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North Carolina author/businesswoman Keisha Boatwright nominated for two awards

DOUBLE YOUR PLEASURE 

MAKING MAJOR STRIDES — A native of Newark, New Jersey, Keisha Boatwright is up for a pair of ACHI Magazine awards: Author of the Year and Health and Fitness.

For what it’s worth, Keisha Boatwright could be appropriately described as a woman of many hats.

It is, by all accounts, because of her immeasurable community service through her endeavors that Boatwright has emerged as an official nominee for not one, but two notable awards.
A native of Newark, New Jersey, Boatwright is up for a pair of ACHI Magazine Awards: Author of the Year and Health and Fitness.
Having authored two books to date with a few more on the horizon, Boatwright has contributed mightily to two collaborative written works: “Unleashed Travails: From Pain to Purpose,” a 70-page project that was assembled by three other authors.
Boatwright also played a major role in “The Purposed Woman 365 Day Devotional,” a collaborative Amazon bestseller that made its official release earlier this year.

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A 14-year Navy veteran, Boatwright is a certified Yoga instructor (RY-200hr) and is a member of the Bella Hearts nonprofit organization.

On September 14, she will be afforded the golden opportunity to promote her books when she participates in the Rockin With The Bellas 5K Run & Walk.

As for having become a nominee for two awards, Boatwright told Making Headline News it’s all in God’s plan for such a jubilant time as now.

“(I’m very) much elated,” said Boatwright, who’s aiming to solidify the ACHI Magazine’s Health and Fitness Award for a second consecutive year.

Now she’s hoping to come away with multiple awards, particularly since her brilliantly compelling gifts as an author have been as good as advertised.

“(I’m very) much elated,” said Boatwright, who’s aiming to solidify the ACHI Magazine’s Health and Fitness Award for a second consecutive year..

“(I’m) super excited about (being nominated for) Author of the Year,” Boatwright said.

According to Boatwright, biography and letters are being accepted through the first of October and must be submitted at: https://www.achimagazine.com/achimagazineawards.

A publication that centers largely on “Strength In Sisterhood,” The Annual Fourth ACHI Magazine Awards Tour will take place in 10 different cities, starting in October.

Having authored two books to date with a few more on the horizon, Boatwright has contributed mightily to two collaborative written works: “Unleashed Travails: From Pain to Purpose,” a 70-page project that was assembled by three other authors. Boatwright also played a major role in “The Purposed Woman 365 Day Devotional,” a collaborative Amazon bestseller that made its official release earlier this year.

Having become a fixture for the Greensboro, North Carolina-based Bella Hearts, Incorporated nonprofit organization, Boatwright said being nominated for two awards is a testament of her hard work in recent years.

“When it comes to health and fitness, I’m passionate about teaching yoga,” Boatwright said. “It doesn’t matter if I have full class or a small class, I’m going to give it my all. I’ve taught donation-based yoga classes for three years. “When it comes to (being an author), I’ve always been passion about writing. I believe someone read my story and was inspired and empowered by it.”

And, if she happens to comes away with both awards in the categories for which she’s been nominated, Boatwright said, “I will humbly and gratefully accept the awards. All praises are due to God, Whom all blessing flows from.”


For more information on Greensboro North Carolina-area Businesswoman/Author Keisha Boatwright, to order her books or to schedule her for a book signing or speaking engagement, connect with her via social media at: https://www.facebook.com/MzKesh.  Email her at: soulistickesh@gmail.com.


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Ex-MLB relief pitcher LaTroy Hawkins to make guest appearance at Dallas’ Back To School Connect Fest Aug. 31

DALLAS — A former big leaguer will be the featured guest during Dallas/Fort Worth businesswoman Letitia Scott Jackson’s Back To School Connect Fest.

Powered by Scott Jackson’s Keeping Families Connected, this event will take on Saturday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Lovers Lane United Methodist Church, located at 9200 Inwood Road in Dallas.
Former Major League Baseball player LaTroy Hawkins will make a guest appearance at this event, during which organizers will host backpacks and supplies giveaways.
During last year’s Back To School Connect Fest, Scott Jackson and her team managed to accommodate around 200 children with backpacks and other supplies. This year, she expects more than 400 children to be the beneficiaries of school supplies.
“Yes indeed. To God be the glory. This year will be epic, unlike last year,” Scott Jackson told Making Headline News this week. “We make kids that are separated from their parents our first priority.

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“We are elated that although we aren’t government funded, we are blessed to have the support of those like Anita and LaTroy Hawkins, DeLisa Rose, Bill Ferrar, Master Minded Group, Word of Deliverance Family Life Church (of Shreveport, Louisiana), We Works, Inc., and last but not least my hubby, Fred Jackson.”

A former relief pitcher, Hawkins enjoyed an MLB stint that spanned 21 seasons with 11 different teams: Minnesota Twins, Chicago Cubs, San Francisco Giants, Baltimore Orioles, Colorado Rockies, New York Yankees, Houston Astros, Milwaukee Brewers, Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, New York Mets, and the Toronto Blue Jays.

Upon his retirement following the 2015 season, Hawkins had been the only active player to join the 1,000-games-pitched club and, at 42 years of age, he was the oldest active player in the majors.

Besides Hawkins, there will be guests appearances by Wallo and Brother Ben X at this year’s Back To School Connect Fest.

A DFW-based nonprofit organization that Scott Jackson — a native of Houston — erected approximately four years ago, the strategic mission of Keeping Families Connected is centered in large part on enriching the lives of young people, most notably through events, as well as by way of providing educational resources, mentoring, and counseling services.

“We believe that family matters most,” said a spokesperson for this thriving, flourishing nonprofit organization in a detailed overview at https://www.keepingfamilyconnected.org/.


For more information about Dallas/Fort Worth-area Businesswoman Letitia Scott Jackson of Keeping Families Connected, or to schedule her for a public appearance, a book signing or speaking engagement, connect with her via Facebook at:  https://www.facebook.com/tetiascott. Also, send email to: keepingfamiliesconnected2015@yahoo.com.


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Dallas/Fort Worth entrepreneur Shanna Boger setting herself apart as one of nation’s finest event planners


Delight thyself also in the LORD; and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart. (Psalm 37:4)


IN A LEAGUE OF HER OWN 

A CUT ABOVE THE REST — A Dallas/Fort Worth-area businesswoman in her own right, Shanna Boger, 46, is owner and CEO of the PRP Luxury Group, a progressive and thriving event planning venture she established some five years ago.

