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Amid broken marriage, Baltimore author Nova Walton-Marriott acquires God-manifested healing through new book


Instead, be kind and tender-hearted to one another, and forgive one another, as God has forgiven you through Christ. (GNT)


DIVINE PURPOSE AWAKENED 

For Nova Walton-Marriott, it is beyond her even to this day why it all went down the way it did.

It is beyond her why what was supposed to be a God-ordained til-death-do-us-part covenant had suddenly turned out to be arguably the darkest season of her life.
“My marriage broke up in a very extreme way,” Walton-Marriott told Making Headline News this week.
So extreme, in fact, that Walton-Marriott’s spouse literally had no chills, particularly as it pertained to how he had gone about dishonoring his holy pledge to his wife and, most importantly, to Almighty God.
“He sent me visual proof of adultery and cut off contact with me for a year,” Walton-Marriott recalled. “I was depressed, angry, hopeless, and could barely get my head off my pillow for about two years.  My entire life began to flash in front of my face.”

But God Whom, much to the delight of Walton-Marriott, had ultimately stepped in and provided her with some much-needed solace.

Her marriage all but a distant memory, Walton-Marriott sensed it was time she count her losses and strive to heal. And not just as a strategic way to keep busy. But rather heal, according to God’s perspective.

“I started doing inventory, thinking about all my mistakes and trauma, my family, my choices and started doing everything I could to heal to include writing in a journal,” Walton-Marriott said. “I wrote for about six months before I decided to turn my words into a book.”

As it turned out, amongst the things that Walton-Marriott had come to discover was that her quest to compose a book essentially spearheaded her ability to heal appropriately, never to do anything out of hurt.

A native of Queens, New York, Walton-Marriott is the mastermind behind the spiritually-empowering book entitled, “The Sleeper Has Awakened,” a project she commenced to assembling back in May.

Walton-Marriott announced this week that her new book is currently available for presale ordering and that hardcopies can be purchased by contacting her via email at leapsnbounds20@gmail.com.  The eBook version of Walton-Marriott’s  “The Sleeper Has Awakened” is also available for presale ordering through Amazon, she said.

For Walton-Marriott, she’s thoroughly convinced that amid her hurtful, heartbreaking marital dissolution, it was time to compose her book as a way to not just enabled her to heal, but to also help others who have endured a similar situation.


“I began writing the book about six months ago,” Walton-Marriott said. “After I had a rough draft, I sent it for editing to determine if I was moving in the right direction.  She gave me great feedback and told me I was going to help people with my story, that I would show the person crying themselves to sleep every night and that there is hope, but I needed to give more.”


Walton-Marriott then continued writing, she recalled. Interestingly, the more she wrote, the more God began to provide with more revelation.

The more revelation she acquired, the more she began to heal. The more she began to heal, the more she began to press and navigate toward the purpose for which she was created.

“I read it over and over again and the more I read, the more I remembered,” Walton-Marriott said. “I purged and purged and seven chapters, a foreword, introduction, survey, conclusion, photo journal and afterword later, I am done. I just completed the last piece.  I need to tweak a few things, but I anticipate sending the book for publishing by the end of the year.”

As for the divine message she aspires to send to her reading audience, Walton-Marriott emphasized it’s all about one’s ability to outlast the adversary.

“My message: If you confront your demons instead of suppressing and walking in shame and take responsibility for your part, you will learn a lot about yourself and begin to heal,” Walton-Marriott said. “There is power in truth.” 

Other books are certainly forthcoming, Walton-Marriott said.

“I have written a children’s book about autism,” she said. “It isn’t illustrated or published yet but, I hope to make that happen in the future.”

Interestingly, Walton-Marriott has announced the startup of her business venture, HIER SELF, LLC, which is a multi-functional business that will offer philanthropic efforts as well as motivational and development based components.

As for her newly-composed book, Walton-Marriott said: “The overall theme is (me) confronting myself and taking responsibility for the areas I could have done better.”

To her credit, she’s doing just that with God, her Helper, steering the way.


For more information on Baltimore-area Author Nova Walton-Marriott, to presale order her book, or schedule her for a book signing or speaking engagement, connect with her via social media at: Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/nova.waltonmarriott. Email her at: novawalton@yahoo.com.


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Indiana prep basketball player Jeremiah Blair boasts lofty dreams of playing at collegiate level

ON A MISSION

HOOP DREAMS — As Blooming (Indiana) High School North senior swingman Jeremiah Blair hinted this week during an interview with Making Headline News, every sign of progression essentially is yet another step in the right direction for a giftedly talented prep basketball player who boasts lofty aspirations of putting his skills on display at the collegiate level.

If you listen to Jeremiah Blair assess his junior campaign for Bloomington (Indiana) High School North, it would easy to tell that as far as he’s concerned, it’s the little things that matters the most.

In fact, as Blair hinted this week during an interview with Making Headline News, every sign of progression essentially is yet another step in the right direction for a giftedly talented prep basketball player who boasts lofty aspirations of putting his skills on display at the collegiate level.
“I improved a lot,” Blair said of last year’s performance during which he helped propel Bloomington North to a 13-8 record. “We had a winning record.”
It is, by all accounts, because of the favorable strides Blair and Co. made last year that have greatly fueled his competitive drive to continue where he left off at the conclusion of the 2018-19 season.
Of Bloomington’s 22 games last year, Blair made 21 appearances and was the Cougars’ fourth-leading scorer, averaging 8.1 points per game, according to stats compiled by Maxpreps.com.
As Bloomington North prepares to open the season against Bedford North Lawrence on November 26, Blair’s primary focus, he said, is to do whatever is necessary to help the Cougars build on last year’s success and, most importantly, make a strong case that he’s worthy of playing at the collegiate level.

