W. Derek Russell


W. Derek Russell is the entertainment writer and Sunday editor for the Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal. He has been published in DC Comics, CBS Watch Magazine, Titan Magazine publications and many others. Derek went to the Journalism School of Fletch and Clark Kent. If you have an event in the arts and entertainment world, contact him.

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Stories Written by W. Derek Russell

By W. Derek Russell Daily Journal TUPELO – Mother Nature more than cooperated with the City of Tupelo on Sunday afternoon at the second Cherry Blossom Festival at Ballard Park. “Last year it was rainy,” said Tupelo Parks and Recreation director Alex Farned. “This year, we were hoping for good weather and somebody was listening. […]

By W. Derek Russell Daily Journal SALTILLO – Phone calls from concerned citizens led to the detaining of three individuals late Saturday night. Reports came in of multiple subjects riding around and firing a weapon in the direction of multiple homes and vehicles in Saltillo. Thanks to witnesses, descriptions of a vehicle and three people […]

I’m not one to go “all in” on things too quickly. It was months before I listened to the “Hamilton” soundtrack. It was even longer before I gave Netflix’s “Making a Murderer” documentary a go. In my defense, I hear about these things, I just don’t board the hype train too easily. This goes ten-fold […]

By W. Derek Russell Daily Journal TUPELO – Bonsai trees, sushi and origami are just some of the samplings you’ll find at Ballard Park on Sunday. Now in its second year, the North Mississippi Cherry Blossom Festival, presented by the city of Tupelo and Toyota Mississippi, offers a unique look at Japanese heritage and culture […]

By W. Derek Russell Daily Journal TUPELO – If there’s one thing maestro Steven Byess loves, it’s collaboration. That’s what makes the annual semi-stage performance event from the North Mississippi Symphony Orchestra, Ohio Light Opera and the University of Memphis musical theater program such a big event. Coming off the heels of previous NMSO performances […]

By W. Derek Russell Daily Journal TUPELO – Slip into your blue suede shoes and get ready to dance through the weekend in Tupelo with Dancing with the King. The fourth annual event, designed to celebrate the King of Rock ‘n’ Roll’s music and provide scholarships for young dancers in the community, starts Friday at […]

A week ago today, I was sitting in my usual seat, in my usual row, in my usual section at the Lyric Theatre. It’s the same spot I have for my season ticket, where I can be found whenever a new production is mounted by Tupelo Community Theatre. Last week’s performance of “Noises Off” starred […]

By W. Derek Russell Daily Journal TUPELO – Acts like The Eagles, Reba McEntire, Aerosmith, Bob Dylan and Elton John have graced the stage of the BancorpSouth Arena since it opened, but its most important guests are about to get the best seats in the house. The Coliseum commission board voted unanimously at its February […]

By W. Derek Russell Daily Journal TUPELO – Tupelo Ballet director Sharon Long has been busy, as have her students. “There are not many free Sundays in my life,” Long said, laughing. As soon as the annual production of “The Nutcracker” ballet ended for the organization, they were hard at work on their next performance. […]

By W. Derek Russell Daily Journal Often in Hollywood, when writers or producers pitch projects to studios, they’ll marry two films to give an idea of what their project will look like. For instance, the latest resurrection of the giant ape in “Kong: Skull Island” is being called “King Kong” meets “Apocalypse Now.” But for […]