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THIS ISSUE: Festival Films
The JFP staff provides a small sampling of what to expect at this weekend’s Crossroads Film Festival.
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robby piantanida Just over five years ago, Belhaven University art student Robby Piantanida borrowed a camera and equipment to shoot a short film for his college film festival. Today, the 23-year-old makes his living producing video and motion-graphics projects in the Jackson area as the owner of Borrowed Productions. And yes, he still occasionally has to borrow equipment. “I didn’t even own a camera until a year and a half ago,” Piantanida says. “When we first started, we literally borrowed everything.” On a day-to-day basis, standard jobs for Piantanida are commercial and music video shoots, with occasional work in logo animation, motion graphics and short films. But beyond the jobs that pay the bills, he has big dreams for the future of his company. “My goal is to eventually shoot features,” Piantanida says. “I’m constantly seeing stories played out as movies in my head.” Asked whether his dream might take him out of Jackson, the filmmaker shakes his head. “My eyes aren’t set on big-budget Hollywood,” Piantanida says. “I want creative control, and I want to work with people who know how to use creative control. Besides, the experience of a local or low-budget shoot is addicting—moms providing the food, the crew inventing props. … I love it. It’s a very tactile experience.” The Tyler, Texas, native already has one
feature under his belt: “The Sound of a Dirt Road.” Piantanida produced the film for under $1,000 and shot it on mini-DV, yet it still placed as a finalist beside big-budget productions at the San Antonio Independent Christian Film Festival. Bridgestone Media Group selected the film for distribution. The Crossroads Film Festival has featured several of Piantanida’s productions, including the music video for Taylor Hildebrand’s song “After the Fall,” which won “Best Music Video” last year. This year, Piantanida debuts his documentary “Jackson Is Art,” which follows the art education of attendees at a Jackson Community Design Center summer camp, and two music videos. As an artist and a businessman, Piantanida is ready to accept and adjust to whatever opportunities come his way. “Ten years ago, I didn’t see myself here,” he says. “It’s a great lesson that you’re not in charge of your life. It just comes down to how you act on your life.” If anything can be said for Piantanida’s outlook on life, it’s that he always has room for one more dream. “If I could see myself anywhere in 10 years, I’d see myself on the moon,” he says with a grin. “Seriously. Don’t fail at your dream of being an astronaut if you really want to be an astronaut.” For examples of Piantanida’s work, visit his website at borrowedproductions.com. —Bret Kenyon
34 MS at SXSW Mississippi musicians had a hometown advocate at the annual Austin, Texas, music festival.
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by Valerie Wells, Assistant Editor
March 30 - April 5 , 2011
s I walked through the parking lot in front of the Mississippi Museum of Art on a cold, wet Monday morning, it was hard at first to visualize the same space as a vibrant garden with water fountains, blooming flowers, free Wi-Fi and laughing babies just a few months from now. Construction workers arrived in pickup trucks continue building the structures that will contain The Art Garden at the Mississippi Museum of Art. A polite young woman working for the construction company let me into the museum for an early morning meeting with Betsy Bradley, director of the museum. I was a little early and got to wander through the Orient Expressed Exhibit and realized it was so much more than I had imagined. Besides the gorgeous, large paintings and the delicate glassware, I discovered an anime corner with graphic novels to pick up and compare to classic Japanese prints. I ambled alone around the quiet exhibit, remembering all those books I had read and documentaries I had seen about how Japanese art influenced Europe and the United States in the 19th century. I leaned in to read some details when I heard Bradley’s heels echoing. I almost got lost in the maze of gallery walls trying to find her. In the boardroom, she showed me a presentation with the impressive plans for The Art Garden scheduled to open this August. The proposed activities for the museum’s “front yard” include after-work get-togethers, music concerts and family lunches. One great idea is to use inflatable screens for outdoor movies. For future Crossroads Film Festivals, Bradley expects at least one screening, if not more, at the museum.
Crossroads, like the museum, seemed to me just a year ago like a breathing institution caged inside the Malco Grandview Theatre in Madison. The truth is that the festival spreads beyond the workshops and screenings in Madison with events at Jackson restaurants and a children’s workshop at MMA, right smack downtown. The three-day festival includes dozens upon dozens of films, at least 50 filmmakers, about a dozen workshops, receptions, awards and parties. Short documentaries, feature-length movies and music videos fill the schedule. In between film blocks, festival-goers can take in excerpts from two Mississippi programs about regional music, the Hattiesburg-produced “Green Couch Sessions” and Oxford’s “Music in the Hall.” Festival-goers can attend workshops on cinematography, simulated worlds, acting, music videos and the business of the moviemaking business. Herman Snell, the former Jackson Free Press music editor, died last year, far too soon. He was a big part of Crossroads’ creation, evolution and success. This year’s festival is dedicated to him, and a new tradition begins with one film chosen as “Herman’s Pick,” the name of his JFP music column. Any film involving time travel, alternate realities or ambiguity is eligible to win. Essentially, it has to have one of those “fatal flaws.” “If a movie contains any of these elements, I am going to like the movie based on concept alone. That’s why I call them fatal flaws,” Snell once said. It’s a lot to take in, all the things that Crossroads offers. And it’s been a lot to plan and organize for Michele Baker, coordinator of the festival and its only paid employee.
Overseeing the logistics, mailing out sponsor packets and getting photographs to newspapers keeps her hopping. She even worked to get a sneak-peak screening of an excerpt from “The Help,” the movie shot partly in Fondren as well as other parts of Mississippi. “The distributor said no,” she said with a frown, leaning back in a folding chair at Malco during a media event to promote the festival. “The Help,” based on the 2009 best seller by Kathryn Stockett, took advantage of film incentives Mississippi offers producers and studios. The biggest incentive is a direct cash rebate of 25 percent for local spending and non-resident payroll with an additional 5 percent for employing Mississippi residents. Filmmakers have to spend at least $50,000 in the state, and rebates are capped at $8 million per project and at $20 million each year. Not only does this incentive give our state on-screen time in Hollywood productions as well as independent films, it gives folks who want to work in the film industry jobs and meaningful experience. Crews need the education and the experience to get these jobs. Jay Woods, acting executive director of Mississippi Public Broadcasting, says he knows where independent filmmakers and crews can get that experience. Maybe. As MPB looks at producing more programs for other state agencies, they will need freelance talent. With only four cameramen and two producers—not to mention more potential budget cuts—the staff can only do so many films, public service announcements and specials before they need outside help. “We have to hire freelancers,” Woods told me during a recent interview. “We use them as much as we can afford them. The more work we get, the more can hire freelancers.” I used to come to Jackson frequently as a teenager for debate tournaments, Youth Congress sessions and to watch the University of Southern Mississippi beat Ole Miss in football. Then, as an adult, I only came to drab government offices in stark fascist-style architectural structures. I had forgotten the side streets, the pretty college campuses, the shaded neighborhoods and the smart, open-minded people who made things happen in my state. It’s great to know the Mississippi Museum of Art will spill over into a garden, to watch the Crossroads Film Festival run over into much of the metro area and to hear Mississippi Public Broadcasting plan to use Mississippi filmmakers. It’s as if Jackson came out of hibernation, and I’ve arrived for the spring. I just want to hug all of you. Valerie Wells is the new assistant editor of the Jackson Free Press and BOOM Jackson. She lives in Jackson and Hattiesburg. Email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Natalie Collier Style editor Natalie A. Collier is originally from Starkville and a graduate of Millsaps College. She lived in Chicago for a while, but is now back in Jackson. She’s not easy to impress. She coordinated the spring fashion photos.
