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8 Creative Dollars Creative pursuits and the people who support them bring money to Mississippi. ELIZABETH WAIBEL

Cover layout by Kristin Brenemen



People who experience poverty simulations learn what it’s like under the poverty line. COURTESY KEESHEA PRATT

ruthie taylor happens, she says, angling the spotlights, styling the costumes, and designing and placing the background and props to combine it all into a fantastical show experience. If students are not gifted thespians, they can explore the technical side of stagecraft and learn the different roles behind the scenes. Taylor, 24, also coaches the middleschool speech and debate team and is one of three coaches for the high school team. With her direction, the students find confidence and eloquence through public speaking, debating and story-telling in middle school. The team has made trips as far away as Boston, Mass., for national debate competitions. In addition to teaching, Taylor plays bass in the rock group Swamp Babies. Josh Taylor, her high school sweetheart and husband, is the band’s lead singer and guitarist. Ryan Baucum, a longtime friend of the couple, plays the drums in the group. The Swamp Babies have been playing locally for about a year, performing original songs as well as some rock ‘n’ roll covers. They performed in her neighborhood at Bright Lights, Belhaven Nights last Saturday. “It was a fun, well-attended event,” she says. “We actually finished the evening by playing at Ole Tavern.” Taylor was pleased to see that her friends and their children had fun listening to their music. —Callie Daniels

32 Op to Pop Keeshea Pratt brings her classical training to bear in her singing and acting career.

41 Vows and Drums Kiwana and Lorenzo Gayden make their wedding ceremony a mix of cultures and traditions.

Ruthie Taylor teaches middle-school classes in theater production where she helps students from fifth to eighth grade find themselves through the characters in plays and through the different functions needed to bring a production to the stage. “Middle school is a tough time to grow up,” she says. “I want to give the students an outlet for their energy.” As many Mississippian do, Taylor returned to her hometown of Jackson last year from studying 1,256 miles away at Wellesley College in Massachusetts. Since April, Taylor has been working as a theater teacher for the middle school at her alma mater, St. Andrew’s Episcopal School in Ridgeland. She attended St. Andrew’s from third grade until her graduation in 2005. Taylor came full circle, back to the source of her lifelong passion. “I want to give back to the program that inspired me,” Taylor says. With actors, artists and musicians in her family, artistic talent runs in her blood. She discovered a channel for her talent in St. Andrew’s theater department when she was in middle school and graduated from Wellesley College with a degree in theater studies (with honors) in 2009. She prefers to stage manage the school’s musicals and plays from backstage. Taylor knows that theater is more than just the actors up front. She wants to be where the real magic


4 ............. Editor’s Note 4 ................... Slowpoke 6 .......................... Talks 12 ................... Editorial 12 .................... Stiggers 13 .................. Opinion 26 ............... Diversions 28 ....................... Books 29 ..................... 8 Days 30 .............. JFP Events 32 ....................... Music 33 ......... Music Listings 35 ...................... Sports 36 ................. Astrology 37 ........................ Food 41 ................... Hitched 42 ......... FLY Shopping

Seeing Poverty


Elizabeth Waibel Cub reporter Elizabeth Waibel grew up in Clinton. In May, she received her journalism degree from Union University in Jackson, Tenn. She likes coffee and trying new cake recipes. She wrote the cover story.

Lacey McLaughlin News editor Lacey McLaughlin is a Florida native who enjoys riding her bike around Jackson. She is always on the hunt for news tips. E-mail Lacey@ or call 601.362.6121 x. 22. She contributed to the cover package.

Andrea Thomas Advertising designer Andrea Thomas is a native of Ridgeland and is a recent Antonelli College graduate. She loves to sing, dance and write poetry in her free time.

Sadaaf Mamoon Editorial Intern Sadaaf Mamoon is a senior at St. Andrew’s Episcopal School. She loves film scores, Greek mythology, and naming inanimate objects. Her spirit animal is a pink fairy armadillo. She wrote an arts and a music story.

Mike & Mateo Jacome The dynamic father-son duo Mike and Mateo Jacome enjoy Cub Scouts, tacos and fighting for the affection of the woman they both love. They live by the motto of, “With great power comes great responsibility.” They wrote the book dish.

Rose Pendleton Rose Pendleton is a bitter yet naive girl from Delaware trying to make it in the world and ends up falling over herself in the process. Rose loves video games, long walks on the beach and anything associated with food. She wrote Hitched.

Bryan Flynn Sports writer Bryan Flynn is a Mississippi native who resides in Richland. When not writing for the JFP, he writes a blog, He lives with his wife and their four cats. He wrote a sports story.

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Kimberly Griffin


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


by Donna Ladd, Editor-in-Chief

Of Anger and Alternative Endings


hen I was a teenager, I decided I wanted to be a civil-rights attorney. I had visions of righting the kinds of wrongs done in my hometown of Philadelphia, Miss. I only learned about the murders of Chaney, Goodman and Schwerner by people my family knew when I was 14, even though they happened when I was 3. I had grown up amid air saturated with the N-word, disparaging comments about people in the “N*gger Quarters” (not to mention on the Choctaw reservation), and hearing all the fearful things about crime and rape that bigots tell to justify their putrid ideas. When I finally found out about “the murders,” I was angry. I cried in bed at night at the horrors I read about in newspaper archives, wanting to turn back time and do something about it. I could imagine myself then, using my brain and my sass to change things. If I had only been there then, I used to fantasize, maybe I could have convinced people to do right. I would have had the nerve, I told myself. I can imagine myself alongside Florence Mars as she held the American flag rigid in salute of Martin Luther King Jr. as he marched through town with her fellow whites flinging bottles and driving cars into the marchers. I picture myself as an intern to white newspaper owner/editor Hazel Brannon Smith as she worked in her Northside Reporter office, defying the white establishment in editorials that would win her a Pulitzer Prize even as whites boycotted her business. So I get it that Kathryn Stockett probably had an ache in her heart when she wrote “The Help.” She grew up amid the white wealth and power of Jackson, the heart and financial power of the Citizens Council in the 1960s. The big differences between us, I expect, is that I knew more former Klansmen and she knew former Citizen Councilors. Oh, and her family could afford maids to raise their kids. But if there was one thing I learned over the years—as I dropped out of law school to ultimately follow the trail Brannon Smith blazed here—it is that you can’t change history. As much as we ache for a different past where our families and their families were less cruel to “the other,” we cannot simply rewrite it. Only the truth, indeed, can set us free. When I read “The Help” two years ago (I couldn’t put it down) and watched the film last Saturday (which made me laugh and cry), I could feel the pain of another white 40something Mississippian who wants to make it all better. She’s pining for a happier ending for our state, and she’s using her talents to make it so. Did she intentionally write a fairy tale? Certainly, her tale is infused with bits of truth about the horror of the time for black women and tragedy of white women raised to love, hate and abuse them all at the same time. But those nuggets are, seemingly, uninformed by voices of real black women, from former maids (like the one suing her) to female intellectuals like bell hooks and, now, Melissa

Perry Harris, who can teach us if we’ll just listen. I’m still learning, but my pilgrimage to seek, study and listen to African American voices has taught me to see what is wrong with “art” like “Mississippi Burning,” “Ghosts of Mississippi,” “Blind Side” and “The Help.” Those films, which taken together define everything many people know about the black freedom movement, start and end poorly, even if there is some level of truth within. The films aren’t a problem because, as too many whites complain, “they make the South look bad” or “dredge up the past.” Face it, white southerners made the South look bad: Our forebears were horrifying when they joined together to defend their white-supremacist way of life by any means necessary. The movies are a problem because they dredge up a white version of a much more complicated past (and present) rich with courageous black heroes finding the faith and courage to reclaim a family structure destroyed by slavery, and ultimately changing this nation. But Hollywood seems to believe it takes a white hero saving poor blacks to sell the story. An occasional film like that would be fine—it did happen, too—but it is an injustice when only a victim narrative breaks through. For me as a hell-raising white woman, “The Help” bothers me even more. I love the strong women in it, but I know our history well enough to see how the movie’s naive ending softens our history for newer generations. The story touches on the Citizens Council and Medgar Ever’s murder by a Citizens Councilor, but viewers will not know just how entrenched Jackson was in 1963-64. Bill Simmons, the head of the Citizens Councils of America, used to spread race hated from his Fairview Street home before it became an inn.

He used to say he knew where every white person in Jackson stood on the race question. That meant whites here had two choices: go along with the Council or live in fear of economic or violent retribution. “Help” viewers will not know that taxpayers (including blacks) paid for the Sovereignty Commission, which would spy on “agitators” (including a white gas station owner in Philadelphia who let a black man use his bathroom) and file “intelligence” reports. Then upstanding whites (not just Kluckers) used the information to organize boycotts and threaten the traitor whites. They fed it to local enforcement who were often members of the Klan (such as Chaney’s license plate number prior to the Philadelphia murders). If they got caught, the Americans for the Preservation of the White Race paid legal fees collected from the wealthy to help them get off, often in front of Citizen Council judges. That is, every white person (a) was in on the conspiracy, (b) didn’t care enough to speak up or (c) was threatened if they tried to. “The Help” just could not have ended as it did. Hilly, or her man, would have called the Council on Aibileen, Minny and Skeeter. My guess is that Aibileen would have been severely beaten and never hired again in the state; anyone related to Skeeter would have been destroyed economically and at least one cross burned in her mama’s yard; and Minny would have been killed and her house burned. Oh, and my hero Hazel Brannon Smith, the writer and truth teller? She started out wealthy and owned four newspapers in this vicinity. Her papers were bombed and boycotted. In 1985, the bank took her paper and her home. She died penniless. But she still had her Pulitzer. And her self-respect. Comment at


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Thursday, Aug. 11 Incumbent Hinds County Sheriff Malcolm McMillin concedes to Tyrone Lewis in the Democratic primary. ‌ Texas Gov. Rick Perry’s spokesman confirms that Perry will run for president in 2012. Friday, Aug. 12 A three-judge panel of the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals rules that a key provision of federal health-care reform requiring nearly all Americans to buy insurance is unconstitutional. ‌ Realtytrac reports that Mississippi ranks No. 44 in the country in foreclosures, with foreclosures up 16.6 percent from June, but down 13.5 percent from July 2010. Saturday, Aug. 13 Rep. Michele Bachmann wins the Iowa Straw Poll with 28 percent of the votes cast. Rep. Ron Paul came in second with 27 percent. ‌ An apartment fire in Jackson kills a mother and her four children. Sunday, Aug. 14 President Obama’s job approval rating dips below 40 percent for the first time in his presidency. ‌ Community members hold a candlelight vigil in Jackson to honor James Craig Anderson, who was killed in an apparent hate crime.

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Monday, Aug. 15 Sara Lee, owner of Ball Park Franks, takes Kraft, owner of Oscar Mayer, to court in Chicago over allegations of false advertising.. ‌ Waveland dismisses its police chief and may dissolve its police force due to budget deficits.


Tuesday, Aug. 16 The credit rating company Fitch Ratings announces it will keep the U. S.’ AAA rating, saying the economy’s monetary and exchange rate flexibility further enhances its capacity to absorb and adjust to shocks. ‌ Hinds County District 5 Supervisor George Smith concedes defeat to Kenneth Stokes in the Democratic primary. ... A judge throws out a lawsuit against Kathryn Stockett, author of “The Help,â€? saying the statute of limitations has passed. Get news updates at

Hundreds March to Heal and Denounce

by Lacey McLaughlin


ommunity organizers and leaders see the Aug. 14 vigil for James Craig Anderson as the first step toward community healing and racial reconciliation. During the vigil, more than 500 community leaders, families and public officials from various faiths held candles and sang gospel songs as they walked in unison along Ellis Avenue to the Metro Inn where a white teenager allegedly murdered Anderson June 26. West Jackson resident Cassandra Welchlin and her husband, Kass Welchlin, stood side-by-side at the vigil with their daughter Zia Brooke Welchlin wearing red shirts with the slogan “Not in My City.� Cassandra, who is a member of west Jackson’s Capital Neighborhood Association, started making shirts and organizing the vigil last week. She said the slogan caught on quickly and other community members made their own shirts to wear. Welchlin said she has attended several meetings with concerned citizens over the past week and is planning to host education forums to promote racial justice. “We are talking about having some kind of dialogue within communities about racial justice—what that looks like and what it means,� she said. The NAACP and leaders from local congregations including New Horizon


Wednesday, Aug. 10 John Langworthy, music minister at Morrison Heights Baptist Church in Clinton, resigns after allegations of sexual misconduct from 22 years ago. ‌ The United States’ budget deficit amounts to $1 trillion for the third year in a row.

The state of Mississippi spent an average of $8,075 per student in 2009. Of all states, New York spent the most on students that year at $18,126.

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More than 500 people gathered in Jackson last Sunday to denounce racial violence.

Church, Hundred Clergymen of Hinds, Beth Israel Congregation and Pinelake Church organized last Sunday’s candlelight vigil after a surveillance video went public last week showing the attack of James Craig Anderson. Hinds County District Attorney Robert Shuler Smith has deemed Anderson’s murder a racially motivated hate crime. Brandon High School student Deryl Dedmon, 18, accused of driving the pickup truck that hit Anderson, is charged with

murder and remains in jail. John Aaron Rice, also 18, was originally charged with murder but now faces a lesser charge of simple assault and is free on bond. Authorities reported that a group of teens may have been involved with the incident, but no others have been charged at this time. The Associated Press reported Aug. 13 that Rice’s attorney, Samuel Martin, claims VIGIL, see page 7

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“I am not going to be pressured, because of the expiration of GO Zone bonds, to put in jeopardy what I think could be a risk of taxpayer dollars.� —Jackson Mayor Harvey Johnson during a JFP editorial board meeting Aug. 12 regarding the city’s role to help finance the convention center hotel. The GO Zone bond deadline is Dec. 31, 2011.




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his client had no plans that night to attack a black man. Last month, JPD Det. Eric Smith testified that a black man had robbed Dedmon weeks before the attack and that the teen was looking for revenge. It is unclear what happened before the attack. Defense attorneys claim that the teens came to Jackson with the intention of buying alcohol and that Rice was trying to help Anderson who was locked out of his car. When Dedmon arrived, they claim that’s when an altercation took place. During Sunday’s vigil, organizers placed a wreath and candles at the site of Anderson’s murder as a memorial. “We are here to unify and to share openness and to teach ourselves and our children and everyone out there that there is a better way to live, and love is a better way to live,” Beth Israel Rabbi Valerie Cohen said as attendees lit their candles. “We are here to get beyond hatred.” Madison resident Suzanne Freedman, who is a member of Beth Israel, brought her 5-year-old daughter and 7-year-old son to the vigil. She said the tragedy has given her an opportunity to teach them about racial injustice. Vigil attendee Marcelina Singleton, a

Business Roundup Jackson Joins Greening America’s Capitols The Environmental Protection Agency has chosen Jackson to be part of the Greening America’s Capitols initiative. The Green Government Center explores retrofitting public spaces within about a half-mile radius of the state capitol building with green technologies. These include solarpowered water fountains, indigenous and drought-tolerant landscaping, rain gardens for stormwater treatment, and permeable paving systems. The area includes the Farish Street Historic District. Several major streets run through the area, including Congress Street, along which sits the state capitol, the City Hall and the governor’s mansion. The city requested assistance from the Greening America’s Capitals design team to develop concepts for Congress Street and two public parks along the street. The city wants the street to be more bike- and pedestrianfriendly to better connect the civic buildings with adjacent neighborhoods and businesses. Another goal is for Congress Street to have a significant increase in street trees. Brookhaven plant to get new equipment Delphi Automotive plans to invest about $15 million in its Brookhaven manufacturing facility, keeping 200 jobs there. The money will buy new equipment to manufacture a new version of the printed circuit boards currently made at the plant.

