Entrepreneur Dimitri Kennedy’s Houston-based ‘A Taste of Love, Romance Concierge’ helping couples spice up their love life

a-1DALLAS — The final quarter of any calendar year can be downright exhausting, stressful, and overwhelming for many individuals, most notably married couples.

No one, it seems, is aware of that more than Dimitri Le’Shan Kennedy.

“My competitive drive (through sports) didn’t propel me to start my business,” Kennedy, a former high-recruited track and field and basketball standout, told longtime journalist Andre Johnson during a recent interview. “It was my passion for romance and helping couples get through the rough seasons that propelled me to start my business.”

The business venture about which Kennedy is alluding is A Taste of Love: Romance Concierge which, as she explains rather vividly, is a romantic-oriented event planning and romance concierge company.

nnnnAs Kennedy, 44, tells it, her intriguing, provocative business is geared in large part toward planning and implementing romantic experiences, most notably from “cozy and intimate affairs” to a large production, depending on her clients’ taste.

Oh my!

TEAM KENNEDY — Having garnered a plethora awards and honors and stellar prep dual sport athlete, Kennedy, who runs her newly-erected business with the solid support of her husband, Roderick Kennedy, was recruited by two junior colleges to play basketball. A native of Lufkin, Texas but was raised in nearby Livingston under the care of her grandmother in the Livingston Housing Authority with the help of the community, today, Kennedy is successfully carrying out her long-awaited passion of helping couples to…you know…score big in the bedroom.
TEAM KENNEDYHaving garnered a plethora awards and honors and stellar prep dual sport athlete, Kennedy, who runs her newly-erected business with the solid support of her husband, Roderick Kennedy, was recruited by two junior colleges to play basketball. A native of Lufkin, Texas but was raised in nearby Livingston under the care of her grandmother in the Livingston Housing Authority with the help of the community, today, Kennedy is successfully carrying out her long-awaited passion of helping couples to…you know…score big in the bedroom.

“We customize romantic packages to accommodate all budgets,” Kennedy said. “We seek to create, develop, and rekindle the love, intimacy, and romance in the relationship.”

Now that the Fall season is officially upon us, what better time for hard-working, occasionally-stressed and overwhelmingly fatigue couples to spark and revitalize their love life than by consulting Kennedy whom, given the immense strides she’s made since starting her business in August, has undoubtedly proven to be the go-to person, of sorts, particularly as it pertains to romance and ways to spice of one’s love life.

Oh my!

“I love seeing and hearing about the couples positive experiences and how following steps or a plan that I mapped out rekindled that spark or ignited the flame that was already lit,” said Kennedy, who has been aiding couples by way of this unique, unorthodox form of romance for the past decade or so.

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Like most entrepreneurs, there is a mission about which Kennedy has adopted with regards to persuading consumers to buy into and embrace the business for which God has divinely purposed her to execute.

“My personal mission is to put passion, desire, intimacy, and communication back where it belongs in a loving relationship,” said Kennedy, adding that her newly-established ventures caters mostly to people ranging from ages 24-and-up.

v-768x509This especially rings true amongst church folk, or those spiritual beings who sense that romance is not of God or has no place in the Body of Christ.

Of course it, as we are specifically reminded according to the Book of Songs of Solomon — and through Kennedy’s A Taste of Love: Romance Concierge.

DYNAMIC DETHA — “My competitive drive (through sports) didn’t propel me to start my business,” Kennedy, a former high-recruited track and field and basketball standout, told longtime journalist Andre Johnson during a recent interview. “It was my passion for romance and helping couples get through the rough seasons that propelled me to start my business.” The business venture about which Kennedy is alluding is A Taste of Love: Romance Concierge which, as she explains rather vividly, is a romantic-oriented event planning and romance concierge company.
DYNAMIC DETHA“My competitive drive (through sports) didn’t propel me to start my business,” Kennedy, a former high-recruited track and field and basketball standout, told longtime journalist Andre Johnson during a recent interview. “It was my passion for romance and helping couples get through the rough seasons that propelled me to start my business.”
The business venture about which Kennedy is alluding is A Taste of Love: Romance Concierge which, as she explains rather vividly, is a romantic-oriented event planning and romance concierge company.