Christina Cannon Christina Cannon is a Jackson native. Her studio, Photography by Christina, and gallery, One Blu Wall, are located in Fondren Corner. In her spare time she lingers downtown where she is a new resident. She photographed the spring fashion photos.
Adam Lynch Award-winning senior reporter Adam Lynch is a Winona native and graduate of Jackson State. He and his family live in North Jackson. E-mail tips to adam@ jacksonfreepress.com, or call him at 601-362-6121, ext. 13. He wrote Talks.
Ronni Mott Ronni Mott came to Jackson by way of D.C. in 1997. She’s a writer, photographer and the JFP’s managing editor, where she practices her hobbies of herding cats and curmudgeonliness. She teaches yoga in her spare time. She wrote Crossroads film reviews.
Lacey McLaughlin News editor Lacey McLaughlin is a Florida native who enjoys riding her bike around Jackson. She is always on the hunt for news tips. E-mail Lacey@jacksonfreepress. com or call 601.362.6121 x. 22. She wrote Crossroads film reviews.
Andrea Thomas Advertising designer Andrea Thomas is a native of Ridgeland and is a recent Antonelli College graduate. She loves to sing, dance and write poetry in her free time. She wrote Crossroads film reviews.
Crawford Grabowski A veteran teacher who recently earned her masters degree, Crawford Grabowski is discovering the joy and sleep deprivation of being a new parent. She lives with her husband, Jim, daughter Daise and too many damn cats. She wrote a food feature.
Kimberly Griffin Advertising Director Kimberly Griffin is a Jackson native who likes yoga, supporting locally owned businesses and traveling. In her spare time she plots how she can become Michelle Obama’s water holder.
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The Superintendent Staredown
JPS Superintendent Lonnie Edwards (above right, with his attorney Dale Danks, left) knew as early as June 2010 that the school board was seriously unhappy with his performance.
f the Jackson Public Schools Board of Trustees decides that it does not want Superintendent Lonnie Edwards to return next school year, it will have very little time to find a replacement. Edwards requested a public hearing to appeal the board’s Dec. 7, 2010, decision not to renew his three-year contract, which expires this summer. After the first day of testimony Friday, March 25, however, the district had only gotten through two of its 13 planned witnesses. With 35 potential witnesses on Edwards’ side, the hearing could take a full week to complete, said
Edwards’ attorney, former Jackson Mayor Dale Danks. Complicating matters further is the fact that all parties—Edwards, Danks, attorneys for the school board, witnesses and hearing officer Nathaniel Armistad—must schedule additional hearing days around their regular workdays. Armistad scheduled the next day of testimony for April 18, which means that the JPS board will likely deliver its final decision on Edwards’ contract no earlier than late April. Only after that final vote would the board decide to hire a consulting firm to
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by Ward Schaefer search for JPS’ next superintendent, should the vote go against Edwards, said JPS board attorney Dorian Turner. JPS would then have only a few months to conduct a nationwide search. “Searches are relatively long-term, usually last for months and are usually fairly expensive,” Turner said. At the hearing Friday, Danks pressed board President Kisiah Nolan and board member George Schimmel about documents that the board received in June 2010 advertising the services of three different search firms. Cross-examining the two separately, Danks asked whether the board had begun seeking a replacement for Edwards that early. Schimmel downplayed the significance of the documents, calling them “standard pamphlets,” and said that the board did not formally vote to request proposals from the firms. Both said, however, that they had reservations about Edwards’ performance by June. In fact, Schimmel told Danks that he made a motion to terminate the superintendent’s contract at a March 2010 board meeting, less than four months after his appointment to the board. The motion died for lack of a second. “I began to sense that Dr. Edwards did not provide the leadership the district needed,” Schimmel said. In June, though, the board dispatched EDWARDS, see page 8
“We aren’t proud of ourselves. We need swagger. If we don’t define ourselves, the press will define us for us,” —Downtown Jackson Partners President Ben Allen at a March 28 meeting regarding the importance of Hinds County rebranding its image.
Wednesday, March 23 Madison police officer Jimmy Brooks is killed in an accident while riding his personal motorcycle on U.S. Highway 51. … Radiation leaking from Japan’s damaged nuclear power plant causes Tokyo’s tap water to become too dangerous for babies. Officials urge pregnant women and new mothers to use bottled water. Thursday, March 24 U.S. Navy Secretary and former Mississippi Gov. Ray Mabus visits the state Capitol to urge lawmakers to make education funding a priority. … Workers break ground on a $7.75 million affordable housing development near Northside Drive. Friday, March 25 Gov. Haley Barbour cancels a trip to New Hampshire to manage the state Legislature’s budget battle. … The U.S. Navy announces that it will name a ship after the city of Jackson. … The Jackson Public Schools District begins hearing over Superintendant Lonnie Edward’s contract. Saturday, March 26 Hundreds of people attend the inaugural Zippity Doo Dah parade in Fondren. … America’s first female candidate for vice president, Geraldine Ferraro, dies at 75. Sunday, March 27 Mississippi State University’s baseball team beats Auburn 15-8… The University of Kentucky, the University of Connecticut, Butler University and Virginia Commonwealth University head to the NCAA final four. Monday, March 28 The state Legislature passes a law that could allow the city of Jackson to increase its sales taxes by 1 percent to fund massive infrastructure improvements. … President Barack Obama defends the United States’ military action in Libya during a speech to the nation. … The Mississippi ACLU and other social-justice organizations call for the state to reform prisons. Tuesday, March 29 Leaders of 40 countries vow increased international pressure on Libyan leader Moammar Gaddafi with continued airstrikes while providing humanitarian aid to Libyan citizens. ... Five hundred protesters head to the state capitol to advocate for Gov. Haley Barbour to fully fund public education and other social services. Get breaking news at jfpdaily.com.
