Let’s Talk Jackson: Jordan Butler 7×14

On this episode of Let’s Talk Jackson, Todd Stauffer sits down with Jordan Butler, the vice president of education and training for the Refill Jackson Initiative. They talk about the opening of Refill Cafe, its mission in the community and how Jordan got involved in this training and economic development effort. 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: Alana Willis 7×13

In this episode of Let’s Talk Jackson, JFP Editor-in-Chief Donna Ladd talks to Alana Willis, the younger sister of the late Cedric Willis. Alana talks about her brother’s 12-year false imprisonment from 1994 to 2006 and the effect that had on their family and her as a child. They also discuss Cedric’s recent murder after being free for 13 years. In this emotional podcast, Willis also talks about her own sexual assault as a child. She challenges Jackson residents to do more to prevent violence. Continue Reading

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 Politics: Patty Patterson LTJPx14

In this episode of our special series for the 2019 political season, Donna Ladd spoke with Patty Patterson, who is in the runoff for Hinds County District 5 Supervisor; her opponent is the incumbent, Bobby McGowan. Patterson graduated from Jackson State University in 1986 with a degree in Business Management; she’s a volunteer on many local boards and causes, as well as the owner of Repurposed Projects, a business that upcycles reclaimed wood into furniture. Her platform focuses on improving roads, improving public safety, funding education and promoting entrepreneurship. www.votepattypatterson.com
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Let’s Talk Jackson Politics: Vicki Slater LTJPx13

 

In this episode in our limited series for for the 2019 political season, Donna Ladd speaks with Vicki Slater, a candidate for the Mississippi House of Representatives in District 56, which serves western Madison County shooting over from Gluckstadt up to Flora; down to a stretch of Hinds County on the west side of Hwy 49, reaching down to Clinton. Slater, an attorney who lives in Madison County, hopes to get through the primary and challenge Phillip Gunn, the incumbent, who also happens to be Speaker of the House. www.facebook.com/SlaterforMississippi
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