Known primarily for his electrifying leaping ability and aggressive play in the post, Blair was second on the team in rebounding, grabbing 4.2 boards per game, second only to the departed Chris Thomas and then-sophomore Aaron Steinfeldt (4.8 rpg, according to Maxpreps).

Much to his delight, Blair’s valiant contributions had ultimately given way to him generating interest from at least one area school.

According to the 6-foot-3 senior swingman, Indianapolis’ Goshen College has expressed interest in him, although an official offer has yet to be made.

Of Bloomington’s 22 games last year, Blair made 21 appearances and was the Cougars’ fourth-leading scorer, averaging 8.1 points per game, according to stats compiled by Maxpreps.com.

The good news for Blair, however, is that he has plenty of time to continue auditioning for something after which he’s diligently pursuing: a full-ride athletic scholarship.

“I want them to know that I am hard worker and a team player,” said Blair, when asked what time a player would a college inherits. “I’m very knowledgeable about the game and basketball is my passion. I am eager to learn more and grow.”

Amongst those who have witnessed the continuous progress of Blair is his mother, Tequilla Ware.

Amongst those who have witnessed the continuous progress of Blair is his mother, Tequilla Ware.

A native of Forrest City, Arkansas — which is approximately an hour west of Memphis — Ware placed a basketball in the hands of her 18-year-old son when he was three years old.

He hasn’t put the rock down since, having commenced to playing what his mother describes as “Sport Shorties” when he was four years of age, a trend that eventually heighten his passion for his selected sport.


“My normal thoughts were, ‘I hope he has a great game and bring his best,’” Ware, a registered nurse and mother of two, said, explaining what customarily goes through her mind when she attends Blair’s games. “Of course, I pray for the win, but ultimately, I want to see his best, no matter the outcome.”


Every now and then, Ware admittedly harbors the kind of thoughts that are common for typical basketball moms.

“There are also the thoughts about him getting hurt out there,” Ware said, “but we make sure he stays in shape and comes prepared every game.”

Blair, in fact, works out virtually daily to enhance his mechanics and even conditions up to four hours on weekends.


PIVOTAL SEASON 

According to the 6-foot-3 senior swingman, Indianapolis’ Goshen College has expressed interest in him, although an official offer has yet to be made.

His strengths as a speedy swingman include penetrating to the basket and utilizing his height and size advantage to overpower the opposition.

“I am solid. That’s a major key,” said Blair, adding that his primary weakness is his inconsistency to dribble with his left hand.

Still, Blair emphasized, “I’m strong ready player, one who can play any position and play it with confidence.”

Known primarily for his electrifying leaping ability and aggressive play in the post, Blair was second on the team in rebounding, grabbing 4.2 boards per game, second only to the departed Chris Thomas and then-sophomore Aaron Steinfeldt (4.8 rpg, according to Maxpreps.).

As Bloomington North prepares to open the season against Bedford North Lawrence on November 26, Blair’s primary focus, he said, is to do whatever is necessary to help the Cougars build on last year’s success and, most importantly, make a strong case that he’s worthy of playing at the collegiate level.

“(That’s) something I’ve always wanted to do since I was a little kid,” Blair said.

With a straight face.


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Long before his personal encounter with Shaq, young Mekhi Welch has become a gifted sports buff

MEKHI’S MAD SKILLZ

HE’S THE TRUTH — For the child who’s widely known as “Mekhi,” a rather distinctly unique thing occurred some three years or so ago, according to his mother, Tawanna Chamberlain. “Mekhi has been a sports buff since the age of three,” Chamberlain told Making Headline News this week. “But when he started to read around five years old, he asked me to read books to him about the history of basketball and great players.”

DALLAS — Mekhi Welch is just eight years old, meaning for a kid his age, one would think he’s essentially in the beginner’s stage with regards to his knowledge about sports.

For the child who’s widely known as “Mekhi,” a rather distinctly unique thing occurred some three years or so ago, according to his mother, Tawanna Chamberlain.
“Mekhi has been a sports buff since the age of three,” Chamberlain, a Clearwater, Florida resident, told Making Headline News this week. “But when he started to read around five years old, he asked me to read books to him about the history of basketball and great players.”
And just like that, a rising young sports historian, of sorts, was born, considering Mekhi’s sports knowledge is such that he could perhaps teach these old vets a thing of two about arguably some of the celebrated athletes of our generation.
Thanks in large part to his mother routinely reading his autobiographies of Lewis Alcindor, Jr, (famously known today as Kareem Abdul-Jabar), Kobe Bryant’s “Mamba Mentality,” “When The Game Was Ours,” featuring Larry Bird and Magic Johnson, Phil Jackson’s “Eleven Rings” Sam Smith’s “The Jordan Rules,” Mitch Albom’s “Fab Five,” Dick Devenzo’s “Stuff Good Players Should Know,” LeBron James’ “The Boy Who Became King,” Stephen Curry’s “The Boy Who Never Gave Up,” “Michael Jordan: The Life,” and “Little Shaq” by Shaquille O’neal,” among others, and it’s no wonder little Mekhi boasts lofty aspirations of someday emerging as household name in what has become a multi-million dollar sport industry, particularly for some the world’s most prominent sports journalists.

