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10 Tear It Down The Jackson Redevelopment Authority wants to demolish old apartments for new development. MPB

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After Debra Wertz’s son was diagnosed with bipolar disorder 15 years ago, she made it her mission to help other parents who were going through the same thing. Wertz has been working to help families for more than six years. “I’m not a doctor. I’m not a therapist. I’m a mom,” says Wertz, family partner at CARES Center. “I realized that I couldn’t change him; only I could change,” she says about the long process of learning to cope. “That’s when things started to get better.” The CARES center at the Mississippi Children’s Home Services is a psychiatric residential facility for children ages 6 to 17 with mental illness, behavioral disorders or trauma. Wertz, 58, helps parents who have put their children in the program to understand what is going on and assure them that things will get better. She strongly believes that it helps parents to know that they are not the only ones going through the situation. “One of the main things I’ve tried to stress is that not only the child but the parent also has to help with the problems,” Wertz says. While she originally wanted to pursue clinical psychiatry, Wertz has found an equally fulfilling job. She is able to talk to parents on a personal level with experience of what they are going through, especially

when the parents may not be open to other staff members. “We’ve really made a commitment to be family driven and youth guided,” Wertz says. The center created Wertz’ position two years ago in an effort to strengthen the program. The newness of the position allowed her to develop it the way she saw it worked best. She calls parents regularly, and works to update policies and make the center more family friendly. Along with her job as family partner, Wertz holds monthly support group meetings at the center for parents to talk about whatever is on their minds. She says that support groups are important for families. She also has another child, a daughter. Prior to her CARE center job, Wertz worked as a parent educator at the National Alliance on Mental Illness of Mississippi for four years where she taught classes to parents and made presentations about childhood mental illness around the state. Wertz, who is from Newton and lives in Ridgeland now, has not abandoned NAMI. She is still active with parent education there. She also works extensively with Mississippi Families as Allies for Children’s Mental Health and the Planning Council and Task Force for the Mississippi Department for Mental Health. —Briana Robinson

35 The Other Side “The Blast” at North Midtown Arts Center brings together the hippest names in music. BRYAN FLYNN

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38 Blondes vs. Brunettes Jackson-area women are training hard in touch football to help fight Alzheimer’s disease.

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Valerie Wells Valerie Wells is assistant editor of the JFP and BOOM Jackson. She’s interested in covering the media in Mississippi and figuring out who controls the news. Email ideas to valerie@ She wrote the cover story.

Briana Robinson Briana Robinson is originally from New Orleans. She attends St. Andrew’s and is the layout editor of the school newspaper. When not writing, she enjoys dancing, taking pictures and listening to sweet music. She wrote the Jacksonian.

Charlotte Blom Charlotte Blom lives in Hattiesburg. With a degree in psychology, she balances between introversion and extroversion. Her penchant for discovering beautiful, bizarre things sometimes overrides practicality. She wrote an arts feature.

Tom Head Freelance writer Tom Head is a lifelong Jackson native. He has written or co-written 24 nonfiction books, is a civil liberties writer for and is a grassroots progressive activist. He wrote a book review.

Crawford Grabowski A veteran public-school teacher who recently earned her masters, Crawford Grabowski is discovering the joy and sleep deprivation of being a new parent. She lives with her husband, Jim, daughter, Daise, and too many damn cats. She wrote a food feature.

Jessica Mizell Jessica Mizell works at Mississippi Department of Transportation and moonlights planning events and writing. Her interests include “Nurse Jackie” and locating Pineapple Big Shots. She wrote a Mother’s Day feature.

Korey Harrion Web Producer Korey Harrion is a saxophonist who runs a small computer-repair business. He enjoys reading, writing and playing music, origami and playing video games. He loves animals, especially dogs.

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Account Executive Adam Perry is a local musician who lives in Flowood where he, his wife and daughter are herded through life by two supreme beings posing as unruly house-cats. He manages JFP sales accounts.

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Ode to a Mother’s Love


hese days, everything reminds me of my mom. I was in a department store about two weeks ago and saw an adult daughter and her mom shopping for an Easter dress and thought of mom. My mom and I loved to shop together. We would spend endless hours walking around the mall; going from yard sale to yard sale. We’d talk the whole time about everything and nothing all in the same conversation. Movies remind me of her; so do cooking, music, smells, sounds. My mom’s essence is etched into every ounce of my history and infused into every fiber of my present and future. Last year, I wrote a piece in the JFP titled “I Still Believe” as a Mother’s Day gift to my mom. Sadly, mom lost her battle with cancer this year on March 20. I would be a bald-faced liar if I said my faith wasn’t shaken when it really sunk in that mom was gone. But that’s the thing about faith; you’ve got to hold on to God even tighter through the tough times. “Even when I walk through the dark valley of death, I will not be afraid, for you are close beside me. Your rod and your staff protect and comfort me.” Psalm 23:4 I’m not shallow enough to think that I am the only one who has experienced loss; I’m not the first and won’t be the last. Each person deals with grief differently. So far, I have felt every emotion on the spectrum of grief: denial, anger, depression, guilt, fear, withdrawal and numbness. I cry or yell when I need to, but most importantly I pray for peace. And when it comes, I am thankful. And then I allow myself to focus on something else: time with my family, writing and even laughter. How do you learn to live without someone who was a significant part of your everyday life? It’s like telling someone to live without his or her arm or leg. My phone doesn’t ring as often as it once did. I talked to my mom every day, often more than once. Her voice was the best sound. It was the voice of love, reason, safety, encouragement and wisdom. Her voice was home to me. I knew that no matter how hard things got, everything would be OK if my mom said so. My heart is broken, but I still believe in the faithfulness of the God I serve. I wasn’t ready to say goodbye, and I would give anything to spend one day, even one hour with my mom again. But I know that God has a plan for all our lives, and my mom’s course was complete. About a year ago, mom wrote a short article that she sent me by email:

Cancer: Cry or Scream

by Charlotte Gatson What can I say? Cancer isn’t fair; no illness is fair. There are days when you don’t want to get out of bed, and you can’t get out of bed. The pain is awful, and there is nothing

anyone can do. The things I miss the most are doing things with my family, especially hanging out with my grandson. Sometimes, others think that people with cancer and other illnesses are afraid to die; however, that is not it. We are most afraid that we won’t be able to complete some things in life: being there for your daughter or son’s graduation, their weddings and yes, the new grandchildren. And, also being forgotten after you pass away. Although we can’t change some things, we can trust in God. In 1 Thessalonians 5:18 it says, “In everything give thanks.” This does not mean we have to be thankful for everything. We don’t need to be thankful for the bad things that happen, but we can be thankful in the circumstances because the Lord can use the resulting difficulties for good. What an amazing lady she was. Her words, her life and even her resilience until her last breath give me strength to navigate through my grief. I am thankful for the time I shared with mom. I allow my memories of her to comfort me when the dark clouds come. I carry her memories in my heart and in my spirit. And I am comforted that she’s healed and free of pain, resting in the arms of our heavenly father above. I know that mom would want our family to continue living our lives, to accomplish remarkable things, to not give up. She would want us to cherish each day that we have, never wasting one single moment fretting over petty things or holding on to anger or regret. Yet, above all else, she would want us to put God first in our lives and live with passion and purpose.

As one well wisher said to me, “She is a cheerleader for all of us (now).” As you spend the day with your mom, love on her with all you’ve got. Savor every moment and word. And take time to reach out to others around you, in particular those who are grieving the loss of their mother or a mother’s loss of her child. Consider volunteering at a children’s group home, spending an afternoon with an elderly neighbor who doesn’t receive many visitors or send a handwritten note to someone who is grieving. I have always strived to be sensitive to the suffering and needs of others. Admittedly, I have not always done the best job, but I earnestly try. Yet, it wasn’t until mom passed that I was able to feel the depth of loss. I’ve been reading a book by Mary Beth Chapman called “Choosing to SEE” (Revell, 2010, $21.99). Chapman and her husband, contemporary Christian singer Steven Curtis Chapman, lost their daughter Maria (who was about to turn 5) in a tragic accident. She writes: “How would I have lived differently if I knew that my time with Maria was going to be this short lived? Regretfully, I would have lived much differently. I would have purposely hugged and kissed more. I would have tried to memorize and lock away in my heart certain smells and smiles. I would have colored more and worked less. I would have laughed more and fussed less. Bedtime wouldn’t have become a chore to check off the list of things to get done. Instead, it would have been more of an opportunity to listen about the day and offer whatever words were needed … and definitely more ice cream would have been consumed.”


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ackson Mayor Harvey Johnson Jr. opposes part of a new state law allowing the city to levy a 1-percent sales tax increase on some businesses’ sales. The tax, which would fund infrastructure repair, does not apply to retail sales of food at grocery stores and restaurants, or hotels or motels. Also exempt from the tax are fees collected by television and Internet service providers. Prior to the tax taking effect, the city would hold a referendum vote. Three-fifths of Jackson’s voters must approve the referendum vote before the new tax can apply. Johnson does not oppose the potential new tax or the revenue derived from it, which he says is necessary. But the mayor is not happy with the make-up of a commission—that the new law creates—which would devise a plan for how the city would spend those funds. A “local” chamber of commerce, possibly the Greater Jackson Chamber Partnership (the law does not specify), gets to appoint four members of the commission. Although the four members must own businesses within the city, they do not have to be residents. The state governor, lieutenant governor and the speaker of the Mississippi House of Representatives each get to appoint a single member to the commission, leaving the mayor with the power to appoint the three remaining members. Johnson wants more influence over the four commission members the “local chamber” can appoint. Specifically, he is asking that


Johnson Slams Commission

Sen. Walter Michel, R-Jackson, questioned why Jackson Mayor Harvey Johnson Jr. (above) wants more influence over a commission overseeing the city’s 30-year master plan on some infrastructure work.

the chamber confer to the city the power to appoint its four members. “We are asking to bring those appointees to the Jackson City Council, to give the city the appointment power,” city spokesman Chris Mims said. Mims said the chamber could give that power to the city if the chamber adopts a resolution allowing it and the city of Jackson passes a municipal ordinance change to accept

by Adam Lynch the chamber’s resolution. Under the law passed this legislative session, the new commission would not have to sign off on every city expenditure; however, Johnson argues that the commission still has too much power regarding where the city spends its own city-taxpayer-derived revenue. “Although the commission is no longer vested with blanket power to approve all expenditure ties to local sales-tax revenues, the commission is now charged with establishing a master plan for streets and roads, water, sewer and drainage,” Johnson wrote in a May 2 statement. Sen. Walter Michel, R-Jackson, questioned the city’s desire for more influence over a commission governing the next 30 years of infrastructure repairs. “The commission has some ongoing input, but previously (the state law) said they had to approve all expenditures. So it cut the legs out from under the commission, and (Johnson) still has a problem with it,” Michel said. “This is a 30-year (tax) deal. He isn’t going to be in office for 30 years. What if the next mayor isn’t as responsible with money as him?” Michel, who is not running for re-election this year, said the commission, under the new law, does not have the same power it originally carried, but is required to provide stability under multiple mayors. He added that the city was lucky to get permission TAXES, see page 8


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“The Jackson delegation had a knock-down-drag-out fight to get it passed, and now you want to remove the oversight provision of the deal ... that allowed it to get the one-vote majority to pass?” —state Sen. Walter Michel, R-Jackson, regarding Jackson Mayor Harvey Johnson’s push to have more influence over a commission designated to oversee revenue from a potential 1-percent sales-tax increase.

Wednesday, April 26 A deadly rash of storms and tornadoes kills 30 people in Mississippi and hundreds more throughout the South. … Jackson textile artist Gwen Magee dies at age 67. … President Barack Obama releases his longform birth certificate in an effort to end the “birther” debate. Thursday, April 27 The City of Jackson and community leaders move forward with the renovation of the former Belk department store at Metrocenter Mall during a wall-breaking ceremony. … The U.S. Commerce Department announced that economic output grew at a rate of 1.8 percent January through March, slowing down from 3.1 percent in the previous quarter. Friday April 28 President Barack Obama issues a disaster declaration to help seven Mississippi counties receive federal funds for recovery after storms and tornadoes hit the area. … In the biggest public wedding of the decade, England’s Kate Middleton and Prince William become husband and wife. Saturday, April 29 The National Football League Draft selects four former Mississippi State University football players. … Rescue crews continue to search for survivors from storms in the South. Sunday, May 1 The Florida Gators beat the Ole Miss Rebels 7 to 2 in the Southeastern Conference baseball series. … President Barack Obama announces that a U.S. military operation has killed Al Qaeda leader Osama Bin Laden in Pakistan. Monday, May 2 The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration announces a record number of tornados for a 24-hour period with 222 tornadoes touching down April 26 and 27. … Sony Corp. says that hackers intercepted personal information from 24.6 million PlayStation Network accounts. Tuesday, May 3 The United Nations issues a report predicting that the world’s population will hit 10.1 billion by 2100. … The U.S. Department of Justice files a motion in a district court claiming that the Cleveland, Miss., school district is not complying with a 1969 federal desegregation order. Get daily news updates at

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from the Senate to allow the referendum vote at all. “No other city has this same thing. This is something we’ve denied all the other cities,” Michel said. “All the other cities want a localoption sales tax. They tried to get it statewide, but we never let them have that. The Jackson delegation had a knock-down-drag-out fight to get it passed, and now you want to remove the oversight provision of the deal, and that was one of the things that allowed it to get the one-vote majority to get it passed.” Johnson’s Director of Policy Walter Zinn said the Legislature had passed a similar ballot initiative for the city of Tupelo in 1988, which did not contain a commission governing how the city spent the money. In any case, Zinn said the city had no trouble with the commission providing oversight, so long as it contained a majority of city-appointed members. “We were willing to have the kind of commission set up by the 2009 law, which dictated how the money was spent. We don’t care that the commission exists, but it needs to be representative of the city,”

Zinn said. The controversial commission was not a factor in the version of the legislation that left the Mississippi House of Representatives this session. Sen. John Horhn, D-Jackson, omitted the commission at Johnson’s request, but the Senate put it back in. Members of the Mississippi House of Representatives friendly with the mayor again removed the commission language, forcing the House and Senate to appoint representatives to hash out a mutually accepted version of the bill in conference in March. What came out of the six-member conference committee contained the commission, at the demand of the Senate appointees. “I don’t know exactly what was going on over there. I said ‘let’s get it passed, whatever it takes,’ and they said, ‘we have to keep the commission,’ so they kept it,” said Rep. Credell Calhoun, D-Jackson, the lead conferee on the House side. Other House conferees for Senate Bill 2839 included Rep. Percy Watson, DHattiesburg, and Rep. Earle Banks, D-Jackson. Conferees on the Senate side included Horhn, Michel and Sen. Dean Kirby, R-Pearl. Comment at

Capital City’s Tough Year

by Ward Schaefer


he Jackson Police Department is no been to request in-person assistance or to stranger to the Capital City Alternative provide information, Green said. School. The Jackson Public Schools’ The Mississippi Youth Justice Project, alternative school, whose students usually an advocacy project of the Southern Poverty have referrals from other schools for disci- Law Center, alleged in an April 15 letter to pline reasons, is the subject JPS that staff at the alternaof allegations that staff have tive school are handcuffing been handcuffing students students as punishment for as punishment for minor misbehavior as minor as infractions. This school year, talking back or not followthough, the school has also ing dress code. MYJP deregularly called police offimanded an immediate end cers to address incidents. to the practice. Documents obtained Jody Owens, managby the Jackson Free Press ing advocate for the Missisthrough a public-records sippi Youth Justice Project, request show that, between said that the high number Sept. 1, 2010 and April 22, of calls underscored the 2011, JPD answered 47 school’s “need to deal with calls for service originating a very simple problem there from the alternative school, that’s not being handled aplocated at 2221 Boling St. propriately.” Of those calls, 27 were Jackson police visit the “You’d have to know city’s alternative school for incidents ranging from nearly once a week. the reason for the calls” bealleged “disorderly confore assuming that they induct” to “resisting arrest” to dicated further problems at simple assault and something listed as “in- Capital City, Owens cautioned. corrigible child.” Over the 31 weeks within Owens added that he was somewhat that period that students were at Capital disappointed by the school district’s reCity—discounting breaks—that makes for sponse, sent last week, in which JPS attoran average of nearly one call to the police ney JoAnne Shepherd Nelson said the disper week. trict is investigating MYJP’s allegations and Another 20 calls were for varied rea- has reminded Capital City staff that district sons like “information” and meeting with a policy forbids handcuffing as punishment. complainant. JPS spokeswoman Colendula “We want an acknowledgement that if Green said those calls did not necessarily this is happening, it should not happen— indicate the need for an officer to address that children should not be handcuffed for an ongoing incident. Such calls could have dress-code violations,” Owens said.

