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December 24, 2018

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December 23, 2018

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December 23, 2018

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Finding young writers. Taking Them to New Levels!

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Watch Unlikely (Video) Encounter

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. 

November 15, 2018

What happens when ONE CHURCH decides to show ONE act of LOVE TO 19,000 other MISSISSIPPIANS in ONE DAY? What happens when, IN ONE DAY, one church takes the time to show love to 19,000 of the 28,000 incarcerated Mississippians? That's a number that is much larger than t...

October 9, 2018

JACKSON, Miss.—A public reception in honor of Angie Thomas, author of New York Times bestseller The Hate U Give, will be held on Wednesday, October 10, at 7 p.m. at the Museum of Mississippi History and the Mississippi Civil Rights Museum. R&B artist Kerry Thomas will...

August 9, 2018

Anyone from Houston, Mississippi, knows the importance of emphasizing Mississippi when explaining their hometown’s location with a stranger. My Houston—which is a surprise to seemingly everyone—is not in Texas. And most importantly, yes—Houston, Mississippi actually do...

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.

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...

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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.