Tina Brooks

Tina Brooks, 43, says she enjoys working behind the scenes. Between her full-time job at Ross & Yerger Insurance and assisting her husband, Will Brooks, with his business, JellyDonut Studio, she has her hands full, but she says she finds purpose in helping others.

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Midtown Celebration

Since Midfest’s start in 2014, the street festival and block party has been focused on celebrating what the midtown area has to offer, showcasing local businesses and the creative talents of its residents.

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Jordan Guerriero

When Jordan Guerriero is not working at Professional Eyecare Associates in Madison, she writes for her blog, “Lift Cats Not Weights.”

Guerriero, 26, says the name was inspired by her two cats, Mr. Vivian and Baby Princess Hathor, who she says will make their debut on the site soon. On the blog, she shares lifestyle tips such as vegan recipes and self-care tips. Her posts include everything from how to get out of a rut to a post on her trip to the Hindu temple in Brandon.

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Cinnamon Roll Cravings

Michael Harris’ business, Your Cravings Gourmet Cinnamon Rolls, sprung from a family tradition. “My grandma taught me how to make them,” he says. “It’s something that everyone enjoyed, and she would try to make them for our family when we gathered at her house.”

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Sugar’s Legacy

Preparing meals for the masses isn’t anything new for Glenda Cage Barner and her son, Donovan Barner, who own Sugar’s Place. They have spent years cooking up food for their large family reunions.

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The War for Cupcakes

Every October, the National Alliance on Mental Illness Mississippi shines a light on Mental Illness Awareness Month with a fundraiser. This year, the organization’s Youth Advisory Council is hosting one to further their mission of mental-health communication while also bringing people together over something sweet: cupcakes.

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Steamy, Southern Summer Nights

With Mississippi celebrating its 200th birthday this year, New Stage Theatre is paying tribute to one of the state’s renowned authors, Tennessee Williams, with its production of “Baby Doll.”

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Andreas Moffett

Andreas Moffett, 29, says his goal is to improve the lives of those around him. As the material handling supervisor at Nissan in Canton, he oversees material management. “I make sure we are getting parts to the line in an effective manner,” he says. “And I look for better, more efficient ways to improve the process.”

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Roderick Red

Roderick Red believes that sparking change is the best use of art. The 28-year-old filmmaker and producer is using his multimedia business, Red Squared Productions, LLC, to help spread messages of activism to Jackson and beyond.

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Justin Bruce

Justin Bruce, 28, is passionate about helping the capital city succeed, and as director of innovation and performance for the City of Jackson, he gets to do just that.

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