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Mississippi author Nika Collins’ new book producing unprecedented sales since its release


Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus. (Philippians 2:5 KJV)


SEASON OF THE REBIRTH

DESTINY STEPS — A native of Water Valley — a rural Yalobusha County, Mississippi establishment of roughly 3,392 residents, according to the latest U. S. census — Nika Collins is the mastermind behind the book entitled, “Battle Of The Mind.”

DALLAS — What undoubtedly was one of the darkest, most tumultuous seasons of Nika Collins’ life, by all accounts, is what impressed it upon the heart of God to catapult her to divine purpose.

“God gave me a vision to start writing this book in 2017 after my mom was suddenly struck with a massive stroke,” Collins told Making Headline News this week during an interview from Mississippi. “And I was able to witness God work miracle.”
Much to her delight, it was a God-orchestrated miracle for the ages, an awe-inspiring development that had ultimately given way to Collins taking massive leap of faith, a step that had come wrapped up in a spiritually-empowering book.
A native of Water Valley — a rural Yalobusha County, Mississippi establishment of roughly 3,392 residents, according to the latest U. S. census — Collins is the mastermind behind the book entitled, “Battle Of The Mind.”

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A book that’s also available for purchase at Barnes And Noble and Book A Million online, Collins is impressed by the early success of her first published document.

A remarkably compelling written work that was recently released on Collins’ birthday on January 10, “Battle Of The Mind” is a spiritually-gut-checking book that figures to leave readers completely in awe of God’s majestic glory and favor and mercy.

“Some days, the will to continue fighting this battle may feel impossible,” said a spokesperson for Collins’ book at Amazom.com. “There are countless circumstances that leave us feeling powerless. But in those very moments, what seems like a hindrance or threat to our lives, may be the platform God uses for His Glory to be displayed through us.”

“I give raw testimonies of how I was able to make it through by trusting God’s promises,” said Collins, adding that her husband, Malcolm, and a host of friends and well-wishers are amongst those who have aided her mightily during her authorship journey. “I also talk about my experiences with deciding to see a therapist this year…one of the best choices I could have ever made.”

Every now and then, it seems, when our faith is being and tried and tested, we tend to indirectly call out God, the Giver of life, our Waymaker, our Present Help in times of trouble, if you will.

“As we stumble along, we often wonder, ‘Where is God?’ an Amazon spokesperson said while disclosing a detailed synopsis of Collins’ book. “Why is He allowing me to go through this? We feel stuck and broken. The reality is, however, that God does His best work in our darkness, and whatever journey God begins in your life and heart, He promises to finish in His perfect timing.”

Without question, Collins reiterated that other books are forthcoming, much sooner than later.

In a nutshell, Collins stressed that she felt compelled to assemble “Battle Of The Mind,” in large part because of her own once downtrodden experiences with depression anxiety.

But God…

“After dealing with that, I was faced with so many other different obstacles and the enemy tried to attack my mind as I continued to fight all these different battles that were coming up against me,” Collins explained.

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A remarkably compelling written work that was recently released on Collins’ birthday on January 10, “Battle Of The Mind” is a spiritually-gut-checking book that figures to leave readers completely in awe of God’s majestic glory and favor and mercy.

A book that is comprised of 74 pages in length, Collins said the feedback since her project’s release has been nothing short of remarkable.

Yep. That’s just like God, His usual reliable Self, strategically stepping in and providing for us a way of escape.


“I give raw testimonies of how I was able to make it through by trusting God’s promises,” said Collins, adding that her husband, Malcolm, and a host of friends and well-wishers are amongst those who have aided her mightily during her authorship journey. “I also talk about my experiences with deciding to see a therapist this year…one of the best choices I could have ever made.”


Without question, Collins reiterated that other books are forthcoming, much sooner than later.

Because, after all, she doesn’t shy away from the notion that if God has brought her out before, His track record is such that He will undoubtedly allow history to repeat itself.

“This book is just one of many,” Collins said without hesitation. “I Thank God for all the feedback that I have gotten.”