DALLAS — For Shanna Boger, she was practically born into it.

“My parents were entrepreneurs,” Boger, during an interview this week with Making Headline News, said explaining the memorable developments surrounding her rise as an accomplished entrepreneur. “Both of them had side businesses, plus full-time jobs, so I always knew I would have a business…just didn’t know what type of business.”
It didn’t take her very long to figure that out.
That’s because Boger essentially wound up following in the massive footsteps of her beloved mother, whose entrepreneurship craft was that of a florist and wedding planner when her daughter was a child, growing up Bossier City, Louisiana.

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BAYOU BEAUTY — A Fall 1994 graduate of Grambling State University with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Accounting, Boger’s PRP Luxury Group has been operations for five years and counting. The key to her reaping sustained success through an endeavor whose best and brightest days are well ahead it: going above and beyond to ensure that she exemplifies top-notch customer service.

A Dallas/Fort Worth-area businesswoman in her own right, Boger, 46, is owner and CEO of the PRP Luxury Group, a progressive and thriving event planning venture she established some five years ago.

In essence, PRP Luxury Group is widely regarded as a boutique wedding and event company, one that specializes in full-service wedding planning, luxurious floral and event design, not to mention custom stationery and curated gifts.

“My parents were entrepreneurs,” Boger, during an interview this week with Making Headline News, said explaining the memorable developments surrounding her rise as an accomplished entrepreneur. “Both of them had side businesses, plus full-time jobs, so I always knew I would have a business…just didn’t know what type of business.”

All things considered, Boger has her mother to thank, in large part because even as a youngster growing up in Louisiana, she was the beneficiary of some brilliant hands-on training, of sorts.

“She did all the weddings in our community and I hated it,” Boger jokingly said of her mother’s immeasurable impact as a local businesswoman. “So I decided to go to college and major in accounting and get a desk job.”

All things considered, Boger has her mother to thank, in large part because even as a youngster, growing up in Louisiana, she was the beneficiary of some hands-on training, of sorts.

As it turned out, that proverbial desk job was essentially short-lived, considering…well, Boger was practically birthed into the ever-so-competitive industry of entrepreneurship.

“I did that (desk job), but I reached a glass ceiling and the entrepreneur bug was a burning in my spirit and I could not shake it,” Boger recalled. “I have always been creative, so I took my creativity and decided to build my own business. And I came back to my roots: weddings and events.”

And the rest, as they say, was history.

Today, unlike never before, Boger is functioning fervently in the divine purpose for which she was created, reinforcing among other things, that when parents train up children in the way they should go, when they mature in age, they will not depart from it.


“My mother, of course,” said Boger, when asked who were amongst those who inspired and pushed her to delve off into entrepreneurship. “(Also) Kae Whitaker of Kae Whiter Media Group, Preston Bailey, Kathy Romero, and Akeshi Akinseye of Kesh Events.”


A Fall 1994 graduate of Grambling State University with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Accounting, Boger’s PRP Luxury Group has been operations for five years and counting.

The key to her reaping sustained success through an endeavor whose best and brightest days are well ahead it: going above and beyond to ensure that she routinely exemplifies top-notch customer service.

In essence, PRP Luxury Group is widely regarded as a boutique wedding and event company that specializes in full-service wedding planning, luxurious floral and event design, not to mention custom stationery and curated gifts.

“I love helping people create a beautiful event that celebrates life,” Boger said. “My clients are very important to me. Bringing my clients’ vision to life is my No. 1 priority.”

Having had the luxury of hosting the bulk of her events in Texas, Boger boasts lofty aspirations of planning and designing events globally.

Having had the luxury of hosting the bulk of her events in Texas, Boger boasts lofty aspirations of planning and designing events globally.

Given her immeasurable and remarkably compelling gifts as an event planner, such a notable milestone figures to come to fruition — much sooner than later.

A business that accommodates clients ranging mostly in ages of 25 to 44, Boger announced that plans are effectively underway to partner with the newly erected Lakeview Event & Conference Center in nearby Arlington, where she will engage in hosting an Open House event in October.


MOM KNOWS BEST

Today, unlike never before, Boger is functioning fervently in the divine purpose for which she was created, reinforcing among other things, that when parents train up children in the way they should go, when they mature in age, they will not depart from it.

“(I just want to) be an inspiration to people, to live life the fullest,” said Boger, explaining her mission that’s aligns with her customer service goals and objectives. “I want to be an inspiration to people, to show them that God will give you the desires of your heart, as long as you honor Him in everything you do.”

Not to mention obey His Voice, even if it comes through your mom.

Something to which this remarkably gifted Texas entrepreneur can greatly attest.


For more information about Dallas/Fort Worth-area Businesswoman Shanna Boger of the PRP Luxury Group, call 972.379.9172 or send email to: hello@prpluxurygroup.com. Also, connect with her via Facebook, Twitter, Instagram at: @prpluxurygroup.


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Winners BBQ has been nothing short of remarkable since its 2015 Dallas/Fort Worth inception


“The highest human act is to inspire.”Late superstar rapper Nipsey Hussle


WINNER’S CIRCLE 

DOING IT BIG IN TEXAS — A former Iowa State football standout, DeAndre Jackson had ultimately delved off into the ever-so-competitive world of entrepreneurship as the proud founder of Winners BBQ, a family-owned restaurant that has established three franchises since its inception in 2015.

DUNCANVILLE, Texas — If there’s one thing that DeAndre Jackson has learned as a former athlete, it’s how to make good on a seemingly unfavorable situation.

Consider, for instance, how when Jackson’s bid to land on an NFL roster spot fell short amid a career-ending ACL injury, he diligently had become resourceful in that he miraculously found his niche, both as an athletic trainer and real estate agent.
Much to his delight, things for the Garland, Texas native would only get better.
A former Iowa State standout, Jackson had ultimately delved off into the ever-so-competitive world of entrepreneurship as the proud founder of Winners BBQ, a family-owned restaurant that has established three franchises since its inception in 2015.

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THEY ARE LIT — Winners BBQ, in fact, has become a fixture throughout North Texas, in large part because consumers have come to enjoy — and embrace — its delectable meat plates, meat by the pound, its assortment of sandwiches, not to mention its smoked turkey legs, as well as its distinctly unique meat loaded potato that’s famously deemed “The G.O.AT.”

