Countess’ Pen: A Writer’s Journey

Countess’ Pen: A Writer’s Journey

28-year-old writer, Jessica Contessa Dent, also known as Contessa Dee, launched a blog a while back titled, Countess' Pen. It was birthed out of the need for Dent to not feel suppressed anymore. Dent's goal is to encourage as many as she can to show them they can break free from their secrets and their untold stories that hold them hostage. "Growing up, I was trained to feel like my voice didn't matter. I spent years in pinned up frustration and other countless deleted blogs, and Countess' Pen was the statement to prove that I was fed up with not...Read More
Photographer Kim Rushing: Parchman

Photographer Kim Rushing: Parchman

A little over 20 years ago, Kim Rushing began a photography project on the grounds of Parchman State Penitentiary in Drew, Mississippi. In 1994, he visited Parchman grounds two to three days a week, photographing the landscape and architecture of the penitentiary and eventually interviewing and photographing the inmates inside. Rushing is the first outside photographer in history to ever photograph the inmates inside the penitentiary. In "Parchman," Rushing shows glimpses of a day in the life of the inmates. Many of the incarcerated men were allowed to tell their stories of what it is like being a prisoner. Before...Read More
Spillers Relates to His Life Undercover

Spillers Relates to His Life Undercover

  After 10 years of working as an undercover agent for the Baton Rogue Police Department and the Mississippi Bureau of Narcotics, Charlie Spillers describes his harrowing experiences of crime fighting and narrow escapes in his new novel, "Confessions of an Undercover Agent: Adventures, Close Calls, and the Toll of a Double Life." Spillers never thought he would one day work as an undercover agent until the Baton Rogue police captain presented the idea to him. "Of course I jumped at the chance, not knowing what it would entail or how long it would last," said Spillers. "That visit began...Read More
Mary Parker Takes Charge

Mary Parker Takes Charge

"The chick in charge is not a woman with an attitude, the chick in charge is the woman with the position in which I came from." She was that little girl "always in grown folks business." The older adults around her would tell her "stay in a child's place," and "stop being so grown," but she never listened. She has always wanted to be "the chick in the charge." Mary H. Parker wrote a memoir titled, "The Chick in Charge: Life Lessons, Business Principles, & Inspirational Tools for Optimum Success," in which she talks about her childhood to corporate America,...Read More