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J-Zay, 5th black USA billionaire, is listed in “My Picture Dictionary.” by Meredith Coleman McGee, Hazel Hall, et al….

https://www.blackenterprise.com/jay-z-net-worth-black-billionaire-list/?fbclid=IwAR3_G7f_YvR3nzXYrptKnUOHCpZKZV_eXnQ2r8Sn-3N9tklrqcoMgQ2VVoc

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Meredith Etc ‘signing day’

Being entrusted with the work of an author is very important. Today, we are honored to welcome Dr. Janice K. Neal-Vincent to our family of titles. We are publishing the 2nd printing of “A Little of Me, A Little of You: Spoken Word Choir Book.”

A Little of Me, A Little of You” was showcased at the Greater Jackson Arts Council’s 25th Anniversary. Neal-Vincent is a playwright who performs a one woman show: “Deliverance Explosion: Women in the Struggle” featuring 124 years of social injustice highlighting Ida B. Wells-Barnett, Fannie Lou Hamer, Anne Moody, Michelle Obama, and Congresswoman Maxine Waters.

Neal-Vincent is an established award winning artist who has directed spoken word choirs for several decades. She was formerly a contributing writer for the Mississippi Link and a professor at Northern Illinois University, Ohio University, and Jackson State University.

Meredith Etc ‘signing day’ with Dr. Janice E. Neal-Vincent
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BIG WHEELS TO THE BIG HOUSE COVER VICTIMIZATION AS WELL AS HOPES AND DREAMS by Juan Haines, Senior Editor, San Quentin News

The world is cold and dark…Who cares?!” That’s what’s on the book cover of Juvenile Offenders: From Big Wheels to the Big House (2018) by Rosemary Jenkins.

The page-turner is a learning journey of what it’s like to survive unthinkable victimization, learn to be accountable and then, in the process, generating personal hopes and dreams.

Juvenile Offenders is an anthology from about two dozen writers, all living in that cold, dark place called prison. That being said, it’s hard not to care after taking in their stories — each from a person directly affected by the criminal justice system. Readers get the opportunity to peek into the writers’ lives through candid commentaries that depict what it’s like to live behind bars.

Articles from San Quentin News are included in the anthology, some that I’ve written. Writer Mark Edwards Vigil is one of the strongest voices in the anthology. He navigates readers chapter by chapter, aptly called Juvenile Offenders, described as “…the collective journey through time of those whose articles are included in it.

Each writer has run the gamut of the prison system and has come to realize that there is more to life than wasting what remains of it — lost in the grips of drugs, gangs, and criminality.”

Writer Ronald Patterson describes the grip of criminality and coming to realize it as follows: my friends and I were fascinated with players, hustlers, gamblers, dealers, and gangsters because they played by their own rules, despite the law. Ignorantly, we admired and emulated them and would eventually turn into monsters who killed people and destroyed our community.

Patterson’s ability to articulate the impact that his crimes have had on others allows readers to witness maturity under the most unlikely circumstances; Patterson illustrates the resilience of the human spirit.

Juvenile Offenders is far more than the realization of mistakes and redemption thereof. It is divided into sections that address criminal justice reform advocacy, among the examples: it touches on the benefit of offering aid to college bound incarcerated students; it looks into the “ban the box” campaign (an effort to end employers from asking formerly incarcerated people about prison convictions prior to hiring); as well as the connection between mental health and incarceration.

Here’s what Rosemary Jenkins writes about domestic violence: These victims are subject to constant threats, in part, because the offenders have the power to take advantage of their positions in the family hierarchy.” Her goal in Juvenile Offenders is to “define, inform, and educate about domestic violence, offering instruction on how to recognize such cruel behavior and what to do about it.”

Jenkins’ article in the anthology, The Mentally Ill Do Not Belong in Jail, is also solution based. She writes that people with mental health and drug abuse issues should be treated with appropriate counseling, not punishment.The chapter, “Vignettes, Poems, and Artwork by Inmates — Writings Meant to Inspire” is the most entertaining section of Juvenile Offenders.

It begins with nine pages of artwork that depicts the emotional toll incarceration takes on human beings. From Big Wheels to the Big House is a drawing by A. Wilson that’s used as the book cover. The first image is of a mother holding a child and is placed next to Vigil’s piece, Thinking of You, a greeting card style drawing of flowers and roses—followed by pages of poetry and illustrations that cover subjects such as redemption, cause and effect, aging while incarcerated, and hope.

Juvenile Offenders closes with Vigil writing about getting out of prison after 36 years and working toward preventing anyone from going down the road he once traveled. He now teaches youngsters how to recognize and seek authenticity and care from the people around them.

Review of “Juvenile Offenders: From Big Wheels to the Big House” edited by Rosemary Jenkins https://www.amazon.com/dp/0999322656 order link

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letter from Jim Hood

Meredith,

From the bottom of my heart, thank you. To the people of Mississippi who voted for me, the thousands of volunteers and contributors who supported and worked so hard for this campaign, my campaign staff, and most of all, my wife Debbie and our three children.

The last year on the campaign trail has meant the world to our family — traveling across Mississippi talking to working folks about the issues that matter most and building a campaign that reflects the rich diversity of our state. I am so grateful.

While last night’s outcome was not what we wanted, our effort to build a better Mississippi will continue. Together, we built a campaign to put the interests of Mississippi families first. The effort to expand pre-K, raise teacher pay, keep rural hospitals open, make healthcare more affordable, fix our roads and bridges, and provide tax relief to working families does not end with this campaign.

As your attorney general for 16 years, it has been my privilege and honor to serve the people of Mississippi. During my entire time as a public servant, I have been guided by the teachings of the Bible to help the least among us. I’m proud to have built a campaign for governor on those values, and I thank you for believing in our vision for Mississippi.

Sometimes progress does not happen as quickly as we like, but if history teaches us anything, change can happen if we keep at it and don’t give up. Please keep voting, keep caring, keep fighting for what you believe in, and keep fighting for a better Mississippi. I know I will.

Sincerely,

Jim

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1st printing “James Meredith: Warrior and the America that created him” lands in shelf in Pretoria, South Africa

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NERSA, Pretoria, South Africa

1st printing “James Meredith: Warrior and the America that created him” lands on shelf in Pretoria, South Africa

Try the 2nd edition of “James Meredith: Warrior and the America that created him” Publication date: Feb 12, 2019

James Meredith: Warrior and the America that created him (2nd edition)