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Polly C. Speak
School is back in session! Even if you don’t have children, you can look at any social media platform and get all in your feelings, like KeKe, watching proud parents and loved ones send their children off to school in new clothes and kicks. Some of the kiddos even hold signs to let you know...
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You got the light, count it all joy / You got the right to be mad / But when you carry it alone you find it only getting in the way. Solange, “Mad” Last week was an exciting week. If you didn’t at least lurk, we hosted our first TweetUp/Twitter Chat. We had conversation with...
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From the terror of 17 students killed by a former student of Marjory Stoneman Douglass High School in Parkland, Florida, to #WakandaForever and the beautifully themed outfits worn  during the “Black Panther” premiere weekend, this week has had some of the lowest lows and highest highs in my world. Trying to manage the cosmic shift...
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“Nobody pray for me / Even a day for me”  Kendrick Lamar Happy Black History Month! The month reserved for celebrating the great accomplishments of Black people in America throughout the country’s history. (Come through Black Panther) – It’s also when people from other races ask why there isn’t a white history month and why...
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“Big men feeling small / Weak ones standing tall / I will watch them fall / ‘Cause they won’t go when I go” Stevie Wonder, They Won’t Go When I Go After a flurry of committee meetings yesterday, I’m getting back to you midweek (told you I would!) to give you an update on what...
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“Another head hangs lowly / Child is slowly taken / And the violence, caused such silence / Who are we mistaken?” Zombie, The Cranberries This week, let’s focus on the important part of the legislative process where House and Senate chairs of committees and the members of each specified committee look through thousands of bills...
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“The road out of poverty runs by the schoolhouse”  – Former Mississippi Governor William Winter   We could use several of Beyoncé’s most popular song titles to describe the themes for this week’s update: “Irreplaceable,” “Drunk in Love,” “Déjà Vu,” You choose. Ideally, the comparison would end there. Beyoncé is an entertainer who’s paid handsomely...
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I don’t know all of you yet, but I love you. You know this because I worked on Martin Luther King Day. It’s a holiday Mississippi only began recognizing because a Black legislator recommended adding it to an already established state holiday—Robert E. Lee Day—since it wouldn’t cost the state any additional money. (It was...
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It’s the most wonderful time of the yearrr! … Wait. The holidays are over, and we have entered a new year. If you identify as a Mississippi politico, advocate, special interest watchdog, lobbyist or concerned citizen, the new year signifies the commencement of the Mississippi Legislative session. Time to buckle up, thicken your skin, play...
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