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6 Lake Unveiled John McGowan reveals his new lake, and its costs.

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wendell watts Jackson Police Department’s Precinct 4 Commander Wendell Watts’ uncle, Wayne Black, told him that he could expect one of two things to happen when he began his law enforcement career. “He said I would either love the career and it would be all I wanted to do, or I would hate it and quit but respect those who did the job,” Watts says. After more than 20 years on the job, the former is where Watts finds himself today. The commander has spent almost all of those 20 years with the Jackson Police Department. He has held the position of commander of Precinct 4 less than a year. As of 2008, Precinct 4 contained 1,176 businesses in the area. It is bordered to the south by Fortification Street and in the north by County Line Road. The precinct stretches east to the Pearl River and west by the railroad tracks on West Street. “I am happy with the results we are seeing so far,” he says. “There were some real problems in the department before I arrived. With the support of the mayor and the chief, we are making real progress. “ Community policing—a system that includes cooperation between citizens and private business to assist police—is an important component of Watts’ plan to make Precinct 4 the safest in the city. “I was us-

ing community policing early in my career before it became a popular term. We earn the trust of the citizens and educate them on the assistance we need,” he says. Each month at the Precinct 4 Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS), Watts gives updates on the department’s activities and crime reports. Watts was drawn to JPD because of the crime and blight he saw as he drove through the city after graduating from Hinds Community College. “I realized when I drove through neighborhoods with boarded up windows and burglar bars that those are the people I want to protect—the people who cannot just sell their homes to leave the crime that has surrounded them,” he says. People in the precinct know Watts for giving his cellular phone number out regularly to citizens. “I want people to call me if there is an issue,” he says. “It doesn’t matter the time of the day. If their issue is crime related or officer related, I want to know about it so I can try to fix it.” Watts is married with three children. When his 12- and 14-hour days allow personal time, he can still be found with a gun; however, the guns in his spare time are loaded with Nerf bullets and the targets are his teenage son and friends. —Langston Moore

21 Come Relax If your wedding is making you the Bride of Frankenstein, nomiSpa will bring back your smile. DAPHNE NABORS

4 ................... Slowpoke 6 .......................... Talks 12 ................... Editorial 12 .................... Stiggers 13 .................. Opinion 24 ............... Diversions 28 ....................... Books 29 .............. JFP Events 31 ....................... Music 32 ......... Music Listings 36 ............... Body/Soul 38 ......................... Food 40 ............ Fly Shopping 41 ................. Astrology 42 .....Girl About Town

What exactly is corporate news doing when it lays off people one day and advertises for more the next?

24 Powering Pop Paul Collins helped invent the genre of power pop. Hear him this week at Ole Tavern on George Street.

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Lacey McLaughlin News editor and award-winning reporter Lacey McLaughlin is a Florida native who enjoys riding her bike around Jackson. She is always on the hunt for news tips. Email Lacey@jacksonfreepress. com or call 601-362-6121 x. 22. She co-wrote the cover story.

Adam Lynch Award-winning senior reporter Adam Lynch is a Winona native and graduate of Jackson State. He and his family live in North Jackson. E-mail tips to adam@ jacksonfreepress.com, or call him at 601-362-6121, ext. 13. He co-wrote the cover story.

Larry Morrisey Larry Morrisey is the director of grants programs for the Mississippi Arts Commission. He also serves as one of the hosts for “Mississippi Arts Hour,” the agency’s arts interview radio show on Mississippi Public Broadcasting. He wrote a music feature.

ShaWanda Jacome Assistant to the editor ShaWanda Jacome is a mother, a wife, a daughter, a sister, a friend and a Christ-follower. She is learning to “be still and to let God be God” (Psalm 46:10). She wrote the Body and Soul feature.

Marika Cackett Marika Cackett is the public relations manager for the Jackson Convention and Visitors Bureau. A Washington, D.C. native, she passes her free time chasing her German shepherd puppy, Atlas, and enjoying craft beer. She wrote a music feature.

Meredith W. Sullivan Former New Yorker Meredith W. Sullivan is a graduate of the Fashion Institute of Technology. She dreams about where to travel next. She lives in Fondren with her husband and Diggy dog. She compiled the FLY page.

Jessie Crow Former editorial intern Jesse Crow, a Pensacola, Fla., native, will be a senior at Millsaps College. She enjoys playing with puppies, summer camp and going on long drives in her station wagon named Herman. She wrote the Hitched piece.

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Advertising director Kimberly Griffin is a Jackson native who likes yoga, supporting locally owned businesses and traveling. In her spare time, she plots how she can become Michelle Obama’s water holder.

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by Donna Ladd, Editor-in-Chief

Women: Grab the Wheel

“W

e’re over capacity.” I looked at the JFP staffer who told me this last Saturday night just as we were getting ready to auction off the “Men of Character at the 7th annual Chick Ball at Hal & Mal’s. I blinked, confused. We’ve hosted some huge parties since we started the paper, but I’ve never had a venue manager decide that the event was so packed that no one else could come in. I pushed through the crowd and saw several people outside in the heat, smiling and patient as they waited to get into this benefit for the Center for Violence Prevention. I smiled and shrugged a bit. We all knew it was pretty special to have so many men and women of all races and backgrounds packed into an event created to combat domestic abuse. We started the Chick Ball seven years ago to try to get people to engage in this issue and, boy, were they engaging Saturday night—from the silent auction to the line dancing to the photo booth to nibbling the chick-shaped cake pops. We also started the Chick Ball to celebrate women’s voices—and to help them find it. The message is: We are smart, loving, compassionate. We deserve to be treated well and taken seriously. You could see that pride on the faces of women, young and old, that night. Since my column last week talking about my family’s domestic abuse and my own sexual assault as a teenager, men and women have sent me messages of solidarity or just walked up and hugged me. One young woman was crying as she introduced herself to me. Many of them have said they felt alone, that they didn’t think people understood, that they want to get more involved in this strong community of women (and the fabulous men who love us) that we are all building in Jackson. And we’ve had men express that they, too, haven’t had a voice for addressing these issues and thanked us for not making this effort antimen; why it would be is beyond me, but still. When I returned to work Monday, I was still basking in the glow of the Chick Ball. Then I read Lacey McLaughlin’s report on the two Democratic front-runners (page 14), and my heart sank as I read this line: “[T]hey both support a ‘personhood’ initiative on the state’s Nov. 8 ballot that would define human life in the state’s Constitution as beginning at conception.” Here we go again. Yet more candidates in Mississippi are throwing women under the campaign bus. Look, I respect people who have a moral issue with abortion. I’ve had intense (and respectful) conversations with intelligent people who do not believe that women should be able to choose whether or not to have a child. Intelligent people try to find common ground, agreeing to disagree on the stickiest part, but joining together to improve the conditions surrounding it: like working to reduce poverty, sexual assault, incest, promiscuity, while trying to increase sex education, access to birth control, adoption options, opportunities for girls and women. We know we need to help

girls self-esteem so they will say no to unprotected sex and yes to a powerful, affirming way of life that does not involve premature pregnancy and, too often, children growing up unwanted, unsupported and in poverty. We need to teach boys (and men) restraint and how to be respectful of women, including ones who haven’t learned to respect themselves. What I cannot deal with is male politicians using our bodies to try to get elected: bandying about facile anti-abortion slogans while barely mentioning all the challenges that women face in our city, state and nation. I have talked to people pushing the “personhood” initiative, and I have asked how we can help get children out of poverty and ensure that they get better educations to break the cycle. I have gotten blank stares in return. As Mississippians, we need to get smarter about being used politically by candidates using empty slogans to try to win over the same pool of voters as those on the radical right. And those of us who are women must loudly demand that we not be used to score cheap political points in such an insulting way. If male candidates want to talk about our abortion rights—which as state officials, they have little control over—we must command that they give at least equal time to all the other issues that make our lives difficult: from poverty to health care to the abysmal domesticabuse laws in our state (which some male legislators have helped marginally improve of late). New studies about the economic recovery are showing that men, and mostly white men, are pulling out of the slump, who are getting new jobs—leaving women behind. Meantime, women are voters, too, you know. And many of us have so few options on the ballot who seem to care about and address

our needs during a campaign* that we don’t know who to vote for—and parties wonder why they are losing loyalty. You can’t thumb your nose at our most basic rights, while ignoring our most daunting challenges, and expect us to race to the polls on your behalf. We fully know you have some strategist telling you that the only way to win in Mississippi is by trying to out-conservative the other guy. But how are you fellas going to even know who might vote for you if you put your energies into building a progressive Mississippi where women are truly respected and valued? Meantime, we have a city and state where so few women bother to run for public office (probably fearing that a strategist will advise them to go after each other on abortion: “she had one; no, she had one”). And let’s just be blunt: We need women in public office and not just the Palins and Bachmanns and Lydia Chassaniols who parrot backward, archaic ideas that please the kind of regressive ideas we need to leave in the 20th century. I don’t have much hope that any political party in Mississippi is going to embrace smart, intelligent women for office, but chicks are going to have to step up and demand to be noticed. And women must be prepared to lose (think Patricia Ice running for the Ward 1 council seat, bless her heart). Each time they lose, they will learn something they can use next time or teach to a younger woman. We must stop giving up our power and assuming that we’re stuck forever with male (or female) candidates who are willing to drive the bus right over us and our rights. It’s time we drive the damn bus ourselves, ladies. Who’s game? * Dorsey Carson, candidate for House District 64, was a JFP Chick Ball sponsor and attended with his wife. He also shopped the silent auction.


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Thursday, July 7 Byram residents discuss a smoking ban at a public hearing. ‌ Mississippi tops the national obesity list for the seventh year in a row, with 30 percent of adults in the state considered obese. Friday, July 8 Lawmakers in multiple states propose creation of “Caylee’s Lawâ€? in response to mass disapproval of the Casey Anthony verdict. The new law would make it a felony for parents to not report a missing child within 48 hours. ‌ The space shuttle Atlantis takes off for what will be its final mission at the end of NASA’s shuttle program. Saturday, July 9 The 9th Annual Mississippi Black Rodeo and parade takes place in downtown Jackson. ‌ An earthquake with a magnitude of 7.1 hits Japan’s northeastern coast, which is still recovering from extensive damage caused by the May 11 9.0 earthquake and resulting nuclear crisis. Sunday, July 10 Mississippi educators release a new history curriculum for eighth-grade students with an increased focus on the early days of America’s founding. ‌ President Obama says that a federal budget deal needs to be agreed on in 10 days to meet an August 2 deadline to raise the nation’s debt ceiling.

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Monday, July 11 Officials in Rankin County install solar-powered LED street lights on Hugh Howard Boulevard to explore low-cost, environmentally friendly alternative-lighting solutions. ‌ A study based on data from Emory University shows a strong correlation between HIV and poverty, and indicates that the highest concentrations of both are found primarily in southern states.

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Tuesday, July 12 Jackson City Council members reelect Frank Bluntson to serve as a president for the third year. ‌ Sherwood Schwartz, writer and creator of “Gilligan’s Islandâ€? and “The Brady Bunch,â€? dies at age 94.

Mississippi has had only two black U.S. senators, both during the Reconstruction era of the 1870s. No black has won statewide office since Reconstruction ended.

McGowan Reveals New Lake Specifics His statement came in response to a few moments of apparent confusion on the part of the Levee Board over when and how much of a tax levy the board would have to vote for in August to pay for the new lake project, which it has officially embraced as an alternative to the U.S. Corps of Engineering’s plan to build more levees along the Pearl River. Businessman Socrates Garrett asked A new lake could invigoratee downtown development ... if it his fellow board memever happens. bers about a potential district expansion, ackson oilman John McGowan said which would put more taxpayers in the LeMonday that his latest lake plan will cost vee Board’s footprint. “It will have an impact about $150 million and require the use on what we’re charging,� he said. of eminent domain to “condemn� some Garrett added: “It’s such a heavy deciproperty into a “public project.� sion. Some documentation prior to the (AuAt the monthly meeting of the Rankin- gust) meeting would be helpful.� Hinds Pearl River Flood and Drainage ConMayor Harvey Johnson Jr., who was trol District, or Levee Board, McGowan told chairing the meeting, said that the board anthe members that the lake plan would cost the ticipates the expansion of the district in 2012. taxpayers about $150 million, all told. The Leland Speed said that the board should figure newest plan is essentially the bottom half of out what it was going to do first and then fighis earlier and rejected Two Lakes concept. ure out how to fund it later.

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Wednesday, July 6 Freedom Rider Thomas M. Armstrong begins a statewide book tour with journalist Natalie Bell to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Freedom Rides. ‌ A three-judge panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco orders the U.S. government to end enforcement of the “don’t ask, don’t tellâ€? policy and allow openly gay soldiers in the military.

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The board asked McGowan, seated in the audience, to give them a sense of how much the one-lake idea was likely to cost. McGowan stood up, listed off potential expenditures—a dam for $35 million, about $6 million in utility location, the need to buy and improve all the land, about $100 million—and concluded it would be about $150 million. Johnson responded that the board would need to look closer at financial information after a meeting this Thursday with the Corps in Vicksburg. The board approved a resolution to communicate to the Corps that it is ready to move ahead with study of the foundation’s plan. In an interview in his office right after the meeting, McGowan and several associates said they hope the Corps will indicate this week that the process could move ahead. They also revealed a map of the project, which the Jackson Free Press has been requesting for weeks, to help explain their newest plan to mitigate flooding along the Pearl River, as well as create attractive development property along the east side of Jackson and the west side of Rankin County starting just above Lakeland Drive and extending south of downtown. McGowan says his earlier Two Lakes, which would have started at the reservoir and created miles of lakefront property for development, would have provided a much higher level of flood protection than the more standard levee-expansion plan that the Corps preferred MCGOWAN see page 7

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“I have no problem doing whatever you want to do, but don’t tell me we are waiting to the last minute to do something when that’s not the case,� —Jackson Mayor Harvey Johnson Jr. speaking to City Council President Frank Bluntson about his decision pull the vote from the council’s agenda to restructure the city’s bond debt.

Folks coming back to Jackson after years in less hospitable climes say they don’t recognize their old stomping grounds. In their honor, here what’s in and what’s out in Mississippi’s capital city these days.