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Tate Taylor and Brunson Green, director and producer of “The Help,” debuted their first feature film “Pretty Ugly People” at the Crossroads Film Festival in 2008.
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EDWARDS, from page 7
Nolan to discuss the end of Edwards’ contract with him and broach the possibility of his not seeking a renewal of his contract, allowing the board to avoid an outright vote not to renew his contract. Nolan and Schimmel testified that Edwards initially asked for more time to think. Nolan approached Edwards again in August, and Edwards again demurred, saying he wanted to focus on the start of the school year. When they spoke again, later in the fall, Edwards rejected the proposal. After learning of the board’s Dec. 7 non-renewal vote, Edwards and Danks brought their own compromise offer to the board. Edwards offered to decline an appeal, in exchange for a two-year renewal of his contract, with the added stipulation that he would submit his retirement letter in advance, guaranteeing that the additional two years would be his last as superintendent. The board, at a meeting with new board members Linda Rush and Timothy Collins, declined the settlement offer. Danks’ questions focused on allegations of micromanagement by the board and turnover in board members, which, Danks suggested, kept Edwards from implementing his plans. Schimmel told Danks that the board’s concerns about Edwards’ performance were primarily about his lack of leadership
in academic matters. Under Edwards, the district has seen an increase in the number of schools rating less than “Successful” on the state’s academic rating system, even as statewide trends have moved in the opposite direction, with more schools reaching grades of “Successful” or above. “The problem that the board is seeing is that we are not making any progress,” Schimmel said. “In fact, we are moving backwards. We don’t have time to see how long it might take (to turn around). If we continue to move backwards, we jeopardize the future of over 30,000 kids. This is not about Dr. Edwards; this is about the 30,000-plus kids and how well we prepare them for tomorrow. We, as a board, feel that we are not fulfilling our responsibilities. We are then obligated to search for someone who then can lead us forward.” Schimmel said that he was keeping an open mind about a second vote on Edwards’ contract and “looking forward to being proven wrong.” “No one is arguing that Dr. Edwards is not a likable individual,” Schimmel said. “As I’ve mentioned before, he has done a wonderful job in the community, healing wounds. We appreciate that contribution. What the board is now facing is looking for someone with more depth in academic skills and administrative skills.” Comment at www.jfp.ms.
Former Jackson TV Personality Dies by Lacey McLaughlin
March 30 - April 5, 2011
COURTESY JACKSON STATE UNIVERSITY
hen he was 84, Jobie Martin rector Bob Braddy said. “… What hapwas still working as a substitute pened was the football coach at the time teacher, but told him he could be on long before that, the team if he promoted Martin was well known for the football games on his hosting James Brown, Joe radio show.” Louis and Mahalia Jackson Martin, whom friends on his commercial TV procalled “Flash,” was also an gram in the 1970s. entrepreneur who started On March 26, Marhis own restaurant, Jotin, 93, died during a car bie’s Fried Chicken, and accident on Interstate 220 worked as a special eduin Ridgeland near Hanging cation teacher at Westside Moss Road. Martin was Junior High School. driving northbound in the The Hattiesburg native southbound lane when he grew up in Gulfport. He struck two other vehicles. was a World War II veterJobie Martin, the first black Martin hosted “The Mississippian to host a an and served as a member Jobie Martin Show,” commercial TV show, died in of the Hinds Community which aired on WLBT a car crash March 26. College Board of Trustees and WAPT in the 1970s. for 22 years. He was the first black Mississippian to host “Jobie Martin was an original,” Hinds a commercial TV show. He also hosted a CC President Clyde Muse said in a March weekly radio show at the station WOJK 28 statement. “A smile, a bow tie and a in the 1960s, where he promoted Jackson fresh flower in his suit lapel were trademark State’s football team. His loyalty to JSU ath- traits. He could spin words that connected letics earned him an honorary position on with everyone, no matter their age or backthe university’s football team when he was ground. He was a dear friend for more than 35, and, in 2009, the university inducted 40 years, and he will be missed, both as a Martin into its sport’s hall of fame. member of the Hinds Community Col“He was the best publicity that JSU lege Board of Trustees and as a much loved got at the time,” former JSU Athletic Di- member of our community.”
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South. Atlanta now has the second highest black population of any metro area, exceeding Chicago. But blacks are also moving to suburbs and smaller towns. The Associated Press reported March 17 that 58 percent of blacks who live in large metropolitan areas in the South live in the suburbs. Orey also said that while Jackson has more crime than the surrounding suburbs, it has a higher population. The highMost crimes reported in Jackson are property crimes, not est incidents of crime in the violent crimes, as this chart shows. city are property crimes such as burglaries, not murders or awn Macke has been a Jacksonian for rapes, he said. The Jackson Police Department most of her adult life. Eight years ago, reports 499 auto burglaries and 720 house the Cleveland, Miss., native bought a burglaries citywide so far this year, compared house with her then-husband in Bel- to 15 rape incidents and six homicides. haven Heights—at a time when she believes Along with JSU visiting professor Lecrime was more prevalent in the neighbor- Niece Davis and sociology professor Thomas hood than it is today. Then, after a short stint Kersen, Orey suggested that community in Las Vegas, she decided to move back to the members create a coalition made up of city city and settled in Fondren. officials, business elite members, social justice Macke, 42, says she frequently defends advocates, and citizens of various ages and ethher choice of residence from people outside nicities to rebrand the city. the city limits. “You can’t live your life afraid, Kersen cited the most recent “Cities and if we run from Jackson, then there are no Ranked and Rated” book from 2007, using good people left, and all the bad people win,” data from Sperling’s BestPlaces.net, which she says. “... To me Fondren just couldn’t be shows that Jackson’s violent crime was below any more perfect.” the national average. Jackson scored high for It can be hard to understand why some- its low cost of living, and its arts, culture and one would move to Jackson looking only health care. Overall, the city ranked 98 out of through the window of local media’s barrage 373 cities, based on an composite score in nine of crime and blight coverage. categories: arts and culture, leisure, transportaWith the release of 2010 U.S. Census tion, crime, health and health care, education, numbers, many residents are taking opportu- climate, cost of living, and economy and jobs. nities to proactively address the city’s populaDuring the meeting, community memtion decline. The data show Jackson’s popula- bers suggested that the city make measurable tion dropped 5.8 percent in the last decade— goals for the next decade, such as increasing from 184,256 to 173,514—a trend that has Jackson’s population to 200,000. actually slowed from the previous decade. The Hinds County Economic DevelopJackson State University professor ment Authority is making efforts to rebrand B. D’Andra Orey, speaking at Koinonia Coffee the county by hiring community planning, House’s Friday Forum March 25, told the au- branding and historic preservation firm Arnett dience that negative perceptions about crime, Muldrow and Associates. The Greenville, S.C., education and socio-economic problems must firm has conducted rebranding campaigns change for the city to increase its population. throughout the country and community plan“You might know (people) who actually ning sessions in Carthage, Holly Springs and moved out of the city, but those are anecdotal Ocean Springs in Mississippi. cases, and you can’t make those inferences The city of Jackson has partnered with based on those few cases that you know,” Orey the Jackson Chamber of Commerce to prosaid about conclusions drawn from the 2010 duce rebranding materials for the city. While Census. “It’s the same with crime.” the county’s and the city’s rebranding may Various media coverage has focused on appear to overlap, Hinds County Economic the increase of Jackson’s black population. Development Authority Executive Director Since 2000, Jackson added 7,976 black resi- Blake Wallace said it’s important to unite the dents. Orey pointed out that Jackson was not county and increase collaboration between orthe only city in the metro area to see a trend ganizations and municipal governments. of increased black populations: From 1990 “We are really beginning to link togethto 2010, Madison County reported a 53 per- er,” Wallace said about Hinds County. “When cent increase in black population, and Rankin people put their shoulder to the grindstone County reported an 83 percent increase. and start pushing together—this process that The percentage of blacks living in the we are going through right now—is just going South is at its highest point since 1960. To- to make that stronger.” day, 57 percent of American blacks live in the Comment at www.jfp.ms.
