• Signature Q&A: Shane Lott

    Shane Lott is a 15-year Hattiesburg transplant from Williston, ND, via Hazlehurst. He is a proud 2006 alumni of the University of Southern Miss. He is  formerly the sales manager at Southern Prohibition Brewing, and just took a job with Pratt Industries in Raleigh, NC. He will be selling 100 percent recycled paper packaging and displays to manufacturers. Pratt puts a huge focus on recycling and sustainability efforts, and he’s proud to be joining their team. 

  • Signature Q&A: Brian Jordan

    Brian was born and raised in Arkansas. He moved to Memphis after high school and attended Memphis College of Art as a sculpture major. While living in Memphis Brian worked in a bronze foundry, blacksmith shop, painted murals, and also began his tattoo career (he has been tattooing for 17 years). 
    He moved to the Hattiesburg area 7 years ago and opened Hattiesburg Tattoo with Stone Sherman 2 years ago. 
    Brian is married to Emily Jordan and has 3 children in his life. He trains Jiu-Jitsu at Sumrall Jiu-Jitsu and enjoys traveling to beautiful places. 

  • Signature Q&A: Kelly Dunn

    Kelly Dunn has been Staff Photographer for The University of Southern Mississippi for 15 years. Her work has been published in various news outlets as part of USM promotion and communications, including the New York Times.  She has worked with non-profit organizations locally, regionally, and internationally documenting their work. Kelly’s work has recently been featured in Photographers Without Borders’ blog as part of a documentary workshop in Costa Rica in which she participated in September.

  • Signature Q&A: Jamie Arrington

    Jamie Arrington graduated from the University of Southern Mississippi in 2002. He is a former NCAA, NFL and NHL mascot. He is the co-founder of Hub City Comedy, a group of Mississippi stand-up comedians who promote and perform in their own shows. Notable comedians who have performed with Hub City Comedy are Hannibal Buress, Tig Notaro, Tom Segura, Todd Barry, Doug Stanhope, Rory Scovel, Kyle Kinane, Nate Bargatze, Brooks Wheelan, Sean Patton and Mark Normand. He is also host of To The Top Talk podcast on SuperTalk.fm and Airing It Out with Jamie Arrington podcast.

  • Signature Q&A: Gay Polk-Payton

    Gay Polk-Payton, 47, was born in Hattiesburg, Mississippi to the late Ollie and Fannie Miller Polk and she is the mother of one son, Gaybriel “Kobe” Payton. She was admitted to the practice of law in the state of Mississippi in September 1996 after completing a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration at the University of Southern Mississippi, a Master’s in Business Administration at the University of New Orleans with and a Juris Doctor at the University of Mississippi (Ole Miss) School of Law.

  • Signature Q&A: Vaeda Mann

    Vaeda Mann is 18 years old and the daughter of Mark Mann and Andrea Marx. She graduated from Oak Grove High School in 2015, and is now working and traveling as a freelance model. During the past two years, she's had the opportunity to work for designers in Chicago, Fort Myers, Miami, Nashville, Houston and New Orleans, and it was a dream come true to be seen in two issues of Seventeen Magazine.

  • Signature Q&A: Mik Davis

    Mik Davis is the record store manager at T-BONE's Records and Cafe and a GED instructor. At other stations of life, he has been a musician, writer and much more. However, he would much rather talk about music. Davis came to the Hub City in 1987 to attend USM, where he planned to study filmmaking. Instead he got a degree in American Studies, which he described as a catchall – poly sci, lit, music and reflects too many tastes. “And I haven’t left,” he said.
     

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