Andrew Young (Photo: Wikimedia Commons)
Which U.S. Ambassador visited West Jackson in February 2010? That would be (c.) Andrew Young.
Ambassador Young began his career in public service as a civil rights activist and close friend to Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. In 1973, he began his term as Congressman for Georgia’s 5th District in the U.S. House of Representatives. In 1977, President Jimmy Carter appointed Young as the 14th Ambassador to the United Nations. Ambassador Young was the first African American to hold the position and served as Ambassador until 1979. In 1982, Young began the first of his two terms as Mayor of the City of Atlanta.
In recent years, Ambassador Young has been hard at work with his Andrew Young Foundation–a nonprofit organization that seeks to advance Young’s vision of equality, justice, and peace “for all of God’s Children.” He will also be honored at the 2011 Emmys with the Trustees Award from the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences.
The Margaret Walker Alexander National Research Center, located on the Campus of Jackson State University, is preparing for the 2011 Martin Luther King Convocation. This time, the event will feature a free concert by the Mississippi Mass Choir and performances by Poetry Out Loud winners Amber Rose Johnson (National Winner) and John Eze Uzodinma (Mississippi Winner). The convocation takes place on Tuesday, January 18, 2011 at the Rose E. McCoy Auditorium on the campus of Jackson State.
There will also be a Luncheon on Friday, January 14th, which will honor Freedom Rider Hank Thomas, College of Liberal Arts Dean Dollye M.E. Robinson, and the Mississippi Council of National Negro Women. The Luncheon, which will take place in the JSU Student Center, is sponsored by Attorney Isaac Byrd and is free with limited seating.
That’s it for this week’s Westerday Trivia. Have a great week and have a Happy New Year!!!
P.S. Celebrate safely tomorrow!
Today’s trivia is tardy but present! And heeerrree we go…
This former U.S. Ambassador visited West Jackson in February 2010 as the featured speaker at the Margaret Walker Alexander National Research Center’s MLK Convocation.
A. Barack Obama
B. Barry B. White
C. Andrew Young
D. Sarah Palin
The answer will be revealed at 7 p.m., but feel free to chime in if you’re itching to answer (and we hope you are).
Which Grammy-winning rapper/producer/actor grew up in The Queens and is a graduate of West Jackson’s Provine High School? Well, while all of the options in today’s trivia (TrumpCard, Skipp Coon, 5th Child) are native Jacksonian Hip Hop artists, the correct answer is (d) David Banner.
Born Lavell Crump, David Banner began his career as half of the rap duo, Crooked Lettaz. The other half of this duo was standout Jacksonian, Brad Franklin (better known as Kamikaze). Following the acclaimed release of Crooked Lettaz’s album, Grey Skies, David Banner went solo in 2000 with the release of The Fire Water Boyz Vol. 1. Since 2000, Banner has released five albums, including the most recent Death of a Pop Star–an album in which he teamed up with producer, 9th Wonder, and which was released this past Tuesday (December 21).
David Banner returned to his hometown last week to give away gifts to children living in poverty–an effort made possible through his nonprofit organization, Heal the Hood. That same week, Banner also made an appearance at the concert of Big K.R.I.T. a rising national artist who hails from Meridian, Mississippi.
In terms of record labels, David Banner still makes music under his independent b.i.G.f.a.c.e. Entertainment label (an acronym that stands for “believe in God for all comes eventually”).
That’s it for this week’s version of WESTerday Trivia. We’ll see you next time!
David Banner's most recent release, Death of a Pop Star
Video by Hip Hop Official: Banner speaks on the origin of the name of his collaboration album with 9th Wonder and why he’s not doing more “Get Like Me” tracks.
My, my, my…West Jackson businesses have been on a roll with Groupon lately! A couple of days ago, the Jackson Zoo offered a deal that included admission for 2 adults for the low price of $8. A couple of weeks before that, Lumpkins, which is owned by West Jackson residents, offered lunch for two for half the price. Those deals were posted to the West Jackson social networks, but I’ll be sure to start including all West Jackson-related Groupon deals on the blog.
Today, West Jackson’s coffee house, Koinonia, is offering a great deal in which you pay only $5 for $10 worth of baked, caffeinated, and sandwiched goodness! Click the picture above to check out the deal. But hurry, the the Groupon coupon will only be available for 1 day, 13 hours,40 minutes and 10, 9, 8,…okay, I’m sure you get the point.
This Grammy Award-winning rapper/producer/actor grew up in The Queens neighborhood and is a graduate of Provine High School in West Jackson.
b. Skipp Coon
c. 5th Child
d. David Banner
The answer will be posted on the blog at 7 p.m. Feel free to jump in anytime with an answer.
