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Bay St. Louis (the city)

The truly vibrant community of Bay St. Louis sings creativity and life, so it was no surprise that it was nominated as a Modern Mississippi site! Max the Modern Machine visited and met some of the extraordinary residents.

We met some of the citizens who are daring to differ, and it’s hard to believe that only eleven years ago the community was almost wiped out by Hurricane Katrina. The town’s history as an artist haven has not change, but the spirit of the community has been revitalized and brought back to life after experiencing such horrendous devastation.

Never losing its traditional, gentle seaside town vibe, it has embraced the old and celebrated the new—daring to differ with every step taken.

A huge thank you to Sandy Hartselle Maggie and Ann Madden of Smith & Lens, our hosts and modern ambassadors.

Another thank you to the Mockingbird Café for feeding and watering us with delicious treats on some of the hottest days this year!
We look forward to our next visit!

These are the stories we experienced while visiting this community. To find more stories about places and people from the area, explore the map.

The Stories

“For people who aren’t from Mississippi to understand is that we cast the net wide with people who we love and who we bring into our lives. And I feel that because of the negative press that Mississippi gets everyone thinks we’re very close-minded and we’re set in our ways. And I feel that is the least from the truth because we are the Hospitality state.”-Rebekah


Grace and Christian Birch are based in both Bay St. Louis, Mississippi and New Orleans, Louisiana. They’re striving to integrate the best parts of how people have always lived into a modern world.

“When I tell people we live in Bay St. Louis there’s no scratching your head. They don’t’ ask why. People really love this town.”-Grace

“We have this beautiful old home that we’re sharing that’s been around since the 1880s. It’s just a gorgeous kind of—it lends itself to big center hall. It lends itself with a big garden around to just kind of living more slowly and taking time to enjoy it and be there in that moment.”-Christian



Allison and John Anderson own Unabridged Architecture in Bay St. Louis. They look to combine the modern with the historical and to be environmentally conscious.

“There’s a great community spirit here. There’s a great sense of resilience and the ability to recover from the kind of things that happen here, like hurricanes and oil spills. And that’s very inspirational.”-Allison

“Every great place that you go to that’s some sort of built urban environment is kind of a collage. A collage of different people or different thoughts, and all influenced by the climate. It’s a collage over time too, so we feel it’s very important that when we build something that people understand where that fits in kind of that big picture.”-John


Brian Wilemon recently started the Bay Ratz Marching Battery. After his son started percussion, Brian decided to start a drum line with a “punk rock aesthetic.” Children of all ages are a part of the Bay Ratz and liven up parades and events in Bay St. Louis, playing all types of percussion—traditional drums, hubcaps, cigar-box guitars, etc.


Alicen Wonderland and Julie Ragusa are the owners of The Mockingbird Café in Bay St. Louis, Mississippi. After Hurricane Katrina, they both recognized the need for a space where the community could come and heal from tragedy together.

“Mississippi’s home, and this place in particular is magic. And it’s the people that make it so.”-Alicen

“I think this place attracts like-minded people. The Mockingbird and Bay St. Louis, Mississippi attracts like-minded people who celebrate diversity and who really appreciate diversity.”-Julie



Kandice Gunning has been a student for twenty-six years. Currently, she’s pursuing her Ph. D. in Hydrographic Science, mapping the Gulf’s oysters. Her energy propels her studies, as well as her community involvement. Kandice is willing to step into any role that the city needs—dancer, photographer, and florist.

“The creativity [here] is endless; it just goes on and on… I think I’m a Mississippian, an honorary member. They haven’t given me the knighting yet, but I’m expecting that very soon.”-Kandice



Kat Fitzpatrick, an artist in Bay St. Louis, found resilience and hope in the midst of Hurricane Katrina. After spending thirty years in the community, Kat can speak to the growth that Bay St. Louis has undergone.

“Well, I think that young people have the opportunity to come to Mississippi at the ground level of a new wave of creativity and quality of life that you don’t find everywhere. I mean, I can walk at night, I can lie down and watch meteor showers in a vacant lot and feel absolutely safe at two in the morning. I love that. That is true freedom to me.”-Kat



Ann Madden and Sandy Maggio are the owners of Smith and Lens in Bay St. Louis, Mississippi. Smith and Lens is a city favorite, but Ann and Sandy have done more than just a run a business. Their contribution to Second Saturday, a Bay St. Louis tradition, is Frieda Fest. An annual event happening every July, Frieda Fest shows the modernity of Bay St. Louis.

“We wanted a place where people felt welcome, and there are so many creatives. And we have many friends who are business-women right here, and we just collaborate with each other. Turning an event that’s already happening, like Second Saturday, amping it up a bit…Everybody’s game.”-Ann



A journalist in Bay St. Louis, Jeff Clark has worked with big names, like Lou Reed and the Oasis; however, to him, Mississippi is home, and family is most important.

“It’s Mississippi, but it’s not Mississippi if that makes sense. We’re very, very proud to be Coasties. I think I like the political climate here, especially with things that have gone on in Mississippi recently… I think down here it’s been a lot of people standing up for what they believe in, and I’m proud to be in a community that’s like that.”-Jeff



President of The Arts Hancock County, President/Founder of the Raw Oyster Marching Club, and owner of The French Potager, Martha Whitney Butler is a major asset to the city of Bay St. Louis.

“I think claiming the fact that you’re an artist is a hard thing to do and a hard thing to get your head around. But that’s something that I found that happened to me, and that’s kind of what I’ve made my goal here in Bay St. Louis to do, is to push that person over the line to make them say ‘I am an artist,’ and be confident in it. To witness this community where everyone is an artist… One of those places where you can find yourself, and it leads to incredible things.”- Martha Whitney


BeanFruit Coffee Company

Our mission is to provide fresh roasted coffee to the Jackson Metro and educate local consumers about great tasting coffee. We meticulously select our coffees from only the highest quality sources, and we roast it to perfection to bring out the character of each coffee.

We focus primarily on single origin coffees because want our customers to be aware of what beverage they are drinking, where it came from, and how it affects coffee farmers around the world.

http://beanfruit.com/

The Stories

In a state that isn't quite known for producing high quality coffee, BeanFruit owner Paul Bonds is not only running a successful company that does just that, but is slowly teaching Mississippians to look at coffee in a whole new way. By consistently producing exceptional roasted coffee, he is leading Mississippians to appreciate not just the drink in their cup, but all the steps it took to make that drink.

As indicated by his national awards and always highly-rated coffees Paul Bonds is setting a new standard for coffee roasters, not just in our state, but in the entire Southeast.

Credit to: Justin Garcia


Mississippi is well known for it’s culinary flavor and flare, but what typically comes to mind is tamales, fried catfish and a host of other cajun delights. Paul Bonds of Beanfruit Coffee Co. is putting Mississippi on the map in a whole new way and with a whole lot of heart and flavor. We’re big fans of his brand, his mission and most of all his delicious products. Brew a cup of coffee, pull up a seat and read on for our recent interview with him…

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Credit to: Thimblepress

http://www.thimblepress.com/blog/mississippi-monday-beanfruit-coffee-co/

A few weeks ago, Lauren (our Eat Jackson sales manager) and I had the pleasure of sitting down with Paul from BeanFruit Coffee Company for a “coffee cupping.” We met Paul and his wife Anita at Lemuria Books in Banner Hall one morning for an experience unlike any other.

I know you’re probably asking yourself, “What is a cupping?” Don’t worry, we didn’t know either. It just sounded cool! A cupping is more or less a tasting with several different coffees side by side, each in a separate small cup. Tasting several coffees one after the other makes it easy to pick out differences and flavors!...

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Credit to: Eat Jackson

http://eatjackson.com/blog/2011/10/14/getting-to-know-beanfruit-coffee-company/

It takes five to seven years to harvest coffee beans once they have been planted. Considered a fruit, it’s a delicate process to sell coffee as produce. Like other fruit, there’s only so much time before the coffee goes bad. If the market is selling for $2 a pound, but a farmer is offered 50 cents, he has no choice. This is where fair trade and Paul Bonds with Bean Fruit Coffee Company come in...

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Credit to: Find It In Fondren

http://www.finditinfondren.com/2012/12/14/game-hope-bean-fruits-paul-bonds/

Credit to: 68M


I've only ordered coffee online, and it's been wonderful. The coffee is really good, and the value compared to other top coffee businesses is good. Also, in my last order there was a hand written note thanking me for my purchase and to enjoy the Ethiopian I got. Well I'm sold, BeanFruit is great, their product is awesome and the Guy behind it is awesome.

Credit to: Andy Grimes, Facebook Reviewer


Joe York

Joe York is a documentary filmmaker and radio producer. With more than a two dozen films to his credit. Joe is the author ofWith Signs Following: Photographs from the Southern Religious Roadsideand the 2008 Oxford Film Festival awarded his filmSorry, We’re Open the Hoka Award for the best Mississippi film. His feature length documentary, Mississippi Innocence won the audience choice award at the Oxford Film Festival and the Transformative Film award at the Crossroads Film Festival and his most recent project, Pride and Joy has been seen on PBS stations across the United States.

http://southdocs.org/staff/

The Stories

A zydeco song, heavy on the fiddle, plays in the station wagon. “Hog-killing music,” Joe York says as we race past the flat, green fields of Avoyelles Parish in Louisiana. He tails a blue pickup driven by a man who looks like a Cajun Johnny Cash and calls himself a “coonass cowboy.” We are headed to a boucherie--a pig butchering--and York wants everything on film. He lifts a camera onto the dashboard and steadies it with his hands, leaving the steering to his forearms...

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Credit to: Garden & Gun

http://gardenandgun.com/article/lights-camera-eat

Documentary filmmaker Joe York’s short films show Southern food at its most raw and mouth-wateringly delicious. More importantly, his storytelling highlights incredible characters and unsung cooks who inspire us to incorporate passion not just into cooking but into our entire lives. York continually pushes boundaries with form as well as content, and we can’t wait to see what he’s doing next. Find his films at the Southern Foodways Alliance, or check out his longer films: Sorry We’re Open and Mississippi Innocence.

Credit to: Southern Living

http://www.southernliving.com/travel/2016-people-changing-south/joe-york-image

York splits his time between the Southern Foodways Alliance and the Southern Documentary Project, both of which are affiliates of the Center for the Study of Southern Culture at Ole Miss...

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Credit to: Chuck Reece, The Bitter Southerner

http://bittersoutherner.com/joe-york-is-sfa-secret-weapon/#.V9F71aKmUzU

Creative Distillery

Creative Distillery is a boutique branding firm that creates identities, websites, social media marketing, and more.

http://www.creativedistillery.com/

The Stories

Graphic designer Darren Schwindaman is the founder of Creative Distillery, a branding studio in the heart of Jackson.

“I think one thing that makes running a creative business in Mississippi really great is that people want me to be here, and they want each other to be here… I think when you take Mississippians' raw creative talent and balance that with picking and choosing the best things from other places, Mississippians are in a great position to put together really amazing, creative work.”-Darren


My name is Darren Schwindaman, and I've been working as a graphic designer for ten years. For the last eight years, I've been developing my business into Creative Distillery, a branding studio in Jackson. We complete projects in brand identity design, advertising, social media marketing, and website design for small business and nonprofit clients. We're proud to contribute to Mississippi's creative economy by employing young creatives, and we're proud to serve so many of our clients who power Mississippi's creative economy...

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Credit to: Darren Schwindaman, Visit Mississippi

http://visitmississippi.org/blog/Creative_Distillery


Ben Burkett

Ben F. Burkett is president of the National Family Farm Coalition (NFFC) in the U.S., and a cooperative-marketing-specialist member of the Federation of Southern Cooperatives Land Assistance Fund.

http://www.federationsoutherncoop.com/coopmarket/indianspr.htm

The Stories

Ben Burkett is still farming a parcel of land in Mississippi that his great-grandfather homesteaded in 1889, about two decades after slavery ended. He grows 16 vegetables, including okra and soybeans, on 320 acres, but he is also active in several organizations that promote local food production for local consumption.

“Our work is to bring awareness to the plight of the true family farm,” Mr. Burkett, 62, said over the phone from his farm in Petal, in Southern Mississippi...

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Credit to: Maria Newman, The New York Times

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/07/17/dining/beard-foundation-presents-leadership-awards.html?_r=0

Credit to: Federation of Southern Cooperatives


Ben Burkett, a fourth-generation Petal farmer with leadership and member roles in state, national and international organizations supporting small and medium-sized farmers, will be honored with a James Beard Foundation Leadership Award in October.

Burkett, whose 40 farming years started at age 21, is the state coordinator with the Mississippi association in the Federation of Southern Cooperatives and president of the National Family Farm Coalition; he serves on the food sovereignty commission of La Via Campesina (the International Peasant's Movement)...

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Credit to: Sherry Lucas, The Clarion-Ledger

http://www.clarionledger.com/story/news/2014/07/17/petal-farmer-get-james-beard-leadership-award/12788893/

Credit to: talkingsticktv


My name is Ben F. Burkett, currently serving as the president of the National Family Farm Coalition. I am also a member of the Federation of Southern Cooperatives Land Assistance Fund and my local coop is Indian Springs Farmers Association in Petal, Mississippi....

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Credit to: In Motion Magazine

http://www.inmotionmagazine.com/global/b_burkett_int.html

Credit to: wataylor1


Dent May

Singer, songwriter, musician and co-founder of Cats Purring Dude Ranch from Jackson, Mississippi

http://www.dentmay.com/

The Stories

As he begins work on his fourth album, Jackson native Dent May has already begun to plan his next tour. His third album to be released on Animal Collective's Paw Tracks label, "Warm Blanket," took May and his band to far-away locales like Zagreb, Croatia, and Shanghai, China.

"I want to go to places I've never been before," May said. "I want to go everywhere. I just saw 'Interstellar' the other day. We may not limit our shows to Earth."

It's with that same sense of wanderlust that May accepted an invitation last December to play at the Huanding Awards in Shanghai. To the surprise of May and his band mates, they took home the title of "best new international band."...

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Credit to: Jacob Threadgill, The Clarion-Ledger

http://www.clarionledger.com/story/life/2014/11/12/jackson-artist-amps-worldwide-presence/18942553/

Credit to: PawTracksRecords


Dent May just sent us his new video for “Best Friend,” a psyched-out, hazy affair directed by James Alexander Warren. The video was shot on location in Jackson, Mississippi, which looks like a magical wonderland compared to the urban jungle we rest our heads in. Dent is from Mississippi, and you can hear it in his voice, and all over his new record Do Things, which comes out June 12 on the Animal Collective-affiliated label Paw Tracks. You should probably pick up the record - head here to pre-order it.

We’d been hearing a bunch of great things about Cats Purring, the fertile scene around Oxford that orbits the 5000-square-foot barn that Dent calls home. The scene's nurtured May and a ton of our other favorite bands, so we called up Dent to learn more about what’s going on over there...

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Credit to: Ben Shapiro, Noisey

http://noisey.vice.com/blog/we-interviewed-dent-may-about-the-cats-purring-scene-in-oxford-ms

Credit to: Noisey


Oxford, Mississippi might not appear to be the breeding ground for one of this summer’s indie-pop zeitgeist jams, but Dent May and his new album Do Things (Paw Tracks, 06/12) seem to be floating the river at a different pace than the rest of us. Signed to Animal Collective’s Paw Tracks label while the group was in Oxford recording Merriweather Post Pavilion, Dent May has become a self-sufficient creative outlet. May played every part on Do Things and recorded it at his home, the Cats Purring Dude Ranch. So who can really fault him for moving at his own stride? At a base level, the songs on Do Things may harness floating rays of folly and playful irresponsibility, but at their core, these are expressive therapy sessions for May...

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Credit to: David Ward, Impose Magazine

http://www.imposemagazine.com/features/the-guiltless-pleasure-of-dent-may

Credit to: PawTracksRecord


Dent May looked at the six industrial-size trash bags in his closet and worried about the task at hand for Goodwill.

"They're going to have to spend a lot of time sorting through capes and a lot of extra-small band T-shirts," May said. "No one buys extra small."...

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Credit to: Jacob Threadgill, The Clarion-Ledger

http://www.clarionledger.com/story/life/2015/01/02/dent-may-leaves-legacy-oxfords-dude-ranch/21198033/

Donna Ladd

JFP Editor and co-founder Donna Ladd is a Neshoba County native.

http://www.donnaladd.com/

The Stories

My current reporting focus is the perhaps-unintended consequences of “Broken Windows,” quality-of-life policing, stop-question-and-frisk, and other strong policing methods on communities of color. I’m exploring the possible links between policing strategies and the deaths of unarmed people, especially in non-violent encounters, which I’ve long studied and written about before the advent of the smartphones that are now, in some ways, forcing police and the community to have a long-overdue, if contentious, conversation. Through a John Jay College “Preventing Violence” fellowship, and a Solutions Journalism Network grant, I’m specifically examining police and community strategies for reducing violence among young people of color in New York City compared to other cities in the U.S...

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Credit to: Donna Ladd

http://www.donnaladd.com/

Donna Ladd is an old-fashioned muckraking journalist with a sharp modern voice. She helped create Mississippi’s The Jackson Free Press, and her columns and reporting make national news as she takes bold stances that contrast typical Southern stereotypes. In addition to being a writer, she’s a speaker and a teacher with particular focus on children in vulnerable situations, race relations, and police reform.

Credit to: Southern Living

http://www.southernliving.com/travel/2016-people-changing-south/donna-laad-image

Donna Ladd is the editor of the Jackson Free Press, which is a publication highlighting the good in Jackson. While attending Columbia, she came back to Mississippi to work on a Masters project and eventually decided to stay. Focusing on the younger generations, Donna hopes that the JFP could inspire someone to stay in the state.

“You know, I have a chip on my shoulder as a Mississippian about what people think about Mississippi. If there’s anything us Mississippians have in common, it’s that chip on their shoulder of what people think of Mississippi whether or not you agree on anything else…So my thing is that if you can get native Mississippians to really believe that they can go the distance, you know, and that they can not just be okay, not just be good, but to be really good… I think what we will continue to see more and more are Mississippians, these young people especially, come out of Mississippi thinking—not but not in a defensive way—that I’m from Mississippi, and I’m great, and there great people in Mississippi, and I’m going to change the reputation of Mississippi.”-Donna


Ocean Springs (the city)

Nominated as a Modern Mississippi site, Ocean Springs is a city that has a long history of artists and forward thinkers, so Max the Modern Machine drove down to the Coast to check out The City of Discovery!

Ocean Springs has a unique identity, but this doesn’t stop the city from being involved with other cities on the Coast, supporting and working with places like Bay St. Louis to move forward after the devastation of Hurricane Katrina in 2005.

Although the city, along with the entire Gulf Coast, felt the effects of Katrina, Ocean Springs continued to be a hub of artistic activity, adding to the legacy of Walter Anderson. Now, Ocean Springs is recreating the town to be the Live Music Capitol of Mississippi while maintaining the artistic community that is already in place. The vibrant bars, restaurants, and cafés only add to the modernity of Ocean Springs.

A huge thank you to Vicki Applewhite, our Ocean Springs Modern Ambassador who spearheads the Ocean Springs Live summer concert series. Another thank you to the Walter Anderson Museum for allowing us to use the community room to meet with the Modern Mississippians. It was a treat to be surrounded by the vibrant art of Walter Anderson for the day!

We look forward to our next visit and our next Tato-nut!

These are the stories we experienced while visiting this community. To find more stories about places and people from the area, explore the map.

The Stories

Vicki Applewhite is the sole owner of Ocean Springs LIVE, a company that brings live music to Ocean Springs, Mississippi. Although Ocean Springs already has a thriving music scene, Vicki recognizes the need of helping artists to promote their performances, as well as bringing in outside musicians. With both of these forces at work, Ocean Springs is well on its way to achieving Vicki’s goal—being the live music capitol of the state.

“You have the power to tell your story and get it out there. And it’s critical that you know how to do it, that you try to do it. So, if I thought there was one thing that everybody in Mississippi who had a story to tell could do, it would be tell their story digitally… And in Mississippi, we have compelling content. ”-Vicki


Chief of Civic Innovation and Development for the city of Biloxi Cliff Kirkland is working to provide better services at a lower cost to the citizens of the Gulf Coast. His most current project is establishing a fiber optic ring around the Gulf Coast to help provide wireless internet to households of all income levels. Focusing on the potential this will have on education, Cliff hopes that this wireless capability will enrich the lives of those on the Gulf Coast and is an investment in the future.


Jessie Zener is the co-owner of The Greenhouse on Porter, a local biscuits, coffee, and beer shop in Ocean Springs. Although the Greenhouse fell into their laps, Jessie and Kate, her co-owner, have created a space that is community oriented.

“We set out from the beginning to have an active role in the community, and not just be about biscuits, and not just be about us. But to have an active role in bringing people together and giving a place for people to springboard their ideas and start their businesses.”-Jessie


Hurricane Katrina drastically altered the life of Mary Ann O’Gorman, poet. After the storm, she began practicing yoga and eventually began teaching.

“When I moved here, I realized that you were allowed to be—eccentric is a nice word for it—on the street. There was no need to hide yourself, and that was a challenge for me personally. And I feel like I’ve grown into that because the community is very accepting.”- Mary Ann


Ron Feder views himself as fortunate. Through a successful law practice, Feder and his wife gained the resources to pour into arts programs on the coast, specifically in Ocean Springs.

“Art is another means of storying telling through the eyes of the creator… I’m a lucky guy trying to give back… The duty of the living is to keep on living, but to honor those that inspired us.”-Ron



Keith Wooten is the owner of Buddyrow, Life More Civilized in Ocean Springs, Mississippi. Buddyrow is a collection of vintage and modern clothing, jewelry, housewares, and art. With a background in fashion design, Keith has a great eye for unique pieces to bring to Buddyrow.

“Good design is always good design, whether it’s an eighteenth century piece or a twenty-first century piece. If it’s good, true design, they can all work together.”-Keith



Carmen Lugo is a visual artist from the Coast. After Hurricane Katrina, Carmen realized the importance of community and the impact that it can have, so she began including in the community in her works. Through the Fear Project, she asked others to anonymously share their fears, which she later painted. Her work highlights the commonality that we share, and the value of community.

“I haven’t experienced anything like that until I moved here. The network, the communities—it’s community. Everybody constantly pushing each other up instead of competing with each other, and I think that’s taught me the value of having a strong community behind you, everybody rallying behind each other.”-Carmen



The Gulf Coast Community Design Studio was established after Hurricane Katrina. A branch of Mississippi State University, the Design Studio is community-based practice that strives to give those who may not be able to afford an architect a well-designed home and to address the systemic issues, such as land use and housing, which affect the Gulf Coast.

“It’s obviously very rewarding to be in the community where the work is going on, to live here and work here. Not only see the work getting done, but now to see how people have planted gardens and really made those houses into their homes. That’s been a very rewarding aspect of being surrounded by our work.”-David


Mark and Madison Talley own TALL Studio Architecture in Ocean Springs, Mississippi. After working in more commercial setting, the Talleys decided to see if they could hold their own in the architecture world. Building a structure to withstand the climate and hurricane season can be challenging in terms of materials and design.

“I think has been easier to take risks here too because there is this younger community that’s coming in and kind of banding together. So it’s not so scary because you have other people you see that are doing it as well. We have a lot of young friends that are starting businesses, so we’re able to bounce ideas off each other.”-Madison


Julie Kuklinsky is the Director of the Women in Construction program on the Mississippi Gulf Coast. Leading demo crews after Hurricane Katrina, Julie fell in love with rebuilding houses and working with women in the construction field. Now, she continues to empower women by training them in a typically male-dominated field.

“When we do a project, it’s community-based—it’s not for profit at all. We do it to help the community, but our students get valuable learning. So after the storm, we were working in houses of people who needed it, and our students were getting trained on the site. So it was like a win-win situation for people who needed work done and women who needed to learn. And something interesting that’s in Mississippi to the core is that people appreciate people who work hard and it doesn’t really matter their gender.”-Julie



After being indicted for committing Judicial Bribery, Dickie Scruggs spent six years in prison and altered the course of his life. While in prison, he tutored fellow inmates so that they could receive their GED, and when he was released, Scruggs created Second Chance MS so those who have spent time in prison can receive proper tutoring for the GED.

“I realized after a fairly short time that I was regaining a sense of purpose. The reward in watching a man at any age, but a forty, fifty year old guy, even a twenty-five year old guy, watching a lightbulb go on, watching them start regaining some hope to redirect their lives was extremely rewarding for me. And it became my sense of purpose.”-Dickie



Matt Stebly is a tattoo artist in Ocean Springs, Mississippi. He recently opened Twisted Anchor Tattoo in the heart of Downtown Ocean Springs. Although he began a business that dared to differ, his roots run deep into the heart of the history in Ocean Springs. As Walter Anderson’s great-grandson, Matt has a rich heritage in the artistic community of Mississippi.

“If Ocean Springs is known for being an art community, you should have a tattoo shop of that caliber that I want to have in Ocean Springs. I’ve tattooed eighty year old ladies that have always wanted a tattoo, but now feel like they can because it’s a little more acceptable. And people are actually seeing the art form of it.”-Matt


Tim and Barbara Alamsha own RockU2, the Ocean Springs Academy of Popular Music, in Ocean Springs, Mississippi. They strive to instill a love of music in their students, while giving them opportunities to shine. Whether their students are there to pursue a career in music or to just have fun, Tim and Barbara want to give everyone who walks through their doors a taste of being a musician and hope that teamwork, confidence, and motivation are the overarching themes of RockU2.


Hattiesburg (the city)

Nominated as a Modern Mississippi site, Hattiesburg embraces modernity throughout the community. Searching for forward thinkers who are daring to differ, Max the Modern Machine went to The Hub City and found exactly what he was looking for in the citizens of Hattiesburg.

Founded by a civil engineer, Hattiesburg’s main attraction in the late 1800s was its central location in the lumber and railroad industries, and a number of important rail lines intersected in the town. A local newspaper contest led to Hattiesburg being donned “The Hub City.” Although originally a hub of industry, Hattiesburg has transformed into a hub of creativity in all fields.

Home to researchers, professors, tinkerers, artists, architects, and innovators, Hattiesburg’s cultural fabric is rich with the uniqueness that each resident brings.

A special thank you to Miranda Greider of The Little Building, Sarah Marshall Newton of The Thirsty Hippo, and Abigail Lenz Allen of Hattiesburleque and smArt Space, Hattiesburg’s Modern Ambassadors who hosted us with the typical tireless energy and enthusiasm that is true to The Hub City.

We look forward to our next visit!

These are the stories we experienced while visiting this community. To find more stories about places and people from the area, explore the map.

