Category: Culture

Abilities Dance Boston
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Mississippi Native Uses Dance as a Way to Address Equity and Access

When Ellice Patterson didn’t find dance company doors that opened to her, she created new ones that did. They were also wide enough to welcome a broad range of others—”like me and not like me,” she says—committed to sharing stories through movement. Her innovative Abilities Dance Boston focuses on inclusion, equity and possibilities, rather than barriers and limitations.

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Legacies of the Great Migration artists
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Jackson, Baltimore Art Museums to Focus on Great Migration in Ambitious Joint 2022 Exhibition

In newly commissioned works by 13 acclaimed, current African American artists with southern ties, “A Movement in Every Direction: Legacies of the Great Migration” will examine the Great Migration’s impact on America’s social and political life. Project co-curators are Mississippi Museum of Art Chief Curator Ryan Dennis, also the artistic director of MMA’s Center for Art and Public Exchange, and Baltimore Museum of Art Associate Curator of Contemporary Art Jessica Bell Brown.

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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
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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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Scene from a flag protest
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A Mississippi Reckoning: Film Shows Battle to Change State Flag About Identity Itself

In “Look Away, Look Away,” filmmaker Patrick O’Connor captures the battle to change, or keep, Mississippi’s state flag by turning his lens on Mississippians who made the flag fight their fight. In five years of filming, he came to see the debate as about more than the flag. The story is about identity itself: “It’s about who you think you are,” O’Connor says.

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‘The Stories Have Been Lost’: Scott Ford Houses Preserve Power, Legacy of Black Midwives

With the renovation, the organization hopes to have a permanent place to house “Reclaiming Our Legacy & Shifting the Narrative of Mississippi Granny Midwives: A Storytelling Project.” The W.K. Kellogg Foundation is providing a $50,000 grant to help document the stories of families in the state through interviews with families or communities that had midwives. The dialogue will focus on “granny” midwives and their roles in births as well as their interactions with children. The project will focus on the Jackson Prairie, Mississippi Delta, Black Belt and Loess Hills regions of Mississippi.

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