Winners BBQ’s original location is housed at 3200 14th Street in nearby Plano. A popular Dallas/Fort Worth restaurant that Jackson owns along with his cousin, Tevin Jackson, Tevin’s wife, former University of Texas and professional track and field star Nichole Denby-Jackson, Winners BBQ has since added two locations — one in Cedar Hill and in Austin.

Following what the Jacksons described as “massive success” of the Plano location, DeAndre opened Winners BBQ Cedar Hill in 2017, and in less than three months ago, Nichole, Tevin, and Nichole’s sister, Nichale,  opened the Austin location. 

For DeAndre Jackson and Co., it’s been all good ever since.


RED ZONE EFFICIENCY 

To their credit, the Jacksons have gone to great lengths to form what has become an All-Star lineup of Winners BBQ CEOs.

“We pride ourselves on bringing flavorful craft BBQ with having a one-of-a-kind menu and delivering exceptional customer service,” Nichole Denby-Jackson told Making Headline News this week.

Winners BBQ, in fact, has become a fixture throughout North Texas, in large part because consumers have come to enjoy — and embrace — its delectable meat plates, meats by the pound, its assortment of sandwiches, not to mention its smoked turkey legs, as well as its distinctly unique meat loaded potato that’s famously deemed “The G.O.AT.”

Following what the Jacksons described as “massive success” of the Plano location, DeAndre opened Winners BBQ Cedar Hill in 2017, and in less than three months ago, Nichole, Tevin, and Nichole’s sister, Nichale,  opened the Austin location. For DeAndre Jackson and Co., it’s been all good ever since.

And then there are Winners BBQ’s mouth-watering sides and its kids menu, not to mention its sweet and tangy BBQ sauce and its flavor-packed dry rub, which takes all of its smoked meats to “another level of flavor,” DeAndre Jackson acknowledged.

Interestingly, Winners BBQ has earned mentions in a slew of food publications, trends that have given way to this star-studded restaurant chain having garnered a host of food awards and magazine honors.


“As high profile collegiate and professional athletes, we are highly competitive by nature and this competitiveness and drive spill over into every faucet of our lives,” DeAndre Jackson explained. “Sports is what we all have in common, and the discipline, dedication, perseverance, mental toughness, sacrifice, motivation, and determination that athletics have instilled in us has taught us very valuable life lessons and how to never quit, no matter what curve balls life throw your way.”


To their credit, the Jacksons have gone to great lengths to form what has become an All-Star lineup of Winners BBQ CEOs.

Surely, their competitive drive as former athletes has contributed mightily to their sustained entrepreneurship success.

For starters, DeAndre and Tevin Jackson, both were legitimate hopeful to land NFL contracts before injuries reduced their effectiveness, thus bringing their careers to unceremoniously ends.

ON A MISSION — As for the Jacksons’ mission for having delved off into entrepreneurship, what it all boils down, they said, is devising ways to leave a legacy for their children — and their children’s children.

Both, in fact, had sustained torn ACL’s, and were forced to tackle — and sack — what they label as the “real world” for the first time in a long time.

And then there was Nichole, a Los Angeles native, who was the catalyst of Texas’ track and field program that captured a national championship before she enjoyed a professional stint with Nike and Adidas that spanned a decade.

Interestingly, Nichole maintained a top-10 world ranking and represented the U. S. on its World Championship Team, as well as served as an alternate on the U. S. Olympic team.

Winners BBQ’s original location is housed at 3200 14th Street in nearby Plano. A popular Dallas/Fort Worth restaurant that Jackson owns along with his cousin, Tevin Jackson, and Tevin’s wife, former University of Texas and professional track and field star Nichole Denby-Jackson, Winners BBQ has since added two locations — one in Cedar Hill and in Austin.

As for the Jacksons’ mission for having delved off into entrepreneurship, what it all boils down, they said, is devising ways to leave a legacy for their children — and their children’s children.

“My personal mission is to be able to pass down something for my children to own and start them off at an even better place in life than I was,” Nichole said. “I would also love to use my platform to motivate and inspire others, whether that be on speaking panels, through a published book, public appearances, and various events or seminars.

“Another mission is to have enough financial freedom for me to give back to many communities through charitable acts of kindness and build water wells in certain parts of Africa for those without clean water,” Nichole added. “We are all big on philanthropy and are big advocates for our community.”

DeAndre and Tevin Jackon both were legitimate hopeful to land NFL contracts before injuries reduced their effectiveness, thus bringing their careers to unceremoniously end. Both, in fact, sustained torn ACL’s, and were both forced to tackle — and sack — the real world for the first time in a long time.

In addition, the Jacksons announced strategic plans to create what they call the “WINspiration Foundation,” an organization that would allow them to display their notable philanthropy efforts.

“Something that I learned from the late great Nipsey Hussle is that the highest human act is to inspire,” Nichole said. “If I can use my platform to reach at least one person — I would love to inspire many — I would be happy.”

Said DeAndre Jackson: “It is important to pass down knowledge and wisdom to better those around you and make them want to become the best versions of themselves and to be able to pass down and instill these things in the next generation which will pick up the baton as it will be their turn to run the world.”

Just as the Jacksons are presently doing as successful entrepreneurs — this after having made good on seemingly unfavorable situations.

Talk about true Winners.


For more information about Texas entrepreneurs DeAndre Jackson, Nichole Denby-Jackson, Tevin Jackson and Nichale of Winners BBQ, call 972.424-2400 (Plano), 205.572-0256 (Cedar Hill), 512.861.5066 (Austin), or connect with Winners BBQ via Facebook at: https://www.facebook.com/winnersbbq/


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Mid-South AAU hoops player Christian Brown following in foosteps of his mom and dad

BEAST MODE 

REMEMBER THE NAME — To his credit, AAU basketball standout Christian Brown went into beast mode during what was a memorable AAU game between Brown’s Murfreesboro, Tennessee-area Storm squad versus Eagleville. In a game that will go down as arguably the most memorable one to date for Brown, his Storm team faced a 12-point deficit with inside of two minutes remaining. That is when spectators witnessed flashes of greatness surrounding a kid who’s nearing 6-foot as a preteen.

He’s only 12 years of age.