LOOK! IT’S DA BIG DIESEL!

GOTTA LOOK AT THIS THIS — “Then it happened,” Chamberlain said. “Three days later, I received a personal video message from Shaq to Mekhi and I almost lost it. I couldn’t believe my eyes. It was a surreal moment in time. I couldn’t wait to show Mekhi that his hero, Shaq, had sent him a personal message. When Mekhi saw the message from Shaq, he was overjoyed. He was smiling from ear-to-ear and he talked about the video message all the way to school that morning.”

“We absolutely love to read in our home,” Chamberlain said son’s newfound gift as a sports enthusiast. “In fact, it’s our favorite pastime. We literally own more books than we can count, and when Mekhi would become disinterested with me reading countless of books to him, he would pick up his iPad and Google interesting basketball stats and facts.”

To his credit, the more he deems it essential to become knowledge about sports opposite those up-to-date scores that customarily scroll across SportCenter’s Bottom Line, the more it seems that Mekhi essentially broadens his journalistic mechanics that figure to set him apart mightily from his peers much more sooner than later.

Never mind that he’s only eight years of age.

“Over the last five years, he has become a real life NBA basketball Wikipedia,” said Chamberlain, trying the best she could to assess her young and gifted son’s amazing gift that centered on big time sports. “You can ask him any question you want to about players from Bill Russell, Wilt Chamberlain, Kareem, Magic, Kobe, Michael Jordan, Larry Bird, Isaiah Thomas, Joe Dumars, Tracy McGrady, Charles Barkley, Step Curry, Kevin Durant, Kwahi Leonard, Clay Thompson, Ben Simmons to Zion Williamson.”

Once someone picks Mekhi’s brain about any major professional athlete — past or present — they might as well brace themselves for what essentially will be said next.

“Amazingly, he can recall their height, what cities they were born in, all the teams that each player played on, what year they were recruited and drafted to the NBA, who their rivals were, their current stats, their highest scoring games in a season, the years they were injured, and how the injury impacted their careers,” Chamberlain said. “You should hear him tell the story about Yao Ming.”

And then there is Mekhi’s personal encounter with O’Neal, five-time NBA champion and former LSU All-American.

According to Chamberlain, her son and Shaq established friendship during which an awe-inspiring encounter took place, a development that resulted in her son being the beneficiary.


“Mekhi has always loved Shaq,” Chamberlain said. Since he was five years old, he would tell me that his dream was to play a game of one-on-one with Shaq. To Mekhi, Shaquille O’Neal is larger-than-life. The other day I was in the living room watching something on TV and a commercial for a national pizza chain came on. Just as the commercial came on, Mekhi walked out of his room and was mesmerized by the fact that Shaq was going all around the town delivering pizzas to people.”


Much to his delight, the young sports buff had become even more attentive to the commercial ad featuring his hero.

“Over the last five years, he has become a real life NBA basketball Wikipedia,” said Chamberlain, trying the best she could to assess her young and gifted son’s amazing gift that centered on big time sports. “You can ask him any question you want to about players from Bill Russell, Wilt Chamberlain, Kareem, Magic, Kobe, Michael Jordan, Larry Bird, Isaiah Thomas, Joe Dumars, Tracy McGrady, Charles Barkley, Step Curry, Kevin Durant, Kwahi Leonard, Clay Thompson, Ben Simmons to Zion Williamson.”

“Mekhi could not believe his eyes…he thought that was the coolest thing ever,” Chamberlain recalled. “Right after the commercial went off, Mekhi asked me to call or text Shaq and ask him to bring him a (Papa John’s) pepperoni pizza. I just looked at him with a blank stare—I honestly didn’t know what to say to him regarding his request, because I was thinking to myself, “Yeah right. I don’t know Shaq’s telephone number—so I can’t call or text him and ask him to bring a pizza over here.

“Mekhi wholeheartedly believed that I would know how to contact Shaq and he was very persistent, so he went as far as to go pick up my cell phone and he handed it to me and said, ‘Here mom, please go ahead and call or text Shaq.’”

Interestingly, things would eventually become even more interesting for Mehki.

“Mekhi wholeheartedly believed that I would know how to contact Shaq and he was very persistent, so he went as far as to go pick up my cell phone and he handed it to me and said, ‘Here mom, please go ahead and call or text Shaq.’”

“Not wanting to let my child down, I grabbed my phone and sent a ‘Hail Mary’ DM to Shaq on Instagram, because my son was standing right there watching me type the message,” Chamberlain said. “No pressure…and I hit, ‘send,’ never thinking that Shaq would actually see the message or read it.”

Boy, was she wrong — wrong for all the right reasons to put it more precisely.

“A few days passed, but everyday Mekhi would ask me, ‘Did Shaq text you back yet?’” Chamberlain said. “While looking for his pizza, he truly believed his favorite player wouldn’t let him down. So I would just remind Mekhi that Shaq is a very busy man, but told him that perhaps when he isn’t so busy, he would make time to respond to my message.”