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Subway Lounge Arena Retail Edwards Hotel Office Depot Exploding pipes Potholes Wired CafĂŠ Jubilee JAM! Civil Rights Museum (for now, anyway) Ugly parking lot James O. Eastland U.S. District Courthouse

Bodega Capitol Green Two-waying Capitol Street King Edward Hotel Barefield Workplace Solutions New sewer system Potholes Food Trucks Downtown at Dusk Smith Robertson Museum The Art Garden at the Mississippi Museum of Art James Chaney, Andrew Goodman, Michael Schwerner and Roy K. Moore Federal Building


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MCGOWAN from page 6

John McGowan is promising to stop flooding, beautify Jackson and be more environmentally friendly.

in addition to many miles of prime lakefront real estate for development. The Two Lakes plan, though, would have flooded Mayes Lake, destroyed numerous wetlands and promised to be tied up in environmental lawsuits for years, should the Levee Board have embraced it as a locally preferred flooding solution. The Corps also warned the plan was likely prohibitively expensive, citing much higher costs than the amount McGowan promised he could do it for. McGowan’s newest lake plan essentially cuts off the top half of the Two Lakes plan and leaves areas such as Mayes Lake and its surrounding park land in place, although it would flood parts of the golf course at LeFleur’s Bluff, as well as relocate some hiking trails, he said. It would also require reworking current levees into what he called “super levees,” meaning they would be widened so that they would be “wide enough to develop on,” McGowan explained. “We would have to backfill those levees—widen the width—but we don’t take away any of the height of the levees,” spokesman Dallas Quinn said. The men said they see no compromise solution between their new lake plan and the new levees that the Corps endorsed last year. They also confirmed earlier statements that the one-lake solution would not interfere with any later efforts to add back the second lake north of Lakeland to re-create the original and controversial Two Lakes plan, should that idea regain momentum at some point. The new one-lake plan, as McGowan envisions it, would provide some additional river access to homeowners with property that would have benefitted from the earlier plan, however, including some McGowan family members and business associates, they explained. McGowan pointed on the map to small river inlets, or “slews” as he called them,

that would receive heavier water flow under the current plan, thus creating places near homes and property for boat ramps and direct access to the river. Thus, the men said, homeowners in the area would see additional benefit from the new plan. McGowan brought up potential conflictof-interest questions involving his team and family, which this paper reported about a year ago. He said he owns a large tract of property, called the Fairgrounds Development Company, LLC, near the state fairgrounds. He has put that land in trust, he says, and promises to donate it to the Levee Board, should they move ahead with his plan. His family does not own other property in the new one-lake footprint, he said, although he conceded that his office building at 1837 Crane Ridge Drive would enjoy a higher water level along its back deck than it currently does. He added, however, that he does not believe that his business associates at McGowan Working Partners should have to give away their property in the new footprint. “My partners in the business own little pieces of land here and there, up and down through there. We said that’s enough. I’ll give them the finest piece of land in the whole project; that’s all I have. … That’s where we draw the line.” The Levee Board would have to use its eminent-domain powers for his lake plan, he said. “More than likely, you’re going to condemn this plan and make it a public project. When you do, everything that anybody that my group owns is going to go with it. What you pay them and how you treat them relevant to anyone else in the project is up to you. It’s our duty to tell you everything we have,” he said. The Levee Board then could choose to lease or sell the acquired property to developers, he added. “If the board does decide to condemn to acquire this property, then the property owners will all be compensated at an equal and fair value,” Quinn said, adding that the Levee Board would have to ensure that no property owner held out for “an unreasonable amount of money.” McGowan said some property owners would resist the plan. “I imagine as far as getting all this land, you’re going to have 5 percent who don’t want to do anything,” he said. At the Corps meeting Thursday, which at least one member of the Levee Board will attend, along with representatives from the Pearl River Vision Foundation (the new name of the Two Lakes Foundation, started by McGowan and others), the Corps is expected to discuss a conflict-of-interest policy it asked the Levee Board to write. McGowan said today that he had provided a list of any potential conflicts of him, his family and his partners to the Corps. Comment at www.jfp.ms.

Publisher’s Note

We learned late in the press cycle that a local political campaign was tossing copies of the Jackson Free Press into people’s yards in select neighborhoods to make sure they had seen a cover story we had published. The JFP is never distributed in this manner, and we regret that we didn’t communicate this effectively with the campaign. While it’s our ongoing policy to offer extra papers to the subjects of our feature stories and cover stories, we will limit the number available to candidates and campaigns in the future. We apologize for any inconvenience. —Todd Stauffer

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A Vision For The People Of Hinds County

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Jackson City Council President Frank Bluntson pulled a vote to restructure the city’s bond debt from the agenda this week, angering Mayor Harvey Johnson.

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You’ve received an invitation to an upcoming wedding. So… what to wear? Some things you’ll want to take into consideration: How formal is the invitation? Day or evening? What time of year? Location: in a church or at the beach? Here are some guidelines to help guys: -It’s better to err on the side of overdressed. If the invitation is formal or says “black tie” then a black tuxedo or evening jacket and matching trousers are customary for men. If the invitation says “black tie optional” men can wear a tux, or go a bit more casual with a dark suit, white shirt and conservative tie. (Don’t forget that a tuxedo is not to be worn before 5 o’clock in the evening.)

-If it’s a summer wedding, a light colored suit, especially a linen or seersucker, is always appropriate, even in the evening. Of course you can’t go wrong by pairing a bright, colorful tie with a classic navy or charcoal suit. -A beach wedding is usually a more casual affair than a traditional church wedding. A white, cotton, button-down shirt with dress slacks is usually a safe choice. If you’d feel more comfortable in a suit, go with a linen or light colored suit & no tie. Still in doubt? Ask the bride or groom. They should have a clear sense of what they’re hoping to see from their guests.

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he Jackson City Council’s decision to put off a vote to restructure the city’s bond debt and save approximately $6 million over the next two years resulted in friction between city leaders this week. Jackson Mayor Harvey Johnson Jr. and his financial team attempted to brief the council yesterday during a work session about restructuring the debt, but Council President Frank Bluntson said he felt uncomfortable with the mayor briefing the council less than 24 hours before it would vote on the item. He also expressed concern that Ward 7 Councilwoman Margaret Barrett-Simon, Ward 3 Councilman Kenneth Stokes and Ward 1 Council Quentin Whitwell were absent from the work session. “I didn’t know anything about this until Friday. Why do we have to wait to the last minute to have these briefings?” Bluntson asked the mayor. Johnson appeared to lose patience with Bluntson for repeatedly stating that the mayor had waited until the last minute to tell the council about the deal. “I have no problem pulling this,” Johnson said. “I have no problem doing whatever you want to do, but don’t tell me we are waiting to the last minute to do something when that’s not the case.” In August 2010, Johnson told city council members that his administration had hired financial advisor Porter Bingham of the Malachi Group to help prevent the city’s projected deficit of $48.5 million by 2015. “One of the recommendations was to restructure existing bond debt in order to realize some savings that would provide some relief while our local economy was able to recover,” Johnson told council members in August. In August 2010, the council voted in favor of a restructuring plan, but it must vote this month on a final resolution to authorize the plan to meet a Sept. 1 payment deadline. The city must go through several procedures including receiving a bond rating and reselling existing bonds by the time the payment is due, Johnson said. Last month, Johnson placed the item on the agenda but said he had to remove it because the city did not have a certification to

show that it had enough money to cover the debt service. “Now that certificate has been made and we feel comfortable moving forward with it,” Johnson said yesterday. The Jackson Free Press reported in August that the city would begin incurring $1 million in annual fees for the debt service starting in 2015. The mayor, however, has not made the terms of the final refinancing agreement public. Johnson supplied the council with documents regarding the final plan this morning. Council members rescheduled the briefing for 4 p.m. July 18. After the briefing, they will vote on the final resolution. Ward 2 Councilman Chokwe Lumumba, who voted against the restructuring plan in August, said he did not want to rush his decision on such a complicated and important vote. “I think it make sense but I’m not sure it’s the best thing,” He said. “… I don’t think a vote like this you can bring on a Friday and vote on a Tuesday. This was discussed conceptually early on … but the specifics of this proposal have not been discussed.” JPD to Purchase Surveillance Trailer After a lengthy debate today, council members approved the Jackson Police Department’s purchase of a SkyCop Cadet Mobile Surveillance Trailer for $54,400. JPD Deputy Chief Eric Walls told the city council that the trailer can monitor public areas such as streets and parking lots without police being present. He said the trailer is ideal for capturing violators of the law during large events such as parades. The trailer has a telescopic pole with a camera that can elevate up to 21 feet. “You can determine, within a perimeter, where shots are being fired from and use the camera and deploy officers there,” Walls said. Lumumba said that while he supported technology to assist JPD, he worried about the technology being abused. He cited the civilrights era as a time when police abused power. “I have trust in the people running this department that they wouldn’t do that,” Lumumba said. “But I do believe that this is one of the reasons why we should have a civilian review board.” Comment at www.jfp.ms.


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by Valerie Wells

Gannett’s Cut and Paste

The Clarion-Ledger juggles jobs and explanations.

than 700 people, some Gannett newspapers immediately started posting help-wanted ads. Dunten, 53, suspects Gannett wants workers in their early 20s who would get lower salaries, fewer benefits and would have less institutional knowledge. Dunten considered The Clarion-Ledger jobs anyway. To get her unemployment benefits, she has to send out at least three resumes a week. Before she made that effort, though, she wanted to find out what was really happening in Jackson. She wrote Ben Kelly, news editor, to ask about the copy-editing jobs. In an email, he told her the copy editor jobs are only temporary positions through September 2012, when The Clarion-Ledger pages will get created in Nashville. “That date could be delayed, based on the progress at the hubs,� Kelly wrote. “Gannett is encouraging its local designers to apply

for one of the hub positions as their newspaper gets close to the transition date and has said previously it will give priority to current Gannett employees in the hiring process.� Dunten heard that before from other Gannett editors in other states. While she was still a Gannett employee, she sent feelers out to other Gannett papers. Some were honest with her. They told her that they couldn’t really hire any new staffers, but they were allowed to advertise and recruit. That way if a budget line suddenly allowed it, they told Dunten, they could hire someone immediately. Dunten worried The Clarion-Ledger might be playing the same game with people’s emotions and futures. She wrote Grace Simmons, metro editor at The Clarion-Ledger, with this concern. “These listings are all active,� Simmons replied. “We are accepting resumes. Go ahead and send me your resume.� Hurst said in her email that an important part of the Nashville Design Studio and the Gannett design hub project is to preserve “the local flavor and identity� of The Clarion-Ledger and its sister publications. “The creation of Design Studios is to support better hyperlocal coverage. Our intent is to free local journalists to do great storytelling and enhance their efforts with great design at the studios.� Hurst sent the email over the weekend after the JFP contacted Gannett headquarters Friday. Hurst did not respond to requests for follow-up questions for clarification. Dunten decided not to apply for The Clarion-Ledger jobs after all. She is not sure she wants to work for Gannett again. As this issue of the JFP was going to press, news broke that Ronnie Agnew, executive editor of The Clarion-Ledger, was leaving to become the director of Mississippi Public Broadcasting. He starts his new job Aug. 5. It is unclear if Gannett plans to advertise for his replacement. Craig Dubow, Gannett CEO, and other top corporate officials will pay a visit to The Clarion-Ledger Aug. 17 for a town hall meeting with a question-and-answer session. Disclaimer: The writer is friends with Sharon Dunten and is a former Gannett employee. Comment at www.jfp.ms.

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What did you learn from your run for mayor? I learned that you had to build relationships with people. I learned to stick to my beliefs. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve always been a Democrat, but I tried to use the strategy of running as an independent to get to the final ballot. I wonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t say if that was good or bad. I also learned to include every segment of the city.

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12 years. The board likes to gloat about the new Byram/Clinton development that is years down the line. We are talking about today. There is no visual economic growth in District 3, which consists of all of Jackson. We have to attract businesses in District 3, and with my track record, I have created relationships with various businesses in the tricountry area. With an expected budget shortfall for next yearâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;already the county has had to furlough employeesâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;how would you prioritize the budget? We have to generate revenue. We know weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re not expected to get additional dollars from taxes. My campaign and I have been talking about a commuter tax for county employees who live outside Hinds County. At a time when many employees have had to work second jobs to make up for furlough days, do you think thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s fair? Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s another conversation in itselfâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;about furloughs. It never should have happened in the first place. If (the board) had come with up a savings plan, they never would have had to lay off county employees. â&#x20AC;Ś What I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t think is fair is that individuals take county money to other counties and build up those communities. What do you think the county should fully fund? We canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t jeopardize public safety and infrastructure and, certainly, county employees should never be furloughed again. Public safety has to be funded. We have to improve our roads and bridges, and county employees need a workable wage. If they donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have a workable wage, they canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t spend money in the county. What would you do to address recent accusations of abuse at the HenleyYoung Youth Detention Center? I think an investigation needs to be done.

Robert Amos says his economicdevelopment experience will help him win the Hinds County Supervisors District 3 race.

Is the answer to send teens to Henley-Young, or are there alternatives? My role as a supervisor may be limited, but my role as a human being has always been to advocate education and dropout prevention. â&#x20AC;Ś Idle time is whatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s happeningâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;there is nothing for them to do. Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not the only reason people commit crime, but if you can engage them all day, they donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have time to do anything illegal. â&#x20AC;Ś There are some great counselors at Henley-Young but obviously someone has missed the boatâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;something has gone wrong. This month the Hinds County Economic Development Authority will lead a three-day process to brand Hinds County. What do you think about spending taxpayer money on a branding campaign? Before this community can brand itself, we have to change. People have to get workable wages. That also means education priorities have to change, and crime has to significantly drop. â&#x20AC;Ś If you do those three things, you rebrand yourself. More politics at www.jfp.ms/politics.


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Hinds County Justice Court candidate Micah Dutro said a bar-approved attorney should occupy county judicial seats.

plea bargains, usually accompanied by a prosecutor’s sentencing recommendation. Justice court in Hinds County is typically a small affair. A typical justice-court case would be a driving-while-intoxicated charge brought by

Hinds County law enforcement somewhere outside the city’s municipal boundary. Dutro said the intimate make-up of the court evolved from Mississippi’s history as a rural state. “When justice courts were created in the 1800s, it made sense,” Dutro said. “There weren’t very many attorneys in Mississippi, and a lot of the attorneys that were here were concentrated in just a few places. So in an era of few cars, you could wait months and months before someone was even available to hear your case.” Organizers sought to create a court where people could settle minor disputes without advanced legal education and permitting requirements that, at that time, were hard to find in Mississippi. Dutro faces incumbent Democrat Donald Palmer, who has occupied the seat for four years, after serving as a court clerk. Palmer, 43, said his experience on the court makes him the best candidate to oversee the types of cases that frequent the court. “The justice court is set up as a court for the people, and I bring 14 years of justice court experience: 10 years as a deputy clerk and four as a judge,” Palmer said. “That experience counts. I have no idea if my opponent has even practiced in

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justice court. I know I’ve never seen him in my court. There are some good lawyers, but there are some good non-attorney judges as well.” Dutro said the county should move toward installing more attorneys as judges, considering the prevalence of licensed attorneys in justice courts outside Hinds County. “There are lots of people who say not-sonice things about Jackson and Hinds County, but one of the solutions to that problem is to make sure that people take our government institutions seriously,” Dutro said. “We need to restore faith in our local institutions, to make sure that we’re following the law and that it applies to the outcomes of our court system. Following the law and making common sense decisions aren’t mutually exclusive goals.” Palmer remained confident that he runs the court fairly and sensibly, and asked anybody looking for proof of its standard of professionalism to visit his court on Wednesdays, at either the 9:30 a.m. or the 1:30 p.m. session, to see for themselves. “My opponents can’t offer that,” Palmer said. The salaried justice-court judge position pays almost $56,000. The Democratic primary is Aug. 2 More politics at www.jfp.ms/politics.