The Stories

Roy Windham brings community and classically American food to Hattiesburg through The Porter, a pub that he opened after returning from Nashville. Windham’s vision centers on bringing people together and highlighting the talents of Mississippians. Whether showcasing local musicians or locally brewed beers, The Porter embodies and highlights Modern Mississippi.

“It’s taking what people have done for thousands and thousands of years, gathering together socially with people of likeminded—or even different mindedness—gathering together over food or over drink or over drink or song or art or whatever it is. They gather together, and they live life together. And I think that’s so important, and we lose that a lot, especially in our culture with the digital and everything else, we lose that togetherness, that moment that is art. I mean really, life is art, and this idea that is everything is unique; every moment is unique.”-Roy


Carey Varnado is a Hattiesburg-based lawyer who has spent the past thirty-six years helping citizens of Mississippi, and in the last five years, he has become increasingly involved in advocating for the LGBT community.

“I feel that it’s really an obligation of mine to spend part of my time helping people who, for whatever reason, don’t really have an advocate. It’s part why I became a lawyer. Sure, I do a lot of my work simply because it’s routine type legal work, and it’s just like what any other lawyer does. But I have always helped both individuals and groups that I feel needed help for whatever reason, and it’s been a real pleasure doing some things for the LGBT community.”-Carey


Rebecca Chandler is the owner of Hattiesburg Ballroom and Beyond, as well as the co-creator of Hattiesburlesque. With these two projects, Rebecca hopes to bring something that's exciting and different to the city.

“You know, when I graduated there wasn’t really anything for me here either. I kinda had to make it up as I went… I feel like kinda making up your own rules as you go is something that is really exciting, and it never gets boring.”-Rebecca


An Economics professor at the University of Southern Mississippi, Mark Klinedinst is not only investing in his students, but also the community of Hattiesburg. Working with cooperatives, Mark helped found the Hattiesburg Farmers Market, which brings together citizens of different socioeconomic statuses. In addition to his work with cooperatives, he is also President of Gaining Ground Sustainability Institute of Mississippi.

“There’s an old bumper sticker that says ‘Think Locally; Act Globally,’ and I’ve sorta taken that to heart in my life.”-Mark


Jacqueline Lee, editor of Dime Magazine, pushed for a magazine that highlights and represents the arts across Mississippi. Now, Dime covers arts, culture, and entertainment in our state.

“I think what we suffer from here the most is a self-esteem issue. We’re just not fully aware of how cool we really are, and some of the goods, the experiences, that you can have here people in Los Angles and Austin and Nashville couldn’t replicate if they tried.”-Jacqueline


Brian and Sarah Carver are the owners of Twin Forks Wine and Provisions in Hattiesburg, Mississippi. After noticing a need for a wider variety of wine, the Carvers decided to fill that need and have begun introducing the citizens of Hattiesburg to unique wines.

“There are a lot of free thinkers, I think, and that is a lot of the crowd that we’re going for as well. People who really want to search and find and experience new things, and that’s what we’re trying to do, just give them fun things that they haven’t seen in Hattiesburg before.”-Sarah


Greenhouse Yoga, owned by Courtney Chunn and Jaime Ray, focuses on being community oriented. From practicing yoga daily to planting a community garden, Courtney and Jaime are finding ways to break stereotypes of the typical yogi and to involve the community.


Keenon Walker works closely with The Spectrum Center, a non-profit LGBT resource center and safe space. The Spectrum Center hosts events that LGBT individuals can attend to discuss their experiences and to meet others who can empathize with their stories.

“Right now I feel like Hattiesburg is a chapter in my life that I’m not finished with, and until that story ends, I’m here. And I’m happy to keep building the city and making it great. You should dare to be different, and if you can push forward and change one person, then you’ve done your job in this battle to make Mississippi better. And it’s changing every day.”-Keenon



“I see young people today, and research will back me up, that they’re extremely optimistic, extremely willing to work, and extremely adaptable. And these are the qualities that we really need. We need people who will be flexible, who will be adaptable. We just have to somehow find a way to bridge that gap between how we’ve prepared them growing up for risk taking, for entrepreneurship, for creativity, and then the world for work today, which none of us know what it’ll be like in five years. We can’t prepare people for jobs; we have to prepare people for lives.” Amy


Nkrumah Frazier is the Sustainability Officer for Hattiesburg, and in addition to that, Nkrumah works with a non-profit, Wild South, as the Mississippi Outreach Coordinator. His work aims to encourage people to be good stewards of our natural resources, as well as to form a connection to the land.


After being struck by how poorly the environment has been treated, Phil Orton decided to make a change in his life. Using solar panels for electricity, driving an electric car, and giving others access to renewable energy, Phil is working for a better Mississippi.

“What I’m doing won’t change the world, I understand that, but if a thousand of us did it, it might change the world a little bit or make things a little better… I think what we need to do is to try and put mechanisms in place that will clean that up and make life better for future generations.”-Phil


Robert St. John is an award-winning restauranteur, chef, and cookbook author. He opened his first restaurant, The Purple Parrot Café, in 1987 and has been changing the food scene of Hattiesburg since.

“Food builds community. I mean, food is the connective tissue that we carry, especially in the South, through everything. We share a meal, and then we share ourselves of that meal.”-Robert


After seeing the needs of Mississippi, Toby Barker decided to stay and contribute to the city of Hattiesburg. It has been nine years since he made that decision and was elected to be a State Representative, and Toby has worked with women and minority workers, as well as small business entrepreneurs.

“There are lots of examples, not only of private entrepreneurs, but social entrepreneurs who get involved in causes, who are doing things differently and who can really provide us a place, a certain dynamic nature to it that I think can really be powerful… I think we have that here.”-Toby



Rebecca Chandler, Katie Ginn, and Abigail Allen work together on Hattiesburleque, Hattiesburg’s Burlesque inspired musical review. While Burlesque might carry a negative connotation from some, Hattiesburlesque has a powerfully positive effect on those who see the show.

“It’s much more about the celebration of all shapes and sizes, and all ages, and all beauty, and all women, and men for that matter. It’s a really positive experience for everybody who comes, and even when I have to pull a little bit cause somebody hears the word Burlesque, when they come they leave feeling more confident. We have people come up to us all the time and say ‘you made me feel more beautiful. You made me feel more confident in my body.’”-Abigail



In 2009, Sarah Newton founded Live at Five while she was President of the Downtown Association.

“I think for the first time people saw this is cool, this is fun, this is what people do in other towns that we’re not doing. So it’s been a wonderful thing to be able to provide. I mean, all we did was get it together, get the sponsors together, and put it on. And it’s become such a staple in the community that it’s really our civic duty to make sure it sustains.”-Sarah



Miranda Grieder owns The Little Building in Hattiesburg, Mississippi. Her business serves several purposes: interior design studio, architecture studio, and gallery. She hosts different community events to involve the citizens of Hattiesburg in her business.

“To enable creative place making to actually happen it has to be allowed top-down but also bottom-up, you know? And so the community needs to be invited, and they need to be given a space with a table early on.”-Miranda



Emily Curry is the Operations Manager at Southern Prohibition in Hattiesburg, Mississippi. Everyone who works at the company strives to give something positive to the community, to create jobs, and to do their job to the best of their ability in a growing industry.

“What’s really exciting in being able to tell our story is we intend on being a regional brewery—our beer is sold in five states, the border states and Mississippi. And we want to go further. At the end of the day for me, being born and raised here, knowing in my heart that I’m putting something out there that’s positive.”-Emily



Andrea Saffle is tasked with maintaining the economic revitalization that Downtown Hattiesburg has seen in the past few years. Andrea sees her role as the one who tells the story of those who are daring to differ in Hattiesburg. A city that mixes its rich history with modern creativity, Hattiesburg is well-known for its community and modernity.

“There’s so much that Hattiesburg has going for it. There’s so many creative people and unique people in Hattiesburg, particularly in downtown, so I really see my role as just telling the story of the things that they’re already doing… Each person that comes lays down a piece of themselves.”-Andrea



Stillwater Studio

Stillwater Studio, located in the historical downtown Brookhaven, exudes peace and calmness with its beautiful hardwood floors and windows that fill the room with natural light. Our mission is to provide a haven for yoga practice, a place of restoration and a break away from the fast paced lifestyle. We welcome you to come be still, breathe and become a healthier you.

http://www.bestillandyoga.com/

The Stories

I am so proud of how Brookhaven is progressing to a more modern age and maintaining its integrity as a small Southern town at the same time. I am thrilled to be a part of it! Owning and teaching at the first Yoga studio in Brookhaven gives me an interesting perspective on this progression.

I was born and raised in Brookhaven and its future is dear to my heart.

Credit to: Betsy Belk, Owner of Stillwater Studio


Went to my first class this morning and fell in love! The atmosphere is calm and beautiful... The class was relaxing and wonderful. I will be back!

Credit to: Anne Houston Craig, Facebook Reviewer


Yoga means union or to yoke together. It seeks to unify the mind, body and spirit through physical movement and breath. Yoga is a spiritual discipline much like fasting, meditation, and prayer that cannot be owned by one specific religion. There is often a misunderstanding that yoga is a religion; it is not. While yoga predates Hinduism, Hindus were the first to give yoga a written structure. Increased strength and flexibility, improved posture and balance, treating illnesses including: anxiety, depression, blood pressure, circulatory problems and asthma are all benefits of yoga, just to name a few...

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Credit to: Stillwater Studio

http://www.bestillandyoga.com/about/

LurnyD’s Grille

LurrnyD's was the first food truck of its kind in Mississippi! Serving up gourmet burgers, fries, and daily specials, LurnyD's has been a hit with the locals and visitors alike, and it has been named the Best Food Truck in Mississippi by several different publications, including the Daily Meal. 

http://www.lurnydsgrille.com

The Stories

We are LurnyD’s Grille Food Truck, the first gourmet food truck of its kind to hit the streets of Jackson, Mississippi. My wife and business partner, Betsy opened our food truck in October 2012. In March of 2012, I was at a crossroad in my life with 2 business plans in hand, one to take over a retail store that I had managed for 6 years and the other to open a gourmet food truck. Betsy and I love cooking and are self-proclaimed foodies. We both felt that the food truck was the best decision and went all in. And now 2 ½ years later, we feel that we not only add to the MS Creative Economy, but we play a major role in bringing a new food truck culture to the state. Food trucks are sweeping the nation and since we’ve been in business we’ve seen a vast increase in the metro area, as well as around the state. Our passion is unique, creative cooking with an ever changing, evolving menu. We have loyal customers on all social media platforms that follow us, which in turn increases revenue for the state. We can be seen at major events in the Jackson/Metro area, local events in Fondren, Belhaven and Midtown as well as Smith Park Downtown. The lure of food trucks is a major plus for tourism...

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Credit to: Visit Mississippi

http://visitmississippi.org/blog/lurnyds_food_truck_revolution

Credit to: Newsocracy


Known as an avid griller and a creative cook with the nickname “Lurny D,” Lauren Davis travels the metro area in the truck that resembles Scooby Doo’s Mystery Machine...

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Credit to: Nell Luter Floyd, The Clarion-Ledger

http://www.clarionledger.com/story/life/2014/06/03/chefs-corner-lurnyds-grille/9925079/

Named the best food truck in Mississippi here, here, and here.


Credit to: Newsocracy


Jackson Foodies #EatJXN #ThinkJXN

Started by Carlyn Hicks, the Jackson Foodies is a group based primarily on Facebook. However, on every first Friday, the Foodies go out to lunch together and patronize local restaurants, and they're also working toward a initiative called #FeedJXN, which is going to be a dining experience where the homeless community in Jackson can "dine with dignity."

"This group is a forum to promote Jackson and support the one industry that can truly bring all of Jackson together through food and fellowship, no matter their background - the Jackson restaurant industry. We support Jackson's 1% Sales Tax plan in a robust way and we help grow jobs in this industry through our continuous and growing patronage at the many dining establishments Jackson has to offer."-Carlyn

https://www.facebook.com/groups/jxnfoodies/

The Stories

JXN Foodies founder Carlyn Hicks says one day in 2015, as she was walking through Metrocenter Mall, the fact that it looked like a ghost town struck a chord with her. But she saw some hope.

"I looked around and saw (soul food and African restaurant, Rehoboth Cafe) that had just opened up," she says.

"I have a very eclectic group of friends with diverse food interests, and I wanted to know how many of my Facebook friends had even heard of it. I started messaging folks, and no one had, so I said, 'You know what, let's get off Facebook and have some face-to-face time with each other and fill up the food court at the Metrocenter.' And 
we did."...

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Credit to: Onelia Hawa, The Jackson Free Press

http://m.jacksonfreepress.com/news/2016/mar/09/changing-jackson-one-dish-time/?templates=mobile

Marcia Keys disliked eating alone.

The south Jackson housewife enjoyed trying new restaurants in her free time, but the thought of requesting a table for one was a turnoff. After joining the Jackson Foodies, a group dedicated to patronizing local restaurants, it's unlikely Keys will have to worry about dining solo again...

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Credit to: Bracey Harris, The Clarion-Ledger

http://www.clarionledger.com/story/life/food/2016/04/03/foodie-fridays-promotes-jackson-eateries-socializing/82509506/

This is the new #FeedJXN logo that the Jackson Foodies are using to promote their service to the citizens of Jackson. Pretty modern, if you ask us!

Credit to: Jackson Foodies


Carlyn Hicks is passionate about food, not only for the pure pleasure of satisfying her taste buds, but also for the relationships a good meal can forge between strangers.

“Food is a connector,” Hicks says. “It has the ability to bring a diverse group of people together, no matter their background, ethnicity, race, or religion. Food and fellowship has the power to transcend economic lines and create spaces for friendships we never thought would be possible.”...

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Credit to: Mississippi College Beacon

http://www.mc.edu/beacon/summer-2016/profiles/heart-children-and-mom-and-dad

Carlyn Hicks understands two essential things about Mississippians: We love to eat, and we love to talk. Inspired by this, she founded Jackson Foodies, a group that gathers food lovers across the area to patronize local businesses and to grow community.

“I think that Jackson is a ripe, fertile ground for creatives. You know, this is a creative economy because there is so much that can be done here in our city, but you do have to be a little creative in how you can do things. The different communities within our city really speak for themselves in an artistic way, in a community way. And I’m hoping that the Jackson Foodies can be a part of strengthening those communities and those economies around them.”-Carlyn


Mangia Bene Catering & Restaurant Group

Mangia Bene, which means "Eat Well" in Italian, is the company which is owned by Jeff Good and Dan Blumenthal. Some of Jackson's favorite restaurants--Sal & Mookies, Bravo!, and Broad Street Bakery--are owned by Mangia Bene. 

http://www.mangiabene-catering.com/

The Stories

Jeff Good and Dan Blumenthal, co-owners of Sal & Mookie's New York Pizza and Ice Cream Joint, are honored to have been selected by the U.S. Small Business Administration as the 2013 Mississippi State Small Business Persons of the Year.

Each year since 1963, the President has issued a proclamation calling for the celebration of Small Business Week. National Small Business Week recognizes outstanding small business owners for their personal successes and contributions to our nation...

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Credit to: MBench

http://www.mbench.org/s/1438/index.aspx?sid=1438&gid=1&pgid=252&cid=1638&ecid=1638&crid=0&calpgid=15&calcid=752

Singer Cindy Lauper in her 80’s classic single “Girls Just Wanna have Fun” created a mantra for cutting loose and making life a little more fun. For leaders, I would adapt this theme to say “Employees Just Wanna Have Some Fun.” This does not mean that the workplace should be a free for all. Instead, it means that we realize that a lot of work can be repetitious and frankly boring! We can breathe some life into our workplaces with some creativity and intentionality about making work more fun and engaging. Stephen Lundin captured this idea in his bestselling classic Fish! which is a fictional parable based on the real Pike Place Fish Market which is nationally known for its joyful atmosphere and world class customer service...

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Credit to: Martin Willoughby, MS Business Journal

http://msbusiness.com/2011/11/restaurateurs-energy-and-enthusiasm-spills-over-to-employees-and-even-customers/

Check out a podcast featuring Dan Blumenthal here!

http://www.podasterynetwork.com/2015/08/09/chef-dan-blumenthal/

Jeff Good is well-known in the Jackson area for co-owning several restaurantsSal & Mookies, Bravo!, and Broadstreet Bakery are all Jackson favorites. Jeff moved here during high school, so he has come to consider himself a Mississippi native.

“Twenty-three years later, we’re not on the cutting edge anymore... We’re seen as much more traditional now, and we’re someplace that’s a place of safety and comfort for many. We’re still a very successful restaurant, but we are not on the cutting edge. And that’s okay. I think that kinda comes with the maturity of your art form.”-Jeff


Columbia

Founded in the early 1800’s on the banks of the Pearl River in the Mississippi Territory, the settlement was first named Lott’s Bluff. In 1819, the City of Columbia was formally incorporated and would soon serve as Mississippi’s temporary capital from 1821 to 1822 before LeFleur’s Bluff (now Jackson) was selected as the permanent capital

http://www.cityofcolumbiams.com/

The Stories

Our destination was Columbia, Mississippi, but getting there and back was half the fun. In anticipation of visiting Columbia, I researched its history and some of the local attractions and had a list of several places and things I hoped to photograph while we were there...

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Credit to: Southern Lagniappe

http://southernlagniappe.blogspot.com/2013/01/a-place-called-columbia-mississippi.html

One of the best examples of Art Deco architecture in the South. Now, Columbia high school is recognized as one of the best in Mississippi. In addition to the excellent academic programs, parents in the community expanded the theatre program to where individuals without children in the show volunteer.

Credit to: Ellen Bordeaux


Across the street from Columbia High School, Columbia Water Works Building is another example of Art Deco architecture and is being renovated as a museum.

Credit to: Ellen Bordeaux


Elaine Rader is a jewelry designer from the Upper West Side. She studied dance at Julliard and has lived across the US before coming to Columbia, MS, her current residence.


Richard White was an art conservator at the New Orleans Museum of Art, and after Katrina, he bought two houses in Columbia. One is his residence, and the other he uses for a studio. Each room is for a different medium. 


Baldwyn Main Street Players

Baldwyn Main Street Players, Inc., was organized in 2011 as a non-profit community theater group. The mission and purpose of BMSP is to enrich the cultural life of Baldwyn and surrounding communities in Prentiss, Lee, Union and Itawamba counties, by providing quality entertainment, arts education, and opportunities for diverse people to come together for creative expression through amateur community theater and its associated activities.

https://www.facebook.com/baldwynmainstreet/home

The Stories

June 1874. A lone figure, Jericho Walker, stands before the set of a dusty sheriff’s office and begins to spin an old west yarn of life, love and tragedy.

The audience is then introduced to the world of “The Peacemakers,” set in Water Valley, Texas, and the characters that reside within; characters that Clark Richey calls “living embodiments of classic archetypes.”...

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Credit to: W. Derek Russell, Daily Journal

http://djournal.com/lifestyle/baldwyn-main-street-players-present-first-original-production-the-peacemakers/

Credit to: Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal


The makings of a great whodunit all have the same list. The police. The press. But usually, not the poise of deadly old women.

Detective O’Finn is going to have his work cut out for him when Baldwyn Main Street Players present “Bull in a China Shop” next week at the Claude Gentry Theatre...

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Credit to: W. Derek Russell, Daily Journal

http://djournal.com/lifestyle/baldwyn-main-street-players-tackle-a-bull-in-a-china-shop/

My recent involvement with the community theater group Baldwyn Main Street Players may have unintentionally started a social experiment.

In December, I signed on to direct the classic play 12 Angry Men for BMSP. This particular show has a 13-member cast, entirely male – twelve “angry” jurors and one jury room guard, who does NOT become noticeably angry during the production. (So the count in the title comes out right, you see.)

This latest BMSP show opens in the Claude Gentry Theater on Thursday, January 23rd, at 7 PM, and will have a total of six performances. We expect sell-outs. It’s a good one...

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Credit to: Baldwyn Talk

https://baldwyntalk.wordpress.com/category/goings-on-in-baldwyn-mississippi/

Artwistic Revolution

An Artist Co-op Gallery featuring Paintings, Drawings, Pottery, Sculpture, Photography, Woodworking, Metalworking, Digital Prints, etc.

https://www.facebook.com/ArtwisticRevolution/home

The Stories

Credit to: Mohawk Street


Main Street in downtown Columbia today looks much like it did when the town was founded in 1819. The buildings are, for the most part, original, and the courthouse, which sits at the end of the street, harkens back to a time when things were a little grander. That grandness could be attributed to the brief time 1821 to 1822—when Columbia was the capitol of Mississippi. The splendid little town on the Pearl River named after Columbia, South Carolina, from which many of the first settlers came, seems untouched by the passing of time...

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Credit to: Kaitlyn Dubose, Mud and Magnolias

http://mudandmagnolias.com/2016/02/07/columbia-mississippi/

I love all of the individuality that is so proudly displayed. For such a small town, they sure do have a lot of talent. Such a great place.

Credit to: Anne Marie Cagle, Facebook Reviewer


Credit to: Mohawk Steel


Credit to: Mohawk Steel


Chesney Blankenstein Doyle and Marc Doyle of Great Museums

Chesney Blankenstein Doyle, a Natchez, MS native, and her husband, Marc, are Executive Producers of Great Museums. Great Museums is the only national documentary series dedicated to the exploration of America's vast and ever-changing museum experience. This multi-award winning, public television series brings to life the diversity of America's museum culture.

http://greatmuseums.org

The Stories

Chesney Blankenstein Doyle is just looking for that one moment.

When the documentary filmmaker and Natchez native produces anything, her mission is to inspire an audience, one viewer at a time, with one moment she’s dubbed the “eureka” moment...

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Credit to: Ron Guajardo, The Natchez Democrat

http://www.natchezdemocrat.com/2014/11/02/natchez-documentary-filmmaker-honored-for-excellence-in-media-arts-mississippi-governor-arts-award/

Credit to: Great Museums


Check out an interview with Chesney and Marc on MPB's Mississippi Arts Hour here.

Credit to: Mississippi Public Broadcasting


Check out the Great Museums episode on the Museum of Modern Art in New York to learn more about some of the modern masters represented in our exhibition!

Credit to: Great Museums


Telling Tree Murals of Stone County, The

The Telling Trees murals tell stories of people, of place and of time. The murals tell tales of Stone County and celebrate history through the arts. "Ole Diz" tells of the life of Dizzy Dean, Dizzy Dean Welcome Center, Hwy. 49, Wiggins. "Sunset through the Longleaf" (Mosaic, tile mural) Blaylock Park, Pine Avenue. "Red Creek" (Mosaic, tile mural) Blaylock Park, Second Street, Wiggins. "Pickle Mural" Blaylock Park, "Timber Tough Mural", Blaylock Park, Wiggins. "Eco-system of Stone County", "Red Creek Watershed" & "Locker High", Stone Middle School, Hwy. 26, Wiggins. "Celebrating our Communities," Stone Elementary, Hwy. 26, Wiggins. "The History of Perkinston", "A-Z & U (You!)" (Alphabet mural) Perkinston, MS-2nd St., Perkinston. "Water...Bogs, Creeks, and the Reservoir", Stone High School, 400 E. Border Ave., Wiggins. "MS Gulf Coast Community College", Student Center, MGCCC Campus, Perkinston. "The Eagle"

http://www.visitmississippi.org/events-and-points-of-interest/telling-trees-murals-26729

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A series of monuments are on display around Stone County. They're murals made out of mosaic tiles. As a matter of fact, Stone County has been designated as Mississippi's Mural County because these unique creations tell stories about the area's rich history...

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Credit to: David Elliott, News West 9

http://www.newswest9.com/story/31680196/stone-county-celebrates-history-through-art

The Telling Trees realized early that the stories must be told even if the “teller could not be there” to personally share the story.

From this realization evolved The Murals of Stone County. The murals celebrate the people of Stone County: who they are, where they live, and the culture, industry, and habitat that are Stone County’s foundation. They celebrate the p’s of Stone County – people, pickles, paper, pine, paper, poles, pecans, paper chips, pellets, and pottery. They tell how the virgin pine forests of the area were and are the life blood of the Stone County economy (the source of turpentine, paper chips and wood pellets, poles, and lumber) and of when Wiggins was home to the largest pickle factory in the world! To date twenty-six murals are complete, an additional one planned honoring Stone County’s veterans is funded, and others are yet in the planning phase...

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Credit to: Stone County Arts Council

https://stonecountyartscouncil.org/telling-trees/murals-of-stone-county/

Effective May 1, 2012, via Senate Resolution 643, the 2012 Mississippi Legislature declared that Stone County is Mississippi’s Mural County. Sunset Through the Longleaf Pines was the first mural erected and can be found in Blaylock Park. Since then over twenty mosaic tile and painted murals have been erected in the County with more in the planning stages. The murals evolved through The Telling Trees, a project to capture and present the stories of Stone County through the arts.

Credit to: The Old Firehouse Museum, Wiggins

https://oldfirehousewiggins.org/2013/06/14/fun-fact-stone-county-mississippis-mural-county/

Check out this PDF to learn more about the Telling Trees murals.

Credit to: Stone County Arts Council

https://stonecountyartscouncil.files.wordpress.com/2013/07/our-south-stone-county-murals-summer-2013.pdf

Mississippi Children’s Museum

The Mississippi Children’s Museum provides unparalleled experiences that ignites a thirst for discovery, knowledge, and learning in all children.

http://mschildrensmuseum.org/

The Stories

Monique Ealy is the MS Children's Museum Outreach Coordinator, and she dare to differ. This summer, she has traveled from Bolton to Brandon, Pearl to Prentiss and more to engage children in a pilot program Fit for Fun! This program is sponsored by Subway and incorporates an interactive reading of a food-themed story, a hands-on, science-based experience using MCM's healthy plate, active movement, and fun fitness activities for children of all ages and abilities. Thanks to corporate and community support, Monique and other members of MCM are able to travel to children who have limited access to other educational resources and bring unparalleled experiences outside of the museum. MCM takes fun seriously, and we're proud to have Monique on our team!

Credit to: Chellese Hall


Credit to: 16 WAPT News Jackson


This place is an absolute wonder! My boys had a blast! This is a must visit if you are anywhere around Jackson! The staff is super friendly and helpful! We will definitely be back!

Credit to: Kim Jones Parker, Facebook Reviewer


Credit to: FarmBureauMS


Wesley Holman made a spring out of a standard twist-tie on Sunday at the Mississippi Children's Museum. Sounds easy enough, right? Well, he also made a bowl.

"It's still a little warm, so I'm going to hand it to the big people that are with you, so when it cools off, they'll give it to you," said a museum volunteer as Wesley's bowl came out of the mold machine.

