Aja Purvis: A Free Spirit and Writer

by Chauncey Nettles Photo of Aja Purvis by Kelsee Ford It was around 10:15 a.m. on a Tuesday at Murrah High School. Aja Purvis sat at her desk closest to the wall. She was nervous and impatient about getting her essay back. She had worked so hard on her grammar and spelling the night before, […]

Liberty and Justice for ‘All’

[gdlr_frame type=”border” align=”left” caption=”Photo Courtesy Imani Khayyam”][gdlr_image_link type=”image” image_url=”https://www.jxnpulse.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/06/Meche_LeFlore_Ik.jpg” link_url=”https://www.jxnpulse.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/06/Meche_LeFlore_Ik.jpg” alt=””][/gdlr_frame] By Meché Leflore I pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America, and to the Republic for which it stands, one Nation Under God indivisible, with liberty and justice for all. Ah, America, a country that prides itself on being a […]

Meche Leflore: Talking for a Living

by Ariyana Jones Photo of Meché Leflore by Kelsee Ford “Oh Lord, I wonder what they are going to say about her this time,” Meché Leflore’s mother, Paula Sharp, thought with a sigh as she pulled up to the auburn building of Davis Magnet IB Elementary School in downtown Jackson. Her heart pounded as she walked […]

Shakira Porter: Overcoming Abuse, Helping Others

by Maisie Brown Photo of Shakira Porter by Kelsee Ford  “It was dark. It was scary. The longer I sat, the walls just seemed to slowly close in on me. I felt really lonely. Sometimes it was nice to be by myself, but other times I felt really alone.” This is what 17-year-old senior Shakira […]

Raha Maxwell: Reporting Real Solutions to Problems

By Kelsee Ford Photo above of Raha Maxwell by Kelsee Ford  On Feb. 18, 2002, Raha Maxwell received news no child wants to hear. In his brown house laid with bricks on Alexander Road in Bolton, Miss., his mother, June Hardwick, said the words that would change his life forever: “Raha, your father was just […]

Kaitlyn Fowler: Targeting the ‘World of Journalism’

by Darryn Price Photo above of Kaitlyn Fowler by Kelsee Ford Kaitlyn Fowler originally wanted to study business, but a theater convention on February 2017 in ​Gulfport, Miss., helped redirect her goals. Ryan Pangracs, ​an international thespian officer who is responsible for leading workshops at theater conventions and traveling to Washington, D.C., for National Arts Advocacy Day, directed […]

August Harp: In Love with Soccer

By Lailaa Bashir Photo above of August Harp by Kelsee Ford The number of days it took for August Harp to first experience his lifelong passion: 1080. The time it took to pry him from the seat to enter the YMCA: 15 minutes. The time it took for Harp to fall in love with soccer for […]

Ruben Banks: ‘Most Likely to Become President’

by Ariel Willingham Photo above of Ruben Banks by Kelsee Ford Light rain drizzled across the ground as Ruben Banks, 16, arrived at Zion Chapel Missionary Church one evening. Although the atmosphere was gloomy, he was excited to be speaking with a small group of young men he could relate to being that they are […]

Z’eani Furdge: A New Life from Dark Times

by Sean Collins Photo above of Z’eani Furdge by Kelsee Ford Z’eani Furdge was 7 years old and living with her parents and sisters in Chicago when she and her stepbrother decided to lie down on the floor and watch some TV. Furdge’s father then grabbed her and beat her with a belt until she […]

At Inaugural, Mayor Chokwe Lumumba Lifts Up Jackson

Mayor Chowke Lumumba and the new first lady, Ebony Lumumba, greet supporters at his inauguration on July 3, 2017. (Photo by Kelsee Ford) By Kenyetta Brown Early on this sunny Monday morning, I went with a team of Youth Media Project students to witness history inside the Jackson Convention Complex as our youngest mayor in the […]