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ou’ve seen the commercials: Jared Fogle holding up his pants that once fit his 425-pound body. Olympic swimmer Michael Phelps, top NBA draft pick Blake Griffin, NASCAR driver Carl Edwards, and Philadelphia slugger Ryan Howard all showing off their respective skills and their favorite footlongs. Subway restaurants have become synonymous with showcasing both newsmakers and healthy, fast food. But, back in 1965, the goal of Subway wasn’t to fuel the nation, but to put its owner through Subway medical school. Fred DeLuca, in an attempt to pay for medical school, opened a sub sandwich shop with a loan of $1000. The first store opened in Bridgeport, Connecticut, in August of 1965. DeLuca’s aspirations shifted from the medical profession to becoming a fully fledged restaurateur. The first goal was to have 32 stores open in 10 years. DeLuca learned the basics of running a successful business, along with offering a high-quality product and providing excellent customer service. What has catapulted Subway into the mainstream is not only the success of their restaurants, but their Green Business practices have earned them international recognition as well. Subway’s first Eco-Store, located in Kissimmee, Florida, received the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) silver certification from the U.S. Green Building Council. What makes an Eco-Store special? High-efficiency HVAC systems, remote condensing units for refrigeration, low-flow water fixtures, and buildings and décor made from sustainable sources, just to name a few. Even existing stores are going “green”. Since August 2006, Subway restaurants with low-flow sink aerators have saved 41 million gallons of water annually. Only 100% hormonefree milk is served at Subway. Even the napkins at Subway go green. The Subway napkin saves approximately 60,500,000 gallons of water and an additional 147,000 trees annually because they are made from 100% recycled fiber. Subway is not only good for the planet, but good for your waistline as well. As evidenced by Jared Fogle, who lost 245 pounds by eating nothing but Subway sandwiches for almost a year and created a diet program all his own. Subway strives to help consumers to live healthy by providing healthy, tasty food, as well as information and choices necessary to make informed meal decisions.

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ttorney Micah Dutro says the District 1 Justice Court seat needs a judge with a law degree. “Our justice courts should have judges who have a formal legal education and experience. I’m sure they’re good people. They make good decisions sometimes, but if you look at what is going on in surrounding counties, almost all their justice-court judges are lawyers,” Dutro said. Dutro, 29, works at Dobbs and Dutro in Jackson and is running for the District 1 Justice Court seat. He said that without a legal background, a justice-court judge is prone to render decisions based on personal considerations instead of the rule of law, which sets the decisions up for easy legal challenges. “We get a lot of appeals out of justice court because of some decisions that are made there, and those appeals go to the county court, which as you can imagine, is already busy,” Dutro said. “The efficiency problem in justice court comes in where you have decisions that are being appealed that might not have to be appealed if the law were being applied correctly.” Justice court mainly consists of bench trials with no juries, where a judge is the finder of fact and rules on questions of law. Like any court, some cases are resolved through

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e all love to complain about national politics. Regardless of which side of the aisle you land on—or even if you don’t identify with one of the major parties—you have plenty to complain about. Government’s too big, or government is too lax. Everyone’s taxes are too high, or tax policy is unfair. Money isn’t being spent wisely, or lawmakers are bought and paid for. Sometimes, we manage to combine our complaints into one seriously cynical attitude: “They’re all the same; throw ’em all out.” The one complaint we hear most often these days is this: Washington lawmakers are out of touch with the people they purport to represent. So how did we get here? As the cartoon character Pogo so aptly put it: “We have met the enemy, and he is us.” Every year, voters have opportunities to make their voices heard. People carve the path to a national spotlight staring with local elections—from city council members and aldermen, to county supervisors and mayors, and in statewide elections from auditor to governor, we the people make it clear how we want our country to run. It’s easy to forget that even in politics, thinking local first makes ripples all the up the political food chain to the White House. It’s easy, too, to get hooked by wedge issues that have little to do with the quality of our individual lives. When our money is squeezed and patience is thin, it’s easy to find lots of things to vote against, ignoring the fact that voting for something is infinitely more powerful. We also live in a time when information is at our fingertips—mountains of it all the time. We can find two pundits and 22 bloggers with similar opinions with one click of a mouse. What often escapes us, however, are fact-based opinions from those we don’t agree with. Progressive can strengthen and refine their opinions by understanding the viewpoints and arguments of moderates and conservatives, and vice versa. A democracy functions best when voters are informed about the issues and the candidates. That takes both a desire to understand and a willingness to put in the work to understand. It doesn’t happen with a snap of the fingers, and it doesn’t happen with adherence to bumper-sticker, knee-jerk ideologies. On Aug. 2, Mississippians have an opportunity to narrow the candidates for their parties. Not the least of the positions they will decide are the Republican and Democratic gubernatorial candidates. It’s a big, wide-open field for both parties; it would be a easy to assume we know who will take the top spots, but we have the power, collectively, to change those assumptions if we want to. Nothing in politics is a sure thing. History has provided numerous examples of winners who lost unexpectedly. While we’re not endorsing any candidates, yet, we urge all Mississippians to get informed, and then get out to vote.

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ongressman Smokey “Robinson” McBride: “We’re gathered here today to celebrate the grand opening of Clubb Chicken Wing’s Great Wall of Artistic Expression. I know many of you think I should be in Washington, D.C., working on the economic fate of our country. I feel your anxiety about what could happen on Aug. 2. I hear your questions like: Will my Social Security Check be in the mail or is our government headed toward epic fail? Yes, a lot of people’s lives are on the line. And we’re running out of time. I, however, want to share a special moment with the ghetto science community. “The Ghetto Science Community Bureau of Parks, Museums and Cultural Affairs decided to have a ‘Great Wall of Artistic Expression’ built within the Clubb Chicken Wing Multi-Purpose Complex. This wall will feature various murals from reputable artists from the Ghetto Science Community. Therefore, it is befitting to kick off this grand opening by unveiling another poignant and controversial artistic expression from our dear Brother Sylvester, the Christmas Missing Toe artist. “The mural you see documents the current events happening today. “The first part of the mural shows the president plus members of the Congress and Senate climbing a wall to reach the ceiling with a dangling trillion-dollar bill. Brother Sylvester calls this ‘Climbing the Walls to Raise the Debt Ceiling.’ The second part of the mural titled ‘Poor Folk’s Last Supper at Chef Fat Meat’s Buffet’ speaks for itself. “God, please bless America.”

LETTERS

The Rose of South Jackson Why me? Why did I have to bear the brunt of racial hatred? (“Mixed in Mississippi,” by Rose Pendleton, June 29-July 5, 2011). The simple answer is that you were selected out of millions of little wiggly things to fertilize an egg. But more importantly, after that fact you were unprepared to confront the realities of living in the southern U.S., where mythologies die hard, if at all. One of those myths is race. We humans are the only creatures to have a brain accommodating vivid imaginations, and since different groups of us look differently and have developed different cultures, some have come to believe they are separate and better than others. And there are aliens about, and gods living on Mount Olympus. When a young girl is confronted with rejection by some of her peers and others, she tends to begin to face the possibility that she might actually be inferior, and become angry at those responsible for her characteristics as well as those who treat her with disdain. It is so hard to develop an attitude of superiority to those people and ignore their stupidity. You might want to keep in mind that all of we humans originally came from the same place: East Africa, though some tribes migrated through the levant to Europe and Asia over 50,000 years ago, and their “skin tone” and other characteristics began to change from dark brown to different shades based on their new environments and isolation from one another. Those coming from Africa only within the past few hundred years to northern latitudes still retain their darker pigments. So “race” is an unscientific myth held by many of all “skin tones.” Being “mixed” only has significance in the mind of the beholder. You went through a long period of being hurt by others, which is unfortunate and due to your youth and vulnerability. It appears that the conclusion of your writing you seem to have adjusted to some extent and found friends who are real people. it’s all about character. You are the only Rose you will ever be, so be a proud Rose and productive in your life, foregoing the weak, the mean and the dumb. You have good genes. Pat Gregory, Jackson

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ven a simple act can bring about great personal change. Three years ago, I began a lifechanging experience that started with a plane bound for Jackson. At the time, I was planning a month-long vacation to visit my sister in Clinton. We had both grown up in upstate New York, and she had married and moved to Mississippi three years prior to my visit. My plans to visit her turned into an experience that I will not soon forget. I boarded the plane bound for Jackson as a 19-year-old young woman traveling alone with only a suitcase full of clothes and a taste for adventure. Little did I know I was changing the direction of my life with such an innocuous act. My plans for a month-long vacation would result in me not returning home. Up to that point, my perspective was limited to what I had always known as a northern girl from upstate New York. The views that I held on life were quickly challenged as I traveled toward the other end of the country. From the start, huge differences between northern and southern lifestyles became evident. My first challenge was the significant difference in the climate. The moment I left the air-conditioned airplane cabin and stepped onto the tarmac, I was forced to stop and take a momentary pause to allow my body to adjust to breathing in the intense heat. I was overwhelmed by the thick consistency of the air and shocked by the humidity. The people welcomed me with open arms. They have treated me lovingly and surrounded me with southern hospitality. I had never had experienced that before. Although their warmth was pleasant, I was initially uncomfortable with it. Growing up in New York taught me to question friendly peopleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s intentions. I had to adjust my thinking and realize that if a stranger talked to me they didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t necessarily plan to harm me. My first encounter with this occurred on my flight from Charlotte, N.C., to Jackson. A woman started talking to me, and it wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t long before everyone within hearing distance joined in. They knew I was not from the South because of my accent and proceeded to give me as much advice as possible about southern living. I found it strange at first, but I chose to push aside my awkward feelings and make an effort to engage in conversation. I realized thatâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;unlike in my New York upbringingâ&#x20AC;&#x201D; talking freely to people you donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t know is part of southern culture. After I got past the initial discomfort, I grew to love the outgoing nature that many southerners have.

Learning this side of southern culture has changed my perspective on my social life. When I visit home, I find people unfriendly and rude as they walk past me without a smile or a nod; however, three years ago this was the norm for me. I would have behaved in a similar way had I not spent time here. Not long after my arrival in Clinton, I discovered sweet tea. It was unlike any beverage I had ever had before and, after my first taste, I was hooked. Many other southern delicacies grabbed my attention. Grits, cornbread made in a skillet and crawfish are all on the list. I found endless opportunities for entertainment in the city of Jackson. The city is full of hidden treasures that not many would expect it to have. I found hidden restaurants and cafĂŠs where I discovered I hadnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t truly lived until I tried them. Jackson has events that bring people from around the world. Having a world that was new to me waiting around every corner was exciting and appealing to my adventurous, young mind. When my monthâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s visit had passed, I found myself not wanting to leave. My round-trip plane ticket was forgotten, and I embraced the southern lifestyle without a second thought. I bought a car equipped with air-conditioning, rented an apartment, began working for a local veterinarian and started attending college to pursue a veterinary technology degree at Hinds Community College. My first semester gave me the opportunity to become an honorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s scholar and a member of Phi Theta Kappa. The series of positive events that followed confirmed that I had landed in the very place I was meant to be. If you had asked me on that plane if I would ever choose to stay in Mississippi longer than a month, I would had answered with a confident â&#x20AC;&#x153;No.â&#x20AC;? But a simple act can completely change your direction in life. My flight to Mississippi is a perfect example: What I thought would be only a vacation helped me to learn and grow. I have had the chance to meet people of many nationalities and from many walks of life, and to try new things. It broadened my view of people and life, and I have gained experiences and new values. I do not doubt for a moment that although things failed to go as I had originally planned, I was indeed destined to board a plane bound for Jackson. Charity Anderson interned at the Jackson Free Press while pursuing a veterinary technology degree.

Having a world that was new to me waiting around every corner was exciting and appealing.

CORRECTION: In â&#x20AC;&#x153;Lines of Silverâ&#x20AC;? (Vol. 9, Issue 43), we incorrectly attributed â&#x20AC;&#x153;Mississippiâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Celebration of its Grammy Legacy.â&#x20AC;? The correct sponsor was the Mississippi Development Authority. The Jackson Free Press apologizes for the error.

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Democratic gubernatorial candidates Johnny DuPree and Bill Luckett share views on policies, but have different backgrounds.

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ill Luckett and Johnny DuPree, Democratic candidates for governor in Mississippi, resembled long-time acquaintances more than they did political opponents during a debate at the University of Mississippi July 6. With the primary less than three weeks away, the candidates shared much ground. Both are proponents of fully funding education, requiring the state to make early childhood education available to all children and creating more job opportunities to boost the state’s weak economy. The candidates also show conservative sides—they both support a “personhood” initiative on the state’s Nov. 8 ballot that would define human life in the state’s Constitution as beginning at conception. But when it comes to their backgrounds, the two candidates have their share of differences. Luckett, who hails from Clarksdale, is an attorney by training but his real passion lies in revitalization. He often cites Ground Zero Blues Club and Madidi Restaurant—two ventures he co-owns with actor Morgan Freeman—as successful fruits of his efforts to improve Clarksdale. The 62-year-old doesn’t mind 14 getting his hands dirty. He often spends his Saturdays donating

labor to projects in his city such as renovating historic structures or cleaning up parks and public streets. Luckett served on Clarksdale’s beautificatioan committee, its airport board and its planning committee. He graduated in the top of his brigade during military training and commanded an engineering unit in Charleston, S.C., in the 1980s. DuPree, on the other hand, is familiar with the inner workings of government. In 2001, the 57-year-old became the first black mayor of Hattiesburg. His other government stints include serving as a board member for Hattiesburg Public Schools and as a Forrest County supervisor. The Fort Benning, Ga., native also has a business streak—he worked for Sears for 15 years in the 1980s and started his own real estate firm with his wife, Johnniece, in 1988. DuPree, however, wants to convince voters that he doesn’t play political games to benefit his own interest. He grew up poor, and his mother was illiterate. His life experiences have inspired him to help disadvantaged people, he said. “I’m not a politician, I’m a public servant,” DuPree said at a campaign event in Jackson July 5. Luckett sees his experiences in the private sector as an

advantage—he isn’t a part of business-as-usual politics. Luckett’s message implies that bureaucracy will not get in the way of his vision. “I’m not a career politician,” Luckett said. “I am largely in the private sector as a job creator.” The Education and Jobs Factor Getting a state-funded early childhood education program is not going to be an easy task. Both candidates believe that the state can partner with private organizations like the Boys and Girls Club to teach preschool-age children with the proper curriculum. During the debate at Ole Miss July 6, DuPree unveiled his “Mississippi Education Restructuring Plan” that would exempt teachers with three or more years experience from paying state income taxes, which he estimates would amount to an average of $2,000 in savings per teacher. He wants to give parents a $50dollar tax rebate per child to pay for school supplies. DuPree would require the state to make education budget projections three years in advance instead of one year in advance. The Democrats have a difference in opinion when it comes


