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Target: Latinos Some state lawmakers want to copy Arizona’s controversial law, despite its legal problems.
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maggie middleton “When I was 5, I told my mom that I wanted to be three things: I wanted to be a lawyer, a cheerleader and an actress, and they’re kind of all the same thing,” Maggie Middleton says, laughing at her youthful comparisons. Middleton, 26, grew up with adults who taught her the importance of being assertive. She credits her family with teaching her the value of advocating for people who are not able stand up for themselves. She received her bachelor’s and law degree from Ole Miss and began working for the U.S. Department of Justice in Jackson almost a year ago. After graduating from law school in May 2009, the Lula, Miss., native had to choose between a job offer in Washington, D.C., or Jackson. “I think a lot of younger people leave Mississippi because they feel like there aren’t as many opportunities here,” Middleton says. “So I thought since I did have the opportunity to stay and do what I wanted to do, that I should jump on that. I think that the more young professionals who stay here, the better the state will be.” When she’s not working, Middleton enjoys living downtown in the Electric Building and is a big fan of the local karaoke scene. She loves that she can find
karaoke any night of the week and enjoys performing duets with her good friend, Coleman Carlisle. “I like to sing Barbra Streisand, and we’re both very inspired by ‘Glee,’” Middleton says. “Coleman and I will sing ‘Total Eclipse of the Heart’ like our lives depend on it. People here are so accepting of that attitude. You don’t have to be good; you just have to want to do something. You just have to care.” Middleton is excited to be part of the revitalization of downtown and has a few ideas about how she plans to contribute. She says that she and Carlisle have talked about starting a kickball league to help young professionals in Jackson and the surrounding areas connect. “I think it’s a brilliant plan because that way more people could get to know each other. And with kickball, you don’t have to have any athletic talent,” she says. Middleton plans on staying in town for the next few years because she loves her job and of the opportunities that Jackson has to offer. “I used to joke that moving from Oxford felt like being cast out of heaven,” Middleton says. “But really, if you’re going to be cast out of heaven, Jackson is not a bad place to end up at all.” — Lauren Fredman
14 Making Communities The JFP’s Fall GOOD issue is all about neighbors and making communities work.
33 Legacy of Love Margaret’s Grocery in Vicksburg is a tribute to one man’s love for God and his wife.
Kristin Brenemen Editorial designer Kristin Brenemen is a local anime otaku with an ever-full mug of coffee and cream. She fears the inevitable Robot Apocalypse but is prepared for the oncoming Zombie Invasion. She designed the cover and pages for this issue.
Holly Harlan Holly Harlan is a Millsaps College student from Biloxi. She is currently a design intern at the JFP. She adores playing “fetch” with her pomeranian, Prince Charming. She helped design the cover and pages for this issue.
Natalie Long Natalie Long is a Jackson musician who is taking over the reins from JFP’s music listings editor Herman Snell, who passed away unexpectedly. Venues and musicians, end your music info to her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Quita Bride Quita Bride is a radio broadcasting professional and a Jackson State University grad. She is a Heart Journalism Award recipient currently doing freelance public-relations work and writing. She contributed to GOOD.
Bryan Flynn Bryan Flynn is a lifelong Mississippi native who resides in Richland. When not working for the JFP, he writes a national blog, playtowinthegame.com. He lives with his wife and their four cats. He contributed to GOOD.
Casey Purvis Casey Purvis is a Fondrenite who loves planting flowers and watching the birds in her backyard. She is an avid “junker” who loves finding old furniture and giving it a new lease on life. She contributed to GOOD.
Natalie A. Collier Associate editor Natalie A. Collier is originally from Starkville and a graduate of Millsaps. She lived in Chicago for a while, but is now back in Jackson. She’s not easy to impress. Try. She wrote the music story.
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Assistant to the editor ShaWanda Jacome loves her family, is officially a Scout mom now and thinks everyone should see the movie “Away We Go” just to see the part about the stroller (too funny!) She wrote a Talk and a Food piece.
by Lacey McLaughlin, News Editor
n a recent visit to Oktoc, Miss., my aunt showed me a relic from my family’s past. Inside a woodshed on her farm was a refurbished corn-mill grinder from the early 1900s. If this archaic machine could talk, it would tell stories about a community that had to rely on its neighbors before modern-day conveniences. Near the end of the Great Depression, my great-grandfather opened a country store in front of his home on Oktoc Road about 20 miles outside Starkville. When he opened the store in 1938, there weren’t many options for his rural neighbors to buy gasoline, hunting supplies or groceries. He stocked the store with products from local and regional vendors and would grind corn for the neighbors, asking only that they leave a small portion of corn in return for his family. My grandfather’s store was more than just a convenient stop for people to get in and out of. It was a staple of the community where one could find out about local news and maybe a bit of gossip, visit with neighbors while sitting in the store’s rocking chairs, or meet up with friends in the parking lot on a Saturday night. The walls of the store were lined with photographs of family and neighbor’s hunting prizes. When I was a child, my grandfather could persuade me to Windex the windows, sweep floors and stock selves in return for a push-up pop. The store was only a few feet from his home, and every day at 2 p.m. he would lock the doors, gather the family for dinner (or lunch if you’re from the North), take a nap and return for the evening shift. In the late 1980s, Walmart came to Starkville, and my grandfather struggled to keep the store open. It became cheaper to buy products at retail price from Walmart rather than wholesale from vendors. He continued to run the store until the late 1990s, more for tradition than for profit until he got too old to do so. He finally closed the store about 1999. When I think of the ideal neighborhood, I think of a place like Oktoc, because it represents a sense of place and camaraderie that has become almost obsolete in modern-day society. It’s almost painful to visit that once-bustling store, now boarded up with a caved-in roof and sinking floors. I have long thought about how to recreate that sense of community that was such a large part of my upbringing. But when I sit on my Belhaven porch, I rarely see people outside. I don’t know the names of most of my neighbors, and the thought of asking one of them for a cup of sugar seems strange and foreign. But I know that I’m not the only one who feels this way. So why are we scared to engage with our neighbors? Robert D. Putnam explores this topic in his 2000 book “Bowling Alone: The Collapse and Revival of American Community” (Simon & Schuster) The book stemmed from Putnam’s 1995 essay in which he surveyed the 20-year decline of American bowling leagues
and other, similar activities, concluding that when people bowl alone they are less likely to engage in civic and political discussions that make up the fabric of a strong democracy.
Unlike many things in life, getting to know your neighbors takes less effort than you think. Among the activities Putnam cites, he sees a 58 percent drop in attending club meetings, a 43 percent drop in family dinners and a 35 percent drop in having friends over. Putnam attributes the loss of this social capital to our increasing use of technology. I would also have to argue that we have lost the art of sharing, and our packed schedules make it difficult to spend time engaging with one another. Strengthening our neighborhoods also means addressing social issues and reaching out to surrounding communities instead of just pushing our problems into other people’s back yards. When Madison Mayor Mary Hawkins
Butler announced the cancellation of her city’s FreedomFest this fall, saying that it may return as a residents-only festival, she might as well have posted “Keep Out” on the city limit signs. It may not be feasible to feed the entire Jackson metro at your shindig, but closing your city off to outsiders stunts growth and sends the creative class running in the opposite direction. I thought about that as I noticed all the diversity at WellsFest this past weekend. I saw people from all backgrounds and races, and I had an opportunity to engage with many of them. Jackson does an amazing job of supporting its own and embracing each other, but strengthening our neighborhoods means creating a sustainable future. Unlike Madison, we can encourage a melting pot of diversity while strengthening property values and building a stronger tax base. I don’t buy into the notion that you can only have one or the other. Unlike many things in life, getting to know your neighbors takes less effort than you think. Don’t believe me? Try knocking on your neighbor’s door with a bottle of wine in hand. But don’t stop there; go beyond your own street. Take a detour on your way home and discover a part of Jackson you’ve never been to. Eat at a local dive that you’ve never heard of when you happen to stumble on it. I’ve been here for two years, and I still feel like there are tons of gems throughout our city just waiting to be discovered. Jackson is like a favorite book: No matter how many times you read it, you take away a new perspective or meaning each time you revisit. Comment at jacksonfreepress.com.
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Thursday, Sept. 23 U.N. diplomatic delegations from 33 countries walk out when Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad claims that the U.S. orchestrated the Sept. 11 attacks to rescue its economy, reassert its hold on the Middle East and save Israel. … Facebook claims a software flaw for problems causing a shutdown for two and half hours. Friday, Sept. 24 Citigroup, which received $45 billion in bailout funds in 2008 and is still partially owned by the U.S. government, announces it is giving raises to its top 25 executives amounting to millions in stock and stock options. … A fourth man sues Bishop Eddie Long of the megachurch New Birth Missionary Baptist Church near Atlanta. All four allege Long coerced them to sexual relations with him when they were minors. Saturday, Sept. 25 Kenneth Feinberg, administrator for the BP fund set up to assist victims of the Gulf of Mexico oil disaster, announces new procedures to make claim settlements easier and faster. … The Jackson State Tigers trounce Mississippi Valley, 43-7.
ackson City Attorney Pieter Teeuwissen said he was confident that the city could be exposed to considerable legal liability if legislators pass a bill mimicking a controversial Arizona law, which pushes local police into civil immigration enforcement duty. “We can find ourselves in a tough spot,” Teeuwissen said. “It would probably be somebody who is a (legal) immigrant who would’ve had a status inquired into for whatever reason taking us to court.” He also said that the nature of the law—which allows citizens to sue a government authority for not demanding residential status at public interdictions—would likely put the city in a legal bind either way. “Once we go to enforce it, (whether) we do it or don’t do it, we’ll end up in some form of litigation,” Teeuwissen said. Sen. Joey Fillingane, R-Sumrall, said he will submit a bill during the next legislative session to mandate that police inquire about residential status at routine public interactions like traffic stops and domestic complaints. The bill demands police inquire about residency status—proved with a state-issued driver’s license or ID, among other documents—in any situation “where reasonable suspicion exists that the person is an alien.” The bill will also apply to crime victims, but it does not explicitly explain the conditions under which reasonable suspicion is warranted. Residents must have a permanent residence card to qualify for state-issued ID or a driver’s license Mississippi Department of
Public Safety spokesman Jon Kalahar said. Still, Fillingane insists nothing about the bill implies racial profiling. “If you read the language of the bill, it specifically prohibits racial profiling,” Fillingane said, while adding that officers could use numerous methods that have nothing to do with race. “Well, one reasonable suspicion would be if someone can’t speak English,” Fillingane said. “If you’re at a roadblock or something like that and the person can’t communicate with you in the English language, that might constitute legal suspicion, but this would be subject to the courts.” Arizona law enforcement officers filed suit challenging the Arizona law, which Fillingane said is very similar to his proposed law. Tucson police officer Martin Escobar filed suit in April, complaining that markers such as the vehicle a person is driving, his color or his clothing, as well as his linguistic capabilities in English or Spanish, do “not provide a raceneutral criteria or basis to suspect or identify who is lawfully in the United States.” U.S. District Judge Susan Bolton struck down Escobar’s suit this month on a technicality, saying that public officials cannot sue to block laws with which they don’t agree and choose not to enforce. Bolton also, however, overturned most of the Arizona law in July. In her opinion in United States of America vs. State of Arizona and Gov. Janice K. Brewer, Bolton wrote that “certain categories of people with transitional status and foreign visitors
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Tuesday, Sept. 28 A hillside in the Oaxaca, Mexico, collapses, burying up to 1,000 people under mud and stones as they slept. … Former President Jimmy Carter is hospitalized with an apparent stomach ailment. Staffers expect him to resume his schedule this week.
by Adam Lynch
Ward 2 Councilman Chokwe Lumumba said a proposed bill mimicking a controversial Arizona law is meant to keep brown people in check.
from countries that are part of the Visa Waiver Program will not have readily available documentation” of their residency, potentially subjecting them to arrest or detention, in addition to the burden of “the possibility of inquisitorial practices and police surveillance.” Bolton agreed with the U.S. government’s assertion that “the federal government has long rejected a system by which aliens’ papers are routinely demanded and checked,” COSTLY, see page 9
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Sunday, Sept. 26 The combat phase of Operation Dragon Strike, a joint U.S. and Afghan military maneuver calculated to rout the Taliban from its birthplace of Kandahar, Afghanistan, begins. … The New Orleans Saints are handed their first loss this season by the Atlanta Falcons, 27-24. Monday, Sept. 27 North Korean leader Kim Jong-il promotes his son, Kim Jong-un, to military general of the Korea People’s Army. … Officials inform the family of 20-year-old Army Pvt. William Brandon Dawson, a Tunica native, of his death in Afghanistan.
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America is a nation of city dwellers, for the most part. The 2010 Census shows that 78 percent of all Americans live in cities. In Mississippi, however, the majority of us live in rural areas, but just barely: 48.8 percent of us live in cities.
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BROWN PEOPLE “The white families living in one-bedroom trailers were not an issue in Pearl until the brown people moved in.” —Mississippi Immigrant Rights Executive Director Bill Chandler commenting on a Pearl ordinance restricting residents from having more than two people per bedroom.
• Your pit bull ate my bunny. • Your grass obstructs your view of my house. • Your binoculars live on the windowsill … and you use them. • Yours is the only house that never gets trick or treaters. • You sell drugs … on your porch … to children. • You have the city cut down my 200-year-old tree. • Your dogs run loose. • Your house and trees are constantly TP’d. • You have a deer stand in your backyard. • Your Hustler magazine is in my mailbox. • You tell the Jehovah’s Witnesses that I’m home. • The Department of Defense acquires your trash for bio-ethics research. • You use my wireless connection to download porn. • You skinny dip in my birdbath.
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and that she found that the Arizona statute “imposes an unacceptable burden on lawfullypresent aliens.” Fillingane argues that police may not pull people over exclusively upon suspicion of immigration violations—which federal law says is a civil violation, not criminal—but must have a reason to interact with the person, such as a speeding violation, or a domestic complaint. But Ward 2 Councilman Chokwe Lumumba said the proposed law leaves too much room for racial profiling, even if the bill states that police can’t “solely consider race, color or national origin in implementing” the law. “Well, what else are they going to base their inquiries on if not the color of their skin or some other stereotype? They would have to ask the citizenship of everybody they interact with,” Lumumba said. He described with bitterness the hypothetical scene of a policeman inquiring about the residential status of a traumatized Mexican-looking assault victim who had called the police after being beaten. “It’s an oppressive kind of legislation meant to try to keep immigrants … subdued, because any law that was really aimed at reducing their number would have to be more geared toward making sure that businesses were not underpaying people or paying them below minimum wage,” Lumumba said. Fillingane said the state ordinance, should it pass the Legislature and get a signature from
Gov. Haley Barbour, would supersede the city of Jackson’s new ordinance restricting police from inquiring about residential status. Hinds County Sheriff Malcolm McMillin simply called the bill that would turn his deputies into immigration officers “silly.” Dr. Lucas Restrepo, of the Barrow Neurological Institute in Phoenix, pointed out in a June letter to the New England Journal of Medicine that the Arizona law “will seriously obstruct, if not undermine, the practice of medicine in the state of Arizona.” It says that those who “conceal, harbor or shield” or attempt to conceal, harbor or shield an undocumented resident “are guilty of a class 1 misdemeanor” punishable by a fine of at least $1,000. The Arizona law language concerning concealing violators carries over into the Mississippi bill. Health-care providers, who neglect to report undocumented immigrants under their care and violate the law will be considered criminals, Restrepo said. Fillingane said he did not expect the bill to have an easy life, should it survive the Legislature: “If it passes in identical form that it is in right now, I certainly think, based on what has happened in Arizona, the federal government would probably seek to have the law enjoined in federal court.” Teeuwissen said he also expected someone to file an injunction in federal court against the law before it could be enacted.
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Business Accelerator Seeks Cooperation, Input The Jackson Business Accelerator Collaboration, a project of New Horizon Ministries, is hosting a forum series aimed at sharing ideas for business development in the city. Program Manager Michael Harris said he has met one-on-one with groups like the Mississippi Technology Alliance and the Small Business Development Center at Hinds Community College to discuss creating a “resource map” for business owners. The action forum is a chance to plan that kind of project with a larger network, Harris said. Attendees have three opportunities to join the forum: Tuesday, Oct. 5, at 2 p.m.; Wednesday, Oct. 6, from 9:30-11 p.m.; and Thursday, Oct. 7, from 5:307 p.m. All events are held in the upstairs conference room of New Horizon Church International, 1770 Ellis Avenue. Natural Salon Opens Melody Washington recently opened Natural U, a natural-hair care salon at 2795 McWillie Drive in Jackson. The salon offers micro braids, yarn twist, lock extensions and starter locks. Call 769251-5446 to schedule an appointment. Subscribe to JFPDaily.com for local business news Monday through Friday. Free.
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ierce lay motionless in her arms, with his little Mohawk hair, dark brown and full. “I got to see his face,” says Leah Helms, 33, about what she remembers most vividly in the final moments of her son’s life. “I’m glad that we got to have that moment. … (My husband, BJ, and I) were both just speechless … how pretty to see his nose and mouth and face.” Pierce Allen Helms, or Baby Pierce as he had become known, had been running on fumes those last couple of days. “He never gave up, he fought to the end. He never quit,” BJ, 35, said. Pierce’s lungs, damaged and full of holes from the ventilator, couldn’t be repaired through surgery. And because of sepsis, a whole-body infection, he didn’t qualify for a double transplant. Baby Pierce was born with congenital aortic stenosis, an abnormal narrowing of his aortic valve. Infant (younger than 1 year) death rates are 36.5 per 100,000 white infants and 52.5 per 100,000 black infants, the American Heart Association reports. Although a large part of the AHA efforts concentrates on adults, it also funds research to find ways to detect congenital heart defects sooner and give children a longer and better quality of life, Elaina Jackson of the AHA of Jackson said. Dr. Jorge Salazar, chief of congenital
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heart surgery at the University of Mississippi Health Care, performed the state’s first arterial switch on an infant in August. Since joining UMMC in April, Salazar, 42, has performed 55 successful heart surgeries on children. “I’m really excited for the other kids in Mississippi because they don’t have to leave their state anymore. They get the same high-quality care at home,” Salazar told the JFP in September. Prior to Pierce’s birth on Oct. 26, 2009, the Helms family had no indication of what lay ahead. Leah had a smooth pregnancy and four prior births of healthy babies. “We never knew anything was wrong. … I was thinking everything was fine,” Leah said. Things changed, though, after she delivered. “The nurse said … ‘We think he has a murmur. When he’s breathing there’s just this little growling sound,’” Leah said. Pierce was transferred from River Oaks to UMC for surgery, but went into congestive heart failure and respiratory failure. He was then airlifted to the Children’s National Medical Center in Washington, D.C., for additional surgery on his heart. “We were just in shock. You hear about this kind of stuff, you read about it, but you just don’t think it’s going to happen to you,” BJ said. Over the next two months, Pierce’s condition worsened, and it became evident that he would need a new heart. Pierce was transferred again to Arkansas Children’s Hospital in Little Rock, arriving New Years Day. “Just the agony of waiting and wondering and not knowing—it’s a miserable, miserable feeling,” BJ said. “It was a long journey,” he continued. “… I’ve been to combat … I mean I wasn’t just over in a country typing papers. I was (on the) front line, kicking in doors. And that doesn’t compare to the stress of having a child on a transplant list, being that critical.”
