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Still pleading our own cause: The Black Press celebrates 190 years

1 COVER-Black Press-picBy Stacy M. Brown NNPA News Wire Contributor The oldest black business industry in America began 190 years ago. On March 16, 1827, the first edition of the “Freedom’s Journal” was published, thrusting African Americans into the bustling publishing business. At the time, blacks in America Read More...

A Crossroads Film Festival Review: “Elport Chess and the Lanier High School Bus Boycott of 1947”

1 Elport_Chess_Vimeo_Poster_New_v1-1By Janice K. Neal-Vincent Contributing Writer Listed among films made by Mississippi’s women filmmakers is Elport Chess and the Lanier High School Bus Boycott of 1947. Wilma Emma Mosley Clopton, Ph.D., the movie’s writer/producer/director, calls attention to youth in their restless search of truth, justice, and Read More...

The Mississippi Link to participate in Social Media Town Hall Forum

Town Hall flyerBy Othor Cain Contributing Writer We are five weeks away from casting our votes in the municipal primary elections in Jackson. We want to give you a really good look at the candidates before you head to the polls. The Mississippi Link is teaming up with Read More...

Sports

NCAA Tournament picks up steam just before Sweet 16

460x By JOHN MARSHALL SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — The first three days of this year's NCAA Tournament lacked the drama and multitude of upsets the previous few tournaments had, more March Meh-ness than madness. A scintillating Sunday of games jolted the tournament to life like a triple Read More...

New law lets Mississippi regulate fantasy sports contests

fantasy sportsJACKSON, Miss. (AP) - Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant has signed legislation to regulate and tax operators of daily fantasy sports contests. House Bill 967 will set an 8 percent tax and authorize the Mississippi Gaming Commission to regulate fantasy sports contests online or in casinos. Bryant Read More...

Transformation has taken place in Utica

12 Octavia Barnes goes up for twoBy Tim Ward chopitupsports.com For years, the only sport that received considerable attention at Hinds Community College was football. Deservedly so. Coach Gene Murphy built the program to national prominence. Players would leave Hinds to sign D-I scholarships regularly, a few of those players worked Read More...

Entertainment

Chuck Berry, Rock ‘n’ Roll pioneer, dies at 90

19-Entertainment-Berry pic 1By Jon Pareles Associated Press Chuck Berry, who with his indelible guitar licks, brash self-confi dence and memorable songs about cars, girls and wild dance parties did as much as anyone to defi ne rock ‘n’ roll’s potential and attitude in its early years, died Read More...

'Gong Show' creator Chuck Barris dies at 87

Chuck BarrisBy JOSCELYN PAINE Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) - Chuck Barris, whose game show empire included "The Dating Game," ''The Newlywed Game" and that infamous factory of cheese, "The Gong Show," died at 87. Barris died of natural causes Tuesday afternoon at his home in Palisades, New Read More...

Blight battle finds focus at Aretha Franklin's birthplace

460x (2) By ADRIAN SAINZ MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — The crumbling house where Aretha Franklin was born looks no different from many others on Lucy Avenue in Memphis' Soulsville neighborhood: empty and shuttered, with plywood over the windows. A rear section has collapsed, and weeds grow all Read More...

Business

Corinth electronics maker adds new production line, 75 jobs

maxresdefaultCORINTH, Miss. (AP) - A contract electronics manufacturer plans to invest $500,000 in its Corinth plant, adding 75 jobs over three years. KeyTronicEMS, based in Spokane, Washington, announced Tuesday that it would add a new production line. CEO Craig Gates says the company will add millions Read More...

Blight battle finds focus at Aretha Franklin's birthplace

460x (2) By ADRIAN SAINZ MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — The crumbling house where Aretha Franklin was born looks no different from many others on Lucy Avenue in Memphis' Soulsville neighborhood: empty and shuttered, with plywood over the windows. A rear section has collapsed, and weeds grow all Read More...

Analysis: Winners and losers in President Donald Trump's first budget

22304060-mmmain WASHINGTON -- Military spending would get the biggest boost in President Donald Trump's proposed budget. Environmental programs, medical research, Amtrak and an array of international and cultural programs -- from Africa to Appalachia -- would take big hits, among the many parts of the Read More...

Health

Fourth forum of sharing importance of midwifery

5 20170318_125838By Janice K. Neal-Vincent Contributing Writer The Scott Ford House interpretative project engaged in extensive coverage of the vital role of midwives at Smith Robertson Museum and Cultural Center Saturday, March 19. Fourth in a series of midwifery storytelling, the forum addressed midwife ancestral libations; the Read More...

Paul Ryan, other GOP leaders say health care plan must change; vote likely delayed

22302456-mmmain WASHINGTON -- Their health care overhaul in peril from all sides, the White House and top House Republicans acknowledged Wednesday they would make changes to the legislation in hopes of nailing down votes and pushing the party's showpiece legislation through the chamber soon. House Speaker Read More...

Court: Hospital system will have to pay its own legal fees

singing-river-health-system-19042685jpg-fc275e11ea9741f4PASCAGOULA, Miss. (AP) - Singing River Health System has lost its case in the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals against an insurance company that has been paying the hospital system's legal fees in the court battle against its retirees. The Sun Herald reports (http://bit.ly/2mENAkE) that Read More...

