Over the last 30 years as a member of the Mississippi Press Association (MPA), I have attended dozens of “roasts.” It is MPA’s main fundraiser for its education foundation, which supports journalism internships for Mississippi college students.
Lately, I have been watching “The Irishman,” a new Netflix movie, and it has brought back memories of my time living in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
“Well they blew up the Chicken Man in Philly last night.
Now they blew up his house too.
Down on the boardwalk,
they’re gettin’ ready for a fight,
Although May 17, 1954, on which day Brown v. Board of Education was decided, was called “Black Monday,” it’s now been 50 years since Alexander v. Holmes County was decided, which affected Mississippi schoolchildren more.
As a sports official, Hattiesburg’s Forrest Phillips did not specialize. No, he called football, basketball and baseball. He officiated private schools and public schools, girls and boys. He called little league games, high school games, junior college games and college games.
I spend a lot of time in the woods in nearby Yazoo County. On my drive to get there I get to see what is happening in the country yards. They are usually bigger and older than the newer communities in the Jackson area. I love seeing mature forsythia and quince with wisteria gone wild, framing the wood line behind the yard.
This week marks a year since I began writing this column. In that time, my family has acquired a cat whose existence traumatized my son and a dog whose existence traumatizes the cat. We’ve gone to the doctor to have an acorn and playdough taken out of one child’s ear and a different doctor to have a few stitches put in another kid’s face.
Five hundred Mississippi landowners scored a big victory in Natchez recently in their quest to be reimbursed a billion dollars by the federal government for flooding their land.
Our new Pathways program will provide tracks for professional and career development, connecting students with academic areas of interest and providing every first-year student with an immediate cohort of mentors, advisors and peers. This program will also connect students to professional communities in and beyond Jackson. The pathways will cov
Who says you can’t go home again? I did today. It’s been 45 years since I lived in my Northeast Jackson home. Hard to believe. I moved in at the age of two. I moved out when I went to Ole Miss as a freshman. I don’t remember my house in California where my mother’s family was from and I was born.