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Local Live(s) + Mississippi Today: Stories about Power

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On February 9, 2022 from 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm at Fondren Guitars in Jackson, Mississippi, join Mississippi Today for a captivating live storytelling event featuring Mississippi Today journalists, music and community.

Local Live(s) is a show that brings together journalists and locals for a night of entertainment and conversation by and for the people of Mississippi. Think of it as a podcast, but live and on stage. The theme of this event is Power: Stories of Strength, Imbalance and Untapped Potential.

Storytellers:

Journalists share stories behind their reporting, inviting readers into a world they’ve only observed from the outside. Community members also share true, unvarnished stories from their lives. The result is an entertaining, captivating event filled with new connections and suspense.

Featured Mississippi Today team members include:

  • journalist Anna Wolfe,
  • cartoonist Marshall Ramsey and
  • photojournalist Vickie King,
  • with a special musical guest Vitamin Cea,
  • museum director of the Emmett Till Interpretive Center Benjamin Saulsberry, and
  • comedian Merc B Williams as emcee.

Vitamin Cea

Vibrant, refreshing, and in a league of her own, Vitamin Cea is a singer, writer and rapper from Gautier, Mississippi. Her first body of work, 2017 release, “JoyFull Noise” is a reminder to stay full of joy in spite of the noise of life. “‘Cause the noise is gonna come. You just have to be intentional about keeping your joy intact throughout it.”

Benjamin Saulsberry

Benjamin Saulsberry joined the Emmett Till Interpretive Center as Museum Director in 2016. He has spoken on race, racism, and racial reconciliation across the country on behalf of the Center, including at Harvard Law in 2017 and the University of Detroit at Mercy in 2019. He attended Mississippi Valley State University and the University of Mississippi for graduate work in music.

Merc B Williams

Jackson resident Merc B. Williams is a comedian, host, writer and speaker who is shaking things up with his Jackson resident Merc B. Williams is a comedian, host, writer and speaker who is shaking things up with his versatile comedic style that crosses all social and economic classes. This comedic gem is fresh off Comedy Central’s “Hart of The City” Season 2 created by iconic comedian Kevin Hart. He also hosts a variety of local podcasts and web series with fellow Jackson artists.


If the ticket price is at all a barrier to entry, please contact us at info@mississippitoday.org and put Local Live(s) in the email subject line.

More About Local Live(s):

This event is part of a national series Back Pocket is co-producing with local and state news organizations across the country. Other newsrooms that are a part of the Power series are: Miami Herald, Buckeye Flame, The Forward, and a collaborative event by KHOL Jackson Hole Community Radio, WyoFile, and Jackson Hole News and Guide.

Local Live(s) is sponsored by the Meta Journalism Project and is funded in part by the Brown Institute of Media Innovation

We want to hear from you!


Central to our mission at Mississippi Today is inspiring civic engagement. We think critically about how we can foster healthy dialogue between people who think differently about government and politics. We believe that conversation — raw, earnest talking and listening to better understand each other — is vital to the future of Mississippi. We encourage you to engage with us and each other on our social media accounts, email our reporters directly or leave a comment for our editor by clicking the button below.



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