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Census Certainty The U.S. Census data set off a round of media hysteria, but what do the numbers really say?
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The Mal’s St. Paddy’s Parade kicks off days of merriment and decadence in Jackson.
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donovan childress Donovan Childress sits relaxed across the table, scratching his beard and looking ahead with an expression that regularly breaks into a wide, affable smile. As the newest co-host at Hal & Mal’s Pub Quiz ever Tuesday with the incomparable bartender Laura Collins, Childress plays the straight man to Collins’ boundless energy. He keeps the six-round trivia game where teams compete for the right answers for questions that range from pop culture to history entertaining. Childress’ ascension to second seat was serendipitous. “Laura said to me: ‘You’re hilarious, and I’m looking for someone to do Pub Quiz,’” Childress says. “So I climbed over the bar and hugged her, because I felt like I could do that. I wouldn’t recommend it to everyone.” Collins had seen Childress perform with his improv group, best known as Totally Improv (the group’s name changes depending on the crowd). She understood his humor and was impressed enough to offer him the position as her co-host. All hasn’t gone smoothly, though. “The first week I show up, and I’m like, ‘Hey, where is the big bank of questions to draw from?’” Childress says. So (Collins) asks me, ‘You didn’t write any questions?’” He looks around with a sheepish glance, his eyebrows raised slightly before whispering with his hand cupped to his face: “I didn’t know I was supposed to.”
The Memphis, Tenn., native sprang into action and “whipped up” a batch of music questions at the bar an hour before the show. Now he comes up with 30 questions each week for the quiz, and he says he is constantly taking notes on his iPhone during conversations or any time inspiration strikes. Childress, 30, says he enjoys his new job as the co-host and wishes participants would all come regularly: “We try to be funny at Pub Quiz. We try to make people want to come back. I’d love to see a consistent attendance.” Childress moved to Ripley, Miss., when he was a teenager and earned his bachelor’s degree in elementary education from Mississippi State University in 2004. In 2008, he moved to Denver where he worked in a camera store. A friend bought him a notebook and suggested he start writing down his humorous musings and possibly perform them on stage one day. But it wasn’t until friends in Jackson convinced him to move to the city last year that Childress started performing improv comedy. “Everyone was extremely positive when talking about Jackson. You don’t get that very often with a place you’ve never gone,” Childress says. Childress will soon be busy serving the throng of revelers at Jackson’s preeminent extravaganza, the Mal’s St. Paddy’s Parade street party at Hal & Mal’s where he also bartends. “As long as Hal & Mal’s stays in business forever, I’ll be good,” he says. —Tim Roberson
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ShaWanda Jacome Assistant to the editor ShaWanda Jacome is a mother, a wife, a daughter, a sister, a friend and a a Christ-follower. She is learning to be still and to let God be God (Psalm 46:10). She coordinated the St. Paddy’s features.
Thomas Beck The work of freelance photographer Thomas Beck has appeared in numerous local, regional and national publications. His photography can be seen at beckphotographic.net. He photographed the cover.
William Patrick Butler William Patrick Butler was born and raised in Jackson. He studied photography at the Memphis College of Art and is a graduate of Holmes Community College. His photos appear in the St. Paddy’s features.
J. Ashley Nolen JFP editorial intern J. Ashley Nolen has studied English and print journalism. Among many identities, she’s a lover, a deep thinker, a dreamer, a traveler, a writer, a student and a teacher. She wrote a St. Paddy’s feature.
Dylan Watson Editorial intern Dylan Watson is from Indianola, Miss. He’s currently a sophomore at Millsaps College, where he studies political science and philosophy. He wrote a St. Paddy’s feature.
Kelly Bryan Smith Kelly Bryan Smith is a Mississippian by marriage. Kelly spends her days chasing her sweet little boy, cooking eco-friendly vegetarian meals and pursuing her doctoral studies in English literature. She wrote St. Paddy’s features.
Natalie A. Collier 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 arts and music features.
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The Rest … of the Story
ack in 2005, a Canadian TV producer asked me if he could film Mississippians working for the Jackson Free Press investigating a civil-rights cold case in Franklin County for a documentary. The project went great at first: We all helped each other with initial research and were very excited when the inspiring brother of one of the victims agreed to go with us to his hometown to look for evidence and justice. It wasn’t until we all got down there that the plan went awry. Turns out that public TV in Canada had different ideas about how to approach and interview journalistic subjects than JFP photographer Kate Medley and I did. Kate and I were stunned to learn that the filmmaker was determined to lure one of the elderly suspects out of his home in order to “doorstep” him with his camera—essentially meaning getting footage of him being put on the spot and probably yelling at us to get off his property (you know, like Diane Sawyer). This wasn’t the kind of story Kate and I were there to do. We wanted to do, and within a couple weeks, did a long-form story with her amazing photographs that would later be used in The New York Times and circulated by the Associated Press. Then we did more stories, which involved a long interview we did with a former Klansman while we were there on that original trip. Without a video camera. But there was more. The filmmaker wanted to use Kate, young and cute, as bait. He wanted her to go up to the former Klansman’s door, say she’d had a flat so that he’d come outside, and then one of us would walk up to him wearing … get this … a pair of wire-rim glasses imbedded with a secret video camera. We were flummoxed. We explained that, as journalists, we could not ethically, or probably legally under recent U.S. case law, tape someone under false pretenses. Beyond that, we had no desire to do “gotcha” journalism; she and I both are perfectly capable of convincing a wide array of surprising people to talk to us—including a long list of white supremacists, as well as the distrusting Frank Melton, with no false pretense at all. Let’s just say that the disagreement over journalistic ethics and practices hurt team spirit. We continued the work, and former Klansman James Ford Seale is in jail, largely thanks to the team’s work, jointly and separately. This ethical disconnect—which no doubt had a shared desire for justice at its heart—came to mind when I heard that James O’Keefe’s undercover hit squad set up a meeting with NPR fundraisers under false pretenses with a hidden camera. My first response when I heard? Journalists can’t do that. We can’t ethically pretend to be someone we’re not; we can’t entrap and then secretly videotape people saying what we want; and we sure as hell can’t edit together different pieces of video out of context to make them look bad. I remember sitting in journalism classes at Columbia’s graduate school being drilled with the fact that courts have squelched even the
ability of journalists to take hidden cameras into dangerous settings to expose them. I also remember the chief legal counsel of CNN and ABC News—my journalism law professors— pounding into us that we could not, and must not, pursue journalism under false pretenses. What is especially outrageous about O’Keefe and that Andrew Breitbart dude who unwisely edited Shirley Sherrod to make her look bad is not just that they are fools who think Americans are stupid. It is that corporate media and even presidential administrations (in the case of Sherrod) are so bizarrely afraid of these trash-“journalists” (and the blogs that push their garbage as gospel) that they over-react immediately without waiting for what Paul Harvey might have called “the rest ... of the story.” As news outlets across the country went nuts over the initial edited sound bites that NPR’s Ron Schiller supposedly said, NPR immediately ousted its CEO, for instance. (Not to say they can’t do better, but different topic.) But, wait. You might have heard by now (or not) that the entire unedited NPR video reveals shocking edits by O’Keefe that even take Schiller’s laugh and move it to a more offensive place. The best part is that it is Glenn Beck of FOX News who is their chief critic. Beck’s Blaze blog debunked the scam with an analysis of the tapes, and his guy Scott Baker stated, “[E]ven if you are of the opinion, as I am, that undercover reporting is acceptable and ethical in very defined situations, it is another thing to approve of editing tactics that seem designed to intentionally lie or mislead about the material being presented.” I am no Glenn Beck fan, but when antiNPR reporting practices are so unethical that even that dude takes it apart, we have a problem. The bigger question, of course, is why
media organizations (or presidential administrations) jump so quickly to give credence to such trash “journalism.” There are fine journalists on all levels at places like NPR and the cable-news organizations that immediately go nuts when these edited videos come out. Why not take a breath and say: “Let’s check it out and see what is actually true.” As a journalist who believes deeply in in-depth reporting and (ethical) muckraking, it worries me that the 24-hour news cycle is allowing people, and organizations, to be destroyed by bad reporting practices. Maybe it’s one reason that a new Pew “State of the Media 2011” report found that for the first time in more than a decade, all three cable news channels saw their media audiences shrink. In our saga, one former Klansman that we would have lured out under false pretenses ultimately testified against the one that we discovered was still alive. He also apologized to the victims’ families from the witness stand. This in no way excuses his past or makes him a hero, but it does show that luring him outside his home to stick a camera in his face for a juicy or angry response was perhaps not the best way to communicate with him. To give CNN journalists credit, though, Kate and I went back down there with their film crew to retrace our investigation’s steps the day that the feds indicted Seale. When we mentioned the “doorstepping” controversy, they seemed as shocked as we had been. “We just don’t/can’t do it that way in the U.S.” was the response we all agreed on. Still, others are hiding cameras on their bodies right here in the U.S. and pretending to do journalism with no interest in either justice or fairness, and then editing it into whatever they want it to be. This should anger us all.
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St. Patrick, probably born in the fourth century, A.D., is the patron saint of Ireland. He helped establish Christianity in the country. Legend says that Patrick put a curse on the venomous snakes in Ireland, driving them into the sea where they drowned. He died on March 17, between 460 and 493.
Thursday, March 10 Rep. Peter T. King, R-New Jersey, begins hearings on the threat of domestic Islamic terrorism. … The Mississippi Senate strikes down a redistricting plan that originated with Lt. Gov. Phil Bryant, which would have diffused black voting power in Hattiesburg. Jay Woods, Mississippi Public Broadcasting’s acting executive director, says his agency is not just sitting back waiting for a handout.
Woods said in his office March 10. Woods emphasizes this is a test so that the staff and board can compare “apples to apples.” If successful, it may lead to new business models that could bring in more money through underwriting. “It does not mean the foundation is going away in any way,” Woods said. Right now, the Foundation for Public Broadcasting in Mississippi handles the membership drives and seeks underwriting. A staff of four carries out the work, a large part of which is the membership drives. That does not leave enough time for seeking the corporate sponsorships or underwriting of programs
that could bring in more money for MPB. Woods said the foundation only has one salesman devoted to finding underwriters. With an outside firm handling fundraising drives, the foundation could go after more sponsors and potentially bring in a lot more money. Clare Hester, a lobbyist representing the Foundation for Public Broadcasting in Mississippi, said current legislation from the state House of Representatives gives MPB level funding for the coming year at $11.8 million. Legislators have expressed discontent over national broadcasting programs, but they are supportive of Mississippi-centered programMPB see page 8
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Wednesday, March 9 Libyan leader Col. Muammar el-Qaddafi has “tens of billions” in hidden cash, according to intelligence officials, which will allow him to continue his fight to hold power. … The Mississippi Senate approves a bill that provides $2.3 billion for public schools in fiscal year 2012, voting down an amendment that would have reduced funding by $81 million.