Once someone picks Mekhi’s brain about any major professional athlete — past or present — they might as well brace themselves for what essentially will be said next.

Suddenly, the long-awaited and figurative slam dunk for which Mekhi had waited was finally executed.

“Then it happened,” Chamberlain said. “Three days later, I received a personal video message from Shaq to Mekhi and I almost lost it. I couldn’t believe my eyes. It was a surreal moment in time. I couldn’t wait to show Mekhi that his hero, Shaq, had sent him a personal message. When Mekhi saw the message from Shaq, he was overjoyed. He was smiling from ear-to-ear and he talked about the video message all the way to school that morning.

“That same day, I was contacted by the National Pizza Chain via Twitter and they made it possible for Mekhi’s entire class to enjoy a pizza party, which made everyone’s day,” Chamberlain continued. “This is the stuff that dreams are made of.”

Much like the wealth of knowledge Chamberlain’s son has garnered as such a young age.

Stay tuned. This kid seems well on his way to making major moves in the sports world, something that, well, perhaps even Shaq has sensed.


REMEMBER THE NAME 

STAR WATCH — To his credit, the more he deems it essential to become knowledge about sports opposite up-to-date scores that customarily scroll across SportCenter’s Bottom Line, the more it seems that Mekhi essentially broadens his journalistic mechanics that figure to set him apart mightily from his peers much more sooner than later.

“It was so very thoughtful of Shaquille O’Neal to take a few moments out of his busy schedule to send Mekhi a message,” Chamberlain said. “It meant the world to him and it is something that he will never forget.”

With all of the sports knowledge he’s acquired in recent years, how could he?


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Texas mother Aleesha Simmons remembering her son’s legacy through a notable non-profit organization

DOING IT FOR DOUG

REMEMBERING DOUG — According to sources with knowledge of the situation, Doug Williams — who lettered in football, basketball, and track and field for Dallas’ Franklin D. Roosevelt High School — was conditioning in April at a nearby park when he suddenly passed out. To no avail, first responders could not resuscitate him. Williams’ mother, Aleesha Simmons, has since established “Doug’s Run To The Finish,” her rising nonprofit organization that is presently in the works and is scheduled to officially go into operations within “four-to-six weeks,” she said.

DUNCANVILLE, Texas — For Aleesha Simmons, it is a dejected, demoralizing feeling she’s repeated said she doesn’t want another mother to have to convey.

The discomfort to which she is alluding is the shocking death of her son, Doug Williams, a then-multi-sport athlete at Dallas’ Franklin D. Roosevelt High School, whose life was cut short back in April amid a sudden cardiac arrest.
He was 16.
According to a report at https://www.your-heart-health.com/content/close-the-gap/en-US/heart-disease-facts/young-athletes.html, sudden cardiac arrest (or SCA) is the leading cause of death in young athletes. Most often, the death occurs during athletic training or competition.
If SCA is not treated immediately, it can lead to sudden cardiac death (or SCD) within minutes, the report said.
According to sources with knowledge of the situation, Williams — who lettered in football, basketball, and track and field — was conditioning at a nearby park when he suddenly passed out. To no avail, first responders could not resuscitate him.

MORE ON SIMMON’S NONPROFIT: https://www.dougsrun.org/

At the time of his death, Williams reportedly was hours removed from having rededicated his life to Christ.

“After my 16-year-old son passed away suddenly in April due to the sudden cardiac arrest, it left me so lost and confused,” Simmons told Making Headline News this week. “And I feel like I didn’t want any other mother to have to go through this, especially not even knowing that something was even wrong.”

While Simmons and her family undoubtedly will be affected by the sudden demise of her son for the rest of their lives, she has — to her credit — deemed it essential to carry on Williams’ legacy through a notable cause.

As Simmons explained, while a majority of the Roosevelt High School community is still very affected by her son’s death, a number of fellow church members and close acquaintances are backing her mightily on bringing about awareness through her fledgling organization.

A native of Chicago who works primarily as a Dallas/Fort Worth-area customer service specialist, Simmons is the founder and director of “Doug’s Run To The Finish,” her rising nonprofit organization that is presently in the works and is scheduled to officially go into operations within “four-to-six weeks,” she said.

Through “Doug’s Run To The Finish,” Simmon’s strategic mission is centered largely on stopping the vastly growing epidemic of sudden cardiac arrest, particularly amongst youth athletes, she told MHN.

In order for this to happen, parents, student athletes, and trainers must become knowledgeable about the various symptoms related to cardiac arrest so that her organization, in turn, can appropriately assist in setting up the necessary screenings, etc.

GOD’S PLAN…GOD’S PLAN — At the time of his death, Williams reportedly was hours removed from having rededicated his life to Christ.

Interestingly, “Doug’s Run To The Finish” will host community-wide events during which it will provide credible resources and pertinent information, as well CPR training, which would involve educating certified individuals on how to properly use a defibrillator, Simmons said.

In addition, Simmons emphasized she will execute the essential steps to ensure that area sports teams are equipped with defibrillators to prevent sudden cardiac arrest in the event a student athlete collapses.

As Simmons explained, while a majority of the Roosevelt High School community is still very much affected by her son’s death, a number of fellow church members and close acquaintances are backing her mightily on bringing about awareness through her fledgling organization.