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ississippi could be losing incalculable millions in revenue through legal corporate tax-dodging. â€œWe canâ€™t really calculate the amount the state is missing out on,â€? said Mississippi Economic Center Policy Director Ed Sivak. â€œWe canâ€™t really come up with a number. Thatâ€™s why there isnâ€™t one.â€? Last week, childrenâ€™s advocates protested the fact that most of the stateâ€™s largest corporations with the biggest payrolls duck out of paying potentially millions of dollars in state corporate income tax, while the governor and legislators toy with the idea of cutting the stateâ€™s public-education and mental-health budget by more than $70 million. â€œThis is a slap in the face of people who work every day, who provide for their families and who pay their taxes,â€? said Mississippi Revenue Coalition spokesman Gary Anderson, who joined members of the Childrenâ€™s Defense Fund and the Mississippi Economic Policy Center, among others, at a March 23 Capitol press conference. Desperate to combat annual budget shortfalls and revenue decline, legislators asked the Mississippi Legislature Joint Committee on Performance Evaluation and Expenditure Review Committee to answer five specific questions related to potential corporate tax dodgers in the state. Tallying reports from the state Department of Revenue, the investigative committee responded that 80 percent of corporations with the biggest payrolls doing business in Mississippi paid no state corporate income tax in 2006, 2007 and 2008. The same report revealed that 81 percent of corporations paid zero state income tax in 2009. PEER reports that many corporations take advantage of the stateâ€™s generous assortment of tax credits that allow them to decrease their tax liability up to 50 percent, including a jobs tax credit, a skills-training tax credit and a broadband-technology tax credit. Other, more generous tax incentives include a Growth and Prosperity Program credit, which allows companies that create jobs in high-unemployment areas to enjoy a full state-tax exemption.
State Losing Millions to Tax Dodgers?
Mississippi Revenue Coalition spokesman Gary Anderson, center, and childrenâ€™s advocate groups protested corporate tax dodgers last week at the Mississippi Capitol.
Anderson said some multi-state corporations with branches in Mississippi may use other tax-manipulation methods, such as placing their corporate headquarters in a different state, and then paying employees of their Mississippi subsidiaries through dividends, which are not taxed in Mississippi. â€œCorporations have accountants who work all day trying to find ways to save them money,â€? Anderson said. â€œTheyâ€™re very good at it.â€? WorldCom used a similar scheme involving subsidiaries to bilk the state out of taxes. For years, WorldCom packaged company leadersâ€™ brainpowerâ€”called â€œmanagement foresightâ€? as a commodity that could be bought and sold, similar to selling a patent. WorldCom sold â€œmanagement foresightâ€? to its subsidiaries all over the country for an amount of money almost equal to its net profits. â€œManagement foresight,â€? the company claimed, was nontaxable because the transfers were royalty payments, only taxable in Mississippi if the money was actually earned in Mississippi. Attorney General Jim Hood disagreed, and he sued WorldCom. The company paid more than $120 million in cash and property to the state in a 2005 settlement. PEER was unable to determine exactly how much money the state is losing from corporations exploiting the accounting loopholes legally available in the state. Much of the infor-
mation it received from the Mississippi Department of Revenue, PEER explained, falls under the purview of Internal Revenue Code 6103(d), which PEER says â€œallows the use of information for tax administration purposes only.â€? â€œThe IRC does not permit state tax agencies to furnish federal tax information to other state agencies, tax or non-tax, or to political subdivisions, for any purpose ... absent explicit legislative authority,â€? PEER states in its review. A 2003 John C. Stennis Institute of Government report, commissioned by the Childrenâ€™s Defense Fund, noted corporate taxes comprised 6.89 percent of the total revenue going to the state tax commission in 1998, and that this figure had dropped to 5.65 percent by 2003. Had corporationsâ€™ share remained at 6.89 percent in 2003 they would have contributed an extra $65,290,759 to state coffers. Mississippi Association of Educators Executive Director Frank Yates told the Jackson Free Press that the state of Alabama has a lesson to teach us. Alabama closed some of its corporate tax loopholes in 2001 and 2005 and, as a result, has since generated between $150 million and $200 million annually from national corporations such as Target, Walmart and Home Depot. Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley is considering a proposal to close even more loopholes this year. Comment at www.jfp.ms.
