Tag: Mississippi

What Brett Farve’s Welfare Scandal Means For Black People In Mississippi

NewsOne Featured Video Source: Michael Owens / Getty It seems like Brett Favre’s legal troubles are just beginning.  MORE: Mississippi Officials Gave Millions In Welfare Money To Rich Folks But Ignored Looming Jackson Water Crisis On Thursday, former director of the Mississippi Department of Human Services, John Davis entered a plea deal with state and […]

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In Mississippi, Welfare for the Well Connected as a Scandal Spreads

​As he became further enmeshed in a scheme that diverted federal welfare money to build a volleyball stadium that cost more than $5 million at the University of Southern Mississippi, the former football star Brett Favre texted a question to the ​head of a nonprofit doling out funds meant to go to welfare recipients in […]

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A Great Podcast, a Worthy Memoir and a Curdled Take on Clarence Thomas

I spent the summer away from New York City and this week am back into the swing of my real life. Already, I’ve been gobsmacked by things relating to the three topics I cover here the most. On music, I’ve had the opportunity to see 14-year-old Charles Kirsch carry off M.C.-ing a cabaret show that […]

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Mississippi Gov. And Jackson Mayor Bicker Over Water Crisis, City Still Under Boil Water Notice

NewsOne Featured Video Source: Pool / Getty There have been some improvements in the Jackson water crisis over the past week, but state and city officials continue to point the finger at each other as residents still struggle to get access to clean water. During a press conference on Labor Day, Mississippi Gov. Tate Reeves […]

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‘Wellness’ Can Be a Trap for Moms. Here’s How to Avoid It.

What she does is unmask the way that the wellness industry has “taken good ideas about nutrition and fitness and made it into this individualist mandate that’s filled with fear and productivity pressure.” As she explains, the industry particularly targets women, and middle- and upper-middle-class white mothers — like me — may be especially susceptible. […]

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Black Businesses In Jackson Feel The Hit As Water Crisis Continues To Impact Residents

NewsOne Featured Video Source: The Washington Post / Getty The water crisis in Jackson, Mississippi seems like a never-ending nightmare. Now, Black businesses in the city are fighting to save their dreams. According to AP, Jackson officials have said that most of the residents in the city should have running water, but this comes with […]

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Mississippi Pilot Who Threatened Suicidal Crash Previously Posted Trump Photo On Facebook: Report

NewsOne Featured Video There were more questions than answers in the immediate aftermath of a Mississippi pilot threatening to intentionally crash a plane he reportedly stole into a local Walmart, causing panic in the area and making national headlines on Saturday morning. Social media users were among the most curious with what seemed like a […]

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Mississippi Officials Gave Millions In Welfare Money To Rich Folks But Ignored Looming Jackson Water Crisis

NewsOne Featured Video Source: Brad Vest / Getty Former NFL quarterback Brett Farve was recently questioned by the FBI for his involvement in a Mississippi welfare-money scandal. According to reports, Farve was paid $1.1 million in federal welfare funds in 2017 and 2018 for motivational speeches he allegedly never gave. Although Farve has paid some of […]

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What the Mississippi Water Crisis Says About America

Mississippi has long been America’s poorest state, with real gross domestic product per person only about 60 percent of the national average. The United States, however, is a rich country, so Mississippi doesn’t look that bad by international standards. Specifically, it’s roughly on a par with southern European countries: a bit poorer than Spain, a […]

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Water Crisis In Jackson, Mississippi Forces Deion Sanders and JSU Football Camp To Evacuate

Water Crisis In Jackson, Mississippi Forces Deion Sanders and JSU Football Camp To Evacuate “Right now, we’re operating in crisis mode,” Sanders said in an Instagram post on Tuesday. “We’re hit with a little crisis, the city of Jackson. We don’t have water. Water means we don’t have air conditioning. We can’t use toilets…I gotta […]

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Here’s What We Know About Jackson, Mississippi’s Water Plant Crisis