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As a result, districts often provide general estimates of teacher salaries and do not take into account differences in teacher salaries at individual schools. That ambiguity can be dangerous, according to Cynthia Brown, vice president for education policy at the Center for American Progress, which advocates closing the loophole. “What schools aren’t reporting is their actual, total budget for a school A loophole in federal education policy may result in underfunding Mississippi schools with high numbers using actual teachers’—and other people’s—salaries,” Brown said. “They of low-income students. basically say, ‘We reach comparability because we have the same number of en. Thad Cochran, R-Miss., increasing- teachers per kid.’” ly seems like a holdover from another, In its comparability requirements, the kinder era of national politics. Cochran Mississippi Department of Education only has largely removed himself from the asks school districts to show that they have hyper-partisanship of recent years. roughly equivalent student-to-teacher ratios at Witness his recent support for a bipar- each school. This method can mask differenctisan bill that would fix a loophole in fed- es in the teachers that typically staff wealthier eral education funding for poor students. and poorer schools. Cochran is co-sponsor, with Sen. Michael The same low-income schools that reBennet, D-Colo., of the ESEA Fiscal Fairness ceive Title I funds also tend to have a less-expeAct. The ESEA, or Elementary and Secondary rienced crop of teachers. Since teacher pay in Education Act, is the massive bill that funds Mississippi (and in most of the country) is tied and sets education policy for the nation. It is to years of experience, teachers at low-income due for re-authorization this year. schools tend to make less money. And that, of “This legislation seeks to ensure that course, means that districts often spend less on school districts receiving Title I funds provide teacher salaries at low-income schools. their high-poverty schools with a fair share of Marcus Cheeks, state Title I director for state and local resources by closing loopholes the MDE, said that only a small percentage in the requirement language,” Cochran said in of Mississippi’s 152 school districts would be a March 31 statement. susceptible to the loophole because they have a “By requiring a more accurate picture of mix of Title I-eligible and ineligible schools. state and local investments in schools, federal “There are only about 2 percent of the funding can be better directed to the children school districts across the state that would have most in need of those resources.” a direct comparison between title and non-title Under former President George W. Bush, schools,” Cheeks said. “Every school district in ESEA was known as “No Child Left Behind.” this state is receiving Title I funding.” The bill’s largest program, Title I, proFor the past two years, school districts vides schools with additional money to edu- have had to provide more detailed accounts cate students in poverty. Bennet and Cochran’s of how they allocate local and state dollars bill would close the “comparability loophole” as a condition of receiving extra federal in Title I, which national experts say could funds under the 2009 economic-stimulus provide hundreds of thousands of additional package, the American Recovery and Reindollars to low-income schools in Mississippi vestment Act. Brown is optimistic that Coand other states. chran and Bennet’s bill will pass and close The problem comes in the “comparabili- the loophole permanently. ty” stipulation of Title I, which says that school The education-policy world is divided districts must provide all schools with equal on the loophole, however. While the National state and local funds, before applying any Education Association, one of the country’s federal money. This makes sense, of course. two major teachers unions, supports legislation If, as the principle of Title I suggests, it costs to close the loophole, the other, the American more to educate a low-income student than Federation of Teachers, does not. The Council one from a privileged background, the school of the Great City Schools, a coalition of urban that educates him or her should receive more schools, also opposes the reform. money—on top of the local resources already Some urban school systems do not available to middle-of-the-road school. want to address the loophole for fear of exacWhat education-policy wonks call a erbating divisions between high-income and “loophole” is the relatively weak requirements low-income schools within single districts, that Title I places on school districts. Title Brown says. I allows districts to report the state and local “The comparability loophole, I think we contribution to each school’s budget without have a shot at (closing it),” Brown said. “It’s regetting into the specifics of how much they ally helpful that Sen. Cochran’s on it, because give each school for teacher salaries, supplies this shouldn’t be a partisan issue.” and other needs. Comment at

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Thomas quipped. â&#x20AC;&#x153;But that ought to be condemned now and demolished,â&#x20AC;? Reeves said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;People are living in there, and you canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t put people on the street,â&#x20AC;? Fox said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not a correct statement,â&#x20AC;? countered Reeves, adding that the JRA pays $300 ADAM LYNCH


he Jackson Redevelopment Authority is looking to tear down two dilapidated apartment buildings on Jackson West Boulevard near the former Metro Manor apartments. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Those buildings should be condemned,â&#x20AC;? JRA board member Matt Thomas said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;These two eyesores have to be removed. I think you can see this for yourselves if you look at them standing there, looking decrepit.â&#x20AC;? The buildings are near a 17-acre vacant lot slated for development. Once the location of the Metro Manor apartment complex, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development took over Metro Manor because of â&#x20AC;&#x153;the deplorable conditionâ&#x20AC;? in which it was being maintained, said Jackson City Planning Director Corinne Fox. She said the city demolished the complex â&#x20AC;&#x153;several years ago.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;HUD took it over and conveyed it to the city for the grand sum of a dollar with the understanding that we would convey it to JRA for redevelopment,â&#x20AC;? Fox said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The properties in dispute are not a part of the Metro Manor parcel of land, but because theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re on the way in to Metro Manor â&#x20AC;Ś youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re not going to do anything great with Metro Manor with those sitting there.â&#x20AC;? The property in dispute contains a total of five parcels with three owners, and includes a church, Victory Metropolitan Full Church, at 125 Jackson West Blvd., the former site of a movie theater. JRA Executive Director Jason Brookins said the pastor at Victory Metropolitan has plans to build a sanctuary at the entrance at Jackson Boulevard, so his property is not as easily available. The Jackson Free Press could not reach Victory Metropolitan at its published number, but Brookins said he expected the church to move on construction in June. This leaves a small apartment complex that needs demolition, said JRA member John Reeves. â&#x20AC;&#x153;How can the city let that be like that?â&#x20AC;? Reeves demanded, pointing to a picture of the aged building with degenerating outer walls. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t going to go there,â&#x20AC;?

JRA members say this property on Jackson West Boulevard is a hindrance to redevelopment of the whole street.

to $400 a month to keep the neighboring vacant lot mowed while it awaits a new owner. â&#x20AC;&#x153;You may not want to do that, but you can make them move. In any case, they should not have to live in something like that.â&#x20AC;? One building of the double complex has plywood over windows and doors, and a broken, warped wooden staircase. The second building looked occupied, although knocks on the doors produced no response Friday. Fox said the city has prematurely submitted a request for bid proposals to sell the neighboring vacant lot, before it learned that HUD expected the city to convey the property to the JRA. She says the city would let the JRA use the cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s request for bid proposals and would hand over a list of developers whoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d shown an interest in the property. Brookins said the city would eventually like the area to sustain single-family homes. However, JRA Chairman Ronnie Crudup said the JRA would likely have to deal with the surrounding, dilapidated property to

make the vacant lot more sales-worthy. â&#x20AC;&#x153;There is a real concern about adjacent properties,â&#x20AC;? Crudup said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll need to be able to capture all of that to get rid of the eyesores if weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re going to put a nice neighborhood back there.â&#x20AC;? The board agreed to move forward with the cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s RFP, with the understanding that the board will allow Brookins to talk to the landowners and get their requested price for their property. Failing that, the JRA may consider condemning some property. Eyes on Farish The JRA also discussed continuing development of the Farish Street Entertainment District last week, prompting developer David Watkins to produce a written report on progress this week. The authority owns the property that Farish Street Group LLC is developing, but the agency agreed to defer lease payments from David Watkins, a managing member of the group, last November, until Watkins found tenants for the high-end real estate. Farish Street Group LLC invested about $8 million into the Farish Street development by February, which includes about $4.5 million in loans. Developers in the district qualify for federal tax credits worth up to 20 percent of development costs to help with renovation. Finding post-renovation tenants, however, has been neither quick nor easy. The quasi-government redevelopment group deferred $1,500 a month in minimum guaranteed rentals for Watkinsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; parcels since November 2010, but the board voted to demand back payment from November forward, unless Watkins delivers letters of intent for leases, actual leases, or an assessment on where the project stands. JRA members said they would be satisfied with a status report on prospective tenants and where developers stand in signing lease deals with them. Watkins told the Jackson Free Press that the report would be ready later this week. Comment at


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GOP May Oppose Court-ordered Maps Senate-rejected House plan. House leaders argue that the state needs a fair number of majority-black districts to reflect the stateâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s high proportion of African Americans. Blacks, however, tend to vote Democratic in Mississippi, and a clear majority of Democratic House members would complicate Bryantâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s crusade for a GOP speaker. With a majority of the Senate voting in line JOINT LEGISLATIVE COMMITTEE ON REAPPORTIONMENT REDISTRICTING


he Mississippi Republican Party likely will contest a three-judge panelâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s decision to impose the Mississippi House of Representativesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; redistricting map as the official House election map for 2011. The panel decision favors a Democrat-led House Apportionment and Elections Committee request to use the disputed redistricting map as the interim court-ordered plan for the 2011 elections. But the Republican Party said the map is not legally defensible last week. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Like a parricide suing to collect his parentâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s life insurance, the â&#x20AC;Ś House Committee asks this court to order into effect a redistricting plan â&#x20AC;Ś that it could not sell to the Mississippi Senate,â&#x20AC;? the Republican Party wrote in an April 29 response opposing the House redistricting map. The House and Senate must each approve its own redistricting map and then submit both maps to the opposite chamber for approval during the legislative session. Traditionally, the House and Senate approved the opposite chamberâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s plan without pushback as a kind of â&#x20AC;&#x153;gentlemenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s agreement,â&#x20AC;? according to House Speaker Billy McCoy, D-Rienzi. This year, however, at the urging of Republican Lt. Gov. Phil Bryant, who is running for governor, the Republican-dominated Senate refused multiple times to approve the House plan. Bryant argued that the House plan does not create enough new majority-Republican districts in the House to reflect population growth in conservative districts over the last 10 years. Bryant said in March that he wanted more Republicans in the House to elect a Republican House Speaker, and that the Senateâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s acceptance of the House-approved plan would make that impossible. â&#x20AC;&#x153;This means not another Republican would get elected to the House of Representatives for the next decade,â&#x20AC;? Bryant said at a March 8 appearance at Eudora Welty Library. The Mississippi Republican Party claimed that an alternative redistricting plan it submitted to the House for a vote last month â&#x20AC;&#x153;provides no partisan advantage to either partyâ&#x20AC;?; however, a majority of the House voted down that plan and continued backing the

The Mississippi Republican Party will likely dispute an interim redistricting map imposed by a three-judge panel for the 2011 elections.

with Republican Gov. Haley Barbour, McCoy and his personally appointed House committee leaders have been the only voice of opposition to hyper-conservative legislation, such as a proposed 2011 appropriation bill seeking to cut public K-12 education funding by about $50 million. After the Senate refused to approve the House map a second time last month, the NAACP filed a suit in federal court, demanding the courts take redistricting out of the hands of the combative Mississippi Legislature and impose a map reflecting the stateâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s large black population for the 2011 elections. The NAACP offered its preference

of either the House map, or a separate map it devised. Like the NAACP, the three-judge panel wants an interim plan in place before the June 1 qualification deadline for Mississippi House of Representatives and the Mississippi Senate candidates. Anybody with an issue against the decision must bring their argument to a May 10 hearing before the panel in Jackson. NAACP attorney Carroll Rhodes, who would not comment on the Firday decision, may not oppose the courtâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s decision, having stated last month that the House plan contained more majority-black districts than the GOPâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s alternative plan. The GOP, however, declared last week that the House plan Bryant coaxed the Senate to reject is â&#x20AC;&#x153;not (a) legislative plan to which the court should defer,â&#x20AC;? and argued that the courtâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s decision set a disturbing legal precedent. â&#x20AC;&#x153;To grant the House Committeeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s motion would guarantee that, every 10 years, the Legislature will adjourn without attempting to reach a compromise and that its members will troop before this court to seek enforcement of each bodyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s favored plan for itself,â&#x20AC;? the Republican Party argued. The GOP says that the court-preferred map â&#x20AC;&#x153;has redrawn or relocated certain districts presently represented by Republicans so that they have a black voting age population majority,â&#x20AC;? and that House leaders redrew the district of left-leaning stalwart Rep. Diane Peranich, D-Pass Christian, to exclude the home of Republican Jeff Wallace, â&#x20AC;&#x153;who had announced an intention to challenge her.â&#x20AC;? (Wallace signed a Republican pledge to â&#x20AC;&#x153;fire McCoy and the boysâ&#x20AC;? in March.) The court made clear that its decision deals only with the interim maps intended to define elections this year, and did not officially endorse the House-preferred map as a permanent option. The U.S. Department of Justice must scrutinize all redistricting maps submitted by the state of Mississippi for minority-voter dilution because of the stateâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s history of voter suppression. Comment at






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Barbour’s Veto Shortsighted?


day after Gov. Haley Barbour announced that he would not make a bid for U.S. president in 2012, he used his veto power to kill a bill to develop a strategic plan to combat obesity in Mississippi. Barbour complained that the bill, which did not require any state funds, would duplicate existing programs and “add to the fat of state government.” Many health advocates, however, claim that Barbour’s veto is shortsighted, in a state with the highest obesity rates in the country. Forty percent of children and 32.5 percent of adults are obese or overweight in Mississippi. The governor’s April 26 statement on why he vetoed the House Bill 924 is almost verbatim to an a April 25 letter Mississippi Center for Public Policy Analyst George Whitten wrote to The Clarion-Ledger. MCPP is a conservative public-policy nonprofit that releases legislative summaries and reports promoting smaller government and tracks votes. It also opposes federal health-care reform. Both men claim that the state is already doing enough to combat obesity. In 2001, the legislature set up a statewide council for obesity through 2006. The Legislature passed a mandate in 2007 requiring all school districts to establish health and physical education council. In 2002 the Legislature passed a law

requiring the Mississippi Department of Education to hire a physical activity coordinator to ensure that students received 150 minutes of physical education per week. “The governor should veto (the bill) to keep obese government from growing even more bloated,” Whitten wrote. In 2001, then Gov. Ronnie Musgrove signed a bill that created the Mississippi Council on Obesity Prevention and Management, which required the state to establish a council of state department heads, medical professionals, and restaurant and food-manufacture representatives to study obesity data and make recommendations for funding, school curriculum, public-awareness campaigns, and coordinate efforts with the federal government. The bill required the council to release one report with their findings in 2004 and to dissolve in 2006. Whitten told the Jackson Free Press this week that the MPEC did not meet with the governor on the issue, but he did write a memo that was distributed to local media outlets and the governor’s office. MCPP President Forest Thigpen said that the even though the bill does not require state funds, it requires agencies to provide data. It also takes time away from other duties that agency heads could be focusing on, he said.