But for a youth basketball player, Christian Brown is a beast on the court.

To his credit, he certainly went into full beast mode during what was a memorable AAU game between Brown’s Murfreesboro, Tennessee-area Storm squad versus Eagleville.

In a game that will go down as arguably the most memorable one to date for Brown, his Storm team faced a 12-point deficit with inside of two minutes remaining.
That is when spectators witnessed flashes of greatness surrounding a kid who’s nearing 6-foot as a preteen.
Brown was the catalyst for a Storm team that stormed back in the waning moments, erasing a double-digit deficit and miraculously coming away with a 50-49 victory, having outscored the opposition, 18-3, the rest of the way.
In manufacturing 17 points in what was an AAU game for the ages, Brown managed some late heroics when he stole an in-bounds pass and was fouled as a result.

His two clutch free throws helped the Storm ease out to the final margin and, most importantly, his immeasurable display proved to be a microcosm of his resiliency for which he customarily exemplifies in close-game situations.

So remember the name, much sooner than later: Christian Brown.

Because if there’s one thing he’s proven, it’s that his best and brightest days are well ahead of him.

“I always tell him he’s destined for greatness and to always make the most of each day,” said Chelsea Brown, Christians’s mother, during interview with Making Headline News this week. “That day will be confirmation of what we speak into his life on a daily basis.”

If anyone can appropriately assess — and critique — Christian’s progress on and off the court, it’s his mother.

Chelsea Brown was a basketball standout in her own right, most notably in high school, where she starred for perennial power Memphis Whitehaven (from 1990 to 1992), which boasted a number of Division 1 recruits. Brown went on to star at SWAC member Southern University from 1992 to 1995, capping off what was stellar basketball tenure for the native Memphian.


RESPECT DA HAVEN

IN RETROSPECT — Christian Brown’s mother, Chelsea Brown, was a basketball standout in her own right, most notably in high school, where she starred for perennial power Whitehaven (from 1990 to 1992), which boasted a number of Division 1 recruits.

Given that her son seems on path to following in the footsteps of his parents – both his mother and father are former athletes — it’s safe to assume that, well, the apple didn’t fall very far from the tree (with all due respect).

“Of course, I will be overjoyed to see his dreams and aspirations come to fruition,” said Chelsea Brown how special would it be if her son is fortunate to sign a National Letter of Intent to play college basketball. “But most of all, I’m thankful for the opportunity for him to continue to grow as an athlete.”

Chances are, the 5-foot-10 Christian Brown will grow — literally and figuratively — in the foreseeable future as he looks ahead to next season as one of the marquee players for Rocky Fork Middle School in Smyrna, Tennessee.

A slim 113-pounder — yet with so much growing to do and weight to put on — Christian often rotates between playing the small forward and shooting guard positions.

In addition to his attractive length for a 12-year-old, he’s proven to hold his own and make his presence felt, particularly against bigger and more experienced players, a trend that shouldn’t merely come as a surprise, considering Christian began playing competitive basketball at five years of age for the Rutherford County basketball league.

“He beat everyone down the court and played good defense,” Chelsea Brown said. “And he was the tallest kid on the court most of the time.”

The possibility exist that will surely be the case when he transitions to the prep basketball ranks, an attribute that figures to garner the attention of scouts and recruiters.


“He never ceases to amaze me,” Chelsea said her son’s continuous progress. “I love watching him exceed my expectations through growth and development. He always plays to the end.”

He sure does.

Remember that recent game against Eagleville?

His mother sure does. There’s a good chance she won’t be forgetting it, either.

FULL RIDE — Brown (in powder blue) went on to star at SWAC member Southern University from 1992 to 1995, capping off what was stellar basketball tenure for the native Memphian.

“I actually witnessed him lead his team to victory with two minutes on the clock and they were down by 12,” said Chelsea in pure wonderment. “I saw it in his eyes. He reads his opponents and went into (attack mode) and came out victorious.”

That, to his credit, figures to be a sign of things to come — much sooner than later.


“My parents always tell me that as long as I work hard, developing as a student-athlete, they will always provide an avenue for me to succeed,” said Christian, who recently was the beneficiary of the Athlete Academic Award, given to the student-athlete with the highest grade point average (he manufactured a 3.6 GPA), as well as being named Offensive Player of the Year in both football and basketball.

In addition to his attractive length for a 12-year-old, he’s proven to hold his own and make his presence felt, particularly against bigger and more experienced players, a trend that shouldn’t merely come as a surprise, considering Christian began playing competitive basketball at five years of age for the Rutherford County basketball league.

“My dad is always there to support me, and his presence always motivates me to play hard.”

Interestingly, although he has plenty of basketball left to play before bolting the high prep ranks, Christian doesn’t shy away from the notion that’s he’s presently auditioning for a full-ride athletic scholarship.

As far as he’s concerned, there’s no time to waste, not when he’s closing in on 6-feet in height as a preteen and making his presence felt against more experienced players.

“I would like (scouts and recruiters) to know that I am a hard worker and coachable,” said Christian, who will attend a hoops camp at Duke University over the summer. “I am a team player and have experience, playing every position on the floor. Most of all, I’m always open to learning and using skills learned from camps and other resources.”


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Dallas newlywed Adrianne Queen in saluting her husband: ‘He’s helped me become that Proverbs 31 woman’


For this cause shall a man leave father and mother, and shall cleave to his wife: and they twain shall be one flesh? (Matthew 19:5 KJV)


QUEEN OF HEARTS 

TEXAS TWO STEP — For Michael Queen, who turns 58 on Sunday, chances are he’s undoubtedly in for what figures to be one memorable and festive weekend for the Dallas native, who’s a little more than a month removed from having exchanged nuptials with fellow Texan Adrianne Queen.

DALLAS — Adrianne Queen wasted little time hastening to her Facebook timeline Friday morning.

At approximately 7:23 CST, Queen enlightened her nearly 3,700 social media followers of a rather enthralling event involving her newlywed husband.

“Happy Friday and it’s the Mr.’s birthday weekend!” Queen staged in a post that was accompanied by the hash tag: #LetsCelebrate.
For Michael Queen, who turns 58 on Sunday, chances are he’s undoubtedly in for what figures to be one memorable and festive weekend for the Dallas native, who’s a little more than a month removed from having exchanged nuptials with Adrianne Queen.