HE MAKES ALL THINGS NEW 

“After dealing with that, I was faced with so many other different obstacles and the enemy tried to attack my mind as I continued to fight all these different battles that were coming up against me,” Collins explained.

A book that’s also available for purchase at Barnes And Noble and Book A Million online, Collins is impressed by the early success of her first published document.

“In just a week, I sold 50 copies,” Collins said. I know that this book is going to bless many souls.”

Yep. That’s just like God, His usual reliable Self, strategically stepping in and providing for us a way of escape.

 


For more information about Mid-South-area author Nika Collins, to order her book or to schedule her for a speaking engagement, connect with her via Facebook at: https://www.facebook.com/mrsnika.collins. Also, he can be reached via email at: cherineckasmith@icloud.com.


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

Accomplished Texas Businessman/Minister Andrew Landry named Making Headline News 2019 Man of The Year


A Song of degrees of David. Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity! (Psalm 133:1 KJV)


GOD’S GAME CHANGER 

 

MAKING A DIFFERENCE — Much to delight, Andrew Landry’s valiant efforts and contributions through his ministry are amongst the reasons he has been named Making Headline News Man of The Year for 2019, edging out three other nominees across the country who were considered for this honor by the publication’s editorial staff.

It doesn’t take much to get Katrina Landry to strike up a spirited conversation about her husband, Andrew Landry.

A couple who are closing in on seven years of marriage on January 19, amongst the things about which Katrina finds intriguing when it comes her beloved companion is how he steadfastly goes and above and beyond to exemplify having a heart for people.
“The sky is the limit because, he’s got a helper’s heart,” Katrina said of husband’s tireless contributions to his community and the Body of Christ. “He continues to find ways to help others financially and mentally, and offer support day in and day out. His heart holds the sky’s limits, because it is so open.”
It is, by all accounts, because of Andrew’s servant’s heart, coupled with his keen compassion for people from various walks of life that have greatly enabled him to thrive in his strategic ministry as the founder and chief executive officer of the Where Men Hurt organization.
Much to delight, Andrew’s valiant efforts and contributions through his ministry are amongst the reasons he has been named Making Headline News Man of The Year for 2019, edging out three other nominees across the country who were considered for this honor by the publication’s editorial staff.

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Landry’s Where Men Hurt ministry has become a fixture in the Humble, Texas community, mostly notably because of its periodic meetings at Master Barbers Headquarters, located 1502 East First Street, during which men assemble to discuss a variety of pertinent subjects and real life issues.

For Andrew, his latest achievement, his wife emphasized, is a true testament of his kingdom-based work ethic.

Landry’s Where Men Hurt ministry has become a fixture in the Humble, Texas community, mostly notably because of its periodic meetings at Master Barbers Headquarters, located 1502 East First Street, during which men assemble to discuss a variety of pertinent subjects and real life issues.

Landry, in fact, was responsible for hosting his inaugural Where Men Hurt Conference, a one-day, spiritual empowerment assembly was centered largely on equipping the total man to become all that God has predestined him to be.

A couple who are closing in on seven years of marriage on January 19, amongst the things about which Katrina finds intriguing about her beloved companion is how he steadfastly goes and above and beyond to exemplify having a heart for people.

A power-packed, informative men’s conference that is powered by Mr. Landry Enterprises, the Where Men Hurt event was highlighted by all-star lineup of a half dozen speakers. The conference also offered panel discussions and included food trucks and vendor booths.


“Exceptionally amazing,” Landry said after learning of being named MHN Man of The Year. “In complete awe of the vision that God has for me to carry out. Other than God, my wife, Katrina Landry, has been by my side for each speaking engagements, book tour events, and countless late nights waiting for me to finish the task that come with this calling.”


Katrina, in fact, doesn’t shy away from the notion that her husband’s immeasurable gifts to the Body of Christ are second to none, something he admittedly doesn’t take lightly.