Sandra Shelson, executive director of the health-education nonprofit Partnership for Healthy Mississippi, said the Mississippi Council on Obesity Prevention and Management was a step in the right direction, but that another council is needed to streamline and continue efforts such as state, federal and nonprofit programs to fight obesity. She said the state’s lack of progress in obesity prevention over the past several years is an indicator that additional efforts are vital. “There is no one arm that is coordinating these efforts,” Shelson said. “That means there can be gaps in service providers; that means there can be duplication of efforts; and that means there can be a duplication of funding.” Shelson said the former council served primarily as a task force, analyzing data and making recommendations. House Bill 924, the bill Barbour vetoed, would have required the council to implement a statewide policy on physical education, increase compliance with nutrition standards, and develop and implement a comprehensive strategy to combat obesity. The governor, lieutenant governor and speaker of the House of Representatives would appoint a 34-member panel. “The bill had no money associated with it. It wasn’t going to cost taxpayers anything,” Shelson said, adding that the state currently


Gov. Haley Barbour said he vetoed a bill to study obesity because it would add to the fat of state government.

spends approximately $4 million per year treating obesity-related illnesses. The Mississippi Department of Education’s Office of Healthy Schools ensures students get 150 minutes of physical education per week. The Office of Healthy Schools also coordinates health services with the state’s 152 school districts. In 2007, the Legislature passed the Mississippi Healthy Students Act to establish physical education and nutrition requirements in schools. In 2009, the Centers for Disease Control recognized Mississippi as a top state in obesity prevention. Shelson, whose organization also focus on tobacco prevention, said the Legislature formed a similar council to take on that issue. She said tobacco prevention efforts were successful because they were coordinated. Comment at


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et’s face it, there are those days where you just want to pull the sheets over your head and ask for a do-over. The solution: make a beeline to Cracker Barrel and order the “Momma’s Pancake Breakfast.” Three buttermilk pancakes, two eggs just how you like ‘em, served with a side of smoked sausage, turkey sausage, or bacon, will right just about any bad Cracker Barrel day. The truth is, there isn’t much on the well-rounded menu that won’t serve as a comfort on any day, not to mention fill you up for wherever the road may lead you. It was this idea of a great, quality meal on-the-go that inspired Dan Evans over 40 years ago to create the concept of Cracker Barrel. In the early 1960’s in Lebanon, TN, Dan Evans was working at his family’s gasoline business and began to think about ways to improve the needs of people on the nation’s still-developing interstate system. Goods and services on America’s new super highway were sparse and often times poor quality. As fast food rose to popularity, there were few places on the interstates that offered real food with real flavor at a real value. Evans thought about all the things that made him feel like home if he was travelling. Jars of candy and homemade jellies; great friends; simple, country food; and a store where you could buy someone a gift that was actually worth giving. What came to mind were the places Evans visited as a child. The place that every small town had would work for the new interstate: the old country store. As luck would have it, Evan’s company owned a large parcel of land on the outskirts of Lebanon and after finding some local investors and drawing up plans, on September 19, 1969, the first Cracker Barrel Old Country Store opened. The original concept for Cracker Barrel also incorporated a gas station to go along with a great meal and sundries. However, with the oil embargo in the mid-seventies, new stores were built without filling stations and eventually Cracker Barrel just stuck to the original plan: good food made from scratch, great service, and value. What started as a novel idea with a mission to please people has grown to almost 600 stores in 42 states, all owned by a company with no plans to franchise.


So the next time you feel the need for some simple, honest cooking, great service, funky, nostalgic gifts, and true value, head to the place where the goal isn’t to recreate the past, but to preserve it. For Cracker Barrel, the lifestyle of rural America isn’t about where you live, but how you live.


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Hands Off Jackson’s ‘Local Control’


ackson Mayor Harvey Johnson Jr. wants the city to have more input on a controversial commission that will decide the fate of potential new revenue generated by a 1 percent sales tax increase specific to the city. The new tax, if approved by a majority of voters in an as-yet-unscheduled referendum vote, is designed to produce revenue for infrastructure, and it gets its own fund separate from the regular city budget. As it stands, a commission gets to design a spending plan for the new revenue and monitor the city to make sure it is adhering to that plan over the 30-year lifespan of the temporary tax increase. While Johnson says he has no problem with the idea of reliable oversight in any situation involving taxpayer money, he does have a problem with sources other than the city appointing a majority of the commission. The way the law looks, a “local chamber of commerce”—which could be the Greater Jackson Chamber Partnership or the Jackson Chamber of Commerce because the law isn’t specific—gets to appoint four members of a 10member commission overseeing how well the city adheres to the parameters of its spending plan. The speaker of the Mississippi House of Representatives, the lieutenant governor and the governor each get to appoint their own commission member, leaving the Jackson City Council and the mayor to appoint the three remaining members—a clear minority on the commission. Johnson rightly wants the city of Jackson to have a majority on the board to look out for how the city spends its own taxpayers’ money. The original referendum legislation allowing the Jackson-specific tax first came to life in 2009, when Jackson’s mayor was Frank Melton. Former Ward 2 City Councilman Leslie McLemore said then that legislators clearly did not trust Melton to spend the money wisely and, frankly, needed looking after. Johnson, when he took the reins back, rejected the idea of the commission dictating city infrastructure expenditures and threatened soon after his election to never allow the referendum vote. He later changed his tune and was willing to accept the commission, so long as his city got majority voice on the commission. Should a majority of commission members with input on how the city spends its money be appointed through the traditional avenues of board appointments, or should this black-majority city have a majority of its commission members appointed by probably white people who live outside the city? This is exactly how people are going to view this debate, so choose wisely. Frankly, we’re with the mayor. The capital city does not need a suburban or state big brother watching over us, and it’s an insult to suggest that we do.


New Day, New Troubles


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ig Roscoe: “A lot of you thought that Momma Roscoe and I would coordinate an event celebrating the killing and death of a terrorist. We decided not to celebrate. Instead, Momma Roscoe and I reflected on Rev. Cletus’ Sunday sermon when he quoted this verse from the Bible: ‘So never worry about tomorrow, because tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.’ “We agree with Rev. Cletus. It’s a new day and a new set of troubles—like the price of gas, unemployment, health care, etc. “Yes, we understand the significance of the recent event. However, Momma Roscoe suggested that we do our best to celebrate life by celebrating the mommas on Mommas’ Day. Therefore, the Clubb Chicken Wing staff, Momma Roscoe and I have planned a different celebration scheduled for Sunday. “The Ghetto Science Community and friends are invited to attend the Mommas’ Day Celebration Buffet and Disco at the Clubb Chicken Wing Multi-Purpose Center. If you cannot afford to take your momma, family and friends to an expensive, swanky restaurant, you’re welcome to come and enjoy the free food and good fun at the Mommas’ Day Celebration Buffet and Disco. Also, look out for a special guest performance by the Sausage Sandwich Sisters, Electric Slide Ambassadors for World Peace and Rent Money. “Funding for this event is provided by the Let Me Hold Five Dollars National Bank, Pork-N-Piggly Supermarket, Crunchie Burga World, and the 14 Anonymous and Benevolent Token Caucasian Foundation of America Inc.


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“Whatever happened to market value? In our capitalist society, we always espouse the virtues of the free market, yet we downplay that when it comes to college athletics. If the NCAA can sign a $10.8 billion contract to broadcast the Final Four, doesn’t the market bear that the players in the tourney are worth billions, rather than the cost of an academic scholarship to a state school (JSU was really a poor example to use)? How come the NCAA does not have to subscribe to market principles in this instance?” —Blackwatch “I have never been paid what I thought I was worth. ... Just because you think your worth a million dollars does not mean you will get a million dollars.” —Bryan Flynn “I will say that I fear a world in which student athletes are paid big money and get big endorsement deals. That sounds like it would take a whole lot of attention away from their need to focus on academics and what they’re going to do after college or injury in the pros. But that’s just a gut instinct (and one that I suspect the NCAA rules are at least, in part, based on).” —Donna Ladd

For many years I’ve been deeply concerned about the level at which athletics have hijacked the purpose of our academic institutions. Go to any NCAA-affiliated campus and compare what they spend on sports to what they spend on the library (for instance). Simply comparing the physical structures will let you know immediately where the problem lies.” —Boyd Campbell “As far as paying the players, so far I’m still against it. Players need to grow up before they become too capitalistic driven.” —Walt “I have heard both arguments on why a college athlete should not receive any type of monetary reward, but after looking at the money generated by these young men and women—especially in regards to football and basketball—they should receive something on top of the education. There are ways and means to keeping the corruption out of it. It’s just that people are too lazy to think or create a way.” —Duan C. Add your thoughts at

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guardian. I believe my mother prays for me every day—for my wellbeing, for my guidance and for my happiness. The voice of my conscience is that of my mother. She helped me to learn right from wrong, to treat others the way I wanted to be treated, and to be happy and trust in God. A granite tombstone at a cemetery in Morton already has my parents’ names engraved on it. I have seen this tombstone once. It has 75year-old birthdates under the names of the ageless spirits that are always there for me. Uber-prepared for all situations, they have already planned for the time when they will leave me. I would rather not have to acknowledge that the day will come when the second set of dates will be carved on that stone. I have had friends and neighbors who have recently lost their mothers, and though my heart goes out to them, I still fail to find words of comfort. No one ever loves you quite the way your mother does. I watch my wife and the special love that she has for our two children. I have witnessed first-hand the transformation that occurred when she became a mother, and even before that, as she felt every kick and hiccup prior to the births of our two kids. I know how she longs for the day when our 2-year-old son will tell her that he loves her. She not only tells him every day, she lives it as well. I may be his play buddy, the one who gets him dirty and helps him make a mess with all of his toys in the floor, but when he is tired, when he is hungry, when he is sick and doesn’t feel well, it is his momma who makes it all better. When I was growing up, at some stage, sadly, I thought I outgrew the affectionate display of hugging my mom. Even though I love her with absolute sincerity, I haven’t always expressed it as I should. I do know the value of that now. This Mother’s Day, I want to say, “I love you Mom, and I’ve got a big hug for you. Happy Mother’s Day!” Scott Dennis is a Morton native who lives in Pearl. Dennis earned a computer science degree from Mississippi College and works as an IT specialist with the U.S. Geological Survey. He is blessed with a wonderful wife and a small but growing family. Comment at

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o ordinary work done by a man is either as hard or as responsible as the work of a woman who is bringing up a family of small children; for upon her time and strength demands are made not only every hour of the day but often every hour of the night.” —Theodore Roosevelt


very year that I’m a mother I am amazed at how much wisdom my own mother has, and how little I actually know. The sacrifices she made overwhelm me, as does the energy she continues to have and the work she made look so effortless. My mother’s wisdom has grown consistently as I have aged, but once I had children the growth was exponential. I’m sorry now for a lot of things. Now that I’m a mother, I realize how hard Mom tried day after day to do what was right and what was best for her children. I’m sorry my mother ever had to ask me more than once to help her. The work she did was tireless and thankless. I’m sorry I ever said I hated her in a fit of teenage angst. I didn’t know how overwhelming her love for me was, and that she was only trying to protect me. I can’t imagine how much it hurt to hear that, although if it makes her feel any better, I will have three teenage daughters in my house in about seven years, so I’m sure I’ll get what’s coming to me. I’m sorry I lied to her every time she caught me doing something I wasn’t supposed to. I didn’t think she was stupid; I was hoping to get lucky. I didn’t want to disappoint her because she seemed so flawless to me. As I was lying in the bed working on this article, Emma, my 3-year-old, came tiptoeing into my bedroom. My first re-

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action was to send her straight back to bed, but I paused when she said, “Momma, I’m a-scared.” I immediately remembered running silently through the darkened house, with my heart thundering in my chest as I hurried to my mother’s room after having a bad dream. My mother never once sent me back to my room in the middle of the night. She would slide over in the bed, offering me refuge in the spot she had warmed and smelled of soap. I slid over as Emma climbed into the bed, wrapping her arms around my neck. I scratched her tiny little back as I thought of all the small things my mother had done for me that I had never even acknowledged. There are so many things I have never thanked her for: giving me the last slice of pizza, the last glass of milk, eating the slightly burned chocolate chip cookies so I could have the good ones, and somehow always showing up at my school when I was in the middle of a crisis. I’m finally appreciative that my mother made me go to church every Sunday, wouldn’t let me wear that dress out of the house and refused to let me go to the tanning bed. If my mother’s IQ level continues to increase at the same rate my children are growing, she’s going to rival Einstein by the time we hit the teen years and get nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize when they hit college.


Wisdom of a Mom

Writer Robin O’Bryant’s daughters Aubrey, 6, Sadie, 2, and Emma, 4, take time for a sisterly squeeze while playing in the first hard snow of their lives.


Chocolate Treats for Mom by Kelly Bryan Smith


May 4 - 10, 2011


ll the women in my family share a love of all things chocolate. Mothers passed down several delicious family chocolate recipes through the generations. At my wedding shower six years ago, a cousin gave me a gift of a recipe book filled with treasured family recipes from the women who came before me. In my opinion, chocolate is an essential part of any Mother’s Day celebration, and any of these family recipes would make an excellent Mother’s Day treat for the mom in your life.


CRACKLY HOT FUDGE SAUCE My grandmother’s sister gave her this handwritten recipe as a wedding gift in 1952. It has been a part of celebrations from birthday parties to book clubs ever since. 1 tablespoon butter 1 ounce bittersweet chocolate 1/3 cup boiling water 1 cup sugar 2 tablespoons corn syrup 1/2 teaspoon vanilla 1/8 teaspoon salt

Melt butter in saucepan. Add chocolate and stir until melted. Add boiling water while stirring. Heat the mixture to boiling. Add sugar and corn syrup. Stir until dissolved. Simmer five minutes. Add vanilla and salt, stir well. Serve hot by pouring over ice cream of your choice. Sauce will harden when it comes into contact with ice cream.