“Gov. Haley Barbour has accepted Dan Turner’s resignation as Press Secretary. Laura Hipp will now serve in that capacity.” —Statement from Barbour’s office March 14. The sudden “resignation” followed a blog post on Politico.com revealing Turner’s daily e-mails to staffers often contained off-color and sexist jokes, including one poking fun at the devastation in Japan.
Friday, March 11 Northern Japan is hit with a one-two punch: an 8.9-magnitude earthquake and a devastating tsunami with waves up to 30 feet high. … Mississippi lawmakers send a bill to the governor putting so-called “bath salts” on the state’s list of controlled substances on par with heroin and LSD. Saturday, March 12 A Cuban court sentences American Alan P. Gross, 61, to 15 years, accusing him of spying. … Mississippi’s Democratic Party confirms that Bill Luckett will appear on the party’s primary ballot despite questions about whether the Greenville attorney and businessman meets the state’s residency requirements to run for governor. Sunday, March 13 The Ole Miss basketball team gets a bid for the National Invitation Tournament, the only Mississippi team still playing. Monday, March 14 Japanese officials say 2,000 bodies washed up on the shores of Miyagi prefecture, the epicenter of Friday’s tsunami, and raise the death toll to more than 10,000 people. … Mississippi hires its first chief medical examiner in 16 years, Dr. Mark LeVaughn, most recently of Buffalo, N.Y. Tuesday, March 15 Fears grow about a nuclear meltdown in Japan as technicians fight to control three damaged reactors at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station. … Average gas prices in Hawaii top $4 a gallon, the first in the nation to do so since 2008. Unrest in Libya and other Middle East countries continue to drive up the cost of crude. Get breaking news at jfpdaily.com.
ig underwriters with deep pockets could save Mississippi Public Broadcasting. To find those generous companies, MPB employees preoccupied with periodic membership drives need time to make convincing sales pitches. To free up that time, MPB says an independent consultant might handle its next fundraising drive. MPB’s board voted March 8 to allow its staff to experiment with a new approach to its pledge time for television and drive time for radio. This was the board’s response to Gov. Haley Barbour’s request that the board come up with a five-year plan to make MPB self-sufficient. MPB’s budget this year is more than $15.4 million; about half of that ($7.5 million) comes from the state. “In fact, your plan should be to eliminate all state support in five years and rely on advertising, sponsorships and production revenue,” Barbour wrote in a letter to the MPB board. “You would have to have $400 million in an endowment to get $16 million a year. We will never, ever be self-sufficient,” said Bob Sawyer, board chairman and an investment adviser from Gulfport. “I’m being realistic. That doesn’t mean we can’t work harder to alleviate some things.” Jay Woods, MPB’s acting executive director, is actively looking for an outside company to handle the pledge drive this summer if the price is right. “We are just not sitting back waiting for a handout. That is not our attitude at all,”
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ming as well as public safety and emergency alerts for the Mississippi Emergency Management Agency. “MEMA wouldn’t exist without us. If you don’t think we are important, go to MEMA and look at the cameras set up,” Sawyer said. “MEMA uses us and doesn’t offer us anything.” Hester and the board members noted that some legislators confuse MPB with National Public Radio. MPB, a state agency that purchases programs from the Public Broadcasting System and NPR, and is a member of PBS and NPR, which produces programs and acts as a syndicator for member stations. Partnerships with state agencies and private entities are part of MPB’s strategic plan to bring in more money and to be relevant to Mississippians. Woods points to programming such as “Southern Remedy,” a partnership with the University of Mississippi Medical Center, and “Job Hunter,” a partnership with the Mississippi Manufacturers Association. Legislators have praised both shows, Woods said. “No one in state leadership has questioned the quality of our local programming. No one has questioned our ability to do a good job,” Woods said. MPB’s strategic plan outlines three areas of focus: emergency response, economic development and education overlay. Besides a radio and television station, MPB runs an education service that includes the Interactive Video Network for public schools and a community-based preschool literacy program. The confusion among legislators regarding MPB stem from ideological and philosophical differences in how the station is funded, Woods said. “That’s our major goal: to educate them,” he said in the interview. For example, Woods has heard critics
suggest that MPB should run advertisements like commercial broadcasters do. “By law, we can’t,” he said. Underwriting for public broadcasting has restrictions: You can’t compare products or services; you can’t give prices; you can’t use adjectives; you can’t call the audience to action. Not many commercials fit those tight criteria. “Our challenge is to convince companies to underwrite that they are aligning their brand with high-quality programming. PBS is the most trusted media outlet for the last seven consecutive years,” Woods said. Some critics point to cable networks such as The Learning Channel, Bravo and A&E as sources of the same arts and cultural programming as public broadcasting. While those networks did start off with lofty intentions, they now have given in to market pressures and air reality programming such as “Strange Sex,” “The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills” and “Gene Simmons Family Jewels.” Woods’ charts show that these shows air on cable stations in the same time slots as award-winning PBS programs such as “Nature,” “Masterpiece Theater” and “NOVA.” Of the $7.5 million MPB got from the state this year, $5.9 million came from the general fund, Woods said. Of that $5.9 million, 98 percent went to salaries. The other 2 percent went to MPB original programming. If MPB has to cut, the only place to do it is in the staff, Woods said. MPB has 131 staff positions, of which 24 are vacant. Woods said that was a voluntary choice that saved $400,000. Woods compares MPB to LeFleurs Bluff State Park in the middle of Jackson. Even if people only visit it occasionally, they like having a piece of nature nearby. “People like knowing it’s there,” Woods said. “To take it away would deny everyone that option.” Comment at www.jfp.ms.
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Bryant Gives Skewed History Lesson Lt. Gov Phil Bryant gave Mississippi Tea Party members a history lesson at the Eudora Welty Library March 8, a few days before the Senate voted against his redistricting plan that would dissolved a majority-black district in Hattiesburg. Bryant, who is running for governor, said the Voting Rights Acts of 1965 is a former president’s attempt to punish the south. “It changed in 1965 when Lyndon Johnson didn’t get the votes of the South. You know, we voted for Barry Goldwater,” Bryant told a room of about 60 “So Lyndon Johnson got mad, and he passed the Voting Rights Act that said all those states that voted less than 50 percent in the past presidential election in 1964 now must go under the control of the Justice Department.” Because of Mississippi’s history of
voter suppression, the state must receive preclearance from the U.S. Department of Justice for redistricting plans to protect minorities. Did Off-Color E-mails Get Turner Ousted? The joke’s on Gov. Haley Barbour’s spokesman Dan Turner who resigned Monday, March 14, after Politico published parts of e-mails Turner had sent to the staff. Apparently, Turner regularly sent e-mails containing news briefs, factoids and jokes to the governor’s staff. Some of the jokes, however, poked fun at the Tsunami in Japan, Janet Reno’s gender and even genocide in Cambodia. Deputy Press Secretary Laura Hipp replaces Turner. Hipp was a ClarionLedger reporter before she went to work for Barbour.
by Adam Lynch
More Redistricting Fireworks Ahead?
Lt. Gov. Phil Bryant said he is willing to have senators run second campaigns for a new Republican district in the House.
to avoid that,â€? said Sen. Hob Bryan, DAmory, minutes before the Senate vote killing Bryantâ€™s plan. Each chamber must now receive approval for its redistricting plan from the opposite chamber. (Similar to the Senateâ€™s vote last week, House members also beat back a Republican-backed plan to amend the House redistricting plan with a plan more favorable to Republican politicians.) Now that the House has approved the Senateâ€™s planâ€”complete with a revived House redistricting map attachmentâ€”the altered resolution must appear before the Senate for a vote of concurrence. This is the Senateâ€™s opportunity to vote to concur on the districts that both the House and the Senate have drawn for themselves. If at least 27 senators approve the Houseâ€™s addition, the plan moves on to the Department of Justice for preclearance. If Bryant convinces a majority of the Senate to oppose concurrence, the House and the Senate will have to work out their differences with the bill in conference. Bryant said he supported the Senate committeeâ€™s decision last week to kill the House bill because it does not create enough Republican districts in the House. â€œThis means not another Republican would get elected to the House of Representatives for the next decade,â€? he said. Moak said he hoped a majority of senators would work to keep the redistricting process as smooth as possible to avoid having to run for election a second time next year. Bryant, however, confirmed last week that his motivation is not helping senators avoid running for election a second time, but to promote a more Republican-friendly House. â€œCall your senators and tell them to leave that House bill where itâ€™s at: on the floor. Weâ€™ll start over. Weâ€™ll go back and draw a fairer plan. If not, it will go to court and we will run again,â€? Bryant said. â€œOh, they say the worst thing in the world is that we may have to run twice. OK â€Ś (but) these are defining moments. This is the most important vote weâ€™re liable to make in the next decade.â€? Comment at www.jfp.ms.
