• From Uganda with Love

    Southern Miss graduate Lindsey Pellittieri sits in her tiny corner of the world in Gulu,Uganda. There have been many life changes since she moved from the Hub City to this rural village halfway across the globe, about 8,000 miles, give or take, and eight hours ahead of local time.

     It’s been a long time since she’s connected with the Hattiesburg area.

    But in this Northern Region village she’s learned not only about her own strengths, but the strength of Ugandan women and others around the world.

    The seed was planted some time ago, but has started to blossom.

  • Dancing 101: How I learned to stop worrying, and love the beat

    When I arrived at the Front Street studio of Hattiesburg Ballroom and Beyond on a Thursday evening, donning my dancing shoes and a case of the new student jitters, there wasn’t a single corner for this Baby to hide in.

  • Elizabeth Porter: SUPER MOM & WONDER  WOMAN

     She’s a single woman and a local attorney. He’s a blonde-haired, 17-month-old little boy who likes to climb on the furniture and loves a good book about tractors.

    Their story is an unlikely one, but one that was written in the stars.

    Two years ago, Hattiesburg attorney Elizabeth Porter was focused on her growing private practice and her work as a public defender for Forrest County.

    She had already spent two years working as an assistant district attorney and despite having achieved much in her young career, Porter still longed for something more.

  • Ladies Leading the Way

    Rock ’n’ Roll has grown into an intergenerational entity. Since its birth from the hybrid strains of Country & Western and Rhythm & Blues, it grows the most when rebelling against the previous mixture of alleles. However, now Rock ’n’ Roll is entering another phase of singer/ songwriters to push it along the genetic line.

  • The underdog of American Fiction: SCIENCE FICTION

     Science Fiction (to be abbreviated SF here) continues to be a misappropriated and misunderstood genre that for its complex history should at least merit a few more writers than George Orwell (“1984”), Aldous Huxley (“Brave New World”) and Ray Bradbury (“Fahrenheit 451.”)

  • Evita: HCLO brings Andrew Lloyd Webber’s musical to Saenger Theater

    Hattiesburg Civic Light Opera will present Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Tony-winning musical, Evita, May 3-6 at the Historic Saenger Theater. Evita charts the young and ambitious Eva Peron’s meteoric rise to first lady of Argentina and near-sainthood. Set in Argentina between 1934-1952, the musical follows Eva Duarte on her journey from poor, illegitimate child to ambitious actress to wife of military leader-turned-president Juan Peron, the most powerful woman in Latin America, before her death from cancer at age 33.

  • 32nd annual ezra jack keats book award

    The Ezra Jack Keats Foundation, in partnership with the de Grummond Children's Literature Collection at The University of Southern Mississippi, will present the 32nd annual Ezra Jack Keats Book Award at the Fay B. Kaigler Children’s Book Festival on April 12. The award is a national award given to a writer and illustrator for their outstanding work.

  • Flaming Lips & Jackson Browne Work to Set World Record at Boom Boom

    Benny’s Boom Boom Room on Front Street, Hattiesburg, played host to Jackson Browne and the Flaming Lips during June 2012. After stops in Memphis, Clarksdale, Oxford, Jackson, The Lips planted a very early morning kiss on the Hub City.

    Singer/songwriter Jackson Browne joined them on the Hub City stage as The Lips attempted to break a Guinness World Record title for The Most Live Concerts in 24 Hours in Multiple Cities.

  • Hi-Hat Club

    It was, at one time, one of the important stops on what was known as the “chitlin circuit,” featuring the likes of B.B. King, Otis Redding, Sam Cooke, Ray Charles, Al Green, Ike and Tina Turner, James Brown, Johnnie Taylor, Little Milton, Louis Armstrong, Hank Ballard & the Midnighters, Fats Domino and many others.

  • Tal’s Music Emporium

    In the Pine Belt, when music of days gone by comes to mind, many may think of Tal’s Music and Dart Emporium, The Stone Toad, Tal’s Corral or The Library. All were hangouts of Tal DeCell through the years. And they too featured their fair share of big name musicians during the day.

    A former Marine, boxer who made a name for himself, and University of Southern Mississippi graduate with a degree in psychology, DeCell sold insurance for about six months after graduation.

    In 1968, he purchased a jukebox bar on U.S. 49, The Capri Lounge, which he later renamed The Stone Toad.

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