My great-grandmother invented this chocolate cookie recipe for my mother’s sister, who famously declared during a family Christmas celebration that she only liked to eat chocolate cookies. 1-1/2 cup sugar 1 teaspoon baking powder 1/2 teaspoon salt 3 cups flour, plus flour for rolling dough 1/2 cup cocoa powder 1 cup softened unsalted butter 1 egg 1 teaspoon vanilla 1/3 cup warm water

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Mix dry and wet ingredients separately, then combine into a dough. Roll the dough into a log. Wrap in plastic wrap and chill in the refrigerator for at least an hour. When the dough is chilled, roll to 1/4-inch thickness on a floured cutting board and cut with cookie cutters of your choice. Our family tradition is to cut these cookies with a house-shaped cookie cutter like my now-deceased Aunt Lynn did as a little girl in Madison, Wis. Decorate with sprinkles or small candies. Bake for 10 to 15 minutes.


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Mother’s Day Gift Guide


by Meredith W. Sullivan

o you adore your mom, but always struggle with what to get her for Mother’s Day? Well, you’re in luck, because this year I’ve done the hard part. All you have to do is make the reservations!

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Peach dress pants, The Orange Peel, $10 Ivory Botkier handbag, Coattails, $345

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Best Gifts for New Moms

Kelly and her son Simon rest together at home a few days after his birth in June 2009.


he best gifts for new moms are not necessarily cute little outfits or monogrammed bibs. Although most moms love opening tiny treasures at baby showers, the first few weeks of a baby’s life is usually a blur of more practical concerns than coordinated socks and onesies. Here are some useful gifts to help the

new mom in your life. • Diaper delivery. It is easy for a newborn baby to run through dozens of diapers and wipes before a mom even has time to take out the trash, let alone think about getting out of the house with a newborn to stock up on basic necessities. Before you stop by to meet the new baby, give your friend a call or a

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text to see if you can pick up a package of her preferred brand of diapers, wipes or diaper cream on your way. It might not be the most personal gift, but your friend will appreciate the gesture when she doesn’t run out of diapers in the middle of the night. • Healthy fast food. It can be extremely hard for a new mom to even think about preparing meals for her family, especially right after delivering a baby. Save your friend the time and stress of meal-making by bringing by a healthy alternative to take-out food. Bring easily freezable foods to eat later if your friend already has a meal plan for that particular day. Be certain to ask about dietary restrictions of your friend and her family, especially if she is breastfeeding and is avoiding certain foods. • Helping hands. Even if you’re operating on a tight budget, you can give your friend the meaningful gift of your time. Ask your friend when you can come by to help her start a load of laundry, wash the dishes, take out the trash, write thank-you notes or mow the lawn. These basic necessities can be overwhelming for new moms, who may feel tired and hormonal. A short gift of your time

gives the new mom in your life a welcome respite from worry and can allow her extra time to rest or to enjoy her baby. • Rest and relaxation. If your friend has a particularly fussy baby, she may not be getting the recovery time or sleep that she needs to function well, especially once her husband has to go back to work or her mom has to leave after helping out for a few weeks. Offer to take the baby on a stroll around the neighborhood or just to rock the baby in another room while your friend takes a much needed nap or soaks in the tub without worrying about her baby. • Gift cards. You may not be able to resist purchasing a tangible gift for your friend. If not, think about purchasing a gift card for your friend. Babies can be expensive, and a gift card to a local retailer such as Rainbow Whole Foods Cooperative Grocery or your favorite children’s consignment shop can help your friend stock up on baby clothes, baby gear or healthy food without breaking her budget. Or think about getting her a gift card to Lemuria Books, since babies might outgrow the cute tiny outfits, but nobody ever outgrows classic children’s books.

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Top 5 Best Books for New Moms

by Kelly Bryan Smith

“The Happiest Baby on the Block,” by Harvey Karp (Bantam, 2003, $15) Believe it or not, most babies are not born knowing how to sleep well. “The Happiest Baby on the Block” offers steps for easing the transition from the womb to the real world. By recreating comforting elements of a baby’s life before birth, this book helps parents create an environment that is more conducive to healthy newborn sleep with easy tools such as swaddling blankets, slings, swings and white noise. Karp’s gentle sleep tips will not only help baby sleep, they will help mom get crucial hours of rest as well. And that should make everyone happy.


May 4 - 10, 2011

was going through my mother’s closet looking for old pictures, and I found a small dusty shoebox pushed way in the back. Curious to see what my mother stashed back there for so long (come on, kids can do that right?), I reached back and pulled the box from its seemingly eternal resting spot. I opened the lid to find it filled with all the Mother’s Day cards and homemade gifts I had made for her until I was about 10 years old. In the box was the hand imprinted in clay from pre-school, letters to the tooth fairy and her tiny little responses, numerous hand-made cards, each year the letters getting straighter and the words more coherent, and a cassette tape that I had made from my karaoke machine when I was 8 years old. I sat back and realized that when I was about 10, I started babysitting, so I had money. That was right around the time when I wanted to start buying my mom her Mother’s Day gifts instead of making them. As I got older, I remember the pride I would feel in purchasing a sweater or some perfume for her, or trading the time I spent making cookies and a card for a gift certificate to a nice restaurant and some flowers. I noticed that the box didn’t contain the Liz Claiborne purse that I bought for her in the mid-’90s or the perfume I had saved up to get for her. Instead here was the card with google-eyed smiley faces and the bracelets made out of (now stale) Froot Loops—all things that cost nothing, all things that she treasured. So never fear, if you, like me, do not have a lot of money to show mom how much you love her. A mixed CD or tape is always a great


“Baby Play,” by Wendi Masi and Roni Cohen Leiderman (Creative Publishing International, 2001, $16.99) Newborns don’t do a whole lot besides eat, sleep, cry and poop. If you’re uncertain about what to do with your new bundle of joy in between her frequent naps, this is an excellent book to consult. “Baby Play” offers a wide variety of suggestions about how to entertain your baby and get her learning from day one. With easy, evolving activities for each developmental stage, this book serves as an excellent guide to helping your baby grow and learn through play. The same authors also have a companion book called “Toddler Play” that is similarly useful once your baby gets a little older.

by Jessica Mizell choice for a thoughtful gift. Here are Mother’s Day song suggestions that will get mom dancing and let her know how much you love her. • “Hey Mama” Kanye West • “I’m Not Busy” Quintron • “ You Got It” Roy Orbison • “Mama Said” The Shirelles • “Dear Momma” Tupac • “I’m Yours, You’re Mine” Mable John and Singin’ Sammy Ward • “In My Life” The Beatles • “Surrender” Cheap Trick • “Halo” Beyonce • “Forever Forever” Fats Domino • “Lovely, Just Like Her” Irving • “You’re the One For Me” Jonathan Richmond • “Bombs Over Mom” Lost Sounds • “ Take Time to Know Her” Percy Sledge • “ I Love You ‘Cause You Look Like Me” The Ponys • “Nothing Can Change This Love” Sam Cooke • “If I Needed You” Towns Van Zant • “ Shelter From the Storm” Bob Dylan • “ Don’t Let Go” Weezer • “Maps” Yeah Yeah Yeah


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“If Your Kid Eats This Book, Everything Will Still Be Okay,” by Lara Zibners (Wellness Central, 2009, $14.99) New moms obsess over the need to protect a tiny, fragile new baby from all of the dangers of the world. This book offers an excellent source of reassuring advice that can help new moms avoid that 10th call to the pediatrician in one week. Of course, if you feel like you need to call to speak to a nurse, then call, because it will certainly make you feel better. But you might want to check this book first. From information about digestive upsets to bumps on the head, this book gives you practical tips about when to worry and when not to.

“The Breastfeeding Book: Everything You Need to Know About Nursing Your Child from Birth through Weaning,” by William Sears (Little, Brown, 2000, $14.99) If you are planning to breastfeed, Dr. Sears’ comprehensive guide is a must-have, including basic information for getting started as well as troubleshooting advice for many different problems that could come up at various stages of the breastfeeding relationship. If you are planning on nursing at work, “The Breastfeeding Book” also includes helpful information about expressing milk. You may also wish to consider purchasing “The Milk Memos: How Real Moms Learned to Mix Business with Babies—And How You Can, Too,” by Cate Colburn-Smith and Andrea Serrette (Tarcher, 2007, $13.95), which offers advice and anecdotes from real moms in the trenches who have been there and done that. “The Working Gal’s Guide to Babyville,” by Paige Hobey and Allison Nied (Da Capo Press, 2006, $15.95) Any mom who plans to go back to work after the birth of their child needs to be prepared for the variety of challenges that they may face, logistical, emotional and otherwise. “The Working Gal’s Guide to Babyville” offers practical, accessible tips, as well as timetables and lists to keep working momsto-be organized and prepared for their baby’s birth and beyond. It also answers the elusive question that has plagued parents for many years: How many onesies does a baby actually need? Another excellent working-mom title is “The Working Mother’s Guide to Life,” by Linda Mason, which is out of print but widely available used.

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May 4 - 10, 2011

t was dark and a cell-phone dead zone. James Edward Bates and a friend trudged through a few hundred yards of swampy woods in Vidor, Texas, to reach their car. Not far behind were three Klansmen, one quite agitated, who’d broken off from a group of about 80 in white robes, some wielding torches, or brandishing Bibles, at a Klan crosslighting ceremony in 1998. For more than 12 years, Bates, 41, spent weekends driving into the night, sleeping upright in his Honda Accord, to document the truth of contemporary KKK activities in the American South. Other intimidating and even life-threatening incidents caused Bates, a white Gulfport resident, to question his dedication. He asked himself, “Am I in this for the long haul, or am I only in this when it’s safe?” The long haul it was. Bates’ photojournalism has appeared in numerous publications ranging from Biloxi’s Sun Herald, to The New York Times to Rolling Stone. As a Baptist, he describes the longitudinal KKK project as his “calling.” He’s also photographed missionary trips to South America and Romania. Though the exhibit already hung on the walls of foreign countries, his Klan photos have met reticence in the United States. Thus, it debuts at the University of Southern Mississippi, Bates’ alma mater (’95 graduate). In November 2010, Bates was also inducted into USM’s Mass Communication and Journalism Hall of Fame for this project and work in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. For five months in 1998, Bates broke bread and built trust with a Klan member, an “average guy,” in a Dothan, Ala., Waffle House. Bates was there just to listen, seeking to understand the perspective of the group, which has undergone membership dips and spikes. The federal government labeled 28 it a terrorist organization after its formation in the 1860s.

Mississippi White Knights member Art Dixon teaches his son Floyd, 3, the importance of holding his torch high during a cross-lighting ceremony in Pearl, Miss.

Today, the Anti-Defamation League estimates nationwide Klan membership at 5,000. “Passing the Torch” has stirred USM. In an editorial response to readers, the Student Printz wrote they’ve “mostly caught heat for (their) KKK article and pictures,” and, justifying their coverage of the exhibition, “once we can see these pictures and feel not fear, but only sadness for those who lived through it, we’ll know we’re moving past it.” Curtis Austin, associate professor of history and director of USM’s Center for Black Studies, says his students are excited and asking thoughtful questions. Although he says the Klan certainly warrants concern, he warns against distraction by groups like it, and points to pervasive racerelated issues in conservative American politics, the prison system and in social services. “These attitudes aren’t just held by members of the Ku Klux Klan. They are held by our elected officials … (and) people who make up the real infrastructure of society,” Austin says. At the soft opening for the black-and-white photo exhibit, Bates said he has never witnessed Klan violence and conveyed a spectrum of membership motives. A short video depicts one extreme: a Klansman fervently expressing he’d like to “go back to the old hanging ways.” On the other hand, Bates believes many of the Klan members don’t actually hate anyone. Some want a segregated coexistence; others join (after age 18) simply for heritage (including fifth-generation members) or ritual, neutrally equating it to joining the NAACP. Growing up in McComb, Bates accompanied his selectman-at-large father, James Bates, in connecting with people in black and white communities. Yet, he also has memories of off-color comments or situations, even in his

own family. “We want to believe we’re in this post-racial era with a black president, but we have a long way to go. … The exhibit is going to stimulate—and already has—important conversations about race and continuing existence about race groups in the U.S. and in Mississippi,” says Chris Campbell, director of USM’s School of Mass Communication and Journalism. While the KKK, including in Mississippi, shows up sporadically in news, its presence remains shadowed for many. “Racism is still in our country. Instead of going away, it’s been hidden,” says Alan Harkey, 24, a USM criminal justice student who attended the opening. “It’s shocking to actually see (the exhibit); it gives you a deeper feeling, the intensity. I was aware but not of this magnitude. We put all this stuff in the back of our minds. This is a wake-up call.” Bates’ photos adeptly and beautifully depict bonechilling images and portraits. Ultimately, he hopes for awareness and education about racism in our everyday lives, as well as to provoke emotions and discussions. “So much energy is lost focusing on negative things.” Bates says. “Think about race in your own circles. Sometimes it’s just planting seeds and loving on somebody.” His demeanor as calm as the aqua-blue shirt he wore to the opening, Bates exudes an unusually profound aura of objectivity and tolerance. He professes predilection for untold stories, outsiders, sub-cultures, and challenges. “Passing the Torch: Documenting the 21st Century Ku Klux Klan” is on display at the University of Southern Mississippi, Cook Library, Room 105-A through May 30. It is free and open from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and noon to 6 p.m. Sunday. Visit



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by Tom Head


eral weeks before the riots, on Sept. 13, Barnett rejected the rule of law and called on white Mississippians to reject desegregation not only by all “lawful and constitutional means,” but also explicitly by “every (other) means.” While the Civil Rights Movement was divided between advocates who supported strict nonviolence and advocates who felt that violence in self-defense could be justified, the governor of Mississippi openly advocated aggressive violence—in an environment where unprosecuted lynchings, such as the 1955 murder of Emmett Till—had long been accepted as a fact of life, in an environment where he knew his words would carry weight. It was in this environment that Bishop Gray decided to make his stand. An advocate assumes the role of a shepherd, usually without knowing whether he or she has any sheep. Barnett and Bishop Gray were both shepherds—but while Barnett used his platform to build his own political power base at the probable expense of the people around him, Bishop Gray used his platform to build up the people around him at the probable expense of his life. That he survived is remarkable. That he went on to lead the Episcopal Church in Mississippi, and ultimately consecrate Mississippi’s first female priest, is even more remarkable. That he did all of this and remains a kind and humble man is, perhaps, miraculous. I met Bishop Gray Jr. in 2004 when he guest-presided over the small afternoon Spanish-language service at St. Andrew’s Cathedral. He was nervous about his Spanish pronunciation; Johnston’s book points out that he knew little Spanish when he had been assigned to a Cuban mission trip during the 1950s, but had worked hard to improve his knowledge of the language. At 79 years old and a legend in the church, but not a legend in his own mind, he was worried that he might not do justice to the liturgical Spanish Rite II—that he would sound too much like an English speaker. I saw him preach to a room full of Latino Episcopalians who, despite being for the most part too young to remember the Mississippi Civil Rights Movement firsthand, were well aware of who he was and what he had accomplished. They were grateful to have him in the room, and they understood that to be an Episcopalian in Mississippi at this point in history still means standing with Bishop Gray. Araminta Stone Johnston signs and reads from “And One Was a Priest: The Life and Times of Duncan M. Gray Jr.” starting at 5 p.m. May 10 at Lemuria Books (202 Banner Hall, 4465 Interstate 55 N., 601-366-7619).


