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Thursday, October 28th | 6pm Until Costume Contest Silent Auction Appetizers Cash Bar

Live Music by Scott Albert Johnson and Jason Turner

Tickets $15 in Advance, $20 at Door at Underground 119 in Jackson, MS For tickets, call 601.331.1152, email kami.levern@ccjackson.org or visit www.catholiccharitiesjackson.org

All proceeds go to benefit Hope Haven Adolescent Crisis Center

use sushi with an upscale, sleek modern look and a cozy vibe: that’s Wasabi Bistro, downtown Jackson’s newest restaurant scheduled to open its doors December 2010. Wasabi Bistro will be home to the downtown area’s only upscale sushi restaurant, at 100 E. Capitol Street, Suite 105. With fresh sushi-grade fish shipped directly from Hawaii and seafood from the Atlantic Bay, plus upscale dinner menu items like French-style steaks and lamb chops, your palette is in for a mixed styling of French and Asian cuisine. Sushi chef Ethan Huang, well-known in the New Orleans and Hammond, Louisiana, areas for his award-winning sushi, demonstrates his professional sushi skills that take traditional sushi and fuses it with other cuisine styles. Business partner Lina Lynn, who has been in the restaurant business for 13 years, and Huang have been busy creating culinary cuisines, such as an extensive – 30 or more to be exact – appetizer choices. When Wasabi Bistro opens, customers will experience first-hand a diversity of culinary creations, such as the Wasabi Wonderland, a Thai-style baked lobster with green papaya salad as the base. According to Lynn, “Traditional sushi, chef specials (new creations), and wasabi traditional will make up the menu choices; in the chef specials, we will use rice paper, soy paper and white seaweed in the rolls. We have also created new sauces to compliment the newer fusion rolls.” Along with Lynn and Huang, business partners Tami Munsch and Ronnie Isaac love their job. They are responsible for the “bar side” of Wasabi Bistro: in other words, if you like their martinis, drink specialties or extensive wine list, you can thank them. “Specialty drinks are geared towards the Magnolia State,” says Munsch. “For instance, we will be using Lazy Magnolia and Cathead Vodka products in them.” For example, the Red Dragon specialty drink is served in a tiki bowl with a shot in the middle on fire; it’s red and fruity with a lot of “kick,” according to Munsch. “It’s a great specialty drink for two, but then again, who wants to share?” says Munsch. Wasabi Bistro will be a great dining choice for lunch, a post-work gathering spot or even a downtown late night option for drinks and appetizers. An inviting outside patio and courtyard area offer the perfect place for anytime, whether to take a break from your everyday work load or to embrace a long, lazy weekend afternoon or evening. Live music will be offered outside during special occasions, too. It’s also a great place to host a business meeting or even a private party on the patio. Check out Wasabi Bistro in December: 10:30am - 2am seven days a week (only appetizers & drinks after 10pm). Get a sneak peek into the menu creations & drink specialties: find Wasabi Sushi & Bar on Facebook. Wasabi Bistro is also online at www.wasabims.com.

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Valerie Wells Valerie Wells is a freelance writer who lives in Hattiesburg. She writes for regional publications. Follow her on Twitter at sehoy13. She wrote the cover story.

Casey Purvis Casey Purvis is a Fondrenite who loves planting flowers and watching the birds. She is a sucker for a good documentary. She is owned by Phoebe, a nine-year-old Lhasa apso, and she works as a nurse. She wrote the Body & Soul piece.

Ashley Hill Former editorial intern Ashley Hill is complex, in a totally normal way. Born and raised in Chicago, she is senior mass communication/ multimedia journalism major at Jackson State University. She is a cool outrageous lover of uniquely raw style. She wrote a food piece.

Amanda Kittrell Amanda Kittrell is a Jackson native with near-perfect comedic timing. She loves big hair and puppy breath and is honored to write for the JFP. She wrote a food piece.

Holly Perkins Editorial intern Holly Perkins is originally from the Jackson area. Holly loves the arts—acting, painting, photography, writing and music. She currently attends Belhaven University and would like to travel the world after she graduates. She wrote Hitched.

Phyllis Robinson Phyllis Robinson, aka Peaches, has worked in every facet of fashion: writing, styling, designing, and modeling. She is the founder of E & E Models of Jackson for plus-size models. She coordinated the Hitched photo shoot.

Will Sterling For Will Sterling, photography started as a hobby. His photography career has encompassed high fashion, industrial imagery, celebrity portraiture and surrealistic fine art. He photographed the Hitched photo shoot.

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Ronni Mott came to Jackson by way of D.C. in 1997. She’s an award-winning writer, and the JFP’s managing editor, where she practices her hobbies of herding cats and curmudgeonliness. She teaches yoga in her spare time. She wrote a book review.

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With Gentleness and Reverence

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hen Todd and I used to live in Belhaven, we’d often walk in the mornings. Nearly every morning, we would watch a harried mother—often in a big SUV talking on a cell phone with at least one kid in the car—screech through the streets, presumably taking the child to school. Almost every day, we watched moms run stop signs, and more than once, had to jump out of the way to keep from getting hit. It was clear that generations of bad driving were ahead; the little kids in those cars would likely be texting while driving and running stop signs in a few years. They might even die doing so. Like it or not, kids model what adults do. And they don’t always just copy the good stuff, or do what we say they should. When we drive poorly, they learn to drive poorly. When we abuse, they learn to abuse. When we whine a lot, they whine a lot. As I read the cover story this issue by Valerie Wells, this bald-faced fact struck me: Children are learning to bully from adults. And in a world where technology is making it easier to hurl weapons of personal destruction from a distance, and often anonymously, bullying is booming among both kids and adults. It is great that the country is suddenly abuzz about bullying; I mean, how many dead kids does it take to figure out that we have a problem? When little girls are texting the word “whore” to another little girl on the playground, the world is freaking upside down. And it’s not going to be set right by putting all our bullying attention on kids. We must consider how we are contributing to the public discourse, as well as how we talk about other people—especially those we disagree with—in front of young people. Public discourse is at its most course these days. Twenty-four hour cable news that has people on either extreme yelling personal insults at each other has sent it down the toilet. (I don’t watch FOX News or Keith Olbermann, as a result). We live in a world where people disagree with a political view and call each other the worst kinds of names as a result; for women, it’s especially horrifying because these kinds of men always resort to words like “whore,” “slut” and “bitch” when they can’t think of anything intelligent to say. On one local blog, where these kinds of words are frequently used for people with different views, a man writing under one of several pseudonyms asked if our own Ronni Mott is “a liar, hack or just plain stupid?” in a blog headline. Why? Because she had blogged something positive (and rather innocuous) about the White House launching a website to track distribution of stimulus funds. Now every time someone does a search for Ronni’s award-winning work on domestic abuse— The New York Times plugged her exposé on the governor’s clemency for woman-killers last week—they turn up the ugliest kind of personal insult.

It’s as if people have lost the ability to disagree without being disagreeable, as Todd likes to say. Of course, we’ve always had jerks in our midst and on our playgrounds bullying other kids, long before current tech tools. But most disturbing now is how many people now lap it up like they’re watching a raunchy burlesque show or a snuff film in the frat house. Adults actually egg it on. Fortunately, some people—like Ronni— are strong enough to take it, and are inspired to even better work as a result. Others, though, disengage. They might unplug by keeping their thoughts to themselves in the future, or they might check out by jumping off a bridge or shooting themselves. In our country and in our city, we need a movement toward civility—and not fake politeness that means you do not challenge hateful comments or that you don’t express unpopular opinions. I mean the kind of civility that does not mean putting devil horns on your “opponent”—or how about not thinking of someone you disagree with as an “opponent” at all? He or she is just a person with different views. You may disagree vehemently with those views, but you don’t have to demonize the person. No one said this is easy. When I see someone being a bigot (or, frankly, launching personal attacks on my staff members), I want to rip them to shreds with my words. But, for the most part, I have learned to resist over the years, now usually choosing never to engage with an apparent bully in any way. They show up; I leave. But I also see the problem with always ignoring bullies, as Valerie discusses in her cover story. Often, the attacks get more vicious, and

they cast about for someone they perceive as weak enough to be really hurt by their ugliness. Often, no one stands up for the victim. Make no mistake, this lack of civility is hurting our nation, and it will take all of us to turn it around. On a recent episode of “Being” (formerly “Speaking of Faith”; now at www. being.publicradio.org), evangelical leader Richard Mouw talked about the need to restore political civility in these difficult times. He explained that the word “civil” comes from “civitas,” which meaning learning how to live in the city—or finding shalom (peace) with others, especially those you disagree with. Mouw drew a contrast between Glenn Beck (whom he said tries to unite people around hatred and fear of the other) and Jesus (whom he said extolled followers to concentrate on their own sins and on others’ strengths). When you call someone “stupid,” you back them in a corner. And, often, he said, people are spewing anger at others without actually knowing what they believe in, or by twisting their words into someone they want to hate (such as people falsely calling the president a Muslim). He warns that we should avoid having “false devils,” as G.K. Chesterton called it. Perhaps most inspiring, Mouw pointed to 1st Peter, which he says many Christians use as a scriptural basis for their need to proclaim what they believe in. But, he said, people too often ignore the postscript in 1 Peter 3:15: “yet do it with gentleness and reverence.” Being civil, Mouw said, is to “care about our common life.” Stop yelling and accusing, he said; instead, “think some new thoughts.” And if you don’t do it for yourself or for “the other,” do it for the young people who are modeling your every move.


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New Fondren? Whitney Place looks to redo much of Fondren’s current look on State Street.

Cover photograph of Latasha Willis by Kristin Brenemen

COURTESY DAVID WATKINS; COURTESY MEAN GIRLS AREN’T COOL; COURTESY ALEX THOMAS; VIVIAN CHEN ;;

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Bullying can be devastating. A rash of “bullycides” this year makes the point.

nick mosca Seven years ago, only four out of every 10 Mississippians drinking public water drank fluoridated water, a basic public-health measure in most states. Today, roughly 55 percent of the state’s population drinks water treated with fluoride. That change is due in no small part to the efforts of Nick Mosca. Mosca, 49, is director of the Mississippi State Department of Health’s Oral Health Program. He handles the state’s public-health approach to dental and oral health, including lack of access to fluoridated water, one of the most effective and low-cost means of preventing cavities and other dental problems. It’s a relatively cheap investment. Every dollar invested in water fluoridation saves $38 in preventable dental treatment, and the lifetime cost per person of a fluoridation system is less than the cost of one filling. Mosca’s program also provides dentalhealth education in child-care centers, Head Start facilities and WIC Food Centers. It also manages seven Regional Oral Health Consultants across the state and offers tooth sealants in schools. In areas of the state that are already under-served for health care, dental health is too often an afterthought, he says. “Our successes have been incremental,” Mosca says. “It’s kind of like going upstream.” A native of New Orleans, Mosca attended Tulane University and earned his dental degree from Loyola University in 1987. Dentistry offered the very real and immediate satisfaction

of “helping people get out of pain.” Mosca did his general dentistry residency at New Orleans Charity Hospital and then moved to Jackson in 1989 to work for the University of Mississippi Medical Center. He helped establish UMMC’s hospital dental clinic and an HIV clinic in the Jackson Medical Mall. In 2002, Mosca left UMMC to join the Department of Health. The next year, he helped the department secure a $350,000 grant for the water-fluoridation project from the Bower Foundation, and since then the he department has received $2 million total for fluoridation. When Hurricane Katrina hit the Coast in 2005, Mosca noticed that the rush to replace the disrupted health-care system was leaving something out. “Everybody was forgetting about the dental system,” he says. The state Health Department set up clinics to serve volunteers and those the hurricane had displaced. A Ridgeland resident, Mosca is three years into an online doctorate program in public health at the University of North Carolina. When he isn’t working to improving dental health for state residents, Mosca enjoys spending time in the Jackson arts scene. “I love the fact that since I’ve been in Jackson, that the vibrant arts scene is becoming more successful every year. My favorite part of the city is the art and restaurants.” —Ward Schaeffer

34 Marking Blues The Mississippi Blues Trail—and the music it marks—reaches across the nation.

49 Needle Nirvana Exploring the ancient Chinese art of acupuncture brings muchneeded serenity.

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Cyberbullying victims were almost twice as likely to have attempted suicide compared to youth who had not experienced cyberbullying.

City Councilman Jeff Weill wants a Hinds County judgeship. p 11

SOURCE: CYBERBULLYING RESEARCH CENTER.

news, culture & irreverence

Thursday, Oct. 14 The University of Mississippi officially names the Rebel Black Bear as the school’s new mascot. … President Barack Obama tells a town-hall meeting he believes homosexuality is not a choice, saying, “I’m against ‘don’t ask, don’t tell’ and we’re going to end this policy.” Friday, Oct. 15 Peavey Electronics announces plans to expand its Meridian plant, eventually creating 75 new jobs. … A New Jersey car dealer awards Florida Pastor Terry Jones a new $14,200 car for not burning Qurans Sept. 11. Saturday, Oct. 16 Iran releases Reza Taghavi, 71, an Iranian American businessman imprisoned in Tehran for more than two years because of alleged ties to the violent Tonda group. … Bob Herbert publishes a column in The New York Times discussing the Scott sisters case and Gov. Haley Barbour’s previous pardons. Sunday, Oct. 17 The New Orleans Saints beat the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, 31-6. … After a victory over Florida, MSU’s football team lands at No. 24 on the AP’s Top 25 College Poll. … The U.S. government awards 95-year-old World War II veteran George Vujnovich a bronze star for leading a mission to rescue downed fliers in Nazi-occupied Serbia.

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Wednesday, Oct. 13 Chile rescues 33 miners trapped underground for 69 days after the San-Jose copper and gold mine in Copiapo collapsed. … The American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy ranks Mississippi No. 50 out of 51 in energy efficient states. … The Standard Life Building holds its grand re-opening ceremony after a nearly $33 million renovation.

Watkins Partners Developer David Watkins proposed “Whitney Place,” will replace a deteriorating business strip that could be a historical site.

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atkins Partners Developer David Watkins says he plans to move ahead with his plans to tear down a 1938 business strip in Fondren, recently used as a movie set in “The Help,” to create space for his proposed multi-use development, rather than pursue historic tax credits to renovate the block. The developer says keeping the strip would not be economically viable, despite questions about the buildings’ historic value. The $80 million development, Whitney Place, would replace the existing buildings on State Street from Mitchell to Hartsfield streets with eight acres of retail, apartments, a Hotel Indigo and green space for concerts and festivals. Watkins put the project on hold when credit markets dried up during the national re-

cession but said last week that the project was moving forward and could begin construction in late 2011. Watkins said the development will have a 1940s Art Moderne architectural style. He said he is working with existing business owners to keep rent affordable so they can remain in Fondren, and he wants to support local artists by creating studio and living space at an affordable cost. “Our goal is not to build a building but a development that, from the day it is built, will fit into the theme of our neighborhood and to the integrity of our community,” he said. When Watkins purchased the property in 2008, he said he talked to officials at the Mississippi Department of Archives and History about the possibility of getting historic

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We asked the JFP Nation to send us “lost” Brett Favre text messages. They were happy to oblige. Hey, hit me back, and let know if I’m retired or not. I forgot again. I had to hold it to make it look that big in the picture. Say hello to my little friend.

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“Their beliefs are much like mine. I think they’re going to be a powerful force during the upcoming session,” —Lt. Gov. Phil Bryant about the tea party during a chit-chat with tea party representatives and Republican lawmakers Saturday at the State Capitol.

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preservation tax incentives to renovate the strip but was informed that the cinderblock buildings would not likely qualify for those credits. Watkins said the current buildings have significant structural and electrical damages and even with the tax credits, saving them is not an economically viable option. Watkins used historic tax credits to renovate the King Edward Hotel and portions of Farish Street. “We are replacing buildings that have a lot of history and a lot of sentimentality but have no economic value,” he said. “... Because of all the tax credits, we were able to revive the King Edward. These buildings don’t have the same (architectural significance). There is nothing but the sentimentality.” Todd Sanders, MDAH architectural

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Monday, Oct. 18 Officials in Myanmar, aka Burma, announce that foreign journalists will be barred from covering the country’s first election in 20 years. … Hinds County Supervisors approve grant application to assess and catalog brownfields on Highways 80 and 18. Tuesday, Oct. 19 Nearly 500,000 French citizens take to the streets protesting proposed changes to their pension system. … The King Edward Hotel receives national recognition from the National Trust for Historic Preservation.

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historian and author of “Jackson’s North State Street” (Arcadia Publishing, 2009, $21.99), oversees the historic tax-credits process for Mississippi. He did not hold his current position when Watkins approached the department about the tax credits, he said. To receive the credits, a historic building or district must be listed or eligible for the National Register of Historic Places. “Our records don’t indicate what was said and done,” Sanders said. “I have spoken to Mr. Watkins, and I did tell him that since I am new to the position and wasn’t here when general inquiries were made, that I would be more than happy to pursue the possibility of tax credits.” Currently, the district is not on the register. Sanders said the process to qualify for the register involves filling out MDAH’s two-page preliminary evaluation questionnaire. If the property has a good chance of getting on the register, the department will then submit part one of a three-part application to the U.S. National Park Service. If the Park Service gives a preliminary ruling allowing the property to be placed on the register, the owner can count on receiving tax credits. “The most common way (to get a district on the national register) is through a local preservation commission, working with the city government to follow up with the process and work with our office to get the national register district surveyed and then listed,” Sanders said. “Theoretically, individuals can ask, but there is a lot of documentation, writing and research to make a district listable.” While Sanders said he couldn’t officially determine if the businesses in Fondren would qualify, he said a building’s historical significance is based on more than aesthetics. “The majority of the buildings in the Farish Street district aren’t eligible because of their architectural significance, because they have very simple, vernacular buildings,” he said. “They are listed because of their history and the story they tell in connection with Farish Street being the largest African American commercial district in the state.” In May 2004, the city of Jackson adopted a historic preservation ordinance, allowing for locally designated historic districts such as Belhaven. A majority of property owners from a proposed district can petition the Jackson Historic Preservation Commission to conduct an investigation of the property to determine if it qualifies as a local historic district. Once the

district is established, the commission must review and approve any exterior work and construction to buildings. Sanders said that if asked, he would submit the application to the U.S. Department of Parks and Services. “If I were presented (with) part one, and the owner wanted to know the determination for tax credit purposes, I would do all that I could to get it approved,” he said. “Professionally, I believe, based on my experience, that there is a potential national register district in the Fondren area, but I’ve never been in (the buildings). I’ve never done the research, and I haven’t been approached.” Watkins, however, said listing the building on the national register isn’t an option. “It would be a very costly and time-consuming process to go through the application process on getting the historic register qualification,” he said. “There is no guarantee that I would get it, and there is no guarantee that if I got it, it would be worth anything. And it would prevent me from doing anything other than going forward.” Watkins does not own all the property in the business strip. He said he is working out details with other property owners for acquiring the property in the future. James Patterson, owner of James Patterson Photography studio, said he understands the need for the new building. “It’s like anything, like having a car you love and you know it’s going to break down. … You just know in the back of your head that it can’t last forever,” he said. Campbell’s Bakery owner Sedrick Lilley said he has mixed feelings about the proposed development. “I’m actually straddling the fence on that,” he said. “I am, in a sense (in support of the development), but I love the historical facts of the buildings and the nostalgia of the building. I am in support of the revitalization, but I wish there was some way that we could retain the integrity of the building.” Jason Meeks, owner of S&E Lock and Key, who’s building has a different owner, said his store does not have structural or electrical damage. “Our buildings have always been well kept, and putting out that (they have damage) a year before construction isn’t great for business,” he said. “We’ve never had any structural or electrical problems in those buildings. … I don’t want people to think that it’s dangerous to come in.”

