Memphis author Raquel Granger’s connection with God in prison miraculously changed her life, she writes in her new book


The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly. (John 10:10 KJV)


CLEARING MASSIVE HURDLES

CONQUERING ALL ODDS — A native of Memphis, Raquel Granger is the mastermind behind the spiritually-empowering book entitled, “The Day I Met Life,” a life-enhancing, emotionally-driven written document that recently made its ceremonious release.

Raquel Granger figured she’d cap off 2019 by updating her gallery of social media followers on the status of her newly-assembled book.

“I’ve been patient,” Granger on the morning of December 31 staged in a Facebook post that was accompanied by the hashtag: #I’mInThere.
Given the awe-inspiring developments surrounding her book, it’s safe to assume that #I’mInThere means this rising Mid-South author’s best and brightest days as a writer are well ahead of her.
A native of Memphis, Granger is the mastermind behind the spiritually-empowering book entitled, “The Day I Met Life,” a life-enhancing, emotionally-driven written document that recently made its ceremonious release.
Granger’s “The Day I Met Life” depicts the memorable developments in the life of a then-13-year-old girl, who was left to outlast and conquer life amid the tragic death of her mother, Brenda Faye Henry, who died after a battle with AIDS in August 1993.
“It’s a compelling story about how I struggled with sin, strongholds, and generational curses,” Granger told Making Headline News this week.

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As if Granger’s mother having passed away at the tender age of 37 wasn’t enough to shatter her spiritually and mentally — and probably physically — this author had at one point in time found herself thrust within the walls of a jail cell because of some ill-advised decisions that essentially had brought her life to a streaking halt.

Fortunately for Granger, though, she had come to know God during her incarceration.

“God gave me this vision during my time in prison,” Granger explained. “In such a hard place, I learned to confess my sins…forgive myself for all I had done in my life.”


REMEMBERING BRENDA HENRY (1956-1993)
Granger’s “The Day I Met Life” depicts the memorable developments in the life of a then-13-year-old girl, who was left to outlast and conquer life amid the tragic death of her mother, Brenda Faye Henry, who died after a battle with AIDS in August 1993.

Interestingly, Granger had come to a point during her incarceration where she sensed she had no choice but to sellout completely to her Creator, a development that, in turn, had ultimately given way to her having acquired the very thing she needed the most: a new lease on life.

“In prison, I was baptized,” Granger recalled. “God not only saved me, but He also conditioned my heart to trust Him in all my ways. I was seeking God for deliverance, healing from all the pain I endured from my past.”

Much to her delight, it wasn’t until Granger had turned her life over to God that He subsequently commenced to showing her all sorts of signs and wonders, she explained.


“He used people to speak to me,” Granger said of her spiritual connection with the Lord. “After facing answered prayers that I sent up to God, then I begin to realize the promise from God would take time. I was in a hurry to get home to my children…get back to life.”


For what it’s worth, Granger emphasized her new book is dedicated exclusively to single mothers whom, like her, have struggled with the strongholds life often deals them.

“I chose to write this book to be a blessing to single mothers and young women who experienced the death of their mother or parents of with HIV or AIDS, or those who were just left without structure and guidance,” Granger said. “(This book is for) women that had to grow up fast and became a mother at an early age. “(This book is for) women who have suffered abuse from family members and men, as well as those getting tangled in toxic relationships and mental illness.”

LEADING BY EXAMPLE — For what it’s worth, Granger emphasized her new book is dedicated exclusively to single mothers whom, like her, have struggled with the strongholds life often deals them.

As expected, the feedback since the release of Granger’s book has been overwhelmingly favorable.

“I’ve received great feedback,” Granger said, adding that she’s very much open to speaking engagement nationwide to share of life-changing story. “The most important thing that was said to me was, ‘Let your voice be heard. Have faith! Speak life!’ (I was encouraged to) prophesy from God speaking into my life, from many men and women of God.”

Aside from being a new author, Granger is approximately a year removed from having started a business.

A graduate of Manassas Park High, Granger is owner of Legacy Pro Cleaning Service here, a venture that was spearheaded through Jan Pro of Memphis.

“I had to invest in myself and build my business so that it can provide financial stability (for me and my family),” Granger said.


GOD’S PLAN…GOD’S PLAN 

A few months removed from having made her authorship debut, Granger is especially grateful of how God is about to allow “The Day I Met Life” to open an array of doors for her.

“I began writing once I was out of prison,” Granger said. “It took years for me to spill out all the hurt and pain I kept in for so many years. It was hindering my walk. I was holding grudges against the family for the lies and horrible things that were spoken over my life.

“I wanted a way out, so I continued to write to release the pain. In 2019, I completed my book after giving up and starting over so many times over the years. The more I wrote, the more I remembered from my childhood to show the world how I grew up and survived.”

With God, her Helper, leading the way.

Yep. She’s certainly #InThere.

That’s for sure.

“It’s a compelling story about how I struggled with sin, strongholds, and generational curses,” Granger told Making Headline News this week.

For more information Mid-South-area  Author/Businesswoman Raquel Granger, to order her book, to schedule a public appearance or book signing, connect with her via Facebook at: https://www.facebook.com/raquel.henry.334. Send email to: brendafaye1993@yahoo.com.


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Former TCU football player Charles Jones advancing the kingdom mightily as Senior Pastor of New Creation Fellowship Church


Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye stedfast, unmoveable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labour is not in vain in the Lord. (1 Corinthians 15:58 KJV)


TOUCHDOWN JESUS

GOD’S RED ZONE — Former Texas Christian University football player Charles Jones is savoring his rightful and well-deserved place as the Founder and Senior Pastor of New Creation Fellowship Church, the awe-inspiring ministry he organized in February 2011 amid deep concern for his family, friends, and the community.

FORT WORTH, Texas — There’s nothing like a praying mother.