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he Episcopal Diocese of Mississippi is the only diocese in the country to have a third-generation bishop. Bishop Duncan M. Gray presided over the diocese from 1943 to 1966; his son, Bishop Duncan Gray Jr. (to whom I will refer below as “Bishop Gray,” for clarity’s sake), served from 1974 to 1993; and his son, Bishop Duncan Gray III, was consecrated bishop in 2003 and still leads the diocese to this day. The “family of bishops” has a strong record on racial reconciliation, but the second Bishop Gray had a particularly unique historical opportunity to make himself vulnerable and to make those around him brave. Advocacy, as Bishop Gray personified it, wasn’t just about speaking. It was about giving voice to the silenced, and giving context to the voices of the silencing. “And One Was a Priest: The Life and Times of Duncan M. Gray Jr. Jackson,” by Araminta Stone Johnston (University Press of Mississippi, 2011, $40), quotes a letter that Bishop Gray received late in life: “I met you 35 years ago, and the circumstances had a real impact on my life. Do you remember the Religious Emphasis Week at Mississippi State in February 1956? I was a senior at State and you were talking to a group of us ... when a newspaper reporter in the audience asked you about the Bible and segregation. Your reply, that the Bible and segregation were incompatible, was on the front page of the Jackson newspapers the next day. ... What you and the others did ... gave me the courage to express my true feelings and I thank you for it, albeit belatedly.” When the Episcopal Church honors Bishop Gray in stained glass, I suspect it will depict him standing on top of the 17foot Confederate monument at the University of Mississippi the night of the segregation riots on Sept. 30, 1962, calling on the angry white crowd to show restraint—restraint that he had been asking the white community in Oxford to show for months as James Meredith worked to integrate Mississippi’s flagship university. Bishop Gray was attacked and pulled off the monument, but survived. The environment was comparable to that of a lynch mob, and the angry crowd would go on to kill two observers before being dispersed by federal troops. For his part, Bishop Gray would endure years of death threats and police harassment. It is on this part of Bishop Gray’s life—as a priest advocating civil rights during the 1960s—that Johnston’s book focuses. (She dedicates only a single chapter to his 19-year tenure as bishop.) As Bishop Gray called for restraint, Gov. Ross Barnett called for violence. Sev-


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Jason Bailey performs during F. Jones Corner’s blues lunch. … Mezzo-soprano Lester Senter is the presenter at History Is Lunch at the William F. Winter Archives and History Building (200 North St.) at noon. Bring lunch; call 601-5766998. … Dreamz JXN presents Wasted Wednesday. … Hal & Mal’s hosts Singer-Songwriter Night. … The open house at Alumni House at Holiday Inn (110 Bass Pro Drive, Pearl) at 6 p.m. includes free barbecue ribs and beverages. Free; call 601-896-0253. … Mississippi Music Foundation’s SingerSongwriter Showcase at The Spot Sports Bar and Grill (210 E. Commerce St., Hernando) is at 7 p.m. Free, donations welcome; call 662-429-2939. … Doug Frank’s Wednesday Nite Jam at Center Stage is at 7:30 p.m. Free.


The American Heart Association’s Go Red for Women fundraiser at Country Club of Jackson (345 Saint Andrews Drive) is at 9 a.m. $75; call 601-321-1211. … Power APAC’s spring dance concert at Jackson Academy (4908 Ridgewood Road) is at 7 p.m. $6, $5 students; call 601960-5387. … The Mississippi Symphony Orchestra’s Pepsi Pops at Old Trace Park (Post Road, Ridgeland) is at 7:30 p.m. $12 in advance, $15 at the gate; call 601-960-1565. … The release party for the arts magazine The Night Drop at Sneaky Beans (2914 N. State St.) is at 8 p.m. $5 cover, discounted magazines for sale; email matthew.brantley@ … Rocko Da Don performs at Dreamz JXN at 9 p.m. … Suite 106 hosts a Tougaloo alumni mixer. … Jimmy Vaughan & Tilt-a-Whirl and Lou Anne Barton perform at Fire.


Comic Commander (579 Highway 51, Suite D, Ridgeland), Heroes and Dreams (5352 Lakeland Drive, Flowood) and Java Ink (420 Roberts St., Pearl) host Free Comic Book Day. Visit for details. … Lingofest Language Center (7048 Old Canton Road, Ridgeland) hosts a Spanish cooking class at 10 a.m. $10; call 601-500-7700. … The Crossroads Blues and Heritage Festival at The River Resort (402 Highway 1 S., Rosedale) is at noon. $5, $1 children 12 and under, $10 per cooler, $5 parking; call 662-402-6251. … The block party celebration at Cool Water Café and Catering (1011 Lake Harbour Drive, Ridgeland) is at 1 p.m. Free admission; call 601-956-6332. … Jars of Clay performs at Jackson Academy (4908 Ridgewood Road ) at 7 p.m. $25-$35; call 601364-5416. … Keyshia Cole and Rickey Smiley perform at the Mississippi Coliseum at 7 p.m. $35-$45; call 800745-3000. After-party at Dreamz JXN. … Percussionist Tatsuya Nakatani performs at The Commons at 8 p.m. $10; call 601-540-1267. Percussionist Tatsuyo Nakatani performs 8 p.m. May 7 at The Commons.

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Lil McKinnon Hicks’ jewelry trunk show at circa. (2771 Old Canton Road) is at 4 p.m. Free admission; call 601-3628484. … Fondren After 5 is from 5-8 p.m. Free; call 601-9819606. … Dreamz JXN’s Downtown Cinco de Mayo celebration is at 6 p.m. Free until 9 p.m.; free for ladies until 10:30 p.m. … Raphael Semmes’ Sunset Series at Underground 119 is at 5 p.m. Free; call 601-352-2322. … Harpsichordist John Paul performs at St. Andrew’s Episcopal Cathedral (305 E. Capitol Street) at 7:30 p.m. $15, $5 students; call 601-5945584. Fuego celebrates Cinco de Mayo with acoustic music on the patio all day and music by Ponderosa at 8 p.m. Free. … The Cinco De Mayo fundraiser for FIGMENT at Hal & 32 Mal’s is at 8 p.m. $10; call 662-418-1283.

Mothers get free admission to the Jackson Zoo (2918 W. Capitol St.). $9, $6 children ages 2-12, $8.20 seniors; members and babies free; call 601-352-2580. … Howard Jones Jazz plays during the King Edward Hotel’s 11 a.m. brunch. … Mother’s Day brunch at Old Capitol Inn (226 N State St.) is at 11 a.m. $27 per person, $12.95 children 12 and under; call 601-359-9000. … “The Wiz” at Actor’s Playhouse (121 Paul Truitt Lane, Pearl) is at 2 p.m. $15, $10 seniors and students; call 601-664-0930. … Playwright J. Lee’s “Bow Ties and Cocktails” graduation party at Roberts Walthall Hotel is at 7 p.m. Free admission; email


See Conner Burns’ pottery exhibit at the Mississippi Craft Center (950 Rice Road, Ridgeland) through May 31. Free; call 601-856-7546. … The Central Mississippi Blues Society Jam at Hal & Mal’s is at 7 p.m. $5.


United States Travel Rally Day at Jackson City Hall (200 S. President St.) at 8:30 a.m. includes music by Grady Champion. Free; call 601-960-1891. … Araminta Stone signs copies of “And One Was a Priest” at Lemuria Books (202 Banner Hall, 4465 Interstate 55 N.) at 5 p.m. $40 book; call 601-3667619. … Liver Mousse is at Ole Tavern.


Author Araminta Stone speaks during History Is Lunch at the William F. Winter Archives and History Building (200 North St.) at noon. Bring lunch; call 601-576-6998. … Karaoke at Ole Tavern. … Poets II has DJ Phingaprint. More events and details at Ponderosa performs at 8 p.m. May 5 at Fuego. PAUL MOORE




Fondren After 5 May 5, 5-8 p.m. This monthly event showcases the local shops, galleries and restaurants of the Fondren neighborhood. Free; call 601-981-9606. Zoo Brew May 13, 6 p.m., at Jackson Zoo (2918 W. Capitol St.). The theme is “Wingin’ It with the Macaws.” Sample more than 40 specialty beers from Capital City Beverage, margaritas by Paco’s Mexican Restaurant and chicken wings from participants in the Tyson’s Wing Cook-off competition. The Sole Shakers perform. $25, $20 members; call 601-352-2500. JFP Chick Ball July 9, 6 p.m., at Hal & Mal’s (200 S. Commerce St.). The fundraiser benefits the Center for Violence Prevention. Seeking sponsors, auction donations and volunteers now. More details: and follow on Twitter @jfpchickball. Get involved, volunteer, donate art, money or gifts at chickball@jacksonfreepress .com. Be a sponsor for as low as $50. Call 601-362-6121, ext. 16.

HOLIDAY Cinco de Mayo Celebration, May 5, at Fuego Mexican Cantina (318 S. State St.). Enjoy acoustic music on the patio all day and a performance by Ponderosa at 8 p.m. No cover; call 601-592-1000. Mother’s Day Shopping May 5, 5-8 p.m., at Mississippi Craft Center (950 Rice Road, Ridgeland). Find the perfect present during the gift shop’s extended hours. Call 601-856-7546. Downtown Cinco de Mayo May 5, 5:30 p.m., at Dreamz JXN (426 W. Capitol St.). Celebrate Jackson’s diversity with partygoers from all backgrounds. Enjoy authentic Mexican food, salsa dancing and live music. Free admission until 9 p.m. (ladies free until 10:30 p.m.); call 601-979-3994. Cinco de Mayo Fundraiser May 5, 8 p.m., at Hal & Mal’s (200 S. Commerce St.), in the Red Room. Art will be sold on site, and Electric Hamhock and the Y’alls Blues Band performs. Proceeds benefit FIGMENT, the May 14-15 participatory arts festival. $10; call 662-418-1283. Royal Tea for Mommy and Me May 7, 7 p.m., at Pampered Princess Mini Spa (863 Centre St., Suite B, Ridgeland). The event includes a light meal, photographs, a gift and prizes. Space is limited; advance tickets only. $75 mother and child, $30 each additional guest; call 601-899-8847. Mother’s Appreciation Day May 8, 9 a.m., at Jackson Zoo (2918 W. Capitol St.). Bring your mother to the zoo, and she will get a free all-day pass. $9, $6 children ages 2-12, $8.20 seniors; members/babies free; call 601-352-2580. Mother’s Day Brunch May 8, 11 a.m., at Old Capitol Inn (226 N State St.), in the Gala Ballroom. Treat your mother to a gourmet brunch buffet and cash bar. A reservation at 11 a.m. or 1 p.m. is required; seating is limited. $27 per person, $12.95 children 12 and under; call 601-359-9000.

COMMUNITY Hershey’s Track and Field Youth Program Registration through May 10, at Jackson Medical Mall (350 W. Woodrow Wilson Ave.). The Department of Parks and Recreation is conducting registration for the upcoming season from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. weekdays. Youth ages 9-14 may participate. A birth certificate and a recent photo are required. The deadline is May 10. Free; call 601-960-0471.

Small Business Success Seminar May 4, 5:30 p.m., at Venture Incubator (City Centre Building, 200 S. Lamar St., 10th floor, south tower). The program for business owners and entrepreneurs provides information on how business incubators can help grow small businesses. Please RSVP. Call 601-906-4868. Alumni House Open House May 4, 6 p.m., at Alumni House at Holiday Inn (110 Bass Pro Drive, Pearl). Come for free barbecue ribs and beverages. Free; call 601-896-0253. Chocolate Affair May 5, 7 p.m., at Southern Cultural Heritage Center (1302 Adams St., Vicksburg), in the auditorium. Enjoy chocolate desserts, drinks and entertainment. Advance tickets only; space is limited. $30, $25 members; call 601-631-2997. Chick-fil-A Leadercast May 6, 8 a.m., at Broadmoor Baptist Church (531 Highland Colony Parkway, Madison). Speakers, authors, and leaders motivate and share words of wisdom via telecast. Participants include Robin Roberts, Dave Ramsey, Sath Godin and Suzy Welch. Lunch included. $59; visit Tougaloo College Alumni Weekend May 6-8, at Tougaloo College (500 W. County Line Road, Tougaloo). May 6, the Gathering on the Green at 5 p.m. includes a concert. May 7, the annual alumni meeting is at 9, the luncheon is at noon, the tennis match is at 2 p.m. and the ribbon cutting of the Bennie G. Thompson Academic and Civil Rights Research Center is at 3 p.m. The alumni banquet at Hilton Jackson (1001 E. County Line Road) is at 7 p.m. May 8, the baccalaureate service is at 8 a.m. with Dr. Samuel Boyd as the guest, and the commencement is at 10 a.m. with U.S. congressman John Lewis as the guest speaker. $30 luncheon, $45 banquet, other activities free; call 601-977-7836 or 601-977-7871. Raymond County Fair May 7, 8 a.m., at Raymond Town Square. The festival includes the Cannonball 5K Run/Walk, arts and crafts, food, children’s activities, pony rides and music. Free admission, $25 run/ walk, $15 one-mile fun run; call 601-857-8942. Jackson Audubon Society Family Bird Walk May 7, 8 a.m., at Mayes Lake at LeFleur’s Bluff (115 Lakeland Terrace). An experienced Audubon Society member will lead the walk. Bring binoculars, water, insect repellent and a snack. Call ahead if you would like to borrow a pair of binoculars. Adults must accompany children under 15. Free, $3 car entrance fee; call 601-956-7444. Honoring Your Own Uniqueness: A Wellness Weekend for Women and Girls May 7-8, at Biodynamic Farm (900 Williams Road, Pickens). Francis Flowers and Herbs Farm is the host. Presenters include life coach Joyce Brown, permaculture expert Lorraine Cahill and Jin Shin Jyutsu practitioner Dottie Prestel. Lunch and snacks included. Hours are 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Please RSVP. Free; call 662834-2238. Train Day at the Zoo May 7, 9 a.m., at Jackson Zoo (2918 W. Capitol St.). Celebrate with train activities and 50 percent off rides. $9, $6 children 2-12, $8.20 seniors, members and babies free; call 601-352-2580. Museum to Market Trail Clean-up Day May 7, 9 a.m., in Belhaven. The Jackson Bike Advocates, Belhaven Neighborhood Foundation, Jackson Chamber of Commerce and Bike Walk Mississippi will clean the proposed Museum to Market Multiuse Trail. Bring work gloves and meet at the corner of Moody Street and Greymont Avenue E-mail

Vicksburg Hip-Hop Show

by Garrad Lee


massive show is going down in Vicksburg, giving locals a rare chance to experience the best of Mississippi hip-hop. The show is the brainchild of Vicksburg MC Zalamar “ZeeDubb” Davis. “You can expect to see some of the most lyrical, hype, creative and intelligent MCs, not just in Mississippi but in hip-hop, period,” he says. ZeeDubb, along with fellow Vicksburg hip-hoppers Low Lyfe Lantz and Tha Future Tha Kid and Team MC ZeeDubb is the brains behind the Vicksburg Hip-Hop Civilized, will be joined on stage by Jackson favorites 5th Show May 12. Child, Skipp Coon, Ulogy, Rashad Street, James Crow and Coke Bumaye. Houston, Texas, native D-City Sean Mac will hold down DJ duties, while live band Calico Panache and a group of b-boys round out the bill. The Vicksburg Hip-Hop Show is Thursday, May 12, at Upper End Lounge, 1306 Washington St. Doors open at 9 p.m., and cover is $5.

