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Economic Democracy: People Power and Cooperative Alternatives for a Sustainable Black Future

Kali Akuno | Posted 04.11.2015 | Black Voices
Kali Akuno

We'll know black lives matter when the capitalist system that enslaved our ancestors and is intent on disposing of our future is replaced by a new socio-economic system, based on economic democracy and self-determination.

Insights From a Month in Mississippi

Stephen R. Haynes | Posted 10.09.2014 | Politics
Stephen R. Haynes

In Mississippi ,at least, the civil rights movement was not primarily about desegregating schools or removing separate waiting rooms, water fountains and other symbols of racial apartheid. Its fundamental thrust was registering and organizing voters to dismantle a system of white supremacy upheld by state-sponsored terrorism.

Why We All Should Care About the Mayoral Race in Jackson, Mississippi

asha bandele | Posted 06.03.2014 | Politics
asha bandele

For those of us living far from the south, discussions of Mississippi may make us recall the Civil Rights Movement, some period in time we now think more likely relevant in a history book. But believing that couldn't be more wrong.

Rest in Power, Chokwe Lumumba

C. Robert Gibson | Posted 04.30.2014 | Politics
C. Robert Gibson

When I lived in Jackson, Mississippi, Lumumba was my city councilman. Rather than simply mourning Chokwe Lumumba's passing, this column will celebrate his contributions.

The Silent Streets: 50 Years After Shouts Rang Out in Jackson, Mississippi

Kelly Figueroa-Ray | Posted 12.07.2013 | Religion
Kelly Figueroa-Ray

What do we make of the silent streets? The cry of civil rights struggle is drowned out by the comforting seductions of a wishful post-racial mindset.

Driving in Drag in Mississippi and Other Stories

Christian Hendricks | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Christian Hendricks

I met up with Justin in the small town of Starkville, Mississippi -- the neighboring town of Columbus, which had been my home for the previous three days.

Foster Care Agencies Are to be Commended for What They Do, Day In Day Out

Dominic Carter | Posted 10.14.2013 | Impact
Dominic Carter

These are all professionals that are modest people. I call them unsung heroes. People who surely don't do it for the money, as they will never get rich doing what they do, but they are just as happy as the millionaires. In fact, one could make a case, they are happier.

Former Civil Rights Activist Wins Miss. Mayor Race

AP | Posted 06.05.2013 | Black Voices

JACKSON, Miss. -- A Mississippi attorney and one-time civil rights activist who was involved in a black nationalist group decades ago has been elected...

Murder Suspect Shoots Officer Inside Police Headquarters

AP | JEFF AMY and HOLBROOK MOHR | Posted 06.04.2013 | Crime

JACKSON, Miss. — A murder suspect being interviewed at the Jackson, Miss., police headquarters shot a detective Thursday and those who came to i...

Shooting at Martin Luther King Jr. Parade

AP | Posted 01.20.2013 | Crime

JACKSON, Miss. -- Police in Mississippi's state capital were on the lookout for a man who shot another man during a parade honoring the memory of Mart...

Gender-bending Man Killed Woman With Botched Butt Injection: Prosecutor

AP | HOLBROOK MOHR | Posted 09.12.2012 | Crime

JACKSON, Miss. -- Mississippi authorities say they have charged a Jackson man with depraved heart murder after a Georgia woman died from an injection ...

Cancer Doctor Overbilled Millions Of Dollars In Fraud Case

AP | HOLBROOK MOHR | Posted 07.14.2012 | Crime

JACKSON, Miss. -- A cancer doctor and her former billing agent pleaded guilty Friday for their parts in a multimillion-dollar health care fraud case i...

Mississippi School District Agrees To Stop Handcuffing Students For Non-Crimes

AP | JEFF AMY | Posted 05.26.2012 | Education

JACKSON, Miss. -- Jackson public schools will no longer handcuff students to poles or other objects and will train staff at its alternative school on ...

