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First president from Mississippi? Twitter fans make case for Oprah

Oprah Winfrey’s moving speech at the Golden Globes has some fans and fellow celebrities calling for her presidential run. The actress, a native of Kosciusko, accepted the Cecil B. DeMille lifetime achievement award at Sunday’s ceremony, and it didn’t take long for Twitter to start lighting up with the hashtag #Oprah2020. Comedian Sarah Silverman tweeted “Oprah/Michelle 2020.” Leslie Odom, Jr., who played ...

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Media executive plans movie adaptation of Mississippi trilogy

By JACK WEATHERLY Robert Schnitzer is going to the well once again, this time drawing from the creativity of Mississippi writer Ramona Bridges by buying movie rights for her trilogy set in the state. Schnitzer made a movie in Jackson in the mid-’70s, “The Premonition,” a horror thriller that by some accounts became a minor cult classic. His Century City, ...

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Hard history: Mississippi museums explore slavery, Klan era

In the 1950s and ’60s, segregationist whites waved Confederate flags and slapped defiant bumper stickers on cars declaring Mississippi “the most lied about state in the Union.” Those were ways of making a dig against African-Americans who dared challenge racial oppression, and journalists covering the civil rights movement. Decades later, as Mississippi marks its bicentennial, the state is getting an ...

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In ‘Mudbound,’ Dee Rees crafts a Jim Crow epic of 2 families

JAKE COYLE, AP Film Writer NEW YORK — The movies have tended to skip from slavery to the Civil Rights movement, but Dee Rees’ “Mudbound” plunges into the complex tragedies of the in-between era of Jim Crow. The film, which Netflix hopes will be its first feature-film Oscar contender, follows two neighboring families — one black, one white — on ...

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Photographer Alex North captures coastal beauty

By LISA MONTI Alex North is widely known for his photos that capture the beauty of sunrises and sunsets, the drama of storm clouds and lightning strikes and the graceful movement of shorebirds on the Mississippi Gulf Coast. North considers himself an advocate for the beauty of the Mississippi Gulf Coast through his photography. “The scenes I shoot are not ...

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Mississippi firm, Duck clan answer the call to help Houston

By JACK WEATHERLY It’s got to be one of the most unusual rescue teams helping out the flood victims in the Houston area. One produces relaxation drink Lean Slow Motion Potion and “hemp-infused brownies,” Kush Cakes, and markets them with a decided hip hop slant. The other manufactures duck calls, and promotes duck hunting and duck culture featuring the Robertson ...

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TODD SMITH — Threat of fake news strengthens trust in traditional media

The rise in “fake news” has strengthened trust in traditional media, according to a recent survey of journalists worldwide. More than half of those surveyed (52 percent) find traditional media to be the most trusted news sources, followed by company websites and news releases (22 percent), according to the Ogilvy Media Influence’s annual global survey of 250-plus reporters and producers ...

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JACK WEATHERLY — Book festival brings together thousands for solitary passions

The Mississippi Book Festival is held a week before the thunder of college football season just about drowns out everything else that is good in the state. Thousands packed the rooms of the state Capitol on Saturday for the third annual event celebrating the solitary passions of writing and reading. The sounds of music and smells of cooking emanating from ...

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