Let’s Talk Jackson: Rukia Lumumba 7×06

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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 →

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 →