If anyone can greatly attest to this notion, it’s Charles Jones.
Consider, for instance, how during his youth, Jones recalls vividly the days during which his mother had steadfastly gone to great lengths to ensure her family’s single-parent household was covered, both in the natural and the spirit.
“I learned how to be strong watching my mom battle through some difficult seasons in life,” Jones told Making Headline News during a recent interview. “There were many times as a single mother she made sacrifices to ensure we were covered. She went without to make sure we had.”
For what it’s worth, it is due in large part to those valuable, life-altering lessons Jones had embraced as a young lad that, by all accounts, have greatly shaped the overall landscape of his life, a life that has catapulted him to the divine purpose for which God created him.
Fast forward a few decades later, and here’s Jones, savoring his rightful and well-deserved place as the Founder and Senior Pastor of New Creation Fellowship Church, the flourishing ministry he organized in February 2011 amid what he described as “a deep concern” for his family, friends, and the community.

MORE ON NEW CREATION FELLOWSHIP: http://www.ncfcogic.org/home.html

Located at 2126 Amanda Avenue in Fort Worth, Texas, New Creation Fellowship is a Church of God In Christ-affiliated institution which, since its inception, has emerged as a thriving, progressive church by which God is manifesting Himself through the evidence of signs, wonders, and rapid ministry growth, according to a detailed introduction at http://www.ncfcogic.org/home.html.

For Jones, 42, his rise to finding his niche in what has become a commendable and well-respected Pastoral tenure had surfaced amid humble beginnings. It was, in fact, because of the influential impact of his mother, coupled with the strict Christian-based principles of his grandmother that essentially had paved the way to the former Texas Christian University football player shifting his focus from the gridiron to the pulpit.

For what it’s worth, it is due in large part to those valuable, life-altering lessons Jones had embraced as a young lad that, by all accounts, have greatly shaped the overall landscape of his life, one that has catapulted him to the divine purpose for which God created him.

“I witnessed her struggle, felt her pain, but every day was another opportunity for her to go out and do what was necessary to provide and survive,” said Jones, recalling his mother’s massive impact on his life during his youth. “We had nothing, but she refused to allow us to look like what we were going through. She pushed my dreams of being an athlete, while praying that the streets, gangs and drugs wouldn’t swallow me up.”

Interestingly, as Jones explained, even when recurring injuries reduced his effectiveness to play for a high-profile Division 1 football program — thus “halted my aspirations as an athlete,” he acknowledged — there was that one person besides God who had — for a lack of better words — proven to his ride or die soulmate.

That one person: Elect Lady Jennifer Jones (or “Lady J”), Jones’ beloved companion to whom he’s been married for 19-plus years. The couple share five daughters (Katelyn, Kylah, KaLeah, Kendall and Charlize), each of whom like their parents, are actively involved in ministry.


THE LEADERS OF NCF: http://www.ncfcogic.org/leadership.html

“I started preaching in the latter part of 2000, and he was called to ministry shortly after, if I’m not mistaking,” said Jones, whose first sermon was given at church of his wife’s father, Superintendent Ray Lee Smith the Greater Rose Hill Church in Terrell, Texas.

“It’s crazy,” Jones said, explaining the constant pursuit of his wife back during his undergraduate days. “I chased her for two years on campus and she wouldn’t give me the time of day, but in my moment of isolation and when I was battling suicidal ideations, God used her to minister to my brokenness.”

And just like that, not only did Jones witnessed what apparently was a spiritual makeover, of sorts, but God had ultimately blessed him to find his good thing in the process — all because, well, this young preacher had demonstrated enough meekness to embrace a process he appropriately likens to the Biblical character Jonah.

“She took me to church and I saw God clearly,” Jones said of his first real encounter with his wife. “Everything I had gone through had been my belly of the fish experience. All my life, God had been navigating and ordaining things to spit me out on the banks of my destiny.”


IN THE PRESENCE OF ROYALTY

The Joneses share five daughters (Katelyn, Kylah, KaLeah, Kendall and Charlize), each of whom like their parents, are actively involved in ministry.

It wasn’t long thereafter that Jones had officially hung up his helmet and cleats and subsequently commenced to calling audibles for God.

“I accepted my call a few months after that,” Jones explained. “This is the PG (parental guidance) version of my testimony.”

Regardless of how Jones labels his testimony, what matters, really, at this stage in his life is that such an intriguing and tear-jerking memory is what essentially had spearheaded his quest to press and navigate toward a destiny that was accompanied by his heaven-mandated assignment — the birthing of his ministry.

“New Creation Fellowship Church is a vision inspired by God,” Jones said. “In essence, (it is) a Macedonian call that was necessary on my way to heaven…one that was birthed with the purpose of strengthening the nucleus of family, community and the total man, first naturally then spiritually.”


“My wife and children have been awesome supporters of the ministry. It can be a burden at times because they have to share me with so many people, but we’ve learned to balance well over the years. Elect Lady Jones has been very instrumental and an intricate part of what we’ve accomplished. She is a phenomenal visionary and has an eye for development and design. Everything you see, walking into our ministry, she designed it. She took an old school baptist church and modernized it.” — Pastor Charles Jones


 

Since erecting his ministry, Jones undoubtedly has made his presence felt, not just throughout his congregation, but his family, considering his father is now serving in the ministry.

Since erecting his ministry, Jones undoubtedly has made his presence felt, not just throughout his congregation, but throughout his family, considering his father is now serving in the ministry.

“I started preaching in the latter part of 2000, and he was called to ministry shortly after, if I’m not mistaking,” said Jones, whose first sermon was given at the church of his wife’s father, Superintendent Ray Lee Smith the Greater Rose Hill Church in Terrell, Texas. “(My biological father’s) ministry wasn’t a result of mine. I thank God he got saved and (God) called him, though.”

Ironically, Jones served fervently in Smith’s ministry for a little more than a decade which, to his credit, essentially served as a sign of things to come.