Baby Pierce had been through so much—pulmonary hypertension, premature ventricular contraction (misfiring of the heart), infections, ventilators, blood clots, transfusions and heavy sedation— his body just couldn’t handle the constant strain. On Jan. 15, Leah broke the news on her online journal. “My little Pierce got his angel wings today around 3.” Through teary eyes, BJ said, “I know he’s in heaven. He’s whole again, not hurting. That’s how I get peace with it. Every day I miss him, and I’ll always miss him.” BJ and Leah live in Brandon with their children Katie, 13; Peyton, 6; and Patrick 2. They lost their son Jonathan, who would have been 9 this year, in a 2003 car accident. The Helmses don’t want other Mississippians to go through what they did; they want to bring awareness. And although they wonder if the outcome would have been different if a pediatric cardio unit had been in Mississippi for Pierce, they are glad it’s here now. “I think there was more of a lesson than just to have Pierce and lose him. ... God does everything for a reason. We might not understand it at the time, but you have to listen to him and keep on going.” Leah said. This year, the JFP will walk in memory of Baby Pierce. Last year, more than 3,000 people raised more than $300,000 to fund heart research and educational programs. The American Heart Association’s 2010 Metro Jackson Start! Heart Walk is Sunday, Oct. 10, at 2 p.m. with registration at 1 p.m. The free event features a kid’s zone, music, health information, a one-mile route for heart disease and stroke survivors, and a free, heart-healthy lunch by Subway. Pets on leashes are welcome. Sign up at metrojacksonheartwalk. kintera.org/teamjfp to join team JFP. For more information, contact ShaWanda Jacome at firstname.lastname@example.org, or call 601-362-6121 ext. 16.
by Adam Lynch
Conservative Agenda Fueling Medicaid Numbers?
epublican governors in states including Mississippi and Nebraska may be using inflated cost figures for Medicaid in order to help a movement to roll back recent health-care reform. U.S. Sen. Ben Nelson, D-Nebraska, smacked that state’s Republican Gov. Dave Heineman after he advised state educators to back a repeal of health-care reform using numbers compiled by Milliman Inc., a company often used to support Republican claims. “The governor’s study done by Milliman Inc. is seriously flawed,” Nelson wrote in August. He said the study says about 60,000 people who have private insurance now will automatically drop their insurance and apply for Medicaid. Similarly, the Mississippi Division of Medicaid report handed out to legislators last
currently has 691,677 individuals currently enrolled in Medicaid-related services, while Census figures show 20.8 percent of the population was below the poverty level in 2008. Robinson said Milliman Inc. “included everybody and everything” and uncovered realistic costs to the state. “They are the largest firm in the world that does this, and we have a lot of confidence in what they’re saying,” Robinson said, adding that the increased enrollees are “going to cost us some money.” Robinson said his department is correct to assume full participation. “Do you ever remember a social program that ever came in under budget?” he asked. “We are looking at full participation, and if this recession continues we expect to have full participation. You can’t plan for minimal participation.” Nevertheless, the non-profit think tank Center on Budget and Policy Priorities criticizes Milliman for ignoring U.S. Census statistics showing that not everyone makes the switch to Medicaid if the option exists. “In the 12 states that have expanded Medicaid to cover adults with incomes at or above the poverty line, an average of 23 percent of individuals with incomes eligible for Medicaid have private coverage. In the states that haven’t expanded Medicaid, a nearly identical share—22 percent—of the same population has private
coverage,” the center wrote in its June report “Medicaid Expansion in Health Reform not Likely to ‘Crowd Out’ Private Insurance.” Citing a similar Milliman Inc. assessment for the state of Indiana, initiated by another Republican governor—Gov. Mitch Daniels— the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities claims the company’s “cost estimates for Indiana would be 28 percent to 38 percent lower if the analysis assumed a (Medicaid) crowd-out rate that reflected consensus research,” adding that “there is no means-tested program that achieves 100 percent participation, or close to it, among those who are eligible” for it. Mississippi Health Advocacy Program Director Roy Mitchell said the federal government is paying for 100 percent of costs for covering newly eligible individuals through 2016. The federal government’s reimbursement rate to states falls to 95 percent in 2017 and levels out to 90 percent coverage after 2019. A May report by the Kaiser Commission on Medicaid and the Uninsured predicted that Mississippi will see an increase in Medicaid enrollment of 41.2 percent between 2014 and 2019, but that the state spending on that increase will only be 4.8 percent during that time. The federal government, meanwhile, will increase its own spending on the state for new enrollees by 37 percent.
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ackson is about to experience more than an R&B flashback, but a concert that will give all the ladies, and even guys, a reason to get out of the house. The Ladies Night Concert Tour, featuring the musical stylings of Avant, Ginuwine and Jagged Edge, will take place Saturday, October 2 starting at 8 p.m. at the Jackson Convention Complex. Tickets are on sale at all Ticketmaster locations (The Mississippi Coliseum and BeBop Records) or online at www.ticketmaster.com; or, you can charge tickets by phone at 1-800-745-3000. Although Avant is an acclaimed songwriter with credits that include old school legends Ronald Isley of Isley Brothers and the Gap Bands’ Charlie Wilson, he’s not afraid to cover another writer’s material. Avant’s platinum debut “My Thoughts” established him as one of R&B’s breakout singer/songwriters. His string of platinum smashes – he’s sold over three million albums total – continued with 2003’s “Private Room” and “The Director” (2006), which boasted “Lie About Us” and “You Know What.” Ginuwine is back in the saddle with strong material and his trademarked style. Ginuwine first emerged in the music scene in 1996 with the multi-platinum disc “The Bachelor.” “Pony,” his first single, peaked at number one on the Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks for two weeks in late 1996, and reached number six in Billboard’s Hot 100. Joining Ginuwine and Avant during the Ladies Night Out Concert is Jagged Edge, a group that released their first album, “A Jagged Era,” in 1998. The album went gold and spawned the Top 20 R&B and Top 40 Pop Hit “Gotta Be.” Their next single, “He Can’t Love U,” appeared in the fall of 1998 and propelled the group into international fame and stardom. The single reached the Top 5 on the R&B chart, Top 20 on the Pop chart, and went Gold in the process. Get your tickets now at all Ticketmaster locations (The Mississippi Coliseum or BeBop Records), online at www.ticketmaster.com or charge by phone at 1-800-745-3000.
State Medicaid Executive Director Robert Robinson says his controversial numbers for Medicaid enrollees are a reasonable estimate for budgetary reasons.
week also cited Milliman figures achieved with “enrollment numbers and projected enrollment with full participation.” “This is the most partisan behavior I’ve seen in modern times between Republicans and the (presidential) administration,” said Rep. Steve Holland, D-Plantersville. “I don’t expect anything less.” He pointed to Gov. Haley Barbour’s lawsuit against reform, adding that state Medicaid Director Robert Robinson is “Haley’s high minion” and “a hatchet man against the poor people of Mississippi.” Division of Medicaid Deputy Lynda Dutton told legislators that she expected up to a $1.7 billion increase in state Medicaid expenditures, triggered by factors such as administrative costs related to reform for 2014. The state’s Medicaid enrollments between 2011 and 2014, thanks to expanded eligibility, could put 88,990 more children onto the rolls, and 140,948 adults and pregnant women, a Medicaid budget report stated. Medicaid officials also expect children qualifying for the federally matched Children’s Health Insurance Program to increase by 840 kids to 68,000, while newly qualifying childless adults who make up to 133 percent above the federal poverty level ($29,327 for a family of four) will put 188,000 new beneficiaries upon Medicaid rolls when they qualify in 2014. The state
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The â€˜Bedroom-Policeâ€™ of Pearl
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Mississippi Immigrant Rights Executive Director Bill Chandler complained that Pearl was fine with families having three people per bedroom until Latinos moved in.
he city of Pearl is drawing scrutiny over an ordinance limiting bedroom occupancy passed with a unanimous vote in February. It applies to residential premises, including houses, apartments and manufactured homes, among others. If the renter, holder or lessee wants to add an extra person to the limited arrangementâ€”for example, a man and wife in a one-bedroom apartment who are expecting a childâ€”he or she must request a residential occupancy permit from the director of community development in Pearlâ€™s Department of Code Enforcement. The director is to base his decision on â€œzoning of the property, the health and safety of the proposed occupants, the impact on the neighboring interested parties, the number and size of the sleeping areas, the number, facilities and size of all bathrooms, the overall size of the dwelling unit, and the age and relationships of the proposed occupants.â€? The director can refuse to grant the permit if other property with more sufficient bedroom capacity is available within city limits, without regard to the potential price increase for multiple-bedroom apartments. Mississippi Immigrant Rights Alliance Executive Director Bill Chandler said the ordinance clearly targets low-income Latinos. â€œThis ordinance is what we call the bed-
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room-police ordinance. ... [I]f your two-bedroom family consists of two parents with two kids and you then have a third kid, youâ€™re in violation of the law and subject to a fine and imprisonment,â€? Chandler said. â€œThe white families living in one-bedroom trailers were not an issue in Pearl until the brown people moved in. Pearlâ€™s been a low-income, working class, white community for decades. Now brown folks move in, and we see this ordinance come around.â€? Pearl City Attorney Jim Bobo said the ordinance targets unscrupulous landlords who attempt to pile numerous beds into a single dwelling, creating an unsafe environment. â€œ(Law enforcement) has uncovered situations where they come into a place, and there are all these mattresses stacked together against the wall. These arenâ€™t families. These are crowds of people living under one roof,â€? Bobo said, adding that Community Development Director Johnnie Stevens would likely be sympathetic if a man and wife with a onebedroom place were expecting a child. â€œ... somebody comes in and wants a permit and says, â€˜I got a 10 by 10 (foot) bedroom, and I want to put five adult malesâ€”none of whom are related to each otherâ€”in there, I imagine it would be a problem,â€? Bobo said. Bear Atwood, interim legal director for the ACLU of Mississippi, said the ordinance is flawed and would not survive court scrutiny. â€œIt may not, on its face, discriminate against immigrants, but it does discriminate against large families, and thereâ€™s a clear constitutional right of privacy for families to decide how many children they want to have,â€? she said. â€œAlso, it doesnâ€™t set clear guidelines. â€Ś I think it just leaves way too much to discretion.â€? Atwood said the ordinance leaves too much up to one personâ€™s opinion: â€œAny kind of ordinance that has a constitutional restriction has to be narrowly tailored, but the community development director clearly has unfettered discretion to decide what he thinks and, by including things like the relationship of the people involved, is he going to value families over people not related by blood or marriage? Obviously, thatâ€™s a place
where immigrants may see serious issues. Itâ€™s also a serious issue with unmarried couples, gay and lesbian couples, and large extended families that may well be excluded because the city does not approve of their relationship.â€? She also slammed the ordinance for relying on the peeping eyes and wagging tongues of neighbors. â€œYou have to get your neighborâ€™s permission, or at least your neighborâ€™s non-objection, for how many children youâ€™ll have in your family or whether or not your mother-in-law comes to live with you. Thatâ€™s ridiculous,â€? she said, adding that an applicant would have to send a $2 certified mailing to every neighborâ€”a potentially costly expenditure if the applicant must mail a certified letter to everyone in their apartment complex. That, coupled with the $50 application fee, will make the process onerous to the type of low-income family that would normally request one-bedroom accommodations. Chandler complained about the fine for violationâ€”up to $1,000 or 90 days in jailâ€”and asked whether the city would send police â€œto peek into bedroomsâ€? while looking for violators. Bobo said the city would leave that up to neighbors, and said as of last week that no one, so far, has applied for a permit. â€œIt really is one of those things that would have to be brought to (the cityâ€™s) attention. Code enforcement is not going to go out looking,â€? Bobo said. â€œâ€Ś [T]ypically these types of situations would be brought to the attention of the city through a citizen complaint, or some other interactionâ€”domesticviolence call, some kind of thing like that.â€? Atwood said the ordinanceâ€™s reliance upon neighbors does not help. â€œWhat that tells me is that theyâ€™re intending to use selective enforcement, knowing that neighbors only complain about people they donâ€™t want there, which are often immigrants, or people they donâ€™t like,â€? she said. â€œIt shows you how subject it is to selective enforcement.â€? Pearl Alderman Todd Jenkins said he heard any fall-out from the ordinance. â€œIâ€™m sure a lot of people may not like it, â€Ś but it was something that we felt needed to be done,â€? Jenkins said.
by Lacey McLaughlin
adison Mayor Mary Hawkins Butler’s recent strategy to keep outsiders from attending a city festival is consistent with the city’s history of enforcing strict neighborhood covenants and zoning regulations that restrict rental properties in the city. Madison has long promoted itself as more of a club than a city, but last week, after Hawkins Butler cited Franklin, Tenn., as a model city for a residents-only festival, Franklin officials said they had never heard of such a practice. Hawkins Butler told the Madison County Herald Sept. 18 that the city was cancelling this year’s annual family fall festival, FreedomFest, because of unexpected budget expenditures and the high number of non-Madison residents who attended the event in the past. The city has traditionally hosted the festival at Liberty Park, which is a public space. The mayor said the festival would return next year and may adopt the Franklin, Tenn., model of requiring attendees to present a pass proving they are city residents. “A lot of people come from all over the metro area, and it’s not that they’re not welcome, but this is intended for Madison families,” Hawkins Bulter told the Madison County Herald. Milissa Reierson, communications manager for the city of Franklin, told the Jackson Free Press last week that the city does not require resident-only passes for any of its festivals. “I’m not sure where the mayor got this information, but we don’t do anything like this,” she said. Hawkins Butler did not return calls. Madison Chamber of Commerce President Donna Sims said the festival has little economic impact on the city. She said the city’s festival budget of $30,000 for food and activities meant few people were spending money at local restaurants or shops. Sims added that Madison businesses also sponsored the event. “Food and everything is free, and the city is funding it for the residents, and a lot of times I think they would run out of food,” Sims said. “It was so well attended, which we love, but the taxpayers in Madison are paying for it. It just got to the point that people from all over—while we welcome them—were coming, and it wasn’t feasible.” Bear Atwood, interim legal director for the ACLU of Mississippi, said the proposed
residents-only policy sends a message to outsiders that they are not welcome. “I think it raises issues about limiting people from coming on to public property, and by favoring only the people in that town, it may raise constitutional issues,” Atwood said. “But the greater concern is no matter what they say out loud, all too often that kind of restriction is designed to keep (out) people who they see as undesirable, and that could be people who are black or poor, and that raises serious constitutional issues.” Jim Burt, chairman of WellsFest, a family festival held in Jackson last weekend, said, “I have never heard of an exclusive festival just for the citizens of one city.” While the city of Jackson does not finance WellsFest, Burt said he welcomed all families from the metro area and state. “I was kind of amazed that they were considering such a thing,” he said. Madison has a tradition of heavy restrictions on apartment units and rental property. Currently, the city has no apartment complexes within its limits. In 2007, Madison police arrested Madison resident Richard Atkinson for renting out his home after his Northbay Homeowners’ Association enacted a ban on rentals. Because the city enacted an ordinance equating covenant policy violations with city ordinance violations, police were able to place Atkinson under arrest. If found guilty, he would have faced a $100 fine. Later that year, Madison Municipal Judge Cynthia Speetjens found Atkinson not guilty of violating the covenant’s prohibition. The prior year the city of Ridgeland considered adopting a similar ordinance but decided not to follow Madison’s covenant enforcement after Attorney General Jim Hood issued an opinion in December 2006 stating that such an ordinance overstepped a municipality’s power. “The amendment to the zoning ordinance you propose does not appear to be an ordinance of ‘municipal affairs’ or one that serves the general public with respect to the health, safety and welfare of the citizens; rather, such ordinance appears to address private affairs and the particular welfare of a few citizens. Therefore, we are of the opinion that the municipality does not have the authority to adopt and enforce an amendment to the zoning ordinance,” Hood wrote in his opinion to Ridgeland City Attorney Jerry Mills. Madison City Attorney John Hedglin said the city ordinance is no longer in effect after a 2008 Madison county court ruling that the city did have the authority to back neighborhood covenants with law enforcement. “The court eventually ruled that by trying to do that, the ordinance extended too much power to non-elected organizations,” he said.