"I drew orange, green, purple," Wesley said, as he proudly displayed the bowl.

Wesley's very practical artwork was a part of the Children's Museum's latest exhibit, which opened this weekend. "How People Make Things" offers hands-on activities using real factory tools and machines to create objects with four manufacturing processes: molding, cutting, deforming and assembly...

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Credit to: Therese Apel, The Clarion-Ledger

http://www.clarionledger.com/story/news/2014/06/08/miss-childrens-museum-welcomes-new-exhibit/10211789/

Credit to: Mississippi Public Broadcasting


Ciao Chow

An Italian restaurant in New Albany, MS. 

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Ciao-Chow/233261920097128

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Off the beaten path in downtown Ashland in a tiny little building that seats 46 people at most is a diamond in the rough known as Ciao Chow...

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Credit to: Ginna Parsons, Daily Journal

http://djournal.com/lifestyle/ciao-chow-ashland-restaurant-blends-italian-cuisine-southern-favorites/

The food was delicious! The staff were very nice always moving around checking on everyone, they kept us happy smile They make u feel like family, the crab cakes and 3 cheese tortellini were to die for and I want to go back to try more off the menu ! Thank you so much for making our visit to your restaurant such pleasure !

Credit to: Sonia Tucker Hurdle, Facebook Reviewer


It was St. Valentine’s Night of 2012 when a new restaurant touting Italian and Southern cuisine opened its doors in Ashland. The front page of the Southern Advocate proudly displayed a cannoli, an Italian dessert delicacy that some had never heard of. So many wondered how such a restaurant could survive in this small hamlet.

Ciao Chow has not only survived; it has thrived. Over the past four-plus years, many locals have developed a taste for an assortment of parmesans, alfredos, lasagnas, and so many other Italian dishes as well Southern foods such as crab cakes, pork chops, and the chef’s signature steak...

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Credit to: Mike Carroll, Tim Satterfield

http://www.southreporter.com/index.php/columns-opinions/2451-letter-to-the-editor-4

Erin and Ben Napier

Erin and Ben Napier are the hosts of a new HGTV series that is set to air in 2017. Known for their amazing house in Laurel's Historic District and Luxury Luxe, the Napiers have made an impact on modern Laurel. 

https://erinandben.co

The Stories

For those who identify as small town folks, the allure of oak-lined streets, quiet afternoons on the porch and lives lived among kindred spirits who know your name as well as your lineage, is both undeniable and ingrained at birth.

For Erin and Ben Napier, this innate sense of place and purpose has led to a desire to bring others into the simple way of life that is deeply cherished in their small town in South Mississippi. From the porch of their beloved, yellow craftsman home on one of the most beautiful streets in Laurel’s historic district they’ve dreamed of a new era of prosperity and growth for the “City Beautiful.”...

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Credit to: Laurel Main Street

http://laurelmainstreet.com/small-town-big-impact-erin-napier-ben-napier-hgtv-home-town/

Earlier this Spring, when I was sharing the photos from our Honeymoon Road Trip, I posted about this great town we stopped in to see – Laurel, Mississippi. Since then my inbox has been filled with comments and emails from people all over the US who either have a connection to Laurel or just love it as much as Garrett and I do...

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Credit to: Life at Cloverhill

http://www.lifeatcloverhill.com/2014/10/visiting-erin-ben-napier-1925-craftsman-laurel-mississippi.html

When a reader named Erin sent me photos of her 1925 Craftsman Cottage in Laurel, Mississippi, I got a case of serious house envy. Today she’s sharing the story of how she and her husband Ben came to own the George F. Haynes House, as it’s known, and have made it their home...

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Credit to: Hooked on Houses

http://hookedonhouses.net/2012/08/29/the-story-of-a-1925-craftsman-cottage-in-mississippi/

Listen to Erin's story of how Luxury Luxe came to be.

Credit to: agapechurchtv


The small town of Laurel is about to get some big attention.

HGTV has commissioned season one of "Home Town," a show which follows couple Ben and Erin Napier, as they welcome newcomers to the city by helping them find and renovate a home...

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Credit to: Bracey Harris, The Clarion-Ledger

http://www.clarionledger.com/story/life/2016/02/22/hgtv-tv-show-gives-laurel-permission-dream-big/80747850/

Porter, The

The Porter offers an authentic, old-style Public House atmosphere with only the best locally brewed Southern craft beer, familiar yet oddly original, thoughtfully prepared American Pub-style food as well as the most unique live entertainment experience in the area, all in the heart of Historic Downtown Hattiesburg, Mississippi.

http://www.theporterpub.com/

The Stories

The Porter is Hattiesburg culture and cuisine through and through. Local music, local drinks, local food, and being run by locals makes this a must for anyone in town or visiting. Swing in, grab a grand plate of nachos or wings and snag a cold one while you listen to some authentic Mississippi music and people.

Credit to: Phil Alford, Facebook Reviewer


Unabridged Architecture

Contemporary vernacular architecture using the best renewable resource: human energy and optimism

http://www.unarch.com

The Stories

In October 2005, six weeks after Hurricane Katrina ravaged the Gulf Coast, I met Allison and John Anderson for the first time, at the Mississippi Renewal Forum. Organized by New Urbanism’s leading light, Andres Duany, this mega-charrette had brought some 200 planners, engineers, and architects to the ballroom of the Isle of Capri, a Biloxi, Miss., hotel-casino that had weathered the storm. The plan was to re-imagine the historic towns that Katrina had destroyed. Unlike most of the participants, the Andersons were locals: They had come from a mere 30 miles up the coast, from the hard-hit town of Bay St. Louis, Miss...

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Credit to: Karrie Jacobs, Architect Magazine

http://www.architectmagazine.com/design/coastal-resurgence_o

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and the American Institute of Architects (AIA) announced the recipients of the 2016 HUD Secretary's Housing and Community Design Award. The project is recognized as one of four projects nationwide for excellence in affordable or accessible housing design.

"Each of these developments are innovative housing opportunities offering seniors and families alike a place to thrive," said HUD Secretary Julián Castro. "These winners prove that affordable and accessible housing can become part of the fabric of any neighborhood and reinforce the principles of inclusiveness and opportunity."...

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Credit to: The Seacoast Echo

http://www.seacoastecho.com/article_9994.shtml#.V5yY9qKmUzX

Designed by Unabridged Architecture, the West Hancock Shelter is a minimalist safe haven for Gulf Coast residents.

Credit to: Unabridged Architecture


"Apparatus bays meet International Building Code Essential Facility wind ratings."

Credit to: Unabridged Architecture


Mockingbird Cafe

Built in 1868 and boasting a rare three-sided gallery, the Mockingbird Café is a small, charmingly eclectic venue located two blocks from the Beachfront, Old Town Bay St. Louis. The 'bird is the preferred hangout of the young, young at heart, slightly underground, artsy, volunteers, old hippies and generally, anyone with an easy spirit who doesn't think you should put extra starch in your underwear. We've been called the Living Room of the Bay, and that is true. When the Mockingbird was born, out of the destruction of Hurricane Katrina, locals and volunteers alike found the 'bird to be a welcome and comforting presence in the trying, chaotic times after the storm. In the years since, the Mockingbird Cafè has evolved from coffee shop & gathering place into a respected restaurant and art gallery. The walls of the 'bird are filled with the creations of local artist and photographers.

http://www.mockingbirdcafe.com/

The Stories

The Mockingbird Café is always one of the first stops for people visiting Bay St. Louis.
Usually they were commanded by some friendly local to go there.
Or they may have read about the Mockingbird in Southern Living (it’s been featured there several times) or some other national publication.

Visitors can always find interesting locals willing to converse in the lively café.
On any given day, you’re likely to find college students who have stumbled on the Bay during their travels, scientists who work at Stennis Space Center, day-trippers from New Orleans and beyond, kids from the nearby schools and lots of artists and writers.
The mix of people is as irresistible as the food and beverages served up by smiling The Mockingbird’s affectionate nickname is “The Town’s Living Room,” and it is...

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Credit to: Bay St. Louis Old Town

http://www.baystlouisoldtown.com/mockingbird-cafe.html

Mockingbird Cafe is now a part of my daily routine! After yoga I get a chai tea that is simply delicious. I love the creative atmosphere that supports my writing and work. And if I stay long enough, I HAVE to have one of their garden burger - the BEST I've ever tasted!! Great service, friendly staff and such a cool hidden gem!

Credit to: Crystal Naomi Stretching, Facebook Reviewer


The Mockingbird is the center of town. It is a place to meet friends, where the staff know your name, where anything that is happening is happening there. The women who run it are community builders. The coffee the best in town. Not be missed on a visit to this lovely coastal town.

Credit to: Archana Sharma, Facebook Reviewer


Alicen Wonderland and Julie Ragusa are the owners of The Mockingbird Café in Bay St. Louis, Mississippi. After Hurricane Katrina, they both recognized the need for a space where the community could come and heal from tragedy together.

“Mississippi’s home, and this place in particular is magic. And it’s the people that make it so.”-Alicen

“I think this place attracts like-minded people. The Mockingbird and Bay St. Louis, Mississippi attracts like-minded people who celebrate diversity and who really appreciate diversity.”-Julie



French Potager, The

Located in Old Town Bay St. Louis this antique and flower boutique reflects the dynamic and historic culture of the Gulf Coast, with its artsy floral design and beach chic décor.

http://www.thefrenchpotager.com

The Stories

Martha Whitney Butler has a growing fan club, although they’re split into three different camps.

Admirers of her instantly recognizable artistic style call her a Design Diva.
Others, observing her mover/shaker Get-Things-Done-and-It’d-Better-Be-Fun approach to community life, encourage her to run for mayor.
Customers who frequent her Main Street shop, the French Potager (213 Main Street) assert she’s an encyclopedia of knowledge on antiques and collectibles...

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Credit to: Bay St. Louis Old Town

http://www.baystlouisoldtown.com/the-french-potager.html

Martha always has a smile on her face, and there is always something unique and interesting to be found here. Beautifully merchandised, this is a must do when in Bay St Louis.

Credit to: Naomi Celestin, Facebook Reviewer


The French Potager, at 213 Main Street, carries a fascinating array of antiques, gifts, plants and accessories for home and garden. The shop is the brain-child of Martha Whitney Butler. Butler may be one of the youngest shop owners in Old Town, but she’s also one of the most savvy – and probably has more business experience than many corporate executives.

The daughter of antique dealers in Birmingham, Butler’s opened her first shop in a prestigious antiques mall when she was only 16 years old. By the time she entered college at Ole Miss, she’d already been on antique buying trips to Europe and was a veteran at hunting for bargains in Parisian flea markets. While earning her degree in art history and English, she earned pocket money by ferreting out collectibles from thrift stores, then reselling her finds to antique dealers...

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Credit to: The French Potager

http://www.thefrenchpotager.com/#!about_us/c1a73

You can always find unusual objects at this lovely shop of a different variety. I always find some one-of-a-kind piece that I've not seen anywhere else. I highly recommend it if you are searching for interesting decor pieces or handcrafted jewelry.

Credit to: Cunthia Fore Miller, Facebook Reviewer


President of The Arts Hancock County, President/Founder of the Raw Oyster Marching Club, and owner of The French Potager, Martha Whitney Butler is a major asset to the city of Bay St. Louis.

“I think claiming the fact that you’re an artist is a hard thing to do and a hard thing to get your head around. But that’s something that I found that happened to me, and that’s kind of what I’ve made my goal here in Bay St. Louis to do, is to push that person over the line to make them say ‘I am an artist,’ and be confident in it. To witness this community where everyone is an artist… One of those places where you can find yourself, and it leads to incredible things.”- Martha Whitney


Rock U 2 (the Ocean Springs Academy of Popular Music)

Rock U 2 uses music to change children's lives. Offering music lessons and performance chances to kids, Rock U 2 helps inspire their students to pursue their passions for music. In addition to for-profit lessons, Rock U 2 supplies disadvantaged children with instruments and scholarships to pursue their dreams. 

http://www.rocku2oceansprings.com

The Stories

Young people across the coast will soon have a new outlet to learn and perform popular music.

An Ocean Springs couple is about to open a new music academy that combines individual instruction with group performances. The new venture is called Rock-U2.

A Jackson Avenue building that once served as the Ocean Springs ice house will soon resonate the sounds of music...

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Credit to: Steve Phillips, WLOX

http://www.wlox.com/story/14543704/school-of-rock-to-open-in-ocean-springs

Credit to: RockU2OceanSprings


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The Ocean Springs-based Rock U2 Academy of Popular Music, through its Rock U2 Foundation, will present its annual "Rock the Block" event Tuesday night at the IP Casino & Resort in Biloxi.

Rock the Block, now in its third year, is the major fundraiser for the foundation, which provides scholarships for musical instruments, lessons and interactive music programs for underserved and disabled children in south Mississippi who otherwise might not have music as a part of their lives...

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Credit to: Warren Kulo, Gulflive

http://blog.gulflive.com/mississippi-press-news/2016/04/rock_u2_music_studio_to_presen.html

Credit to: RockU2OceanSprings


The preparation and opportunity ROCK U 2 The Ocean Springs Academy of Popular Music and Tim Alamsha Productions is offering these young musicians will pay off with great dividends and will turn out artists infinitely more able to handle the success that will surely come from their efforts.

Credit to: Don Lee Wilson, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Inductee and founder and leader of The Ventures


Tim and Barbara Alamsha own RockU2, the Ocean Springs Academy of Popular Music, in Ocean Springs, Mississippi. They strive to instill a love of music in their students, while giving them opportunities to shine. Whether their students are there to pursue a career in music or to just have fun, Tim and Barbara want to give everyone who walks through their doors a taste of being a musician and hope that teamwork, confidence, and motivation are the overarching themes of RockU2.


Buddyrow

Charming little shop in Ocean Springs offering Vintage home accessories, artisan made goods, framed art, jewelry, & design services.

https://www.facebook.com/Buddyrowonline/

The Stories

Keith Wooten is the owner of Buddyrow, Life More Civilized in Ocean Springs, Mississippi. Buddyrow is a collection of vintage and modern clothing, jewelry, housewares, and art. With a background in fashion design, Keith has a great eye for unique pieces to bring to Buddyrow.

“Good design is always good design, whether it’s an eighteenth century piece or a twenty-first century piece. If it’s good, true design, they can all work together.”-Keith



Love this store. Beautiful new and vintage items. The owner has a great eye for unusual items.

Credit to: Holly Fukumitsu, Facebook Reviewer


I hit Buddyrow yesterday and got the coolest bamboo bracelets. My friend found a beautiful vintage dress and we had a blast chatting with the owner. Will be back!!!

Credit to: Valerie Lyons Englade, Facebook Reviewer


Brookhaven (the city)

Nominated as a Modern Mississippi site, Brookhaven deserves all the recognition it receives for daring to differ. Max the Modern Machine, and his story collectors went to discover the Modern stories of this complex city.

Connecting New Orleans and Memphis by railroad, Brookhaven has set itself apart through its community leaders, artists, and citizens that dare to differ.

From the Mississippi School of the Arts to Betty’s Eat Shop to the young directors and actors at Brookhaven Little Theatre, Brookhaven's modernity is evidenced through actions, art, and architecture.

Thank you to all who shared their stories with us.

A special thank you goes out to Nancy Hanks-Myers, who has been our oldest Modern Ambassador and has left us in awe of her energy & enthusiasm for Mapping A Modern Mississippi. Thank you, Nancy for your inspiration and for introducing us to Modern Brookhaven.

We look forward to our next visit!

These are the stories we experienced while visiting this community. To find more stories about places and people from the area, explore the map.

The Stories

Katie Nations, Program Director at Brookhaven Chamber of Commerce, is creating a network for the community, whether a corporation, small business, or citizen, to communicate and interact.

“I think what we’re trying to do now is to create a couple of grassroot type events…It’s very small, little things that we’re hoping will become large events and festivals.” -Katie


Brookhaven Little Theatre offers a creative outlet for the teens of Brookhaven by allowing them to direct, act, stage, and choreograph their own shows, as well as participate in well-known shows, such as “The Fantasticks.”

“The theatre has given me so many opportunities and taught me so much just in the past few years. Just how to be different, how to stand out, and that it’s okay to stand out.”- Mary Rhea

“And this theatre alone has proved to me that being different is nothing to be ashamed of.”- Austin


Betty’s Eat Shop, named after Matt’s grandmother, features a mix of fine dining and familiar, Southern dishes. Drawn back to his hometown of Brookhaven, Matt wants to give people a place to come together in the community to have an unique experience.

“I am taking a chance. I could’ve come back and done something sweet and simple and cook food that I like to eat and be safe. And be successful. With this, I hope it’ll be successful… I’m hoping to change people’s opinions and to open them up to different options of food.”-Matt


Developer and businessesman of Brookhaven, Terry Pappas is a visionary. The desire to expand Brookhaven’s historical district and to completely renovate the downtown area drives Terry’s work. What sets Terry apart from other developers is that he tries to save historical aspects of each building he remodels instead of starting from scratch.

“There’s a couple of things we probably didn’t have to save, but to me, that’s the history. So we try to save it all and mix the modern with the historical… After I’m dead and gone, generations will be able to experience this building for a long time.”-Terry


John Lynch feels an inexplicable desire to repurpose spaces in Downtown Brookhaven. He calls it a “disease” or a “passion.” From this desire, the Inn on Whitworth, a Bed and Breakfast in Brookhaven, was born. Kim Sessums, a doctor/artist, was commissioned to decorate the space, and together, they have created a space where people like to be. For the past five years, people from around the world have enjoyed the Inn on Whitworth!

“Once we got the place done and people began to come in and visit, what we found out was—and I tell Johnny this all the time—if you make the space good, people may not know why they like to be in it, but they like to be in it. And that’s what happens here. People come in, probably different from anything they had known before… And they liked the art.”-Kim

“We get international travelers doing the Blue’s Trail, they’re going to New Orleans for various reasons. And so they come in and go ‘I cannot believe that this is in Brookhaven. This is just so different.’”-John


After spending the majority of her life in Brookhaven, Tammy Santos Brewer found a passion for the history of the area. One of the charter members of the Lincoln County Historical and Genealogical society, Santos Brewer helped establish a museum, and along with other historians, wrote a book to preserve the rich story of Brookhaven.

“Brookhaven has had a lot of forward thinkers, I believe… You know there’s a cliché--you don’t know where you’re going unless you know where you’ve been--I think that applies a lot of the time, especially to the people that are the forward thinkers or those who see the big picture. They’ve seen where Brookhaven has been; they know where they want Brookhaven to go. I think by putting all that together they see the potential that Brookhaven has.”- Tammy


Don Jacobs, a muralist, founded Brookstock. Brookstock is Brookhaven’s annual music festival with humble beginnings. Shaw Furlow approached Don about expanding Brookstock to more than one night.

“I’m trying to help build the music and art scene here in Brookhaven. You know, we’ve got a great little town here, and now that we’ve got venues to play in, the musicians are starting to reemerge.”-Shaw


Prison to College Pipeline, The

The Prison to College Pipeline, established by Dr. Patrick Alexander and Dr. Otis Pickett, gives inmates the opportunity to enroll in college level classes to prepare for a life outside of prison.

The Stories

Pickett grew up on Sullivan’s Island, South Carolina, an idyllic coastal community in the shadow of Ft. Sumter, where the Civil War began. When Pickett’s family home was swept away by Hurricane Hugo, he lived for a time with his grandfather, a caring community physician who received the Palmetto Award, South Carolina’s highest recognition for civilian service to others. Years later, Pickett’s fascination with history, his grandfather’s model of compassion, and a chance meeting at a faculty orientation led him to an unexpected ministry, an unlikely group of students, and a summer spent at the Mississippi State Penitentiary, also known as Parchman Farm...

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Credit to: Mississippi College Beacon

http://www.mc.edu/beacon/spring-2015/features/teaching-behind-bars

On a recent steamy June afternoon near Pearl, Mississippi, twenty-two women engaged in an animated discussion around Theda Perdue’s book Cherokee Women, an examination of the roles and responsibilities of Cherokee women during the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. It was clear they had each read the text carefully before coming to class, and their analysis of Perdue’s study of the complexity of Native gender relations was as scholarly as one might find in any university classroom. But this was not a university classroom; the women are all inmates at the Central Mississippi Correctional Facility and the course is part of the Prison-to-College Pipeline Program administered by two professors, with financial support from the Mississippi Humanities Council...

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Credit to: MIssissippi Humanities Council

http://libarts.olemiss.edu/mhc-news-prison-to-college-pipeline-program-takes-the-humanities-behind-bars/

Rethinking prison involves rethinking how those behind bars spend their time, say leaders of the University of Mississippi's Prison-to-College Pipeline.

"It's really a way of transforming Mississippi and a way of transforming us nationally," said Patrick Alexander, who started the program with Otis Pickett...

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Credit to: Jerry Mitchell, The Clarion Ledger

http://www.clarionledger.com/story/news/2014/10/25/profs-making-investments-future/17938855/

Several men imprisoned at the Mississippi State Penitentiary at Parchman are on their way to earning degrees, thanks to a new University of Mississippi-based program designed to assist them in obtaining a college education...

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Credit to: Edwin Smith, University of Mississippi

http://news.olemiss.edu/um-program-transforms-incarcerated-men-college-students/

Seventeen inmates at the Mississippi State Penitentiary (MSP) graduated today from an innovative partnership with the University of Mississippi.

The University of Mississippi Prison-to-College Pipeline Program helps students imprisoned at MSP who have attained a GED or possess a high school diploma to smoothly transition to college coursework. In accordance with the University of Mississippi’s core value of devoting knowledge and abilities to serve our state and world, faculty and former faculty from the University serve as the program’s primary instructors...

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Credit to: Winston News Online

http://winstonnewsonline.com/2014/08/seventeen-inmates-at-mississippi-state-penitentiary-graduate-from-prison-to-college-pipeline-program/

The Prison to College Pipeline Program allows inmates to enroll in college classes for credit. Dr. Patrick Alexander and Dr. Otis Pickett realized that while many academics talk about the marginalization of the incarcerated population, little was being done in academia to correct this injustice. Thus, the program was born. This program actively invests in this sector of the population by instilling confidence in its students and enabling them to take control of their futures.

Credit to: Nolie Ramsey


North Mississippi AllStars

North Mississippi Allstars formed in 1996; the product of a special time for modern Mississippi country blues. Brothers Luther and Cody Dickinson soaked up the music of their father, Memphis legend Jim Dickinson, and absorbed the North Mississippi legacy while playing and shaking it down in the juke joints with their blues ancestors. R.L. Burnside, Junior Kimbrough, Otha Turner and their musical families were at their peak, making classic records and touring the world. Eventually, Luther (guitar, vocals) and Cody (drums, vocals) formed the North Mississippi Allstars and pioneered their own brand of blues-infused rock and roll.

http://www.nmallstars.com/

The Stories

Longtime Memphis musician and producer Jim Dickinson always told his sons, “You need to be playing music together. You are better together than you will ever be apart.” Luther and Cody Dickinson grew up hearing those words, along with the musical sounds their father helped shape.

When Jim Dickinson died in August 2009, the brothers coped the way they knew best: through music. Those sessions led to a new album from their band, The North Mississippi Allstars, called Keys to the Kingdom (Songs of the South)...

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Credit to: NPR

http://www.npr.org/2011/03/12/134465921/the-north-mississippi-allstars-songs-for-their-father

The secret to Luther Dickinson's signature wailing slide-guitar groove? Start with the basics.

"In my community, everybody played with their fingers and everybody played slide guitar and open tuning," the North Mississippi Allstars frontman tells Jackie Greene, who sat down together during Nashville's Americana Fest to discuss Dickinson's approach to his instrument. And, of course, do a little noodling. (The two did time in the Black Crowes at different points in the band's career.) When Dickinson plays, his fingers do the walking — something host Greene points out in the video, the first of D'Addario's Guitar Power acoustic series...

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Credit to: Marissa R. Moss, Rolling Stone

http://www.rollingstone.com/music/news/see-luther-dickinson-and-jackie-greene-jam-in-new-guitar-series-20151007

Credit to: NPR


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Credit to: Rolling Stone


Big House Books

"Big House doesn’t judge a book by its cover. We believe in literacy for all – even for those in our correctional facilities. That’s why we’ve set out to provide books to Mississippians in prisons and juvenile detention centers. Every person has the right to educate themselves, and it’s our goal to make that a reality."

https://bighousebooksms.org/

The Stories

This organization seeks to "protect the right to read" for all people, including inmates. They embody modernity due to their dedication to protecting the humanity of the incarcerated, a sector of the public that is often overlooked. By giving prisoners the ability to gain knowledge, they allow them to grow as people. 

Credit to: Nolie Ramsey


Under most circumstances, one would be correct in assuming that life-changing movements don't begin with a puppet show. Then, there's the team at Big House Books, a Jackson nonprofit that grants book requests for inmates across the state of Mississippi.

Organizers Kelli Gann, Olivia Cote and Katy Morgan, who are all public school teachers, and Shelby Parsons trace the origin of Big House to a local performance from Carrboro, N.C.-based troupe The Mysterious Rabbit Puppet Army in December 2014. In conjunction with Chapel Hill, N.C. nonprofit Prison Books Collective, the show explained the history and problems of mass incarceration. At the end of the act, there was a catch...

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Credit to: Micah Smith, Jackson Free Press

http://www.jacksonfreepress.com/news/2015/nov/24/books-beyond-bars/

Betty’s Eat Shop

A restaurant in Brookhaven, MS that dares to differ by serving Southern food with an Italian twist. 

https://www.facebook.com/bettyseatshop/

The Stories

Credit to: Modern Crew


Brookhaven will soon have a new restaurant that serves Southern cuisine with an Italian twist...

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Credit to: Alex Jacks, Daily Leader

http://www.dailyleader.com/2016/04/14/new-restaurant-coming-to-town/

I felt like I stepped into a downtown New Orleans cafe. The food was INCREDIBLE! And the staff was great too! I think every single one checked on me to make sure I enjoyed everything. Love love love!!!

Credit to: Susanna Grace Jackson, Facebook Reviewer


Brookhaven Little Theatre

The mission of Brookhaven Little Theatre is to expose people of all ages to the arts.

http://haventheatre.org

The Stories

Credit to: Modern Crew


I was so pleased when we moved to Brookhaven 30 years ago and discovered that this small town had a community theatre. It has not been a disappointment.
My daughter fell in love theatre when she participated in drama camp. She is a graduate of Ms School of the Arts and is a theatre major at Ole Miss now. I think the influence BLT had was a major factor in her discovering her love of acting.
Not only does the little theatre provide great entertainment, it is an a organization that the people of our area come together and have fun, met people you would have not gotten to know otherwise and provides a wonderful opportunity for our children.
Two thumbs up !!!

