Let’s Talk Jackson: Dr. Thomas Dobbs 8×03

In this special edition of Let’s Talk Jackson, state report Nick Judin spoke with Dr. Thomas Dobbs. Dr. Dobbs is leading the public-health response to the COVID-19 crisis, directing the State Department of Health and serving as Gov. Tate Reeves’ chief health adviser on the virus and the state’s attempts to stem its spread. msdh.ms.gov/
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Nick spoke with Dr. Dobbs specifically about the racial disparities that are appearing in the COVID-19 numbers—both the number of cases and the number of deaths, as well as what the Health Department is trying to do about it. Let’s Talk Jackson is sponsored by Mississippi Federal Credit Union. This episode is brought to you by the members of the JFP VIP Club. Continue Reading

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Let’s Talk Jackson: David Humpreys 8×02

In this special edition of Let’s Talk Jackson, Todd Stauffer talks with David Humphreys, a local attorney with the Carson Law Group who has two decades of commercial law and litigation experience. David earned his Juris Doctorate from the University of Mississippi School of Law. He also holds a Master’s Degree in Accounting, and Bachelor’s Degrees in both Economics and Business Administration, all from Rhodes College. We talked about issues that small businesses in Jackson are facing because of the COVID-19 pandemic, including some loans and grants that you can apply for thanks to the CARES Act that passed in late March. We also talked about employment issues, unemployment issues and some legal questions that we’ve been fielding through this trying time. Continue Reading

Let’s Talk Jackson: Alesha Judkins 8×01

Alesha Judkins is the State Director for Criminal Justice Reform at Fwd.us, a bipartisan group founded by leaders in the technology and business communities seeking meaningful reform in the areas of immigration and criminal justice. She spoke with Jackson Free Press editor-in-chief Donna Ladd about the fact that Mississippi has the third highest level of incarceration, and how that’s affecting public safety and crime rates. Alesha Judkins on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/alesha-judkins-46a373101/

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Let’s Talk Jackson: Merritt Baria 7×21

Merritt Baria is a 23-year-old political strategist in Mississippi who grew up in Jackson and on the Gulf Coast, and is now living back in the capital city. The daughter of outgoing Mississippi House Minority Leader David Baria, Merritt talks with Donna Ladd about the need for more women to run for office in the state and for strategists to take a wider view of who is a “viable” candidate or not. She plans to help more women, in particular, run for and win office as she did with incoming House Rep. Shanda Yates. Merritt Baria on LinkedIn: linkedin.com/in/merritt-baria-73b426a3/

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Let’s Talk Jackson: Mukesh Kumar 7×20

Dr. Mukesh Kumar is an associate professor at Jackson State University who recently finished a two-year stint as the director of planning and development for the City of Jackson. He sat down with Todd Stauffer to discuss his time with the City and what the discipline of planning can (and can’t) do to improve the quality of life in a place like Jackson. Let’s Talk Jackson is sponsored by Mississippi Federal Credit Union; this episode also is brought to you by the Center for Art & Public Exchange at the Mississippi Museum of Art. More at http://museumcape.org/. jsdfoundation.com
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Let’s Talk Jackson: Arekia Bennett 7×19

Arekia Bennett is Executive Director of Mississippi Votes, which works to get young people involved in voting. Arekia graduated from Bailey Magnet High School and got her bachelors degree in Physics from Jackson State University. While at JSU, she got heavily involved in activism and advocacy, largely around women’s reproductive issues and issues affecting women of color. She spoke with editor-in-chief Donna Ladd about her work in getting young people and people of color engaged in the democratic process. msvotes.org/

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Let’s Talk Jackson: Shanda Yates 7×18

Shanda Yates is a 38-year old attorney and mother who surprised a lot of people this year by winning the Mississippi House seat in district 64 over long-time Republican incumbent Bill Denny. One of Mississippi Democrats only bright spots on election night, Shanda knocked on thousands of doors and focused on issues important to her as a Millennial, a woman, a mother and as a product of public schools. She talked about how it all came together with Jackson Free Press’ editor in chief, Donna Ladd. www.facebook.com/shanda.yates.7

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Let’s Talk Jackson: Karla McCullough 7×17

Dr. Karla McCullough graduated from Callaway High School in Jackson in the mid-1990s and then immediately left the state, getting her undergraduate degree from Tuskegee University in Psychology and a masters in public administration from Auburn University. After having a son and feeling the tug of home, she return to Mississippi, where she got a PhD in Urban Higher Education from Jackson State University. She’s the executive director of the Juanita Simms Doty Foundation, which offers, among other initiatives, the Evers Academy for African American Males, which is a program to inspire young men of color to honor the life and legacy of slain civil rights work Medgar Evers as they interact with a “village” of role models and mentors. jsdfoundation.com
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Let’s Talk Jackson Politics: Mike Morgan LTJPx15

In this episode of Let’s Talk Jackson Politics, Donna Ladd speaks with Mike Morgan, Hinds County Supervisor from District 4, who is running as an Independent to retain his seat against Democratic candidate Vern Gavin. He spoke with Donna about his corporate experience at WorldCom and Bomgar Corporation, his transition to politics, his experience as a Hinds County supervisor and what he feels the city and county need going forward. www.facebook.com/MikeMorganforHindsCounty
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Let’s Talk Jackson: Virgi Lindsay 7×16

Jackson City Council President Virgi Lindsay speaks to Donna Ladd in this episode about massive challenges with the capital city’s infrastructure, budget, zoo and loss of residents. She also talks about growing up around rocket builders, being a woman leader (she’s the only woman on the council) and her time as a Clarion-Ledger reporter back when it won a Pulitzer Prize. Hear her address challenges of her ward, which extends from her neighborhood Belhaven into parts of west and south Jackson. 

Let’s Talk Jackson is sponsored by Mississippi Federal Credit Union; this episode also is brought to you by the Center for Art & Public Exchange at the Mississippi Museum of Art. More at http://museumcape.org/.  

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