As part of the birthplace of the blues, the third annual Oxford blues Fest will be held throughout Oxford this weekend. Darryl Parker founded the festival on the tagline “just a reason to celebrate” and believes Oxford needed something extra to happen in the midst of a college-town summer. As the students leave for the summer, so do the majority of Oxford...

A lot of people, myself included, scoffed at the idea of rebooting the Spider-Man franchise so quickly. After all, it’s only been five years since “Spider-Man 3,” and even though that movie was 50 shades of awful, it still made a boatload of money and all signs pointed toward a fourth film. For whatever reason, that never happened and now we’ve...

  So, let’s get some personal biases out of the way. Things I like: ‘80s hair metal, movies about music and bands, Julianne Hough when she isn’t speaking. Things I don’t like: jukebox musicals, pretentiousness, Julianne Hough when she is speaking. Things I used to like but stopped liking once they became insane: Tom Cruise. With that out of...

An open letter to Henry’s friends:   Or maybe you’re not Henry’s friends. Friends would’ve sent Henry home, or at least shut him up, on Saturday night, when he shouted “nigger” off the bridge near the Ford Center at some people below. Instead, you all said, “Henry!” and stifled laughs. Meaning, of course, that if others...

Last week I drew from Benedict Anderson to introduce the notion of a national imaginary — those ideas and ideals that help link us to a national community from which we are otherwise separated by space and experience. Last week I discussed football; this week I’ll consider music and celebrity culture.   You might ask why I’m not talking about movies...

Jay Levy accomplished something in his first year of teaching that many other teachers take years to achieve. Levy, a 9th- and 10th-grade English teacher at Pisgah High School in Brandon, led his students to a 98.1 percent passing rate on the English II state test, which was the highest in the state of Mississippi for the 2011-12 school year. He was also named Teacher...