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Levee Board Talking Tax Hikes

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he Rankin-Hinds Pearl River Flood and Drainage Control District Levee Board may be gearing up for a district expansion to pay for a proposed floodcontrol plan for the Pearl River. Waggoner Engineering owner Joe Waggoner suggested the board recess last week until Oct. 27 while his company gathers pertinent information on what the district would need to do to fund a combination levee expansion and river impoundment for the flood-prone river. “We’d … like to talk to you about restarting your engines in re-engaging with the (U.S. Army Corps of Engineers) about moving forward on the completion of the feasibility document and on the concurrent path dealing with what this district will look like in the future, what the dynamics of the district will be, (and what) the footprint of this district and the resource base will be,” Waggoner said. Waggoner explained that the board would need a hydrological and geographic analysis, as well as a tax-base analysis before moving ahead any further.

The Rankin-Hinds Pearl River Flood and Drainage Control District Levee Board head Billy Orr agreed to continue a meeting to analyze possible tax hikes to fund flood control along the Pearl River.

The board only recently managed to convince the Corps to continue the feasibility study of a flood-control plan containing a lake for recreational and real-estate development. Last year, Corps Project Manager Doug Kamien made it clear that the Corps would only consider an expansion of current

levees around the river as the available method to avoid a historic flood like the inundation of 1979. For years prior to that, members of the board insisted the Corps include some form of lake as a component of flood control—either as a leveeless retainer reservoir or as a purely aesthetic addition to a levee expansion. Kamien refused to budge on the inclusion of any form of impoundment this year, however, and terminated the flood-control study. Members of the board pressed the Mississippi congressional delegation to strongarm the Corps, and in September, Jo-Ellen Darcy, assistant secretary of the Army Civil Works Division, sent a letter to delegation members, assuring them that the Corps was on board with studying a one-lake plan. “I have been advised by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers that they will resume the Pearl River feasibility study, with inclusion of the locally preferred one-lake alternative, provided funds to continue the study are included in the Fiscal Year 2011 Energy and Water Development Appropriations Act,” Darcy wrote, adding that study will begin “as expeditiously as possible” after the appropriation. Corps spokesman Kavanaugh Breazeale said the Corps would be including more than one levee and impoundment plan in the feasibility study, but he did not name examples this early in the process. Jackson oilman John McGowan now advocates for a lake-only plan—with no more levees— that he says is big enough to offer 100 percent flood control in the event of another 1979 flood. McGowan said this month that a lake-only plan would cost $150 million, while Waggoner Engineering earlier estimated that a combination levees and lake plan would cost about $605 million. All numbers are debatable, however, with the Corps claiming that an earlier two-lake version of McGowan’s plan would cost more than $1 billion and Waggoner Engineering saying the $605 million lake/levee combination could cost less than their original assessment. Either way, the district would have to expand and raise property taxes in order to cover

ARF of Mississippi presents

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October 20 - 26, 2010

A 5K event supporting Mississippi’s no-kill animal rescue shelter.

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Run Starts at 9 a.m., Walk begins at 9:15 a.m. Registration at 8 a.m. at Belhaven Center for the Arts. Pre-registration $25, Day of event registration $30 Make checks payable to ARF of Mississippi; send to 1963 Holly Bush Rd. Pelahatchie, MS 39145 | www.arfms.com | arfms@comcast.net | 601-750-2740

The unpredictable Pearl River inundated a large portion of downtown Jackson in 1979.The levee board has yet to put flood control in place.

the district’s 50 percent share of the cost. The federal government demands a 50-percent share from the district in all aspects of flood control, from actual construction to the cost of studies leading to construction. Breazeale could offer no price on the cost of continuing the study this month, but Jackson city lobbyist John Waites said congressional representatives were already making moves to put earmarked financing for the federal government’s half of the study in upcoming appropriation legislation. “There is funding in the senate version of the FY 2011 Energy and Water Development Appropriations Bill, put in by two senators,” said Waites. “I think that will survive whenever a bill is produced, maybe in the lame-duck session, or it could conceivably be early next year. If more is needed, I think they will support it. But in any event, that is the money designed to be used to go forward with the decision document and moving ahead with the study that had been suspended.” Mississippi Republican Sens. Thad Cochran and Roger Wicker have shown support for flood control for the Pearl River and are most likely the two senators who inserted the earmark. The offices of Cochran and Wicker did not immediately return calls last Friday. Local property owners may balk at tax increases, whether they cover the cost of construction of levees, lakes or both. Last year, the Corps estimated that the cost of merely

expanding the levees would be $206 million, with the federal government picking up roughly half of that. Downtown Jackson Partners President Ben Allen wrote in January that local voters would not easily agree to cover the estimated cost of the levees. “This local share would have to be raised with taxes in Hinds and Rankin counties. A voter referendum would be needed for an increase in property taxes (to fund the levees), a legislatively approved sales-tax increase vote or some other citizen-approved tax increase, and 60 percent of the voters in both counties would be necessary for approval,” Allen wrote on the Downtown Jackson Partners blog. “From Puckett to Pisgah, Edwards to Flora, Jackson to Pearl and on,” (the tax increase would need) 60 percent approval. ... This will never happen.” Currently, no reliable figures exist for the cost of a combination lake/levee plan or a lakes-only plan, because the Corps feasibility study—which will determine project costs— is not complete. But mayoral members of the levee board, including Flowood Mayor Gary Rhoads and Richland Mayor Mark Scarborough, say they are leery of adding an oppressive amount of new taxes to their property owners’ real estate. A tax increase would likely affect their mayoral re-elections. The Levee Board voted to continue the meeting and discussion Oct. 27 at 10 a.m. Comment at www.jfp.ms.


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by Adam Lynch

Entergy DOJ Investigation Kept Secret

Kenya Hudson

Jackson Mayor Harvey Johnson Jr. will revise an ordinance he introduced after Ward 2 Councilman Chowke Lumumba took issue with its language.

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ard 2 Councilman Chokwe Lumumba may have won a delay in a city ordinance change that he said removed power from the city council to appoint members to city boards. Jackson Mayor Harvey Johnson Jr. temporarily pulled a proposed ordinance he introduced after Lumumba took issue with the ordinance at the Monday work session.

plants in hopes of starving out competition, while passing the costs of the more expensive electricity down to Mississippi ratepayers. Independent power producer Entegra, which sells electricity to Entergy to redistribute among its customers, complained at a June 24, 2009, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission meeting in Charleston, S.C., that Entergy forces Entegra’s power plants to “sit idle for many months.” Entegra, like other independent power producers, works inside Entergy’s monopolized territory and may only sell energy to Entergy. But Entergy isn’t buying because it wants to run the independently operated power plants out of business so it can buy them “at fire sale prices.” Hood said the company’s practices are “crippling the growth of any competitive wholesale electricity market in its footprint and any benefits thereof to the states.” He referenced a 2002 Entergy analyst presentation depicting a handgun containing numerous “bullets” for the company’s success. One of the gun’s six bullets carries the label “Assets: distressed buyer” and “2nd owner advantage,” which Hoods argues describes the company’s method of buying bankrupted power plants from their original owners at fire-sale prices. Entergy says regulators like Mississippi’s PSC have closely scrutinized its power-purchasing practices and that MPSC would have

raised an alarm, if it detected misbehavior. “Entergy believes that its practices and policies, which have been subject to thorough review and regulation by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, state electric utility regulatory commissions and local regulators, have satisfied all applicable laws and regulations,” the company stated. But PSC commissioners complained for the last two years that their information gathering on the company’s purchasing practices is limited and is not capable of detecting every nuance of wrongdoing. Last year, the commission refused to sign off on an annual audit report of Entergy’s fuel adjuster st ments, claiming the eb W sa lis audit, submitted by Me the Public Utilities Staff, a sister agency of the PSC, did not depict whether the company had bought the cheapest power available. Their argument mirrored Hood’s 2008 lawsuit against Entergy. Public Utilities Staff Executive Director Bobby Waites said his staff checked Entergy’s numbers but told commissioners it could not determine if Entergy Mississippi’s procurements were the “rock-bottom lowest price.” “There’s no way we can look at each one of thousands of transactions to determine if each purchase made should have been made instead of the one that wasn’t,” Waites said. This year, the PSC paid Horne LLP a $1 million no-bid contract to more thorough-

Mayor Temporarily Pulls Ordinance The ordinance proposal reserves city board positions for current Jackson residents. As of now, board members who move outside city limits can serve on city-appointed boards for the remainder of their term. Lumumba had no issue with that aspect of the ordinance, but said an unrelated language change in the ordinance replaced the words “city council” with “governing authority” as the entity to appoint board members. Lumumba argued that a “governing authority” designation watered down the council’s power in the nomination portion of the process. Lumumba said in its current form, the city ordinance spelled out that council members can suggest board candidates that the administration would have to “seriously” consider as the nominee. City Attorney Pieter Teeuwissen said state law and an attorney general opinion assigned gave the mayor’s office the power to appoint board members and the city council the authority to confirm those members. A few months ago, Johnson refused to consider Lumumba’s nomination of Rev.

James Henley to serve on the Jackson Public School Board of Trustees. Johnson instead nominated former city administrator Otha Burton. “See, he didn’t call me and ask me for my opinion on the nomination, which comes from my ward. He called me up and told me he was nominating Mr. Burton,” Lumumba said. City Spokesman Chris Mims said the mayor withdrew the ordinance from tonight’s vote and will submit a revised version at a later date. Teeuwissen said he wanted to get the ordinance change back before the council as soon as possible. Also at the work session, Johnson said he is also looking into working with city universities to receive payment in lieu of taxes contributions for municipal safety departments. “The practice had been discontinued after I left office, but we contacted (University of Mississippi Medical Center) officials and they have agreed to provide a $200,000 service fee to go to the fire department,” Johnson said. “In this coming legislative session we are look-

ly cross-compare the company’s fuel purchases, but commissioners admitted frustration in January that Horne LLP could not deliver the kind of details the PSC wanted. Presley, declared that the PSC had basically given Horne a blank check for what he considered “a wasted audit report.” Horne CPA partner Ann Cleland said at a January PSC hearing that Horne’s failure to deliver fuel-purchase comparisons arose from Entergy Mississippi’s slow submission of fuelpurchase transactions. “We need to say we are 99 percent sure of the (fuel-purchase) transactions,” Cleland said. “That type of confidence level requires details on transactions. (Entergy told us) the information we were asking for was generally maintained by the system operators and that they generally did not maintain those transactions in a format that was readily audible.” Entergy attorney Jeremy Vanderloo told commissioners that his company needed more time to compile the transcripts. Hood said he predicted the DOJ investigation could culminate with the power company losing ownership of its transmission lines. “There will probably be a separate, independent transmission company—essentially one company will own the transmission lines—and it won’t be in that company’s interest to stop the flow of electricity from any source. Then you’ll have generators and transmission companies separated, so they can’t choke off other companies from putting electricity on the line,” Hood said. “That’s where we are in other areas of the nation already.” Comment at www.jfp.ms

by Adam Lynch ing at the prospect of creating a relationship that other cities have with major universities where there is an annual contribution.” The council will be voting on an agenda item confirming UMMC’s $200,000 payment for the provision of fire protection services by the city fire department. Johnson orchestrated voluntary annual payments with the university during his previous administration, but former Mayor Frank Melton ended the payment, arguing that if one university made the payment they should all make it for the sake of fairness. Ward 7 Councilwoman Margaret Barrett-Simon, praised the university’s decision: “I think it’s wonderful that they’re doing this voluntarily,” she said. “We have a special unit for UMMC: a fire truck that cost about $1 million.” UMMC Chief Administration Officer Dr. David Powe said the university agreed to make the payment because the university pays no city taxes, and that the university “wanted to do its part in contributing” to the protection provided by the fire department.

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ississippi Public Service Commissioner Brandon Presley said he is frustrated that Entergy Mississippi was slow to admit a weeks-old U.S. Department of Justice civil investigation into Entergy Corporations’ energy-purchasing practices. “They knew about this three weeks ago, when I and commissioners from Arkansas, Louisiana, Texas and New Orleans met with them on Sept. 30. They kept it quiet all this time,” said Presley, who added that the company has yet to file the DOJ’s letter announcing the investigation with the Mississippi Public Service Commission. Entergy refused to forward the DOJ’s letter to the Jackson Free Press, citing that the letter contained confidential information and that company attorneys are still reviewing it. “The investigation is just beginning, and no conclusion has been reached that the Entergy utility companies have done anything improper,” Entergy stated in an October press release. The investigation follows a Dec. 4 letter from Mississippi Attorney General Jim Hood to the DOJ’s antitrust division. In that letter, Hood—who announced his own investigation into Entergy’s purchasing practices following a decision to penalize the company by the Louisiana Public Service Commission and New Orleans energy regulators—accused the power company of refusing to buy cheaper electricity from independent power producers, as the state of Mississippi requires. Instead, Hood says the company has engaged in a regular scheme to use its own, more expensive electricity from its aging power

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been a string of fine city council members from northeast Jackson—Dan England, then Ben Allen. I’ve talked to a number of folks who are interested in the position, and many of them would fill the same role that I filled on the council. Would you continue on the council if you lost? Absolutely. If the voters decide that I need to stay on the city council, then I’ll do so, and I’ll do so with as much vigor and cheer and energy as I have the last several years.

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eff Weill is accustomed to disagreement. On the Jackson City Council, where he has represented Ward 1 since 2007, he is usually the first and sometimes only member to criticize city spending plans or support budget cuts. The council’s lone Republican is now running for Hinds County Circuit Judge. A Tylertown native, Weill has practiced in Mississippi circuit courts for 28 years. He served as a special prosecutor in Hinds County in the 1990s and as an assistant district attorney for Copiah, Lincoln, Walthall and Pike counties in the 1980s. In his private practice, he has represented both plaintiffs and defendants in civil cases. Weill trained as a mediator at Harvard Law School and has mediated more than 300 cases and arbitrated securities cases. Why would you leave City Council? I can do more as a circuit court judge than I can as a city councilman. As a councilman, (I’m) one of seven council members subject to a veto by the mayor. As a circuit judge I think I would be much better positioned to keep people safe. … My role on the council was to make sure … that any money spent was transparent and clearly accounted for. As a circuit judge, my role would be to primarily make sure that the criminal docket moved along quickly and efficiently. On the council, I have far less power—as one member of a minority party on the council—than I would as a circuit court judge, where I’d have full power to move the docket along. But what about the voice in the wilderness though? What’s going to happen without you? I don’t know if I was so much a voice in the wilderness as someone who was just able to vigorously review the checks that were written and pointed out what I thought were examples of egregious misspending of city money. I’m sure someone will step forward. There’s

What are the differences between your work as a mediator and that of a judge? In federal courts, judges actively get involved in trying to get civil cases settled. There’s not so much a push in circuit courts to do that, and I’d like to see that happen. Given my mediation experience, I think I can help get civil litigants to the table to get their cases settled more rapidly. The more I could do that, the more I could open up the court’s time for criminal cases, which is where I see the real bottleneck. Rather than having a two-week civil jury trial, if I can help those litigants get that case mediated and settled, we can open up that much time to take care of the criminal docket. What else would you do to help improve the functioning of circuit court? Right now it takes well over a year for a criminal case to make it through the circuit court system. I believe they can be sped up through the system with a judge who refuses to allow those continuances and repeated de-

What about the potential argument that you haven’t had sufficient experience as a judge? How would you respond to that? Let me answer this way: Judges manage conflict. And I’ve been trained, and I’ve got a lot of experience in managing conflict. I’ve got my mediation training at Harvard Law School. I’ve mediated more than 300 cases. I’ve arbitrated a great number of cases. I’m a securities arbitrator. I know how to manage conflict. And, importantly, I’m the father of three sons. Some old racially-charged writings in the Jackson Advocate by one of your opponents (Ali ShamsidDeen) have cropped up recently. What do you think of them? It’s disturbing, but I’d really better not comment further than that. What makes you best qualified for this position? I’ve got 28 years of practice in the circuit courts of Mississippi. I’ve got more than a decade of experience in managing conflicts, and my opponents don’t have near that experience. Importantly, I’ve got a good bit of experience with the criminal justice system. … And I’ve been in conflict on the city council. When people ask me how I’ll get along with all the circuit court judges, I ask them, “Do you know where I’ve been for the last three years?” I’ve occupied that narrow slice of real estate between Kenneth Stokes, Frank Melton and Harvey Johnson. I think I can get along well with folks, and I believe I can help fix Jackson’s criminal-justice system.

News Quiz 1. The University of Mississippi selected (a) _____ as it’s new mascot. A. Yogi Bear B. Colonel Sanders C. Rebel Black Bear D. Morgan Freeman 2. Why did the Forrest County Sheriff’s Department fire Andre Cooley, according to an Oct. 18 ACLU lawsuit? A. He refused to say the Pledge of Allegiance. B. He is gay. C. He recited the Pledge of Gay-legiance. D. He refused to join the office softball team.

3. Former U.S. president Bill Clinton told University of Mississippi students last week to: A. Go vegan, because meat is murder. B. Party harder. C. Not to let the Republicans win midterm elections. D. Vote for Travis Childers for homecoming prince. 4. What major Mississippi power producer is currently under investigation by the U.S. Department of Justice? A. Mississippi Power B. Entergy Mississippi C. Jackson Ward 3 Councilman Kenneth Stokes’ mouth D. Gov. Haley Barbour’s private jet

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City Councilman Jeff Weill would give up his council seat to serve as Hinds County Circuit Court judge.

With cheer? Cheer is important. I think optimism is important in elected officials, especially in the city of Jackson, where we have so many problems. We need someone that’s optimistic about the city’s future, and I am, or I wouldn’t continue to serve in city government and seek this role as a circuit judge in the city of Jackson.

lays and can get the job done, not only in setting cases for trial but in actually getting them tried. When I was a prosecutor, we could try a murder case in a couple of days. I know in Hinds County, it often takes a week or more. And I believe it’s just a question of making the parties, making the attorneys get the job done and not continue to let the cases languish.

ANSWERS: 1. C; 2. B; 3. C; 4. B. ANSWERS: 1. C; 2. B; 3. C; 4. B.

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hat Lt. Gov. Phil Bryant and many Mississippi Republicans are aligning themselves with the tea party comes as little surprise. Bryant told The Clarion-Ledger last week that tea-party beliefs “are much like mine.” Republican lawmakers have largely embraced the cantankerous, almost exclusively white party, but the GOP should be nervous about championing its call. Tea partiers can make radical demands, ranging from the Mississippi Tea Party’s dangerous call for a return of the McCarthy-esque General Legislative Investigating Committee to its hypocritical push for phasing out welfare programs. State lawmakers created the GLIC in the 1950s to study “un-American activities” and present its findings at every regular session. We have no idea what constitutes “un-American” in the modern tea party’s agenda, but the information the GLIC gathered throughout the 1950s and 1960s commonly dealt with activities “intended to overthrow, destroy, alter or assist in the overthrow, destruction or alterations” of the U.S. or state constitutions, and the State Sovereignty Commission used its reports to justify laws requiring racial segregation. During the 1950s, the GLIC—now defunct—had a habit of linking communist activity to the desegregation movement, but we’re not sure how something like that can be used to press the tea party’s agenda. GLIC investigations wouldn’t get much done on the local level regarding the recent change in U.S. health-care laws because those revisions must be changed at the federal level. The same argument goes for gun-control laws and laws guiding the states on property taxes—two other issues tea partiers tend to abhor. The tea party push to roll back welfare programs is hypocritical because of the close proximity the average tea partier has with the nation’s welfare system. Look at the crowd at any tea party rally in Mississippi, and you’ll find people who qualify for Social Security (or will soon) making the party’s call for welfare restriction appear disingenuous, at best. We also don’t see the party’s push to eliminate property taxes in favor of a higher sales tax getting traction among the majority of Mississippians, who hover more closely to the national poverty level than any other state in the nation. Imagine the annual tax deduction for property taxes that many Mississippians take on their federal income taxes disappearing and being replaced with a higher sales tax on groceries, gasoline, that new car part you need—we don’t see that happening, nor should it. In fact, if most Mississippians understood the total implications of the Mississippi tea-party message beyond “get Obama out of the White House,” they’d probably drop the platform like a dead rat. Keep that in mind as you try to tie a tea bag to your GOP lapel.