Vicksburg resident, said she was shocked when she saw the surveillance video on CNN last week. “It could have been anyone,” she said. “You would think we are above this, but I guess we are not.” Jordan Richardson, a senior at Brandon High School, went to school with Dedmon and said that he was a victim of Dedmon’s bullying. “I knew the hate that he had in his heart for people who were not like him,” Richardson said. “Deryl bullied and terrorized me my freshman year. He would never do it by himself. ... I just felt that it could have been me in that casket instead of (James) Craig Anderson. But this is a great day for the community to come together, black and white.” He fears this incident will scar Brandon. Winston Thompson, an attorney for the Anderson family, called on community members to donate to the James Craig Anderson Foundation for Racial Tolerance. The foundation wii help promote racial unity, understanding and healing in Hinds, Madison and Rankin counties and “the United States as a whole,” he said. Send donations to the James Craig Anderson Foundation for Racial Tolerance to The Cochran Firm, 162 Amite St., Jackson, 39201, or call 601-812-1000. Comment at

by Lacey McLaughlin “Delphi has been a key corporate citizen in southwest Mississippi for more than 30 years.” Gov. Haley Barbour said in a statement. The company’s decision to further invest in its Brookhaven plant is great news for southwest Mississippi.” The Mississippi Development Authority supported the project, and the Lincoln County Industrial Development Foundation and Entergy Mississippi provided funding. Delphi expects to begin making the new circuit boards in March 2013. Millsaps Makes ‘Best-of’ List The Princeton Review has ranked Millsaps College among its best 376 colleges in the county. Millsaps earned the No. 8 spot for “Professors Get High Marks and No. 19 for Town-Gown Relations Are Great. Based on student responses, Millsaps professors received the eighth highest ranking in the country. Town-Gown Relations category refers to positive student interaction with the members of the local community. “Millsaps is a stellar academic environment provided by a nationally acclaimed and deeply caring faculty,” Robert W. Pearigen, president of Millsaps, said in a statement. “Distinctive study abroad opportunities, meaningful community service activities and significant pre-professional programs add further quality to the Millsaps experience, ensuring the very best in liberal arts education as preparation for life.”



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Arts events like the International Ballet Competition draw visitors to Mississippi and contribute to the state’s creative economy, says a new study.


ome people, such as visual artists, already know they are part of the creative economy. But many people have never heard the term before, Malcolm White, executive director of the Mississippi Arts Commission, said. The creative economy is made up of anyone who is involved in a creative enterprise, including chefs, designers, performing artists and writers. It also includes people who might not normally be associated with the arts, such as the people who make stoves, print books or clean auditoriums. The creative economy also has people who do creative jobs in non-creative industries, such as the person who designs labels and logos for a poultry factory. All these people are part of the state’s creative economy, which provides jobs for about 60,000 Mississippians. A new study of Mississippi’s creative economy, “Realizing the Economic Potential of Creativity in Mississippi,” shows the positive impact artistic enterprises can have on the state and local economies. White said the creative economy makes up about 3 percent of Mississippi’s total economy. In other states that have done similar studies, the creative economy has been anywhere from 1 to 5 percent of the total economy. Now that Mississippi has a snapshot of the creative economy’s impact, White said Mississippi has an opportunity to focus its energy on growing that sector. “This existed totally organically,” White said. “None of this was recruited, developed or incentivized. For me, it gives us a baseline to start, and now we can begin to figure out ways to grow it.” MAC and MDA commissioned the study in 2009, using statistics from 2008. The recession and Hurricane Katrina likely had an impact on the study’s findings, and the statistics will soon be updated using 2010 census numbers, White said, probably by the end of the year. White said that although other states have done creative economy studies, Mississippi is the only state he knows of that did one during the recession. He also said this is

the first time Mississippi has looked at nonprofit and for-profit organizations and enterprises side-by-side. The study is now part of the Mississippi Development Authority’s strategy for the state, he said. MAC and MDA introduced the study at a summit Aug. 10, which brought artists, community leaders and government officials together to talk and learn about what communities around Mississippi are doing to encourage the arts. About 400 people attended. At the end of the day, the summit held a “best practices” panel that included David Watkins, CEO of Watkins Development, who helped to revive the King Edward Hotel and Standard Life building in downtown Jackson. Panelists discussed how places like Jackson’s Fondren District, the University of Southern Mississippi and Oxford had all used the arts as a resource to draw visitors. Some of the panelists were concerned that young Mississippians feel that they must move away from the state for jobs and opportunities. Watkins said developments that make both artistic and financial sense help Mississippi compete with other areas of the country when people are deciding where to live. “It’s not just competitive—that’s not good enough,” he said. “We’ve got to be dramatic and dynamic and bold in order to capture the next generation of Mississippians to this state.” White said artistic enterprises do not just provide jobs directly; they can be a deciding factor when a large manufacturer, such as Toyota or Nissan, is considering whether to move to Mississippi. “They locate in places that have a high quality of life, and quality of life really is about arts and entertainment and cultural amenities,” he said. “That’s what the creative economy provides.” To learn more about places where the creative economy is thriving and to download “Realizing the Economic Potential of Creativity in Mississippi,” visit Comment at


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The Convention Hotel Race


Robert Swerdling of Swerdling and Associates was also present at the Aug. 10 meeting. Swerdling, who consults municipalities on financing projects and works with Malachi, gave his assessment of TCI and the deal to the JRA. “I can’t predict how this whole thing will work out,” Swerdling said. “… Because (TCI) is a private real-estate company, it is not strong enough to do this deal on its own. It needs the city’s financial credit to make it work.” Swerdling said that because TCI owns the property, not the city, the developers are unlikely to walk away from their investment. “The financial deal is not a bad deal,” he said. “It’s probably the best deal you can have if you want a private owner. (The city) absolutely needs a hotel. This town is under roomed for the business sector, none the less the convention center.” JRA board member John Reeves floated the possibility of the city buying back the land from the developers. JRA also has the rights to land that TCI owns at the former Firestone Tires site and the old Barefield Furniture property on the corner of Roach and Pascagoula streets. TCI-MS bought the property from private owners for an undisclosed amount in an earlier deal and agreed to place the title in JRA’s name. Once the city crafts a final hotel deal, the agreement may allow for the city to reimburse the developers up to $1.75 million for the second property. Bingham said the city buying the hotel land back from TCI is an option but it could delay the process further because it would take time and money to acquire the property, and it would be difficult to find another developer with enough capital to build the hotel. “It’s not likely that (the city) will find another developer to do a public-private deal, so the city would be left with the reality of building a convention center hotel,” Bingham said. Swerdling added that the majority of developers are spending capital managing distressed assets due to the state of the economy and will likely choose that over building a new hotel. Crozier was not available for comment. Comment at


draft of a cost-sharing agreement. The proposal would require the city to obtain 50 percent ownership of the hotel. Under the agreement, the city and JRA would designate the property as an urban-renewal area, and the city would extend the terms of a $7 million U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development loan that the city gave to the developers in 2007 to purchase the property. TCI paid approximately $17 million for the property, using the HUD loan, a $4 million private loan and other private funds. The city should have more information by the end of the month to determine whether to finance a Last year, TCI presented convention center hotel to be built in the empty lot shown in this picture. a feasibility study by PFK Consultants to the city. The TCI-financed study determined that ity leaders are racing the clock to make He said he has no financial interest in TCI. the 300-room hotel would have to charge a decision by the end of this month Jackson Mayor Harvey Johnson Jr. said $150 per night to be financially viable, but on whether to finance a convention he is eager to move forward with the develop- Brookins said he did now how many of the center hotel. ment, but the GO Zone deadline has been 300 hotel rooms would have to be rented at On Aug. 10, the Jackson Redevelopment looming for a while. that rate. Johnson requested an independent Authority approved a $15,000 contract with “Back in January, we knew the GO study this spring before finalizing an agreeC.H. Johnson, a Chicago-based financial con- Zone bonds would expire on Dec. 31,” ment with the developers, JRA Executive Disulting firm that conducted a feasibility study Johnson said at a Jackson Free Press editorial rector Jason Brookins said. for the Jackson Convention Complex, to as- board meeting Aug. 12. “… In all fairness it JRA Board members expressed concern sess proposed financing for a downtown con- had taken time to work out the deal to where about the city’s liability if the deal falls through vention center hotel. we are now. But I am not going to be pres- after Brookins said TCI is behind on its HUD The city’s financial consultant, Porter sured because of the expiration of GO Zone loan payments. Brookins said he did not know Bingham of Malachi Financial Group, said the bonds to put in jeopardy what I think could the exact amount that the developers are befirm would need to complete the assessment be a risk of taxpayer dollars.” hind on; however, the developers also have not by the end of the month for the developers, In 2007, TCI purchased property along paid Hinds County property taxes for 2010, Dallas, Texas-based real-estate company TCI Pascagoula Street extending to Farish Street to which were due Feb. 1. In June 2010, the JackInvestments, to also meet a Dec. 31 deadline build a convention center hotel and mixed-use son Free Press reported that the developers had for GO Zone Bonds for the development. The development called Capital City Center. The not paid more than $120,463.34 in property process of acquiring and issuing the bonds original plans included condos, retail space taxes for 2009. TCI has since paid those taxes. takes several months. and 1,500-car parking garage; however, TCI “We are saying we will borrow $93 mil“My fear is that hiring the consultant will has scaled back the plans to a $90 million ho- lion and pay a loan that the ones we are in bed eat up time, and by default, the city will end tel and skywalk to the Jackson Convention with have defaulted on,” JRA Board member up in the hotel business,” he said. “I couldn’t Complex, completed in 2009. The develop- Matt Thomas said. tell you with any assurance that we could get ment has stalled due to financing issues, and Brookins responded that the developers GO Zone bond allocated and sold by the end the city has been negotiating with the develop- have not officially defaulted on the loan. of the year based on where we are now.” ers on finalizing a cost-sharing agreement. “In the colored community, if you don’t Bingham has worked with developers In March, TCI Investment Executive Di- pay, it’s considered a default,” Thomas, who is and the city to come up with an agreement. rector Alfred Crozier presented the city with a black, replied.


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The Street (thestreet. com) reported Aug. 3 that Gannett stock hit a new 52week low earlier this month when it traded at $11.58. That was before the Dow dropped 500 points Aug. 4, affecting much more than Gannett. As this issue went to press, Gannett stock was trading at $11.03 a share. Historically, when Gannett stock goes down, the company lays off employees to improve stockholder value, regardless of how individual properties, like The Clarion- Gannett’s CEO is visiting Jackson to talk to ClarionLedger employees, possibly about Deal Chicken. Ledger, are faring. Dubow and his entourage might also talk about evolving, and there are many opportunities Deal Chicken, a social-media advertising out there, especially in local markets where method that relies on emailing a “deal of the these deals are developing into a new category day” to subscribers. So far, Deal Chicken is of local advertising,” the news release quotes limited to its 50 larger markets, such as Nash- Peter Krasilovsky, vice president at BIA/ ville, Tenn., and Louisville, Ky. A Louisville Kelsey, a Virginia-based advertising consultreporter asked her Facebook friends to sign ing firm, as saying. up for the Deal Chicken email alerts—if she Deal Chicken hasn’t ruffled any feathers gets more than anyone else in her newsroom, in Jackson, yet. Subscribers to the new service she wrote, she’ll get a cash reward. Gannett haven’t received their first offers via email. The is promoting the new advertising vehicle with little yellow hen head has popped up on The phrases like “hatching soon.” Clarion-Ledger house ads, but the Mississippi “Deal Chicken builds on Gannett’s un- deals are not apparent yet. paralleled local market presence and digital During his Jackson visit, Dubow might strength,” a July new release stated, quoting also address Gannett’s search for “passion topDavid Payne, senior vice president and chief ics.” Gannett’s latest news buzzword is appardigital officer. “Gannett’s local focus and ently “passion,” according to posts at Gannett expertise will provide a winning recipe for Blog. At the media giant’s newspapers around consumers and merchants alike. Our people the country, staffers are conducting “passion” on the ground know the markets, the com- interviews to figure out what readers in a parmunities, and their respective needs, and only ticular community care about most. Readers Gannett can provide merchants with the local in Fort Myers, Fla., who agreed to a 60-minmedia support necessary to create a multi-di- ute interview got paid $50 for their input, the mensional marketing strategy that includes Fort Myers News-Press reported. daily deals.” Staffers at the Clarion-Ledger might have The news release goes on to admit that passion topics of their own to share when welthe relatively new daily-deal market segment coming the Gannett leaders to Jackson. is already crowded. “But the industry is fast Comment at




t’s been a busy summer for Craig Dubow, CEO of Gannett Co., the parent company of The Clarion-Ledger and the Hattiesburg American. First, Gannett fired more than 700 employees corporatewide this summer to make its stockholders happy. Then, Gannett launched Deal Chicken, an advertising campaign based on the Groupon model that overuses every hen and egg metaphor invented. And now, the head of Gannett is embarking on town-hall visits to some of Gannett’s properties. Dubow visits the Jackson newspaper for the first time Wednesday, Aug. 17. Although Gannett calls these visits “town-hall” meetings, it is a misnomer. The public isn’t invited. These meetings are for Gannett employees. The “town hall” part means the meeting will have a question-andanswer format. Long-time employees know that asking direct, pointed questions might lead to possible reprimands. Staffers at The Clarion-Ledger certainly have lots of questions, perhaps including who will take over the newsroom. Former executive editor Ronnie Agnew started his new job this week as executive director of Mississippi Public Broadcasting. Agnew left the position only about six months after Leslie Hurst became publisher—this is her seventh newspaper to head as publisher in 14 years. Many at The Clarion-Ledger are probably concerned about their own jobs. At the end of June, Gannett laid off at least four more workers at The Clarion-Ledger. Employees might be ordered to take furlough days off or take a cut in pay to help the stockholders realize better profits. As the staff—and the paper—grows smaller each year, employees undoubtedly want to know how much smaller it can get and still put out a news product. Joining Dubow in Jackson will be Gracia Martore, president of Gannett, and Bob Dickey, president of the company’s U.S. Community Publishing division. They will make a similar visit Aug. 23 to the Asbury Park Press in New Jersey.


by Elizabeth Waibel

A participant in a poverty simulation goes to a “pawn shop” for money to pay bills.


t’s almost the end of the month, and a family is trying to decide how to stretch their money to buy groceries. One family member doles out a few bills, explaining that they have to spend it a little bit at a time, otherwise they won’t have any food at the end of the week. Nearby, the Chen family is trying to decide which bills they can afford to pay. The utility

company tells them their phones and electricity are about to be shut off. They try negotiating. “Can I get an extension?” Charles Chen asks. “I can only give you $50. My mortgage is due; my wife is the only person working. I can pay $50.” The utility company agrees to keep the electricity on, but the family loses their phone service.

These “families” were part of a poverty simulation held Monday, Aug. 15, in Jackson. Organizers assigned scenarios and roles to participants, including the person playing the role of Charles Chen, based on the situations of real-life families. Those taking part spent an hour and a half experiencing some of the frustrations that people living on a low income or in poverty routinely face, such as not being able to find work or running out of food and not knowing which agency to go to for help. Stations representing grocery stores, pawn shops, relief agencies and prisons lined the edges of the room where the simulation took place, while a “criminal influence” tried to convince people who had lost their jobs to sell drugs for him. Linda Barnes is the manager of low-income systems for Entergy, which helped organize the event. “This afternoon, you’ll go home,” she told participants after the poverty simulation was over. “You’ll have plenty to eat; you probably won’t have to worry about paying your rent. You’re going to be very comfortable. But for 39 million Americans, that is not the case.” Barbara Tolliver, who played the role of Charles Chen, said her “month” was frustrating. “I had been employed. My ‘wife’ eventu-


ally lost her job. The children were stressed because we were stressed, and it was hectic,” she said. Entergy Mississippi hosted the poverty simulation as part of the annual conference of the Mississippi Association of Community Action Agencies. Entergy employees, legislators and agencies that work with the poor participated. After the poverty simulation, people talked about the frustrations of trying to pay bills, buy food and make sure the children get to school without enough money. They also discussed ways to more effectively get people living on low incomes the help they need. Several people from relief agencies said the simulation helped them have more understanding and compassion for the people they work with. One man, who acted as a police officer in the simulation, said he understands now how difficult it must be for police officers to have to take teens to jail over and over again. Lawanda Formisano, a board member with Pearl River Valley Opportunity, emphasized the need to treat all people with dignity and respect. “We can step it up a notch and be kinder and more gentle and bless people as they go about their business,” she said. Comment at


here are times when you want to start your day with a good cup of coffee and a tasty treat or hearty plate, but just don’t have the time or energy to make it yourself. Sometimes what you really need is some home cooking that fills you up and makes your day that much brighter. Where do you go for a meal and some inspiration? Head over to Jackson’s newest restaurant, My Cup Runneth Over. My Cup Runneth Over isn’t your ordinary coffee shop. It’s the best of both worlds: great coffee and homemade pastries with home cooking like mac ’n cheese, greens, fried pork chops, and cornbread all under one roof.Owner Shonda Harris is known for her cooking…and her baking. From specialty cakes to full catering orders, Shonda Harris no job is too big or too small. Harris has cooking in her genes, as her father was a chef and her mother was a great cook. As a child, Harris was often in the kitchen learning her craft from a young age. For the past eight years, Shonda Harris has been catering and baking and when the opportunity to open a restaurant in Jackson opened up, she jumped at it. “I love to see the joy on customers’ faces when they eat or when they get a cake and love it so much they don’t want to cut it.” Harris is bringing home cooking to downtown Jackson with the opening of her new venture. With daily lunch specials for under $7, you get good food at a great value. Not to mention a full 2 pancakes, 2 eggs, and 2 bacon or sausage breakfast platter for just $5. So if you’re in the mood for her signature rotel chicken spaghetti, meatloaf, pork chops, or the best ham and turkey sandwich this side of the Pearl River, plan to spend your lunch hour at My Cup Runneth Over. Need a special tray of goodies for your next gathering? How about a birthday cake fit for a king? Harris can do that and more with a wide range of specialty catering options to fit any crowd and any budget. So whether you need a meal to start your day, a cup of coffee and a snack or smoothie to get you to lunch, or a home-cooked, savory meal to make your day, you will find this and more at My Cup Runneth Over.


