Monday, May 15, 2023

Greater Jackson Arts Council Has To Pay Up

The Greater Jackson Arts Council's financial woes continue.  Hinds County Circuit Court Judge Adrienne Wooten awarded a $57,600 default judgement against the organization on May 9, 2023 after it stiffed a videographer.  

GJAC hired Jake Slinkard to provide media production services.  He agreed to provide 6 half-days of production for $2,400 per month.  He provided media production from May 2022 to October 2022.  GJAC paid the videographer per the terms of the contract from May to July.   

Managing Director Jon Salem was Mr. Slinkard's "primary contact" at GJAC.  However, Executive Director Silbrina Wright fired the Managing Director in August 2022.  The complaint claimed she told Mr. Slinkard his August payment was being processed and he would be paid "soon."  GJAC finally paid him in September but only for September's work.  Mr. Slinkard said he was not paid in August, October, or November.  He tried to contact Ms. Wright numerous times about his payment but she blocked both of his phone numbers.  

The videographer sued the organization on November 15, 2022 in Hinds County Circuit Court for breach of contract.  The summons was returned on December 5. The Greater Jackson Arts Council never responded to the lawsuit.  Mr. Slinkard applied for default on December 30, 2022.  The clerk entered the default on January 12, 2023.  The plaintiff filed a motion for default judgment on the same day.  The motion asked for $57,600 in damages.  

Judge Wooten held a hearing on April 24 and ruled against the defendant.  Attorney Jack Simpson of Langston and Lott represented the plaintiff.  

Mr. Salem filed a wrongful termination lawsuit against his former employer in Rankin County Circuit Court in March. 

Kingfish note: Mr. Slinkard got his judgment, now he gets to go collect it.  


Anonymous said...

Probably about as enforceable as some state attorney general somewhere suing the People's Republic of China for causing the Wuhan Flu Virus.

Anonymous said...

The old "can't get blood from a turnip" saying will most likely apply here.

Anonymous said...

The real question isn’t so much collectability, though that matters greatly to Mr. Slinkard, but how can GJAC be so incompetent that it allows a default judgment to be taken against it? Doesn’t it have lawyers on the board?

Anonymous said...

This thing called Jackson-

Anonymous said...

Methinks that Ms. Silbrina Wright likely drives a nice ride (Mercedes? BMW?) registered to the GJAC. Identify the asset and with the court's blessing seize it.

Anonymous said...

Why is Mr. Salem's suit filed in Rankin? I realize he likely lives there, but the organization and location everything took place is in Jxn, right?

anonamouse said...

Is Ms Wright connected to baby Chok and the Republic of New Afrika? Is this fiasco part of the scam?

Maybe a debtor's deposition would be necessary to determine assets to be collected against.

Anonymous said...

10:20 - The board president, Julian Miller, purports to be a lawyer, and has actually been employed as such by three different Jackson law firms. I can't imagine why GJAC wasn't properly advised.

Anonymous said...

If GJAC contested this suit it would lead to discovery and that could be very bad for the current board... at least my thoughts on it.

Anonymous said...

Here’s some free advice from somebody in a company that’s been there, done that.
Don’t enter into any contractual agreement with the City Of Jackson or any of its underlying entities for any services real or implied.
You won’t be paid. Understand? You won’t be paid.

Anonymous said...

Julian Miller - Senior Supervising Attorney - Southern Poverty Law Center

nuff said-

Anonymous said...

Who will know if the City of Jackson continues to fund this bogus 'art for the people' non-profit?

Over half of those donations makes its way right back around to the RNA.

Anonymous said...

Greater Jackson Arts Council: Does it list grift and embezzling as arts?

Anonymous said...

What a shame. It was not long ago that the Council put a full court to press the Legislature into giving money towards this black hole. They put a guilt trip on anyone with power to persuade the Legislature to give them funds. There are so many other things the Legislature can give money in order to help the state.

Anonymous said...

@12:13 PM - Sage advice.

Anonymous said...

This 'Black Hole' (as it was called above) is nothing more than another money laundering front for the Lumumba family (living and dead) dream of the Republic.

And in order to reward you for playing along, you get to take fabulous, expensive trips.

Anonymous said...

Grifters gonna grift. No consequences for their actions. From the lofty perches of the presidency to the lowly Greater Jackson Arts Council. We're lost. Might as well sit back and watch old Nero Joe and his cohorts burn it all to the ground.

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