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His Ongoing Love Affair

To say that I had a sour spot for musicians, singers, rappers and artists is really putting it mildly. I had no interest in being involved with another person who ...

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It’s OK to Be Critical

Music is an art form, so it's entirely subjective. But it's also objective. The goal is to reach wider audiences, to evolve and become better over time.


Listen to the Music and Watch Jackson Grow

As you will read throughout this issue, there's great music in the capital city area, and the scene seems to get better with each annual Jackson Free Press Music Issue.

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Stinker Quote of the Week: 'Helicopter'

When you get down to it, if anyone in Mississippi could procure a helicopter on short notice, it's one of the most powerful and best-paid lobbyists in Washington, D.C.

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Protecting America’s Commander-In-Chief

I am Brother Hustle writing on behalf of Chief Inspector, Lieutenant-Colonel "Beat Down" Lipscomb, Ghetto Science Team Security Specialist. As a proud American and former military police officer, he is ...

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Bulldog by Blood

Growing up a Mississippi State fan was great until I realized just how hard it was.

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Stop Blaming the Victims

In the past few weeks, I have watched countless victim blamers come out to ask why Ray Rice's wife, Janay, stayed rather than focused on his violence. The truth is, ...

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Stinker Quote of the Week: 'Amnesty'

Immigrants do jobs that Americans simply won't do. And, many economists agree that the presence of immigrants, who buy just as much stuff as citizens, is a net benefit to ...


The Jail Needs a Sense of Urgency

Crime is a hard thing to solve. It is the tragic confluence of poverty and generations of miseducation, not to mention institutional racism, patriarchy, childhood abuse and other structural biases. ...

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Working Together to Forge a New Path in Jackson and the Country

Tonight at 6:30 p.m., Rich Harwood, founder and president of The Harwood Institute for Public Innovation, will talk about ways the community—and the country—can come together when he speaks at ...

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Why Do Children Stay?

It is time for all adults, with children or not, to reconsider traditions on corporal punishment and pay attention to both research on its harmfulness and expert advice on how ...

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Faking the Funk

Boneqweesha Jones: "Welcome to this special edition of 'Qweesha Live TV.' Tonight, I want to talk about corporate businesses and their hiring practices. Some reliable sources have reported to me ...

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Stinker Quote of the Day: 'Rainy'

The Republicans aren't kidding anyone. They're saving up so they can make it rain a little bit during an election and hold on to the governor's mansion and majorities in ...


Leaders Must Remember City’s Poorest

Based on everything that has been discussed, the people of Jackson may well be staring at yet another increase in the amount they pay for water.

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World War III Vibes

By all means, I am not trying to generate paranoia, but it's hard not to be paranoid in times when terrorists dabble in advanced technology, when we live in a ...

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Trimming the Neo-South

We’re one of the unhealthiest states in the nation so something has to give.

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Needed: A Workforce Ready to Succeed

Jackson businessman and jazz patron Charles Hooker posted the following under Donna Ladd's editor's note last issue, "About Those Pesky Soft Skills," in which she discussed how too many Mississippians ...

Jackson: At a Crossroads

The city of Jackson has an opportunity, but it lacks resources due to a lowered tax base. Even with revenue, you cannot spend your way to prosperity.


It’s Time to Truly Invest in Transparency

The City of Jackson recently completed a pretty grueling budget planning process, while the state will soon start a round of budget hearings in anticipation of the upcoming legislative session, ...

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Calling All Men of Character

To reverse the abuse cycle, it takes all of us, especially men.