Simulation Builds Respect


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An Open Letter to the Greater Jackson Community

Throw Up Your Hands

e, the members of the board of Jackson 2000, extend our hearts and thoughts to the family and friends of James Craig Anderson, and we join the rest of the community in sharing the pain and sadness they must feel, and offer to them our comfort and resources. Indeed, we are concerned for all of those involved and touched by this tragedy. The mission of Jackson 2000 is to improve race relations and promote racial understanding throughout the greater Jackson area. Our organization, through a variety of methods, encourages people of all colors, ages, ethnicities and gender, to discuss and address racism and its impact on our community. We are horrified and saddened by the events of June 26, 2011, which led to the death of Mr. Anderson, a 49-year old African American man, in the parking lot of a local motel. While we realize that this incident is still being investigated by the police and the district attorney’s office, and that all of the facts are still being gathered, we believe that we must speak out about this heinous crime, which Hinds County District Attorney Robert Shuler Smith has described as a “crime of hate.” We are united in our belief that this incident shows that the issues of racism and intolerance still have an ugly and corrosive effect on our community. More importantly, we believe that we must identify and examine as a community why these issues remain, and how as a community we are going to address and ultimately overcome them. We believe that it is time for all of us, the average person as well as our civic, political and faith leaders, to publicly acknowledge that these issues still exist. If we are going to grow and prosper as a community and state, we can no longer pretend that these attitudes and actions are gone, and are just a part of an ugly “past” history. The thinking and attitudes that lead up to this horrible event should be a wake-up call to all of us in Mississippi, and show us that we still have much work to do. For 30 years, Jackson 2000 has engaged in promoting public events and forums that focus on racial reconciliation and justice, and in organizing discussion groups called “study circles” that put together diverse groups of people to talk about those issues in an honest and constructive way. We are compelled not only to continue but also to increase these efforts in response to this tragedy. We invite the community to join us at our luncheons at the Mississippi Arts Center, starting at 11:45 a.m. on the second Wednesday of every month. More information about Jackson 2000 is provided on our website, We hope that all members of the community will join with us to share their feelings, thoughts, fears and hopes, and that more importantly through honest discussion and dialogue we will come to a deeper understanding of how events like this can be prevented from happening in the future.

ev. Cletus: “This is your car sales pastor coming to you live from WGSR radio. I have a very special program dedicated to the recently unemployed, the dwindling middle class and struggling poor folk. On today’s Rev. Cletus Car Sales Church Broadcast, Sister Encouragement has an important message to uplift and motivate the hopeless masses.” Sister Encouragement: “For the common man and woman, the summer of 2011 looks like a season to remember. While investors work to recover from the roller-coaster ride of the stock market, thousands of unemployed workers recall that dreadful day of the surprise lay off from the company. Indeed, these desperate times have influenced some folk to commit desperate acts. “From my perspective, the world is a ghetto


August 17 - 23, 2011

The Board of Jackson 2000 · Co-Chair: Lee Unger · Co-Chair: Todd Stauffer · Secretary: Dana Larkin · Treasurer: Christopher Herron



· Martha A. Alexander · Donna Antoine-LaVigne · Rosie Brantley · Pamela Confer · Dominic DeLeo · Rebecca Harrell · B. Anne Lovelady · Karen Quay · Marcia Reed · George Schimmel · Jackie Warren Tatum · Marcus Ward · Deborah Rae Wright · Emeritus: Cornelius Turner · Emeritus: Earle F. Jones · Emeritus: Joann Mickens


dealing with the inner city blues. It makes you want to holler, weep, wail, scream and throw up both your hands, right? “I say, ‘don’t give up.’ The so-called bad break or setback could be a blessing in disguise. Use this possible double-dip recession as an opportunity to develop, enhance or discover those hidden talents the good Lord gave you. Let the rich corporations hoard their large profits and send jobs over seas. This is a great time for disenfranchised people to work together to develop food, clothes and business co-operatives. “Therefore, I encourage you all to take a chance to do things for yourselves, because you’re tired of beating your heads against the wall and making profits for someone else. “Stay encouraged and be blessed.”


I’m Angry


try not to write when I’m angry. They say some of the best writing comes out of emotion. But some of the most regrettable pieces have come when penned emotionally as well. I tried to wait till the last possible moment to write this (much to my editor’s chagrin, I know). I wanted to be sure that I was not writing this column out of an emotional extreme, saying things I didn’t really mean or would have to account for later. But my anger hasn’t quelled, so perhaps these words won’t go over too well with some of you. In fact, you simply may not like them. I don’t ever aim to offend, but if you know me by now then you know it doesn’t matter if you like it or not. I’ve given some thought to it, so here goes. I’m angry. Angry that a black man who was seemingly minding his own business was ruthlessly beaten and killed by a group of white teens. I’m angry that they felt it sporting to “hunt” a black person in the first place. That could have been my father, my uncle, any one of us. I’m angry that despite the heinous nature of this crime, supporters of the accused are trying to justify or lessen the blow through social media groups. It kind of cheapens the life of a perfectly innocent soul, doesn’t it? I’m angry that people suggest we should just “move on” even when signs clearly indicate that some of us haven’t. I’m angry that somewhere in Jackson, race discussions will continue to happen with seemingly no solution, and that some folks on either side refuse to be truly candid, refuse to truly work together. But you know what? It makes me even angrier that we’ll make James Craig Anderson a popular hashtag on Twitter. We’ll get angry about what’s most “popular” to be angry about, but passive about what continues right under our noses. I’m angry that

promising high-school students can be shot down in our streets and our pause only lasts through a 24-hour news cycle. I’m angry there weren’t many Twitter topics for Derronie Spencer. I’m angry that a gentleman simply doing his job was gunned down in cold blood and viewed as collateral damage. There weren’t many Twitter topics for James McKinney, either. I’m angry that the assailants at that Shell station felt they had no recourse to get by other than robbery. And I’m angry because I don’t think we’ve gotten angry enough about what goes on in our communities. I’m angry because I can easily get stopped in Madison for driving while black or easily profiled in a restaurant, but even more easily killed or maimed in my more familiar surroundings. I’m angry that I’m fearful every time my 14-year-old son leaves my house. Not because of what he may do but because of what someone else may do. I’m angry because although it won’t bring anybody back, I haven’t heard from my chief of police, or my mayor, or most of my city council. I’m angry because I’m sure someone will tell me I shouldn’t be angry or that I should be angrier at one thing more than another. Yes, I’m angry that there is still hate in this world. And right now it doesn’t matter to me if it’s white on black, black on white, or the self-hate that consumes anyone who would willingly take a life. You may disagree, and that’s perfectly fine. But as much as I don’t want another James Craig Anderson incident, am I wrong because I’m concerned as much or more with preventing another Deronnie Spencer or James McKinney moment? And that’s the truth ... sho-nuff.

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don’t know if I’ve ever met James Craig Anderson. The portrait released to the media after his death looks familiar, but it has been burned on my retinas so completely by now in connection with his killing that I would no longer be able to associate it with anything else. What I do know is that he had 49 full years of life before a white racist gang allegedly murdered him in the parking lot of the Metro Inn in June. The complexity of that life, the day-to-day struggles and achievements and dreams that come with living, will be a mystery to most of us now. Murder has ended his personal story and, for the time being, has drowned out the details of his life with violence. National media commentators speak often of how this is a crime out of Mississippi’s past, but it isn’t—not any more, if it ever was. We will never know, and should not presume to know, how many unsolved murders were motivated by racial hatred; most of them did not take place in front of security cameras. What’s more, this is not a random crime; the killers were raised in an environment where black Jacksonians are described (sometimes literally, sometimes figuratively) as subhuman—undeserving of a vote, unworthy of food and clothing and shelter and education, unable to make their own destinies. I don’t know exactly where this belief comes from, but I know where it doesn’t come from: It is not based in any way on the real lives and the real stories of African Americans in this city and in the larger community. This image of black Jacksonians is based on centuries-old stereotypes that were used to justify slavery, Jim Crow and the policies that followed, and it is being used now to justify the de facto race and class segregation and color segregation that allows institutional racism to stay alive. I’ve been very angry about the murder, and about the strange reaction some locals—usually white locals—have had to it. It is strange to hear someone who refers to 13-year-old black children as “thugs� turn around and refer to 18-year-old white killers as “kids.� It’s strange to hear someone who usually relishes wall-to-wall crime coverage decide, already, that this murder has received too much media attention. It’s strange to hear somebody whose usual approach to crime is “hang ‘em high and limit appeals� suddenly transform into an advocate for due process

rights and the legal presumption of innocence. This kind of behavior exposes the undercurrent of casual white racism that harms black Mississippians every day, in every measurable area of life. It’s a mistake to look at the murder as a single isolated incident, as if it wasn’t built on centuries of white supremacist violence, as if it wasn’t the natural product of a racist culture— and as if the killers weren’t products of this culture, living out the warped values that hum in the background of our everyday lives. This is not a new disease. This is an acute symptom of a very old chronic disease that cuts short the lives of black Mississippians every day, that limits opportunity, that carves Mississippi in two, that stifles economic development, that teaches all of us not to think too hard or too clearly about the world we live in. I have decided to do five specific things in response to the killing of James Craig Anderson: • I will stop apologizing when I hurt other whites’ feelings by calling out their words or behavior as racist. • I will attend more NAACP-sponsored events. • I will make an effort to stop reading magazines, blogs and other entities that make money off of racism. • I will read more black authors. • I will keep my eyes open for opportunities to do more, because none of this will be enough. As 500 of us walked from New Horizon Church to the Metro Inn last weekend, a multi-faith, multiracial group of speakers asked us to think about peace on the way over and about justice on the way back. I can’t give Mississippi justice, but I can try to do a better job of living it. As Mississippians, we are rightly ashamed, at times, of our home state—but it’s ours, and it is made out of us. We aren’t just products of Mississippi; we are Mississippi itself. We are three million lives, each as fragile and complicated as that of James Craig Anderson, and we can change together. Freelance writer Tom Head is a lifelong Jackson native. He has written or co-written 24 nonfiction books, is a civil liberties writer for and is a grassroots progressive activist. Comment at

This is not a new disease. This is an acute symptom of a very old chronic disease.

CORRECTION: In Vol. 9, Issue 48 (Aug. 10-17, 2011), we incorrectly listed Jackson Eye Associates as a walk-in clinic. The Jackson Free Press apologizes for the error.


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Put to the Test:

Where the Candidates Stand on Education by Elizabeth Waibel

August 17 - 23, 2011


chool is beginning at Timberlawn Elementary School. Here, and at other schools in the Jackson area, younger children bounce nervously and excitedly through the front doors, swinging bright, empty backpacks decorated with cartoon characters, while older children slump sleepily over their desks, reluctant to see the end of summer. Along the roads that yellow school buses are just beginning to frequent, red-and-blue campaign signs are reminders that this is also a political season. Many of the signs are for Johnny DuPree or Bill Luckett, Democratic candidates for governor who will face each other in a runoff election Aug. 23. DuPree is the mayor of Hattiesburg, where he served as a school board member, and holds a doctorate degree in urban education. Luckett is an attorney who has opened two successful businesses in Clarksdale and served in the National Guard. Both support fully funding education and partnering with nonprofit organizations to expand pre-kindergarten programs. Pledges of support for public schools are welcome news in a state where getting children up to the national average academically is an uphill struggle. The state is also burdened with higher-than-average rates of poverty and unemployment. As the lingering effects of the recession continue to dominate the state’s budgetary—and political—debates, schools are feeling the effects of repeated cuts. The candidates’ support of public education weighs heavily on many voters’ minds as they go to the polls to decide between Luckett and DuPree in the Aug. 23 Democratic primary runoff, and it will again when the Democratic winner faces Phil Bryant in November. Campaign rhetoric aside—all candidates say they “support education”—just where do these men who might lead the state stand on education?

Help Wanted Susan Womack, executive director of Parents for Public 14 Schools’ Greater Jackson chapter, said that as far as education is

concerned, funding has to be the next governor’s top priority. She said the state has an obligation to sustain or increase the quality of education, even in tough economic times. One of the key issues that comes up in almost every conversation about the next governor’s role in the educational system is funding the Mississippi Adequate Education Program. MAEP is a formula the state uses to figure out how much money each school district needs for its students to be successful. The Legislature passed the program in 1994; it is intended to ensure that poorer school districts with fewer local resources, but often more needy students, get enough money to operate well. State law requires fully funding MAEP, but the Legislature has only fully met MAEP’s budget requirements three times in the last decade. The Parents’ Campaign, an education advocacy group, says that MAEP is currently underfunded by $243 million, and the 2012 budget will underfund it by more than $230 million. More than 2,000 people working for public schools in Mississippi have lost their jobs over the past three years due to lack of funding. Since 2008, general-fund allotments for K-12 education have been cut by 10 percent—or $220 million—according to the Mississippi Economic Policy Center. Womack said the budget cuts have forced school districts across the state to lay off hundreds of teachers, assistant teachers, bus drivers and other employees—all of which trickles down to the students. “For the last few years we’ve heard over and over, ‘We can’t keep throwing money at education,’ but education costs,” Womack said. “It’s a very costly endeavor. … We have to make a commitment to put the resources there that are needed.” Womack said the state should look at new sources of revenue as ways to fully fund education. Equality of education is also a problem, she said. Communities with fewer resources end up with worse schools than those with strong economies and more local revenue to give adequate resources to its schools. It’s exactly the situation MAEP was designed to alleviate.

“We can’t just keep cutting spending in education and expect to get a different result or a better result; we’ll just keep going backwards,” Womack said. Jim Barksdale, founder of the Barksdale Reading Institute, said he thinks it is reasonable to ask that MAEP is fully funded within the next governor’s second or third year. He suggested taking money from other programs, such as junior-college football, and putting it into MAEP. The money is there, Barksdale said, but people will have to care enough to make sure MAEP is funded. He said Tate Reeves’ promise to fund MAEP is encouraging. Reeves, the present state treasurer, is running for lieutenant governor. “Nobody has ever said that money alone is sufficient, but certainly it is essential,” Barksdale said. “We’re one of the lowest-funding (states) per child in the nation, so nobody can argue we’re spending too much money on public education.” Mississippi ranked 46th out of 51 in per-pupil spending in the 2008-2009 school year, the last year for which figures are available. During that year, Mississippi spent $8,075 per student on education, $4,719 of that on teachers’ salaries and other costs related to instruction. But that was before Mississippi failed to fund MAEP three years in a row—four if the upcoming fiscal year 2012 is included. Gov. Haley Barbour has said that education makes up more than 60 percent of the state budget, but the Parents’ Campaign says that only accounts for the state’s general fund— about two-thirds of the total budget—and does not include money that is diverted to other areas. If those are added into the governor’s equation, public education makes up only 26 percent of the state’s budget. If federal funds the state receives are also included, it makes up only 17 percent of the budget. Luckett has promised to fully fund MAEP, but said that just provides for adequate levels of funding. “Education is not something you can make a quick fix with; it’s going to take a generation or more,” he said. “William Winter started it years ago; it’s been fits and starts.”

