by Nate Schumann
Zac Harmon may have left Jackson in his adult years to bolster his career as an award-winning guitarist, singer and songwriter who specializes in American blues, but he has always kept the lessons learned in his southern upbringing close to his heart.
by Richard Coupe
"I've done everything from teaching Dalits how to tell stories to running a workshop in Malaysia with kids who are deaf but want to tell their stories," filmmaker Chandler Griffin says about his career to date. Dalits are members of a lower-caste group in India. "My work is based on always thinking how to make storytelling more accessible."
by Armani T. Fryer
Those who follow the TV series "Bring It!"—a show about the Dancing Dolls, a Jackson dance group—will likely recognize the name Faith Simone Thigpen.
by Todd Stauffer
Nashlie Sephus and Ivan Walker knew each other at Siwell Middle School in sixth grade, but were surprised when they both got into Academic and Performing Arts Complex. or APAC, programs and ended up at Peeples Middle School for the seventh grade. Walker was particularly chagrinned with Sephus.
by ShaCamree Gowdy
Duvalier Malone may no longer live in his home state of Mississippi, but the impact it has had on his life and his work is with him forever.
While growing up in Jackson, journalist Lottie Joiner admired Mississippi native Oprah Winfrey and says she wanted to be like her. "I wanted to be a reporter," she says. "I always liked to write, but watching Oprah when you're young, and you know, she had a daily talk show."
by Abigail Walker
Eli Juren, 23, spent more than two years serving up drinks as a bartender at Saltine Oyster Bar in Fondren. But over the last few months, the Austin, Texas, native has turned world explorer, doing everything from sandboarding in Huacachina, Peru, to visiting the Taj Mahal.
by Micah Smith
At 15 years old, Kylen Davis already has a more impressive resume than many movie-industry professionals. The Hattiesburg-born actor has scored small roles in several major motion pictures, locally filmed projects and big-budget blockbusters alike, over the past four years.
by Micah Smith
Fans of singer Deborah Silver's 2016 album, "The Gold Standards," a chart-topping tribute to the Great American Songbook, might be surprised to learn that the soulful vocalist wasn't raised in the Hollywood hills, as some would guess from the album's classic style. Instead, she spent her youth in Mississippi, first in the Delta, then Jackson.
by Micah Smith
Jackson native Maurice Smith says developing a love of music was unavoidable after growing up in a big family with musicians on both sides. With drummers and pianists on his mother's side and singers on his father's side, Smith and his siblings had a none-too-subtle push toward music from a young age.
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