“Everyone deserves to be loved and to show love through good and bad times,” Kennedy said. “Sometimes it’s the smallest things that can mean the world to a person. A kind gesture, an ‘I love you,’ a ‘You make my heart pound,’ a ‘When I look at you, I fall in love with you all over again.’”

How clever for an ex-track and field and hoops star who was heavily recruited to run track by a slew of major colleges, most notably the University of Houston, Rice University, the University of Virginia, Florida A&M, Prairie View A&M, LSU, University of Texas-Pan America, among others.

Having garnered a plethora awards and honors and stellar prep dual sport athlete, Kennedy, who runs her newly-erected business with the solid support of her husband, Roderick Kennedy, was recruited by two junior colleges to play basketball.

Y’ALL GET A ROOM — “My personal mission is to put passion, desire, intimacy, and communication back where it belongs in a loving relationship,” said Kennedy, adding that her newly-established ventures caters mostly to people ranging from ages 24-and-up. This especially rings true amongst church folk, or those spiritual beings who sense that romance is not of God or has no place in the Body of Christ. Of course it, as we are specifically reminded according to the Book of Songs of Solomon — and through Kennedy’s A Taste of Love: Romance Concierge.
Y’ALL GET A ROOM“My personal mission is to put passion, desire, intimacy, and communication back where it belongs in a loving relationship,” said Kennedy, adding that her newly-established ventures caters mostly to people ranging from ages 24-and-up. This especially rings true amongst church folk, or those spiritual beings who sense that romance is not of God or has no place in the Body of Christ. Of course it, as we are specifically reminded according to the Book of Songs of Solomon — and through Kennedy’s A Taste of Love: Romance Concierge.

A native of Lufkin, Texas but was raised in nearby Livingston under the care of her grandmother in the Livingston Housing Authority with the help of the community, today, Kennedy is successfully carrying out her long-awaited passion of helping couples to…you know…score big in the bedroom.

Oh my!

For more information about Dimitri Kennedy’s Houston-based A Taste of Love, Romance Concierge, call 979-215-2455 or visit her business online at: www.atasteofloveromanceconcierge.com. Also, send email to: Romanceconciergebydk@gmail.com.



aaaEDITOR’S NOTE: If you are an entrepreneur, business owner, producer, author, athlete, musician, barber, life coach, motivational speaker, cosmetologist, tax preparer, model, or pastor/minister who is seeking exposure and would like to share your story with an in-depth news feature, call Reporter Andre Johnson at 901-690-6587 or Facebook message him under “Andre T. Johnson” for details.

Andre Johnson is a founder and publisher of Making Headline News. A 2000 graduate of the University of Memphis School of Journalism, Johnson covers the NBA Southwest Division from Dallas, Texas. To reach Johnson, send an email to memphisgraduate@yahoo.com. Also, follow him on Twitter @AJ_Journalist.

Dallas/Fort Worth businesswoman Charmaine Wynter having a global impact as a professional luxury interior designer

aDALLAS — Charmaine Wynter was only keeping it real.

Given the immense strides she’s made as a progressive, thriving businesswoman, she’s undoubtedly has earned the right to keep it real — real for all the right reasons, mind you.

Take, for instance, how during a recent exclusive interview, Wynter deemed it necessary to display a catchphrase uttered by renowned R & B/Pop music icon, particularly when asked what does she likes mostly about her business.

“The fact that I (get to) shape my destiny,” Wynter told longtime journalist Andre Johnson. “If I want to work hard, I do. And if I want to take a day or weeks of vacation, I can. I appreciate not having to ask permission. Like (R & B/Pop singer) Bobby Brown said, ‘It’s my prerogative. I can do what I want to do.’”

ewBecause of her God-manifested talents and gifts, coupled with her relentless perseverance and unyielding faith, it’s safe to assume that Wynter certainly has earned the right to do what she wants to do.

A native of Jamaica — but Canadian by immigration — Wynter is a seven-time award-winning Luxury Interior Designer and owner of Wynter Interiors, Incorporated, a business venture she founded in 1996.

nhyuioA notable guest speaker for designed-related events, Wynter is the host for the show, Living Well Show Host.

To her credit, interior designing is that about which she is widely known, something she had dreamt of embarking upon a career in ever since she was a youngster.

“Hmm…I’d have to say that this is my God-given talent,” Wynter explained. “As a young child, I didn’t even know what a designer was. I had no name for what I did. I just did it.”

