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ABOUT ANDRE: Andre Johnson is a longtime sports journalist and a 2000 graduate of the University of the Memphis with Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism. A native of Memphis, Johnson is a former sport reporter Memphis Commercial Appeal newspaper and Memphis Sport Magazine. He worked as full-time staffer for The Commercial Appeal from 2000-2002, in which he was the beat reporter for the Memphis Houn’dawgs of now-defunct American Basketball Assocation and the Memphis Xplorers of the arenafootball2 league. He has interviewed numerous sports personalities, most notably Archie Manning, LeBron James, George “Iceman” Gervin, Issac Bruce, Laila Ali, Vince Carter, Paul Westphal, Phil Jackson, Ken Hamlin, Cortez Kennedy, Michael Oher, Kobe Bryant, Chris Douglas-Roberts, Marc Gasol, Dwight Howard, James Harden, Patrick Willis, Stanley Morgan, Dirk Nowitzki, Rick Carlisle, Mark Cuban, Carmelo Anthony, Stephen Curry, Kevin Durant, Rudy Gay, John Force, Lamar Odom, Alexandra Stevenson, Derek Fisher, Penny Hardaway, Phillip Rivers, Colin Kaepernick, Jim Harbaugh, Tyreke Evans, Kirk Ferentz, and O. J. Mayo, among others. To reach Johnson, send email to: memphisgraduate@yahoo.com. Also, follow him on Twitter @AJ_Journalist.

Mid-South author Dr. Alandrus P. Spencer’s third book produces unprecedented sales hours upon its release


“Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I set you apart; I appointed you as a prophet to the nations.” (Jeremiah 1:5 NIV)


REVEREND AUTHOR 

MUST READ — Dr. Alandrus P. Spencer’s latest spiritually-empowering written document, “An Aligned Assignment: A Game Plan For The Marketplace And Ministry,” was completed just days ago, ending a six-month-long project that began sometime in March.

Three and counting.

That is the total number of books accomplished preacher-turned-author Dr. Alandrus P. Spencer has written dating back to 2017.
Given his overall display as a Christian-based writer since he officially made his authorship debut a little more than two years ago, it’s safe to assume this Mid-South-area Pastor hasn’t shown any signs that he plans to shelve his pad and pen anytime soon.
Dr. Spencer’s latest spiritually-empowering written document, “An Aligned Assignment: A Game Plan For The Marketplace And Ministry,” was completed just days ago, ending a six-month-long project that began sometime in March.

BUY DR. AND LADY SPENCER’S BOOK HEREhttp://aandvspencerpublishing.com/

As usual, Spencer’s latest book is already creating a favorable buzz throughout the Body of Christ.

“An Aligned Assignment (has been) getting great feedback and reviews in my first few hours of releasing,” Dr. Spencer told Making Headline News this week.

Dr. Spencer, in fact, said his newly-assembled book had sold nearly 50 copies just after its ceremonious release, a trend he hopes is sign of things to come in the foreseeable future.

Interestingly, Dr.  Spencer’s “An Aligned Assignment: A Game Plan For The Marketplace And Ministry” is accompanied by two familiar, yet thought-provoking Biblical passages: Jeremiah 1:5 and Jeremiah 29:11.

“I wrote this book, because I wanted to simply (acknowledge) what in my experience it takes to be successful,” Dr. Spencer said. “I have read the many 10-to-20-step material, but sometimes found them to be exhaustive, so I give one word, which is alignment and speak about the importance of achieving it.”

Interestingly, Dr.  Spencer’s “An Aligned Assignment: A Game Plan For The Marketplace And Ministry” is accompanied by two familiar, yet thought-provoking Biblical passages: Jeremiah 1:5 and Jeremiah 29:11.

HOT READ — As usual, Spencer’s latest book is already creating a favorable buzz throughout the Body of Christ.

“The Bible says the steps of a good man are ordered by the Lord, and if we agree with those steps and walk them (out), we will surely be in alignment with God’s will for our life,” said Dr. Spencer, explaining why he elected to single out those pair of scriptures, both of which essentially reinforces his divine purpose for his third solo-authored book.

“The Bible says we must have the mind of Christ,” Dr. Spencer added. “This is certainly alignment for our assignment.”


THE AMOS 3:3 AFFECT 

“What I like about this book is it will speak to the marketplace, as well as the ministry,” said Dr. Spencer, who co-authored a children’s book (“Everyone is Unique: Stop The Bullying”) with his wife, Lady Veronica Spencer earlier this year. “I give real life experiences and what I had to do to achieve success to alignment.”

A native of Chicago, Dr. Spencer’s resume as a godly author has been nothing short of remarkable in such a brief time in the industry.

The Founder and Senior Pastor of Touching Lives Ministry, Inc., Dr. Spencer was named National TAP Awards Author Of The Year in November 2018.

He would follow that up by being named Making Headline News’ Man Of The Year approximately a month later.

“(My) accomplishments were both on a personal level and the church where I serve at,” said Dr. Spencer, Dr. Spencer told MHN during a December 2018 interview. “(For) one, I have witnessed the personal growth of some that I serve.”

To Dr. Spencer’s credit, such a notion certainly rings true as a Christian-based author.

He is, in fact, the mastermind behind “Encouraging Moment: Live Life By An Encouraging Moment” and “Encouraging Moment: The Turbulence Was Necessary,” a pair of inspiring and informative projects that were separated by 15 months.

PAIR OF AWARD-WINNERS — Dr. Spencer is the mastermind behind “Encouraging Moment: Live Life By An Encouraging Moment” and “Encouraging Moment: The Turbulence Was Necessary,” a pair of inspiring and informative projects that were separated by 15 months.

Then, just days ago, he witnessed the release Book No. 3 which, given the unprecedented sales, is already shaping up to be arguably his most sought after project yet.

“What I like about this book is it will speak to the marketplace, as well as the ministry,” said Dr. Spencer, who co-authored a children’s book (“Everyone is Unique: Stop The Bullying”) with his wife, Lady Veronica Spencer earlier this year. “I give real life experiences and what I had to do to achieve success through alignment.”

The Spencers’ books can be found on www. aandvspencerpublishing.com.


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Mid-South couple Dr. Alandrus and Veronica Spencer’s book on bullying generating a national presence


For more information about Mid-South-area Author Dr. Alandrus P. Spencer and Lady Veronica Spencer, to schedule them for public appearances, book signings or speaking engagements, connect with them at: www.aandvspencerpublishing.com. For signed copies, email them at alandrus@yahoo.com or davisveronica@yahoo.com.


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Andre Johnson is the award-winning Founder and Publisher for Making Headline News. A 2000 graduate of the University of Memphis School of Journalism and a former staff reporter of sports for the Memphis Commercial Appeal newspaper, Johnson covers the NBA Southwest Division from Dallas, Texas. To reach Johnson, send email to makingheadlinenews@gmail.com or to memphisgraduate@yahoo.com. Also, follow him on Twitter @AJ_Journalist.

Mid-South couple Dr. Alandrus and Veronica Spencer’s book on bullying generating a national presence


If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone. (Romans 12:18 NIV)


PROMOTING WORLD PEACE

WE’RE BETTER TOGETHER — To their credit, Dr. Alandrus and Veronica Spencer deemed it essential to fulfill their God-mandated assignment with the recent release of the book entitled, “Everyone Is Unique, Stop The Bullying,” an awe-inspiring project that made its much-anticipated release in March 2019.

