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NAACP meeting set for May 28 in Hattiesburg


The next Mississippi State Conference NAACP State Meeting is scheduled for 10 a.m. May 28 at Ebenezer Baptist Church, 900 E 8th North St. in Hattiesburg. For more information call the state office at (601) 353-8462.


‘We Are Jackson’ events set for weekend


A comedy show, outdoor events and a Prince Tribute highlight the upcoming “We Are Jackson” weekend celebration is scheduled for May 27-30.

The “We Are Jackson” Comedy Show – a Chill Will Production – is set for 7 p.m. May 27 at Thalia Mara Hall. The event features the host from VH1’s Black Ink Crew, Teddy Ruks. The comedians are Terry Grossman, Roz Washington, Lil Darrell, Cadillac and Jackson’s own, Mike Townsend. Tickets are on sale at all Ticketmaster outlets.

The “Purple Planet” Prince movie marathon is set for 6 p.m. May 28, at the Russell C. Davis Planetarium, 201 E. Pascagoula St. The event features showings of “Purple Rain,” “Under the Cherry Moon” and “Graffiti Bridge.” Prince music will be played in between film showings. There’s also a competition for the best Prince costume. Top prize has a value of $300.

“Sunday Funday,” featuring House, Soul and Oldies music from DJ Scrap & DJ NastySho is from 2-7 p.m. May 29, at 112 President St. It’s a free outdoor event. Food vendors will be on site.

The Second Annual Family Day on the Green is set for noon to 5 p.m. May 30 at the Mississippi Museum of Art, 380 S. Lamar St. The free event features space jumps, a video game truck, live music, food vendors and shows at the Planetarium. For more information, contact Brad Franklin at or call (601) 960-1537.


Party With A Purpose to benefit three local nonprofits


Local businessmen Steven James and Gerold “Girbeau” Smith have partnered to present what will be one of the biggest fundraising parties in Jackson this summer. On May 28, at the Railroad District (formerly known as Mardi Gras) is the Old School Party With A Purpose.

James, owner of Steven James Allstate, and Smith, owner and radio personality for BDAY 99.1 FM, are partnering to bring awareness and raise funds for three local non-profit: Stewpot, Autism Mississippi and the Mississippi Coalition Against Domestic Violence.

The old school theme was a match made in Hip Hop heaven for BDAY, whose format is classic Hip Hop and back in the day jams. The party will feature music from the 70’s, 80’s and 90’s. Partygoers are encouraged to wear their favorite clothes from those eras.

“This is going to be epic and it’s all for a good cause,” Smith said. “We are going to have something for everyone. We have three DJs and some really cool things lined up.”

Doors open at 8 p.m. Old school attire is encouraged, but not required. General admissions is $20 and $40 for VIP. Tickets can be purchased at


City of Jackson to sign sister city agreement with M’Bour, Senegal


Jackson Mayor Tony T. Yarber, along with community, state and international partners, will host a delegation from M’Bour, Senegal, West Africa, for a sister city signing at 4 p.m. May 31, at the Mississippi Museum of Art, 380 S. Lamar St.

The city’s partners include the Department of Commerce, International Trade Office; the Mississippi Development Authority, the Mississippi World Trade Center, Caravan for the Promotion of Cultures of Africa, the International Museum of Muslim Cultures, Tougaloo College and Merit Health. The organizations are working to frame the economic mission between Jackson and M’Bour.

The M’Bour delegation will include Mayor El Hadji Falou Sylla and Senior Counselor at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Fode’ Seck.



Tuskegee alumni planning picnic for future students


The Jackson-Tuskegee Alumni local club will host its annual picnic for high school graduates who plan to attend Tuskegee University. The picnic is set for 11 a.m. June 4, at Mays Lake. For more information, contact Lisa Wilson at (601) 707-7271.


Author to discuss book set in Mississippi Delta


The public is invited to hear British-born author Richard Grant discuss his Mississippi No. 1 best seller, Dispatches from Pluto – Lost and Found in the Mississippi Delta, at  St. James Episcopal Church at noon June 2.

Grant’s popular book describes the exciting Delta adventures and zany characters he encountered when he left Manhattan to buy a Delta plantation home at Pluto, some 20 miles north of Yazoo City.

Grant’s talk is part of a monthly series of lectures by Mississippi authors hosted by St. James’ Church for its members and Fondren neighbors. Those interested in attending the event are asked to RSVP to the St. James’ office (601) 982-4880 so lunch and seating can be planned.

Lunch will be served at noon for an $8 fee in the Fowler Hall of St. James’ campus, 3921 Oak Ridge Dr., with Grant’s talk to follow.

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