NewsOne Featured Video Source: Brad Vest / Getty On Monday, state officials in Jackson, Mississippi announced that the city’s water system was failing, leaving thousands of residents without adequate water supply. Jackson has a population of over 149,000 and nearly 85.5 percent of residents are Black, according to The Census. O.B. Curtis is the largest […]

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Deion Sanders Says Jackson State Football Program Is In ‘Crisis Mode’ Because They Have No Water

NewsOne Featured Video Source: Jackson State University / Getty Jackson State University’s head football coach Deion Sanders is trying to find a place for his players to take a shower, because there is no water in Jackson, Mississippi.  Access to water is something we all take for granted. But when that access is no longer […]

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How Red States Use Regressive Grocery Taxes to Feed the Rich

Advocates at Alabama Arise have pushed a cap on the FIT deduction as the way to raise the revenue needed to repeal the grocery tax. But it’s generally been difficult to sway conservatives to support any tax increase. Still, Gundlach said, this past session was the closest the campaign had gotten in more than a […]

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Is a Fetus a Person? An Anti-Abortion Strategy Says Yes.

Even as roughly half the states have moved to enact near-total bans on abortion since the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade in June, anti-abortion activists are pushing for a long-held and more absolute goal: laws that grant fetuses the same legal rights and protections as any person. So-called fetal personhood laws would make abortion […]

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Advocates Urge Mississippi to Expand Medicaid for Mothers After Abortion Ban

JACKSON, Miss. — Like low-income pregnant women around the country, nearly every patient at the Sisters in Birth clinic here is covered by Medicaid, the public health insurance program for the poor. But they face the prospect of losing the coverage two months after their babies are born, when they are still at high risk […]

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Advocates Urge Mississippi to Expand Medicaid for Mothers After Abortion Ban

JACKSON, Miss. — Like low-income pregnant women around the country, nearly every patient at the Sisters in Birth clinic here is covered by Medicaid, the public health insurance program for the poor. But they face the prospect of losing the coverage two months after their babies are born, when they are still at high risk […]

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Mississippi Cop Cleared Of All Wrongdoing After Video Showed Brutal Arrest Of Handcuffed Black Driver

NewsOne Featured Video Source: Education Images / Getty Sometimes viral police videos are like Rorschach tests where everyone who looks at the video sees a cop using excessive force—except for other cops, who conveniently see a fellow cop put in a dangerous and potentially life-threatening situation where they used the exact amount of force necessary. […]

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The Abortion Elections All Across America

In some states, abortion itself will be directly on the ballot. California voters will consider a constitutional amendment that would enshrine abortion rights in the state constitution. “This is absolutely a viable option for other states—and one that lawmakers and advocates elsewhere are also working on,” Timmaraju told me. In Michigan, to take one example, […]

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Mississippi Grand Jury Declines to Indict Woman in Emmett Till Murder Case

A grand jury in Mississippi examining the case of Emmett Till, a 14-year-old Black boy whose 1955 abduction and killing became a galvanizing force for the civil rights movement, has declined to indict the white woman whose accusations spurred the attack, prosecutors said on Tuesday. The Leflore County, Miss., jury found that there was not […]

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‘I Shot That N***** 119 Times’: Mississippi Police Chief Fired After Racist Recording Leaks

NewsOne Featured Video Source: Mari Ztikova / EyeEm / Getty Apparently, Jim Crow never died—he just moved to the majority Black city of Lexington, Mississippi, and took up permanent residence in its police department to declare that “oppression ain’t dead, these n*****rs just scared.” Recently, a civil rights and international human rights organization called JULIAN […]

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Carolyn Bryant Donham’s Leaked Memoir, Arrest Warrant Aren’t Enough ‘New’ Emmett Till Evidence, Mississippi AG Says

NewsOne Featured Video Emmett Louis Till, 14, with his mother, Mamie Till-Mobley, at home in Chicago. | Source: Chicago Tribune / Getty Sadly, but also predictably, the office of Mississippi’s attorney general has stated that neither the revelation of a decades-old unserved warrant nor a memoir written by the woman who set off the lynching […]

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