Credit to: Kellie Richardson Patti, Facebook Reviewer


Credit to: runningwildfilms


With a cast of 50 young people, the BLTEENS production of "Hairspray Jr." is a tour de force that you do not want to miss. Catchy songs and a great story are brought to life in this adaption of the Tony Award winning musical...

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Credit to: Daily Leader

http://www.dailyleader.com/2016/06/24/blteens-hairspray-jr-cant-stop-the-beat/

"There's a boy, a girl, two fathers, and a wall," Shaw Furlow says. 

Starting at 7:30 PM Friday, Brookhaven Little Theatre will perform "The Fantasticks," a musical whose original Off-Broadway performance ran for 42 years. Furlow is directing...

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Credit to: Daily Leader

http://www.dailyleader.com/2016/05/18/blt-prepares-for-fantasticks-opening/

Credit to: Supertalk1021


Inn on Whitworth, The

The Inn is a small modern boutique 14 room hotel within Historic Downtown Brookhaven that features original artwork within a unique setting

http://www.innonwhitworth.com

The Stories

Credit to: Modern Crew


Credit to: Betsy Hood


I needed a nice, quick, peaceful getaway for New Year's Eve. I must pat myself on the back! The decision to try The Inn on Whitworth made my trip worth it! Sallie welcomed and greeted me with a warm and friendly smile and a sweet treat! She gave a sweet treat!! What a way to start the new year! The Inn is located within a town's square. From the outside you'd have no idea that the inside offers what it does!! Pleasantly surprised! The Inn on Whitworth is modernized and elegantly decorated. I would choose here over a hotel at any visit to the area! A continental breakfast is offered and there are local shops and restaurants within walking distance.

Credit to: Daisii D., Yelp Reviewer


My family stayed here when we came to Brookhaven for my grandfather's funeral. Sally was wonderful and unbelievably accommodating to us. The rooms are beautiful and modern. I loved having a keurig in the room! The common area was a welcomed surprise. We got to all hang around the kitchen area, eat, drink and fellowship. The Breakfast spread was DELICIOUS!! I would recommend the Inn on Whitworth over and over again!

Credit to: Kelly Nicole Dorsey, Facebook Reviewer


My family and I have been coming down to Brookhaven since the 1960s to visit family who live a few miles away. Many moons ago we were all excited when Brookhaven got its first restaurant--a McDonald's. grin) My how times have changed with the arrival of The Inn on Whitworth! Stepping into the Inn, with its marvelous architecture, art and design, you think you are in NYC's Soho. Then, you are welcomed by Sallie, the most warm, gracious and down-to-earth innkeeper, and you feel immediately at home. My sisters, a brother-in-law and I stayed for three nights just a couple weeks ago in rooms 3 and 6. Both were clean and well-appointed and each room even a little sitting area with a couch, coffee table and desk. Free and excellent WiFi! When we were not visiting with them, family members dropped by to sit in the lobby and visit with us and everyone felt extremely comfortable and relaxed. Did I mention breakfast? All sorts of fresh fruit, strong coffee, wide selection of teas, cereal (organic, gluten-free plus a nice selection of "standards"), pastries, breads, yogurt, juices, etc. All delicious. If you wanted something with an egg or breakfast meat, you could pop just next door to Janie's Pastry Shop, order your breakfast sandwich and charge it to the Inn. At night, you could sit in the lobby/kitchen/breakfast area and enjoy a slice of whatever type of cake was available. The other guests we met during our stay--from all over the country--were lovely to speak with. I can't recommend the Inn on Whitworth and the wonderful Sallie highly enough.

Credit to: Leslie F., Yelp Reviewer


John Lynch feels an inexplicable desire to repurpose spaces in Downtown Brookhaven. He calls it a “disease” or a “passion.” From this desire, the Inn on Whitworth, a Bed and Breakfast in Brookhaven, was born. Kim Sessums, a doctor/artist, was commissioned to decorate the space, and together, they have created a space where people like to be. For the past five years, people from around the world have enjoyed the Inn on Whitworth!

“Once we got the place done and people began to come in and visit, what we found out was—and I tell Johnny this all the time—if you make the space good, people may not know why they like to be in it, but they like to be in it. And that’s what happens here. People come in, probably different from anything they had known before… And they liked the art.”-Kim

“We get international travelers doing the Blue’s Trail, they’re going to New Orleans for various reasons. And so they come in and go ‘I cannot believe that this is in Brookhaven. This is just so different.’”-John


Brookstock

An annual music festival in Brookhaven, MS founded by Don Jacobs.

The Stories

Rock and roll will be returning to Brookhaven for another year of Brookstock this weekend. The music festival will begin Friday and continue through Saturday with area performers taking the stage at the Haven Theater, Brookhaven Recreation Department, Recess 101 and Magnolia Blues BBQ Company. This will be the 14th year for the music festival.

“Every year as Brookstock approaches, I start getting butterflies in my stomach,” said Don Jacobs, founder of Brookstock. “It’s also extremely gratifying and a little mind-boggling to realize that I’ve brought all these people together to have a good time.”...

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Credit to: Katie Williamson, Daily Leader

http://www.dailyleader.com/2014/07/17/the-music-comes-back-to-town/

Check out a podcast featuring Brookstock founder, Don Jacobs, here!

Credit to: Mississippi Arts Commission


It started out as a reunion and grew into an event for music lovers throughout the community. Brookstock has been a staple of Brookhaven for 15 years, and Shaw Furlow, Don Jacobs, and others set out to document it in April...

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Credit to: Aaron Paden, Daily Journal

http://www.dailyleader.com/2015/12/23/brookstock-gets-documentary-treatment/

A younger generation of talented performers is being given a chance to unleash their talents for this year's Brookstock festival. The first annual Teen Brookstock will make its debut Friday, July 18, at the Haven Theatre...

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Credit to: Katie Williamson, Daily Journal

http://www.dailyleader.com/2014/07/16/brookstock-involves-new-generation-in-festival/

Don Jacobs, a muralist, founded Brookstock. Brookstock is Brookhaven’s annual music festival with humble beginnings. Shaw Furlow approached Don about expanding Brookstock to more than one night.

“I’m trying to help build the music and art scene here in Brookhaven. You know, we’ve got a great little town here, and now that we’ve got venues to play in, the musicians are starting to reemerge.”-Shaw


Mississippi School of the Arts

The Mississippi School of the Arts is an upper high school of literary, visual, and performing arts on the historic Whitworth College Campus in Brookhaven, Mississippi, about sixty miles south of Jackson, Mississippi. MSA teaches 11th and 12th grade students.

http://www.msabrookhaven.org/

The Stories

It is fitting that a state with a rich cultural and creative heritage should offer a strong arts education program for its aspiring artists, and Mississippi has done just that. In 2003, the Mississippi School for the Arts (MSA) opened its Brookhaven campus to talented young Mississippians from across the state who are passionate about pursuing an arts education...

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Credit to: Mississippi Creative Economy

http://mscreativeeconomy.com/ms-school-arts.php

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Credit to: MSA


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Credit to: MSA


Most of the 2015-2016 visual artists and showcase guests at Mississippi School of the Arts remember the red cloak on display in Enoch’s Art Gallery for the senior portfolio showcase, as well as the Vernon Room display at the Lincoln-Lawrence-Franklin Regional Library in the fall of 2015. Well, those were not the only places the cloak has made an appearance...

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Credit to: MSA

http://www.msabrookhaven.org/2016/07/reds-untold-tale-artists-portfolio-lands-on-novel-cover/

Suzanne Hirsch prides herself on the opportunities that the Mississippi School of the Arts provides for 11th and 12th grade students across the state. As the Executive Director of MSA, Suzanne can directly see the impact a strong arts education has on the students, as well as the state of Mississippi. The school offers six areas of study: visual arts, theatre, vocal arts, dance, literary arts, and media arts.

“When you watch that, you know that their spirit, their citizenship is going to be what we need as taxpayers, as residents of our state, and I think that the future of Mississippi is going to be very bright because of these young people coming through. It makes me feel really confident in the future of what could be for our students because they’re leaving here very prepared and ready to go.”-Suzanne


Women in Construction

The Women in Construction Program trains women for careers in the construction trades to increase their earning power and family economic security.

http://www.moorecommunityhouse.org/winc/index.html

The Stories

The Moore Community House serves low-income women and young children in the ethnically diverse, low-wealth neighborhoods of east Biloxi. MCH and its community were devastated by Hurricane Katrina in 2005. As part of its recovery efforts, MCH launched the Women in Construction (WinC) program to help low-income women enter construction trade jobs. This was an effort to not only contribute to hurricane recovery, but to also offer individual women and their families improved earnings by opening new pathways to economic security. Since Katrina, Women in Construction has grown significantly to include general construction and welding trade skills...

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Credit to: Carol Burnett, Mary Reynolds Babock Foundation

http://mrbf.org/blog/women-construction-unlocking-bright-future-mississippi-families

Credit to: Mary Reynolds Babcock Foundation



Construction students are using the skills they've learned in the classroom to rebuild storm-damaged homes in the community. What makes the program unique is the students are all women.

The Women in Construction program is a free training course that was created after Hurricane Katrina. Many of the students are homeless, low-income, or face other hardships in life. This week, the ladies are reaching out to help someone else in need...

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Credit to: WLOX

http://www.wlox.com/story/19346041/women-use-construction-skills-to-rebuild-biloxi-home

The Moore Community House is in may ways a microcosm of the neighborhood around it. The nonprofit has been a sort of crossroads in Back Bay, connecting secular and Christian programs, families of different races and people in need with those who can help. It has bounced back after hurricanes, endured times of economic decline and stood strong in the face of racism. It has often been ahead of the curve, ushering in integration in the turbulent '60s, training women for nontraditional jobs and advocating for more child-care funding in the state.

This year, the East Biloxi institution is celebrating 90 years of community involvement.
The United Methodist Women mission agency primarily offers affordable child care to poor families through the federally funded Early Head Start program. But it has had other programs throughout its history, such as training women for construction jobs and teaching adults to read...

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Credit to: Lauren Walck, Mississippi United Methodist Women

http://www.mississippi-umw.org/index.php/districts/seashore-dis/item/85-biloxi-s-moore-community-house-celebrating-90-years-of-helping-neighbors

Julie Kuklinsky is the Director of the Women in Construction program on the Mississippi Gulf Coast. Leading demo crews after Hurricane Katrina, Julie fell in love with rebuilding houses and working with women in the construction field. Now, she continues to empower women by training them in a typically male-dominated field.

“When we do a project, it’s community-based—it’s not for profit at all. We do it to help the community, but our students get valuable learning. So after the storm, we were working in houses of people who needed it, and our students were getting trained on the site. So it was like a win-win situation for people who needed work done and women who needed to learn. And something interesting that’s in Mississippi to the core is that people appreciate people who work hard and it doesn’t really matter their gender.”-Julie



TALL Studio

TALL ideas, extraordinary Architecture. TALL specializes in holistic and insightful Architecture, furniture, art installations, and branding.

http://www.tall-studio.com/

The Stories

Mark Talley, AIA is Owner of TALLstudio Architecture, PLLC. Alongside his wife Madison, the duo designs pragmatic and insightful buildings and atmospheres...

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Credit to: TALL Studio

http://www.tall-studio.com/who-are-we/

When architects Mark and Madison Talley told people they were bringing their modern approach to South Mississippi, some people warned them to be careful.

Madison, a Coast native, said she and her husband thought they would end up in a large city after they graduated from Mississippi State University. But after seeing how expensive San Francisco was, they considered bringing their brand of modern design back home...

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Credit to: Justin Mitchell, The SunHerald

http://www.sunherald.com/news/business/article87315422.html

Mark and Madison Talley own TALL Studio Architecture in Ocean Springs, Mississippi. After working in more commercial setting, the Talleys decided to see if they could hold their own in the architecture world. Building a structure to withstand the climate and hurricane season can be challenging in terms of materials and design.

“I think has been easier to take risks here too because there is this younger community that’s coming in and kind of banding together. So it’s not so scary because you have other people you see that are doing it as well. We have a lot of young friends that are starting businesses, so we’re able to bounce ideas off each other.”-Madison


Second Chance Mississippi

Second Chance MS is an awareness and fundraising program to encourage and support 500,000 Mississippi high school dropouts to get a GED and skills training. Founded by former attorney Dickie Scruggs, who previously has been called the most powerful trial attorney in the U.S., the program was motivated by Scruggs’ personal experience tutoring fellow inmates while serving six years in prison.

http://www.2ndchancems.org

The Stories

Richard F. “Dickie” Scruggs, previously called the most powerful trial attorney in the U.S. for the multimillion and billion dollar awards secured in tobacco, asbestos and Hurricane Katrina lawsuits, steps up efforts this month to help high school dropouts in his home state of Mississippi earn a GED and skills training. Second Chance MS, an awareness and fundraising effort, was motivated by his personal experience tutoring fellow inmates while serving six years in prison...

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Credit to: Yahoo! Finance

https://finance.yahoo.com/news/teaching-prison-prompts-former-attorney-120000192.html

The man famously nicknamed Zeus will climb Mount Olympus this year to raise awareness about the shockingly high number of Mississippi high-school dropouts and raise funds to help the community college system educate them.

Former hotshot attorney Dickie Scruggs, having served his time for judicial bribery and barred from ever again practicing law, has made this issue his new life passion. With the blessing of all 15 community college presidents and a cadre of adult-education experts, Scruggs launched a nonprofit called SecondChanceMS...

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Credit to: Emily Le Coz, The Clarion-Ledger

http://www.clarionledger.com/story/news/2015/04/25/scruggs-raise-funds-adult-ed/26396817/

Listen to a three part podcast interview with Dickie Scruggs here.

Credit to: SuperTalk MS

http://www.supertalk.fm/archives/audio-archives/get-mo-gallo/?recording_id=16743

The Mississippi man that was once considered the most powerful lawyer in America is using education to give people at second chance at life.

Richard “Dickie” Scruggs talks to WJTV about a new mission on Thursday.
“I just got too big for my britches.”

Word from Dickie Scruggs after he was asked about his time behinds bars while speaking to the Kiwanis Club in Vicksburg. Scruggs was sent to prison after a bribery scheme in 2007...

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Credit to: Natay Holmes, WJTV

http://wjtv.com/2015/07/17/dickie-scruggs-talks-about-second-chance-mississippi-program/

Credit to: NBC News


It’s a new day for Dickie Scruggs. The former – and infamous – trial lawyer is now championing education for the state’s half-a-million dropouts, a passion awoken while tutoring inmates during his six-year prison sentence. His new initiative, Second Chance Mississippi, seeks to fund and enable the community college-sponsored GED programs, and the 16,000 or so enrolled in them...

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Credit to: Riley Manning, Daily Journal

http://djournal.com/news/initiative-aims-to-give-dropouts-second-chance/

Listen to Dickie Scruggs discuss Second Chance Mississippi with Marshall Ramsey here.

Credit to: MPB


After being indicted for committing Judicial Bribery, Dickie Scruggs spent six years in prison and altered the course of his life. While in prison, he tutored fellow inmates so that they could receive their GED, and when he was released, Scruggs created Second Chance MS so those who have spent time in prison can receive proper tutoring for the GED.

“I realized after a fairly short time that I was regaining a sense of purpose. The reward in watching a man at any age, but a forty, fifty year old guy, even a twenty-five year old guy, watching a lightbulb go on, watching them start regaining some hope to redirect their lives was extremely rewarding for me. And it became my sense of purpose.”-Dickie



Marshall Ramsey

Marshall Ramsey is Mississippi-based editorial cartoonist, author and media personality. The two-time Pulitzer Finalist’s editorial cartoons are syndicated nationally by Creators Syndicate and have appeared in The New York Times, USA Today and The Clarion-Ledger.

http://marshallramsey.com/

The Stories

Known for his award-winning cartoons, entertaining radio program and engaging short stories, Marshall Ramsey has been living his childhood dream for 46 years. But that dream hasn’t always been easy. When Ramsey graduated with honors from the University of Tennessee in 1991, his first job was as a night custodian at Pope High School in Marietta, Georgia – not exactly a planned destination on his career path. But Ramsey quickly learned that the “worst moments” in life are the seeds for the best moments...

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Credit to: Marshall Ramsey

http://marshallramsey.com/?page_id=2

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Credit to: The Clarion-Ledger


Marshall Ramsey is Mississippi-based editorial cartoonist, author and media personality. The two-time Pulitzer Finalist’s editorial cartoons are syndicated nationally by Creators Syndicate and have appeared in The New York Times, USA Today and The Clarion-Ledger... 

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Credit to: Tedx Jackson

http://www.tedxjackson.com/speakers/ramsey/

Credit to: Ole Miss Journalism


Credit to: The Clarion-Ledger


ward-winning editorial cartoonist Marshall Ramsey will deliver the commencement address to about 100 Mississippi University for Women graduates Friday, Dec. 11 at 2 p.m. in Whitfield Hall, Rent Auditorium.

Also known for his radio program and story-telling, Ramsey is a two-time Pulitzer finalist. His editorial cartoons are syndicated nationally by Creators Syndicate and have appeared in The New York Times, USA Today and The Clarion-Ledger in Jackson. He’s also the host of the weekly statewide radio program, "Now You’re Talking with Marshall Ramsey" and the TV show, "Conversations" on Mississippi Public Broadcasting...

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Credit to: MUW

http://www.muw.edu/news/3149-ward-winning-cartoonist-marshall-ramsey-to-speak-at-the-w-s-graduation

Check out Marshall Ramsey's podcast with Cherita Brent "Now You're Talking" here.


Credit to: Nightique with Edward Saint Pe'


LifeHouse of Mississippi

With the tagline of Inspire. Ignite. Implement., LifeHouse provides both physical space and community resources in order to connect people desiring to serve with opportunities to use their God-give talents.

http://www.lifehousemississippi.com/

The Stories

Born and raised in Memphis, TN, Karyn holds a bachelor's degree in Marketing from the University of Memphis. She moved in Jackson in 1993 and shortly thereafter founded Inzinna Consulting, a governmental affairs firm...

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Credit to: LIfeHouse of Mississippi

http://www.lifehousemississippi.com/our-story/

For the first eight months of Dot, I was working out of my bedroom. There was a HUGE stack of boxes on one wall and my desk was covered in all things Dot. Needless to say, I was thrilled(!!!) when we were offered a space in LifeHouse Mississippi, a beautiful new ministry space in downtown Jackson...

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Credit to: Hallie Darphin, Dot Products

http://www.dotproducts.org/blog/march-update

Just left Lifehouse... What an amazing ministry. Thankful for their vision! Not to mention their beautiful set-up!

Credit to: Katie Sheppard Jones, Facebook Reviewer


Dot Products

"Dot seeks to change the face of poverty for children all over the world. With every school and office supply we sell, we're paying for a child to attend school for half a day, including uniforms, supplies, and school fees. We'll send you a picture of the students who benefited from your purchase, and each time you see Dot Products on your desk, you'll know you're a part of changing the lives of children around the world."

http://www.dotproducts.org/

The Stories

Hallie Darphin and her Dot Products ministry are getting a warm welcome in Olde Towne.

Selling school supplies to help educate children in the Congo, Mexico and Tanzania, Dot Products offices relocated this summer to a 100-year-old home along Clinton’s historic Brick Streets...

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Credit to: Andy Kanengiser, Mississippi College

http://www.mc.edu/news/dot-products-finds-home-olde-towne-clinton

Darphin ’13 is the owner and founder of Dot Products, a company that sells eco-friendly school supplies. Each pencil or notebook sold helps educate a child in the Congo, Mexico, or Tanzania. As an MC student, Darphin spent a semester working in a children’s home in Uganda and returned to MC convinced she would become a missionary. Thanks to an MC entrepreneurship class, she found a way to become both a missionary and an entrepreneur...

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Credit to: The Beacon

http://www.mc.edu/beacon/summer-2015/profiles/class-project-international-outreach

Hey friends! My name is Hallie Darphin, and I’m the founder of Dot Products, a school supply company funding education for kids around the world. Dot started out of a college class project in 2013, and since our launch in 2014, we’ve provided 17 full-year scholarships for students in Congo, Tanzania, and Mexico, as well as providing partial scholarships for HPH artisan, Maria, to attend 9th grade...

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Credit to: Hallie Darphin

http://www.handsproducinghope.org/blog/2015/10/9/hphgoestorwanda-hph-and-dot-products

Today's interview with Hallie Darphin is truly inspirational! Hallie is the 23-year-old founder of Dot Products, a Mississippi-based school supply company that funds education around the world. She's an entrepreneur filled with passion and dreams to help people and end the cycles of poverty in the developing world...

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Credit to: Jennifer Spoelma

http://www.jenuinelife.com/blog/beauty-is-pursuing-dreams-that-change-lives

Listen to a podcast of Dot Product's trip to Haiti this year here. You may have to scroll down to find the entry, but it is well worth the effort!

Credit to: The Bookshelf


Credit to: Do Good Mississippi


Credit to: Dot Products


Smoot’s Grocery

Restored Juke Joint. Smoot's Grocery at the corner of Broadway & High Street. With Rosie's Beer Garden: Craft, Domestic and Imported Beer. LIVE Music.

http://smootsgrocery.com

The Stories

Dub Rogers is a timeless character, an explorer who would be just as much at home in ancient Rome or Victorian England as he is in modern-day Natchez, where he owns two visionary cultural establishments: Steampunk Coffee Roasters - an altar to inspiring espresso, and Smoot's Grocery - a music venue that provides a necessary haven for music from Mississippi and beyond.

"My fantasy was to go back to Natchez and find a small dilapidated building and to restore it and hang my shingle and to be the kind of shopkeeper you’d find in your travels in a little hidden away place." - Dub

Credit to: Modern Crew


When tourists visiting Steampunk Coffee Roasters would ask owner Dub Rogers where to go for live blues music in Natchez, he often had to disappoint them. For years, the music scene in Natchez was mostly country & western and a little rock and roll, and that was hit or miss. “Every now and then there was a cover band at one of the other bars, but no place where you could go on certain nights and know there was music.”

So the coffee entrepreneur decided to expand to fill that niche. He found a place next door to Steampunk: the old Smoot’s Grocery, a small store that had operated on the bluff at the corner of High and Broadway streets for many years...

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Credit to: Elodie Pritchartt, Country Roads Magazine

http://www.countryroadsmagazine.com/culture/visual-performing-arts/smoot-s-grocery

Credit to: Boatner Blankenstein


Smoot's Grocery is a 'must visit' when in Natchez. The combination of real gut level blues, a perfectly restored old building, an awesome staff, and unique, delicious small plates provided by the Steampunk Food Truck crew make for a memorable experience! Don't miss it!

Credit to: Shannon Sandifer Boyd, Facebook Reviewer


Even though his juke joint venue will have a handsome list of craft beer and eventually liquor, Dub Rogers said opening another bar in Natchez is not his intent.

“First and foremost, this will be a place for live music,” Rogers said of Smoot’s Grocery, located at 319 N. Broadway St...

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Credit to: Sarah Cook, Natchez Democrat

http://www.natchezdemocrat.com/2015/10/18/fresh-pickins-historic-grocery-reopens-as-downtown-juke-joint/

Natchez has many wonderful attractions, but in recent years its live music scene has been somewhat wanting. That’s changed recently with the opening of Smoot’s Grocery, which offers live music Thursday through Saturday nights...

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Credit to: Scott Barretta, The Clarion-Ledger

http://www.clarionledger.com/story/life/2016/01/06/smoots-adds-blues-natchez-draw/78333388/

Steampunk Coffee Roasters

A traditional espresso bar with strives to:
Honor Espresso Traditions
To produce exceptional coffee.
To promote coffee culture.
To promote coffee education
To uphold the highest standards of our craft.
To practice the ritual of ceremony.

http://www.steampunkcoffeeroasters.com/

The Stories

Dub Rogers is a timeless character, an explorer who would be just as much at home in ancient Rome or Victorian England as he is in modern-day Natchez, where he owns two visionary cultural establishments: Steampunk Coffee Roasters - an altar to inspiring espresso, and Smoot's Grocery - a music venue that provides a necessary haven for music from Mississippi and beyond.

"My fantasy was to go back to Natchez and find a small dilapidated building and to restore it and hang my shingle and to be the kind of shopkeeper you’d find in your travels in a little hidden away place." - Dub

Credit to: Modern Crew


When anyone tells Dub Rogers that Steampunk Coffee Roasters makes some of the best coffee in the country, it validates the leap of faith the Natchez native took to transform a historic building into an espresso bar...

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Credit to: Rod Guajardo, Natchez Democrat

http://www.natchezdemocrat.com/2013/11/03/steampunk-coffee-roasters-owner-happy-to-be-back-in-area/

There is no large chain coffee shop in Downtown Natchez and for good reason. I’m guessing it is because they’ve heard of Steampunk Coffee and thought it best not to directly compete with them. The behemoth coffee marts haven’t got anything on this charming coffee house. Steampunk is reminiscent of what coffee houses used to be and in some places still are; quaint places to sit and enjoy your morning caffeine fix and gather with friends or make new ones...

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Credit to: Devereaux Shields House

http://www.dshieldsusa.com/steampunk-coffee-roasters

Steampunk’s baker/chef, Christopher Streetman, takes Southern food and gives it a twist. He’s extremely passionate about being able to trace your food’s story and strives to bring that to Natchez. From his PB&J Pork Hot Dog to Texas Caviar, Christopher always brings something surprising to the menu.

“We’re trying to find local places, local farmers, and local ingredients that we can harvest from here and bring them to Natchez and really get back to that Ground Zero feeling of ‘I know where this came from; this is what that is; I can put my hands on it and
taste it.’ It’s really sad whenever you think about it that we’ve gotten so removed from the process of where our food comes from.” -Christopher Streetman


Natchez (the city)

Regarded as the birthplace of Mississippi & the oldest permanent European settlement along the Mississippi River. Natchez has more antebellum houses than any other place in the United States; however, like so much of Mississippi, it has a Modern story which it
embraces as much as it does its past. Natchez describes itself as "where the river runs wide and the history runs deep."

We discovered that the stories of those that dare to differ here runs deep into its history, across its present & assuredly into its future. From the Modern characters of the past such as Nellie Jackson to the Modern characters of today such as Dub Rogers, each one uniquely moves this multi-dimensional part of the state forward in their own way...

Nominated as a Modern Mississippi site, Max the Modern Machine, and his story collectors went to discover the Modern stories of this complex city.

Thank you all for your inspiring stories!

A special thank you to Kelin Hendricks from Visit Natchez 300, Natchez’s Modern Ambassador, for hosting us and connecting us with some of the great folks of Natchez.

