordhook, baby limas etc.) 1/4 cup mayonnaise 2 lemons 1/2 bunch cilantro 4 green onions 1 teaspoon cumin 3 cloves fresh garlic 1/2 white onion 1/4 teaspoon white pepper Salt Water Corn Chips
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Roughly chop the cilantro and green onions. Finely chop the garlic and white onion. Blanch the butterbeans in boiling, salted water for two minutes. Drain the beans and immediately immerse them in an ice-water bath to arrest the cooking. Drain the ice water and place the butterbeans in the bowl of a large food processor. Add mayonnaise and run the machine at high power. While the machine is running, add the juice from the lemons and all dry ingredients (except the salt), onions, garlic, cilantro and green onions. If the consistency is too thick, slowly add water until the mixture is smooth and creamy, but not soupy. Taste, and add salt according to your taste. Serve chilled in a dipping bowl with corn chips.
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1 pound ground chuck 1 pound ground sirloin 2 pounds ground beef 1 egg 1 medium yellow onion 1/4 cup Dales Steak Seasoning 1 stick butter 1 tablespoon coffee rub*
Cut butter into eight pats. Finely chop onion. Combine meat, egg, onion, coffee rub and steak sauce in a large mixing bowl and mix with your hands until uniform. Do not over-work your meat mixture. The friction and the heat from your hands will break down the bits of fat that give the hamburger its flavor. Form a ball with one-eighth of the meat mixture (half-pound each) and insert a pat of butter into the center of the ball. Fold the meat around the butter and form into a patty. Repeat this seven more times. Cook on a grill or in a large iron skillet
2 pounds crawfish tails (with fat) 1 yellow onion 1 green bell pepper 4 cloves garlic 1 egg 1 stalk celery 2 Yukon Gold potatoes 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper 1 teaspoon salt 1/2 teaspoon black pepper 2 cups bread crumbs 1 bunch parsley 1 bunch green onions Peanut oil for frying.
Finely chop or grind crawfish tails and fat together. Mince onions, bell pepper, garlic and celery separately in a food processor. Cut potatoes into 1-inch cubes. Beat the egg. Finely chop green onions and parsley, and set aside for garnish.
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until done. Check that the internal temperature at the center of the burger is 150 degrees. Cooking times will vary according to the thickness of your burgers so worry more about temperatures and less about times. Do not press your burgers with a spatula while cooking. Doing so makes them lose the juices inside of them, making them dry. Serve on a good, sturdy bun with all the fixins. (Serves six.)
1 teaspoon espresso ground coffee 1 teaspoon salt 1 teaspoon black pepper 1 teaspoon brown sugar 1/2 paprika 1/4 teaspoon cumin 1/4 oregano
Add all ingredients together in a bowl and stir. Blend well.
Boil and mash potatoes. Add all ingredients (except for bread crumbs, green onions and parsley) to the mashed potatoes and mix thoroughly. Taste for seasoning and adjust accordingly. Roll the mixture into balls and coat with breadcrumbs. This can be done by spreading the breadcrumbs on a sheet pan and rolling the balls in the breadcrumbs. Heat oil to 350 degrees and cook breaded balls until golden brown. Watch closely. If your oil too hot, they will brown quicker. If your oil is too cold it will take longer. This is best done in a deep fryer, but works fine in a large iron skillet if you keep an eye on the temperature and don’t allow the balls to cook unevenly. Serve on large platter, garnished with parsley and green onions. (Serves 10-12.)
1-1/2 ounces vodka 1/2 ounce Cointreau (orange-flavor liqueur) 1/2 ounce Amaretto (almond-flavor liqueur) 2 ounces pineapple juice 1 ounce pomegranate juice A dash of Old Monk (Indian rum) to float
Fill a lowball glass with ice and pour in pomegranate juice. Add all other ingredients on top and garnish with a slice of pineapple.
3/4 ounce gin 3/4 ounce vodka 3/4 ounce tequila 1/2 ounce dark rum Lime juice (a splash) Sugar syrup (a splash) Red Bull (8 ounce can) Blue Curacao (a splash)
Fill a long glass with ice and add the lime juice, sugar spirit, gin, vodka and tequila. Pour Red Bull over it. Add a splash of Blue Curacao and float a little dark rum. Garnish with two slices of lime
1 bottle of beer Blue Curacao (a splash) 1 ounce of tequila 5 to 6 lime slices (thinly sliced) 7 to 8 mint leaves
Muddle lime slices and mint leaves in a tall glass. Add beer. In a shaker, combine tequila and Blue Curacao, add to beer mixture.
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Guitar Lightnin’ Lee is one of New Orleans’ seminal blues performers. He and local Jackson band Wild Emotions perform Saturday, Feb. 5, at Siberia Bar in New Orleans.