Geocaching Workshop May 7, 10 a.m., at Ridgeland Public Library (397 Highway 51, Ridgeland). Ellen Crosby and Allan Nolan will show what tools you need, what to look for and how to get started on your own adventure. Free; call 601-856-4536. Block Party Celebration May 7, 1 p.m., at Cool Water Café and Catering (1011 Lake Harbour Drive, Ridgeland). The restaurant celebrates its first anniversary with refreshments, children’s activities, a scavenger hunt and live music. The Chill performs from 5-8 p.m. Net proceeds from sales benefit Adam’s Project. Free admission; call 601-956-6332. Art and Antique Walk May 7, 5 p.m., at Historic Canton Square. Take a stroll back in time to enjoy the square, local artisans, craftsmen and musicians. This month’s theme is “Spring into Canton Flea Market.” Free; call 800-844-3369. Burn the Dance Floor May 7, 7 p.m., at Salsa Mississippi Studio and Club (605 Duling Ave.). Enjoy ballroom dancing from 7-9 p.m., a free salsa class at 9 p.m. and a salsa party from 10 p.m.-2 a.m. $10, $5 with college ID; call 601-213-6355. Bow Ties and Cocktails: A Graduation Celebration for J. Lee May 8, 7 p.m., at Roberts Walthall Hotel (225 E. Capitol St.). Playwright J. Lee celebrates earning a master of arts degree from Jackson State University. Please wear upscale attire; bow ties requested but not required. Cash bar available. Free admission; call Oral Cancer Screenings May 9, 8 a.m., at Jackson Medical Mall (350 W. Woodrow Wilson Ave.), in the Oral Oncology Clinic, located inside the UMHC Cancer Institute at the Thad Cochran Center. Doctors perform full oral exams until 5 p.m. and may refer patients to head and neck specialists for follow-up. By appointment only. Free; call 601-815-1181. United States Travel Rally Day May 10, 8:30 a.m., at Jackson City Hall (200 S. President St.), at Josh Halbert Gardens. The Jackson Convention and Visitors Bureau hosts the event in celebration of National Travel and Tourism Week. Wear red to show support. Refreshments by Country Fisherman and Deuce McAllister Enterprises provided. Grady Champion and his band perform. Free; call 601960-1891.

STAGE AND SCREEN “The Wiz” through May 8, at Actor’s Playhouse (121 Paul Truitt Lane, Pearl). The musical based on the book “The Wonderful Wizard of Oz” is set to rock, gospel and soul music. Shows are at 7:30 p.m. Thursday-Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday. $15, $10 seniors and students; call 601-664-0930. “Fast Food” through May 8, at Vicksburg Theatre Guild/Parkside Playhouse (101 Iowa Blvd., Vicks-

burg). In the comedy by Richard Van Den Akker, a play’s cast and crew stumble their way through a performance while dealing with hyperactive children, missing props, forgotten lines, and backstage romance. Show times are 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 2 p.m. Sunday. $12, $10 seniors, $7 students, $5 children 12 and under; call 601636-0471. Spring Dance Concert May 6, 7 p.m., at Jackson Academy (4908 Ridgewood Road), in the Performing Arts Center. Dance students from Power APAC perform. $6, $5 students; call 601-960-5387.

MUSIC Mississippi Music Foundation Singer-Songwriter Showcase May 4, 7 p.m., at The Spot Sports Bar and Grill (210 E. Commerce St., Hernando). Performers include Tori Tollison, Joel Richardson and Brother Chuck. Proceeds benefit the Mississippi Music Foundation’s Money Match program. Free, donations welcome; call 662-429-2939. Singer-Songwriter Showcase May 5, 7 p.m., at Union Street Books (107 N. Union St.). Frazier Riddell of Small Town Music hosts the monthly event, which is open to artists wishing to perform their original material. Free; call 601-859-8596 or 601-427-0703. Robert Johnson Centennial Celebration May 5-8, in downtown Greenwood. The celebration of the memory of the legendary bluesman includes performances by Jay Lang and the Devil’s Due, Bobby Rush, Honeyboy Edwards, Keb’ Mo’, Steven “Teddy Bear” Johnson, the grandson of Robert Johnson, and more. Also enjoy an art exhibit and a historic tour. Prices vary; call 662-453-9197. Mississippi Academy of Ancient Music Concert May 5, 7:30 p.m., at St. Andrew’s Episcopal Cathedral (305 E. Capitol Street). John Paul presents the last of three recitals of the Bach partitas on the harpsichord. $15, $5 students; call 601-594-5584. Sunset Series with Raphael Semmes May 6, 5 p.m., at Underground 119 (119 South President Street), on the outdoor stage in the parking lot. Semmes performs with the 119 Jazz Machine featuring “Tiger” Rogers. Free; call 601-352-2322. Pepsi Pops 30th Anniversary May 6, 7:30 p.m., at Old Trace Park (Post Road, Ridgeland). The Mississippi Symphony Orchestra performs light classics, show tunes and patriotic marches. The performance ends with a fireworks show. $12 in advance, $15 at the gate; call 601-960-1565. Comedy and Soul Explosion May 7, 7 p.m., at Mississippi Coliseum (1207 Mississippi St.). R&B artist Keyshia Cole and comedian Rickey Smiley perform. $35-$45; call 800-745-3000.

Radio JFP on WLEZ ongoing, at WLEZ 100.1 FM and Join Donna Ladd and Todd Stauffer every Thursday from noon-1 p.m., where they discuss vital issues and play local music. This week’s guest is Beth Poff from the Jackson Zoo. JFP sports writer Bryan Flynn also gives commentary at 12:45 p.m. Listen to podcasts of all shows at Free; call 601-362-6121, ext. 17.

“History Is Lunch” May 4, noon, at William F. Winter Archives and History Building (200 North St.). Mezzo-soprano Lester Senter Wilson presents “The Owl and the Pussycat and Other Songs from the Collection of Mrs. Jefferson Davis.” Bring lunch; coffee/water provided. Free; call 601-576-6850.



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Tatsuya Nakatani May 7, 8 p.m., at The Commons at Eudora Welty’s Birthplace (719 N. Congress St.). The internationally known musician from Japan gives a solo percussion performance. $10; call 601540-1267.

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Jars of Clay May 7, 7 p.m., at Jackson Academy (4908 Ridgewood Road). The contemporary Christian group performs as part of the Signature Artist Series. $25-$35; call 601-364-5416.

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Spring Book Sale through May 5, at Ridgeland Public Library (397 Highway 51, Ridgeland). Friends of the Library is the sponsor. Call 601856-4536.

Free Dance Classes May 5, 5:30 p.m., at Salsa Mississippi Studio and Club (605 Duling Ave.). Classes include Bollywood aerobics at 5:30 p.m., zumba at 6 p.m. and flamenco at 6:45 p.m. Free; call 601213-6355.

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Spanish Cooking Class May 7, 10 a.m., at Lingofest Language Center (7048 Old Canton Road, Ridgeland). Learn to make patacones chips and guacamole. $10; call 601-500-7700.

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• Sista Speak May 7, 4 p.m. On first and third Saturdays, attendees discuss a book that addresses the issues facing women. Advance purchase of books for discussion and registration required. Free wine and hors d’oeuvres provided.

Cooking with Chef David Ferris at Viking Cooking School (Township at Colony Park, 1107 Highland Colony Parkway, Ridgeland). Cook alongside the executive chef of Babalu Taco and Tapas in the hands-on workshop. Recipes include ceviche, Mexican street corn, rare seared tuna and chocolate cayenne truffles. Registration required. $99, call 601-898-8345.


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• Watoto Story Time May 7, 11:30 a.m. Children are invited to listen to a story read to them and participate in related activities every first and third Saturday.




• Brothas, Books and Brew May 6, 5 p.m. Held on first and third Fridays, men of all races are invited to participate in the discussion of a chosen book and topics such as politics, religion and family. Beverages will be sold. An advance purchase of the chosen book is recommended.

“And One Was a Priest: The Life and Times of Duncan M. Gray Jr.” May 10, 5 p.m., at Lemuria Books (202 Banner Hall, 4465 Interstate 55 N.). Araminta Stone Johnson signs copies of her book; reading at 5:30 p.m. $40 book; call 601-366-7619.

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In addition to screening films, this year’s festival will be celebrating Rockabilly artists and music and their impact on American culture. We’ll also be screening Elvis Presley’s “Blue Hawaii,“ celebrating its 50th anniversary this year!

George Winston Harmonica Workshop and Concert May 7, 3:30 p.m., at Mississippi Agriculture and Forestry Museum (1150 Lakeland Drive). As part of his work with The Winston Project, George Winston provides free workshops for youth in Jackson and Clarksdale. A concert follows the workshop. Free; call 601-894-5777.

EXHIBITS AND OPENINGS Events at Mississippi Museum of Natural Science (2148 Riverside Drive). $6, $5 seniors, $4 children ages 3-18, members/kids 0-2 free; call 601-3547303. • International Migratory Bird Day May 7, 9 a.m., Enjoy bird crafts and activities, guided nature walks, and live birds of prey programs. • “Amazing Butterflies” through May 8. The exhibit created by the Natural History Museum in London in collaboration with Minotaur Mazes invites you to

shrink down into the undergrowth to become one of the most extraordinary creatures on earth. Jewelry Trunk Show May 5, 4 p.m., at circa. Urban Artisan Living (2771 Old Canton Road). See and purchase creations by Lil McKinnon Hicks. Hicks will also take custom orders and give jewelry design tips. Free admission; call 601-362-8484. Fragment II Art Show May 5, 5 p.m., at Fischer Galleries (3100 N. State St., Suite 101). See new works on paper by William Goodman. Free; call 601-366-8833. Free Comic Book Day May 7. Participating stores include Comic Commander (579 Highway 51, Suite D, Ridgeland), Heroes and Dreams (5352 Lakeland Drive, Flowood) and Java Ink (420 Roberts St., Pearl). Activities vary by location. Visit Children’s Day May 7, 10 a.m., at Mississippi Museum of Art (380 S. Lamar St.). Visitors will hear the legend of Kintaro, learn about calligraphy, make koinobori streamers and gyotaku fish prints, and experience the animation of Hayao Miyazaki, while learning about Japan’s influence on Western art. Free admission to The Orient Expressed exhibit for children ages 18 and under. $3-$5, children under 5 and museum members free; call 601-960-1515. Check for updates and more listings. To add an event, email all details (phone number, start and end date, and time, street address, cost, URL, etc.) to 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 for instructions.

BE THE CHANGE NAMIWalks Information Meeting May 5, 10 a.m., at Madison County Cultural Center for the Arts (2109 Main St.). Learn about the fundraiser to benefit the National Alliance on Mental Illness in November. Refreshments provided. Call 601-899-9058. Go Red for Women May 6, 9 a.m., at Country Club of Jackson (345 Saint Andrews Drive). The American Heart Association is the host. The event includes a silent auction, health screenings, lunch, health expert sessions and a fashion show. $75; call 601-321-1211. Fight with Fire – Fight for a Cure May 6, 11 a.m.-3 p.m., at Smith Park (302 Amite St.). The benefit lunch is a fundraiser for firefighter and cancer survivor Diane Carter. $6 plate, donations welcome; call 601-850-9187 or 601-750-7017. Dress for Success Power Walk May 7, 8 a.m., at Courthouse Racquet and Fitness Club, Northeast (46 Northtown Drive). Registration starts at 6:30 a.m. Proceeds benefit Dress for Success Metro Jackson. Visit dfspowerwalk. org/jackson to register, form a team or be a virtual walker. $20-$30; e-mail jackson@dress Kentucky Derby Day May 7, 4 p.m., at Providence Hill Farm (2600 Carsley Road). Enjoy heavy appetizers and drinks, music by the Jackson All Star Band, equestrian demonstrations, a silent auction and watching the Kentucky Derby on a widescreen television. Attendees are encouraged to wear Kentucky Derby attire. Proceeds benefit the University of Mississippi Medical Center Transplant Guild. $50; call 601-978-0271. Derby for Dystrophy May 7, 7 p.m., at Congress Street Bar & Grill (120 N. Congress St.). The Kentucky Derby-style social includes a silent auction, refreshments and music by Patrick Harkins. Proceeds benefit the Muscular Dystrophy Association. $45; call 601-939-3454.


The Key of G

‘The Other Side of Jackson’

by Garrad Lee the Millsaps Arts District, which, according to Scrap, is often overlooked in favor of other districts like Fondren. A host of local artists, including Josh Hailey, Shambé Jones and Richard Stowe, call the North Midtown Arts Center home, and the center hosts a wide array of events, parties and concerts. Scrap houses the offices and studio for his screen-printing business in the center’s loft. “Ultimately, this is all about bringing awareness to the district and what we do here,” he says. The second edition of “The Blast” is May 8. It will build off the energy of the first one, and promises to be even bigger and better. Anchored by DJs including Young Venom, Tony Morris, Hova, Reign and Git Nasty Wit It, the second edition will also feature performances from Jackson hip-hop favorites Skipp Coon and Kamikaze. Headlining the party is Meridian native and Def Jam recording artist Big K.R.I.T, whose recent mixtape “Return of 4eva” has propelled him into the national hip-hop spotlight. Admission to the second round of the “The Blast” is a $10 donation, which will benefit Women of Words for Literacy, a local organization that promotes literacy and the arts through book clubs for kids and a number of other community-oriented projects. Working with non-profits will be a staple of “The Blast” moving forward, Scrap says. This party-with-a-purpose idea is reminiscent of the early days of hip-hop, when parties were inherently interconnected with larger social issues, fostering an atmosphere of commu-

by Lacey McLaughlin

nity awareness that gave parties meaning beyond just having a good time for good time’s sake. “People don’t know we have hip-hop, soul and house movements in Jackson,” Scrap says, referring to people inside and outside the city. From exposing DJs and artists to raising funds for nonprofits, “we are just trying to help everybody,” he says. “The Blast” goes down at 6 p.m. Sunday, May 8, at the North Midtown Arts Center (121 Millsaps Ave.) for ages 21 and up. Follow “The Blast” on Twitter @NmidtownBlast and at Go to for a free download of Big K.R.I.T.’s new mixtape.

