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Spoken Word choir should be seen, heard

1SpokenwordmainIWriter shares years of poetry in new book  By Shanderia K. Posey Editor In her early 20s, Janice K. Neal-Vincent, Ph.D., was dissatisfied with available material to use for spoken word choirs. At the time, she was founding and directing the unique choirs mainly in churches. When she couldn’t Read More...

Don’t forget Tax Free Weekend

Funding dollars 8.13The Mississippi Link Newswire The Mississippi Tax Free Weekend will begin at 12 a.m. July 29 and end at 11:59 a.m. July 30. The sales tax holiday allows customers to purchase certain articles of clothing or footwear free from Mississippi sales tax. The sales price of Read More...

News Briefs

downloadCity’s Back to School celebration set for Aug. 6   The city of Jackson’s seventh Annual Back to School celebration and Supply Giveaway will be held from 10 a.m. to noon Aug. 6, at the Jackson Convention Complex, 105 E. Pascagoula St. The event will feature entertainment, Read More...

Sports

Mississippi State's Bully mascot settles with ESPN

mississippi-state-mascot-injured-by-espn-cartjpg-93dbafaf6a879925 ABERDEEN, Mississippi (AP) — A former Mississippi State University cheerleader has settled her wrongful injury case with ESPN for an undisclosed sum. The Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal reports Michaela Mills was dressed as the MSU mascot Bully during the 2013 Egg Bowl when she was run over Read More...

JSU’s Tinsley headed to second straight Olympics; Rio Bound

17JSUTinsleyMississippi Link Newswire Jackson State University’s track and field star Michael Tinsley is Rio bound after finishing third in the 400 meter hurdles finals July 10, during the 2016 U.S. Olympic Trials. Tinsley posted a time of 48.82. Tinsley, who won the 400 meter hurdles silver Read More...

JSU takes part in emergency care course at LSU

17SWACtrainingMississippi Link Newswire Southern University joined forces with schools from the Southwestern Athletic Conference including Jackson State University, the Southeastern Conference, local emergency medical services and hospitals for a private, invitation-only eight-hour course July 9, on the campus of Louisiana State University. The focus was primarily Read More...

Entertainment

Entertainers line up to perform during Cruisin' The Coast

cs-beach-boys-blog480jpg-5082fb21b6cbe032 BILOXI, Mississippi (AP) — Those who prefer cars with chrome will be humming tunes from entertainers of the '50s and '60s during the 20th Cruisin' The Coast on Oct. 2-9. The casinos — which started the antique and classic car event that has grown into Read More...

2016 Honda Civic Sedan

2016 Honda Civic SedanBy Frank S. Washington Special to The Mississippi Link DETROIT – Honda used its global network to re-establish the Civic as one of the best small cars in the world. And depending on what you like, they’ve come close. The development team for the 10th generation of the Read More...

Harriet Tubman’s Underground Railroad offers living history on Maryland’s Eastern Shore

19Harriet4   By Michael H. Cottman Urban News Service “I never ran my train off the track, and I never lost a passenger.” – Harriet Tubman CAMBRIDGE, Maryland – Joe Manokey stood along a stretch of the Underground Railroad and spoke proudly about his legendary distant cousin, Harriet Tubman. “Our Read More...

Business

Black dollars pour into black banks across nation

1BlackbanksLiberty Bank and Trust CEO Alden McDonald[7]   By Michael H. Cottman Urban News Service Baltimore-based attorney Jelani Murrain plans to transfer his hard-earned money to an institution of financial empowerment: A black-owned bank. “The fact that black people have dealt with financial discrimination is a matter of record,” Murrain, a father of three young Read More...

Millions spent planning unbuilt road to link I-10 to Port of Gulfport

boats4GULFPORT, Mississippi (AP) — The state of Mississippi has spent $158.5 million on a road that does not exist. State and county leaders began planning 22 years ago for a road to connect Interstate 10 and the state Port of Gulfport. The Mississippi Department of Read More...

Moody's: Mississippi has negative credit outlook

lynn-fitch-state-treasurer-candidate-2011-98875534e116fc7f JACKSON, Mississippi (AP) — The bond credit rating agency Moody's Investor Service has given Mississippi a negative credit outlook because the state dipped into its rainy day fund to cover budget shortfalls, but the state's bond rating remains unchanged. Moody's says officials' withdrawal of $108 Read More...

Health

Hinds residents warned about mosquitoes, West Nile virus

Mosquito_Tasmania_crop Mississippi Link Newswire  The Mississippi State Department of Health has identified an unusually large number of mosquitoes carrying the West Nile Virus in Hinds County. Residents should make sure to take all precautions to avoid mosquito bites: Use an EPA-registered mosquito repellent that contains DEET while you are Read More...

The art of recovery

7taylor2MRC helps MC graphic design instructor Taylor get back to the classroom after  stroke     By Carey Miller Health and Research News Service As a graphic design instructor at Mississippi College, Karlos Taylor relies on his artist’s hand and his gift of gab to inspire students. But after a Read More...

‘Smart, sexy docs’ answer HIV questions

1AskHIVdoctorDSC_5260_b(1)#AskTheHIVDoc series available in English, Spanish UMMC News Dr. Leandro Mena considers himself a shy person. He doesn’t do Facebook and he barely tweets. But his international reputation as an expert in the field of sexually transmitted infections has placed him in a sweeping social media spotlight. He’s Read More...

