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  After decades of siphoning away the City of Jackson’s tax base the state of Mississippi must now come to terms with the capital city’s inability to repair its water system. The city is moving into its fifth week without safe drinking water due to a malfunctioning water treatment plant and decaying infrastructure, and now...
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"They came back and, without the knowledge of most of the legislature, they changed the bill to take half of that funding away from children in foster care and give it to children in private schools.”
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Jackson’s last abortion clinic will be closing within days, putting the onus upon voters to either accept the loss or protest with their mid-term vote.   For months, professionally trained escorts were required to protect patients from the mob of begging, noisy anti-abortion activists hounding them all the way into Jackson’s last abortion clinic. The...
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In 2003, Haitian firebrand and authoritarian President Jean-Bertrand Aristide put the Haitian economy front and center of his platform. One of his biggest arguments: the $21 billion the nation of France extorted from the little island nation throughout the majority of the last two centuries. The nation, formerly known as Saint-Domingue, was once the most...
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Summer is here and after years of lockdown and 45 We are out here! Short, shorts, legs out. Out here. Exams finished, schools out. Out here. Juneteenth, BBQs, Black business shopping. Out here. Flag waving, PRIDE swelling. Out here. Fresh from the vine. Out here. Unapologetic. Faces to the sun. Basking in the joy of...
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Summer break is fast approaching, and many moms, dads and caregivers find themselves searching for things to occupy the young, brilliant minds of their children. It is a question I am familiar with as the mother of four  inspiring and delightful girls. I am also an educator and serve as the Chief Learning Officer at...
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Mississippi state legislators don’t shatter glass ceilings like a Braves-style slugger. They spit-shine it.  Last October, Mississippi Today reported that women working full-time make as much as 27 percent less than their male counterparts, far exceeding the 19 percent national average. This gap overlooks the fact that women comprise about half of Mississippi’s population and...
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There’s a new lender in town, and he’s aiming to put predatory loans out of business.  For those in the know, a payday loan—also known as “cash advance” loan or “check advance” loan—is packaged as a short-term, high-cost loan that should be repaid by the borrower’s next payday. Lenders proclaim the due date to be two or four weeks from...
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“WE DON’T GO “NATURAL”, WE RETURN. “NATURAL” IS WHERE IT BEGAN” -UNKNOWN Life for me begins at the bottom of a curved, cave-like, structure containing DNA tracing back to ancestors. Growing in an upward direction, extending from one’s mind, where all energy is embodied. Choosing me can take you on multiple journeys, possibly a spiritual...
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In this country, names matter. Using the word “inmate” on a wrongfully imprisoned 14-year-old reduces that child to an evil-sounding statistic that deserves everything “it” has coming to “it.” This also holds true when it’s used on a person serving time for possessing a plant that’s legal to possess in many states. That’s the argument...
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