And the rest, as they say, was history.

Wynter, by all accounts, began to build on and expand her niche as a young interior designer to the point at which she thought it befitting to start a business by way of the dazzling talents for which God has blessed her.

YOU GO GIRL!!! Because of God-manifested talents and gifts, coupled with her relentless faith, it’s safe to assume that Charmaine Wynter certainly has earned the right to do what she wants to do. A native of Jamaica — but Canadian by immigration — Wynter is a Luxury Interior Designer as owner of Wynter Interiors, Incorporated, business venture she founded in 1996.
YOU GO GIRL!!! Because of God-manifested talents and gifts, coupled with her relentless faith, it’s safe to assume that Charmaine Wynter certainly has earned the right to do what she wants to do. A native of Jamaica — but Canadian by immigration — Wynter is a Luxury Interior Designer as owner of Wynter Interiors, Incorporated, business venture she founded in 1996.

Ahhhhh…look at her today, exhibiting a Texas-size impact as a current resident of the Dallas/Fort Worth area.

“My family just accepted it that Charmaine would rearrange the furniture every Saturday,” Wynter said.

There is, in fact, a memorable story, of sorts, behind Wynter’s rise as a thriving entrepreneur.

“When I was 11, tired of sharing a room, I converted a laundry room into my own bedroom,” Wynter explained. “Folks were amazed. At 13, when my folks divorced and my father took all the living room furniture, I redecorated and the ladies from the church where shocked I’d done it. They assumed my mother had gotten help.”

Yes, she did get help, some much-needed assistance from the woman who seemed very well on track to having a global impact a booming professional interior designer.

“Everyone deserves to live their distinctive, luxurious, living sensibility,” Wynter said. “Whichever way that shapes out and environments are one way in which we can esteem and inspire ourselves and our loved ones daily.”

A proud graduate of George Brown College Toronto, Canada, Wynter consequently enrolled in the Interior Design Program at the University of Phoenix, where she earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Interior Design.

MAKING TEXAS-SIZE STRIDES — A longtime luxury interior designer whose business venture caters to adults mostly ranging in ages 35-and-up, Wynter’s talents have afforded her to display her skills in such places as Toronto/Ontario Canada, Chicago, Pittsburgh and now the Dallas/Forth Worth area. As it pertains to her profession and passionate as interior designer, Wynter emphasized that grasping clients’ attention is extremely key in this ever-so-competitive business.
MAKING TEXAS-SIZE STRIDESA longtime luxury interior designer whose business venture caters to adults mostly ranging in ages 35-and-up, Wynter’s talents have afforded her to display her skills in such places as Toronto/Ontario Canada, Chicago, Pittsburgh and now the Dallas/Forth Worth area. As it pertains to her profession and passionate as interior designer, Wynter emphasized that grasping clients’ attention is extremely key in this ever-so-competitive business.

The youngest of eight siblings — with four older brothers — Wynter is a former multi-sport athlete, having been involved in competitive Track and field, basketball, soccer, and field hockey from early childhood to her freshman year of high school.

In addition, she was a member of the varsity cheerleading squad during her entire high school stint.

A longtime luxury interior designer whose business venture caters to adults mostly ranging in ages 35-and-up, Wynter’s talents have afforded her to display her skills in such places as Toronto/Ontario Canada, Chicago, Pittsburgh and now the Dallas/Forth Worth area.

As it pertains to her profession and passionate as interior designer, Wynter emphasized that grasping clients’ attention is extremely key in this ever-so-competitive business.

“As a little girl, I didn’t always get to shape my life,” Wynter said. “But I could shape my lifestyle by controlling my environment. How my room looked was all on me. I want to give that same gift back to my clients.”

All while keeping it real.

TO REACH CHARMAINE WYNTER: 
Charmaine Wynter BID, Wynter Interiors, Incorporated
DESIGN EXPERT/HOST LIVING WELL SHOW
Email: info@wynterinteriors.com.
Office: 817-268-9005
Also, follow her on Instagram at @wynterinteriorsinc


aaaEDITOR’S NOTE: If you are an entrepreneur, business owner, producer, author, musician, barber, life coach, motivational speaker, cosmetologist, tax preparer, model, athlete, or pastor/minister who is seeking exposure and would like to share your story with an in-depth news feature, call Reporter Andre Johnson at 901-690-6587 or Facebook message him under “Andre T. Johnson” for details.