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he battle over African American-majority legislative districts continues this week in the state capitol after a confusing series of dueling redistricting proposals failed to stickâ€”two from the Mississippi House of Representatives; one from the Senate; and a fourth especially controversial effort by Lt. Gov. Phil Bryant. Critics complained that the Houseâ€™s first plan would create black or white super-majority districts and, especially, pack too many black voters into â€œminority-majority districts.â€? The Senate rejected the House version in an unusual move, responding with a scaled-back plan that would still create a majority-black Senate District 41 in Hattiesburg. Bryant then proposed his substitute Senate plan to diffuse black voting strength in the Hattiesburg districtâ€”but the Senate rejected that plan, saying that it would not get past the U.S. Department of Justice. The Senate then returned to its original plan, sending it back to the House for approval. In response, the House revived its redistricting plan creating more minority-ma-
jority districts and sent it back to the Senate as an amendment to the Senate bill. â€œThe battle lines to be drawn will be whether or not Phil Bryant will concur,â€? said Rep. Bobby Moak, D-Bogue Chitto. But Bryant has proved a logjam in the redistricting process so far. The Senate ended the hold-up last week after it struck down his substitute redistricting plan with a 35-to-16 vote. Under the Senateâ€™s reconstituted plan, District 41 has majority-black voting population of 59.06 percent, up from 38.21 percent, by absorbing black voters from neighboring districts. During debate, critics of Bryantâ€™s plan, including Legislative Reapportionment Committee Chairman Terry Burton, RNewton, argued that the U.S. Department of Justice must pre-clear Mississippiâ€™s redistricting plan under the Voting Rights Act of 1965, which encourages states to create minority voting districts, and may not approve a plan that pointedly destroys a black-majority district. Section 2 of the Voting Rights Act provides protection against discriminatory dilution of minority populations. Section 5, however, requires the DOJ to pre-clear redistricting plans from Mississippi and other states with a history of vote suppression. Bryant said during a March 8 public appearance at Eudora Welty Library that he opposed Burtonâ€™s Senate redistricting plan because it put the state under the thumb of the U.S. Department of Justice. The gubernatorial candidate said complying with the DOJ is like â€œpaying the firing squad to shoot me last,â€? adding that he is itching for a fight. â€œIt is literally like paying ransom. Youâ€™ve got to have more majority-minority districts, and maybe theyâ€™ll let us get by; maybe theyâ€™ll approve (our plan),â€? Bryant said. â€œWhat country are we in? What have we become?â€? But senators rejected Bryantâ€™s redistricting plan because of the DOJ guidelines and the possibility that they would have to run in newly approved districts in 2012. â€œ[W]ithout pre-clearance, youâ€™re running for a one-year term, and all of us want
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sippi has serious problems with HIV,” Megan McLemore, Human Rights Watch senior researcher, said. “... Fifty percent of people in Mississippi with HIV are not receiving care. A second concern is that the death rate (for those with AIDS) in Mississippi is 60 percent higher than in the rest of the country.” RONNI MOTT
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hen Greenwood resident Sandra Stringfellow was diagnosed with HIV 16 years ago, she felt isolated and alone. Her neighbor flagged down Stringfellow’s visitors to tell them that Stringfellow was positive and that they shouldn’t associate with her. Stringfelllow said she believes breaking stigmas is just as important as increasing funding for HIV/AIDS treatment and services for survivors. She says her neighbor no longer flags people down, but she still feels isolated because of the disease. “All I am trying to do is encourage and motivate people,” Stringfellow said. “There still is life with HIV or AIDS, and there are more people out here than you think that are positive. We need to stop being scared and start educating people. As of right now, we are still in the dark ages.” To raise awareness on the struggles of the HIV/AIDS survivors, two reports and a three-day conference brought Stringfellow and approximately 200 advocates to the Capitol last week, where they called for support of sex education, and funding for prevention and services for those suffering from HIV/AIDS. The inaugural Mississippi HIV/AIDS awareness day, Wednesday, March 9, was one of the highlights of the week. Brave New Day, an HIV/AIDS support organization located in Jackson, received a grant through AIDS United and the Ford Foundation to host The Mississippi HIVil Rights Project, a three-day conference that tied lessons from the Civil Rights Movement to its advocacy training. “It’s historic for us because we haven’t seen that kind of gathering in the history of the epidemic in Mississippi among survivors of HIV,” said HIV survivor and Brave New Day Executive Director Robin Webb. During a press conference at the Capitol Human Rights Watch, an international human-rights organization, released the report “Rights at Risk: State Response to HIV in Mississippi,” along with Harvard Law School’s “State Healthcare Access Research Project: Mississippi State Report.” “We issued this report because Missis-
Brave New Day Executive Director Robin Webb and 200 HIV/AIDS advocates addressed lawmakers at the state Capitol last week.
Mississippi has the 10th highest rate of AIDS diagnosis in the country and the 16th highest rate of HIV infections. In 2009, 9,212 people in Mississippi were living with HIV/ AIDS; however, the Human Rights Watch report states that the number underestimates residents with HIV/AIDS because 10 to 25 percent of people with the disease do not know they have it. The state’s first HIV/AIDS Awareness Day met with some static, however, when the state Capitol’s security guards asked advocates to remove a box of free condoms from an information table. Webb said the incident exemplified the approach to sex and STD education that the state has embraced. “The point is, this is the very thing that buries burning issues like comprehensive sex education,” he said “...There couldn’t be anything worse than to remove those condoms from the rotunda.” Mississippi allocates $750,000 for HIV/ AIDS treatment and services each year, but
McLemore said those funds are inadequate, compared to other states. The state’s funding, she said, has remained the same for 10 years, despite the rising costs of medical care and housing. The Human Rights report calls for state agencies, such as the Department of Health, to apply for more federal funds to provide health care, housing and transportation services for those living with HIV/ AIDS. “Mississippi leaves millions, and perhaps billions, on the table every year by not taking advantage of federal dollars that they need to get,” McLemore said. For this current fiscal year, the Department of Health was awarded a total of $21,889,144 from the state and federal government for HIV/AIDS prevention and support services. The majority of non-state-allocated funds are from the federal Ryan White Care Act, which provides drugs and health care for low-income and uninsured AIDS patients. The Centers for Disease Control provides for HIV-prevention education and testing, and the Health Department receives $948,759 from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and $941,126 from the City of Jackson for housing assistance. Dr. Nick Mosca, who began serving as the director of the Mississippi Department of Health sexually transmitted diseases/HIV program in November 2010, said educating policy-makers is the first step to improving conditions for patients. “My vision for the HIV program in the Mississippi State Department of Health is to have an efficient public-health infrastructure that promotes effective evidence-based prevention strategies through community alliances,” Mosca said. Mosca said applying for more federal funds would not necessarily help. “One of the things we are struggling with is how to we apply for funds and (then) be able to manage them effectively,” Mosca said. “If we are not able to apply for the funds, ... the funds could be applied for by communitybased organizations.” Comment at www.jfp.ms.
by Ward Schaefer
Census: A Long, Close-up View
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of the neighborhood’s homes were owner-occupied. Under half the households in the area had lived there fewer than 10 years. By 1990, 5 percent to 10 percent of the census tract was black. These largely new black residents had a median income that was at or above the median income for whites in the neighborhood. Poverty and homeownership numbers remained the same, and median home values had risen slightly. A decade later, the area’s racial balance was approaching even, with both whites and African Americans making up between 30 percent and 50 percent of the population. Homeownership figures remained the same, and median home values had soared to between $200,000 and $250,000. But the area’s poverty rate had doubled, or more. Now the median household income for white residents was above the median for the neighborhood as a whole. The figure for African Americans, on the other hand, was below the overall median. By the most recent American Community Survey, from 2005 to 2009, the area’s population was majority African American. Median income was slightly higher for all groups, though the figure for African American residents was still slightly lower than the number for whites. With the collapse of the housing bubble, median home values dropped by half or more. The area’s population appeared to be newer, with 65 to 70 percent arriving since 2000 and owner occupancy down to between 60 and 70 percent. In other parts of the city, profound demographic changes happened long ago. Census Tract 103.01, which includes the Presidential Hills neighborhood, saw its racial demographics shift dramatically in the 1970s. The tract—bordered by Cynthia Road, Northside Drive and Medgar Evers Boulevard—was between 80 and 90 percent white in 1970. By 1980, it was majority black, with whites making up less than 30 percent of the area’s population. Since that time, median household income has trended slowly upward. The area’s poverty rate peaked at between 25 and 30 percent in 1990 and has dropped steadily since then. Median home values rose gradually from 1970 to 2000 but reached a plateau with the 2005-2009 ACS. Comment at www.jfp.ms.
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Legislature: Week 10
by Adam Lynch
Stadiums and Sticky Hands
Jackson State University will own the Mississippi Veterans Memorial Stadium come July unless Gov. Haley Barbour vetoes the deal.
March 16 - 22, 2011
ackson State University will be the new owner of Mississippi Veterans Memorial Stadium if Gov. Haley Barbour agrees. The Mississippi House of Representatives accepted the Senate’s version of a bill transferring ownership of the stadium to the university last week. Jackson State officials say the school is the only one in the state with its own football team but no stadium. House Bill 1158, submitted by Rep. Mary Coleman, D-Jackson, directs the Department of Finance and Administration, as managing agency for the Mississippi Veterans Memorial Stadium, to transfer the stadium to the university. The department will also transfer other state-owned property immediately surrounding the stadium to JSU and the University of Mississippi Medical Center.
Health Care Can Wait The complicated procedure of creating a Mississippi health insurance exchange to comply with the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act hit a bump in the road last week. President Barack Obama signed into law last year a federal statute that requires states to create health-care exchanges providing a market for company and individual health-insurance policies. The federal Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act sets a 2014 deadline for states to create their exchanges, programs that must also monitor, certify and rate insurance plans, negotiate and establish customer tax credits, and determine customer eligibility for federal programs like Medicaid, CHIP and other public programs. In addition, the federal law requires exchanges to calculate health-insurance costs, establish an exchange navigation website and to set up and operate a toll-free hotline. States have two years to put the exchange together, but last week, Mississippi legislators let SB 2992 die, a bill that would have created the exchange. Joseph Ammerman, spokesman for Mississippi Insurance Commissioner Mike Chaney, says a nearly identical House bill is still alive, but HB 1220 is not quite out of the fire. It currently awaits a House decision to concur or invite a conference with senators to hash out a version of the bill that squares with the desires of both chambers. On March 8, however, House leaders declined to concur
with senators on the bill, sending the measure to a panel of negotiators from both chambers to hash out their differences. Looking After the Looked-After Abusers of vulnerable adults face harsher penalties after July when legislators up the ante for third-time abuse convictions. Abuse of vulnerable adults includes willfully omitting performing duties that contribute or cause physical pain, injury or mental anguish. It also includes “unreasonable confinement or deprivation of services,” which could include access to food, water, air-conditioning or heat, or financial exploitation. An example of financial exploitation could be a personal-care home employee or owner tapping into a resident’s bank account or cashing a resident’s government-issued check without proper authority. Under HB 562, first and second violations of the law carry a misdemeanor charge with a fine of up to $1,000 or up to one-year imprisonment in the county jail, or both. A third conviction within five years, however, upgrades the misdemeanor to a felony and makes possible a five-year prison sentence in the Mississippi Department of Corrections and a maximum fine of up to $5,000. “This bill adds some much needed heat to the current misdemeanor statute,” Attorney General Jim Hood said in a statement. Hood’s fraud division has been busting institutionalcare workers who have stolen from or abused their patients. A New Review Mississippi may soon have a unified, consistent program for offering mental-health services to patients. Senate Bill 2836, the Mississippi Mental Health Reform Act, creates a statewide program to oversee the state’s many mental-health facilities. Mary Troupe, executive director of the Coalition for Citizens with Disabilities, praised the bill, arguing that the state currently provides no consistency of services between its mental-health facilities. “People have to travel across three or four counties to get their proper care, and they can’t afford it,” Troupe said. “... People throughout the state need consistent care.” The bill awaits a panel of lawmakers to agree on a single version of the bill. Comment at www.jfp.ms.
