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

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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: 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. 

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Let’s Talk Jackson: Judy Meredith 7×15

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In this episode, we spoke with Dr. Judy Meredith, a former TV and radio news reporter and anchor and also a former journalism professor at Jackson State University. Judy Meredith recently completed a documentary about her husband, called “Who is James Meredith” and she discussed the film, her husband, and her own life and career with Let’s Talk Jackson’s Donna Ladd. This episode is brought to you by the Center for Art & Public Exchange at the Mississippi Museum of Art. More at http://museumcape.org/. Let’s Talk Jackson is sponsored by Mississippi Federal Credit Union. Continue Reading →

Let’s Talk Jackson Art 1×01: New Symphony of Time

In this special episode sponsored by the Mississippi Museum or Art, we recorded this podcast in front of a live audience at the Museum on Sept 10th, 2019 as a part of Art Nights, which is sponsored by Baker Donalson. Our host was Maisie Brown, a Murrah high school senior who recently took a position as Youth Program Director & Communications Associate for the Institute for Democratic Education in America. Maisie was joined on stage by the Museum’s curator of American art, ELIZABETH ABSTON, along with DR. RASHELL SMITH-SPEARS, an associate professor of English Literature at Jackson State University, and JEFFREY CALIEDO, also a senior at Murrah High School, who was crowned the ACT-SO National Champion of Written Poetry by the NAACP for his poem “Igneous.” He wrote and read a poem in response to the Margaret Walker poem, “This is My Century: Black Synthesis of Time” the poem that serves as inspiration for the museum’s new exhibition, title “New Symphony of Time.”

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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: 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/
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