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r. Announcement: “On this episode of ‘All God’s Churn Got Shoes’, the Cootie Creek County School Board spends long hours contemplating cutbacks on various education programs within the school system. Let’s eavesdrop in on this board meeting to see what will happen.” School Board President: “Members of the Cootie Creek County School Board, we’re definitely at a crossroads. Our school system is operating at a deficit. I mean we’re so poor we don’t know what to do anymore. So I called on a couple of corporate super heroes to help us decide the fate of Cootie Creek County schools.” Board Member No. 1: “I guess we’re waiting on ‘Superman’ to come save the day.” Board Member No. 2: “Look down the hallway.” Board Member No. 3: “It’s a pink slip.” Board Member No. 4: “It’s a mass firing.” Board Member No. 5: “It’s a corporation-wide lay off.” School Board President: “No. It’s our man with the plan, Captain Cutback.” (Captain Cutback and Price Gouger enter the board room.) Captain Cutback: “It’s a no-brainer, folks: cutback and privatize. A school board must do what a school board must do. Students should create, play and eat on their free time. Keep all science, history, language and technology courses, and get rid of those useless arts, sports and lunch programs for the poor kids.” Price Gouger: “Captain Cutback, we must cut this meeting short. We’re late for Sarah Palin’s Tea Party Rally After Party.”

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by Scott Colom Staff Attorney, Mississippi Center for Justice

resident Barack Obama is not a Muslim. He isn’t secretly trying to replace capitalism in America with socialism. This means he isn’t a communist. He didn’t inherit an anti-imperialist, anti-colonial gene from his father that causes him to hate small businesses. He doesn’t look like Hitler. He doesn’t have a deep-seated hatred of white people that is going to result in his banning the possession of firearms. He wasn’t born in Kenya. Most people who oppose the president don’t need to be told these things. These are extreme (but increasingly mainstream) examples of criticisms of President Obama. Nevertheless, these allegations represent an extreme example of a fundamental problem in America: Facts have started to become irrelevant. I have come to expect this from politicians. It disappoints me, but I no longer expect most politicians to be straightforward. They simplify. They pontificate. They talk in code and refuse to stray from carefully crafted, poll-tested talking points. The structure of most news programming doesn’t lend itself to the presentation of facts. At best, a newscaster presents a topic, then invites a Democratic and Republican pundit to debate it. The pundits, using those same carefully crated, polltested talking points, argue. One will say such-andsuch policy will raise taxes on the middle class, and the other will claim the policy will actually result in lower middle-class taxes. Sometimes the arguments involve name calling or humor and will certainly be full of hyperbole. However, at the end of the argument, when it’s time for the next commercial break, that’ll be it. The newscaster and the pundits will move on to the next argument. At no point will anyone tell the viewers

which pundit was telling the truth or attempt to explain the contradictions. And that’s news at its best. At its worst, it’s Glenn Beck. Unfortunately, this type of opining without factual support has leaked into our everyday discourse. I recently read an exchange on Facebook where one person asserted several points that were inaccurate. In response, someone methodically went through each point and referenced reasonable, independent sources disproving them. The responder ignored the sources and re-stating the same false opinion differently. This is partially a result of modern media and technology. The wide-ranging access to information on the Internet and the 24-hour news cycle allows people to cherry-pick sources and only read and hear opinions that confirm what they already believe. Information is funneled through ideological bubbles. Conservatives have cable news and blogs that confirm all of their opinions about the worthlessness of government and the destruction of America’s future by Democrats. And Democrats have a bubble that, at the moment, mostly complains about Obama and makes fun of Sarah Palin. This might be mildly entertaining if it was a reality television show and the future of our country wasn’t at stake. But it is. The deficit is real. Unemployment is real. The government can’t spend our way out of recessions or double-digit unemployment. Public policy is too complicated for it to be that easy. We are going to have to find real answers to these problems; answers that won’t always fit into an ideological box, answers that are complicated and require compromise and sacrifice. And for us to make these compromises, for us to determine the appropriate sacrifices, we are going to need to know the facts.

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rowing up in the Delta, I learned that bullies were a dime a dozen. In grammar school, I recall an older schoolmate who walked with a leg brace and a crutch, the result of a crippling bout with polio. Recess was always a nightmare for him. Playground bullies descended upon him almost daily, kicking his crutch away and then kicking dust into his face, laughing with 10-year-old bravado. He made a valiant attempt to fight back, swinging his crutch in a wide arc on his way down, hoping to connect with one of the bullies. But that was a losing battle he never came close to winning. He compensated by developing a wonderful singing voice, never failing to bring tears with his version of “America the Beautiful.” So it went on my playground, which as it turns out was not unique. Bullying is more common in elementary school than it is in high school. It is the age of choice for bullies, with about 20 percent of American children experiencing the twisted wrath of playground bullies. For victims, the results can be devastating. Research shows that later in life, victims may display high levels of anxiety, depression and experience relationship problems. They question their own self-worth and reason that they must deserve abuse. Sometimes their self-loathing escalates into revenge fantasies and actual violence. Bullies have problems of their own. Typically, they come from families in which the parents are emotionally distant and seldom if ever express affection to one another. When they misbehave, they are usually spanked or whipped with a belt. They are drawn to bullying because they are unpopular. When they bully those who are smaller or weaker—individuals with physical or intellectual disabilities are prime targets—it makes them feel better about themselves and, unfortunately, helps them make friends with other students. Studies show that up to 40 percent of childhood bullies grow into adult bullies, with a high percentage garnering criminal convictions for violence-related crimes. These are the criminals who are not satisfied to simply take your wallet. They feel compelled to punch, stab or shoot their victims. Not surprisingly, many men who abuse women were playground bullies, where they specialized in hurting girls. I remember one bully in my school that made a habit of punching girls in the chest with his fist once they began developing breasts. The girls were afraid to complain, so he was never punished. Sometimes adult bullies find ways of carrying on a tradition of bullying. Some become lawyers so that they can harangue witnesses in court. Others become talk-radio

hosts, where they get away with belittling guests and callers who disagree with them. A few become police officers, at least until they are terminated for abuse or intimidation. Bullying is not confined to males. Girls also bully their peers. Although they are more likely to launch verbal or e-mail attacks against their victims, they also can display a tendency for violence. We’ve all seen news clips of female athletes in their teens kicking, punching and choking their opponents on the playing field. Some adults seem to find pleasure in watching such displays, which is a major reason that so few girls are ever seriously punished for using violence against other girls. Some misguided adults snicker and call them catfights. Ignoring the problem will not make it go away, so what should be done about bullies? Early family intervention is key, whether the bully is male or female. This type of intervention is one in which social workers and psychologists have a good track record. Children who bully should be referred to a professional at the first sign of trouble. Sometimes victims improvise solutions of their own. When I was in the third grade, a bully in my class pummeled me almost daily. I wouldn’t fight back because my mother had made me promise not to after the death of my father. Being a single mother was tough. She didn’t need the aggravation of me fighting other kids. One day the principal paid her a visit. “What’s up with Jimmy?” he asked. “What do you mean?” “A bully is whipping up on him every day, and he won’t fight back.” “I made him promise not to.” “Well, I think that is a mistake.” Mother reversed her policy and the next day at school, with only the slightest of provocations, I lit into that bully like a windmill on speed, fists pounding. He never bullied me again and became my best friend (not an unusual occurrence when bullies are challenged). I don’t advocate using violence against bullies, but if there is a socially acceptable method of taking them on—supervised boxing comes to mind—I don’t think that is necessarily a bad thing. Otherwise, it’s back to therapy. James Dickerson is the director of “You’ve Got a Friend,” a federally funded socialization program at Hudspeth Regional Center that assists individuals with developmental disabilities, and the co-author of an upcoming textbook for social workers.

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“A lot of you who said you were bullied also raised your hands. Why would you want to do that, after you know what it feels like?” ‘Save a Life’ Jervia Powell, 12, knows what it feels like. Some mean girls in her history class last year bullied her until she cried. She still remembers their taunts. “They were messing with me, saying I was wearing the same shirt every day,” she said. It made her cry more than once. To an adult, that kind of teasing seems silly and easy to ignore, to a child it can be devastating. Jervia, a seventh-grader at Woolfolk Middle School in Yazoo City, attended the Anti-Bullying Youth Leadership Conference

The Fear Stops Here campaign emphasizes the danger of cyberbullying. Text messaging is the new weapon of choice, and social networking sites such as Facebook are where bullies hang out, Hood said. And it seems to be a bigger problem with girls. “Children will say things through text messaging and social-networking sites they normally wouldn’t,” he said. The state has no centralized collection of data about the numbers of kids bullied in schools or how many of those bullied go on to attempt suicide. “[B]ullying (by females) is really increasing with the ability to cyberbully,” Kelsey Ann Jackson said. “Our technology—the Internet, text messaging and cell phones—make it Courtesy Mean Girls aren’t Cool

Kelsey Ann Jackson (standing, center rear), 18, poses with younger girls during a Mean Girls Aren’t Cool program.

last month. She was one of about 300 participants, most of whom were seventh graders. She is what Attorney General Jim Hood refers to as an ambassador in a statewide cause to stop bullying. Hood used the conference to announce a collaborative campaign: Fear Stops Here. The attorney general’s crime-prevention division and cybercrime unit are launching a website (www.fearstopshere.com) aimed at kids and public-service announcements jointly with the state Department of Education’s Office of Healthy Schools. The new website includes a link to Jackson’s site, www.meangirlsnotcool. com, as well as other sites loaded with information on how to stop bullying.

much easier to bully. Now gossip and meanness toward victims can be done in groups and with lightning speed.” Being the attorney general’s daughter doesn’t make life any easier for Rebecca Hood, 15, a sophomore at University Christian School. She pulled her hair behind her right ear while she held a microphone and faced a room of about 50 girls at the September conference. “Just yesterday, me and another girl were in the principal’s office,” she said. “She decided to say things about me that were just wrong.” School’s only been back in session for a couple months, but Hood has already come home crying a few times. Her message to the

younger girls was to speak up when they see someone attacked, whether it is with closed fists, cruel words or hateful glares. “Raise your hand if you would be the one to save a life,” she said. Most of the girls raised their hands. Hood waited. The rest of the girls also raised their hands. “I want you to save a life,” she said. Kelsey Ann Jackson encouraged girls to send her e-mails with questions. She shared her story about being bullied and how it affected her. She said she almost wishes at times her bullies had beat her up physically than socially excluding her and spreading rumors. “I’d rather have bruises and broken bones. They heal,” Jackson said to the room of girls. A New Law “Bullying has been around as long as schools have been around. It happens frequently, on a daily basis in most schools,” Ryan Niemeyer said. A University of Mississippi professor who directs the Grenada branch of Ole Miss, Niemeyer is something of an expert on cyberbullying. His 2008 dissertation examined bullying laws in different states with a special attention to cyberbullying. Earlier this year, Gov. Haley Barbour signed Senate Bill 2015 that requires all Mississippi school districts to adopt a policy regarding bullying or harassing behavior. The law went into effect this summer, and schools have until Dec. 31 to get policies in place. Niemeyer, a former teacher in various Mississippi school districts, said the new law requiring districts to adopt bullying policies is a step in the right direction by defining bullying. “Mississippi definitely needed that policy,” he said. Although bullying is nothing new, cyberbullying is rising at a fast pace. Schools need to address that reality, he said. “Schools are used to dealing with situations that happen on campus. Bullying has been exacerbated by an increase in technology and social-networking sites. It can be a legal quandary when bullying takes place off campus,” Niemeyer said. Schools are supposed to protect students on campus, but when cruel text messages and posts are sent at night from home to home, it’s not clear when the school should get involved or how. Niemeyer said the standard

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elsey Ann Jackson threw up. The thought of going to school that morning made her sick. She cried about the mean girls she would have to face in her sixth-grade class. After her mom dropped her off at her grade school in Brookhaven, Jackson walked as slow as she could to her class, dreading the coming ordeal more with each step. The cruelty had started back in fifth grade, and no one really remembers why now. Jackson sang during an assembly in front of the entire school. After that, the cold shoulders and the intimidating looks started. Rude comments, whispered insults and wild rumors began with a group of girls who had once been friends. She never got to spend the night at slumber parties, except one time when the girls invited her over just to berate her and ridicule everything about her: what she wore, what she sang, how she acted. They wouldn’t let her sit with them at lunch. They eventually enlisted the sixth-grade boys in the ongoing exclusion and dirty looks. This was about the time the text messages started. She started getting texts with cryptic insults like, “Kelsey, is it true? Did you really do that?” And then there were blunt ones. “Whore.” It made her throw up. Now a confident and mature college freshman at Ole Miss, Jackson confronts young girls who bully other girls and challenges the ones who are bullied to end the madness. She started a program, “Mean Girls Aren’t Cool,” and speaks to groups ranging from small Girl Scout troops to the National Conference on Girl Bullying this summer in San Antonio, Texas. “Take up for yourselves and others,” she said. “When the bully realizes you aren’t going to put up with it, they’ll stop.” Jackson, 18, came last month to the Anti-Bullying Youth Leadership Conference in Jackson specifically to have a word with the seventh-grade girls attending. “How many of you have been bullied? Raise your hands,” she said. Most of the 12year-old and 13-year-old girls in the room lifted an arm. “How many of you have bullied someone else? Tell the truth.” She paused. Hesitant arms went up again.

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applied today comes from the 1969 U.S. Supreme Court case, Tinker v. Des Moines. That standard is that there has to be substantial disruption at the school caused by off-campus harassment. “There has to be a nexus or a connection. That’s hard,” Niemeyer said. “What’s good is that (Mississippi) schools have to implement policies. They are not taking it lightly.” The school policies required by the new law will have to include a reporting process and proposed disciplinary actions. These are both good steps in the right direction, Niemeyer said. The state law also gives a much needed definition of bullying, which, in part, calls it “any pattern of gestures or written, electronic or verbal communications, or any physical act or any threatening communication, or any act reasonably perceived as being motivated by any actual or perceived differentiating characteristic” or “creates a hostile environment.” It’s not a perfect law, Niemeyer said. It’s vague in parts and is an unfunded mandate. “Money is tight. An important component is you have to have training,” he said. Enter Bullycide Psychologists have a new word for suicides that result from relentless bullying: Bullycide. This year, several “bullycides” have grabbed national attention.

• Phoebe Prince, 15, hung herself in January after bullies electronically attacked her. • Jon Carmichael, 13, killed himself in March. He got bullied for being too small. Then, in September, five suicides happened in quick succession: • Asher Brown, 13, shot himself in the head Sept. 23 after other Texas teens bullied him for being small, having a different religion and not wearing the right clothes. • Seth Walsh, 13, hung himself from a tree in his backyard after other California teens taunted him for being gay. He didn’t die at first. It took a week in intensive care before he passed away. • Billy Lucas, 15, killed himself in Indiana. Even after he died, the taunts didn’t stop. His bullies posted homophobic hate comments on his Facebook memorial page. • Tyler Clementi, 18, jumped off a bridge and killed himself when his Rutgers University roommate secretly set up a camera and livestreamed a sexual encounter between Clementi and a partner. • Raymond Chase, an openly gay 19year-old college student, hanged himself in his Rhode Island dorm room. A Cyberbullying Research Center study reports that all forms of bullying are significantly associated with increases in suicidal thoughts. Cyberbullying victims are almost twice as likely to attempt suicide compared to those who weren’t bullied via text messages or the Internet.

“I hope we never have a child in Mississippi commit suicide,” Hood told the middleschool students, teachers and parents who attended September’s anti-bullying conference. No one measures—and perhaps there is no way to measure—the number of kids who consider suicide or who change schools to escape harassment. No one is measuring how many kids who get bullied or leave school are gay or are being harassed because of race or religion. Robert Campbell, with Mississippi Department of Education’s Bureau of Safe and Orderly Schools, said the new law doesn’t require it, and that the state isn’t tracking it. Nationally, activists have pushed for more anti-bullying policies in schools. The “It Gets Better” campaign on YouTube has messages uploaded from celebrities and everyday gay people who dealt with bullying growing up. The Southern Poverty Law Center is providing a documentary, “Bullied: A School, a Student and a Case That Made History,” to school groups across the nation. SPLC is providing the film at no charge and is encouraging educators to contact them. “Unfortunately, organizations like Focus on the Family are pushing schools to ignore this crisis,” reads an e-mail from SPLC promoting the film. “They say that schools should remain ‘neutral’ and not mention gay and lesbian students in their bullying policies.” Niemeyer’s review of anti-bullying laws reveals that most states do not break down victim categories by sexual orientation or race.

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remember the first time I was ever bullied. I was in kindergarten, and this little girl made fun of my curly hair and thick glasses. I retaliated by putting chips in her grape juice. She started to cry and the teacher came over. The teacher asked me why I put chips in the grape juice, and I told her. I was punished, and the other little girl got a hug. I still remember her smirking at me as I sat in the corner. That was the last time I stood up for myself until I was grown. I was bullied all through elementary and junior high. The catalyst for me falling into a deep depression that would last for the next four years happened in the fifth grade when I was 11 years old. I went to a slumber party. I had developed before the rest of the girls so naturally there was some jealousy. My training bra got frozen overnight. I washed it in the sink the next morning, laid it out to dry and forgot it. The following Monday it was brought back to me—in front of my whole class, which was mostly boys. They all saw my training bra, and I was mortified. I grabbed it and ran to the bathroom, crying. The teacher came in and found me. She ordered me back to class, but I just wanted my momma. She told me to get over it, and suck it up. I never stopped crying that whole day and was continuously taunted. My mother picked me up from school, and with some prodding I told her what happened. She was madder than hell and threw the car into park. She jumped out of the car, tearing into every little girl she came across that had been in on it. She tore into the teacher and the principal. I was in awe at the ferociousness of my mother. I thought everything was fixed. And then I went back to school on Tuesday. The bullying only got worse and worse. I wanted to die and made suicide attempts the only way I knew how at 11 years old. I tried choking myself with a belt, holding my breath until I passed out, hoping I wouldn’t wake up and taking a bunch of aspirin. I even wrote a will out and gave it to my daddy. Then I discovered vodka.

