By M. Scott Morris Daily Journal IUKA – When singer Gabby Boyd first met her music producer, he didn’t know what to expect. “He thought I was going to be an African-American girl from the city. He was like, ‘Wow, she’s a country girl,’” the 28-year-old Boyd said. An Iuka native, Boyd has been writing […]

By W. Derek Russell Daily Journal TUPELO – Baltimore, 1962. Rock ‘n’ roll is king, hormones are raging, integration is shunned and plus-sized teenager Tracy Turnblad is ready to fulfill her dream of dancing on “The Corny Collins Show.” “Hairspray,” based on the 1988 film of the same name, packs a lot of social elements […]

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Cipher (Charlize Theron) forces Dom (Vin Diesel) to turn against his family in “The Fate of the Furious.”

By M. Scott Morris Daily Journal “The Fate of the Furious” is a monster at the box office, but I spent much of the movie rolling my eyes. If you like fast cars, tough guys, good-looking women and plots strung together with Silly Putty, you’ll probably have a fine time. This is something like the […]

By W. Derek Russell Daily Journal TUPELO – When Victoria Fox found out she had landed the role of Belle in Pied Piper Players’ production of “Beauty and the Beast,” it was the culmination of her lifetime of all things Disney. “Belle and Ariel were always my favorites,” said Fox, 16, a sophomore at TCPS. […]

By W. Derek Russell Daily Journal TUPELO – Whether it’s snakes, the guillotine or the electric chair, theatricality has always been a part of Alice Cooper’s stage presence. But he’s looking to add a little weather to his setlist when he plays Tupelo this weekend. “We try to get down to the South right during […]

By Thomas Simpson Daily Journal TUPELO – Ten downtown Tupelo merchants will host the annual Downtown Tupelo Main Street Association and Trustmark Bank Wine Downtown Thursday from 5 to 7 p.m. Participating merchants include About the South, Bailey Diane, BlairHaus, Caron Gallery, Crave, Farmhouse, MLM Clothiers, Spring Street Cigars, The Main Attraction and Willow Bride. […]

By W. Derek Russell Daily Journal TUPELO – Few traditions stand the test of time like the GumTree Festival – but even with its many components, celebrating the arts stands at the forefront of the festival’s mission for the past 46 years. Part of that celebration is the annual songwriting competition, and this year is […]

By Ginna Parsons Daily Journal STARKVILLE – A complicated holiday dish turned out to be the undoing of a 14-year-old Starkville boy vying to become the next “MasterChef Junior.” Mark Coblentz, who had made it into the top 10 contestants from an original field of 40, failed to wow celebrity chef judges Gordon Ramsay, Christina […]

By W. Derek Russell Daily Journal TUPELO – The Tupelo Film Festival, now in its 14th year, lost a champion when Pat Rasberry died in September 2016. Rasberry was film commissioner of Tupelo for more than 25 years and was an integral part of the festival. But, in her absence, the work is continuing thanks […]