“He has been very instrumental in Where Men Hurt,” said Katrina, the owner and chief executive officer of Renewed Hope Counseling Center in Humble. “He has a heart to help others and this organization is a great avenue for him to do so. He sacrifices time, sleep, and money into not just the organization, but to the men who are involved in it.”

Interestingly, Andrew is widely known as an accomplished author.

A devout man a faith and minister, Landry witnessed the release of his second book in 2019.

His latest written work, “After the Violation: A Comprehensive Guide to Healing After Being Sexually Mishandled,” is a spiritually-empowering project that was officially released during his recent conference.

A book that is comprised of 77 pages in length, Landry’s “After the Violation: A Comprehensive Guide to Healing After Being Sexually Mishandled” is widely regarded as a guide for healing, particularly for those who have been sexually mishandled, according to a detailed synopsis of this Humble, Texas-based author’s book at Amazon.com.

Landry’s latest written work was released approximately 17 months after having witnessed his authorship debut come full circle with the release of “Overcoming The Addiction That No One Has.”

“I have far exceeded any idea of where I thought my life would be,” said Landry, trying his best to assess his achievements in 2019. “There are so many moving pieces when one is trying to build great foundational groundwork to something bigger than themselves. I have been blessed to have the right people in the right places at the right time to move forward with anticipation of the wonderful things God will allow to happen with this vision He has given me.”

By and large, it is in large part because of Landry’s awe-inspiring vision as a beloved ambassador for Christ that his wife emphasized the importance of giving him his flowers while he yet is blessed with breath in his body.

Katrina, in fact, doesn’t shy away from the notion that her husband’s immeasurable gifts to the Body of Christ are second to none, something he admittedly doesn’t take lightly.

“I am so happy and proud of him for all of his accomplishments,” Katrina Landry said in paying homage to her husband. “It is an honor and a joy to watch him work and I am grateful that he is given his roses while he is here. I honor him, his work, and his heart. May this award reminds him of how great he is and encourage him that he is affecting lives.”

With God, his Helper, steering the way.

Talk about a memorable 2019.


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For more information about Humble, Texas Businessman/Minister Andrew J. Landry, to order his books or to schedule him for a speaking engagement, connect with him via Facebook at: https://www.facebook.com/andrew.j.landry or https://www.facebook.com/wheremenhurt/. Also, he can be reached via email at: wheremenhurt@gmail.com.


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

LeBron James on Mavs star Luka Dončić: ‘He’s a great, young talent; I love his game’

STAR WATCH 

GREAT COMPANY — Three-time NBA champion and four-time league MVP LeBron James of the Los Angeles Lakers has been especially complementary of Luka Dončić, the Mavericks’ prized swingman, who’s been as good as advertised since he made the transition from the EuroLeague to U. S. soil following the 2018 campaign. (Gary A. Vasquez, USA TODAY)

DALLAS — Ever since he’s made his NBA coming out party last season, Dallas Mavericks star Luka Dončić has been the beneficiary of a slew of accolades and figurative pats on the back.

Especially from arguably the best basketball player on the planet.
Three-time NBA champion and four-time league MVP LeBron James of the Los Angeles Lakers has been especially complementary of Dončić, the Mavericks’ prized swingman, who’s been as good as advertised since he made the transition from the EuroLeague to U. S. soil following the 2018 campaign.
Having been dubbed the best 20-year-old player in NBA history behind James — who entered the NBA at 18 years of age — all Dončić has done since being anointed NBA Rookie of The Year last season is pick up where he left off.
PLAYOFF PREVIEW? Heading into Friday night’s nationally-televised showdown against the first place Lakers at the American Airlines Center (8:30 CST on ESPN) in what appears to be a potential playoff preview, the Mavericks (23-14) are currently sixth in the Western Conference standings, having amassed eight more wins than last season after 27 games.. (Getty Images Photo)

The 6-foot-7 Slovenian’s 29.6 points per game is third best in the NBA behind Houston’s James Harden (38.5) and Milwaukee’s Giannis Antetokounmpo, the league’s reigning MVP.