To his credit, the late Rodney King will be forever remembered for uttering this familiar catchphrase in the wake of Los Angeles riots that transpired in 1992:

“Can we all just get along?”

For what it’s worth, it is a rather familiar, notable rallying cry that a Mid-South-area couple is collectively putting on display to the masses, particularly through an inspiring and compelling book.
“The Bible says treat everyone the way you want to be treated, and we are commanded to love our neighbors,” Lady Veronica Spencer, during an interview this week with Making Headline News, said, explaining the purpose for the collaborative written work she assembled with her husband, Dr. Alandrus P. Spencer.
Interestingly, the Spencers deemed it essential to fulfill their God-mandated assignment with the recent release of the book entitled, “Everyone Is Unique, Stop The Bullying,” an awe-inspiring project that made its much-anticipated release in March 2019.

BUY DR. AND LADY SPENCER’S BOOK HERE: http://aandvspencerpublishing.com/

 

The Spencers began composing “Everyone Is Unique, Stop The Bullying” sometime last year.

The Founder and Senior Pastor of Blytheville, Arkansas’ Touching Lives Ministry, Inc., Dr. Spencer arranged for his wife’s initial published work to be released on her birthday (March 9), which was a “special gift” from him, he told MHN.

“We are both the authors of this book,” said Dr. Spencer, who’s widely known as an accomplished, Christian-based author in his own right, having solo authored three books to date (“Encouraging Moment: Live Life By An Encouraging Moment,” “Encouraging Moment: The Turbulence Was Necessary,” and “An Aligned Assignment: A Game Plan for The Marketplace And Ministry”). “We wrote it together.”

SHE DID THAT — The Founder and Senior Pastor of Blytheville, Arkansas’ Touching Lives Ministry, Inc., Dr. Spencer arranged for his wife’s initial published work to be released on her birthday (March 9), which was a “special gift” from him, he told MHN.

As Dr. Spencer emphasized, it was his wife who worked vigorously behind the scenes to ensure this husband-wife collaborative book would be as good as advertised.

Given the favorable feedback since the Spring release of “Everyone Is Unique, Stop The Bullying” has, in fact, been as good as advertised.

Yep. Happy wife. Happy life.

“We wrote this book to bring awareness to the pandemic of bullying and to help children know it’s cool or okay to get help and to help other children who may be facing the same issue,” Lady Spencer said.

“We are both the authors of this book,” said Dr. Spencer, who’s widely known as an accomplished, Christian-based author in his own right, having solo authored three books to date (“Encouraging Moment: Live Life By An Encouraging Moment,” “Encouraging Moment: The Turbulence Was Necessary,” and “An Aligned Assignment: A Game Plan for The Marketplace And Ministry”). “We wrote it together.”

In a nutshell, she said, exemplifying the traditional golden rule is absolutely essential not just for personal salvation but, most importantly, because it is the moral thing to do, something she hopes these millennials will ultimately grasp — and apply to their everyday lives — through a book that is geared toward eliminating bullying.

The Spencers began composing “Everyone Is Unique, Stop The Bullying” sometime last year.

“The feedback has been tremendous,” Lady Spencer said. “We’ve been asked back to the City of Detroit to share from the book and to address the issue of bullying from one of the city councilmen.”

Now that their proverbial couple’s debut project is steadily exceeding their expectations, don’t be surprised if Spencers put their creative minds together by launching another book — or other books.

A book that is a little more than seven months removed from its official release, the Spencers are overwhelmingly grateful of the fact that their tag team project is steadily drawing rave reviews and, most of all, having what is shaping up to be an influential impact beyond the Mid-South.

“God created us to speak to issues to make the world we live in a better place, and this book is just one way of doing it,” Lady Spencer said.

As Dr. Spencer emphasized, it was his wife who worked vigorously behind the scenes to ensure this husband-wife collaborative book would be as good as advertised.

Now that their proverbial couple’s debut project is steadily exceeding their expectations, don’t be surprised if the Spencers put their creative minds together by launching another book — or other books.

Much sooner than later.

The Spencers’ books can be found on www. aandvspencerpublishing.com.


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For more information about Mid-South-area Author Dr. Alandrus P. Spencer and Lady Veronica Spencer, to schedule them for public appearances, book signings or speaking engagements, connect with them at: www.aandvspencerpublishing.com. For signed copies, email them at alandrus@yahoo.com or davisveronica@yahoo.com.


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Andre Johnson is the award-winning Founder and Publisher for Making Headline News. A 2000 graduate of the University of Memphis School of Journalism and a former staff reporter of sports for the Memphis Commercial Appeal newspaper, Johnson covers the NBA Southwest Division from Dallas, Texas. To reach Johnson, send email to makingheadlinenews@gmail.com or to memphisgraduate@yahoo.com. Also, follow him on Twitter @AJ_Journalist.

Texas author Katina Cansler’s ‘You So Messy’ inspiring others to live a life ‘free from clutter’


Search me, God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts. (Psalm 139:23 NIV)


BREAK EVERY CHAIN

FILL ME UP, LORD — Houston author Katina Cansler deemed it essential to carry out yet another integral part of her divine purpose by composing the book entitled, “You So Messy,” her debut written work that made its official release earlier this month.

DALLAS — To her credit, Katina Cansler has come up a distinctly unique spiritual remedy for those who can admit that they’ve got all sorts of mess hovering around in their lives.

Interestingly, such a countermeasure has come wrapped up in a book.
“It’s my heart’s desire to see people live a life free from clutter, not just naturally, but spiritually as well,” Cansler told Making Headline News during a recent interview.
And, for those reasons, Cansler deemed it essential to carry out yet another integral part of her divine purpose by composing the book entitled, “You So Messy,” her debut written work that made its official release earlier this month.
A book that is comprised of 106 pages in length, Cansler’s “You So Messy” is the first of a three-part series, an awe-inspiring published document that features what this new author describes as the “art of simplicity, life skills, and Biblical principles,” all of which are designed to “catapult your life and purpose,” according to a detailed synopsis of her book at Amazon.com.
“With proven techniques and guidance, this book will help you clear clutter and enjoy your most sacred space,” said an Amazon spokesperson for Cansler’s “You So Messy.”

BUY KATINA CANSLER’S BOOK HERE: https://www.amazon.ae/You-So-Messy-Katina-Cansler/dp/1691021113

Despite the slight figurative hiccups while assembling her book, Cansler would be the first to admit the hustle and bustle were well worth it, considering her vision as an author has come to fruition.

As Cansler vividly explained, those who are destined to change the overall landscape of their lives don’t particularly have to live a life that’s mired by clutter, especially considering God sent His Son so that we might have life and have it more abundantly.

“Whatever we allow to happen in the natural, it will have an impact on us in the spirit,” Cansler said.

A book Cansler commenced to writing in March 2018, the Houston-area businesswoman needed just shy of a year and a half to complete a book she sense will have a notable impact throughout the Body of Christ.

A book that is comprised of 106 pages in length, Cansler’s “You So Messy” is the first of a three-part series, an awe-inspiring published document that features what this new author describes as the art of simplicity, life skills, and Biblical principles, all of which are designed to “catapult your life and purpose,” according to a detailed synopsis of her book at Amazon.com.

