‘A Gang Fight Is a Gang Fight, Little Girl’

One cool summer evening, Amber and CJ went on a walk that took a dangerous turn resulting in a ‘gang fight’ and someone being taken to Henley Young Detention Center. After the flashing blue lights drove away, Amber was left alone wondering how things could have been different if the police were never called, and […]

Punched in the Gut: On Police and Distrust

Zeakyy Harrington, 17, grew up in the Washington Addition, a neighborhood west of downtown Jackson, Miss. When he was 16-years-old, one of Harrington’s friends threw up their middle finger to a cop driving by and soon after the teenagers were being punched, cuffed and taken to Henley Young Detention Center. Photo Courtesy Imani Khayyam by Zeakyy Harrington [gdlr_frame […]

‘My World’: Kenytta Brown

by Kenytta Brown Imagine a world with no problems Imagine our people picking cotton Thunder storms and dark skies Politicians and many lies There’s crime every hour Sometimes I wonder who really have the power I just want a world when people can be free Not a war to see who can control me!!! Young […]

More Than Brimstone and Bullets: Time to Stop Blaming

At some point or another, a loved one has told you to be careful on ‘that side of town,’ and you begin to wonder what does that even mean. One day, Ryan Perry, a 17-year-old white male, decides to take a solo journey and drives to ‘that side of town.’ What he begins to realize is […]

Is America Really the Land of the Free?

From the time we are bright-eyed, bushy-tailed five-year olds learning our ABCs, we are taught one essential phrase: America is the ‘Land of the Free.’ Growing up as an African American girl with a white best friend, Jordan Mahoney always said she didn’t see race, she saw people, but her mom always told her “It’s more […]

From a War Zone to Pink Skies

Growing up is hard. Growing up and witnessing wars, police violence and people that look just like you being killed from afar on the television screen is a tough reality to navigate for a 16-year-old African America boy. Kenytta Brown sees the ugly truth in this world, but refuses to ignore the beautiful skies and […]

Fix Society, Please: LGBT Teens Deserve to Live

Protesters marched around Gov. Phil Bryant’s mansion in protest to House Bill 1523 on Monday, April 4, a day before the governor signed the anti-LGBT bill into law. Photo Courtesy Imani Khayyam [gdlr_space height=”20px”] by Sean Collins [gdlr_space height=”20px”] [gdlr_frame type=”border” align=”left” caption=”Photo by Zaccheus White”][gdlr_image_link type=”image” image_url=”https://www.jxnpulse.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/07/VOICES_mug_sean-300×200.jpg” link_url=”https://www.jxnpulse.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/07/VOICES_mug_sean.jpg” alt=””][/gdlr_frame] On Dec. 28, 2014, 17-year-old […]

For Zeakyy

by Maggie Jefferis [gdlr_frame type=”border” align=”right” caption=”Photo by Zaccheus White”][gdlr_image_link type=”image” image_url=”https://www.jxnpulse.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/07/VOICES_mug_Maggie-300×200.jpg” link_url=”https://www.jxnpulse.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/07/VOICES_mug_Maggie.jpg” alt=””][/gdlr_frame] He was only a kid, Thrown into trouble and danger at the age of nine Put in a detention center locked away from his family He was only a kid, Knowing one day he would have to make a choice Between […]

This is Not a Free Country

Asia Mangum used to use the phrase “This is a Free Country,” to win arguments. The 16-year-old African American girl fears not only for her future, but the future of her country, immigrants and people of color if the republican presidential nominee, Donald Trump, were to become president. Photo by Zaccheus White by Asia Mangum [gdlr_frame […]

Meeting in the Back of the Bus

by Eli Bettiga [gdlr_frame type=”border” align=”left” caption=”Photo by Zaccheus White”][gdlr_image_link type=”image” image_url=”https://www.jxnpulse.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/07/VOICES_mug_eli-300×200.jpg” link_url=”https://www.jxnpulse.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/07/VOICES_mug_eli.jpg” alt=””][/gdlr_frame] I could see them sitting in the seats before me; however, the rumbling of the bus kept me from hearing any of Donna Ladd and Mayor Tony Yarber’s important discussion as we rode through neighborhoods in west and south Jackson. As […]