“(I thank) my pastor (Andrew Jackson Jr.), my family and close friends who are deeply affected by my son’s sudden passing,” Simmons said. “This mission is very near and dear to my heart, because the day I lost my son was by far the worst day that I’ve ever experienced in my life.”


For what it’s worth, Simmons has often struggled, particularly with regards to seeing a silver-lining, of sorts, in the wake of Williams’ untimely death.

“Someone told me that my son was a seed and his passing was just the seed being planted and this mission is the fruits of that seed sprouting up and manifesting,” Simmons explained. “So my son lives on through saving the lives of others.”

While Simmons and her family undoubtedly will be affected by the sudden demise of her son for the rest of their lives, she has — to her credit — deemed it essential to carry on Williams’ legacy through a notable cause.

A nonprofit organization that’s geared toward individuals ranging mostly between the ages five-to-25, Simmons said amongst the factors about which she has become thoroughly persuaded is that her son undoubtedly fulfilled the purpose for which God created him.

Now it’s time to effectively carry out his legacy through a notable organization that figures to not just change a generation, but to impact it in the process.

After all, Simmons is fully convinced that is what her young, vibrant, speedy multi-sport athlete of a son would have wanted.


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According to a report at https://www.your-heart-health.com/content/close-the-gap/en-US/heart-disease-facts/young-athletes.html, sudden cardiac arrest (or SCA) is the leading cause of death in young athletes. Most often, the death occurs during athletic training or competition. Williams was 16 at the time of his death.

“My goal is for this campaign to go as far and as wide as it possibly can,” said Simmons, whose organization is already becoming a fixture throughout the DFW Metroplex. “(I’m doing this) knowing that my son’s life has a purpose.”

A purpose that’s still very much justifiable to this day — and beyond.

How befitting for a well-rounded student athlete whom, much to his credit, ran to the finish.


For more information on Dallas/Fort Worth-area Businesswoman Aleesha Simmons of “Doug’s Run To The Finish,” to make a monetary donation, to schedule her for public appearance or speaking engagement, connect with her via social media at: https://www.facebook.com/aleesha.simmons.


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Baltimore businesswoman Nodella Jordan walking fervently in her purpose as the face of NSJ Ministries


Therefore, my beloved brethren, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that your labor is not in vain in the Lord. (1 Corinthians 15:58  KJV) 


NS-JESUSCENTERED

LIVING HER LIFE LIKE IT’S GOLDEN — To her credit, there’s far more to the life of Nodella Jordan, the founder and CEO of NSJ Ministries, her Baltimore-area endeavor that is comprised largely of her assortment of awe-inspiring achievements and slew of responsibilities she’s enjoyed, particularly since God had strategically called her to ministry some two decades ago.

In case you don’t know her, Nodella Jordan would like to introduce herself.

“I am an ordained evangelist,” Jordan, 51, told Making Headline News this week.
To her credit, there’s far more to the life of Jordan, the founder and CEO of NSJ Ministries, her Baltimore-area endeavor that is comprised largely of her assortment of awe-inspiring achievements and slew of responsibilities she’s enjoyed, particularly since God had strategically called her to ministry some two decades ago.
A native of the Bronx, New York who has resided a considerable amount of time in nearby New Haven, Connecticut, Jordan credits the fervent guidance of her father as amongst those who headlines a list of her most notable supporters.
“It was my father who always told me to be the best at whatever I did,” Jordan said. “Being athletic as a youth into high school also created a competitive mindset that carried over in many areas of my life. As early as age eight years old, I braided people’s hair as a way of making money.”

MORE ON NSJ MINISTRIES: https://www.nsjministries.com/

For Jordan, an accomplished Corporate American professional who works as a Human Resources Assistant, never did she steer away harboring an entrepreneurial mindset.

Today, she’s steadfastly functioning mightily in her element, most notably as a workshop presenter for praise and worship leaders, as well as for church administration personnel and ministers/leaders.

Interestingly, Jordan is an accomplished author of two books: “The Intimate Place: My God, My Man, Myself,” and her remarkably compelling written work entitled, “Sassy: The Perfect Life.”

Her NSJ Ministries repertoire also includes the much-anticipated launch of her newly-erected brand, Sassy & Swag Collections, which are comprised of T-shirts, ball caps, socks, mugs, and other paraphernalia.

Aside from her father’s unyielding support, Jordan’s quest to become an entrepreneur — a godly entrepreneur, that is — emerged primarily from humble beginnings.

“Growing up in a large family and seeing families struggle economically and with substance and physical abuse, my goal was to make sure I did not have to face those same struggles,” Jordan explained. “Further realizing that white children were afforded more opportunities than black children, I refused to become society’s statistics, regardless of growing up in public housing.”

As Jordan vividly recalls, she initially commenced to witnessing flashes of a future in entrepreneurship before she even reached the double-digit age plateau.


“At the age of seven, I decided I wanted to work as an executive secretary and, after graduating from business school, I entered the secretarial field, where I worked over 26 years,” said Jordan, breaking down her professional resume as only she could. “It was my goal at the start of my first full-time job to retire by or before 50 and I was blessed to retire at age 46.”


Credit Almighty God for having executed arguably the biggest and most crucial tip-in on behalf of this former student athlete.