For Jones, 42, his rise to finding his niche in what has become a commendable and well-respected Pastoral tenure had surfaced amid humble beginnings. It was, in fact, because of the influential impact of his mother, coupled with the strict Christian-based principles of his grandmother that essentially had paved the way to the former Texas Christian University football player shifting his focus from the gridiron to the pulpit.

“Superintendent Smith nurtured my gifts and instructed us in the way of holiness,” Jones said. “I’ve never known anyone like him. It has always been a pleasure to sit at his feet and much of the favor I have is a direct result of my connection to him. If we serve well, God will bless us.”

For Jones, God has surely blessed his family and exalted his ministry for such a pivotal time as now.

Eight years and counting to be exact.

“My servitude transcended the pulpit and Sunday morning services,” Jones said. “God told me to make His life easy, hold Him up and do whatever was necessary in order for Him to facilitate vision.”

Just as his praying mother had taught him back in the day.

If anyone can greatly attest to this notion, it’s Charles Jones.

AT LAST — “It’s crazy,” Jones said, explaining the constant pursuit of his wife back during his undergraduate days. “I chased her for two years on campus and she wouldn’t give me the time of day, but in my moment of isolation and when I was battling suicidal ideations, God used her to minister to my brokenness.”

For more information about Dallas/Fort Worth-area Pastor Charles Jones New Creation Fellowship Church, or to schedule him for a public appearance or speaking engagement, call 817.707.8445, or connect with him via Facebook at: https://www.facebook.com/CDJones23/. Also, send email to: cdjonesministries@ncfcogic.org.


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Andre Johnson: Memphis will briefly keep it close, but Penn State ultimately wins in a Cotton Bowl rout

As No. 17 Memphis prepares to square off against No. 10 Penn State Saturday morning at 11 a.m. CST at AT&T Stadium, longtime sports journalist Andre Johnson chimes in on whom he predicts will emerge as the winner of the beautiful Cotton Bowl Classic trophy.

DALLAS — According to ESPN’s Football Power Index, No. 10 Penn State has a 72 percent chance to beat No. 17 Memphis as the Tigers will play in arguably the biggest bowl game in school history. Unlike Memphis, the Nittany Lions boast a tradition-rich program that’s accustomed to playing in major bowl games dating back to the Joe Paterno era.

The Tigers, meanwhile, boast a high-powered offense that customarily scores in bunches. They will need to jump out to an early two or three touchdown margin against Penn State’s potent defense if they are to have a real shot at upsetting a Nittany Lion team that stayed in the College Football Playoff discussion for a majority of the 2019 season.

Memphis’ defense has been lethargic for most of the season and the Tigers had to rely mostly on their resilient offense to bail them out of trouble in close games. Most importantly, the Tigers will need to force turnovers and capitalize off Penn State’s mishaps as a way to dictate the flow and pace of this game.

By and large, I see Penn State heading into the fourth quarter with a 10-point lead and extending that margin midway through the final frame, thus putting this contest out of reach and winning this one in relatively easy fashion.

The Nittany Lions are playing for respect heading into next season. The Tigers, meanwhile, are just happy to be on a massive stage for a change. Therefore, for Memphis, the party ends after today’s pregame tailgating and pep rally.

Pick: Penn State 40, Memphis 17.

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.

South Carolina Pastor Yolanda Townsend makes her gospel recording debut with release of ‘Every Broken Place’


O sing unto the LORD a new song: sing unto the LORD, all the earth. (Psalm 96:1 NIV)


HOW GREAT THOU ART

FILL ME UP, GOD — Pastor Yolanda Townsend’s “Every Broken Place” an awe-inspiring, spiritually-empowering hit that emerged in the wake of a what she described as a “prophetic anointing” that arose during a morning church service and is available to subscribers via YouTube.

For Yolanda Townsend, Thanksgiving Day 2018 is one in which she will remember for quite some time.

Probably for the rest of her life.
Consider, for instance, how God had strategically unleashed His glory yet again in the life of Townsend, the beloved Senior Pastor of Uncommon Favor Ministries in Anderson, South Carolina.
“This song was divinely inspired during our worship service live,” Townsend, during a recent interview with Making Headline News, said, recalling vividly how her gospel music recording debut unfolded.
The song to which Townsend is alluding is entitled, “Every Broken Place” an awe-inspiring, spiritually-empowering hit that emerged in the wake of a what she described as a “prophetic anointing” that arose during a morning church service and is available to subscribers via YouTube.

A song that has come full circle thanks in large to the aid of a host of Townsend’s colleagues and friends — most notably Pastor Trvera Williams, Kita Williams, Minister Stephanie Allison, Minister Kenny Smith, Minister Keisha Abney, Edward “Mersy” Williams, and Xavier Tyree Lipscomb — “Every Broken Place” figures to have a monumental impact amongst numerous believers and, perhaps, non-believers, Townsend hinted.

“This song has a message of mending the broken-hearted and wholeness for all who may have experienced any and every form of brokenness,” said Townsend, explaining the divine message she aspires to send to her listening audience through her debut song. “There are so many people who have been broken for years and yet still trying to mend themselves. This is a song of hope, deliverance, and restoration that regardless of your broken state, you can be mended and made whole.”

“This song was divinely inspired during our worship service live,” Townsend, during a recent interview with Making Headline News said, recalling vividly how her gospel music debut unfolded.

All things considered, Townsend’s love for singing and songwriting was discovered during her youth, particularly when she had grasped a keen passion for poetry and writing.  “Songwriting has been a huge part and passion of mine for years (since I was) a little girl,” Townsend said. “I have done background vocals on several projects for years.”

A song that was produced by Smith — a gospel recording artist in his own right — Townsend is convinced that God’s will be done through her newly-released song.

A longtime ordained minister, Townsend enjoyed a six-year stint as an Assistant Pastor for Empowerment Worship Center in nearby Greenville, South Carolina.


TO GOD BE THE GLORY 

A longtime ordained minister, Townsend enjoyed a six-year stint as an Assistant Pastor for Empowerment Worship Center in nearby Greenville, South Carolina. The Founder of DIVAS 4 Christ Ministries, Townsend was officially installed as Founder and Senior Pastor of Uncommon Favor Ministries during a consecration service on October 20, 2018.