rehearsed all his life. His band was a young group of musicians, all members of various other bands, all from different walks of life. Lightnin’, who sat for the first part of the set, stood up, kicked the stool back with his boots and shook his hips like he had been saving it all night, for the second half. He broke into the best rendition of “Human Fly” I had ever heard, and I couldn’t believe it. This was not your typical blues show. Who covers The Cramps at a blues show? From The Cramps to Cookie and the Cupcakes’ “Matilda,” Lightnin’ sets himself apart from many bluesmen because he has changed with the times and embraced new ways of playing rock ‘n’ roll and the blues, sometimes making the musical worlds collide. Born and reared in New Orleans’ Lower 9th Ward, Lightnin’ describes his childhood as “poor, happy and carefree.” He picked up a guitar around age 14, and ever since then, he has accumulated story after story about a life of rock ‘n’ roll and blues playing. He speaks of times gone by with an almost childlike quality. Lightnin’ doesn’t seem to realize how much a part of blues history he is. He trained professional boxers,
worked as a deckhand in California and at the Ponderosa Stomp, an annual mueven rented space in Little Richard’s sic festival honoring the unsung legends house once upon a time. He used to walk of our time. The festival has brought the past Fats Domino’s house on the way to likes of Ronnie Spector, Mary Weiss and school, and the two developed a close the Shangri-Las, Roy Head, Roky Erickfriendship. Earl King, the great electric son and countless others to the Big Easy. bluesman of New Orleans, wrote a song In the middle of a sea of black Tjust for Lightnin’, and he learned how to shirts, sundresses and khakis, Lightnin’ play many Jimmy Reed songs he covers stood in a red suit and a white cowboy from the man himself. hat. As he cued the band, Josephine, his Holding a drink in his right hand beloved guitar, rested gently on his lap. and a box of matches in the left, with The drummer crashed the high hat, and the guitar’s smooth wooden bar resting the people in the crowd began to move on top, Lightnin’ fiddled, sliding the box their heads to the music. up and down along the bar’s spine while A pretty girl with brown hair in a black he spoke. People occasionally broke in to dress stood up front shaking her hips, and say “hello” during our conversation, and a man in a striped shirt took her hand and as time went on, people congregated and spun her across the floor. Suddenly, Lightlistened to the story about how Lightnin’ nin’ stood up. This is apparently something met Reed decades ago. he saves for special occasions. “I have a great memory. I don’t for“Now this is for all you kids out get. I met him in Chicago. I had a friend there. You may know this song,” he said that lived there, and he gave me a job. I to the attentive crowd. His body started went there with just the clothes on my to twist with the sound of the slide guitar, back. My sister was supposed to send me and the crash of the cymbals made out a box of clothes and money. Well, I never the faint beginnings of the Cramps tune. got that box. I did meet a girl named Lo- Half the crowd jumped to its feet before retta, though. She was Jimmy’s little sis- the musicians had played the first few ter. I had a crush on her, but she was too bars of the familiar song, while the other young for me,” Lightnin’ says. “Jimmy half had no clue what they were listenalways told me that he wished I’d go back ing to. But you’d better believe they liked to New Orleans.” what they heard. He eventually did return to the CresTake a road trip to the Siberia Bar cent City, playing with local legends Eric (2227 St. Claude Ave., New Orleans) SatK. Doe, Little Freddie King and national- urday, Feb. 5, at 10 p.m., and hear Guily recognized bluesman Earl King. In fact, tar Lightnin’ Lee and His Thunder Band Lightnin’ and King formed a friendship recording live and Jackson’s all-girl band that lasted until King’s death in 2003. Wild Emotions. “I remember the last time I saw him was at the House of Blues, and he told me that he had written a song just for me. I didn’t get to ever hear that song, because he died before I could make it up to where he was. … I never got to hear that song,” Lightnin’ says. A couple of weeks after my first conversation with Lightnin’. I stood with about 200 people on the patio of Guitar Lightnin’ Lee, a blues legend in his own right who grew up the House of Blues in New Orleans, started playing guitar at 14.
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he neon signs from the neighboring buildings reflected a soft pink glow on the concrete and illuminated Guitar Lightnin’ Lee’s face, as he stood in front of the Hi Ho Lounge. With his signature western shirt, black with white ruffles and white hat, he leaned back with one leg propped against the rusty brick wall, cigarette in one hand and lighter in the other. “Now I don’t know what you need to know, but what I can tell you is anything I say, you can take to the bank,” Lightnin’ says and takes a long drag off his cigarette, closing his eyes as he exhales. He seemed a bit nervous at the idea of an interview, a modesty that you wouldn’t expect from a man who has played with the likes of Earl King, Jimmy Reed, Fats and his son Antoine Domino. But it’s a modesty that has kept him under the radar, until now. Six years ago was the first time I’d seen him and his Thunder Band play at the Circle Bar in New Orleans. I had attended numerous blues shows in the past, growing up in Mississippi, but something about this show—Lightnin’s show—was different. The crowd was young, and he wasn’t some archaic bluesman sitting on a stool playing the same old songs he had
