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Apr 23, 2020. 2 comments

Jason Mitchell Reportedly Arrested on Felony Weapon and Drug Charges in Mississippi

Jason Mitchell Reportedly Arrested on Felony Weapon and Drug Charges in Mississippi

Jason Mitchell has entangled himself in some mess again.

According to online records obtained by TMZ, Mitchell (The Chi, Straight Outta Compton, Zola) was arrested Wednesday and taken to Harrison County Jail in Mississippi and currently faces four felony charges.

TMZ reports:

Jason, who played Eazy-E in the N.W.A biopic, is facing two felony charges for possession of a controlled substance with...

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Apr 11, 2020.

Weeks After Attending Haircutting Competition, Mississippi Barber Dies From COVID-19

Weeks After Attending Haircutting Competition, Mississippi Barber Dies From COVID-19

The family of a beloved Mississippi barber who recently passed away from COVID-19 is making a plea to anyone who will listen: Stay at home.

Eugene Thompson, owner of Taper Nation barbershop and barber academy in Brookhaven, Miss., died Saturday in a Jackson hospital two weeks after testing positive for the novel coronavirus, WJTV reports.

“Our last memory of him is getting on the ambulance. We...

Mar 28, 2020. 12 comments

‘A Dangerous Gamble’: Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey Refuses to Order ‘Shelter-in-Place’ for Residents, Leaving Black Alabamans Especially at Risk

‘A Dangerous Gamble’: Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey Refuses to Order ‘Shelter-in-Place’ for Residents, Leaving Black Alabamans Especially at Risk

It looks like

Nathaniel Woods isn’t the only person Gov. Kay Ivey is willing to put to death.

The Republican governor announced during a press conference on Thursday that the state would not be enacting “shelter-in-place” measures, which have been shown in other countries to mitigate the disastrous effects of the coronavirus.

From Talking Points Memo:

“Y’all, we are not Louisiana, we are not...

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Mar 26, 2020. 2 comments

Multiple GOP-Led States Use Coronavirus to Limit Abortion Access

Multiple GOP-Led States Use Coronavirus to Limit Abortion Access

The entire country is in the midst of a public health crisis not seen in modern times. That fact hasn’t stopped the GOP from being the GOP. In fact, they saw fit to fully take advantage of the situation.

CNN reports that Ohio, Mississippi and Texas have listed abortions as non-essential surgery. They defended this position by saying it’s to ration out supplies as hospitals across the country...

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Mar 25, 2020. 10 comments

With Lack of Consistent COVID-19 Messaging From Trump Administration, Lax Responses and Misinformation May Increase Health Risks

With Lack of Consistent COVID-19 Messaging From Trump Administration, Lax Responses and Misinformation May Increase Health Risks

Since the coronavirus broke out in the U.S., Donald Trump has offered mixed messages on the severity of the virus, America’s readiness to combat it, and what the administration plans to do to help millions of Americans access healthcare and resources as the pandemic spreads. Just today, Trump said he hoped to have businesses back open and isolation measures alleviated by April 12 (Easter),...

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Feb 20, 2020. 10 comments

Mississippi Police Investigating Hate Crime After 12-Year-Old Is Given Racist Doll With Noose Around Its Neck

Mississippi Police Investigating Hate Crime After 12-Year-Old Is Given Racist Doll With Noose Around Its Neck

Parenthood is all about preparation.

Before heading to the zoo, you fumble through your diaper bag to make sure you’re stocked up on wet wipes. Or if you’re hosting a playdate, you might want to childproof your living room to avoid an inevitable injury should your kid slip and bust their ass.

But there are certain things that are completely unavoidable and that no amount of preparation can...

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Feb 11, 2020. 14 comments

Jackson State University President Among 17 Arrested in Prostitution Sting

Jackson State University President Among 17 Arrested in Prostitution Sting

I believe the phrase is “not like this.”

USA Today reports that William Bynum Jr., president of Jackson State University in Mississippi, was among 17 people arrested over the weekend during a two-day prostitution sting that led to a total of eight felony charges.

