Let’s Talk Jackson: Dr. Errick Greene 7×12

 

Dr. Errick Greene has been superintendent of the Jackson Public School district for less than a year. He previously served as the Chief of Schools of Tulsa Public Schools in Oklahoma. Dr. Greene has a doctoral degree in Educational and Organizational Leadership from the University of Pennsylvania; two master’s degrees in Education — one from Trinity University and another from Howard University; and a bachelor’s degree in political science from Howard University.JPS recently released its strategic plan for improving the grades they receive as a district and working to improve the quality of education provided to what Dr. Greene calls “scholars,” and to avoid a state takeover. He spoke with JFP Editor-in-Chief Donna Ladd about the district’s new strategic plan, including for “joyful learning” and a new dedication to “excellence.”This episode is brought to you by the Center for Art & Public Exchange at the Mississippi Museum of Art. More at http://museumcape.org/. This episode is brought to you by the members of the JFP VIP Club. Continue Reading →

Let’s Talk Jackson: Pamela Junior 7×11

As Pamela Junior takes over the position as director of both the Mississippi History Museum and the Mississippi Civil Right Museum, she sat down with Donna Ladd to talk about growing up in Jackson, Mississippi, what her experience has been so far teaching history as director of the Mississippi Civil Rights Museum—and how the information presented in the Two Museums makes it possible to “meet people where they are” are potential help build a new future for Mississippi. Museum of Mississippi History: mmh.mdah.ms.gov/
Mississippi Civil Rights Museum: mcrm.mdah.ms.gov/

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Let’s Talk Jackson: Angie Thomas 7×10

In this episode of Let’s Talk Jackson, JFP Editor-in-Chief Donna Ladd talks with New York Times bestselling author—and Jacksonian—Angie Thomas. Angie grew up in Georgetown, not far from the house where Medgar Evers was assassinated in 1963, and bases some of her fiction on the violence and changes she witnessed growing up. She earned a BFA from Belhaven University, where she began work on her debut novel, “The Hate U Give,” which is still on the bestseller list and is now a major motion picture. Her second novel, “On the Come Up,” was released this spring and is also a bestseller. Angie Thomas: angiethomas.com/

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Let’s Talk Jackson Politics: Jody Owens LTJPx04

In this, the fourth episode in a limited series for for the 2019 political season, Donna Ladd speaks with Jody Owens, a candidate for district attorney in Hinds County. Owens is originally from Terry, Mississippi, where he grew up in the country on a farm. He went to Terry High School, Jackson State University and on to law school. Recently he was head of the Southern Poverty Law Center’s Mississippi office. In June, Jackson Mayor Chokwe Antar Lumumba endorsed Owens, who is campaigning as a reformer, as a replacement for outgoing district attorney Robert Shuler Smith. Continue Reading →

Let’s Talk Jackson Politics: Cassandra Welchin LTJPx03

On this Let’s Talk Jackson Politics… Cassandra Welchin is a candidate for an open seat in House District 68 representing parts of West and South Jackson, Rankin County and Byram. Welchin describers herself as a policy advocate, organizer and coalition builder; she has an undergraduate degree from Jackson State and a graduate degree from Brandies University. She spoke with JFP State Reporter Ashton Pittman.

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Let’s Talk Jackson: Maisie Brown 7×09

In episode 7×09, Donna Ladd talks with Maisie Brown, a 17-year-old Murrah High School student whom Donna met when she was 14 and an 8th grader at Bailey Middle School. Since that time, Maisie has become a leader in the Youth Media Project, hosting the first YMP Mayoral Forum and mentoring writing students. She was a TEDxJacksonWomen speaker in 2016 (at age 15) and is a strong proponent of public education, changing the Mississippi flag and women’s rights. 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: David Lewis 7×08

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Jackson-native David Lewis is the Interim Deputy Director of Cultural Services with the City of Jackson, where he oversees assets such as Thalia Mara Hall, the Mississippi Art Center and the Municipal Art Gallery. A graduate of Mississippi State University and Jackson State University, David is a huge booster for the City of Jackson and the ways in which public art can lead to quality of life and economic development.

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Let’s Talk Jackson: Emad Al-Turk 7×07

Emad Al Turk - Let's Talk Jackson

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 →

Let’s Talk Jackson: Rukia Lumumba 7×06

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

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.

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