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“The Four Fingers of Death” ick Moody’s fans have waited anxiously for the author’s latest novel— and with good reason. It’s been five years since Moody’s last novel, “The Diviners” (2005, Little, Brown and Company), and with 2010’s “The Four Fingers of Death” (Little, Brown and Company $25.99), we see why it’s taken so long. “The Four Fingers of Death” melds comedy with science fiction and bends the dimensions of weird to parts unknown with a fair heap of pop culture references peppered in, as well. The protagonist of Moody’s book is Montese Crandall, a less-than-prolific writer whose attempts at comedy often fall flat and teeter on being straight-up un-amusing. As an author, Crandall puts brevity on a pedestal that leaves the reader wondering if this is actually where postmodern literature is heading. Crandall’s crowning work, in his own opinion, is the following line: “Go get some eggs, you dwarf.” Yes, that’s it. The humor might be easily lost, but in an age where Twitter propels people to proclaim to the world they’re going to go get some coffee or perform some other mundane chore with fewer than 140 characters, being succinct several times a day has inarguably become trendy to some portion of society. Through the more than 700 pages that make up “The Four Fingers of Death,” Moody references all sorts of current literature, though for Crandall this is the past. “Four Fingers” is set in the year 2025, so these references (which are rapid-fire throughout) might easily be missed by those who haven’t read each and every book to which Crandall refers. But a large chunk of the novel is actually Crandall’s effort to write a novelization of the real-life 1963 science-fiction flick “The Crawling Hand,” a movie about a dead astronaut’s hand and its murderous spree on unsuspecting victims. Crandall’s dying, gambling-addicted wife leaves him struggling for money, so this chance is something of a break for him. Crandall takes great liberties with the re-writing, including an incredibly graphic homosexual sex scene between astronauts Jed Edwards and Jim Rose. Trust me, this sequence is not for the faint-hearted. Edwards’s hand is the victim of an attack by another astronaut, leaving him missing four fingers. After making it to Mars and getting all the way back to the Earth’s atmosphere, NASA decides to scrap the mission and Edward’s hand, hav-
ing been infected with a bacterium that gives it post-mortem mobility, emerges from the ship’s wreckage and wreaks havoc. Moody uses Crandall as his proxy in the novel. And while hilarity does pop up throughout the book, it is often at a painfully lethargic rate. “The Four Fingers of Death” is a good book, but you might want to space out your reading of it. “Platinum: A Novel” f you have any interest whatsoever in the world of hip-hop and the lives of its movers and shakers, Aliya King’s “Platinum” (2010, Touchstone, $24.99) will give you a small window to do just that. King, a music journalist with considerable experience interviewing rap celebrities and their spouses, gives an insight into this world paralleled by few others. What makes “Platinum” so engrossing is that the author’s intimate understanding of hip-hop and rap celebrities makes prying apart fiction from reality nearly impossible. The reader is constantly left wondering whether the characters and their stories are allegorical or archival in nature. Alex Maxwell, a freelance writer, is how we meet and get to know the many characters in King’s novel. Maxwell is interviewing the significant others of some of the biggest names in the hip-hop game (which, not coincidentally, King did herself for VIBE in 2006). Maxwell speaks with characters like Cleo Wright, a groupie of the uppermost echelon, and Wright’s tales are among the most lurid of all. Every man wants her; every woman wants to be her; and the tales she tells would make a sailor cry. Then there’s Beth Saddlebrook, who, when her son Zeke remarks, “This bed smells like my daddy,” she replies under her breath: “You mean it smells like a random groupie slut?” King uses Maxwell to explore just how much women are willing to put up with when it comes to the misdeeds of their exorbitantly rich husbands. Saddlebrook is a prime example, in that her husband, Z, swept her off her bare feet from rural West Virginia at an early age. Recently, though, she has reasons to believe Z has relapsed into a drug addiction, as his career spirals downward. Although sometimes the action in “Platinum” gets graphic, it doesn’t linger, and following the characters’ lives is as captivating, if not more so, than any reality TV show. With her novel, King shows that real life can surpass any oddity we can dream up.
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(Left to right) Jessica Wilkinson as Pamela, Chris Roebuck as Man One,Turner Crumbley as Man Two, and Dustin Charles as Richard Hannay perform in an adaptation of Alfred Hitchcock’s “The 39 Steps,” offering New Stage theater goers a bit of mystery and a lot of laughs.
didn’t see any birds, and a psycho didn’t attack me, but I did look through a rear window to see the footprints of 39 steps at New Stage Theatre in Jackson. Well, maybe not exactly, but I did see the theater company’s final dress rehearsal for the stage version of one of Alfred Hitchcock’s classic suspense thrillers, which is just a tad different from the original film adaptation. “The 39 Steps” is based on the eponymous novel by John Buchan and adapted for the stage by Peter Parlow. The play follows the basic outline of Hitchcock’s caper about a man who gets caught in a web of spies after he meets a mysterious female agent at the the-
atre (she is later murdered in his home), and a group called The 39 Steps follows him on a high-speed foot chase. Sounds thrilling, but this performance is sure to coax far more laughs. A thoroughly engaging performance with a wry humor, “The 39 Steps” allows for audience participation with crafty antics that will keep viewers on their toes. The actors, sometimes playing multiple roles in a single scene, performed with an air of confidence and professional agility. Undoubtedly, if something were to ever go awry, the thespians could seamlessly shift to improvising, without missing a beat. “‘The 39 Steps’ is filled with mystery and comic surprises,” director Peppy Biddy says in the press release about the production. “You don’t have to be familiar with Hitchcock to enjoy the show, but for those who are fans of Hitchcock’s films, there will be a layer of added enjoyment.” I thoroughly agree. “The 39 Steps” runs through Sunday, Feb. 6, with performances at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday and 2 p.m. on Sundays. Tickets are $25 with students, seniors and group discounts available. A special $8 student rush ticket is available one hour prior to performances with a valid student ID. Purchase tickets at the box office, call 601-948-3531 or order online at newstagetheatre.com.
