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NAACP names Derrick Johnson as interim president

JohnsonBy Lauren Victoria Burke, NNPA Newswire Contributor, The NAACP has named Derrick Johnson, the vice chairman of their board of directors, the organization’s interim president. The unanimous decision was made by the executive committee of the board of directors during the Association’s 108th annual convention in Baltimore. Read More...

Nissan executives support union vote

Screen Shot 2017-07-19 at 10.11.43 PMBy Othor Cain Editor Workers at Nissan Motor Company’s Canton plant will decide Aug 3 and 4 whether the United Auto Workers (UAW) will represent them. The company and the UAW said Monday that the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) had set the election date. In a Read More...

Hampton takes top honor at NNPA Convention

Mississippi Link publisher named NNPA “Publisher of the Year” By Othor Cain Editor The National Newspaper Publishers Association (NNPA) honored Hampton with its top award, ‘Publisher of the Year,’ during the group’s annual conference last week at the Gaylord Convention Center at the National Harbor in Prince Read More...

Sports

Abdul-Jabbar: 1-and-done makes college hoops a ‘travesty’

800 (5)By BRIAN MAHONEY NEW YORK (AP) — Kareem Abdul-Jabbar likes experienced players, part of the reason he picked San Antonio to knock off Golden State. And it’s one reason he thinks John Wooden wouldn’t have the same enjoyment or success if he were coaching today. His Read More...

Aaron Hernandez’s murder conviction is tossed after suicide

800 (4)By DENISE LAVOIE FALL RIVER, Mass. (AP) — A judge on Tuesday erased a 2013 murder conviction against former NFL star Aaron Hernandez, ruling that case law in Massachusetts has long established that defendants who die before their appeals are heard should have their convictions Read More...

School officials charged for failure to report coach

YI_fM11iBRUCE, Miss. (AP) - Three school district employees in Mississippi have been charged for failing to report inappropriate contact between a teacher and a student. The Daily Journal reports (http://bit.ly/2oPlktc ) that Calhoun County superintendent Mike Moore, Bruce High School principal Michael Gillespie and Bruce Read More...

Entertainment

Hello! Drake breaks Adele’s record at Billboard Music Awards

800 (1)By MESFIN FEKADU Hello, Drake has surpassed Adele’s record at the 2017 Billboard Music Awards on Sunday, picking up 13 awards. Adele set a record at the show in 2012 with 12 wins. The rapper, who walked into the show Sunday with 22 nominations, won top Read More...

The Latest: Ringling Bros. shuts down the big top

800 UNIONDALE, N.Y. (AP) — The Latest on the closing of the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus (all times local): 10:15 p.m. The Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus has shut down the big top. After 146 years of existence, the circus gave its final Read More...

Rapper charged before for encouraging fans to rush the stage

800 (4) ROGERS, Ark. (AP) — Rapper Travis Scott’s recent arrest after a concert in Arkansas is not his first on accusations of encouraging fans to join him on stage. Police in Rogers say the Houston-born musician, whose real name is Jacques Webster, was arrested Saturday night Read More...

Business

New Fresh Food Market in South Jackson

ffe942b1f9afca4edc7a6e63af13f1d0New grocery opens in the old Kroger location on Terry Road after receiving fnancing through HOPE The Mississippi Link Newswire HOPE (Hope Enterprise Corporation/Hope Credit Union) and Jackson Cash & Carry owner Greg Price joined local leaders and community members May 5, to celebrate the ribbon-cutting Read More...

Regions Bank expanding operation in south Mississippi

Regions-BankHATTIESBURG, Miss. (AP) - Regions Bank says it is building a 75,000-square-foot operations center that could open by early 2019 Hattiesburg, Mississippi. The bank announced the project Monday, saying it will create 91 new jobs. That will bring Regions' total employment to 420 in the Read More...

United Airlines' profits dropped 69 percent in 1Q, even before man was dragged off plane

22494399-mmmain DALLAS (AP) -- United Airlines' profit plunged 69 percent in the first three months of the year, and that was before the terrible publicity surrounding the dragging of a bloodied passenger off a plane. The cost of fuel, labor and maintenance all rose sharply in Read More...

Health

Obama urges Congress to show 'courage' on health care

460x By BOB SALSBERG BOSTON (AP) — Former President Barack Obama, in his first public comments about the ongoing debate over his signature health care plan, implored members of Congress on Sunday to demonstrate political courage even if it goes against their party's positions. Obama briefly returned Read More...

Mississippi to cut mental health services, lay off employees

mentalhealthBy JEFF AMY Associated Press JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - The Mississippi Department of Mental Health says it will eliminate 650 positions, some through layoffs, over the next year because of state budget cuts. The department says it's reducing some services, but a few will be handed Read More...

Baptist hospital groups in Mississippi and Memphis merge

medical_center_010By JEFF AMY Associated Press JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - Mississippi Baptist Health Systems and the larger Baptist Memorial Health Care of Memphis, Tennessee, have completed a merger, creating the largest hospital group in Mississippi. Executives of the two systems announced the merger Monday, saying it had been Read More...