We look forward to our next visit!

These are the stories we experienced while visiting this community. To find more stories about places and people from the area, explore the map.

The Stories

The Castle Pub

Mark Brockway is a manager at The Castle Restaurant & Pub at Dunleith Historic Inn in Natchez, MS, but he is also a photographer and filmmaker who has found in Mississippi an incubator for his creative projects and a place where he can truly be himself.


Satya Yoga Wellness Center

Lee Sturdivant Carby is the owner of Satya Yoga Wellness Center in Natchez, Mississippi. By allowing her students to let go of comparisons and self-judgment she encourages them to discover that the world is full of possibilities within their own practice and within their daily lives. She has developed a partnership with Natchez Brewing Company to offer Balance and Brews, a yoga-meets-happy-hour program that injects playfully fuses mindfulness with craft beer.


Natchez Brewing Company

Husband and wife team Patrick and Lisa Miller operate this small-batch micro brewery in Natchez, Mississippi. Patrick, a Mississippi native, brought his English better-half to the Deep South to make their own mark in the state's burgeoning craft brewing landscape. At the insistence of the mayor himself, they located their brewery in Natchez' historic downtown, and have become fixtures of the local scene.

"When I moved away I never thought I’d come back, but I did. And I think that’s happened more with the younger generation. They’re leaving, they’re coming back, and they’re bringing things from other parts of the country – and the appetite to have those things – to Mississippi." - Patrick


Charboneau Rum Distillery

Jean-Luc Charboneau and his family are owners and proprietors of Charbneau Distillery and Kings Tavern in Natchez, Mississippi. The businesses are a result of long-held dreams of craftsmanship and a respect for cultural preservation and place-making.

"We’re all about supporting local and supporting made in Mississippi - always focusing on the little guy, because we are the little guy. And we have to work together to take on the big guy." - Jean-Luc


Tourology

Rene Adams, Natchez, MS lifer, has worked in the Mississippi tourism industry since she was 22 years old. Having seen the changing times and the changing tourist, she created Tourology, which puts her own spin on the quintessential Mississippi experiences like the river and the blues.

"We’re taking this wonderful product of Mississippi and we’re putting an innovative, modern twist to it … where everything is where you can reach it, touch it, feel it." - Rene


Old South Winery

Originally started by Scott O Galbreath Jr. decades ago, Old South Winery was one of the first of its kind in Mississippi. Now, it's a multi-generational family business using Mississippi muscadines to create a home-grown favorite. Even the decor is different, part Deep South hunting camp (complete with taxidermied trophy buck), part cutting-edge stainless steel.

"We have communion in here all day long," says Diane Galbreath. "I think about God all the time. Because Jesus didn’t say you just sit in church to have communion; He just said every time you do this you think about me."


Darrell White

Darrell White is Director of the Natchez Museum of African American History and Culture.

"What you're usually told is that there was slavery and then there was Martin Luther King, with a tremendous gap of years in between where information is not readily available. We here at the museum try to pinpoint and expose many of those untold stories." - Darrell White


Wharlest Jackson Community Gardens

Jeremy Houston of Natchez, MS is a community organizer, musician, and activist. One his projects is the Wharlest Jackson Community Garden, named for slain Civil Rights veteran Wharlest Jackson. The garden educates and feeds members of the traditionally African American neighborhood in which it sits. All of Houston's work focuses on a more complete and authentic telling of the collective history of Natchez.


Magnolia Locations

Jenna Aldridge is a Mississippi native and Natchez resident. The company she co-owns, Magnolia Locations, represents properties in the area and makes them available to film crews and studios who want to shoot in Mississippi's unique settings. From swamps to antebellum homes to the majestic Mississippi, Aldridge works to get Mississippi places onto the big screen.

"We embrace diversity here. We embrace everything that’s different. Natchez is vital. There’s something going on. There’s this energy, and I think it’s just a jewel." - Jenna


Henry McKnight AKA Big Hen

Big Hen is a rapper and producer from Natchez, Mississippi. He strives to be part of the evolution and propagation of Mississippi hip hop, incorporating Mississippi sounds and flavor into all he does.

“We all about creating. We’re like a big pot of gumbo. We mix things in. We’re not afraid to try new things. We don’t have too much to work with but we make a lot with what we have.” – Big Hen


Dub Rogers (Steampunk Coffee Roasters and Smoot's Grocery)

Dub Rogers is a timeless character, an explorer who would be just as much at home in ancient Rome or Victorian England as he is in modern-day Natchez, where he owns two visionary cultural establishments: Steampunk Coffee Roasters - an altar to inspiring espresso, and Smoot's Grocery - a music venue that provides a necessary haven for music from Mississippi and beyond.

"My fantasy was to go back to Natchez and find a small dilapidated building and to restore it and hang my shingle and to be the kind of shopkeeper you’d find in your travels in a little hidden away place." - Dub


Christopher Streetman (Steampunk Coffee Roasters)

Steampunk’s baker/chef, Christopher Streetman, takes Southern food and gives it a twist. He’s extremely passionate about being able to trace your food’s story and strives to bring that to Natchez. From his PB&J Pork Hot Dog to Texas Caviar, Christopher always brings something surprising to the menu.

“We’re trying to find local places, local farmers, and local ingredients that we can harvest from here and bring them to Natchez and really get back to that Ground Zero feeling of ‘I know where this came from; this is what that is; I can put my hands on it and
taste it.’ It’s really sad whenever you think about it that we’ve gotten so removed from the process of where our food comes from.” -Christopher


Silver Lining Software

Ed Songy programs whatever the city of Natchez needs for no cost. At the age of 88, he continues to give back to his city to further Natchez’s progress. Along with Kelin Hendricks, Ed wrote software that brought together disparate groups to work towards a common goal.

“It’s evolved to a system where a willingness to say ‘we want to give back to our community’ has turned into something—it’s not only good software, but it’s right on the edge of technology. Look at the rewards of being creative.”-Ed


The Grand Village of the Natchez Indians in Natchez, Mississippi was the main ceremonial center in the seventeenth century. Lance Harris works at the Grand Village as Site Director and strives to bring awareness to the history of the site and the Natchez Indians.


One day Adam Elliot had a friend drop him off in Minnesota to kayak the entire length of the Mississippi River. Now, he owns a small river guiding service, a subsect of Quapaw Canoe Company, based in Natchez, Mississippi.

“Mississippi has a lot to offer; you just have to work a little harder to find it. And that’s actually a good thing, you know. It’s not just laid out there in a clear path at your feet. You do have to get out there and drive a little bit and get lost possibly.”-Adam


Jarita Frazier-King is certified in the medical field and advocates for health and wellness in Natchez, Mississippi. While she works a more conventional job as a nurse, Jarita also owns Vixen’s Corner, an adult shop, which she uses to promote body positivity and confidence in women.

“I’m a dreamer, you know. I think that if you have dreams, then you should be to have those things come true right here in Natchez, Mississippi. There’s no reason as to why we can’t have our dreams come true right here.”-Jarita


Ruth Miller

"My name is Ruth Miller. In childhood, I developed a love of making art and doing needlework. Later, I combined the two and began to create embroidered art as an alternative to painting. Gradually, I leaned toward making portraits of actual individuals. This site exhibits the type of work I currently do and explains how and why I do it. I hope you enjoy it."

http://www.ruthmillerembroidery.com/

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Credit to: MSArtsComm


Her work is phenomenal.

Credit to: Karen Wissel


Upon seeing artist Ruth Miller’s portraits for the first time, you may be surprised: There is not one drop of paint in her work—just thousands upon thousands of hand stitches in hundreds of colors.

Guided by an extraordinary sense of color and tonal values, she embroiders tapestries with such realism, some viewers can’t believe their eyes. “They don’t believe it’s embroidered. They want to touch it,” said Miller, a member of Coast Electric Power Association...

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Credit to: Debbie Stringer

http://www.todayinmississippi.com/index.php/featured_article/article/4906

Jackson-Part II

This page is dedicated to the citizens of Jackson who are daring to differ. See more Modern Mississippians in Part I.

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Cedric Sturdevant


Using his story to advocate for people living with HIV/AIDS.

Cedric Sturdevant lives and works in Jackson, Miss., where he is a very busy man. His primary job is project coordinator at the HIV/AIDS organization My Brother's Keeper, where he works with young Black MSM living with HIV/AIDS, implementing programs to help them foster healthy relationships. But his passion and commitment extend to other local AIDS-advocacy organizations: He is both the president of the board of Mississippi in Action and a facilitator for its men's HIV/AIDS support group...

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See a video interview with Cedric Sturdevant here.
Jackson, Mississippi, where Cedric Sturdevant lives, is not a city where mobile HIV testing vans park outside gay clubs, condoms are distributed at barbershops and bars, or information on sexually transmitted infections, testing and prevention is plastered on walls...
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Photo Courtesy of BlackAIDS.org.

Credit to: Nakeitra Burse


My art teacher at Jackson Prep dares to be different because she does crazy things and doesn't care what people think about her.

Credit to: Anonymous


The roofs pushing trees through the concrete. The rivers flooding the valleys. The reflection of the sun on the leaves. The smiles through the rain. The life that lives through it all.

Credit to: Anonymous


My PhD supervisor moved to Mississippi to care for cardiac patients. Now, she has settled and is fighting to for UMMC to become the best hospital in the states.

Credit to: Signe H. Nirosem


I feel that my bestie is modern because she is free and bold and isn't afraid to be different.

Credit to: Tarianna


Caitlyn Spane: The Songstrist


I've performed at the amazing Duling Hall in Fondren. I am a positive/motivating neosoul artist. I have also collaborated with artists and producers all over the world!

Caitlyn Spane is a singer/rapper that broke out on the scene in a major way by performing an impromptu freestyle during one of the dopest concerts of the year. Amongst some of the best and brightest artists that Jackson has to offer she held her own and caught the crowd’s attention...

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Listen to her work here.

Photo Courtesy of Caitlyn Spane.

Credit to: Caitlyn Spane


Noelle "Gahdis" Ge'


Noelle, Mississippi's most known unknown female hip hop/R&B artist, is modern. She is modern yet unique because she followed her dreams.

Jackson-based singer and rapper Noelle "Gahdis" Gee, 22, stays current with her sound while addressing social issues in her music. "Mi Girlz," for example, is a shout-out to all women—from CEOs to stay-at-home moms.

When she's not repping females, Gee is looking out for No. 1 with boasts like "go against the goddess, make you an example," and "flow coleslaw and my swagga BBQ, I'm getting that bread so they want the beef stew."...

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Who is Gahdis Noelle and where are you from?

Noelle is the stage name for a girl name Jessica from Mississippi, who believes the best gifts come naturally, so she expresses her best gift (performance) through her ego, Gahdis (pronounced Goddess)...

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Listen to one of her songs here.

She was born a goddess with the name Jessica Maria McKnuckle, however, overtime she found her own which explains the making of Noelle Ge'. Raised in the 2014 Fortune magazine most corrupt state, Mississippi, Noelle lived in a small town in MS northeast area known as West Point. At the age of four her birth mother was arrested and sentenced to serious jail time causing her and her three older siblings to live with her Aunt Joyce and Uncle George in the hood of Frog Bottom. Her aunt and uncle was determined to not have the hood in their house, despite the state of their community. Because of this Noelle became involved in theatre arts at home, school and church...

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Photo Courtesy of Gahdis Noelle.

Credit to: Jessica


James Figgs


Civil Rights Leader

Read the transcript of an interview with James Figgs here.

In his youth, Figgs led activist groups in his hometown of Marks and in Quitman County, including the Student Non-Violent Coordinating Committee and the Freedom Riders, who rode interstate buses to protest segregation. He helped register black voters for the 1964 election and he organized local efforts in the “Poor People’s Campaign” for the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr...

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Photo Courtesy of the Clarion-Ledger.

Credit to: Jessica Orey


I think MS has breathtaking scenery. My husband is from Durant. I've always enjoyed the country scene... Amazing fields with cotton.

Credit to: Anonymous


Delores Orey


Civil Rights Leader
A concerned resident of Mississippi, this determined mother of eight became adament about the disparate treatment that she and other African American Mississippians received. During that time she joined the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People under the leadership of Dr. Aaron Henry, who later became very dedicated to the NAACP and served the organization in various capacities. She worked as Secretary in the NAACP State Office and the driver of Dr. Henry, taking him around the State to investigate discrimination complaints...

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A Civil Rights legend, one of the women who was instrumental in the fight for equal rights in Mississippi, will be buried Wednesday.

Delores Orey died January 8th in Slidell, Louisiana after a lengthy illness.
She worked alongside the major players of the movement but was a quiet force in her own right.

"...A great civil rights activist in the movement; she was one of the silent ones," said Delores Orey's granddaughter Jessica Orey of Jackson...

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Thirty years ago, Delores Orey bravely opened her home to the "freedom riders" traveling through the South to challenge segregationist policies. So when the NAACP recently called for a new group of freedom riders to head North and get out the vote, the 61-year-old Mississippi grandmother boarded the bus...

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Mr. Speaker, I rise today to honor the late remarkable public servant, Mrs. Delores Christina Brown Orey, who was born on September 24, 1932 in Martinsville, MS (the eldest of five children) to the late Mr. Alpheus and Mrs. Ella Brown...

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Photo Courtesy of NAACP.

Credit to: Jessica


Me, Brady Brown, full-figured natural hair, goes against typical standards of beauty. I am beautiful!

Credit to: Brady Brown


David Lewis


Fondren based architect passionate about growing and improving Mississippi. Curated the Modern Architecture in Mississippi exhibit at the Old Capitol Museum.

Dean at College of Architecture, Art, and Design

Credit to: Abigail Hartman


Fondren because of the wonderful diversity.

Credit to: Peggy Hampton


David Banner is a well-known rapper, record producer, and activist. In 2006, Banner was awarded a Visionary Award by the National Black Caucus of the State Legislature in recognition of his work during and after Hurricane Katrina.

“To be a visionary and to push forth, that means you have to be a trailblazer, you have to go before and let the followers follow. You don’t have nothing to blaze that trail before, but the thing is if you persevere, then you’re history.”


“Mississippi represents a space which is pregnant with opportunities… It really is a true space where we can represent self-determination, and anyone who speaks toward self-determination, anyone who speaks about owning their own and using what they own for themselves, is a daring story.”-Chockwe


“Mississippi traditionally is not adept to change a whole lot. They’re used to things being as they are, or as they were. They’re used to the status quo, but at the same time, Mississippi is the home to some very creative and innovative people who have thought outside of the box, whether it be musically, whether it be athletically, whether it be business-wise. We have some of the brightest people in the entire nation. It’s really easy to see why we’ve created the people that we’ve created.”-Brad


Carlyn Hicks understands two essential things about Mississippians: We love to eat, and we love to talk. Inspired by this, she founded Jackson Foodies, a group that gathers food lovers across the area to patronize local businesses and to grow community.

“I think that Jackson is a ripe, fertile ground for creatives. You know, this is a creative economy because there is so much that can be done here in our city, but you do have to be a little creative in how you can do things. The different communities within our city really speak for themselves in an artistic way, in a community way. And I’m hoping that the Jackson Foodies can be a part of strengthening those communities and those economies around them.”-Carlyn


“Every day at the Commission, we are just always talking about opportunities to go out and opportunities to see what’s happening in the field. Because we are funded by the National Endowment for the Arts, we have a connection with them… So we are constantly sharing all the good news that’s happening here in the state, and I have to say that we are really on par with some of the best arts organizations and arts agencies in the country.”-Turry


Josh Hailey

Although Josh is no longer living in Mississippi, his contributions to the state are worth highlighting.

At his core, Josh Hailey is more than just an artist: he’s a multimedia visionary with the heart of an activist and the spirit of a performer. For well over a decade Josh has helped to anchor an entire artistic community in his home of Jackson, Mississippi, providing fertile spaces for creativity and collaboration to all. In recent years, he’s expanded his gaze, looking outward to the fifty states for inspiration through his newest project: Photamerica, a visual exploration of the grand American patchwork through photography and video, incorporated into both traditional artwork and a mobile, multimedia installation.This project works hand in hand with heARTalot, a philanthropic organization dedicated to the creation of communities of expression, of artistic growth and development, and the empowerment of the creative teachers and leaders of the future.

http://joshhaileystudio.com

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Josh Hailey is Modern! he is an artist with a beautiful soul and wants to inspire. From Jackson, but in NOLA now I believe.

Credit to: C. Lowery


In some ways, Josh Hailey’s career as a photojournalist began when the faculty members in Mississippi State’s art program gave him the keys to the studio. The teachers trusted—expected—him to keep an open mind, use sound judgment and create original pieces in his own time and way.

Hailey took the skillset he cultivated at Mississippi State, along with the Bachelor of Fine Arts in photography he earned in 2003, when he left Starkville to begin his professional career. Nine years later, he founded “Photamerica: The Documentation of the Good, the Bad and the Beautiful USA.”...

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Credit to: Leah Barbour

http://caad.msstate.edu/wpmu/artnews/tag/josh-hailey-alumnus-missisippi/

The fine art video from PhotAmerica

Credit to: Josh Hailey


See the rest of the Mississippi PhotAmerica interviews here.

Credit to: Josh Hailey


I remember the first time I saw Josh Hailey. I was covering the City of Ridgeland Chamber of Commerce banquet for the Madison County Journal in 2009. At this suburban hobnob where conformity is king, Hailey was clad in a colorful ensemble and his hair was in dread-locked pigtails. He was supporting Nicole Marquez as she took shaky steps to the podium to speak. Marquez had recently regained her ability to walk after falling from the roof of her sixth-floor New York City apartment building and came to thank the community for its support...

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Credit to: Lacey McGaughlin

http://www.jacksonfreepress.com/news/2010/dec/08/will-the-next-josh-hailey-stand-up/

Credit to: Josh Hailey


WINGS Performing Arts

WINGS is a nationally recognized performing arts program at Lynn Meadows Discovery Center. The program seeks to nurture talent, spirit and leadership in children and youth. WINGS members attend monthly workshops, are eligible to audition for ensemble productions and can attend all WINGS productions free of charge (with the exception of fundraisers and special events). Nebulas, Shooting Stars, Constellations, Milky Ways, Super Novas and Myth Makers are the core youth performing ensembles of WINGS Performing Arts Program.

https://www.facebook.com/WINGS.LMDC/

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In the months ahead you’ll hear much more about the amazing survival stories we uncovered, but last Thursday night we were honored to help support the heroes at the Lynn Meadows Discovery Center. Over the last ten years, the organization’s WINGS Performing Arts Program has given many of the children affected by Katrina an artistic outlet to express their emotions and fears. Through dance, music, and theatre, hundreds of local kids have learned the healing power of the arts. For many we saw on stage at the Beau Rivage Theatre, the seeds of a lifelong passion have already been planted thanks to the wonderful teachers and volunteers in this program...

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Credit to: Robin Roberts

http://rocknrobin.tv/the-spirit-of-mississippi-is-alive-with-the-sound-of-music/

Eight years ago, WINGS Performing Arts was developed as a program of the Lynn Meadows Discovery Center, the only children’s museum in Mississippi, and Tonya Hays was chosen to direct the program. WINGS offers Gulf Coast students in elementary through high school the opportunity to participate in theater productions that are presented at community sites and area schools. Students work closely with adult staff and volunteers who encourage them to develop teamwork skills and confidence while guiding them through increasingly challenging roles and assignments.

“The WINGS program strives to nurture talent and spirit by mentoring young people”, says Tonya Hays, Director of WINGS Performing Arts, “through learning experiences in the arts that enrich their lives and develop generous and loving hearts”. Through involvement with MS Theatre Association and Southeastern Theatre Conference, the group has earned state and regional recognition. Tonya Hays was selected as the 2008 Sara Spencer Child Drama Award recipient at Southeastern Theatre Conference, the largest regional theatre organization in the US, in recognition of the outstanding role she plays in supporting and mentoring youth in the arts and theatre.

Then in January, Tonya Hays and Ricky Johnson, a member of the WINGS Shooting Starts performing ensemble, traveled to Washington to receive the prestigious 2007 Coming Up Taller Award presented by First Lady Laura Bush. WINGS was nationally recognized as one of 18 outstanding after school hours youth arts and humanities programs...

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Credit to: See South MS

http://seesouthms.com/Archive/LateSummer2008/whatsnew_8.html

Performance of the play "Canteen." This performance took place on June 18, 2011 at the Stage Door Canteen in the National WWII Museum in New Orleans, LA.

Credit to: Leo Ridge


In 2010, members of WINGS performed at the Kennedy Center. View their performance here.

Credit to: The Kennedy Center


We went to the 3pm show of Shrek The Musical. My kids & I had the best time! I was very impressed with the talent! The whole cast was phenomenal, but the young man who played Pinocchio was outstanding! We look forward to their next show!

Credit to: Rachel Self, Facebook Reviewer


In 2015, WINGS performed Remembrance at the Kennedy Center. Remembrance brings to life the rich legacy of poetry, letters, and music from WWI. The piece features an ensemble of actors, musicians, and dancers that take on the roles of soldiers and sweethearts sharing songs such as “Keep the Home Fires Burning,” “Over There,” and “Always Remembered.” See the performance here.

Credit to: The Kennedy Center

http://www.kennedy-center.org/video/index/M6434

Lynn Meadows Discovery Center

Lynn Meadows Discovery Center inspires children, families and communities through interactive education and exploration.

http://www.lmdc.org/

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U.S. Senator Thad Cochran (R-Miss.) today congratulated the many hard-working staff and volunteers at the Lynn Meadows Discovery Center for Children in Gulfport on receiving the National Medal for Museum and Library Service, the highest honor given to American museums and libraries...

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Credit to: Thad Chochran

http://www.cochran.senate.gov/public/index.cfm/2016/4/cochran-commends-lynn-meadows-discovery-center-on-receiving-prestigious-national-award

Lynn Meadows Discovery Center has received the nation's highest honor given to museums for service to the community. The center is one of the 10 recipients of the 2016 National Medal for Museum and Library Service.

For 22 years, the award has celebrated institutions that respond to societal needs in innovative ways, making a difference for individuals, families, and their communities...

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Credit to: WLOX

http://www.raindev.com/news/2016/4/19/lynn-meadows-discovery-center-earns-nations-highest-honor

Credit to: Visit Mississippi Gulf Coast


Credit to: SunHerald


Thank you Lynn Meadows for all the wonderful events you host for children. There's absolutely nothing else like it on the coast! Last night, was just another example of the magic you bring to children and I am so grateful to you for opening the doors for all to enjoy free of charge. I was greeted this morning by several of my students who attended last night and they were still glowing about the experience, as it was the first time some of them had attended. One child literally begged me to tell his teacher all about it as he beamed from ear to ear with joy. It gave me great pleasure to tell her of the wonderful time I had with my family and some of my students at Lynn Meadows last night. Thank you again for all you do. Keep the magic happening!

Credit to: Lea Blackledge Bellon, Facebook Reviewer


Credit to: Beau Rivage Resort & Casino


Since first opening its doors in 1998, Lynn Meadows Discovery Center has become a haven for children and families along the Gulf Coast. It is dedicated to inspiring children, families and communities through interactive educational experiences and exploration...

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Credit to: Emeril Lagasse Foundation

http://emeril.org/beneficiary-spotlight-lynn-meadows-discovery-center

Living Well Ministry

Living Well Ministry is a community outreach program connected to St. Paul's United Methodist Church. Living Well provides services, such as laundry and counseling, to the homeless community in Ocean Springs and the surrounding areas.

https://www.facebook.com/LivingWellOS/

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Awesome people who care about helping those in need. Such positive attitudes.

Credit to: Sandra Miller, Facebook Reviewer


Mitchell is a pastor with St. Paul United Methodist Church in Ocean Springs. He has made ministering to those without homes a 20-year endeavor. He’s on more than 20 boards.

He sees a lot of compassion, some misdirected efforts and things that work.

St. Paul’s has opened the Living Well Ministry in Ocean Springs that offers breakfast; hot showers; a place to wash clothes; a haircut; clothes from a clothes closet; a TV lounge and access to computers, counseling and a case manager on Mondays and Thursdays...

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Credit to: Karen Nelson, Washington Times

http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2015/jun/28/ocean-springs-homeless-give-voice-to-how-they-can-/

With weather forecasts calling for an approaching cold front to bring low temperatures in the 30s to the Mississippi coast, an Ocean Springs church will open a cold weather shelter for those in need...

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Credit to: Warren Kulo, Gulflive

http://blog.gulflive.com/mississippi-press-news/2016/02/ocean_springs_church_will_open.html

Lord Is My Help, The

The Lord Is My Help is a food kitchen with in-house lunch served Monday-Friday from 11:30am to 12:30pm. The Pantry is open from 9am-11am for groceries. Over 200 meals per day are served in the Lord Is My Help cafeteria, and more than 200 are delivered to the elderly, ill, & disabled home-bound citizens of our community. The Lord is my help also provides an average of 400 emergency grocery bags per month to people in need.

http://www.thelordismyhelp.org/

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For 150 families, Monday was a day to be thankful at the Lord Is My Help.

They lined up outside the facility on DeSoto Street to pick up their turkeys and food bags, so they can have a meal on Thanksgiving Day...

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Credit to: Susan Ruddiman, Gulflive

http://blog.gulflive.com/mississippi-press-news/2011/11/lord_is_my_help_in_ocean_sprin.html

Family and friends will soon gather to count their many blessings and share gratefulness with each other as a way to celebrate Thanksgiving, and with that celebration, a traditional turkey and dressing meal may be gobbled up by most Americans.

Still, hunger needs throughout communities across the nation exist even at this time of giving, and that's why one service organization in South Mississippi needs your help to stock the shelves of a local food pantry...

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Credit to: Gulflive

http://blog.gulflive.com/mississippi-press-living/2014/11/north_bay_civitans_gobble_wobb.html

Credit to: SunHerald


Credit to: SunHerald


Starfish Cafe

The Starfish Cafe strives to make a difference one by one in lives recovering from hardships of life; to provide experiential education in life with skills preparing them for success.

"Our vision is to treat all people with respect, dignity and honesty, as each is created for a unique plan and purpose. Our commitment is to minister to, facilitate and equip each Starfish student with tools to fully and completely reach their potential."

http://www.starfishcafebsl.com/

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“Fresh and local; that’s our deal,” beams Di Fillhart, Starfish Café owner.

The Starfish Cafe supports local businesses like Honestly Beef in Collin, Mississippi, and shops locally in Bay St. Louis at Claiborne Market and Froogle’s.

“We have a standard menu, but also daily specials that reflect what’s good regionally, Fillhart said. “We also grow as much as we can: cucumber, tomato, zucchini, herbs, winter cabbage, broccoli, Brussels sprouts...”