“I wrote and finished the same day,” Cansler said. “At least I thought after having someone start the editing process and then another person and onto another, it wasn’t until I met my fourth editor that this book is finally being completed after a year and five months later (in August 2019).”

Despite the slight figurative hiccups she encountered while assembling her book, Cansler would be the first to admit the hustle and bustle were well worth it, considering her vision as an author has come to fruition.

A native of Fort Wayne, Indiana, Cansler is owner and CEO of KC’s Touch, her Houston-based organizational services, which exhibit an extensive background and expertise necessary to properly maintain and organize your property or facility.


“When God gave me this title, I thought, ‘Wow,’ but it was also my ‘aha’ moment…a light bulb went off in my head…like, ‘God, ‘You’re truly amazing,’” Cansler explained. “Although the process has been at a snail pace, I’ve trusted God the entire way.”


Amongst the reasons she sensed she had no choice but to trust the process as a Christian-based author is because, well, there was a supernatural blessing on the other side of the dreaded process.

Yep. That’s just like God.

“God has purposed me to write this book, because we live our lives with so much clutter and mess that we tend to hide behind it and never truly live a life of freedom,” Cansler said. “It’s not just my desire to come to a person’s home and help them get organized, but it’s much deeper than that.”


SOLD OUT ON GOD

How much deeper?

“Once I build relationships with a person, then they usually open up and start talking about life issues and why they’ve allowed so the mess to accumulate in their life,” Cansler said. “I want people to maintain being organized at home, at the office, and at church.

A native of Fort Wayne, Indiana, Cansler is owner and CEO of KC’s Touch, her Houston-based organizational services, which exhibit an extensive background and expertise necessary to properly maintain and organize your property or facility.

“Speaking of church, we know some church folk can be a little messy as well. My book will touch on all areas of your life and bring everyone to a happy medium.”

Particularly for those — church folk especially — who can admit that they’ve got all sorts of mess hovering around in their lives.


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For more information Houston-area Businesswoman/Author Katina Cansler of KC’s Touch, to order her book, or to schedule her for book signing or speaking engagement, call 832.865.4906. Also, connect with her via Facebook at: https://www.facebook.com/katina.cansler or send email to: kgfministries@gmail.com.


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Andre Johnson is the award-winning Founder and Publisher for Making Headline News. A 2000 graduate of the University of Memphis School of Journalism and a former staff reporter of sports for the Memphis Commercial Appeal newspaper, Johnson covers the NBA Southwest Division from Dallas, Texas. To reach Johnson, send email to makingheadlinenews@gmail.com or to memphisgraduate@yahoo.com. Also, follow him on Twitter @AJ_Journalist.

Kennedale (Texas) High volleyball player Alexandria Youngblood is as good as advertised

ALEXANDRIA THE GREAT

AIM HIGH — While she’s just 14 years of age, many whom have followed Alexandria Youngblood’s progress suggest that she’s handled the maturation process in varsity volleyball with ease. Youngblood is a true freshman for Kennedale (Texas) High’s volleyball team

DALLAS — Back in mid-September, Priscilla McKnight Randle took to her Facebook page, where she staged to her timeline a rather spirited announcement concerning her student athlete daughter.

Said Randle before her 500-plus social media followers: “Look who got a banner!!!
#FreshmanonVarsity
#proudmom
#LadyKats.
The banner to which Randle is alluding is a massive image that’s draped on the wall — or perhaps, in the rafters — somewhere inside of Kennedale (Texas) High School, bearing a full body shot of her daughter, Alexandria Youngblood, a true freshman for the Lady Wildcats’ volleyball team.
“We got her started with volleyball as a way to help keep her active and to structure the extra energy she has,” Randle told Making Headline News this week.
ONE HAPPY MOM — Back in mid-September, Priscilla McKnight Randle took to her Facebook page, where she staged to her timeline a rather spirited announcement concerning her student athlete daughter. Said Randle before her 500-plus social media followers: “Look who got a banner!!! #FreshmanonVarsity #proudmom #LadyKats.

As it turned out, volleyball essentially has become an integral part of Youngblood’s young life, considering she has made considerable strides in the sport in recent years.

That’s because not only has Youngblood helped propel Kennedale’s varsity squad to a 23-7 record as of October 4, according to Maxpreps.com, but this freshman sensation has become a catalyst on the amateur circuit as a member of a Dallas/Fort Worth-area club team that’s sanctioned by USA Junior Volleyball.

A non-profit organization, USA Junior Volleyball is recognized as the national governing body of volleyball in the United States by the Fédération Internationale de Volleyball and the United States Olympic Committee, according to a detailed introduction at  https://www.teamusa.org/usa-volleyball/about-us.

While she’s just 14 years of age, many whom have followed Youngblood’s progress suggest that she’s handled the maturation process in the sport with ease.


“I would say that my level of play has definitely grown over this season,” Youngblood said. “Playing with varsity has given me the opportunity to see more competitive games. It’s definitely getting me ready for the club season.”


To her credit, it would be appropriate to describe Youngblood as a rare gem on the volleyball court.

Amongst the reasons is that not only is Youngblood one of Kennedale’s most physical and versatile players, considering she plays both middle and outside hitter, but her overall body of work is predicated largely on her passion for the game.

Such a trend, as a result, has given way to her having put her immeasurable gifts on display in camps at SMU, Texas A&M, Southern Cal, the University of Houston, the University of Texas at Arlington, and Texas A&M at Corpus Christi.

All of which practically sums up why the sky undoubtedly is the limit for a true freshman who has so much prep volleyball ahead of her.

“We signed her up for a pre-club team when she was 10, and she joined a club team the next year at 11 years old,” Randle said.

BRING IT — With three more full seasons of prep volleyball in front of her, the possibility exist that college scouts and recruiters will eventually commence to expressing interest in Youngblood’s services, given she essentially plays the sport year round.

Randle’s daughter hasn’t looked back since, having blossomed immensely throughout a volleyball stint that spans four years.

And counting.

“Alexandria has been blessed with natural athletic ability,” Randle, a DFW-area high school English teacher, said of her daughter. “She has great court awareness and is a joy to watch. She typically catches on pretty quickly to anything she sets her mind to do…be it academics or sports.”

And, of course, her faith walk which, according to her mother, has contributed mightily to Youngblood’s sustained success on and off the court.


WILDCAT FORMATION 

AUDITIONING — Youngblood has put her immeasurable gifts on display in camps at SMU, Texas A&M, Southern Cal, the University of Houston, the University of Texas at Arlington, and the Texas A&M at Corpus Christi.

“A couple of years ago, one of the elders of our church gave her a scripture to mediate on and told her to repeat it to herself every day,” said Randle, referring to Philippians 4:13. “I can do all things through Christ Who gives me strength.”  This is why the sky is the limit for Alexandria. She is God’s daughter, and she can do all things through Him.”

With three more full seasons of prep volleyball in front of her, the possibility exist that college scouts and recruiters will eventually commence to expressing interest in Youngblood’s services, given she essentially plays the sport year round.