Her tenure as the chief executive officer of her own church spans a little more than a year.

The Founder of DIVAS 4 Christ Ministries, Townsend was officially installed as Founder and Senior Pastor of Uncommon Favor Ministries during a consecration service on October 20, 2018.

A song that has come full circle thanks in large to the aid of a host of Townsend’s colleagues and friends — most notably Pastor Trvera Williams, Kita Williams, Minister Stephanie Allison, Minister Kenny Smith, Minister Keisha Abney, Edward “Mersy” Williams, and Xavier Tyree Lipscomb — “Every Broken Place” figures to have a monumental impact amongst numerous believers and, perhaps, non-believers, Townsend hinted.

“It is my prayer that every listener will be blessed through deliverance and healing (through this song),” Townsend said. “That broken relationships shall be restored between mothers, daughters, sons, and fathers…that every form of hurt shall no longer hold them captive from the pain of their past.

“The little girl who was molested shall experience freedom from her pain. For the man who was told he will never amount to anything, he shall be mended from what was sent to destroy him. I say to you, come alive again and live.”

From every broken place.


LISTEN TO “EVERY BROKEN PLACE”


For more information about Anderson, South Carolina-area Pastor Yolanda Townsend of Uncommon Favor Ministries, connect with her via social media: Facebook Ministry Page: www.Facebook.com/Divas4christministries; Twitter: @1Diva_4_Christ; Instagram: @1diva_status. Also, send email to: uncommonfavorpastor@gmail.com.


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Memphian Ann Bailey celebrates her husband’s 51st birthday, likens her love for him to his passion for Dallas Cowboys


She is clothed with strength and dignity; she can laugh at the days to come; She speaks with wisdom, and faithful instruction is on her tongue; She watches over the affairs of her household and does not eat the bread of idleness; Her children arise and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praises her. (Proverbs 31:25-28 NIV)


51 SHADES OF GRACE

HOW ‘BOUT DEM COWBOYS — During a recent interview with her husband, Ann Bailey tried the best she could to draw a comparison to the love she has for Dennis Bailey, her husband of four years, and his adoration for the Cowboys, his favorite sports team.

DALLAS — Four-plus years. A lifetime to go.

Whether the Dallas Cowboys punch a ticket to the postseason following the Week 17 slate of games still remains a mystery.
But one that isn’t a mystery: Ann Bailey’s unyielding love for her husband husband, Dennis Bailey.

During a recent interview with Making Headline News, Ann Bailey tried the best she could to draw a comparison to the love she has for her husband of four years and his adoration for the Cowboys, his favorite sports team.

Credit her for at least giving it a fair shot.

“When I think about the love traits synonymous with the Cowboys, I think about endurance, longevity, and dedication,” Ann explained. “My love for Dennis, much like his love for the Cowboys, requires that I dedicate time to assuring that I get to know the most silent details of what makes him move about from day-to-day.

“It requires that for everything he does. Much like the fan of the Cowboys, you never stray away, because it is something so enticing, so breath taking, and so whole about loving him that I can’t do anything other.”

Interestingly, Ann said she’d be remiss if she did not credit her husband for helping her to adopt more of a servant’s heart, as God’s manual encourages us to do, according to Philippians 2:3.

Ann’s husband celebrated his 51st birthday on Christmas Day which, as far as she’s concerned, was the perfect time to commemorate his big day while paying homage to Christ’s birth.

A couple who resides in Memphis, Dennis and Ann are devout people of faith and are active in ministry at their local church. As Ann explained, it is due in large part to their bend-but-don’t-break faith that has greatly enabled them to overcome virtually every obstacle that has come their way.


“Both Dennis and I are active in our ministry,” Ann said. “We are both fortunate enough to have endured some things in our lives that allowed us to lend a helping hand to others through providing food and other resources to those in need, as well as, continuing to spread the word (of God).”


Interestingly, Ann said she’d be remiss if she did not credit her husband for helping her to adopt more of a servant’s heart, as God’s manual encourages us to do, according to Philippians 2:3.

“Dennis has helped me to see another perspective as it relates to the needs of people,” Ann said. “Whereas I believe in learned behavior attributing to the way we maneuver in everyday life, he has helped and at times and challenged me to look more in-depth to the various layers of this thing that we call life. He offers profound and prolific thoughts that always make me want to dive into the Word even more.”

A couple who resides in Memphis, Dennis and Ann are devout people of faith and are active in ministry at their local church. As Ann explained, it is due in large part to their bend-but-don’t-break faith that has greatly enabled them to overcome virtually every obstacle that has come their way.

Originally from South Memphis, Ann and her husband has been knowing each other since their childhood and have always kept a close-knit bond long before they even thought about dating.

The couple would ultimately marry on May 30, 2015 and has been virtually inseparable ever since.

“I just want to thank Dennis for being the gift that I will cherish for the rest of my life,” Ann said. “He has been a great husband, protector, provider, and lover. I am so thankful that our paths were predestined to cross.”

Four-plus years. A lifetime to go.

Originally from South Memphis, Ann and her husband has been knowing each other since their childhood and have always kept a close-knit bond long before they even thought about dating.

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Virginia entrepreneur Tortica Anderson’s business vision comes full circle amid darkest season of her life


Then the LORD answered me and said, “Record the vision And inscribe it on tablets, That the one who reads it may run. (Habakkuk 2:2 NASB)


GOD’S VISIONARY 

RAY OF SUNSHINE — Widely known as a woman who’s armed with an immeasurable, progressive vision, Tortica Anderson is the proud founder and CEO of A Family Affair Event Management LLC, an awe-inspiring endeavor that has given way to her having possessed more than 18 years in her chosen profession.

In case you don’t know her, Tortica Anderson would like to introduce herself.

