By Riley Manning Daily Journal TUPELO – Tupelo’s city-wide celebration of literacy will ramp up today, as Winston Groom, author of this year’s Tupelo Reads book “Forrest Gump,” will speak at Lee County Library’s Lunching with Books at 11:30 a.m. This year is the first in which the book’s actual author will be in attendance. […]

By Riley Manning Daily Journal CORINTH – Connor Humphreys was just 8 years old when he auditioned for the role that would follow him for decades and that will bring him to Tupelo this week. Humphreys and his family had moved to Corinth by the time he entered high school, but he came across the […]

By Sheena Barnett Daily Journal TUPELO – The world comes to Tupelo next week as the international film festival, the Manhattan Short, returns to the Malco. Tupelo has been involved in the worldwide festival for the last several years, and is often the only city in Mississippi to be involved. During one week, audiences in […]

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Christian rappers Robin "IamLenflow" Ruth and Joson "JWatt" Watkins traveled to Atlanta last weekend to compete in a Christian hip-hop showcase. They've come a long way since their first appearance at the showcase in March.

By Riley Manning Daily Journal A lot has changed for Christian rap artists Joson Watkins, known onstage as JWat, and Robbin Ruth, known as IamLenflow, since March. At the time, they were preparing to travel to Columbia, South Carolina, for their first Christian hip-hop artist showcase. “It’s mindblowing,” Ruth said, “To think of where we […]

New Orleans-based rock band Cowboy Mouth has scored hit singles like “Jenny Says,” “Disconnected,” “Everybody Loves Jill,” and “How Do You Tell Someone.” Hear the band’s music at cowboymouth.com (Courtesy)

By Sheena Barnett Daily Journal NEW ALBANY – Cowboy Mouth has a lot to celebrate. The New Orleans rock band just released its 10th studio album, “Go!” And next year marks the band’s 25th anniversary. “I honestly didn’t think we would last that long,” said the band’s lead singer and drummer, Fred LeBlanc. “I’ve spent […]

By Sheena Barnett Daily Journal TUPELO – Tupelo’s April 28 tornado forced The Filthy Six to cancel its gig at the Blue Canoe, so the band members shook their fists at the sky and vowed to return. Well, the fist-shaking may not have happened, but the guys did promise to make up their gig once […]

The Altman family – Wendy (Tina Fey, left), Paul (Corey Stoll), Mom (Jane Fonda), Judd (Jason Bateman) and Phillip (Adam Driver) – are forced to spend a week of mourning together in “This is Where I Leave You.” (AP Photo/Courtesy Warner Bros. Pictures)

By M. Scott Morris Daily Journal “This is Where I Leave You,” a family drama/comedy, has its share of flaws, but they’re more than balanced out by the quality of individual moments and performances. The cast includes Jason Bateman, Tina Fey, Jane Fonda, Adam Driver, Rose Byrne, Timothy Olyphant and Dax Shepherd, and the actors […]

By M. Scott Morris Daily Journal OXFORD – Nearly two decades ago, Mississippi native Rhes Low took his acting talents and big plans to Hollywood. “As an actor, I was very arty for a while,” the 40-year-old said. “I was all about doing it for art’s sake.” He appeared in independent films and worked on […]

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Confederate Gen. P.T. Beauregard, portrayed by Larry McClurry, back left, Union Gen. Ulysses S. Grant, portrayed by Dr. E.C. Field, center, and Confederate Gen. Nathan Bedford Forrest, portrayed by Michael Cole, far right, talk to attendees before the start of the Battle of Iuka Civil War re-enactment Saturday afternoon in Iuka.

By William Moore Daily Journal IUKA – When the smoke from the cannons and muskets cleared Saturday afternoon, Union troops had won the Battle of Iuka, just as they did 152 years ago. Today, Confederate supporters will see if the Rebels can fare any better in the Battle of Farmington at 1 p.m. The two […]