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Finding young writers. Taking Them to New Levels!

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A new grass-roots writing initiative identifies talented young writers and gives them the same "select" opportunity that their peers in sports and music have. The results are already are great and the plans for growth statewide are big. 

August 31, 2018

I often get calls from employers asking me to gather some potential employees for them. In the past, we've met with good success in such partnerships. Recently, however, I sent some people to a potential employer. I told them that the job could offer an excellent caree...

August 3, 2018

Mississippi Matters strives to offer a wide range of ideas and voices. As someone who works with leaders from all backgrounds, Ronnie Crudup is a respected leader in Jackson and Mississippi. While we all hold opinions about Jackson Public Schools, we hope folks will li...

For those of us who are Christians, Republicans and/or Democrats must not determine how we think or what we believe about the Southern Border immigration crisis. Our faith must.

If we want to improve Jackson and Mississippi, let's set out to improve ourselves. In this brief video, Bishop Ronnie Crudup of New Horizon Church International says this is key for us all.

Jackson no doubt is facing serious challenges. Violence is up; potholes are deep. Residents face choices in our Land of the Free. One valid choice is to move away. Another, however, is the stay and work together for a better city, says Bishop Ronnie Crudup of New Horiz...

February 21, 2018

White Evangelicals must "man up, not gun up" and lead on gun control to stop "primarily white" school shootings, says Bishop Ronnie Crudup of New Horizon Church International in Jackson. Crudup says "white lives matter too" and it's time for white evangelicals to use t...

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Confused and frustrated by others and his state, Horace Benbow in William Faulkner’s 

Sanctuary says, “I need a change. Either I, or Mississippi, one.”

     Do we sometimes feel like Horace? We love our state, but it confounds us.     

      Mississippimatters' creative co-op of writers, videographers and thinkers invites wrestling with such tensions.

     MM won't cover much breaking news. Instead, it will reflect, suggest  and chat.

     Some entries will be a bit deeper. We will feature investigative articles other publications avoid. Lots of lighthearted ideas will be tossed in about enjoyable people, places and things. Expect an eclectic mix.

      If we're easily pegged politically or socially, we need to do better. Let us know.

     Some contributors have "extra" degrees, others are "degree-less." All can write; they care and dare to share their hearts and minds (and they can turn a phrase).

    Our writers come from unlikely places. We think some of the best thinkers use a wrench. not a pen. 

     Some of our "takes" may upset you.Thanks for feeling! Some may prop up your opinions. We hope to prompt banter at water coolers, coffee shops and family tables.

     It’s so true—we in the Magnolia State often feel like Horace Benbow. Faulkner tapped into us. 

     How about us doing some head-scratching together?  

     Let’s laugh, muse and talk. After all, Mississippi Matters. 

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MississippiMatters is a news blog of cooperative writers, videographers and podcasters published by  The Well Writers Guild, a 501c3 devoted to mentoring Mississippi writers and to addressing uncovered or under-covered topics.  MississippiMatters focuses on offering creative "takes" on our state's culture, ideas, events and more.