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hat do you get when you combine a pulled-pork sandwich, fresh-brewed sweet tea and Hershey bar pie? A trifecta of taste paramount to the greatest culinary experience possible under $15: lunch at The Hickory Pit. For 31 years, The Hickory Pit has been churning out tasty, rich BBQ, smoked on premises with a side of great customer service. Owner Ginger Watkins attributes their long-term success to simple consistency in quality, taste, and, of course, lots Raul Sierra of personality. With a casual, friendly, and definitely eclectic atmosphere reminiscent of a Jackson, MS “Cheers,” The Hickory Pit keeps both tummies and seats full with their savory sauces, rich desserts and “the customer is always right” attitude. Long-time General Manager and co-owner Raul Sierra says it best, “We give them the best we can.” Sierra, originally from Bogota, Colombia but residing in Mississippi for most of his life, is often mistaken for Watkins’ husband. The best friends laugh the assumption off with, “We love each other too much to be married!” It’s that sense of family that drives both Watkins and Sierra to create a business that is both profitable and tasty. While some of the delectable sauces and recipes are from family, Watkins says that her best ideas come from her customers themselves. “Our business has grown by listening to our customers’ wants and needs, that’s the best way––along with great customer service––to longevity in this business,” she said. Good ears for listening and a lucky pig? Mounted on the wall at The Hickory Pit is none other than the “Good Luck Pig,” a stuffed razorback from Arkansas that a regular gave the restaurant as a gift when his wife wouldn’t let him hang his prized catch at home. “As many times as we’ve wanted to take it down, I say ‘No!’ We’ve never been robbed so he’s staying” laughs Sierra. “He’s our good luck charm.” Good luck or not, The Hickory Pit is your one-stop shop for all the great Southern BBQ you can handle. But don’t fret if you aren’t feeling the BBQ vibe. Stop in for one of their famous PoBoys, hamburgers or smoked turkey sandwiches complete with the extra fixin’s (tater salad, cole slaw, baked beans, onion rings, and home fries, just to name a few) sure to satisfy any craving. But don’t come to eat and fill up before you get to dessert. The saying, “save the best for last,” must be directed toward the heavenly homemade desserts offered daily at The Hickory Pit. From Hershey Bar or Lemon Pie to Carrot or Coconut cake, a meal here is not complete without something sweet. Friends in town? Big game on Saturday? Need some extra help in the kitchen? Just call the catering experts at The Hickory Pit. From 100 to 1000, there isn’t much they can’t do. Choose items per pound or go big with the Rib Party Pack and you are sure to please the whole crowd. Visit The Hickory Pit at 1491 Canton Mart in Jackson, or call 601-956-7079 to experience Southern BBQ at its finest with an extra side of hospitality. When you leave stuffed and ready for a power nap, don’t be surprised when you are sent away with an “Adios!”
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Redistricting: Get Moving
he Mississippi House of Representatives did the right thing this week by stapling its Senate-rejected redistricting plan onto the Senate’s own redistricting map. Both chambers must approve each other’s redistricting map to complete the new districts by the June 1 deadline to qualify for House or Senate elections this year. But a Senate committee killed the House plan last week and derailed the process. By attaching its Senate-killed plan to the Senate bill, the House offers the Senate a second chance to keep the process smooth. Lt. Gov. Phil Bryant and Gov. Haley Barbour don’t want convenience, however. They want more Republican-majority districts. As chairman of the Republican Governors Association, Barbour challenged the GOP to take an active hand in state redistricting. He told USA Today last year that GOP victories in statehouses meant Republicans could “make sure that the Democrats don’t take from us tomorrow what we fought so hard for today.” The death of the House plan in the Senate wasn’t the Republicans last step. Barbour and Bryant worked hard this month to supplant two legitimate House and Senate redistricting maps with new maps favoring Republicans in the next election. But a majority of politicians in both houses rejected the changelings because they see that the Barbour and Bryant maps created fewer black-majority districts. The governor and the lieutenant governor have few reasons to champion the creation of new black districts, of course, since blacks tend to vote Democratic. But the Voting Rights Act of 1965 encourages states to create minority-majority districts and frowns on dissolving proposed new black districts. Bryant told a twisted history to a group of conservatives last week. He said that the Voting Rights Act of 1965 was all about one Democratic president’s push to rig the South in favor of Democrats, instead of it being about reversing some southern states’ penchant for voter suppression. Barbour may be more informed than Bryant on history, but he still advocates for the alternative redistricting maps because they fulfill his GOP promise to make electing Republicans easier. Together they form a major block to the state’s redistricting process. The problem here is that politicians, by and large, do not like wasting their own money. Plenty of representatives and senators want the U.S. Department of Justice to approve the state’s redistricting by their qualifying deadline, or else they may have to run in a district penciled out by a judge they’ve never heard of. Barbour holds sway over Republicans in this state, but he’s telling them now to risk spending thousands of dollars each for pointless second campaigns, and that’s a hard pill to swallow. Stop forcing the plans on the people of Mississippi.
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r. Announcement: “In the ghetto criminal justice system, the people are represented by two members of the McBride family: police officer and part-time security guard at the Funky Ghetto Mall, Dudley ‘DoRight’ McBride; and attorney Cootie McBride of the law firm McBride, Myself and I. This is their story.” Dudley: “Dispatcher called us to counter the conspiracy to destroy young ghetto boys at Cootie Creek County Middle School. Concerned and angry parents have staged a heated protest on school grounds. They’re mad at principal Meen-O-Whitman Jr. He singled out young ghetto boys for the school’s low standardized test scores. We need to investigate.” Cootie: “Remember the time, about 35 years ago, when our elementary school principal, Meen-O-Whitman Sr., called our third grade class a bunch of ‘smart dummies’?” Dudley: “I remember it like yesterday.” Cootie: “One would think a new generation of educators, like the principal and teachers at Cootie Creek County Middle School, would discover or create better ways to motivate children.” Dudley: “And I remember how things got better for us ghetto kids after those inner city uprisings. We had new group of teachers who treated us with sincerity, dignity and respect.” Cootie: “This incident we’re about to investigate reminds me of what the late James Brown sang: ‘Don’t give me denigration; give me true communication. Don’t give me sorrow. I want equal opportunity to live tomorrow.’” Dudley: “Cootie, I’m motivated. Let’s get in the law ‘n’ order SUV and TCB (take care of business).” 14 Doink, doink.
Do the Right Thing
et’s be honest. I’m sure all parents agree that kids need discipline. Kids need to learn respect; kids need to learn tolerance. But what happens when a kid feels like he doesn’t see those qualities exemplified by the adults around him, adults who are charged with instilling in them those same values? What do you do? You’ll have to admit, the Itawamba County School District has had a tumultuous year. A year ago, it stopped a high-school prom to prevent Constance McMillen from bringing her girlfriend to the prom. Instead of seizing a teachable moment, the board leaned on policy and cancelled what is, for most high school kids, one of their greatest nights. Now they’ve got another lawsuit on their hands from a student who alleges that his constitutional rights have been violated, and in a unique instance, I might add. I was called as an expert witness last week in a hearing for 18-year-old Taylor Bell. Bell, a student at Itawamba Agricultural High School, is like any other high-school student: He plays sports, likes to hang out with friends and likes to make music. In fact, one of his compositions is at the center of this controversy. A song he penned around Christmas insinuating that some Itawamba coaches were involved in improper behavior got him suspended from school and sent to an alternative school for the semester. School board members said that one line in particular was a threat of violence against the coaches. As I sat in that courtroom and listened to the proceedings, I felt a huge chasm between the adults and the young people. It’s the same feeling I’ve felt before when debating people who comment on the JFP site. It’s the same feeling that I felt sitting in corporate meetings with businessmen who felt I wasn’t worthy of being there, the same feeling I get from folks who ignorantly try to judge the hip-hop culture,
those who pass judgment, those who stereotype because of what they’ve heard. When I saw the school board cherrypick through Bell’s lyrics again and again, I knew that the disconnect I often talk about was afoot. Indulge me for a moment. Could it be that this school board is so out of touch with the students it serves that it’s doing more harm than good? Are they adhering to a code that doesn’t take into account a new generation of students? Would it be necessary for me to testify to board members about the nuances of hip-hop if they were a little more in touch? Perhaps they didn’t know about the metaphors, the alliteration, the bravado and the machismo that comes with the genre. Perhaps they didn’t know that sometimes folks turn to music when they can’t express themselves. Perhaps Bell felt like he couldn’t count on the adults around him to investigate the accusations, so he wrote a song. Maybe they would have known that they didn’t have a “killer” in their midst, and that it would probably serve their constituents better to look into some of those accusations. I can’t say with certainty whether they have looked into what Bell was saying. I’ll admit, the profanity in the song made it hard to listen to. Plus, students can lie. But, ultimately, they do have some rights. Right? At the end of the day, all hip-hop isn’t bad, and I can’t say in good conscious or from experience that Bell posed a threat. Real hooligans don’t make records. If Bell’s education has been compromised for even a day because of a song—a song posted on his Facebook page, on his time, with his equipment—then he should be made whole. We can’t expect our kids to do the right thing if they don’t see us doing it. And that’s the truth ... sho-nuff.