DOUBLE PLAY — Not only has Youngblood helped propel Kennedale’s varsity squad to a 23-7 record as of October 4, according to Maxpreps.com, but this freshman sensation has become a catalyst on the amateur circuit as a member of a Dallas/Fort Worth-area club team that’s sanctioned by USA Junior Volleyball.

Hopefully they will come calling much sooner than later, Youngblood hinted.

“They will receive a player who loves volleyball with all her heart, (who’s) a hard worker, and a great competitor who is always trying to improve the game,” said Youngblood, when asked what type of player would a college inherit. “College volleyball is a dream of mine, because I will be playing at a higher level and I will be a couple of steps away from playing professionally. Also, the coaches and their knowledge of the game will help me grow as a player.”

A player who’s destined to make certain her full body shot image is erected on a banner at the collegiate level some four years from now.

So far, so good.


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Andre Johnson is the award-winning Founder and Publisher for Making Headline News. A 2000 graduate of the University of Memphis School of Journalism and a former staff reporter of sports for the Memphis Commercial Appeal newspaper, Johnson covers the NBA Southwest Division from Dallas, Texas. To reach Johnson, send email to makingheadlinenews@gmail.com or to memphisgraduate@yahoo.com. Also, follow him on Twitter @AJ_Journalist.

Texas author Patrice Starks writes second book after doctors said she had 90 days to live


Then he took his staff in his hand, chose five smooth stones from the stream, put them in the pouch of his shepherd’s bag and, with his sling in his hand, approached the Philistine. (1 Samuel 17:40 NIV)


GIANTS DO FALL 

GIANT FAITH — A native of Athens, Texas, Patrice Starks authored “Five Smooth Stones: Diary Of A Modern Day Giant Slayer,” a spiritually-empowering written work that is currently available for presale ordering.

DALLAS — Six words essentially changed the overall landscape of Patrice Starks’ life.

Seriously.
As Starks recalls vividly, she witnessed her life change considerably some two years ago, to put it more precisely.
“In 2017, six words transformed my life,” Starks, during an interview this week with Making Headline News, said, recalling when her oncologist informed her that she days on earth were practically numbered to put it more bluntly.
“My oncologist told me I had 90 days to live,” Starks said. “Although each of us has an appointment with death, being given 90 days to live was a blessing.”
Given the turbulent, tear-jerking circumstances surrounding Starks’ situation, who would’ve thought that she’d subsequently view her pending appointment with death as a blessing, of sorts?

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“My children’s father was killed in a tragic car accident on Christmas Day 2000…a healthy officer in the Army,” Starks recalled. “No one expected it.  I also wrote a book about that ordeal and it became a local best seller and a stage play.”

For Starks, a Dallas/Fort Worth-area author, the possibility exist that history could very well repeat itself — much sooner than later.

That’s because Starks has yet another book on the horizon, one that will recall her continuous battle with a potentially fatal illness.

A native of Athens, Texas, Starks authored “Five Smooth Stones: Diary Of A Modern Day Giant Slayer,” a spiritually-empowering written work that is currently available for presale ordering.

FLEXING HER SPIRITUAL MUSCLES — As Starks told MHN this week, what is known as the “companion journal” for her latest books is nearly complete.

Having learned of her cancer diagnosis six years ago, Starks latest book comes approximately 16 years after her initial project: “When Water Was Free” (which took somewhere in the neighborhood of about six months to complete).

Starks began composing “Five Smooth Stones: Diary Of A Modern Day Giant Slayer” in September, or as she specifically acknowledged, during a time she admittedly was angry with former Dallas police officer Amber Guyger for killing Botham Jean, a development that has since garnered a wave of international headlines.

“I wrote both books with the underlying message of encouragement and inspiration,” Starks explained. “I live the life that I talk about.”

REMEMBERING BOTHAM — Botham Jean leads a worship at a Harding University presidential reception in Dallas, Sept. 21, 2017. Starks began composing “Five Smooth Stones: Diary Of A Modern Day Giant Slayer” in September, or as she specifically acknowledged, during a time she admittedly was angry with former Dallas police officer Amber Guyger for killing Jean, a development that has since garnered a wave of international headlines. (Jeff Montgomery/Harding University via AP, FILE)

Given the circumstances surrounding her diagnosis, she had a very good reason to — for a lack of better words — walk it like she talks it.

“When I was told that I had 90 days to live, I trusted God, because at my initial diagnosis in 2013, He told me, ‘This sickness is not unto death,’” Starks said. “It took four years for the terminal diagnosis to be given, but it isn’t like I hadn’t prepared for it. In the middle of all of this, I was also cured of stage four thyroid cancer.”

As for her initial book, Starks said: “I became convicted that if I truly am called by the Name of Christ, that I would have to show love and compassion to (Guyger). Ironically, a year later, that story is now international news. But it is what prompted me to check myself and share a message of healing and emotional well-being with the world. What our minds believe, our bodies will manifest.”

Having learned of her cancer diagnosis six years ago, Starks latest book comes approximately 16 years after her initial project: “When Water Was Free” (which took somewhere in the neighborhood of about six months to complete).

As Starks told MHN this week, what is known as the “companion journal” for her latest books is nearly complete.

“This will complement the book and allow the reader to actively journal his or her thoughts about the virtues and vignettes shared in the book,” said Starks, adding that there’s also an e-book version of her latest written work, with the newest additions scheduled to hit the market sometime in November.

The feedback for Starks’ books has been mostly favorable.


“I totally love how Patrice makes you aware of life’s challenges,” said LaFreda Williams, one of Starks’ most dedicated readers. However, holding onto your faith is the key. She is an advocate for self-care and I believe this book will provide hope.”


Interestingly, Starks announced that she’s creating what is known as a Modern Day Giant Slayer transformational course for people who are ready to move to the next level in life, career, and/or relationships.

“The first eight people to sign up will be offered an introductory rate of $79.00 as a bonus for being a reader of Making Headline News,” Starks said. “Reference this story at www.patricekstarks.com.”

MAKING MAJOR STRIDES — For Starks, a Dallas/Fort Worth-area author, the possibility exist that history could very well repeat itself — much sooner than later. That’s because Starks has yet another book on the horizon, one that will recall her continuous battle with cancer.

By and large, Starks emphasized, among other things, that her books are a true testament of how God has strategically set her aside for His use.

“There’s nothing too hard for God and what He has ordained will be, whether we like it or not,” Starks said. “In ‘Five Smooth Stones,’ I had done a study of David and Goliath and went deeper into the mind of the first giant slayer to ask, ‘What was it about the stones that he chose from the brook?’ He chose five but only needed one. Throughout the book, I encourage readers to arm themselves with virtue stones so that when a giant appears, they are able to handle him with Davidic assurance.”

Talk about making good use of the time with which God has blessed her on this side of heaven.

Seriously.