I still remember how I felt after the first time I drank it. I felt numb. I didn’t hurt anymore. I also felt like I was finally better than my classmates because I was doing something they weren’t; I was doing something grown-up. I would drink off and on for the next few years. I would drink before school for confidence, and after school to ease the pain of being taunted. When I started the seventh grade, I had stopped drinking. I felt I didn’t need it anymore. I had blossomed into a pretty young girl who was on the cheerleading squad, the track team and was a starter on the basketball team. It took just a month into my seventh-grade year, and I was drinking again. It got so bad I begged my mother to move me to a different school. She did, and I started ninth grade with a hopeful outlook. I wasn’t bullied at my new school, but I was so insecure and fearful of it happening again that I naturally gravitated toward the kids that were drinking and drugging. Within nine months, I was a full-blown alcoholic and drug addict and in rehab. I am not saying bullying was the sole reason for my depression and addiction, but it played a major part. My teachers and my school failed me. It took me a lot of therapy and good friends to let go of the pain. By the grace of God, I have been sober ever since. Because of my bullying, I have gone out of my way to be kind to others. I have also found compassion and forgiveness for those that tortured me for years. I have to believe something pretty bad must have been wrong with them for them to tear me apart the way they did. I have run in to some of my former bullies. I am always nice, and sometimes, I have received unsolicited apologies. Other times, though, they act as if we have been best of friends our whole lives. I have learned to just take a deep breath and let it go. There is no point in letting my past haunt my future. A south Jackson native, Amy Hendry—better known to Magnolia Roller Vixen fans as C.H.B.—is a full-time college student majoring in nursing.


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Kelsey Ann Jackson (center, in white), 18, poses with girls during a Mean Girls Aren’t Cool event.

‘Heart-wrenching’ Bullying will be a hot topic Nov. 5 and 6 at the Mississippi Safe Schools Coalition’s third annual Queer and Ally Youth Summit at Millsaps College. “Some of the stories are heart-wrenching,” said Anna C. Davis, 27, a MSSC board member who lives in Hattiesburg. Davis has seen insensitive language in college classes. A few years ago in an introductory sociology class at the University of Southern Mississippi, the instructor described something he considered silly and ridiculous as “gay.” “I approached him about it after class,” she said. She told him she was gay and that she found the remark insulting. He promised her he would never do it again. She saw the professor again recently, and he made a point to tell her that moment had changed the way he looked at everything. “This was in college at a very liberal university,” Davis said. She can just imagine how hard it might be at some rural schools for gay teens without support. When Audri Ingram was in seventh grade, she came out as a lesbian. When she was in eighth grade, she cut her hair short. Students at West Jones Middle School in Laurel started calling her names like “him,” “it” and “he/she.” It wasn’t just the kids. A teacher joined in the name-calling and cackling while Ingram was in earshot. The teacher found a letter Ingram had written to another girl and read it aloud to the class. A counselor at the school called Ingram’s mother to break the news that her child was a lesbian. Her mom already knew, but the counselor crossed a line as far as Ingram was concerned. “She outed me,” she said. “I never went to the counselor again.” The name-calling followed her into the girls’ bathroom where other girls berated her and would chase her out saying she wasn’t allowed in there. Ingram wound up not being able to use the bathroom at school; she had to hold it. Every day, she risked harm to her bladder to avoid the bullies. Her mother eventually pulled her out of school and is now homeschooling her. Ingram, 15, plans to finish high school this year and attend Mississippi State University next fall. She knows kids who cut them-

selves after getting bullied and harassed. “If you are getting picked on, write down what is happening,” she advises other teens who get bullied. She is the youngest member serving on the Queer Youth Advisory Board for the Mississippi Safe Schools Coalition. Davis agrees with this advice but wonders if it fits every situation. “I wish I could say go talk to a teacher, but not all students have that luxury. If you are working in a school, it should be your job to make school the safest environment.” Bullies, many of whom have been bullied themselves, need to see adults behave like adults to learn how to act, Davis said. “There are no bad students,” she said. “There are bad situations.” Punishing v. Criminalization Another side of dealing with bullies in schools is how the system treats bullies. How do you punish them? How do you teach them to not bully? Many bullies have also been victims of other bullies. It’s a cycle schools want to stop. The challenge for schools is teaching bullies early to change behavior without labeling them as criminals. When it stigmatizes students, labeling is wrong, said Paula Van Every, director of Jackson Public Schools’ Safe Schools Healthy Students program. Schools have good reasons for doing it, though. Van Every said it’s an effective way to identify which kids need help and what kind of help. Right now, each school district in Mississippi sets up its own policies for identifying bullying and how students are punished. So far, the cases aren’t being forwarded to any centralized state agency. “I don’t think anti-bullying laws are meant to criminalize,” Niemeyer said. “Some bullying might rise to the level of criminal behavior. Then that issue is best dealt with the criminal system.” Mississippi’s new anti-bullying law focuses on prevention and identification at the school level. It also provides a way to help victims by shielding them from retaliation. “It gives some direction, but it’s vague,” Neimeyer said. “It leaves it up to the school district.” The Southern Poverty Law Center is concerned that some kids might get labeled as criminals at a young age without learning how to change their bad behavior. Instead, SPLC encourages schools to find ways to keep kids safe and focus on solutions that are simple, common sense and cost-effective. Bullies need attention—the kind of attenBULLYING, see page 21

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dates this site regularly with new research and information about the rise of electronic bullying. • Suicidal Tendencies (family.samhsa. g ov / g e t / s u i c i d e warn.aspx). Pay attention to suicidal tendencies in your child. The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration has a site listing important warning signs. • Three Little Pigs redux (www4.va.gov/orm/Mediation/ Pigs_all_scenes.swf). This short Flash animation shows what conflict mediation looks at the case of the Three Little Pigs vs. the Big Bad Wolf.

Book • “Queen Bees and Wannabes: Helping Your Daughter Survive Cliques, Gossip, Boyfriends, and Other Realities of Adolescence,” (Crown Publising, 2009, $15) by Rosalind Wiseman. Kelsey Ann Jackson’s “Mean Girls Aren’t Cool” program is inspired in part by the book. Available in bookstores and online. Film • The National Education Association-endorsed “Bullied: A Student, a School and a Case That Made History” is avail-

able free to schools from toler ance.org/bullied. “’Bullied’ is designed to help administrators, teachers and counselors create a safer school environment for all students, not just those who are gay and lesbian. It is also intended to help all students understand the terrible toll bullying can take on its victims, and to encourage students to stand up for their classmates who are being harassed,” according to the website. Comes with a two-part viewers guide that includes lesson plans and additional online resources. Limit one per school. Hotline • Call 866-960-6472 to report bullying in Mississippi schools. Callers can remain anonymous.

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‘Inside My House, I Was Safe’ Marye Runnels, a Hattiesburg mom who doesn’t give out her age, homeschools her 13year-old daughter and 10-year-old son partly because of her own experience enduring severe bullying. It was three years of abuse. “When I was in the sixth grade, we moved from Clinton, Miss., to Minnesota. I was harassed about my accent. I was harassed because I thought some guy was cute. I was harassed because I had a different style of clothes. I got harassed in the locker room because I developed early and was a C cup while the other girls were still in training bras,” Runnels said. She went home crying two or three times a week for those three years before moving back to Mississippi. “I can remember on the last day, walking home, being pelted with water balloons,” she said. “I can only imagine how much worse it would be now with cell phones and the Internet. If I went inside my house, I was safe.” Even though she is homeschooling, Runnels’ children aren’t immune from bullying. Her son has gotten teased at church for preferring sports like golf over football. On a church trip, she witnessed another girl getting picked on and told her daughter to stand up for her. “My daughter has a close-knit group of friends. I told her if I ever caught her picking on someone, there would be severe

consequences,” she said. She thinks more parents should do the same. “Honestly, I think the parents need to play a bigger role. And a lot of parents are bullies,” she said. ‘What’s Going to Work?’ Last year, 24 students at Blackburn Middle School started down a new path in the Jackson Public Schools system. They learned ways to resolve conflicts, new ways to talk to each other and more detailed ways to listen and solve problems. Eight of those students will become student mediators in a new program unfolding this year at Blackburn.

Malkie Schwartz, director of community engagement at the Institute of Southern Jewish Life, worked with Blackburn educators to develop the program. Schwartz, 29, studied alternative dispute resolution in law school and said it can be applied to school situations. When she came to the institute and Mississippi last year, she asked people how she could best help the community. Blackburn educators then approached her about a mediation program. “A lot of discipline is telling kids what not to do,” she said. A peer mediation conflict-resolution program helps students discover what they could do instead. An example Schwartz uses is hallway hostility. Every time a student comes into the hallway, the same kid bumps into him. They

exchange funny looks. Then someone said something mean. Through peer mediation, the students could each come and confidentially explain their side of the story. The mediators would ask open questions in nonjudgmental phrases and get both parties to express what they would like to see happen and acknowledge what their options are. They have the option not to talk to each other or the option to not be bothered by the funny looks. “A student might say, ‘I’m willing to walk away’ or ‘I’m willing to smile,’” Schwartz said. Schwartz said asking them to smile at each other might be too idealistic and expecting them to become friends also might be asking too much, but peer mediators wouldn’t hold the hallway bumpers to an unreachable standard. “They would ask, ‘What’s going to work?’” she said. Last year’s initial training focused on explaining the concept of conflict resolution. Students learned the technique of making “I” statements. Saying “I am upset” instead of “You upset me” can go a long way to reduce tension, blame and even funny looks. “Conflict doesn’t have to be negative,” Schwartz said. “It can be a learning experience.” ‘Tell a Trusted Adult’ If you feel bullied, then it’s bullying, the attorney general told those gathered at September’s anti-bullying conference. It’s harder for parents, teachers and even other kids to recognize what’s happening sometimes. If a child seems withdrawn, depressed or doesn’t want to go to school, bullying can be behind the sadness. Adults need to pay attention to changes in behavior and intervene. Jackson’s presentation told girls how to not put up with abuse from bullies and how to intervene if they see another kid bullied. BULLYING, see page 22

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tion that will ideally repair any harm done and includes everyone involved in a negative situation in resolving the conflict. That kind of “restorative” justice looks at what works best for the victim and the offender. Schools should use this kind of discipline, said Sheila Bedi, the SPLC deputy legal director responsible for juvenile justice and education work in Mississippi and Louisiana. “Conflicts can be resolved,” Bedi said. That’s the lesson to teach all students. She also points to Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports, a systematic method and program available to schools.

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They went to the school, but nothing happened. The principal told them they would need to get a petition and get other parents to sign it. When the Jacksons did just that, parents of every girl in the classroom—except one—signed the petition complaining about the ringleader, the most “popular” girl. Even some boys’ parents signed. The school brought in a therapist. “That didn’t do much,” Jackson said. Her parents believed her and confronted their neighbors, longtime friends, whose daughter had been part of a Queen Bee’s campaign to ruin Jackson’s life. The parents brushed off the accusation. “It was more important that their daughter be popular,” Jennifer Jackson said. “Being bullied made me stronger,” Jackson said. “I like to sing and perform. I got involved in a show choir ... I realized I didn’t need those girls. It raised my self-esteem,” she said. Jackson is planning to sing the National Anthem at the Atwood Music Festival this spring. Audri Ingram intends to study sociology and social work at MSU. Her experience has forever changed her. “Just because people aren’t like you or are different, they aren’t bad people,” she said. “If you (pick on someone), you are taking someone’s life in your hands.”

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fter leading a pretty comfortable existence in Gayhead Elementary School, where I’d attended on and off from first grade, fifth grade ended. Enter Van Wyck Junior High. I’d been in one of those gifted programs prior to the transition (mine was called Thrust), but I wanted a clean slate when I went on to big-bad junior high, so I shirked the opportunity to join Project Adventure. It was the early ’90s. These were the days of Z-Cavariccis, designer bags and curled bangs. I didn’t fit in with those kids. I tried, but my knock-off apparel was no good, and Aquanet didn’t hold up my hair, no matter how much I sprayed. A group of kids from another elementary school, who might have been referred to as “head bangers,” caught my attention. Some of them were in remedial classes for math or English. They were obviously different—rebellious. I guess that’s why I liked them.

The girls curled their bangs but wore ripped-up stonewashed jeans and listened to bands like Poison and Guns & Roses. They passed notes in class, disobeyed teachers, loved scary movies and made prank phone calls. They had problems at home, like I did. And they accepted me. I became part of their clique. Once at the teen dance hall, Club Soda, a tall, much older redheaded boy asked me out. The girls encouraged me to make out with him, but I spent the night trying to hide from him. Before we got picked up, we snuck outside to smoke cigarettes someone lifted from their parents. Midway through the school year, I started regretting that I hadn’t joined Project Adventure and missing some of my old friends. Toward the end of the year, when the heat made its way into the school, short sleeves replaced sweaters, it was difficult to concentrate on school work. In the last days of school, I messed with the order of lunchtime and sat with some old pals in the muggy cafeteria. After a few moments, I returned to my

usual table. By the time I approached my clique, they weren’t speaking to me.. I tried to keep to myself as I replayed what other infractions I might have made. The more I tried to ignore the fact that they were ignoring me, the more they upped the ante. The next day, they were sneering and whispering comments. After school that night, the prank calls started. They were insulting me and threatening all sorts of violence. Spanning from the synchronized screams of “f*cking bitch!” to more personal one-on-one lists of the things they hated about me, to the cut-and-dry back-toback hang-ups. The calls kept coming. It was their new past time. A day or so later, I was carving a watermelon when the large knife slipped from my hand and sliced into my big toe. To my luck, the doctor told me to keep my foot elevated, so I missed the last few days of school. Cutting my toe open was a divine gift, but it fueled the fire of my “friends.” Their harassing calls now consisted of calling me a wimp, too.

When summer hit, I reconnected with my old friends from the neighborhood, but the calls didn’t stop. They promised to make seventh grade hell. Then one night at the annual summer carnival, with a few friends who were part of the Black Sheep-listening, “hiphop” crew, my “friends” were suddenly headed my way. I grew tense. Missy, who I’d known since elementary school and who wasn’t afraid of anyone, put an end to it by telling the girls she would kick all of their asses if they didn’t back off. Nevertheless, my parents made arrangements, with financial aid, to send me to St. Columba, a small Catholic school, though we were far from Catholic. In that haven, I received an excellent education, made a few good friends and experienced another case of bullying. (I sort of started it.) This time it was resolved in Principal Sister Ann’s office. I’ve dealt with various shades of peer bullying into adulthood, but there’s nothing like the sting of quintessential adolescent aggression.


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Mississippi International Film Festival

MESSAGE FROM WARD EMLING

Director of Film, Culture & Music - MS Division of Tourism

The Mississippi Bureau of Film, Culture, and Music welcomes you to Mississippi and the First Annual Mississippi International Film Festival. We are glad you are here. Our support of this new festival was immediate. Mississippi has an unparalleled legacy of storytelling in print and painting, through music and image; we love both the story and the teller. The power of film, whether short or feature, documentary or narrative, animated or experimental, is direct and visceral and universal. We recognize this festival is a huge opportunity for our filmmakers to share and showcase their work, for our audiences to revel in the skill and imagination of filmmakers from around the world, and a meeting place for all of us to understand more about ourselves and the world around us. To the filmmaker, we applaud you for your vision and commitment. To the audience, we salute you for your support and participation. And to the Festival, we thank you for your contribution to our great culture of storytelling.

One World Through Film!

DIRECTOR’S PERSPECTIVE by Edward Saint Pe’

Welcome to Mississippi International! We have great films for these three days ahead. Films from India, Spain, Germany, the Choctaw Nation, the US and other lands. The one thing that is more plain to me now, more so than ever before is the common thread that film weaves in all our lives, no matter where we come from in the world. This festival celebrates this common thread and I hope this year and in years ahead will serve to be a means to prove the point by being intentionally diverse in the films we show and in the bringing together of people from many lands and backgrounds. There are so many diverse cultures living among us and I think it’s time we got together, don’t you? We have Actors workshops Saturday put on by Veleka Gray from New Orleans...this is a way to get a foothold in Acting...She is great! Don Tingle is our Filmmaker Workshop Guru ... also on Saturday in the Planetarium Lobby. Finally a free “Meet The Producer” Q and A seminar, Saturday in the Lobby at 4pm with Hollywood film Producer Wes Benton. Ask him the questions about how to get into pictures, or apply your talents in other ways. The Mississippi Film Institute, the parent non profit of this festival has put together a great musical line-up for you. Filmmaker Daniel Lee’s “Rockabilly Vampires” from the home of Elvis, Tupelo, joins us as does Jamaican Dance D.J. “C-Lector,” the Latin Sensations “Latinismo,” Jackson’s Rockers “Storage 24” and our 8PM headliner... from Rob Zombie’s “Halloween 2” last year, “Captain Clegg and the Night Creatures.” Hundreds of millions of dollars are being spent by movie makers in the deep south each year. We’ve been “discovered” so to speak and it’s only going to get bigger ... I say now is the time for us as filmmakers and actors and artists and folks who love our state and movies to pull together and manifest the future. With that said, MFI (Mississippi Film Institute) is making available at no cost through the Dept of Education, a number of older classic films it presently owns, to create an on-line film study program to get kids interested in the art of Filmmaking. It’s an exciting time on the way...Let’s make movies!

FROM GOVERNOR HALEY BARBOUR

Welcome to Mississippi and the inaugural Mississippi International Film Festival. The festival offers filmmakers from around the world the opportunity to come together for 3 days of diverse cultural exchange, filmmaker’s and actor’s workshops, music, food and fun. Mississippi is a melting pot of diverse cultures and the Mississippi International intentionally celebrates this. Films and filmmakers showcased include features and shorts from Mississippi’s Choctaw Nation, India, Spain and Iran. Film Block tributes include the Blues Block in association with the Central Mississippi Blues Society, and the award winning film, “Nora’s Will” in association with the Jackson Jewish Film Festival. Again, welcome to the Mississippi International Film Festival. Enjoy the films, and while you’re here, take the time to find out why Mississippi is known as the “Hospitality State.”

FROM MAYOR HARVEY JOHNSON JR.

Welcome! On behalf of the City of Jackson, it is my pleasure to welcome each of you to the 1st Annual Mississippi International Film Festival and Halloween Fest. We are thrilled to be showcasing films from across the state and around the world here in the Capital City and we are certain that the host of workshops, entertainment and other activities in conjunction with this event will be very successful. For those of you visiting, we hope you will enjoy the wide variety of dining opportunities, lively entertainment and cultural venues that await your discovery. Above all, we know you will encounter ambassadors of true Mississippi hospitality at its finest among the people of Jackson. Again, welcome to the City of Jackson and we join you in celebrating the 1st Annual Mississippi Internation Film Festival.