FRESH START

Even while demonstrating such compassion and receptiveness toward that about which Michael had to endure in recent years, Adrianne acknowledged, more than anything, she will steadfastly uplift, embrace, and honor her husband wholeheartedly..

During an interview this week with Making Headline News, Adrianne Queen spoke intensely about her close-knit bond with her husband, one that essentially began years ago via social media.

“We were friends on Facebook for years, and I was following his journey with his wife, dealing with her sickness, but we never had any correspondence with each other,” Adrianne recalls.

REMEMBERING CAROL — Unfortunately for Michael, his then-wife, Carol Queen, had ultimately lost her battle with her illness when she passed away on June 4, 2016, thus ending a 35-year marriage.

Unfortunately for Michael, his then-wife, Carol Queen, had ultimately lost her battle with her illness when she passed away on June 4, 2016, thus ending a 35-year marriage.

Still, in spite of the heartache and discomfort amid Carol’s death, amongst the things with which Michael had come to grips was that according to scripture (Genesis 2:18), God specifically reminds us that, “It isn’t good that a man be alone. I will make a helper suitable for him.”

Enters Adrianne and for all the right reasons, his newlywed bride whom, as she forthrightly tells it, is still very much smitten of the fact that God had strategically saved Michael exclusively for her.

During an interview this week with Making Headline News, Adrianne Queen spoke intensely about her close-knit bond with her husband, one that essentially began years ago via social media.

And vice versa.

“Speechless,” said Adrianne, when asked to assess her reaction when Michael won her heart.

Of course, it’s safe to assume that Michael likewise was somewhat at a loss for words, particularly upon having attracted the woman who’s a little more than a month removed from having become his wife.

An avid Dallas Cowboys fan, Adrianne doesn’t shy away from the notion that the love her husband routinely exhibits for his favorite team, in some aspects, is synonymous to the unyielding love he demonstrates to her.

In a nutshell, Michael — who has two biological children — is overwhelmingly passionate about having attracted his ideal mate.

Oh…and vice versa.

“His love for his team is unconditional regardless if they win or lose, and it’s the same for me on a good or bad day,” Adrianne, a Dallas Skyline High graduate and previously divorced mother of two, said. “The impact he has had on my life has been nothing short of amazing.”

So much, in fact, that the adoration and honor her husband customarily fortifies often prompts Adrianne to pay homage to God for having bestowed upon her, well, the kind of joy the world didn’t merely give her, to put it more plainly.

“In the natural, the level of happiness and peace I have is priceless,” said Adrianne, offering a detailed and vivid overview of her husband’s influential impact, as only she could. “In the spirit, he has helped me become that Proverbs 31 woman.”

Oh my.

Shut up…and keep talking.

“He has come a long way since losing his wife,” Adrianne continued. “He have his days…yes and I completely understand after being with someone for 35 years. That was all he knew.”

JOY RESTORED — In spite of the heartache and discomfort amid Carol’s death, amongst the things with which Michael had come to grips was that according to scripture (Genesis 2:18), God specifically reminds us that, “It isn’t good that a man be alone. I will make a helper suitable for him.”

Even while demonstrating such compassion and receptiveness toward that about which Michael had to endure in recent years, Adrianne acknowledged, more than anything, she will steadfastly uplift, embrace, and honor her husband wholeheartedly.

Every step of the way.

For the rest of their lives.

“As I was being escorted on (our) wedding day, the thought going through my mind was that I am marrying my king,” Adrianne said in pure wonderment. “I started crushing all over again.”

Oh…and vice versa.


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Shreveport’s own LaTiffany Dunn-Ivory making remarkable strides as Dallas/Fort Worth-area actress


For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. (Jeremiah 29:11 NIV)


IN HER ELEMENT 

HEADED IN THE RIGHT DIRECTION — A Dallas/Fort Worth-area businesswoman, LaTiffany Dunn-Ivory, 35, is in the prime of an acting career she hopes will attract more of a global presence much sooner than later.

DALLAS — LaTiffany Dunn-Ivory doesn’t have to boast or brag or flaunt, particularly when it comes to her immeasurable career as an actress.

That’s because her resume undoubtedly speaks for itself.
DEFYING ALL ODDS — A professional acting stint that spans a little more than nine years, Dunn-Ivory has gone to great lengths to weather arguably the toughest of obstacles, to clear arguably the grandest of hurdles, all the while steadfastly finding her niche in the process.
“I’ve been acting since 2010, but really knew l could do it professionally in 2012,” Dunn-Ivory, during an interview this week with Making Headline News said, referring to her notable role she landed in the film entitled, “The American Justice with Tiny Lister.”
A Dallas/Fort Worth-area businesswoman, Dunn-Ivory, 35, is in the prime of an acting career she hopes will attract more of a global presence much sooner than later.

To her credit, the acting tenure of this Shreveport, Louisiana native is certainly shaping up to be one that figures to turn heads of several of the industry’s big names directors and producers, in large part because, well, her resume undoubtedly speaks for itself.

A professional acting stint that spans a little more than nine years, Dunn-Ivory has gone to great lengths to weather arguably the toughest of obstacles, to clear arguably the grandest of hurdles, all the while steadfastly finding her niche in the process.

As if that isn’t enough to turn heads, this resourceful, resilient actress — who’s armed with a wealth of swagger and beauty — is positioning herself mightily to garner even more nationwide exposure in the coming months.

HOLDING IT DOWN — A graduate of Homer (Louisiana) High School, Dunn-Ivory’s passion for acting stems all the way back to elementary school days. As she vividly recalls, it was her kindergarten teacher who’s responsible for having inspired her to follow her dreams. Fortunately for Dunn-Ivory, she’s done just that, all the while going after all they say she couldn’t have.

Much to her delight, Dunn-Ivory’s itinerary is becoming quite congested, considering she’s scheduled to appear in a variety of plays, including:

  • “Something Else To Talk About” on April 28, during which she will play the character “Cheryl” 

  • “Insincere Twins” on June 1, a red carpet premiere during which she will assume the role as the character “T’s Receptionist.

  • “Skin Deep” on June 15, during which she will play “Nurse Paula” and,

  • “Black DIAMOND” in July (on a date to be announced), a red carpet premiere during which she will assume the role as “Fiend.”