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on the spot. As I sped away, heart pounding, I looked into the rearview mirror and saw the silhouette of the panther in the middle of the road, watching my taillights. The majestic beast had, indeed, come close to leaping into my Jeep. There were black panthers in Mississippi then, and I believe they are still here, prowling the deep woods, emerging from time to time for whatever reason. That wasn’t my first dance with a black panther. Two years earlier, I saw my first black panther in broad daylight while taking driving lessons from my mother on those same dirt-covered roads. The cat approached from the right, sprinting across a recently cleared stand of timber, and crossed directly in front of the Chevy, quickly disappearing into the woods. I slammed on brakes, speechless, peering into the woods, hoping the creature would re-emerge. It didn’t. Then the following year I saw it again while hunting with my grandfather. I find it surprising that some Mississippians do not believe in black panthers. Mississippi’s earliest and perhaps most spiritual residents, the Choctaw, refer to black panthers in their folklore, most often associating them with death. There always has been a mystical quality to the big cats, signifying that they are much more than wild animals. I grew up a stone’s throw from a tiny community on Highway 61 named Panther Burn. Head north on that same highway, and you soon run into Coahoma County, “coahoma” being a Choctaw word for red panther. The panther is an integral part of Mississippi history. Early Choctaw inhabitants had a special term for black panthers—“soul eater”— the implication being that they were the personification of evil. Maybe there is something to that. Was it coincidence that my Jeep was charged by a black panther only weeks before the assassination of Medgar Evers? Looking back, I can now see that my panther sightings occurred at a satanic time in Mississippi history, during a period when evil was rampant and on the prowl for bloodlust from one end of the state to the other. Some people say those satanic times have returned. If you ever happen upon a black panther in the wild, consider that you may be peering into the yellow eyes of the greatest soul eater of them all, Satan himself, a creature of habit whose image has never been captured in a photograph. When James L. Dickerson is not writing books, he works with individuals with intellectual disabilities and dances with panthers.
Suddenly, the big cat began moving toward me, slowly at first, then faster.
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wo men were overheard talking in a checkout line. “They say there’re black panthers in Mississippi, but I don’t believe it. If there were black panthers here, somebody would have taken a picture by now. I’ve never seen one, have you?” “No, but maybe there’s a reason for that.” “Some guys on the radio were talking about it. They said, no picture, no panthers.” “People don’t always have cameras with them when they’re in the woods.” “I’ll believe in panthers when I see the picture.” The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service agrees. A few weeks ago the agency declared the panther officially extinct in Mississippi and 20 other states east of the Mississippi River where they have been known to breed. Forty-nine years ago, on one of those honeysuckle-sweet May nights that occur with frequency in the Mississippi Delta, I was riding about town in my World War II vintage Jeep, nothing over my head except a starlit sky. I was restless, probably thinking about a girlfriend who was locked in her room, forbidden to see me. You know how 17-year-old boys are when they are having girlfriend problems—they drive and drive and drive. My restlessness took me out of town toward Leroy Percy State Park, an isolated stretch of road with no houses, just rice fields and farmland. Desolate at night, it was a favorite location for teenagers to park and do whatever teenagers do when they are alone with their girlfriends on a spooky, starlit night. After driving a while, I pulled off onto a dirt road so I could turn around and head back to town. But I saw something that stopped me cold: an enormous black panther about the size of a female lion, crouched in the middle of the road, its luminous yellow eyes focused on the headlights of my Jeep. It was a beautiful creature, lean and powerful, with a shiny black coat. I guessed its weight to be at least 100 pounds. I sat frozen behind the wheel of the Jeep, surveying my options, just as the panther froze, surveying its options. Suddenly, the big cat began moving toward me, slowly at first, then faster and faster. Instinctively, my right hand went to my side. In those days I routinely wore a holstered pistol, but on that night I had left home without it. I was defenseless. I slapped the Jeep into reverse and spun back onto the road, slinging gravel, motor screeching, acutely aware that it was an opentop Jeep, and I no longer had the big cat in my field of vision. I quickly clutched, shifted and floored the accelerator, praying that the big cat would not leap into the Jeep and devour me
S ’ Y D D A P . ST Schedule of Events
by Jesse Crow
Thursday, March 17
2 p.m., Ole Tavern on George Street’s fest begins, $10 cover, food and drink specials.
8–11 p.m., Irish folk singer Beth Patterson performs at Fenian’s Pub, free.
Zeebo plays on the Two Sisters patio.
Friday, March 18
Two Sisters patio, $10 cover.
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at the King Edward and march to Hal & Mal’s for an outdoor concert. 8 p.m. St. Paddy’s Kickoff Party at Fire with The Molly Ringwalds. 9 p.m.–midnight, Bailey Brothers perform at Fenian’s Pub, free. Fenian’s is also having a Jägermeister promotion.
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4 p.m., AJC and The Envelope Pushers perform at Ole Tavern on George Street on the 4:30-7:30 p.m., Juvenator performs at Fenian’s Pub, $5. 6 p.m.-until, DJ on the Two Sisters patio at the Ole Tavern on George Street, $10. 8-11 p.m., Fat Albert Johnson Band performs at Fenian’s Pub, $5. 8 p.m., E Company performs at the Ole Tavern on George Street, $10. 10 p.m., Dirty Bourbon River Show performs at the Ole Tavern on George Street, $10. midnight, Rooster Blues plays at the Ole Tavern on George Street, $10.
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begins at the BancorpSouth building at the corner of State and Capitol streets. For more information, visit msracetiming.com/St._Paddy_s_Day.php 9 a.m., Trustmark Children’s Festival, Pascagoula Street between Farish and Lamar streets, in front of the Jackson Convention Complex; free. 9:30 a.m., BancorpSouth Mal’s St. Paddy’s Parade Race one-mile fun run; $20 late registration. Race begins at the BancorpSouth building at the corner of State and Capitol streets. For more information, visit msracetiming.com/St._Paddy_s_Day.php 10 a.m., Pet Parade, Pascagoula Street between Farish and Lamar streets in front of the Jackson Convention Complex; free. 11 a.m., Trustmark Children’s Parade, Pascagoula Street between Farish and Lamar streets in front of the Jackson Convention Complex; free. 12:30-3:30 p.m., St. Patrick’s Block Party in the back parking lot of Fenian’s Pub, $5. The Joe Carroll Gang performs. 1 p.m., Mal’s St. Paddy’s Parade in downtown Jackson starts at Court and State streets. Street Party after the parade at the Hal & Mal’s parking lot, $5. No baby strollers or coolers allowed. 21+.
governor’s mansion. You’ll recognize them by their green robes and the buckets on their heads. They’re sort of a secret society that one has to be invited to join. (We could tell you who some of the current Bucketheads are, but then we’d have to kill you.) Architect he Mal’s St. Paddy’s Parade comes with 29 years of history and traditions old and Sambo Mockbee was an original Buckethead. new, so a cheat sheet is helpful. Here are a few of the key players and things to Bob McFarland (former chairman of Jubilee!JAM) returns to Jackson each year know as you plan: from Seattle to head up the Children’s Festival. This year’s kids and pet parades will be Malcolm White, now director of the Mississippi Arts Commission and co- on Lamar Street, with the rides set up on Pascagoula between Lamar and West streets. owner of Hal & Mal’s, started the parade 29 years ago and is the “Mal” in its name. Street Party Bands: After the parade, the Blues Boys Band plays outside Hal & This year’s theme is “Hey, Hey, the Blues is Alright.” Mal’s on Commerce Street. They’ve played at the parade every year Grand Marshals: Commissioners from the Mississippi Blues since the first one. The Pinstripe Band, which also leads the paCommission, about five. rade, plays next, followed by DJ Fast Eddie. Inside, Jesse Robinson Who leads the way: The parade starts with the Pinstripe plays from 6-9 p.m., and Fast Eddie takes over for the rest of the Brass Band and the O’Tux Society. The O’Tuxers are the White’s night. marching krewe. Its members wear tuxes and hand out carnations The waitstaff: Hal & Mal’s will serve a limited menu inin exchange for kisses. side, with gratuity included, the motto being, “So our waiters can Notable Krewes: Following the O’Tux Society is the Krewe of find their pot of gold at the end of the rainbow.” The bartenders Kazoo. They’re dressed in pink and carrying parasols. Behind them request that you bring your patience. are the Green Ladies, the youngest of the marching krewes. A local The Marching Malfunctions: Friday night before the pabrass band, the Mississippi Sounds, follows the Green Ladies. The Original Pinstripe Brass Band, based rade is the inaugural Marching Malfunctions Second Line Stomp Other krewes to look for: Vic Carmody’s (and his ladies), the out of New Orleans, is a staple in the and Street Dance. Organized by John Hawkins, president of the Rude Men (perennial winners), the Verde Do Krewe, the Krewe of Mal’s St. Paddy’s Parade. Jackson Arts and Music Foundation, and coordinated with the Pressure, and the JFP’s Blue Line Krewe (working with Figment). O’Tux Society, Krewe of Kazoo and Green Ladies, anyone who Noteworthy prize: The Krewe of Pressure Train Wreck Award wishes to participate can gather at the King Edward Hotel at 5 is named in honor of that krewe because one year on the way to the parade, they were, p.m. Friday. At 7 p.m., a brass band leads marchers up Capitol Street to Hal & Mal’s, in fact, involved in a train wreck. where a free outdoor concert will be underway featuring the Bailey Brothers, the LegSpeaking of prizes, the Bucketheads are the parade judges, stationed in front of the endary House Rockers, Super Chikan and the Fighting Cocks and DJ Fast Eddie. by Julie Skipper
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Marching for a Cause and a friend even paddled down the Pearl River 431 miles to raise an additional $30,000 for the cause. The Sweet Potato Queens have been holding a yearlong contest to see which SPQ chapter, of an estimated 6,200 chapters, can raise the most money for the hospital. The local chapter already raised $20,000, and chapters all over the world send money to support Jackson’s Blair E. Batson Hospital for Children. “It’s the only children’s hospital in the state of Mississippi that will not turn people away. What’s a better reason than that?” asks Hal & Mal’s General Manager April Baucum. The Pediatric Emergency Department at Batson is the state’s only level 1 emergency room designed for children, and Batson’s Mississippi Children’s Cancer Clinic is the sole center for children with cancer or blood-related diseases.
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The hospital deposits the funds raised by the parades into an unallocated fund, where it can best decide how to use it based on its needs. “If they need new chairs on the third floor, they can use this money,” says Jen Hospodor, University of Mississippi Medical Center’s assistant director of public affairs. “If they need new IV poles in the E.R., they can use this money. In the past, it has been used to fund even construction projects. It just depends on where they need it, and it’s very important to have that kind of money in a hospital, especially a state hospital, because you’re never sure what you’re going to need and what the budget’s going to cover.” To find out more about the Blair E. Batson Hospital and how you can help, visit on the web: www.childrenshospital.umc.edu/.