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 28, 2010 Students & Shorts 1:00 PM Opening Remarks 20 min Special guests from Mississippi School of the Arts 1:20 PM MIFF Opening 4:03 min 1:25 PM Breadwinner 10 min 1:35 PM Telefone 4:50 min 1:40 PM The Promethian 12:21 min 1:53 PM Pastry 6:10 2:00 PM Vitruvius’ Toybox 6:03 min 2:07 PM Orbis Romanus 22 min 2:29 PM Hometown Glory 61 min Block Ends 3:30 PM TRT = 136:27

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Short Film Block 3:40 PM MIFF Opening 4:03 min 3:45 PM Adam Blank Gets a Vasectomy 25:22 min 4:10 PM Nick of Time 12:45 min 4:23 PM Taking Fire 19:22 min 4:43 PM Liam & Ben 13:32 min 4:57 PM All the Missing Pieces 15:35 Block Ends 5:13 PM TRT = 90:36

Vitruvius Toybox

Opening Gala 5:30 PM Opening Gala 90 min Block ends 7:00 PM TRT = 120:00 Choctaw Tribute 7:00 PM Invocation, Presentation 50 min 8:00 PM Choctaw Journey Film 60 min Block ends 9:00 PM TRT = 120:00 Feature & Short Film 9:00 PM MIFF Opening 4:03 min 9:05 PM Der Ostwind 11 min 9:16 PM The Eater 12:15 min 9:28 PM In the Shadows of Hell 18:13 min 9:47 PM 16 to Life 89:55 Block ends 11:15 PM TRT = 129:31


FRIDAY, OCTOBER 29, 2010

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 30, 2010

Features & Shorts 1:00 PM MIFF Opening 4:03 min 1:05 PM Halloween on 6th Street 88 min 2:33 PM Speaker’s Corner - You Have .. 59:17 min 3:33 PM The Sharecroppers 17:30 min 3:51 PM The 5th Quarter 97:53 min Block ends 5:30 PM TRT = 266:43

Mississippi Films 1:00 PM MIFF Opening 4:03 min 1:05 PM Through My Brother’s Eyes 8:45 min 1:14 PM The Goodbye 20:46 min 1:35 PM Dealing 10:18 min 1:46 PM The Collectors 10 min 1:56 PM Zeitbombe! 26:35 2:23 PM Not So Super: The Diary of a... 10 min 2:33 PM Crimes Against Pizza 21:49 2:55 PM Muderabilia 29:47 min Block ends 3:25 PM TRT = 142:03

Indian/Bombay Tribute 5:40 PM MIFF Opening 4:03 min 5:45 PM Foreign 24:26 min 6:10 PM Time to Go Home 14 min 6:25 PM Short temple documentary 15 min 6:40 PM Kurse 20 min 7:00 PM Indian Cultural Music/ Dance 60 min Block ends 8:00 PM TRT = 137:29 Blues Tribute 8:10 PM Speaker and Performance 30 min 8:44 PM BB king Museum Blues Piece 16 min 9:00 PM M for Mississippi 95 min Block ends 10:35 PM TRT = 141 min Short Film Block 10:45 PM MIFF Opening 4:01 min 10:50 PM Chi-Town Pulse 30 min 11:20 PM Withstand One Night 12:40 min 11:33 PM Bicycle Season 35 min Block ends 12:10 AM TRT = 81:43

Shorts & Features 3:40 PM MIFF Opening 4:03 min 3:45 PM Chase Thompson 12 min min

Chase Thompson

9:39 PM The Desperate 31 min Block ends 10:10 PM TRT = 261:03

Ansiedad Ansiedad (Anxiety) is an eccentric story about tranquilizers. It is excessive, dark, melodramatic and especially anxious.

AWARDS 10:20 PM Remarks 10 min 10:30 PM Awards 30 min Block ends 11:00 PM TRT = 40:00 COSTUME BALL & HALLOWEEN HORROR FEST 11:00 PM Start the Ball 11:00 PM MIFF Opening 4:03 min 11:05 PM TV Casualty 5:03 min 11:11 PM Cockpit 11:30 min 11:22 PM Man in the Maze 90 min 12:55 AM Fugue 85 min Block ends 2:10 AM TRT = 195:36

3:57 PM A Dread of Red 9 min min 4:07 PM Hiding Victoria Block ends 5:35 PM TRT = 136:03 Spanish & Jewish Block 5:45 PM MIFF Opening 4:03 min 5:50 PM Ansiedad 25 min 6:15 PM El Forjador de Histonas 15 min 6:30 PM El Cortejo 14 min 6:45 PM Senora de 80 min 8:05 PM Nora’s Will 92 min

The Man in the Maze

Film & Acting Workshops SATURDAY, OCTOBER 30, 2010 Sharon Ward Agency Talent Competition 9am-12:30pm ($25 - includes Street Festival admission) Don Tingle “No Budget Filmmaking” Workshop 10am-1pm ($10 registration- includes Street Fest) Veleka Gray Acting Workshop 2pm-4pm ($10 registration- includes Street Fest) Wes Benton “Meet the Producer” 4pm-5:35pm (free with $5 admission ticket)

All workshops will take place in the Lobby on the third floor of the Planetarium. Information on workshop instructors on back page.

Band Schedule SATURDAY, OCTOBER 30, 2010 DJ C. Lecta World & Jamaica Music Mix 10 AM - Noon Dr. Daniel & the Rockabilly Vampires Noon - 2 PM Mississippi Blues Allstars 2 PM - 4 PM Latinismo 4 PM - 6 PM Storage 24 6 PM - 8 PM Captain Clegg & the Night Creatures 8 PM - 10 PM Captain Clegg & the Night Creatures (Headlining Band)

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Workshop Facilitators Veleka Gray

Don Tingle

Wes Benton

Sharon Ward

Veleka Gray, a native of New Orleans, Louisiana, is a professional actress, educator, writer, director, and producer. She has shared the stage or screen with such luminaries as Sigourney Weaver, Ted Danson, Jobeth Williams, Ron Harper, Jameson Parker, Armand Assante, Gerald McRaney, Madeline Kahn, Michael Cole, Bo Svenson, Jack Cassidy, Elliot Gould, Woody Brown, Dana Delany, Rue McClanahan, Scott McKay, Eileen Fulton, Larry Bryggman, Lisa Loring, Andrea Evans, Fawne Harriman, Terry Lester, and Margaret Colin among others.

President of Red Planet Entertainment, 1980-Present Presently working on the development of a slate of films for production set to film in Mississippi. Currently in post production on “Rites Of Spring” which was shot in Mississippi this past Spring. Benton has worked for the past 20 years on films in Hollywood such as, “The Chronicles of Narnia,” “I Am Legend,” “The Incredible Hulk,” “The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe,” “The Polar Express” and “The Day After Tomorrow.”

Don Tingle is the Workshop Director for the Alabama Filmmakers Co-op, a Huntsville based community service organization that was founded in 1977. Don has presented over 80 workshops on various aspects of low budget and amateur moviemaking. He leads multiple workshops for the North Alabama community including a monthly Filmmakers Workshop focused on technical aspects of amateur filmmaking and a summer day-camp.

Owner & founder of The Louisiana Ward Agency and The Sharon Ward agency, the largest modeling & full-service talent agency representing children, teens and adults in Mississippi. See Sharon’s talent in films such as Longshots, The Great Debaters, and Girl Positive. Many of her talent have signed with larger market agencies in Los Angeles, New York, Miami, Dallas, Atlanta, Milan, and Japan. The goal of the agency is to find local talent that are serious in pursuing a modeling or acting career and train them.

View page 3 for a schedule of the film and acting workshops

Thanks to our TEAM!

Charlie O’Connell, Los Angeles MFI Film Screener

Tara Buck, Los Angeles MFI Film Screener

Jeff Diaz, Los Angeles MFI Film Judge

Amile Wilson MFI Film Screener

J. Neil Bloomer MFI Film Judge

Kate Brewster MFI Film Screener

Edward Saint Pe’ Jason McCleave MFI Judge/President MFI VP

John Horhn MFI Advisory Board

Candice Brewster MFI Advisory Board

Linda Gay Wilson MFI Advisory Board

Karma Montagne MFI Advisory Board

Malcolm Shepherd MFI Advisory Board

Cary L. Spence MFI Advisory Board

Tramell Tillman Bill Wilson MFI Advisory Board MFI Art/Poster Design

For the latest Festival info go to : www.msfilm.org

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(Barber) Shop Talk

“Beard trimming became an art, and barbers became leading citizens. Statesmen, poets and philosophers, who came to have their hair cut or their beards trimmed or curled and scented with costly essences, frequented their shops. And, incidentally, they came to discuss the news of the day, because the barbershops of ancient Greece were the headquarters for social, political and sporting news. The importance of the tonsorial art in Greece may be gathered from the fact that a certain prominent Greek was defeated for office because his opponent had a more neatly trimmed beard.”

The results of Garrad Lee’s appointment with Percy Higgins at Razor Sharp Barber Shop are evident. Higgins is looking to raise the bar for barbershops in the city.

& Mookie’s for the quality and service.” My haircut began with Higgins shaping me up with the electric razor. By the time he was done with this step, my head already looked better than it had since my seventh-grade yearbook picture. After the clipper work, Higgins lathered up my entire hairline with warm shaving cream and used a straight razor to cut razor sharp lines all the way around my head, even masterfully fading my hair into my unwieldy beard. It is this attention to detail that Higgins believes sets his shop apart from some of the other shops he has been in. The warm shaving cream and straight razors are a throwback to classic methods. “This razor-line technique has been passed down from generation to generation. We try to mix the quality of old with a modern style,” Higgins says. The barber-entrepreneur opened Razor Sharp Jan. 17, 2006. Originally, the shop was located on Highway 18 in the old Pizza Hut building. The summer of 2007, Higgins moved the shop to 405-A Beasley Road, which proved to be a far more ideal location.

“When we were on Highway 18, no one could see us from the street,” Higgins says. “Now we are surrounded by apartment buildings and other businesses on a road that connects right to the interstate.” Apart from customers that come from all over Jackson and the suburbs, Higgins says he has regulars who come in at least once a month from as far away as Houston and Atlanta. They come to Razor Sharp for the precision razor lines, the shop’s signature style. To Higgins, the razor line is “a lost art.” “In this fast-paced society, time is limited,” he says. “Many barbers don’t take the time to do what we do, because time is money. We take a little extra time to produce a quality haircut. If you give your customers quality, they’ll keep coming back.” Higgins continues this passing-down tradition at his shop. He personally trains all the barbers who work in his shop in the razor-line method, so the technique is practiced evenly throughout the shop. Like most barbershops, Higgins owns the business and provides space in the shop for other barbers to work. “Most owners,” Higgins says, “just pro-

vide the building and collect their rent at the end of the month.” Higgins, on the other hand, holds meetings with his barbers regularly “so we all have a common understanding and vision.” He also provides training, advertising and supplies. “I run the business openly with them,” he says. “They are a part of the decision-making process. I am training them to one day run their own business or my next business. I empower them; they leave here with a skill they can eat off of anywhere they go.” Stepping away from a steady pace of the grade-schoolers that make up his regular Saturday clientele, Henry Hankins tells me Razor Sharp is a “good experience to start with,” adding, “The environment and service make it different than any place I have ever worked. We are like a team, growing the business together.” Hankins has been with Razor Sharp for about three years. In fact, most of the barbers here have been with Razor Sharp for three or more years. That is key for Higgins. “We treat this like a profession, not just a hobby or hustle. We are trying to take this to the next 29 level,” he says. jacksonfreepress.com

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ntil recently, I had not been in a barbershop in nearly 10 years. I have always been a bit lackadaisical when it comes to my hair. For starters, I have one of those “woke up underneath a van at a Phish show” kind of beards that seems to have a life of its own, with no hope of containment. Second, since I have been old enough to pay for my haircuts, I haven’t. My best friend cut my hair for years, and my wife took over the duties for the past five. Needless to say, not paying for a haircut has taken precedence over how my hair actually looks. All this changed on a sunny Saturday afternoon at Razor Sharp Barber Shop in Jackson when I went in to get my first real cut in a decade. On this particular day, the shop was full of people getting their hair cut, in addition to a steady stream of men and boys of all ages waiting for their turn. “It’s usually like this on Saturday,” owner Percy Higgins says. “Everybody wants to look good for the weekend.” Higgins uses a restaurant analogy to explain the Razor Sharp ethos: “Sure, you can go to Pizza Hut and get a cheap pizza real quick, but some folks would rather go to Sal

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DIVERSIONS|books

by Ronni Mott

Rich Enough

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’ve heard it all my life: America is the best country in the world. Within that framework, it’s nearly impossible to understand why conditions for many Americans are so bad. Why, for example, in a nation that gives billions of dollars in foreign aid to those we consider less fortunate, are millions of American children living with “food uncertainty,” that oh-so-mild euphemism for “they don’t know where their next meal is coming from”? Why, in a country that has the most advanced medical care are our life expectancies on par with South Korea and Cuba, countries we consider, in generous moments, “backward”? Brits Richard Wilkinson and Kate Pickett put forth a credible theory answering those questions in their book “The Spirit Level: Why Greater Equality Makes Societies Stronger” (Bloomsbury Press, 2010, $28). The U.S. version of the book—first published in Great Britain in 2009—includes a forward by former U.S. Secretary of Labor Robert B. Reich. “’The Spirit Level’ looks at the negative social effects of wide inequality—among them, more physical and mental illness not only among those at the lower ranks but even those at the top of the scale,” Reich writes. “The authors … argue convincingly that wide inequality is bad for a society, and that more equal societies tend to do better on many measures of social health and wealth.” You have to be living under a rock not to know that levels of crime and violence, obesity and imprisonment in the United States are higher than most other industrialized nations. In those statistics, the U.S. looks more like a developing country than the most advanced nation in the world. And Americans are losing an age-old struggle: The rich get richer, while the poor get poorer. It is this trend toward ever-greater inequality that may explain the slide we’ve experienced on “many measures of social health and wealth” in the U.S. The surprising findings of Wilkinson and Pickett, however, demonstrate that the wealthy are not insulated from that slide. As Reich points out, “even those at the top of the scale” in America are affected by drug addiction and violence, poor mental and physical health, shorter life spans, poor educations and an inherently unjust system of imprisonment and punishment. This painstakingly researched book, which includes data on 23 of the richest countries in the world (including many European countries, Japan, Australia and the United States) and all 50 American states, outlines evidence that we are close to the limit (maybe we’ve exceeded it) of what sustained economic growth can do for our society. We are, in fact, rich enough. And more money and possessions aren’t going to improve the social markers of our health, happiness or wellbeing.

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“Economic growth, for so long the great engine of progress, has, in the rich countries, largely finished its work,” the authors write. And while economic growth counts for a great deal as countries pull themselves up from abject poverty, “… as nations join the ranks of affluent developed countries, further rises in income count for less and less.” It’s predictable, the authors state, because more isn’t necessarily better: “If you’re hungry, a loaf of bread is everything, but when your hunger is satisfied, many more loaves don’t particularly help you,” they write. “The Spirit Level” looks at nine areas of modern societal problems, plotting them against the lens of inequality. In example after example, countries (and U.S. states) with higher levels of inequality show higher propensities for trouble. Proportionately, for example, more people suffer from mental illness in countries with high levels of inequality. Why? Look no further than our emphasis on commercialization: We place high values on “acquiring money and possessions, looking good … and wanting to be famous,” which, in turn, put us at “greater risk of depression, anxiety, substance abuse and personality disorder,” regardless if we get those things or not. The tentacles of “afluenza” and the “status anxiety” of the wealthy reach throughout our society. Without exceptions, societal ills are worse in countries and states with greater inequality. Whether the focus is community life and social relations, mental and physical health, obesity, education performance, teenage births, violence, prisons or social mobility, the U.S. leads the developed, “rich” world with its poor performance in these wellbeing markers. The statistical relationships are simply “too strong to be attributable to chance.” Wilkinson and Pickett pull no punches. We live shorter, more brutish and less healthy lives. We have more teen mothers, more people in prison and a more poorly educated population than countries who don’t have CEOs making 900 times more than their workers (as was the case for Walmart in 2005). If the book has a failing, it is in its tepid presentation of how to resolve the massive inequalities we inherited at the beginning of this century. The authors point toward co-operatives and employee-ownership of companies, for example, and to the political will that must enforce a movement toward more corporate regulation, a more progressive tax system (where citizens pay taxes, proportionately) and to sustainable technologies. “We need to find news ways,” the authors write. Perhaps commitment is enough to bring about this “biggest transformation in human history.” Big, but simple: All people do better when they are more equal. The question is: Can we make it happen?


BEST BETS October 20 - 27 by Latasha Willis events@jacksonfreepress.com Fax: 601-510-9019 Daily updates at jfpevents.com

Author Curtis Wilkie discusses his book “The Fall of the House of Zeus” during “History is Lunch” at the William F. Winter Archives and History Building (200 North St.). Bring a lunch; call 601-576-6998. … Singer/ Songwriter Night at Hal & Mal’s is at 7 p.m. Free. … Jason Turner performs at Char at 8 p.m. Call 601-956-9562. … The Coathangers and Wild Emotions play at Sneaky Beans (2914 N. State St.) at 8 p.m. Call 601-487-6349.

Thursday 10/21

The Fall Hair and Fashion Extravaganza at Lott Gallery (1800 N. State St.) is at noon. Free; call 601-2127707. … The Jackson Touchdown Club Golf Classic at Brookwood Country Club (5001 Forest Hill Road) is at

Oct. 24. $195; individual class prices vary; call 601-5942313. … Pipe organist Paul Lee performs at First Baptist Church of Jackson (431 N. State St.) at 7:30 p.m. Free; call 601-362-3235. … The Black & Whites and Los Buddies perform at Ole Tavern. Call 601-960-2700. … At Hal & Mal’s, Jedi Clampett performs in the restaurant, and Caroline Herring performs in the Red Room. Call 601-948-0888. … Forever Friday at Monte’s Steak and Seafood (1855 Lakeland Drive, Suite N-10) at 10 p.m. includes music by DJ Phingaprint and performances by K.T., Scarlette, Amber Thomas and Pyinfamous. $10 before 10 p.m.; call 601-454-8313. … The Dex Romweber Duo performs at Martin’s at 10 p.m. Call 601-354-9712.

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Garrison Star performs at OUToberfest in Smith Park (300 E. Amite St.), which is from 1-6 p.m. Free; visit outoberfest.com. … The Jackson Arts Collective Showcase at The Commons is at 6:30 p.m. $5; call 601-352-3399. … The Mississippi Symphony Orchestra and the Mississippi Chorus present “Pops I: Rhapsody in Blue” at the Jackson Convention Complex (105 E. Pascagoula St.) at 7:30 p.m. $15-$40; call 601-960-1565. … Comedian Kevin Hart takes the stage at Thalia Mara Hall at 8 p.m. $28, $38; visit ticketmaster.com. … Louis “Gearshifter” Youngblood and Smokestack Lightning perform at Queen of Hearts. Call 601-454-9401. … Natalie Long and Clinton Kirby perform at Hal & Mal’s at 9 p.m. Free. … Sandy Carroll and the Bessie Blues Band perform at Underground 119. Call 601-352-2322. … The Revivalists perform at Martin’s at 10 p.m. Call 601-354-9712.

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At Philip’s on the Rez (135 Madison Landing Circle, Ridgeland), the Central Mississippi Professional Musicians Open Jam is from 1-5 p.m., and Shades of Green performs from 5-9 p.m. Free. … The Fíon Pour wine tasting at Fenian’s is from 2-5 p.m. $25 in advance, $35 at the door; Comedian Kevin Hart performs at Thalia Mara Hall Oct. 23 at 8 p.m.

Friday 10/22

Jacktoberfest on Congress Street is from 11 a.m.11 p.m. Performers include Furrows, Men of Leisure and Minor Adjustments. Free; visit jacktoberfest.com. … The Yoga of Power Workshop at Butterfly Yoga (3025 N. State St.) with Christina Sell begins at 1 p.m.; classes through

Monday 10/25

Stevie J performs at F. Jones Corner’s blues lunch at noon. Free. … Steel Chef Mississippi at the King Edward Hotel (235 W. Capitol St.) is at 6 p.m. and benefits the Community Place Relocation Initiative. $100, $150 couples; call 601-355-0617. … The Monday Night Football Mixer at Dreamz Jxn is at 7 p.m. Free admission; call 601979-3994. … Hunter Gibson and Rick Moreira perform at Fitzgerald’s from 8 p.m.-midnight. Free.

Tuesday 10/26

Mississippi Murder Mysteries presents “Bedlam in Cabin B” at Rossini Cucina Italiana (256 W. Jackson St., Ridgeland) at 7 p.m. $38.50; call 601-856-9696. … The play “The Miracle Worker” debuts at New Stage Theatre (1100 Carlisle St.) at 7:30 p.m. and continues through Nov. 7. $25, $22 seniors/students; call 601-948-3533. … Jesse “Guitar” Smith performs at Burgers and Blues from 6:30-9:30 p.m. … Mark Whittington, Emma Wynters and Fingers Taylor perform at Parker House (104 S.E. Madison Drive, Ridgeland) from 7-10 p.m. Call 601-856-0043.