A graduate of Homer (Louisiana) High School, Dunn-Ivory’s passion for acting stems all the way back to elementary school days.

As she vividly recalls, it was her kindergarten teacher who’s responsible for having inspired her to follow her dreams.

Fortunately for Dunn-Ivory, she’s done just that, all the while going after all they say she couldn’t have.

TEXAS TWO STEP

AND THE WINNER IS — For her immeasurable contributions to her selected industry, Dunn-Ivory has positioned herself to become the beneficiary of yet another accolade. She is a nominee for Best Supporting Actress in the upcoming Church Stars Awards, which will take September 28. Voting begins in July.

Look at her today, functioning fervently in her distinctly unique element with God, her Helper, steering the way, thus allowing her remarkably brilliant gifts to make room for her.


“I remember it like yesterday, sitting in the back of Mrs. Gearhart’s class, just singing (R & B entertainer) Karen White’s Superwoman like I was at home and she walked to the middle of the class and asked me to step outside,” said Dunn-Ivory, recalling a Kindergarten memory that essentially changed her life. “l thought l was in trouble for interrupting her class.”


But what Dunn-Ivory had ultimately discovered was that it was only a brief, impromptu counsel by her teacher, one that essentially jumpstarted her quest to connecting with the purpose for which she was created.

Interestingly, Dunn-Ivory has shown virtually no signs that she intends to slow down anytime soon, not in the prime of an acting career that seems well on path to giving way to even greater success.

“She walked me to in Ms. Emerson’s class and was like, ‘You have to hear her voice,’” Dunn-Ivory explained. “So l sang for her. Next thing you know, we’re going from classroom to classroom and I was justa singing. In that moment, l realized a star was born and I nurtured my gifts.”

And the rest, as they say, was history.

Interestingly, Dunn-Ivory has shown virtually no signs that she intends to slow down anytime soon, not when she’s in the prime of an acting career that seems well on path to giving way to even greater success.

A former Grambling State University student who relocated in September 2005 to the Dallas/Fort Worth-area, Dunn-Ivory’s work has been seen in Oklahoma, Texas, her native home state, as well as in several establishments outside of the United States.

“The competitiveness (in this industry) has taught me that for every ‘No’ at an audition, the ‘Yes’ is around the corner, and it’s up to me to go get it and show that I deserve it,” Dunn-Ivory said. “I’m also a firm believer that what’s for me, no one can take that away, so I continue to strive daily and go get what’s already mine.”

For Dunn-Ivory, it’s a foregone conclusion that acting and assuming various roles essentially comes natural to her.

As if anyone should really be surprised.

As Dunn-Ivory vividly recalls, it was her kindergarten teacher who’s responsible for having inspired her to follow her dreams. Fortunately for Dunn-Ivory, she’s done just that, all the while going after all they say she couldn’t have.

“The fact that in each character or role I play, I leave the audience with an inspirational impression that could be life changing to them,” Dunn-Ivory said. “I love being a tool to bring people’s visions to life.”

For her immeasurable contributions to her selected industry, Dunn-Ivory has positioned herself to become the beneficiary of yet another accolade.

She is a nominee for Best Supporting Actress in the upcoming Church Stars Awards, which will take September 28.

Voting begins in July.

A former Grambling State University student who relocated in September 2005 to the Dallas/Fort Worth-area, Dunn-Ivory’s work has been seen in Oklahoma, Texas, her native home state, as well as in several establishments outside of the United States.

Now with plans of ending a five-year hiatus in the singing studio, Dunn-Ivory emphasized, among other things, she’s just giddy in that she’s been blessed to walk in her purpose.

THIS GIRL IS ON FIRE

SHE AIN’T DONE — Now with plans of ending a five-year hiatus in the singing studio, Dunn-Ivory emphasized, among other things, she’s just giddy in that she’s been blessed to walk in her purpose.

“It’s imperative that I inspire others, because every step I have made, I earned it,” Dunn-Ivory said. “There was a time when that thing called sickle cell anemia had me down for years. The devil intended to take me out. But God. Here l am today, a healthy 35-year-old, inspiring those around me that life ain’t easy. It’s challenging, but also what you make it to be. You have to power to create your path, and if you can vision it, you can achieve it.”

She would know.

Especially since her resume undoubtedly speaks for itself.

Something about which she doesn’t have to boasts or brag to flaunt.


For more information about Dallas/Fort Worth actress LaTiffany Dunn-Ivory, or to schedule her for a public appearance or speaking engagement, connect with her via Facebook at: https://www.facebook.com/latiffany.dunn. Also, send email to: latiffanydunn83@gmail.com.


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Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle delighted Virginia is back in the Final Four for the first time in 35 years

THEY’RE BACK 

LONG TIME COMING — After a 35-year drought, the Virginia men’s basketball program is back in the Final Four. The champions out of the South Region, the top-seeded Cavaliers (33-3) will face Midwest Region champion, fifth-seeded Auburn (30-9), Saturday at 5:09 p.m. CST from U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis. (Getty Image Photo)

DALLAS — The Virginia men’s basketball program is back in the Final Four for the first time in 35 years.

Amongst the UVA alums who seems the proudest is Dallas Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle.

Prior to Friday night’s game versus the Memphis Grizzlies in the American Airlines Center, Carlisle spoke of how delighted he is to witness Virginia atone for last year’s NCAA Tournament’s first-round exit by reaching the national semifinals.
The champions out of the South Region, the top-seeded Cavaliers (33-3) will face Midwest Region champion, fifth-seeded Auburn (30-9), Saturday at 5:09 p.m. CST from U. S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis.

The second national semifinal matchup will pit No. 3 seed Texas Tech (30-6), the West Region champion, squaring off against East Region champion, No. 2 seed Michigan State (32-6).

For UVA, which became the first ever No. 1 seed to lose to a No. 16 seed when it was dealt a 74–54 drubbing by the University of Maryland-Baltimore County in last year’s opening round of the Big Dance, Carlisle applauded Cavaliers coach Tony Bennett for a job well done with a program that is making its third Final Four appearance in school history (1981, 1984, 2019). 

IN RETROSPECT 

THE LAST TIME — Carlisle (left) was a member of Virginia’s 1984 Final Four squad that lost in the national semifinals to Akeem Olajuwon and No. 2 seed Houston, 49-47, in overtime.