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’m always looking for any excuse to don a costume, so naturally, I love a parade. This month packs in two of them: The Mal’s St. Paddy’s Parade, led by Hal & Mal’s co-owner Malcolm White; and the Zippity Doo Dah Parade, headed by former St. Paddy’s favorites, Sweet Potato Queen Jill Conner Browne and her “wannabees.” While it might seem that the Mal’s St. Paddy’s Parade is about fighting to the death for a string of plastic beads or exchanging a kiss with a stranger for a fake flower, or that the Zippity Doo Dah Parade is all about glittery costumes and colorful wigs, the parades actually serve a much larger purpose: benefiting the Blair E. Batson Hospital for Children. Since its start in 1983, the Mal’s St. Paddy’s Parade has donated more than $250,000 to Batson. In 2000, White
sporting a Bluebird sticker or sign (the amount varies from store to store), with a scavenger hunt planned to get people into the stores. • The Market in Fondren booth fees and a portion of vendor’s proceeds. • $5 parking fee for Saturday’s events at Memorial Stadium. • All the proceeds from events Jill Conner Browne describes as “goofy things at the Hilton.” “Last year somebody paid $2,000 to shave my husband’s head. We shaved several heads at $2,000 a head,” Conner Browne says. “We have a stripper pole. No one strips, of course, but we’ve found that everybody likes to play on one, so it’s a quarter a time to get on the pole, or you can buy a $5 weekend pole pass for unlimited access. Then if you’re going to say anything unkind to or about anyone else, it’s a quarter a time, or you can buy a $5 weekend ‘bitch’ pass.”
n the early ’80s, Malcolm White had been throwing yearly St. Patrick’s Day parties at the bar and restaurant he managed, George Street Grocery, the present location of the Ole Tavern on George Street. The parties were great, but he had bigger things in mind. “When I moved to Jackson, there wasn’t much going on in terms of cultural celebrations,” he says. “I thought a parade would be fun, so in 1983, I got the guy who owned George Street and the guy who owned CS’s to agree to let me produce this thing, and start it at CS’s and end it at George Street.” After the city gave him a permit to block downtown traffic during a weeknight rush hour, he called his friends and said, “We’re gonna have a parade.” He and a couple hundred friends had a blast marching through downtown Jackson dressed to look like they were
characters in Tennessee Williams plays. The parade ended at George Street, where a crowd had gathered for an after-party. When city officials realized what they had permitted, they asked White to move subsequent parades to the weekend, and the parades have been on the third Saturday in March ever since. White added different components to the celebration each year, making it more and more extravagant, attracting more and more people. By now, the parade brings approximately 60,000 people to Jackson each year, pouring more than $7 million into the local economy. And it isn’t just a day of green-tinted debauchery, either. Last year, the Parade raised about $40,000 for the Blair E. Batson Children’s Hospital. The route has been changed quite a bit over the years. For a time, it started and
ended at the State Fairgrounds, until coming to its current resting place at the downtown bar White co-owns with his brother: Hal & Mal’s on Commerce Street. While the Parade is held near St. Patrick’s Day, it’s taken on a life of its own. “It’s become more of a rites of spring thing that any sort of St. Patrick’s celebration,” White says. “It’s more about Jackson and the coming of spring.” Around the third or fourth parade, White began providing themes—the first one was “Irish I was in the Land of Cotton”—and the themes change every year. For the 29th parade this year, the theme is “Hey, Hey, The Blues is Alright,” and the Grand Marshal is a group: White says he’s confirmed about five of the 18 folks who serve on the Mississippi Blues Commission. For White, part of what makes the
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The History of the Mal’s St. Paddy’s Parade
parade so great is its unpredictability. “It’s not as if we come up with the theme, and then I assign each group a role in the play. It’s very freestyle and free flowing. You just never know,” he says. “I show up every year amazed at what people have come up with.”
Victoria Hooks is one of the many children benefiting from the St. Paddy’s events in Jackson.
The Mal’s St. Paddy‘s Parade donates all the float entry fees, ranging from $75 to $300 each. The Zippity Doo Dah Parade is part of the Zippity Doo Dah Weekend, held in conjunction with Sal & Mookie’s Street Carnival. Proceeds benefiting Batson include: • All proceeds from raffle tickets for Conner Brown’s Sweet Potato Queen crown and the raffle of a new car from Patty Peck Honda. Tickets are $25 each with 3,000 for sale. • Mini-float and port-o-potty decorating-contest entry fees. Float fee is $75 and $5 per person after the first 20 people. The last day to enter a float is March 19. Fondren Un-Zipped (the port-a-potty decorating contest) fee is $75 to sponsor a port-a-potty. • $5 from every weekend pass sold. • All proceeds from the Sal & Mookie’s Street Carnival. • A portion of the day’s proceeds from Fondren vendors
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hen the body senses a stressor, it acts to protect itself. Stored fuels (sugars and fats) release a burst of energy, breathing rate increases sending more oxygen to the blood, muscles tense preparing for action and senses become more acute (hearing more sensitive, pupils enlarge and smell is sharper). Your pet can’t maintain a high level of alertness indefinitely, so before departing for Mal’s St. Paddy’s Parade, heed the following recommendations to enhance your and your pet’s experience: • Get up early. For three weeks running, get up earlier than normal. By P-Day, your pet will believe this is normal and not stress when you get up early on a Saturday. • Walk. Upon waking, take your pet for a leisurely stroll. Each day, keep to the same path so as to not confuse or heighten emotional angst. • Do not over-hydrate. Too much water overfills the bladder. A full “tank” is not a pretty sight, especially when relief is required amongst a throng of parade celebrants. • Do not over-feed. Too many predeparture goodies will fill the belly resulting in discomfort and pending relief embarrassment during the parade (and the accompanying peer pressure for doo-doo pick-up in public). • Stash. Seal dry treats for the day in clear Ziploc bags. Depending on your pet’s sense of smell, you may need to double bag said goodies. Place the bags in a shoulder strapped canvas bag.
This will disguise the contents, free up your hands, and not prematurely let Fido in on the secret. Add select food and drink for yourself so that sharing is not an option. • Water. The night before, chill enough liquid refreshment for you and your pet. Before placing in your canvas bag, wrap each container in a cloth towel to absorb excessive moisture on the container. • Leash. The night before, place an extra leash into aforementioned bag. Using your regular leash will confuse your pet and establish premature departure expectations. • Attire. Your pets are color-blind; however, they do not appreciate being gaudily dressed up in St. Paddy’s-related attire. What you consider “cute,” your pet will not. Be forewarned: If a stranger laughs while poking a finger at your pet, this will result in either an angry charge at the taunting person, or your embarrassed pet crawling under the nearest bush. • Pictures. Rely on your fully charged phone for photo ops. Not only will this keep your hands free but inhibit your pet’s latent desire to pose and ham it up. • Seat. A lightweight portable chair provides a respite during the parade’s slow moments and helps define your turf. Plus, securing the pet’s leash to the chair (note: you must be sitting in chair otherwise pet will bolt) will free your hands to take pictures or imbibe in liquid refreshment. • Schedule. Timing is everything. Leave early to get a convenient parking space. This also affords your pet the chance to check out all the cool parade smells. • Location. While a fire hydrant or tree has curbside appeal, opt for an open parcel instead. You don’t know who or what has been at that hydrant or tree before you. In an open space, your pet won’t be as enticed to leave its “mark,” and you won’t be forced to deal with the smell through the course of the parade experience. Speaking of smell, be considerate of your fellow revelers: Come prepared to pick up after your pet so that others don’t have to deal with it on the bottom of their shoes.
Enjoying the Parade with Wee Ones by Kelly Bryan Smith f youâ€™re planning to spend an afternoon at the Malâ€™s St. Paddyâ€™s parade with small children, you probably want to do some planning. Here are some suggestions of the things you might need to keep the whole family happy.
Prepare for the Weather Check the weather forecast. If the weather is going to be cold or wet, pack jackets or umbrellas. Even if the sun isnâ€™t shining, be certain to pack sunscreen or lather up ahead of time. Donâ€™t forget that it isnâ€™t too early for mosquitoes, so if anyone in your family is sensitive to bug bites, pack the insect repellent, too. Bring Your Own Seats Bring folding camp chairs, and get there early to stake out a prime seating area along the parade route. Young children might appreciate a stroller or wagon to sit in during the parade as well as to give them a ride back to the car afterward. A wagon may be useful if youâ€™re planning to bring folding chairs and a cooler.
boxes, soda or beer. You may also wish to bring some cash to purchase snacks or drinks from the many vendors along the parade route, or tell your kids what to expect ahead of time so that they donâ€™t get upset when you refuse to buy them a funnel cake. Prepare to Clean Pack baby wipes or hand sanitizer to clean your familyâ€™s hands before they eat. Baby wipes can also double as napkins after eating a snack. If you have a baby, be certain to bring extra diapers and a change of clothes. Bring a grocery bag to collect all of your familyâ€™s trash to throw away appropriately after the parade.
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Simon Smith all decked out for St. Paddyâ€™s day festivities.
Pack a Picnic Whether you want a whole meal or just some snacks, pack a healthy selection of snacks such as granola bars, dried fruit or trail mix. Bring a cooler filled with ice, reusable water bottles, juice
Keep them Entertained Young children may have moments of boredom while watching the parade, so consider packing books, small toys or easily portable art supplies to keep your kids busy. Bringing a friend is one way to keep kids busy, if you donâ€™t mind supervising another child in the crowd. Avoid toys such as balls that would be easy for kids to toss into the middle of the parade by accident.
Capture the Day Of course, donâ€™t forget to bring a camera to catch the exciting moments as your family enjoys the parade.
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Amanda Rainey, of the ’60s-pop girl group The Bachelorettes, strikes a pose in a fabulous green afro.
t the Mal’s St. Paddy’s Parade, you will see families in jeans, college students in sundresses, and a wide variety of people wearing outlandish costumes. Just about anything goes. To join the throngs of wildly costumed parade participants and spectators, here are some inexpensive DIY costume ideas to get you started.
from around the house, or purchase a selection of materials such as pipe cleaners, feathers, ribbon, beads, sequins and tulle in shades of green. Create a masterpiece by attaching items to your hat with either hot glue or needle and thread. The taller your creation, the better it will stand out in the crowd. Be a Queen To mimic the Sweet Potato Queens, find an old prom dress, pull out the high heels and a feather boa. Consider wearing fishnet tights with your ensemble. Curl your hair, coat it in hairspray, and make up your face with green eye shadow and bright lipstick. Don’t forget beads, dangly earrings and a small clutch purse for queenly glam.
