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Karrece spent her years as a young girl at the feet of her grandmothers watching them apply makeup. She followed that passion. Through her study, she was able to learn shading, highlighting, contouring, and makeup application based on complexion and also based on the shape of the eyes. Today, after years of practice, including courses where she learned application technique, cleanliness, and other skills, Karrece is a developed makeup artist.

Karrece had dreams, but the state got in the way. That is because Mississippi required makeup artists to acquire either a cosmetology or estheticians license, which takes up to 1,500 hours. The courses would teach Karrece a lot of things she didn’t need and very few that would actually help her. A busy mom, Karrece didn’t have the time or money for a commitment that wouldn’t even help her.

But last year the legislature exempted makeup artists from licensing requirements. Now, Karrece can follow her dreams.

“I am able to do what I love,” Karrece recently told us. “I’m able to get out there and use my gift. My vision for my business has come to pass and it is amazing to be able to help women and empower them to know that their beauty is as flawless as their spirit. That’s my mission.”

Meet Michael Moore

Michael battled addiction as a teenager and would spend 19 years in prison for his involvement in an armed robbery. He was not aware that his friend had a loaded gun in his possession when the two went to the convenience store. It didn’t matter.

That decision led to the next 19 years of his life behind bars where he clung to hope every day that he would one day go home. That day finally came on August 4, 2021. Moore was paroled and reunited with his family.

That was possible because in 2021 Gov. Tate Reeves signed the Mississippi Earned Parole Eligibility Act, which made thousands of incarcerated Mississippians eligible for parole. This doesn’t mean they were paroled, only that they were able to have their case heard by the gubernatorially

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