WJ Block Party Photos & Video

Dozens of West Jackson community residents gathered at 1433 Grand Avenue to celebrate and have a good time on Friday, September 18th. Above are the pictures from the event and we want to thank Anissa Hidouk, a JSU student, for taking wonderful photos.

This gathering was to engage residents in thought provoking ways and to inform them about the West Jackson Guidebook. There were several interactive stations for residents that included the Zoo Mobile, Keep Jackson Beautiful and a performance by the Purple Diamonds.

One of the highlights of the evening was Rev. Willie Lyons and Mrs. Betty Lyons performing. They sang and played the electric guitar for live entertainment. Below is a video of part of their performance.

Shout out to the organizers of the block party.
University Park Neighborhood Association
Capitol Neighbors Neighborhood Association
Cooperative Community of New West Jackson
Center for University-Based Development, JSU
Voice of Calvary Ministries
Jackson Zoo
Keep Jackson Beautiful

JSU Launches Bike Share Program

bike share

Jackson State University launched its first Bike Share Program this week. The Bike Share Program is a convenient way for students, faculty, and community residents to get around. Anyone can rent a bike as long as you are 18 years or older.

Currently there is one location you can rent a bike from and that is at the Walter Payton Center. However, over the next few months there will be a total of three locations to rent a bike, which include the JSU Student Center and the Plaza in front of the Jacob Reddix Building.

Initially you will have to fill out a rider registration form.

The bikes come equip with
-Adjustable seat heights
-Front and rear lights at night
-Locking system
-7 gears of shifting that lets you ride anywhere

Renting a bike from JSU is also affordable. Anytime you rent a bike for less than two hours it is free. For three or more hours, it is $3.00 dollars an hour and you can rent the bike for an entire day for $24.00 dollars.

For more information about the Bike Sharing Program at JSU please click on link below.


Welcome Center Hosts Seminar for National Hispanic Month, Today


September is National Hispanic Month. Please join the JSU Welcome Center on Tuesday, September 22, 2015, from 12 noon until 1 pm for the seminar featuring the Mississippi Hispanic Association (MHA). The guest speakers are Elsa Baughman, editor of Mississippi Católico of the Catholic Diocese of Jackson; and Esperanza Velasquez, longtime professor of Spanish at Jackson State University.

The speakers will talk about how MHA works to stimulate, support, and promote cultural, social and educational opportunities for the state’s Hispanic and Latino community.

The event is free and open to the community. They will have refreshments and fun door prizes. You can RSVP at 601.979.0883.

Z.A.P.P. Receives a $4,000 Dollar Grant


The Zoo Area Progressive Partnership (ZAPP) received a $3,000 dollar grant from the Federal Home Loan Bank. The grant is a 3 to 1 match with BankPlus and they gave $1,000 dollars to support the efforts of ZAPP. Today was the check presentation from Federal Home Loan Bank and included greetings from Mayor Tony Yarber and other Zoo board members.

Two other organizations were also recipients of grants from the Federal Home Loan Bank; The Mississippi Minority Business Alliance, Inc. for $16,000 dollars and the Central Mississippi Housing and Development Corporation for $12,000 dollars. In total, Federal Home Loan Bank gave a total of $32,000 dollars to local non-profits.

ZAPP was founded in 1995 and Marcia Reed is the President. The purpose of ZAPP is to improve the appearance of the main corridor to the Jackson Zoo, which is from I-220 to the Jackson Zoo.

They will use the grant dollars to plant trees along the corridor of the Zoo, paint traffic signal boxes in the area, and continue to beautify the area around the Zoo.

WJ Block Party, Friday

WJ party

Over the past year, residents in West Jackson worked hard to create a guidebook for the West Jackson community. The purpose of the guidebook was to gather information about West Jackson that residents could use to gain political, social and economic power to improve their neighborhoods.

On Friday, September 18th, residents of the West Jackson Community will be hosting a Block Party from 5 pm to 7:30 pm. The party will take place at 1433 Grand Avenue and will feature live music, the Zoo Mobile, and a performance by the Purple Diamonds. They want more people in the community to engage in the usage of the guidebook and believe having a interactive block party will get people involved. The event will also promote and highlight all the positive work happening in West Jackson.

The event is free and open to West Jackson residents.

For more information, please contact Betty Lyons (President of University Park) at 601-949-8955 or Cassandra Welchlin (President of Capitol Neighbors Associations) at 601-750-8388.

David Banner Reflects on Jackson & Capitol Unit Boys and Girls Club

David Banner, a native of Jackson, Mississippi and a Capitol Unit Boys and Girls Club Alumnus reflects on his life in this video. The video highlights the Capitol Unit Boys and Girls Club as a safe place for kids.

David Banner returns to the Capitol Street Unit annually for the “Heal the Hood” event, in which Mr. Banner spends time with the kids and gives away toys.

The Boys & Girls Club is located at 1450 W. Capitol Street and only charges $25.00 per year for a child to attend. For more information please check out their website at http://bgccm.org or call 601-969-7088.

Welcome “Confection Perfection Custom Cakes”

custom cakes

Anna Sampson is owner and operator of “Confection Perfection Custom Cakes, LLC.” She has been decorating cakes for several years and in 2011 she opened her own business. She originally was working in South Jackson, but last month she decided to open a new location in West Jackson. Her business is now located at 3147 J.R. Lynch Street, suite A.

She makes wedding cakes, birthday cakes, chocolate covered strawberries, and cupcakes. Her prices are fair and her cakes are delicious.

For more information about one of the newest businesses in West Jackson, check out her facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/pages/Confection-Perfection-Custom-Cakes-LLC/152452248159111?fref=photo.

An Emerging Cooperative Network, Cooperation Jackson

lumumba center

The newly established Lumumba Center serves as the coordinating center, or base, for Cooperation Jackson and its overall operations. The primary function of the Lumumba Center is to host the various cooperative development activities of the organization including: community orientation meetings, general membership meetings, working group meetings, and various training’s and skill shares. In addition to hosting the development activities of the organization, the Lumumba Center also serves as the administrative offices of Cooperation Jackson.

Over the last few weeks Cooperation Jackson began the process of cleaning up vacant lots as a first step in building a worker-owned urban farming cooperative business in order to cultivate natural, healthy food in and for the community. The work focuses on clearing the lots for the developing Eco-Village, which is part of their Sustainable Communities Initiative, and preparing for the fall harvest of Freedom Farms Cooperative.

To find out more about Cooperation Jackson and what they are doing for West Jackson, please call 601-208-0090 or visit their webpage at http://www.cooperationjackson.org.

JSU Grand Opening Ceremony for Downtown Campus, Today

101 grand opening

On Thursday, September 3rd, Jackson State University will hold an open house for its downtown campus at 10:00 a.m. located at 101 Capitol Street.

The ceremony will highlight the first JSU Building in Downtown, Jackson. The open house will also feature a dedication of the Percy W. Watson Lobby.

Parking will be available in the Pearl Street parking lots between JSU and the Jackson Convention Center.

For more information please call 601-979-2255.

Live Music at the Penguin Every Weekend

penguin live music

The Penguin Bar & Grill provides live music every weekend! Tonight they will feature Akemi Graham & the Key of the G. For more information about the Penguin, check them out on their facebook page listed below.

Below is a picture of their rib plate special.

rib plate



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