Madison: Gated City?
opining, grousing & pontificating
Reject FAIR’s Immigration Agenda
ississippi has a golden opportunity to become a nationwide leader, while putting to rest some of its not-too-distant hateful past. Conservatives are having a field day with the country’s latest hot-button wedge issue: immigration. In the face of mountains of evidence to the contrary, right-leaning politicians and pundits have targeted immigrants— specifically Latinos—and hatefully dumped on them all kinds of national problems. Immigrants don’t pay taxes, they say, and they don’t contribute to the common weal. “Illegals” are criminals, they spout, and besides, they’re dirty and stupid. They would like us to believe that if only we could get rid of all those “undesirables” that everything will be OK. We keep waiting for someone to say that all they really want is our women folk. Truth be told, Americans are, as a whole, no more xenophobic than other people across the globe. Historically, every new group of immigrants have been the target of our national ire. From the Germans to the Italians, from the Chinese to the Irish, and from the Jews to those damn communists, some Americans have dehumanized immigrants, painting rhetorical bull’s eyes on their backs. It’s understandable that the bad economy has Americans afraid, and it’s human nature to look for scapegoats. But that’s not how life works. We would be wise to understand the context of the current near-fanatic nativist outrage. The highly controversial Arizona law, for example, was admittedly authored by members of FAIR, founded in 1979 by John Tanton, a radical anti-Latino. FAIR is listed as a hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center, which states that much of the group’s funding comes from an “infamous, racist eugenics foundation,” and employs people associated with white supremacists. Shades of 1964. America’s immigration laws are far from perfect, but we should know better than to make them worse. Mississippi legislators are currently debating whether to bring a bill to the floor mirroring the Arizona law, much of which the judiciary has already found unconstitutional. The bill’s advocates admit that even if the bill becomes law, it will face considerable legal challenges before it can be enacted. Essentially, that means they know the bill is an empty political ploy designed to get the votes of people conservatives have managed to scare witless. It’s also a waste of taxpayer money, something that can’t be overstated these days. The copy-cat Mississippi law goes one further, making it OK for citizens to sue police if they do not uphold its mandates. Such a law would turn every citizen into a police informant, harkening back to America’s Red Scare and to certain European fascist regimes. Jackson City Council got it right when it enacted an ordinance that makes it illegal to demand documentation during routine police engagements, in part because compliance is onerous for citizens. We don’t need more fear. Let’s show America that Mississippi can be the voice of reason in this latest wedge battle.
Teabonics and Wii the People
September 29 - October 5, 2010
iss Doodle Mae: “These days my boss, Jojo, is happy because the hot summer has transitioned into the cool fall. And he’s ready to please critically thinking and financially challenged shoppers with inexpensive and thought-provoking items. It’s time for the ‘Get Your Mind Together’ arts, crafts and games sale. “Jojo is sure that you’ll enjoy the following items: “The ‘Teabonics Sign Board Kit’ combines the wholesome fun of arts and crafts with the expressive emotion of a tea-party protest. Become a part of a ‘Patriotic Resistance’! Let the true you shine with protest signs made and written in the ‘new dialect of the English language.’ Teabonics thesaurus and dictionary is included. “‘Battleship 2010: Democrats vs. Grand Old Tea Party’ is the modern-day version of the classic Milton Bradley game of naval strategy. Your family, friends and enemies will enjoy this very competitive game. Take a stand and fight back, Democrats. The Grand Old Tea Party is on a mission to search, beat your butts, and take over the House and Senate. Just don’t end up saying: ‘You sunk my battleship.’ “‘BP Oil Spill Clean Up’ is a board game shaped like the Gulf of Mexico. The objective of this game is to find out who is responsible for this mess. “Finally, the ‘Wii the People Stimulus Fund Game’ speaks for itself. The objective of this game is to stimulate the funds of ‘We the People.’ “Remember: Everything at Jojo’s is still a dollar.”
madison: Beware the Karma
o, what do we do? Do we just lie down and concede defeat? Do we turn a deaf ear to the detractors? Or do we say nothing and become what they say we are? A maelstrom of controversy came about recently after it was discovered that one of our surrounding bedroom communities allegedly planned to have a “residents only” festival in its city—a “Freedom Fest” they call it. As you all know, I’m one of our city’s biggest and most vocal champions. So I was chomping at the bit to have at this issue. The mayor said it will be patterned after a similar event in Franklin, Tenn. Incidentally, city officials in Franklin say they have no knowledge of any such “residents only” event taking place there. Outside of such a festival being strange on several levels, it doesn’t come as a surprise to me that those around us are willing to show their hand more openly. As Jacksonians and “Projacks” begin to gain more confidence in our city, we will see others draw more lines. As we begin to refute negative and false propaganda, as we begin to see the good and prosperous projects our city has on deck, as we begin to act as a capital city, it will begin to make our neighbors, who have capitalized on our self-doubt, more uneasy. I liken it to the Psalm of David. I’m no biblical scholar, but an interesting story is still an interesting story. In the Bible, David’s successes instilled fear and hate in King Saul. So much so that Saul sought to have him killed. But the people who David championed protected him until he could take his rightful place as King. And Saul? He per-
ished in war, a victim of his own karma. Those around us, whose success comes from the opportunities we, as a capital, have provided, may take pause at our renaissance. I know many of you out there who are frustrated. I spoke with a fraternity brother of mine who is all but ready to give up. He says he’s exhausted trying to defend and promote a city to people who refuse to see the good right before their eyes. I, too, know it’s hard debating someone who doesn’t live in your city and doesn’t want to have his or her opinions swayed. Many of our detractors have never been to Jackson. A percentage of them have formed an opinion based on what they’ve read or been told by others. Another set of naysayers cherry-pick events and hold them up as rule instead of exception. But we mustn’t give up now. We are too close. And best practices dictate that we never turn a blind eye or ear when events like “Freedom Fest” take place. No, we mustn’t ignore it. We must call out elitism and separatism anytime it threatens our metro area. We must challenge those who use the terms “freeloader” and “hard-working taxpayers” as euphemisms. An injustice anywhere is an injustice everywhere. It’s asinine to think that non-suburbanites are so poor and so uncouth that they’ll drive to a neighboring city for a free hot dog and a coke. It’s actually laughable. It makes me wonder. What if Jackson decided to go “residents only” in several instances? Hmm. And that’s the truth ... sho-nuff.
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t first all I heard was a crash. I looked up and saw a young woman carrying a child. I saw the Kroger grocery buggy’s contents going in her direction, but she stopped in time. I didn’t register right away that a car had hit my buggy. I honestly was confused as to how it ended up on its side. My main concern was that the woman and child were OK. This woman was beautiful, as was her child. She was only a few years younger than me, maybe 25. Her eyes were blue like mine, her skin just as fair. Her son could have passed as my own. He had big blue eyes and honey-gold hair with a light curl. I didn’t see the color of her hair because a beautiful, colorful scarf covered it. She was Muslim, a fact that didn’t register until after we spoke. She started to walk toward me and hesitated. I smiled warmly, and she asked if I was OK. I told her I was, then sighed, looking down at the mess. The young woman then asked me, “May I help you clean this mess up?” She had a faint Middle Eastern accent with an edge of fear and trepidation coursing through it. I must have looked confused when I responded with, “Yeah.” She took a few steps toward me, baby on hip, then stopped again. She looked at me hesitantly before asking, “Is it OK with you if I touch your things?” Her voice still held a note of fear and trepidation. She looked braced for rejection. Confused again, I responded, “Yeah.” I started to move to help clean up the mess when the realization hit me; she was scared because she was Muslim. She was scared that I would not want her to touch my things because she was Muslim. My heart ached suddenly. The woman who hit my buggy came around finally and started yelling about her car. She never once asked me if I was OK. She never once asked me if I needed help to clean up the mess she had caused. All she did was complain about her car and the paint that was now missing from her bumper. I tuned her out until a deputy walked up. He informed the woman she was at fault. Needless to say, she didn’t like that. The deputy also asked her if she realized she could have injured me, and she could have injured the woman carrying the baby. Her response to the deputy: “But what about my car?!?” I was so flustered I had not noticed what the young Muslim woman was doing. With
the baby on her hip, she was trying to put 12- and 20-packs of canned drinks into my backseat. At one point she was pushing a 20-pack of canned diet drinks with her foot to the open back door of my car. I tried stopping her, but she just turned to me and smiled saying,” I want to help you; please allow me?” I was humbled. She seemed genuinely happy I was allowing her to help me. The woman, as a last dig in her anger over her car, turned to the young Muslim woman. She put her hands on her hips and said nastily, “I bet you gonna take her side, aren’t ya? All you people turning against all of us! You don’t even deserve to be here—you or your baby!” The Muslim women stopped immediately and brought her free hand up to protectively cover her child’s head. She looked terrified and, again, my heart ached. I turned quickly, ready to give this woman a good southern talkin’-to just like my momma taught me. The deputy stepped in before I said a word. He looked at this woman and suggested she leave and not come back. He said it much nicer than I would have, to be honest. I turned to the young Muslim woman and wrapped my arms around her and her child. I thanked her for helping me. I thanked her for her compassion. I told her I was glad that she was here and that I wanted her here. I told her I was blessed that my path had crossed hers. I pulled away, and there were tears in her eyes, but no fear. I told her to have a good day and she said the same to me. I put the rest of the canned drinks in my car, exchanged a few pleasantries with the deputy, and then was on my way to work. It took everything I had not to lose it. I wanted to sob and hit something hard. I thanked my Higher Power at that moment for giving me the parents he did. I thanked Him that I was taught to never judge anyone based on color, gender, religion or sexual orientation. I thanked Him that the first thing I noticed about her was not the fact that she was Muslim. I noticed the beauty in her and her child’s face. I thanked Him for that gift above everything else. A south Jackson native, Amy Hendry— better known to Magnolia Roller Vixen fans as C.H.B.—is a full-time college student majoring in nursing.
... she was scared because she was a Muslim.
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ver the last few weeks, Jackson Free Press freelancers and reporters have asked various community members the following question: What makes your neighborhood special? What we found was that Jacksonians have intense pride for their city and are passionate about their neighborhoods. This GOOD issue (inspired by the national GOOD magazine) is a guide to making your
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Community Connections: Bringing neighbors and friends together
Community Yard Sales
September 29 - October 5, 2010
n June, local artist Josh Hailey hosted a not-soon-to-be-forgotten yard sale in the Fondren neighborhood. For Hailey, this entailed gathering several friends to help out, making posters, placing a kiddie pool in his front yard and MCing karaoke during the sale. Not only did he and his friends sell off lots of their stuff, they had a great time. He offers some tips for hosting a yard sale that goes way beyond the standard formula and creates good fun for the community: • Involve others. Gather friends who have items to sell and invite them to participate. • Make it more than a yard sale. Josh’s event allowed people to have fun and encouraged them to stay and hang out. • Oddity attracts onlookers. Josh says, He likes to combine random things, like crafts and karaoke in the front yard It worked. Those who attended the sale called their friends and invited them to show up. • Donate any leftovers to charity for an added impact to the community. A fun yard sale benefits everyone. Even yard sales reflect good business advice. Josh says, “When people are happy, things tend to sell.”
ackson native Natalie Walden decided three years ago that her friends from high school, college and church needed to get to know one another. “I consider myself an extreme inclusivist,” she says. As a way to bring people together, Walden began hosting themed dinner parties once a month. They became a vehicle for fantastic conversation and the formation of new friendships. • Have fun with the theme. Walden’s parties have included an Italian dinner, a fall harvest party and a “Great Gatsby” event, complete with period costumes. • Use technology. Though Walden sends out formal invitations well in advance of the dinner party, she sends text reminders a day or two ahead. • Coordinate with others. Typically two people cook the bulk of the entrees, and guests bring drinks and bread. For larger groups, Walden borrows her neighbor’s tables for a banquet-style setting. • Create an atmosphere. “Being an interior-design major, I really love presentation.” Walden uses beautiful serving pieces, candles and placemats to make it a singular experience for all the guests. Formal dinner parties at home are relatively rare these days. Inviting friends over for a night of conversation and delicious food is sure to inspire camaraderie and community.
Weekly Get-togethers KATIE MCLENDON
n every neighborhood, it can be tempting to remain busy and disconnected, without investing time to befriend your neighbors. Though it may require some effort, communities are better off when people make an effort to get to know one another. Your experience as a neighbor will be much improved. Developing community is its own reward. Here are some ideas to get you started.
by Katie Stewart Fondren or as far away as Brandon. • When Soup Night members move away, they have great memories and great friends. In addition, the group gives a soup cookbook to members who leave. A weekly gathering over soup has brought the group closer together and provided a consistent community for those who needed it. “We’ve all gotten to be closer friends,” McClendon says.
Helping In Times of Need
eather and water emergencies, though relatively rare, cause significant disruption for neighborhoods and communities. Still, they can be an opportunity for communities to come together with a common goal. When bad weather is on its way, the best plan is to be prepared and willing to share what you have. • Keep your tools and supplies in good working order. Be ready with a good chainsaw for downed limbs and flashlights with extra batteries for power outages. A battery-powered radio will also empower you with information. • A kitchen well stocked with bottled water, a few ready-to-eat food items and the all-important manual can opener will go a long way in helping you and your neighbors get through a weather-related power outage. • Inform your community. If you’re following the weather, and you know that others may not be, use text messages, online communication or old-fashioned face-to-face conversation to keep those around you in the know. Above all, be prepared to lend a hand to those who need it. Even a crisis can be an opportunity to make friends.
lmost every Monday night, Katie McClendon hosts Soup Night. This tradition started two years ago as a way for her friends, both singles and couples, to get together and enjoy a meal. “Most of the time we do a soup just because its something you can make a lot of pretty cheaply,” McClendon says. It’s also difficult for one or two people to eat a whole pot of soup by themselves, so nothing is wasted. Typically, someone will bring a salad and drinks as well. Soup Night has become a great way for friends in the Jackson area. There are several ways in which it succeeds. • Soup accommodates for various diets. Many in the group are vegetarian or mostly vegetarian, and they have no problem eating heartily and well at Soup Night. • Many people can eat at a very small cost. Between six to 15 people show up each Monday, without significant expense to the host. • It’s a good place for people to bring friends and make friends. The group is dynamic, with guests rotating in and out. Many in the group live in Belhaven, but others live in
osting a block party can be a great way to get your neighborhood together. A block party helps new neighbors meet everyone and provides a sense of camaraderie and fun for the whole community. Special Events Coordinator at the Jackson Police Department Officer Henry Brown coordinates neighborhood block parties in the city. • There is an application process. JPD needs to know when the party will begin and end, what part of the street will be blocked off and whether alcohol will be served. • If alcohol is served, security is required to be present. The organizers of private block parties are responsible for the cost of providing security (typically off-duty JPD officers) for the event. • Plan ahead. The Special Events Committee meets each week to coordinate events with all the city departments. The application must be complete in advance by “at least 14 days, to give me time to meet with the committee and get back to you,” Brown says. To schedule a neighborhood block party, contact Officer Brown at 601-960-1340.
hether it’s whose dog is barking too much or where a tree falls on a property line, when your home is only a few feet away, sooner or later you may have a conflict with your neighbors. But instead of having an awkward, silent standoff, here are some easy solutions for resolving or controlling conflict: 1. Break down the problem, not the neighbor. Ehow.com explains that many arguments get so heated people forget about the initial dispute and begin attacking each other. Stay focused on the real issue and finding a solution. 2. Vent about the problem before you approach your neighbor. Sleep on it, write your thoughts down, talk to a friend or spouse, hit the gym or scream, movesmart.com recommends. Try to get as much anger out before approaching your neighbor so that you will have a
by Katie Bonds clearer head to getting the problem solved than causing more drama. 3. Don’t get other neighbors involved. You don’t want your neighbor feeling like several of you are “ganging” up on him, according to ohmy.apartmentratings.com. The more people talking about the issue to the neighbor or behind his back will only fuel the fire. 4. Mediate, don’t litigate. Calling the police or suing a neighbor might offer a solution to a neighborhood stalemate, but it doesn’t solve the problem of how you will have to deal with this person in the future, revolutionhealth.com explains. Mediation with a neutral third party leaves options open after the dispute has been resolved, and that can lead to healthier interactions in the future. Plus, you avoid legal fees. 5. Dinner or Lunch for Two. Invite your neighbor out to eat at a neutral place
Meet Your Neighbors
elcome to the neighborhood!” How rare is it to hear or say those words anymore? More often it seems that face-to-face interaction with the people living next door to you has become primitive. Using technology for social networking may be more modern and sometimes convenient, but it stifles the chance to build a bond with your neighbor. Here are a few icebreakers to help develop or enhance your community connection offline:
Create a welcome package. Pack some essentials into a small basket to help new neighbors settle in more easily such as an area map, list of phone numbers of service providers for utilities, coupons for area restaurants, flowering bulbs, etc. It gives you more than enough reason to introduce yourself and make a favorable first impression.
Take a detour to your neighbor’s heart through their stomach. This is another friendly yet traditional way to greet a neighbor. Share a store-bought cake or cookies while you engage in pleasant introductory conversation. For those who are not good at baking, this is not the time to try out your fledgling “Top Chef” skills.
Frequent your front yard. Neighbors rarely see each other anymore. Many choose to stay in the house or backyard to avoid interaction. Help promote it instead. Being more active in the front yard makes
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you seem more open and approachable, according to associatedcontent.com. Walk on by. You would be surprised to see how many other people are walking in the evenings around the neighborhood whether it’s for health or leisure. Maybe this is something that you and your neighbor can engage in together. Offer to meet up with your neighbor some evenings to walk and talk. This is a positive way to spend time together and meet your own personal goal (source: changeofaddress.com.)
Talk is cheap, but it pays off. Something as simple and non-intrusive as a question about gardening or family can spark an interesting conversation. Open-ended questions that engage your neighbor to speak at length on a subject are a great way to make them feel comfortable speaking to and with you on a regular basis. Compliments are also great conversation starters and self-esteem boosters.
Pets and kids can really bring people together. Both are great common ground to build a conversation, and play dates will help develop a relationship. Schedule a play date for the kiddies or the pooches. (source: move.com.)
Lend a helping hand. If you’re an expert at handy work or in some other field that is beneficial in a time of need, volunteer your services. There may be a day your neighbor can do the same for you.
to hammer out the problem. Create a light atmosphere so that you both feel comfortable exchanging ideas and asking questions that will lead to a resolution.
your neighbor before making the complaint. Introduce yourself, discuss some general interests and then, in time, raise your complaint.
6. Get to Know Your Neighbor. Most conflicts between neighbors begin because one or both households never took the time to introduce themselves when moving in. Peopleslaw.org explains that this is an often over-looked strategy. Even if a problem has occurred, try to get to know
7. Control what you can. If you share responsibility in the issue at hand, recognize it and do what you can to resolve your end. If an apology is necessary, make it. Showing some compromise may make your neighbor follow suit.