Legislature: Week 12
by Adam Lynch
Gov. Haley Barbour said he was fine with missing a critical budget deadline if it meant reducing the state’s spending.
session extension or a special session is on the horizon after the Mississippi Legislature went past a critical March 26 budget deadline without adopting a budget. House leaders refused to agree to Gov. Haley Barbour’s plan to cut more than $100 million from the state’s K-12 public education funding, and from mental health and other state services. “He wanted $280 million in the reserves. Last night, we cut $37 million out of our budget, and we have $211 million in reserves, plus another $47 million in the Katrina fund. That’s $258 million in reserves,” Mississippi House of Representatives Appropriations Committee Chairman Johnny Stringer, D-Montrose, told the Jackson Free Press March 25. “He rejected our proposal, said that we spent too much on K-12 and mental health.” At stake is $30 million that the governor wants allocated to the state’s savings account, but that House members want allocated to K-12 education. Stringer and House Education Committee Chairman Cecil Brown, D-Jackson, say legislators don’t want to have to explain the cuts to their constituents. Barbour allowed for sufficient funding of the Mississippi Adequate Education Program,
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which levels state funding for public schools, but wants schools to surrender money from other areas, including funds for classroom teaching materials, and building and bus maintenance. “People are not stupid,” Stringer said. “They’ve learned that if we don’t fund school on the state level, it’s going to have to be funded back home.” Barbour also wants to cut funds from the State Department of Mental Health by about $17 million, which Central Mississippi Residential Center Director Debbie Ferguson said could close her mental-health facility and many others. “These endangered mental-health facilities are all small facilities which don’t use much money. We’re only getting $6.6 million in funds this year,” said Ferguson, whose Newton facility provides an adult day-care program for Alzheimer’s patients as well as quarters and treatment for the mentally ill. The facility gets most of its funding from the state. Arizona Outtah-here Local and state law enforcement will not be legally stopping Latinos and inquiring about their residential status this year. A bill forcing state and local law enforcement to adopt federal immigration duties died this week when Mississippi House of Representative members and Mississippi Senate members could not hash out their differences. “The only point of contention I know of was the fact (House members) wanted monetary fines against employers,” said Sen. Joey Fillingane, R-Sumrall, who authored the bill, adding that states may not legally impose fines upon businesses for employing undocumented residents. Mississippi Immigrants Rights Alliance Executive Director Bill Chandler called the death of the bill “a great victory for the people of Mississippi, particularly immigrants,” and said its death will hopefully stem what Chandler described
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Consistent Mental-Health Care Mental health in Mississippi might get some consistency this year if the governor signs on. The House and Senate passed a bill creating a new statewide program for offering mental-health services to patients. Senate Bill 2836, the Rose Isabel Williams Mental Health Reform Act, creates a program to oversee the state’s many mentalhealth facilities. Mary Troupe, executive director of the Coalition for Citizens with Disabilities, said 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.” Troupe added that the bill could mean that all state-financed mental health facilities will have to offer a wider variety of services or risk getting shut down and their services contracted out to private companies.
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The Museum That Wasn’t A plan to build a civil-rights museum is dead after senators and representatives failed to agree in conference on its location, among other things. House Bill 1463 would have funded construction of a national civil-rights museum, a museum of Mississippi history and a related parking garage in Jackson, although legislators appeared somewhat divided on where the civil-rights museum should be. One legislator attempted to locate the museum on Jackson’s Mill Street, while a second tried to place the building in Leflore County. The governor personally restarted the effort to build the museum this past January, weeks after critics spanked him for describing the white-separatist Citizens’ Council merely as an “organization of town leaders” who opposed the Ku Klux Klan, and described 1960s civil-rights problems in Yazoo as not “being that bad.”
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Parchman’s Past, Prison’s Future
Corrections commissioner Chris Epps has overseen reforms that brought Parchman out from under court supervision.
March 30 - April 5, 2011
t’s a strange month when the Parchman Farm comes out looking better than a county jail. On March 10, a federal judge finally dismissed the bulk of Gates v. Collier. A 1972 decision on this longstanding court case mandated a slew of reforms at the Mississippi State Penitentiary at Parchman, then the only state prison in Mississippi. Federal Magistrate Judge Jerry Davis dismissed all portions of the case dealing with state institutions but not the portions regarding Mississippi counties’ correctional systems. Less than two weeks later, Hinds County Sheriff Malcolm McMillin fired eight corrections officers from their posts at the county’s detention center in Raymond for allegedly using excessive force on a group of inmates. McMillin has asked the FBI to look into the March 6 incident. Surveillance footage captured officers, whose names have not been released, using what McMillin termed “inappropriate” force on a group of inmates in a holding cell. Days after McMillin confirmed the officers’ firings, he suspended a ninth corrections officer without pay for allegedly beating another inmate, Charles Johnson, in a separate incident. The two incidents underscore the pressure placed on county jails following courtordered reforms in the state prison system. In 1971, when Parchman inmate Nazareth Gates filed his lawsuit against John Collier, then superintendent of the prison, conditions at Parchman were still as cruel and starkly unequal as they were when immortalized in blues songs from the early 20th century. Prisoners lived in separate, racially segregated camps on the sprawling Delta property farming cotton and other crops. They were watched not only by prison guards but also by gun-wielding prisoners called trusties. The “trusty” system—distinct from the current system of inmate workers also called “trusties”—was in part a result of understaffing at Parchman. The number of civilian guards at the camps was not enough to maintain order, Judge William Keady wrote in his Oct. 20,
1972, decision in the Gates case. In the place of “free world personnel,” prison staff picked inmate trusties and a variety of other inmate positions—including “cage bosses,” “floorwalkers” and “hallboys”—to perform administrative duties and supervise their fellow inmates during non-work hours. Without evaluating the inmates for violent tendencies or mental instability, the prison staff allowed these trusties to physically punish, and in some cases shoot at, other inmates. Keady also found that inmate housing at Parchman was “unfit for human habitation under any modern concept of decency.” “The facilities at all camps for the disposal of human and other waste are shockingly inadequate and present an immediate health hazard,” Keady wrote. “Open sewage is a breeding ground for rats and other vermin.” Because of a shortage of medical staff, inmates sometimes performed medical procedures despite not having medical training. Not surprisingly, perhaps, historian David Oshinsky titled his 1997 book on the prison, “Worse Than Slavery.” In 1971, the U.S. Department of Justice joined Gates’ class-action lawsuit on the side of the inmates, the first time the federal government had done so. Keady’s ruling ordered the abolition of Parchman’s trusty system, and ultimately ended similar systems in Texas, Arksansas, Alabama and Louisiana. Reform at Parchman came slowly but then picked up, especially with the construction of additional state prison facilities and the corresponding increase in state funding for corrections. The prison ended its censorship of inmates’ mail, stopped corporal punishment and upgraded living conditions. In his order finally dismissing the case, Davis commended current Corrections Commissioner Chris Epps for implementing many of the reforms necessary to comply with Keady’s ruling. Under Epps, who became commissioner in 2002, the state’s prison system earned accreditation from the American Correctional Association, making Mississippi only the 14th state to earn the recognition. Attorney Ron Welch, who has represented the Gates’ class plaintiffs since 1978, also praised Epps’ involvement. The next frontier in improving the state’s treatment of inmates is in the counties, where Gates still applies. Part of the problem in reforming county jails is that there is little continuity or institutional knowledge among jail staff. With every county sheriff’s election, the arrival of a new boss at the county jail can erase any progress made in the procedures for handling inmates. “When there’s a turnover in the sheriff, everything turns over,” Welch said. Comment at www.jfp.ms.
