MFP Voices

Food Network Star Nick Wallace Talks Cooking Competitions and Giving Back on MFP Live 

Jackson Chef and Food Network Star Nick Wallace hopes to further expand the scope of his community involvement through culinary mentorship and education programs. To learn more about Wallace and what’s next, tune in to MFP Live on the MFP Facebook page or YouTube channel on Thursday, July 7, at 6 p.m. CDT. You may even learn why the other Top Chef “cheftestants” gave him the nickname “the Baker.”

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MFP Voices

America’s Cost of ‘Defending Freedom’ in Ukraine: Higher Food and Gas Prices, Increased Risk of Recession

“On Feb. 22, 2022, President Joe Biden warned Americans that a Russian invasion of Ukraine and U.S. efforts to thwart or punish it—would come with a price tag. ‘Defending freedom will have costs, for us as well and here at home,’ Biden said. ‘We need to be honest about that.’ His statement came one day before Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered an attack on targets throughout Ukraine, including western parts of the country. Now that war has broken out, the biggest costs for the U.S. will likely be in higher prices—on top of what is already the fastest pace of inflation in 40 years.”

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Culture

Dr. Joshua A. Cable Day Honors Hinds County Farmers for Community Service

Joshua Cable owns and operates Kingdom Cities Network, a business-focused ministry, alongside his wife, Monica Cable. After receiving Mayor Lumumba’s signed proclamation on Feb. 1, 2020, Cable has annually used the honor to spotlight members of the Jackson metro community and their own contributions to lifting up those around them. This year, Cable partnered with the Best of Mississippi awards to present certificates of honor to local farmers: D.J. Baker, owner of Esculent and a food consultant for public and private food businesses and edible-landscaping projects; Foot Print Farms President and Chief Executive Officer Cindy Ayers Elliott; and Chris and Caroline Ratliff, owners of Ratliff’s IronHorse Ranch in Raymond, Miss.

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Barbara and Al Stamps
MFP Voices

Al Stamps and Richard Middleton: The Yin and the Yang of Black Excellence

I am eternally blessed that my parents, my entire family, and my community taught me that there is not merely one way to be Black and that Black excellence manifests itself in a multitude of ways. Thus, while I’m sad to be commemorating two local giants, it’s only fitting that I honor them together as they are bookends of Black excellence. Al Stamps Sr. represents the Marcus Garvey/Booker T. Washington notion of the self-made, industrial man who uses his business not just to earn a profit but to feed thousands of Jackson State University students and all of West Jackson while being a blueprint of the benefits of Black ownership. 

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