IN HER OWN WORDS

While each of my works carry life lessons, none of my work is from a “woe is me,” place.  I write in first person and tell the story, to engage the reader, and in most cases, make them laugh.  For instance, hospital gowns are for sick people.  I refused to wear them.  No sir.  My sister-friends threw a pajama party for me, and I was able to wear fun and cute pajamas for each day of the five weeks’ stay at Medical City-Dallas. 
Next…no crying in my room; only if we have laughed ourselves to tears.  I wasn’t dying, and there was no need to go ordering a 100-piece chicken box from Walmart for my homegoing.  Nope.  Not necessary. 
Even after the doctor told me I had ninety days to live, I didn’t worry about dying, because my salvation is secure; I worried about losing my hair and if I’d still be this cute and sassy with a bald head.  The answer to that question is a confident, “YES!”  
After surviving what kills most people in six months, my transformation from a reserved yet stylish diva to a live out loud, I am not afraid to wear red giant slayer began.  I love my life.  I love what I have learned about life, its intricacies, its challenges, but most of all how not just survive, but be revived and live a life of abundance and joy.  I’d love to hear from each of you.  Please visit my online home www.patricekstarks.com and drop me a line.  

If you need a living testimony keynote speaker for your next event, I’m happy to serve you. And I don’t travel with an entourage and don’t require much.  Just a microphone and some listening ears.  — Patrice Starks 


For more information on Dallas/Fort Worth-area Author Patrice Starks, to order her books or to schedule her for a book signing or speaking engagement, connect with her via social media at: (Facebook) https://www.facebook.com/pkissentaner. Follow her at: https://www.patricekstarks.com/ and https://www.summerschristmaswish.com/. Email her at: gpk516@gmail.com.


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Dallas/Fort Worth disc jockey Dee Porter’s book depicts her battle with homelessness to landing her dream job


Dear friends, do not be surprised at the fiery ordeal that has come on you to test you, as though something strange were happening to you; But rejoice inasmuch as you participate in the sufferings of Christ, so that you may be overjoyed when His glory is revealed(1 Peter 4:12-13 NIV)


DEFYING MASSIVE ODDS 

‘LOOK AT ME NOW…HEYYYYY’ — A native of Shreveport, Louisiana, Dee “lilD” Porter is the mastermind behind the book entitled, “Route 2: My Choice To Struggle To Succeed,” which is a nearly a month removed from its ceremonious release.

DUNCANVILLE, Texas — Dee Porter wasted little time Tuesday morning taking to the airwaves, where she informed her hundreds of thousands of listeners of an awe-inspiring development that, years ago, seemed virtually improbable.

But God…
“I always said that what I went through would make a dope movie, and when one of my friends wrote a book, she really encouraged me to do the same,” Porter, during a recent exclusive interview with Making Headline News, explained, recalling the turbulent, tear-jerking, seemingly insurmountable events that led to her composing her first book. “I toyed with the idea in 2017, and finally got serious in 2018.”
And so it came to pass, the much-anticipated written work by Porter, the ever-so-popular midday disc jockey for  Dallas/Fort Worth’s 97.9 The Beat.
A native of Shreveport, Louisiana, Porter is the mastermind behind the book entitled, “Route 2: My Choice To Struggle To Succeed,” which is a nearly a month removed from its ceremonious release.

BUY DEE PORTER’S BOOK HERE: https://www.grindinginreallife.com/book

A book that is comprised of 88 pages, Porter’s “Route 2: My Choice To Struggle To Succeed” is foreword by Charlamagne Tha God, the co-host of the nationally syndicated radio show The Breakfast Club With DJ Envy and Angela Yee.

A book signing for Porter’s book is scheduled for October 10 from 7-9 p.m. at Pan-African Connection Bookstore Art Gallery and Resource Center in Dallas, located at 4466 South Marsalis Avenue.

A second book signing will take place October 12 from 3-5 p.m. at Dock Bookshop, located at 6637 Meadowbrook Drive in Fort Worth.

From there, Porter will engage in a nationwide book tour that will commence in Shreveport, Cleveland, Columbus, Ohio, and Cincinnati.

Other cities will be added at dates and times to be announced, Porter said.

A book that is comprised of 88 pages, Porter’s “Route 2: My Choice To Struggle To Succeed” is foreword by Charlamagne Tha God, the co-host of the nationally syndicated radio show The Breakfast Club With DJ Envy and Angela Yee.

A book Porter needed just shy of a year to complete — “I began writing it in January 2018 and finished it in December 2018,” she said — “Route 2: My Choice To Struggle To Succeed” is deemed a “diary,” of sorts, one that depicts the life of a homeless radio superstar in the making, according to a detailed synopsis of this book at Amazon.com.

Widely known as “lilD,” Porter was once a part-time employee for a Cleveland, Ohio-area radio station — she worked one day a week for $13 an hour — yet she couldn’t afford pay rent and was ultimately evicted from her residence. Consequently, she was forced to move into a motel and often had to settle for staking out in her car when she couldn’t afford a room.

A book Porter needed just shy of a year to complete — “I began writing it in January 2018 and finished it in December 2018,” she said — “Route 2: My Choice To Struggle To Succeed” is deemed a “diary,” of sorts, one that depicts the life of a homeless radio superstar in the making, according to a detailed synopsis of this book at Amazon.com.

Still clinging to massive dreams of ultimately landing a huge break in this ever-so-competitive radio industry, Porter essentially was faced with two options: return to her native establishment of Shreveport and hit the figurative reset button. Or strategically devise ways to conquer homelessness.

As far as she was concerned, the latter undoubtedly was her only recourse.

That’s because instead of returning to Louisiana, Porter sensed it would be in her interest to stay in Ohio and chase her dreams. Even it meant staking out in a motel or often using the back seat of vehicle as a sofa and mattress.


“If you want something, no matter how unattainable it may seem to other people, if you’re willing to sacrifice for it, your gifts will make room for you. Stay focused.” — 97.9 The Beat Disc Jockey Dee ‘lilD” Porter


To her credit, that’s just what she did.

For her valiant efforts, coupled with some proverbial bend-but-don’t-break faith, this vibrant, brilliantly gifted radio personality had eventually captured the favorable results she so desperately sought.

“I know my purpose is to help others realize their worth earlier in life than I did, and this book is part of my purpose by showing people that there’s beauty in the struggle,” said Porter, adding that at least two more books are on the horizon (“I don’t give away the titles, but they’re both autobiographical,” she acknowledged).

“You will make it through. The universe makes a way for those who align their thoughts and actions to their goal. I’m proof of that.”

Still clinging to massive dreams of ultimately landing a huge break in this ever-so-competitive radio industry, Porter essentially was faced with two options: return to her native establishment of Shreveport and hit the figurative reset button. Or strategically devise ways to conquer homelessness.

As expected, the feedback since the October 10 release of “Route 2: My Choice To Struggle To Succeed” has been overwhelmingly favorable.

“The select people who have read it told me they couldn’t put it down,” Porter said. “Some cried, and overall, they all said they appreciate my transparency.”

As Porter explained, exemplifying transparency, by all accounts, was a foregone conclusion, particularly when she had fully grasped the vision to assemble her book.

“A few people asked why I chose to be so open about the things I’ve been through,” she said. “For me, I’m strong enough to have dealt with it, so I share in an effort to help others deal with their struggles.


SEASON OF THE REBIRTH 

For her valiant efforts, coupled with some proverbial bend-but-don’t-break faith, this vibrant, brilliantly gifted radio personality had eventually captured the favorable results she so desperately sought.

“Homeless have faces,” Porter continued. “It’s not always the face of the alcoholic on the corner or the drug addict in the alley. Your coworker could be homeless. Most of us are a couple of paychecks away from a shelter. If you’re couch-surfing, sleeping in your car, or sleeping in a nasty motel for the week…you’re homeless. Homeless have faces: at one time, it was my face.”