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Getting the Vote DuPree showed up at the â&#x20AC;&#x153;Women for DuPree Rallyâ&#x20AC;? July 5 at his Jackson headquarters on State Street in a gray suit and apologized to the group of approximately 30 women for not wearing a tie. Prior to the rally, he was at a debate, and his pink tie caught the attention of a man there. When the man complimented DuPree on his attire, the mayor took off his tie and handed it to the man. DuPree used that example to demonstrate what extremes he will go to to help his constituents. â&#x20AC;&#x153;If we can bless someone with something, I have learned that the material things are only as important as you make them,â&#x20AC;? he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I try to keep things in perspective. I like to make people happyâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;it feels better to me than I know how to explain.â&#x20AC;? During the rally, DuPree answered questions from women and a few men and gave out doors prizes such as T-shirts and posters. A woman who won a â&#x20AC;&#x153;DuPree for Governorâ&#x20AC;? poster squealed with delight when her ticket number was called. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m going to put this next to my Obama poster,â&#x20AC;? she said enthusiastically. Luckettâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s campaign ads often depict him with younger Mississippians, who are smiling and eagerly receiving diplomas. His buddy Morgan Freeman often appears by Luckettâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s side in those ads. Luckett said he is trying to appeal to the all stateâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s demographics but doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t deny that he resonates with more youthful Democrats who understand his passion for

providing more opportunities to younger generations. In January 2010, Luckett signed a lease for an apartment in Jacksonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s recently renovated King Edward Hotel. Although he doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t spend much time there these days, he still has the apartment. By renting an apartment in King Edward, Luckett says he has already invested in Jackson and he hopes to turn the tides of a decades-long stand off between the state Legislature and the Capital City. â&#x20AC;&#x153;When state government is occupying â&#x20AC;Ś 30 or 40 percent of land mass in downtown Jackson, those entities are tax free but getting services, using streets, getting police protection,â&#x20AC;? he told the Jackson Free Press. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I think the Legislature needs to look long and hard. That is our Capital city. Often, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the first place visitors see when they come to Mississippi. I believe there needs to be further support given by state government (to the city). I hope thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s something I can convince the Legislature to do.â&#x20AC;? When it comes to campaign donations, Luckett has had more success than DuPree bringing in dollars. Luckettâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s July 9 campaign reports show that he raised $98,039 from June 1 to June 30 and $721,256 since Jan. 1, 2011. DuPree raised $42,647 from June 1 to June 30 and $379,944. Both candidates fall behind in donations compared to Republican candidate Phil Bryant and havenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t been as visible in television ads. Because of this, political analyst and author Jere Nash said that the majority of voters might not recognize the candidates. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a crapshoot,â&#x20AC;? Nash said about which candidate is likely to win the primary race. Nash said whichever candidate emerges from the Democratic primary will run as an underdog to the Republican candidate in the state, Nash said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t think the issue is black or white,â&#x20AC;? Nash said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Democrat or Republican. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s very difficult for a Democrat to get elected statewide in Mississippi.â&#x20AC;? Dâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Andra Orey, political science professor at Jackson State University, said that race would play a role in the election. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I think that as it relates to racial black voting, DuPree would clearly will get an overwhelming support from African Americans after being endorsed by Congressman Benny Thompson. And I think that Luckett might get a sizable percentage of white voters at the Democratic level,â&#x20AC;? Orey said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Some votersâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;not restricted to whiteâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;may perceive DuPree as not being a viable candidate because of the racial polarization that exists in the state.â&#x20AC;? See www.jfp.ms/politics for full JFP interviews with Luckett and DuPree..

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to charter schools. DuPree does not believe state funds should be used for charter schools. He wants to focus on improving public schools rather than taking money out of them, he said. In a February 2011 JFP interview, Luckett said he embraced the concept of charter schools after seeing the success of a KIPP (Knowledge is Power Program) charter school in Helena., Ark. In a four-year period, students went from being in the bottom percentile of national test scores to within the top 20 percentile. Both candidates want to create more incentives and opportunities for small businesses. DuPree has repeatedly demanded that corporations in Mississippi pay their fair share of taxes, and said he wants to review all agreements the state has given exempting them from paying state income tax. Luckett and DuPree both support a constitutional amendment scheduled to appear on the Nov. 8 state ballot to ban using eminent domain to transfer private property to a private developer or corporation. They also oppose a ballot initiative requiring voter identification.

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ndependent candidate Will Oatis, 37, was born in raised in Silver Creek. He has a bachelor’s degree in history from the University of Southern Mississippi. He spent 20 years in the U.S. armed forces including three combat tours in Afghanistan over the span of eight years. Oatis has more than 20 military awards, including a Bronze Star, a Global War on Terror Expeditionary Medal and the Global War on Terror Service Medal. He helped with post-Hurricane Katrina clean-up and searched for hurricane victims. Oatis started a fund that has awarded 10 scholarships to Mississippi students. One recipient has gone on to receive her doctorate. Oatis chose to run for governor because he is fueled by a passion to make Mississippi great. He feels that the three biggest issues facing Mississippi are overreliance on the federal government, rising unemployment and the worst education system in the country. His platform includes school-sys-

tem reform by creating sensible budgets, implementing a pre-K program without raising taxes, and equipping teachers to do their job effectively and produce results. To tackle unemployment, he wants to shift our economic development strategy to bring in big corporations to the state and offer incentives to small businesses. Oatis supports drilling in the Gulf of Mexico to create jobs and reduce dependence on foreign oil. He is a strong supporter of the Second Amendment. He does not support the use of eminent domain for private development purposes. Oatis says that the respect for private property is a fundamental American principle. More at www.willoatis.com.

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ism, and would look to close special interest loopholes and tax giveaways. He supports health-care reform, job creation and improvement, prison reform and election reform, instant runoff elections. Kearan proposes a yearly policy referendum that allows voters to give opinions on proposed changes in the law. He would investigate a highspeed rail and increased public transportation to service rural and suburban areas to help decrease traffic congestion, increase worker availability and help us attract and keep businesses in the state. He supports reform of the alcohol regulations in Mississippi and a referendum on legalizing marijuana within Mississippi. He says the legalization of marijuana would eliminate a lot of violence and crime, save enforcement costs, provide a valuable crop for farmers, a medicinal purposes, and the leftover plant material may be able to create bio-crude. Kearan supports education on contraception, the consequences of unprotected sex and abortion alternatives. He states that although abstinence-only is preferred, it’s not working and we need to protect our children with knowledge. He strongly opposes the personhood referendum that may be on the 2011 ballot. He believes the government should not have a say in the abortion debate, aside from ensuring that procedures are safe. More at www.bobbykearan.com. COURTESY BOBBY KEARAN CAMPAIGN

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eform candidate Bobby Kearan moved to Mississippi at the age of 10. He grew up in Winston County and attended Louisville High School. He is a “computer guy” who lives in Rankin County and works for a Mississippi-based financial institution. He manages its software security updates. His campaign motto is “One of the People, for the People” and he approaches his candidacy from the perspective of a working man. Kearan, 39, supports cuts that would leave a smaller, more efficient government, and state payroll reductions more aligned with the state’s median income. He would like to see the state act first to handle business within the state. He believes Mississippi should control all matters within its borders, including health insurance, traffic laws, industry and financial regulations. He supports education reform that would include a fully funded educational system, a statewide pre-school program and emphasis on critical thinking skills. He would initiate a financial course to teach kids how to handle money. Kearan supports tax reform to create fair-share responsibility, a cap on deductions, cut spending and would investigate the potential for changes in the state’s tax code and across-the-board minimum tax rates. He believes in free-market capital-

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ost Republicans in Mississippi’s statewide elections can be easily confused with one another in terms of their platforms. All call for lowering taxes and promoting business development. Some demand a blanket shrinking of state government with little respect for the correlating shrinkage in government services such as public education. There are some differences between them, however, that could prove to be determiners when the polls open. The list of Republican candidates facing one another in the upcoming August primary include campaign finance front-runner Lt. Gov. Phil Bryant of Rankin County, followed by Gulf Coast businessmen Dave Dennis and Ron Williams. Two personalities also lining up in the race include wetlands trust-fund manager Hudson Holliday and Byram businessman and minister James Broadwater. Although Bryant and Dennis have the money for the most television ads this campaign season, Williams has been rising in popularity apparently through the might of his criticism of state government. “The question is, are the people paying for all of this fed up enough to vote on August 2,” Williams said. “Win or lose, I can wake up August 3 and say, ‘By golly, I tried.’” Williams, who runs a hazardous material handling service in Pascagoula, is the loudest critic in the Republican team about what he claims to be state agencies’ preferential treatment of contractors who donate heavily to politicians’ campaign coffers. “We’ve been dealing with this problem for years,” Williams said. “My wife and I built this business on faith and sweat, not political ties. But nowadays, if you don’t have the right political connections (or) political ties, or you haven’t hooked up with the right lobbyist, it’s very hard to pursue your economic dream. ” While the campaign-finance front-runner Bryant added more than $2 million to his war chest so far, Williams is not accepting donations because he does not want to be in the position of being beholden to any particular company or interest group. Education Williams said he wants to improve education in Mississippi by concentrating resources on classroom activities instead of construction. In fact, Williams said he wants to consolidate schools in some areas and remove some administrative positions to pay more teachers. He also said he wants to steer money to charter schools. Charter schools differ from traditional public schools in that their study materials are independent from the Mississippi Department of Education guidelines. Most charter schools can weed out problem students through expulsion—an option less available to public schools, which must follow up upon a mandatory government enrollment policy for school-age children. Like Bryant, Dennis and Holiday, Williams is pushing public schools to focus on vocational education for some students. “We’ve got to push for dual education,” Williams said. “Sometimes, four-year college attendance to be a doctor or lawyer isn’t for everybody. It wasn’t for me.” Dennis said he would like to press for full funding of the Mississippi Adequate Education Program, but said the state has “to be realistic” regarding whether it can fully fund the program every year. “You’ve got to be careful in terms of not cutting other groups short,” he said. Holliday had no specific suggestions on improving state schools, aside from promising to gather experts to work out the answers after the election. Holliday warned at a June debate that charter schools could not be the answer for everybody, particularly in rural areas. He said saving the public-school system was the only effective option for improving public education. Bryant, who is also an advocate for charter schools, is on record as lieutenant governor for advocating cutting funding for K-12 education as recently as the 2011 legislative session. Immigration All Republican candidates have adopted a stance on keeping undocumented immigrants out of Mississippi—an effort aimed primarily at Latino immigrants who comprise less than 3 percent of the state population, according to the 2010 Census. Bryant whole-heartedly embraces the idea of enacting an Arizona-style law in Mississippi, which would force city, county and state police to ask suspects about their residency status. The law he supported in the Senate this year allowed residents to sue local governments whose police GOP, see page 19


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Taxes All Republican candidates oppose statewide tax increases to drum up faltering revenue, although some candidates make more of a show of it than others. At a recent debate, Holliday and Dennis said they would not sign a pledge not to raise taxes under any circumstances. Although both say they have no intention of raising taxes and would cut government first, Dennis said a businessman such as himself cannot move forward with unrealistic restraints. Holliday said he planned to uncover significant waste before resorting to tax increases, but said that adamantly sticking to a no-new-taxes policy under Gov. Haley Barbour had pressured municipalities and counties to raise property taxes to cover shortfalls. Bryant said he signed the no-new tax pledge and planned to stick to it, even in the face of drastic statewide cuts. Bryant advocated for the cuts last month, saying the best way to shrink government was to â&#x20AC;&#x153;starveâ&#x20AC;? government of funding. Williams said he plans to reduce personal income taxes by requiring tax laws to â&#x20AC;&#x153;be obeyed and applied fairly and effectively, with no tax-exempt special status groups, aside from nonprofits, churches and charities.â&#x20AC;? Williams added that state residents would have lower income taxes if â&#x20AC;&#x153;big business and corporations were in full compliance with tax codes.â&#x20AC;? Both Williams and Broadwater support a â&#x20AC;&#x153;Mississippi Fair Taxâ&#x20AC;? law that would jettison all forms of taxes, except sales tax. Critics have attacked Fair Tax proposals across the nation, arguing that limiting tax to sales is regressive, enabling the nationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s wealthy to spend far less money on taxes, proportionally, than the poor or middle-class. People in higher income brackets tend to spend a smaller portion of their income on necessary purchases such as food and gasoline.

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were not doing their part to round up undocumented immigrants. The federal government is challenging the Arizona law in court, arguing that immigration enforcement is the exclusive duty of the federal government, not the states. Latino-advocacy groups say the law leaves open the possibility of police targeting Hispanics because they â&#x20AC;&#x153;look like immigrants.â&#x20AC;? Broadwater, who has a Filipino wife, intends to take the issue a step further than Bryant. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I love legal immigrantsâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;I married one,â&#x20AC;? Broadwater says on his website. â&#x20AC;&#x153;But if elected, I will enforce all of our laws, and that includes using all the means at my disposal to stop illegal aliens from coming in and to force the ones who are here to leave, including use of the Mississippi Army and Air National Guard, SWAT teams, snipers, K-9 units, the Mississippi Bureau of Investigation, the Mississippi Bureau of Narcotics, airplane and helicopter recon, and the Civil Air Patrol.â&#x20AC;? Broadwater did not immediately return calls. Holliday revealed no outward support for the Arizona law, although Dennis said last month that he stood behind any legal means to discourage illegal immigration. Dennis joins Holliday and Williams in their desire to take the immigration fight to businesses that employ undocumented workers, rather than the police force. Holliday said undocumented workers come to Mississippi to work, not to vacation, and that increasing penalties upon negligent employers will be more effective than targeting local law enforcement with potential lawsuits for not pulling over Latinolooking residents. Holliday is a Pearl River County supervisor who is sensitive to the prospect of county government suffering lawsuits resulting from an Arizona-style law. Williams and Dennis both say businesses derive an unfair financial advantage in contract bids when they use undocumented workers. Dennis said a new state law forcing employers to use E-verify to confirm a prospective employeeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s residency status gets the job done, and that the state should â&#x20AC;&#x153;enhanceâ&#x20AC;? penalties for companies that disregard an E-Verify alert. Williams, however, suggests the state make it illegal to apply for employment in Mississippi with falsified documents. â&#x20AC;&#x153;E-Verify is a joke. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s just lip service from politicians,â&#x20AC;? Williams said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;But if you see a suspicious document, and you can notify local authorities of suspicious documents, the police can apprehend you, and then they have the jurisdiction to give you a background check and establish your citizenship status.â&#x20AC;?