Who You Gonna Call? by Ronni Mott
nce upon a time, moving into a new neighborhood meant greetings from all the neighbors. When I was growing up, the Welcome Wagon would stop by to provide all the information a newcomer might need. Being a newcomer to an unfamiliar city doesn’t have to be daunting. One of the best ways to settle in is to feel comfortable knowing that everything’s in order, your bases are covered, and things are working correctly. Here are a few recommendations: • Get a Mississippi driver’s license or update your driver’s license to reflect your new address. In Jackson, you can change your driver’s license address at one of two locations: 1900 E. Woodrow Wilson Ave., 601-987-1281 (no testing at this location); and the Metrocenter Mall, 601-352-6928. Both locations are open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. • Get your Hinds County car tag. The Hinds County Tax Collection offices are at: 316 S. President St., 601-968-6587 and 119 S. Oak St., Raymond, 601-857-5574. The Hinds County website (www.co.hinds.ms.us) has a page where you can estimate the cost of your new tag. If you’re new to Mississippi, find out what you’ll need to bring by calling first. • Find a new hair salon. Word of mouth is always a good indicator; just make sure you ask someone who has hair like yours, i.e., don’t ask your friend with a head full of curls for a recommendation if your hair is bone-straight and thin. Barring personal recommendations, check out last year’s Jackson award winners online at bestofjackson.com • Find a mechanic for your car and a vet for Fido. Ditto on the word-of-mouth recommendations and also for the community-selected Best of Jackson 2010 winners. • Scope out the best people to fix stuff in your house. Here’s where word of mouth really comes in handy. Start a list of your neighbor’s recommendations for a plumber, the best electrician, a house cleaner and someone who will unlock your door when you lock yourself out. You’ll probably also stumble across the kid who mows everyone’s lawn in the neighborhood plus recommendations for company’s that fix everything from roofs to problem trees while getting to know your neighbors. • Find your new favorite restaurant, your neighborhood watering hole and a place to workout. Jacksonians love their “third places,” which can give you what you need and provide a place to connect with your new neighbors. Check out the JFP menu guides for restaurants, and Jackpedia.com for all kinds of information on the great outdoors and recreation options. • Join a new church. For networking and getting to know your fellow Jacksonians, there’s nothing like a church in the South. Jackson has lots of worship options for people of every faith. Jackpedia.com is a great place to start if you searching for a new faith home.
eighborhood association members in Jackson are all bound by one commonality: intense pride in and concern for their neighborhoods. They view their neighborhoods as their personal investment and want to preserve and protect them for future generations of residents. It takes effort to keep a neighborhood thriving and even more doing to revitalize one. The return on investment looks pretty good. Here is some advice on forming a successful neighborhood association: Get Organized • Neighborhood associations often start because residents see a problem or a potential problem. Residents usually identify a shared vision of what they want their neighborhood to be. “It takes a handful of dedicated people,” Margaret Bucci, president of Wildwood North and SunValley Neighborhood Association, says. • Kaarlon Mann, co-founder of the Belhaven Heights Community Association, cites crime and absentee landlords as the impetus for getting organized while Maggie Benson White, president of West Park Neighborhood Association, says she and her neighbors felt their area was overlooked. West Park partnered with the Jackson Zoo to reinvent their neighborhood. • Ada Robinson, co-chairwoman of Wingfield Central Neighborhood Association, says her neighborhood association formed out of concern for vandalism. • Make a plan for attracting residents to your neighborhood. “People were moving out, and younger people weren’t moving in,” Mary Jo McAnally, associate director of the Fondren Renaissance Foundation, says. “We wanted to be an all-inclusive neighborhood.” Ron Aldridge, treasurer of the Belhaven Improvement Association, cites their goal of creating a neighborhood people want to live in.
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What They’re Proud Of • Neighborhood associations give residents a cohesive, unified voice in their communities and can be powerful agents for change. Bucci is proud of the fact that her association got Woodfield Drive paved by petitioning the city for funds. Aldridge points out his association’s ability to purchase a trailer to take glass products from Rainbow Co-Op to a recycling plant. He is also proud his association has made Belhaven a historic district. Property owners donated land between Provine High and St. Mary’s Catholic School to Benson White’s association property for a neighborhood park. McAnally says the Fondren Renaissance Foundation played a key role in saving The Cedars, Jackson’s oldest residence structure. Once marked for demolition, the building now serves as a vibrant meeting place and reception area. Getting Young People Involved Getting young people involved is still a challenge in
How to Get Involved For more information, visit: •Fondren Renaissance Foundation at www.ourfondren.com. •Broadmeadow Neighborhood Association at www.topoffondren.com, •Belhaven Heights Community Association and the Belhaven Improvement Association at www.greaterbelhaven.com. •Washington Addition Neighborhood
Association, call President Blonda Mac at 601-353-3054 •Alta Woods Neighborhood Association at www.altawoodsjackson.com •The Association of South Jackson Neighborhoods www.asjn.com These websites contain a wealth of information on joining as a member, meetings, association ofﬁcers and
Community Organizing 101
September 29 - October 5, 2010
fter 42 years of ministry at the Farish Street Baptist Church, the Rev. Dr. Hickman Johnson has seen the iconic Jackson neighborhood through its most prosperous and most trying years. Developers are currently targeting the Farish Street community, the largest African American district in the National Register of Historic Places, in hopes of restoring it to be the hub of culture and activity it was several decades ago. Several nightclubs and a hotel are currently in the works for Farish Street, and those businesses are expected to attract more economic development to one of Jackson’s most storied and, historically, most troubled districts. Hickman saw population and activity decline on Farish Street from the 1970s through the present day. He partially blames the rise of suburban culture catalyzed by white flight where in a 16 post-segregation South, communities lost
Bucci’s neighborhood: “We would love to have more young people.” Benson White hosts an annual Halloween celebration to give neighbors an opportunity to meet one another and provide their children with a safe and fun environment. Robinson’s association also engages young people by providing children’s activities and is tentatively planning a harvest festival for this fall.
their homogenous qualities and locals separated themselves by both class and race. Instead of leaving Farish Street like several other churches did, Johnson looked at Farish Street as an important project, ripe with potential for positive change. Johnson says progress in the works today is the tangible result of decades of leadership, planning and community organization. He has a few pointers to offer for stakeholders looking to revitalize their own communities: Dream big, but start small. A small quadrant of downtown Jackson has been the area of focus for Johnson, defining his borders from Church Street and Mill Street on one end to Capitol and Lamar streets on the other. Igniting the flames of change can sometimes be an overwhelming task, especially when a novice community organizer looks at all the economic, political and social challenges. Johnson recommends defining borders and celebrating the small, incremental victories that come on the road to achieving a community’s full potential.
neighborhood events, but not all neighborhood associations have a website or phone number. Realtors can be a great resource for ﬁnding about if your neighborhood has an association. Some associations charge dues, but may charge renters a reduced fee in order to encourage their involvement. Many local businesses and even hospitals are involved in neighborhood associations.
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Build a coalition among community stakeholders. To rally a small community in downtown Jackson, Johnson relied on other members of the clergy, because no matter the state of the economy or the political climate, churches are the most common place for people to gather. However, Johnson stresses a diverse coalition is important to implement long-lasting changes to any community. His coalition includes local small business owners, leaders in the nonprofit sector and dedicated residents who hunger for a stronger community. Johnson says to find what each person’s individual talent is and find ways to put those talents to good use for the benefit of the community in the early planning stages.
Be open to new ideas from others. Situations will inevitably arise where stakeholders in the community may have the same dream while butting heads on the best means to realize the ends. Johnson says this can either drive community organizers away from achieving their goals, or it can make communities even stronger. When dedicated community leaders begin to passionately believe in their vision, Rev. Johnson says a great many ideas will float around the planning table. He believes the best approach in this case is to govern by consensus, where community activists have no official leader, but instead use the combined assets of local talent and drive to find the best solution.
Reach out to residents and instill a sense of pride in the community. Johnson says this is perhaps the most important step of community organizing: By encouraging a neighborly atmosphere among residents, the seeds for a close-knit group of dedicated activists are sown. Get to know your neighbors by planning family-friendly social events and making a point to include minority groups in community outreach projects. Johnson stresses that when everyone feels like they belong to a unique part of a town, know each other and involve themselves in each others’ lives, they’ll work together on their own to affect change.
Set realistic goals within reasonable time frames. After four decades of tireless work with other community stakeholders, Johnson says Farish Street is finally starting to regain its status as a unique Jackson landmark. Like any meaningful project, revitalizing a community and uniting a small group of people for a common goal of positive change can sometimes take years. Johnson says, however, the road to change will be a lot less bumpy and stressful if stakeholders stay realistic in what they strive for and make long-term investments in overseeing the community’s growth and success.
s a kid, I remember my mother sending me next door or down the street every now and then to borrow a cup of sugar or flour from a neighbor. My mom thought nothing of it, and neither did the neighbors. However, in my adult lifetime, I have yet to have someone ask me to borrow something nor have I asked to borrow something from a neighbor. I think most people are in the same situation as I am. We don’t dare ask our neighbors for anything anymore. Why is that? There are a few reasons: • We all own our own stuff now. Our culture of consumerism says buy, buy, buy; not share, share, share. Everyone owns their own car and cell phone these days. • We’re impatient. We want our own stuff so we can use it when we want to, not when it’s convenient for someone else. We also don’t want anyone damaging our goods. It’s no fun when someone borrows your lawnmower and brings it back with the pull cord missing. On the other hand, we don’t want to worry about messing up someone else’s lawnmower, either. • We don’t know our neighbors. It can be pretty uncomfortable to go ask a stranger to borrow something. Luckily, this trend is beginning to change. With the economy going kaput, a
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backlash against American waste and people really trying to improve their communities, a sharalution is on the rise. Sharing websites where people can post items they are willing to exchange, give away or share with others are popping up everywhere. Neighborhood forums are also on the rise, giving similar information. Many people have started to realize that sharing can really bond a neighborhood. It creates a sense of trust and friendliness that many of our neighborhoods currently lack. It helps you get to know people in your neighborhood that you may have never spoken to otherwise. Good fences don’t make good neighbors, sharing does. Not only that, it also conserves resources and can save you a heck of a lot of money.
How to Share with your Neighbor: ➠ Always be polite—whether you are the borrower or the sharer. ➠ It’s OK to say “no.” Be prepared to hear “no.” ➠ Explain how the machine, mechanism, tool, etc., works, and be sure the borrower understands. ➠ Return what you borrowed in better condition than when you received it. ➠ If it requires something like gasoline or oil, gas up or add oil before you return it. ➠ As soon as you are finished with it, return it. Don’t let it sit in your garage for a month. ➠ If you break it, you buy it or pay to get it fixed. Period. Neighborhood sharing sites: • frontporchforum.com (currently only in Vermont, but you can read about success stories on their website) • u.neighborrow.com • rblock.com • brightneighbor.com • freesharing.org
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Know Your Ward
Ward 1 by Adam Lynch
Manhattan Park (5401 Manhattan Road) Contains picnic areas, restrooms, walking trails and a playground. Parham Bridges Park (5505 Old Canton Road) Parham Bridges Park has a pavilion, trails and tennis courts. Facts and Places of Interest LeFleur’s Bluff State Park and Golf Course (601-362-5485 2140 Riverside Drive) LeFleur’s Bluff Stake Park is one of the few wetland areas of this size so close to a major city in the country. Few other places sport rare species of sawback turtle mere miles from a major downtown crosswalk. Behind the Eastover neighborhood are hundreds of acres of forest and a beautiful view of the Pearl River. Unfortunately, most of it is private property.
Hamp’s Place (3028 W. Northside Drive, 601-981-4100) Hamp’s is a popular watering hole after work and a club that draws a younger crowd at night. Facts and Places of Interest Tougaloo College (500 W. County Line Road, 601-977-7768) Tougaloo College was the epicenter of civil-rights organizing and a safe space for meeting and training activists.
Community Spaces Medgar Evers Home Museum (2332 Margaret Walker Alexander Drive, 601-977-7710), home of slain civil-rights worker Medgar Evers. Sutton Home (1305 Ridgeway St.) a duplex rental unit personally destroyed by Mayor Frank Melton and his two bodyguards in 2006 during what some observers called a drunken rage. Jackson Medical Mall, (350 Woodrow Wilson Ave., 601-9828467) a refurbished 1960s mall that now houses a slew of medical and business suites, government offices and restaurants. Bully’s Restaurant (3118 Livingston Road, 601-362-0484) home of the best beef barbecue ribs in Jackson, despite what anybody else says. Great beef ribs are notoriously hard to find. Tony’s Hot Tamales, (230 Woodrow Wilson Ave., 601-366-9591 ) Tony’s Tamales has been a mainstay in this neighborhood for decades only because the food is incredibly good. Meet Your Councilman Stokes is an enigmatic and controversial figure who has occupied the Ward 3 seat for more than a decade. Stokes is a Jackson State graduate with a bachelor’s degree in criminal
justice, a master’s degree in public policy and doctorate degree in law from Thurgood Marshall School of Law in Houston. For the last decade, Stokes has maintained an unwavering hold upon the Ward 3 council election, with no serious challenger from either the Republican or Democratic parties or from independents. Stokes has coordinated the annual Martin Luther King Jr. celebration and parade for the past 15 years and has organized a city parade honoring civil-rights activist Medgar Evers for eight years. Stokes is one of the leading personalities making news at council meetings, proffering motions that languished in the council Planning Committee for years before he found himself head of the committee under the administration of Council President Frank Bluntson and in a position to get his prized motions up for a vote, including renaming streets and facilities after popular neighborhood personalities in his ward. The best way to reach him is by calling 601960-1090. Ask for “Ms. Mangum,” or the message won’t go anywhere.
Lake Hico Park (4851 Watkins Drive) The park adjoining Lake Hico closed to resist integration, but since its reopening in the 1990s, it has become a hub for recreation.
Meet Your Councilman An attorney and activist, Chowke Lumumba won his first race for Ward 2’s council seat in 2009. Born Edwin Taliaferro in Detroit, Lumumba attended college and law school in Michigan. In addition to representing high-profile criminal defendants such as Tupac Shakur, he has represented plaintiffs in civil-rights suits against the city of Jackson and the Jackson Police Department. He has also been active in numerous civil-rights and black separatist groups, including the Republic of New Afrika and the Malcolm X Grassroots Movement. The best way to contact Lumumba is by calling his law office (601-353-4455) or his Council office (601-960-1091). Organizer that he is, though, Lumumba also has an active community group, the People’s Task Force (601-353-5566), designed to handle many of his constituents’ issues. The task force organizes quarterly People’s Assemblies, on the second Saturday of every third month, that alternate locations between the east side of Ward 2, at Word & Worship Church, and the west side, at Faith Worship & Outreach Church or Cynthia Church of Christ Holiness. The next People’s Assembly is Dec. 11.
New Hope Baptist Church (5202 Watkins Drive, 601-3667002) Founded in 1913, New Hope Baptist Church has grown substantially under Pastor Jerry Young, who took over in 1980.
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Tougaloo Community Center (318 Vine St., 601-960-1423) The Tougaloo Community Center has activities for elderly citizens and basketball courts for younger ones.
Meet Your Councilman Jeff Weill is the lone Republican on a city council dominated by Democrats, and his conservative fiscal policies run counter to the attitudes of many other members of the council. Weill, an attorney and mediator with an office on Lakeland Drive, won the city council seat during a 2007 special election after Ben Allen stepped down for health reasons. Almost any politico agrees that government branches exist to monitor every other government branch, and to this end, Weill remains dedicated. The councilman seeks to answer the drop in city tax revenue with considerable cuts in city services, including the city’s bus system and the city’s management of tennis and golf courts and city swimming pools. Weill could be considered the ultimate Boy Scout. He has three sons and is a member of the Andrew Jackson Council Boy Scouts of America. He also knows how to plug an alligator with a 12-gauge. The best way to get in touch with Weill is by e-mailing him at firstname.lastname@example.org or calling him at 601-960-2051 or 601-366-3444.
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Lakeland Youth Baseball (1399 Lakeland Drive, 601-960-0471) Lakeland Youth Baseball has a softball and batting cage complex for the area’s youth.
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Raines Park (5260 Clinton Blvd.) This park has walking trails, a playground and picnic tables. Mama’s Sweets-N-Eat (2017 Boling St., 601-713-0550) Mama’s Sweets-NEats is former Councilman Bo Brown’s favorite place for lunch in Ward 4.
JPS Career Development Center (2703 First Ave, 601-960-5322.) Jackson Public Schools’ Career Development Center offers vocational education classes by day and adult-enrichment and trade classes by night. Capitol Neighbors Association Community Network Center (411 Broad St., 601-750-8388) A variety of groups use this community center, including Voice of Calvary Ministries.
Green Light Inn (1023 Winter St., 601-354-9329) Green Light Inn has served the Gowdy neighborhood for decades.
Ward 4 is one of the largest wards, measuring almost 20 miles and includes ample green space.
Christ the King Catholic Church (2303 Lynch St., 601-948-8867) Christ the King Catholic Church is the city’s first African American Catholic church west of Mill Street.
Meet Your Councilman Frank Blunston is a native of Clarksdale, but he has lived in Ward 4 Since 1965. Prior to serving on city council, Blunston was a youth-court counselor for 24 years and an adjunct professor of criminal justice at Jackson State University. Blunston said he meets with all of his ward’s neighborhood associations on a rotating basis. He hosts the weekly radio show “Straight Talk” on Sundays from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. on 1300 AM, where he discusses community issues. He also organizes the annual WOAD-WKXI Craig Blunston Senior Citizens Christmas Give-Away, a senior citizen food drive named after his late son. Blunston can be reached on his cell phone at 601-317-2713 or office at 601-960-2052.
Koinonia Coffee House (136 Adams St., 601-96-3008) Koinonia Coffee House hosts the weekly Friday Forum and is a center for community dialogue and uplift, both informal and formal.
JSU School of Engineering Building (Lynch Street and Metro Parkway) JSU’s School of Engineering is one of Jackson’s first LEED-certified buildings
Sykes Park (520 Sykes Road) This community center has a senior citizens’ center, gym, baseball and softball fields, tennis courts and a playground. Terry Road Park (3877 Terry Road) TerryRoad Park has a playground and picnic area.
Vowell’s Market Place The city of Jackson recently dedicated $50,000 to transforming a former Kroger on Raymond Road into a Vowell’s Marketplace. The new grocery store, a franchise of the Mississippi-based Vowell’s chain, will bring 50 jobs and $10 million in sales to the city.