All of which practically sums up why this rising Texas superstar disc jockey deemed it essential Tuesday morning to vividly recall her humble beginnings immediately after taking to the airwaves, where she informed her hundreds of thousands of listeners of an awe-inspiring development that, years ago, seemed virtually improbable.

“Love your neighbor,” Porter said.

For all the right reasons.


For more information on Dallas/Fort Worth-area Author Dee Porter, to order her book or to schedule her for a book signing or speaking engagement, connect with her via social media at: (Instagram) https://www.instagram.com/lildonair/; (Twitter) https://twitter.com/lildonair; (Facebook) https://www.facebook.com/deeportershow. Email her at: deeportershow@gmail.com.


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Orlando author and businesswoman Shemeka L. McNair: What you need to know about the U. S. Army Combat veteran

In case you don’t know her, Shemeka L. McNair would like to introduce herself.

A proud native of Magee, Mississippi — an approximate 4.9 square-mile establishment that is housed between Jackson and Hattiesburg with a population that barely exceeds 2,000 — McNair is the Founder and CEO of McNair Enterprises.

Widely known as a U. S. Army Combat veteran, McNair served in Operation Iraqi Freedom in 2002.

Interestingly, she delved off into a stint in ministry a little more than a decade ago during which she officially accepted her spiritual calling when she was ordained in 2009.

WOMAN OF EXCELLENCE — A proud native of Magee, Mississippi — an approximate 4.9 square-mile establishment that is housed between Jackson and Hattiesburg with a population that barely exceeds 2,000 — Shemeka L. McNair is the Founder and CEO of McNair Enterprises.

McNair’s kingdom-based contributions are such that she has become a fixture for ministering and serving in a variety of facets throughout the Body of Christ.

Aside from her valiant presence in ministry, McNair is a crafty actress who once studied acting for film at the historic New York Film Academy in Hollywood, California.

To her credit, she has been afforded the golden opportunity to write, direct, and perform in her stage play production entitled, “It’s Well Worth The Wait.”

Then in 2017, McNair had ultimately found her niche in the ever-so-competitive authorship industry when she witnessed the much-anticipated release of her first written work entitled, “Impatiently Waiting.”

Much to her delight, she would eventually follow that up with her sophomore written document entitled, “Behind the Scenes Of Success,” which was released in December 2017.

Her third book, “On The Road To Recovery,” is an awe-inspiring project that is dedicated exclusively to veterans, particularly those who are battling with PTSD, depression, and anxiety.

Besides having emerged as a gifted author, McNair has played integral roles in having written, directed, and produced the upcoming film entitled, “Team Single: May The Best Man Win” and she boasts lofty aspirations of becoming a household name, of sorts, most notably in globally-acclaimed theater arts and entertainment industries.

Interestingly, McNair has served as a community activist for Nuevo Sendero Incorporated, a community-based organization whose strategic mission includes — but isn’t limited to — helping women who are victims and survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault.

In addition, McNair serves fervently with Jesus The Light of Light Outreach, Inc., a Christian-based organization that is committed to helping women and children in need, as well as focusing on meeting the needs of residents in the Central Florida area.

The proud Founder of “Women of the Hour” organization — which has since been renamed “The Remnant Unveiled” — McNair has been able to extend a wide range of support and resources to men and women, particularly as it relates to self-development, relationships, marriage and family.

A current resident of Orlando, McNair is the CEO of Judah Films and Coach MEI LLC.


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Florida author Shemeka L. McNair’s choosing to ‘wait on God’ has resulted in her gifts making room for her


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Memphian Toy Addington is the first African-American woman to own Tri-State-area Life Coaching School

COACH’S CORNER 

IN HER OWN ZONE — A native Memphian, Toy Addington is the mastermind behind I Can’t Coaching Life Coaching School and Mrs. Budget Boss Organization, her credible nonprofit organization she established in 2014.

Toy Addington has steadfastly gone to great lengths to make Memphis proud.

To her distinctly unique credit, in fact, her entrepreneurial track record is such that she’s destined to garner more of a global presence through her assortment of endeavors.
“I’m self-driven and motivated, and it’s contagious, so I needed to strengthen my knowledge on how to help people set goals and accomplish them,” Addington told Making Headline News this week. I did my research and stumbled upon life coaching.”
Fortunately for Addington, she hasn’t looked back since she was blessed to have strategically connected with the purpose for which she was created.
A native Memphian, Addington is the mastermind behind I Can’t Coaching Life Coaching School and Mrs. Budget Boss Organization, her credible nonprofit organization she established in 2014.
Through Mrs. Budget Boss Organization, Addington’s primary focus includes — but isn’t limited to — helping equip today’s youths with the right tools they need, particularly through empowerment coaching.

MORE ON TOY ADDINGTON: https://mrsbudgetbossacademy.com/

Interestingly, she goes to great lengths to educate youths through her ever-so-popular “Money Don’t Grow On Trees” class, during which she customarily helps prevent them from making financial pitfalls, all the while preparing them for a successful and stress-free future.

“(We devise ways) to keep them from being stressed, moving back home with their parents, and being overwhelmed during their transition into adulthood,” Addington said in a detailed introduction of company at https://mrsbudgetbossacademy.com/mrs-budget-boss. I will also keep track of the students’ progress at least twice a year, and those who successfully complete the program will have an opportunity to teach the class and make extra income.”

A first-generation college graduate, Addington is a Master Certified Professional Life Coach, who is widely known for specializing is helping people build six-figure businesses.

And then there’s Addington’s I Can’t Coaching venture, which is accompanied by her original, yet compelling motto: I Can’t Let Anything Control My Mind, Mood or Money.”

A business-related entity that has given way to Addington reaping a considerable amount of sustained success, this progressive and thriving businesswoman announced that her first book in presently in the works and will be centered largely on empowering people on how to stay self-motivated, as well as how to acquire more positive energy.

By all accounts, this would be done by a rather intriguing formula — “The formula for ’emotional excellence’ is for one to reach their highest form of existence,” she emphasized — Addington describes as “M+M=M,” which means Mind+Mood= (Money, mood, man, mellow, marvelous, mother etc.).

There is, as far as this accomplished Mid-South businesswoman is concerned, a notable reason why she deemed it essential to come up with such a unique formula.

GLOBAL WARMING — To her distinctly unique credit, Addington’s entrepreneurial track record is such that she’s destined to garner more of a global presence through her assortment of endeavors.

“Thoughts trigger emotions, which motivates or demotivates one to be a better (insert the m that you want to feel),” Addington explained.

A successful businesswoman who has garnered an array of local media attention through her assortment of endeavors, Addington’s seminars have included mostly standing-room-only crowds, considering she’s practically sold out every workshop and class this year.

Amongst the reasons is that Addington’s I Can’t Coaching Life Coaching Certification Class, It’s My Money And I Want It Back, Marketing & Branding, B.Y.O.B. “Build Your Own Business Workshop, and Iron Sharpens Iron Mastermind workshops have proven beneficial to countless of individuals — a trend that, in turn, has only enhanced her entrepreneurship repertoire in the process.

Much to her delight, Addington was especially complementary of Tony Robbins and Lisa Nichols for their valiant support of her business-related success, considering she’s made favorable strides as apart of their tribes, she acknowledged.


