Let’s Talk Jackson: Emad Al-Turk

Episode 7×07
Emad Al-Turk, co-founder of the International Museum of Muslim Cultures
June 12, 2019
Managing editor Amber Helsel sits down to talk with Emad Al-Turk, co-founder of the International Museum of Muslim Cultures based right here in Jackson. The only museum of its kind in the United States, it opened in 2001 with an exhibit called “Moorish Spain: Its Legacy to Europe” at the same time that the international exhibition The Majesty of Spain was on display in downtown Jackson. The now-permanent museum has a new traveling exhibition called “Muslims, Christians and Jews An Exhibition of Covenants & Coexistence.” The exhibition will start in downtown Jackson, but will travel to cities around the country. This episode is brought to you by the members of the JFP VIP Club. Continue Reading

Rukia Lumumba - Let's Talk Jackson - Jackson Free Press

Let’s Talk Jackson: Rukia Lumumba 7×06

In this episode of Let’s Talk Jackson, Editor Donna Ladd sits down with Rukia Lumumba for a wide-ranging discussion on criminal justice and solutions to crime and violence. Perhaps best known locally for her work on her brother’s successful mayoral campaign, Rukia Lumumba is a Howard-educated attorney and executive director of the People’s Advocacy Institute, a non profit dedicated to finding community-driven solutions to crime. This episode is brought to you by the members of the JFP VIP Club. Join at jfp.ms/VIP and help support JFP programming such as Let’s Talk Jackson. Check out the episode on Soundcloud at https://soundcloud.com/letstalkjxn/7×06-rukia-lumumba. Continue Reading

Mississippi Blues Trail Unveils 204th Marker in Downtown Jackson

The following is a verbatim press release from Visit Jackson:
The Mississippi Blues Commission will recognize the blues contributions of H.C. Speir with the 10 a.m. unveiling Thursday, May 23, of a Mississippi Blues Trail marker. “The seeds of the blues may have taken root in the Mississippi Delta, but they grew in part because of the efforts of individuals like H.C. Speir on Farish Street,” said Visit Mississippi Director Craig Ray. “This historic area was fertile ground for the genre to flourish into an art form consumed by the masses.” Henry Columbus (H.C.) Speir played a crucial role in the recording of dozens of blues, country and gospel artists in the 1920s and ’30s. In his position as owner of Speir Phonograph Company, founded at 225 N. Farish St., he located, recommended or auditioned talent for various record labels and supervised recording sessions in Jackson and Hattiesburg. Continue Reading

Let’s Talk Jackson: Pam Confer

Episode 7×05
Pam Confer
May 15, 2019
JFP Editor-in-Chief Donna Ladd has a spirited conversation with Pam Confer, a local musician, songwriter, marketing expert and political organizer on the day the governor recognized as “Mississippi Beautiful Day.” They discuss the challenges that Mississippi faces in race relations and gender equality, how far the state has come, and how to keep up the energy of progress and community building in Jackson. This episode is brought to you by the members of the JFP VIP Club. Join at jfp.ms/VIP and help support JFP programming such as Let’s Talk Jackson. Check out the episode on Soundcloud at https://soundcloud.com/letstalkjxn/7×05-pam-confer. Continue Reading

Let’s Talk Jackson: Ronnie Crudup

Episode 7×04
Ronnie Crudup, Jr.
May 1, 2019
In this episode of Let’s Talk Jackson, Donna Ladd sits down with Ronnie Crudup, Jr., the executive director of New Horizons Ministry Inc., and the recently elected Mississippi Representative from District 71. Donna and Ronnie talk about the effects of demographic shifts in South Jackson and how he’s trying to reverse the results. Also, find out why he thinks “God has a sense of humor.” This episode is brought to you by the members of the JFP VIP Club. Join at jfp.ms/VIP and help support JFP programming such as Let’s Talk Jackson. Continue Reading

Let’s Talk Jackson: Vince Jordan

Episode 7×03
Vince Jordan
April 17, 2019
In this episode of Let’s Talk Jackson, Todd Stauffer sits down with Vince Jordan, co-founder of Lobaki, Inc. and the Lobaki Foundation, two organizations focused on virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR) projects and education. Jordan has opened offices in Jackson to train what he calls “Extended Reality” creators and to create projects for universities, industry and healthcare applications. Lobaki’s Extended Reality lab in downtown Jackson may be the most comprehensive in the country, and the whole concept of Extended Reality may, in 2019, be where the Web was in 1993 in terms of its potential to affect the global economy. Can Jackson, Mississippi take advantage? This episode is brought to you by the members of the JFP VIP Club. Continue Reading

Let’s Talk Jackson: Benny Ivey

Episode 7×01
Benny Ivey (Part One)
March 20, 2019
Donna Ladd interviews Benny Ivey, a South Jackson native whose generationally addicted family raised him into a life of crime. Now a businessman working to help other young people stay out of trouble, he recounts the time he spent as a juvenile and an adult committing crimes. Once in prison, he joined a gang, the Simon City Royals, which he thought was a brotherhood of men. He later led the gang locally. This episode is brought to you by the members of the JFP VIP Club. Continue Reading

Mississippi Museum of Natural Science and Saltine Hosting “Dinner and a Dive”

The Mississippi Museum of Natural Science is partnering with Saltine Restaurant to host a new event called “Dinner and a Dive” on Saturday, Feb. 9, from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
“Dinner and a Dive” will include a four-course meal from Saltine, live music by local musician Richard Smith and a scuba-diving show in which museum staff will give a presentation on the aquatic life inhabiting the museum’s aquariums. Guests can also explore the museum’s exhibits after the dinner. The menu will include entrees such as Gulf shrimp and grits, eggplant parmesan and marinated sirloin; hors d’oevres such as pimento cheese balls and Cajun shrimp shooters; Saltine Salad with baby greens, radishes, cucumber, tomatoes, oyster crackers and dressing; and key lime pie, banoffee or s’mores cake for dessert. Guests will also receive two alcoholic beverages of their choice. Admission is $75 per person. Continue Reading