Widely known as a woman who’s armed with an immeasurable, progressive vision, Anderson is the proud founder and CEO of A Family Affair Event Management LLC, an awe-inspiring endeavor that has given way to her having possessed more than 18 years in her chosen profession.
A native of Triangle, Virginia — a small town near Quantico Marine Base — Anderson’s A Family Affair Event Management offers a vast array of services, most notably event planning and production, team building and event management.
Also known as a community outreach advocate, co-author, an aspiring motivational speaker, and philanthropist, Anderson has established a rather impressive track record in her featured profession, one that includes putting on bridal and fashion shows, fundraisers, conferences, galas, trade shows, networking events, as well as corporate and community outreach events — most notably, Warner Theatre, Hyatt Regency, Hyatt Place, Hilton Mark Center, Morias Vineyard, Rosemont Manor, Greenock Manor, Effingham Manor Winery, and The Richmond Amtrak  Station.

MORE ON ANDERSON’S AFA: https://www.familyaffaireventmanagement.com/

For Anderson, who currently resides in Stafford, Virginia, her rise to entrepreneurship success emerged amid humble beginnings.

“I lost my father in 1999,” Anderson told Making Headline News during a recent interview. “After his health had declined over the years, at that time, I thought that was the worst thing I had ever experienced. Little did I know, (I had no idea) what I was in store for (for me).”

Fast forward to 2005, Anderson had given birth to her daughter, Amiyah Shakyra.

During her pregnancy, in fact, Anderson had endured her share of difficulties, including complications from diabetes, all while savoring what she described as a thriving career while closing in on the age of 40.

A little more than a decade removed from its inception, it is due in large to Anderson’s wealth of experience in her selected line of work that, in turn, has fueled her desire to press and navigate toward her destiny — with God, her Helper, steering the way.

“I carried my angel full term, but unfortunately, she was born stillborn,” said Anderson, recalling what unfolded on November 8, 2005. “My life, as I knew it changed that day.”

A year or so later, Anderson had given birth to another daughter, T’kiyah Serenity, whom she describes as a “smart, witty and compassionate little girl.”

“She is the calm to my storm and my renewed faith,” Anderson said her youngest daughter’s presence.

Anderson is the mother of, T’kiyah, 12, Reynaldo, 29, and the late Amiyah, all of whom she describes as “my biggest fans, considering they motivate me to continue to pursue my passion & happiness.”

Speaking of renewed faith, Anderson’s rise to becoming a successful businesswoman was essentially discovered some 18 years ago when a family friend offered her the opportunity to plan her “all-inclusive” wedding.


WALKING IN HER DESTINY 

“The wedding was a success and exceeded their expectations,” Anderson recalled. “Within no time, what started as a hobby shortly became her vision.”

And the rest, as they say, was history.

Much to her credit, Anderson’s A Family Affair Event Management has evolved mightily in recent years and, to the delight of her clients, it has become a continuous success.

Interestingly, since Anderson’s business has gone into full operations, this Virginia-born entrepreneur has been afforded the luxury of serving as a lead coordinator for weddings, holiday parties, and a number of special events, especially when she wasn’t working her Corporate America gig.

LEAST SHE FORGET — Speaking of renewed faith, Anderson’s rise to becoming a successful businesswoman was essentially discovered some 18 years ago when a family friend offered her the opportunity to plan her “all-inclusive” wedding.

In fact, it seemed that Anderson’s unexpected layoff from her job had ultimately become a blessing in disguise.

“I had grief from losing my dad and other close family members…the lost of Amiyah, a failed marriage due to grief, lack of communication and  the lay off in 2010 during which at the time, my mother’s health declined and I became her primary care giver just months before the layoff,” Anderson said. “The layoff caused a financial burden, but I had to heal and rebuild. My mother was my priority and I still care for her today. Unwanted advances by two different clients promising award-winning opportunities made me revert into a shell, questioning myself and my abilities.”
But God…

“What seemed like bad timing was inevitably God’s timing as it had afforded me the opportunity to focus on cultivating AFA,” Anderson says with a victorious smile.


A little more than a decade removed from its inception, it is due in large to Anderson’s wealth of experience in her selected line of work that, in turn, has fueled her desire to press and navigate toward her destiny — with God, her Helper, steering the way.

Also known as a community outreach advocate, co-author, an aspiring motivational speaker, and philanthropist, Anderson has established a rather impressive track record in her featured profession, one that includes putting on bridal and fashion shows, fundraisers, conferences, galas, trade shows, networking events, as well as corporate and community outreach events.

“I formed A Family Affair Event Management LLC later that year, but getting into the industry was a struggle for me, but I was committed to being successful and happy,” Anderson said.

More than anything, achieving a sense of happiness, coupled with a renewed sense of faith was absolutely essential, particularly during Anderson’s fervent quest to garner entrepreneurship success.

Thank God she doesn’t mere look like what she’s been through.


“Before my father died in 1999, my brother, dad, and myself had plans to open a towing business. His health deteriorated quickly and he passed in August. My brother and I have an unbreakable bond, and the love for our father, so even though we were grieving, we were determined to continue our father’s legacy and opened the business in December of that year, as well as I had a commercial office cleaning business. Our bloodline is strong and our father taught us respect, loyalty to our family, diligence, morals, values, perseverance and honor. Entrepreneurship didn’t really start with the event planning. It was years before in 1998.” — Entrepreneur Tortica Anderson 


“I was rebuilding, learning, healing and contemplating my next move to build my empire and a legacy for my children,” Anderson said. “I was committed to proving that I deserved a place in the industry.”

“When I look back on all of my responsibilities — physically and financially — I don’t know how I’ve made it this far,” Anderson continued. “I know God has a purpose for me. My journey hasn’t been the easiest, but my faith and trust in God brought me through it. Finding balance within my responsibilities was a challenge…no time for myself, self care was minimal, mind was cluttered and as I continued to pray for strength and clarity, God brought be out of the clouds and into the light.
“Having an authentic heart can be mistaken for a weakness, so you always have to work twice as hard to prove yourself among your peers, colleagues and in the industry. I finally value myself and demand others to do so as well, but it took years to honestly feel this way. I am still learning, but I have accepted the challenge. There is a standard by which AFA operates, which took years to develop.”