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he Aug. 2 Republican primary for Madison County sheriff was a fierce race with five candidates vying for the post. Madison County Sheriff Toby Trowbridge will retire this year. One of the candidates, Mark Sandridge, caught the most media attention this spring after his campaign portrayed Jackson in a negative light. His campaign tactic may have backfired; he received only 11 percent of the vote. The two candidates with the most primary votes, Jimmy Houston and Randy Tucker, will compete in a run-off election Aug. 23. The winner will face Democratic candidate Ted Smith in the Nov. 8 general election.

by Lacey McLaughlin have in Ridgeland, a complaint of that it’s easy to check. All I have to do is pull up the computer, take a look at the video and see why the officer stops them. The Ridgeland Police Department also has a stringent racial-profiling policy that is adhered to and checked when there is a complaint. Randy Tucker Randy Tucker calls Madison County home. His immediate and extended family live in the county, and he calls himself a dedicated citizen. The 41-year-old graduated from the Mississippi Law Enforcement Officers Training Academy in 1994. He began his career working at the Madison County Sheriff Detention Center. In 2000, he moved the Madison County Sheriff’s Department and, in 2002, received a promotion to serve as chief officer of the narcotics division. Visit for more.

Jimmy Houston Former Ridgeland Police Chief Jimmy Houston began his career in law enforcement in 1973 as a Jackson Police Department officer. In 1999 he left JPD to serve as Flowood police chief until 2000 when he became direcRidgeland Police Chief tor of the Department of Public Safety. Former Why do you want to run for Jimmy Houston wants to be the next In 2002, he became Ridgeland’s police Madison County Sheriff. sheriff? chief. He retired earlier this year. The We want to maintain the quality of 59-year-old cites his experience and law enforcement that we have under the relationships he has with area law Sheriff Trowbridge. These men and enforcement as his advantages in the race. Visit his website women in this department have gotten behind me and ( for more information. think I am the man for the job. I want to do the job not only for them but for Madison County. How did you work with JPD when you were chief? How will you work with other metro-area The Precinct 4 commander and I did stake outs to- law enforcement? gether. Up until we changed radio systems, we had radios It’s vital for all of law enforcement to work together. that talked to each other. Jackson is trying right now to We are outnumbered by criminals as it is. Our neighborcome online so we can get back to that. ing law enforcement entities such as the Jackson Police Department, Hinds County and How much of your resources Yazoo or Holmes—we have to have did you allocate to County Line a good working relationship with Road when you were Ridgethem. Crime is going to go over the land’s chief? county lines. If you are talking about accidents, County Line Road is one of the biggest How are you already working areas between Ridgewood Road and the different counties? I-55 that lead our cities on accidents. If you have got a suspect Did I put people there? Absolutely. that has left your jurisdiction, in Why did I do it? Because people were say, Madison County and gone into running red lights, blocking intersecHinds County, you need a repretions and having a lot of wrecks. sentative from that department or jurisdiction to accompany you and Why do you want to be Madimake a lawful arrest. Drug deals, for son County sheriff? example, that we have done a million Randy Tucker, chief officer of I want to take what Jimmy the Madison County Sheriff’s times over the last few years spill over Houston accomplishes to the sheriff’s department’s narcotics unit, is to other jurisdictions. department. I want to make it county running for Madison County Sheriff. wide instead of just city wide. I am a Your former opponent’s leader. I recognize leadership. I want ads insinuated that crime to take the department to the next level through training, stops at County Line Road. What do you technology and efficient budgeting. think about that? I don’t agree that crime stops at any boundary, imagThere is a perception from some people in Hinds inary or visible. I think the population level of Hinds County that if you drive into Madison County County has overwhelmed their law enforcement. But it’s with Hinds County tags it’s likely you are going not their fault. Anytime you have a metropolitan area, to get pulled over. Is that true? the crime is going to be higher because there is a more A lot of times perception is reality, but that was anoth- dense population. er sheriff candidate’s feelings. With the technology that we Comment at

Ready to learn In Angela Jones’ pre-K class, new students sit quietly on colorful rugs, flipping pages in picture books or fidgeting with toys, exploring their classroom for the next year. It’s orientation day at Lake Elementary School, and Jones and Sonya Woods, another teacher at the school, are explaining to parents what their children will learn that year. “Some parents think pre-kindergarten isn’t serious school; they think it’s daycare,” Woods said. But the teachers assure parents that, in addition to playing, their children will be learning, doing homework and developing skills that will help them be ready for kindergarten next year. Lake Elementary has two pre-K classes with 20 children in each. Ella Holmes, pre-K coordinator for Jackson Public Schools, said children with the greatest economic and academic needs are placed in those classes. Research has found that lowincome children come to school knowing fewer words than their peers, she said, and kindergarten classes may move too fast for them to catch up. If students are ready for coursework at their age level, Holmes said, they are able to have more successes throughout their school career and will have more op-

Making Amends


As governor of Mississippi, Winter waged a campaign to get the Legislature to pass drastic education reforms in 1982 that, among other things, established public kindergartens and compulsory school attendance. “We have got to get involved with it and catch up with the rest of this country and the rest of the world,” Luckett said. In 2009, 45 percent of fourth-graders in Mississippi scored below the basic reading level on the National Assessment of Educational Progress test. Although Mississippi students are doing significantly better than in years past, they are still behind their peers; in the nation as a whole, 34 percent of fourth-graders scored below the basic reading level. Mississippi’s fourth-grade reading scores on NAEP tests are about nine points behind the national average. A 10-point difference equals about a grade level, the Southern Education Foundation reports. Mississippi is improving, though. Barksdale says that the number of fourth-graders reading at or above grade level has accelerated dramatically since 2005. Mississippi’s annual rate of change from 2005-2009 was more than 12 times higher than from 1998-2005, and it is 75 percent higher than the nation’s overall rate of change, Barksdale says. In 2009, Mississippi tied for 43rd place in fourth-grade reading scores, up from 50th only four years before. Nancy Loome, executive director of the Parents’ Campaign, said Mississippi needs to recruit its best and brightest into the teaching field, which means an elected leadership team in the state that will make sure resources are available to pay teachers well. Luckett emphasizes the need for good teachers and the pay to attract them. “We’ve got to reward our teachers in some way for being in the trenches and doing a good job,” he said. DuPree wants to exempt all teachers with at least three years of experience from paying income taxes on their salaries and introduce $50 tax rebates for parents of public-school children to help them buy school supplies. He has proposed a fourphase education plan that he calls the Mississippi Education Restructuring Plan. He said that despite budget cuts, some departments can become more efficient in spending to make sure things that need funding—like education—will be funded. The Hattiesburg mayor has also said he will make funding MAEP a priority. School districts should be required to submit three-year budget projections that the Legislature can use in planning the state budget, he says, in hopes of reducing the “chaos” that he said comes with planning year-to-year.



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tions when they graduate from high school. Both pre-K classes at Lake are full and have a waiting list. Barksdale said the next governor should continue to develop, implement and fund a pre-K program to increase children’s cognitive skills from the time they are 6 weeks old up to 2 years. A report from the Southern Education Foundation reported that in 2008 one out of 14 kindergarteners and one out of 15 firstgraders in Mississippi schools had to repeat their grade. The report said that if children are not ready academically when they enter kindergarten, they are more likely to do poorly in school and are less likely to graduate. The same report found that almost half of 3- and 4-yearolds in Mississippi do not go to preschool. “Recognizing that it’s a tight budget, it’s going to be difficult, but I think in time it can be done,” Barksdale said. “Maybe not in the first year, but I think that should be their goal.” Mississippi already has some early childhood education programs, such as Building Blocks, which uses existing child-care centers. Using child care that is already in place is much more cost-effective than adding another grade, Barksdale said, and the state is applying for grant money to continue testing and improving the programs. Luckett has said early childhood education is a necessity, and he wants to implement it using existing resources and partnering with nonprofit organizations, including Building Blocks and Excel by 5. “Our budget will not allow us to add more bricks, more mortar, and … two or three more classrooms to every elementary school, but we can do this with partnerships,” he said. DuPree’s education plan echoes Barksdale’s praise for programs like Building Blocks and Excel by 5 and also calls for partnering with private organizations. He supports providing incentives to facilities that perform well. He says literacy is the backbone of early childhood development programs. Long-term investment Research has repeatedly shown a connection between a good education and better eco-

nomic standing in adulthood. The Southern Education Foundation reported that in 2008 the adult poverty rate in Mississippi for people who had dropped out of high school was 32.2 percent—almost twice the rate for people who had graduated from high school. Statistics from 2009 showed that unemployment rates in Mississippi for high-school dropouts were also much higher than average—15.7 percent—while the unemployment rate for people with a high-school diploma or GED was 10.6 percent. One of Luckett’s campaign slogans is “the best job program is a good education,” and he has repeatedly emphasized the link between education and a healthy economy. He said schools should focus on getting students high-school diplomas, which allows them to begin a career, go to a community college for job training or to attend a four-year college. Community colleges face problems, he said, when students are not academically prepared and have to take remedial courses. DuPree said his four-phase plan for education is what makes him stand out from the other candidates. He says education needs to be restructured, not reformed. As governor, he would work with the school system, the Legislature, teachers groups and other agencies to plan the best way to implement changes. In January 2013, he would submit that plan to the Legislature. In addition to early childhood education, DuPree’s plan calls for raising the mandatory school age to 18 years old instead of 17. He would also require college students majoring in education to spend three semesters training in school classrooms and [implement?] a universal literacy program. DuPree’s plan also calls for a Commission on Gifted and Vocational/Technical Education to study current programs and find ways to improve them. Luckett said, as governor, he can lead the way with vision, and build consensus to get things done. He has emphasized the role of education in reducing poverty, and said Mississippi needs volunteers to coach students and teach parents the value of an education. “We’re last in education and first in poverty,” he said. “That’s no coincidence. When you’re last in education you’re going to be first in poverty.” Luckett said improving education in areas like Mississippi that struggle with poverty calls for more parental involvement, better teachers, more discipline in classrooms and longer school years. He also said children need after-school mentors and volunteers to tutor. Lt. Gov. Phil Bryant, the Republican nominee for governor, did not respond to requests for an interview, but he said in a survey posted to the Parents’ Campaign website that he supports fully funding MAEP to the extent that existing revenues will allow. Barksdale says that nearly 500,000 children are in Mississippi’s public schools—90 percent of the young people in our state. Getting children to graduate from high school is an investment, he said, and the state’s biggest economic development opportunity. Comment at



Lynn Fitch

Lynn Fitch of Madison is in a runoff election for the Republican nomination for state treasurer.


ynn Fitch, 49, is from Holly Springs, but has lived in Madison for 26 years. She attended the University of Mississippi for her undergraduate degree and for her law degree. She has two daughters and one son. Gov. Haley Barbour selected Fitch in 2009 to be the executive director of the Mississippi State Personnel Board, which provides human resource services for state agencies. She has also worked as a bond lawyer, counsel for the Mississippi House of Representatives Ways and Means Committee, and special assistant attorney general with the state attorney general’s office. She faces state Sen. Lee Yancy in the Aug. 23 runoffs, who has not been available for an interview. The winner will face Democrat Connie Moran and Reform Party candidate Jon McCarty in the November general elections. What is your main goal as treasurer? The reason I am involved is so that I can, certainly, give to the state of Mississippi and be their public servant, because I have the credentials and experience to start on day one. It won’t require any on-the-job training for me, and I can step right into the treasurer’s office. How has your experience prepared you for the job as treasurer? Working in an agency, I’ve got a record. I’ve done more with less. I understand budgets and budget cuts, and I understand how to manage people. … I already have that experience of being an agency director. Just having the opportunity to be very involved from the legal side and the public service side, I feel very compelled that I’ve got so many layers that truly qualify me to be the state’s chief financial officer.

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by Elizabeth Waibel What’s your campaign strategy leading up to the runoff election? We’ve been 24-7 full throttle right after the Aug. 2 election. Our message is this is a very technical, critical job, so it requires someone who has that experience, who has that expertise level. So we’re continuing to focus on the message of that experience. There’s been a lot of talk about cutting budgets in the tough economy. Where do you think we can cut the budget? I think due to the economy we’re going to have to learn to do more with less. We’re going to have to learn to operate within our means. … We are going to have to make decisions and hard choices for how we utilize the money, and certainly as the state treasurer I will do my part. I’m very much a believer, as you can see from my track record, that you can do more with less, you can manage and you can take the opportunity to provide more, but you’ve got to have a strategic plan for how you can do that. I think our state is headed in that direction until we get another uptick in the economy, and right now that’s looking not very good. Anything else you’d like to add? It’s been a great experience running for treasurer. It’s such an honor. I recently was endorsed by (former Arkansas) Gov. Mike Huckabee. He endorsed me as the most conservative and the most knowledgeable candidate to begin the job as treasurer, and that’s very exciting for me. The treasurer has a lot of roles on boards of agencies and commissions, and I would certainly be able to step into those roles as well. I think it’s important that we have a treasurer that’s very well versed in economic development, because as the treasurer, there’s a role of understanding the economy, understanding how we can create jobs, how we can work toward more education for our children and then that becomes the workforce for our job creation. You mentioned creating jobs. How do you think you, as treasurer, can work toward creating more jobs? The treasurer should truly be involved in the economic development of our state, and that goes into talking about the bonding of our state. Currently, we have $4 billion that we owe in debt, which is sort of like our credit card. Many of those are for economic development projects, and we need to look at the return on our investment and make a decision about what kinds of bonds are being issued, the terms of the bonds. Being a bond lawyer in private practice, I understand that process. Comment at

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Cat Fight

by Lacey McLaughlin


hen it comes to their platforms, there aren’t many differences between the Republican candidates for the state senate’s district 25. Will Longwitz, a Madison attorney, and Charles Barbour, a businessman and former Hinds County supervisor (and nephew of Gov. Haley Barbour), both preach limited government and fiscal responsibility, and both share conservative values. Perhaps that’s why the District 25 race has been an endless political tug-of-war between the candidates as they try to gain votes in this close race. Whoever wins the Republican runoff election Aug. 23 will face Democrat Cecilia Sampayo in the Nov. 8 general election.


Charles Barbour Charles Barbour, 48, is a Yazoo City native who graduated from Ole Miss in 1984 with a bachelor’s degree in public administration. From age 17, he has spent most of his adult life as a member of the National Guard. He retired from the Guard in 2007. Barbour won a seat on the Hinds County Board of Supervisors in 1999 and spent two terms on the board before choosing not to run in the last election. In February, Barbour announced that he would run as a Republican for the Public Service Commission in Mississippi’s central district. He withdrew his name, however, and decided to run for the state Senate instead. In 2007, FBI agents raided the Mississippi office of Alcatec LLC, owned by Barbour’s wife, and Guatemalan native, Rosemary. The company received $28 million from the Federal Emergency Management Agency to maintain trailers for displaced residents after Hurricane Katrina. He currently owns El Dorado Properties, a real estate

Former Hinds County Supervisor Charles Barbour wants to be state senator for district 25.

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Why did you switch from PSC to the Senate race? When I thought about running for PSC, this Senate seat was not open. Walter Michel announced his retirement for the Senate. The deadline for PSC, county supervisor and governor was March 1. The signup deadline for the Senate and House was June 1. It was during that time—between the two—when Walter announced his retirement.


Why do you want to run for Senate? The state of Mississippi has a looming budget problem. I am the only candidate in this race who has ever managed large amounts of public dollars. I am the only candidate who has had to make large budget decisions in a government agency. The state budget has to be kept under control. … I am the only candidate who has ever had to vote on a tax increase or fund schools.