Wednesday 10/27

Beth Batton talks about photographer Oraien Catledge during “History is Lunch” at the William F. Winter Archives and History Building (200 North St.). Bring a lunch; call 601-576-6998. … Bill & Temperance performs at Underground 119. Call 601-352-2322. … Natalie Long and Steve Deaton perform at Fenian’s at 9 p.m. Free.

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Johnny Bertram and the Golden Bicycles perform during the Jackson Arts Collective Showcase at The Commons Oct. 23 at 6:30 p.m. johnnybertram.wordPress.Com

1 p.m. $100; call 601-856-1059, 601-540-5364 or 601-9536813. … See the film “Mississippi Damned” at Millsaps College, Ford Academic Complex (1700 N. State St.) at 7 p.m. in room 215. Free; call 601-974-1384. … Jackie Bell, Norman Clark and Smokestack Lightning perform at 930 Blues Café at 8 p.m. $5. … At Hal & Mal’s, Scott Albert Johnson performs in the restaurant, and Liver Mousse performs in the Red Room. Call 601-948-0888.

visit celticfestms.org. … Spoken Word in the City at the Roberts Walthall Hotel (225 E. Capitol St.) is at 8 p.m. E-mail cockymcfly82@gmail.com.

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jfpevents JFP-SPonSored eventS Radio JFP on WLEZ ongoing, at WLEZ 100.1 FM and wlezfm.com. Join Donna Ladd and Todd Stauffer every Thursday from noon-1 p.m., where they discuss vital issues and play local music. This week’s guests are artist Ginger Williams-Cook and representatives from the Boys and Girls Club. Listen to podcasts of all shows at jfpradio.com. Free; call 601-362-6121, ext. 17. Jacktoberfest Oct. 22, 11 a.m., at Congress Street, between Amite and Capitol streets. The 12-hour festival includes German brats, beer, an artist market and music by acts such as AJC & the Envelope Pushers, Furrows and Men of Leisure. Free admission; visit jacktoberfest.com. The Market in Fondren Oct. 23, 8 a.m., at 3270 North State St., in the parking lot across from Mimi’s. Local artists and food producers will be selling their goods. Entertainment provided. Free; call 601-832-4396. OUToberfest Oct. 23, 1 p.m., at Smith Park (302 Amite St.). The annual LGBT celebration includes political and spiritual speakers, drag performances, a space jump and other activities. Performers include Garrison Starr, Baron, Stevie Nicks impersonator and vocalist Jazmen Flowers, Tori Mattison and Josephina Gabbana. Free; visit outoberfest.com. Mississippi Happening ongoing. The live monthly broadcast is hosted by Guaqueta Productions and features a special musical guest. Download free podcasts at mississippihappening.com.

Holiday Boo at the Zoo Oct. 22-23, 6-9 p.m., at Jackson Zoo (2918 W. Capitol St.). More than 50 booths will be placed around the zoo for children to trickor-treat. There will be space jumps, hayrides, a rock wall, “Dracula’s Disco,” a haunted house and much more. Friends of the Zoo get $2 off admission. Parking will be free, and the last ticket will be sold at 8:30 p.m. $8, $5 children 12 and under; call 601-352-2580. Freak-o-ween ’80s Costume Party Oct. 23, 9 p.m., at Hal & Mal’s (200 Commerce St.). Spend the night dancing to ’80s music in your best ’80s outfit. Prizes will be given to those with the best costumes. $10; call 601-540-6164.

Blood Pressure Checks for Seniors. The City of Jackson’s Department of Human and Cultural Services and St. Dominic Health Service’s Care-A-Van outreach program provide blood pressure checks and cancer awareness info to qualifying Jacksonians ages 55 or older. Free; call 601-960-0335. • Oct. 21, 11 a.m., at Madonna Manor Retirement Center (550 Houston Ave.). • Oct. 25, 11 a.m., at Johnnie Champion Senior Center (1355 Hattiesburg St.). • Oct. 26, 11 a.m., at T.L. Love Senior Center (2912 Holmes Ave.). Strength in Pink Celebration Oct. 21, 4 p.m., at Baptist Medical Center (1225 N. State St.), in the Hederman Cancer Center. Join WLBT and the Clinic of Plastic Surgery as breast-cancer survivors are honored in a special ceremony. Call 601-9486262 or 800-948-6262.

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OctoberFest Oct. 23, noon, at Jayne Avenue Community Center and Park (3615 Jayne Ave.). The event includes food, games, arts and crafts, health screenings, giveaways, a local talent showcase and more. Free admission; call 601-291-2243.

Networking in the Neighborhood Oct. 21, 5 p.m., at Olga’s (4670 I-55 North). The event offers those new to the area an opportunity to meet local folks, try new foods and get involved with area charities. Sponsors include Clear Channel Radio, Fox 40, My35, Capital City Beverages, Patterson Consulting attorney Ramel Cotton and realtor Bret Baxter. Free admission; call 601-624-7738 or 601-718-4056.

100 Black Men of Jackson’s 20th Anniversary Scholarship and Mentoring Celebration Oct. 23, 6:30 p.m., at Jackson State University, Walter Payton Recreation and Wellness Center (32 Walter Payton Drive). The theme is “What They See Is What They’ll Be.” The featured speaker is tenthgrade APAC student Justis Gibbs. $50, $400 table; call 601-366-8301.

“Present Meets Past: Voices from Mississippi History” Oct. 21, 5 p.m., at Old Capitol Museum (100 S. State St.). Visitors can interact with several personalities from the building’s past. Free; e-mail cwilliams@oldcapitolmuseum.com.

Pumpkin Adventure through Oct. 23, at Mississippi Agriculture and Forestry Museum (1150 Lakeland Drive). Pick out a pumpkin or take a hayride around the museum. Call for a schedule; start and end times vary. $1-$5; call 601-713-3365.

American Business Women’s Association (ABWA) Meeting Oct. 21, 6 p.m., at Roberts Walthall Hotel (225 E. Capitol St.). Carolyn Boteler, owner of TempStaff, speaks on updating a professional portfolio. $25; call 601-260-4806.

Jackson State University Homecoming Celebration Oct. 24-30, at Jackson State University (1400 John R. Lynch St.). The theme for this year’s celebration is “Celebration of Tiger Nation.” The week will be filled with activities geared toward students, alumni and supporters. For this year’s homecoming parade on Oct. 30 at 9 a.m. on Capitol St., the grand marshal will be actress Vanessa Bell Calloway. The celebration culminates with the Oct. 30 JSU football game against Prairie View A&M at Veterans Memorial Stadium at 4 p.m. Visit jfpevents.com for a complete schedule of events and campus locations. Call 601-979-2241.

Precinct 3 COPS Meeting Oct. 21, 6 p.m., at Jackson Police Department, Precinct 3 (3925 W. Northside Drive). These monthly meetings are designed to help resolve community issues or problems, from crime to potholes. Call 601-960-0003. Forever Friday Oct. 22, 10 p.m., at Monte’s Steak and Seafood (1855 Lakeland Drive, Suite N-10). Enjoy music by DJ Phingaprint and performances by Amber Thomas, K.T., Scarlette and others. $10 before 10 p.m.; call 601-454-8313.

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Shalom: A Day of Health and Wellness Oct. 23, 7 a.m., at Farish Street. The event by the Farish Street Community of Shalom is a festival including a health fair, health screenings, food, music and more. Free admission; call 601-355-7858.

Senior Health and Wellness Fair Oct. 20, 9 a.m., at Jackson Convention Complex (105 E. Pascagoula St.). Flu and pneumonia shots, health screenings and lifestyle demonstrations offered. Get resource information on beneficial services. The event is for ages 55 and older. Free; call 601-960-0335.

Family Partnerships Workshop Oct. 23, 10 a.m., at Mississippi e-Center (1230 Raymond Road). Hosted by the Action Leadership Institute, the topic is “Childcare Mandated Training and Start a 501(c)3 Tax-Free Business.” Registration is required. $39; call 601-965-0372.

“History Is Lunch” Oct. 20, noon, at William F. Winter Archives and History Building (200 North St.). Curtis Wilkie discusses his new book about Dickie Scruggs, “The Fall of the House of Zeus: The Rise and Ruin of America’s Most Powerful Trial Lawyer. “ Bring a lunch; coffee/water provided. Free; call 601-576-6998.

Children’s Health Festival Oct. 23, 10 a.m., at Mississippi Agriculture and Forestry Museum (1150 Lakeland Drive). Families can meet Sesame Street’s Cookie Monster, enjoy obstacle courses and fitness challenges, take advantage of free health screenings and learn about healthy eating. Free food, music and prize drawings for the children are included. Free; call 601-896-3884.

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Events at Eudora Welty Library (300 N. State St.). • Meet the Candidates Oct. 23, 10:30 a.m. The Jackson Metro League of Women Voters is sponsoring the program for those running opposed for the two circuit judge posts in Hinds County. Call 601-944-9822. • Jackson Friends of the Library Reception Oct. 26, 4 p.m. The event includes the dedication of the Ellen Douglas Room and unveiling of her portrait by Baxter Knowlton, and remarks by Millsaps College professor Peggy Prenshaw, editor of the book “Conversations with Eudora Welty.” Call 601-968-5811.

Allstar Weekend “Suddenly Yours,” Bob Dylan “The Bootleg Series: The Witmark Demos: 1962-1964,” Ejigayehu “Gigi” Shibawbaw “Mesgana Ethiopia,” Girl in a Coma “Adventures in Coverland,” House “All Night,” Elton John & Leon Russell “The Union,” Kings of Leon “Come Around Sundown,” Kisses “The Heart of the Nightlife,” Steven Page (Barenaked Ladies) “Page One,” Liz Phair “Funstyle,” Phantom Band “The Wants,” Shakira “Sale el Sol (The Sun Comes Out),” Rod Stewart “Fly Me to the Moon … The Great American Songbook Volume V,” Sugarland “The Incredible Machine,” Third Day “Move”

Fion Pour Oct. 24, 2 p.m., at Fenian’s Pub (901 E. Fortification St.). The informal wine tasting is a fundraiser for Celticfest Mississippi. $25 in advance and for CHS/JID members, $35 at the door; call 601-366-6644 or 601-948-0055. Events at Dreamz Jxn (426 W. Capitol St.). • Monday Night Football Mixer. During football season, watch the game on the big screen TV and enjoy burgers, wings and drinks. Wrestling fans can watch WWE matches in the VIP Lounge. Doors open at 7 p.m. Call 601-979-3994. • Jackson Comedy Night. Stand-up comedians perform every Tuesday night at 8 p.m. Doors open at 7 p.m. $7; call 601-317-0769. Jackson Touchdown Club Meeting Oct. 25, 6 p.m. at River Hills Country Club (3600 Ridgewood Road). Members meet weekly during the football season and have access to meals, fellowship and the chance to listen to speakers from around the country. This week’s speaker is NFL Pro Bowl player Jimmy Smith. $280 individual membership, $1200 corporate membership; call 601-955-5293 or 601-506-3186. Small Business & Entrepreneurial Expo Oct. 26, 2 p.m., at Northpark Mall (1200 E. County Line Road, Ridgeland), on the lower level at center court. Small business counselors will provide tools, financing advice and general education to assist existing and prospective business owners. Workshops will also be held in the Community Room from 5-7 p.m., and registration is required to attend the workshops. Free; call 601-956-3438. Hummingbird Lecture Oct. 26, 6:30 p.m., at Mississippi Museum of Natural Science (2148 Riverside Drive). The presenters are Bob and Martha Sargent, who are hummingbird experts, bird banders and authors. Free; call 601-956-7444.

Mississippi Raiders Minor League Football Team Tryouts through Oct. 28, at Battlefield Park (953 Porter St.). The tryouts are for the 2011 summer season and will be on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays at 6 p.m. The team is looking for males ages 18 and up who are high school seniors or out of school. Those who RSVP will get a $10 discount on the tryout fee. $80; call 601-238-7090, 601842-2116 or 504-701-5775. Holiday Card Contest through Oct. 29, at Mississippi Public Broadcasting (3825 Ridgewood Road). MPB invites children ages 4 to 12 to design and illustrate an original greeting card incorporating a holiday theme not specific to a religious celebration. The deadline for submissions is Oct. 29. Entry forms can be downloaded from MPB’s website. Call 601-432-6370.

FarmerS’ marketS Farmers’ Market through Oct. 30, at Byram Farmers Market (20 Willow Creek Lane, Byram). The market is open Monday-Saturday from 8 a.m.6 p.m. until Oct. 30. Products include fresh produce, wildflower honey, roasted peanuts, jams, jellies, birdhouses, and baskets and gourds for crafting. Call 601-373-4545. Farmers’ Market through Nov. 7, at Old Farmers’ Market (352 E. Woodrow Wilson Ave.). Brenda’s Produce features fruits, vegetables and flowers from Smith County, and Berry’s Produce also has a wide selection of products to choose from. Hours are 7 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday-Saturday and 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday. Call 601-354-0529 or 601-353-1633. Greater Belhaven Market through Dec. 18, at Mississippi Farmers Market (929 High St.). Buy local fresh produce or other food or gift items. The market is open every Thursday and Saturday from 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Free admission; call 601-506-2848 or 601-354-6573. Farmers’ Market through Dec. 24, at Old Fannin Road Farmers’ Market (1307 Old Fannin Road, Brandon). Homegrown produce is for sale MondaySaturday from 8 a.m.-7 p.m. and noon-6 p.m. Sunday until Christmas Eve. Call 601-919-1690. Farmers’ Market ongoing, at Mississippi Farmers Market (929 High St.). Shop the Mississippi Farmers Market for fresh locally-grown fruits and vegetables from Mississippi farmers, specialty foods, and crafts from local artisans. The market is open every Thursday and Saturday from 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Call 601-354-6573. Farmers’ Market ongoing, at Jackson Roadmap to Health Equity Project’s Farmers’ Market (2548 Livingston Road). Buy from a wide selection of fresh produce provided by participating local farmers. Market hours are noon-6 p.m. on Fridays, and 8 a.m.-3:30 p.m. on Saturdays. Free admission; call 601-987-6783.

Stage and SCreen Southern Circuit Film Series: “Mississippi Damned” Oct. 21, 7 p.m., at Millsaps College, Ford Academic Complex (1701 N. State St.), in room 215. The film by Tina Mabry tells the tale of three poor black kids in rural Mississippi who face the consequences of their family’s cycle of abuse, addiction and violence. Free; call 601-974-1384. Kevin Hart Oct. 23, 8 p.m., at Thalia Mara Hall (255 E. Pascagoula St.). The comedian and actor performs live as part of his “Laugh at My Pain” tour. Tickets are available through BeBop and Ticketmaster. $28, $38; call 800-745-3000. Ambassadors Show Choir Fall Revue Oct. 25, 26 and 28, 7 p.m., at Clinton Junior High School (711 Lakeview Drive, Clinton). The show choir of seventh, eighth and ninth grade students will perform. $6; call 601-925-4184. “The Miracle Worker” Oct. 26-Nov. 7, at New Stage Theatre (1100 Carlisle St.). The American


classic about Medal of Freedom winner Helen Keller is written by William Gibson. Show times are 7:30 p.m. Oct. 26-30 and Nov. 3-6, and 2 p.m. Oct. 31 and Nov. 7. $25, $22 seniors and students; call 601-948-3533.

Afrikan Dance Class ongoing at Afrika Book Cafe (404 Mitchell Ave.), taught by Chiquila Pearson on Tuesdays at 6 p.m. $5; call 601-951-8976.

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Judith Ripka Jewelry Holiday Collection Preview Oct. 22, 9:30 a.m., at Highland Village (4500 I-55 North). At Juniker Jewelry. See pieces featuring a mix of jewel-toned gemstones at the all-day event. Free admission; call 601-366-3754.

Pops I: Rhapsody in Blue Oct. 23, 7:30 p.m., at Jackson Convention Complex (105 E. Pascagoula St.). The Mississippi Symphony Orchestra welcomes 23-year-old piano prodigy Tavit Tashijan and the Mississippi Chorus as they present hits from George Gershwin, Cole Porter and Irving Berlin. $15-$40; call 601-960-1565. Guest Artist Concert Oct. 26, 7:30 p.m., at Millsaps College, Ford Academic Complex (1701 N. State St.). In the recital hall. Vocalist Heather Denham collaborates with pianist John Paul and poet Greg Miller in a performance of Coplandâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Emily Dickinson Song Cycle.â&#x20AC;? Free; call 601-974-1422.

LITERARY AND SIGNINGS Eudora Welty Foundation Public Reading Oct. 26, 4 p.m., at Millsaps College, Ford Academic Complex (1701 N. State St.), in room 215. Author Alec Wilkinson will discuss and read from his writings. Free; call 601-960-0649. â&#x20AC;&#x153;American Assassinâ&#x20AC;? Oct. 26, 5 p.m., at Lemuria Books (202 Banner Hall, 4465 Interstate 55 N.). Vince Flynn signs copies of his book; reading of the book at 5:30 p.m. $27.99 book; call 601-366-7619.

CREATIVE CLASSES Power of Yoga Workshop Oct. 22, 6 p.m., at Butterfly Yoga (3025 N. State St.). Christina Sell is the instructor. Classes for all levels. Visit jfpevents.com for a class schedule and fees. $35-$50 classes, $195 entire weekend; call 601-594-2313. Portrait Drawing Workshop Oct. 23-24, at Nunneryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s at Gallery 119â&#x20AC;&#x201D;Fine Art & Framing (119 S. President St.). Jerrod Partridge is the instructor. Classes are 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Oct. 23 and 1-4 p.m. Oct. 24. $140; call 601-668-5408. Sippinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Down Southâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 2010 Fall Songwriterâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Conference Oct. 23, 1 p.m., at Philipâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s on the Rez (135 Madison Landing Circle, Ridgeland). Get tips about the songwriting business. Bring an acoustic guitar and five copies of lyrics in case your song is critiqued. $30; e-mail heather@maxeywann.com. African Dance Classes ongoing, at Tougaloo College (500 W. County Line Road, Tougaloo), in the George and Ruth Owens Health and Wellness Center. Classes are Thursdays 6:30-7:30 p.m. Nana Yaa Abdullah and Dafina Skinner of the Footprints Creative Arts Institute are the instructors. $5, free for Tougaloo students; call 601-977-7910. Shut Up and Write! Sign up for JFP Editor in Chief Donna Laddâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s popular non-fiction writing classes. Classes forming in November. Call 601-362-6121 x 16, or e-mail class@jacksonfreepress.com. Adult Hip Hop Dance Classes ongoing, at Courthouse Racquet and Fitness Club, Northeast (46 Northtown Drive). Open to all ages 16 and older. Classes are Mondays from 7:30-8:30 p.m. and Fridays from 5:30-6:30 p.m. $5; call 601-853-7480. Adult Modern Dance Class ongoing, at YMCA Northeast Jackson (5062 I-55 North). Front Porch Dance offers the one-hour class on Fridays. $10 per class; e-mail krista.bower@gmail.com.

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Jackson Arts Collective Annual Fall Showcase Oct. 23-24, at The Commons at Eudora Weltyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Birthplace (719 N. Congress St.). This annual showcase presents a cross-section of the Jackson arts scene. Musicians, Duncan Dance, visual artists, poets and comedians from the Jackson metro area will perform. $5; call 601-352-3399.