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re you in need of a little help with your special day? Kelly Pickerill, front desk manager at Lemuria Books (Banner Hall, 4465 Interstate 55 N., Suite 202, 601-366-7619), suggests these helpful titles:

“Emily Post’s Wedding Etiquette” by Peggy Post (Harper Collins, 2006, 5th edition, $27.99) and “Emily Post’s Wedding Planner” (Harper Collins, 2006, $28) These two books have long been the “bibles” on weddings.

“Vera Wang On Weddings” by Vera Wang (Harper, 2001, $65) This gorgeous coffee-table book by the designer gives her thoughts on everything from the proposal to the honeymoon and all the dresses in between.

“Paper Bride: Wedding DIY from Pop-the-Question to Tiethe-Knot and Happily-EverAfter” by Esther Smith (Random House, 2009, $24.99) Smith provides a do-it-yourself and crafty approach to all things wedding.

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not only stay, but they could dine and relax as well,” Tamar says. “If they want to have a vacation away from home or if they were here on business, they could relax.” Tamar chose the treatments and packages nomiSpa offers. She is a licensed massage therapist and esthetician and gives facials and massages at the spa. The Sharps named the spa after their son Simon, who passed away from leukemia in 2007. The first five letters of nomiSpa spell Simon backwards. Sophia’s Restaurant, also at the Fairview Inn, is named after their nomiSpa, located in the Fairview Inn, is named after the Sharps’ son, Simon, who died of daughter, Sophia, who will leukemia in 2007. It is his named spelled backward. be a sophomore at Tulane University in the fall. Simon and Sophia were twins. popular bridal party package, includes a 25-minute SwedThe Fairview Inn also serves as a wedding venue. Tam- ish massage and hand or foot treatment therapy. Both the ar began offering wedding packages at nomiSpa to help ev- hand treatment and foot treatment therapies consist of an eryone involved with a wedding unwind and to provide a organic brown-sugar scrub and a warm compress of Shea more complete wedding experience. butter, soy extracts and beeswax. The package also comes “The brides can come here and have their wedding, with finger sandwiches, desserts, coffee and your choice of rehearsal dinners, bridal luncheons and so on,” she says. tea or hot chocolate. “We wanted to offer different packages at the spa (that) Like Spa Tea Number One, Spa Tea Number Two people could give their future spouse, mother of the bride ($159 per person) includes a 25-minute Swedish massage, or use for bridal parties to help them relax.” hand or foot treatment therapy, tea snacks and beverages. Although inspired by weddings at the Fairview Inn, Spa Tea Number Two also includes a back “facial,” a treatyou do not need to be getting married at the Fairview Inn ment designed to rid the back of acne and dry skin. to take advantage of nomiSpa’s wedding spa services. If none of these packages are what you are looking for, The bride’s package ($299) includes a 50-minute aro- you can customize services from nomiSpa’s menu of face, matherapy massage, manicure, pedicure, organic brown body, hand and foot treatments and massages. All spa package sugar scrub, bikini line hair removal and lunch at Sophia’s appointments should be made at least a week in advance. Restaurant. Megan Whitten, marketing coordinator for the Whitten thinks spa treatments are especially rewarding Fairview Inn, says this is one of the more popular packages. for stressed brides and grooms and their bridal parties. It is a perfect way for the bride to take time for herself. “Spa treatments are so beneficial to the overall person The groom’s package ($229) allows the groom to get as far as relaxation and destressing goes. With planning a some time away from pre-wedding stress. It includes a 50- wedding, everything gets so stressful. Having the option minute massage, facial and manicure. to have your bridal party or have yourself unwind is really nomiSpa also offers two packages for brides and their great,” Whitten says. “It gives you a chance to relax before bridal parties, both of which are limited to eight people. the wedding, let all the stress go and remember that you are Spa Tea Number One ($99 per person), the more getting married and it is going to be a good day.”

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here you sit on the floor of your living room. Shoes, veils and RSVP cards are scattered across the table and the sofa. No matter how hard you try, your brain won’t stop roaring and spinning— going over every detail in your head. It’s 2 a.m., and you’re worried whether the flowers will arrive on time and whether your husband-to-be will pick up your parents from the airport. Deep down you know this is supposed to be one of the happiest events of your life, but at this moment it doesn’t feel like it. As your wedding day approaches, it is important to not let your life get too consumed by those emotions and take some time to relax. Why not enjoy a day by yourself or with your wedding party at a spa? nomiSpa, located on the first floor of the Fairview Inn (734 Fairview St., 601-948-3429), offers spa packages for brides, grooms and bridal parties. The spa offers a full menu of services, and its small size creates a cozy and intimate atmosphere. Peter and Tamar Sharp, owners of the Fairview Inn, moved to Jackson from Celebration, Fla., in 2006 so Peter, 53, could fulfill his dream of owning a bed and breakfast. Peter has been in the hotel business since he was teenager, Tamar since she was in college. The two met while working together at the Hyatt on Capital Square in Columbus, Ohio, and have been married for 25 years. “I had a day spa when we lived in Celebration,” Tamar, also 53, says. “We wanted an inn that had the capacity to have a spa as well.” nomiSpa opened in 2008 to give guests a complete experience at the Fairview Inn. “They could come here and

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usic fans around the world admire Paul Collins, but he’s not sitting still to receive their praise. The New York City-based guitarist and singer has been recording and performing for more than 30 years, and is still most often found on stage. Collins plays power pop, a genre he helped develop in the late 1970s that focuses on strong melodies and high energy. But while many of his early contemporaries have scaled back their musical work, Collins just keeps getting busier. “I’m in full gear right now,” he notes. “I’m working more now than I have in 15 years.” His fans have long known Collins as a singer and guitarist, but he started out as a drummer in his teens. Wanting to break into music professionally, he left his New York home in 1974 for San Francisco. He soon met bassist Jack Lee and guitarist Peter Case and formed the Nerves. In a time when many groups were recording songs that were 10-15 minutes long, Collins and his bandmates focused on writing succinct songs with strong hooks. “Every second in a song would be gone 24 over until it was distilled down to its absolute

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bare minimum with no fat, no frills, just the essence,” he says. The band recorded and self-released a four song EP, which featured Lee’s song “Hanging on the Telephone,” later covered by Blondie. The Nerves also went on a nationwide tour they booked themselves. “None of us had a phone in our name,” Collins remembers. “The whole tour was booked at a pay phone.” The band’s “do-it-yourself” practices were unheard of at the time, but they were later used by countless bands that came after them. After the Nerves broke up in Los Angeles in 1977, Collins formed The Beat, a group that he led on guitar and featured his song. The Beat’s 1979 self-titled debut album marked his emergence as a master of the power-pop sound. While not a hit at the time of its release, “The Beat” is now seen as an essential power-pop record, featuring many of Collins’ most well known songs, including “Rock n’ Roll Girl” and “Walking Out on Love.” The Beat recorded and toured throughout the 1980s before calling it quits at the end of the decade. After a slow period during the

’90s, Collins re-emerged in 2004 with “Flying High,” an album that re-focused him on his signature sound. Returning to the road, Collins connected with younger musicians who had been influenced by his early work and were creating their own take on the music. “Power pop today is not the same as what is was when I started,” he says. “There are new variations. Some are more melodic, some more punky. It’s going into its second generation and it’s been marginalized for a long time.” As a way to push back against this, early last year Collins started the Beat Army, a Facebook page that brings his fans and the wider power pop audience together and rallies them to support the music by attending live shows and buying records. “It’s a place to show the outside world that it’s not just a handful of people,” he explains. The guitarist also continues to record. His most recent album, 2010’s “The King of Power Pop,” was a way for him “ ... to connect the dots from the work I did with the Nerves to today,” Collins says. Recorded in Detroit with producer Jim Diamond (best known for his work with garage rockers The Dirt-

bombs), the album includes songs Collins wrote throughout his career, as well as some new compositions. Collins also has a new release with Mississippi connections. While touring through the state last summer, he recorded two songs with Bruce Watson of Fat Possum Records at Watson’s studio in Water Valley. They were released in May on “Who, Dear?”, a single on Big Legal Mess Records (a Fat Possum imprint) with cover art by Oxford painter Glennray Tutor. Despite his busy recording schedule, Collins continues to put most of his energy into performing live. One of the ways he maintains his momentum for his energetic shows is by continuing to connect and perform with younger musicians. “It keeps me in the here and now and keeps me young in a way,” he says. “Hanging out with all these bands, you feed off of the energy.” The Paul Collins Beat tour of the South will stop in Jackson at Ole Tavern (416 George St., 601-960-2700) Friday, July 15. Fellow power popsters Missing Monuments, led by legendary New Orleans musician “King” Louie Bankston, are also on the bill. For the latest on Collins, visit


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The Choctaw Indian Fair opens at 11 a.m. at the Choctaw Indian Reservation (Highway 16, Choctaw) and runs through July 16. $10-$15, $5-$10 students, children 5 and under free; call 601-650-7450; visit choctawindianfair.org. … The Rev. C.J. Rhodes of Mt. Helm Baptist Church speaks at the Jackson 2000 luncheon at 11:45 a.m. at the Arts Center of Mississippi (201 E. Pascagoula St.). $12; email bevelyn_branch@att.net to RSVP. … Historian H. Clark Burkett speaks during History Is Lunch at noon at the William F. Winter Archives and History Building (200 North St.). Bring lunch; call 601-576-6998. … Tim Reynolds and Tr3 perform at 7:30 p.m. at Fire. $10.

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Donna Davis’ glass work exhibit at Mississippi Craft Center (950 Rice Road, Ridgeland) shows through July 31. Free; call 601-856-7546. … YoYo hosts the Joe Torrey Comedy Revue at Dreamz JXN. … The Mississippi Jazz Foundation’s Red Hot Jazz Explosion at 7 p.m. in Hal & Mal’s Red Room includes music by Laurie Walker, Pam Confer and Thomas “Tiger” Rogers. $10; call 601-594-2314 or 901-233-6784. … The JSU Karate Club’s 40th anniversary celebration is at 7 p.m. at Jackson State University (1400 John R. Lynch St.) in the Student Life Center. $40, $25 children, call 601-9576785 or 601-955-3848. … During Blues, BBQ and Baseball, the Mississippi Braves take on the Tennessee Smokies, and King Edward performs. The fun starts at 7 p.m. at Trustmark Park (1 Braves Way, Pearl). $8-$12; call 601-932-2562 or 800-745-3000.

SATURDAY 7/16

The Mississippi Bodybuilding Championships at Thalia Mara Hall includes a 9:30 a.m. pre-judging ($15) and a 7 p.m. competition ($20-$30). Call 601-898-2521 or 601-906-8837. … The annual Crape Myrtle Festival is at 11 a.m. at Green Oak Garden Center (5009 Old Canton Road). Free; call 601956-5034. … The Trustmark Ice Cream Safari is at 11 a.m. at the Jackson Zoo (2918 W. Capitol St.). $2 plus regular admission; call 601-352-2580. … Beer & Bones kicks off at noon at F. Jones Corner and includes a backyard grilling competition, and music by Otis Lotus, M.O.S.S., Kudzu Kings and the Legendary House Rockers. $15 in advance, $20 at the gate; call 601-983-1148. … The Stop The Violence Concert in the Park is at 4 p.m. at Jayne Avenue Park (3615 Jayne Ave.). Free, school supply donations welcome; email getconnectedjackson@gmail. com. … The Mississippi Opry Summer Show is at 6 p.m. at the Pearl Community Room (2420 Old Brandon Road, Pearl). $10, children under 18 free; call 601-331-6672. … Nero Denaro hosts the All White Party at Dreamz JXN. … King Edward performs at Underground 119 at 9 p.m. $10 cover. King Edward performs July 15 at Trustmark Park and July 16 at Underground 119.

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Raphael Semmes performs during Table 100’s jazz brunch from 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. … The Detectives Mystery Dinner Theatre presents “Fed Up” at 11:30 a.m. at Kathryn’s; brunch included. $39; call 601-291-7444 to RSVP. … Jackson Irish Dancers’ Mostly Monthly Ceili is at 2 p.m. at Fenian’s. Free. … Art House Cinema Downtown at Russell C. Davis Planetarium (201 E. Pascagoula St.) features “Simon Boccanegra” at 2 p.m. ($16) and “Certified Copy” at 5 p.m. and 7 p.m. ($7). Visit msfilm.org.

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Anne Dennis’ art exhibit at Jackson Municipal Art Gallery (839 N. State St.) hangs through Aug. 25. Hours are 8 a.m.-5 p.m. weekdays. Free; call 601-960-1582. … The Central Mississippi Blues Society Jam is at 7 p.m. at Hal & Mal’s. $5. … Martin’s hosts an open-mic free jam. … Karaoke at Fenian’s.

TUESDAY 7/19

Unburied Treasures is at 5:30 p.m. at the Mississippi Museum of Art (380 S. Lamar St.) in Trustmark Grand Hall. Free admission and cash bar; call 601-960-1515. … Wild Card Charles performs at Ole Tavern. … Wingstop (952 N. State St.) has music by Shaun Patterson.

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Retired FBI agent Avery Rollins speaks during History Is Lunch at noon at the William F. Winter Archives and History Building (200 North St.). Bring lunch; call 601-576-6998. … … Karaoke at Pop’s and Philip’s on the Rez. … Poets II has music from DJ Cadillac and RPM. More events and details at jfpevents.com.

