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Elaine Maisel

From crafting matching outfits for her Barbie dolls as a child to painting gnomes for her garden as an adult, Elaine Maisel's fascination with the miniature world has manifested itself in some way or another throughout her life.

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Erin Shirley Orey

Erin Shirley Orey serves others not for monetary gain or personal accolades, but because she recognizes a need.

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Gregory McCarty

Gregory McCarty, 32, has had a lifelong fascination with numbers—something that has been both a blessing and a curse. Born in Jackson, he spent his childhood years moving.

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Violent 'March Against Fear,' Roots of 'Black Power' Honored at Tougaloo College

On Saturday, June 25, the Veterans of the Mississippi Civil Rights Movement, Inc., Tougaloo College, The Fannie Lou Hamer Institute and Nissan hosted the 50-year commemoration of the March Against Fear at Tougaloo in a ceremony called, "The March Against Fear and Tougaloo College: A Safe Haven."

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Tommie Mabry

Tommie Mabry lives by the words, “I cannot walk in my future with my foot in my past."

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Neddie Winters

Neddie Winters, a Tunica, Miss., native, was named the 100 Black Men of Jackson, Inc. 2016 Mentor of the Year for his dedication to mentoring young people in the Jackson area.

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I Voted for Sanders Despite the ‘Bernie Bros’

With all of my trepidations, I voted for Bernie because I feel, of all the candidates, he is the one who legitimately has my back.

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Lauren Lyles

A desire to achieve personal fame drives some people; others may find inspiration in getting wealthy. Jackson native Lauren Lyles' motivation stems from her desire to see and help people succeed.

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Mississippi Charter Law One Step Closer to Changing

Tuesday's Senate session rang with reprobation from Sen. Hob Bryan, D-Amory, who spoke bitterly about Mississippi First, a group that he says acts as a front group for charter schools.

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John Tierre

John Tierre, an Omaha, Neb., native and owner of Farish Street restaurant Johnny T's Bistro & Bar, knew that, even as a child, he wanted to be an entrepreneur.

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Karlos Lyons

Though hip-hop dance was initially just a hobby for Karlos Lyons, it has become a job and a lifestyle.

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Born into the Wrong Demographic

Failing to pass Initiative 42 punished Mississippi's children simply because they were born into the wrong demographic.

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Anne MacMaster

Anne MacMaster, associate professor of English at Millsaps College, recently received the school's 2015 Humanities Teacher Award.

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Angela Davis: Racism 'Not Simply a Domestic Problem'

Angela Davis spoke as part of the fall 2015 Presidential Lecture in Tougaloo College's historic Woodworth Chapel, where some would-be attendees who arrived late were turned away at the door because of the large turnout.

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2015 Artist to Watch: The CUT

The CUT has performed in cities across the state, including in Oxford, where Atkinson attends the University of Mississippi, and Hattiesburg, where the other band members study at the University of Southern Mississippi.

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Do the Time Warp

For the Oct. 1 Fondren's First Thursday, you may have noticed Fondren Theatre Workshop players dressed in black 50s-style clothes, singing and dancing on Salsa Mississippi's portable dance floor.

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Shon Simmons

Shonda McCarthy Simmons, who goes by Shon, believes that it is important for her students at Hazelhurst High School to understand that art, literature, math and history are all related.

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Noel Quave

On Thursday, Sept. 3, the Mississippi Museum of Art announced that Mississippi School for the Arts student Noel Quave had been selected to be a part of the "Art.Write.Now.DC" exhibition.

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Unintentional Filmmaker

In 2005, filmmaker Keith Beauchamp directed and produced "The Untold Story of Emmett Louis Till," which won Audience and Special Jury awards at the 2005 Miami Film Festival, as well as the Freedom of Expression Award from the 2005 National Board of Review.

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My Generation Doesn’t Give Up Easily

All jokes aside, millennials arguably have it harder than any generation before us.