Pops Perfection


by Lacey McLaughlin


n annual outdoor orchestra performance on a late-spring evening has become a staple for the Jackson metro over the past 30 years. Mississippi Symphony Orchestra Pepsi Pops at the Ross Barnett Reservoir is a familyfriendly affair that welcomes picnic dinners by candlelight. Even if you’re not a big symphony fan, Pepsi Pops features popular music. The symphony performs music by Michael Jackson and The Beach Boys, and movie soundtracks such as Tara’s theme from “Gone with the Wind.” It also features patriotic Pepsi Pops Gala is May 6 at Old songs like “God Bless America,” Trace Park. featuring Greeneville vocalist Ora Reed, “Stars and Stripes Forever” and “Yankee Doodle.” The finale includes a large fireworks display. Like all things southern, food is a special part of the event. Local celebrities Marshall Ramsey and Chef Louis Bruno are the judges of the event’s picnic contest. “We have a little bit of everything, which is one of the reasons people come back year after year,” Mississippi Symphony Orchestra Executive Director Michael Beattie says. “It is a family affordable atmosphere for hearing live symphony music.” Pepsi Pops is Friday, May 6, at Old Trace Park (off Post Road near the intersection of Rice Road in Ridgeland). Gates open at 4:30 p.m. and the orchestra concert begins at 6 p.m. Tickets are $12 in advance and $15 at the gate, and are available at area Kroger stores and McDade’s, online at www., or by calling 601-960-1565.



hile walking in the woods along the Pearl River timedia exhibit includes an installation made from obin Jackson last year, Millsaps College senior art jects people left inside the fridge such as turtle shells, student daniel johnson discovered a 1948 West- toy planes and bottles. It combines video footage of the inghouse Refrigerator. Finding an appliance mysteri- fridge with a spoken-word rap johnson wrote. “What ously placed in a natural setting was scale do we measure then and now?” the catalyst for The Westinghouse he asks the viewer. Refrigerator Project. The exhibit features a 20-foot For his senior art show at Millmural johnson painted; a virtual saps, johnson turned the refrigeratour of the Pearl River on a projector into a multi-dimensional art extion screen; and a hand-made ownhibit and gave the community the er’s manual. Johnson found the origopportunity to participate. First, he inal owner’s manual for the fridge on took photos of the fridge and creeBay and cut and pasted it against ated a Facebook page for it. The old maps of the Pearl River. The Facebook page contains directions manual suggests locating the fridge to find the fridge (Fortification “The Westinghouse Refrigerator “outside social time constraints.” Street levee entrance, walk south Project” is through May 10. “It talks about all the different along levee to tributary, walk east elements that makes the place what along tributary until trees open) and encourages the it is,” johnson says about the manual. community to decorate it. Johnson initiated the process “I wanted to give the community ownership. I by affixing a painting of the fridge onto its door. wanted to say bring whatever is out there to here so Johnson designed stickers of fridges and included there can be an exchange.” the Facebook address. He also painted white fridges Johnson also took the fridge out of its “natural” around the city (with permission) inside businesses such environment and brought it into the gallery for all as Pizza Shack. Fridge stickers soon appeared on build- to see. As the creator of the project, he plans to throw ings on Capitol Street, telephone polls in Fondren and the fridge away after the exhibit because he says his the fence behind Sneaky Beans. role with the project will be done. If someone wants to It’s safe to say johnson created a fridge following. bring the fridge back to the river, however, and turn it “I visited thee after the rising of the waters, and I found into outdoor art installation, johnson said he welcomes that while you had been safe, much of those things giv- that idea. en to you had been washed away or damaged,” one fan Attend the “Westinghouse Refrigerator Project” gallery writes on Facebook. talk and reception 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. Monday, May 9, The Westinghouse Refrigerator Project exhibit is inside the Lewis Art Gallery at Millsaps College (1701 N. the culmination of the eight-month process. The mul- State St.) .

Big K.R.I.T. headlines “The Blast” May 8.

An Unlikely Artifact



n April 3, DJ Young Venom and I were standing in the parking lot outside the North Midtown Arts Center watching Bob “Scrap Diggy” Nichols spin soulful house music on a pleasant Sunday evening to a sizeable gathering of many of Jackson’s coolest folks. Melvin Priester, who had just spun his own set under the name of DJ Hot and Lonely, walked up and said to us excitedly, “I have been waiting for this moment ever since I moved back to Jackson!” Priester’s excitement was shared by the rest of us who were in the crowd for the inaugural edition of the monthly “The Blast” party. The brainchild of Scrap Diggy, “The Blast” is billed as a party to provide Jackson’s “cool, hip and diverse” crowd a place to come together “to express themselves at a venue,” Scrap says. “We’re creating an atmosphere where we can be free. It’s a laid-back vibe where you can listen to tunes that you don’t hear anywhere else. We’re giving people the other side of Jackson.” Exposure is the name of the game for “The Blast.” On one level, Scrap’s mission, he says, is to “feed the people’s brains and expose them to different things. We play music but we also teach. Exposure is knowledge, and knowledge is power.” Soul, underground hip-hop, disco, house and rare groove are just a few of the genres that DJs at “The Blast” rock for the crowd. “If we can get one person to like one thing we play at ‘The Blast,’ then we’ve done our job,” he says. On a broader level, Scrap’s mission is to expose people to


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hen I was young, I used to love to visit my grandparents who lived next door. Granddad loved to watch sports. I would sit in his lap or next to him at the table as we gathered for Thanksgiving dinner. Of course, we would watch football, but my grandfather was not just a football guy. Before I was born he loved to play golf and tennis. I never saw him play sports, but I did sit and watch the fiery tennis Beth Hamilton, left, and friends Germaine Benoit, player John McEnroe and swash- center, and Claire Barker Hawkins, right, are buckling golfer Juan “Chi-Chi” the organizer and team captains for Blondes vs. Rodríguez with him. Together, we Brunettes, a fundraising sports event. would watch pro wrestling that he had taped when it came on late at night. I still just 24 blondes. “It is nice to see more bruwatch wrestling to this day. nettes at events,” Hawkins says. My family began to notice things were That does not faze Benoit, the former Ole not completely right with my grandfather in Miss homecoming queen affectionately called spring 1988. He would become confused and “Germajesty” by her friends. Benoit says she lost going to places he had gone to many times is not worried about losing “because blondes before. He was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s have more fun and, therefore, they will win.” disease in fall 1988. He passed away from Hawkins fired back. “I will dye my hair if Alzheimer’s in July 1992. we lose. That is how much faith I have in my Thirteen years after his death, a group of team,” she says. young professional women in Washington, Benoit also agreed to put her hair color D.C., all personally affected, came together on the line. The losing captain of Blondes vs. in 2005 and began the Blondes vs. Brunettes Brunettes has to dye her hair the color of the powder-puff football game to raise awareness winning team’s hair. of the disease and raise money for the AmeriTrash talk has not been limited to the can Alzheimer’s Association. captains alone. Brunette head coach Todd The success of the first event has caused Wade, a former Ole Miss and NFL offensive Blondes vs. Brunettes to spread to eight cities tackle, said he expects the game to be over by by 2010, raising more than $1 million. Eight half time. “I really want this game,” he says. more cities will join this list in 2011. His blonde head-coach counterpart, Jackson will be one of those first-time cit- sports radio personality Bo Bounds, takes a ies this year because of three friends talking late more diplomatic approach. “I will take quality one night after a birthday party at Julep res- over the quantity Todd has,” Bounds says. taurant. Beth Hamilton was in Washington, Bounds was amazed that collectively D.C., during the first Blondes vs. Brunettes these young women have raised more than game in 2005. $15,000. “It is nice to see young people willAround midnight, Hamilton asked her ing to sacrifice time and energy to give back to friends, Germaine Benoit and Claire Barker their communities,” he says. Hawkins, if they would be willing to help start While the blondes are short on players, a Blondes vs. Brunettes game in Jackson. The they have been active in fund raising. Benoit group was out celebrating Cable Hawkins’ and Rebecca Hollis, both blonde players, have birthday (Claire Barker Hawkins’ husband). raised more than $1,000 each so far; Hollis Benoit, a blonde, and Claire Hawkins, a has raised $1,600. Leading the brunettes in brunette, agreed to help and even went a step fundraising is Mary Lacy Montgomery, raisfurther asking to be the captains of each team. ing $700 and Claire Hawkins, raising $665. Hamilton then got in touch with Ian MacWade, whom Hamilton asked to coach, Donald from the Mississippi Alzheimer’s As- says the brunettes will run a West Coast-type sociation to help put together Blondes vs. Bru- offense. Bounds, whom Benoit contacted to nettes Jackson. With help from MacDonald, coach, is going with a spread offense and says Hamilton launched a Blondes vs. Brunettes blondes are going to throw the ball all over the Jackson website ( to help raise field. The coaches have gotten into the betting money, and the event was off and running. action putting dinner on the line. The losing Hawkins and Benoit have taken their coach will buy the winning coach dinner. friendly rivalry to a whole new level as captains Rules are standard flag-football. Players of the teams. The Hawkins family has its pride can only stand in front of defenders to block. on the line, because Benoit beat out Hawkins’ Players “tackle” by pulling flags off belts. husband in an “Iron Chef”-type competition. Blondes vs. Brunettes is 2 p.m., Saturday, “I really want to win one for the Hawkins May 14, at Millsaps College Football Stadium. family,” Claire Hawkins says. The losing captain will come to the after-party Helping Hawkins out is the considerable at Hal and Mal’s (200 S. Commerce St.) numbers advantage her team enjoys. So far, 55 with a new hair color. Visit brunettes have signed up to play compared to for information.

Doctor S sez: This has been a spring of discontent for Ole Miss and Mississippi State fans. The Rebels and Bulldogs just aren’t very good this season. THURSDAY, MAY 5 MLB baseball, Milwaukee at Atlanta (6 p.m., Fox Sports South, 930 AM): The Brewers and Braves wrap up their series at the Ted. FRIDAY, MAY 6 College baseball, Mississippi State at Tennessee (5 p.m., Knoxville, Tenn., 105.9 FM): The Bulldogs head to the Smokies to begin a three-game series with the Vols. Have the Bulldogs finally found an SEC East team they can beat? … Mississippi Valley State at Jackson State (6 p.m., Jackson): The Delta Devils have a chance to overtake Alcorn State in SWAC East, but they’ve got to have two victories against the Tigers to have a real chance. SATURDAY, MAY 7 College baseball, South Carolina at Ole Miss (2 p.m., Oxford, SportSouth, 97.3 FM): There’s bad news and good news for the Rebels. The bad news is that they’re playing the big, bad Gamecocks. The good news is that the Rebels are playing USC in Oxford. … Horse racing, The Kentucky Derby (coverage starts at 3 p.m., race at 4:45 p.m., Ch. 3): The only horse race that matters is an excellent excuse to drink a mint julep. SUNDAY, MAY 8 NBA basketball, Western semifinals, Los Angeles Lakers at Dallas (2:30 p.m., Ch. 16): The Lakers and the Mavericks meet in Game 4. MONDAY, MAY 9 NBA basketball, Eastern semifinals, Miami at Boston (6 p.m., TNT): It’s clear that the Heat and Celtics do not want to play nice. … Western semifinals, Oklahoma City at Memphis (8:30 p.m., TNT): That Zach Randolph guy is pretty good, isn’t he? TUESDAY, MAY 10 College baseball, Mississippi Valley State at Mississippi State, 2 (4 p.m., Starkville, 105.9 FM): The Delta Devils and Bulldogs meet in a double dip at Dudy Noble Field. WEDNESDAY, MAY 11 Southern League baseball, Jackson at Mississippi (7 p.m., Pearl, 103.9 FM): The Generals and M-Braves clash on Baseball Bingo Night at Trustmark Park. The Slate is compiled by Doctor S, who can’t decide whether he’d rather ride the Katy or a mule. Find the cure for your sports blues at JFP Sports on

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This memory always surfaces when I consider what my mother, and later my stepmother, taught me about cooking. Simply watching these women in the kitchen provided me with more culinary knowledge than any cooking class possibly could. Watching both my mommas prepare meals taught me that cooking offered not only fun, but new experiences as well. The most important lessons I learned by observing them. â&#x20AC;˘ Always read a recipe all the way through before cooking. Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s nothing worse than getting halfway through a recipe and being surprised by a key ingredient that you just donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have. Similarly, always make sure you have the ingredients you need before you begin. While sometimes you can substitute ingredients, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s really hard to make pecan pie without any pecans. â&#x20AC;˘ Taste as you cook. Seriously, how else are you going to know if whatever it is you are preparing actually is palatable? If you taste it, you can add ingredients to improve your dish or attempt to correct any mistakes you may have made. Think the gumbo needs a little more salt? Add some! â&#x20AC;˘ Try new things. Cooking is a time to use your creativity and play with your ingredients. Remember that recipes serve as excellent guides; they donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have to be followed exactly. Also, be willing to experiment with new foods and new cooking methods. Make dinner a time to explore different cultures. So what if your child thinks that sushi is wrapped with electrical tape as long as they eat it? â&#x20AC;˘ Clean as you go. OK. I have to be honest here. I never really learned this one. My stepmother tried her hardest to help me grasp this concept, but I think I was already a lost cause. My mother didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t help much here either. Her standing rule was that kitchen-cleaning responsibilities fell to those who didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t cook. It didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t matter if she used every pot in the house: She knew she wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t going to have to do the dishes later. Somehow, that rule never seemed to matter when I cooked. â&#x20AC;˘ Always eat together as a family. In todayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s world, sports, music lessons, work and the like seem to limit family time. Dinner

may be the only time of day the entire family can all be together. This is the perfect time to reflect on everyoneâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s day, discuss plans, find out whatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s happened at school or work, or just simply see one another. â&#x20AC;˘ Be prepared for some failure. No matter how hard you try, your meal is not always going to succeed. You know you have truly failed when neither your family nor the birds and squirrels will eat your homemade bread. As a mother, these are the lessons I want to pass on to my daughter. These lessons translate easily into all of life: Look ahead before you start something new; evaluate life along the way, adding needed items and correcting what isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t quite right. Use your creativity to solve problems. Clean up your own messes without having to rely on others. Finally, the one that I think is the toughest: Realize that you arenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t always going to be successful. I have a few more that I learned from experience. First: Always make sure to remove all the packaging before putting a frozen pizza in the oven. Second: Make sure you always have a good supply of take-out menus. Finally, in the words of a friend: Always, always, always put the special-seasoning salt on your chips at a Mexican restaurant. I learned this recipe from my mommas. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s easy to prepare and would make an excellent breakfast in bed for Mothersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Day. I may leave it on the counter as a hint.

CRAN-ORANGE MUFFINS 1/3 cup vegetable oil 1/2 cup brown sugar 1/3 of a can of whole cranberry sauce 1/3 can of orange juice concentrate 2 eggs 1-1/2 cups flour 1 cup Grape Nuts cereal 1 tablespoon sour cream or yogurt 1 teaspoon vanilla 1-1/2 teaspoons baking powder

Mix all ingredients together. Pour into muffin tins. Bake for 14 to 18 minutes at 350 degrees.

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Crazy Cat Bakers (Highland Village, 4500 Interstate 55 N., Suite 173, 601-362-7448) Not open Sunday, but available for custom orders from an assortment of sweets. Haute Pig (1856 Main St., Madison, 601-8538538) No specials, but open all weekend including Sunday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Julep Restaurant and Bar (Highland Village, 4500 Interstate 55 N., Suite 105, 601-3621411) Brunch served Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.; two-for-one mimosas and Bloody Marys. King Edward Hotel (235 W. Capitol St., 601969-8550) Enjoy live Jazz and a menu of penne shrimp marinara, pineapple glazed ham, eggs Benedict, a seafood station, a pasta station, an array of desserts and champagne and mimosas. Lumpkin’s BBQ (182 Raymond Road, 601373-7707) Open Mother’s Day weekend. Giving out coupons to all mothers to use on their next visit: Buy one, get one free coupon ($9 value). Mimi’s Family & Friends (3139 N. State St., 601-366-6111) Special Mother’s Day cold menu of honey ham, deviled eggs, marinated asparagus and rolls. Open Sunday 7:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Nick’s in Fondren (3000 Old Canton Road, 601-981-8017) Mother’s Day weekend tasting menu on Friday and Saturday; closed Sunday. Menu includes shrimp parfait of Creole poached shrimp with spring lettuces, avocado & remoulade; petite crab cakes with tomato-onion marmalade; petite filet mignon with sautéed asparagus, roasted fingerling potatoes & sauce hollandaise and flambéed Louisiana with house-made vanilla bean ice cream. Wine pairings available.

