Media: Stop Vilifying Black Teens, Explore Roots of Crime

One doesn’t wake up and become a criminal, nor is one born a criminal; something happens that pushes a young person toward it.

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Oxford Takes Right Stand on Flag, Deserves Support

Making a change by adopting a new state flag would make it much harder for outsiders to look at Mississippi and see us as the backward haters they mistakenly think ...


Barbour’s True Place in Katrina History

The 10-year anniversary of Hurricane Katrina's devastation has understandably come with a deluge of retrospectives and remembrances—what went right and wrong, what lessons were learned, what work remains and how ...

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Stinker Quote of the Week: 'Credit'

By the estimation of many observers, it was the ineptitude primarily of top federal government officials that exacerbated the damage Mother Nature wrought.

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Booty MacDrawers, Crime Investigator

"Watch Booty MacDrawers and Christie 'Love' McBride bring justice into your home and to the people on the new Ghetto Science Team for Truth and Justice Television Network."

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‘Blood Sells’ No Excuse to Sell Out Young People

It's as if struggling media outlets want a quick fix of attention from trotting out young faces accused of bad things more often than they feature kids doing amazing things.

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A Three-Point Plan for Public Safety Built on Youth Success

Driven by research and common sense, law enforcement leaders are advocating for quality early education and reduced school suspensions and expulsions.

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Mississippi Flag: A Question of Pride

The state flag represents separation. As it flies, it reminds this state that black people still are not measured as equal (enough).


Budget Spitting Matches Must End

The budget cannot be held hostage or become the casualty of a childish, pointless spitting match between politicians. These are serious times for the City of Jackson, and those games ...

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Rest in Paradise, Julian Bond

Julian Bond was a figure I had looked up to for many, many years due to his lifelong mission to combat inequality.

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Swift Kicks in the Game of Life

Sometimes we need a swift (verbal) kick to tell us we need to step up our game. Whether it's football or media, we have to work hard, really hard to ...

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An Open Letter to My Daughter

Discriminatory practices are and must continue to be challenged in the legal, policy, judiciary, corporate and executive arenas. Victory in such arenas must be achieved through political participation, litigation and ...


JATRAN Overhaul Past Due

It's not that having a reliable public-transportation is just a nice thing to have, but as Dr. Scott Crawford rightly told the Jackson City Council this week, for many people, ...

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Stinker Quote of the Week: 'Reject'

Democrats have their work cut out for them, but elephants should be careful in glass houses.

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Open Season

Mr. Announcer: "In the ghetto criminal-justice system, the people are represented by members of the newly established Ghetto Science Community Peacekeeping Unit."

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My Advice for Mississippi Politicians

Being inspired is pretty much the same whether you're trying to decide who to elect or to stay excited about your career.

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This ‘Mississippi’ or That One?

Education, health, you name it. People will shrug and say, "This is Mississippi," expecting it to be the last in everything good and first at all things bad.


Stop the Budget Cut Shell Game

If the mandatory education-funding referendum known as Initiative 42 passes, Republicans say schools would have to receive full funding immediately, throwing the budget into chaos, practically knocking the Earth off ...

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A Pink Keychain of Mace

One thing everyone told me before I left for college is to always protect myself. Be aware of my surroundings, travel in packs, walk only in well-lit areas—the same diatribe ...

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The Unbearable Heaviness of Adulthood

According to The Sentencing Project, black youth are twice as likely to be arrested than white youth, something that affected me even as a minor, and though 58 percent of ...