Taqueria Mexicana (1999 Hwy. 80, 601-355-7166) Taqueria Mexicana is an authentic Mexican dining experience. Just be sure to look up the word “menudo” beforehand.
Chitoes (1700 Terry Road, 769233-7647) This Nigerian deli has authentic African cuisine such as plantains, egusi soup and fufu.
Jackson Community Design Center (509 E. Capitol St.. 601-3546481) is an urban think tank and research lab that often hosts community forums and meetings.
Fact: Alta Woods is one of the oldest neighborhoods in South Jackson. The neighborhood formed in the 1920s and served as a site of secession debates during the Civil War era long before it was a neighborhood.
Belhaven Heights Park (750 Madison St.) Hold a rally or play a game of frisbee on this green space in Ward 7. Bitches and Brews (Laurel Street) On Wednesdays, head down to Laurel Park in Belhaven with your favorite pet and beverage (no glass containers) at 6 p.m. Even if you don’t have a pooch, it’s a great way to meet your neighbors.
Meet Your Councilman At 33 years old, Councilman Tony Yarber is the youngest member of the city council. In addition to his councilman duties, Yarber is the principal of Marshall Elementary, father and pastor at P.H.A.T. Church in the Jackson Square shopping center. Yarber is deeply invested in his neighborhood. Since elected in 2009, Yarber has pushed to expand the business community and strengthen neighborhoods in South Jackson. The best way to reach Yarber is at 769-7986200, on his cell phone, but call after school hours.
Eudora Welty House (119 Pinehurst St., 601-353-7762) On Pinehurst you’ll find the home of Pulitzer Prize-winning author and Jackson native Eudora Welty.
Facts Willow the miniature horse lives in Becky and Don Potts’ backyard on Robinson Drive.
Vittles (747 Cooper Road, 601372-0106) Vittles is one of Councilman Tony Yarber’s top picks for soul food.
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Ridgeway Street Cigars (Ridgeway Street) Every Wednesday from 10 p.m. to 11:45 p.m., a group of neighbors meets on a porch on Ridgeway Street to smoke cigars and socialize. The Journey Pastor Stacy Andrews, who attends the meet-up, says to “fol-
low the smoke,” and you’ll know where to go. Fountain Head (306 Glenway Drive) Architect Frank Lloyd Wright’s 1950 home “Fountain Head” is listed in the National Register of Historic Places. Jackson architect Robert Parker Adams lives there.
Meet Your Councilwoman Councilwoman Margaret Barrett-Simone doesn’t just represent Ward 7; she is a fixture of the community. She has spent her entire life in Belhaven and knows just about everyone in her neighborhood. Barrett-Simon may be petite in stature, but as the only woman on the council, she has no problem voicing her opinion and getting things done in her ward. Barrett-Simon played a large role in forming the Belhaven Improvement Association and the Greater Belhaven Neighborhood Association several decades ago. In addition to her duties as councilwoman, she also manages property and is involved with a number of organizations, so she can be a tough one to reach. If you want to get in touch with her, show up at City Hall during a council meeting or call her office at 601-960-1030. KENYA HUDSON
Charles Tillman has served as Ward 5’s representative on the City Council since 2005. The Brookhaven native is a retired educator—former principal at Rowan and Brinkley middle schools, as well as a former president of the JPS School Board. Tillman, 78, has a bit of a patrician air and is usually dressed in a coat and tie in public. A familiar face at several regular community events, he’s, nevertheless, a little difficult to catch on the phone—at least for a reporter. He writes a regular paper newsletter, “Keeping You Informed,” for Ward 5 residents. Catch him at his City Council office (601-960-1092) or at home (601-922-8844).
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Lumpkin’s BBQ (182 Raymond Road, 601-373-7707) Not only does Lumpkin’s BBQ have mouthwatering barbecue and blues lunches, owners Monique and Melvin Davis often open their business after operating hours to host community forums, belly-dancing classes and meetings.
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COFO Building (1017 Lynch St.) From 1961 to 1965, the COFO building was the headquaters of the coalition of civil-right organizations that helped organize 1964’s Freedom Summer, among other activities.
Hawkins Field (1450 Lavernet Road, 601-354-2789) Hawkins Field is the only airport within city limits. The airport provides facilities for private or corporate jets, and it draws large crowds every year for its annual airshow.
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Mynelle Gardens (4736 Clinton Blvd., 601-9601094) Mynelle Gardens is a hidden gem in Ward 4. The garden once belonged to Mynelle Westbrook Hayward. The city purchased the property in 1973, and now maintains the gardens, which consists of seven acres of paths, flowers, bridges and cascading water fountains.
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his month, community leaders broke ground for Fondren’s Cherokee Heights Park renovation. Community advocate Leslee Foukal worked with the Fondren Renaissance Foundation to obtain a grant from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. In 2008, the FRF received a grant for $588,900. The park will soon have a pavilion, playground, walking trails and a community garden. Foukal shares tips for getting a park in your neighborhood:
1. Find usable green space that can be renovated.
It’s all good in our neighborhood.
The Fondren community used Cherokee Heights as an informal gathering spot for the neighborhood, but it was just empty green space. Foukal thought the development of the park, located in West Fondren, could go hand in hand with the development of East Fondren and increase community involvement.
2. Form a committee. The Fondren Renaissance Foundation formed the Fondren Park Committee. The committee is comprised of Fondren residents, allowing them to give input as to how the park could best serve the neighborhood.
3. Find an architect to design the park. John Weaver of Weaver Architects used the Fondren Park Committee’s suggestions to draw plans of the park so the FRF could apply for a grant. He stayed on as the park’s architect after the FRF secured a grant.
4. Apply for a grant. The FRF submitted a grant application for the park’s renovation to the US Department of Housing and Urban Development in 2007. Visit www.portal.hud.gov for grant information. An organization could also apply for a Land and Water Conservation Fund grant through the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks. Visit http://home.mdwfp.com for grant information.
5. Keep the momentum going. While the Department of Urban Housing reviewed the FRF’s grant application, “things started slowing down,” Foukal recalls. It’s important to keep the community informed about progress being made so they’ll stay excited about and interested in the development.
6. Get the grant and break ground. The FRF held the groundbreaking for the Cherokee Heights renovation Sept. 3. It was a time for Fondren residents to come together and celebrate the progress being made in their neighborhood. Harrell Contracting Group is constructing the park and expects the first stage—including lighting, sidewalks, walking trails and a pavilion—to be completed by the end of February 2011.
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howing solidarity in a neighborhood often comes from sports. Every year, neighbors spend more time watching sports with one another than actually tossing the pigskin with one another. With physical fitness becoming more of a concern for children and adults, neighborhoods can spend their weekends together playing recreational sports instead of watching fit athletes get fitter, hustling on game day. There are two ways to do this: a weekly pick-up game or joining a sports league. What is the difference between a pickup game and a league? â€˘ Pickup games are played without officials and uniforms. â€˘ Pickup games can be played anywhere, like a neighborâ€™s yard or park. â€˘ Pickup games have no rosters, and players come and go as they please.
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ere in America, we love our dogs. We hold them, we let them lick us in the face (and even encourage it), we let them sleep in our beds, some of us even dress them up and push them around in strollers or carry them in oversized purses. But because an Amber Alert doesnâ€™t cover dogs, we often find ourselves at a loss if our own pals go missing or if someone elseâ€™s shows up on our doorstep. Here are some tips for lost dog prevention and recovery: â€˘ Embedded Microchip. A tiny device made of silicon and other inert â€œbiocompatibleâ€? materials that are nontoxic and hypoallergenic that is implanted into the flesh between a dogâ€™s shoulder blades. The dogâ€™s information must be registered with a registry service. Then if the pet is found, a microchip reader at many shelters can scan the chip, and the owners can be contacted.
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Facts â€˘ Approximately 5 million to 7 million companion animals enter animal shelters nationwide every year, and approximately 3 million to 4 million are euthanized (60 percent of dogs and 70 percent of cats). â€˘ According to the National Council on Pet Population Study and Policy (NCPPSP), less than 2 percent of cats and only 15 to 20 percent of dogs are returned to their owners from shelters.
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VSA Arts of Mississippi P.O. Box 2364, Jackson, 39225, 601-965-4866, vsartsms.org VSA provides individuals with disabilities a chance express themselves through art. Established in 1978, more than 10,000 people are involved with the organization through its arts education, community arts and professional development programs.
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Bethlehem Center 920 N. Blair St., 601-355-0224 bethlehemjacksonms.org The Bethlehem Center provides low-income families with safe, affordable child care and after-school programs. It also provides a free income-tax assistance program during tax season and a counseling center.
Epilepsy Foundation of Mississippi 2001 Airport Road, Suite 307, 601-936-522 epilepsy-ms.org The Epilepsy Foundation of Mississippi is dedicated to finding a cure to epilepsy, and to disease prevention and help people with epilepsy can live a normal life. More than 50,000 Mississippians live with the disease. Girl Scout Council of Middle Mississippi 1471 W. County Line Road, 601-366-0607 gscmm.org Girl Scout programs teach girls aged 5 to 17 to be strong and generous by providing different services in the community. The core elements of the Girl Scout experience are patriotism, citizenship, and community service through local, national and global service and action. The Good Samaritan Center Inc. 114 Millsaps Ave., 601-355-6276 goodsamaritancenter.org The center helps individuals and families in crisis and who are in need of basic necessities. The center was started in 1972 and is funded by churches, private contributions and fundraising. N.U.T.S.— Neat Used Things for Sale—sells donated surplus items not needed by clients.
Mississippi Immigrants Rights Alliance P.O. Box 1104, Jackson 39215, 601-968-5182 yourmira.org MIRA works for immigration justice and tolerance and educates Mississippians about the contributions and struggles of immigrants in our state. The organization advocates for immigrants in the legislature, and its legal project assists immigrants with low-cost legal referrals. Habitat for Humanity/Metro Jackson P.O. Box 55634, Jackson 39296-5634, 601-353-6060. habitatjackson.org Habitat for Humanity builds and finances quality, affordable homes for people in need. Formed in 1986 the metro Jackson chapter has housed 465 families. Internationally, the organization has built more than 350,000 homes since 1976. Hinds County Human Resource Agency 258 Maddox Road, 601-923-3930 hchra.org The agency serves eligible, disadvantaged Hinds County residents through programs and services that foster economic empowerment and self-reliance like Head Start, Meals on Wheels and block grants, energy, employment and education assistance. See/add more non-profits at jackpedia.com.
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n his book, “Community: The Structure of Belonging” (Berrett-Koehler, 2008, $26.95), Peter Block warns that creating sustainable community change must start with an invitation to change the conversation. “Invitation is a call to create an alternative future,” he writes in a free PDF booklet on his website, www.asmallgroup.net. “A powerful invitation must contain a hurdle or demand if accepted,” he continues. It is a challenge to engage. It declares, ‘We want you to come, but if you do, here is what will be required from you.’” You can’t “enroll” people in efforts for sustainable change; then change becomes a “self-inflicted wound,” he says. The task, he says, is to “name the debate, issue the invitation and provide the space for those who choose to show up.” Block gives invaluable advice on how to do all three in his book and on the Small Group website. We invite you to read more and be inspired to get more involved in your community.
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hen Sherman Green—known as S. Green in the music business—was in graduate school at Mississippi State working on a degree in counselor education, he fell in love. “She made me smile. I could see her heart across the room. She was beautiful inside and out, and I could just sit and look at her, or I wanted to lay on her, kiss her, love on her,” he says. Around that time, he wrote the song “Adore,” track eight on his first album, “Speaking From My Heart,” released this
year. Since then, Green and his girlfriend have broken up, but love, he says, doesn’t change. Green, 28, graduated from Callaway High School. His musical story is unlike many R&B singers who claim to have started singing before audiences before they could barely walk or speak. He started singing when he was 14. “I could sing before then,” he says, “but I kept it to myself. I didn’t think it was a big deal.” A friend of his suggested that he join the choir at Callaway, and Ms. Marquise Ezell,
the choral director, changed his musical life. “She took what I had and brought it to a new level. By my senior year, I was performing at all the assemblies,” he says. He sang R&B boy group 112’s 1996 hit “Only You,” and the girls went wild. Green knew then he wanted to do something with his talent. While at MSU, he spent his time singing at school events and with the university’s various choirs. He even competed in the campus’ “American Idol,” which, he says, he “lost on a technicality.” That didn’t stop him, though. R&B, Green says, is real music. You can’t escape it. “It’s love, pain; it’s romantic, shows how you feel … it gets you through good and bad situations,” he says. And that’s why on his own album—the one that took two years to perfect—he didn’t resort to the gimmicks so many mainstream artists do today. Along the way, Green says, it became acceptable in the industry to draw attention to a song’s slick production and distract from a singer’s talent and lyrical content. Though not dubbed an R&B group, D4L’s commercially successful “Laffy Taffy” is the first example that comes to the crooner’s mind. “The song was …” Green pauses. “Honestly, it was stupid. It made no sense. It was a gimmick.” As another example, Green points to the more recent “LOL Smiley Face.” “It’s a song about text messaging! That’s not what R&B is about,” he says. One of Green’s most significant musical heroes, Luther Vandross, didn’t rely on trickery, he says. “He had a gift, and he gave all of himself to the audience. He sang. He entertained. Like Babyface, Stevie Wonder, Patti Labelle (and Mississippi native) Alexander O’Neal,” Green adds. “People really don’t recognize his talent.” To those who claim R&B is “women’s music,” Green calmly makes it clear: “If you’re a person with feelings and emotions, R&B applies to you. “Guys are supposed to be macho, rough around the edges. We aren’t supposed to cry. But even a guy, I guarantee if he puts in my CD, I’d guarantee him that there’s at least one song that reminds him of something he’s gone through. “No, you’re not the only guy.” With songs like “There it Goes” on the tracklist, Green’s probably right. “There it Goes” is a song about a love lost, if you can call it that. In it, the singer laments a love
by Natalie A. Collier he thought he’d found that left him alone: “There it goes/another love down the drain/ another broken heart with all the hurt and all the pain.” Who hasn’t been dumped once or twice? When he’s not singing, Green works as an academic adviser at Jackson State University. It’s a job he says he enjoys, and he anticipates beginning doctorate soon. But if given the opportunity to make his music career fulltime, the singer would undoubtedly take it. “I’d like to be independent for a while and show record labels what I’ve accomplished on my own,” he says. “I want them to see what I’m doing and then take me to another level,” he says. So between now and a doctoral degree, or now and a contract with a record label— whichever comes first—Green is content to continue perfecting his singing voice, perform whenever he’s offered an opportunity, and gather more material to make music based on the ups and downs of life, love lost and maybe, by his next album, love found. Find S. Green’s album “Speaking From My Heart,” on iTunes, Amazon, Napster, mp3. com or visit his website (sgreenonline.com) to order it, if you’d prefer a hard copy.
S. Green Says … The perfect Saturday evening playlist for S. Green would include: • Luther Vandross, “So Amazing” • Babyface, “Seven Seas” • John Legend, “Stay With You” • Aretha Franklin, “Share Your Love with Me” Alicia Keys is a primary example of an entertainer who has matured right before her audience’s eyes but still has integrity in her music. “She looks so different now than when she first came out. Her music has changed. Her image has changed. She’s attractive. She’s very, very attractive,” he says. While he missed the grand prize—an all-expense paid trip to audition for the “American Idol” in Memphis—when he lost Mississippi State’s version of the competition, S. Green recorded “Speaking From My Heart” in Memphis with producer Richard Rankin.
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by Byron Wilkes
The Summer of ‘64 Mississippi versus what they experienced. During the volunteers’ first night in Mississippi, James Chaney, Andrew Goodman and Michael Schwerner went missing after leaving Philadelphia in Neshoba County where they had been investigating a fire at the Mt. Zion Methodist Church. Watson’s sweeping retelling of the events that followed includes Rita Schwerner’s poignant actions after learning of her husband’s disappearance, including telling then-President Lyndon Johnson to his face that he wasn’t doing enough to search for the men. Letters sent from volunteers to their parents reveal the extent to which these students and others were dedicated to the cause and Mississippi, as menacing as it seemed. “... I sense somehow that I am at a crucial moment in my life and that to return home where everything is secure and made for me would be to choose a kind of death. ... I feel the urgent need, somehow, to enter life, to be born into it.” All in all, Watson’s book gives one of the most intimate examinations of Freedom Summer this reviewer has ever perused. The level of detail and craftsmanship with which Watson tells the story of Freedom Summer bestows a version of Mississippi’s past rarely told, and one that should be read by anyone who today enjoys civil rights in America. Courtesy Penguin grouP
he 1960s remains pivotal in Mississippi’s bloody road to ethnic equality. Had it not been for a group of college students and a handful of volunteer organizations, though, Mississippi’s leap forward may have been postponed for years. During the summer of 1964, hundreds of college students joined even more Mississippi blacks to take part in the Mississippi Summer Project, known as Freedom Summer. One of the most comprehensive accounts in recent times of this extraordinary and courageous effort is Bruce Watson’s “Freedom Summer: The Savage Season That Made Mississippi Burn and Made America a Democracy” (Penguin Group, 2010, $27.95). Watson’s work gives a rigorous retelling of Freedom Summer, from the years and months preparing for the event, to its execution and the retaliations from white Mississippians that pervaded its duration. The story arcs over the summer of 1964 and follows the tales of volunteers, teachers and those registering voters, as well as prominent figures in the movement, like Bob Moses and Fannie Lou Hamer. Watson’s use of firsthand interviews with volunteers on the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee and black Mississippians impart the intricacies of the group’s training process and what they expected coming to
Things We Don’t Know
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These three men helped organize groups of dissenters whose actions ranged from hiding out in the woods to killing Confederate officers to raiding pro-Confederate homesteads. All of their tales are fascinating. Bynum explores, too, the role of women in these anti-Confederate groups, such as the Knight Company of Mississippi: “The Knight Company’s most famous accomplice was Rachel Knight, a slave of Newt Knight’s grandfather. Rachel was credited with using red pepper and ground glass to confound and kill militia hounds on the trail of deserters. After the war, she gave birth to several light-skinned children reputed to have been fathered by Newt.” Although Bynum discusses the “multiracial community that endures to this day” in Jones County, she makes sure to frame the narrative realistically, particularly in noting that the Knights were not outspoken abolitionists. Rather, this was simply the way they lived, astonishingly so for their era and geography. Bynum depicts the other communities in equally intimate lights, grasping each one’s complexity while providing an analysis that brings this history to modern relevance. Courtesy university of north Carolina Press
he Civil War can be a tumultuous topic. Perhaps because it’s the source of anguish for some and shame for others, southerners often avoid talking about it at all. The effects of the deadliest war for American soldiers and the decades that followed left an indelible mark on the societal landscape of Mississippi and other former Confederate states. Victoria Bynum’s new book, “The Long Shadow of the Civil War: Southern Dissent and Its Legacies,” (University of North Carolina Press, 2010, $35) explores three regions where locals fought against the Confederacy: the Quaker Belt region of North Carolina; Big Thicket, Texas; and the Free State of Jones in the Piney Woods of Mississippi. Bynum’s erudite prose explores dozens of cases within these three regions, which typically fall in the gaps of ordinary history books. These are the stories of southerners whose enemy was the Confederacy, and Bynum paints their close-knit communities richly, as well as the politics and social movements of the time. In each region, Bynum focuses on specific people. In Texas, it was Warren Collins; in North Carolina, Bill Owens; and in Mississippi, Newt Knight.