Ro’ Chez (204 W. Jackson St., 601-503-8244) Open Sunday, seatings at noon and 2 p.m. $30 per guest for three courses. Sofia’s Restaurant at the Fairview Inn (734 Fairview St., 601-948-3429) Mother’s Day Brunch on Sunday with seatings on the half hour from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Reservations required. Adults $29.50, Children (ages 5-12) $11.95. Menu includes: Raw oysters and shrimp bar, chilled smoked salmon, chilled asparagus, mixed baby greens with Farmstead blue cheese, cucumber and cider-Dijon vinaigrette, blackeyed pea salad, fresh fruit tree, pasta salads (cheese tortellini, black beans, corn and tomato), curried chicken salad, broccoli raisin salad with pecans, carved roast turkey with Cumberland sauce, carved roast prime rib of beef, baked mahi mahi with mango salsa, vegetable quiche, omelets made-to-order, fried chicken tenders with honey mustard dressing, gumbo with rice, macaroni and cheese, Vardamann sweet potatoes, creamed corn, tomato casserole, sautéed vegetables, grits, spinach and artichoke casserole, banana pudding, peach cobbler, Belgian waffles, ice cream bar, Chocolate pie, bread pudding, crème brulee, pecan pie and red velvet cake.

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Wellington’s at the Hilton (1001 E. County Line Road, 601-957-2800) Mother’s Day Come Try the Best BarBrunch in the Westbrook Ballroom from 11 a.m. to X p.m.; Reservations required. Menu includes: roasted prime rib with au jus and horseradish, baked ham with glaze, roasted turkey with cranberry sauce, blackened tilapia with cream sauce, southern fried catfish 856 with Main tartar sauce, southern Street Madifried chicken, shrimpson, scampi pasta, buttermilk MS 39110 - (601) mashed potatoes with brown gravy, cornbread dressing with giblet gravy, southern green beans, sweet potato casserole, seasoned asparagus, baked macaroni and cheese, collard greens, tuna salad, chicken salad, smoked salmon, boiled shrimp, Mississippi mud pie, key lime pie, bread pudding with whiskey sauce, red velvet cake, pecan pie and lemon ice box pie. Add more options at

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Table 100 (100 Ridge Way, Flowood, 601-4204202) Daily specials on Mother’s Day with call ahead seating available. Two Sisters’ Kitchen (707 N. Congress St., 601-353-1180) Enjoy a southern lunch like at grandma’s house with fried chicken, country fried steak, mashed potatoes, apple crisp, bread pudding and peach cobbler. Live music by Ralph Miller. Open 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.; no reservations accepted.

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Campbell’s Bakery (3013 N. State St., 601362-4628) Open Friday and Saturday only. Special scalloped heart-shaped iced-tea cake petit fours decorated with red rose in honor of Mother’s Day.

Olga’s Fine Dining (4760 Interstate 55, Suite D, 601-366-1366) Mother’s Day brunch on Sunday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Menu will include: omelettes, steak and eggs, scallops, shrimp and grits, grilled salmon, salads and bananas Foster waffles.

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Bon Ami (Maywood Mart, 1220 E. Northside Drive, Suite 230, 601-982-0405) Sunday brunch menu includes: smoked salmon Benedict, fresh English muffin with apple wood smoked bacon, Atlantic smoked salmon, poached eggs with traditional hollandaise sauce. Reservations required.

Old Capitol Inn (226 N. State St., 601-3599000) Mother’s Day brunch May 8 in the Gala Ballroom. Seatings at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.; $27 per person for adults and $12.95 for children 12 and under (plus tax and gratuity). Wine, beer, mimosa and Bloody Marys will be available. Cash bar only. Limited seating, reservations required. Menu theme is “Down in the Delta” with tilapia with lemon-caper butter, baby soft shelled crabs, crab cakes with Comeback sauce, crawfish etouffee, Bayou jambalaya, carved roast and turkey, fruit ambrosia, salad, pineapple slaw, antipasto with marinated artichokes, homemade bread pudding, strawberry and banana cheesecake and cupcakes.


Babalu Tacos and Tapas (622 Duling Ave., 601366-5757) Serving from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Special Mother’s Day menu for Sunday includes: huevos chorizo tostada of chorizo scrambled eggs served over fried house made tortillas topped with salsa Verde; cumin crema and crab meat Pico de Gallo; chilaquiles with herb roasted chicken, scrambled eggs, Chihuahua and cotija cheeses, topped with a roasted tomato sauce and tomatillo Pico de Gallo. Bwlood Maria, which is a bloody Mary with Patron Reposado tequila.

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Crab’s (6954 Old Canton Rd., Ridgeland, 601-956-5040) Wide variety of southern favorites such as fried catfish and boiled shrimp. Full bar complete with multiple televisions for all of your favorite sporting events. Eslava’s Grille (2481 Lakeland Drive, 601-932-4070) Danny Eslava’s namesake feature Latin-influenced dishes like ceviche in addition to pastas, steaks, salads and other signature seafood dishes. Rocky’s (1046 Warrington Road, Vicksburg 601-634-0100) Enjoy choice steaks, fresh seafood, great salads, hearty sandwiches and much more in the “polished casual” dining room. Open 24/7 in the Riverwalk Casino.

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Petra Café (2741 Old Canton Road, 601-925-0016) Mediterranean and Lebanese Cuisine. Everything from Stuffed Grape Leaves, to Spinach Pie, Shrimp Kabobs, Greek Salads, Hummus and more. Now Open in Fondren! Mezza (1896 Main St., Suite A, Madison 601-853-0876) Mediterranean cuisine and wood fired brick oven pizzas. Beautiful patio, Hookahs, and delicious food. Beer is offered and you are welcome to bring your own wine. Vasilios (828 Hwy 51 in Madison 601-853-0028) Authentic Greek dining featuring fresh seafood daily along with gyros, greek salads, appetizers and signature Mediterranean desserts. Their redfish is a standout, earning rave reviews.



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Brady’s Bar and Grill (6720 Old Canton Rd., Ridgeland, 601-812-6862) Burgers, seafood baskets, salads, steaks and lunch specials. Cherokee Inn (960 Briarfield Rd. 601-362-6388) Jackson’s “Best Hole in the Wall,” has a great jukebox, great bar and a great burger. Plate lunches, cheesy fries and tons more, including a full bar Cool Al’s (4654 McWillie, 601-713-3020) A Best of Jackson fixture, Cool Al’s signature stacked, messy, decadent, creative burgers defy adjectives. And don’t forget the fries! Fenian’s Pub (901 E. Fortification St. 601-948-0055) Classic Irish pub featuring a menu of traditional food, pub sandwiches and beers such as Guinness and Harp on tap. Stamps Superburgers (1801 Dalton Street 601-352-4555) Huge burgers will keep you full until the next day! The homestyle fries are always fresh. Hal and Mal’s (200 S. Commerce St. 601-948-0888) Pub favorites meet Gulf Coast and Cajun specialties like red beans and rice, the Oyster Platter or each day’s blackboard special. Last Call (3716 I-55 N. Frontage Road 601-713-2700) Burgers, sandwiches and po-boys, plus sports-bar appetizers and specialities. Pay-per-view sporting events, live bands. Martin’s Restaurant and Lounge (214 South State Street 601-354-9712) Lunch specials, pub appetizers (jalapeno poppers, cheezsticks, fried pickles) or order from the full menu of po-boys and entrees. Full bar. Time Out Sports Café (6720 Old Canton Road 601-978-1839) 14 TVs, 1 projector and two big-screens. Daily $9 lunch specials, pub-style appetizers, burgers, seafood and catfish po-boys, salads, and hot entrees. Ole Tavern on George Street (416 George St. 601-960-2700) Pub food with a southern flair: beer-battered onion rings, chicken & sausage gumbo, salads, sandwiches and weekly lunch specials. Poets Two (1855 Lakeland Drive, Suite H-10, 601-364-9411) Pub fare at its finest. Signature burgers, crabcake minis, fried dills, wings, poppers, ultimate fries, sandwiches, po-boys, pasta entrees and steak. Sportsman’s Lodge (1120 E Northside Dr. in Maywood Mart 601-366-5441) 2011 Best Sports Bar with plenty of gut-pleasing sandwiches, fried seafood baskets, sandwiches and specialty appetizers. Underground 119 (119 South President St. 601-352-2322) Jumbo lump crabcakes, crab quesadillas, beef tenderloin parfaits, orange-garlic shrimp, even “lollipop” lamb chops. Add a full bar and mix in great music. Wing Stop (952 North State Street, 601-969-6400) Saucing and tossing wings in a choice of nine flavors, Wingstop wings are made with care and served up piping hot. Check out the fresh cut seasoned fries!


Pan Asia (720 Harbor Pines Dr, Ridgeland 601-956-2958) Beautiful ambiance in this popular Ridgeland eatery accompanies signature asian fusion dishes and build-your-own stir-frys using fresh ingredients and great sauces.


Two Sisters Kitchen (707 N. Congress St. 601-353-1180) 2011 Best of Jackson winner for fried chicken offers a sumptious buffet of your choice of veggies, a salad, & one of three homemade desserts. Lunch. Mon-Fri& Sun.

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Broad Street Bakery (4465 Interstate 55 N. 601-362-2900) Hot breakfast,coffee espresso drinks, fresh breads and pastries, gourmet deli sandwiches, quiches, soups, pizzas and dessert. Primos Cafe (2323 Lakeland 601-936-3398/ 515 Lake Harbour 601-898-3400) A Jackson institution featuring a full breakfast, blue-plate specials, catfish, burgers, prime rib, oysters, po-boys and wraps. Save room for something from their famous bakery! For Heaven’s Cakes (4950 Old Canton Road 601-991-2253) Cakes and cupcakes for all occasions including weddings, parties, catered events. Beagle Bagel (4500 I-55 North, Suite 145, Highland Village 769-251-1892) Fresh bagels in tons of different styles with a variety of toppings including cream cheese, lox, eggs, cheese, meats and or as full sandwiches for lunch. Paninis, wraps and much more!


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New Moms’ Care and Feeding

Nix the Cigs, Body Fat Did you know that cigarette smoking increases the risk of serious cardiovascular side effects when taking oral contraceptives? The American Heart Association strongly advises women who use oral contraceptives not to smoke. Losing baby weight is not just important to get back into your favorite jeans. “If you have too much body fat, especially if a lot of it is in your waist area, you’re at higher risk for health problems,” the AHA says. “These include high blood pressure, high blood cholesterol, high triglycerides, diabetes, heart disease and stroke. Women with excess body fat are at higher risk of heart disease, even if they don’t have other risk factors.”

When I started taking better care of myself, I was able to enjoy the ride of motherhood.That’s me with my son Mateo, now age 9.

Post-Pregnancy Healthy Eating As a new mom, consider these 12 foods in their diets, according to WebMD, especially if breastfeeding: 1. Salmon: rich in DHA which is good for baby’s developing nervous system and for mom’s mood. 2. Low-Fat Dairy Products: good source of protein, B vitamins, vitamin D and calcium for bone health. 3. Lean Beef: iron-rich to help boost energy and a good source of protein and vitamin B-12. (According to the Soyfoods Association of American, tofu and tempeh are excellent options for vegans and vegetarians.) 4. Legumes: non-animal protein and iron 5. Blueberries: antioxidants

6. Brown Rice: whole-grain carbohydrates in brown rice help with energy levels 7. Oranges: vitamin C 8. Eggs: yolks provide vitamin D and protein 9. Whole Wheat Bread: folic acid, fiber and iron 10. Leafy Greens: vitamin A, non-dairy source of calcium, vitamin C, iron, antioxidants and low calories; opt for darker greens like spinach, Swiss chard and broccoli 11. Whole-Grain Cereal: many cold cereals fortified with essential vitamins and nutrients meet daily needs. 12. Water: To keep your energy levels and milk production up, new moms need to stay hydrated.

Avoid New Mom Burnout Exercise For most healthy women, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention recommends at least 150 minutes a week of moderate-intensity aerobic activity after pregnancy. It offers these cautions: • Begin slowly and increase your pace gradually • Avoid excessive fatigue • Drink plenty of fluids • Wear a supportive bra • Stop exercising if you feel pain • Stop exercising and seek medical help if you have bright red vaginal bleeding that’s heavier than a period New Mom Support Groups “Joining a support group of moms going through the same thing (along with those who may have recently gone through the same thing) is one of the best things you can do for your state of mind,” Dr. Mehmet Oz says. “In fact, studies show that handling a pregnancy with little emotional support is associated with greater emotional distress, anxiety and depression.”

Streamline and Prioritize Once you become a mom, it is even more important than before to prioritize your commitments. Scheduling too many activities will ultimately result in additional stress and frustration. I had to learn to say no to things not in the best interest of my family. I learned how to meet all my responsibilites within a more simplified schedule. Don’t Forget About Your Husband When you bring your little one home, it is easy to forget about your hubby. It’s not an intentional thing, it’s just happens. Nonetheless, it is vital to make time to nurture your marriage and to dote on your spouse. “Making the transition from carefree twosome to parenting an infant is the biggest challenge to many marriages,” says psychologist John Friel, a marriage counselor and co-author of “The 7 Worst Things (Good) Parents Do.” Force yourself to make time, he says. “Focus on each other, and make it a habit.”

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ateo was about 4 when I reached a point of complete and utter despair. “Mom, I can’t do this. I’m going to lose it. Can you please help me with Mateo?” I cried into the phone with tears running down my face. I hadn’t taken care of myself physically, mentally or emotionally since his birth, and my body and spirit were completely depleted. “Hormonal levels drop precipitously the minute the baby is born and the placenta is expelled, because the placenta was the hormone production factory in the body. So the reason different women react differently after childbirth really depends on how their body will cope with the change or the drop in hormonal levels,” writes Sylvia Brown, author of “The Post Pregnancy Handbook.” The American Pregnancy Association says watch for three types of emotional changes after childbirth: • Baby Blues. This is the least severe emotional reaction a new mom might feel. About 50 percent to 75 percent of all new mothers experience some negative feelings within four to five days after giving birth. Symptoms include crying, impatience, irritability and anxiety. • Postpartum Depression. If your emotional state worsens and symptoms persist, you may be experiencing post-partum depression. Approximately 10 percent of new moms experience PPD. Symptoms vary from mother to mother and can be mild or severe. They can include extreme mood swings and suicidal thoughts. • Postpartum Psychosis. The most severe of the three, PPP, is the rarest form of emotional upheaval after childbirth and occurs in 1 out of every 1,000 women. The onset is sudden and severe, normally two to three weeks after giving birth. Symptoms are characterized by losing touch with reality and can include: bizarre behavior, persistent suicidal thoughts, hallucinations and delusions. A mother dealing with PPP should seek medical treatment immediately.


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