Go Green Search your closet, attic or even your favorite thrift store to compile an eclectic mix of green clothing in a variety of hues, patterns, and textures. (You could also choose to permanently dye white or cream colored clothing with a green clothing dye kit from the grocery or craft store.) This is your ideal opportunity to match stripes with plaid and polka dots. Don’t forget to pull out green sweaters or green flannel pajamas as possible costume material, if the weather is cooler.
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Make a Shirt Choose an old T-shirt to paint, or pick up a new one to embellish. Put a sheet of aluminum foil or a piece of cardboard inside the shirt to avoid paint bleeding through. Cut a potato in half. Dip the potato in green acrylic paint. Stamp the potato on the shirt four times in the shape of a shamrock, re-dipping in the paint as needed. For children’s shirts, choose a smaller fingerling potato to print shamrocks. You could also let your kids go wildly free form with green fabric paint or glitter glue. Be certain to dress in old clothing to create your shirt(s), because all of these options will easily stain clothing.
Accessorize If you don’t want to decorate a hat, consider a top hat or any other interesting hat from the dress-up box. Or embellish your head with a green wig or green hair dye from a party supply store. (Pipe cleaners are useful if you want to create green braids that stand on end.) Green suspenders make an excellent addition to most St. Paddy’s costumes, as does green face paint or nail polish. Old Navy is an excellent source for inexpensive flip-flops of all colors, including green. Fairy wings or other accessories leftover from Halloween could also round out any costume choice.
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hate to admit it, but I’ve been marching with a krewe for about 15 years, and I’ve never taken the time to learn its origin story. So when my editor shot me a note to ask if I would do a short piece on the O’Tux Society, I took it as an excuse to bother our Fearless Leader Malcolm White with questions I’ve always been too embarrassed to ask. I mean, if I’m a member, I should know this stuff already, right? With my deadline already a day past, I didn’t have the luxury of sitting down with Malcolm, notepad in hand, and doing a proper interview. Instead, I lobbed in a call and talked to him as he was headed to a meeting, and I was on the road delivering my new catering menu to doctors all over town. So my details might be a bit fuzzy, but I’m pretty sure Malcolm was guessing at some stuff, too. When Malcolm lived in New Orleans, he loved watching the St. Patrick’s Day and St. Joseph’s Day parades wind their way through the streets. The sights of revelers decked out in tuxedos handing out flowers for kisses and the sounds of the marching bands blaring their beautiful noise stuck with him like a bent quarter that you just can’t get rid of and one day becomes your lucky charm. During the first couple of St. Paddy’s Day parades he put on in Jackson, Malcolm simply wore a spontaneous get-up and carried a shillelagh (a wooden walking stick with a large knot on the top that can double as a weapon). The third year, he decided to reach back to his New Orleans experience and bring some NOLA to Jackson. The group started small, with Raad Cawthon and a couple of other guys following Malcolm’s lead and donning tuxedos, elaborate sashes and non-matching hats. Like their New Orleans predecessors, the three (it could have been two, but probably not four) founders carried flowercovered canes and gave the blooms out along the route while marching behind a jazz brass band. In following years, the founders added more and more marchers each year. Despite the new blood of a rapidly expanding membership, they pretty much kept to the same unwritten credo of “no meetings, no rehearsals, no dues.” But like any good credo, there are always exceptions. One year, the gang did rehearse and performed a skit in front of the judges. As Malcolm describes it: “I
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think it had something to do with Elvis or something and ended with Wayne falling down dead and Raad drawing a chalk line around him before we marched on. It was great, but once was enough.” Some rules have gone by the wayside, like the “all boys” thing, but other traditions have held firm, like the fact that pretty much everyone gets dressed together the morning before the parade, gathers to make toasts to friends not present, and to listen to words of encouragement and wisdom before hitting the streets. Over the years, the bands have changed a few times, and some years even featured big names like the Dirty Dozen Brass Band and Rebirth Brass Band. Pinstripe has served the longest, and the band and the marchers now share a real bond between them. One of Malcolm’s personal favorite parts of the parade is when the O’Tuxers lead the band back into the bar, signaling the end of the parade. Having participated for many years, I can attest to the overwhelming rush you get when all of that noise and green-beer-fueled bravado comes surging and throbbing in rhythm to the music through the crowd in Hal & Mal’s. I’ll be back there this year marching alongside my son, Stuart, who is one of many second-generation marchers. I just learned that this year we have a third-generation marcher (or toddler, as the case may be). I guess I’ll stop when the guy pushing my wheelchair just can’t keep me upright past the second block, if then even. Words really don’t do it justice when describing the experience, but I think Malcolm said it best in our “interview” when he opined: “There’s really nothing like it, and I’m glad for it. That’s pretty darn special.”
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named for the bright green, curly-haired wigs that made up the krewe’s first float attire. While they wore the attention-gaining wigs for a few years, the women on the float despised them, so they kept the name but lost the wigs. The group won “best float” in 2004 and 2008. Verde Do Krewe is responsible for setting a trend of returning its prize money (which has been between $500 and $1000 for first place in the past), according to Taylor, so that the winnings benefit the children’s hospital. “We’re not in this to make money,” Bouchillon says, and the others agree that their main purpose is to have fun. With the exception of the Saturdays from January to mid-March the krewe devotes to working on their float, almost every other day of the year the group is just a bunch of average working folks. “We are legends in our own mind,” Rogers says. Every year, the group chooses its own theme that may or may not coincide with the parade theme. They’ve featured preppy schoolgirls and judges, but always include a live band every year. It’s a party on wheels. “It’s like being the Rolling Stones at a concert,” Bouchillon says. Stover adds, “All those people are screaming, and they’re screaming for you because you have what they want—beads!” The week before the parade, a few group members will head to Gulfport to pick up 60 cases of beads—1,700 pounds—for $2,000. Folks in the community can feel like superstars, too, by joining the Verde do Krewe for the annual membership fee of $125. Once members, they are allowed to know the secret plan for that year’s float. The group says that most members come to them. Most of the recruiting that’s done, is by people who have such a blast participating in the float that they bring their friends, family, co-workers, etc., to take part and share in the fun. This year, the parade’s theme is “Hey, Hey the Blues is Alright ...,” and Verde do Krewe will honor a special bluesman, Robert Johnson, who is said to have “sold his soul at the crossroads.” You’ll have to come to the parade March 19 to see everything this group has planned for your entertainment.
Members of the Verde Do Krewe take a break from building their float for this year’s Mal’s St. Paddy’s Parade.
Bouchillon, Don Taylor, Stephen Rogers and Bill Stover make up the “high council” of this float krewe, though many others join them each year in helping design and ride on the krewe’s two-level, 14-foot high float. Dancers and security walkers accompany the float, bringing the total participants to more than 30 people. Since 2000, when the krewe first started participating in the parade, Verde Do Krewe has taken home an award in the parade contest. It was also in 2000 that the krewe established its name. Verde Do is the green hairdo,
Parade recovery tips
March 16 - 22, 2011
any folks consider the Mal’s St. Paddy’s Parade the best day of the year in Jackson, and we all want to make the most of it. However, after all the revelry, the next day can leave you with regrets (or at least a headache). Here are 10 tips to help you recover from the fun. • The best offense is a good defense. Before and during the parade, remember to hydrate properly. Alternate drinking water with your adult beverages. And not to go all “mom” on you, but remember to wear sunscreen. • Locate your car. If you were responsible, you didn’t drive, but you’ll need it to get home and continue your recovery. If you stayed at a friend’s, leave them the thank-you happy that you brought with you, because you knew this would happen and were prepared. If you stayed elsewhere, just put on your sunglasses and sneak out. We won’t tell. • Grease up! Slather on some lotion (to protect you from sun’s damaging rays) and head to your fa-
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vorite breakfast place for some greasy food. • Hydrate again. Drink water, Gatorade or whatever. (If you really overdid it, a secret weapon is Endurox, a recovery drink marathoners use. Get it at Fleet Feet Sports in Ridgeland, 601-899-9696). After all, St. Paddy’s is a marathon of sorts.) • Sweat it out, if you can. It may not be pretty, but if you can make yourself get to the gym, it can actually help. • Sleep. Wake up and move to the couch. Find a bad TV marathon, and nap some more. • Aleve. Good for the head and also any muscles sore from dancing on the pole at Hal & Mal’s. • Recycle your beer cans and bottles, and your beads. Being environmentally responsible will help ease your conscience of any guilt feelings. • Get a pedicure. It’s relaxing, plus you have spent the whole previous day standing up, and your feet are tired. • Remind yourself that it’s only once a year, so it was worth it!
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s a child, one’s only real responsibility is to have fun, and obey our parents and other authorities. As we get older, though, things change. Careers, mortgages, families and countless other responsibilities begin to weigh down and consume our time. It’s an understatement to say that growing up is bittersweet, but it is. It takes a special adult to remember how to let loose and have fun. The Verde Do Krewe is a unique group that knows the meaning of a good time, and they believe there is no better place to party than at the Mal’s St. Paddy’s Parade. Tammy
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that may be functional (if one dares), but it’s definitely art. Then there’s the style. From the first kimono—a short, navy-blue silk garment with white embroidered details—to “La Femme: Women, Fashion & Japonisme,” the space allotted for Japanese fashions celebrates tradition and provides an admonition to modern women: There is seductive intrigue in modest dressing. From brightly colored paintings of women standing with erect posture like “Woman with Peacocks” by Louis Rhead with its reds, blues and greens, to the leisurely woman in William Merritt Chase’s “The Japanese Woodblock Print,” where his subject lounges in a white kimono with subtle blue designs all over, women from the west hemisphere took the Japanese style, and made it their own. During the exhibit, visitors learn that then-U.S. President Millard Fillmore sent Commodore Matthew Perry to explore Japan. In 1854, Perry went with considerable military force to introduce himself and the Americans to the seriously isolated Japanese. Considering their limited military, the Japanese allowed the Americans and their army on their soil, knowing European countries would soon follow. Printmaker William Heine travelled with Perry and documented the trip with his artistry. Heine’s prints piqued the outside world’s interest in Japanese art. If you allow them, thoughts, “The West stole the East’s art” could taint the exhibit experience, when you see names like Pierre Bonnard, James Sidney Ensor, and Henri Gabriel Ibels, and other French, English, and American artists in an exhibit with Japanese art. Don’t let them. Otherwise, when you reach the exhibition’s final section “Kyoto Views,” the works of Jacksonborn, Tupelo-reared Randy Hayes, you will, undoubtedly, feel contrite, like a hypocrite. Hayes’ modern pieces are simply amazing. There is no fancier or more accurate word to describe them. Mixing mediums and centuries, Hayes produces visually intriguing and thought-provoking work. Take, for example, “Blue Fugue”: The framed images of artists in the painting are Japanese for sure, but the entire work has a blues/jazz feel. There’s even an image of Cab Calloway incorporated in the piece. In “Reflection on a Kimono in an Antique Shop Window,” the artist mixes photography and oil on the canvas, as the large-scale kimono is super imposed on a collage of photographs of Japanese culture, from street to teahouse. The “Orient Expressed” is an exhibit that reminds you of how, to say it colloquially, cool the eastern world is, while bringing to mind how invasive westerners were to learn of Japanese culture. It gives Mississippians one more artist to brag about in Randy Hayes and proves once again that you can find beauty in just about anything. The “Orient Expressed: Japan’s Influence on Western Art, 1854-1918” at the Mississippi Museum of Art (380 S. Lamar Street, 601-960-1515) will be on display through July 17. Museum hours are Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. and Sunday, noon-5 p.m. Tickets prices are $12 for general admission, $10 for seniors, $6 for students ages 6 through college, and free for children 5 and younger.