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ony B gazes at the viewer with intent sion that he thought best represented his suband mystery. His bare body is turned ject. Those subjects are current Millsaps stuat a sideways stance as if he is trying dents and alumni—adding another intimate to conceal a secret. Mary B poises her layer to the exhibit. On the small liberal-arts arms in a ballerina pose over her head, grace- campus, with a tight-knit community of fully revealing her bare chest professors and students, such with her head held high. an exposé demonstrates risk “It Is What It Is,” a series taking, as students will likely of life-size graphite and charrecognize their peers. coal nude portrait drawings by “Someone might take Millsaps College student Mark this as ‘she’s in my math Herndon, provide an intimate class and she’s naked in the glimpse into the subject’s pergallery,’” Herndon says. sonalities and individuality. “But other people have The drawings explore themes told me that (because) they of vulnerability, power and know these people, it makes honesty—qualities a person’s them appreciate the artwork clothing often hide or distract. Mark Herndon’s nude more, seeing them portrayed Herndon says nudity portraits, such as “Tony B,” in this way.” places a person in their most above, reveal his subject’s Herndon’s portraits and provide real form. “I was toying vulnerability don’t show the subjects in a an intimate look into their around with the idea of doing personalities. sexual context, but rather in portraits and thought it was a rare and personal form—a the best way to do something side few people share with really honest, and to expose their emotions, the world. His work makes you realize their thoughts,” Herndon says. “I figured if that there is often more to people than first they were nude it removed any type of per- meets the eye. sona or façade.” “It Is What It Is” is on display at Millsaps The 20-year-old Texas native worked on College Lewis Art Gallery (1701 N. State St.) the 15 portraits from photographs he took through Feb. 6. The gallery is open Monday of each subject. He says he chose the photo- through Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.; free. Herndon graphs to draw based on the pose and expres- gives a gallery talk Feb. 5 at 3:30 p.m.
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Livestock shows leading up to February’s Dixie National Rodeo at the Mississippi State Fairgrounds (1207 Mississippi Street) continue through Feb. 16. Free; call 601-961-4000. … Roy Adkins and Jerri Sherer’s art exhibit at the Mississippi Library Commission (3881 Eastwood Drive) shows through Feb. 28. Free; call 601-432-4056. … Sherman Lee Dillon and the Mississippi Sound perform during F. Jones Corner’s blues lunch. … Former Mississippi governor William F. Winter speaks during History Is Lunch at the William F. Winter Archives and History Building (200 North St.) at noon. Bring a lunch; call 601-576-6998. … Bill and Temperance perform at Underground 119. … Liver Mousse performs at Hal & Mal’s. … Irish Frog has music by Ralph Miller.
Valentine’s Date Night at circa. (2771 Old Canton Road) is at 6 p.m. and includes art by Christy Henderson and music by Jazz Beautiful. Free admission; e-mail shannon@ jacksonfreepress.com. … The artist reception for Fran Stutzman at Cups on County Line (1070 E. County Line Road) is at 6 p.m.; exhibit shows through Feb. 28. Free; call 601-956-4711. … At Russell C. Davis Planetarium (201 E. Pascagoula St.), see the films “Tamara Drewe” at 7 p.m. and “The Girl Who Kicked the Hornets’ Nest” at 8:50 p.m.; encore screenings Feb. 5. $9 per film; visit msfilm.org. … The Dance Theatre of Harlem Ensemble performs at Mississippi State University, Lee Hall (262 Lee Blvd., Starkville) at 7:30 p.m. $15, $12 seniors, $8 children; call 662-325-2930. … The Caesar Bros. Funk Box plays at F. Jones Corner at 10 p.m. $5, $10 after midnight.
Celebrity Story Time at the Mississippi Children’s Museum (2145 Highland Drive) is from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Free; call 601-948-4725. … The Sound of Perfection Band’s Oldies and Classics Concert at Murrah High School (1400 Murrah Drive) is at 6:30 p.m. $5; call 601-937-1135. … The Mississippi Diabetes Foundation’s Bacchus Ball at the Country Club of Jackson (345 Saint Andrews Drive) is at 7 p.m. $125, $250; call 601-957-7878 or 877-DFM-CURE. … The Mississippi Symphony Orchestra presents “Chamber II: Mozart by Candlelight” at Belhaven University Center for the Arts at 7 p.m. $15, $5 children and students; call 601960-1565. … El DeBarge and Chrissette Michelle perform at Thalia Mara Hall at 8 p.m. $45.55 and up; call 800-7453000; visit ticketmaster.com. … Nonpoint is at Fire.
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Jesse Robinson performs during lunch at Lumpkin’s BBQ. … Fondren After 5 is from 5-8 p.m. in the Fondren neighborhood, and includes the “Nudes and Figurative Works” opening reception at Fischer Galleries (3100 N. State St; call 601-366-8833). Free. … Hal & Mal’s has music by the Fearless Four. … Dreamz Jxn hosts Centric Thursday.
Today is the American Heart Association’s National Wear Red Day. Wear red while shopping at Renaissance (1000 Highland Colony Parkway, Ridgeland) from 11 a.m.2 p.m. and receive discounts at participating shops. Call 30 601-321-1216. … Suite 106 hosts Suite Life Friday. …
Cirque Shanghai Bai Xi at Thalia Mara Hall is at 7:30 p.m.; encore show Feb. 8. $32.45-$70.95; call 800745-3000; visit kesslerbroadway.com. … Irish Frog has karaoke with Kokomo Joe. … The Central Mississippi Blues Society Jam at Hal & Mal’s is at 7 p.m. … Martin’s has open-mic.
