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Campaign targets Jackson for interactive heart failure awareness event

Heart failure is a serious, progressive health condition that disproportionately affects African Americans. Of the data available, Mississippi has the highest heart failure mortality rate in the U.S. among blacks of all ages.

In Hinds and Rankin counties, the heart failure mortality rates for blacks of all ages are higher than the overall rates in those counties.

Given the impact to the local community, Live To The Beat, a campaign sponsored by Arbor Pharmaceuticals, LLC, is coming to Jackson to inspire, educate and empower African Americans to confidently take control of their heart health and help prevent heart failure.

The interactive community event is set for 10 a.m. Aug. 6, at Greater Bethlehem Temple Church, 1505 Robinson St. in Jackson, featuring a live panel discussion with local health care providers and community leaders, heart-healthy food sampling, participants in a fun “photo-booth” style area, and small group discussions about heart health. RSVP at

Live To The Beat is a campaign to increase awareness about heart failure in African Americans and to support and guide patients and caregivers as they navigate the condition. features information on heart failure, resources for healthy living, community events and an opportunity to take the Live To The Beat pledge to heart health.


AKA Sorority to host celebrity lip sync battle as HBCU fundraiser


Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., Rho Lambda Omega Chapter’s Think HBCU Committee will host a celebrity lip sync contest at 7 p.m. Aug. 11, at The Hideaway, 5100 I-55 N Frontage Road, to raise funds for Mississippi’s Historically Black Colleges and Universities.

Confirmed contestants are Christiana, 99 Jams; Dr. Hilliard Lackey, Jackson State University; Joy Redmond, WLBT/Fox 40; Councilman DeKeither Stamps, Mike Duggar, CEO Methodist Children’s Home; Kimberly Morgan-Myles, former Miss Mississippi; Yohance Myles, actor; Joseph Daughtry, Rankin County deputy sheriff; Brian Worthy, executive producer, Soul Damage; Dr. Justin Turner of Turner Healthcare, and Antar Lumumba, mayoral candidate.

Celebrity judges are Jackson Mayor Tony Yarber, Tambra Cherie, Stan Jones, Megan West, Derrrick Magee, Maximus Wright and Elton Pope.

Support of HBCUs is a priority of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.’s national campaign. The purpose of the Think HBCU initiative is to highlight HBCUs and their contribution to the sorority and society. Through education, engagement and advocacy, HBCUs will be showcased.

HBCUs in the state include Alcorn State University, Jackson State University, Mississippi Valley State University, Tougaloo College and Rust College.

This event is made possible by a grant from the Ebony Pearls Foundation, Inc. Food will be served. Vendors will be on site. For tickets visit For more information call (601) 624-5208 or visit


JMAA presents ‘Doing Business With The Airport’ workshop on Aug. 6


The Jackson Municipal Airport Authority announces its ‘Doing Business With the Airport Workshop’ to be held  from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Aug. 6, at the Pearl Library, 2416 Old Brandon Road in Pearl.

The business-opportunity workshop is the signature platform designed to engage and educate business owners on the airport’s processes and requirements for business opportunities at the Jackson-Medgar Wiley Evers International Airport. Prospective business owners desiring to engage in architecture, engineering, contracting and sub-contracting, vending and other service-opportunities with JMAA are encouraged to attend.

Seating is limited. For additional information and to RSVP early, contact Sharon Carter, DBE program office manager, at (601) 664-3520 or


City’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, activities for the entire family and a school supply giveaway.

This year’s event also will feature representatives from the Mayor’s Task Force for a Healthier Jackson. Various health screenings will be available for youth.

Mayor Tony T. Yarber and Jackson Public Schools Superintendent Cedrick Gray will deliver remarks.

The event is designed to enhance and promote education in the community and will feature interactive exhibits. Parents also will be able to sign their children up for tutorial services, after school programs and other volunteer, civic and athletic programs.

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