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writes, and led to the successful prosecution of at least one innocent man. Malcolm also “made the conscious decision not to avoid or escape death,” Marable points out. He was, in other words, a willing martyr. As long as he stayed abroad, Malcolm was not in danger of assassination; his decision to return to the United States was his march from Gethsemane to Golgotha. He even went so far as to disarm his security personnel—a decision that probably saved their lives, but increased the chances that an attempt on his own life would be successful. He was ready to die, and he had no interest in taking anybody else with him. Marable’s book reminds us that Malcolm preached anti-Semitism, anti-white ideology, misogyny and homophobia during his years with the Nation of Islam. Haley’s account describes a penitent Malcolm who, transformed by his travels and by his disillusionment with Elijah Muhammad, became an integrationist whose views were in alignment with the mainstream Civil Rights Movement. This, Marable argues, is only half-true. Malcolm did abandon black separatism, but he did not abandon black radicalism. Citing Malcolm’s final speeches, Marable argues that he continued to see himself as part of an international Pan-African struggle against colonial oppression, and he continued to see the dismantling of institutional racism—and the establishment of black power structures—as essential to the future of black equality. Marable makes the persuasive case that Malcolm, at the end of his life, sowed the seeds of Stokely Carmichael’s radical and sophisticated concept of Black Power, and still bore little ideological resemblance to more mainstream figures in the movement. What he did have in common with the integrationists was that he had finally come to believe, for perhaps the first time in his life, in the possibility of white redemption. The author suggests that Malcolm’s role as an ambassador to global Islam had, at the time of his death, begun to eclipse his role as a strictly American black leader—leading me to wonder how much different the story of the past 50 years might have been if there had been such a clear point of interaction between the American progressive left and the international Islamic social justice movement. Ossie Davis eulogized Malcolm as “our shining black prince” because, he said, “a prince is not a king.” Had he survived, Malcolm X might have bridged the gap between U.S. civil-rights activism and global Islamic radicalism—providing avenues for communication and reconciliation that could have undermined international terrorism and saved thousands of lives. He was, as we all inevitably are, interrupted. COURTESY VIKING

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hen Columbia University professor Manning Marable passed away April 1, three days before the publication of “Malcolm X: A Life of Reinvention” (Viking, 2011, $30), he had already long since written the definitive biography of W.E.B. DuBois and the definitive biography, in documentary format, of Medgar Evers. His biography of Malcolm X, the most exhaustive ever written, completes a trilogy of black civil-rights biographies that has in many ways permanently changed the field of American history in general, and particularly African American studies. The third volume presents a challenge. To tell the full story of Malcolm X’s life without contradiction, Marable was forced to confront and dismantle Malcolm’s own account, as presented in “The Autobiography of Malcolm X: as told to Alex Haley” (originally published in 1965). Unsurprisingly, Marable is devastatingly effective. Where Malcolm claimed he had been unemployed and a violent criminal for several years beginning in 1942, for example, Marable proves that Malcolm had in fact spent the 1942-1944 period as a dishwasher at a popular Harlem jazz bar, and that most of the crimes he claimed to have personally committed during this time never even occurred. The book is peppered with this sort of data. And by researching correspondence between Alex Haley and Doubleday, Marable is also able to establish that Haley was forced, due to Malcolm’s travel schedule and unexpected death, to write the book’s climax—describing Malcolm’s supposed transformation from an allegedly violent black nationalist into an allegedly nonviolent integrationist—with very little input from Malcolm X himself. But Marable doesn’t call Malcolm X a liar. What he does suggest is that Malcolm—from the beginning of his life until the end—was a man who was willing to sacrifice everything to end the oppression and exploitation of those he loved. It is unsurprising that Malcolm sacrificed the factual details of his life story to the cause when we see that he also sacrificed his personal relationships, his financial stability, his health, his institutional support and, ultimately, his life. Malcolm X, despite a reputation for arrogance, clearly did not consider himself important; there was nothing he was not willing to sacrifice. He lived and died for black liberation. Marable indicts the original investigation into Malcolm’s death, making an unassailable case that the New York City Police Department intentionally chose to allow Malcolm’s assassination rather than to pursue obvious leads. The investigation into Malcolm’s death was incomplete, Marable


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Sun Salutation Training Sessions through July 30. Learn to do sun salutations in preparation for the Yoga for Non-violence fundraiser for the Center for Violence Prevention Aug. 6. Participating yoga studios include Mat Work Yoga and Pilates Club (408 Monroe St., Clinton, 601-624-6356), Butterfly Yoga (3025 N. State St., 601-594-2313), Northeast YMCA (5062 Interstate 55 N., 601-709-3760), StudiOm Yoga (665 Duling Ave., 601-209-6325) and Joyflow Yoga (7048 Old Canton Road, 601-613-4317). Times vary; call for details. Free; call 601-500-0337 or 601-932-4198. Jackson 2000 Luncheon July 13, 11:45 a.m., at Arts Center of Mississippi (201 E. Pascagoula St.). Pastor C.J. Rhodes of Mt. Helm Baptist Church speaks on the topic “Jackson: City with Soul? Toward a Beloved Community.” Lunch included; please RSVP. $12; e-mail bevelyn_branch@att.net. Beer & Bones July 16, noon, at F. Jones Corner (303 N. Farish St.). The event includes a backyard grilling competition, and an arts and music festival. Performers include Otis Lotus, M.O.S.S., Kudzu Kings and the Legendary House Rockers. $15 in advance, $20 at the gate; call 601-983-1148. Top of the Hops Beer Festival July 30, 2 p.m., at Jackson Convention Complex (105 E. Pascagoula St.). Patrons sample more than 150 craft beers. $35 in advance, $40 day of festival, $60-$65 VIP; call 205-714-5933 or 800-745-3000. See Yourself at the 2011 BOOM Fashion Show Save the date and start planning your outfit! The 2011 BOOM Fashion Show will be on National Fashion Night Out on Thursday, Sept. 8. Follow @boomfashionshow on Twitter and boomfashionshow.com for details on a local designer contest and the event itself. Fashion show benefits Dress for Success Metro Jackson. To get involved, email shannon@boomjackson.com or call LaShanda at 601-362-6121, ext. 16. Mississippi Happening. Guaqueta Productions hosts the monthly broadcast, which features a special musical guest. Download free podcasts at mississippihappening.com.

COMMUNITY New Vibrations Network Gathering July 14, 6:308 p.m., at Unitarian Universalist Church (4866 N. State St.). The mixer is held every second Thursday. Bring business cards and brochures to share with others. Call newvibrations2003@hotmail.com. Mental Health Research Conference Call for Abstracts through July 15. The theme is “Innovative Mental Health Services: Building Relationships and Strengthening Diverse Communities.” Social workers, mental health professionals and students may participate. Abstracts must be 500 words or less, double-spaced and submitted in Microsoft Word. Accepted presentations will be published for the Oct. 6-7 event. Email smhart@jsums.edu. Blood Pressure Checks for Seniors. The city of Jackson and St. Dominic Health Services provide blood pressure checks, and heat and skin care awareness information to qualifying individuals ages 55 or older living within the Jackson city limits. Free; call 601-960-0335. • July 13, 10:30 a.m., at T.L. Love Senior Center (2912 Holmes Ave.). • July 13, 10:45 a.m., at Sykes Park Multi-Purpose Senior Center (520 Sykes Road).

Choctaw Indian Fair July 13-16, at Choctaw Indian Reservation (Highway 16, Choctaw). The annual event includes tribal arts, crafts, dances, food, stickball games and music. Gates open at 11 a.m. July 13-14 and 9 a.m. July 15-16. Performers include the Spinners, Atlanta Rhythm Section, Starship featuring Mickey Thomas, Crystal Shawanda and LeAnn Rimes. Visit choctawindianfair.com for a schedule. $10-$15, $5-$10 students, children 5 and under free; call 601-650-7450. “History Is Lunch” July 13, noon, at William F. Winter Archives and History Building (200 North St.). MDAH historian H. Clark Burkett presents “Aaron Burr and the Aaron Burr Oaks.” Bring lunch; coffee and water provided. Free; call 601-576-6998. Survival Spanish July 13-Aug. 3, at Lingofest Language Center (7048 Old Canton Road, Ridgeland). Learn basic conversational Spanish from 7-8 p.m. Wednesdays. $98, $30 materials; call 601-500-7700. All-star Volleyball Match July 13, 7:30 p.m., at Mississippi College, A.E. Wood Coliseum (200 S. Capitol St., Clinton). The match features a best-offive series and a North/South format that includes rising senior players. $5; call 601-924-3020. All-star Tennis Tournament July 14, 1 p.m., at Parham Bridges Park (5055 Old Canton Road). The Mississippi Association of Coaches hosts the event at the tennis center. Free; call 601-924-3020. Events at Mississippi e-Center at Jackson State University (1230 Raymond Road). • “First Steps To Starting A Business” Workshop July 14, 6 p.m. Topics include regulations such as licenses and permits, legal forms of business ownership and basic marketing concepts. Free; call 601-979-2795. • Grant Application Workshop July 19-20. The interactive workshop covers 18 specific elements that make up a complete proposal. Hours are 8:30 a.m.-noon; limit of 15 registrants. $195; call 601-965-0377. Krutz Family Cellars Wine Tasting July 14, 6:30 p.m., at Nick’s (3000 Old Canton Road). Wines are paired with a five-course dinner. RSVP required; limited seating. $100; call 601-981-8017. Precinct 2 COPS Meeting July 14, 6 p.m., at Jackson Police Department, Precinct 2 (711 W. Capitol St.). These monthly forums are designed to help resolve community issues or problems, from crime to potholes. Call 601-960-0002. Mississippi Mission of Mercy Free Dental Clinic July 15-16, at Jackson Convention Complex (105 E. Pascagoula St.). Dentists and hygienists provide free dental care to adults and children on a firstcome, first-served basis. Doors open at 6 a.m. each day for fillings and extractions. No income or eligibility requirements. Volunteers needed. Free; call 601-664-9691. Jackson State University Karate Club 40th Anniversary Celebration July 15, 7 p.m., at Jackson State University (1400 John R. Lynch St.), in the Student Life Center. The club celebrates 40 years of existence under the leadership of grandmaster Lindsey Horton. The fundraiser includes a banquet and live entertainment. $40, $25 children; call 601-957-6785 or 601-955-3848. Crape Myrtle Festival July 16, 10 a.m., at Green Oak Garden Center (5009 Old Canton Road). The theme is “The Flower of the South.” Enjoy seminars, refreshments and children’s activities. Free; call 601-956-5034. Events at Jackson Zoo (2918 W. Capitol St.). Temporary hours are 8 a.m.-4 p.m. daily. $9, $8.10 seniors, $6 children 12 and under, members and babies free; call 601-352-2580. • Trustmark Ice Cream Safari July 16, 11 a.m. Sample more than a dozen ice cream flavors

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hen they perform, the visual is as interesting as the sound. With a stage full of shiny instruments, Ammo Eisu and Andy Tisdall of the band Zoo put on a loud, physical show, leaving many surprised that two people can make so much noise. “It’s pretty physical because we’re always switching instruments and moving around and changing where we are,” Andy says. On July 16, the female and male duo from San Francisco brings their mix of “indie-rock, folk, punk, looped rhythms and emotional outbursts,” to Sneaky Beans on North State Street. They also bring their “orchestral junkyard” (including banjos, cellos, horns, bent electronics, guitars and more) and sing about the “now-minutiae” of life in a creepy and yet sweet fashion. The Tender Tour is the first national tour for Zoo. They’re making a “big America loop” starting in California and literally looping around the U.S.—stopping in Texas; New Orleans, La.; New York City; Boston, Mass.; and Jackson. scooped by local television, radio and print media celebrities, and vote for your favorite flavor as well as favorite scooper. $2 plus regular admission. • Splash & Slide through Aug. 7. Children get to enjoy inflatable water slides and story time in addition to access to the zoo. Five-day passes available. Free with paid admission. Viking Classic through July 17, at Annandale Golf Club (419 Annandale Parkway, Madison). Watch PGA golfers compete at the annual tournament. Chef Emeril Lagasse give a cooking demonstration July 14 at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m., and net proceeds benefit Friends of Children’s Hospital. $20-$100, parking fees vary, $50 cooking demonstration; call 601-898-GOLF (4653).

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Radio JFP on WLEZ, at WLEZ 100.1 FM and wlezfm.com. Join Donna Ladd and Todd Stauffer every Thursday from noon-1 p.m., where they discuss vital issues and play local music. This week’s guests are Malcolm White and Tracie Wade, who will discuss the arts community. JFP sports writer Bryan Flynn gives commentary at 12:45 p.m. Listen to podcasts of all shows at jfpradio.com. Free; call 601-362-6121, ext. 17.

• July 14, 10:30 a.m., at Golden Key Multi-purpose Senior Center (3450 Albermarle Road).

Zoo plays July 16 at Sneaky Beans.

So far, the band has booked about 30 shows for July and August. During their hectic booking process, the two decided they’d stop in Arkansas and New Orleans where they have good friends. Jackson became the next place to stop after the two came across Sneaky Beans where some bands they like and their band friends have performed. “We both try to bring our own version of this very impassioned feeling to our shows,” Ammo says. The July 16 show at Sneaky Beans starts at 8 p.m. To listen Zoo’s music, visit www.zooisaband.com. prices. The garden is at the corner of W. Northside Drive and Medgar Evers Blvd. beside the BP gas station. Volunteers can help 5:30-7:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays, and 8-11 a.m. Saturdays.JIG sells produce at the garden from 8:30 a.m.-noon Saturdays. Call 601-924-3539.

FARMERS MARKETS Farmers Market Day July 16, 10 a.m., at Mississippi Children’s Museum (2145 Highland Drive). The event includes product samples, healthy activities and a watermelon seed-spitting contest. $8, children 12 months and under free; call 601-981-5469 or 877-793-5437.

Adult Summer Library Program Drawing through Aug. 1. The Mississippi Library Commission selects winners from among participants ages 21 and older of the Adult Summer Library Programs at participating public library systems. Prizes from eight casinos range from $100-$430 and include free stays at the hotels, meals and spa services. Registrations dates and times vary for each library. The drawing is held Aug. 1. Call 601-432-4056.

Jackson Square Farmers Market through Sept. 25, at Jackson Square Promenade (2460 Terry Road). Hours are 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday-Sunday through Sept. 25. Free admission, $5-$10 vendor fee; call 601-372-7157.

Women’s Fund of Mississippi Call for Grant Applications through Aug. 3, at Women’s Fund of Mississippi (Plaza Building, 120 N. Congress St., Suite 903). The Women’s Fund will make grants to programs that aim to create economic security for women in Mississippi. Eligible applicants must be non-profits with 501(c)(3) status. Interested applicants should call the office to brainstorm the project concept before formally submitting a concept brief. Call 601-326-0701.

Mississippi Farmers Market (929 High St.), through Dec. 17. The market is open 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays. Call 601-354-6573.

Exchange Student Program Call for Host Families through Aug. 15. SHARE! is looking for volunteers to host international high school exchange students for the 2011-2012 fall semester or school year. The exchange students arrive in late August to attend local high schools and live with the host family. Sign up by Aug. 15. Call 800-941-3738. Jackson Inner-city Gardeners Call for Volunteers through Aug. 30. JIG needs volunteers to help maintain plots and harvest vegetables. The produce will be donated to help feed the homeless and elderly and will be sold to the community at affordable

Byram Farmers Market (20 Willow Creek Lane, Byram), through Oct. 29. The market is open Monday-Saturday from 8 a.m.-6 p.m. Call 601373-4545.

Jackson Roadmap to Health Equity Project’s Farmers Market (2548 Livingston Road) through Dec. 17. Hours are 9-6 p.m. on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays. Call 601-987-6783. Old Fannin Road Farmers Market (1307 Old Fannin Road, Brandon), through Dec. 24. Hours are Monday-Saturday from 8 a.m.-7 p.m. and noon6 p.m. Sunday. Call 601-919-1690.