“Meet the WORDcrafters” at Mississippi Craft Center (950 Rice Road, Ridgeland) from 2-6 p.m. includes book signings, music and special appearances. Free; call 601-856-7546. … “An Evening of Diamonds” at Belhaven University Center for the Arts at 7:30 p.m. includes music by the Belhaven Piano Trio and the Sachs Piano Duo. Free; call 601-965-7044. … Pub Quiz at Hal & Mal’s.
Freedom Rider Fred D. M. Clark Sr. speaks during History Is Lunch at the William F. Winter Archives and History Building (200 North St.) at noon. Bring a lunch; call 601-576-6998. … Mississippi Improv Alliance’s Winter Wednesday at Millsaps College, Ford Academic Complex (1701 N. State St.) in Lewis Art Gallery is at 7 p.m. Free; call 601-497-7454. … Nat Smith, Jimmy Jarratt and D’Mar are at Underground 119. … Tooz Company performs at Fenian’s. … Poets II has music with DJ Phingaprint. More events and details at jfpevents.com.
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Sparkman Auditorium is at 11 a.m. $25; call 601-982-4881. … Mike and Marty’s jam session at ToMara’s is from 4-9 p.m. Free. … Cultural Expressions has open-mic poetry. … Dreamz Jxn hosts a Super Bowl party with free food and the big game on 20 screens. Visit dreamzjxn.com.
jfpevents Radio JFP on WLEZ ongoing, at WLEZ 100.1 FM. Join Donna Ladd and Todd Stauffer every Thursday from noon-1 p.m., where they discuss vital issues and play local music. Listen to podcasts of all shows at jfpradio.com. Free; call 601-3626121, ext. 17. Fondren After 5 Feb. 3, 5 p.m. This monthly event showcases the local shops, galleries and restaurants of the Fondren neighborhood. Free; call 601-9819606. Valentine’s Date Night Feb. 4, 6 p.m., at circa. (2771 Old Canton Road). Artist Christy Henderson debuts her exhibit of intriguing abstracts and love-themed works. With artisan-made gifts and a scent bar, you’re sure to find a perfect Valentine’s gift for someone special and yourself. Food by Bon Ami and music by Jazz Beautiful included. Bring a canned good to donate to Stewpot. Free admission; e-mail email@example.com. “The Future of the SWAC: Facing the Threat of Consolidated HBCUs” Feb. 8, 6:30 p.m., at Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame and Museum (1152 Lakeland Drive). Panelists include W.C. Gordon, Eddie Payton and Roscoe Nance. The event is part of the Medgar Evers/Ella Baker Lecture Series. Free; call 601-979-2735. Ignite the Night Gala Feb. 12, 7:30 p.m., at Mississippi Children’s Museum (2145 Highland Drive). The event includes interactive exhibits such as the Mississippi Climbing Map, food, cocktails and prize giveaways. Choose an outfit from the costume closet and have your picture taken as a memento. $100; call 601-981-5469 or 877-793-KIDS. Mississippi Happening ongoing. The monthly broadcast is hosted by Guaqueta Productions and features a special musical guest. Download free podcasts at mississippihappening.com.
COMMUNITY Events at Jackson Medical Mall (350 W. Woodrow Wilson Ave.). Call 601-982-8467. • Immigration Community Forum Feb. 3, 5:30 p.m. Hosted by Delta Sigma Theta Inc., the forum will be held in the Community Meeting Room. • Health Fair Feb. 4, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Hosted by LIFE, the event will be held in the Common Area and at Center Stage. Free. • Adult 3-On-3 Basketball League Registration through Feb. 11. The Department of Parks and Recreation is conducting registration for the upcoming season. Interested individuals can fill out registration forms between 8 a.m.-5 p.m. The deadline for registration is Feb. 11. There is a limit of seven players per team. $200 per team; call 601-960-0471. • Women’s Spring Basketball League Registration through Feb. 18. The Department of Parks and Recreation is conducting registration for the upcoming season. Interested individuals can fill out registration forms between 8 a.m.-5 p.m. The deadline for registration is Feb. 18. There is a limit of 12 players per team. $325 per team; call 601960-0471. • Mayor’s Summer Youth Employment Program Registration through March 4, at the Department of Human and Cultural Services, Suite 311-A. The City of Jackson’s Family and Youth Division is accepting applications from youth ages 16-19 who are enrolled in school. Applicants must provide a birth certificate, Social Security card, a driver’s license or state ID, and the parent or guardian’s proof of income. Applications are accepted weekdays from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. The deadline is March 4; space is limited. Call 601960-2174 or 601-960-0326. Free Tax Counseling and Filing. Bring all necessary documents. Joint filers must come together. Free.
