SPOTLIGHT: Ally Durr Wins the 2016 Southern Laced Design Award

The 2016 Southern Laced Design Award was created to honor a Fashion, Graphic, Stage or Web Designer who has inspired and influenced communities through the field of arts. Today, we are happy to introduce you to our first recipient, Ally Durr. Ally J. Durr is a senior graphic designer based in Jackson, Mississippi. She attends the…

Spotlight: Just Allen Wins the 2016 Southern Laced Music Award 

The 2016 Southern Laced Music Award was created to honor a Contemporary, Blues, Jazz or Rhythm & Blues musician or singer who has inspired and influenced communities through the field of arts. Today, we are happy to introduce you to our first recipient, Just Allen. Singer, songwriter, pop/hip-hop dancer, and musician are just a few…

AE: talented and humble by David Linson II

The first time I heard that voice in person, it was a cool Thursday evening on the outdoor patio of Solé: an eclectic bar filled with modern ideas and hip people. Wood tones and deep reds adorn the décor, businessmen and women, students, artists, musicians, writers, and nomads fill the list of patrons which makes…

Person of the Week: Introducing the 2016-2017 Brandon High School Homecoming Queen… Summer Ruckner

Name: Summer Ruckner School: Brandon High School Location: Brandon, Mississippi African-American girls continue to break barriers in Brandon, Mississippi. In recent years, the selection of the Brandon High School’s Homecoming Queen has become more diverse. Today, Southern Laced had a chance to talk with Summer Ruckner about being crowned the 2016-2017 BHS Homecoming Queen. Q:  What…

Person of the Week: Great Britt

Name: Britton “The Great” Norwood, 29 Occupation: Boxer Location: Brandon/Evergreen, Mississippi Q: What was the first fight you were in? A: An amateur boxing match eight years ago against a nobody. LOL…  Q: How many belts have you won? A: One for 178 lb. Mississippi Amateur State Title in 2015 and another one for Golden…

Black Lives Matter Worldwide: Southern Laced welcomes the spokesperson of the Brigade Anti Negrophobie (BAN) Mouvement… Franco LOLLIA

If you remember my last article From Paris with Love, I was gushing about how my city was beautiful with our melting pot and population diversity. This diversity also brings some tension between the police and “minorities”. African Caribbean French citizens are facing the same struggle as African-Americans in the U.S. with the Black Lives Matter…

Small Minority Business Spotlight: Chef Po Urban Kitchen​

 Name: Lashante Cox Occupation: Sales Associate and Business Owner Location: Jackson, Mississippi Q: Did you always want to be a chef? A: I didn’t always want to be a chef. I kinda ran from my true calling. I knew I wanted to be a chef like four years ago when one of my good friends said,…

Person of the Week: Myron C. Johnson aka DJ Energizer

Name: Myron C. Johnson aka DJ Energizer Occupation: DJ, Promoter and CEO of Energizer Entertainment Education: Jackson State University (Bachelors) and Capella University (Masters) Location: Byram, Mississippi

Small Minority Business Spotlight: Quan’s Beauty Boutique

“Help others achieve their dreams and you will achieve yours.” –Les Brown Today marks our 200th post! Over the past two years and three months, we have enjoyed sharing post about life, arts, inspiration and real-life people. What better way to celebrate our special day than to show support for someone else’s dream. Southern Laced…

Gboogie talks to Ray Kincaid about Artistic Depression

I was recently introduced to the music of hip-hop artist Ray Kincaid and he’s definitely dope. Some of his music is sprinkled with a distinct 90’s vibe (my favorite era) and his love for music and the creative process shines through on his newest effort. Touching on the often taboo and misunderstood subject of depression…

Dream Delayed Not Denied: Graduating at 40

Name: Talmadge Edwards, 40 Occupation: Upward Bound Activity Coordinator & Jackson Public School IST Assistant Education: Bachelor of Science Degree in Professional Interdisciplinary Studies Location: Mississippi Q: When did you start and finish college? A: I started school at Jackson State University in June of 1994 and finished April 30th, 2016. Q: What obstacles did…

“Stories of Success” Magnolia Brunch

Name: LaTaye Davis Occupation: Branding and PR Coach/Consultant Location: Woodbridge, Virginia Tell us about the Magnolia Brunch. Where did the idea come from? The “Stories of Success” Magnolia Brunch is a part of the 100 MS Magnolia Project, which is a challenge I gave myself to assist 100 women in the state of Mississippi to do something…

The Making of a Doctor

This Friday will be a very special day for my family. We are so blessed to be able to share in the celebration of my sister, Tangelia T. Kelly ,  becoming a doctor.

Jake Wilbourne’s Bryson Tiller Exchange Cover and More

Name: Jake Wilbourne Occupation: Cashier / Recording Artist Location: Forest, Mississippi When did you first start singing? Really not long after I first learned to talk, but I started taking it seriously and getting better by the age of eleven. What did your family do to encourage you? Well, moms always supported through anything I…