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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. 

October 24, 2018

Okay. It’s a cool afternoon yesterday as Marty works on his car.

Local deputies pull up.

I wonder, did they amble over to break the news? Or did they cut to the chase and cuff ’em up?

Either way, minutes later Marty sees his shackled wife and daughter saunter out their d...

June 20, 2018

Entering the third grade in Jackson, Mississippi, I changed schools and schoolmates when desegregation finally occurred in 1973. 

Honestly, I had only a third grade understanding of the issues, but we all knew something was up. I had my first African American teach...

May 31, 2018

I dislike Roseanne Barr in pretty much every way, and I detest what she said about Valerie Jarrett, but I think I dislike and detest the national mainstream media's duplicity even more.

Alicia Powe on Gateway Pundit cites just a few of the morally superior media elites...

May 9, 2018

Cities in Mississippi better check local election sign laws. It's likely many are illegal.

“It’s election season in Mississippi, so a lot of folks are wondering about when and where they can place their campaign signs,” says Shadrack White, Director of the Mississippi J...

May 1, 2018

Are Americans so complacent now that we've started losing our edge? 

Why don't we see more folks in lower economic categories breaking into the middle class, as we did decades and centuries ago?

It used to be that Americans jumped at economic opportunity. Now studies are...

April 23, 2018

This is the story of a family who defies negative stereotypes and statistics. Meanwhile, this Greenwood family has helped put Mississippi at the top of the nation in one very good category.

Three troubling statistics.

We all know the debilitating effects to children rais...

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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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