Jesmyn Ward Wins National Book Award

On Wednesday, Nov. 15, Jesmyn Ward received a National Book Award for “Sing, Unburied, Sing.” The book centers around 13-year-old Jojo, whose mother, Leonie, takes he and his toddler sister Kayla on a trip to Parchman to pick up their white father. Ward is now a two-time winner of the National Book Award, as she won one in 2011 for her novel, “Salvage the Bones.” Click here to read a New York Times story about her award. Continue Reading

The Mississippi Mile

In honor of the state’s bicentennial and the opening on the civil-rights and history museums in December, organizations and businesses such as Creative Mississippi, Team JXN and Blue Magnolia films have partnered together to create the Mississippi Mile in downtown Jackson. The Mile will feature a bicentennial photo gallery, which will be one of the largest pop-up, open-air galleries in the U.S., and more.  Mississippi Mile is Saturday, Dec. 9, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Capitol Street in downtown Jackson. The event is free and open to the public. Those who want to be a vendor should register here by Monday, Nov. Continue Reading

Making Strides Against Breast Cancer

For the Making Strides of Hinds-Jackson breast-cancer-awareness march on Saturday, Oct. 28, Allstate agency owners and financial specialists from Jackson will come together for the event to secure a grant through Allstate Foundation Helping Hands to The American Cancer Society. Here is a press release verbatim about the event and the grant:

Allstate agency owners and financial specialists from the Jackson area will come together to secure an Allstate Foundation Helping Hands grant to benefit The American Cancer Society at a Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walk. The grant will support the nonprofit organization’s mission to celebrate survivors and raise awareness and funds for breast cancer research, support services and early detection. The agency owners and/or financial specialists will each earn $1,000 for the American Cancer Society by walking during the event, which begins at 9 a.m. at Thalia Mara Hall. Continue Reading

Calling All Craftspeople: Submissions for Flag Art Exhibit


On Thursday, Oct. 12, local artist and the granddaughter of late Sen. John C. Stennis, Laurin Stennis, announced that she is taking submissions for a “Mississippi: I Declare” juried art exhibit. For it, she asks that artists, creatives and craftsmen use their mediums to interpret her design of the Mississippi state flag. When submitting works, participants must include their names, town of residence, title and medium used in the work. The deadline for submissions is Dec. Continue Reading

New Stage Holding Open Auditions for Unframed Series

On Saturday, Oct. 14, New Stage Theatre will hold open auditions for its Unframed Series. Here is a press release about the event verbatim:

The Unframed Series at New Stage Theatre will be conducting open auditions for the upcoming Unframed at New Stage Theatre Series! New and aspiring actors of all ages are welcome! The plays for consideration include modern classics from the late great, Sam Shepard, comedic contemporaries and original works written by community members. Continue Reading

Cuts to Jackson Hinds Library Budget Requires Reduction in Branch Hours

The Jackson Hinds Library System announced Sunday, Oct. 1, that it would reduce hours because of a recent budget cut. Here is a press release verbatim:

The Jackson Hinds Library System will reduce hours effective today, October 1, 2017, at 5 of the 15 library branches due to a recent $100,000 cut to the library system’s state-based Personnel Incentive Grant program, which is administered by the Mississippi Library Commission. Mississippi Library Commission took a $1.1 million dollar cut in state funding earlier this year and was forced to pass along a share of the cut to each of the Mississippi library systems which they directly support. Consequently, the Jackson Hinds Library System’s funding was cut $100,000. Continue Reading

BRAVO! Has Officially Reopened

It’s been a crazy month for the team behind Mangia Bene as they renovated and revamped the company’s longest-standing restaurant, BRAVO! Italian Restaurant & Bar. From Aug. 28-Sept. 26, the restaurant went through a complete remodel, including fixing the foundation. Continue Reading

Shine a Light Through STEAM


Over the last few years, some of the hot topics in education have been science, technology, engineering, art and math, collectively known as STEAM. Earlier this year, Anik Kurkjian and the Mississippi LIGHT Collaborative organized the first Mississippi LIGHT Festival, a STEAM-focused event that attracted more that 5,000 people to the Mississippi Museum of Art to see the different lighting displays, from a giant LIGHT sculpture to a silent disco and more. On Tuesday, Sept. 19, Kurkjian and some of the collaborative will talk about the world of STEAM at the “Shining a Light on Mississippi Through S.T.E.A.M.” event, which is part of Millsaps College’s Arts & Lecture series. Continue Reading