• Through March 26, at Medgar Evers Library (4215 Medgar Evers Blvd.). Electronic filing by IRS and AIM volunteers will be done on Saturdays from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Call 601-982-2867. • Feb. 7-April 11, at Richard Wright Library (515 W. McDowell Road). Electronic filing by AARP volunteers will be done on Mondays from 9 a.m.2 p.m. Call 601-372-1621. • Through April 12, at Willie Morris Library (4912 Old Canton Road). Electronic filing by AARP volunteers will be done on Tuesdays from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Call 601-987-8181. • Through April 14, at Quisenberry Library (605 E. Northside Drive, Clinton). Electronic filing by AARP volunteers will be done on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 1-5 p.m. Call 601-924-5684. “History Is Lunch” Feb. 2, noon, at William F. Winter Archives and History Building (200 North St.). Former Gov. William Winter will talk about his recently published monograph, “Opening Doors in a Closed Society.” Bring a lunch; coffee/water provided. Free; call 601-576-6998. W.I.N.E. (Women Inquiring, Networking and Engaging) Meeting Feb. 2, 6:30 p.m., at Steam Room Grille Downtown Cafe (105 E. Capitol St.) The topic is public education in Mississippi. Speakers include Nancy Loome, executive director of The Parents’ Campaign, and Rachel Hicks, executive director of Mississippi First. Please RSVP. E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. Higher Education Appreciation Day—Working for Academic Excellence (HEADWAE) Feb. 3, 11:45 a.m., at Jackson Convention Complex (105 E. Pascagoula St.). The Mississippi Legislature gives special recognition to 68 outstanding students and faculty members from 34 public and private universities and colleges. Mississippi Lt. Gov. Phil Bryant, chair of HEADWAE, will be the luncheon speaker. Call 601-432-6198. Community Shred Day Feb. 4, 7:30 a.m., at Home Depot - North Jackson (6325 I-55 North). The purpose of the event is to promote consumer protection and awareness of identity theft. Limit of five bags per person; no businesses please. Free; call 601-359-3680. JSU Blue Bengal Athletic Association Bus Trip Feb. 5, to Alcorn State University (1000 ASU Drive). The association is sponsoring a bus that will travel to the JSU basketball game against ASU. The ticket price is included in the fee. $45; call 601966-3724. Jackson Audubon Society Family Bird Walk Feb. 5, 8 a.m., at Mayes Lake at LeFleur’s Bluff (115 Lakeland Terrace). An experienced Audubon Society member will lead the walk. Bring binoculars, water, insect repellent and a snack. Call ahead if you would like to borrow a pair of binoculars. Adults must accompany children under 15. Free, $3 car entrance fee; call 601-956-7444. Interviewing with Impact Feb. 5, 9 a.m., at Millsaps College (1701 N. State St.). The objective of the workshop is to give job seekers a competitive edge and to have them consider all aspects of the interviewing process from the resume to the job offer. $50, $10 materials fee; call 601-974-1130. Heritage Luncheon Feb. 5, 11:30 a.m., at Regency Hotel (400 Greymont Ave.). The Forward Lookers Federated Club hosts, giving scholarships and recognizing community activists. Jackson State University’s MADDRAMA production company will perform. $40; call 601-982-1801 or 601-594-1770. Art and Antique Walk Feb. 5, 5 p.m., at Historic Canton Square, Canton. Take a stroll back in time to enjoy the square, local artisans, craftsmen and musicians. This month’s theme is “Canton and Its Sweet Surprises.” Free; call 800-844-3369. Jackson Arts Collective Monthly Meeting Feb. 7, 6 p.m., at The Commons at Eudora Welty’s Birth-
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place (719 N. Congress St.). Every first Monday, the Collective Steering Committee meets to discuss business of the previous month and listen to local artist proposals for the sponsorship of events that fall in line with their mission. Open to the public. Call 601-497-7454. “Black History: Road to the Vote” Feb. 8-24, at Old Capitol Museum (100 S. State St.). This program offered to school groups provides a glimpse of African American history in Mississippi and their struggle for voting rights. Sessions are at 9 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays. Reservations are required. Free; call 601-576-6920.
SBA 8(a) Business Development Workshop Feb. 8, 1 p.m., at Regions Plaza (210 E. Capitol St.), in suite 1000 in the SBA conference room. Learn about programs designed to enhance federal and non-federal procurement opportunities for small businesses. In addition, those present will learn of programs that provide capital, surety bonding and business counseling to small businesses. Space is limited. Free; call 601-965-4378, ext. 13, 14 or 19. Dixie National Livestock Show through Feb. 16, at Mississippi State Fairgrounds (1207 Mississippi St.). The 46th annual event kicks off with horse shows and livestock competitions leading up to the Dixie National Rodeo Feb. 10-16. Free; call 601961-4000.
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FARMERS’ MARKETS Farmers’ Market through Dec. 17, at Mississippi Farmers Market (929 High St.). Shop for fresh locally-grown fruits and vegetables from Mississippi farmers, specialty foods, and crafts from local artisans, including the Greater Belhaven Market. The market is open Saturdays from 8 a.m.-2 p.m. During the peak-growing season, hours are 8 a.m.2 p.m. Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays. Call 601-354-6573.
STAGE AND SCREEN “The 39 Steps” through Feb. 6, at New Stage Theatre (1100 Carlisle St.). Written by Alfred Hitchcock and adapted by Peter Parlow, the comedy play is about a man on the run after being accused of murdering a spy. Show times are 7:30 p.m. Feb. 2–5, and 2 p.m. Feb. 6. $25, $22 students/ seniors; call 601-948-3533. Poetry Out Loud Central Region Competition Feb. 2, noon, at Jackson State University, Student Center Ballroom (1400 John R. Lynch St.). The program encourages high school students to learn about poetry through memorization, performance, and competition. The winner will advance to the state competition. Free; call 601-979-3935. Dance Theatre of Harlem Ensemble Feb. 3, 7:30 p.m., at Mississippi State University (262 Lee Blvd., Starkville), in Bettersworth Auditorium, Lee Hall. The repertoire includes classical, neoclassical and contemporary ballet and encompasses modern dance and Afro Caribbean techniques. The performance is part of the Lyceum Series. Free for MSU students with valid ID. $15, $12 seniors and MSU faculty/staff, $8 children 3-12; call 662-325-2930. Front Porch Dance Dinner Show Feb. 5, 6 p.m., at Southern Cultural Heritage Center (1302 Adams St., Vicksburg). The performance includes music by The Strange Pilgrims. $35, $30 members; call 601-631-2997. Gounod’s “Romeo et Juliette” Feb. 6, 2 p.m., at Russell C. Davis Planetarium (201 E. Pascagoula St.). The Mississippi Opera and the Mississippi Film Institute present the film from Austria. $16; call 601-960-2300.
