by Jenna Gibson
Pauline Rogers watched her mother kill her father in an act of self-defense when she was a little girl. Originally from Vancleave, Miss., Rogers was born and raised in a family where she was one of 11 siblings, and she grew up doing petty crimes like shoplifting, and eventually found herself in prison.
by Anne McKee
One reason Sisters in Birth Inc. founder and Executive Director Getty Israel decided to create her organization is "because there was a time when I was a single mother without a support group," she says.
by Lashanda Phillips
Whitney Wells aspires to make art more accessible and collaborative through her Christian-based, Afro-centric apparel shop, Read It T Ministry.
by Amber Helsel
The issue of brain drain is dear to Tim Mask, who says he probably would have left the state after college had it not been for him getting an internship at Maris, West and Baker, where he is now the firm's president.
People can protest the Mississippi state flag in many ways, and one of them is through art. On Thursday, Oct. 12, local artist and the granddaughter of late U.S. Sen. John C. Stennis, Laurin Stennis, announced that she was taking submissions for a "Mississippi: I Declare" juried art exhibit. She asked artists, creatives and craftsmen to use their mediums to interpret her design of the Mississippi state flag. The deadline for submissions was Dec. 1.
People incorporated the flag into their works in many different ways. Here are some of the submissions for the exhibit.
In south Jackson, attendees shuffled inside Emmanuel Baptist Church, gravitating to the buffet on the far side of the room. The room filled slowly as people continued pouring in after the program began. Working Together Jackson banners hung on both sides of a podium.
by Brinda Fuller Willis
Jackson native Kim Bracey's journey in starting the nonprofit organization, Aunt Joyce's Kids, began with her aunt, Joyce Baker, who died of leukemia in 2012.
by Amber Helsel
On Friday afternoons this spring, students from Wingfield High School's FAME program are gathering up on the 13th floor of Capital Towers to learn more about media and how to tell overlooked stories about their communities. They are part of the Mississippi Youth Media Project, which BOOM Editor-in-chief Donna Ladd started and, last year, moved into its own newsroom with the help of other W.K. Kellogg Foundation leadership fellows and their project funds.
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