What is greater than a blog that highlights the positive aspects of West Jackson? More established, local media that support the same positivity. That’s what you’ll find in the Winter 2010 issue of BOOM Jackson magazine. Below is a list of features in the magazine that highlight the latest goodness of the west side of town. Make sure to pick up a copy of BOOM at the nearest BOOMbox or read the current issue online.
p. 12 | Blogging West by Julia Hulitt: features the West Jackson Blog (whoop whoop!)
p. 16 | Shelter in a Storm by Jesse Crow: highlights the newly renovated COFO Complex
p. 26 | Of Bodegas and Delays by Adam Lynch: mentions the WESToration Initiative and efforts along Hwy 80.
p. 55 | Lipitor Daydreams & Fried Food Fantasies by Tom Ramsey: features Lumpkins BBQ (owned by West Jackson residents Melvin & Monique Davis) and Ellis Seafood.
p. 75 | Jackson Power Couples by Charlotte Blom: features Jackson State University’s Interim President, Dr. Leslie Burl McLemore and his wife, Betty Mallett
p. 77 | See Yourself Fashion for Success by David Johnston: features photos from the BOOM Fashion Show. Proceeds benefited West Jackson-nonprofit, Dress for Success Metro Jackson.
p. 90 | 9 Nifty Notions by Arthur Jones: Hutto’s Home and Garden Center makes Arthur’s list of Saturday spots
Willie Heidelburg, Running Back, University of Southern Mississippi, 1970, 1971 (Photo: Student Printz)
So, which Lumberton, Mississippi native and West Jackson resident was the first African-American football player at the University of Southern Mississippi? If you answered (b.) Willie Heidelburg, then you are absolutely correct! Heidelburg was recruited as a running back for the Eagles in the Spring of 1970 and quickly received the nickname “Wee Willie”–a name that referenced his small stature. You see, in a sport that is filled with giants, Heidelburg stood 5′ 6″ tall and weighed 147 pounds. Nevertheless, he proved that the meaning of the word “giant” was relative as Southern Miss faced the fourth-ranked Ole Miss Rebels and their Heisman Trophy-nominated quarterback, Archie Manning.
Southern Miss, undoubtedly the underdog in this matchup, went on to defeat Ole Miss 30-14. Nearly half of Southern Miss’s points were attributed to the quickness of Heidelburg (not to mention the two touchdowns he scored).
Willie Heidelburg now lives in West Jackson and is an Assistant Football Coach at Belhaven University.
For more information on Willie Heidelburg, you should definitely read the March 2009 Student Printz article by Tyler Cleveland.
Thanks for participating in this week’s trivia! We’ll see you next time!
Members of The LEAD Group and elected officials cut the ribbon on the new Sleep Inn.
Today, a large crowd gathered to witness the ribbon cutting of West Jackson’s newest business. Sleep Inn & Suites, located near the intersection of the Metro Parkway and Gallatin Street, is a $5 million development that features Free Wi-Fi, hot breakfast, a conference room, an exercise facility, and 64 guest rooms equipped with a microwave and fridge.
The newly constructed hotel is owned by a group of local, African-American investors known as The LEAD Group.
This is very exciting news for West Jackson as the many investments that are taking place downtown began to seep across Gallatin Street and into the community.
If you’d like to book a room at the Sleep Inn, the hotel is currently offering a special rate of $79.99 per night. This rate is effective until the December 31, 2010.
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This Lumberton, Mississippi native and West Jackson resident was the first African-American football player at the University of Southern Mississippi.
a. Walter Payton
b. Willie Heidelburg
c. Reggie Collier
d. Jerry Rice
The answer will be revealed at 7 p.m. Until, let us know what you think the answer is.
Model apartment at One University Place
Here’s a gift for you this holiday season. Looking for a new apartment, but want something that’s a little cooler than the run-of-the-mill space you have now? Sounds like you need to swing by One University Place and take a look.
One University Place, Jackson’s newest mixed-use development, is running an excellent special right now. If you sign a 12-month lease by January 31, 2011, your rate will be as follows for 6 of the 12 months:
1bedroom/ 1bath $500 (orig. $675)
2bedroom with den/ 1bath $750 (orig. $920)
2bedroom/ 2bath $800 (orig. $995)
2bedroom/ 2bath luxury suite $1300 (orig. $1550)
So give property manager, Lauren Jones, a call now at (769) 233-8180 because these are special, special rates!
Also, if you’d like to see more photos of One University Place, take a look at their Facebook photo gallery.
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