SOUTHERN LACED TAKES FIVE WITH TONY T. YARBER

Tony T. Yarber was born in Jackson, Mississippi and raised in the west Jackson neighborhood known as Subdivision #2. Yarber, who is the Pastor and founder of Relevant Empowerment Church and former Mayor of Jackson, Mississippi, is a renowned motivational speaker and a pioneer in leadership development. He is also the author of Man Tips:…

SOUTHERN LACED TAKES FIVE WITH HOT COP BYLYNN HATCHER

In the midst of chaos during Hurricane Irma, Bylynn Hatcher emerged as one of the #HotCops from the Gainesville Police Department. Although social media was taken back by his dashing good looks, those who know him best can attest that he’s just as beautiful on the inside. As a cop for four years, not only…

PinkFest!: Stylist L. Roy Talks to Assistant Producer and Casting Director Angel Lee about Friends of Survivors’ Annual Pink the Runway Show on Oct. 8th

Confidence is not segregated by race, gender, height, social enigmas, social statues, etc… Instead, confidence is excluded by the individual. It is an acquired trait; one that you learn through repeated sessions in front of your mirror expressing, “You can do this.” – Angel(a) Lee’s motto Friends of Survivors will be hosting its annual breast…

Happy Birthday, Chaka Khan!

Chaka Khan is a Legend of the Decade! Even after all these years, she still looks just as beautiful as ever. Honestly, I need to see what kind of water she’s drinking so I can look as young as she does when I get her age. I didn’t hear about Chaka Khan until I was…

Person of the Week: Actor, Writer and Producer Jesselynn Stegall

I was able to interview actor, writer and producer Jesselynn Stegall about her new film “PK” last Sunday, which was the night of the Oscars. With Viola Davis giving an emotional and exciting acceptance speech for her Best Supporting Actress win, and Moonlight winning the biggest award of the night for Best Picture, it’s amazing…

Osez Le Foulard’s African Head Wraps

Tell us about yourself. What is Osez Le Foulard? My name is Dk Ange.  Ange means ‘angel‘ in English. I like to define myself as an African queen as a promoter of the beauty of African ladies. This is why I started everything around the head wrap. This is why I started the movement. And this…

SPOTLIGHT: D’Onna Manning Wins the 2016 Southern Laced Dance Award

“Thou wilt show me the path of life: In thy presence is fulness of joy; In thy right hand there are pleasures for evermore.” -Psalms 16:11- The 2016 Southern Laced Dance Award was created to honor a dancer or choreographer who has inspired and influenced communities through the field of arts. Today, we are happy…

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