Yasmine Malone, Clarksdale High Student, introduces her photo story about Meraki  Roasting Company/GRIOT Arts, Inc., a local coffee shop and youth center in downtown Clarksdale.

CLARKSDALE – Clarksdale native and University of Mississippi student, Yasmine Malone, 22, was one of 22 young women photographers across the country to participate in The New York Times “This Is 18” project, which highlights what being 18 means for young girls in their communities, reported by the New York Times.

Malone, highlighted the story of Madison Breanne Justice. Last year, Malone participated in the Blue Magnolia Films week-long documentary photography program for youth in Clarksdale.

Read The New York Times story here.


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Aallyah Wright is a native of Clarksdale, and was a Mississippi Delta reporter covering education and local government. She was also a weekly news co-host on WROX Radio (97.5 FM) and collaborator with StoryWorks/Reveal Labs from the Center for Investigative Reporting. Aallyah has a bachelor’s in journalism with minors in communications and theater from Delta State University. She is a 2018 Educating Children in Mississippi Fellow at the Hechinger Report, and co-founder of the Mississippi Delta Public Newsroom.