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he great thing about fast food is, generally speaking, you know what to expect…a burger is a burger is a burger. But if you can get a burger anywhere, what makes a fast food chain stand out from the rest… other than a great burger? Just add fresh salads, natural-cut fries with sea salt, and chili simmered for four hours, with a frosty on top and you have the recipe for success over 40 years in the making: Wendy’s. The idea of great customer service plus square (because they don’t cut corners), grilled, fresh-ground, not-frozen Wendy’s hamburgers and a thick frosty was Dave Thomas’s plan when he opened his first restaurant in Columbus, OH in November 15, 1969. Quality was the key ingredient to Thomas, who put the phrase “Quality is our Recipe®” on the logo. Thomas’ inspiration to open a restaurant came from humble beginnings. Adopted as a child, Thomas moved around a lot and his real exposure to family life came from eating in restaurants. He was closest to his adoptive grandmother, who taught him to “never cut corners” or compromise on quality. Those traits were woven into the business and today Wendy’s features fresh, never-frozen ground beef, hand-sliced tomatoes, and the 100% real cocoa from the Ivory Coast of Africa which flavors the one and only frosty. But to survive in today’s competitive fast food marketplace, where new restaurants pop up frequently offering new menu items, Wendy’s has evolved to include hearty chili, boneless wings, fresh salads, and baked potatoes, just to name a few. For the healthconscious eater, Wendy’s offers fresh salads, some with handpicked apples and real blue cheese. Add on a healthy side such as fresh, store-made chili that stews for four hours or a real baked potato and you have a healthy, fast meal to keep both your waistline and your wallet happy. If you are looking for the more traditional fast food fare, look no further than a Wendy’s Deluxe Value Meal. Choose from either a Double Jr. Cheeseburger Deluxe or Crispy Chicken Deluxe, add an order of fresh, hand-cut fries seasoned with sea salt, and wash it all down with a Coke®, all for just $2.99. Value, quality, and taste, the same ingredients Thomas started with in 1969, are still served up daily at Wendy’s. No stop at Wendy’s would be complete without a world-famous frosty: cool, creamy, and refreshing, made from real cocoa imported from Africa and Grade A fresh milk, a classic offered for just $.99 on Wendy’s Everyday Value Menu. Looking for a little sweet for your sweet? Take the frosty to the next level with a strawberry frosty milkshake, a twisted frosty loaded with your choice of four favorite classic treats, or a frosty float that rivals any root beer float. Anyway you shake it; Wendy’s is the smart choice for classic fast food fare, healthy, fresh salads, and innovative items sure to please everyone. After all, it’s hip to be square.
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Sure, ‘Rebrand,’ But Don’t Stop There
group of city and county leaders got together this week to hear a South Carolina company explain how it is going to spend three days talking to citizens and then present us with a plan to “rebrand” Hinds County. This effort comes on the heel of weeks of conversation, and some hysteria, about the U.S. Census showing that Jackson’s population has shrunk 5.8 percent in a decade, with more whites than blacks moving beyond the city limits. (Both the city and metro communities saw increases in black residents, following a national trend of African Americans moving to the South and to U.S. suburbs.) The Hinds County Economic Development Authority is paying for the three-day session, which should result in marketing plans, a new logo, a tagline and such that the county can use to help attract visitors and new residents to the county. So far, we see nothing that tells us this is a particularly bad idea other than the outsourcing part. And we like the idea of some of our suburban communities coming together with the capital city to get the area’s positives out to a larger audience. We’d like to see that on an even larger scale, with more cooperation between all three local counties and the city. That doesn’t mean, of course, that the city goes along with whatever the others want; it means working together to support the entire area and overcome the city-v.-suburbs division that is, honestly, our biggest PR challenge. We want to see that everyone who ought to be is pulled up to the table, not another case of non-elected leaders and the mayor’s office going two directions. When asked, the mayor’s office said they were “notified of this presentation”— which doesn’t sound a lot like an effort to make sure the city is fully on board with the rebranding. And, this week, the mayor said the city is working with the Jackson Chamber to figure out how to better brand the city of Jackson. We’re just not convinced that two separate branding campaigns are the answer. Jackson State political science professor Byron D’Andra Orey made a smart presentation at Koinonia’s Friday Forum last week, saying the city needs to overcome perceptions of inadequate public education and a high violent-crime rate in order to attract more people to the city—both myths that need to be exploded. In fact, crime is below the national average, and Jackson has a number of highranked public schools. “I think we, in Jackson, need to do a better job of branding the fact that we don’t have these murders and rapes taking place,” he said. Orey also wants the city to grapple with the real elephant in the room: poverty. High poverty leads directly to crime, and the lack of local jobs and job training leads to poverty. It’s a vicious cycle that rebranding will not repair, however well meaning. So, brand away, but don’t lose sight of the big picture.
Forget the Mess
March 30 - April 5, 2011
udy McBride: “Over the past two years, I’ve noticed more people coming to my office in need of psychological counseling. Folks are just stressed out over the economy, jobs, unemployment and education. Frustrated commuters are freaking out while riding public transportation. “The demand for my service was just too much. As a dedicated, committed and concerned community psychologist, I had to create a more practical way to serve my community. So, I started the “Judy McBride Mass Patient Stress-Reduction Clinic.” “‘Lady Fancy’ McBride (my third cousin, and health and fitness guru) and D.J. Old School Pete will conduct the mass patient stress reduction clinic. They will require patients to read books and to attend reading and critical-thinking discussions, followed by diet and exercise seminars. Then, Lady Fancy will use her sweet personality, positive affirmations and deep breathing exercises to calm your frazzled nerves. “The stress reduction clinic will show you how to get away from the hustling crowds and all that rat-race noise down in the street. And when mean, old nasty attitude people around you are giving you pressure, you’ll enjoy D.J. Old School Pete’s message music and meditation sessions. “The Mass Patient Stress-Reduction Clinic takes place daily, one hour before the ‘Hot Wing Happy Hour’ at the Clubb Chicken Wing MultiPurpose Complex. “Don’t allow the troubles of this world to ruin your peace of mind. All you need is a comfortable exercise mat or your favorite blanket, and your imagination. 14 “Forget the mess and reduce stress.”