“Since I was good building businesses, this is how it has become my specialty,” Addington said. “Helping people build businesses, finding ways to save money in their businesses, finding where they were losing money, and even helping save a few businesses from closing its doors. I’ve spent over 3,075 hours of studying coaching and business building. I’ve helped over 105 businesses get started.”


And here’s what’s even more astounding: Addington is believed to be the first African-American woman to open a Life Coaching School in a Tri-State area that’s comprised of Tennessee, Mississippi, and Arkansas. Also, I Can’t Coaching Life Coaching School is the only institution of its kind in the Tr-State area.

A first-generation college graduate, Addington is a Master Certified Professional Life Coach, who is widely known for specializing is helping people build six-figure businesses.

Having put her entrepreneurship mechanics on display in such places as Tennessee, Arkansas, Washington D.C., California, Chicago, Florida, Georgia, Mississippi, and even as far as Africa, Addington said her business venture accommodates those who exemplify a passion for helping people to become better version of themselves, particularly those who boasts aspirations in selected industries such as education, fitness, finances, etc..

“I help them take their vision from paper to profit, etc….making money in their sleep or, perhaps, while they are awake” she said.

A White Station High School graduate, Addington advanced her education at Southwest Tennessee Community College before graduating with honors from Grand Canyon University.

She is an accomplished Master Certified Professional Life Coach, an achievement that has greatly afforded her the golden opportunity to thrive mightily in her profession.

On October 5, Addington will host what is known as the “Secrets To Marketing Your Business To Six Figures” seminar during which she will enlighten the masses more about her unique business-related concepts.


MORE ON TOY ADDINGTON: https://www.icclifecoachingcertification.com/

A business-related entity that has given way to Addington reaping a considerable amount of sustained success, this progressive and thriving businesswoman announced that her first book in presently in the works and will be centered largely on empowering people on how to stay self-motivated, as well as how to acquire more positive energy. By all accounts, this would be done by a rather intriguing formula Addington describes as “M+M=M,” which means Mind+Mood= (Money, mood, man, mellow, marvelous, mother etc.).

Having put her entrepreneurship mechanics on display in such places as Tennessee, Arkansas, Washington D.C., California, Illinois, Florida, Georgia, Mississippi, and even as far as Africa, Addington said her business venture accommodates those who exemplify a passion for helping people to become better version of themselves, particularly those who boasts aspirations in selected industries such as education, fitness, finances, etc.


TEN-NES-SEE DA SUCCESS 

KNOWLEDGE IS POWER — A White Station High School graduate, Addington advanced her education at Southwest Tennessee Community College before graduating with honors from Grand Canyon University. She is an accomplished Master Certified Professional Life Coach, an achievement that has greatly afforded her the golden opportunity to thrive mightily in her profession.

“I’ve always been competitive,” Addington said. “It started at the age of four when I became a majorette. I’ve been the captain of every squad I’ve ever been on. My drive comes from being a teenage mom and being on my own since the age of 15.”

Fortunately for this thriving and progressive Mid-South businesswoman, she hasn’t merely looked back since she was blessed to have strategically connected with the purpose for which she was created.

All the while steadfastly going to great lengths to make Memphis proud.


For more information on Mid-South-area Businesswoman Toy Addington, to inquire about business-related opportunities, or to inquire about speaking engagements, call 901.800-9083, or connect with her via her Facebook Fan Page under: I Can’t Coaching Life Coaching School or via Instagram under: I Can’t Coaching. Also, send email to: Info@icantcoaching.com.


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Brands Suit Warehouse is one of Dallas/Fort Worth’s finest hubs for stylish men’s fashion

DOING IT BIG IN TEXAS

WHAT IT’LL BE? From the latest and up-to-date versions of men’s suits, shoes, neckties, to arguably some of the hottest and most sought after attires for the annual prom seasons, weddings clergymen, etc., Brands is — in playing off of words — committed to staying true to its brand, a movement that has given way to owners Kevin and Nick Ramezani reaping sustained success.

DALLAS — Throughout her tenure in a men’s fashion industry that spans more than four decades, Sebrina Jones has come to embrace one notable trend within the walls of Brands Suit Warehouse.

That is, she has seized the concept that every now and then, some of her most dedicated customer will deem it essential to assist and accommodate other customers.
For Jones, such a pleasant gesture, by all accounts, is what makes her job even more gratifying.
“Yeah…we’re always having customers waiting on customers,” Jones told Making Headline News this week. “They feel so comfortable, they help us. That’s what you call good customer service.”
Not only that, it is due in large part because of Brands’ proverbial guide-you-along concept toward its customers that has contributed mightily it becoming one of Dallas/Fort Worth’s most popular hubs for men’s fashion.
TRIPLE D SENSATION — Located at 4140 West Camp Wisdom Road, Suite C — or roughly a half mile south of the Duncanville city limits — Brands has become a fixture in the greater Oak Cliff district of Dallas.

From the latest and up-to-date versions of men’s suits, shoes, neckties, to arguably some of the hottest and most sought after attires for the annual prom seasons, weddings clergymen, etc., Brands is — in playing off of words — committed to staying true to its brand, a movement that has given way to owners Kevin and Nick Ramezani reaping sustained success.

Located at 4140 West Camp Wisdom Road, Suite C — or roughly a half mile south of the Duncanville city limits — Brands has become a fixture in the greater Oak Cliff district of Dallas.

Brands and Suit And Shoe Outlet offer a variety of brand name men’s fashion attire from Falcone, Stacy Adams, Maurizio, Brand Q, Karl Knox, Renoir, Globe, Gorgio Brutini, Calvin Klein, Steven Land, Verse 9, Encore, and Inserch, among others.

A native of Dallas, Jones, 60, has been employed by Brands since 2009 and, much to her delight, she has developed a close-knit bond with a number of its regular customers.

Prior to joining the Brands team, Jones had already established solid and immeasurable men’s fashion resume, considering she had compiled more than 30 years of professional experience.

“I have a lot of favorite customers,” Jones said. “I have customers who have been with me for over 30 years.”

LEADING BY EXAMPLE — Prior to joining the Brands team, fashion coordinator Sebrina Jones had already established solid and immeasurable men’s fashion resume, considering she had compiled more than 30 years of professional experience.

Prior to its Camp Wisdom location that went into operations in 2006, the Ramezanies’ company was named the Big And Tall Fashion For Less and was housed in nearby Mesquite, Texas.

Brands’ original store, meanwhile, was located in Cedar Hill.

The Ramezanies have since expanded their business, thus adding Suit And Shoe Outlet, which essentially is located across the street from their primary site in the historic Red Bird Village.

Both locations, in fact, offer a variety of brand name men’s fashion attire from Falcone, Stacy Adams, Maurizio, Brand Q, Karl Knox, Renoir, Globe, Gorgio Brutini, Calvin Klein, Steven Land, Verse 9, Encore, and Inserch, among others.

WE’VE GOT YOU COVERED — It is due in large part because of Brand’s customary guide-you-along concept toward its customers that has contributed mightily it becoming one’s Dallas/Fort Worth most popular hubs for men’s fashion.

Interestingly, Jones said that plans are effectively underway for management to erect an online site, where customers can shop and have items shipped to them anywhere around the country.