Aside from her father’s unyielding support, Jordan’s quest to become an entrepreneur — a godly entrepreneur, that is — emerged primarily from humble beginnings.

“We all have been given a purpose in this life, and it’s our responsibility to make sure we full it,” said Jordan, who once owned home-based graphic design and event coordinator businesses amid the wise counsel of her former pastor. “Don’t depend on others to help you succeed, though our success is dependent on the support of others.”

An entrepreneurship track record that dates back to the mid-1990s, Jordan doesn’t shy away from the notion that her fervent desire includes, among other things, leaving a lasting footprint behind for others to be inspired and, most importantly, to ensure that God will be well-pleased with my life as a result.


SEASON OF THE REBIRTH 

DAD KNOWS BEST — A native of the Bronx, New York who resided a considerable amount of time in nearby New Haven, Connecticut, Jordan credits the fervent guidance of her father, who headlines a list of her most notable supporters.

“You are fully responsible for your own success,” Jordan said. “No matter how many times you fail, keep trying until you succeed. These are principles I live by. I have failed and reinvented myself a few times. I’ve been discouraged, but never quit. Hard work truly does pay off. It just doesn’t say when. Know that there is much sacrifice and others will not understand your process, because it’s your journey, not theirs.”

In case you don’t know her, now you do — this well-rounded, larger-than-life entrepreneur, one who’s grasped a thorough concept of what it means to put into action Proverbs 3:5-6.


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Arizona AAU basketball player Hannah Young ‘will be D-1 ready’ by 2023, her prep coach says

YOUNG AND GIFTED

BRINGIN’ IT — Besides proving to be as good as advertised for a player whose best and brightest days are well ahead of her, Arizona Select 15-and-under basketball player Hannah Young seemingly has taken it upon herself to go to the extra mile, particularly with regards to becoming a better overall student athlete.

DALLAS — It doesn’t take much to fuel Robin Young’s desire to strike up an in-depth conversation about Hannah Young, her gifted amateur athlete daughter, who’s making her presence felt on the AAU circuit.

Consider, for instance, how Robin routinely goes about assessing the performance of her daughter, a 13-year-old athlete who stars for the Arizona Select Girls Under Amour Association 15-and-under squad that’s based in Phoenix.
“Hannah is a diamond in the rough,” Robin told Making Headline News during a recent interview.
That her immeasurable mechanics, coupled with her length and wing span, have progressed considerably in recent years, Robin and those who have monitored closely Hannah’s rise as a youth basketball player have christened her with a name that figures to stick for years to come.

“We call her the clean-up woman,” Robin said of her daughter, who has gone from a shooting guard to a power forward since making a transition to the 15-and-under division. “She makes moves to the basket and finishes when giving the ball in the post. Rebounding and mid-range jumper have improved along with her put-backs.”

Besides proving to be as good as advertised for a player whose best and brightest days are well ahead of her, Hannah seemingly has taken it upon herself to go the extra mile, particularly with regards to becoming a better overall student athlete.

That her immeasurable mechanics, coupled with her length and wing span, have progressed considerably in recent years, Robin and those who have monitored closely Hannah’s rise as a youth basketball player have christened her with a name that figures to stick for years to come.

During the course of the summer, for instance, the rising Xavier College Preparatory freshman not only established a camaraderie by playing pickup games with her high school teammates, but she also found time between competitive play by taking two summer school classes.

For her valiant efforts: two A’s, a feat that consequently brought her mother to all smiles.


“She understands the true meaning of student athlete,” Robin said of her daughter’s willingness to exceed her own expectations. “She works hard on and off the court.”


A native of nearby Irving, Texas, Hannah has become engaged in what undoubtedly has been an eventful summer for a youth athlete, who’s making a solid case that she’s destined to attract interests from college scouts and recruiters — much sooner than later.

Amongst the reasons is that she’s currently active with a somewhat congested AAU itinerary, one that included a recent visit to the Mill City Invitational in Minnesota and the Girls Under Amour Session II in Indianapolis.

But wait. She isn’t finished.

Hannah also is scheduled to participate in the AAU’s Southern Showtime in Atlanta from July 20-22 and will cap off her summer-long slate by competing in the Girls Under Amour Finals July 23-26.

Arizona Select is comprised of five different teams and three UAA age divisions (15, 16, and 17-and-under).


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ALL-AROUND ATHLETE — During the course of the summer, for instance, the rising Xavier College Preparatory freshman not only established a camaraderie by playing pickup games with her high school team, but she also found the time between competitive play by taking two summer school classes. For her valiant efforts: two A’s, a feat that consequently brought her mother to all smiles.

The 15-and-under squad is comprised of its top freshmen and middle school players, particularly those who do not earn roster spots on 16-and-under team. A team that represents Arizona Select’s Girls 15-and-under division of Under Armour Association, players selected to this team are elite participants, who successfully compete against elite competition at their respective age division and are striving to play high level college basketball.

Interestingly, the players will compete in regional and national events against other GUAA teams, as well as against elite competition nationwide. Their schedules include — but isn’t limited to — team practices, skills training, strength and conditioning training, and frequent out-of-state travel.

As for the immeasurable exposure Hannah has had the luxury to garner, Robin says she daughter is especially deserving of it, given her solid work ethic.