“They’ve been consistently great all year,” Carlisle said of the Cavaliers, winners of four straight and 13 of their last 14. “I think they’ve only lost two or three games by two or three points. They have a real resolve as a team.”

In reaching the Final Four for the first time since 1984, Virginia demonstrated some much-needed resolve in the waning moments of the South Region final against third-seeded Purdue.

The Cavaliers, in fact, needed a rather awkward buzzer-beater by junior swingman Mamadi Diakite just as time expired to tie the game at 70 and force overtime, then outscored the Boilermakers, 10-5, in the extra session to preserve the win, thus erasing the memory of last year’s opening-round heartbreaker to UMBC.

According to ESPN’s Matchup Predictor, Virginia has a 79.9 percent chance of defeating Auburn, which is making its first Final Four appearance in school history.

Michigan State, meanwhile, has a 61.1 percent chance to upend Texas Tech, according to ESPN’s Matchup Predictor.

As for who Carlisle’s predicting to win the first of two national semifinal games, well, that essentially goes without saying.

PRAYER ANSWERED — The Cavaliers needed a buzzer-beater by junior swingman Mamadi Diakite just as time expired to tie the game at 70 and force overtime, then outscored the Boilermakers, 10-5, in the extra session to preserve the win, erasing the memory of last year’s opening-round heartbreaker to UMBC. According to ESPN’s Matchup Predictor, UVA has a 79.9 percent chance of defeating Auburn, which is making its first Final Four appearance in school history.

“They have a style that you need into today’s game,” said Carlisle, who was a member of Virginia’s 1984 Final Four squad that lost in the national semifinals to No. 2 seed Houston, 49-47, in overtime. “They preach defense first thing and they really understand how to play with each other. You know, the way they won the Purdue game last week was really special.”

Now that they’ve atoned for last year’s postseason disappointment, can the grit and grind Cavaliers manage two more wins to capture the school’s first ever national title?

“They’ve got a real chance now,” Carlisle said.

With a slight grin.

That, much to his delight and to the satisfaction of the rest of the UVA faithful, is a far cry from last year’s disastrous turn of events in the Big Dance.


Andre Johnson is the award-winning Founder/Publisher & Editor In Chief of Making Headline News. A 2000 graduate of the University of Memphis School of Journalism and a former reporter of sports for the Memphis Commercial Appeal newspaper, Johnson covers the NBA Southwest Division from Dallas, Texas. To reach Johnson, call him at 901-690-6587 or send email to andre@makingheadlinenews.com. Also, follow him on Twitter @AJ_Journalist.

 

Letitia Scott Jackson’s DFW-based Keeping Families Connected nonprofit organization becoming a national fixture


“The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for Me.” (Matthew 25:40 NIV) 


DALLAS — Letitia Scott Jackson took to the airwaves over the weekend for all the right reasons.

Appearing on Dallas/Fort Worth’s 97.9 The Beat, Scott Jackson wasted little time offering some rather profound, spirited words of encouragement to the station’s thousands of listeners across the Metroplex.

ALL IN THE FAMILY 

WELCOME TO YOUR NEW SEASON — A Dallas/Fort Worth-based non-profit organization that Leititia Scott Jackson erected approximately four years ago, the strategic mission of Keeping Families Connected is centered in large part on enriching the lives of young people, most notably through events, as well as by way of providing educational resources, mentoring, and counseling services.
Said Scott Jackson in a rather forthright suggestion. “If you woke up this morning and didn’t thank God for waking you up, you are out of order.”
To grasp a thorough concept of why the opportunistic Scott Jackson deems it essential to embrace virtually every opportunity that’s afforded to her, look no further than how God has gone about moving on her behalf during a time when it seemed countless of others had written her off.

Wrongfully convicted only to wound up emerging victorious during her case that unfolded in the Texas Fifth Circuit Courts, Scott Jackson had become greatly inspired to establish Keeping Families Connected.

STAY CONNECTED: https://www.keepingfamilyconnected.org/

A DFW-based nonprofit organization that Scott Jackson erected approximately four years ago, the strategic mission of Keeping Families Connected is centered in large part on enriching the lives of young people, most notably through events, as well as by way of providing educational resources, mentoring, and counseling services.

“We believe that family matters most,” said a spokesperson for this thriving, flourishing nonprofit organization in a detailed overview at https://www.keepingfamilyconnected.org/.

A native of Houston who was raised in Shreveport, Louisiana, Scott Jackson is thoroughly convinced that her organization is steadily becoming a fixture throughout the region but, most importantly, she’s convinced it aligns solely with the purpose for which she was created.

DOING IT BIG IN TEXAS — Appearing on Dallas/Fort Worth’s 97.9 The Beat over the weekend, Scott Jackson wasted little time offering some rather profound words of encouragement to the station’s thousands of listeners across the Metroplex.

“My mission is for Keeping Families Connected to become a household name worldwide and eventually be able to provide free prison transportation in other states as the need is so great,” Scott Jackson told Making Headline News this week.

In order to better aid and promote her organization — particularly on national platforms — Scott Jackson has announced that she and her staff  will be launching a Keeping Families mobile app, which is scheduled to go into effect as early as June 1, 2019 during its Third Annual Creations of Fashion For A Cause Runway Show.

This yearly event, Scott Jackson said, is designed for children from various walks of life, particularly teens and young adults from Keeping Families Connected, during which they will participate in modeling, as well as meet and interact with professional models.

In order for better aid and promote her organization — particularly on national platforms — Scott Jackson has announced that she and her staff  will be launching a Keeping Families mobile app, which is scheduled to go into effect as early as June 1, 2019 during its Third Annual Creations of Fashion For A Cause Runway Show.

For Scott Jackson, the startup of her organization comes amid arguably the darkest chapter of her life.

“I couldn’t see my kids, because they were left with caregivers, who couldn’t afford to bring them to see them,” said Scott Jackson, recalling the tumultuous developments that fueled her desire to establish her nonprofit. “My daughters were in Louisiana and I was in Texas.”

Still, after the dust had ultimately settled and Scott Jackson had emerged victorious by winning her case, it wasn’t long thereafter that God had emphatically showed her why He had entrusted her to endure, yet conquer so much heartache and pain, both of which she emphatically outlasted.

Look at her today, walking fervently in her purpose as an accomplished businesswoman, who’s also widely known as a published author, public speaker, musician, and humanitarian.