Madison attorney Will Longwitz is running for state senator for district 25.

What separates you from your opponent? I am the only candidate with any kind of military background. I am the only candidate who has owned a small business. I owned a dry cleaners and rental property. I am responsible for signing the front of paychecks and not just the back. … As a Hinds County supervisor, Hinds County operated with a budget surplus every year. In fact, Hinds County’s bond rating is AAA. I managed to do this in a county with a declining tax base. I’m sorry to say Hinds County isn’t in the type of financial condition it was when I was on the board. Why is that? The short answer is because I said no to people, and they don’t say no anymore, I don’t believe. You’d have to ask them why they don’t pay their bills now. I get the whole fiscal responsibility thing, but when it comes to funding education and social services, how do you decide how to tighten your belt? I had to make these decisions as a supervisor. I have a lot of support in the school districts from what I did as a county supervisor. Even though you don’t have much money, you can still do things to make the schools better. I would like to offer this analogy: Jackson Public Schools spends (more than) $9,000 per pupil. Madison County Schools spends (more than) $8,000 per pupil. Logic dictates that if Jackson is spending more, it should be getting more. It doesn’t appear to a reasonable person that you get a better education in JPS than Madison. It’s not about money, totally. You have to have money to operate the schools, but you also have to have accountability. Whatever came of the federal raid to your wife’s business? You might want to speak to her attorney. She has never been charged, she has never been indicted and has never gone before a grand jury. What does that tell you? There was nothing there to begin with except petty jealousy. Will Longwitz Will Longwitz, 38, is a Quitman native who received a bachelor’s degree in government and English from Georgetown University in Washington, D.C., in 1995 and his law degree from Ole Miss in 2003. He started his career working as an aid for former Oklahoma Republican U.S. Rep. J.C. Watts. He was an attorney at the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission. Longwitz ran for Madison County judge last year but lost to Steve Ratcliff. He runs a private law firm in Madison. Why do you want to run for senator? I want to follow in Walter Michel’s footsteps. My primary motivation in deciding run for this seat is because I think I can

be an effective leader on improving economy and education in Mississippi. The first thing that we will have to address in the Legislature is redistricting, and I want to make sure people of District 25 get a fair shake in the redistricting fight. What are some specific things you want to do to improve the economy and education? The first thing we need to do in terms of the economy is to develop Mississippi’s reputation as the most job-friendly state in the country. There are examples of states that have had progress even in these tough economic times—Texas being one of them. What about education? My mother was a career public-school teacher. My grandmother was a career public-school teacher. I am a product of Mississippi public schools. I know that good schools are imperative to our children’s future, but they also have an effect on property value and the quality of life. We have to fund our schools and reduce costs wherever possible, but focus on every step of the way on the results we have for our kids. If you are elected, will you fully fund education? I want us to put every dollar that we possibly can to education and measure where every one of those dollars goes. I want to give teachers more freedom to do what they do best, and that is to teach and mentor our children. I want them to be rewarded for results. We can’t simply measure our dedication to education by how much money we pour into it, but we have to follow the results we are getting with the money spent. I’ve heard that you and your opponent have had a lot of personal attacks during this race. I have run a positive campaign that is focused on my ideas, and my opponent needs to explain his voting record. I’m focusing on job creation, education and keeping taxes low. My opponent would rather make personal attacks and fabricate controversies against me. … I believe that if you are swinging dirt, then you are losing ground. Why has this been such a coveted race? It is such a prominent seat. It covers a high population area of the state. It’s a highly visible district. When you have a prominent district like this, it places a burden of leadership on whoever holds this seat. People know in their hearts that candidates will govern the way they campaign. What did you learn from running for judge? You learn how to discipline yourself and organize supporters, but the main thing I learned is just how precious and valuable the democratic process is. It doesn’t just arrive at our doorstep every day. It takes many people who give their time and talent to make sure good honest people get elected.


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Will Killing Legislators’ Perks Work?

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Will legislators support Luckett’s plan to cut their retirement savings program?

f elected governor, Bill Luckett says he will end the states’ Supplemental Legislative Retirement Program and use those savings to fund education. While campaigning, Luckett has frequently attacked Lt. Gov. Phil Bryant by pointing out that Bryant received a retirement pension that is 1.5 times higher than that of state employees because lawmakers set it up that way. Created in 1989, SLRP provides retirement benefits to all members of the state Legislature and the lieutenant governor, the state had set aside $9.8 million in trust for benefits and spent $799,000 in 2008 for administrative fees and benefit payments to legislators. “Career politicians who have been on the public payroll for decades don’t deserve any better retirement program than do our teachers, law enforcement and other state employees,” Luckett said in a July 21 statement. “The game of climbing up the ladder of political offices election after election looking for a ‘high four years’ pay grade before retirement is a clear-cut example of why we need a governor who approaches the job as a public service, not a career goal to ensure a cushy retirement.” Luckett is proposing to take funds from

the program and put them toward the state’s Reading is Fundamental Program. The program provided more than 85,000 books last year to children in Mississippi through $442,721 in federal funds, but those funds are no longer available. The Barksdale Reading Institute has also donated to the program in the past. State Sen. David Baria, D-Bay St. Louis, said he isn’t counting on SLRP to fund his retirement and wouldn’t miss it if it were gone. Rep. Steve Holland, D-Plantersville, said he wouldn’t mind seeing it go toward education, but it is a benefit he feels he has earned. “We pay 3 percent more than any other state employee for that,” he said. “I voted against it to start with, but I am accepting it. I am close to retirement, and I am going to enjoy the hell out of it when it happens.” Holland admitted that most legislators, while they might not depend on SLRP, aren’t likely to pass a bill that would cut those perks. He also thinks Luckett’s position could cost him some votes. “Bill Luckett isn’t going to gain one vote by picking this fight with the very group of people that—should he have the good fortune of getting elected—is going to have to make this mark for him,” Holland said. See more political news at

Yancey Looks Toward Treasurer’s Office by Elizabeth Waibel

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ee Yancey, District 20 state senator, is running for state treasurer. He will be in a runoff election Aug. 23 against Lynn Fitch for the Republican nomination. As treasurer, Yancey has promised to lower taxes and reduce government debt. On his website, he also lists “protecting Mississippi from Obama” as one of his goals, and promises to “add his voice to the voices of other conservative leaders across the country in calling for Washington, D.C., to back off.” Yancey serves as vice-chairman of the Highways and Transportation Committee as a state senator, and is a member of other committees including finance. He also serves on the State Bond Commission. Yancey’s campaign website touts his conservative record in the Mississippi Senate, saying he has “co-authored and passed some of the toughest anti-illegal immigration legislation in America.” It also says he has never voted for a tax increase and has a 100-percent antiabortion voting record. The senator was a senior consultant and lobbyist for the Christian Action Commission of the Mississippi Baptist Convention, where he spoke in churches and schools and worked to pass conservative legislation. Yancey was born in Ripley, graduated from Mississippi College, and received his master’s degree and a doctorate in leadership administration from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary. He currently works for a financial services company in Ridgeland. He is married and has two children. He did not respond to requests for an interview. See more political coverage at Lee Yancey will face Lynn Fitch in a runoff for the Republican nomination for state treasurer.

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Vidal Blankenstein often paints trees, as she did in “A Family’s Affair” (acrylic). Art by Choice Returns


he New Collectors Club at the Mississippi Museum of Art presents Art by Choice, an exhibition, sale and auction of art to benefit the museum. Participating artists benefit, too, since artwork is sold on consignment. The exhibition is Aug. 20 to Sept. 11. The museum will offer a free entertaining and informative tour through the Art by Choice exhibition Aug. 23 so budding collectors can take notes and start a wish list. The art will not be available to purchase until the night of Aug. 26. That’s the night of the live art auc-


atchez inspires Vidal Blankenstein. She says that growing up around all the visual art there molded her as an artist. “Art was never anything that anyone talked about, but it was always there,” she says. “It was everywhere.” Blankenstein comes from a storytelling family and learned at a young age that all art has a story. In a smalltown setting where everything was “over the top,” it was easy for her to harness her creativity in her painting. She describes Natchez as being very aesthetically sensitive, and a place where one can truly appreciate being a part of the environment. “It’s possible I see more than some people. I see the irony in what’s happening, and I try to paint it,” she says. This awareness of her surroundings lends Blankenstein’s work its narrative quality. She says her work is both psychologically narrative and narrative in nature. Her paintings are rife with symbols: those of trees, hands, seeing-eyes and animals. Blakenstein, 52, is not just an artist. She’s also a businesswoman, an innovator and a problem solver. Using the logical left and artistic right sides of her brain in her art, she believes, is what makes her a creator. On one hand, Blankenstein paints pieces described as having a “dream-like” quality. On the other, she heads her own design business, Imaginary Company. Blankenstein’s company specializes in all aspects of advertising, design, broadcast, Internet and communication consulting. Imaginary Company produces complete branding packages that take advantage of the full range of media options, from print ads to broadcast to a high-impact Internet presence. Her business influences her artistic work, Blankenstein says. She has spent her life thinking about effective communication and its connection to imagery. “I begin to paint when I run out of things to say,” she says. “When there are no words to express some of the beautiful aspects of life, I paint.” Her work in fine art is never planned, she says. The paint has its own voice. “The way it interacts with other paint, and the way it moves are testaments to the fact that the paint has a mind of its own,” she says. Blankenstein has lived in Jackson’s Belhaven neighborhood for around 30 years. She likes the area’s small-town feel and gothic intrigue. Her neighborhood reminds her of her hometown, in that right. She loves her company, but Blankenstein, who graduated in 1982 from Louisiana Tech with a master’s degree in graphic design, says she will never stop painting. She hopes to balance both kinds of art, using both halves of her brain in tandem. Vidal Blankenstein’s work is in the permanent collections of the Mississippi Museum of Art, Meridian Museum of Art and the Ohr-O’Keefe Museum of Art. Additionally, her work has exhibited as part of a juried international traveling exhibition throughout the United States and Europe including: Washington, D.C.; New York City; Atlanta; Berlin; Belfast, Ireland; and Istanbul and Ankara, Turkey. Her business website is

Joanna McNeel, former Mississippi Museum of Art registrar, shows a piece of art for bidding at the Art by Choice auction last year.

tion. Attendees can enjoy cocktails and heavy hors d’oeuvres as they prepare to bid.

Reservations for the auction are $50 per person, with a VIP reservation available for another $50. A VIP reservation entitles you to view and purchase artwork beginning at 6 p.m. before the other reservation holders are allowed in at 7 p.m. The live auction begins at 8 p.m. If you can’t make it to the auction, you can still purchase art collected for Art by Choice. The art sale continues through Sept. 11. For additional information or for tickets to the Aug. 26 auction, call 601-960-1515 or visit


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atience. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a word that has a lot of meanings for fathers. Whether itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s for our careers or with our children, patience is a difficult skill to develop. Author Jeff Kinney, a self-described â&#x20AC;&#x153;failed cartoonist,â&#x20AC;? worked to become a comic-strip artist; however, that career eluded him. While studying criminal justice at the University of Maryland, Kinney some success in his college newspaper as a cartoonist. Kinneyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s first book, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Diary of a Wimpy Kidâ&#x20AC;? (2007, Amulet, $13.95) sold more than 32 million copies in the United States according to Publishers Weekly. The series, published by Abrams/Amulet includes four other books: â&#x20AC;&#x153;Rodrick Rulesâ&#x20AC;? (2008, $13.95), â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Last Strawâ&#x20AC;? (2009, $13.95), â&#x20AC;&#x153;Dog Daysâ&#x20AC;? (2009, $13.95), â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Ugly Truthâ&#x20AC;? (2010, $13.95) and the newest title published in May, â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Wimpy Kid Do-It-Yourself Bookâ&#x20AC;? (2011, $12.95). The series chronicles the life of middle-schooler Greg Heffley. In 2010, the first book was made into a motion picture that grossed more than $75 million, and a second film, released in 2011, did well also. Kinney, 40, is also a game designer for the childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s website Poptropica ( The site allows 6- to 15-year-olds to be a part of a role-playing game in a safe environment. The author and his wife of 10 years, Julie, reside in Plainville, Mass. My son, Mateo, 9, and I spoke with Kinney by phone. AMULET BOOKS

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Mateo: How old were you when you started drawing? Kinney: I think my first ever picture was a picture of a turtle when I was probably about 3 or 4 years old, in preschool. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve sort of been drawing ever since. Mike: Who is your favorite author? Kinney: My favorite author is a comic book creator named Carl Barks. He wrote these stories about Donald Duck and Uncle Scrooge and all those characters in the 1950s and â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;60s. Mateo: What was your favorite book as a kid? Kinney: â&#x20AC;&#x153;Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothingâ&#x20AC;? by Judy Blume (Dutton, 1972, $5.99). I really thought that it was a lot of fun, very funny to me as a kid. Mateo: Where do your ideas come from? Kinney: My ideas come from normal life. Funny stuff happens all around me, and some of the stuff was taken from things that happened to me from when I was a kid. But Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve always got my ears open and my eyes open for things that might be funny. Mike: What made you decide to name the book â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Diary of a Wimpy Kidâ&#x20AC;?? Kinney: I really wanted to write a book about a kid who seemed average and normal and who wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t a hero or star of a sports

Jeff Kinney hopes his books inspire kids to be lifelong readers.

team or something like that. I thought the idea of making the story about a kid whoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s kind of a weakling kind of fun. Mateo: Which character are you most like in the book and why? Kinney: Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m most like Greg, I think, in all the worst ways. Mateo: Who is your favorite character? Kinney: My favorite character is Rowley because heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s really a pure kid. He enjoys being a kid. Mike: What lesson do you want kids to learn from the series? Kinney: I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t think that my books have a real message to them, but what I want kids to take away from my books is that it is fun to read, and that there are much better and bigger things out there than â&#x20AC;&#x153;Diary of a Wimpy Kidâ&#x20AC;?. â&#x20AC;Ś Hopefully, Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll turn kids on to being lifelong readers. Mike: In a 2009 profile in The New York Times, you said, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m not a real author, and Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m not a real cartoonist; Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m a failed cartoonist.â&#x20AC;? Kinney: Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll always remember that I couldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t break into the comics pages, which was my goal. When I go to writersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; conferences, I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t feel like a real author. When I think of a real author, I think of someone who types up all sorts of pages with words on them and hands them in. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m more kind of a mix of a cartoonist and a writer. I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t think Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m a pure writer or real pure cartoonist. Mateo: Are you going make any more â&#x20AC;&#x153;Diary of a Wimpy Kidâ&#x20AC;? books? Kinney: Yes, Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m going to make at least seven (total in the series, but) hope to make 10. Mike: Whatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s your advice for a young aspiring cartoonist or writer? Kinney: Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d say my best advice is to copy other people at first, because when you copy other peopleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s style, you can understand how they put something together, and that will help you when you want to create your own work.

BEST BETS August 17 - 24, 2011 by Latasha Willis Fax: 601-510-9019 Daily updates at

John Sumrall talks about Mississippi rock ‘n’ roll during History Is Lunch at noon at the William F. Winter Archives and History Building (200 North St.). Bring lunch; call 601-576-6998. … See the film “RiffTrax Live: Jack the Giant Killer” at 7 p.m. at Tinseltown (411 Riverwind Drive, Pearl). $11.50, $10.50 seniors and students, $9.50 children; call 601-936-5856. … Jazz Beautiful with Pam Confer performs at Fitzgerald’s. … Baby Jan and Chalmers are at Underground 119. … Big Juv performs at 9 p.m. at Fenian’s. … The open jam with Will and Linda is at Pelican Cove. … Time Out has music from Brian Jones at 9:30 p.m.. … Cathead Vodka’s Live Karaoke is at 10 p.m. at Martin’s. … Snazz plays at Fire.


Play, sell and swap records during Vinyl Night from 6-9 p.m. at North Midtown Arts Center. Free; call 601-376-9404. … Writer’s Spotlight is at 6:30 p.m. at Building (4506 Office Park Drive). Free; email … The weekly Arabian dance party is at 7:30 p.m. at Petra Cafe (2741 Old Canton Road). No cover, food prices vary; call 601-3660161. … Provine High School alumni ages 21 and up are invited to the Ram City Reunion at 10 p.m., at Roberts Walthall Hotel. Open to the public. $15 in advance; call 601-331-8260 or 769-257-2552. … Dreamz JXN hosts Can’t Feel My Face Friday.



