To Improve Jackson, Fix JPS

by Mirracle Caston Jackson, Miss., could be a good city, but it has some things to fix first, one of which is our schools. Our Jackson Public Schools system is not in as good of a shape as it could be. We could make a lot of changes to better the district because with our […]

Homes for the Homeless

by Bradley Mitchell Abandoned houses should be remodeled for the lower-class and homeless people in Jackson. One time when Jacorey and I were walking around, we decided to jump the gate to an abandoned house and bust the glass. After we did that, a nice woman approached us and tried to talk to us, but we ran […]

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 […]

Interview with Jackson’s Mayor-elect, Chokwe Lumumba

On Wednesday, May 3, the day after the Democratic primary for mayor, Chokwe Antar Lumumba visited the Youth Media Project learning space to sit with student journalists from Jim Hill High School and Wingfield High School. Lumumba talked about the community of Jackson, youth engagement, future creative placemaking opportunities, and a message of embrace for […]

Future Leaders Build Bonds, Grow from Diversity

by Maisie Brown Photo above of Rikyla Brown by Jordan Mahoney [gdlr_frame type=”border” align=”left” caption=”Photo Courtesy Maisie Brown”][gdlr_image_link type=”image” image_url=”” link_url=”” alt=””][/gdlr_frame] The large room with huge African flags plastered over the huge walls shows signs of black liberation and power at the Lumumba Center at 939 W. Capitol St. in Jackson. Rooms are named after […]

Overcoming Black Girls’ Barriers to Success

by Asia Mangum [gdlr_frame type=”border” align=”left” caption=”Photo Courtesy Imani Khayyam”][gdlr_image_link type=”image” image_url=”×300.jpg” link_url=”” alt=””][/gdlr_frame] Black women may be the most educated group in the country, but the employment and salary rates don’t match up, and they often face barriers to success in the workplace. Some young women of color worry that predominantly black schools are not providing […]

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=”×200.jpg” link_url=”” 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 […]