Religion

Spoken Word choir should be seen, heard

1SpokenwordmainIWriter shares years of poetry in new book  By Shanderia K. Posey Editor In her early 20s, Janice K. Neal-Vincent, Ph.D., was dissatisfied with available material to use for spoken word choirs. At the time, she was founding and directing the unique choirs mainly in churches. When she couldn’t Read More...

Baptists plan to renovate seminary

IMG_3446By Natalie Bell Special to The Mississippi Link During their annual meeting at the Jackson Marriott last week, executive members of the General Missionary Baptist State Convention of Mississippi, approved a resolution to renovate and rebuild its historic Natchez Baptist Seminary, using state funds designated for Read More...

Missionary Baptists to hear Rev. Jackson’s address tonight

1Convention5   By Shanderia K. Posey Editor The General Missionary Baptist State Convention is off to a great start with its Annual Session as attendees get ready to hear from state president the Rev. Isiac Jackson tonight. About 900 adults and 1,000 youth registered for this year’s session, which Read More...

Obituaries

In Memoriam: Angie Cotten, local matriarch, leaves legacy

10Angie L. CottenSpecial to The Mississippi Link Family and friends recently gathered at Pilgrim Rest Missionary Baptist Church in Madison to say good-bye to one of the matriarch’s of Madison County, Angie Louise Davis Cotten, who succumbed on July 20, after a lengthy illness. She was born Read More...

In Memoriam: Lessie Parrott Branson

Cross_and_People_worshippingNovember 10, 1916 - June 14, 2016 Lessie Parrott Branson was born in Canton (Madison County), Miss. on November 10, 1916. She was the first child born to Gus and Tommie Parrott. Her parents and younger sister Alice Pollard preceded her in death. At an early Read More...

The Greatest of All Time: 1942 - 2016

Muhammad Ali photographed in 1967. (Library of Congress/Creative Commons)Ali was confident symbol of Black pride “A man who views the world the same at 50 as he did at 20 has wasted 30  years of his life.” – Muhammad Ali   By Jesse J. Holland Associated Press WASHINGTON – For Muhammad Ali, the idea of being a humble Read More...

Education

Mississippi school district appeals consolidation order in desegregation case

judge-debra-brownjpg-5f4498369e85b152 JACKSON, Mississippi (AP) — A Mississippi school board has voted along racial lines to appeal a federal judge's order in a long-running desegregation case. The Cleveland School District filed papers Monday asking the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals to review the order that requires Read More...

Jackson Medical Mall Foundation to Host Free Back to School Jam

unnamedThe Mississippi Link Newswire The Jackson Medical Mall Foundation will host its first JumpStart: The Back to School Jam  on Saturday, July 16, 2016 from 10:00am - 3:00pm.  The event will feature national recording artist, actor and entertainer, Jacob Latimore.   A variety of activities are scheduled for that day to include:  a celebrity Read More...

JSU support remains strong

1JSUsupportersBy Shanderia K. Posey Editor Alumni and supporters of Jackson State University stood in solidarity July 1, with a local faith-based group to pledge their continued support of JSU. The Ministerial Alliance, led by the Rev. Thomas Jenkins, pastor of New Dimensions Fellowship of Ministries in Jackson, Read More...

Opinion

Sen. Frazier grateful for another Father’s Day

1 FrazierLegislator promotes prostate cancer research By Hillman Frazier  Special to The Mississippi Link The most challenging year of my life was 2015 when in September I was diagnosed with prostate cancer, which for some can be a quick death sentence. But because of a team of health care Read More...

“I come from Mississippi”

7MalonemugThe Mississippi Link Newswire When I heard the news of the massacre at Mother Emanuel Church in Charleston last June it horrified me, but I can’t say it surprised me. I come from Mississippi, where the struggle for racial harmony has always been particularly tough Read More...

Sanders, Trump are two sides of same angry, White coin

OP-julianne-malveauxBy Julianne Malveaux NNPA News Wire Columnist For all their dueling ideologies, Senator Bernie Sanders and “presumptive Republican nominee” Donald Trump are two sides of the same coin. Both of them are angry, so intensely so, that they are inciting a destructive anger among their followers. When Republicans Read More...

The Buzz

Man led police to body - now he's accused in murder

inmateimg072016zzz397674-07012016172053jpg-8ec55987790940fe GULFPORT, Mississippi (AP) — Police say the 25-year-old man accused in a slaying at a Gulfport apartment complex initially claimed to be a witness to the crime. The Sun Herald reports Michael Philip Peden faces a murder charge in the July 1 shooting death of 30-year-old Read More...

Pascagoula woman sentenced for sexual battery of teen

dukejpg-daef1bb9bb4e64aa PASCAGOULA, Mississippi (AP) — A 26-year-old Pascagoula woman has been sentenced to 12 years in prison for the sexual battery of a 13-year-old boy. The Sun Herald reports Miranda Duke pleaded guilty to three counts of sexual battery Tuesday in Jackson County Circuit Court and received Read More...

Ridgeland police: Woman kidnapped, forced to drive to banks

kidnappingJACKSON, Mississippi (AP) — Police are looking for two men they say kidnapped a woman, sexually assaulted her and made her drive to several banks for cash. Media outlets report that Ridgeland Police recently released surveillance photos of the suspects. The incident occurred in May. The Read More...