“(Xavier College Preparatory) coach Jennifer Gillom is excited to have Hannah as a freshman,” Robin said. “She believes that at the end of her four years at Xavier, she will be D-1 (Division 1) ready. Gillom loves that fact that Hannah is coachable and so eager to get to the next level.”


ARIZONA MADNESS 

NATIONAL AUDITION — The 15-and-under UAA team is comprised of its top freshmen and middle school players, particularly those who do not earn roster spots on 16-and-under team. A team that represents Arizona Select’s Girls 15-and-under division of Under Armour Association, players selected to this team is elite players, who successfully compete against elite competition at their respective age division and are striving to play high level college basketball.

But first thing’s first, Robin’s stressed.

“Hannah’s goal is to bring Xavier College Preparatory its first girls’ high school state championship.”

As if anyone should be surprised.


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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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SALUTE TO GRADUATE TRIBUTES: Louisiana prep student athlete Ca’lib Watts proven to be an all-around champion

BAYOU CHAMPION

ON CENTER STAGE — As if his 3.4 grade point average wasn’t enough to emerge as the center of conversation in the family, Ca’lib Watts helped propelled Lafayette Christian football team to an impressive 14-0 record that was culminated with a LHSAA Division IV state championship, courtesy of a 56-7 rout of Ascension Catholic.

DALLAS — Call him Ca’lib The Champ.

That’s because Louisiana high school student athlete Ca’lib Watts has proven to be a champion in every stretch of the imagination, especially during what undoubtedly has been a remarkably memorable tenure for the 18-year-old senior at Lafayette Christian Academy in Lafayette, Louisiana.

“I am still in awe that God allowed this handsome, young man of mine to make me a mommy 18 years ago,” Shameka Sampson said of her son to kick off Making Headline News’ annual Salute To Graduate Tributes for 2019.

“To say that I am proud of him would be an understatement.”

To grasp a thorough concept of why Sampson essentially couldn’t offer enough superlatives when recalling the legacy her beloved son continues to create even at this stage in his young life, look no further than the flurry of accolades and achievements he’s garnered as he prepares to earn his diploma on May 17.

KLEENEX FORTHCOMING — Come May 17, chances are Sampson and the rest the family will be crying tears of joy when Watts’ name is called to receive his diploma.“When I hear his name called on graduation night, I will feel like I’m in a dream,” Sampson said. “This time in his life has come way too fast for me and I will probably cry as I have been doing since the first day of his senior year, but they will be happy tears and maybe a few sad ones, too.”

For starters, Watts boasts a cumulative grade point average of 3.4.

As if that isn’t enough to emerge as the center of conversation in the family, Watts helped propelled the Lafayette Christian football team to an impressive 14-0 record that was culminated with an LHSAA Division IV state championship, courtesy of a 56-7 rout of Ascension Catholic.

Not to be outdone, Watts is a member of LCA’s varsity track squad, which recently won the regionals, thus advancing to state championships at LSU, where he will compete as part of the Knights’ relay team.

HER BEGOTTEN SON — To grasp a thorough concept of why Shameka Sampson essentially couldn’t offer enough words when recalling the legacy her beloved son continues to create even at stage in his young life, look no further than the flurry of accolades and achievements he’s garnered as he prepares to earn his diploma on May 17.

While he is just days away from earning his diploma, Watts has already devised a strategic plan for life after high school.

According to his mother, Watts will attend Basic Training for the U.S. Army National Guard before enrolling in Spring 2020 at nearby McNeese University, where he plans to major in Pediatric Nursing.

Though Auburn, the University of Texas at Austin, and Texas A&M University- Commerce capped off Watts’ short list of colleges, Sampson admittedly was convinced all along that her son wanted to stay within close proximity of the family’s residence.

Not to be outdone, Watts is a member of LCA’s varsity track squad, which recently the won the regionals, thus advancing to state championships at LSU, where he will compete as part of the Knights’ relay team.

“(There were) a couple more colleges, but I believe they were a little too far away from his mom and sister,” Sampson jokingly said.

All things considered, Sampson doesn’t shy away from the notion that she’s overwhelmingly in awe of the favor God has bestowed upon the life of her son, whose best and brightest days are well ahead of him, she said.

“My son has inspired me to be a better me,” Sampson said. “He has never judged me for my shortcomings as a parent and he has told and showed me how much he admires me and how hard I’ve worked to take care of him and his younger sister.”

Once Watts enters the next chapter of his life, he will be missed considerably, his mother acknowledged.

“My daughter, Jaeda, will miss him a lot as well,” Sampson said. “Her ‘bubby,’ as she so fondly calls him, has looked up to him and trusted him to never lead her wrong. Ca’lib calls himself his ‘Sister’s Keeper.’”

Though Auburn, the University of Texas at Austin, and Texas A&M University- Commerce capped off Watts’ short list of colleges, Sampson admittedly was convinced all along that her son wanted to stay within close proximity of the family’s residence.

As for going away in the coming months, that will certainly take some getting used to.

“Ca‘lib has never been away from me or his sister this long…ever…and it will definitely be a challenge, because I will be praying for him, wondering if he’s okay and if his superiors are treating him right, but I have to give him to God and have to let him become a man,” Sampson said.

Come May 17, chances are Sampson and the rest the family will be crying tears of joy when Watts’ name is called to receive his diploma.