Bring your kids to the Step in to School event at 10 a.m. at Mississippi Children’s Museum (2145 Highland Drive). $8, children 12 months and under free; call 601-981-5469 or 877-793-5437. … The “Chillaxin’ in Jackson” Truck and Car Show is at 1 p.m. at Mississippi Trade Mart (1200 Mississippi St.). $10, children 12 and under free; call 601-832-3020. … The Countdown 2011 fundraiser for the Special Olympics of Mississippi is at 6:30 p.m. at Country Club of Jackson (345 Saint Andrews Drive). Only 200 tickets sold. $150, $200 couple; call 601-856-7748. … The roller derby bout between the Magnolia Roller Vixens and the Acadiania Rollergirls is at 7 p.m. at Jackson Convention Complex. $12 in advance, $15 at the door, $5 children; call 601-376-9122. … See local celebrities strut during Dance with the Stars, a benefit for Mississippi Opera, at 7 p.m. at the Marriott Hotel (200 E. Amite St.) in the Churchill Ballroom. The Capitol City Stage Band performs. $75, $100 couple; call 601-960-2300 or 877MSOPERA. … The Mississippi Community Symphonic Band concert is at 7 p.m. at Belhaven University Center for the Arts. Free; call 601-605-2786. … Comedians Lenardo Blackmon and Red Baby perform during Silly Saturdays at 9 p.m. at Bamboo Stix. $7, $10 couples in advance; $10 per person at the door; call 601-307-4202 or 386-338-8398. … Wooden Finger and Delicate Cutters are at Ole Tavern. Children can enjoy educational activities at the Step in to School Event at 10 a.m. Aug. 20 at the Mississippi Children’s Museum.

The artist reception for Cliff Speaks is at 5 p.m. at Southern Breeze Gallery (1000 Highland Colony Parkway, Ridgeland) during Ridgeland Rendezvous. Free; call 601-607-4147. … The Latin American Business Association Mixer is at 6 p.m. at Lingofest Language Center (7048 Old Canton Road, Ridgeland). … Cafe MIRA at 6:30 p.m. at Parkway Place Theater (1075 Parkway Blvd., Flowood) includes a screening and discussion of “The Help.” $8, $7 college students with ID, $5.50 seniors; call 601-939-0201. … Trombonist David Dove, bellydancer ms. YET and the Ruminants perform at 7:30 p.m. at North Midtown Arts Center. $10; call 601-497-7454.

Art House Cinema Downtown at Russell C. Davis Planetarium (201 E. Pascagoula St.) includes the films “Aida” at 2 p.m. ($16) and “Midnight in Paris” at 5 p.m. ($7). Visit … The Mostly Monthly Ceili is at 2 p.m. at Fenian’s. Free; email … The Abita beer tasting is at 6 p.m. in the bar at Char. $19; call 601-956-9562. … Singer-songwriter David Ashley performs at The Church at Northshore (498 Northshore Parkway, Brandon) at 6:30 p.m. Free; call 601-829-1600.


The Print and Ceramics Showcase at The Commons is on display through Sept. 16. Free; call 601-352-3399. … The Central Mississippi Blues Society Jam is at 7 p.m. at Hal & Mal’s. … Pub Quiz at Ole Tavern. … Irish Frog, Burgers and Blues, and Fenian’s have karaoke.


Huddles and Heels: A Woman’s Guide to Football is at 6 p.m. at Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame and Museum (1152 Lakeland Drive) and benefits the Susan G. Komen Foundation. Limited tickets. $50; call 601-948-7575. … Purchase art during the Art by Choice guided tour at 6 p.m. at the Mississippi Museum of Art (380 S. Lamar St.). Free admission; call 601-960-1515.


Mississippi Main Street Association director Bob Wilson speaks during History Is Lunch at noon at the Old Capitol Museum (100 S. State St.). Bring lunch; call 601-576-6998. … Hal & Mal’s “An Intimate Evening with Mississippi’s Finest” includes music from Luther Dickinson and Bobby Rush. … Y’alls Blues Band is at Fenian’s at 9 p.m. … Hunter Gibson is at Kathryn’s. More events and details at

See tricked-out vehicles at the “Chillaxin’ in Jackson” Truck and Car Show at 1 p.m. Aug. 20 at the Mississippi Trade Mart. COURTESY BILL BISSELL





jfpevents JFP-SPONSORED EVENTS Radio JFP on WLEZ, at WLEZ 100.1 FM and Join Donna Ladd and Todd Stauffer every Thursday from noon-1 p.m., where they discuss vital issues and play local music. This week’s guest is Portia Espy of the Children’s Defense Fund. JFP sports writer Bryan Flynn gives commentary at 12:45 p.m. Listen to podcasts at Free; call 601-362-6121, ext. 17. Countdown 2011…Get Your Kicks on Route 66 Aug. 20, 6:30 p.m., at Country Club of Jackson (345 Saint Andrews Drive). The fundraiser includes silent and live auctions, dinner, cocktails and a drawing for a two-year lease of an energy-efficient vehicle from Bob Boyte Honda. Proceeds benefit the Special Olympics of Mississippi. Only 200 tickets sold. $150, $200 couple; call 601-856-7748. Magnolia Roller Vixens Roller Derby Aug. 20, 7 p.m., at Jackson Convention Complex (105 E. Pascagoula St.). The team plays the Acadiania Rollergirls. Doors open at 6 p.m. $50 season passes are available ($20 for children). $12 in advance, $15 at the door, $5 children; call 601-376-9122. Mississippi Happening. Guaqueta Productions hosts the monthly broadcast, which features a special musical guest. Download free podcasts at

COMMUNITY Sports League Registrations at Jackson Medical Mall (350 W. Woodrow Wilson Ave.). The Department of Parks and Recreation is conducting registration for the upcoming season from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. weekdays. Call 601-960-0471. • Adult Fall Softball League Registration through Sept. 9. The league consists of co-ed teams with a limit of 20 players per team. $250 per team. • Adult Flag Football Registration through Sept. 30. Limit of 20 players per team. Games begin Oct. 17. $325 per team. • Adult Fall And Winter Basketball League Registration through Oct. 7, at Jackson Medical Mall (350 W. Woodrow Wilson Ave.). Men and women ages 35 or older may participate. Limit of 15 players per team. Games begin Oct. 17. $325 per team. “History Is Lunch” Aug. 17, noon, at William F. Winter Archives and History Building (200 North St.). John Sumrall presents “Mississippi Rock ‘n’ Roll.” Bring lunch; coffee and water provided. Free; call 601-576-6998. Ridgeland Rendezvous Aug. 18, 5 p.m. Enjoy food, fun and atmosphere at Ridgeland’s galleries, restaurants and shopping centers. Visit Latin American Business Association Mixer Aug. 18, 6 p.m., at Lingofest Language Center (7048 Old Canton Road, Ridgeland). Networking and dinner is at 6 p.m., the meeting is at 7 p.m. and Isabel Escalante and Marcelo Veira perform at 8 p.m. Free; call 601-500-7700.

August 17 - 23, 2011

Cafe MIRA Aug. 18, 6:30 p.m., at Parkway Place Theater (1075 Parkway Blvd., Flowood). The Mississippi Immigrants Rights Alliance hosts a screening of “The Help” and a discussion after the film. $8, $7 college students with ID, $5.50 seniors; call 601-939-0201.


Precinct 3 COPS Meeting Aug. 18, 6 p.m., at Jackson Police Department, Precinct 3 (3925 W. Northside Drive). These monthly forums are designed to help resolve community issues or problems, from crime to potholes. Call 601-960-0003. Ram City Reunion Aug. 19, 10 p.m., at Roberts Walthall Hotel (225 E. Capitol St.). Provine High School alumni ages 21 and up are welcome to attend. The event is also open to the public. Enjoy drink specials and music from DJ Unpredictable. Table reservations available. $15 in advance; call 601-331-8260 or 769-257-2552.

Step in to School Event Aug. 20, 10 a.m., at Mississippi Children’s Museum (2145 Highland Drive). Celebrate going back to school with immunization information, healthy lunch options, educational television programming and more. $8, children 12 months and under free; call 601-981-5469 or 877793-5437. Mostly Monthly Ceili Aug. 21, 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 Abita Beer Tasting Aug. 21, 6 p.m., at Char (4500 Interstate 55 N. Suite 142), in the bar. Enjoy beer samples from Abita Brewery served with Louisiana-style cuisine. $19; call 601-956-9562. Fondren Park Official Presentation Aug. 24, 10 a.m., at Fondren Park (Northview Drive and Dunbar Street). Fondren Renaissance Foundation celebrates the park restoration and officially presents it to the city of Jackson. Call 601-981-9606. Jackson Inner-city Gardeners Call for Volunteers through Aug. 30. JIG needs volunteers at the corner of W. Northside Drive and Medgar Evers Blvd. beside the BP gas station. Volunteers can help Tuesdays and Thursdays from 5:30-7:30 p.m., and Saturdays from 8-11 a.m. JIG sells produce Saturdays from 8:30 a.m.-noon. Call 601-924-3539. Call for Grant Applications, 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. Aug. 31 is the deadline for concept brief submissions. Call 601-326-0701. Project ReDirectory Recycling Program through Aug. 31. The telephone book recycling bins are throughout the metro Jackson area. Schedule a pickup from your business if you have 50 books or more. Contact Keep Jackson Beautiful for a list of locations. Books may also be dropped off at Recycling Services (3010 N. Mill St.). Call 601366-4842. Ekklesia Fall Registration through Sept. 2, at Ekklesia School of Ministry and Theology (New Horizon Church, 1770 Ellis Ave.). Certification programs include Christian studies, and ministry and theological studies. Classes begin Sept. 6. Call 601-346-7503 for details on registration and fees. Yu-Gi-Oh Tournaments, at Java Ink (420 Roberts St., Pearl). Compete and trade cards with fans at 2 p.m. Sundays. Admission varies; call 601-397-6292. Arabian Dance Party, at Petra Cafe (2741 Old Canton Road). On Fridays at 7:30 p.m., watch a belly dancer perform, and enjoy Arabian dancing and Greek dancing with plate breaking. No cover, food prices vary; call 601-366-0161. Jackson 2000 Study Circles Program. The program includes six two-hour sessions of dialogue and problem-solving to encourage racial harmony and community involvement. Jackson 2000 is looking for participants from all walks of life to sign up, and sessions will be scheduled soon. Email

WELLNESS NAMIWalks Team Captains Luncheon Aug. 18, 11:30 a.m., location TBA. The luncheon is for individuals forming teams to fundraise for NAMIWalks for the Mind of America in November. RSVP to receive the event location. Call 601-899-9058. Diabetes Support Group Meeting Aug. 18, 1 p.m., at Baptist Health Systems, Madison Campus (401 Baptist Drive, Madison). Baptist Nutrition Center hosts the meetings on third Thursdays. Free; call 601-973-1624.

BE THE CHANGE Huddles and Heels: A Woman’s Guide to Football Aug. 23, 6 p.m., at Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame and Museum (1152 Lakeland Drive). Learn the rules of football in a casual, all-female environment. The event includes a pre-session tailgate cocktail party, a Q&A with college referee Sarah Thomas and a raffle for a football signed by all the college football coaches in Mississippi. Proceeds benefit the Susan G. Komen Foundation’s central Mississippi affiliate. Limited tickets. $50; call 601-948-7575. Operation Sunscreen through Aug. 24. Purchase sun-care protection package to send to troops in Iraq and Afghanistan. Each package contains sunscreen, lip protector, a thank-you note and gum or candy. $25 donation; call 601-201-1979. “Fill the Bus” School Supply Drive, at Fondren Corner (2906 N. State St.). Drop off school supplies for Boyd Elementary students at the designated location through Sept. 2. Donations welcome; call 601-981-1658, ext. 20. Blood Pressure Checks for Seniors Aug. 22, 11 a.m., at Johnnie Champion Senior Center (1355 Hattiesburg St.). The city of Jackson and St. Dominic Health Services provides blood pressure checks and immunization awareness information to qualifying individuals ages 55 or older living within the Jackson city limits. Free; call 601-960-0335. Sway Dance and Fitness Anniversary Events Aug. 19-20, at Sway Dance and Fitness (801 S. Wheatley St., Suite A, Ridgeland). The ribbon cutting with the Madison County Chamber of Commerce is at 11:30 a.m. Aug. 19. The birthday and expansion celebration is from 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Aug. 20 and includes fitness demonstrations and visitor bag giveaways. Refreshments served at both events. Free; call 601-946-7075. Anusara Yoga Workshop Aug. 19-21, at Butterfly Yoga (3025 N. State St.). Noah Maze teaches sequencing, forward bends and other poses. Classes are at 3:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. Aug. 19, 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. Aug. 20 and 10 a.m. Aug. 21. $55$175; call 601-594-2313. Spiritual Healing Lecture Aug. 20, 1:30 p.m., at Quisenberry Library (605 E. Northside Drive, Clinton). The introductory lecture is on spiritual help and healing through the teachings of Bruno Groening, a German healer. Community Hour follows the lecture from 2:30-4:30 p.m. Free, donations welcome; call 225-570-8170. Fitness Camp, at Lake Hico Park (4801 Watkins Drive). Do cardiovascular and strength training exercises and learn about proper nutrition. Sessions are 8-9 a.m. Saturdays. $20; call 601-331-8468. First Friday Free ADHD Screenings, at the office of Suzanne Russell, LPC (665 Highway 51 N., Ridgeland). Licensed counselor Suzanne Russell offers free 30-minute ADHD screenings for children on first Fridays through Dec. 2. Appointment required. Free; call 601-707-7355. Zumba Fitness Classes. The Latin-inspired aerobics classes are held at two Dance Unlimited Studio locations. $5; call 601-209-7566. • Mondays and Thursdays at 5:30 p.m.; Saturdays at 9 a.m. at 6787 S. Siwell Road, Suite A, Byram. • Wednesdays at 6 p.m. and Saturdays at 11 a.m. at 3091 Highway 49 South, Suite E, Florence.

FARMERS MARKETS Jackson Square Farmers Market through Sept. 25, at Jackson Square Promenade (2460 Terry Road). Hours are 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday-Sunday. Free admission, $5-$10 vendor fee; call 601-372-7157. Byram Farmers Market (20 Willow Creek Lane, Byram), through Oct. 29. The market is open 8 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday-Saturday. Call 601-373-4545. Mississippi Farmers Market (929 High St.), through Dec. 17. Open 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays. Call 601-354-6573. Old Farmers Market (352 E. Woodrow Wilson Ave.), through Nov. 12. Hours are 7 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Monday-Saturday and 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Sunday. Call 601-354-0529 or 601-353-1633. Jackson Roadmap to Health Equity Project’s Farmers Market (2548 Livingston Road) through

Dec. 17. Hours are 9-6 p.m. Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays. Call 601-987-6783. Old Fannin Road Farmers Market (1307 Old Fannin Road, Brandon), through Dec. 24. Hours are 8 a.m.-7 p.m. Monday-Saturday and noon6 p.m. Sunday. Call 601-919-1690.

