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EDITORIAL: State Should Not Shield Names of Officers Who Shoot, Kill

Members of the Mississippi Legislature have jumped into the middle of serious and historic problem that the City of Jackson has grappled with over the last year—whether or when law-enforcement ...

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OPINION: Ralph Northam: No Second Chance

Today, if a politician is confronted with evidence of their racism, they simply apologize or attempt to deflect blame in order to stay in office, despite having demonstrated that they ...

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OPINION: Talking About ‘If Beale Street Could Talk’

For those of you who have read the book "If Beale Street Could Talk," the film is as heart-wrenching and depressing as the book. For those of you who have ...

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EDITOR'S NOTE: Doing Good Things in JXN

In a 2008 study, researchers at Harvard University found that doing good deeds raises a person's level of happiness. Other studies have shown that happiness can create a positive feedback ...

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OPINION: Hate Crimes Are Still a Problem. Lawmakers Could Help.

Within the past few weeks, hate crimes have been splashed across cable news and newspaper headlines.

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EDITORIAL: Mayor Must Repair City's Transparency Related to Policing, Crime

After asking for more than a year, the Jackson Free Press finally received the names and current status of Jackson police officers who shot people in the capital city since ...

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OPINION: The Stories We Tell About Jackson

We hear a lot of stories about our city secondhand from people who don't live here. Many of them are unflattering, and most are untrue.

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PUBLISHER'S NOTE: Celebrating the Best

Each year, we use Best of Jackson to highlight the best local businesses, people and organizations in the city.

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OPINION: Gratitude and Thanks in a Year of Arrest, Jail, Losing Income, Byline

My employer in Mississippi prodded me in June to leave my job as a journalist in my hometown after police in a nearby city arrested and jailed me for a ...

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EDITOR'S NOTE: Resolve to Make a Difference, Support Local

Instead of centering my New Year’s resolution on things that just benefit me, I decided to focus on shopping and eating locally as often as possible to help bolster the ...

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OPINION: Mississippi: A Microcosm of the U.S.

Way back in 1964, the year of "Freedom Summer" and the disappearance and death of three civil rights workers in Neshoba County, the "singing journalist" Phil Ochs offered this elegy: ...

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EDITOR'S NOTE: One Person, One City in Jackson

Community is one of my favorite topics to discuss, and it's something we should all put more emphasis on. After all, if you look at it from the universe's perspective, ...

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PUBLISHER'S NOTE: ‘Tis a Very VIP Season

For the better part of two decades, the JFP has been proud to present the one, authentic, local and first "Best of" competition that seeks to promote the unique people, ...

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OPINION: Young People Are Still Fired Up in Mississippi to Bring Change

Drowning in our sorrow is easy, but in Mike Espy's defeat, I am learning so much about the place I call home. I've learned why I should appreciate my surroundings ...

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EDITOR'S NOTE: 'Tis the Season for Kindness

I will be the first to admit that "make America kind again" is a super hokey phrase, but it's a good reminder, and also so necessary right now when we're ...

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OPINION: Cindy Hyde-Smith is Telling You Exactly Who She Is

In attempting to "apologize" for her offensive statements about being in the front row of a public hanging and her endorsement of voter suppression, Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith read her "apology" ...

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OPINION: Hello, Cindy, We See You on Women's Health and Abortion

These past weeks Cindy Hyde-Smith has done a great job of yelling "abortion, abortion, abortion" every chance she gets, but the truth is that abortion is not at issue here.

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OPINION: Factchecking Hyde-Smith, She Lied About Pre-Existing Conditions

U.S. Senate candidate Mike Espy has campaigned on protecting health insurance coverage for pre-existing conditions. Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith has voted to destroy, repeal and deny that coverage in both the ...

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OPINION: Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith Lives in a Bubble of White Privilege

"I recognize the advantages my white privilege gave me. It doesn’t define me. It gave me an opportunity to be successful in life that I had to take advantage of ...

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OPINION: Don’t Be the 'Good One’: White Supremacist ‘Jokes’ Are Call to Action

"Why aren't you laughing? Those are all jokes, right? Laugh, and join in the fun. After all, our national leaders just say these things to amuse themselves and their supporters, ...

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