A woman lounges in “The Japanese Woodblock Print,” a painting by William Meritt Chase, featured in “La Femme,” a portion of “Orient Expressed” dedicated solely to Japanese fashions.
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alking into the Mississippi Museum of Art’s “The Orient Expressed: Japan’s Influence on Western Art, 1854-1918,” you may kind of know what to expect, but you won’t anticipate seeing 10 or so black rectangles lining the wall. The black felt-like fabric cloaks something, and like any person with a healthy sense of curiosity, you will probably want to lift the veils. What you will find is Félix Buhot’s etchings on light-sensitive, yellow, handmade paper. Some of Buhot’s etchings, of course, are more interesting than others, like “Ex Libris Papillon et Libellule,” an etching of butterflies and dragonflies, and “Crapaud Bronze,” an unusually interesting piece although it’s merely an etching of three frogs. Buhot, however, is widely acclaimed for the intricate detail his work has with simple subjects like flowers, and especially frogs, so lifting the black fabric won’t disappoint. Ornate vases and plates encased in glass-lined walls sit in the middle of a section dedicated to an introduction of the exhibit. And just around the corner, curators set up the most delightful modern-day tearoom. A service for four sits atop small black mats that rest on larger bamboo mats in the middle of the hardwood floor. A pair of geta (the traditional two-teeth-bottomed wooden thong sandals) sits next to a pillow, inviting museum guests to slip them on and kneel on the pillow, like a geisha with the most pristine hosting manners. In the corner where “Japonisme,” a French-coined word to describe Japan’s cultural influence on the arts, and its definition are neatly printed on the wall, everything you might expect to see is here: Bamboo shades, a parasol and kimonos hang along the wall. Right there, in the middle of the art exhibit full of signs that warn, “Please Do Not Touch,” the museum offers exhibit goers an opportunity to make believe. There is one other interactive element of the exhibition, too: an opportunity to make your own Japanese-inspired art by sketching an anime character (there’s a stepby-step tutorial) and to make a wood-block print (the Japanese are widely known for their woodwork). One of the most striking pieces of the entire exhibit isn’t prominently displayed. John LaFarge’s “The Strange Thing Little Kiosai Saw in the River” is a hauntingly beautiful watercolor on Japanese tissue paper that the artist then laid out on white woven paper. A woman’s head floats in the river water, her lips tinted a dark fuchsia and her brunette locks swimming behind her. If it wasn’t for the delicate pink flower in the dark, murky water near the woman’s head, you might assume the “strange thing” is that the woman is dead. But the flower makes you wonder if she’s only resting. Besides the art that hangs on the walls and the fancy tchotchke in cases, the exhibit boasts a parlor cabinet by A. and H. Lejambre. The artists so beautifully made the cherry-wood cabinet, stained an intense black with olivegreen silk velvet decorated panels on either side, it is difficult to imagine anyone using it store clothes or delicates, not to mention white athletic socks. It’s a piece of furniture
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Louis Rhead’s “Woman with Peacocks” shows off techniques of Japanese paintings and also the culture’s style, as the portrait’s subject is dressed in a traditional kimono.
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Historian Michael Ballard speaks during History is Lunch at the Old Capitol Museum, House Chamber (200 North St.) at noon. Bring a lunch; call 601-5766998. … Joe Hill signs copies of “Horns” at Lemuria Books (202 Banner Hall, 4465 Interstate 55 N.) at 5 p.m.; reading at 5:30 p.m. $14.99 book; call 601-366-7619. … Doug Frank’s Wednesday Nite Jam at C Notes is at 7:30 p.m. Free. … Pop’s has karaoke. … The play “Gold in the Hills” at Vicksburg Theatre Guild (101 Iowa Ave., Vicksburg) runs through March 26. Show times are 7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays. $12, $10 seniors, $7 students, $5 children 12 and under; call 601-636-0471. … Scott Albert Johnson and Chris Gill are at Underground 119.
The Jackson Garden & Patio Show kicks off at the Mississippi Trade Mart (1200 Mississippi St.) at 10 a.m. and runs through March 20. $8 per day, children 10 and under free; call 601-919-8111. … C.J. Dunn signs copies of “Meet Little Lucky” at Koinonia Coffee House at 5 p.m. $7.99 book; call 888-361-9473, ext. 36. … Art House Cinema Downtown at Russell C. Davis Planetarium (201 E. Pascagoula St.) includes the films “Another Year” at 7 p.m and “Barney’s Version” at 9:15 p.m.; encore showings March 19. $7 per film; visit msfilm.org. … The Marching Malfunctions Second Line Stomp & Street Dance at 5 p.m., downtown, kicks off the St. Paddy’s weekend celebrations. The Jackson All-Stars Brass Band plays as the parade makes its way down Capitol St. to Hal & Mal’s. … The Molly Ringwalds play at Fire’s St. Paddy’s kickoff party. … The play “Cheaper to Keep Her” at Thalia Mara Hall is at 8 p.m. $37.50; call 800745-3000. … The Shamrock-a-Shimmy Burlesque Show at The Basement at Fire/Fuego (605 Tombigbee St.) is at 8 p.m. $15 in advance, $20 day of show; visit showclix.com. … Danger Room is at Regency Hotel at 9 p.m. … The Rainmakers perform at McB’s.
The St. Paddy’s Pet Parade at the Jackson Convention Complex at 10 a.m. benefits the Mississippi Animal Rescue League. $5 entry fee per dog; call 601-953-0280 or 601-969-1631. … Dreamz JXN hosts a St. Paddy’s party at noon and the ShamROCK Jam at 7 p.m. featuring Storage 24, American Automatic and Bullet Well Spent. … Mal’s St. Paddy’s Parade in downtown Jackson begins at the corner of State and Court streets at 1 p.m. A street party follows at Hal & Mal’s. Call 601-948-0888. … Maze featuring Frankie Beverly performs at Jackson Convention Complex at 7 p.m. $28 and up; call 601-960-2321. … Ole Tavern hosts the St. Paddy’s Fest with AJC & the Envelope Pushers, Zeebo and Dirty Bourbon River Show. … Kerry Thomas is at Suite 106. Catch all the beads you can at the annual Mal’s St. Paddy’s Parade March 19 in downtown Jackson.
March 16 - 22, 2011
Irish Night at Broad Street (Banner Hall, 4465 Interstate 55 N., # 101) kicks off at 5 p.m. and includes a special Irish menu and performances by the Jackson Irish Dancers, St. Brigid’s and Spirits of the House. No cover; call 601-362-2900. … Ridgeland Rendezvous is 5-8 p.m. Visit www.visitridgeland. com. … Karen Brown performs during Centric Thursday at Dreamz JXN; doors open at 7 p.m. … Salsa Mississippi Studio & Club (605 Duling Ave.) hosts their grand opening party, 7-9 p.m., which includes dance demos and refreshments. Free; e-mail email@example.com. … Ole Tavern hosts Ladies Night. … Andy Hardwick performs at Knokers Sports Cafe. … Third Day and Tenth Avenue North perform at Thalia Mara Hall at 7:30 p.m. $25 and up; call 800-745-3000.
Raphael Semmes performs during Char’s jazz brunch, 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. … The Goodwill Art Show at the Arts Center of Mississippi (201 E. Pascagoula St.) shows through April 3. Free; call 601-960-1557. … See the opera films “Cavalleria Rusticana” and “Pagliacci” at Russell C. Davis Planetarium (201 E. Pascagoula St.) at 2 p.m. $16; visit msfilm. org. … The Sunday Jam with JoJo Long at C Notes is 2-6 p.m. Free. … Eileen Jewell performs at Fuego at 4 p.m. Free.
The Scholastic Art & Writing Awards exhibit at the Mississippi Museum of Art (380 S. Lamar St.) shows through March 27. Free; call 601-960-1515. … Irish Frog hosts Karaoke with Kokomo Joe. … Martin’s hosts an open-mic free jam. … Fenian’s Pub has karaoke.
The exhibit “Pieces of the Past: Casualties of War” at the Old Capitol Museum (100 S. State St.) shows through April 10. Free; call 601-576-6920. … Irish Frog hosts Karaoke with Kids. … The Civil Wars play at Underground 119, 8-11 p.m. $10. … Hunter Gibson and Rick Moreira perform at Fitzgerald’s at 8 p.m.
Author W. Ralph Eubanks speaks during History Is Lunch at the William F. Winter Archives and History Building. … Author Nikki Giovanni speaks at Jackson State University, McCoy Auditorium (1400 John R. Lynch St.) at 7 p.m. Free; call 601-979-2241 or 601-9792329. … Rapper Snoop Dogg performs at Fire at 8 p.m. $30; call 800-745-3000. More events and details at jfpevents.com.
Storage 24 (pictured with the JFP’s Donna Ladd and Todd Stauffer, center) perform at the ShamROCK Jam at Dreamz JXN March 19 at 7 p.m. COURTESY STORAGE 24
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