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‘Laugh So You Don’t Cry’new

Patients with sickle cell have "sickle" or crescent-shaped blood cells caused by abnormal hemoglobin, a protein that carries oxygen. Sickled blood cells have a short lifespan and often stick together, blocking blood flow in small vessels in the limbs and organs.
Jackson Free Press  |  Mary Spooner  |  09-19-2014  |  Health

Mississippi: The Next Stage for Progressivism?new

The Civil Rights Movement of the 1960s began with black students' protest at the Woolworth lunch counter in Greensboro, N.C. Mississippi later became its most heated battleground. Is Mississippi the next stage for today's movement of progressive activism?
Jackson Free Press  |  Joe Atkins  |  09-18-2014  |  Civil Liberties

Domestic Violence: From #WhyIStayed to #HowILeftnew

After the video surfaced of Ray Rice's assault of his now-wife, Janay, and people on the Internet started asking questions that sounded an awful lot like victim-blaming, an author named Beverly Gooden took to Twitter to explain why she stayed with her abusive husband for more than a year.
Jackson Free Press  |  R.L. Nave  |  09-18-2014  |  The War on Women

Faulty Senate Race Calls for Election Changenew

The 2014 U.S. Senate race pinned two sides of the Republican Party against each other in a heated primary that presented more possible problems with Mississippi's election law than it did focus on issues facing the state and solutions in either the Mississippi Legislature or the U.S. Congress.
Jackson Free Press  |  Anna Wolfe  |  09-18-2014  |  Elections

Mississippi Public Broadcasting Blocks Abortion Filmnew

Mississippi Public Broadcasting Executive Director Ronnie Agnew decided to replace PBS' "POV" documentary series "After Tiller" with other programming due to its controversial nature.
Jackson Free Press  |  Anna Wolfe  |  09-11-2014  |  Media

Lit Highlights September 2014new

Fall might mean football season to a lot of people, but the conscientious bookworm knows changing leaves mean that your favorite bookstores are changing their shelves.
Jackson Free Press  |  Micah Smith  |  09-11-2014  |  Books

Mississippi Sued for Underfundng Schoolsnew

Angered by the state's failure to fully fund the state's public schools, several Mississippi districts filed a lawsuit.
Jackson Free Press  |  Anna Wolfe  |  09-04-2014  |  Education

What’s It Like Living LGBT in Mississippi?new

When I say that some LGBT Mississippians are afraid to come out of the closet and live authentic lives, it's not theoretical or an intellectual decision—they are genuinely afraid for their lives and livelihoods.
Jackson Free Press  |  Joce Pritchett  |  09-02-2014  |  LGBT

Time to Reset, White Folksnew

What's happening in Ferguson isn't pretty, but it had to happen: Police and everyday people cannot keep killing black people for minor, or no, crimes and expect our citizens of color to just keep taking it. That practice came to a violent head 50 years ago this summer, and it is again now.
Jackson Free Press  |  Donna Ladd  |  08-22-2014  |  Civil Liberties

Brilliant and Bodaciousnew

Don't know Black Twitter? Get to. The virtual cultural community is a force to be reckoned with, wielding its substantial power to effect social, political and cultural change.
Jackson Free Press  |  Carole Cannon  |  08-22-2014  |  Race & Class

Mississippi Primaries: Open or Not?new

Party primaries in Mississippi are considered "open," even though the state's election code states that "no person shall be eligible to participate in any primary election unless he intends to support the nominations made in the primary in which he participates."
Jackson Free Press  |  Anna Wolfe  |  08-22-2014  |  Politics

One Night in Fergusonnew

Ferguson has drawn people from all over the country. A handful of people also reportedly flew in from overseas. I traveled to Ferguson with three activists from Jackson.
Jackson Free Press  |  R.L. Nave  |  08-22-2014  |  Civil Liberties

Apartment Herbsnew

Anyone who cooks regularly knows that herbs bought at a local store can be expensive. The good news is that, for the most part, they're incredibly easy to grow, and some even multiply for years of harvesting.
Jackson Free Press  |  Carmen Cristo  |  08-22-2014  |  Food+Drink

Hacking Collegenew

To live and resemble a functioning person while being in college can be tricky, but here are a few tips and hacks that might help keep your sanity and wallet in check.
Jackson Free Press  |  Mary Kate McGowan  |  08-08-2014  |  Advice

Will I Survive Student Debt?new

The Federal Reserve Bank of New York reports that the average student-loan borrower, or masochist, owes about $26,000 in student loans.
Jackson Free Press  |  Zachary Orsborn  |  08-07-2014  |  Education

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