 

So far, so good for Anderson, one of the event planning industry’s best kept secrets.

More than anything, achieving a sense of happiness, coupled with a renewed sense of faith was absolutely essential, particularly during Anderson’s fervent quest to garner entrepreneurship success.

MAKING HEADLINE NEWS SALUTES TORTICA ANDERSON:


For more information on Virginia Businesswoman Tortica Anderson of A Family Affair Event Management LLC, call 703.629.0840 or connect with her via Facebook at: https://www.facebook.com/AFAeventmanagement/. Send email to: T4afamilyaffair@gmail.com.


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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.

PLACE YOUR ORDERS TODAY: https://tamssweettreatsandmore.com/

 

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.

Partner(s) In Life empowerment organization flourishing mightily as its 2020 nationwide tour looms

DALLAS — Arguably one of Monica Williams’ greatest commitments is that she’s destined to devise ways to enhance the lives of others.

Consider, for instance, Williams’ steadfast commitment to fortifying graciousness to others through Partner(s) In Life, an empowerment organization that is centered largely on standing with one another whenever required, as she shared with Making Headline News during a recent interview.
An organization that is powered by It Is Well With My Soul LLC, Real Women Revealed LLC, Women’s Small Business Initiative LLC, and Tonyita Hopkins, Partner(s) In  Life (or PIL) is comprised primarily as a uniquely-assembled bond between four women, each of whom share specific common goals and ambitions, most notably through their respective gifts of empowerment, social change, and freedom.
Generally, Williams emphasized, “We can come together when one is weak or the other is strong, still having the capability to produce great work to move the agenda forward.”

MORE ON PARTNER(S) IN LIFE: https://www.facebook.com/womenlinkedbyacommoninterest/

To their credit, a wide range of PIL’s strategic goals are presently in the works and will be accompanied by a nationwide 2020 tour to various cities during which this empowerment group will be aiming to establishment a solid working rapport and close-knit bond, particularly with women who want to tell their stories and testimonies as a way to further help women to empower themselves, regardless of their present situation and circumstances.

Accompanied by the theme, “Women Linked By A Common Interest,” PIL will commence the New Year with an empowerment event on December 28 in Las Vegas, the organization’s first visit to that city.

The event will take place at Mabel’s, located at 4321 West Flamingo Road and will be preceded by a Meet & Greet from 6-8 p.m. PST. An after party will take place at Apex Social from 9 p.m.-1 a.m. PST.

Besides Williams, PIL includes empowerment extraordinaire Audrey Bell-Jenkins, Kimberly McLemore, and Tonyita Hopkins.


MEET PARTNER(S) IN LIFE 

Monica Williams

A native of Wichita, Kansas who has stiff ties to Atlanta, Williams the mastermind behind “It is Well With My Soul LLC,” her Texas-based life coaching business that has become a thriving fixture.

“As your spiritual life coaches, we would like to help you reconstruct your life by changing the way you operate on a deeper level,” said Williams, explaining the strategic mission of her venture. “Rather than just examining your behaviors, habits, and goals, we will delve into your deep-rooted beliefs and your connection to the divine. We can help you to recognize your skills and dreams, refocus your life’s goals, and move past challenges that stand in the way of those goals.

Audrey Bell-Jenkins

Bell-Jenkins, meanwhile, is the CEO/Founder of “Real Women Revealed LLC,” which has been dubbed an award-winning women’s support organization that is centered largely on educating and empowering women and teens, particularly through support groups, advocacy, mentorships, workforce and professional development, sisterhood sessions, and teen empowerment summits, among other entities.

“We are dedicated to inspiring women and teens to be the best they can be,” said Bell-Jenkins, the author of the book entitled, “Oops Girlfriend, You Dropped Your Self-Worth,” a project that is accompanied by the hash tags: #DynamicWomenSupport #RWRMovement #DontLetTheStilettosFoolYou.”

And then there is McLemore, a native of Woodbridge, Virginia who is the founder and CEO of “Author Kimberly M. McLemore LLC.”

An award-winning entrepreneur, speaker, podcast show host and military veteran, McLemore is CEO of the Women’s Small Business Initiative LLC and was named 2019 IALA Author Of The Year as well as the Social Awareness Award Winner.

Kimberly McLemore

McLemore is an accomplished author, certified self-publishing trainer and an empowerment book coach, one is thoroughly dedicated to her career, particularly with regards to helping  women rewrite their stories, thus “find their voice and release what has been holding them back from living their best life through writing and self-publishing,” she said.

A domestic violence survivor who has garnered a wave of mainstream media headlines, McLemore said she knows first-hand how scary it was to walk away from something that no longer served her, and that her life’s purpose is to help other women to embrace their power and self-worth through sharing their stories with her book coaching and self-publishing program.

Tonyita Hopkins

Finally, Hopkins is an accomplished professional event organizer and community collaboration liaison, who’s armed with expertise in facilitating workshops for various groups; empowerment event and program speaker.

A native of Arkansas who resides in nearby  Richardson, Texas, Hopkins is the coordinator of “Secret Shopper,” an organization that is geared toward nonprofits. Interestingly, Hopkins will be releasing in Summer 2020 her much-anticipated book entitled, “Empowered Through Brokenness: Recalibrate, Reimagine, and Refine.”

PIL officials announced that tour dates and sites include: Dallas in June 2020, Washington, DC in August 2020, Phoenix in October 2020, Atlanta in February 2021, and New York in May 2021.


SAVE THE DATE 


For more information about Partner(s) In Life, or to inquire about tour dates or to book them for public appearances or speaking engagements, connect with them at:

Monica Williams by logging on to: www.iiwwmscoaching.com.

Audrey Bell-Jenkins by logging on to: www.realwomenrevealed.org.