The 57-year-old was charged with procuring the services of a prostitute, false statement of identity and possession of marijuana. And...

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Feb 07, 2020. 2 comments

Justice Department to Investigate Conditions in Four Mississippi Prisons

Justice Department to Investigate Conditions in Four Mississippi Prisons

Each week it feels like yet another story comes out about a prisoner being killed in a Mississippi prison. Hopefully,tonight’s news means that meaningful change is on the way.

CNN reports that the Justice Department has begun an investigation into four Mississippi prisons. The investigation is being spearheaded by the departments Civil Rights Division and will involve Mississippi State...

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Jan 29, 2020. 3 comments

Changes Are Coming to Mississippi Prisons Amid Rising Violence and Lack of Inmate Care

Changes Are Coming to Mississippi Prisons Amid Rising Violence and Lack of Inmate Care

Lately, the Mississippi prison system has been doing a lot to challenge my assumption that HBO’s Oz was a complete work of fiction. The sheer violence and harsh living conditions inmates suffer alone is enough for Mississippi prison stories to inspire another season or two of the show.

Earlier this month,

The Root reported that five inmates had been killed violently within a week of each...

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Joe Jurado Joe Jurado Jan 22, 2020. 7 comments

A Mississippi Man Is Sentenced to 12 Years in Prison. His Crime? Having a Cell Phone in Jail

A Mississippi Man Is Sentenced to 12 Years in Prison. His Crime? Having a Cell Phone in Jail

If you needed any more evidence that black people are more harshly punished by the legal system than their white counterparts, look no further than the case of a 39-year-old father of three, Willie Nash.

According to NBC News, Nash was recently sentenced to 12 years in prison. He didn’t hurt anyone, sell drugs, or steal anything. He simply had his cell phone while he was in jail on a...

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Jan 15, 2020. 2 comments

Jay-Z, Roc Nation File Federal Lawsuit Against Mississippi Prison Officials for Violent Conditions, 'Failure to Meet Basic Human Rights'

Jay-Z, Roc Nation File Federal Lawsuit Against Mississippi Prison Officials for Violent Conditions, 'Failure to Meet Basic Human Rights'

I’ve never spent a day of my life in prison, but after a recent rash of stabbings and violent attacks led to the deaths of five inmates housed at the Mississippi State Penitentiary, I’m pretty sure there’s a blatant disregard for the safety of those being kept behind bars. Evidently, Jay-Z feels the same way, and on Tuesday, he followed through on his threat to file a federal lawsuit in order...

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Jan 12, 2020. 2 comments

Yo Gotti and Roc Nation’s Threats to Sue Mississippi Over ‘Inhumane’ Prison System Already Yielding Fast Results

Yo Gotti and Roc Nation’s Threats to Sue Mississippi Over ‘Inhumane’ Prison System Already Yielding Fast Results

If you listen to some of their lyrics, you would think that they could give zero f—-s about other people’s problems.

But don’t ever say that Yo Gotti and Jay-Z didn’t use their powers for good.

The Memphis-born rap artist and New York-born hip-hop mogul threatened to sue the state of Mississippi with a civil rights lawsuit over the recent violence in state prisons.

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Anne Branigin Anne Branigin Jan 09, 2020. 11 comments

Doug Evans, the White Mississippi Prosecutor Who Tried Curtis Flowers 6 Times, Recuses Himself From 7th Trial

Doug Evans, the White Mississippi Prosecutor Who Tried Curtis Flowers 6 Times, Recuses Himself From 7th Trial

Whatever is next for Curtis Flowers, the man responsible for keeping him in prison for more than two decades will not be involved.

Doug Evans, the Mississippi District Attorney who tried and re-tried a quadruple-homicide case against Flowers six times in the last 23 years asked to be recused from prosecuting him again, according to APM Reports. The request was sent in a court filing to Circuit...