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Credit to: Old Town Bay St. Louis

http://www.baystlouisoldtown.com/the-starfish-cafe.html

In less than a month we will celebrate our 2nd birthday! In reviewing all the pictures of the past couple years tears leaked from my eyes and heart as gratitude flowed for the goodness and grace to make this dream a reality!!

The middle of September 2005, following Hurricane Katrina we were traveling down highway 603, past boats, cars, piles of debris, and the heartbeat of God began to define the days ahead. The new assignment for our ministry was at hand, little did we know that Bay Saint Louis, MS would become our new home! In the early days and continuing through today the mission was LOVE!

Love in action through intentional acts of kindness, long days of compassionate outreach, listening with hearts and ears, speaking encouraging words, using our hands and feet to BE love, living and breathing the same as residents from Corn Dogs with Collard Greens for dinner to Strawberry Scented Porta-Potties, we became one with this community...

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Credit to: Di Fillhart

http://www.starfishcafebsl.com/how-did-we-get-here/

I’ve heard many times that the food at the Starfish Cafe in Bay St. Louis is to die for. Rave reviews paired with a cause I wholeheartedly support, the top spot on TripAdvisor, and a reputation for everything that makes a locally owned restaurant special—and FINALLY, I made it over for a visit!

First of all, this place is so charming. It’s a small cottage with bright colors and coastal-themed decor, smiling faces, and inviting tables. We were greeted with an invitation to sample some of their fresh lavender lemonade. Um, yes! The lemonade was so refreshing; it reminded me of a trip to Maui, where fresh-squeezed and infused lemonade was an art. We sipped our lemonade while looking out over the front lawn, where the Starfish garden thrives. They grow much of the produce they use in the restaurant themselves. Small corn plants were lined up in rows beside planters of herbs. So charming...

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Credit to: Eat MS Coast

http://eatmscoast.com/starfish-cafe-food-changes-lives/

An inside look into the Starfish Cafe's program

Credit to: Starfish Cafe


Credit to: SunHerald


Mary C’OKeefe Cultural Center of Arts and Education, The

The mission of the Mary C'OKeefe is to create, provide, and promote artistic and cultural activities in the Music, Visual, Performing, Culinary Arts, as well as Education.
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http://themaryc.org/

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My favorite place in Ocean Springs! I love volunteering here as well! When I'm not at school or busy, I'm at the Mary C!

Credit to: Macey Mckenzie, Facebook Reviewer


Credit to: WXXV25


One local group is helping special needs children on the Coast through the arts.
Today was day two of a camp through the South Mississippi Special Needs Organization. Children are invited out to the Mary C. O’Keefe Cultural Center to learn about theater, art and music at the three day camp...

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Credit to: WXXV25

http://www.wxxv25.com/2016/06/15/special-needs-art-camp-ocean-springs/

The Mary C. O'Keefe Cultural Center announced Stacy Howell as its new executive director last week.

Howell took the reins Jan. 19 after serving two years as the Mary C's program coordinator. She led the creation of programs such as Transformation Theatre, Teen Arts Council, and Underground Theatre...

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Credit to: Wesley Muller, The SunHerald

http://www.sunherald.com/entertainment/arts-culture/article59173213.html

Credit to: WLOX


'Spring Awakening' won eight Tony Awards on Broadway, including Best Musical in 2006. Now you have a chance to see The Underground Theatre's local production at the Mary C. O'Keefe Cultural Center of Arts in Ocean Springs.

It's set in 1891 Germany, the year the original non-musical version of the play was written. The play explores the difficult journey from adolescence to adulthood...

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Credit to: Karen Abernathy, WLOX

http://www.wlox.com/story/31729273/spring-awakening-comes-to-life-at-the-mary-c

Credit to: WXXV25


Credit to: WXXV25


Credit to: WXXV25


On Sunday night, the monsters finally got the help they were looking for.
“Monsters Anonymous” wrapped up filming Monday morning. The movie, funded through a Kickstarter campaign, was a project spearheaded by writer and producer Jason Robbins and well-known actor and director Jeremy London...

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Credit to: WXXV25

http://www.wxxv25.com/2016/04/11/short-film-shoots-coast/

Credit to: WXXV25


Art Rocks Tupelo

Art Rocks Tupelo is Tupelo's annual Arts Festival. Participating organizations include GumTree Museum, Link Centre, Tupelo Ballet, Tupelo Community Theatre, Tupelo Concert Association, Tupelo Film Alliance, and North Mississippi Symphony Orchestra. Partners include Tupelo Convention and Visitors Bureau, Downtown Tupelo Main Street Association, and Tupelo Merchants Association.

https://www.facebook.com/ArtRocksTupelo/

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Tupelo’s second annual arts celebration, Art Rocks Tupelo, is in full swing.

The week of concerts, performances, exhibits and movie screenings kicked off earlier this week with Tupelo Concert Association’s John Berry show and the Elton John concert at the BancorpSouth Arena.

Tupelo’s biggest arts groups, including Tupelo Ballet, Tupelo Community Theatre and the North Mississippi Symphony Orchestra, all have shows and events this weekend...

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Credit to: Sheena Barnett, Daily Journal

http://djournal.com/lifestyle/art-rocks-tupelo-continues-weekend/

Once upon a time, in a city called Tupelo, Cinderella tripped over a Mikado and almost Killed a Mockingbird. Chaos seemed just around the corner, but a group of brave artists banded together to make lemons out of lemonade and the first Art Rocks Tupelo was born...

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Credit to: The Tupelo Channel

http://thetupelochannel.blogspot.com/2014/03/second-annual-art-rocks-tupelo-festival.html

The curtain has closed on the production, but the pictures are here to remind us of the fun we had, the incredible opportunity we experienced, and the reminder of why we do what we do.

Credit to: Tupelo Ballet


AnT Sculpture

Alexis and Tanner have been working together for five years creating public artworks around the world. A native of Tupelo, Mississippi, Tanner, along with his wife, has created two public works for the city. Improving the spaces we live in, public or private, is what fuels their creative process.

http://www.antsculpture.com/

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"It''s as labor intensive -- but as simple -- as you can imagine," said Tanner Coleman. The sculptor stood back, assessing progress on a three-ton brick artwork he and his wife, Alexis, have invested heart and hands in for the past few weeks. Smudged faces and clay-crusted fingers attested to the long, hot hours put in that day.

The couple work deep within the recesses of Columbus Brick Co., off Military Road. There, acres of metal buildings envelop a network of railcar lines and imposing machinery. For more than a century, craftsmen have produced literally millions of bricks at the local yard...

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Credit to: Jan Swoope, The Dispatch

http://www.cdispatch.com/lifestyles/article.asp?aid=11968

Butterflies made of brick are growing in Ballard Park.

They’re part of a playable art project designed by Tupelo native Tanner Coleman. The installation also includes a sun with a tornado-shaped funnel. An unveiling will be Thursday, April 28, the two-year anniversary of the tornado that hit Tupelo and Lee County...

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Credit to: M Scott Morris, Daily Journal

http://djournal.com/lifestyle/creature-maker-artist-preparing-brick-project-for-ballard-park/

Credit to: WTVA


Tatonut Donut Shop, The

Home of "the only real donut" and gourmet coffee. They feature donuts made fresh daily and all your favorite coffee and espresso drinks, hot and iced.

https://www.facebook.com/TheTatonutDonutShop/

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The Tato-Nut Donut Shop located on Government Street in downtown Ocean Springs and there is usually a line out the door on most mornings. Owned and operated by the Mohler family since 1960, the Tato-Nut Donut Shop offers fresh, homemade donuts and pastries along with gourmet coffee and specialty coffee drinks. This is not just an average donut. What"s so unusual about is the donuts are made with potato flour. The Mohlers came up with the recipe along with the special homemade chocolate frosting that glazes the tops of many a donut. Some people recommend the "Persian," a glazed donut infused with cinnamon and others prefer a full-throttle sugar and dough experience with glazed Devil"s Food Cake do or the Chocolate Frosted Bavarian Cream filled doughnuts. Make sure you get there early so the "SOLD OUT" sign on the door doesn"t greet you instead.

Credit to: Visit Mississippi


At 10 the following morning, after leaving the podium, I drove out US-90 to New Orleans via Ocean Springs and stopped for doughnuts. Tato-Nut is a small, square building on Ocean Springs’ main street, tucked between an outdoor equipment shop and the evocatively named Palmetto Place. Its owners, David and Teresa Mohler, produce the finest doughnuts in the world...

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Credit to: Upstart Kitchen

https://upstartkitchen.wordpress.com/tag/tato-nut/

Credit to: SunHerald


Tatonut has been in business for years and is a clear local favorite.The fav doughnut here is the glazed and somewhere between 200-400 dozen per day are sold...

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Credit to: Ocean Springs 365

http://oceansprings365.blogspot.com/2011/12/bakery-delights-in-ocean-springs.html

I've eaten Tatonut since I was a little kid. I now live on my own, attending college 4 hours away. Every trip home requires a stop at Tatonut. The best people and they embrace that feeling of home for me. I especially appreciate when they go to the back just to get a chocolate twist that's still warm when I ask if they have any more. They also raise money for various charities or local events. Knowing as much as this family has been through, there's no doubt in my mind that I believe I'm supporting the best business in Ocean Springs. There's no other donut like a Tatonut donut. I've tried a lot of them, too. Tatonut has been on my kitchen counter, in the family for years. I hope I'll get to share that with my family one day.

Credit to: Rachel Harris, Facebook Reviewer


Mermaid’s Purse Natural Organics

Mermaid's Purse formulates and offer high-quality, natural & organic whole body care products for all ages and skin types to meet a variety of needs.

http://mermaidsnaturals.com/shop/home.php

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The first thing people usually ask is “Where did the name Mermaid’s Purse come from?” I live on the coast and have been exposed to local marine biology throughout my adolescence. In college I studied aquatic and terrestrial ecology with pottery as an art elective. It was during this time I heard the term Mermaid’s Purse. A mermaid’s purse is a shark or skate egg sack. It is usually attached to kelp and is somewhat transparent, meaning you can shine a light through it and view the entire development of the aquatic species. When hatched, the egg sack washes ashore. Our company logo is a more artistic, yet similar, representation of a real Mermaid’s Purse...

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Credit to: Mermaid's Purse Natural Organics

http://mermaidsnaturals.com/shop/About-Us.html

You see, Mermaid's Purse is a company who sells personal care products with all natural and organic formula that caters to every skin types from the youngest to the mature. Their products are made of only 100% natural, certified organic, kosher, and vegan-friendly ingredients. They have a wide variety of products that ranges from Aromatherapy, Bath & Body care, Essentials Oils to Ointment Balms and Pottery Wares...

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Credit to: Two Thousand Things

http://www.twothousandthings.com/2009/09/mermaids-purse-review-giveaway.html

Mermaid's Purse Natural Organics is a family inspired personal-care business. Measha made soap with her grandmother who made soap with her own grandmother. So it is a talent that has been passed down through many generations. Measha decided to start her own company when she was pregnant with her first child and couldn't find any all-natural stretch mark creams. From there, Mermaid’s Purse has grown into a full product line including, natural soaps, body butters, shampoos, massage oils, natural deodorants, salves and mineral soaks...

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Credit to: Miche Lloyd

http://mkokopelli.blogspot.com/2009/08/something-for-you-and-your-little-one.html

Twisted Anchor Tattoo

A tattoo parlor and fine gallery shop located in Downtown Ocean Springs. 

http://twistedanchortattoo.com

The Stories

An Ocean Springs tattoo artist is thanking everyone who encouraged him not to give up on moving his business to Downtown. On Tuesday, the Board of Aldermen unanimously voted to allow Matt Stebly to locate on Government Street by making a change to the city ordinance.

While business is good on Washington Avenue in St. Martin, Stebly feels Twisted Anchor Tattoo belongs in the heart of Ocean Springs. He said being Downtown would increase walk up customers, and give customers a better overall experience...

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Credit to: WLOX

http://www.wlox.com/story/29224195/tattoo-shop-owner-finally-wins-approval-to-open-in-downtown-ocean-springs

I stopped by the Twisted Anchor Tattoo Shop to find out how Matt Stebly's business is going. You remember, Matt is the great grandson of Walter Anderson and began his tattoo skills at another shop in Ocean Springs. Well, he has decided to make a go of it on his own and has set up in a small strip mall on North Washington Ave. Tattoos are not the only thing for sale in his shop. Much of his original art is for sale as well...

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Credit to: Ocean Springs 365

http://oceansprings365.blogspot.com/2012/06/twisted-anchor-tattoo-shop-now-open.html

Credit to: SunHerald


Credit to: SunHerald


Matt Stebly dreamed of having a downtown tattoo studio, but he never thought he would find a double corner lot on Government Street.

"I wanted to be in downtown Ocean Springs in general. Both of my parents grew up a few blocks down the road," Stebly said. Shearwater Pottery -- about a mile away, closer to the beach -- is where you'll find other limbs of his family tree...

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Credit to: Justin Mitchell, SunHerald

http://www.sunherald.com/news/local/counties/jackson-county/article72414157.html

Matt Stebly is a tattoo artist in Ocean Springs, Mississippi. He recently opened Twisted Anchor Tattoo in the heart of Downtown Ocean Springs. Although he began a business that dared to differ, his roots run deep into the heart of the history in Ocean Springs. As Walter Anderson’s great-grandson, Matt has a rich heritage in the artistic community of Mississippi.

“If Ocean Springs is known for being an art community, you should have a tattoo shop of that caliber that I want to have in Ocean Springs. I’ve tattooed eighty year old ladies that have always wanted a tattoo, but now feel like they can because it’s a little more acceptable. And people are actually seeing the art form of it.”-Matt


B.B. King Museum and Delta Interpretive Center

The mission of the B. B. King Museum and Delta Interpretive Center is to empower, unite and heal through music, art and education and share with the world the rich cultural heritage of the Mississippi Delta.

http://bbkingmuseum.org/

The Stories

Neither Elvis Presley nor BB King ever realised their ambitions. For the young Elvis it was to be a member of a gospel quartet. And as BB King explained: ‘I was going to have me a little farm. I could picture seeing myself farming, picture seeing a beautiful woman with my two or three kids coming out and bringing me some water. Those were my dreams.’

Those words are on display in the wonderful BB King Museum in Indianola, Mississippi, not far from where BB was born as Riley King. The word ‘wonderful’ is apt because it is a building full of wonder – the wonder of the man’s powerful and moving blues music, and the wonder of how he survived his childhood. It’s the kind of museum that lets you get intimately acquainted with the musician, from his dirt poor Mississippi roots to his worldwide success...

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Credit to: Mike Gerrard

http://perceptivetravel.com/blog/2016/01/04/king-of-the-blues/

I loved visiting the museum! I learned a great bit about BB King and blues in general. If you are in the Delta or passing through this is a must!

Credit to: Semmons Tiffany, Facebook Reviewer


Credit to: Barrett O'Donnell


As a young man, B.B. King called Indianola, Mississippi home. On Front Street, in the heart of the town, he played his guitar in door frames and on the streets, honing his craft for what would become one of the most celebrated musical careers in history...

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Credit to: American Blues Scene

http://www.americanbluesscene.com/2011/09/b-b-king-week-b-b-king-museum-delta-interpretive-center/

Credit to: MS News Now


Ethel Wright Mohamed Stitchery Museum

Often called Mississippi's Grandma Moses of stitchery, Ethel Wright Mohamed, was born in 1906 and died in 1992. She used beautiful and intricate stitches to tell the stories of her family's life on fabric. Through this unique and beautiful "painting with thread" she has given us a view into the history of the Mississippi Delta's way of life. She called her work "memory pictures". This history includes her marriage, eight children, and numerous scenes of family memories that they all shared. She included their beloved housekeeper, Mittie, who helped raise the children and care for the family. Her stitchery has achieved international acclaim.

http://www.mamasdreamworld.com/

The Stories

"Listen, as I pull the needle through the material, it makes music. I think that's the reason I'm so enchanted with it," it's a very quiet but beautiful sound. It sounds like birds singing, don't you think?"...

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Credit to: Jill R. Chancey, Lauren Rogers Museum of Art

http://www.tfaoi.com/aa/7aa/7aa761.htm

Credit to: Marissa Fortunata


Doe’s Eat Place

Doe’s Eat Place Located in Greenville on Nelson Street, this family-owned and operated restaurant is a cultural and culinary icon of the Mississippi Delta. Doe’s Eat Place tells the complicated story of Italian immigration, Delta foodways, and Mississippi social history.

http://www.doeseatplace.com/

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One of the top 10 steakhouses of 2008 by Gayot Guides, one of America’s top restaurants according to Bon Appetit, and a feature in Alton Brown’s “Feasting on Asphalt”; normally these sort of accolades are awarded to a 150 year cornerstone of cuisine in Chicago or New York, but not this time. This time, all of this high and lofty praise is lauded on a tiny restaurant in even tinier Greenville, Mississippi. It’s named Doe’s Eat Place, and on Saturday evening, I found myself passing through the cotton fields of the Mississippi Delta en route to Doe’s and a taste of their world class fare...

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Credit to: Cynical Cook

http://www.cynicalcook.com/2009/06/does-eat-place-greenville-ms.html

In the 1930s, the restaurant’s founder, Dominick “Doe” Signa, was working at the Greenville Air Base, where he acquired a recipe for hot tamales from an unnamed co-worker. Doe left the air base in 1941 to take over the grocery store that his father opened in 1903. And he soon began selling the hot tamales he made form this recipe to the neighborhood’s largely black clientele. Word spread and the white community came calling for Doe’s tamales, as well as traditional Italian fare such as spaghetti and meatballs. In the early days, the front of the simple wood frame house was a juke of sorts for African-Americans, while the rear of the building was where Greenville’s white community would pick up steaks and hot tamales to go...

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Credit to: Southern Foodways Alliance

https://www.southernfoodways.org/oral-history/does-eat-place/

Credit to: Visit the Mississippi Delta


From Jackson, it takes about two hours to get to Greenville. Mr. Jackson and I recently decided to take this journey, and invited our Delta-dwelling in-laws to join us! You may not believe me when I tell you this, but I could feel how good this meal was going to taste before we even left Jackson!...

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Credit to: Eat Jackson

http://eatjackson.com/blog/2011/11/25/three-very-important-words-does-eat-place/

Robert St. John

Robert St. John has spent more than three decades in the restaurant business. Twenty-eight of those years have been as the owner, CEO and Executive Chef of the Purple Parrot Café, Crescent City Grill, Mahogany Bar, Branch, Tabella, and Ed’s Burger Joint in Hattiesburg, MS. St. John is a restaurateur, chef, columnist, and author. For 15 years he has written a weekly syndicated food column for newspapers. St. John has been named the state’s top chef three consecutive years and was honored as Mississippi Restaurateur of the Year. He has served on the board of directors of several agencies, organizations and charities. He currently serves on the board of directors of the Mississippi Arts Commission and the Lauren Rogers Museum of Art.
St. John is the author of nine books, including three collaborations with renowned watercolorist Wyatt Waters. One of his newest books, An Italian Palate, released in the fall of 2013, was written in Europe while he, his wife, and his two children traveled through 17 countries on two continents for six months. St. John also released a children’s book in 2014 with collaboration with his mother, artist Dinny St. John. St. John has been featured in USA TODAY and appeared on The Food Network, The Travel Channel, National Public Radio, Martha Stewart Living, and the Turner South network. In 2009, St. John founded Extra Table, a non-profit organization that purchases healthy foods and ships them to soup kitchens and mission pantries.

http://www.robertstjohn.com/

The Stories

To say Robert St. John is modest about what led to his success is to put it lightly. The Hattiesburg, Miss., native insists he "sort of fell backward" into the overwhelming success he's enjoyed as a chef, restaurateur, author, businessman and philanthropist...

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Credit to: Kathleen M. Mitchell, Jackson Free Press

http://www.jacksonfreepress.com/news/2013/sep/25/robert-st-john-unlikely-chef/

Credit to: The Porch Sessions MS


Credit to: The Porch Sessions MS


New South Restaurant Group’s Mahogany Bar has long been recognized as a neighborhood favorite, and is no stranger to national accolades. The two-time winner of Draft Magazine’s Top 100 Beer Bars in America has just been chosen as the MS representative on Thrillist’s recently published and highly regarded BEST BEER BAR IN EVERY STATE list. Mahogany Bar is also currently ranked #1 in the area in the nightlife/bar category on Trip Advisor...

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Credit to: Craftbeer.com

http://www.craftbeer.com/news/brewery-news/mahogany-bar-named-best-beer-bar-mississippi

Credit to: Nan Kelley


Robert is a leader and well-known and loved chef, author, and restaurant owner who is instrumental in promoting economic growth and the arts across the state of Mississippi. His non-profit, Extra Table, provides thousands of meals for those in need.

Credit to: Cathy Eaker


Onward Store, The

The grocery store located on legendary Highway 61 has been a staple of the community while owners came and went during the years. In 2012 Mollie Vandevender bought the historic general store and gave it a physical and culinary makeover. Today The Onward Store has a full menu for both lunch and dinner, seven days a week.

http://theonwardstore.com

The Stories

Back in 1902 a black bear was saved near Onward, Mississippi when President Theodore Roosevelt refused to shoot the bear that was tied to a tree. It became the most famous bear hunt in America, and launched the birth of the Teddy bear—America’s favorite toy. In 1913, a small general store was built nearby to serve the community...

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Credit to: Hotty Toddy

http://hottytoddy.com/2014/01/29/the-onward-store/

The Delta is vast; miles and miles of flat, open farmland rich in cotton, although many of its residents are amongst the poorest people in the United States. This area of Mississippi, in particular, was dominated by plantations, slaves and cotton picking back in the 1800’s. However, in modern days the Delta truly is rural America and rural life no longer has the same appeal due to dwindling populations, a once promising local economy rapidly in decline and unemployment twice the national average...

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Credit to: Sarah, Memoirs of an Amateur Cook

https://memoirsofanamateurcook.com/2014/07/02/travel-the-mississippi-delta-and-pulled-pork-sandwiches-at-onward-store-rolling-fork-mississippi/

Great place to eat or just browse around. A lot of history is captured in this little place and it is worth a stop just to walk in the past for a while. The store has many unusual gifts and unique collectables that should satisfy all who stop in. Amber, the general manager, is a kind hearted christian woman who ensures the store presents a warm and inviting atmosphere. Her spirit lifting attitude helps make the store very appealing.

Credit to: Cris Sullivan


Credit to: Kenneth Kramm


When I was growing up in the Mississippi Delta, the Onward Store was one of many that dotted U.S. “Blues” Highway 61 between Memphis and Vicksburg. Former plantation commissaries, they bore the names of the tiny towns (Onward, Egremont, Panther Burn, Percy) where they were virtual headquarters for the residents and pit stops for the rest of us. We went for Cokes and cold beer, pickled eggs and a pay phone. But by the end of the twentieth century, as the land surrounding them required fewer and fewer people to cultivate, most fell into disrepair. The store at Onward, founded in 1913, was no exception...

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Credit to: Julia Reed, Garden & Gun

http://gardenandgun.com/article/mississippi-onward-store

Red’s Blues Club

A Blues club located in Clarksdale, Mississippi. 

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Reds-Blues-Club/163702543685722

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Amazing night last night at Red's. He spent time with us telling about all the great entertainers that have played there and still come back to play there. A great band was playing and it was an experience of a lifetime. If you are a blues lover then this should be on your bucket list. A real authentic juke joint experience in the home of the blues in Clarksdale, Mississippi.

Credit to: Dianne Brown, Facebook Reviewer


Ground Zero Blues Club

Clarksdale, Mississippi has long been described as "Ground Zero" for blues aficionados from around the globe. It all started here. That's why Ground Zero Blues Club® was created — to celebrate the area's rich blues heritage and to provide a forum in which it can continue.

Our mission is to showcase the best of today's Delta Blues musicians. Although some national acts perform from time to time, visitors are more likely to find the "real deal" at Ground Zero Blues Club® — those musicians who live in the Mississippi Delta and continue in the tradition of their musical forefathers Charley Patton, Muddy Waters and John Lee Hooker.

http://www.groundzerobluesclub.com

The Stories

Credit to: Visit the Mississippi Delta


Morgan Freemans Awesome little laid back night club. Met a blues player who gave me his CD, a waitress who thought I was an actress from the young and the restless and a lot of awesome folks. Barbecue was amazing as well... lovely people Highly recommended if your ever in Mississippi.

Credit to: Mindy Harrison, Facebook Reviewer


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Shack Up Inn, The

"The Ritz, we ain't" is the motto of The Shack Up Inn. Located in Clarksdale, Mississippi, the inn is a conglomerate of rooms in an old cotton gin and sharecropper shacks. 

http://www.shackupinn.com

The Stories

Today, guests of the Shack Up Inn can spend the night in one of those authentic sharecropper’s shacks, much like the one Robert Johnson died in, after being poisoned at the age of 27. Owners Bill Talbot and Guy Malvezzi didn’t have to make any Faustian bargains to run what may be the coolest hotel in America — all they needed was the karmic good grace that comes to entrepreneurs yearning to Wang Dang Doodle all night long.

“We started this place because we wanted a spot to drink beer, listen to the blues, and play music whenever we wanted,” says Talbot, “You certainly can’t accuse of us of thinking this through any step along the way.”...

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Credit to: Patrick Sauer, Huffington Post

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2010/07/30/shack-up-inn-coolest-hotel-in-america-bill-talbot-guy-malvezzi_n_915184.html

Credit to: Charlie Adams


As a Blues fan, I can't believe I took this long to get down to the Mississippi Delta. The Shack Up Inn is a perfect place to stay. Close to lots of history, and a bit of history in and of itself. The ambiance just overwhelms you and everyone is so friendly down South. We rented Bill's house. It's the perfect place for a few friends to shack up together and bring in some other visitors for a good ole fashioned house party.

Credit to: Dale Schimpf, Facebook Reviewer


After a spell we stopped off for a cheap bite at a fast food joint, and then it was my turn to take the wheel. I love driving, especially when the road is open and the speed is fast. We moved northward, surrounded by bayou and blue skies, up through Louisiana and the edge of Arkansas before crossing into Mississippi. The desolate terrain became the dominant attraction as we neared our destination. It was getting dark as we arrived in Clarksdale, Mississippi, a dusty town steeped in rich musical history. It was just about 8pm, with just enough time to get the key to our shack.

That’s right: shack...