 

Kimberly McLemore logging on to: https://www.the-authorscorner.net

 

Tonyita Hopkins by logging on to: www.tonyitashawnee.com.


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Is Texas ‘visual artist’ Dominique “Trezz” Johnson the professional photography industry’s best kept secret?

MASSIVE WORK OF ART

HE’S THE TRUTH — To his distinctly unique credit, being creative essentially has become a purposeful lifestyle, of sorts, for Dominique Itrezz “Trezz” , the mastermind behind Astonished Innovations LLC, a credible venture that customarily allows him to display his remarkably brilliant gifts in this, the ever-so-competitive photography industry.

DALLAS — There’s no other way to say it.

Dominique Johnson is an absolute beast with a camera.
Don’t get it twisted, mind you.
When it comes to entrepreneurs demonstrating a fervent passion for what they do, Johnson is, well…let’s just say Johnson is rather forthright and to the point.
“I can easily say the talent that flows through my veins is nothing less than an almighty gift from God,” Johnson told Making Headline News during a recent interview. “Being creative is a very hard talent to maintain, especially in a world where being generic is praised by the majority. Since my early adolescent stage, my mind has easily swayed between imagination and logical thinking.”
To his distinctly unique credit, being creative essentially has become a purposeful lifestyle, of sorts, for Johnson, the mastermind behind Astonished Innovations LLC, a credible venture that customarily allows him to display his remarkably brilliant gifts in this, the ever-so-competitive photography industry.

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CHECK THIS OUT — “For the month of December, I have a Christmas “Early Bird” Photoshoot for all to take advantage of. For $100 (45 minutes only) you can take pictures with our “in-house” Christmas setup, that includes multiple props and a snow machine to bring an everlasting “winter” feel to your pictures. Customers can choose up to five digital images (each additional image is $20),” Johnson said.

Widely known as amongst his peers as “Trezz,” Johnson undoubtedly has found his niche as a professional photographer, a trend that much to his delight, has given way to the Topeka, Kansas native evolving more as a visual artist type of entrepreneur.

Johnson’s Astonished Innovations LLC is located at 2161 Corzine Drive in nearby Arlington, Texas, a facility that also includes what he describes as a “creative studio” for artists to rent.

For Johnson, 36, the prelude to discovering his divine purpose started courtesy of his love for poetry.

Fortunately for Johnson, it is due in large part to his distinct versatility that has greatly enable him to successfully — and appropriately — find his niche, thus set himself apart from others in what is widely regarded as one of the most competitive industries of our generation.

“Poetry was one of my first expressions that allowed me to bring readers into thoughts of my own, so they can endure every ounce of pain and joy one child could go through in their youth,” Johnson explained. “I easily adhered to this method of expression from studying prominent writers of the Harlem Renaissance, such as Langston Hughes, Countee Cullen, and Alice Dunbar-Nelson.”

Interestingly, Johnson’s in-depth study and analysis of various prominent poets had ultimately enhanced his mechanics as an accomplished visual artist, and it certainly shows through his eye-catching, attention-grabbing work.

In fact, his assortment of images is a thing of beauty.

Widely known as amongst his peers as “Trezz,” Johnson undoubtedly has found his niche as a professional photographer, a trend that much to his delight, has given way to the Topeka, Kansas native evolving more as a visual artist type of entrepreneur.

“My personal goal is to have my name listed besides some of the elite historic photographers/visual artists and bring a higher level of respect to my name,” said Johnson, issuing such a dauntless declaration with a straight face. “No monetary value can ever replace the smiles, compliments, and emotions I feel when others finally see what they’ve created with me. It’s a remarkable feeling.”


Credit his remarkable work — err visual art — as arguably the No. 1 reason Johnson’s clients are left blown away by his unique and unorthodox style of photography skills, a profession that spans some eight-plus years.

And counting.

What’s even more astounding for Johnson is that his work as a visual artist customarily leaves a lasting impression on virtually everyone with whom he crosses paths.

“I’ve been capturing images for over 8 years,” Johnson said. “A majority of those years were (spent) learning my craft. It took me a long time before asking someone to step in front of my camera. I wanted my skills to be there, so the only thing I needed to focus on was the posing and composition of the images.”

For Johnson, practice undoubtedly has made perfect. Or pretty much close to it.

“As years progressed, my form of expressions went from the written word, to the ear’s harmony,” Johnson explaining, venturing back to the infancy days of his admiration for poetry. “(I was) teaching myself how to bend and twist sounds in a manner that formed an emotional tidal wave for listeners which, in my opinion, is an art that is slowly dying. Eventually, bridging the gap between my creative poetry and musical compositions, I was able to develop stories to inspire uninspired individuals and give them confidence to be better than yesterday (a.ka. I was a “rapper” for a few years.)”

Interestingly, Johnson’s in-depth study and analysis of various prominent poets had ultimately enhanced his mechanics as an accomplished visual artist and it certainly shows through his eye-catching, attention-grabbing work.

Johnson’s Astonished Innovations accommodates clients of all ages, he said.

“Being a visual artist means creating something that can captivate the customer in all conditions while creating something that can be appreciated until the end of time,” Johnson said. “My versatility has no limits. I am a creator. I am an artist.”

Johnson’s Astonished Innovations LLC is located at 2161 Corzine Drive in nearby Arlington, Texas, which also includes what he describes as a “creative studio” for artists to rent.

Fortunately for Johnson, it is due in large part to his distinct versatility that has greatly enable him to successfully — and appropriately — find his niche, thus set himself apart from others in what is widely regarded as one of the most competitive industries of our generation.

What’s even more astounding for Johnson is that his work as a visual artist customarily leaves a lasting impression on virtually everyone with whom he crosses paths.

“My personal goal is to have my name listed besides some of the elite historic photographers/visual artists and bring a higher level of respect to my name,” said Johnson, issuing such a dauntless declaration with a straight face. “No monetary value can ever replace the smiles, compliments, and emotions I feel when others finally see what they’ve created with me. It’s a remarkable feeling.”