JSU Football Players May Have Beaten Student Before Shooting Him, Mother Claims

The Huffington Post | Tyler Kingkade | Posted 03.28.2012 | College

Nolan Ryan Henderson's mother says her son was beaten by more than a dozen Jackson State University football players before he was shot in the face ov...

Alice Hines

Cities Fight To Keep Doomed Sears and Kmart Stores | Alice Hines | Posted 03.27.2012 | Business

HuffPost Review: The Help

Marshall Fine | Posted 01.03.2012 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Some will say: This is yet another movie about the civil-rights movement moment in our history, in which the white people are the heroes, saving the black characters. But that's far too simplistic a reading of The Help.

Mississippi School Sued For Allegedly Shackling Students To Poles For Hours

AP | MOLLY DAVIS | Posted 08.08.2011 | Education

JACKSON, Miss. — Civil rights advocates have filed suit against Jackson's public school district, claiming officials at one alternative school r...

Police: Neighbors Shoot At Each Other Over Defecating Dog

AP | HOLBROOK MOHR | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

JACKSON, Miss. — An argument between two armed neighbors over a dog and its feces escalated to a shootout in rural Mississippi, sending one neig...

Marlon Dorsey, Miss. High School Basketball Coach, Accused Of Whipping Players

Posted 05.25.2011 | Education

An assistant basketball coach at Murrah High School in Jackson, Miss. is on leave after a lawsuit has been brought against him for whipping team membe...

From Mississippi To Mullholland: Must See Art At The Skirball

HuffPost | Ellen C. Caldwell | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles

In 1961, the "Freedom Fighters" banned together in Jackson, Mississippi to demonstrate against state segregation laws -- and for doing so, 328 people ...

Savannah Book Festival: Escape From a Cold Virtual World

Georgianne Nienaber | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Georgianne Nienaber

Has it occurred to you that social networking is really not very social at all? We Twitter, and cultivate relationships with hundreds of "friends" we have never met on Facebook.

Tom Joyner's Great-Uncles Pardoned In SC 94 Years After Execution

AP | SEANNA ADCOX | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

COLUMBIA, S.C. — South Carolina pardoned syndicated radio host Tom Joyner's great-uncles Wednesday, nearly a century after they were sent to the electric chair for the 1913 murder of a Confederate Army veteran.

Officials believe the two men are the first in the state to be posthumously pardoned in a capital murder case.

Black landowners Thomas and Meeks Griffin were executed 94 years ago after a jury convicted them of killing 73-year-old John Lewis, a wealthy white veteran living in Blackstock, a Chester County town 40 miles north of Columbia. Two other black men were also put to death for the crime.

"This won't bring them back, but this will bring closure. I hope now that they rest in peace," Joyner said. "This is a good day."

Joyner, who lives in Dallas, and his attorney made a presentation to the state parole and pardon board on Wednesday, then left the room while the board voted. Family members who flew in for the hearing included his wife and sons, of Dallas, and brother and his family, from Jackson, Miss.

Mississippi St. RB Anthony Dixon arrested

AP | CHRIS TALBOTT | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

Police say Mississippi State running back Anthony Dixon was arrested over the weekend and charged with driving under the influence.

An arrest report from the Starkville Police Department says officers found Dixon intoxicated late Saturday night with two empty champagne bottles on the floor of his car.

Mississippi State spokesman Joe Galbraith says coach Dan Mullen is still trying to gather facts before deciding on disciplinary action and won't comment yet.

The 21-year-old from Terry was recently named preseason second-team All-Southeastern Conference and is the Bulldogs' best returning offensive player.

He rushed for 869 yards and seven touchdowns to bring his career totals to 2,603 yards and a Mississippi State record 30 touchdowns. It's unclear if he has an attorney.

Mary Chapin Carpenter Returns to the Stage and Talks about Eudora Welty, Inspiration, and Bonding

Georgianne Nienaber | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Georgianne Nienaber

Five-time Grammy winner, Mary Chapin Carpenter is still raving about the experience she had performing with Kate Campbell, Claire Holley and Caroline Herring at the Eudora Welty Centennial Concert.