Andre Johnson is the founder and publisher for Making Headline News. A 2000 graduate of the University of Memphis School of Journalism, Johnson covers the NBA Southwest Division from Dallas, Texas. To reach Johnson, send an email to memphisgraduate@yahoo.com. Also, follow him on Twitter @AJ_Journalist.

Philadelphia businessman Aquil “Ali” Bashir survives near-death experience, emerges as thriving author and entrepreneur

Aquil “Ali” Bashir has become a fixture to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and the surrounding areas.

PHILLY'S FINEST --- Nearly 30 years removed from having found his niche in this ever-so-competitive communications industry, Philadelphia native Aquil Bashir is steadily having an influential impact, most notably as a thriving businessman and author. A 44-year-old native of Philly, Bashir is originator of the book entitled, “Grindstone 4 Life. According Grindstone 4 Life’s Facebook page, this book depicts the story about Philadelphia's underground secret world of sex, drugs and murder and is scheduled to be available for purchase on Amazon.com as early as December 24.
PHILLY’S FINESTNearly 30 years removed from having found his niche in this ever-so-competitive communications industry, Philadelphia native Aquil Bashir is steadily having an influential impact, most notably as a thriving businessman and author.
A 44-year-old native of Philly, Bashir is originator of the book entitled, “Grindstone 4 Life. According Grindstone 4 Life’s Facebook page, this book depicts the story about Philadelphia’s underground secret world of sex, drugs and murder and is scheduled to be available for purchase on Amazon.com as early as December 24.

It is, to his distinctly unique credit, a trend that spans nearly three decades.

An accomplished writer since the age of 16, Bashir’s seemingly insurmountable rise to success began when he hosted his very own radio show called “The Way It Is” on Philadelphia-based WDAS AM. In addition, he was a frequent contributor for The Communicator Magazine as well as made regular appearances on Kid Time News on Philadelphia’s channel 17.

vbhNearly 30 years removed from having found his niche in this ever-so-competitive communications industry, Bashir is steadily having an influential impact, most notably as a thriving businessman and author.

A 44-year-old native of Philly, Bashir is the originator of the book entitled, “Grindstone 4 Life.” According Grindstone 4 Life’s Facebook page, this book depicts the story about Philadelphia’s underground secret world of sex, drugs and murder and is scheduled to be available for purchase on Amazon.com as early as December 24.

“It’s a compelling story about the inner-workings of a “Go-Go” club I use to own in Philadelphia during the 90’s (or during) the Golden Age of Hip-Hop,” Bashir explained.

According to Bashir, the first book of the series is called, “The Unauthorized Truth,” which reveals actual accounts seen and told by the witnesses at the illegal establishments like the “Grindstone,” “Cherokee,” as well as the “Nite on Broadway,” just to name a few, he said.

tt“Writing “Grindstone 4 Life” allowed me to live through all those moments again…the good and the bad,” said Bashir, who’s widely known as owner and chief executive officer of Bashir Enterprises International as well as CFO of Discount Dental Lab. “It’s based on my journey striving to make in the Erotic Club business, elbow to elbow, with the most fearless people I know: the “G-Stone Crew.” This is my homage to the whole game before I check outta here.”

Before his rise as a compelling author/businessman, Bashir endured his share of adversity and turmoil, all of which greatly fueled his desire to recover and bounce back unlike never before.

And what a dramatic comeback for the ages he managed to stage with God, his Helper, leading the way.

It all started some three years ago when Bashir had suffered a massive stroke, which suddenly gave way to his life left hanging in the balance.

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As if that wasn’t enough to shatter and cause a sudden shakeup to his life, Bashir recalls like yesterday how his then-wife surprisingly abandoned him during a time in which he needed her most.

“I was abandoned on my stroke bed by my (then) wife…left homeless…living in my dental lab,” Bashir explained. “God blessed me with the intelligence to write these visions down.”

The rest, as they say, is history.

“You get the first installment December 24 on Amazon,” Bashir said once again while displaying his signature smile. “I wrote this book in my hospital bed, jotting down my dreams instead of stressing about things I have no control over…tapping on a laptop with one finger. So, I guess triumph would describe this book for me. I have no control over, tapping on a lap-top with one finger. Never could type (anyways). So, I guess triumph would describe this book for me.”

