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 do a great interview with 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…

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

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 to introduce you to our first recipient, D’Onna Manning. D’Onna Manning is a 17-year-old senior at Brandon High School. She has been doing ballet for four…

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/hiphop 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?