Add to the fact that Dončić’s display undoubtedly has given way to the Mavs having become one of the NBA’s biggest surprises this season, and it’s no wonder the greatest player of this generation deems it essential to often give props to a youngster, who’s already assumed the superstar label, a feat he’s emphatically cemented less than one year removed from the ceremonious retirement of Mavs great Dirk Nowitzki.

Much to the delight of Dončić, James is certainly a fan of the NBA sophomore sensation.

“He’s a great, young talent,” James told Making Headline News during a recent interview. “I love his game. He has the ability to not only create shots for himself, but I love the fact that he can get great looks for his team.”

It is, by all accounts, because of Dončić’s remarkable play, coupled with last year’s midseason acquisition of Kristaps Porziņģis, that Dallas will be vying for a playoff spot between now and season’s end.

Heading into Friday night’s nationally-televised showdown against the first place Lakers at the American Airlines Center (8:45 CST on ESPN) in what appears to be a potential playoff preview, the Mavericks (23-14) are currently sixth in the Western Conference standings, having amassed eight more wins than last season after 27 games.

MAKING NOISE — Having been dubbed the best 20-year-old player in NBA history behind James — who entered the NBA at 18 years of age — all Dončić has done since being anointed NBA Rookie of The Year last season is pick up where he left off.

“They’re a competitive team with KP (Kristaps Porziņģis) and Luka with (Maxi) Kleber, (Dorian) Finney-Smith, and Seth (Curry) and those guys they have around him,” James said of a Dallas team that has dropped two of three meetings with the Lakers this season. “They play fast. They shoot a lot of threes and push the tempo to keep you off balance. (Mavs coach Rick) Carlisle’s team has always been well-coached.”

Said fellow Lakers superstar Anthony Davis in assessing the resurgence a Mavs team that’s looking to snap a four-year playoff drought: “They’re a very good team. They’re a playoff team. Their cornerstone is KP and Luka with a great supporting cast around them.”

While James has praised the way the Mavs’ leader has gone about adjusting to life as one of the NBA’s young bright stars, Dončić, on the other hand, has always been equally fond of James, a 16-year veteran and 14-time All-Star.

During a game in L. A. last November, Dončić was spotted waiting outside of the Lakers’ locker room, where he received an autographed jersey signed by James.

While James has praised the way the Mavs’ leader has gone about adjusting to life as one of the NBA’s young bright stars, Dončić, on the other hand, has always been fond of James, a 16-year veteran and 14-time All-Star. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

One of James’ representatives emerged from the locker room with a signed No. 23 jersey that read “To: Luka D, God Bless and continue to #StriveForGreatness.”

All things considered, striving for greatness seems to have become a personal mantra, of sorts, for Dončić, who unquestionably has made his presence felt since he’s entered the NBA ranks.

Just like James, his biggest mentor, had done a little more than a decade-and-a-half ago as an NBA newcomer.

“That’s what I like about him,” said James, who has gone on record recently and said Dončić is the kind of player with whom he’d like to play. “He plays the game the right way.”

A pretty remarkably brilliant assessment from arguably the best basketball player on the planet.


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 makingheadlinenews@gmail.com. Also, follow him on Twitter @AJ_Journalist.

 

 


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Texas entrepreneur LaTambria Johnson defies toughest of odds en route to starting a flourishing baking business


She sets about her work vigorously; her arms are strong for her tasks. (Proverbs 31:17 NIV)


‘I’M STILL STANDING’

HOW SWEET IT IS — A native of Dallas, LaTambria Johnson, 35 is the owner and CEO of Tam’s Sweet Treats And More, a venture that is widely known for providing consumers with a variety of sweets, most notably cakes, teacakes, chocolate covered sweets and, of course, its assortment of delectable and mouthwatering cupcakes.
EDITOR’S NOTE: This feel good story will be published the final week of December in the North Dallas Gazette newspaper. 

LANCASTER, Texas — October is Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Month during which parents bring awareness to pregnancy and infant deaths.