“When I hear his name called on graduation night, I will feel like I’m in a dream,” Sampson said. “This time in his life has come way too fast for me and I will probably cry as I have been doing since the first day of his senior year, but they will be happy tears and maybe a few sad ones, too.”

Much to his delight, it has been one heckuva ride the past few years for Watts, whom Sampson said has held fast to a rare sense of integrity in ways many of his peers haven’t.

WELL ON HIS WAY 

THE LORD’S DOING — “I am still in awe that God allowed this handsome, young man of mine to make me a mommy 18 years ago,” Sampson said of her son to kick off Making Headline News’ annual Salute To Graduates Tributes for 2019.

“I am proud of my son for keeping himself pure and in waiting for the young woman that God has for him,” Sampson said. “A lot of young men don’t make it to the age of 18 without several sexual partners or children, but I thank God that he listened to me and he and his girlfriend, Londyn, have made a pact between themselves and God to keep themselves pure, because God said so. There is no limit for him. The boundaries are limitless because he serves a limitless God.”

Talk about demonstrating the attributes of a true champion.

“The favor on his life comes not just from being who he is, but because of his obedience,” Sampson said. “And, as long as he honors the Lord, he will not fall, break, or bend.”

That’s because this Louisiana high school student athlete has proven to be a champion in every stretch of the imagination.

Big ups to Ca’lib The Champ.


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Detroit businesswoman Rashelle Rey’s annual hair and fashion show set for July 14


Let nothing be done through strife or vainglory; but in lowliness of mind let each esteem other better than themselves. (Philippians 2:3)


REY OF SUNSHINE 

WOMAN OF EXCELLENCE — A native Birmingham, Alabama who has spent virtually all of her life in the City of David, Rashelle Rey will be hosting her annual Illusion On The Runway Hair And Fashion on Sunday, July 14 in nearby Southfield, Michigan, at the St John’s Banquet & Conference, located at 22001 Northwestern Highway.

As it pertains to walking in her divine purpose, Rashelle Rey would be the first to admit that she’s all about esteeming others highly than herself.

That is why Rey, an accomplished Detroit-area businesswoman, has become thoroughly committed to giving back to her community.

And not just giving back, but giving back in a big way.


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A native Birmingham, Alabama who has spent virtually all of her life in the City of David, Rey will be hosting her annual Illusion On The Runway Hair And Fashion on Sunday, July 14 in nearby Southfield, Michigan, at the St John’s Banquet & Conference, located at 22001 Northwestern Highway.

The event that will take place from 3-6 p.m. EST is annual, notable tribute to women and children, many of whom suffer from various forms and hair loss, Rey told Making Headline News this week.


“The purpose of this event is to be a blessing to a family or organization that’s in need and is suffering from cancer.” — Detroit Businesswoman/Author Rashelle Rey on her annual Illusion On The Runway Hair And Fashion


A longtime licensed cosmetologist, Rey and her team are placing special emphasis on individuals who have been stricken by alopecia.

According to a report at https://www.webmd.com/skin-problems-and-treatments/guide/alopecia-areata#1, alopecia is an autoimmune disorder that customarily stems from excessive hair on one’s pillow, brush, or shower drain.

In addition, alopecia occurs when someone notices what medical experts describe as “odd little bald spots” in the mirror or when hair follicles are attacked, a trend that typically causes the hair to come out, often in clumps the size and shape of a quarter. The amount of hair loss, in fact, is different in everyone, medical experts say, considering some people lose it only in a few spots, while others lose a lot.

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As for Rey’s hair and fashion show, amongst her chief objectives is to bring about awareness to alopecia, as well as various forms of cancer that often result in hair loss.

This event will be hosted by comedian Crystal P. and will include a gallery of Detroit’s finest designers, most notably Sparkle Thomas, Teddi Nairobi, Katrina Hurst, Unite Us All, Mason Tone, Unjunk Fashion Tropicana from Alta Mota Salon, as well as Wrapped In Love and Pink Diamond Beauty Mall.

Also, there will be a special performance by PDOT, a special guest appearance by Sparkle Amor, as well as other scheduled performances, according to organizers for this event.

Early bird tickets are currently on sale for $20 and ends May 25, and sponsorship and vendor opportunities will be available for this event, Rey said.

Early bird tickets can be purchased either through Cash App at: $rashellereyrpn or via PayPal at: remnantandpraisenetwork@gmail.com.

The feedback since she organized her annual hair and fashion show has been overwhelmingly favorable, Rey said.

“Since I have been promoting the event, my fellow peers say it is a great thing to be a part of,” Rey said. “It’s a hair and fashion show.”

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A 1999 graduate of Crockett High School, Rey advanced her education when she became a licensed cosmetologist.

Interestingly, this resourceful businesswoman delved off into authorship when she wrote the book entitled, “I Am What God Says I Am,” a 38-page project that was released in April 2016 and is available for purchase at: https://www.amazon.com/Am-What-God-Says/dp/1940831229.

Also, Rey and Shelia Finn co-wrote the forthcoming stage play called, “Foster Care,” which is scheduled to debut soon, she told MHN this week.


For more information about Detroit-area Businesswoman/Author Rashelle Rey, or to schedule her for a public appearance or speaking engagement, or connect with her via social media at: https://www.facebook.com/rashellel1. Also, send email to: Remnantandpraisenetwork@gmail.com.


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