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few miles north of Vicksburg on Highway 61 stands a maze of white, red and yellow cinder block towers and handpainted signs with biblical messages. On top of an old store, a sign reads: “All is Welcome, Jews and Gentiles here at Margaret’s Grocery and Bible Class.” Two empty rocking chairs sit side by side on the store’s front porch, and the sound of cars on the highway briefly interrupts an eerie silence. For more than three decades, people traveled from all over the world to meet Rev. H.D. Dennis and his wife, Margaret, the woman for whom he created this world away from the world. Gone are the days when visitors could pull up to the property to find the couple holding each other’s hands and waving to cars from their front porch. Now the paint on the once vibrantly colorful cinder blocks and signs is fading. News articles and Bible pages behind Plexiglas are disintegrating and mildewing. The house’s front doors are bolted shut and tied together with rope for extra protection. Margaret Dennis died in April of this year. And H.D. Dennis, her 93-year-old (or thereabout) widower, now lives in a nursing home. The Mississippi Arts Commission is spearheading efforts to preserve the folk artist’s creation that inspired so many, including architect Samuel Mockbee, who would often take his students to the site, and Zachary Godshall, who featured H.D. Dennis in his 2008 documentary “God’s Architects.” Last month, MAC met with admirers who shared their experiences of Margaret’s Grocery on video. MAC Heritage Director Mary Margaret Miller said that was the first step in setting up a nonprofit to provide financial assistance to Cool Springs M.B. Church in Vicksburg, the church H.D. Dennis has deeded the property to when he dies. “The church is helping take care of the home,” Miller says. “But they don’t have the
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Rev. H.D. Dennis and his wife, Margaret, in front of Margaret’s Grocery. Margaret died in April, and her husband’s folk art creation is in need of repairs and restoration.
extra money. The home needs lots of attention. The goal of the meeting was to bring folks together to get a nonprofit started and have a core focus on restoring Margaret’s Grocery.” Miller adds that after the home became empty, looters broke in and stole artwork and photographs of Rev. Dennis from the walls. Vicksburg artist H.C. Porter says the widely told story of Margaret’s Grocery— which probably includes a bit of folklore—is that after Margaret’s first husband died from a gunshot wound during a store robbery, H.D. Dennis came to the store to see her, after hearing about her situation. The next week, he returned and told her, “If you marry me, I’ll turn your store into a world-renowned spot.” H.D. Dennis was born in Rolling Fork in 1916 or 1918, depending on who and when you ask. When he was 18 or so, he joined the Army and became an ordained minister during his service. Some visitors have compared Dennis’ creation to a Venus flytrap, because those who stumbled upon the eclectic site couldn’t resist getting out of their cars and exploring. Dennis would often take visitors onto a school bus in front of his home, which he transformed into his church, complete with a pulpit, pews and hand-painted macaroni murals. “What I used to say, if you weren’t already saved by the time you got on the bus, you were definitely saved by the time you got off,” Porter recalls. She began photographing H.D. Dennis when he was 76, and he shows up in several of her serigraph prints. In one print, she wrote one of his favorite sayings on the frame: “Do not love the world or the things in the world. Love one another in truth. In love there is no fear. Perfect love casts out fear.” Porter gently laughs when she talks about Dennis’ idiosyncrasies. She says he had an obsession with shiny objects, preferably hair clips. He would continuously paint and glue objects on any surface available to him. But beyond his creative talents, H.D. Dennis was also a gifted storyteller who didn’t always fit in. Porter says he had his own take on several Bible stories, including an Adam and Eve version in which one was black and the other white. “He was kind of like Jesus—a stranger in his own land,” Porter says. “You really had to have a heart for him to get it. That’s the same way for a lot of visionary artist in our country—especially the south. … He had this amazing ability to land on some truth you needed to hear in your life at the moment. No matter what your personal faith, he could make you just stop in your tracks. And you’d think, ‘Wow! Maybe I’m suppose to be here right now at this moment, hearing what this very special man had to tell me.’” To support Margaret’s Grocery’s preservation, call Mary Margaret Miller at 601-359-6030 or become a member of the group’s Facebook page for updates and meetings. The project is in the running for a $50,000 grant from Pepsi. Vote for it to receive the funds at tinyurl.com/2ddxhqq. Voting ends Sept. 30
Fairytales and Folk Art
BEST BETS September 29 - October 6 by Latasha Willis firstname.lastname@example.org Fax: 601-510-9019 Daily updates at jfpevents.com
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Curator Ellen Ruffin talks about the de Grummond Collection at USM during “History Is Lunch” at William F. Winter Archives and History Building (200 North St.) at noon. Bring a lunch; call 601-576-6998. … At 5 p.m., Jewell Parker Rhodes signs copies of “Ninth Ward” ($15.99 book) and Bruce Machart signs copies of “The Wake of Forgiveness” ($26 book) at Lemuria Books (202 Banner Hall, 4465 Interstate 55 North). Call 601-366-7619. … Switchfoot performs at Belhaven University Center for the Arts (835 Riverside Drive) at 7 p.m. to raise money for the John M. Perkins Foundation ($15-$50; visit jmpf.org) and at Fire at 9 p.m. (for ages 18 and up; call 601-354-9712). … Hunter Gibson and Rick Moreira perform at Pelican Cove from 7-10 p.m. Call 601605-1865. … Bill & Temperance perform at Underground 119 at 8 p.m. Call 601-352-2322.
1293. … “The Last Days of Judas Iscariot” at New Stage Theatre (1100 Carlisle St.) in the Hewes Room is at 7:30 p.m. with shows through Oct. 2. $7; call 601-948-3533. … The play “Livin’ Fat” at Jackson State University (1400 John R. Lynch St.) in McCoy Auditorium is at 7:30 p.m. with shows through Oct. 5. $10, $5 students and seniors; call 601-9795956. … Tantric plays at Fire at 9 p.m. Call 601-354-9712. … Southbound plays at Poets II. Call 601-364-9411.
The Amber Boardman exhibit at Millsaps College’s The Emerging Space (Ford Academic Complex, 1701 N. State St.) closes today. Hours are 9 a.m.-5 p.m. weekdays. Free; visit amberboardman.com. … Stevie J performs at F. Jones Corner at noon (free) and from 11:30 p.m.-4 a.m. ($5). … The Capitol Steps perform at MSU Riley Center (2200 5th St., Meridian) at 7:30 p.m. $29 and up; call 601-696-2200. … Randy Travis performs at the Silver Star Convention Center (Highway 16, Choctaw) at 8 p.m. Call 866-44-PEARL. … The Remynders play at Hal & Mal’s at 9 p.m. Free.
The “Transforming the Human Spirit” exhibit at Smith Robertson Museum (528 Bloom St.) closes today, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Free; call 601-513-1757. … The Canton Blues & Soul Festival at the Canton Multi-purpose Complex (501 Soldier Colony Road, Canton) is at noon. $25, free for kids under 5. … TheFrontPorchDancefundraiser“AnEveningonthePorch”at The Commons (719 N. Congress St.) from 7-10 p.m. includes music by Lazy Jane and Zydeco Machine. Donations welcome; visit frontporchdance.com. … The Booker Quarter and The Remynders perform atHal & Mal’s at 9 p.m. Free. …The Jacktown Ramblers play at Martin’s at 10 p.m. Call 601-354-9712.
The Viking Golf Classic at Annandale Golf Club (419 Annandale Parkway, Madison) ends today. $20-$100, parking Honeyboy Edwards and Eddie Cotton perform at the Canton Blues & Soul Festival Oct. 2.
fees vary; call 601-898-4653; visit vikingclassic.com. … Sundaze @ Smith Park (302 E. Amite St.) is from 1-6 p.m., and this month’s deejays include DJ Clover, DJ Roberts and Krysys. Free;email@example.com.…TheMostlyMonthlyCeili at Fenian’s is at 2 p.m. Free; e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Music students perform a recital at Millsaps College (1701 N. State St.) at 3 p.m. in the Ford Academic Complex. Free; call 601-974-1422. … The Central Mississippi Blues Society Jam at Hal & Mal’s is from 8-11 p.m. $5.
John M. Floyd signs copies of “Clockwork” at Lemuria Books (202 Banner Hall, 4465 Interstate 55 North) at 5 p.m. $24.95 book; call 601-366-7619. … The Montage Theatre of Dance fall concert at Hinds Community College, Raymond Campus (501 E. Main St., Raymond) in Cain-Cochran Hall is at 7 p.m. $5, $3 in advance; $7, $5 at the door; call 601-8573266. … Jasom Ajemian & The High Life perform at The Commons (719 N. Congress St.) at 7:30 p.m. $5. … The Estonian group Heinavanker performs at Tougaloo College (500 W. County Line Road, Tougaloo) in Woodworth Chapel at 7:30 p.m. $20; call 601-594-5584. … The David Sanborn Trio performs at MSU Riley Center (2200 5th St., Meridian) at 7:30 p.m. $29 and up; call 601-696-2200.
Hunter Cole talks about his book “The Legs Murder Scandal” during “History Is Lunch” at William F. Winter Archives and History Building (200 North St.) at noon. Bring a lunch; call 601-576-6998. … The Mississippi State Fair at the Mississippi Fairgrounds (1207 Mississippi St.) kicks off today at 5:30 p.m. and continues through Oct. 17. More events and details at jfpevents.com.
The rock alternative band Switchfoot performs at Belhaven University and Fire Sept. 29. Day 19
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Tom Franklin signs copies of “Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter” at Lemuria Books (202 Banner Hall, 4465 Interstate 55 North) at 5 p.m. $24.99 book; call 601-366-7619. … Stewpot’s HeARTWorks Art Show at Fischer Galleries (3100 N. State St., Suite 101) is at 5 p.m. Free admission, artwork for sale; call 601-353-2759. … Jazz, Art & Friends at the Mississippi Museum of Art (380 S. Lamar St.) is at 5:30 p.m. $7, $5 members; call 601-960-1515. … Crossroads Film Society presents “Rebel Without a Cause” at Malco Grandview (221 Grandview Blvd., Madison) at 7 p.m. $7.50, $6 Crossroads members and students; call 601-510-9148. … “Joseph and the AmazingTechnicolor Dreamcoat” at Black Rose Community Theatre (103 Black St., Brandon) is at 7:30 p.m. with shows 34 through Oct. 3. $12, $10 students and seniors; call 601-825-
jfpevents Radio JFP on WLEZ ongoing, at WLEZ 100.1 FM and wlezfm.com. Join Donna Ladd and Todd Stauffer every Thursday from noon-1 p.m., where they discuss vital issues and play local music. This week, guests include a representative from the Viking Classic and Michael Harris, from the Jackson Business Accelerator. Listen to podcasts at jfpradio.com. Free; call 601-362-6121, ext. 17. Purple for Peace Oct. 1, 11:30 a.m., at Hilton Jackson (1001 E. County Line Road). The luncheon in honor of the Mississippi Coalition Against Domestic Violence’s 30th anniversary features guest speaker Sue Else, president of the National Network to End Domestic Violence. JFP Editor-in-Chief Donna Ladd is the mistress of ceremonies. Includes a “Paint the Town Purple” raffle. $15, $10 raffle ticket; call 601-981-9196. “Little Black Dress with a Tie” Event and Strength Awards Oct. 7, 6:30 p.m., at University Club (210 E. Capitol St., #2200). Hosted by Rob Jay and Tamica Smith-Jeuitt, the event includes food, a live and silent auction of black dresses and neckties donated by celebrities, and music by Jesse Primer III and Friends. Honorees include Donna Cox, Rev. Samuel Boyd and Donna Barksdale. Proceeds benefit Dress for Success Metro Jackson. $50 in advance, $60 at the door; call 601-985-9888. Metro Jackson Start! Heart Walk Oct 10, 1 p.m., at Mississippi State Capitol (400 High St). Proceeds benefit the American Heart Association. Walkers raising $100 or more receive a Start! Heart Walk Tshirt. Donations welcome; call 601-321-1221. Fundraiser honoring Herman Snell Oct. 17 at Hal and Mal’s (200 Commerce St.), time TBD. JFP music listings editor, local artist and Crossroads festival director Herman Snell died suddenly in September. This fundraising Jam raised money to cover funeral costs. Watch for details. BOOM Fashion Show Nov. 12 Duling Hall. Watch for details on a new kind of fashion show for Jackson. E-mail email@example.com.
Community Events at Jackson Medical Mall (350 W. Woodrow Wilson Ave.), in the Community Meeting Room. • Business Law Seminar for Current and Future Business Owners Sept. 30, 6 p.m. Get your business law questions answered from qualified business attorneys. Registration required. Free; e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. • NACA Homeownership Seminar Oct. 2, 9 a.m. Low-to-moderate income people can become homeowners. Free; call 601-922-4008. The Power of Pink Sept. 30, 11 a.m., at Highland Village (4500 I-55 North). Join Baptist Breast Health Center as they unite forces with local sponsors to promote breast health and kick off Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Free; call 601-948-6262. Naturalization Workshop Sept. 30, 3 p.m., at Mississippi Immigrants Rights Alliance (612 N. State St.). MIRA licensed attorneys assist applicants in preparing their N-400 applications. The workshop is only for individuals who have been lawful permanent residents for the last five years or three years if married to and living with a United States citizen. $150 (includes MIRA membership), $675 N-400 filing fee; call 601-354-9355. HIV/AIDS Training Workshop through Oct. 1, at My Brother’s Keeper (500 E. Woodrow Wilson Ave.). The Black Treatment Advocates Network will host training sessions, open to individuals working in the HIV/AIDS field, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day. Free; call 212-353-3610, ext. 119. Viking Golf Classic through Oct. 3, at Annandale Golf Club (419A Annandale Parkway, Madison). Join golf and culinary enthusiasts to watch PGA players battle it out and celebrity chefs such as Emeril Lagasse demonstrate their cooking skills.
$20-$100, plus parking fees vary; call 601-898GOLF (4653). “Kids Gone Wild: Taming Your Tots and Teens” Sept. 30, 5:30 p.m., at Hinds Behavioral Health Services (3450 Highway 80 W.). The forum gives parents and caregivers ways to develop proactive strategies, tools and methods of dealing with discipline issues effectively. Free; call 601-321-2400. Lynch Street Corridor Discussion Sept. 30, 6 p.m., at COFO Complex (1017 John R. Lynch St.). Hosted by Jackson State University, topics include economic development, historic preservation and educational programming ideas for John R. Lynch Street. Visit westjackson.wordpress.com. Friends of the Jackson Zoo Annual Meeting Oct 1, 4 p.m., at Jackson Zoo (2918 W. Capitol St.). Includes a meet-and-greet, election of officers and presentations. Call 601-352-2580. Jackson Audubon Society Monthly Bird Walk Oct. 2, 8 a.m., at LeFleur’s Bluff State Park, Mayes Lake (115 Lakeland Terrace). An Audubon Society member leads the walk. Bring binoculars, water, insect repellent and a snack. Call ahead to borrow binoculars. Adults must accompany children under 15. Free, $3 car entrance fee; call 601-956-7444. Neighborhood Clean-up Day Oct. 2, 8 a.m., at Bertha Chapel Missionary Baptist Church (2606 Williamson Ave.). Volunteers will meet in the parking lot and go to the site of the Jackson Medical Mall’s Homestead Heights neighborhood to pick up trash and mow the lawn. Registration is required, and lunch is included. Call 601-982-8467, ext. 19. Mississippi Native Plant Society Annual Meeting Oct. 2, 9 a.m., at Mississippi Museum of Natural Science (2148 Riverside Drive). Registration is at 9 a.m. The meeting includes workshops, presentations and a field trip to the LeFleur’s Bluff Park Trails. $7.50-$10 membership, $5 museum entrance fee; call 601-483-3588 or 601-481-5440. An Evening on the Porch Oct. 2, 7 p.m., at The Commons at Eudora Welty’s Birthplace (719 N. Congress St.). A benefit for Front Porch Dance. Meet the dancers, see previews of choreography, view dance films, and enjoy live music, food and a cash bar. Performances by Lazy Jane (Laurel Isbister and Wes Montgomery) and Zydeco Machine. Free, donations welcome; visit frontporchdance.com. Rainbow Cooperative Grocery Annual Meeting Oct. 3, noon, at The Cedars Historic Home (4145 Old Canton Road). The meeting includes a vegetarian potluck. Call 601-366-1602. Mostly Monthly Ceili Oct. 3, 2 p.m., at Fenian’s Pub (901 E. Fortification St.). The event is a familyfriendly gathering of folks interested in Irish music and dance. Free; e-mail email@example.com. Smart Discipline Seminars Oct. 4, 3 p.m., at Belhaven University Center for the Arts (835 Riverside Drive). “Smart Discipline for the Classroom” 34:30 p.m.; “Smart Discipline for Parents” 7-9 p.m. Dr. Larry Koenig is the instructor. $15-$25 parent seminar, free teacher seminar; visit parents-kids.com. “How to Cold Call and Build New Customers in a Down Economy” Seminar Oct. 5, 8:30 a.m., at Clarion Hotel (5075 Interstate 55 South). Hosted by Dale Carnegie Training, learn how to search for new opportunities, revive dead accounts, set more appointments with qualified buyers and more. $199 (team rates available); call 601-540-5415. Elementary Education Recruitment and Information Event Oct. 5, 4 p.m., at Hinds Community College, Raymond Campus (501 E. Main St., Raymond), in Fountain Hall. Prepare for a career in elementary, secondary or special education from representatives of Delta State University and Hinds Community College. Call 662-846-4324. “Status of Women in Mississippi” Oct. 5, 6 p.m., at Tougaloo College (500 W. County Line Road, Tougaloo), in room 212 of the Owens Health and
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Wellness Center. Pam Johnson, executive director of the Mississippi Commission on the Status of Women, is the speaker. The Jackson branch of the American Association of University Women sponsors the program. Free; call 601-353-9820. Mississippi Raiders Minor League Football Team Tryouts Oct. 5-28, at Battlefield Park (953 Porter St.). Tryouts for the 2011 summer season are Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays at 6 p.m. for males 18 and high school seniors or out of school. RSVP for a $10 discount on the tryout fee. $80; call 601-238-7090, 601-842-2116 or 504-701-5775. Financial Education Seminar Oct. 5, 6 p.m., at 3000 Fondren Building (3000 Old Canton Road), in suite 550. Hosted by CredAbility, the seminar is led by certified budget and credit counselors. Preregistration is preferred. Free; call 601-362-7284. Evenings at St. Mark’s Oct. 5, 6:30 p.m., at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, Raymond (205 W. Main St., Raymond). Local authors, historians and personalities entertain and educate. Refreshments included. Free; visit friendsofraymond.org. Holiday Card Contest Oct. 2-29, at Mississippi Public Broadcasting (3825 Ridgewood Road). MPB invites children ages 4- 12 to create an original greeting card incorporating a holiday theme not specific to any religious celebration. The deadline for submissions is Oct. 29. Entry forms can be downloaded from MPB’s website. Call 601-432-6370.