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BE THE CHANGE Jackson Touchdown Club Golf Classic Oct. 21, 1 p.m., at Brookwood Country Club (5001 Forest Hill Road). Four-person scramble with prizes for top three teams, longest drive and closest-to-the-pin. Lunch included. Register through Oct. 20. Proceeds benefit various charities. $100 per player; call 601856-1059, 601-540-5364 or 601-953-6813. Whiskers, Wine and Wags Oct. 21, 7 p.m., at The Cedars Historic Home (4145 Old Canton Rd.). Enjoy light refreshments, a silent auction and music by Larry Brewer. Proceeds benefit the Jackson Friends of the Animal Shelterâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s spay and neuter program. The attire is casual. $50; visit sitstay.petfinder.com. Blues by Starlight Oct. 21, 7 p.m., at Highland Village (4500 I-55 North). Music, food and a silent auction benefits the Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Mississippi. Performers include Jesse Robinson & the 500 Pounds of Blues Band, and Hunter Gibson & the Gators. $100; call 601-969-7088. Dance for Kids at Risk Oct. 22, 7 p.m., at Triumph Church and Kingdom of God in Christ (5302 Queen Mary Lane), in the Family Life Center. Join Donaldâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Home for a night of fun. Dance lessons from Salsa Mississippi, door prizes and food are included. $10 donation; call 769-226-6232. Dog Trot and Cat Walk Oct. 23, 9 a.m., at Belhaven University Center for the Arts (835 Riverside Drive). Registration at 8 a.m.; run starts at 9 a.m.; walk begins at 9:15 a.m. A T-shirt included. Proceeds benefit ARF of Mississippi, a no-kill animal shelter. $25 in advance, $30 day of event; call 601-750-2740. Walk to Cure Diabetes Oct. 23, 9 a.m., at Mayes Lake at LeFleurâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Bluff (115 Lakeland Terrace). Registration is at 9 a.m., and the walk begins at 10 a.m. Proceeds benefit the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. Donations welcome; call 601-981-1184. Steel Chef Mississippi Oct. 25, 6 p.m., at King Edward Hotel (235 W. Capitol St.). Chef Tom Ramsey hosts the event featuring Chefs Levi Minyard of Madidi Restaurant and Craig Noone of Parlor Market. There will be a silent auction and local eats. Proceeds benefit the Community Place Relocation Initiative. Seating is limited. $100, $150 couples; call 601-355-0617, ext. 315.

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Paul Lee in Concert Oct. 22, 7:30 p.m., at First Baptist Church of Jackson (431 N. State St.). Lee, the organist-choirmaster at St. Johnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Episcopal Church in Laurel, will perform on a five manual, 155-rank pipe organ. The Jackson Chapter of the American Guild of Organists presents the concert. Free; call 601-362-3235.

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Royal Blues won the Tourism Visionary Award from the Jackson Convention and Visitors Bureau. Started in 2006, the Blues Trail has put up nine markers in Jackson. The trail program received a National Endowment for the Humanities grant to place eight more markers outside the state. So far, there are seven markers in six cities: Memphis; Chicago; Helena, Ark.; Muscle Shoals, Ala.; Ferriday, La.; Rockland, Maine; and most recently, Grafton, Wis., the home of the Paramount Record label and the Paramount Blues Festival. All the out-of-state markers point out the Mississippi connection in recording and playing the blues. courtesy Alex thomAs

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alking down the 300 block of Farish Street, Alex Thomas stops at a historic marker in front of a single-story boarded-up brick storefront. “This was Trumpet Records,” he says, placing a hand on the historic marker rising from the sidewalk. He points to a spot on the back of the marker where a code will be set later this year that will allow visitors with smart phones to access the music of Elmore James and Sonny Boy Williamson, who both recorded blues here. Thomas, 36, directs the Mississippi Blues Trail program, part of his job as the music program development manager for Mississippi Development Authority. He’s responsible for the 104 markers placed all over the country, wherever Mississippi blues artists made history. After the trip to Farish Street, Thomas has to get back to his office in the Woolfolk Building. A publicist for David “Honeyboy” Edwards, 95, is down from Chicago, and she needs to talk to Thomas. Thomas is always on his way to talk to someone about the blues. He recently saw Pinetop Perkins at a reception in Clarksdale, unveiled a new marker for Ike Turner, then attended the Sunflower River Blues and Gospel Festival. That was all one weekend. Another weekend, he’s off to Meridian to attend a music symposium at the Riley Center, a renovated opera house. Meridian is also home to a marker honoring Jimmie Rodgers, father of country music and son of Mississippi blues. The director was part of a panel about heritage tourism during the Marty Stuart Sparkle and Twang exhibit in Meridian. He helps communities plan music festivals that give work to local artists and vendors while attracting international blues fans. “This kind of tourism helps rural communities, like in the Delta,” he says. This summer, Thomas and the Mississippi Blues Trail

The Dennis Jones Band performed at a recent marker unveiling in Grafton, Wis.

The eighth is likely to pop up in Tallahassee, Fla. An African American heritage group there is campaigning hard for the honor. Thomas says it’s probably going to happen. “Pinetop Perkins, Bobby Rush, James Cotton—they all played there,” Thomas says. More out-of-state places want Thomas to include

them on the ever-growing trail. And at out-of-state festivals, Thomas makes sure young blues artists are represented. He hosts a Mississippi Juke Joint tent at many festivals, where music lovers can pick up a mini-harmonica or a paper fan shaped like a trail marker. The roots and the legends of music came from Mississippi. Growing up in Jackson, he didn’t realize this although his dad played the music all the time. “We have all these genres of music—blues, country, rock ‘n’ roll, gospel,” he says. “There was Sam Cooke, Tyrone Davis, Howlin’ Wolf, Muddy Waters. I had no idea these people were from Mississippi. Their album covers made you think of Chicago,” Thomas says. “Nothing in school was about people in your own backyard.” Recently, Thomas took a break from the music festivals, workshops and talks with publicists to travel with a church group to Africa. “I’m going on a mission to help build a church and school in Kenya,” he says. When he gets back to his office full of posters, pictures and a prominent guitar case in the window, he’ll have work to do. He would love to do something this next year like he did last May on National Train Day. He rode on Amtrak from New Orleans to Chicago with the sons of Muddy Waters with stops along the way to the Bo Diddley marker in McComb and the Robert Johnson marker in Hazelhurst, to a reception at the King Edward Hotel in Jackson, to a blues concert in Clarksdale and to the B.B. King Museum in Indianola. Bobby Rush got on in Memphis and rode all the way to Chicago. “Passengers getting on the train didn’t all know what was going on,” he says. “We invited them to come back to the blues car.” The accidental audience loved the unexpected performances, he says.

EAR TO THE BEATS The Rise and Fall of Emo by David Dennis Jr.

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pers are more emotionally open than ever. Drake croons and sobs through his albums, leading a trend of “emo” music that seemed like it would never end. That’s quite fine for people in touch with their emotions and in need of a good sob, but what about the rest of us that enjoy screaming and throwing things? Thank goodness that there has been some new music to speak directly to us. There have been some great new songs that have made this a perfect time to hate your ex. Let’s start with the viral mega-hit “F*ck You” from the legendary Cee-lo Green. In case you’ve been under a rock or without the Internet, Cee-lo’s venomous ode to the woman he loves and the man driving her around town has become an Internet and radio sensation. The chorus is simple and angry: “I see you driving ‘round town with the girl I love, and I’m like ‘F*ck You!’” Men out there struggling with the fact your woman is out with another man,

this is for you. Because we all know that a well-placed “F” bomb works wonders for getting over a break-up. Ladies, don’t worry. You’re covered, too. Marsha Ambrosius has penned a classic angry song with her “I Hope She Cheats On You (With A Basketball Player).” Just the title alone is one of the meanest things a woman can wish on a man. Marsha hits her notes with defiance and pain, creating a strong cocktail for any woman to sip when she thinks about that jerk that she’s too good for. Then there’s the loveable Kanye West. A couple of years ago, he made the emo appreciation album “808s and Heartbreaks,” full of auto-tuned melodrama and “woe is me” lamenting. Yeezy made a triumphant lipstick-red-leather return at the MTV Video Music Awards this year with a break-up song that runs through the catalogue of anti-male insults. The only words I can type here in this quasi-family publication are “scumbags” and “jerkoffs,” but the chorus is begging to be chanted

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poiler Alert: We’ve all had our hearts broken. Oh, you haven’t? Well you can go away, now. I’m not talking to you. Heartbreak is a fact of life. There’s something about human nature, though, that makes us turn to music to get us through these heartaches. Each of us has a small library of songs reserved for those moments when we get kicked to the curb by the people we love. There’s always been a large market for heartbreak songs, so people that want to lie around in the bed for five days and eat Ben and Jerry’s and waffle fries always have a soundtrack to their moroseness. But some of us (see: me) like to supplant our sad songs with aggressive, “I hate you” music. For a few years, Eminem was the best supplier of this kind of song. His impassioned screaming and foul language proved to be the perfect sonic catharsis when break-ups reared their ugly heads. Recently, though, music has gone emo. Hip-hop has lost its edge, and rap-

Whether you like to process your emotions or ignore them and just be angry, there’s a song to therapize your broken heart.

by college girls that catch their boyfriends sprawled over the beer pong table making out with the campus floozy. For those of you out there recovering from broken hearts, fear not. Music is your remedy. After your tears dry, and you’ve made all of your post-breakup bad decisions and drunk dialing, you can find your angry psychiatrist in your iPod. Now go out there, scream and curse until you’re hoarse and come back ready to go through it all again.


Oct. 20 - Wednesday F. Jones Corner - Sherman Lee Dillon (blues lunch) free Hal & Mal’s Restaurant - Singer/ Songwriter Night 7 p.m. free Shucker’s - DoubleShotz 7:30-11:30 p.m. free Char - Jason Turner 8 p.m. Regency Hotel - Snazz 8:30 p.m. Underground 119 - Virgil Brawley & Steve Chester Burgers and Blues - Jesse “Guitar” Smith 6:30-9:30 p.m. Parker House - Common Ground Band The Irish Frog - Ralph Miller 6:3010 p.m. Kathryn’s - Hunter Gibson and Rick Moreira 6:30 p.m. Philip’s on the Rez - DJ Mike/Karaoke Sneaky Beans - The Coathangers, Wild Emotions 8 p.m.

Oct. 21 - thursday F. Jones Corner - Jesse “Guitar” Smith (blues lunch) free; Amazin’ Lazy Boi & Sunset Challenge Blues Band 11:30-4 a.m. 930 Blues Cafe - Jackie Bell, Norman Clark & Smoke Stack Lightning 8 p.m. $5 Hal and Mal’s - Scott Albert Johnson (rest.), Liver Mousse (Red Room) Regency Hotel - Karaoke 7 p.m. free Que Sera - Will and Linda 6-9 p.m. The Cedars, Fondren - Whiskers, Wine, and Wags - Jackson Friends of the Animal Shelter feat. Larry Brewer 7-10 p.m. $50 sitstay.petfinder.com Georgia Blue - Jason Turner McB’s - Karaoke 7 p.m. free Philip’s on the Rez - Bubba Wingfield AJ’s on the Lake - Whit and Wynters 6:30-9:30 p.m. Burgers and Blues - Greenfish 6-10 p.m. Underground 119 - Pryor & the Tombstones Parker House - Jacktown Ramblers Time Out - Shaun Patterson 10:30 p.m. Downtown Marriott - Susan G. Komen Cancer Research annual Pink Tie Gala feat. The Southern Waye Band komencentralms.org Rick’s Cafe, Starkville - Moon Taxi

Oct. 22 - Friday F. Jones Corner - Stevie J (blues/solo) noon; 11:30-4 a.m. $5 Wired Espresso Cafe - David Hawkins noon Congress Street - Jacktoberfest: The Furrows, Roosevelt Noise, AJC and the Envelope Pushers, Men of Leisure, DJ Mr. Nick, Dirty Bourbon River Show, Rooster Blues, Minor Adjustments 11 a.m.-11 p.m. free jacktoberfest.com Ole Tavern - The Black & Whites, Los Buddies Julep’s - Emma Wynters 7:30 p.m. Poet’s II - Rollin’ in the Hay (roots/ funky bluegrass) Queen of Hearts - Kenny Hollywood $5 930 Blues Cafe - Jackie Bell, 9:30 p.m. $10 Dick & Jane’s - Show Night/DJ Allen 9 p.m. $6; 18+ $10 Hal and Mal’s - Jedi Clampett (rest.), Caroline Herring (Red Room) Martin’s - Dex Romweber Duo 10 p.m. myspace.com/dexterromweberduo

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This page is dedicated to the memory of music listings editor Herman Snell who passed away Sept. 19, 2010. Fire - Pop Tart Monkeys 9 p.m. Underground 119 - The Juvenators Sportsman’s Lodge - James Earl and Ethan Regency Hotel - A2O Kathryn’s - Larry Brewer 6:30-9:30 p.m. Mudbugs, Old Fannin Rd. - Danger Room 7:30 p.m. free Philip’s on the Rez - Scott McCrory 7 p.m. free Cups, Fondren - Liver Mousse Burgers and Blues - Welch and McCann 7-11 p.m. Monte’s - Forever Friday feat. DJ Phingaprint, K.T., poets Scarlette and Amber Thomas, MC Pyinfamous 10 p.m. Pop’s Saloon - Dreamer First Baptist Church, Jxn - Paul Lee (pipe organ) 7:30 p.m. free Northpark Mall (Fri.-Sat., outside) - The Chill (Grillin’ for Life BBQ Cook-Off) Kristos - J.D. Whitty 6-9 p.m. The Irish Frog - Reed Smith 6:3010 p.m. McB’s - Hunter Gibson and Rick Moreira Two Rivers, Canton - Fulkerson/Pace 9 p.m. free RJ Barrel, Canton- Jason Turner The Beechwood, Vicksburg - Snazz 9 p.m. Rick’s Cafe, Starkville - Colt Ford, Brantley Gilbert, Hobo Hippie

Oct. 23 - saturday Thalia Mara Hall - Kevin Hart (comedy) 8 p.m. ticketmaster.com Smith Park, Downtown Jackson OUToberfest: Baron, Jazmen Flowers, Tori Mattison, Josephina Gabbana, Natalie Long and Clinton Kirby, and headliner Garrison Starr 1 p.m.-7 p.m. free outoberfest.com Welty Commons - Jxn Arts Collective Showcase (music/dance/comedy/ art) 6:30 p.m. Jxn Convention Center - Miss. Symphony Orchestra: Pops I: Rhapsody in Blue 7:30 p.m. Queen of Hearts - Louis “Gearshifter” Youngblood, Smokestack Lightning Band Cultural Expressions - Gospoetry 8:30 p.m. F. Jones Corner - Stevie J & the Blues Eruption 11:30-4 a.m. $5 Pop’s Saloon - Dylan Moss Project Martin’s - The Revivalists 10 p.m. Poet’s II - The King Fridays (classic rock) Ole Tavern - Bret Mosley Hal and Mal’s - Natalie Long and Clinton Kirby (restaurant) 9 p.m. free 930 Blues Cafe - Jackie Bell 9:30 p.m. $10 Regency Hotel - Hip Hop Education Conference 2 - 7 p.m.; DJ with Josh Burton Fitzgerald’s - Chris Gill 8-12 a.m. Huntington’s - Ralph Miller 6-9 p.m. Dick & Jane’s - House Party/DJ Allen 9 p.m. $6; 18+ $10 Underground 119 - Sandy Carroll & the Bessie Blues Band Philip’s on the Rez - Songwriters Conference 1-3 p.m., $30 heather@ maxeywann.com; Larry Underwood & Hound Dog Lucy, Sherry Harrell Pugh 3-6 p.m.; Trip Richmond 6-10 p.m. free

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Soulshine, Old Fannin - Mark Whittington, Fingers Taylor 7 p.m. Soulshine, The Township - Greenfish 8 p.m. Burgers and Blues - Emma Wynters 7-11 p.m. The Beechwood, V’burg - Snazz 9 p.m.

Oct. 24 - sunday King Edward Hotel - Howard Jones Jazz (brunch) 11-2 p.m. Fitzgerald’s - Andy Hardwick (brunch) 11-2 p.m. Sophia’s, Fairview Inn - Knight Bruce 11 a.m. (brunch) Fire - Snazz, Eddie Money 8 p.m. $18 Burgers and Blues - Jason Turner 5:30-9:30 p.m. Scrooge’s - Larry Brewer 3:30-7:30 p.m. Cultural Expressions - Open Mic Poetry 9 p.m. Philip’s on the Rez -Central MS Professional Musicians OPEN Jam 1-5 p.m. free, Shades of Green 5-9 p.m. free Walthall Hotel - Spoken Word in the City 8 p.m. Fenian’s - 6th Annual Fíon Pour (wine tasting benefit) 2-5 p.m. $25, $35 MSU Riley Center, Meridian - Rhythm of the Dance (Irish) $29+, 4 p.m.

Oct. 25 - MOnday Hal & Mal’s Restaurant - Central Miss. Blues Society Jam 8-11 p.m. $5 F. Jones Corner - Stevie J (lunch) free Fitzgerald’s - Hunter Gibson & Rick Moreira 8-12 a.m. free Martin’s - Open Mic Free Jam 10 p.m. free Fenian’s - Karaoke 8-1 a.m.

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Laughter and Love:Tom and Kitty-Cook Ramsey

Tom Ramsey and Kitty Cook-Ramsey agree that patience, humor and forgiveness all have to be part of good marriage.

A street-festival reception followed the sunset ceremony. Orange paper-lanterns, painted by Kitty, dangled from the trees above, and a band played a combination of sentimental favorites and Cuban songs. The couple opted for flan rather than a wedding cake, and the rest of the spread was also traditional Cuban food. They took a 10-day honeymoon to Puerto Rico, where they had a wonderful time, with the exception of some noisy frogs. The couple believes patience, humor, and forgiveness contribute to their successful marriage and help them make it when times are tough. “We were so broke we couldn‘t even pay attention,” Tom remembers, but they supported and loved each other along the way. “When times are down, and you’re with somebody that can make you laugh, the small things in life that you can talk to each other are so important in a marriage.” Kitty says. Tom says that what he loves most about Kitty is how she identifies the good in things. “She has this unending well of hopefulness,” he says. Kitty loves Tom’s vision: “He’s a true visionary. He sees potential that a lot of people don’t see, and that’s huge for our community, our state and certainly our family.” The Ramseys have been lucky to almost seamlessly combine their two families into one big family of six, with children Stuart and Katharine, both 19, Whit, 14 and Zak, 10. The couple still jokingly gives the advice if you’re getting married: “Don’t,” Kitty says. “Marry for the money,” Tom quips. But Kitty adds: “You have to have love and trust, but only marry someone that you can see yourself being in an equal partnership with when you die. Be sure to marry somebody who can wipe your fanny, because someday you might need them to do that—and that you’ll wipe their fanny. It has to be equal. That’s something that people don’t think about. It’s not just for when you’re young and fun, it’s also for when you need them, (when they’re) at their worst, or when they are most vulnerable. “In sickness and health and poor and rich and all of that are really part of your partnership agreement,” she says. She pauses and laughs. “OK, that was way too serious.” Tom Ramsey is a freelance food writer for the JFP and BOOM Jackson.