STAGE AND SCREEN Events at Russell C. Davis Planetarium (201 E. Pascagoula St.). • Art House Cinema Downtown July 17, 2 p.m. See “Simon Boccanegra” at 2 p.m. ($16), and

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Walk/Run Out on Domestic Violence July 16, 8 a.m., at Old Capitol Museum (100 S. State St.). Divas 4 Charity is the host. Registration is at 7 a.m. Proceeds benefits Catholic Charities Domestic Violence Center. $25, $10 children, $70 group of four; call 601-321-4218. Stop the Violence Concert in the Park July 16, 4 p.m., at Jayne Avenue Park (Jayne Ave.). This event is an opportunity to network and call to action ways to stop crime in Jackson. Speakers, hip-hop, neosoul and spoken word performances, and vendors included. Bring a school supply donation for Operation Shoestring. Free; e-mail getconnectedjackson@gmail.com. NAMIWalks Registration through Nov. 5, at NAMI Mississippi (411 Briarwood Drive, Suite 401). NAMIWalks is an annual walk to raise funds for NAMI Mississippi, a local branch of the National Alliance on Mental Illness. Each team member who raises at least $100 receives a T-shirt. Donations welcome; call 601-899-9058. “Certified Copy” at 5 p.m. and 7 p.m. ($7). Popcorn and beverages available. Visit msfilm.org. • “Hurricane on the Bayou” Mega-HD Cinema through July 31. The film explores the Louisiana wetlands, Hurricane Katrina and the efforts to restore New Orleans and the bayou. Show times are noon weekdays and 4 p.m. Saturdays. $6.50 adults, $5.50 seniors, $4 children, $3 students; call 601-960-1552. Events at Tinseltown (411 Riverwind Drive, Pearl). $14, $13 seniors and students, $12 children; call 601-936-5856. • “La Fille du Régiment” July 13, 6:30 p.m. See the Metropolitan Opera’s production of Donizetti’s classic opera. • “Tosca” July 20, 6:30 p.m., at Tinseltown (411 Riverwind Drive, Pearl). The screening of Puccini’s classic opera is part of the Live in HD Summer Encores movie series.

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Mississippi Bodybuilding Championships July 16, 9:30 a.m., at Thalia Mara Hall (255 E. Pascagoula St.). Pre-judging is at 9:30 a.m., and the competition is at 7 p.m. Proceeds benefit the Mississippi School for the Deaf Athletic Fund. $15 pre-judging, $20-$30 show; call 601-898-2521 or 601-906-8837. “Fed Up” July 17, 11:30 a.m., at Kathryn’s (6800 Old Canton Road). The Detectives Mystery Dinner Theatre presents the four-act interactive comedy. Three-course brunch included. Seating is at 10:30 a.m.; RSVP. $39; call 601-291-7444.

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“Guys and Dolls Jr.” July 14-17, at New Stage Theatre (1100 Carlisle St.). Participants in the Broadway Jr. Summer camp present the play based on Damon Runyon’s short stories. Show times are 7 p.m. July 14-16 and 2 p.m. July 17. $10, $7 children 12 and under; call 601-948-3533, ext. 222.

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Red Hot Jazz Explosion July 15, 7 p.m., at Hal & Mal’s (200 S. Commerce St.), in the Red Room. Performers include Laurie Walker, Pam Confer and Thomas “Tiger” Rogers. $10; call 601-594-2314 or 901-233-6784. The Mississippi Opry Summer Show July 16, 6 p.m., at Pearl Community Room (2420 Old Brandon Road, Pearl). Performers include Harmony & Grits and The Jason Boone Band. $10, children under 18 free; call 601-331-6672. Mostly Monthly Ceili July 17, 2 p.m., at Fenian’s Pub (901 E. Fortification St.). Enjoy a familyfriendly gathering of folks interested in Irish music and dance. Jackson Irish Dancers is the sponsor. Free; email emeraldrose2@yahoo.com. Prattyush Banerjee July 17, 4 p.m., at Gertrude C. Ford Center for the Performing Arts (100 University Ave., Oxford). The sarode player is accompanied by Prithwiraj Bhattacharjee on the tabla. $7, $5 students, children under 12 free; call 662-915-7411.

Victor Wooten July 20, 7:30 p.m., at MSU Riley Center (2200 5th St., Meridian). The Grammywinning bass guitarist is known for performing with Bela Fleck and the Flecktones. $32, $26; call 601-696-2200. Mississippi Music Foundation Youth Symphony Auditions through Aug. 30. The three-level symphony is a full orchestra consisting of strings, winds, brass, percussion, harp, and keyboard. Members participate in a 25-30 week season including rehearsals, sectional rehearsals and master classes with guest soloists. Participants must be Mississippi residents. Call 662-429-2939.

LITERARY AND SIGNINGS Events at Lemuria Books (202 Banner Hall, 4465 Interstate 55 N.). Call 601-366-7619. • “Ladies and Gentlemen” July 14, 5 p.m. Adam Ross signs copies of his book; reading at 5:30 p.m. $24.95 book. • “The Reservoir” July 20, 5 p.m. John Millken Thompson signs copies of his book; reading at 5:30 p.m. $15.95 book. • “A Good Hard Look” July 20, 5 p.m. Ann Napolitano signs copies of her book; reading at 5:30 p.m. $25.95 book; call 601-366-7619. Faulkner and Yoknapatawpha Conference July 17-21, at University of Mississippi (100 University Ave., Oxford). The theme is “Faulkner’s Geographies.” The conference includes lectures, panel discussions, guided tours and a photography exhibition. $175-$300; call 662-915-7283 or 662-915-5811. Weekly Storytime, at Campbell’s Bakery (3013 N. State Street). Children and teens are welcome to listen to a story Wednesdays from 2-3 p.m. Volunteers and book donations welcome. Free; call 601-362-4628.

CREATIVE CLASSES Line Dance Classes, at VFW Post 9832 (4610 Sunray Drive). Learn the Electric Slide, the Wobble, the Chinese Checker and other popular dances. Classes are on Thursdays at 7 p.m. Free; call 601-362-1646. Easy Summer Dinner Party Class July 13, 9 a.m., at Viking Cooking School (Township at Colony Park, 1107 Highland Colony Parkway, Ridgeland). Topics include making a dry rub, grilling fish, making Green Goddess dressing and making a summer dessert. $69; call 601-898-8345. Beginners Drawing and Painting Class July 14-Aug. 25, at Fondren Art Gallery (601 Duling Ave.). Richard McKey teaches the class for adults Thursdays from 6-8 p.m., excluding Aug. 4. Supplies included; space limited. $250; call 601981-9222. Polymer Clay Class July 16, 10:30 a.m., at Pearl Public Library (2416 Old Brandon Road, Pearl). Learn to sculpt with polymer clay from members of the Central Mississippi Polymer Clay Guild. Supply list at cmspcg.com. Free; call 601-932-2562. Tougaloo Art Colony July 17-22, at Tougaloo College (500 W. County Line Road, Tougaloo).

Classes in drawing, painting with pastels, ceramics, printmaking, creative writing and more will be offered. Continuing education credits are available. $25 deposit, $400 tuition; call 601-977-7839 or 601-977-7743. Kids Summer Art Camp July 18-21, at The Cedars Historic Home (4145 Old Canton Road). Natalie Ray Designs hosts the program for children in grades 2-6. Sessions are 1-3:30 p.m. daily. $150; email natalie@natalieraydesigns.com. Sushi Workshop July 19, 5:30 p.m., at Southern Cultural Heritage Center (1302 Adams St., Vicksburg). William Furlong teaches the proper techniques for making sushi. Supplies included. RSVP; space limited. $35, $30 members; call 601631-2997. Shut Up and Write! Get on the list for Donna Ladd’s popular creative non-fiction writing classes. Fall classes forming now. Email class@jacksonfree press.com or call 601-362-6121, ext. 15 for info.

EXHIBITS AND OPENINGS Events at Mississippi Museum of Art (380 S. Lamar St.). Call 601-960-1515. • The Orient Expressed: Japan’s Influence on Western Art, 1854-1918 through July 17. The exhibit explores Japonisme through more than 200 works of art from the 19th and early 20th centuries. $12, $10 seniors, $6 students; • Kyoto Views: The Art of Randy Hayes through July 17. Hayes incorporates an array of imagery from East and West, often borrowing from traditional Japanese printmaking aesthetics. Admission includes access to the Orient Expressed exhibit. $12, $10 seniors, $6 students; call 601-960-1515. • Unburied Treasures July 19, in Trustmark Grand Hall. Hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar are available at 5:30 p.m., and the program begins at 6 p.m. Ovid Vickers tells the story of his discovery of a William Hollingsworth painting and discusses the artist’s life. Free admission. Mississippi Time Travelers Kids Camp July 18-22. Students ages 8-12 learn about Mississippi history through hands-on artifacts, crafts, tours and more at the Old Capitol Museum, the Governor’s Mansion and the Eudora Welty House. Pre-registration required. $40; call 601-576-6800. Print and Ceramics Showcase Call for Art through July 28, at The Commons at Eudora Welty’s Birthplace (719 N. Congress St.). The gallery is looking for pieces to display in the annual Mississippi Print and Ceramics Showcase, which begins Aug. 5 with a 6 p.m. opening reception. Artists may submit up to five works via separate emails to jonathan@welty commons.com by attaching an image and including a title, the size and the media used. Submitters are encouraged to schedule a lecture and demonstration for their work. Call 601-352-3399. “Freedom’s Sisters” through Aug. 14, at Smith Robertson Museum and Cultural Center (528 Bloom St.). The interactive exhibition displays the journeys of 20 heroic African American women who changed history. Hours are 9 a.m.-5 p.m. weekdays and 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturdays. $4.50, $3 seniors, $1.50 children under 18; call 601-960-1457. Crafty Kids Summer Art Class, at Hobby Lobby (200 Ridge Way). Children will learn the basics of art, such as form, line, color and texture. Sessions are from 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. and 2-4:30 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays. Face painting and snacks available on special days. $40; call 601-212-3397. Check jfpevents.com 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 events@jacksonfreepress.com or fax to 601510-9019. The deadline is noon the Thursday prior to the week of publication. Or add the event online yourself; check out jfpevents.com for instructions.


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“Translation 2: Limited Edition” picks features extended tracks with new verses, up where last mixtape left off, but with one some different guests and remixes. There is twist. Instead of moving the series forward also a collector’s edition that is bundled with with “Translation 3,” a T-shirt and sticker. Coke wanted to give Even though the his fans “something subject matter in Coke’s special.” So, he talked music is on the gritty to the fans and listened side, he can’t be lumped to their suggestions to in with any number create a project that is, of other rappers whose in many ways, a colcredentials are questionlaboration with his supable. “I reflect on what’s porters. “I let the people really going on. I show A&R the album,” he it,” he says. says. “Listening to the What makes Coke fans should be the focal Bumaye real, though, is point of all artists.” his ability to work with The result of this the definition of real approach is a mixtape within his own paramthat sounds familiar and Coke Bumaye’s high-energy street eters. “I’m not into the fresh at the same time. tales about life in Jackson blend same stuff that I used A lot of the suggestions effortlessly with lyrical skills. to be into,” he says. Coke heard had to do “Music is now second with songs on the first to family. If my son says “Translation 2” that were too short. The it’s movie night, then it’s movie night, and I people wanted more, so “Limited Edition” don’t go to the studio. Those kinds of situaSPACEAGGE

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ne of my main concerns has always been being cool. It is certainly debatable if I achieve that, but I do put a good amount of thought into presenting myself in a certain way and surrounding myself with people I think are cool. It sounds shallow, but sneakers, hats, records, cool friends—these things matter. As a quasi-hip-hop journalist and Jackson hip-hop insider, I continually find myself in cool situations. It’s a fringe benefit of my chosen path. A couple of weeks ago, I was in another one of those cool moments when I sat down with Jackson rapper and allaround cool dude Coke Bumaye for lunch at Rooster’s to talk about his new release, “Translation 2: Limited Edition.” Fans of Coke (aka Corey Stokes) are well aware of his “Translation” series of mixtapes: “Translation 1” and “Translation 2.” His high-energy street tales about life in Jackson blend effortlessly with lyrical skills that are on par with any purists’ tastes. As Coke, 25, likes to say, he’s “sneaking the streets onto the backpackers and sneaking some knowledge into the street cats.”

“For the People” tions are also in my music.” That’s as real as it gets. All of this helps to explain the unique connection Coke has with the people that listen to and feel his music. Coke is bigger than just his songs and is often referred to as the leader of a movement in Jackson, a designation he accepts only partially. “It’s hard to say that I am the leader, because a general is not on the front lines. I’m right there with the people I am trying to reach. I’m just the one that can talk good,” he says, laughing. It is inspiring to hear a musician who is more concerned with his community than with merely himself. As one of Jackson’s brightest stars, and one who is possibly poised to break out onto the national scene, Coke keeps a very humble attitude: “Making it out is not what I am trying to do. I am trying to bring us in.” Download “Translation 2: Limited Edition” at cokebumaye.bandcamp.com. Follow him on twitter @cokebumaye to find out where to get the special collector’s edition of the mixtape.

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Boy Williams, Muddy Waters and Howling Wolf,” Champion says. These artists inspired Grady to start singing the blues. In true Grady Champion style, he didn’t want to be limited to singing. Grady bought his first harmonica in 1994. “I loved the sound of the harmonica and it was easy to carry around and practice anytime,” he says. And practice he did. While working at a publishing company, Champion practiced on his breaks. “I knew that if I was ever going to be any good, I had to practice all the time,” he says. The blues greats that Champion heard on that Miami radio station aren’t his only influences. He credits his mother as one of his strongest inspirations. A successful music career takes a certain discipline that Champion extends beyond his own behavior to that of his band. “I have this song, ‘Wine and Women Don’t Mix,’ and I know that there is a lot of foolishness going on in (the music) business. I have a strict rule: No drugs ever, and no drinking before a show. That goes for me and my band,” Blues artists Grady Champion has committed to playing once a month from September to December at Underground 119. Champion says. He doesn’t drink at all—he makes the rule for the band. Champion began playing in Jackson at the now-closed will return to the Jackson area this fall. 930 Blues Café in 2001. He recorded his first live album, “I want to take my audience to a place they can enjoy “Back in Mississippi Live,” there. and forget all their cares,” he says. These days, when Champion is in Jackson, you will Don’t expect Champion to stay behind the microphone find him at Underground 119. He has committed to playing forever, though. “I want to be a positive influence and be part once a month from September to December at the down- of the change happening in Jackson,” he says. “I want to be town venue. Champion is kicking off a national tour and able to find local talent and give them an avenue for success.”