Farmers’ markets Farmers’ Market through Nov. 7, at Old Farmers’ Market (352 E. Woodrow Wilson Ave.). Brenda’s Produce features fruits, vegetables and flowers from Smith County, and Berry’s Produce also has a wide selection of products to choose from. Hours are 7 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday-Saturday and 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday. Call 601-354-0529 or 601-353-1633. Greater Belhaven Market through Dec. 18, at Mississippi Farmers Market (929 High St.). Buy local fresh produce or other food or gift items. The market is open every Thursday and Saturday from 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Free admission; call 601-506-2848 or 601-354-6573. Farmers’ Market ongoing, at Mississippi Farmers Market (929 High St.). Shop the Mississippi Farmers Market for fresh locally-grown fruits and vegetables from Mississippi farmers, specialty foods, and crafts from local artisans. The market is open every Thursday and Saturday from 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Call 601-354-6573. Farmers’ Market ongoing, at Jackson Roadmap to Health Equity Project’s Farmers’ Market (2548 Livingston Road). Buy from a wide selection of fresh produce provided by participating local farmers. Market hours are noon-6 p.m. on Fridays, and 8 a.m.-3:30 p.m. on Saturdays. Free admission; call 601-987-6783.
stage and screen “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat” Sept. 30-Oct. 3, at Black Rose Community Theatre (103 Black St., Brandon). The biblical saga of Joseph and his coat of many colors comes to life in the musical directed by Stacy Walker. Show times are 7:30 p.m. Sept. 30-Oct. 2 and 2 p.m. Oct. 3. $12, $10 students and seniors; call 601-825-1293. “The Last Days of Judas Iscariot” Sept. 30-Oct. 2, at New Stage Theatre (1100 Carlisle St.), in the Hewes Room. Stephen Adly Guirgis’ play looks at the eternal damnation of the Bible’s most notorious sinner. Shows are at 7:30 p.m. nightly; and tickets con only be purchased at the door via cash or check. For mature audiences only. $7; call 601-948-3533. “Rebel Without a Cause” Sept. 30, 7 p.m., at Malco Grandview (221 Grandview Blvd., Madison). The showing by Crossroads Film Society marks the 55th anniversary of the James Dean film. Tickets will be available for purchase in the lobby at the Crossroads table. $7.50, $6 Crossroads members and students; call 601-510-9148. “Livin’ Fat” Sept. 30-Oct. 5, at Jackson State University, Rose E. McCoy Auditorium (1400 Lynch St.). This comedy play is about the poor but happy Cooper family who suddenly finds themselves with $50,000 and must decide what to do with the money. Show times are 7:30 p.m. each night except for a 3 p.m. matinee on Oct. 3. $10, $5 students and seniors; call 601-979-5956. Montage Theatre of Dance Fall Concert Oct 5, 7 p.m., at Hinds Community College, Raymond Campus (501 E. Main St., Raymond), in CainCochran Hall’s Hogg Auditorium. Montage Theatre of Dance is a multi-disciplinary dance company which incorporates ballet, tap, jazz, hip hop, modern dance, African dance and gymnastics in its productions. A portion of the proceeds benefits the Vashti Underwood Muse Scholarship Fund. $5, $3 students/seniors in advance; $7, $5 at the door; call 601-857-3266.
music Ladies Night Out Oct. 2, 8 p.m., at Jackson Convention Complex (105 E. Pascagoula St.). Performers include Avant, Ginuwine and Jagged Edge. Tickets are available through Ticketmaster, BeBop and the Coliseum Box Office. $42.75-$53; call 800-745-3000. Music Student Performance: Departmental Recital Oct. 4, 3 p.m., at Millsaps College, Ford Academic Complex (1701 N. State St.). Enjoy a variety of vocal, piano and instrumental music from Baroque, Classical, Romantic and contemporary periods. Free; call 601-974-1422. Heinavanker Oct. 5, 7:30 p.m., at Tougaloo College, Woodworth Chapel (500 W. County Line Road, Tougaloo). The six-member choral group
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LITERARY AND SIGNINGS Events at Lemuria Books (202 Banner Hall, 4465 Interstate 55 North). Call 601-366-7619. • “Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter” Sept. 30, 5 p.m. Tom Franklin signs copies of his book; reading of the book at 5:30 p.m. $24.99 book. • “Clockwork” Oct. 5, 5 p.m. John M. Floyd signs copies of his book; reading of the book at 5:30 p.m. $24.95 book.
CREATIVE CLASSES Shut Up and Write! Sign up for the workshop series of JFP editor-in-chief Donna Ladd’s popular nonfiction and creativity classes. Classes are forming now, so call 601-362-6121, ext. 16 or e-mail class@ jacksonfreepress.com to be added to the list. How Not to Be A Starving Artist Oct. 2, 9 a.m., at Millsaps College (1701 N. State St.). The workshop will bring the business world to the artist and help artists develop an effective plan for making a living with their art. $40 plus $10 workbook; call 601974-1130. Intro to Art Class for Children Oct. 5-Nov. 9, at ArtWorks Studios (160 W. Government St., Brandon). The six-week class for children in grades K-5 is from 5:45-6:45 p.m. on Tuesdays. $110; call 601-594-5584.
EXHIBITS AND OPENINGS Jazz, Art & Friends Sept. 30, 5:30 p.m., at Mississippi Museum of Art (380 S. Lamar St.). Enjoy cocktails, listen to the best jazz Jackson has to offer, and mingle with friends all while surrounded by world-class art. Complimentary hors d’oeuvres and cash bar. $5 members, $7 non-members, $3 1-5 year olds; call 601-960-1515. 2010 Faculty Art Exhibition Oct. 1-29, at Lewis Art Gallery (1701 N. State St.). The Millsaps College faculty presents their show that includes encaustic paintings, collagraphs, mixed media, installation and video work. Free; call 601-974-1762. The Mummy Returns Oct. 1-21, at Old Capitol Museum (100 S. State St.). The famous “Mummy” returns to the museum for the month of October. Museum hours are Tuesday–Saturday from 9 a.m.-
5 p.m. and Sunday from 1-5 p.m. Free; call 601576-6920. Fiber to Fabric Oct. 2, 10 a.m., at DeSoto Arts Center (660 W. Commerce St., Hernando). This annual event feature demonstrations of fiber processing, dying, spinning, felting, knitting and weaving. See animals used for fiber, like alpacas and llamas. Free; call 662-501-0357. Mississippi Archaeology Expo Oct. 2, 10 a.m., at Millsaps College (1701 N. State St.). The fair features fun and educational activities such as demonstrations of archaeological techniques and prehistoric and historic lifeways. Free; call 601-9654139, ext. 115. Evening for Educators Oct. 5, 3 p.m., at Mississippi Museum of Art (380 S. Lamar St.). In the Yates Communtiy Room. The open house is for teachers to come to the museum after school to enjoy light refreshments, to preview changing exhibitions and to receive promotional materials, educational information and teacher giveaway items. Free; call 601-960-1515. Check jfpevents.com for updates and more listings. To add an event, e-mail all details (phone number, start/end date and time, street address, cost, URL, etc.) to firstname.lastname@example.org or fax to 601510-9019. The deadline is noon the Thursday prior to the week of publication. Or add the event online yourself; check out jfpevents.com for instructions.
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BE THE CHANGE Blood Drives. Donate blood in the Mississippi Blood Service donor coach. All donors will receive a free t-shirt (while supplies last). Donations welcome; call 800-817-7449. • Oct. 2, 8 a.m.-noon, at Mississippi Farmers Market (929 High St.). • Oct. 4-6, at Hinds Community College, Raymond Campus (501 E. Main St., Raymond), in front of the Student Union. Hours are from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. daily. All donors will be entered to win a pair of tickets to an SEC football game. HeARTWorks Art Show Sept. 30, 5 p.m., at Fischer Galleries (3100 N. State St., Suite 101). HeARTWorks is an art ministry to the people in and around the Stewpot community. Proceeds from the sale of the artwork benefit the artists and Stewpot Community Services. Call 601-353-2759. Walk for Diabetes Oct. 3, 2 p.m., at Southern Farm Bureau Life Insurance (1401 Livingston Lane). Check-in is at 1 p.m. The 5K walk will also feature refreshments, music and activities for the entire family. Proceeds benefit Camp Kandu. Minimum $20 donation; call 877DFM-CURE.
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F. Jones Corner - Jesse “Guitar” Smith (blues lunch) free Belhaven Center for the Performing Arts - Switchfoot (John M. Perkins Benefit Show) 7 p.m. $15-$50 jmpf.org Fire - Switchfoot (rock) 9 p.m. 18+ Hal and Mal’s - Wade Reeves (Americana/folk) 8 p.m free Burgers & Blues - Jesse “Guitar” Smith 6-10 p.m. Shucker’s - DoubleShotz 7:30-11:30 p.m. free Underground 119 - Bill & Temperance (bluegrass) 8 p.m. Parker House - Scott Albert Johnson (blues juke) 6:30-9 p.m. Fenian’s - Bob Ray 9 p.m. Pelican Cove - Hunter Gibson & Rick Moreira 7-10 p.m. Sportsman’s Lodge - Karaoke Irish Frog - Ralph Miller 6:30-10 p.m. Mardi Gras - DJ Durdy 6-9 p.m. $5 Regency Hotel - Snazz 8:30 p.m. facebook.com/snazzband2 Kathryn’s - Larry Brewer (classic rock) 6:30-9:30 p.m. Philip’s, Rez - DJ/Karaoke 7-10 p.m. free
Sept. 30, thurSday F. Jones Corner - Jason Bailey (blues lunch) free; Amazin’ Lazy Boi & Sunset Challenge Blues Band 11:30-4 a.m. Fire - Tantric, + (alt.rock) 9 p.m. Hal and Mal’s - Howard Jones Trio (restaurant) Poet’s II - Southbound (Southern Roots/Americana) 930 Blues Cafe - Jackie Bell, Norman Clark & Smoke Stack Lightning 9 p.m. $5 Underground 119 - Barry Leach (jazz) 8 p.m. Que Sera - Larry Brewer (classic rock) 6-9:30 p.m. Electric Cowboy - DJ Cadillac (country/ dance/rock) 9 p.m. McB’s - Karaoke 7 p.m. free Fenian’s - Spirits of the House (Irish) 8 p.m. Shucker’s - Rhythm Masters 7:30-11 p.m. free AJ’s Seafood - Hunter Gibson Regency Hotel - Karaoke 8:30 p.m. Parker House - Gena Stringer & David Steele Time Out - Shaun Patterson 9-12 a.m. Pop’s Saloon - Ghost Town Philip’s, Rez - Bubba & His Guitar 6-9 p.m. free
Oct. 1, Friday F. Jones Corner - Stevie J (blues/solo) noon; 11:30-4 a.m. $5 Poet’s II - Brooks Hubbert (funk jam/ groove) Fenian’s - Doug Frank (Southern rock/ blues) - 9 p.m. free Soulshine, Old Fannin - Jason Turner 7 p.m. Ole Tavern - Hank Overkill, Sparrow & The Ghost Fire - The Molly Ringwalds 9 p.m. Underground 119 - Chris Gill & the Soulshakers 9-1 a.m. Hal & Mal’s Restaurant - The Remynders 9 p.m. free
This page is dedicated to the memory of music listings editor Herman Snell who passed away Sept. 19, 2010. The Irish Frog, Clinton - Natalie Long and Clinton Kirby 8-11 p.m. natalielongandclintonkirby.blogspot.com 930 Blues Cafe - Jackie Bell, 9:30 p.m. $10 Dick & Jane’s - Show Night/DJ Allen 9 p.m. $6; 18+ $10 Queen of Hearts - Kenny “Hollywood”, Prentiss Lewis $5, first five ladies in free, 601-454-9401 Marriott Downtown, Windsor Ballroom - First Friday/DJ Phil 10 p.m. Reed Pierce’s - Tommy Akers Band 9-1 a.m. free Martin’s - Flow Tribe 10 p.m. flowtribe.com Pop’s Saloon - Ghost Town Philip’s on the Rez - Jeff Maddox 6-10 p.m. free Ameristar, V’burg - Hoosier Daddies Whistle Stop, Hazlehurst - Emma Wynters 8 p.m. MSU Riley Center, Meridian - Capitol Steps $29+, 7:30 p.m. 601-696-2200 Silver Star, Choctaw - Randy Travis (country) 8 p.m., 866.44PEARL Horseshoe Casino, Tunica - Doobie Brothers 8 p.m. $65
Oct. 2, Saturday Welty Commons - Front Porch Dance fundraiser: Lazy Jane (Laurel Isbister and Wes Montgomery), Zydeco Machine 7-10 p.m. $5, 601352-3399 F. Jones Corner - Stevie J & the Blues Eruption 11:30-4 a.m. $5 Hal & Mal’s Restaurant - Booker Quartet 9 p.m. free Ole Tavern - The Only Sons w/ Swamp Babies Fire - Evelle 9 p.m. Fenian’s - Seth Libbey and the Liberals (Southern rock/funk) 9 p.m. free Poet’s II - Brooks Hubbert (funk jam/ groove) 930 Blues Cafe - Jackie Bell, 9:30 p.m. $10 Pop’s Saloon - Ghost Town Queen of Hearts - Louis “Gearshifter” Youngblood, Smokestack Lightning Band $5, first five ladies in free, 601454-9401 Fitzgerald’s - Chris Gill 8-12 a.m. Huntington’s - Ralph Miller 6-9 p.m. Underground 119 - Greenfish 9-1 a.m. Dick & Jane’s - House Party/DJ Allen 9 p.m. $6; 18+ $10 Reed Pierce’s - Tommy Akers Band 9-1 a.m. free Philip’s on the Rez - Southbound 6-10 p.m. free Martin’s - Jacktown Ramblers 10 p.m. myspace.com/thestringbeans Jefferson St., Clinton - Olde Towne Market: Ralph Miller, Southern Celt (arts, crafts, music) 9-1 p.m. Canton Multi-Purpose Complex (outside) - Canton Blues & Soul Fest: Bar Kays, Midnight Star, Dazz Band, Eddie Cotton, Grady Champion, King Edward, Honey Boy Edwards 12 p.m. $25, under 5 free Ameristar, V’burg - Hoosier Daddies Coral Room, Vicksburg - Dave Miller Quintet 8 p.m. $20 vicksburgheritage.com Whistle Stop, Hazlehurst - Open Mic 8 p.m.
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River Resort, Rosedale - 5th Annual Otherfest: Stereohype, Chewsef, Belts, Weejy, Zephyr Ellis, Alan Jones, Aaron Taylor, Natureboy Explorer, Da Vincis, Boyscout, Glasgow, Johnny Bertram, Amalgamation, Dent May, Weeks, Young Buffalo (rock/jazz/acoustic/ alternative) 1 p.m. $15, 662-719-1715 Proud Larry’s, Oxford - Wavves
Oct. 3, Sunday King Edward Hotel - Howard Jones Jazz (brunch) 11-2 p.m. Fitzgerald’s - Andy Hardwick (brunch) 11-2 p.m. Sophia’s, Fairview Inn - Knight Bruce 11 a.m. (brunch) Philip’s on the Rez - Scott McCrory 5-8 p.m. free
Oct. 4, MOnday Hal & Mal’s Restaurant - Central Miss. Blues Society Jam 8-11 p.m. $5 F. Jones Corner - Stevie J (blues lunch) free Fitzgerald’s - Hunter Gibson & Rick Moreira 8-12 a.m. free Martin’s - Open Mic Free Jam 10 p.m. free Fenian’s - Karaoke 8-1 a.m. Irish Frog - Open Mic 6:30-10 p.m.