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Twelfth Night Feb. 7-16, at New Stage Theatre (1100 Carlisle St.). One of Shakespeare’s greatest comedies, the play ponders love lost and found. Show times are 7:30 p.m. nightly except for a
2 p.m. matinee Sunday. $15, $7 students; call 601948-3533. Cirque Shanghai Bai Xi Feb. 7-8, 7:30 p.m., at Thalia Mara Hall (255 E. Pascagoula St.). Known as “The Show of a Hundred Wonders,” the performance includes acrobatics, ladder balancing, a unicyclist riding on top of a spinning umbrella and hat juggling. Tickets are available through Ticketmaster. $32.45-$70.95; call 800-745-3000.
MUSIC Events at Belhaven University Center for the Arts (835 Riverside Drive). • Chamber II: Mozart by Candlelight Feb. 5, 7:30 p.m. MSO concert mistress Marta Szlubowska and pianist Ian Hominick from the music faculty of Ole Miss join Crafton Beck and the Mississippi Symphony Orchestra for an evening of Mozart concertos. $15, $5 children 4-18 and students with ID; call 601-960-1565. • Preston Chamber Music Series: An Evening of Diamonds Feb. 8, 7:30 p.m. The Belhaven Piano Trio and the Sachs Piano Duo will perform. Selections include Brahms’ Piano Trio in C Major, Op. 87 coupled with Bizet’s masterpiece Jeaux d’Enfants, Op. 22 (Children’s Games) and music by P. D. Q. Bach. Free; call 601-965-7044. Events at Millsaps College (1701 N. State St.). Free; call 601-974-1422. • Music Student Performance: Departmental Recital Feb. 7, 3 p.m., at Ford Academic Complex. Enjoy a variety of vocal, piano and instrumental music from Baroque, Classical, Romantic and contemporary periods. • Choral Taize Service Feb. 8, 6:30 p.m., at Millsaps Christian Center Auditorium in Fitzhugh Chapel. Join the Chamber Singers and Campus Ministry Team for a brief meditative Christian worship service featuring contemplative singing, psalms and prayers in the tradition of the ecumenical community of Taize in France. Oldies & Classics Concert Feb. 5, 6 p.m., at Murrah High School (1400 Murrah Drive). The Sound of Perfection Band will perform music from the ’60s, ’70s, ’80s and ’90s. Attendee are encouraged to wear oldies and classic attire. $5; call 601937-1135. El DeBarge and Chrissette Michelle Feb. 5, 8 p.m., at Thalia Mara Hall (255 E. Pascagoula St.). DeBarge (“I Like It”) and Michelle (“Epiphany”) share the stage with Mississippi performer Cheryl Key. Tickets are available through Ticketmaster. $45.55 and up; call 800-745-3000.
LITERARY AND SIGNINGS Events at Lemuria Books (202 Banner Hall, 4465 Interstate 55 North). Call 601-366-7619. • “Where the Mountain Meets the Moon” Feb. 3, 5 p.m., Grace Lin signs copies of her book. $16.99 book. • “The No-Panic Plan for Presenters” Feb. 8, 3:30 p.m. Mandi Stanley signs copies of her book. $16.95 book. Celebrity Story Time Feb. 5, 10 a.m., at Mississippi Children’s Museum (2145 Highland Drive). Local celebrities will read to the children throughout the day in the museum’s education center. United Way of the Capital Area, Caring for Mississippi and Young Leaders in Philanthropy are the sponsors. Free; call 601-948-4725. Meet the WORDcrafters Feb 8, 2 p.m., at Mississippi Craft Center (950 Rice Road, Ridgeland). More than 20 local and Mississippi authors are signing books, including political cartoonist Marshall Ramsey, artist Gary Walters, mystery writer Phil Hardwick and children’s book author Kathy Chase Smith. The event includes live music, an opportunity to watch Marshall Ramsey at work, an art exhibit
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CREATIVE CLASSES Tamale and Sangria Party Feb. 2, 6 p.m., at Viking Cooking School (1107 Highland Colony Parkway, Ridgeland). Learn to handle masa, make a filling, prepare corn husks, roll and steam tamales, and prepare complementary side dishes and garnishes. The class ends with a sangria toast. $89; call 601898-8345. Salsa Mississippi Dance Classes through Dec. 31, at Salsa Mississippi/La Salsa Dance Club and Studio (303 Mitchell Ave.). Zumba class is held Mondays at 5:30 p.m. Tuesdays, take the bachata class at 6 p.m. or the mild salsa class at 7 p.m. Wednesdays, beginners salsa is taught at 6 p.m., and intermediate salsa is taught at 7 p.m. Advanced salsa class is on Thursdays at 6 p.m. A beginners salsa class is also taught at the Chapatoula Building (115 Cynthia St., Clinton). $10 per class; call 601-213-6355. Jewelry Making Class ongoing, at Dream Beads (605 Duling Ave.). This class is offered every Saturday from 10 a.m. to noon. Free; call 601-664-0411. Adult Hip-Hop Dance Classes ongoing, at Courthouse Racquet and Fitness Club, Northeast (46 Northtown Drive). Learn authentic hip-hop dance techniques and choreography. Open to all ages 16 and older. Classes are offered Mondays from 7:30-8:30 p.m. and Fridays from 5:30-6:30 p.m. $10; call 601-853-7480. Dance Classes ongoing, at Central United Methodist Church Family Life Center (517 N. Farish St.). Classes for children and adults are held on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday evenings. Visit jfpevents.com for a list of classes and start times. $35 registration fee, $50 per month for ages 2-17; $15 per class or $50 five-class card for ages 18 and up. $35 registration fee, $50 per month for ages 2-17; $15 per class; call 601-238-3303. Adult Modern Dance Class ongoing, at YMCA Northeast Jackson (5062 I-55 N.). Front Porch Dance offers the one-hour class on Fridays. Students will learn dance moves that will help them grow in strength, flexibility and coordination. A YMCA membership is not required. $10 per class; e-mail email@example.com. Fitness Center ongoing, at Jackson Roadmap to Health Equity Project’s Farmers’ Market (2548 Livingston Road). Options include aerobics and Zumba classes, equipment for resistance training and toning, and access to a personal trainer. No joining fee or long-term commitment is required. Hours are 8 a.m.-9 p.m. weekdays. $20 per month; call 601-987-6783.