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rady Champion approaches the microphone like a gun fighter ready to take you out. His belt, laden with harmonicas in various keys, one for each of the keys he sings in, sits at his waist. “I come in strapped down just like one of those old Mississippi cowboys,” he says. To see Champion live isn’t a typical concert experience. For one, you cannot confine him to the stage. “I love people,” he says. “I want to be with the audience.” It’s the explosive energy Champion brings to each and every show that has catapulted the Canton native to mainstream success. His first single, “The Weight of the World,” from his new album, “Dreamin,” recently hit No. 1 on the American Blues Top 20 chart. Champion is the youngest of his father’s 28 children. He says his dad was a loving, attentive father, although he died when Champion was only 3 months old. “It’s hard to believe, but I look up to my dad and can’t imagine loving someone as much as I do him, even though I never got to know him,” he says. Champion and his family moved to the Miami, Fla., area when he was 15. Although he later returned to Mississippi and graduated from Canton High School, Miami left its mark on Champion. The Miami Beach rap scene first caught Champion’s attention. Starting as a promoter and eventually becoming a rapper, Champion, under the name MC Gold, signed with Sun Town when he was just 19. The rap scene in Miami didn’t hold his attention for very long, however; Champion wanted to play to a more mature audience. “I was hanging out with a guitar player in Miami who introduced me to the public radio station down there. It was this station that introduced me to blues artists like Sonny

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Crab’s (6954 Old Canton Rd., Ridgeland, 601-956-5040) Crab’s Seafood Shack offers a 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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Hickory Pit Barbeque (1491 Canton Mart Rd. 601-956-7079) The “Best Butts in Town” features BBQ chicken, beef and pork sandwiches along with burgers and po’boys. Haute Pig (1856 Main Street, 601-853-8538) A “very high class pig stand,” Haute Pig offers Madison diners BBQ plates, sandwiches, po-boys, salads, and their famous Hershey bar pie. Lumpkins BBQ (182 Raymond Rd. Jackson 866-906-0942) Specializing in smoked barbeque, Lumpkin’s offers all your favorites for on-site family dining or for catered events, including reunions, office events, annivesaries, weddings and more.

PIZZA

The Pizza Shack (1220 N State St. 601-352-2001) 2009 and 2010 and 2011’s winner of Best Pizza offers the perfect pizza-and-a-beer joint. Creative pizza options abound along with sandwiches, wings, salads and even BBQ. Sal & Mookie’s (565 Taylor St. 601-368-1919) Pizzas of all kinds plus pasta, eggplant parmesan and the local favorite: fried ravioli. Best Kid’s Menu & Best Ice Cream in the 2011 Best of Jackson. Plus, Pi(e) Lounge in front offers great drinks... and a grown-up vibe.

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BRAVO! (4500 Interstate 55 N., Jackson, 601-982-8111) Wood-fired pizzas, vegetarian fare, plus creative pastas, beef, and seafood specials. Award-winning wine list, Jackson’s see-and-be-seen casual/upscale dining. Cerami’s (5417 Lakeland Drive, Flowood, 601-919-28298) Southern-style Italian cuisine features their signature Shrimp Cerami (white wine sauce, capers artichokes) along with veal, tilapia, crawfish, chicken and pasta dishes. Now with liquor license! Fratesi’s (910 Lake Harbour, Ridgeland, 601-956-2929) “Authentic, homey, unpretentious” that’s how the regulars describe Fratesi’s, a staple in Jackson for years, offering great Italian favorites with loving care. The tiramisu is a must-have!

MEDITERRANEAN/GREEK/INDIAN

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! Aladdin Mediterranean Grill (730 Lakeland Drive 601-366-6033) Delicious authentic dishes including lamb dishes, hummus, falafel, kababs, shwarma and much more. Consistent award winner, great for takeout or for long evenings with friends. Kristos (971 Madison Ave @ Hwy 51, Madison, 601-605-2266) Home of the famous Greek meatball! Hummus, falafel, dolmas, pita sandwiches, salads, plus seasoned curly fries (or sweet potato fries) and amazing desserts. Mezza (1896 Main St., Suite A, Madison 601-853-0876) Mediterranean cuisine and wood fired brick oven pizzas. Come experience the 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.

COFFEE HOUSES

Cups Espresso Café (Multiple Locations, www.cupsespressocafe.com) Jackson’s local group of coffeehouses offer high-end Arabica beans, a wide variety of espresso drinks. Wi-fi. Wired Espresso Café (115 N State St 601-500-7800) This downtown coffeehouse is a true gathering place, featuring great coffee and a selection of breakfast, lunch and pastry items. Wi-fi.


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BAKERY

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 Heavenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;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) Mmmm... Bagels. 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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High Noon CafĂŠ (2807 Old Canton Road in Rainbow Plaza 601-366-1513) Fresh, gourmet, tasty and healthy defines the lunch options at Jacksonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s own strict vegetarian (and very-vegan-friendly) restaurant.

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ow do you combine socializing and exercise? Take multi-tasking to a whole new level and throw a fitness party. Whether it is with your friends, family, church or your co-workers, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s easy to plan with huge rewards. Here are some tips for a successful fitness party: â&#x20AC;˘ Pick the right day and time: Mornings are good, but not too early. Take into consideration folks who work outside the home. In that case a Saturday morning would be ideal. â&#x20AC;˘ Choose a theme: For our theme, weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve chosen yoga. However, Pilates, belly dancing, Zumba, hiking, biking or water aerobics could be fun, too. Consider hiring a professional to lead the workout. â&#x20AC;˘ Pick your location: Depending on the activity, the number of guests and the time of year, you can choose to work indoors or outdoors. You can meet in your home, a local gym or studio, or a park. â&#x20AC;˘ Finalize your agenda: Consider having an exercise-DVD or a healthy recipe swap. Test your guestsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; fitness and nutritional knowledge with interactive quizzes and contests. â&#x20AC;˘ Plan your menu: Keep your menu healthy and light. You donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t want to exercise on a heavy stomach or undo all your hard work with a fat-laden lunch afterwards. Aside from your main menu, put out healthy snacks like veggies, nuts and fresh or dried fruit. â&#x20AC;˘ Send invitations: Get the word out to your friends through email via evite.com or have custom invitations made at Fresh Ink (Highland Village, 4500 Interstate 55 N., Suite 136, 601-982-0235). Invitations will get everyone excited for the big day. Be sure to include information about the theme, the agenda for the party, what clothes to wear, what items to bring and what will be on the menu. â&#x20AC;˘ Have fun: Encourage everyone to work out at their own pace and have fun! â&#x20AC;˘ Send them away happy: No party is complete without goodie bags to take home. Depending on your budget, you can send your

friends home with smaller items like water bottles, water flavoring packets, granola bars, pocket fitness or nutrition guides, pedometers, jump ropes or even iTunes gift cards. â&#x20AC;˘ Keep it going: Take turns among your friends hosting fitness parties. Choose a theme and try something new. Donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t forget to discuss everyoneâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s daily exercise routines, meet up for a jog or walk during the week.

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To avoid injury, consider hiring a professional to lead your fitness party. Here, Scotta Brady of Butterfly Yoga leads a class at her studio.

and do a lot of it. You are more likely to stick with it. Diversify your activities after youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve gotten into the habit of exercising. 3. Find someone to hold you accountable, preferably not a spouse or partner. Accountability is important. Many people have a hard time staying motivated. 4. Measure your progress. Numbers donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t lie and they give you good feedback as to what works and what doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t. Weigh yourself regularly and take a few measurements from time to time to see your results. 5. Fuel and hydrate. Food is fuel for the body and mind and should be treated as such. It is impossible to carry out a successful exercise regimen eating processed and fast foods. Of course, drinking plenty of water throughout the day is a must.

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Eslava’s Grille Seafood, Steaks and Pasta

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Sweat Together: The Menu

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hat you eat after you exercise is vitally important. You’ve worked so hard to burn calories, now take it easy with a light meal. And remember, small portions are best.

THE GREEN DRINK

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Provided by Terry Sullivan, www.liveRIGHTnowonline.com. Spinach leaves, used in the Green Drink, are rich in antioxidants and high in vitamin A, iron and calcium.

2 mangoes, cubed Handful of spinach leaves 2 tablespoons parsley, chopped 2 tablespoons basil, chopped 3 celery stalks, cut into pieces 1/2 cup spring water

Combine all ingredients in blender with spring water and blend. Serve chilled or over ice.

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Provided by Susan Voisin and Fatfree Vegan Kitchen (blog.fatfreevegan.com). 1 pound (about 2 medium) red or gold potatoes 14 ounces extra-firm tofu, frozen for 24 hours and thawed 1 medium onion, minced 1 cup frozen green peas 1 medium tomato, diced 1 tablespoon fresh ginger, peeled and minced 1/2 jalapeno pepper, stemmed, seeded and finely diced 1/2 to 3/4 cup water 1 teaspoon salt to taste 2 teaspoons curry powder 1/2 teaspoon ground coriander 3/4 teaspoon ground cumin 1/8 to 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper (or to taste) 1 tablespoon lemon juice 6 whole-grain tortillas (may use gluten-free)

Cook the potatoes, unpeeled, in boiling water until they’re tender (pierce easily with a fork, about 10-15 minutes). Remove

ZUCCHINI WITH CILANTRO DRESSING AND PINE NUTS Provided by Terry Sullivan, www.liveRIGHTnowonline.com.

1 pound small zucchinis 1 tablespoon Spanish olive oil 1 garlic clove, crushed 1/3 cup pine nuts

Thinly the slice zucchini lengthwise and run under cold water. Pat dry. Put slices in a large bowl and add garlic and olive oil. Toss together lightly. In a ridged grill pan, lay out the zucchi-

from water and set aside to cool. When cool enough to handle, peel and cut into 1/4-inch pieces. Squeeze tofu to remove as much water as possible. Cut into 1/4-inch cubes. Heat a deep non-stick skillet and add the onion. Cook on medium-high until onion begins to brown. Add peas, tomato, ginger, jalapenos, and two tablespoons water. Cook, stirring, until peas thaw. Add potatoes and tofu to skillet along with 1/2-cup water, salt, curry powder, coriander, cumin, cayenne and lemon juice. Cover and simmer for about 10 minutes, adding more water if necessary. Remove cover, and cook until most liquid has evaporated. Check to see if more salt or lemon is needed. Warm tortillas according to package directions. Place a sixth of the filling in center of wrap, fold bottom edge up, and fold sides over filling. Serve with mango chut-

ney, if desired. Yo u c a n make this with crumbled, nonfrozen tofu but you may not need much or any water. Or, if you’re avoiding soy products, double the amount of potatoes and leave the tofu out altogether. This mixture would also be good stuffed into a pita or rolled into a homemade chapati. Serves six.

ni in a single layer and cook at 250 degrees for about 10 minutes, just enough to warm it through. Turn over once after 5 minutes. Once tender, remove zucchini from pan and let cool slightly, and then add the pine nuts.

Place garlic, cumin and herbs into a food processor and pulse until well mixed. Add 1 tablespoon of Spanish olive oil and use a spatula to scrape the sides of the food processor bowl. While the motor is still running, slowly add the remaining 4 tablespoons of oil until the mixture has thickened slightly. Add the vinegar and process until well blended. Lightly drizzle over the cooling zucchini. Serve any remaining dressing in a separate bowl.

CILANTRO DRESSING

2 cloves garlic, chopped 1 teaspoon ground cumin 1/2 cup fresh cilantro, chopped 2 tablespoon fresh parsley 5 tablespoon Spanish olive oil 2 tablespoon white-wine vinegar

Nutrition Facts (filling only): 153 calories, 4.25 grams fat, 427 grams sodium, 21.56 grams total carbohydrates, 3.9 grams fiber. Calories from fat: 35.52 (23 percent). Nutritional information is approximate and is not guaranteed to be 100% accurate. Note that a “Gluten-free” label is strictly a cataloging tag meant to be helpful for recipe searches and does not ensure that the recipe is completely free of gluten. Always read ingredient labels carefully and contact manufacturers to make sure that products actually are vegan and/or gluten-free.

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ow that you’ve decided to have a fitness party, it’s time to go shopping. For a yogathemed party, we found some great items just for the occasion.

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6030 I-55 North- EXIT 102B (601) 977-9040

5. 1. Neon yoga top, From Me to You Full Service Consignment, $8.99 2. Gray and neon yoga pants, From Me to You Full Service Consignment, $7.49 3. ToeSox, The Pilates Place of Mississippi, $13 4. Foam yoga blocks, Studio Om Yoga, $13 5. Bobble filtered water bottle, The Pilates Place of Mississippi, $10.70

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1. Earth Day eco tote, Fair Trade Green, $16 2. Buttons, Fair Trade Green, $1.50 each. 3. Stott Pilates DVDs, The Pilates Place of Mississippi, $15 each. 4. Nuun electrolyte-enhanced drink tabs, Fleet Feet Sports, $7 5. Umpqua Oats all natural oatmeal, Cups Espresso Café, $3 6. SweatyBands athletic headbands, Fleet Feet Sports, $15 7. Red beeswax Buddha candle, Fair Trade Green, $14

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1. To-Go Ware bamboo utensils, Fair Trade Green, $13.50 2. Ten Thousand Villages wooden bowl, Fair Trade Green, $29.50 3. Bamboo Leaves Tea Set, Fair Trade Green, $23 (for the set)

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Consignors’ Boutique (131 Gateway Drive, Suite F, Brandon, 601-825-2030); Cups Espresso Café (Multiple locations, 601-9819088); Fair Trade Green (2807 Old Canton Road, Suite A, 601-987-0002); From Me to You Full Service Consignment (6080 Old Brandon Road, Suite B, Brandon, 601-939-2326); Fleet Feet Sports (Trace Station Shopping Center, 500 Highway 51, Ridgeland, 601-899-9696); The Pilates Place of Mississippi (Highland Village, 4500 Interstate 55 N., Suite 150, 601-981-2987); Studio Om Yoga (665 Duling Ave., 601-209-6325)


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by Julie Skipper

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Tom Allin and Sarah Welker show their red, white and blue spirit at the annual Old House Depot Fourth of July party.

ebrate my own independence along with our country’s. Herman Hesse once said, “Solitude is independence,” and that’s where I took my cue. Being single and a highly social

creature may seem flagrantly independent, but that’s the thing about habits and addictions—everyone’s are different. So for one day that weekend I declared my independence from social activity and also declared myself free of perhaps the greatest addiction of all—the iPhone: no texting, phone calls or Facebook app. (Confession: that one day was killer. I kept reaching for the phone like a phantom limb.) Free to do nothing at all, I was a little stumped, but settled into the quiet, which really was a celebration of my independence—free to be alone and calm. Did it last? Of course not—you already read about the outing on the Fourth to Horse Trailer. The Old House Depot parking lot was full of friends old and new, and hanging out with them at the party and back at a house afterward was just the sort of activity and energy that I love. And now that the holiday is over, I’m back at work running from meeting to meeting like a crazy person and making social plans for the next two weeks. But it’s nice to know that if I want to, I’m free to turn it all off again.

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ndependence. We celebrated ours as a country this month with fireworks, food and a welcome break from work. Did I have a great time watching the fireworks at the Jackson Chamber of Commerce’s Red, White and Jackson from a downtown rooftop with friends? Absolutely. Was Horse Trailer at the Old House Depot’s (639 Monroe St.) annual Fourth of July party a blast? Definitely. But as they played “It’s Independence Day,” I thought about it on a more personal level, too. I blame my friend Eddie Outlaw for the introspection. Over a recent lunch at Nick’s in Fondren (3000 Old Canton Road), he apologized for any absent-mindedness, blaming the nicotine demons. Eddie recently quit smoking, and though the process was less than enjoyable, his resolve to free himself from the addiction was impressive. He spoke about the decision in terms of declaring his independence from that bad habit and how that made him think about the holiday celebrations in a different light. Of course that, in turn, made me think about how I might cel-

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