Talk a dramatic comeback for the ages.

With God, his Helper, leading the way.



awseeEDITOR’S NOTE: If you are an entrepreneur, business owner, producer, author, musician, barber, life coach, motivational speaker, cosmetologist, tax preparer, model, athlete, or pastor/minister who is seeking exposure and would like to share your story with an in-depth news feature, call Reporter Andre Johnson at 901-690-6587 or Facebook message him under “Andre T. Johnson” for details.

Andre Johnson is a senior writer for Making Headline News. A 2000 graduate of the University of Memphis School of Journalism, Johnson covers the NBA Southwest Division from Dallas, Texas. To reach Johnson, send an email to memphisgraduate@yahoo.com. Also, follow him on Twitter @AJ_Journalist.

South Gibson County guard Ladarian McCurrie expected to graduate with honors, now auditioning for an elusive athletic scholarship

xMEDINA, Tenn. — One thing about Ladarian McCurrie is that no one has to remind him of his role as a member of the South Gibson County High basketball team.

For McCurrie, his role for the Hornets of Medina, Tennessee is one about which he takes seriously and with great pride and dignity, considering coach Eric Hampton and his staff mostly look to him as being the floor general, or sorts.

“My role as the point guard is to drive the ball to the goal where I can either take the shot or pass it to either of the other shooting guards,” McCurrie told Making Headline News earlier this week. I am a team player, so I mostly pass the ball to the open guard to generate the three.”

STAGE PLAY --- In what undoubtedly is a pivotal stretch in his final prep season for South Gibson County High, amongst the things about which senior guard Ladarian McCurrie is aiming is doing the necessary things that will ultimately give way to his being afforded the golden opportunity of playing basketball at the collegiate level. While he has yet to field any official scholarships offers, it is a foregone conclusion the future for McCurrie looks extremely favorable, in large part because with a cumulative grade point average of 3.8, he is on pace to graduate in the top five percent of his class.
HUGE STAGE PLAYIn what undoubtedly is a pivotal stretch in his final prep season for South Gibson County High, amongst the things about which senior guard Ladarian McCurrie is aiming is doing the necessary things that will ultimately give way to his being afforded the golden opportunity of playing basketball at the collegiate level. While he has yet to field any official scholarships offers, it is a foregone conclusion the future for McCurrie looks extremely favorable, in large part because with a cumulative grade point average of 3.8, he is on pace to graduate in the top five percent of his class.

To his credit, McCurrie, a 17-year-old senior for a South Gibson team that played at arch rival Bolivar Central Friday night, his primary responsibilities have been that primarily of a combo guard, meaning this slim, speedy 5-foot-9, 150-pounder is expected, by all accounts, to display significant roles both as a scorer and floor facilitator.

Most importantly, in what undoubtedly is a pivotal stretch in his final prep season, amongst the things about which McCurrie is aiming is doing the necessary things that will ultimately give way to his being afforded the golden opportunity of playing basketball at the collegiate level.

MR. DO-IT-ALL --- One thing about Ladarian McCurrie is that no one has to remind him of his role as a member of the South Gibson County High basketball team. For McCurrie, his role for the Hornets of Medina, Tennessee is one about which he takes seriously and with great pride and dignity, considering coach Eric Hampton and his staff mostly look to him as being the floor general, or sorts.
MR. DO-IT-ALLOne thing about Ladarian McCurrie is that no one has to remind him of his role as a member of the South Gibson County High basketball team. For McCurrie, his role for the Hornets of Medina, Tennessee is one about which he takes seriously and with great pride and dignity, considering coach Eric Hampton and his staff mostly look to him as being the floor general, or sorts.

While he has yet to field any official scholarships offers, it is a foregone conclusion the future for McCurrie looks extremely favorable, in large part because with a cumulative grade point average of 3.8, he is on pace to graduate in the top five percent of his class.

In essence, what that means essentially is that even if he finishes the academic year without signing a National Letter of Intent, the possibility exists that not only will McCurrie almost certainly be offered an academic scholarship, but he will likely be afforded the chance to join a college hoops program as walk-on.

Either way, a free education appears inevitable at this point for a kid who boasts lofty aspirations of putting his athletic skills on display.

“They will be inheriting a competitor, an encourager, and a player that is driven by ambition,” said McCurrie, when asked what type of player would college coaches inherit if he’s granted his long-awaited opportunity.

