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Romney: Not Presidential

There's an old adage that says, "When someone shows you who they are, believe them."

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Is 'Getting By' as Good as It Gets?

In the past month we've been through one hurricane, two national conventions and three weeks of preseason football. Here are a few of my casual observations.

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Making Others 'Comfortable'

Of dreadlocks and MBAs; of fashion trends and government intervention; of earrings and the news. Don't worry; I'm about to make my point.

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Be Smarter, Jackson

The political gamesmanship has begun. It's nearly seven months until our next municipal elections and, already, folks are jockeying for position.

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Eight Years is Enough

Change is not a word a lot of people are comfortable with, especially in the South. But if you're frustrated with partisan politics, perhaps you should see fit to just ...

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Fashion Police in Politics

Lets just get to the bottom line. The "saggy pants" debate is perhaps the most ridiculous, over-talked issue of modern times. It's downright stupid. And might I add ... stupid.

Community Activist Promotes Dialogue

Brad "Kamikaze" Franklin--community activist, entrepreneur and Jackson Free Press columnist--called on the Jackson community this morning to engage in proactive dialogue and finding connections to move the city forward.

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Condemn the Cowardice

Men get a bad rap. Oftentimes we deserve it. But generally—luckily—the many good ones among us overshadow the bad apples. As we look forward to the annual JFP Chick Ball ...

[Kamikaze] Here's to the Big Dogs

The water crisis of last week is behind us, but the effects may remain for years to come. It proved to be a pivotal moment in this city's Renaissance. We ...

[Kamikaze] Message To Michael Steele

You blew it. You caved, crumbled, buckled, tucked tail and ate crow.

[Kamikaze] Show Up, Jackson

"Those that succeed are the ones that show up" is a mantra that I live by and practice. It is the simple premise that one's mere presence can be a ...

NPR Listeners Dissect, Unload on Mississippi

NPR's Bryant Park Project did a piece yesterday about segregated school proms in Charleston, Miss. (a piece that was inspired by Kamikaze's column in the Jackson Free Press on the ...


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