For Dallas/Fort Worth entrepreneur LaTambria Johnson, she typically spends those 31 days, recalling the awe-inspiring memory of her son, Amari Aubre’ Carter.
And not just in October, mind you. But virtually every day.
“It means the world to me,” Johnson, during a weekend interview with Making Headline News, said of Pregnancy & Infant Loss Awareness Month. “It’s a special time to reminisce and remember my precious little angel. I push every year to try to bring more and more awareness to its importance to so many people.”
Since her son’s death approximately two months after his birth, Johnson and her family customarily engage in a candlelight vigil in their home in memory of little Amari, who would have turned seven on December 9.
Interestingly, Johnson has birthed a business in her son’s memory, one that has enjoyed a considerable amount of success in recent years.
A native of Dallas who’s widely known as “The Cupcake Queen,” Johnson, 35 is the owner and CEO of Tam’s Sweet Treats And More, a venture that is widely known for providing consumers with a variety of sweets, most notably cakes, teacakes, chocolate covered sweets and, of course, its assortment of delectable and mouthwatering cupcakes.

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A longtime dental professional whose career spans more than 15 years, Johnson spent a better part of childhood watching her grandmother bake desserts in the confines of her kitchen, a trend that had ultimately fueled her desire to follow in her massive footsteps.

Johnson’s grandmother passed away in October 2001.

To her credit, coupled memories of her grandmother and son, Johnson’s Tam’s Sweet Treats And More has become a fixture throughout Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex and certain parts of the country.

Aside from baking a slew of desserts, Johnson has added themed gift baskets to her entrepreneurship repertoire and, in recent weeks, she’s fielded calls from consumers as far as on the East Coast, who requested baskets to be shipped to them from Texas.

A longtime dental professional whose career spans more than 15 years, Johnson spent a better part of childhood watching her grandmother bake desserts in the confines of her kitchen, a trend that had ultimately fueled her desire to follow in her footsteps.

A little more than five years removed from having witnessed her business come full circle, Johnson said she has been blessed mightily by the continuous growth of Tam’s Sweet Treats And More.

“I strive to make every treat and basket personal for every customer and strive for complete customer satisfaction,” Johnson, a graduate of Dallas’ Skyline High School, said. “This growth over the years, I credit all to God for blessing me with the ability to self-teach and produce quality, delectable sweets. Without God I would not have the confidence to continue to grow.”

Most importantly, without God, Johnson doesn’t shy away from the notion that she wouldn’t be alive to tell of His everlasting goodness and mercy.

Aside from baking a slew of desserts, Johnson has added themed gift baskets to her entrepreneurship repertoire and, in recent weeks, she’s fielded calls from consumers as far as on the East Coast, who requested baskets to be shipped to them from Texas.

Consider, for the instance, the turbulence by which she had endured years before the startup of her flourishing business.

In 2007, Johnson underwent surgery to have her cancer cells removed from her cervix. Approximately a year later, she had a pre-eclampsia, or an emergency C-Section performed, a procedure that gave way to her child being 25 weeks prematurely and weighing just one pound, six ounces.

Two years later, doctors removed cancer cells from her cervix only to have a similar procedure performed the following year.

Then in 2012, Johnson had to have another emergency C-Section performed, during which she had given birth to her baby at 23 weeks, a child whom weighed 14 ounces.


PURPOSED FOR PAIN 

In 2013, doctors had discovered a softball-size tumor in Johnson’s stomach during the C-section. Unfortunately, Smith’s baby passed away three weeks later after a month-and-a-half stay in the NICU. Consequently, she underwent successful surgery, during which she had the tumor removed.

Consequently, things would become even more somber in the life of a young woman whose faith undoubtedly was on trial unlike never before.

That’s because later that year, her baby had suddenly passed away, a shocking, tear-jerking development that transpired right before doctors had discovered a tumor in Johnson’s stomach. The tumor was eventually removed.

Then in 2015, Johnson was hit with more disheartening news when she got word that she had a leaking heart valve due to high blood pressure.

As if those slew of obstacles weren’t enough to try Johnson’s faith, she learned some time in 2016 that the nerves behind both of her eyes were swollen twice their normal size, in large part because doctors discovered excessive fluid around her brain.