CHEERING HIM ON --- Either way, a free education appears inevitable at this point for a kid who boasts lofty aspirations of putting his athletics skills on display. “They will be inheriting a competitor, an encourager, and a player that is driven by ambition,” said McCurrie, when asked what type of player would college coaches inherit if he’s granted his long-awaited opportunity.
CHEERING HIM ONEither way, a free education appears inevitable at this point for a kid who boasts lofty aspirations of putting his athletics skills on display.
“They will be inheriting a competitor, an encourager, and a player that is driven by ambition,” said McCurrie, when asked what type of player would college coaches inherit if he’s granted his long-awaited opportunity.

As McCurrie tells it, while playing major prep basketball in a relatively small town reduced his ability to acquire the proper exposure, he strongly believes he boasts the skills, mechanics, and assertiveness to handle the hustle and bustle that college athletics create.

“Sometimes, newspaper articles do not capture the whole story,” McCurrie said. “Oftentimes, the newspaper does not detail that I contribute nearly seven rebounds, five steals, and nearly 10-to-15 assists a game, or how I give my teammates confidence while I’m on the court or on the bench.”

vbAll of which explains why McCurrie is destined to possess what he describes as a fair chance, one that would enable him to appropriately audition for a college hoops scholarship.

“Playing college ball is a dream for me because I am coachable,” McCurrie said. “I am willing to take risks. I am willing to put in the time, effort, and work to prove that I am ready to compete on the collegiate level. I am realistic about my ability and skills, and I know that there is plenty of work for me do, because growth on or off the court is a continuous process. But I am hopeful, prayerful, and faithful. I’m just looking for the opportunity to help a team.”

Something about which he’s done time and again throughout his notable high school career.



awseeEDITOR’S NOTE: If you have a child or team that is seeking exposure and would like to share your story with an in-depth news feature, call Reporter Andre Johnson at 901-690-6587 or Facebook message him under “Andre T. Johnson” for details.

Andre Johnson is founder and publisher for Making Headline News. A 2000 graduate of the University of Memphis School of Journalism, Johnson covers the NBA Southwest Division from Dallas, Texas. To reach Johnson, send email to memphisgraduate@yahoo.com. Also, follow him on Twitter @AJ_Journalist.

Collierville Middle Schooler Scottie Fondtaine Alexander, Jr. making his presence felt as an artist and athlete

HE'S GOT MAD SKILLS --- Scottie Fondtaine Alexander, Jr. is only 13 years old. Talk about a busy body. One minute, for instance, he’s making his presence felt as an amateur athlete. “Yes, I have been playing sports ever since I was five years old,” Alexander, Jr. told Making Headline News during a recent interview. “I started out playing peewee football and baseball. Currently, my main two sports are basketball and football.” The next minute, this multi-talented young lad is fielding an assortment of rave reviews as an aspiring artist, assembling portraits of everything --- and everyone --- from Golden State Warriors two-time Most Valuable Player Stephen Curry to New York Giants All-Pro wide receiver Odell Beckham.
HE’S GOT MAD SKILLSScottie Fondtaine Alexander, Jr. is only 13 years old. Talk about a busy body.
One minute, for instance, he’s making his presence felt as an amateur athlete.
“Yes, I have been playing sports ever since I was five years old,” Alexander, Jr. told Making Headline News during a recent interview. “I started out playing peewee football and baseball. Currently, my main two sports are basketball and football.” The next minute, this multi-talented young lad is fielding an assortment of rave reviews as an aspiring artist, assembling portraits of everything — and everyone — from Golden State Warriors two-time Most Valuable Player Stephen Curry to New York Giants All-Pro wide receiver Odell Beckham.

Scottie Fondtaine Alexander, Jr. is only 13 years old.

Talk about a busy body.

One minute, for instance, he’s making his presence felt as an amateur athlete.

“Yes, I have been playing sports ever since I was five years old,” Alexander, Jr. told Making Headline News during a recent interview. “I started out playing peewee football and baseball. Currently, my main two sports are basketball and football.”

ttyThe next minute, this multi-talented young lad is fielding an assortment of rave reviews as an aspiring artist, assembling portraits of everything — and everyone — from Golden State Warriors two-time Most Valuable Player Stephen Curry to New York Giants All-Pro wide receiver Odell Beckham.