EXHIBITS AND OPENINGS Events at Mississippi Museum of Natural Science (2148 Riverside Drive). $5, $4 seniors, $3 children ages 5-18, $1 children ages 3-4; call 601-354-7303. • “Got Fish?” Fishing Seminar Feb. 5, 9 a.m. Anglers and biologists will answer questions about fish, fishing, fishing techniques and may even share the location of some secret fishing spots. Experience the museum’s touch tank and watch scuba divers feed the fish in the aquariums. • “Amazing Butterflies” Feb. 5-May 8, The exhibit created by The Natural History Museum in London in collaboration with Minotaur Mazes invites you to shrink down into the undergrowth to become one of the most extraordinary creatures on earth. Nudes and Figurative Works Feb. 3-28, at Fischer Galleries (3100 N. State St., Suite 101). Works
from artists such as Paul Fayard, Susan Russell, Robert Crowell, Ron Lindsey, Stacey Johnson, Bebe Wolfe, Ellen Rodgers and James Patterson is on display through Feb. 28. An opening reception will be held during Fondren After 5 Feb. 3. Free; call 601-291-9115.
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BE THE CHANGE Community Blood Drive Feb. 5, 8:30 a.m., at Terry High School (235 W. Beasley St., Terry), in the gymnasium. Donors must be at least 17 (16 with signed parental consent), weigh at least 110 pounds and have valid ID. All donors will receive a T-shirt and be registered for a chance to win a 2011 Ford Fiesta. Donations welcome; call 800-817-7449. Bacchus Ball Feb. 5, 7 p.m., at Country Club of Jackson (345 Saint Andrews Drive). Enjoy a Creole cocktail buffet, live and silent auctions, and music by 14 Karat Gold. Seats are limited. Proceeds benefit the Diabetes Foundation of Mississippi. $125 seated reservations, $250 unseated reservations; call 601-9577878 or 877-DFM-CURE. SOUPer Bowl XIV Feb. 6, 11 a.m., at Mississippi Agriculture and Forestry Museum (1150 Lakeland Drive), in Sparkman Auditorium. Buy soup and help The Salvation Army fund its feeding program. Soup can be purchased in a regular bowl or a Gail Pittman bowl for an additional cost. $25; call 601-982-4881.
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standards. Poets II has DJ Phingaprint every Wednesday, too. They kick off at about 9 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 3, my good friend from The Pine Belt, Wes Lee, plays the blues lunch at F. Jones Corner, and Jesse Robinson serenades the lunch crowd at Lumpkinâ€™s. The performances are free; the food isnâ€™t. Be sure to tip for the crooners and your server. My favorite band, The Fearless Four, takes over Hal & Malâ€™s, and itâ€™s Ladies Night at Ole Tavern. No cover and a possible free drink or two, ladies. Be sure to check that out. Friday night, join one of Jacksonâ€™s favorite rap artists of all times, Brad Franklin, aka Kamikaze, aka Kaze, at Dreamz JXN for â€œCanâ€™t Feel My Face Fridays.â€? Larry Brewer performs at Jacksonâ€™s newest venue, Bradyâ€™s Bar and Grill (6720 Old Canton Road, Ridgeland) and Faze 4 breaks it down at Reed Pierceâ€™s. Saturday, Feb. 5, Sherman Green and his smooth vocals lure the ladies (and a few fellas, Iâ€™m sure) to Suite 106. Doors open at 9 p.m.; the show starts at 10 p.m.; and the cover is $5. Alt-rockers Nonpoint melts some faces at Fire. Doors for that 18-and-up show open at 8 p.m. Tickets are $15. From the â€™80s favorite family-band DeBarge, big brother El DeBarge, along with new R&B chanteuse Jazmine Sullivan and legend-in-the-making Chrisette Michelle, perform at Thalia Mara Hall. The show starts
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