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‘No, I Can’t Lose’: Mississippi Rappers Pass Mic, Change Narrative at Jackson Indie Music Week

On January 14, Jackson Indie Music Week’s “The Culture Rap Concert” commenced at Hal and Mal’s in Jackson. Brad Franklin first conceptualized the idea for Jackson Indie Music Week as a 10-year plan because he knew that things do not just happen overnight. “Mississippi is the birthplace of America’s music,” Franklin expressed. “It’s time that we kind of seize that moniker, and we seize that narrative, and we run with it.”

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Laura Hester beside poster of Sam Cooke
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From Marty Stuart to Ida B. Wells: MAX Inducts Five Mississippians Into Hall of Fame

Sam Cooke. W. C. Handy. Marty Stuart. Alice Walker. Ida B. Wells. These five superstars in their fields—musical performance and business, writing, journalism, Black activism—are the latest Mississippians inducted into the Mississippi Arts and Entertainment Experience Hall of Fame. They join the ranks of Oprah Winfrey, James Earl Jones, Sela Ward and 25 other Mississippi artists The MAX, as it is commonly known, has honored.

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‘We Back Laughing’: RaDeazy Herrin Drive Brings Comedy Show to Picayune

“RaDeazy” will bring laughter to the stage again on Saturday, Jan. 15, with the “We Back Laughing New Year’s Comedy Show” at The Grand Theatre (217 S. Curran Ave.) in Picayune. The show will be the first that Brumfield’s company, Herrin Drive Entertainment, has put on since October 2021, when the artist and promoter opted to take some time off from organizing events to strategize and leave his fans wanting more.

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