By W. Derek Russell Daily Journal TUPELO – Expect more than 30 classic pop standards to hit the stage at the Lyric Theatre when Tupelo Community Theatre presents “Smokey Joe’s Cafe” in September. The long-running Broadway musical features rock and roll and rhythm and blues songs like “Jailhouse Rock,” “Yakety Yak” and “Stand By Me.” […]

By M. Scott Morris Daily Journal “Southpaw” can be melodramatic and predictable, but that’s easy to forgive because it’s a deeply affecting movie. Jake Gyllenhaal is Billy Hope, a guy who grew up an orphan and literally battled his way to become a boxing world champion. Even at its best, it’s not a perfect life. […]

Carolina Randall Williams will be signing copies of "Soul Food Love" at the Thacker Mountain Radio Hour performance at the Linke Centre on Aug. 8, where she will be one of the literary guests. (Penny De Los Santos)

By Ginna Parsons Daily Journal For all practical purposes, Caroline Randall Williams and her mother, Alice Randall, have written a cookbook called “Soul Food Love: Healthy Recipes Inspired by One Hundred Years of Cooking in a Black Family.” But it’s really more than a cookbook. “It’s a love letter to all the women in my […]

By Ginna Parsons Daily Journal ABERDEEN – Tupelo native Jean Massey knew the basics of cooking when she got out on her own, but she wanted to take that knowledge a step further. So she started experimenting. “Anything that sounded like it was going to be good I’d try,” said Massey, 63. “I started buying […]

Marie’s German Chocolate Pound Cake 2 cups sugar 1 cup shortening 4 eggs 2 teaspoons vanilla flavoring 2 teaspoons butter flavoring 3 cups self-rising flour 1 cup buttermilk 1 (4-ounce) Baker’s German’s sweet chocolate bar Cream sugar and shortening. Add eggs and flavorings. Beat well. Alternate adding flour and milk, mixing well. Soften chocolate in […]

I had never heard of a tomato pie until I moved to Tupelo in 1992. We didn’t eat such things in south Alabama, where I grew up, or in any of the other Southern states where I’ve lived in my 52 years. Joe Rutherford, the Journal’s editorial page editor, made me my first tomato pie […]

By Riley Manning Daily Journal TUPELO – For the past year and some months, the Rev. Sherry Horton of First Christian Church has been making a lot out of a little. She works out of a mobile unit behind what used to be her church, flattened in the tornado of April 2014, and does everything […]

By M. Scott Morris Daily Journal SELMER, Tenn. – Darryl Melton doesn’t know where he would be without the relationships in his life, and the most important is with Jesus Christ. “In reality, we’re not an ‘I,’ we’re a ‘we,’” said Melton, a 67-year-old resident of Selmer, Tennessee. “Christ is with us all the time.” […]

By Riley Manning Daily Journal At last month’s annual meeting of the Southern Baptist Convention, pastors gathered to discuss a plethora of topics, from the general revitalization of the church to the then-impending Supreme Court decision legalizing same-sex marriage. But for the most part, North Mississippi pastors reported, the convention kept full steam ahead on […]