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aughter. That’s what Tom Ramsey and Kitty CookRamsey, both 44, agree fuels their marriage. Their humor is contagious. I started laughing as I walked into their home and barely stopped until I walked out. Tom, who holds a bachelor’s degree in film and motion picture production and theater from the University of Southern Mississippi, is a self-proclaimed raconteur, a chef, lobbyist and writer, serves on various committees and boards, and is active in his church, St. Andrew’s Cathedral. Kitty has a master’s degree in English from the University of Mississippi and is now the associate director of development at Mississippi Children’s Home Services. In her spare time she serves as vice president of diversity at the Association of Fundraising Professionals and has a mileslong list of ways she’s contributed to our community. The two met while attending college at Ole Miss. Although they were best friends, Kitty says Tom never asked

her out. Decades later, they met again at what is now the Ole Tavern on George Street, where Kitty was doing public relations for a band and Tom was promoting a musician he was hoping could open for the band. The musicians introduced them, and they immediately remembered each other. They were both divorced at the time, and Tom finally asked her out. Tom notes Kitty’s “leaving out the part where she was flipping her hair at me from the bar.” “Tom’s hair at this point was so long that he was flipping his at me,” Kitty exclaims. About a year after the hair-flipping and first date took place, Tom proposed in an out-of-character way. He called Kitty and asked if she was available to get married on a date he had free. Kitty said yes, and Tom went about his day. “Two words: speaker phone,” Tom says, describing his proposal. “I’m a really romantic guy,” he explains. “I buy flowers for her, I bring her coffee in bed every morning.” Tom made up for the first proposal by getting down on one knee in front of the guests at Kitty‘s birthday party this past April and re-proposing to Kitty. “I always wanted that moment,” she recalls. “He gave me that moment.” Kitty has her romantic side, too. Once at a sushi restaurant, Tom told Kitty: “The two things that make me happiest are sake and fireworks. If I ever had sake with fireworks at the same time, I don‘t think I‘d be able to contain myself.” The next Fourth of July fireworks show they attended, Kitty pulled out a bottle of sake, and they’ve shared one at every fireworks show since. Their Oct. 15, 2005, wedding, at Indian Bluffs Lake near Lexington, had a Cuban theme, due to the fact that Tom owned a cigar shop at the time. Kitty decided against wearing white. Instead, she wore a stunning olive-green gown and told the bridesmaids to wear chocolate-brown versions of what they would wear to a 1930s or 1940s casino in Cuba. The maid-of-honor, her daughter, Katharine, wore a burnt-orange Marilyn Monroe dress. The groomsmen wore Mexican wedding shirts, called Guayaberas, and Tom wore a white linen shirt and pants. The flowers, which included cattails and white roses, represented family members who had passed away.

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SUSAN VOISIN

Vegan: It’s What’s For Dinner

October 20 - 26, 2010

At 50, Susan Voisin looks as good as many women half her age. She credits that to her vegan diet. Voisin makes it clear: Being a vegan, which includes eliminating all animal products from her life, is a personal choice. “I was a vegetarian at first, and I think I had always leaned that way because I don’t like the idea of killing for food,” she says. “It just gradually became clear that I could do it all the way, full circle.” On her blog (blog.fatfreevegan.com) she publishes new recipes that she creates for her followers. “I have a lasagna that people love the most on my blog,” she says. “One follower wrote me and said how she served it to her father who hates vegan food, and he loved it.” What was once just a love for cooking turned into a career for Voisin: blogging, creating vegan recipes and doing photography for cookbook authors. “I think cooking is like any creative process. I love it when people tell me how I have helped changed their lives ... that they’ve seen some health improvements from following my recipes,” she says. Voisin not only gets support from her bloggers, but from her family as well. Voisin’s husband, “D,” and 13-year-old daughter, “E,” as she refers to them on her blog are also dedicated vegans. Of course, when her daughter has friends over for dinner, Voisin has to make accommodations for them. “We’ll go drive to Taco Bell and order from the drive through. That way, everyone

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is happy and can have what they want,” she says. “Kids are hard enough to feed without you trying to force your diet on them.” Voisin encourages vegetarians—or anyone interested or tempted to become vegan—to find the route that works best for them. “Doing it gradually or cold turkey

CHIPOTLE BARBECUED TOFU 28 ounces (2 packages) extra-firm tofu 1 medium onion, chopped 4 cloves garlic, minced 1/2 cup organic ketchup 1 tablespoon whole-grain mustard 1 tablespoon natural sugar 2 tablespoons canned chipotle chilies in adobo, chopped 1 teaspoon soy sauce 1 tablespoon cider vinegar 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper 1/4 teaspoon celery seed (optional)

Slice each block of tofu into 9 slices. Place them on a double layer of paper towels or a clean tea towel and place another double layer of paper towels or another tea towel over them. Press firmly to remove as much moisture as possible.

SOUTHERN-STYLE BANANA PUDDING 1/4 cup cornstarch 3/4 cup sugar 3 cups soymilk (or other non-dairy milk) 2 teaspoons vanilla 1/8 teaspoon rum extract (optional) About 5 ounces vegan vanilla cookies 2-3 bananas

Mix the cornstarch and sugar in a medium saucepan. Stir in the soymilk and begin heating on medium heat. Cook, stirring constantly, until the mix-

only works for some. Try finding things that are vegetarian but are almost close to vegan. … (For example, with) spaghetti, you can leave out the meat,” she says. For the curious, Voisin says this meal is easy to make, and even those who think they won’t like vegan food will love it.

Let the tofu sit on the absorbent material while you make the sauce. Heat a saucepan, spray with a little olive oil and add the onion. Cook, stirring, over medium-high heat until onion begins to brown, at least six minutes. Add the garlic and cook for another minute. Add all remaining ingredients (except the tofu) and cook, stirring, over medium to low heat, for about 15-20 minutes, until thick and fragrant. Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Place a silicone baking mat on a cookie sheet or oil a long, rectangular baking dish. Brush one side of each slice of tofu with a thin layer of sauce and place it on the pan sauce-side down. Spread remaining sauce on the tops and sides of the tofu. Bake for about 25-30 minutes, until tofu is firm and just beginning to brown at the corners. Serve hot. Makes six servings. ture thickens and boils. Continue to cook at a boil for one more minute. Remove from the heat and stir in the vanilla and rum extracts. Line the bottom of a one-anda-half-quart serving bowl with vanilla cookies. Slice one of the bananas to cover the cookies. Pour about half of the pudding over the bananas. Repeat the layers of cookies, bananas and pudding, reserving some of the cookies to place around the edge of the dish. Refrigerate until completely chilled. Makes six servings.

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AMANDA’S FAMOUS BARBECUE SAUCE 1 16 ounce bottle apple-cider vinegar 1 cup ketchup 1/2 cup brown sugar 1 tablespoon minced garlic 1 tablespoon dried minced onion 1 tablespoon paprika 1 teaspoon chili powder Dash of salt and pepper Note: For a diabetic-friendly recipe, replace ketchup and brown sugar with tomato sauce and sugar substitute.

Bring apple-cider vinegar to boil in medium saucepan over high heat. Reduce heat to simmer, and let vinegar boil down until a quarter to a third of a cup remains—about 30 to 45 minutes. (Note: You can use regular vinegar, but I prefer the little bit of extra sweetness.) Add minced garlic and dried minced onion. Continue to simmer for another five minutes. Stir in ketchup and brown sugar. Check consistency; if mixture is too thick, add up to 1/4-cup water. Stir in paprika and chili powder. Salt and pepper to taste. Let mixture come back up to a boil, then remove from heat. Makes almost two cups of sauce, enough for one whole cut-up chicken


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BY MATT JONES

SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21)

“If you’re strong enough, there are no precedents,” novelist F. Scott Fitzgerald said. I think that describes you in the immediate future, Scorpio. I bet you won’t have to answer to ghosts or pay homage to the way things have always been done. You’ll be free to ignore icons that the conventional wisdom idolizes, and there’ll be no need for you to give undeserved respect to experts who have stopped being relevant. By my astrological reckoning, you will be so smart and plucky and energetic that you can work wonders simply by emptying your mind, starting from scratch, and making things up as you go along.

Scientists have discovered an exotic animal that feeds on the bones of dead whales lying on the ocean floor. Known informally as the bone-eating snot-flower worm, it looks like a frilly pink plume growing up out of sheer bone. Believe it or not, Sagittarius, you could take a cue from this creature in the coming weeks. It will be a favorable time for you to draw sustenance from the skeletal remains of big things that were once vital.

CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19)

What is the wild and instinctual nature? Radiance magazine posed that question to storyteller Clarissa Pinkola Estes. Here’s her reply: “To establish territory, to find one’s pack, to be in one’s body with certainty and pride regardless of the body’s gifts and limitations, to speak and act in one’s behalf, to be aware, alert, to draw on the innate feminine powers of intuition and sensing, to come into one’s cycles, to find what one belongs to.” I would love to see you specialize in these wild and instinctual arts in the coming weeks, Capricorn. According to my analysis of the astrological omens, you are ready to tap into the deeper reserves of your animal intelligence. Your body is primed to make you smart about what you need and how to get what you need.

AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18)

When I think of the extraordinary feats of strength you will be capable of in the coming weeks, my mind turns to a Chinese martial artist named Dong Changsheng. Last May, he attached one end of a rope to his eyelids and the other end to a small airplane, then pulled the thousand-pound load 15 feet in a minute. I don’t think your demonstration of power will be as literal as his, and I suspect it will be more useful and meaningful. But in certain respects it could be just as amazing.

PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20)

Scottish scientists decided to see if they could find evidence for the existence of the Loch Ness monster. They took a research submarine down into the murky depths, scanning with sonar. The prehistoric creature was nowhere in sight, but a surprising discovery emerged: Thousands of golf balls litter the bottom of the loch, presumably because the place has been used as an unofficial driving range for years. I predict that you will soon experience a reverse version of this sequence, Pisces: You will go in search of your personal equivalent of lost golf balls—some trivial treasure—but on the way you will have a brush with a living myth.

ARIES (March 21-April 19)

“There’s one ultimate goal during sex,” says Cosmopolitan magazine, a renowned source of erotic guidance for women. That is “to be as sensually stimulated as possible.” I don’t quite agree with that assessment. Having emotionally pleasing fun should also be an important consideration, as well as creating a playful ambiance and invoking spiritual grace. But sensual stimulation is good, too. So what, in the view of Cosmopolitan, is the key to cultivating maximum bliss? “Having lots of steamy info at your disposal.” That’s definitely sound advice for you right now, Aries. You’re in a favorable phase for finding out more about everything that will enhance your access to delight, including the sexual kind.

TAURUS (April 20-May 20)

When the tide is coming in, the creek I live next to flows vigorously toward the south. When the tide’s going out, the water reverses its course and heads swiftly north. Every day, there’s an in-between time when the creek seems confused. Some currents creep south and others slink north, while here and there eddies whirl in circles. According to my understanding of the astrologi-

cal omens, Taurus, you are temporarily in a phase that resembles my creek’s time of contrary flows. It’s a perfectly natural place to be.

GEMINI (May 21-June 20)

In fifth grade I was in love with Calley, who was the by far prettiest girl in the school. Sadly, she didn’t return my affection, so I had to be content with adoring her from afar. Eventually I moved away and lost touch. Since then I’ve wondered if she suffered the fate that befalls too many gorgeous women: relying so entirely on her looks to make her way in the world that she never developed many skills. But recently I tracked Calley down via Google and discovered that she had beaten the curse: She has carved out a career as an activist bringing first-rate education to poor children. My question to you is this, Gemini: Are there any qualities you regarded as assets earlier in your life but that eventually turned into liabilities? Any strengths that became weaknesses? And what are you doing to adjust? It’s a good time to address these themes.

CANCER (June 21-July 22)

Think back to the last half of 1998. What was going on in your life back then? According to my astrological projections, you were probably carrying out experiments in a wild frontier … or getting your mind rearranged by rousing teachings and provocative revelations … or breaking through artificial limits that had been quashing your freedom … or all of the above. Now you’ve come around again to a similar phase of your grand cycle. Are you ready for action? If you’d like to gather up all the grace flowing in your vicinity, start having fun with escapes, experiments and expansions.

LEO (July 23-Aug. 22)

“I wish I treated my feet with the same tender loving care as I do my face,” wrote Catherine Saint Louis in The New York Times. “But I don’t.” She quotes a study that says more than half of all women are embarrassed about their feet, and notes that Facebook has many “I Hate Feet” groups. You Leos can’t afford to be under this spell right now. Even more than usual, it’s crucial for you to be well-grounded. So I suggest you maneuver yourself into a state of mind where earthiness is beautiful and appealing to you. Find ways to celebrate your body and improve your relationship with it. How to start? Love your feet better.

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VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22)

At this phase of my life, I’m not canvassing doorto-door asking people to donate money to save old growth forests. I’m not a member of groups fighting for an end to the war in Afghanistan or agitating in behalf of animal rights. My struggle for social and environmental justice is waged primarily through the power of my writing. I subscribe to the attitude of author Ingrid Bengis, who said, “Words are a form of action, capable of influencing change.” In the coming weeks, I suggest you increase your awareness of how you could transform your world with the power of your language. Is it possible to increase your clout through the way you communicate?

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LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22)

In the weeks ahead, Libra, you’re going to be tested on your follow-through. People will want you to work harder on what has previously come fairly easily. You will be pressured to make good on your promises; you’ll be asked to refine the details that are central to the success of the good new ideas that are floating around. As much as you might be tempted to slip away and fly off in pursuit of things that are more fun, I encourage you to stick with the program. You can’t imagine how important it is for you to learn how to be a more committed builder.

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Fill in each square in this grid with a digit from 1 to 9. The sum of the digits in each row or column will be the little number given just to the left of or just above that row or column. As with a Sudoku, you canít repeat any digits in a row or column. See the row of four squares in the upper-right with a 27 to the left of it? That means the sum of the digits in those four squares will be 27, and they won’t repeat any digits. A row or column ends at a black square, so the two-square row in the upper-middle with a 7 to the left of it may or may not have digits in common with the 27row to its right; theyíre considered different rows because thereís a black square between them. Down columns work the same way. Now solve!! psychosudoku@hotmail.com

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balance. When the body is in this state of balance, the body’s vital energy, qi (pronounced “chee”), can flow freely along pathways called meridians. The blockage of the flow of qi can result in imbalances that can cause disease or a decreased sense of well-being. “Acupuncture is really about prevention,” Holmes says. It’s not enough to have acupuncture alone. The success of treatment requires an active participant willing to make some lifestyle changes. Acupuncture practitioners have used it for a wide range of health problems, and there are very few complications from its use. We move on to the treatment room where I hop on the table. I recline on my back with my knees slightly elevated on a pillow. Holmes rubs alcohol along the areas he’s going to stick. I feel a slight “ pinch” when he inserts the pins in my ears. He moves on to the knees, lower legs and then my head. I only feel a “tap” as the needles are placed. The procedure is painless. I am instructed not to make sudden moves as this could displace the needles and disrupt the treatment. Instrumental music plays in the background. I lie still, let myself drift—and doze off. When Holmes is removing the needles, I wake. He allows me to lie still for a moment and make the transition from extreme relaxation to mellow awareness. Afterward, we discuss my experience. I am hooked. The stress of the previous night has fallen off my shoulders. Holmes informs me I will sleep well that night and that I’ll find I’m not worried about the things that don’t really matter. True to his word, I do sleep; and the small stuff gets moved to the back of the priority list. In the days that follow, I discover a more mellow attitude. I have started jogging. Will acupuncture lead to other milestones? We’ll see. I

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I’m proud to say that I did pretty good as far as my fair-food consumption wishes vs. actions goes. The delicious fresh-roasted corn was a definite win: hot and delicious and not completely dunked in butter like it’s been before. It’s an extra bonus for not being deepfried. The only thing that was tempting was the lone stand I saw near the kiddie rollercoaster that offered fresh fruit on a stick, untainted by chocolate, syrup or deep fried batter. Next, I had my free fair biscuit. The syrup was a bad choice maybe, but one biscuit as part of a meal is pretty good in my book. The “free” part made it particularly tasty. For my actual lunch, I was torn between shish kebob or a polish sausage dog. The meat on a stick looked a bit iffy when I went by the nearby stand, so I went with the polish dog with onions and peppers on top. It ended up being so large that it counted as dinner, too. Sausage is on the salty/fatty side but compared to double-deep-fried everything and the Luther burgers, I think it was a pretty good choice. Finally I had to have a funnel cake. I cheated by getting one made with fake sugar (Splenda by the taste) and sharing it with two other people. Things I saw but did not eat: fried Oreos, fried Twinkies and (various) fried candy bars. Not to just be done with eating, my friends and I walked the fair circuit for a couple of hours while we peered at this year’s offerings. Working off a few of those calories was a good idea and conquered the “itis” that I certainly would have experienced if I got lazy and went home after eating. I also made sure to stay hydrated (one of my wellness goals) and drank only water while walking under the autumn sun. —Kristin Brenneman

The Other Side of Wellness When people hear the phrase “health and wellness,” they usually think of physical health; however, wellness has a mental component that should not be ignored. Society, in general, seems to have more sympathy for those with heart disease, kidney failure or cancer than OCD and schizophrenia, but they are all diseases. The heart and the kidney are organs, and so is the brain. Whether the brain has a tumor or a chemical imbalance that causes panic attacks should not make a difference in how a person with cancer is treated and how a person with anxiety disorder is treated. Some people think mental illness is not fatal, so it’s not a big deal. I beg to differ. Depression, for example, can lead to suicide, and it is also a killer of the soul. I

learned this firsthand when I tried to take my own life in 2002. Mental illness has been stigmatized long enough. There’s nothing funny about a man talking to himself on a street corner because he believes someone is actually standing in front of him. There’s no entertainment value in someone wearing a strait jacket in a haunted house. I am not amused by snarky comments such as, “Wow, she’s in a bad mood. She needs some Prozac.” The National Alliance for Mental Illness, or NAMI, understands this, and they have been fighting to de-stigmatize mental illness since 1979. That’s why I participate in NAMIWalks every year. The Jackson Free Press has a team this year for the Nov. 6 event, and I invite you to join us. To find out how, go to nami.org/namiwalks10/MIS/ jfp2010. You can walk, donate or both. As NAMI would say, help us stomp out the stigma of mental illness once and for all. —Latasha Willis

Dusting off Prince I’ll admit it. I’m not a huge fan of writing my wellness blog. About year and half ago, I decided to amp up my exercise regime, tweak my eating habits and really bone up on the supplements. I did that and I’m pretty happy with the results. I didn’t feel like I had any thing to write about. Who wants to hear about me eating organic yogurt and doing the elliptical machine every week? I probably need to set some new goals, but I’m about all doing things in moderations, so I’m not going to cut out sugar or climb Mt. Everest. A couple months ago, I set a new wellness goal of sorts, though I didn’t recognize it as such at the time. I decided to renew my group fitness certification. I hadn’t been certified in about five years, but I started taking group cardio classes again (step aerobics, kickboxing, etc.) and remembered how much I enjoyed the class setting. The second weekend in September, I drove to Memphis and took a workshop, which included a written test and a practical audition of sorts. Before that, the Aerobics and Fitness Association of America mailed me a textbook and study guide with sections on anatomy, choreography and nutrition. It’s not an easy process. Aerobics instructors have to be more than just perky. Last week I found out that I’d passed. I was really more excited that I’d expected. Now I can teach again. Maybe I can help someone improve his or her health. I’d love to work with a nonprofit or maybe teach at a local church. (I know part of our the obesity epidemic in Mississippi has to do with how cost-prohibitive structured exercise can be.) Until then, I look forward to subbing at my local gym. It’s time to dust off my old Prince CDs. —Kimberly Griffin


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