REMEMBERING AMARI — Interestingly, Johnson has birthed a business in her son’s memory, one that has enjoyed a considerable amount of success in recent years.

While such a heartbreaking sequence of events would bring even the strongest of persons to tears, Johnson deemed it essential to post to her Facebook timeline an image accompanied by four words which, in essence, practically sums up why she’s the blessed woman for whom she is widely known.

AND I’M STILL STANDING,” Johnson staged an October 2017 social media image that was accompanied by three exclamation points.

Fast forward two years later, all of which Johnson has endured is all but a distant memory, considering she doesn’t merely look like what she’s been through.


‘IT WILL BE DIFFERENT THIS TIME’

“(This year) has been full of nothing but growth and major blessings,” said Johnson, who recently married native Memphian and longtime sports journalist Andre Johnson. “From growing in my faith walk, business and, most importantly, marrying my best friend and biggest supporter.”

In fact, Johnson often says that 2019 “doesn’t owe me anything,” alluding to the notion that, well, she’s in the process of living her best life.


“(This year) has been full of nothing but growth and major blessings,” said Johnson, who recently married native Memphian and longtime sports journalist Andre Johnson. “From growing in my faith walk, business and, most importantly, marrying my best friend and biggest supporter.”


Armed with a new lease on life, Johnson has forecasted 2020 to be a year of “no limits.”

To her credit and in memories of her grandmother and son, Johnson’s Tam’s Sweet Treats And More has become a fixture throughout Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex and certain parts of the country.

“I know as long as I continue to follow God’s path for me, the blessings will continue to flow and my testimony will continue to grow,” Johnson, a mother of two, said. “I know I’m making my son proud.”

Because Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness, Breast Cancer Awareness, and Domestic Violence Awareness all share the same month, Johnson is strategically devising ways to become more of an advocate for infant loss.

“I feel it’s not as known as it has the potential to be,” Johnson said. “On October 15 at 7 p.m., people all around the world light a candle in their (baby’s) memory. For us personally, we light our candles as a family, say a prayer, and listen to Gospel music as we remember (Amari).”

For seven years and counting.

All things considered, she’s still standing.

A little more than five years removed from having witnessed her business come full circle, Johnson said she has been blessed mightily by the continuous growth of Tam’s Sweet Treats And More.

For more information about Tam’s Sweet Treats And More or to place orders, call LaTambria Johnson at 469.223.3928 or email her at latambriasmith@gmail.com. Also, reach her via social media at: Facebook.com/Tamssweettreatsandmore and Instagram @tamssweettreatsandmore.


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

Amid broken marriage, Maryland 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. (Ephesians 4:32)


DIVINE PURPOSE AWAKENED 

QUEEN AFTER GOD’S OWN HEART — A native of Queens, New York, Nova Walton-Marriott is the mastermind behind the spiritually-empowering book entitled, “The Sleeper Has Awakened,” a project she commenced to assembling back in May.

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.”

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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 that her new book is officially available and that hardcopies can be purchased by contacting her via email at leapsnbounds20@gmail.com. Also, the book can be purchased via Walton-Marriott’s Cash App or Paypal.

The eBook version of Walton-Marriott’s  “The Sleeper Has Awakened” is also available and can be purchased through Amazon.com, 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.

Described as an intimate, powerful and detailed memoir, “The Sleeper Has Awakened” chronicles the life of Walton-Marriott and candidly recounts her navigation through trauma, dysfunction, and various mistakes to eventually embark on a journey of healing, as mentioned in a detailed introduction at Amazon.com.

The work, by all accounts, is transformative and shows her determination to be accountable for her actions, overcome the past, find forgiveness, foster better relationships, reset her ego, and shift her overall outlook on life.

“The Sleeper Has Awakened” is Nova’s affirmation of purpose and promise that you can recover, grow and inspire others, according to Amazon spokesperson.


“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.”


SEASON OF THE REBIRTH 

“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 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 order her book, or to 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.


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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.”

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