STAGE AND SCREEN “RiffTrax Live: Jack the Giant Killer” Aug. 17, 7 p.m., at Tinseltown (411 Riverwind Drive, Pearl). The film is of a Nashville performance from comedians Michael J. Nelson, Kevin Murphy and Bill Corbett (“Mystery Science Theater 3000”) in which they give commentary on the 1962 film “Jack the Giant Killer.” $11.50, $10.50 seniors and students, $9.50 children; call 601-936-5856. Joan Rivers Aug. 19, 8 p.m., at IP Casino Resort (850 Bayview Ave., Biloxi). The legendary actresscomedian performs stand-up comedy. $30, $40; call 800-745-3000. Dance with the Stars Aug. 20, 7 p.m., at Jackson Marriott (200 E. Amite St.), in Churchill Ballroom. The dance competition pairs local celebrities and business leaders with local ballroom dance instructors as they compete for first place in several categories. Proceeds benefit the Mississippi Opera.Dinner is served before the competition, and the Capitol City Stage Band performs afterward. A 6 p.m. cocktail reception precedes the performance. $75, $100 couple; call 601-960-2300 or 877-MSOPERA. Silly Saturdays Aug. 20, 9 p.m., at Bamboo Stix Sports Bar (5020 N. State St.). Camilla Britton hosts the comedy show. Lenardo Blackmon and Red Baby perform. $7, $10 couples in advance; $10 per person at the door; call 601-307-4202 or 386-338-8398. Art House Cinema Downtown Aug. 21, 2 p.m., at Russell C. Davis Planetarium (201 E. Pascagoula St.). Films include the opera “Aida” at 2 p.m. ($16) and “Midnight in Paris” at 5 p.m. ($7). Popcorn and beverages available. Visit Power APAC Call for Applications through Nov. 18, at Power Academic and Performing Arts Complex (1120 Riverside Drive). Jackson Public Schools’ nationally-awarded program supplements Jackson students in the fields of dance, theater arts, visual arts, instrumental music and vocal music. Students in grades 612 may apply. Applications for the 2012-2013 school year must be received by 4 p.m. Nov. 18. Auditions are from 1-3 p.m. Dec. 10. Call 601-960-5387.

MUSIC David Dove and ms. YET Aug. 18, 7:30 p.m., at North Midtown Arts Center (121 Millsaps Ave.). David Dove is an experimental trombonist, and ms. YET is a belly dancer. The Ruminants also perform. Mississippi Improv Alliance is the host. $10; call 601-497-7454. Mississippi Community Symphonic Band Aug. 20 7 p.m., at Belhaven University Center for the Arts (835 Riverside Drive). The band plays


jfpevents Music in the City Aug. 23, 5:15 p.m., at Mississippi Museum of Art (380 S. Lamar St.), in Trustmark Grand Hall. In partnership with St. Andrew’s Cathedral, the museum brings a series of free concerts one Tuesday a month. Hors d’oeuvres will be served first, and the performance is at 5:45 p.m. Free, donations welcome; call 601-354-1533. Mississippi Music Foundation Youth Symphony Auditions through Aug. 30. The three-level symphony is a full orchestra with strings, winds, brass, percussion, harp and keyboard. Members participate in a 25-30 week season. Participants must be Mississippi residents. Call 662-429-2939. Vinyl Night, at North Midtown Arts Center (121 Millsaps Ave.). Play, sell and swap records, and enjoy music from local deejays from 6-9 p.m. Fridays. Free; call 601-376-9404.

LITERARY AND SIGNINGS Story Time on the Side Porch Aug. 17, 3:30 p.m., at Eudora Welty House (1119 Pinehurst Place). The program is for children in kindergarten through third grade. This week’s book is “Planting a Rainbow.” After the reading, the children make paper flower collages. Reservation required. Free; call 601-353-7762. Events at Lemuria Books (202 Banner Hall, 4465 Interstate 55 N.). Call 601-366-7619. • “The Family Fang” Aug. 18, 5 p.m. Kevin Wilson signs copies of his book; reading at 5:30 p.m. $23.99 book. • “Devil Sent the Rain: Music and Writing in Desperate America” Aug. 23, 5 p.m. Tom Piazza signs copies of his book; reading at 5 p.m. $14.99 book. • Writer’s Spotlight Aug. 19, 6:30 p.m., at Building (4506 Office Park Drive). Writers share their work in the categories of fiction, non-fiction and poetry. Email submissions to reserve a slot. Readings should be between eight and 10 minutes long. Beer available for purchase. Free; email “Freedom’s Sisters” Essay Contest through Aug. 26. Students in grades 4-8 may write a 200-500 word essay on the topic “Who is Your Favorite Freedom Sister and Why?” based on the woman included in the “Freedom’s Sisters” exhibit at the Smith Robertson Museum. Cover sheet required. Aug. 26 is the deadline. Prizes include savings bonds worth $500$5,000. Call 601-960-1457. Weekly Storytime, at Campbell’s Bakery (3013 North 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 Make Your Own Tambourine Aug. 18, 4 p.m., at Pearl Public Library (2416 Old Brandon Road, Pearl). The class is for kids in grades K-6. Space limited; registration required. Free; call 601-932-2562. Cotton Crop Day Aug. 20, 10 a.m., at Mississippi Children’s Museum (2145 Highland Drive). Children learn to paint with cotton at the Eudora Welty Porch. $8, children under 12 months free; call 601981-5469 or 877-793-KIDS. Polymer Clay Class Aug. 20, 10 a.m., at Pearl Public Library (2416 Old Brandon Road, Pearl). Learn to sculpt with polymer clay from the Central Mississippi Polymer Clay Guild. This month, participants make a mosaic picture. Visit for a supply list. Free first meeting, $5 future meetings, $20 annual membership; email Two-day Figure Drawing Workshop Aug. 22-23, at Southern Cultural Heritage Center (1302 Adams St., Vicksburg). Mark Bleakley is the instructor.

Easels and drawing boards provided; other materials available for purchase or bring your own. Sessions are 2-4:30 p.m. Registration required. $60, $55 members; call 601-631-2997. Adult Hip-Hop Dance Classes, at Courthouse Racquet and Fitness Club, Northeast (46 Northtown Drive). Learn hip-hop dance techniques and choreography. Open to ages 16 and older. Classes are Mondays from 7:30-8:30 p.m. and Fridays from 5:30-6:30 p.m. $10; call 601-853-7480. Shut Up and Write! at JFP Classroom (2727 Old Canton Road, Suite 224). Sign up for the series of JFP editor-in-chief Donna Ladd’s popular non-fiction and creative writing classes starting this fall every other Saturday Sept. 10-Nov. 19. $150, $75 deposit to hold spot; call 601-362-6121, ext. 16. Events at Java Ink (420 Roberts St., Pearl). Free; call 601-397-6292. • Weekly Creative Group Meetings. The Java Ink Jotters writers group and the Sketchers drawing group meet at 6:30 p.m. Wednesdays. No joining fee; all ages and skill levels welcome. • The Shire of Iron Ox Demonstrations. The Society for Creative Anachronism shares oldworld skills such as loom weaving and fencing at 6:30 p.m. Tuesdays.

EXHIBITS AND OPENINGS Cliff Speaks Artist Reception Aug. 18, 5 p.m., at Southern Breeze Gallery (1000 Highland Colony Parkway, Ridgeland). Free; call 601-607-4147. Events at Mississippi Museum of Art (380 S. Lamar St.). Call 601-960-1515. • Art by Choice Exhibition Aug. 20-Sept. 11. See works from Mississippi artists and national galleries. Purchase pieces at the guided tour at 6 p.m. Aug. 23 (free admission), the live auction at 7 p.m. Aug. 26 ($50, $100 VIP) and during regular hours through Sept. 11. Hours are Tuesday-Saturday 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and Sunday from noon-5 p.m. $3-$5, children under 5 and museum members free. • Our Neighborhood Project Exhibit through Aug. 21, in Trustmark Grand Hall. See 26 photographs of mid-town Jackson taken by fifth-grades from Brown Elementary School. Free.


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“Chillaxin” in Jackson” Truck and Car Show Aug. 20, 1 p.m., at Mississippi Trade Mart (1200 Mississippi St.). See custom, street and performance cars and trucks. The event includes contests, music, raffles and exhibitor booths. $10, children 12 and under free; call 601-832-3020. “Despair to Destiny” through Aug. 25, at Jackson Municipal Art Gallery (839 N. State St.). Anne Dennis’ exhibit includes art, poetry and personal letters. Free; call 601-960-1582. Express Yourself Arts Gallery Supply Drive through Aug. 31, at Mississippi Children’s Museum (2145 Highland Drive). Donate supplies or money to the museum’s arts program. Donations welcome; call 601-981-5469 or 877-793-KIDS. Midtown Debris Organization through Oct. 8, at the old Cultural Expressions building (147 Millsaps Ave.). The interactive performance art exhibit includes items collected from the Midtown area. Saturdays, visitors can make art from the collection, and enjoy dance and multimedia sculpture. Hours are Mondays and Wednesdays 6-9 a.m., Fridays 6-9 a.m. and 3-6 p.m., and Saturdays from 10 a.m.2 p.m. The exhibit closes with a block party from 3-7 p.m. Oct. 8. Free; call 601-497-7454. Check for updates and more listings. To add an event, email all details (phone number, start and end date, and time, street address, cost, URL, etc.) to or fax to 601510-9019. The deadline is noon the Thursday prior to the week of publication. Or add the event online yourself; check out for instructions.

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by Sadaaf Mamoon


oulster Keeshea Pratt has been singing since she was 5 years old. Nothing less can be expected from a child who grew up in the church and is the progeny of two Jackson State University music majors. Pratt has sung everything from gospel, blues, R&B and soul to show tunes. Since her first days at New Hope Baptist Church in Jackson, dancing on tables and singing in the choir, Pratt knew she was made for the stage. “I wanted to go to Juilliard, saw myself on Broadway,” she says. “My music gave me huge dreams.” The mezzo-soprano cultivated her love for music throughout her young adult life at Callaway High School and then at Tougaloo College, where she graduated in 1997 with a bachelor’s degree in music. While there, Pratt received instruction from Larry Robinson, Tougaloo’s choir director, who would later work with the Harlem Boys Choir. During her sophomore year at Tougaloo, Pratt got her big break: a chance to sing opera with the famous prima donna Grace Bumbry. During the summers of 1994 to 1996, Pratt toured with Bumbry, singing in New York City’s Carnegie Hall and overseas in places such as Switzerland and Germany. Pratt, now 36, began performing professionally in Jackson in 2008. She has sung in every type of venue, from bars and clubs to music festivals and casinos. Festivals are her favorite places to perform the blues, soul and R&B music she grew up with. “I’m an intimate entertainer,” she says, “I like to get away from the nightlife scene, because other

places really give you the chance to interact with the people.” Pratt’s sound is gritty, soulful and reminiscent of Tina Turner, her No. 1 idol. Her other influences include greats such as Whitney Houston, Aretha Franklin, Gladys Knight, Nancy Wilson, Etta James, Yolanda Adams and Cece Winans. “I try to sing about love and life,” Pratt says. “I love to see people’s faces change as (my) music touches them. I want to touch as many people as I can.” Pratt lives in south Jackson with her husband, former JSU quarterback Grailyn Pratt, and their two daughters, Blaike Catherine, 8, and Isabella Elise, 4 months. She continues to sing at her church, Jackson Revival Center, where she is a praise and worship leader. While Pratt doesn’t dream of Broadway anymore, her ambition is in no way diminished. She plans to release two albums in the near future, and is acting in a movie, “I Am Woman,” which will be filmed here in Jackson this coming year. She also started her own company in August 2009, eponymously named Harris-Pratt Entertainment (Harris-Pratt is her full last name), and is planning to fund a performing arts complex for inner-city children in Jackson. Still a devout Christian, Pratt is appreciative for her gift. “The only reason I’m still in this business is that God has allowed me to be in it,” she says. “I love music so much, and I am so thankful for Him.” To learn more about Keeshea Pratt or her business, visit her Facebook page.

Natalie’s Notes


Love and Life

Keeshea Pratt likes to get away from the nightlife scene.

Mississippi and the Grammys

by Natalie Long

August 17 - 23, 2011


Foundation—which works to cultivate understanding, appreciation and advancement of recorded music’s cultural contributions—to host the 2006 New Orleans Rising concerts in New Orleans and Los Angeles, Calif., which raised money for Gulf Coast-based musicians who lost everything when Hurricane Katrina hit the previous year. Not only does The Recording Academy support every aspect of the music industry, it has created a musical network of organizations under its umbrella. Grammy U, for example, is for college students seeking a degree in the music industry and connects students with everyone from songwriters to sound engineers. For a membership fee of $50 a year through graduation, this provides music-industry hopefuls unlimited opportunities to work with record executives; direct involvement with artists such as Beyonce, Timbaland and John Mayer; and membersonly tours to studios such as Sun Records, programs like Austin City Limits and even Fox Studios to learn about scoring films. If you are a college student and are interested in Grammy U, please visit the website to sign up at

MusiCares is a foundation for musicians who may need assistance with medical care or finances due to unforeseen circumstances. It helped many Mississippi and Louisiana music makers recover or replace their instruments after Katrina. It also helps musicians who are recovering from addictions, getting the likes of Slash from Guns and Roses and Ozzy Osbourne to lend their talents and time to raise funds and help musicians get clean. To help down-on-their-luck musicians, go to to become a part of MusiCares. The Grammy Foundation has helped thousands of students follow their dream of becoming musicians through the Grammy in the Schools Program. In 2011, the program selected 36 high schools nationwide to receive cash grants from $2,500 to $15,000 for the schools’ music programs. The Recording Academy also sponsors Grammys on the Hill (which represents musicians in Washington, D.C.), The Latin Recording Academy and the Grammy Museum in



n Aug. 8 at Hal and Mal’s, I had the chance to attend a meet-and-greet with the Memphis chapter of The Recording Academy, whose members decide who receives Grammy awards each year. The chapter’s president, singer Susan Marshall, was there along with senior project manager Reid Wick of New Orleans and senior executive director Jon Hornyak of Memphis. It was an opportunity for those in the local and state music scene to pitch ideas and attain career advice from some heavy hitters in the industry. The Recording Academy has 12 chapters in the United States, and the Memphis chapter is doing a great job at promoting the South’s music to other cities and venues around the country. For almost 40 years, the chapter has presented countless workshops and programs throughout the South, featuring all types of music, ranging from blues to zydeco and even ragtime. The group has worked with Gov. Haley Barbour to honor Mississippi’s Grammy winners. Our state has the most Grammy winners in the United States (Go, Mississippi!). The Memphis chapter also teamed up with the Grammy

downtown Los Angeles, Calif. For $100 a year, musicians can join The Recording Academy, which enables you to vote or nominate your favorite artists for a Grammy Award. The website grammy365. com also has information on the different types of memberships. Email any of The Recording Academy Memphis chapter’s awesome staff if you have questions for them. Marshall, Wick and Hornyak are super nice, helpful and would be more than happy to help you in any way. This week’s music lineup in the Capital City is going to be awesome, so check out the music listings in this week’s print edition and on our website at for any last-minute performances. Have a great week, and if you see me out and about, please say hello!


























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by Bryan Flynn


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hen I was little, I wanted to be just like my older brother Shawn. I come from a large family—I’m the middle child of seven children— filled with strong personalities. As Shawn and I got older, we fought almost daily. But our relationship has come full circle now that we’re both adults. Shawn and I are good friends and enjoy spending time with each other. We have found things we admire about the others’ talents. Shawn thinks it is amazing that I am a writer. I am astonished at his building skills—I’m pretty sure Shawn could rebuild the Titanic if you gave him the time and materials. He has handcrafted masterful pieces—from furniture to a whole craft room for our mother—that I can only dream about. Athletically, we are totally different. I prefer organized sports like football, basketball and soccer. Shawn is an outdoors sportsman, a hunter and fisherman. In a way, his skills annoy me. I can spend a day in a boat or on a riverbank and catch nothing. I can be in the woods “hunting” and shoot nothing. Shawn can fall asleep in the woods, and deer walk up to him and stand there. It’s like they’re saying, “Hey, shoot me. I will be tasty.” When he goes on a fishing trip, it seems like the fish jump in his boat or up on the bank, just so he can take them home for a fish fry. As far as I’m concerned, he’s the best non-professional fisherman I know. My brother enjoys spending time outdoors and has been fishing all over Mississippi. He knows some of the best places in the metro area to go fishing as well. But it is not just about catching fish, he says. Shawn enjoys taking his family with him when he goes fishing. His wife, Christy, and their three kids—daughter Darla, 15, and sons Cody, 12, and Brice, 7—all join in. Fishing is, he says, “a chance to stop and smell the roses.” “I enjoy the family time.” Shawn says. “I do not worry about what is going on with the rest of the world. I forget about politics, money and bills that need to be paid.” The Flynn family fishing trips have become two-day affairs. On the first day, the kids spend their time catching crickets, grasshoppers and worms—bait, in other words. The next day is spent out on a bank somewhere fishing with the whole family. My brother is modest (or maybe just

way smarter than me) and names his wife as the best fisherperson in the family. “When we go fishing, nine times out of 10, Christy catches the biggest fish, no matter what we are fishing for,” he says. His oldest son, Cody, “fishes the most,” he says. “He might be the best overall fisher of all the kids.” The amazing thing, Shawn says, is that the kids enjoy it as much as he does. “None of them hates going fishing,” he says. “Brice hates getting out of bed early, but everyone is excited to go.” Shawn owns a small aluminum boat, which he pulls out for special trips. The boat only seats two, so a boat trip is a special reward for good grades or behavior. “Using the boat, and sometimes without, allows a good opportunity for one-onone time with the kids” Shawn says. “I think they are more open to talk about life more one-on-one than with the whole family.” If you are ever graced with the chance to go fishing with my brother and his family, you should know about this one rule: Everyone cleans what he or she catches (even if that fish is a guppy caught by a budding sportswriter). Shawn recommends several nearby areas to fish, including Crystal Lake in Rankin County, Shadow Lake in Scott County, Legion Lake in Simpson County and, of course, the Ross Barnett Reservoir between Madison and Rankin Counties. Fishing is an activity that doesn’t require a big investment. Shawn recommends a Zepco 33, which is a good rod and reel for a minimal cost (about $24). His son Brice stands firmly by his Mickey Mouse rod and reel that he uses from the bank. Shawn stresses that you should always know whether you are fishing in public or private waters. In public waters, you will need to purchase a fishing license ($3 and up). If you are fishing in private water, make sure you have the owner’s permission to be there. “It is all about the family time now,” Shawn says. “If the fish are biting, that is just a bonus.” For more information, visit the Mississippi Department of Wildlife Fishery and Parks website ( The site has information on public fishing spots across the state, family fishing, fishing tournaments and much more.