“Whatever you want, we’ve got it,” said Jones, placing even more emphasis on the company’s key ingredient that is efficient customer service. “We don’t turn you a loose until (you’ve found what you want).”

Every now and then, Brands’ customers might perhaps find themselves becoming the beneficiaries of jokes, Jones acknowledged with a grin.

Interestingly, Jones said that plans are effectively underway for management to erect an online site, where customers can shop and have items shipped to them anywhere around the country.

“We even joke with you,” Jones said a routine gesture that customarily makes her job more amusing.

Fellow Brands’ fashion coordinator Guen Abello Bethley, like Jones, has gone to great lengths to find her comfort zone with a company whose best and brightest days are well ahead of it.

STAR WATCH — Brands’ fashion coordinator Guen Abello Bethley has had the pleasure to accommodating the fashion needs of a host of globally-acclaimed celebrities, most notably Joe Jackson, the late father and manager of pop music icon Michael Jackson, who passed away in June 2018 at the age of 89.

“Working for this company gave me an opportunity to develop my skills in fashion coordinating and store management,” Bethley said.

Credit the fact that she’s also had the pleasure to accommodating the fashion needs of a host of globally-acclaimed celebrities, most notably Joe Jackson, the late father and manager of pop music icon Michael Jackson, who passed away in June 2018 at the age of 89.

“I’ve grown so much as an individual,” Bethley said, “and I am a better fashion consultant and a regional manager because of this company.”


For more information on Brands Suit Warehouse or Suit And Shoe Outlet, call 972.298.0800. Also, send email to: mensgalleryusainc@yahoo.com.


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Houston businesswoman Toronda Lewis Copeland has become a constant fixture in the financial services industry


As iron sharpens iron, so one person sharpens another. (Proverbs 27:17 NIV)


THE PROVERBS 31 AFFECT

HOLDING IT DOWN — Armed with more than three decades of experience in her selected industry, Houston businesswoman Toronda Copeland’s The Iron Network Tax and Business Consulting is a Christian-based company that’s based largely on the Biblical premise that’s housed in Proverbs 27:17.

DALLAS — If you ever find yourself conversing with Toronda Lewis Copeland long enough, chances are the notable subject pertaining to the Biblical fellowship known as “iron sharpens iron” will likely come up.

And for all the right reasons.
“I love working with people and helping them make their situation better,” Copeland, an accomplished Houston-area entrepreneur, told Making Headline News this week. “I also love numbers. Serving as a business in the financial services industry continues to allow me to satisfy both passions.”
To her credit, Copeland — a remarkably brilliant financial specialist in her own right — has become a constant fixture throughout the Houston metropolitan area as owner and chief executive officer of The Iron Network Tax and Business Consulting.
Armed with more than three decades of experience in her selected industry, Copeland’s The Iron Network Tax and Business Consulting is a Christian-based company that’s based largely on the Biblical premise that’s housed in Proverbs 27:17.

MORE ON COPELAND’S ENDEAVOR: https://www.theironnetwork.com/

“I have a passion for helping people and I have a passion for business…period,” Copeland, 50, said in a detailed introduction of her venture at https://www.theironnetwork.com/about-us/. “Our team of tax professionals has over twenty years combined experience.  Additionally, we have served in the financial services industry for even longer. We are equipped to handle your business needs.”

As Copeland emphasized, her vision for The Iron Network includes — but isn’t limited to — assisting entrepreneurs in developing their visions into thriving businesses, a trend that would ultimately aid entrepreneurs mightily in moving ever-so-closely toward what she describes as self-actualization.


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Such a development, in turn, could greatly give way to these business professionals impacting their respective community, Copeland said.

What it practically boils down to, Copeland acknowledged, is strategically executing her personal mission, which is centered largely on promoting financial literacy, particularly by educating women and youth.

“Additionally, I have a mission to build a network of women business owners that connect to support and build up one another in various areas based on the biblical premise found in Proverbs 27:17,” said Copeland, adding that her networking adventure is presently in the works and will launch at a time that has yet to be determined.

A native of Nashville, Copeland grew up in nearby Franklin, a rural establishment that’s roughly 20 miles south of Tennessee’s state capital.


MORE ON COPELAND’S ENDEAVOR: https://www.theironnetwork.com/

A graduate of Whites Creek Comprehensive High School, Copeland advanced her education when she enrolled at University of Phoenix, where she earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Management.

For what it’s worth, she certainly boasts the educational and professional credentials which, much to her delight, have allowed her to reap sustained success in her chosen industry.

An endeavor that is steadily generating more a national presence — most notably in Tennessee, Texas, Ohio, Alabama and Illinois — Copeland stressed that as it relates to working with businesses, her primary focus remains in large part on the small business per se, and that age is not a factor.


“When it comes to my life insurance clients, I have a passion for helping young families solidify their financial foundation at a time when the cost to do so is a whole lot less than if they choose to wait until later on life,” Copeland explained. “At the same time, I find great pleasure in assisting clients of all ages to minimize their tax liability and to maximize their tax refunds.”


Speaking of the term, “maximize,” credit Copeland’s parents for having instilled in her at a young  age the benefits of delving the mindset of an entrepreneur, thus maximizing her potential.

“My mother definitely encouraged me to follow my dreams and made me believe that I could do anything and be whatever I wanted to be in life,” Copeland said. “My dad was an entrepreneur and business owner and also instilled work ethic in me. “My dad has always worked for himself. His work ethic was instilled in me. I’ve always had an interest in business.”

So far, so good for this thriving and progressive Texas-based businesswoman, whose best and brightest days undoubtedly are well ahead of her.

Yep. That goes to show that only what you do for Christ will last.

HERE’S THE 411 — What it practically boils down to, Copeland, acknowledged, is strategically executing her personal mission, which is centered largely on promoting financial literacy, particularly by educating women and youth.

“I love sharing the knowledge that I have,” said Copeland, who became knowledgeable of the tax industry in the late eighties, then formed featured business two years ago, a venture that has since allowed her to engage in bookkeeping, tax resolution, and credit repair.

Interestingly, Copeland earned her insurance license in 2009.

As for her itinerary, she’s currently working on an event in Nashville during which she will bring a broader awareness about financial literacy, as well as the importance of credit.

Also, she announced that plans are currently in the works to hold an event in Houston with two other agencies during which the focus will be geared toward women in what she deems four vital areas: spirituality, self-awareness, business, and finances.

KNOWLEDGE IS POWER — A graduate of Whites Creek Comprehensive High School, Copeland advanced her education when she enrolled at University of Phoenix, where she earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Management.

In addition, Copeland will appear on a Dallas/Fort Worth-area radio show for a scheduled interview sometime in late October.

“I believe it is important to transfer knowledge, help others grow, and create a legacy for future generations,” Copeland said.

Sounding very much like the remarkably brilliant financial mastermind for whom she is widely known.


For more information on Houston-area Businesswoman Toronda Copeland, to inquire about business-related opportunities, or to inquire about speaking engagements, call 832.301.8601, or connect with her via (Facebook):  https://www.facebook.com/TLCTheIronNetwork/; (Twitter): https://twitter.com/tax_tin; (Instagram): https://www.instagram.com/theironnetwork/. Also, send email to: Toronda@theironnetwork.com.


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