Q&A: Bobby Carter on leading Tiny Desk, his time at Jackson State, early career advice

Carter, a Jackson State alumnus, took over as the new series host and producer for NPR’s “Tiny Desk Concerts” series in April.

This new high-speed fiber internet project aims to close the technology gap in Alabama’s Black Belt

The $230 million project, which broke ground in Selma in early March, will reach around 53,000 homes and businesses.

Thousands honor Selma Jubilee, voting rights ahead of March 5 election

On the 59th anniversary of Bloody Sunday, thousands marched across the Edmund Pettus Bridge to honor those brutally attacked in the fight for civil rights.

As March 5 primary election nears, some voters are still unaware of District 2 change

Civics education groups, like the South Alabama Black Women’s Roundtable, are working to notify voters of the change made by the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling.

The Gulf South’s rejection of the Summer EBT program puts further strain on child hunger issues

Mississippi, Louisiana and Alabama have opted out of the USDA’s Summer EBT program, but advocates say the need is far greater than one program.

Remembering Margaret Walker 50 years later, as her groundbreaking poetry festival returns to Jackson

A conversation with author Maryemma Graham on her biography of Walker, famed novelist and professor who created the Phillis Wheatley Festival in 1973.

6 months later, Mississippi communities hit by March tornado fear they’ve been abandoned

As national attention wanes and volunteers head to other disasters, residents of Rolling Fork and nearby Silver City have been left to recover on their own.

Birmingham students take trip back in time for lesson on 16th Street Baptist Church bombing

The event, which centered around Christopher Paul Curtis’ novel “The Watsons Go to Birmingham,” was held to commemorate the 60th anniversary of the attack.

A medical equipment company is trying to turn the tide on the Gulf South’s ‘diaper divide’

Aeroflow Healthcare has been pushing state lawmakers to end sales tax on necessary items such as diapers, breast pumps and other incontinence products.

How Mississippi historians are preserving Emmett Till’s and Mamie Till-Mobley’s story

A national monument for Emmett Till and Mamie Till-Mobley has put a spotlight on the work Mississippi historians have been doing to keep the story alive.

Emmett Till is being memorialized with 3 national monuments. Here’s where they’ll be located

President Joe Biden is expected to officially recognize two locations in Mississippi to honor Till’s life and death on what would have been his 82nd birthday.

In rural Mississippi, Baby University is helping parents with ‘more than diapers’

The free program in Clarksdale, Mississippi teaches young parents how to better care for their children while filling in the gaps of the social safety net.

Alabama’s health care system for women ranks near the bottom of this new scorecard

The Commonwealth Fund’s new report includes 12 new measures that evaluate and rank states on reproductive services and women’s health care.

With pandemic-era boost to SNAP over, a Mississippi diaper bank is receiving more calls for help

With the COVID-19 public health emergency over, Diaper Bank of the Delta is trying to fill in the gap and connect struggling families to more resources.

To improve birth outcomes for uninsured moms, Birmingham is training more doulas

The city of Birmingham has teamed up with BirthWell Partners’ community doula project to sponsor 32 trainees to work in underserved communities.

Why SCOTUS decision on abortion pill ban won’t change much for Gulf South residents

Physicians and Gulf South advocates say much won’t change in their states — which have total abortion bans in place — whether mifepristone is banned or not.

Volunteers are driving in to offer hot meals, necessities to Mississippi tornado survivors

The gym of a Rolling Fork school has become a makeshift hub to get much-needed emergency aid, meals and hope for thousands affected by the tornadoes.

As midwifery evolves, this Mississippi museum is preserving the history of granny midwives

Granny midwives were some of the first to universalize the practice of midwifery in the South. A permanent installation hopes to share their history.

In rural Mississippi, E.R. staff are being trained to care for moms and deliver babies

Across the Gulf South, hospitals are cutting labor and delivery services. A program at UMMC hopes to equip health care professionals to fill in the rising gaps.

These billboards want you to know how to get abortion pills — even if your state banned abortions

The nonprofit Mayday.Health organized the campaign to travel across 14 states with abortion bans.

Alabama advocates urge treatment over punishment for pregnant women jailed for substance use

Alabama’s chemical endangerment laws are strict, especially for pregnant women. One program offers alternatives to jail for treating prenatal substance use.

In post-Roe Mississippi, pregnancy resource centers are becoming the last hope for maternal care

PRCs, like Life Choices in Columbus, can help expecting mothers in several ways, but experts say they're not a substitute for actual health care.

Staying Pink: Jackson Women’s Health Organization is closed, but 1 group continues the fight

A small team of activists is still gathering outside of the Pink House — though the clinic has closed — to continue the fight for abortion access.

How Dr. Emily Fortney is using her clinical psychology work to help pregnant people

Suicide is a leading cause of death in women, and mood and anxiety disorders make perinatal risks more complicated. Dr. Fortney’s work is focused on this issue.

Jackson residents claim city’s water woes stem from decades of neglect in new lawsuit

The lawsuit claims that Jackson’s water quality was poor long before the recent pump failure at O.B. Curtis — caused by decades of neglect and mismanagement.