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Credit to: MEGG, Popartichoke

http://www.popartichoke.com/2013/01/blues-bbq-and-bourbon-roadtrip-crossroad-clarksdale-mississipp.html

Credit to: The Family Sideshow


Lusco’s

Lusco’s Restaurant has been serving up wonderful steaks, poultry and authentic seafood dishes in Greenwood, MS for 80 years. Long known as one of Mississippi’s landmark restaurants and one of the best places to eat in the South, Lusco’s is a Greenwood favorite.

https://www.luscos.net/

The Stories

Five Star all the way! Incredible experience. A must visit eatery. We flew down from North Carolina and fell in love with Lusco's. Dining and food is incredible!

Credit to: Dana Matthews, Facebook Reviewer


Credit to: Southern Foodways Alliance


Lusco's is a fourth-generation family-owned restaurant that began as a downtown grocery store. Due to its Prohibition-era origins, the restaurant consists of individual dining areas divided by curtains because who knows what sort of scandalous activities might be happening behind them. During those times, patrons brought their own liquid refreshment in brown bags and used the buzzers located on the inside of the dining areas as a signal that it was "safe" to enter. The restaurant"s dining areas remain, as does the brown bag tradition and buzzers to notify the wait staff.

Credit to: Visit Mississippi


Delta Meat Market

A hometown specialty grocery store with a full service butcher shop has a variety of local and regionally sourced livestock and provisions.

http://www.deltameatmarket.com

The Stories

Roots run deep for Cole Ellis, Owner and Operator of the Delta Meat Market, both products of the Mississippi Delta. Born and raised in Cleveland, from a young age Ellis relished in his time around the dinner table when family and friends would come together. From his appreciation of fellowship and the basic notion that a good meal serves to enhance experiences as the catalyst of conversation, Ellis has rendered his life’s passion of finding the best ingredients to prepare the most delicious food...

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Credit to: Atlanta Food and Wine Festival

http://atlfoodandwinefestival.com/talent/mississippi/cole-ellis/

Delta Meat Market is an oasis of fine craft cuisine in a dessert of mundane fare and fast food. Their food is amazing and their menu constructed daily with surprisingly creative combinations. Their meat, seafood, and cheese selection is among the finest available in the region. You would do yourself a favor to dine their with guests and pick up some amazing dry aged steaks or custom cut country smoked bacon before you go.

Credit to: Geoff Latham, Facebook Reveiwer


Credit to: Eat Y'all


Few places exist in Mississippi small towns where a foodie can pick up a bottle of whiskey-laced Worchestershire sauce, culinary spices, interesting pickles or sauces. But under the bright blue awning in the vintage, bustling space of downtown Cleveland, Mississippi, Delta Meat Market stocks its shelves with items that makes a kitchen dweller’s heart beat faster. If eating, however, takes precedence over cooking, then lunch or dinner at Delta Meat Market still fits the bill. A casual space with an urban industrial atmosphere, it’s the kind of place where everyone just feels comfortable mixing and rubbing elbows...

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Credit to: Jeanni Brosius, DeSoto Magazine

http://desotomagazine.com/table-talk/

Po’ Monkey’s

Po' Monkey's is one of the only original juke joints to survive into the 21st century. Founded in 1961, it is located in cotton fields in a one-room house and has become a destination for blues tourists from around the world.
These historic music houses have always been places where "farm workers could relax, drink beer, and listen to music." Po' Monkey's is operated by owner William Seaberry, and is only open one night a week, Thursday, starting at 8:30 pm.

http://visitmississippi.org/events-and-points-of-interest/po-monkey-s-26044

The Stories

Thursday is known as “family night” at Po’ Monkey’s juke joint here, but that doesn’t mean you should bring your kids to this patched-up sharecropper shack that has swayed with rhythms and blues for nearly 50 years...

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Credit to: Erik Eckholm, The New York Times

http://www.nytimes.com/2007/03/02/us/02jukejoint.html

Credit to: airick17


The rural juke joint played an integral role in the development of the blues, offering a distinctly secular space for people to socialize, dance, and forget their everyday troubles. While many such jukes once dotted the cotton fields of the Delta countryside, Po’ Monkey’s was one of the relatively few to survive into the 21st century. Initially frequented by locals, Po’ Monkey’s became a destination point for blues tourists from around the world during the 1990s...

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Credit to: MS Blues Trail

http://www.msbluestrail.org/blues-trail-markers/po-monkeys

Credit to: Bridging the Blues


You’d be right podna, most of the time, but take a DJ, cold beer, set-ups for whiskey, a bag of cracklins passed around the table, some old-school R&B and enough multi-shaped jiggling backsides of all colors, and you gots good times with enough laughter to put ole Mista Prozac out of bidness!

Po Monkey’s Lounge, somewhere near Merigold, MS, is one of the most organically integrated Juke Joints anywhere. Proprietor Willie Seaberry is a caretaker, rhythm maker, low-down gyrator, good-times maker, mold breaker—ain’ but one of him, ‘cept when he changes outfits several times a night—and a fellow who makes folks happy just ‘cause he is...

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Credit to: Poor William

http://www.deltabohemian.com/po-monkey-thursday-night-juke-joint/

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Credit to: Visit the Mississippi Delta


Keep Cleveland Boring

Keep Cleveland Boring is a non-profit organization that puts together unique events to showcase original, independent talent and raise money the community.

http://www.keepclevelandboring.com/

The Stories

Hundreds of folks came out to Cleveland this weekend to cool down and enjoy some live music and cold beer. Keep Cleveland Boring hosted its Pour Mississippi Beer and Music Festival on Saturday in Downtown Cleveland. There were over twenty Mississippi breweries who came out for the event. Even some visitors from Iceland from Einstock Breweries. Organizers say that they're glad to continue to Keep Cleveland Boring...in a fun way of course. They hope to make this an annual event.

Credit to: Your Delta News

http://www.yourdeltanews.com/pour-mississippi-beer-and-music-festival

What makes your town unique?

Is it the people, the sights, the food scene, or something else entirely? I think it’s really the mix of different things. We have a great organization called Keep Cleveland Boring that plans events, hosts craft beer and music festivals, supports original music, holds free art shows, trivia nights and more. It’s a tongue-in-cheek name, and it’s become really popular. They sell ‘Keep Cleveland Boring’ t-shirts and merchandise. They are always a big hit...

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Credit to: The Culture Trip

http://theculturetrip.com/north-america/usa/mississippi/articles/594206/

Credit to: Keep Cleveland Boring


Credit to: Keep Cleveland Boring


Delta Arts Alliance

Delta Arts Alliance strives to serve as a bridge to connect diverse cultures through their contributions to the arts, to create a common vision, and to develop strategies for making the arts a more prominent part of daily life.

http://www.deltaartsalliance.org/

The Stories

I think Delta Arts Alliance has the absolute best after school programs!

Credit to: Paulette Howze, Facebook Reviewer


Credit to: Delta Arts Alliance


Credit to: The Cleveland Current


I've been blessed to see Allie Quinn, of the Delta Arts Alliance, at work with the children of the Drew and Ruleville communities coordinating workshops. The results have made a positive impact on the youth in the arts. Now they look at the community as a jewel and not a place to run down and destroy. Delta Arts Alliance Rocks! #work #FMG

Credit to: Lou Hamer, Facebook Reviewer


daniel johnson

Director of Engagement and Learning at the Mississippi Museum of Art

daniel johnson is a creator and explorer working in the fields of relational aesthetics and social practice. johnson engages communities in explorations of collective identity, governance, and the dispositions of structured space.

http://www.danieljohnsonmakesart.com/

The Stories

"The New Businessman"
In my opinion, he has changed the perception of political activist and community leaders by being one himself. Unique in style, he is well spoken and powerful.

Credit to: Anonymous


Credit to: muddledmediia


News footage from the last nine months fills a television screen with quick cuts from image to image. A dancer moves across the stage in curious confusion. A figure in white emerges, weaving his way toward and around the dancing woman.

Representing the oppressing ideals of opinionated news media, daniel johnson improvises his performance as mr. muddle, a character he created...

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Credit to: Kate Brewster, Jackson Free Press

http://www.jacksonfreepress.com/news/2009/dec/02/whose-line-is-it-anyway/

daniel johnson's latest art project is a family affair. Clad in thick white-framed glasses and dark blue overalls with his name—he doesn't capitalize it—and "Significant Developments" stitched on the front, he works with his wife, Amber Johnson, their 7-year-old son Vesper (in matching blue overalls) and their 18-month-old son Wiley at the Mississippi Museum of Art.    johnson's team of artists—along with any visitors interested in participating—are constructing 2,200 ceramic bells from scratch by March 20, when the art museum will unveil the results. These bells, inscribed with symbols submitted by many Mississippians, will eventually become an installation in the museum's Art Garden...

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Credit to: R.H. Coupe, Jackson Free Press

http://www.jacksonfreepress.com/news/2014/feb/12/c3s-social-art/

There is something happening in Jackson: Creativity has met community, and they are embracing. All kinds of artists are experimenting and collaborating, playing with form and context, and looking to share the experience of creativity in a supportive community. The Mississippi Improv Alliance is an exemplar of creativity gone communal. Musicians who like to improvise have morphed into something more...

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Credit to: Greg Williamson, Jackson Free Press

http://www.jacksonfreepress.com/news/2008/apr/25/bloom-improv-bloom/

In March of 2013, daniel johnson and Amber Johnson collaborated on a relational art work; to cook dinner for 60 people as an offering to the community engagement art work The Future is on the Table #4 by Gwylene Gallimard and Jean-Marie Mauclet. This relational work was hosted by the Mississippi Museum of Art.

Credit to: muddledmedia


Dockery Farms

Dockery Farms is the birthplace of the Delta Blues and an important landmark in American history.

http://www.dockeryfarms.org/blues

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The precise origins of the blues are lost to time, but one of the primal centers for the music in Mississippi was Dockery Farms. For nearly three decades the plantation was intermittently the home of Charley Patton (c. 1891–1934), the most important early Delta blues musician. Patton himself learned from fellow Dockery resident Henry Sloan and influenced many other musicians who came here, including Howlin’ Wolf, Willie Brown, Tommy Johnson, and Roebuck “Pops” Staples...

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Credit to: MS Blues Trail

http://www.msbluestrail.org/blues-trail-markers/birthplace-of-the-blues

Will Dockery was born in Mississippi in 1865. At the age of twenty, he graduated from the University of Mississippi. Ten years later, in 1895, he purchased hundreds of acres of Delta swamps and cane break just outside of Cleveland, the seat of government for Bolivar County. Dockery Plantation began as a lumber business but moved to cotton, a decision that required manual labor, and led to sharecropping. At its peak, Dockery covered 40 square miles and was home to more than 400 families.

Dockery Plantation became a self-sufficient town of sorts, with two churches and two schools, a dedicated physician, a post office—even its own currency, which was honored in nearby towns. Dockery also established the Pea Vine Railroad, a 12-mile spur to bring food staples and dry goods to the commissary.The Pea Vine carried the blues, too. In 1900, Bill and Annie Patton, along with their young son Charley, moved to Dockery. Charley Patton made a name for himself with his guitar playing. Other bluesmen like Howlin’ Wolf, Robert Johnson, and Son House visited and played music on Dockery,..

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Credit to: Southern Foodways Alliance

https://www.southernfoodways.org/oral-history/dockery-farms/

Credit to: Dockery Farms Foundation



McCarty’s Pottery

Lee and Pup McCarty began McCarty's Pottery in the Delta and have achieved international recognition for their works. Located in Merigold, Mississippi, McCarty Pottery is a truly unique destination with the pottery studio, restaurant, and gardens. 

http://www.mccartyspottery.com

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Lee McCarty was teaching chemistry at the University of Mississippi in the 1950s when his wife, Pup, decided to take a pottery class.

“She was the only female in the class. It was filled with football players, so she asked Uncle Lee to take the class with her,” said Stephen Smith, the couple’s godson.

The McCartys quickly fell in love with wheel-thrown pottery, and in 1954, they settled back home in the tiny Delta town of Merigold, where they began McCarty Pottery in a converted barn. Now, 58 years later, Lee and Pup McCarty are legendary in artistic circles...

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Credit to: Robyn Jackson, Jackon Free Press

http://www.jacksonfreepress.com/news/2012/nov/26/mccartys-pottery-legacy/

Credit to: The Southern Documentary Project


In working on the story this week about the passing of pottery royalty Pup McCarty, I chatted with someone who told me, “I’ll bet 60 percent of all of the households in Mississippi have at least one piece of McCarty pottery in it.”

I’m not so sure about those numbers, but the mere fact that people are willing to throw around that number is proof of how wildly popular the McCarty’s product has been to Mississippians the last 50 years...

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Credit to: Ross Reily, MS Business Journal

http://msbusiness.com/2009/02/opinion-what-mccarty-pottery-means-to-mississippi/

Lee McCarty grew up in Merigold. He served during World War II and then met Pup, from Ethel, Mississippi, at Delta State College. At that time he planned to go into a career of science utilizing his expertise in Chemistry and Physics. After they married, they studied at Ole Miss where Lee began to blend his knowledge of science with his love of the arts. He was interested in jewelry making, and oddly enough, Pup was the one who first wanted to take pottery classes. She made him go with her so she wouldn't be by herself with all the football players. After graduate studies at Columbia University, they returned to Oxford and taught at Ole Miss before becoming full time freelance artists. William Faulkner allowed them to dig the clay for their first pieces from a ravine behind his home, Rowan Oaks...

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Credit to: McCarty's Pottery

http://www.mccartyspottery.com/#!mccartys-pottery--history/cw8r

Blue Delta Jean Co.

Blue Delta Jean Company is an apparel design and manufacturing group specializing in bespoke denim. All Blue Delta products are Made in America.

http://bluedeltajeans.com

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It’s the Holy Grail of blue jeans — the pair that fits you so perfectly, it’s like they were made just for you. They’re crafted from the perfect weight and color of denim, with the perfect color of thread and hardware that you couldn’t have done a better job of picking out yourself...

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Credit to: Susan Marquez, The Clarion-Ledger

http://www.clarionledger.com/story/magnolia/2015/10/12/mississippi-made-blue-delta-jeans-fit-like-glove/73730034/

Credit to: Meredith Parker


Josh West wrote the business plan for Blue Delta Jean Co. on a napkin over dinner in Tupelo in 2009. He was catching up with a high school buddy, Nick Weaver, from South Pontotoc High School. Weaver and West, both local businessmen, knew they wanted to make something when they got together for dinner that night. When they looked around at the resources and talent in the Tupelo area, there was only one answer...

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Credit to: Erin Z. Bass, Deep South Magazine

http://deepsouthmag.com/2014/01/08/wearable-blues-in-the-delta/

Credit to: We Shop American


Jackson-Part I

This page is dedicated to the citizens of Jackson who are daring to differ. See part II for more Modern Mississippians. 

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Andrew Harrison-WJTV 12


He focuses on positive news and what's working in Mississippi!

Photo courtesy of WJTV

Credit to: Anonymous


Marika Cackett-Mississippi Museum of Art


She is solution oriented, always thinking outside the box and always putting Jackson, MS and the community first.

Go-getter: it’s the word Marika Cackett uses to describe herself. It better be true: this Fondrenite is diving in, head first, as The Mississippi Museum of Art’s new Director of Events and Food and Beverage. Cackett was hired late last Wednesday and, already, she’s been in charge of three events...

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Photo Courtesy of Find It In Fondren

Credit to: Anonymous


Ignacio Zambrano


Fashion, motivational speaker, and radical entrepreneur

Photo courtesy of Ignacio Zambrano.

Credit to: L. Sherie Dean


Silas Stapleton


Music artist who revolts against the regular rap movement to educate via music

At age 12, Silas Stapleton and Savanta Hunter’s musical influences seemingly couldn’t have been more different...

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The local hip-hop community has been singing the praises of "Gullah Gullah Island," the latest single from Jackson rapper Silas Stapleton, who performs as SilaS, since it began making the rounds last November. Now, having garnered attention from major national music publication Vibe, SilaS fans can expect a second wind for the song's popularity...

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Photo courtesy of Jackson Free Press.


Credit to: L. Sherie Dean


L. Sherie Dean


Media, blogger, celeb interviewer, only promotes the positive

L. Sherie is extraordinary, with her ability of organized multitasking; she has fully engrossed herself in numerous businesses/projects locally and nationally. She has worked for the Greater Jackson Chamber Partnership since 2007 and is credited for branding the HeartBeats of Jackson healthy heart screening event hosted by Jackson, Mississippi area hospitals. L. Sherie is dedicated to her community and uses her marketing, promotion, communication (radio), planning and coordination skills to increase awareness, community involvement and accountability...

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Photo courtesy of L. Sherie Dean

Credit to: Ignacio Zambrano


Michael Bouldin-M&D Transportation


He is a partner of Uber who delivers prompt service, but he is different because he goes above and beyond by providing modern transport services that exemplifies modern transportation.

Photo courtesy of Michael L. Bouldin

Credit to: dtmiller25@gmail.com


Tristan Duplichain


Small town photographer, trying to make it big.

Tristan Duplichain is growing her business, one photo at a time. The 20-year-old discovered her passion for photography at 14 and began her own business three years later.

Despite her age, Duplichain's work can be found in a variety of places, from Vogue Italia's website to more local organizations, such as Bops Frozen Custard locations, statewide magazines and local clothing stores. She says she likes to venture out and try many things. "I do a lot of graphic design," she says. "I photograph everything you could imagine—fashion, musicians, local artists, editorials, weddings, boudoir, events, children, maternity, babies, pets, glam, holidays and senior portraits."

Although she isn't exclusive in subject matter, Duplichain hopes to move into the fashion world...

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Photo Courtesy of Tristan Duplichain

Credit to: Brooke


Kenneth Marshall


Fashion Extraordinaire, 21 year old business owner, High Fashion expert, who hosts his own fashion shows in his own way.

Credit to: Ignacio Zambrano


Danielle Camp


Graduate of Mississippi State University and quite the artist. She can turn your vision into custom artwork and even a business logo like she did for me. Danielle herself is a piece of art and has passion that can be seen in her creations.

Credit to: Melissa Martinez


Alan Huffman


Writer, preservationist, world traveler, godfather to Jack Sewell.

Huffman, a north Jackson native and former Clarion-Ledger reporter, is a political opposition researcher, someone who is hired by a candidate during an election to gather information about the candidate and his or her opponent. Huffman, who graduated from the University of Mississippi, has been investigating politicians for 18 years. He and Rejebian chronicled their experiences traveling around the United States as political opposition researchers in the 2012 book "We're With Nobody: Two Insiders Reveal the Dark Side of American Politics" (William Morrow Paperbacks, 2012, $15.99). The book offers a humorous insight to the downfalls of political candidates...
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The story that formed the basis of my book Mississippi in Africa began in Mississippi, in familiar territory, but led to a decidedly unfamiliar place, to a region of Liberia known as Mississippi in Africa. Liberia was founded by freed slaves from the United States in the early 19th century, and the region called Mississippi in Africa was essentially a parallel Mississippi — a place they patterned after and named for their former home in the U.S. More than a century later, the subjugation of the indigenous tribes led to civil war. My desire to follow the story all the way through landed me in that war zone, which was as far outside my comfort zone as I’d ever been.

The basic premise I work from is that everyone knows something I don’t know. Everyone has their own piece of the puzzle. But it’s about more than the minutiae of a story, about all those individual pieces. It’s also about seeing the bigger picture taking shape. Part of the reason I come and go is to get a different vantage point on things. It’s like when you travel to an unfamiliar place: Upon your return, home looks different, too...

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Photo Courtesy of Portico.

Credit to: Jack Sewell


Jeff Good-Sal&Mookies, Broad Street Baking Co., Bravo!


Jeff Good goes by many names: restaurateur, consultant, and entrepreneur. Although, if you ask him, he characterizes himself first and foremost as a marketer. His ability to market his brand is the primary reason Good has become one of Jackson’s most well- known “celebrities.” Looking deeper, what really sets him apart is how he uses his brand to be a positive influence in the greater community...

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Good spoke candidly about his beliefs about Jackson. Certain that not enough voices are talking about love for one another or expressing a desire to help others, Good said, "I love my community and I want to help it; I don't want anything from it." Not only are those feelings a natural extension of his career choice—"I serve people all day"—they have to do with his having been what he calls the victim of soft prejudice—a Methodist among Mormons and then the new guy at Murrah. "I'm a product of my past. … I understand being treated differently based on what I am, not who I am. Jeff Good starts from empathy in all things," he explained...

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Jeff Good is such an active source of leadership in the Jackson-metro area, his gift for community building often overshadows his entrepreneurship...

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Photo Courtesy of Find It In Fondren


Cherita "Rita B." Brent


She's a talk show host and comedian in Jackson, MS. She has opened for famous comedians in the city. She is totally amazing!!! She rocks!

First up is 27-year-old Cherita “Rita B.” Handy. I’ve known Cherita for years and I’ve enjoyed watching her reach career and life milestones at a very early age. She is a Jackson, Miss. radio personality, currently working as a Radio Host/Producer for Mississippi Public Broadcasting and her very own show, The Rita B. Show w/Mr. Adams. In her free time, she does stand-up comedy and even won an award for her talent! During our chat, she shared why she decided to create her own show and advice on how women can break into radio...

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Listen to a podcast interview with Rita B. here.
Cherita Brent (also known as “Rita B.”) was born and raised in Jackson, MS by her then-single mother, Angela Weathersby. It was her mother who introduced her to the world of music, and she hasn’t looked back since. She began playing drum set in church with her mother on piano as a young girl, not knowing it would develop into something much bigger...

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Photo Courtesy of TEDx Jackson.


Deirdra Harris Glover


Fierce female who is empowering their community, peers, and challenging and out of date society! Writes for "The Blue & White Flash"

Deirdra Harris Glover is an inspiration. We first met about five years ago in a yoga class. As we moved through the class, the two of us surely took the championship for most fluid lost—both of us were sweating bullets. But seeing another full-figured woman take such joy in her practice was motivational...

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The two were on their way to a Jackson vigil Sunday to mourn the 49 victims lost in the largest mass shooting in modern U.S. history, at a gay nightclub in Orlando, when Rhis Harris, 18, shared this sentiment with sister and legal guardian Deirdra Harris Glover: “If I get hurt or shot, then if it helps people see the horrific things that are happening in our community, then I don’t care anymore."...

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Deirdra Harris Glover is a passionate supporter of women's rights and a lover of pop culture. Glover studied English and theater at Agnes Scott College in Georgia, an all-women's school. She moved to Jackson 13 years ago, and now works for the Unitarian Universalist Church in Jackson as communications and public relations director. The 41-year-old says the church is "really about community and enjoying that natural spark that we all have within us."...

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Photo Courtesy of Jackson Free Press.


Lorraine Magee


I dare to differ by making a difference in the lives of the youth in my area. We need to educate our youth to be themselves.

Credit to: Lorraine Magee


Jefferson Stewart


Jeff Stewart from Clinton, MS cause he's a very different individual.

Very unique guy.

Credit to: Schon Callender


Josh Rich


Josh Rich is a very unique and talented young man who lives in Brookhaven, MS. He takes video and pictures of all things train. He's a little obsessed.

See some of Josh's work here.

Credit to: Shoawn Balmer


LTC Dexter Brookins


He has grown up in MS but became an impressive Army officer and used in worldly experience to influence Jackson State students and cadets to become worldly people.

LTC Dexter M. Brookins entered the service on 11 August 1987 as a Private in the Infantry. LTC Brookins received his commission from the United States Reserve Officer Training Corps in 1997 from Jackson State University as a Distinguished Military Graduate...

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Photo Courtesy of NOLA.com.

Credit to: Brooke Visosk


Claire Harkey: Modern woman & the "cool" cat lady.

Credit to: Anonymous


Chef Keith Manuel


I plan to make Jackson better one flavor at a time.

Credit to: Keith Manuel



Suzanne Zach: Actress, poet, author of children's books; Featured at Austin International Poetry Festival

Credit to: Suzanne Zach


Luther Stigley, a top chef, had a child, and his child prayed about what her calling was. With the help of the good Lord, she began culinary school and is now an aspiring chef. Angel now hopes to be a good enough or better chef as her dad.

Credit to: Angel Stigley


My pastor is very inspirational in compelling new souls to Christ!

Credit to: Earnestine Smith


My pastor Joel teaches us that if we were all more Christ-like the world would be a much better place.

Credit to: Ladonna Thompkey


Everyone... The interactions, hospitality, the trees, the love, the soul... I nominate everyone for making Mississippi....Mississippi.

Credit to: Cord Short


Randy Hayes is a very different person who does things in life different, has his own way of thinking.

Credit to: Jeffery


Margaret Anderson is a young artist who is very talented and needs her artwork shown here in the Art Museum. She is from Madison and would add a lot of Modern style into place here in Mississippi.

Credit to: Ryan Waters


Noah Walker (The Bush) is moving it forward with his hair and fashion.

Credit to: Adam Noone


Zach Lovett


Eclectic frontman of Young Valley who wears bolo ties and dances around like a wild man.

Photo Courtesy of Zach Lovett.

Credit to: Anonymous


Demetries "D1" is always thinking outside of the box and always coming up with ways of being different/Modern.

Credit to: Sherrion


Teressa Thomas: "I am modern because whatever I am in to, I share it to help and inspire people who are open.

Credit to: Teressa Thomas


Art makes everything more beautiful. From drawings to music, the littlest thing can make a difference. I want to use art to convince people that life can be better if you make it happen. I went from a bad life to a music filled life which brought me to join the Air Force. Now, I protect and serve and make a major difference in everyone's life!

Credit to: Amber Lynn Pitts


John Sewell


A very intelligent person; helpful to environment.

Very smart person. Kind and very wise. -Erin

Millsaps College is pleased to announce that John Sewell has been named director of communications and marketing. A Jackson native and longtime resident, Sewell graduated from Millsaps in 1988 with a B.A. in history...

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John Sewell plays many roles in Jackson, from his day job as the director of corporate communications at Blue Cross Blue Shield to his position on at least five boards, including the Mississippi Symphony Orchestra, Parents for Public Schools and the Fondren Renaissance Foundation. He is also a husband and father of three...

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Photo Courtesy of Millsaps College.

Credit to: Maggie Sewell


Officer McGowen of the Fondren Precinct is a Police Officer extraordinaire.

Credit to: Anonymous


Tracey Davis, a Sociology Instructor at Holmes Community College Ridgeland Campus, challenges everyone to step out of their comfort zone & to face "stereotypes" or myths that they have been presented with.

Credit to: Danielle Wells


My friend Britain dares to differ from the norm because she was the kicker for our school's football team.

Credit to: Aundria Price


Essie Monger because she's a nurse and cares for the sick.

Credit to: Marty Monger


Chrystian Butler is an unique multi-talented artist who attends Murrah High School.