Jackson, Waking Up
ome of you may be familiar with the tale “The Emperor’s New Clothes.” It’s a short story written in the 1800s by the Danish author Hans Christian Andersen that gives some amazing insight into human nature. In this fairy-tale, two swindlers pose as weavers and convince an emperor to let them create a grand new outfit for him. They promise the emperor a new suit of clothes that are invisible to those who are incompetent or unworthy of their positions. Up to that point, the emperor only cared about his appearance, so naturally new garb was appealing. However, the weavers didn’t actually “dress” the emperor at all. They only pretended to dress him. But his pride wouldn’t allow the emperor to admit he saw nothing. He remained silent for fear of appearing unfit, and his ministers around him did the same. The emperor and his court marched in a procession, proudly walking before his subjects. Suddenly, a child exclaimed, “But he isn’t wearing anything at all.” Then the crowd took up the cry. The emperor felt uncomfortable, yet continued to proudly march in the procession. This story has been translated into more than a hundred languages and interpreted in hundreds of different ways. Is it a story about having courage in your convictions? Is it a metaphor for hypocrisy or collective denial? Or is it, as Andersen once said himself, a story that will give children the courage to challenge authority and to speak truth to power? Regardless of how you interpret this story, it always amazes me when tales told long ago can still hold relevance today. Agreed? That noise you hear is the collective awakening of our great city. Some of us have been up and at ‘em longer than others. But whether it was an article, an event or a speech that motivates you to get up
every day and push this city forward, use it. Let whatever your muse or motivation is now be your guide. I’m more encouraged now than I’ve ever been because I see those among us who were once disenfranchised asking questions. I see those among us who have been inadvertently uninformed beginning to seek knowledge. Yes! There are plenty of exciting things to do in this city if you just ask. Yes! There are thousands of great people here who will have a positive word for you. They don’t want your purse or your car. They want you to know the love that we have for Jackson. Yes! We’re finding ourselves. We’re getting our swagger back, but be leery of the storm clouds ahead. We’ve traditionally been a city of lotus-eaters, lulled by suits, signs, turkeys, tea parties, proclamations and self-imposed limitations. But no more. Be leery of those who try to stifle your concern. Beware of those who will call you fanatical, who tell you that you don’t deserve access even though they now enjoy it. Our being lucid endangers their business deals, their contracts, their invites to the swanky parties, their advertisers and their reserved seats in the front pew. It upsets the status quo. Listen: For us to restore confidence in the people, we must restore their faith in truth. We must be real with them. Someone will surely cherry-pick these words and try to discredit them. But too late. Jackson has had its moment of clarity. The people believe again. The people are passionate again. The people are wearing their pride on their sleeves now. And figuratively all it took was that one small child to innocently exclaim the truth: “The emperor has no clothes.” And that’s the truth … sho-nuff.
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coverage centering on the anniversary, this could be an ideal time to revisit the flag issue and finally drive old Dixie down. I see several reasons to believe that we could get a different outcome this time: • We’ll have a better alternative flag design. The 2001 vote was arguably as much a referendum on the new flag as it was on the Confederate battle flag. The new, proposed flag was bland, generic and had no clear connection to Mississippi’s history, outside of its vague similarity to the obscure Confederate First National Flag. This time, we can crowd-source a design until one specific proposal has visible support and momentum, then organize grassroots efforts in support of that proposal. • We’ll have different voters. Young voters energized by the 2008 Barack Obama campaign gave him 44 percent of the vote in this state, a figure difficult to imagine seven years earlier, and thousands of new voters will have come of age by the time any new referendum comes up. • We’ll actually talk about the old flag’s racist symbolism. Media coverage of the 2001 flag referendum vote documents a campaign that had low young voter turnout and, in the words of The New York Times, “deliberately shied from the issues of racial history surrounding the Confederacy, and focused instead almost entirely on the economic argument.” It’s difficult to effectively address a racism issue by sweeping the subject of race under the rug. With more media outlets (online and offline), Mississippians will be better situated to educate each other about how the flag has been used in the past and why it is so widely regarded as a racist symbol. It’s true that taking down the Dixie flag will not eliminate the effects of racism, but symbols are important. Ten years ago, an overwhelming majority of white Mississippians stood together to support a flag design that is harmful to the state’s reputation, economy and culture; that excludes a third of the population; and that identifies the state as belonging to a pro-slavery military coalition that was soundly defeated well over a century ago. By overturning that decision, the voters of Mississippi can finally declare victory over it—and put a little bit more of our state’s Confederate history behind us. Freelance writer Tom Head is a lifelong Jackson native. He has authored or co-authored 24 nonfiction books on a wide range of topics, is a civil liberties writer for About.com, and is a grassroots progressive activist.
