Free prostate cancer screenings across Mississippi


African American males have the highest incidence rate and the highest mortality rate of prostate cancer.  September is Prostate Cancer Awareness Month, and many health care providers are giving free prostate screenings across Mississippi.

Here are a few:

Baptist Health Systems, September 10: Details

Baptist Health Systems, September 12: Details

North Mississippi Medical Center and Urology Professional Association, September 14, 21: Details

Memorial Hospital in Gulfport, MS, September 18: Details (228) 575-2250

President Barack Obama has proclaimed September as National Prostate Cancer Awareness Month. You can read the proclamation here.

Presidential Proclamation–National Prostate Cancer Awareness Month, 2013

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Among American men, prostate cancer is both the second most commonly diagnosed cancer and the second-leading cause of cancer deaths. Although prostate cancer incidence and mortality rates have declined over the past two decades, in 2013 alone, an estimated 239,000 men in the United States will be diagnosed with the illness, and almost 30,000 men will die from this disease. During National Prostate Cancer Awareness Month, we remember those lost to prostate cancer, offer our support to patients and their families, and highlight our commitment to better prevention, detection, and treatment methods.

The exact causes remain unknown, but medical professionals have identified several risk factors that can increase a man’s chances of developing prostate cancer. It is more common among older men and men with a family history of prostate cancer. African American men also have a significantly higher risk, both of developing and dying from prostate cancer. I encourage all men to learn about warning signs by visiting

My Administration continues to support important prostate cancer research — research that will enhance our knowledge and improve prostate cancer prevention and treatment. The Affordable Care Act also offers new protections for all Americans. The health care law bans insurance companies from placing lifetime dollar limits on essential health benefits and from dropping coverage because of mistakes on insurance applications. Beginning in 2014, the Affordable Care Act will also eliminate annual dollar limits on vital benefits, and insurers will no longer be able to deny coverage or charge higher premiums to patients with prostate cancer — or any other pre-existing medical condition.

This month, I encourage all Americans to lend their support to family, friends, and neighbors whose lives have been touched by prostate cancer. Let us celebrate the compassion and perseverance of health care providers, researchers, and dedicated advocates. Together, we can raise awareness, support research, improve care, and reduce the impact of this disease on our citizens and our Nation.

NOW, THEREFORE, I, BARACK OBAMA, President of the United States of America, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and the laws of the United States, do hereby proclaim September 2013 as National Prostate Cancer Awareness Month. I encourage all citizens, government agencies, private businesses, non-profit organizations, and other groups to join in activities that will increase awareness and prevention of prostate cancer.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this thirtieth day of August, in the year of our Lord two thousand thirteen, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and thirty-eighth.

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Jackson mayor, voters learn valuable lesson

Both the mayor and the voters of Jackson may have just learned a really important lesson. This lesson is that there can be a very stark difference between campaigning and governing.

During his campaign, Jackson mayor Chokwe Lumumba vowed not to raise taxes. He took this position because in a city like Jackson where almost a third of its population lives in poverty, tax increases are essentially regressive and low income families would endure the brunt of the blow.

Mayor Lumumba has pivoted on his position and now believes that pursuing a one-cent sales tax option is necessary for Jackson’s sustainability and infrastructure repairs.

Before the one-cent sales tax option is placed in the hands of Jackson voters, the city council must vote to call a referendum. (Full Clarion Ledger article)

It doesn’t stop there.

The Lumumba administration has also proposed a “one time” tax increase for the 2013-2014 fiscal year that seems to be supported by the Jackson City Council.  Taxpayers are not likely to feel the increase due to a temporary tax cut by Jackson Public Schools because of debt refinancing.

Jackson water/sewer ratepayers could also see an increase in their water and sewer bills.

“If approved by the council, the average monthly sewer bill would more than double under the proposal from $15.06 to $31.33, while the average water bill would increase by about a third, from around $15 to $21, said Rick Hill, deputy administrator for the city.” (Full Clarion Ledger article)

This raises a few questions: Since Mayor Lumumba served on the Jackson City Council for four years prior to being elected mayor, should he have known about the financial woes of the city? If so, should he have made more realistic campaign promises?

Time will tell if his overwhelming victory on June 4th will carry over to support of the one-cent sales tax hike that must be voted on by Jackson voters.


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JACKSON–At the request of Hattiesburg Mayor Johnny DuPree’s campaign, the Mississippi Democratic Party has sent an official request to U.S. Attorney General, Eric Holder, for the Department of Justice to observe the conduct of Hattiesburg’s September 24th special election.

Rickey Cole, Chairman of the Mississippi Democratic Party wrote:

“We are concerned that some of the controversy surrounding this election has taken on a racial tone. As residents of a state covered by the Voting Rights Act, we find that tone troubling. We have made much progress in our state, but we cannot allow discriminatory practices to return to the conduct of elections.

All we seek is a fair and honest election on September 24. We strongly urge you to send federal observers to Mississippi to make sure that happens.”

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Eight Candidates Running for Mayor of Meridian

Amongst list of candidates for Mayor of Meridian is Percy Bland.

Bland would have been the first African-American mayor of Meridian, but was narrowly defeated by current mayor, Cheri Barry in 2009.