Oct. 5, tueSday F. Jones Corner - Amazing Lazy Boi (blues lunch) free Tougaloo College Cathedral - Miss. Academy of Ancient Music: Heinavanker (15th Century Estonian Folk Songs/Choral) 7:30 p.m. $20 ancientmusic.org Hal & Mal’s Restaurant - Pub Quiz 8 p.m. Hal & Mal’s Patio - The Belly’s, Deadgaze Welty Commons - Jason Ajemian & the High Life 7 p.m. $5 Fenian’s - Open Mic 9 p.m. Martin’s - Karaoke 10 p.m. free Shucker’s - The Xtremez 7:30-11:30 p.m. free Time Out - Open Mic 8 p.m. McB’s - Karaoke 7 p.m. free Hinds Community College, Raymond - Montage Theatre of Dance (fall dance concert) 7 p.m. $5-$7, 6013266 MSU Riley Center, Meridian - David Sanborn Trio $29+, 7:30 p.m. 601696-2200, msurileycenter.com Mississippi State, Bettersworth Auditorium, Starkville - Lyceum Series: Earl Klugh (jazz guitar) $15, 7:30 p.m. 662-325-2930
Oct. 6, WedneSday F. Jones Corner - Sherman Lee Dillon (blues lunch) free Shucker’s - DoubleShotz 7:30-11:30 p.m. free Hal & Mal’s Restaurant - Bill & Temperance (bluegrass) 8 p.m. free Underground 119 - King Edward Regency Hotel - Snazz 8:30 p.m. facebook.com/snazzband2 Miss. State Fair - Easton Corbin Philip’s on the Rez - DJ Mike - Karaoke Pop’s Saloon - Open Mic Night
88 Keys 3645 Hwy. 80 W in Metrocenter, Jackson, 601-352-7342 930 Blues Cafe 930 N. Congress St., Jackson, 601-948-3344 Alamo Theatre 333 N. Farish St, Jackson, 601-352-3365 Alley Cats 165 W. Peace St., Canton, 601855-2225 Alumni House Sports Grill 574 Hwy. 50, Ridgeland, 601-855-2225 America Legion Post 1 3900 W. Northside Dr., Jackson, 601-605-9903 Ameristar Casino, Bottleneck Blues Bar 4146 Washington St., Vicksburg, 800700-7770 Beau Rivage Casino 875 Beach Blvd., Biloxi, 800-566-7469 Belhaven College Center for the Arts 835 Riverside Dr, Jackson, 601-968-5930 Bennie’s Boom Boom Room 142 Front St., Hattiesburg, 601-408-6040 Borrello’s 1306 Washington St., Vicksburg, 601-638-0169 Buffalo Wild Wings 808 Lake Harbour Dr., Ridgeland, 601-856-0789 Burgers and Blues 1060 E. County Line Rd., Ridgeland, 601-899-0038 Capri-Pix Theatre 3021 N. State St., Jackson, 601-981-9606 Central City Complex 609 Woodrow Wilson Dr., Jackson, 601-352-9075 Cerami’s 5417 Highway 25, Flowood, 601919-2829 Char Restaurant 4500 I-55, Highland Village, Jackson, 601-956-9562 Cherokee Inn 1410 Old Square Rd., Jackson, 601-362-6388 Club 43 Hwy 43, Canton, 601-654-3419, 601-859-0512 Club City Lights 200 N. Mill St., Jackson, 601-353-0059 Club O’Hara 364 Monticello St., Hazlehurst, 601-894-5674 Club Total 342 N. Gallatin St., Jackson, 601-714-5992 Congress Street Bar & Grill 120 N. Congress St., Jackson, 601-968-0857 The Commons Gallery 719 N. Congress St., 601-352-3399 Couples Entertainment Center 4511 Byrd Drive, Jackson, 601-923-9977 Crawdad Hole 1150 Lakeland Dr., Jackson, 601-982-9299 Crickett’s Lounge 4370 Hwy 80 West, Jackson, 601-922-0500 Crossroads Bar & Lounge 3040 Livingston Rd., Jackson, 601-984-3755 (blues) Cultural Expressions 147 Millsaps Ave., Jackson, 601-665-0815 (neo-soul/hiphop) Cups in Fondren 2757 Old Canton Road, Jackson, 601-362-7422 (acoustic/pop) Cups in the Quarter 1855 Lakeland Dr., Jackson, 601-981-9088 Davidson’s Corner Market 108 W. Center St., Canton, 601-855-2268 (pop/rock) Debo’s 180 Raymond Road, Jackson, 601346-8283 Diamond Jack’s Casino 3990 Washington Street, Vicksburg, 1-877-711-0677 Dick & Jane’s 206 Capitol St., Jackson, 601944-0123 (dance/alternative) Dixie Diamond 1306 Washington Street, Vicksburg, 601-638-6297 Dollar Bills Dance Saloon 103 A Street, Meridian, 601-693-5300 Dreamz Jxn 426 West Capitol Street, Jackson, 601-979-3994 Edison Walthall Hotel 225 E. Capitol St., Jackson, 601-948-6161 Electric Cowboy 6107 Ridgewood Rd., Jackson, 601-899-5333 (country/rock/dance) Executive Place 2440 Bailey Ave., Jackson, 601-987-4014 F. Jones Corner 303 N. Farish St. 601983-1148 Fenian’s 901 E. Fortification Street, Jackson, 601-948-0055 (rock/Irish/folk) Fire 209 Commerce St., Jackson, 601-5921000 (rock/dance/dj) Final Destination 5428 Robinson Rd. Ext., Jackson, (pop/rock/blues) Fitzgerald’s Martini Bar 1001 E. County Line Road, Jackson, 601-957-2800 Flood’s Bar and Grill 2460 Bailey Ave., Jackson, 601-713-4094
Have an upcoming performance? Send your music listings to Natalie Long at email@example.com. Footloose Bar and Grill 4661 Hwy 80 West, Jackson, 601-922-9944 Freelon’s Bar And Groove 440 N. Mill St., Jackson, 601-353-5357 (hip-hop) Fusion Coffeehouse Highland Colony Parkway, Ridgeland, 601-856-6001 Gold Strike Casino 1010 Casino Center Drive, Robinsonville, 888-245-7529 Grand Casino Biloxi 280 Beach Boulevard, Biloxi, 228-436-2946 Grand Casino Tunica 13615 Old Highway 61 North, Robinsonville, 800-39-GRAND The Green Room 444 Bounds St., Jackson, 601-713-3444 Ground Zero Blues Club 0 Blues Alley, Clarksdale, 662-621-9009 Grownfolks’s Lounge 4030 Medgar Evers Blvd, Jackson, 601-362-6008 Hal & Mal’s 200 S. Commerce St., Jackson, 601-948-0888 (pop/rock/blues) Hamp’s Place 3028 W. Northside Dr., Jackson, 601-981-4110 (dance/dj) Hard Rock Biloxi 777 Beach Blvd., Biloxi, 228-374-ROCK Hat & Cane 1115 E. McDowell Rd., Jackson, 601-352-0411 Hauté Pig 1856 Main St., Madison, 601853-8538 Here We Go Again 3002 Terry Road, Jackson, 601-373-1520 Horizon Casino Mulberry Lounge 1310 Mulberry St., Vicksburg, 800-843-2343 Horseshoe Bar 5049 Hwy 80 West, Jackson, 601-922-6191 Horseshoe Casino Tunica, 800-303-7463 The Hunt Club 1525 Ellis Ave., Jackson, 601-944-1150 Huntington Grille 1001 E. County Line Rd., Jackson, 601-957-1515 The Ice House 515 S. Railroad Blvd., McComb, 601-684-0285 (pop/rock) The Irish Frog 5o7 Springridge Rd., Clinton, 601-448-4185 JC’s 425 North Mart Plaza, Jackson, 601362-3108 James Meredith Lounge 217 Griffith St. 601-969-3222 Julep Restaurant and Bar 105 Highland Village, Jackson, 601-362-1411 Kathryn’s Steaks and Seafood 6800 Old Canton Road, Ridgeland. 601-956-2803 King Edward Hotel 235 W. Capitol St., Jackson, 601-353-5464 Koinonia Coffee House 136 S. Adams St., Suite C, Jackson, 601-960-3008 Kristos 971 Madison Ave., Madison, 601605-2266 LaRae’s 210 Parcel Dr., Jackson, 601-944-0660 Last Call Sports Grill 1428 Old Square Road, Jackson, 601-713-2700 The Library Bar & Grill 120 S. 11th St., Oxford, 662-234-1411 The Loft 1306 A. Washington St., Vicksburg, 601-629-6188 The Lyric Oxford 1006 Van Buren Ave., Oxford. 662-234-5333 Main Event Sports Bar & Grill 4659 Hwy 80 West, Jackson, 601-922-9987 Manda’s Pub 614 Clay Street, Vicksburg, 601-638-6607 Martin’s Lounge 214 S. State St., Jackson, 601-354-9712 (rock/jam/blues) McB’s Restaurant 815 Lake Harbor Dr., Ridgeland, 601-956-8362 (pop/rock) Mellow Mushroom 275 Dogwood Blvd., Flowood, 601-992-7499 Mississippi Academy of Ancient Music 103 Magnolia, Edwards, 601-977-7736 Mississippi Coliseum 1207 Mississippi St., Jackson, 601-353-0603 Mississippi Opera P.O. Box 1551, Jackson, 877-MSOPERA, 601-960-2300 Mississippi Opry 2420 Old Brandon Rd., Brandon, 601-331-6672 Mississippi Symphony Orchestra 201 East Pascagoula St., Jackson, 800-898-5050 Mississippi Veterans Memorial Stadium 2531 N. State St., Jackson, 601-354-6021 Monte’s Steak and Seafood 1855 Lakeland Dr., Jackson, 601-362-8182 Mugshots 1855 Lakeland Dr., Jackson, 601-713-0383 North Midtown Arts Center 121 Millsaps Ave., Jackson, 601-497-7454 Okasions 1766 Ellis Avenue, Jackson, 601373-4037
Old Venice Pizza Co. 1428 Old Square Rd., Jackson, 601-366-6872 Ole Tavern on George Street 416 George St., Jackson, 601-960-2700 Olga’s 4760 I-55 North, Jackson, 601-366-1366 (piano) One Blu Wall 2906 N State St., Jackson, 601-713-1224 Peaches Restaurant 327 N. Farish St., Jackson, 601-354-9267 Pelican Cove 3999A Harborwalk Dr., Ridgeland, 601-605-1865 Pig Ear Saloon 160 Weisenberger Rd., Gluckstadt, 601-898-8090 Pig Willies 1416 Washington St., Vicksburg, 601-634-6872 Poet’s II 1855 Lakeland Dr., 601- 364-9411 Pool Hall 3716 I-55 North Frontage Rd., Jackson, 601-713-2708 Pop’s Saloon 2636 Gallatin St., Jackson, 601-961-4747 (country) Proud Larry’s 211 S. Lamar Blvd., Oxford, 662-236-0050 The Pub Hwy. 51, Ridgeland, 601-898-2225 The Quarter Bistro & Piano Bar 1855 Lakeland Dr., Jackson, 601-362-4900 Que Sera Sera 2801 N. State St., Jackson, 601-981-2520 Queen of Hearts 2243 Martin Luther King Dr., Jackson, 601-454-9401 Red Room 200 S. Commerce St., Jackson (Hal & Mal’s), 601-948-0888 (rock/alt.) Reed Pierce’s 6791 Siwell Rd., Byram, 601376-0777, 601-376-4677 Regency Hotel Restaurant & Bar 420 Greymont Ave., Jackson, 601-969-2141 Rick’s Cafe 318 Hwy 82 East, #B, Starkville, 662-324-7425 RJ Barrel 111 N. Union 601-667-3518 Sal and Mookie’s 565 Taylor St. 601368-1919 Sam’s Lounge 5035 I-55 N. Frontage Rd., Jackson, 601-983-2526 Sam’s Town Casino 1477 Casino Strip Blvd., Robinsonville, 800-456-0711 Scrooge’s 5829 Ridgewood Rd., Jackson, 601-206-1211 Shuckers on the Reservoir 116 Conestoga Rd., Ridgeland, 601-853-0105 Silver Star Casino Hwy. 16 West, Choctaw, 800-557-0711 Soop’s The Ultimate 1205 Country Club Dr., Jackson, 601-922-1402 (blues) Soulshine Pizza 1139 Old Fannin Rd., Brandon, 601-919-2000 Soulshine Pizza 1111 Highland Colony Parkway, Ridgeland, 601-856-8646 Sportsman’s Lodge 1220 E. Northside Dr. at I-55, Jackson, 601-366-5441 Stone Pony Oyster Bar 116 Commercial Parkway, Canton, 601-859-0801 Super Chikan’s Place 235 Yazoo Ave., Clarksdale, 662-627-7008 Thalia Mara Hall 255 E. Pascagoula St., Jackson, 601-960-1535 Thirsty Hippo 211 Main St., Hattiesburg, 601-583-9188 Time Out Sports Bar 6270 Old Canton Rd., 601-978-1839 Top Notch Sports Bar 109 Culley Dr., Jackson, 601- 362-0706 Touch Night Club 105 E. Capitol St., Jackson, 601-969-1110 Two Rivers Restaurant 1537 W. Peace St., Canton, 601-859-9979 (blues) Two Sisters Kitchen 707 N. Congress St. 601-353-1180 Two Stick 1107 Jackson Ave., Oxford, 662236-6639 Under the Boardwalk 2560 Terry Rd., Jackson, 601-371-7332 Underground 119 119 S. President St. 601352-2322 VB’s Premier Sports Bar 1060 County Line Rd., Ridgland, 601-572-3989 VFW Post 9832 4610 Sunray Drive, Jackson, 601-982-9925 Vicksburg Convention Center 1600 Mulberry Street, Vicksburg, 866-822-6338 Walker’s Drive-In 3016 N. State St., Jackson, 601-982-2633 (jazz/pop/folk) The Warehouse 9347 Hwy 18 West, Jackson, 601-502-8580 (pop/rock) Wired Expresso Cafe 115 N. State St. 601500-7800
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love to eat. I like old favorites and new culinary adventures, but it’s not just the eating I enjoy: It’s the sharing. Something special happens when you sit down with family and friends—or even strangers—to share a meal. At that moment, you have a commonality through food, regardless of age, race or gender. I asked a few folks about recipes and experiences they’ve had where food has brought people together. I was raised in New Orleans. My mother always worked long hours, and (I) learned at a young age to either cook or starve. One of the earliest memories I have of food is my godmother Eladine putting a pot of beans on in the morning and letting them cook all day. Ah, the smells that would slowly build up throughout the day would drive (me) crazy. That’s been 30-plus years, and now I’m teaching my kids those same recipes. In New Orleans, Monday has always been considered “wash day.” You put your beans on in the morning while you do your wash. By the end of the day your clothes are done and so are your beans. Love you Eladine! —Dave Romines, chef in Jackson My family makes homemade sorbet every summer as a welcoming summer event. Throughout the season, we choose different juices to experiment with. We let our daughter choose the juice she would like to try and the fruit she wants to add in. Then we all sit around watching the ice cream maker spin around. You know the old saying, “A watched pot never boils”? Well, the same goes for the
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Art Minton and daughter, Xenia, share kisses with Labrador puppy, Maizy.
ice-cream maker. It’s worth the wait, though. The sorbet is outstanding, and Blair has a blast. I hope this is something special that she will remember when she grows up and will maybe try with her kids one day. —Lydia Chadwick, JFP graphic designer My daughter Xenia’s favorite porridge is especially good in the winter. It’s also good cold from the fridge. Since it takes 30 minutes to cook, put it on before you take your shower in the morning. Steel-cut oats make a breakfast porridge that requires chewing (it’s not mushy!) It’s also good with a dollop of Greek yogurt, if you want it creamier and not quite as sweet. —Art Minton, RentJackson.com Share recipes and more on the Jackson Free Press food Facebook page, JFP Bite Club.
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ourmet popcorn is easy to make at home. All you need are spices and salt-and-pepper shakers from your local dollar store. For pizza popcorn, combine two tablespoons of grated Parmesan cheese, one teaspoon oregano and a half teaspoon of tomato powder. For spicy popcorn with some kick, mix together one teaspoon chili powder, a half teaspoon seasoning salt and a half teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes. Also have available a shaker full of each of the following: lemon pepper, Creole seasoning and taco seasoning (from a dry packet.)
ELADINE’SWASH DAY BEANS 4 cans Blue Runner red beans (cream style) 3 ribs of celery, 1/4-inch dice 1 green pepper, 1/4-inch dice 1 medium onion, 1/4-inch dice 1 tablespoon fresh minced garlic 4 bay leaves 1 tablespoon dried thyme 1 pound smoked sausage cut into 1/2inch coins (The best I’ve found is Country Pleasin’.) 1 teaspoon Tabasco 1 teaspoon kosher salt 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
Place a large Dutch oven or soup pot over medium heat. Add the sausage. When it starts to release some oil, add the celery, onion, green pepper and bay leaf. Cook for eight to 10 minutes. Add the garlic, beans, salt, pepper and thyme. Add two quarts of water and reduce the heat to a simmer. Allow to cook for oneand-a-half to two hours. Stir on occasion so not to burn the beans. Add the Tabasco right before service. Adjust with salt or pepper as necessary. Serve on a bed of fluffy rice. Prepare a quarter cup of rice per person. To cook rice, bring two cups water and one teaspoon of kosher salt to a boil. Pour one cup of rice in a large bowl and rinse thoroughly with cold water to remove excess starch. Water will start to run clear when rice is ready to cook. When water is boiling, add the rice and stir. Cut heat down to a simmer and cover with a lid. Cook for 12 to 15 minutes. Remove from heat and let rest for three to five minutes before serving.
CHADWICK FAMILY HOMEMADE SORBET 1-1/2 cups sugar 1 egg white 1 cup 100% fruit juice, your choice. Fresh fruit optional
Create simple syrup by adding sugar to two cups of water and boiling for one minute. While that’s boiling, beat the egg white with a stand mixer until frothy. Slowly drizzle the simple syrup into the frothy egg white, the froth will create a layer on top. Let this mixture cool. After the mixture has stopped steaming, pour in the juice and stir. Chill in refrigerator at least an hour. Pour the chilled mixture into your ice cream maker and let it run about 20 minutes. Freeze what you don’t eat in a safe container. I’ve made sorbet with plain orange juice, something I usually have on hand, and I’ve also made it with blueberrypomegranate juice, throwing in some fresh blueberries.
XENIA’S FAVORITE PORRIDGE 4 cups apple juice 1 cup steel-cut oats (bulk from Rainbow Co-op) Handful of raisins 1 apple, cut in pieces, or any other fruit you happen to have on hand (blueberries, peaches, figs, etc.). My favorite is cherries. Personally, I don’t think it’s possible to add too much fruit.
Bring apple juice to boil. Add oats and raisins, and reduce to simmer. Cook 22 minutes, add the remaining fruit and cook eight to 10 more minutes.
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