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by Crawford Grabowski


Breakfast of Champions


love breakfast. Eggs over easy, waffles, blueberry pancakes, mmmm—good, hearty food that will get you moving. But even though I love it, it’s not one of the meals I cook frequently. During the summer, I get up too late and might as well fix lunch, and during the school year, I get up too early to “fix” anything other than pre-packaged cereal bars. On weekends, however, I enjoy cooking pancakes and muffins. I love playing with ingredients; right now, I’m experimenting with sweet potato and cinnamon. No one else in my house seems to appreciate my weekend experiments, unfortunately, and as a result, the family has removed me from breakfast-making duty unless someone wants cereal, toast or some form of egg dish. One of my family’s favorite egg dishes is the strata. I had been under the impression that this layered egg, bread and cheese concoction was a “fancy” meal that I couldn’t master in my own kitchen. That was until my sisterin-law, Susan, made her French toast casserole while we were on a family vacation. I was amazed that something with such basic ingredients was so rich and decadent. Not only that, it took her about 10 minutes to prepare, and it fed my husband’s humongous family with leftovers to spare. (Her recipe is included.) Searching for her recipe led me to savory stratas, and I was hooked. These baked breakfast casseroles are perfect for a variety of reasons. Because the ingredients need time to meld, a strata needs to be prepared ahead. You can prepare one in the evening (when you might actually have time) and then pop it into

the oven the next morning. Stratas can be baked in muffin tins and frozen individually, which allows you to heat and eat individual servings. They are also a tasty way to use up several ingredients I always seem to have on hand—stale bread and leftovers. These “stratified” dishes are basically big pans of cheesy, custardy goodness with unlimited variations. My favorite version is the leek strata. Its flavor is mild without being bland, thanks to the leeks and the Jarlsburg cheese. It is dense while almost soufflé-like in texture. While I personally prefer the recipe as written, it’s a good one to build on. Add some asparagus, bacon, broccoli, ham or whatever makes you happy.

FRENCH TOAST CASSEROLE (Serves eight to 10)

16 slices bread (whatever you have on hand; white, raisin, etc.) crusts removed 1 8-ounce package cream cheese, cubed 1 dozen eggs, beaten 2 cups milk 1/2 cup maple syrup

Layer eight slices of bread in the bottom of 9-by-13-inch pan, cutting to fit. Top with cream cheese, and then cover with remaining eight slices of bread. Whisk together eggs, milk and syrup and pour over bread. Cover with foil and refrigerate over night. While still covered with foil, bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes. Lower oven temperature to 325 degrees, remove foil, and cook an additional 15 minutes until the casserole is puffy and browned. While I think this is sweet enough as is, you can top each portion with more syrup or dust with powdered sugar.

SIMPLE STRATA (Serves four to six)

1-1/4 cup evaporated milk 1/4 cup beer (or more milk, cream, etc.) 7 slices bread, cut into 1-inch cubes 1 leek, thinly sliced (I use all of the white part and about 1/4 of the green part.) 2 tablespoons butter 1 or 2 cloves garlic, minced 1/2 teaspoon dry mustard A few dashes Worcestershire sauce (or to taste) 1/2 cup to 1 cup cheddar cheese, grated 1/2 cup to 1 cup Jarlsburg cheese, grated 5 eggs, beaten Salt and pepper to taste

Sauté leeks and garlic in butter until soft. While that is cooking, mix together eggs, milk, beer, mustard, Worcestershire sauce, salt and pepper. In a lightly greased 9-inch square pan, layer bread cubes, sautéed leeks and cheese. Repeat layers, ending with cheese. Pour the egg and milk mixture over the layers. Cover with plastic wrap. Place a second dish (I use an aluminum pie pan) on top of the strata and weigh down with several cans from the cabinet or other random household items. Refrigerate for at least two hours. Remove extraneous items and plastic wrap. Bring to room temperature, and then bake at 350 degrees for 45 minutes or until puffy and lightly browned. Note about cheese: While the recipe calls for specific types and measurements, I usually just add a handful or two of whatever pre-shredded cheese I have on hand. You can use a single type, but it is better with two cheese varieties. Variations: • If you add additional veggies or meat, lengthen your cooking time by about 15 minutes or so. Just make sure eggs are set. • To make egg “muffins,” prepare the recipe as written, except layer into a greased muffin tin. Bake for 20-35 minutes or until puffy, golden and set. The recipe makes 12 regular sized or six extra large “muffins.”







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Hickory Pit Barbeque (1491 Canton Mart Rd. 601-956-7079) The â&#x20AC;&#x153;Best Butts in Townâ&#x20AC;? features BBQ chicken, beef and pork sandwiches along with burgers and poâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;boys. Haute Pig (1856 Main Street, 601-853-8538) A â&#x20AC;&#x153;very high class pig stand,â&#x20AC;? 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, Lumpkinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s offers all your favorites for on-site family dining or for catered events, including reunions, office events, annivesaries, weddings and more.


The Pizza Shack (1220 N State St. 601-352-2001) 2009 and 2010 and 2011â&#x20AC;&#x2122;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 & Mookieâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s (565 Taylor St. 601-368-1919) Pizzas of all kinds plus pasta, eggplant parmesan and the fried ravioli. Best Kidâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Menu & Best Ice Cream in the 2011 Best of Jackson. Plus, Pi(e) Lounge in front offers great drinks..


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, Jacksonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s see-and-be-seen casual/upscale dining. Ceramiâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;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! Fratesiâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s (910 Lake Harbour, Ridgeland, 601-956-2929) â&#x20AC;&#x153;Authentic, homey, unpretentiousâ&#x20AC;? thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s how the regulars describe Fratesiâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s, a staple in Jackson for years, offering great Italian favorites with loving care. The tiramisu is a must-have!


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Petra CafĂŠ (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.


Cups Espresso CafĂŠ (Multiple Locations, Jacksonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s local group of coffeehouses offer high-end Arabica beans, a wide variety of espresso drinks. Wi-fi.


Hal and Malâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s (200 S. Commerce St. 601-948-0888) Pub favorites meet Gulf Coast and Cajun specialties like red beans and rice, the Oyster Platter or each dayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s blackboard special. Best of Jackson winner for Live Music Venue for multiple years running. Burgers and Blues (1060 E. County Line Road, Ridgeland 601-899-0038) Al Stamps (of Cool Alâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s fame) does it again with his signature approach to burgers, chicken, wraps, seasoned fries and so much more. Plus live music and entertainment!

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Cherokee Inn (960 Briarfield Rd. 601-362-6388) Jackson’s “Best Hole in the Wall,” has a great jukebox, great bar and a great burger. Plate lunches, cheesy fries and tons more, including a full bar and friendly favorites. Cool Al’s (4654 McWillie, 601-713-3020) A Best of Jackson fixture, Cool Al’s signature stacked, messy, decadent, creative burgers defy adjectives. And don’t forget the fries! Fenian’s Pub (901 E. Fortification St. 601-948-0055) Classic Irish pub featuring a menu of traditional food, pub sandwiches and beers such as Guinness and Harp on tap. Stamps Superburgers (1801 Dalton Street 601-352-4555) Huge burgers will keep you full until the next day! The homestyle fries are always fresh. Last Call (3716 I-55 N. Frontage Road 601-713-2700) Burgers, sandwiches and po-boys, plus sports-bar appetizers and specialities. Pay-per-view sporting events, live bands. Martin’s Restaurant and Lounge (214 South State Street 601-354-9712) Lunch specials, pub appetizers (jalapeno poppers, cheezsticks, fried pickles) or order from the full menu of po-boys and entrees. Full bar, massive beer selection and live music most nights. Time Out Sports Café (6720 Old Canton Road 601-978-1839) 14 TVs, 1 projector and two big-screens. Daily $9 lunch specials, pub-style appetizers, burgers, seafood and catfish po-boys, salads, and hot entrees including fish, steak and pasta. Ole Tavern on George Street (416 George St. 601-960-2700) Pub food with a southern flair: beer-battered onion rings, chicken & sausage gumbo, salads, sandwiches and weekly lunch specials. Plus, happy hour 4-7pm Monday through Friday. Poets Two (1855 Lakeland Drive, Suite H-10, 601-364-9411) Pub fare at its finest. Crabcake minis, fried dills, wings, poppers, ultimate fries, sandwiches, po-boys, pasta entrees and steak. The signature burgers come in bison, kobe, beef or turkey! Sportsman’s Lodge (1120 E Northside Dr. in Maywood Mart 601-366-5441) Voted Best Sports Bar in 2010, Sportman’s doesn’t disappoint with plenty of gut-pleasing sandwiches, fried seafood baskets, sandwiches and specialty appetizers. Underground 119 (119 South President St. 601-352-2322) Jumbo lump crabcakes, crab quesadillas, beef tenderloin parfaits, orange-garlic shrimp, even “lollipop” lamb chops. Add a full bar and mix in great music. Opens 4 p.m.-until, Wed-Sat. Wing Stop (952 North State Street, 601-969-6400) Saucing and tossing wings in a choice of nine flavors, Wing Stop wings are made with care and served up piping hot. Every order is made fresh to order; check out the fresh cut seasoned fries! Wing Station (5038 Parkway Drive Suite 8, 888-769-9464) Home of the famous Janky Wings. Wing Station has an array of wings including Lemon Pepper, Honey BBQ and Blazin Bird Atomic. Delivery is available.

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Pan Asia (720 Harbor Pines Dr, Ridgeland 601-956-2958) Beautiful ambiance in this popular Ridgeland eatery accompanies signature asian fusion dishes and build-your-own stir-frys using fresh ingredients and great sauces. Fusion Japanese and Thai Cuisine (1002 Treetop Blvd, Flowood 601-664-7588) Specializing in fresh Japanese and Thai cuisine, Fusion has an extensive menu featuring everything from curries to fresh sushi.


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


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jumping the broom. The libation ceremony calls upon ancestors to attend the • When choosing help during the preparations and planning, the couple turned to event by pouring water or those on whom they could depend. “(The event is) all about family, friends and comliquor on the ground. The munity,” Kiwana said. “I couldn’t think of anyone else.” Professional hand percusbride and groom taste elesionists, all friends of the family, played the ceremonial drumbeats. ments that represent emo• The couple custom-designed the cake, invitations, programs and their rings. The tions within a relationship. wedding bands display Adinkra symbols of West Africa. Adinkra are intricately deKiwana and Lorenzo’s elesigned symbols, each with their own meaning such as love, security and support. ments were lemon for sour, • Lorenzo could not find shoes that fit in with his ceremonial garb and had to stop by honey for sweet, pepperevery local shoe store to find an acceptable pair. “I picked those up right before the corn for hot and spicy, and ceremony,” he says of his final choice. kola nut for bitter. • An unexpected guest attended the Oct. 9, 2010, ceremony at the groom’s family “It’s a visceral reminder home in Jackson. Through a little hole in the fence, a neighbor’s dog watched the of the ‘for better and for whole event unfold. worse, in sickness and in Suggest a Hitched couple at health’ vow,” Kiwana says. The African-originated mishumaa saba are seven candles that represent seven principles that the couple see as instructive guidelines for their marriage and life together. The principles are: unity; self-determination; collective work and responsibility; cooperative economics; purpose; creativity; and faith. The jumping of the broom is from African American culture and symbolizes the beginning of making a home together. In addition to the traditional wedding cake, Lorenzo made a Caribbean black cake, which he describes as “a cross between English plum pudding, rum cake and fruitcake.” The black cake, which in Caribbean culture is traditionally made for Christmas and weddings, is a mixture of raisins, prunes, and currents soaked in rum and brandy for at least four weeks. Lorenzo’s mixture marinated for six weeks. Due to their incredible moist consistency, black cakes are virtually ageless. The couple had hoped for some leftovers to enjoy later; however, the cake was very popular with the wedding guests. As of press time, the couple hadn’t taken a honeymoon, yet. They plan to do something special and just as The newlyweds are already planning their first anniversary. extraordinary for their anniversary.


hen you meet Kiwana Thomas Gayden, and Lorenzo Gayden, both 36, you can feel the vitality and energy the two create and pour into their interests, talents and their life together. When the two decided to get married, they pooled this energy and performed an exotic and vibrant wedding ceremony not normally seen in the United States. The Gayden’s ceremony combined elements from Kemetic, a revival of ancient Egyptian religion; Yoruba, a West African ethnic group and traditional African American traditions, complete with African dancers and drummers. “We’re not religious,” Kiwana says. “The ceremony was more reflective of our culture.” Kiwana, yoga instructor, jewelry designer and chemist with the Mississippi Department of Health, met Lorenzo, musician, artist and owner of Sanaa Galleries while the two were giving spoken-word performances at Seven*Studioz, a now closed music venue in Jackson. With so many friends in similar circles, the two constantly found themselves together. They eventually started dating after meeting at the groom’s solo art exhibit, also at Seven*Studioz. Five years later, they decided to get married. “When it came time for us to tie the knot, we knew exactly what we wanted as a couple,” Kiwana says. “We didn’t waste any time bringing our vision to light.” The couple planned their multi-ethnic wedding in eight weeks. Using their artistic skills and incorporating some from friends and family, they were able to bring about an event that was budget friendly and filled with do-it-yourself touches. They decorated their cake, designed their invitations and wrote their wedding vows. “Dressing in African garb to keep with the ceremony’s theme was optional,” Kiwana says. “But everyone was so glad that we were getting married; they were very accommodating.” The wedding ceremony was comprised of smaller ceremonies that included a libation ceremony, tasting of the elements, lighting of the mishumaa saba candles and

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Cake: Sam’s Club (6360 Ridgewood Court Drive, Jackson) Flowers: Sam’s Club (6360 Ridgewood Court Drive, Jackson), arranged by Rhonda Evans and Kenya Collins of Lannie Marie Designs (601-506-9286) Invitations and programs: Designed by Lorenzo Bride’s, maid of honor and flower girl’s attire: Dupsie’s (2289 S. Cobb Drive S.E., Smyrna, Ga., 770-948-2220, Groom, attendants and family attire: Africa Imports (240 South Main St., Unit A, South Hackensack, N.J., 800-500-6120, Wedding rings: From Cairo With Love (Cairo, Egypt, 877-CCNOW-77, Reception music: Southern Komfort Brass Band ( southernkomfort) Photographer: Brice Media, Talamieka and Charles Brice (6712 Old Canton Road, Suite 6, Ridgeland, Makeup artist: Rhonda Evans of Lannie Marie Designs (601-506-9286) Videographer: Teralyn Wade (family friend)


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