Credit to: Anonymous


I feel that my dance teacher is so modern because she is different in what type of dance she does. She embraces it, loves it, and is always happy.

Credit to: Anonymous


COL Frederick Brown is different from the average JROTC instructor because he takes a direct approach in changing his cadets' lives.

Credit to: Kayla Pippins


Elizabeth is modern because she doesn't care what others think, and she loves everyone around her.

Credit to: Eliza Burnham


Georgia is modern!!! She doesn't let other people's opinions get in her way.

Credit to: Anonymous


Genevieve dares to be different because she has her own style that goes against what other people wear.

Credit to: Georgia


Felder Rushing


Felder Rushing with MPB because he doesn't care about being himself and playing cheesy music on the radio.

Felder Rushing is Mississippi’s Master Gardener (a program which he started in Mississippi). His love of gardening began under the apprenticeship of his horticulturist great-grandmother and his garden club grandmother. His books, thousands of newspaper articles, his magazine articles, radio show (The Gestalt Gardener) and his TV appearances have made him Southern Living magazine’s “one of twenty-five people most likely to change the South.” He has also founded what he calls Slow Gardening. In all, Rushing has authored or co-authored eighteen books about gardening. He graduated from Mississippi State University and worked as an Extension Service urban horticulture specialist until he retired early. He lives in the Fondren area of Jackson, Mississippi...

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Over the past couple of years I've become quite fond of listening to podcasts of Felder Rushing's gardening program, The Gestalt Gardener, on Mississippi Public Broadcasting. Having lived in the Northeast for almost 40 years, I've lost my southern accent, so I really enjoy hearing the many variations of "southern" on Felder's weekly program...

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Photo Courtesy of Felder Rushing.


Our kids because they are the future, and with them coming up, they will make the world different.

Credit to: Rebecca Miggins


Ellen Langford


Central, MS artist located in Belhaven. She busts her ass for her children and dares to differ. LGBT & modernly wonderful.

Mississippi artist Ellen Langford is driven to communicate with layers of color and texture until each image becomes its own and she can move on. Several paintings at a time are always in progress, and she moves back and forth as each piece develops at its own pace. She paints a playful, and often joyful, outlook on life. She has always painted and as it has become her primary work, it has become her way of storytelling...

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Photo Courtesy of Ellen Langford.

Credit to: Lauren Cox


Lillian Herring because she is a brave cancer fighter. She is in Memphis now.

Credit to: Adrionna Herring


Mrs. Phillips (Callaway High School) is a very unique and bold artist!

Credit to: Kalah Williams


Dr. Taunjah Bell Neasman


She is a great educator. African American Nero-psychology professor at JSU.

For psychology majors at Jackson State University, not many other professors have made a bigger impact than Dr. Taunjah Bell Neasman. The Miami, Fla., native came to Jackson State in the fall of 2008 to teach biological psychology, physiological psychology and statistics classes. Neasman said she has always felt like she wanted to do something with the brain and took advanced placement psychology in high school...

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Photo Courtesy of Jackson Free Press.

Credit to: Alexis Davis


Mrs. Quarterman is modern because she loves to help others!

Credit to: Sakela Lewis


Just Styling

Just Styling Salon is a family-oriented barber shop & hair salon where healthy hair care is infused in customized styles.

https://www.facebook.com/Just-Styling-Salon-124402381568/timeline

The Stories

The reason I feel this place is modern because there is no other shop like this. They are able to work with any kind of hair, and the shop is very stylish!

Credit to: Lana Cherry


been going to Debra for about 10 years now and love the environment!!

Credit to: Alicia Johnson, Facebook Reviewer


Verge JXN

Verge JXN is an interactive arts festival with the goal of fostering creative and community spirits by producing an engaging atmosphere, and it's coming to Midtown in April 2017.

http://www.vergejxn.org

The Stories

Kristen Tordella-Williams is the coordinating producer for Verge JXN. Kristen works across media exploring imagery and sculpture generated from the performative process. She uses performance and sculpture to investigate issues of labor, identity, gender, and memory using an array of material commonly found at hardware stores, supermarkets and recycling bins.

Credit to: Millsaps

http://www.millsaps.edu/academics/art_faculty.php

Verge JXN! Jackson's own interactive arts festival happening April 2017 in Midtown Jackson.

Credit to: Ashley Sullivan


Lyric Oxford, The

The property at 1006 Van Buren has enjoyed an extremely interesting life since its original construction in the late 1800’s. The structure was originally a livery stable owed by William Faulkner’s family in the early part of the 20th century. During the 1920’s it was converted into a theater for live performances and silent films where it was named The Lyric Theatre. The advent of motion pictures saw The Lyric evolve into Oxford’s first movie theater. In 1949, William Faulkner walked from his home in Oxford (Rowan Oak) to his childhood stable for the world premiere of MGM’s “Intruder in the Dust” that was adapted from one of his novels. The Lyric stopped operating as a movie theater in the 1970’s and was left abandoned from many years until the early 1980’s when it was restored and converted into office spaces and a health center. In 2007, The Lyric underwent an extensive restoration process and was returned to its original use as a theater. It began operating again on July 3rd, 2008.

http://www.thelyricoxford.com/

The Stories

Thacker Mountain Radio featuring Preston Lauterbach reading from his book "The Chitlin' Circuit and the Road to Rock and Roll" with musical guests Bobby Rush and Bill "Howl-N-Madd" Perry. Recorded live at the Lyric Theatre in Oxford, Mississippi on September 8, 2011.

Credit to: The Southern Documentary Project


Love this place so much, I drive two hours to go!!!

Credit to: Paula Mann Oakman, Facebook Reviewer


Credit to: DittyTV Live


For their popular song, "Ho, Hey", The Lumineers went acoustic and meandered down to the center of The Lyric Theatre in Oxford, MS and led the crowd in singing the song

Credit to: Andy OBryan; Macon Dukes


Sal & Mookies

New York-themed family-friendly pizzeria with ice cream scoop shop located in the Fondren neighborhood in Jackson. Private room & deck for groups, easy take-out, & a great neighborhood bar - The PiE Lounge. There's something for everyone!

http://www.salandmookies.com/

The Stories

Credit to: PizzaTV


Second time coming here and I fell in love all over because now they offer gluten free options. I can enjoy all the great tastes while eating gluten free and not upsetting my stomach. Shout out to Troy Wells!!! He was so polite and sweet. Customer service here is on par and the food is down right delicious

Credit to: Kimberly Ketrick, Facebook Reviewer


Credit to: Michael Whities


Jeff Good is well-known in the Jackson area for co-owning several restaurantsSal & Mookies, Bravo!, and Broadstreet Bakery are all Jackson favorites. Jeff moved here during high school, so he has come to consider himself a Mississippi native.

“Twenty-three years later, we’re not on the cutting edge anymore... We’re seen as much more traditional now, and we’re someplace that’s a place of safety and comfort for many. We’re still a very successful restaurant, but we are not on the cutting edge. And that’s okay. I think that kinda comes with the maturity of your art form.”-Jeff


Christway Church

The mission and vision at ChristWay is to transform the hearts of people into a close and personal relationship with Jesus where they know Him as Lord, King and Savior. They operate with a vision to minister to the “walking wounded” of life…to love them, to show them Jesus, and to help them find their healing.

http://www.christwayms.org

The Stories

The youth group of Christway: These young adults go out in the community and feed the hungry and bring clothing to those homeless in Jackson.

Credit to: Anonymous


Mission/Prayer and Southern Gospel music with Ronnie and Connie Walters at Christway Church.

Credit to: Dennis Tanner


Had an awesome time with the ladies at Christway Church on last Friday night. The fellowship was great, the speaker, Maggie Wade, WLBT was dynamic. The youth praise dancers was awesome as well as the praise team. Last, but not least, the food was great. Thanks again for the invite Regina Beavers.

Credit to: Vanessa Williams


Ridgeland High School

Ridgeland High School opened in August 2002 in the Madison County School District, one of the fastest growing and top-rated school districts in the state of Mississippi. The school is located and serves students with the city limits of Ridgeland and portions of Madison County, a suburban area north of metropolitan Jackson.

http://madison-schools.com/domain/3683

The Stories

Ridgeland High School had two goals in replacing retiring football coach Kenny Burton: find a winner and make a splash.

Check and check.

Ryan Earnest, who is fresh off a second-straight state championship at 3A Collins, was announced as the next Titans head coach Friday...

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Credit to: Tyler Cleveland, The Clarion-Ledger

http://www.clarionledger.com/story/sports/high-school/2016/01/08/earnest-named-next-ridgeland-coach/78537786/

RHS teachers performed "Thriller" at a Pep Rally.

Credit to: Parker Black


Ridgeland High School is awesome!

Credit to: Lauren Lewis


The band performs We Will Remember, a tribute to our nations armed services. State marching band finals in Pearl, Ms on 10/24/15.

Credit to: C Rob


Front Porch Dance

Front Porch Dance is a collective of local dancers who collaborate to produce innovative choreographic works. Their aim is to create approachable dance art that promotes awareness and appreciation of contemporary dance.

http://www.frontporchdance.org/

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Credit to: Front Porch


On Saturday, January 31, 2015, Front Porch Dance, a Jackson-based contemporary dance company, will present an evening of Mississippi Stories in Motion - Retold, displaying original choreography that reflects the rich stories and culture of Mississippi. All proceeds from the dance concert will be donated the Mississippi Agriculture and Forestry Museum Foundation to help in the recovery from the recent fire at their facility. Come help us celebrate this beautiful space and its cultural heritage through an evening of stories told through movement.

The choreography to be displayed was originally inspired by the sights, sounds, and textures of “The Mississippi Story” exhibition at the Mississippi Museum of Art as well as to specific stories told in and through the artwork within this unique permanent collection. Front Porch Dance has reinvented and restaged the repertoire of Mississippi Stories in Motion, and the choreography will be retold with new vision and perspective...

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Credit to: Jackson Free Press

http://www.jacksonfreepress.com/events/2015/jan/31/mississippi-stories-motion-retold/?et=15569

Credit to: Front Porch


Vibe Doctors, The

Fusing a variety of styles, the Jazz Doctors deliver familiar melodies in nontraditional ways, featuring an instrument which is still relatively unfamiliar to many audiences: The Vibraphone.

https://www.facebook.com/Vibedoctorsjazzproject/timeline

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Credit to: JacksonMSMusic


The Vibe Doctors want to change your perception of jazz trios.

“Jazz is hard sell; you’re usually background noise,” said vibraphone player Jason Mathena. “We don’t want to be a band that people just sit there and listen to us. We want people up, dancing around, screaming and having a good time.”

The band derives its name because all of its members, which also include Lucas Pettey on bass and Owen Rockwell on drums, have doctorates. Mathena and Rockwell met while in the doctoral music program at the University of Souther Mississippi, while Pettey has a doctoral degree in chemical engineering and a minor in music...

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Credit to: Jacob Threadgill, The Clarion-Ledger

http://www.clarionledger.com/story/life/2015/09/23/jazz-vibe-doctors-change-perceptions/72691022/

Owen Rockwell was 6 years old when he started playing drums. Lucas Pettey volunteered to learn the bass for his middle-school band. Jason Mathena studied mallet percussion throughout his college career. Then, in 2013, after years of playing with other groups, the three instrumentalists came together to form one of Jackson's most indescribable bands, experimental jazz group The Vibe Doctors...

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Credit to: Danie Matthews, Jackson Free Press

http://www.jacksonfreepress.com/news/2015/sep/23/unleashing-vibe/

Credit to: JacksonMSMusic


Magnolia Locations

Magnolia Locations represents unique and extraordinary properties in Mississippi for Film, TV and Photography production.

http://www.magnolialocations.biz/

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Jenna Aldridge is a Mississippi native and Natchez resident. The company she co-owns, Magnolia Locations, represents properties in the area and makes them available to film crews and studios who want to shoot in Mississippi's unique settings. From swamps to antebellum homes to the majestic Mississippi, Aldridge works to get Mississippi places onto the big screen.

"We embrace diversity here. We embrace everything that’s different. Natchez is vital. There’s something going on. There’s this energy, and I think it’s just a jewel." - Jenna

Credit to: Modern Crew


Magnolia Locations has brought me on as their go-to location scout. It's definitely a dream job of mine and I can't wait to see where in the world this takes me. For now it's all about the south. Sitting on the banks of the Mississippi River is the town of Natchez. I found it to be an island of innovation, humanism and history in a state that is overwhelmingly backwards. They have found a way to balance the traditional charms of the south while providing their community with some necessary modern advancements...

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Credit to: Julie Bullock

http://www.juliebullock.com/dailies/14221189/

Wharlest Jackson Community Gardens

Wharlest Jackson served as the Treasurer of NAACP before he was murdered in Natchez, Mississippi on February 27, 1967. He was 36 years old at the time of his death. A community garden has been established in his name.

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Jeremy Houston of Natchez, MS is a community organizer, musician, and activist. One his projects is the Wharlest Jackson Community Garden, named for slain Civil Rights veteran Wharlest Jackson. The garden educates and feeds members of the traditionally African American neighborhood in which it sits. All of Houston's work focuses on a more complete and authentic telling of the collective history of Natchez.


"At the Wharlest Jackson Community Garden today. Thanks to JAH for the earth he created."

Credit to: Jeremy Houston


"Another good day of hard work and labor in the Wharlest Jackson Community Garden. There is plenty of harvest but few workers. Gregory Isiah Robinson and Katt Ambrosia are two great workers who have been there the whole time. I thank you God for having good people to work with. Better days are ahead."

Credit to: Jeremy Houston


The CUT (the band)

The CUT is an alternative band blending hip hop, R&B, rock, and fund to represent the New South. 

https://www.facebook.com/thebandcut/timeline

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Brothers Vincent and Vinson McMurtery first met Ben Atkinson and Judson Wright when they were members of marching and jazz bands at Madison Central High School. Friends before they were business partners, the group formed their band The CUT the summer after they began their freshman year of college on opposite ends of the state.

With the recent release of their debut EP, "DAEH," members of the band are putting their college education, half in music theory and half in business, to good use in the modern music industry...

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Credit to: Jacob Threadgill, The Clarion-Ledger

http://www.clarionledger.com/story/magnolia/entertainment/2016/06/10/making-their-own-way-cut-debuts-ep/85599932/

Credit to: the CUT


Campbell’s Bakery

Opened in 1962, Campbell’s is Jackson’s oldest bakery. In 2016 they opened Madison’s newest bakery, Campbell’s Madison – still the same amazing baked goods made from scratch daily.

http://www.campbellsbakery.ms/

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Mitchell Moore never thought he’d dedicate his life to baking tea cakes. When he purchased the iconic Campbell’s Bakery in early 2011, Mitchell regarded Jackson’s favorite cookie with a bit of skepticism, maybe even a slight disdain. The decades-old bakery had built its reputation on these icing-topped, shortbread-like cookies, but Mitchell was a restaurant pastry chef, with a thriving cheesecake wholesaling-business on the side. Tea cakes?...

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Credit to: Southern Foodways Alliance

http://www.southernfoodways.org/interview/campbells-bakery/

Campbell’s Bakery is not new to the Jackson dessert scene. It was first opened in the early 1950’s in a location by the the old Jitney Jungle, now McDade’s on Duling Street. In 1963, Louis Campbell purchased and moved the bakery around the corner to its current location on North State Street in Fondren.

During the 20 years that Mr. Campbell owned and operated the bakery, it was a fixture of the community in Fondren. He especially became known for two items – iced tea cakes and petit fours. In fact, if you visit Campbell’s Bakery today, you will still see those two items in the case, made exactly according to the recipes developed by Mr. Campbell himself...

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Credit to: Matthew Jackson

http://thinkwriteguild.com/campbells-bakery-jackson-ms-delicacies-from-scratch/

Jackson's oldest bakery is bringing its recipe for success to Madison.

Campbell's Bakery has had its iconic storefront on North State Street in Fondren since 1962. A new Madison location is chugging into week two and owner Mitchell Moore could not be more thrilled about the reception they have received...

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Credit to: Duncan Dent

http://onlinemadison.com/Content/Default/Local-News/Article/Campbell-s-Bakery-opens-in-Madison/-3/1/31294

A short documentary that shows us an inside look at Campbell's in 2010.

Credit to: Barefoot Workshops


Standard Life

The Standard Life Building, originally known as the Tower Building, was built in 1929 by New Orleans architect Claude Lindsley. After the stock market crash plunged the country into the Great Depression, the building was constructed to fulfill a demand for more office space in order to attract more businesses in the building and to the city of Jackson, MS. Upon completion, the Standard Life Building became the largest reinforced concrete building in the world and the tallest building in Jackson, MS at the time it was built. It now serves as an apartment and retail space and is a partner building to the King Edward Hotel.

http://www.standardlifeflats.com/

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A part of Downtown growth and renovation of a spunky area. Home to many adventurous residents and a perfect view of Jackson.

Credit to: Anonymous


Murphey Parker is a Millsaps College graduate and works for a special events lighting company in downtown Jackson. On Wednesday afternoon, he and his roommate become the first tenants to move into the Standard Life Building on Roach Street, just a mile from his office.

He loves what's awaiting him...

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Credit to: Cheryl Lasseter, MS News Now

http://www.msnewsnow.com/story/13083728/standard-life-building-opens-for-apartment-tenants

Credit to: 16 WAPT News Jackson


Jackson Zoo, The

The Jackson Zoo endeavors to provide visitors with a quality recreational and educational environment, dedicated to wildlife care and conservation.

http://jacksonzoo.org/

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Credit to: Jackson Zoo


This zoo is the best one I have seen yet. Great exhibits and a huge number of wildlife to view and enjoy. The food is good and cheaper than most places. It's well worth the trip to take a walk on the wild side! Love it

Credit to: Pamela Harris Young, Facebook Reviewer


Aden Brown took his girlfriend Kristen Reed by surprise when he got down on one knee surrounded by chimpanzees and Diana monkeys at the Jackson Zoo Saturday afternoon...

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Credit to: Jacob Threadgill, The Clarion-Ledger

http://www.clarionledger.com/story/life/2016/02/13/surprise-marriage-proposal-jackson-zoo/80350688/

Credit to: Jackson Zoo


First Regional Library System

First Regional Library is a five-county public library cooperative with thirteen branches located in Northern Mississippi.

http://www.firstregional.org/

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Alice Pierotti, the branch manager at the Como Branch First Regional Library, for using the library to lift up the community.

Credit to: Chris Fowler


During the 2010-2011 school year, True Story Pictures worked with a group of middle and high school students at the Emily Jones Pointer Public Library in Como, Mississippi to train and prepare them for a series of oral history interviews with elders in their community...

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Credit to: True Story Pictures

http://truestorypictures.org/elders-remember

Civil Rights icon James Meredith visited the Hernando Public Library branch of First Regional Library on July 17th, 2013.

Credit to: First Regional Library


Credit to: First Regional Library


Credit to: First Regional Library


First Regional Library System celebrates Earth Day at the Farmers Market.

Credit to: Anonymous


Quilters on the Square display quilts in the Hernando Public Library.

Credit to: Anonymous


First Regional Library's first Little Free Library opened today! It's located at Latimer Lakes Park in Horn Lake. Thanks to Mayor Allen Latimer and the Board of Horn Lake for letting us put the library in the park, and every student of Career Tech West who constructed and decorated. 

Credit to: Anonymous


Young Valley

Young Valley is a 4 piece band based out of Jackson, MS that fuses old country with a modern indie-rock sound. No dress up. Just good, southern, honest music.

https://www.facebook.com/youngvalley/timeline

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Jackson is already home to a vast stable of genre-defying original music, but in the last few months, Young Valley has emerged as the new band on the block. The group has carved out territory in the musical neighborhood of Fondren, playing a loose melange of country, indie and alternative rock, with a touch of bluegrass. The four-piece, fronted by fraternal twins Zach and Dylan Lovett, brings new energy to both the Jackson scene and the meaning of "twang."...

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Credit to: Genevieve Legacy, Jackson Free Press

http://www.jacksonfreepress.com/news/2014/oct/15/twanging-out-young-valley/

Young Valley "The Fly"

Credit to: Ghost Note


If you’ve been out lately to listen to live music, chances are, you won’t get too far without running into Young Valley.

With a prolific schedule around the Jackson metro area, the alt-country twangers, Spencer Thomas and Carson Braymer of Madison and twin brothers, Dylan and Zach Lovett, of Brandon, have developed quite the following. This week, they’ll release their first full length album, No Filter, in a show at Duling Hall...

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Credit to: Find It In Fondren

http://www.finditinfondren.com/2014/11/25/young-valley-release-lp-duling-show/

On Monday nights they help us practice for our own band, and they're so cool! They have their own style of music and don't care what others think!

Credit to: Maclain Kennedy


Robert Johnson Heritage and Blues Museum

Located in the historic district, this museum is a tribute to Robert Johnson, "King of the Delta Blues Singers". The museum houses a collection of Robert Johnson murals and other bluesmen.

http://www.robertjohnsonbluesfoundation.org

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The next stop on our Delta Tour was the Greenwood Blues Heritage Museum and Gallery, located in the building in the photo above. If you are unfamiliar with Robert Johnson, he is the Delta Blues musician who allegedly "sold his soul to the devil" in order to become the greatest guitar man ever at what is now the intersection of U. S. Highways 49 and 61 known as the "crossroads." Robert Johnson's life and music career ended early, at the age of 27, allegedly under mysterious circumstances at Three Forks, a store and club near Greenwood...

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Credit to: Janice Tracy, Mississippi Memories

http://mymississippimemories.blogspot.com/2009/06/greenwood-blues-heritage-museum-and.html

The famed Mississippi Delta bluesman from Hazelhurst who supposedly sold his soul to the devil in exchange for talent to sing the blues. This exchanged occurred at the “Crossroads” near Clarksdale.

His landmark recordings from 1936 to 1937 display a combination of singing, guitar skills, and songwriting talent that has influenced later generations of musicians. Johnson’s shadowy, poorly documented life and death at age 27 have given rise to much legend, including the Faustian myth that he sold his soul at a crossroads to achieve success. As an itinerant performer who played mostly on street corners, in juke joints, and at Saturday night dances, Johnson had little commercial success or public recognition in his lifetime...

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Credit to: Kelly, Best Road Trip Ever

http://bestroadtripever.com/the-many-grave-markers-of-robert-johnson/


Six Dimensions, LLC

Six Dimensions, LLC is a public health consulting company focused on creating healthier communities across the United States. Their mission is to create holistically healthy communities through innovative, strategic and sustainable public health solutions. Six Dimensions was established to holistically and strategically respond to the health needs of communities. Essentially, there are six dimensions of health (spiritual, physical, mental/emotional, vocational and environmental). Six Dimensions, LLC utilizes these facets of health as the foundation for creating sustainably healthy communities.

http://www.sixdims.com/

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Working to create equal opportunities for health and healthier communities throughout Mississippi. Nakeitra Burse has lived her all of her life and is dedicated to changing the state.

Credit to: Nakeitra Burse


A Corinth native still cares about the health of the community.

Dr. Nakeitra L. Burse is coming home to host the Community Wellness Day on Saturday at the Boys & Girls Club.

The event, slated for 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., will offer free health screenings and consultations...

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See the photo gallery from this day at Corinth Today.

Credit to: Steve Beavers, Daily Corinthian

http://www.dailycorinthian.com/view/full_story/27188903/article-Wellness-Day-slated-for-Boys-Club

Credit to: Six Dimensions, LLC



Power Academic and Performing Arts Complex

Power Academic and Performing Arts Complex serves students in Jackson Public Schools in grades 4-12 and provides students with advanced programs in academics and the arts.

http://power.jpsms.org/

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Mrs. Brown is modern. She teaches modern dance! She is located at Power APAC.

Credit to: Kyla Reece


Power APAC won first place at the Tennessee Williams Festival with "Night of the Iguana."

Credit to: The Clarksdale Press Register


Credit to: Cicely Rodgers


Students at Power APAC in Jackson learn the fundamentals of international economics.

Credit to: mbjournal



Easely Amused

Have an instructor lead you through a creative pursuit at Easely Amused. Classes are offered for any skill level and any age.

http://www.easelyamused.com

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They allow people to express themselves through painting and art.

Credit to: Sydnee A. Teagle


Awesome!!! I really enjoyed painting today. The instructors were nice and friendly and ready to assist in any way. Looking forward to a date night with my husband for Valentine's Day.

Credit to: Sarah Fleming-Nicholson, Facebook Reviewer



Dollar BOX Showroom, The

Locally owned music venue in Hattiesburg, MS. Partner to Benny's Boom Boom Room

https://www.facebook.com/The-Dollar-BOX-Showroom-795583130484346/timeline

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Downtown Hattiesburg is about to be home to the Hub City’s newest restaurant and event venue.

Hattiesburg entrepreneur Ben Shemper is finalizing plans for the Dollar BOX Showroom, which will offer a sidewalk cafe with soups, sandwiches and daily specials, as well as venue space for events such as concerts and wedding receptions...

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Credit to: Haskel Burns, Hattiesburg American

http://www.hattiesburgamerican.com/story/news/local/hattiesburg/2014/10/01/dollar-box-showroom/16564641/

Credit to: Cayla Camp


Great place to go! the bartenders were fantastic! The shows never disappoint!

Credit to: Elizabeth Evans, Facebook Reviewer


Benny’s Boom Boom Room

Locally owned music venue in Hattiesburg, MS. Partner to The Dollar BOX Showroom

https://www.facebook.com/Bennys-BooM-BooM-RooM-227641963917615/timeline

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Don't let the super eclectic wall art fool you, though in an older part of downtown of Hattiesburg, Benny's has become one of my favorite spots to catch a lot of New Orleans based bands passing through. At at 5-8 bucks cover charge, it's an excellent deal. You won't find any martinis or mixed drinks here but I guarantee you'll not have to wait long to get a beer or a shot. It has a very hipster vibe but it doesn't overwhelm the mixed crowd of college kids and 30 something's that flow in an out all night. I imagine if they got their advertising out more on all the good bands that come there during the weekend, it would be a bit crowded.... But at the moment, it's comfortable and enjoyable to catch music on a fri night.....stop by if your curious, you'll more than likely be glad you did...

Credit to: Tosh B., Yelp Reviewer


Credit to: branthax


Benny (the owner) plays the musicians he and his friends enjoy, and he really celebrates new and emerging musicians.

Credit to: Jessica Sims


Christ Life Church of the Highlands

ChristLife is an inclusive church based in Ridgeland, MS. Their main goal is to "preach Jesus." 

http://www.mychristlife.com

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Christ Life Church of the Highlands is a multi-racial, multi-denominational place of worship.

Credit to: Shirley Thomas


Mini Mag performance at Christ Life.

Credit to: Jim Best


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