La’Porsha Renae

What’s there to say about pop sensation La’Porsha Renae? During, and especially after, her stint on American Idol, she is our hometown heroine. She overcame a number of hardships to make it on stage, where she blew away her competition week after week.

After her college graduation at the age of 22, Renae was a victim of domestic abuse. After a year, she separated from her husband and moved to McComb with her one-month-old daughter Nayalee Keya. Accompanied by her daughter, she returned to audition for American Idol in Little Rock, Arkansas and earned her golden ticket by performing in front of the judges with Radiohead’s “Creep”. Renae was announced as the final runner-up on April 7, 2016.

Hours after the end of the American Idol, Renae announced that she had been signed to Big Machine and Motown Records. American Idol mentor and Big Machine Label Group CEO, Scott Borchetta told Billboard the reason for the signing is “because of the overwhelming fan demand and success of the farewell season of American Idol.”

Her debut studio album, Already All Ready was released on March 31, 2017. Buy the album HERE.

Charles R. Crossley

Charles R. Crossley, Sr. of McComb, Mississippi was an African American artist who was influenced by artists Pablo Picasso, Romare Bearden and Jacob Lawrence and was good friends with the late John T. Scott; an African American sculptor, painter, printmaker, and professor of art at Xavier University in New Orleans. When I first moved to McComb, I met his wife Fern Crossley and she introduced me to him and his work. He loved teaching art to children in the community. He has left a major imprint on the arts scene in McComb. On December 27, 2012, at the young age of 74, he passed away while still creating and planning new paintings. To see more of his life’s work, visit the Charles R. Crossley Website. The Charles R. Crossley Memorial Gallery, where the bulk of his estate is housed, is open by appointment.

Charles R. Crossley Memorial Gallery
325 N. Front St.
McComb, MS 39648

One Stop

Phil asked, “Do they have crawfish?” Boy howdy, do they ever have crawfish. Folks line up ten deep, especially on payday, where they get hot, steaming bags of huge crawfish by the pound. But, that’s not the only thing cooking. They have some of the best fried food around – shrimp, fish, potato wedges, turkey wings, and more. They, however, are especially known for those wangs!! HOT, CRISPY, JUICY. In the word’s of Ms. Fern, “They are off the chain!!” They have two separate steam tables, one loaded up with soul food – collard greens, boiled cabbage, green beans – and the other with a variety of Asian-inspired dishes – fried rice, egg rolls, Chow Mein noodles, sesame chicken. A small meat and side is only $3.59 but you can get more than twice that amount for $5.99.

One Stop
601 S. Broadway
McComb, MS 39648