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Yasmine Ware
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Madison Central Student Yasmine Ware’s ‘Oreo’ Podcast a NYT Contest Winner

“I talked to my teacher about how everyone was calling me an oreo because at the time, it was a very hurtful comment. I’d always been around mostly white people, and to be in this new Black community and to feel rejected by that community, a community that I really wanted to be a part of, was very difficult,” teenager Yasmike Ware explains about her award-winning “OREOntation” podcast.

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Chickasaw Dance Troupe
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More Than Bones and Science: Stolen Chickasaw Remains Finally Returning Home to Rest

In March 2021, the Mississippi Department of Archives and History announced that it has repatriated 403 Native American remains and 83 lots of burial objects to the Chickasaw Nation, the largest return of human remains in the state’s history and the first for the department. The repatriation started a year ago in January 2020 and is ongoing as the department is about halfway through the process.

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Delaware Native Receives Full Ride to Study Writing in Mississippi through Angie Thomas Scholarship

After completing this year’s application, Andrea Foreman said she wasn’t confident that she would win, but she felt that she’d at least get second or third place. She submitted two books, poetry and an essay for the application compared to the one piece of writing submitted the year prior.  “In the back of my head, I was kinda anxious because I really needed the scholarship, and I needed to win,” she expressed. 

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‘Stepping Into the Sweet Unknown’: Black Producer Brought Bruce Willis, But Wants to Do More for Capital City 

“I felt like if I went to Jackson, I could possibly build a team, and we can actually make some amazing things in Jackson, Mississippi, that would be world renowned. And I felt like once it got going, I would be seen as a big fish in a small pond and be one of the first people sought after as opposed to going places where it’s already built,” Curtis Nichouls said. So, he moved to back Jackson nine years ago and recently started a production company called Sweet Unknown South Studios.

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Far East Deep South Poster – Horizontal
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A Father’s Story: Chinese Family Confronts Jim Crow, U.S. Exclusion in Mississippi Delta

The film “Far East Deep South” follows Charles Chiu and his family’s journey from California to Mississippi in hopes of finding answers about his father and the filmmakers’ grandfather K. C. Lou. While the family learns about the life of K.C. Lou and his contributions to the surrounding communities in Pace, Miss., just northwest of Cleveland in Bolivar County, they also learn some harsh truths about life for Asian Americans living in the deep South during Jim Crow. 

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Mississippi Coding Academy students
Culture

Forging Economic Empowerment: New Satellite Coding Academy Opens in South Jackson

Changing the gender wage gap statistics is a desired outcome as DSC Training Academy and Mississippi Coding Academy partner to open a new coding campus in south Jackson. The new academy’s location will operate out of the workforce development center on Interstate 55 South Frontage Road and will offer convenience for potential coders from south Jackson, Hinds County and the metro area, DSC Training Academy President Willie Jones said at a virtual press conference on April 8.

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