by Aliya Veal
When Charity Hicks was in eighth grade, her friend Jasira introduced her to Nicki Minaj after Jasira remixed one of Minaj's songs. Hicks loved the remix, and it inspired her to write her own.
by Jeffrey Caliedo
At a recent "Let's Talk Jackson Art" taping, Jeffrey Caliedo unveiled his poem in honor of the late Jackson poet Margaret Walker. Hear him read it at letstalkjackson.com.
by Amber Helsel
In May 2018, Jackson Academy senior Frances Fortner was headed to graduation rehearsal when she hit a partially covered manhole on Ridgewood Road. Her car flipped, and she later died from her injuries at a local hospital. Her death was a tragedy that brought about more in-depth conversations about how the City handles infrastructure issues, but now, Jacksonians can remember her in another way.
by Anne B. McKee
Throughout each month, Gabriel Dinosaur, formerly known as Gabriel Porter, helps organize True Local Market, a mobile farmers market that sets up at Cultivation Food Hall on Saturdays and at other locations as needed. He is often either standing beside his table with a "Free Hugs" sign or selling microgreens, herbs and other produce for his family business, A Little Time to Grow. Occasionally, his wife, Sheryl "Boo" Dinosaur will help Gabriel at the event.
by Dustin Cardon
Malcolm White, the current executive director of the Mississippi Arts Commission and co-owner of Hal & Mal's, first organized WellsFest as a way to thank the late Wells United Methodist Church pastor Rev. Keith Tonkel for officiating White's wedding.
by Amber Helsel
I started at the Jackson Free Press in 2013 as a 24-year-old who wasn't quite sure what she wanted to do with her life. The only thing I knew after a failed sales interview with the Jackson Free Press in late January that the newspaper was where I was supposed to be. I think my first clue was Art Director Kristin Brenemen's then-pink hair.
by Todd Stauffer
You may have noticed our emphasis this year on podcasting—the "Let's Talk Jackson" podcast is about 14 biweekly episodes in. We've already had a few spinoffs, including "Let's Talk Jackson Politics," and, just this past week, we recorded our first (occasional) episode of "Let's Talk Jackson Art." Photo by Amber Helsel
This issue we celebrate moving into our 18th year of publishing as a voice for Jacksonians who want to see progress in the capital city and the Magnolia State. It's been quite a ride!
by Amber Helsel
During college, Daisy Carter wanted to become an English teacher so she could teach the subject she loves and give back to Jackson Public Schools.
Allison and Eric Bieller are 30-something millennials who, four years ago, had good-paying but high-stress jobs when they decided that there had to be more to life.
by Tom Scarborough
Lynyrd Skynyrd may not have been the first southern rock band, but the band of high-school rowdies from Jacksonville, Fla., struck a distinctly different posture than its forebears. The band's 1973 debut album, "Pronounced Lynyrd Skynyrd," showcased the kind of chip-on-the-shoulder swagger that would later become emblematic of much of the rock music coming out of the South.
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