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Katira Banks, aka Katira, is a 17-year-old singer/songwriter, actor, and model. Katira began her love for singing and acting at the age of 7 when she began participating in Magee’s community theater, Lamplight Theater. At the age of 15, Katira auditioned for an elite acting program, Premiere, and was selected out of thousands of participants. She attended Premiere Program during the summer of 2015, where she received several callbacks. Katira is now a Sophomore at the University of Southern Mississippi, where she is pursuing a degree in Theater. She also takes film acting classes at That’s A Wrap in Hattiesburg, Mississippi.

After attending Premiere Program, Katira was scouted for singing, and after a couple of auditions, she signed a recording contract. Katira wrote her first single, with the help of her songwriting and vocal coach. The song was recorded and produced in May in New Jersey. Her first original single, Break Through, released Friday, August 18.

Katira was featured in the June 2017 Volume 2 edition of Beyond the Moon Magazine as one of the Top 100 Models of Summer. She will return to New York in September to walk in New York Fashion Week and will be doing some modeling shoots. She is also a featured extra in a Mississippi-made movie, Blood Country, which will premiere October 7 in Monticello, Mississippi.

You can follow her on Facebook and Instagram at TheOfficialKatira, on Twitter at OfficialKatira, and on YouTube at Katira Banks. Her song can be downloaded on iTunes, Spotify, Amazon Music, and most places that you can download music.

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Patrice is married to Greg Boykin and they have two sons, Bradley & Alex Boykin. Patrice is a lifetime resident of Simpson County. Patrice retired after 25 years in the Insurance industry where 23 of those years were with State Farm Insurance in Magee. She is very active in the community and has served in several leadership roles. Patrice has been a Secretary for the Magee Touchdown Club for 19 years and President of the MS Scholars of Simpson County. Patrice was a member of the Magee Adopt A School Program. She was elected to a term on the Simpson County School Board. She has served on the Board of Directors for the Magee Chamber of Commerce. She serves on the Keep Magee Beautiful Committee and is a member of the Advisory Committee for the Simpson County Technical Center. Patrice is a member of the Simpson County Republican Executive Committee. Multiple times, Patrice was named Parent of the Year for Magee Schools as well as District Parent of the Year for the Simpson County School District. Patrice & her family are members of New Hope Baptist Church.


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