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Talamieka Brice’s Film Honors Her Children, Faces Brutal History of Race Violence

Talamieka Brice’s “A Mother’s Journey” is a film that follows her process in addressing traumas of the past in a quest to seek healing. Talamieka Brice will show “A Mother’s Journey” on Feb. 9, 2022, at noon for the Mississippi Department of Archives’ History Is Lunch series. The Smith Robertson Museum & Cultural Center will host a brief showing and Q&A with Brice and Kiese Laymon on Feb. 12, 2022, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

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ABC Winterfest Remix, Fans Lead Anime Convention in Southaven

Santirojprapai and the rest of the Memphis-based Anime Blues Con team are preparing to bring a taste of their beloved genre to Southaven, Miss., through ABC Winterfest Remix, a one-day convention that promises to pack all of the sights and experiences of a three-day anime convention into one. The event is on Saturday, Jan. 8, from 9 a.m. to  6 p.m. at the Landers Center (4560 Venture Drive, Southaven) and will feature cosplay contests, a video game marketplace, exhibits, panels, gaming stations and more.

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Remembering Mississippi Children Who Lost Their Lives to COVID-19

Inside the Heritage building in downtown Jackson stands a miniature Christmas tree. Teddy bears line the tree’s bottom as if they were its protectors. White lights match the nine pairs of angel wings that decorate the tree, each pair of wings representing one of the nine children who have passed away from COVID-19 in Mississippi.

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Louwanda Evans, Benjamin Soulsberry, Jessie Daniels
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Jessie Daniels’ ‘Nice White Ladies’ Sparks Discussion about Race, Privilege in Jackson

In her 2021 book, “Nice White Ladies: The Truth about White Supremacy, Our Role in It, and How We Can Help Dismantle It,” Jessie Daniels, a sociology professor at Hunter College, City University of New York demythologizes her family’s own fabrication of whiteness and what it means to be considered—at least in appearance—a “nice, white lady.”

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‘From Couture to Da’ Streets’ Honors Notable Mississippi Fashion Designers in Meridian

No placard encapsulating what lies ahead greets visitors at the entrance of “From Couture to da’ Streets,” a fashion exhibit at the Mississippi Arts and Entertainment Experience in Meridian. The exhibit celebrates Patrick Kelly and TJ Walker, Black fashion designers from some of the most rural parts of Mississippi who honed their creativity to craft unique clothing lines despite challenges they faced in the field as African Americans.

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‘My Hometown Too’: Laurel’s Downtown Blossoms Despite City’s Complicated History 

Nearly three decades ago, most of the once-bustling businesses in downtown Laurel, Miss., had shuttered their windows, and the brick streets that criss-crossed the Pine Belt town’s center were void of pedestrians and drivers alike. Today, downtown Laurel is enjoying a resurgence thanks to locals and outside assistance. As always throughout its history, like that of other Mississippi towns, it’s complicated.

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U.S. Colored Troops in Natchez Now Acknowledged, May Soon Have Monument

The Natchez U.S. Colored Troops Monument Committee hosted a town hall meeting on Nov. 10 to get community input on a potential monument to honor and showcase the names of more than 3,000 African American men who served with the colored troops at Fort McPherson in Natchez during the Civil War and the Navy men who served and were born in Natchez. 

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