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Jan 04, 2020. 3 comments

In the Past Week, Five Inmates Have Been Killed in Mississippi Prisons Due to Gang Violence

In the Past Week, Five Inmates Have Been Killed in Mississippi Prisons Due to Gang Violence

In Mississippi, five inmates have been killed due to stabbings and attacks within the past week.

NBC News reported on Friday that 36-year-old Denorris Howell died after sustaining neck wounds in a fatal attack following an altercation with his cellmate at Mississippi State Penitentiary in Parchman.

He was the fifth inmate who was killed at a state prison since the new year and the third in the...

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Michael Harriot Michael Harriot Dec 17, 2019. 5 comments

Curtis Flowers Is Free From Death Row After 6 Trials, 23 Years in Prison

Curtis Flowers Is Free From Death Row After 6 Trials, 23 Years in Prison

Curtis Flowers walked out of a Mississippi prison a free man for the first time in more than two decades. All it took was six trials, 23 years behind bars, a podcast investigation, a national outcry and a Supreme Court decision, a substantial bond and a judge who disregarded the wishes of a Mississippi prosecutor who wants to still keep Flowers in prison for a crime he maintains he did not...

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Jay Connor Jay Connor Nov 07, 2019. 15 comments

The Results Are In: Daniel Cameron Becomes First Black Attorney General in Kentucky

The Results Are In: Daniel Cameron Becomes First Black Attorney General in Kentucky

So election night has come and gone, and while we still have to wait a year—

or less , if we’re lucky—to rid ourselves of President Untailored Suit, Tuesday night was still rather eventful.

In Kentucky, Daniel Cameron became the first African American to be elected attorney general in the state. Of additional note, he also became the first Republican—I know, I know—to be elected to the...

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Anne Branigin Anne Branigin Nov 05, 2019. 19 comments

‘Where Are All the White People?’ Ask White Nationalists Posing in Front of Emmett Till Monument

‘Where Are All the White People?’ Ask White Nationalists Posing in Front of Emmett Till Monument

Less than two weeks after a new, bulletproof Emmett Till memorial plaque went up on the banks of the Tallahatchie River in Mississippi, a group of white supremacists was captured on camera attempting to film a propaganda video.

The footage came from a new surveillance system that accompanied

the redesigned memorial , Patrick Weems, executive director of the Emmett Till Memorial Commission,

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Michael Harriot Michael Harriot Oct 04, 2019. 11 comments

Federal Judge Places Consent Decree on Racist Mississippi County Sheriff’s Department

Federal Judge Places Consent Decree on Racist Mississippi County Sheriff’s Department

A federal judge has ordered a Mississippi county sheriff’s office to make sweeping changes after a civil rights lawsuit accused the county’s law enforcement agency of targeting black residents for years.

On Thursday, a federal judge in the Southern District of Mississippi issued a landmark settlement in the case of Brown v. Madison County (pdf). The settlement includes a consent decree aimed...

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Anne Branigin Anne Branigin Sep 30, 2019. 15 comments

Mississippi Police Shot a Bullet Into the Back of His Head. A City Attorney Is Arguing It Doesn’t Matter Since He’s Not a Citizen

Mississippi Police Shot a Bullet Into the Back of His Head. A City Attorney Is Arguing It Doesn’t Matter Since He’s Not a Citizen

Mississippi police should have never been at Ismael Lopez’s door. But in executing a warrant for a man wanted for domestic assault in July 2017, police went to the wrong address, arriving at Lopez’s home instead of the suspect’s.

Lopez would not survive the encounter with police, who never announced themselves at the door. He died from a single bullet to the back of his head.

Now, the city is...

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Sep 24, 2019. 5 comments

Here’s How Young Black Voters Are Fighting Back Against Voter Suppression in Mississippi

Here’s How Young Black Voters Are Fighting Back Against Voter Suppression in Mississippi


While folks around the country are galvanizing today, National Voter Registration Day, to make sure people are eligible to vote come Election Day, here in Mississippi, young black voters are fighting for much more than making sure our names are on the voter rolls.

For four straight years, Mississippi will have had back-to-back, high-stakes elections. In 2018 we had the midterms; in 2019 we’ll...

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