2013 Candidates for Mayor of Meridian, Mississippi:

Cheri Barry, (R) incumbent,

Rod Amos (D)

Percy Bland (D)

William Bond Compton Jr. (R)

Wally Hudnall (I)

Randle Jennings (D)

Doug Nichols  (I)

Walter L. Patton (I)

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14 Running for Mayor of Jackson

By: Brian Eason, Clarion Ledger

Full Article

Spring is in the air, and a whole crop of new faces is running for local elected office. More than a dozen candidates have filed qualifying papers to run for mayor of Jackson, including incumbent Harvey Johnson Jr., and dozens more are running for seats on the City Council.

Johnson’s competitors may have a challenge separating themselves from a crowded field, but four have emerged so far as serious contenders: Councilmen, Frank Bluntson and Chokwe Lumumba; businessman Jonathan Lee; and lawyer, Regina Quinn, who will attempt to become the city’s first female mayor. The other mayoral candidates’ names are not well known in city politics.

A few other metro mayors will face competition as well in both the May 7 party primaries and June 4 general election. The deadline to collect the 50 signatures needed to qualify was Friday.

Read full Clarion Ledger article here: 

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In Mississippi, death of politician Marco McMillian stirs old civil-rights fears

In Mississippi, death of politician Marco McMillian stirs old civil-rights fears

By , Published: March 8

In Clarksdale, Miss. — When Marco McMillian decided to move back to his home town and run for mayor, the 33-year-old aspiring candidate knew he needed the blessing of the silver-haired oligarchy that ruled quietly from church pews.

It was familiar turf for McMillian, who grew up singing in the choir at New Jerusalem Missionary Baptist Church a half-mile from his small house near the railroad tracks in this grindingly poor city in the Mississippi Delta.

He went to see Bertha Blackburn, an 89-year-old pillar of Metropolitan Baptist Church, laying out his ideas for fixing the schools and creating jobs.

“We thought he was the answer to our prayers,” Blackburn said.

A week and a half after McMillian’s body was found in the mud on an isolated stretch of levee outside Clarksdale, his death remains a mystery. It has roiled old suspicions and fears from Mississippi’s dark history of racial brutality, although both McMillian and the man charged with his murder are African American. McMillian was also gay, adding fire to demands by civil rights groups for the killing to be investigated as a hate crime. The FBI said this week that it is “monitoring” the investigation.

Hundreds of mourners are expected to attend McMillian’s funeral here Saturday, scheduled for 11 a.m. at Coahoma Community College. Hotels are full and florists have been working overtime delivering arrangements, but hovering closely are the questions surrounding McMillian’s death.

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Candidate for Mayor of Jackson, Regina Quinn “successfully addressed a business challenge” by Filing Bankruptcy Twice

Below is a press release from the Regina Quinn for Mayor Campaign.  The statement is in response to a recent article where Quinn attempted to defend filing two bankruptcies in the past 17 years. Read full article here.

It should be noted that a separate article revealed that Quinn and several other candidates for mayor of Jackson failed to file required documents to run for mayor of the city. Read full article here.

**Press Statement **


March 7, 2013

On January 29, 2013 I did an interview with The Jackson Free Press, where I discussed my candidacy for mayor of the city of Jackson.  In an effort to be transparent about my life experiences, I shared that I had successfully addressed a business challenge I experienced by filing bankruptcy.

Earlier this week a staff member of my campaign received a call from the Clarion Ledger based on an apparent influx of smearing calls from my opponents.  Sadly, those people failed to appreciate my ability to deal with challenges face on. This ability to deal with challenges and issues face on is one of the qualities that I am most proud. With the recent incidents of lawsuits from the federal government and Jackson Public Schools, clearly this shows instability. I want to relay to the citizens that they will have a mayor who understands hardship.  I pledge to bring this same fortitude and transparency to the office of mayor. I am convinced that it’s time for a new direction.  I want the citizens to know they can count on Regina Quinn as mayor to take this city in a New Direction.

For additional information, please contact: Toni Johnson, Communications Director

Cell: (601) 942-2723



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First Lady Michelle Obama, Rachel Ray Team-Up in Clinton, MS

Rachel Ray, First Lady Michelle Obama and several Clinton cafeteria workers teamed to cook up healthy, tasty school lunches during Obama’s visit to the district as part of the anniversary celebration of her “Let’s Move!” exercise and healthy diet program.

A number of students and faculty from Eastside and Northside elementaries were on hand for the program, which spotlighted Eastside Elementary and the district’s emphasis on eating, healthy exercise and a healthy lifestyle.

To see a promotional featuring CPSD students, faculty, staff and First Lady Michelle Obama, go to


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Elections in Mississippi Are Heating Up…

So we are back! Stay tuned for the ins and outs of politics in Mississippi!

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Cross by Langston Hughes


My old man’s a white old man
And my old mother’s black.
If ever I cursed my white old man
I take my curses back.
If ever I cursed my black old mother
And wished she were in hell,
I’m sorry for that evil wish
And now I wish her well
My old man died in a fine big house.
My ma died in a shack.
I wonder were I’m going to die,
Being neither white nor black?

Langston Hughes, 1926
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