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Jackson’s Next Top Modeling Career

Jackson is not typically considered a mecca for models or the modeling industry in general, but with the work of people like Chanelle Renee', the creator of the Chanelle Renee' Project, and Funmi "Queen" Franklin, the founder of Thick and Proud Sisters, known as TAPS, it may become one in the near future.

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Timothy Kendricks

Timothy Kendricks, 27, isn't your average college student. He battled a life-threatening disease and came out on top, and then he wrote a book about his struggles.

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Planting the Seeds of Big Ideas

TEDx Jackson's theme is "Fertile Ground," and includes a wide range of speakers including Joel Bomgar, the founder and CEO of Bomgar, one of the fastest-growing businesses in North America and headquartered in Ridgeland.

Operation Slide: What to Do

Robert Langford, the executive director of Operation Shoestring, and Amber May, the organization's programs director, are in the business of staving off "summer slide."

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Jackson, Believe It: Learning to Love a Misunderstood City

Jackson may have more college students than many cities, but it might need more promotion before really claiming the moniker "college town."

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My Cool City

I can say without a doubt that there is no better place to grow up or to live than Jackson.

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Embracing the Veg

Contrary to popular belief, eating a non-meat diet isn't hard.

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All Natural

When it comes to farm-to-table eating, chef Nick Wallace is putting his money where his green thumb is.

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Lydia Hall

Lydia Hall, a 19-year-old graduate of Madison Central High School, has been a volunteer teacher at an orphanage in El Salvador for the past five summers.

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Opposite Day Comes Once a Year

Local Jackson band, Opposite Day, both formed last year and performed at Chick Ball for the first time with guitarist and singer Griffin Jones, 15; bassist Beth Ann Jones, 13; and their dad, Spencer Jones, on drums.

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Holly Powell Lange

At first glance, Holly Powell Lange seems like your average mom. Once you start talking to her, though, you realize she is actually a superwoman.

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Gig: Swell Saleswoman

'As a kid, I wanted to work at Pixar. It was a pretty big dream of mine for a while. That would have to be a pretty awesome job.'

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Honky Tonk Night

Just when you thought things couldn't get any hotter this summer, Pryor and the Tombstones will heat up the stage as the featured performers at the C Spire Summer Music Series at The Cedars Aug. 16.

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Study in Style

While some people like to study in silence, I like to have some good music in the background.

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Rising Star Sarah Jarosz

Despite her age, Sarah Jarosz is a force to be reckoned with in contemporary bluegrass.

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Choctaw Pageantry and Culture

The 63rd Mississippi Choctaw Fair, held this year from July 11-14 in Choctaw, mixes music, sport and more.

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Hollywood, Miss.

When most people think of the film industry, Hollywood comes to mind. But California is a bit far for film buffs who want to spend their summer exploring memorable locations from their favorite movies.

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Obamacare Ruling 'Imperfect'

Mississippians might not want to celebrate this morning's U.S. Supreme Court ruling affirming President Barack Obama's health-care law just yet.

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Ghostly Tales

"The Haunting of Mississippi" by Barbara Sillery sucked me right in to Mississippi's rich, haunted history. Sillery eloquently describes the settings of her stories, so I could easily visualize each of the places she writes about.

Rockin' for the Puppies

The Unbroken Chain Benefit Concert is going to the dogs––or at least, the proceeds are. On May 31, at 7:30 p.m., the Mississippi Animal Rescue League will host the concert fundraiser at Duling Hall (622 Duling Ave.).

Life and Art on the Coast

The "Our Beautiful Mississippi Gulf Coast ... A Way of Life" art exhibit features native Mississippians Lyle Peterzell's photographs and Kris Byrd's ceramic boats.

[Walker] Politics Through My Eyes

I expected our senators to be similar to those in 'Mr. Smith Goes to Washington.'

Dr. Timothy Quinn

The Mississippi Business Journal recently selected Dr. Timothy Quinn as one of its Top 40 Under 40 business leaders for 2012. Top 40 Under 40 recognizes the state's 40 up-and-coming business leaders under the age of 40.