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Deidra Jackson

Censorship is still 50 shades of wrong

With libraries in multiple states deciding not to put the latest sex novel, E L James’ “Fifty Shades of Grey,”  on their shelves, local columnist Deidra Jackson writes about censorship and its effect on readers and the public. (May 10, 2012, Page 4)

Thanks, social media; we’re plugged in but tuned out

Local columnist Deidra Jackson sees it every morning on her commute to town – people conversing on their cellphones. Who are they talking to and what are they talking about – and is it really something that’s meaningful? Real moments and memories, she writes, are what’s really important. (April 26, 2012, Page 4)

Reality TV today: Cheap laughs, faux authenticity

Remember “Candid Camera”? Local columnist Deidra Jackson remembers several versions of the popular, and original, reality TV show, and compares it to today attempts at realism that appear to be there just for cheap laughs. (April 12, 2012, Page 4)

This ‘post-racial’ age is still not for the thin-skinned

Why are you blacks so sensitive about race? It’s a question local columnist Deidra Jackson has heard and one she tries to answer with a column that looks at the importance of battling racism with thick skin rather than thin. (March 29, 2012, Page 4)

‘Cheesy grits’ have more substance than GOP agenda

Notice how grits seem to be part of any national political conversation about Mississippi? Those grits, local columnist Deidra Jackson writes, have more substance than most of what Mississippians and others have been hearing from the men running for the Republican nomination for president. (March 15, 2012, Page 4)

Star search: End of days or just another Dec. 21?

Local columnist Deidra Jackson takes a look at Dec. 21, 2012, the date some predict the world as we know it will come to an end. Are we, locally, prepared for anything anywhere close to a major catastrophe, much less the end of the world? (March 1, 2012, Page 4)

Let’s hear from women on the birth control issue

Local columnist Deidra Jackson has seen and heard lots of men talking about birth control and contraception and says it’s way past time that we hear from women who know more about the issue and whose opinions should carry the most weight. (February 16, 2012, Page 4)

Historical ‘shames’ should be shared, not censored

With Martin Luther King Jr. Day this week, local columnist Deidra Jackson takes a look at her feelings about that history, the iconic Lorraine Motel in Memphis and how some schools are glossing over parts of our past that should not be forgotten or overlooked. (January 19, 2012, Page 4)

The antidote to bullying is strong on policy

Remember those kids or groups of classmates you’d just as soon not have to pass by when you were growing up. What they were doing – bullying, whether we called it that or not – is as bad, if not worse, these days. Local columnist Deidra Jackson takes on bullying to show that it’s something we have to tackle head on. (January 5, 2012, Page 4)

Belle, the beagle, a model to follow in 2012

Fanatics and risk-takers have a special place in local columnist Deidra Jackson’s mind and heart, and she points to Belle, the beagle, as one who followed her instincts and enjoyed a brief shot at the good life that she’s probably never forget. Jackson writes that all of us might consider imitating Belle a bit in 2012. (December 22, 2011, Page 4)

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