Religion

150 year old church celebrates Men and Women’s Day

JHSpecial to The Mississippi Link One hundred-ffty years ago, African- American men were granted the right to vote in Washington, D.C., Morehouse College, a private, historically-black college for men was established and under a brush arbor in the Mississippi community of Learned, the Oak Grove Read More...

Church Triumphant Global hosts John Maxwell Team Global Youth Initiative

4 20170429_142612By Janice K. Neal-Vincent Contributing Writer Sunny Fridge, Ph.D., Certified John Maxwell team member and co-YouthMAX facilitator, led a two-hour inspirational, youth leadership session at Church Triumphant Global April 29. Motivational speakers and local artists acknowledged the value of youth as they shared personal experiences Read More...

Business Ministerial Alliance rallies for peace, justice and prevention

1 20170424_184449By Janice K. Neal-Vincent Contributing Writer The Save-A-Lot Corner at McDowell and Suncrest became a hotspot for Business Ministerial Alliance of Mississippi (BMA) as they rallied against senseless killings of youths April 24. Along with the 100 Concerned Clergy of Jackson and Heal the City Coalition, Read More...

Obituaries

Tribute to Mother

Tribute to Mother PhotoBy Emma Harris My mother is no longer close by, nor is she a phone call away, but I want to share a message about her for this Mother’s Day One of her favorite scriptures came from 2 Timothy 2:15. “Study to shew thyself approved Read More...

Allen Harper lived his mission: ‘To Protect and Serve’

1 COVER-Allen-picDowntown cop died Friday due to injuries in motorcycle accident By Othor Cain Editor Saturday, April 1, started out as a pretty normal day for Jackson police officer Cpl. Allen Harper Jr. He did chores around the house, ran errands and checked off his to-do-list as Read More...

In Memoriam: Pamela Parice Curry

1 CurryThe Mississippi Link Newswire Pamelia Parice Curry is the oldest daughter of Laura Curry Hough and Chester Curry. She was born in Jackson Mississippi September 18, 1956. She transitioned from pain and suffering on earth to her heavenly home Tuesday, April 4, 2017, where she Read More...

Education

Current head of Mississippi Valley is pick for Jackson State

william-burnett-bynumBy JEFF AMY Associated Press JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - The College Board is choosing the head of Mississippi Valley State University as its preferred candidate to lead Jackson State University. Trustee C.D. Smith announced the choice Monday. William Bynum Jr. became president of Mississippi Valley, the smallest of Read More...

MDAH ‘History is Lunch’ series presented the book Brother Hollis: The Sankofa of a Movement Man ...

5 IMG_4213By Janice K. Neal-Vincent Contributing Writer During their History is Lunch Series, the Mississippi Department of Archives and History gave voice to long-time civil rights activist/founder of the Veterans of the Mississippi Civil Rights Movement, Hollis Watkins May 3. With C. Liegh McInnis, an instructor of Read More...

Retired teacher, Bee Donley, shares ‘A Life in Mississippi Classrooms’ and poetry books

4 20170510_125106By Janice K. Neal-Vincent Contributing Writer Bee Donley charmed the Mississippi Department of Archives and History’s History is Lunch series’ attendees with her original poetry and fond memories of teaching in Mississippi classrooms May 10. The 93-year-old retiree began her teaching career 57 years ago in Read More...

Opinion

An Open Letter to IHL

JSU 3.14.13 Dr. Glenn Boyce, Commissioner of Higher Education gboyce@ihl.state.ms.us Mississippi Institutions of Higher Learning Mr. C. D. Smith Jr., President & Chair of IEO Search Committee board@ihl.state.ms.us Mississippi Institutions of Higher Learning Board of Trustees Poised on the advent of the announcement of the preferred candidate for Read More...

Republican Party & Frankenstein reincarnate

DSC_1769By Leon Williams Guest Columnist Republicans often refer to Ronald Reagan as the standard-bearer in modern-day American politics. This characterization is troubling considering Reagan was never accepted as a guardian of African American causes. He demonstrated a proclivity to use race as a wedge issue Read More...

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...

The Buzz

The Latest: Teen tells police that another suspect shot boy

13913037_G JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - The Latest on the death of a 6-year-old boy who was in a car that was stolen in Mississippi (all times local): 6 p.m. A sworn statement shows a Mississippi teenager charged with murder in the death of a 6-year-old boy told Read More...

Official: Boy found dead in car that was stolen, 3 arrests

APTOPIX Missing BoyBy JEFF AMY Associated Press GLUCKSTADT, Miss. (AP) - Three young Mississippi men were arrested hours after a 6-year-old boy was found shot dead Thursday in his mother's stolen car and the suspects will be charged with capital murder, authorities said. Madison County District Attorney Michael Guest Read More...

Police search for boy who was inside car when it was stolen

13913037_G JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - Authorities across Mississippi are searching for a young boy who was inside a car when it was stolen from a grocery store parking lot in Jackson. Police say they've issued a child abduction alert in the search for 6-year-old Kingston Frazier Read More...