“With so much negativity in the world, people can use a little positivity in their day-to-day life,” said Johnson, who credits Steven Massey (Founder/Director of It Takes A Village, Inc.), Sandra D. Johnson-Peters, and his late cousin, Tiffany Davenport for having paved the way to his entrepreneurship success. “Dreams are often shattered because of the corporate structure. I want to remind the youth of today and the future that you can climb much higher than standards set by society.”

To his credit, Johnson would certainly know which, much to his delight, practically sums up why he’s an absolute beast with a camera.

There’s no other way to say it.

IN HIS OWN WORDS — “Poetry was one of my first expressions that allowed me to bring readers into thoughts of my own, so they can endure every ounce of pain and joy one child could go through in their youth,” Johnson explained. “I easily adhered to this method of expression from studying prominent writers of the Harlem Renaissance, such as Langston Hughes, Countee Cullen, and Alice Dunbar-Nelson.”

For more information Dallas/Fort Worth-area Businessman Dominique Itrezz “Trezz” Johnson of Astonished Innovations LLC, connect with him via Facebook at: https://www.facebook.com/AstonishedInnovations/. Send email to: astonishedinnovations@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.

Dallas educator Andrea Anderson-Parks has found her niche in the competitive world of entrepreneurship

LEADING BY EXAMPLE

REPRESENTING CHI-TOWN — All things considered, Chicago’s Andrea Anderson-Parks’ competitive edge has carried over into her immeasurable skills as a thriving, progressive entrepreneur.

DALLAS — There’s no other way to put it.

Andrea Anderson-Parks would be the first to tell you that she’s always been armed with a competitive drive to excel in life.
Heck, that’s just how she was raised.
“I have always been competitive,” Anderson-Parks told Making Headline News during a recent interview. “I played basketball growing up and it challenged me to always work harder than the next person in order to have the competitive edge.”
All things considered, Anderson-Parks’ competitive edge has carried over into her immeasurable skills as a thriving, progressive entrepreneur.
A longtime educator in the Dallas/Fort Worth-area, Anderson-Parks is owner and CEO of Royally Sheik Accessories whereby she customarily sells women, men, and children’s jewelry and accessories.

MORE ON ROYALLY SHEIK: https://www.facebook.com/RoyallySheik/

Aside from overseeing the day-to-day operations of Royally Sheik Accessories, Anderson-Parks is an independent consultant for Paparazzi Accessories, an online, internationally-acclaimed retail business that is geared largely toward selling classy and trendy accessories to women everywhere, all for the low cost of just $5.

A native of Chicago, Anderson-Parks deemed it essential to delve off into entrepreneurship approximately a year-and-a-half ago. Thanks in large part to her competitive nature, couple with a wealth of consistency, this young businesswoman is thoroughly convinced that her best and brightest entrepreneurship days are well ahead of her.

“I only know hard work, dedication, sacrifice of time, and effort to improve my skillset,” Anderson-Parks said of a business venture that caters mostly to individuals ranging in ages five-and-up. “It is the same approach I take with my business. I believe consistency, exposure, and commitment are required to be successful.”

Generally, one of the key ingredients for Anderson-Parks’ sustained success in such a brief time as an entrepreneur is her willingness to go to great lengths to meet the customers’ needs.

Interestingly, as the mastermind behind Royally Sheik Accessories, this venture has afforded Anderson-Parks to put her immeasurable entrepreneurship gifts on display in a number of major markets around the country, most notably in St. Louis, Chicago, and Las Vegas.

“I love sharing beautiful jewelry with everyone,” Anderson-Parks said. “I love the expression on their faces when they try something new and like it. I love the experience of creating a new look for special occasions and adding the finishing touch to the perfect outfit.”

Interestingly, as the mastermind behind Royally Sheik Accessories, this venture has afforded Anderson-Parks to put her immeasurable entrepreneurship gifts on display in a number of major markets around the country, most notably in St. Louis, Chicago, and Las Vegas.

As for those who have provided tireless support of her desire to become an entrepreneur, her husband, Freddie, and my son, Ahmad, undoubtedly top the list.


“(My family) inspires me to share what I love — jewelry with everyone,” Anderson-Parks said. “They push me and encourage me to always use my platform to speak positivity into people’s lives, to be a blessing to others, and to share the opportunity with those who are looking to move into the realm of entrepreneurship.”


Anderson-Parks itinerary includes being a vendor during the Boss Babe’s Pop-Up Shop in nearby Mesquite, Texas on December 14 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Later that day, she will make an appearance at The 10th Annual Christmas with the Ques, an event that begins at 8:00 p.m.

Besides running two businesses, Anderson-Parks is the founder and director of D.I.V.A. Ladies Non-Profit Organization.

“I only know hard work, dedication, sacrifice of time, and effort to improve my skillset,” Anderson-Parks said of a business venture that caters mostly to individuals ranging in ages five-and-up. “It is the same approach I take with my business. I believe consistency, exposure, and commitment are required to be successful.”

“I love for people to feel great,” Anderson-Parks said. “I love to see the joy exhibited when a client finds the perfect piece to add to their wardrobe. This is an important aspect of my business, because I get to encourage and motivate individuals when they don’t feel their best, and feelings and emotions are a huge part of decision making. So, my goal is to make people feel good, feed them positivity and affirmations, while sheiking them and accentuating their beauty.”

Heck, that’s just how she was raised.

There’s no other way to put it.

Generally, one of the key ingredients for Anderson-Parks’ sustained success in such a brief time as an entrepreneur is her willingness to go to great lengths to meet the customers’ needs.

For more information Dallas/Fort Worth-area Businesswoman Andrea Anderson-Parks of Royally Sheik Accessories and Paparazzi Accessories, or to inquire about her products, connect with her via Facebook at: https://www.facebook.com/4.1Relentless. Send email to: andrea@royallysheik.com.


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