Category Archives: The Mississippi Scene

Newsmakers (artists, entrepreneurs, musicians, etc…) and events in Mississippi.

Servant and Youth Advocate Damien Thaddeus

Mississippi native Damien Thaddeus Jones, or just Damien Thaddeus as he often goes by, is on a mission. The socially conscious “servant of mankind,” as he describes himself, is determined to arm as many young African Americans as he can with the mindset and resources they need to succeed in life. In his former position as a program coordinator for Continue reading Servant and Youth Advocate Damien Thaddeus

A Bulldog in a Skirt

When she was at the top of her game, rapper Eve called dibs on the title “Pitbull in a Skirt.” Now Jackson’s own Ashley Lewis can lay claim to the top “Bulldog in a Skirt,” only she’s serving up drinks instead of rhymes. Voted Sexiest Bartender in 2015 Best of Jackson contest, Lewis has been ferociously mixing up drinks that have kept customers coming back to The Bulldog (6111 Ridgewood Road) for the past three years. Continue reading A Bulldog in a Skirt

Ain’t Nothin’ But The Birthplace Of The Blues

The South is the birthplace of the blues, and Public Broadcasting Station’s “Blues Road Trip” describes the Mississippi Delta as the genre’s emotional heart. So, inherently, a certain amount of pressure goes along with producing a musical revue about the blues in the Magnolia State. Nevertheless, New Stage Theatre tackles that tough number with “It Ain’t Nothin’ But the Blues.” Continue reading Ain’t Nothin’ But The Birthplace Of The Blues

Back to Stevie J Blues

The Jackson based blues and southern soul artist formerly known as Stevie J (Stephen Johnson) now goes by the stage name Stevie J Blues.  Although he still answers to Stevie J as he’s done his whole life, the addendum is so fans can distinguish him from Atlanta based Stevie J (Steven Jordan) of the reality show Love and Hip Hop Atlanta (LHHA). That Stevie J has had an arguably Continue reading Back to Stevie J Blues

‘Tis The Season for Lovers…and Condoms

By Christina Thomas

Valentine’s Day is thee day to be sexy, romantic, seductive, unpredictable- all of those thing and more. Think 50 Shades of Grey. But while you’re deciding between red pumps or black stilettos, remember to devote some time to what might possibly be the night’s star accessory; the condom. Continue reading ‘Tis The Season for Lovers…and Condoms

Polarpalooza: Plunge One, Plunge All – Heroes, Chickens and Lovers

The Polar Plunge (not to be confused with Reservoir YMCA’s Annual Polar Bear Plunge) is a trademark event of Special Olympics, and for twenty years they’ve been staging icy plunges across the country.  This year the organization finally introduces the long standing annual event to Mississippi. Participants will take a pledge on February 14 before jumping into the nippy water of the Ross Barnett Reservoir. The purpose of the plunge Continue reading Polarpalooza: Plunge One, Plunge All – Heroes, Chickens and Lovers

Written in the Flowers

It’s funny when you think you know your calling in life, then an unexpected turn of events reveals your true purpose. For Ayana Taylor Kinnel it was an internship and a rally that changed everything. Kinnel, 32, grew up knowing without a doubt that she wanted to be a writer. She got a bachelor’s degree in English from Tougaloo College and went into print journalism. Then in 2005 while interning for the Jackson Free Press, she helped plan and coordinate a political rally. “When we did the rally I knew what my true calling was,” she says. Kinnel got caught up in Continue reading Written in the Flowers

Mo’ Better Jazz and Blues

Jai Johanny Johanson, better known by his stage name, Jaimoe, has been playing drums and percussion since he was 16. From the beginning, he was so certain of his career path that he didn’t even want to finish school. “I just finished because my mother asked me to,” he says. Before touring with the likes of Otis Redding, Percy Sledge and Continue reading Mo’ Better Jazz and Blues

Watch: Kamikaze on Mic Magazine TV

Brad “Kamikaze” Franklin is forever grinding. Husband, father, hip hop artist, socially conscious journalist and CEO of OurGlass Media Group, whenever I spot him in public he’s either working or running errands (i.e. still working). Despite the menacing conotation of his moniker, he oozes positivity and intelligence. Watch as he breaks down the meaning of his name,  the reason he is Mississippi’s greatest MC, the importance of supporting local artists, and his OG-ness.

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