To her credit, she birthed Keeping Families Connected out of “a personal desire,” one that would enable her to customarily make meaningful contributions to the lives of those who are incarcerated while being separated an extended period time from family members.

MAKING MUCH NOISE — Interestingly and to her credit, Scott Jackson’s Keeping Families Connected is, by all accounts, an effective institution, considering it’s also committed to rebuilding families and fostering life skills in youth and young adults from broken homes, Scott Jackson emphasized.

“Ever since (she was wrongfully convicted), she wants to spread the hope of redemption and connection one interaction, a letter to an inmate, and one prison visit at a time,” said a spokesperson for Scoot Jackson’s organization. “She also has a passion for speaking to youth and young adults about making the best choices now based on her own past experiences. She has been blessed to build several businesses and mentor students and members of her church to define their own success.”

“My mission is for Keeping Families Connected to become a household name worldwide and eventually be able to provide free prison transportation in other states as the need is so great,” Scott Jackson told Making Headline News this week.

Interestingly and to her credit, Scott Jackson’s Keeping Families Connected is, by all accounts, an effective institution, considering it’s also committed to rebuilding families and fostering life skills in youth and young adults from broken homes, she emphasized.

“For four years, we have been providing free breakfast, lunch, and transportation to prison facilities throughout the state of Texas for (people), especially kids that have incarcerated parents and individuals that have incarcerated loved ones,” Scott Jackson said.

Talk about being in total alignment with the purpose for which she was created.


COMING FULL CIRCLE 

SEASON OF THE REBIRTH — To her credit, Scott Jackson birthed Keeping Families Connected out of “a personal desire,” one that would enable her to customarily make meaningful contributions to the lives of those who are incarcerated while being separated an extended period time from family members.

“My life’s trials and tribulations set me up for this journey,” Scott said. “I lost my mom, my dad, and my only son to death, and I really feel that God was removing all of my leaning posts so that I could find my connection and my calling in life and, more so, to help me maximize my potential.”

To her credit, she’s doing just that.

And, what’s remarkably astounding is that she’s nowhere out of order.

Not by a long shot.


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For more information about Dallas/Fort Worth-area Businesswoman Letitia Scott Jackson of Keeping Families Connected, or to schedule her for a public appearance, a book signing or speaking engagement, connect with her via Facebook at:  https://www.facebook.com/tetiascott. Also, send email to: keepingfamiliesconnected2015@yahoo.com.


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Chris Paul on Mavs star Luka Dončić: ‘He probably is the frontrunner’ for Rookie of the Year

HALLE-LUKA

LEADING THE CHARGE — A year after emerging as the EuroLeague MVP during a season that was highlighted by a EuroLeague championship for Real Madrid, Luka Dončić has been as good advertised since being traded on draft night to the Mavericks in exchange for the draft rights to Young and a protected future first round pick in 2019 (Photos by Glenn James/NBAE Getty Images) 

 

Standing in front of his locker, surrounded by a throng of reporters, Dallas Mavericks prized rookie Luka Dončić tried all he could to assess how the Mavs’ furious rally in the waning moments fell short, thus resulting in a 94-93 loss to the visiting Houston Rockets before an announced sellout crowd in the American Airlines Center Sunday night.

Then within minutes, Dončić was eventually brought to smiles, courtesy of some postgame pleasantries passed along in the visitor’s locker room by Rockets star point guard Chris Paul, who was asked whom he senses is the frontrunner for NBA Rookie of the Year.

As usual, Paul — who came away from the league’s Rookie of the Year hardware in 2006 — was rather forthright while chiming in.

“He probably is the frontrunner,” Paul, a 13-year veteran, told LaTambria Smith of Making Headline News. “Trae (Atlanta’s Young) is playing really well, you know what I mean? But both of them are great players.”

KEEPING IT 100 — Houston Rockets star point guard Chris Paul, who was asked whom he senses is the frontrunner for NBA Rookie of the Year. As usual, Paul — who came away from the league’s Rookie of the Year hardware in 2006 — was rather forthright while chiming in.

Though Dončić and Young have seemingly been mentioned in the same breath ever since they entered the NBA last summer, many media pundits believe that Dončić has created more of a continuous buzz as arguably one of the bright stars of the league in the coming years.

A year after emerging as the EuroLeague MVP during a season that was highlighted by a EuroLeague championship and Finals MVP as the marquee player for Madrid, Dončić has been as good advertised since being traded on draft night to the Mavericks in exchange for the draft rights to Young and a protected future first round pick in 2019.

Having started each of the Mavs’ 66 games, Dončić is Dallas’ leading scorer at 21.1 points per outing.

Young, meanwhile, has started each of the Hawks’ 68 games, averaging 18.3 points per contest, second only to John Collins’ 19.8 points.

Like Young, Dončić has been nothing short of remarkable since he set foot on an NBA court.

Consider, for instance, the fact that the 6-foot-7 Slovenian has garnered NBA Western Conference Rookie of the Month for three consecutive months from November through January, becoming only the second Mavs rookie to accomplish such a feat (Jay Vincent earned it three times in during the 1981-82 season).

Mavs coach Rick Carlisle speaks with Dončić during Sunday night’s game against the Houston Rockets in American Airlines Center. Carlisle’s rookie sensation is the first Mavs newcomer to receive Western Conference Rookie of the Month in each of the first three months of the season.

Interestingly, Dončić is the first Mavs rookie to receive Western Conference Rookie of the Month in each of the first three months of the season.

That Paul, a nine-time All-Star, was especially complementary of Dallas’ 20-year-old star rookie had eventually prompted Dončić to exhibit a slight grin, this on a night in which the Mavs had witnessed their winless streak reach five games with just 16 games remaining in the regular season.

“That was very nice of him,” Dončić said after learning of Paul’s comments. “I mean…Chris Paul, I’ve watched him as a kid. He’s a great player and do a lot on the court, and it’s so hard to guard him.”


Andre Johnson is the award-winning Founder/Publisher & Editor In Chief of Making Headline News. A 2000 graduate of the University of Memphis School of Journalism and a former reporter of sports for the Memphis Commercial Appeal newspaper, Johnson covers the NBA Southwest Division from Dallas, Texas. To reach Johnson, call him at 901-690-6587 or send email to andre@makingheadlinenews.com. Also, follow him on Twitter @AJ_Journalist.