Religion

Sheriff: Woman tried to smuggle meth to inmate in Bible

bibleTUPELO, Miss. (AP) - Today's Bible lesson: It's a bad idea to use the good book to smuggle drugs into jail. A Mississippi sheriff says the jail's property officer noticed a bulge in the back cover of a Bible dropped off March 16 for an Read More...

SCR 591 recognizes St. Paul’s historic marker and museum

1456287618453COGIC origin misunderstood by some now further clarified By Gail M. Brown Contributing Writer Tuesday March 14, 2017, was a great day for the leaders, congregation and friends of the St. Paul Church of God In Christ of Lexington, Miss. Many traveled for at least an Read More...

Scholarship banquet at College Hill Church

College Hill BanquetBy Jackie Hampton Publisher “Honoring the Legacy: In Pursuit of Excellence” was the theme of the Annual Heritage Samuel L. Bailey Scholarship banquet held at College Hill M.B. Church Saturday night. This yearly event honored the late Samuel L. Bailey, a civil rights advocate who Read More...

Obituaries

In Memoriam: Legendary journalist Claude Lewis dies at age 82

2-Lewis picBy Enid Doggett NABJ The National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) mourns the passing of NABJ founder Claude Lewis, also a founder of the Philadelphia Association of Black Journalists (PABJ). Lewis died March 16, 2017 at Virtua Voorhees Hospital in Voorhees, N.J. He was 82. Lewis was Read More...

Chuck Berry, Rock ‘n’ Roll pioneer, dies at 90

19-Entertainment-Berry pic 1By Jon Pareles Associated Press Chuck Berry, who with his indelible guitar licks, brash self-confi dence and memorable songs about cars, girls and wild dance parties did as much as anyone to defi ne rock ‘n’ roll’s potential and attitude in its early years, died Read More...

Mississippi minister who condemned racism in 1960s dies

download (1)By EMILY WAGSTER PETTUS Associated Press JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Keith Tonkel, one of 28 white United Methodist ministers who signed a statement condemning segregation and racism in the Deep South in 1963, has died. Wells United Methodist Church, where he had been pastor since 1969, announced Read More...

Education

Trustees set April interviews for Jackson State presidency

jsusignJACKSON, Miss. (AP) - College Board trustees say they expect to begin conducting interviews to find a new president of Jackson State University in April. Higher Education Commissioner Glenn Boyce announced the plans at Thursday's trustee meeting. Candidates seeking "best consideration" were supposed to apply by Read More...

Alcorn State begins plans to build new dormitory

13084524683_6724f3dc2e_bJACKSON, Miss. (AP) - Alcorn State University plans to build a new 500-bed dormitory on its Lorman campus The College Board approved plans for the 3,400-student university to hire an architect to design the dorm. Alcorn says it will pay $200,000 to the architect. The Read More...

Debra Mays-Jackson named Distinguished College Administrator

1 COVER Banner Story pic JacksonBy Janice K. Neal-Vincent Contributing Writer Debra Mays-Jackson (Ph.D.), Hinds Community College vice president for the Utica and Vicksburg-Warren campuses since July 2013, is headed to Phi Theta Kappa’s annual convention in Nashville which is slated for April 6-8. There she shall receive The Distinguished College Read More...

Opinion

America rarely lets you forget that you’re black

1 LeonardPittsBy Leonard Pitts, Jr. lpitts@miamiherald.com So I had myself an epiphany. Actually, that’s not quite the right word. An epiphany is a moment of sudden clarity, but mine rolled in slowly, like dawn on a crystal morning. I’m not sure when it began. Maybe it was Read More...

Billionaire Bob Johnson calls for Independent Black Political Party in exclusive interview with Blac...

17 OPINION Johnson picBy Jim Clingman TriceEdneyWire.com One of the post-election highlights for me was the meeting between Donald Trump and Bob Johnson. Billionaire to billionaire, Democrat to Republican, black to white, businessman to businessman, capitalist to capitalist, meeting on a relatively even playing field to discuss some Read More...

From the desk of LeRoy G. Walker Jr.

2 Leroy.Walker_05The Mississippi Link Newswire Dear Fellow Jacksonians, This year, we will elect the next mayor of the City of Jackson. However, this election is no ordinary election. Mississippi’s Capitol City is at a critical point in its history. Our city is rapidly declining. Our infrastructure is Read More...

The Buzz

Police: Mom let 2-year-old handle gun before fatal shooting

Boy ShotBy PAUL DAVENPORT Associated Press PHOENIX (AP) - A 9-year-old boy shot in the head by his 2-year-old brother with their mother's handgun died Tuesday, and their mother told police she had previously let the toddler handle the gun when it wasn't loaded, authorities said. Landen Lavarnia Read More...

Police: Teen unarmed when shot and wounded by officers

CAUTIONRIDGELAND, Miss. (AP) - Mississippi police say a 16-year-old bank robbery suspect was unarmed when he was shot and wounded by officers. The teenager remained hospitalized Thursday, two days after being shot multiple times. His name has not been released. Police in the Jackson suburb of Read More...

Hattiesburg clerk accused of misusing citizen's credit card

credit cardsHATTIESBURG, Miss. (AP) - A Hattiesburg city court clerk is facing a felony charge after being accused of using a citizen's credit card to pay one of her own bills. WDAM-TV reports (http://bit.ly/2n7F8uv ) 26-year-old Morgan Owens was charged with credit card fraud Monday. Hattiesburg Police Read More...