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pril 17 marks the 10th anniversary of the flag referendum vote, when 65 percent of Mississippi voters decided to keep the Confederate battle flag in the official state flag of Mississippi rather than adopt a new flag design. The vote was decided on racial lines, with 90 percent of white voters supporting the old flag and 95 percent of black voters supporting the new one. The last Confederate veteran died in 1959, so no living voter would have been in a position to have ever seen the battle flag used in a proper military context. But it had become a symbol of defiance during the segregationist era, a way white southerners could remind everybody else—nonwhite southerners, allied northerners and so forth—of the high price they had been willing to pay to maintain the old racial system referred to euphemistically as “the southern way of life.” My sense as a Mississippian is that by 2001 that same spirit of defiance led many whites to oppose what they saw as a national “political correctness” movement to eliminate the Confederate battle flag from other state flags, an effort that would ultimately prove successful everywhere but here. I suppose it could have been that same spirit of defiance that recently motivated Gov. Haley Barbour to wobble on the issue of whether he would be willing to unequivocally oppose a proposed Sons of Confederate Veterans license plate honoring Confederate general and first grand wizard of the KKK Nathan Bedford Forrest. Barbour’s deferential attitude toward the Sons of Confederate Veterans had been noted in the past, particularly in his willingness to declare April Confederate History and Heritage Month in annual letters his office sent to the SCV (but, curiously, did not release to the press). And it was something like that spirit of defiance that may have led Barbour to praise the racist old Citizens Council of Yazoo City, or to have himself photographed with representatives of its modern-day counterpart, the white nationalist Council of Conservative Citizens, in 2003. I can’t say for sure why Barbour did these things, and I don’t think he’s likely to go in front of a microphone and tell us anytime soon. But we’re going to hear an awful lot of defiant speech about the Confederacy over the next month from other public figures as the flag-vote anniversary is preceded by what is likely to be a much more high-profile anniversary on April 12: the 150th anniversary of the beginning of the Civil War. With state-sponsored events and media
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ne of the best things about dressing for spring is that we have the chance to carry over a few of our favorite fall pieces to a new season. Even better is that in the spring, we have the opportunity to indulge in trends galore. And this year, styles are especially fun and delicious, because there’s hardly a look that isn’t on-trend. From laces and sheers to camouflage and utilitarian-inspired looks, if you already own it, or see on the racks in a consignment shop, boutique or
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On Libba Olive shirt dress, B. Liles, $45 Leopard print sandals, Shoe Bar at Pieces, $100 Teardrop earrings, Shoe Bar at Pieces, $60 Gold cuff, B. Liles, $159 On Ebony Gray tank, Shoe Bar at Pieces, $55 Brown wide-leg pants, Orange Peel, $12 Brown beaded belt, Orange Peel, $5 Mustard-flats with gold embellishment, Lipstick Lounge, $19.99 Bangle, Posh Boutique, $15 On Nameeta Yellow-print blazer (worn as dress), Repeat Street, $30 Studded gladiator sandals, Shoe Bar at Pieces, $110 Brown belt with gold buckle, B. Liles, $98 Brown leather bag, B. Liles, $225 Necklace, B. Liles, $145
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SPRING FLING, from page 18
Bold Story (from left:)
March 30 - April 5, 2011
On Nameeta Yellow one-shoulder ruffle blouse, Libby Story, $78 Teal shorts, Shoe Bar at Pieces, $135 Hot pink patent wedge with studs, Lipstick Lounge, $40 On Libba Watercolor jumpsuit, Posh Boutique, $120 Gold espadrilles, Shoe Bar at Pieces, $85 Pink ring, Lipstick Lounge, $40 Turquoise and gold bangle, Lipstick Lounge, $60 On Ebony Pink floral dress, Shoe Bar at Pieces, $175 Green wedge, Libby Story, $54
“When in doubt, wear red.” —Bill Blass
LARGE SELECTION OF COLORS ONLY $7.99 EACH
2475 LAKELAND DRIVE FLOWOOD MS 39232 601.933.0074
SPRING FLING, from page 20
“The finest clothing made is a person’s skin, but, of course, society demands something more than this.” —Mark Twain
March 30 - April 5, 2011
Americana Story (from left:)
On Libba Red and white striped pants, Orange Peel, $22 White tank, model’s own Gold circle necklace, B. Liles, $175 Denim and diamonds ring, Lipstick Lounge, $30 Black straw hat with bow, Libby Story, $22 On Ebony Gold espadrilles, Shoe Bar at Pieces, $85 White skinny jeans, Shoe Bar at Pieces, $75 Gold bangles with red stones, Lipstick Lounge, $20 Blue striped racer-back tank, Posh Boutique, $52.99
On Michael Blue flat-front pants, Great Scott, $255 V-neck Tee, model’s own Rubber-bottom loafers, Kinkade’s Fine Clothing, $188 Brown leather belt, Kinkade’s Fine Clothing, $65 On Nameeta Navy and tan silk romper, Posh Boutique, $59.99 Red wood platforms, Shoe Bar at Pieces , $110 Red snake bracelet, Shoe Bar at Pieces, $25 Brown and gold grommet bracelets, S hoe Bar at Pieces, $25
Silly Billy’s consignment shop
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Now open in the Duling Building
622 Duling Ave Suite 205 B 601-672-6693 601-665-3820
Th & Fri 11-6 Sat 11-4 2600 North State Street Jackson, Ms 39216 Historic Fondren District 601-987-6782
Revive your style FASHION, FURNITURE & AND FABULOUS FUNK! Voted state’s best consignment/resale by Mississippi Magazine. LOCATION
626 Ridgewood Road 601-605-9393
@ Repeat Street Metro Jackson
823b Hwy 12 W 662-324-2641
SPRING FLING, from page 22
“I don’t know who invented the high heel, but all men owe him a lot.” —Marilyn Monroe Sunshine, happy faces and freshly picked corn— nothing says spring like yellow. Brighten up your feet and practically any wardrobe (you can wear yellow like a neural in warmer months; goodbye, black!) with this yellow and wood sling back. And with the closed toe, even on the days when you haven’t had a chance to get your pedicure retouched, no one has to know your secret. Shoe Bar at Pieces, $98
Delicate gold teardrop-shaped earrings with a little something extra hanging from the middle says, “I’m classy, I’m fun and ready to flirt.” Handmade by a local jewelry designer for the Miss Monk line, you’re bound to get plenty of attention for your ear jewelry. Shoe Bar, $60
Roomy, bold and gold, oh, my! From its trendy top handle to the cutouts that make even a bag airy for spring, this mustard-yellow handbag will carry just about everything you may need while you’re out. There’s even enough space for a change of clothes, should you need it. Lipstick Lounge, $55
Spring means florals and billowy fabrics; this skirt offers both. The side elastic waistband allows a fashionista to pull it on and wear it as a high-waist skirt or a bit lower on her natural waist. Pair the skirt with any top (a tank, vintage blazer or blouse) any shoe (from Chuck Taylors to peep toes) and an unexpected accessory, and you’re liable to be stopped for a certain newspaper’s new street-style feature. Just saying. Libby Story, $44
March 30 - April 5, 2011
When spring turns summer scorcher, remind yourself of the beautiful spring days with this hand-painted, toggle-clasp bracelet. The bracelet’s greens, blues and yellows on your wrist are sure to lift your spirits and get you a compliment or two. B. Liles, $125
Libby Story, 120 W. Jackson St., Ridgeland, 601-717-3300; Posh Boutique, 4312 N. State St., 601-364-2244; B. Liles, 215 W. Jackson St., Ridgeland, 601-6077741; Shoe Bar at Pieces, 425 Mitchell Ave., 601-939-5204; Kinkade’s Fine Clothing, 120 W. Jackson St., Ridgeland, 601-898-0513; Repeat Street, 626 Ridgewood Road, Ridgeland, 601-605-9393; Great Scott, 4400 Old Canton Road #101, 601-984.3500; Lipstick Lounge, 304 Mitchell Ave., 601-366-4000
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