“What I like most about being an artist is the creativity,” Alexander, Jr. explained. “Everything can be art if you put your mind to it, and it kind of just let your imagination run wild.”

Given the immense strides Alexander, Jr., a 13-year-old Collierville Middle School student, has made in recent years, no one seems more thrilled and appreciative of his slew of skills than his mother, Connie Vanessa Pipkin.

ssssIn fact, when it comes to her son, he’s undoubtedly is a subject about which Pipkin can discuss all day.

All day, every day, mind you.

pol“I gave birth to this wonderful, inspiring, eight-pound, four-ounce baby boy on March 8, 2003,” Pipkin said. “He’s the baby out of my three. He has two wonderful supporting sisters (Shaericka Lindsey and Dwanna Jackson). I can truly say I’m proud of this kid. In spite of all the things that are going on with the world today — especially our young men — I have always preached to my kids to be leaders and not followers. I can say he has listened to me.”

Not only that, it what has become a Shelby-Metro area that has been mired by crime and a downtrodden economic landscape in recent years, Pipkin is especially pleased that her son has gone to great lengths to stay productive in and out of the classroom, thus remain obedient and steer clear of wrong association.

“He stays away from trouble and my prayer is for God to be a fence around him every day,” Pipkin said. “He’s very talented. He’s an athlete.”

KUDOS TO CONNIE -- Given the immense strides Alexander, Jr., a 13-year-old Collierville Middle School student, has made in recent years, no one seems more thrilled and appreciative of his slew of skills than his mother, Connie Vanessa Pipkin. In fact, when it comes to her son, he’s undoubtedly is a subject about which Pipkin can discuss all day. All day, every day, mind you.
KUDOS TO CONNIEGiven the immense strides Alexander, Jr., a 13-year-old Collierville Middle School student, has made in recent years, no one seems more thrilled and appreciative of his slew of skills than his mother, Connie Vanessa Pipkin.
In fact, when it comes to her son, he’s undoubtedly is a subject about which Pipkin can discuss all day.
All day, every day, mind you.

And, according to his mother — who obviously has earned the right to brag — “he can sing.”

Which, after all, begs the question: If there anything Alexander, Jr. — who’s nine months removed from having entered the world as a teenager — can’t do?

Perhaps arguably his favorite teacher, longtime educator Marci Wheeler, can provide a notable response to such an inquiry.

Wheeler has taught Alexander art for the past three years and was amongst the few individuals who sensed two years ago that this kid was blossoming into a true talent even when he wasn’t suiting up to engage in competitive sports.

“I encouraged him to try out for our Enriched Art program and I’ve continued to have the privilege of teaching him the remainder of his middle school years,” Wheeler explained. “Since being in the enriched class, Scottie’s talent has flourished. At first, I could tell he didn’t think he was good enough to be in this class, but then as his peers began to see his work and he saw theirs, he quickly realized this was a great fit.”

hnjuSo much, in fact, that Alexander, Jr. began to emerge as a more diverse artist, of sorts.

“Scottie’s abilities range from photography, to drawing, and even painting,” Wheeler said. “During his seventh grade year, Scottie’s perspective photograph of the school made the cover of the Collierville Middle School agenda book for the 2016-17 school year.  His seventh and eighth grade paintings were also featured and sold in the CMS Art Auction for 2015 and 2016.”

In addition, Wheeler said Scottie is currently finishing a self-portrait she plans to enter into the Scholastics Art Competition next week, an event during which art students ranging in grades 7 through 12 will compete nationally.

“I’m looking forward to seeing the finished product as this has been his best (accomplishment) yet,” Wheeler said.

With his continuous success comes the customary critics, something about which his older sister has become quite familiar.

“I am always on Scottie about his grades and making sure he always remembers to follow his dreams,” Lindsey said. “I tell him all the time that the sky is the limit and to be himself and to never be a follower. He always says how he wants this car and that car or this type of house or that one, and I’m always there to remind him that as long as he stays focused, he can have those things.”

mjkIn the meantime, with so much education ahead of him, amongst the things about which Alexander, Jr. realizes is now is not the time to become relaxed, especially for a talented youngster who’s clinging to lofty ambitions.

“One day I plan to be a designer for a company or maybe even become a professional tattoo artist in my spare time,” Alexander, Jr. said.

Talk about a busy body.



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