South Carolina-based Pastor Yolanda Townsend named Making Headline News 2017 International Women’s Day Woman of the Year

“Beloved, do not be surprised at the fiery trial that has come upon you, as though something strange were happening to you. But rejoice that you share in the sufferings of Christ, so that you may be overjoyed at the revelation of His glory.” (1 Peter 4:12-13)

 

All along, over the past year or so, while situations and circumstances seemed bleak and she seemed on shaky ground, one the of things about which Yolanda Townsend was thoroughly convinced was that nothing really strange was taking place.

All things considered, she sensed all along that it was all of a part of God’s strategic plan, His plan to exalt and elevate and promote her unlike never before.

His plan to give her hope and a future. His plan to give her an expected end.

UNSHAKABLE FAITH — Because of unyielding, bend-but-don’t-break, coupled with her tireless desire to push and persevere and maximize her potential, Pastor Yolanda Townsend’s well-publicized contributions to the Body of Christ — particularly in the wake of adversity — have gone virtually unnoticed. For her resilient efforts, the Anderson, South Carolina native was named Making Headline News’ International Women’s Day Woman of the Year for 2017.

“This past year had its numerous challenges, but also the Lord’s favor,” Townsend said during an emotional, tear-jerking interview-turned-testimony Wednesday morning. “Even though I still have the pain from the car accident in May and the vivid memory of the house fire in September, I have life. Only the joy of the Lord can cause me to rejoice in tragedy and use it for triumph. It reminds me that we are overcomers through His grace.”

Because of her unyielding, bend-but-don’t-break faith, coupled with her tireless desire to press and navigate and maximize her potential, Townsend’s well-publicized contributions to the Body of Christ — particularly in the wake of her adversity — have gone virtually unnoticed.

For her resilient, immeasurable efforts, the Anderson, South Carolina native was named Making Headline NewsInternational Women’s Day Woman of the Year for 2017.

Originally called the International Working Women’s Day, this day is celebrated annually on March 8 and customarily commemorates the movement for women’s rights.

According to www.internationalwomensday.com, organizations and individuals around the world have collectively become committed to helping women and girls achieve their ambitions, challenge conscious and unconscious bias, as well as call for gender-balanced leadership and value women and men’s contributions equally.

In addition, this day was designed in part to create inclusive flexible cultures. From awareness-raising to concrete action, organizations rallied their people to pledge support to help forge gender parity on International Women’s Day and beyond, according to a spokesperson for IWD.

The second year for an honor that was spearheaded by longtime journalist Andre Johnson, Making Headline News’ Founder and Publisher, Townsend was surprised after learning she had been named Woman of the Year.

“My reaction upon learning that I was selected for such a prestigious nomination left me speechless and in tears,” Townsend said. “I am a sister who encourages others in the faith. I believe in lifting my sisters and brothers up in spirit and in prayer.”

The Assistant Pastor for Empowerment Worship Center Church in Greenville, South Carolina, Townsend is widely known for having founded DIVAS 4 Christ Ministries in April 2010, a progressive kingdom-based organization that prides itself on the featured slogan, “The women are ministering in bondage and need to be reminded that HE is a healer of all pain!”

FOLLOW PASTOR YOLANDA: http://www.divas4christministries.org/.

The purpose for Townsend’s DIVAS 4 Christ Ministries is — but isn’t limited to — breaking the chains of generational bondage from families that have endured abuse, whether emotionally, physically, mentally, or verbally.

“Our purpose is to instill in our sisters of today the true meaning behind the scripture: ‘Fearfully and wonderfully made,’” Townsend said in referencing her ministry’s purpose.

PRAYING WITHOUT CEASING — The Assistant Pastor for Empowerment Worship Center Church in Greenville, South Carolina, Townsend is widely known for having founded DIVAS 4 Christ Ministries in April 2010, a progressive organization which prides itself on the featured slogan, “The women are ministering in bondage and need to be reminded that HE is a healer of all pain!”

Despite the assortment of unfavorable circumstances that had arose in her life as well as that of her family within the past year, amongst the things about which Townsend deems mostly gratifying is how she had gone about clinging to unwavering faith with God, her Helper, leading the way.

“Sometimes your work appears to go unnoticed, but God has His way of encouraging you just when you need it most,” Townsend said. I am humbly grateful and honored to receive such recognition. I cannot take any credit. I will say to God be all the glory for the things He has done.

“The Lord reminded me that we are to use every situation for the good. I am an overcomer by choosing to stand as a living example of what God can do…meaning He can take what the enemy meant for evil and turn it to work for my good. He can turn your sadness into joy. He can turn your mourning into laughter.”

 

 

EDITOR’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 Founder and Publisher for Making Headline News. A 2000 graduate of the University of Memphis School of Journalism and a former staff reporter the Memphis Commercial Appeal newspaper, 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.

Former Memphis Overton High football player Christopher Patterson savoring brand new start with GSFL’s Mississippi Brawlers

 

FINISHING THE FIGHT — Former Memphis Overton High football standout Christopher Patterson, who was recruited by a host of colleges during his prep tenure, was convinced that all wasn’t lost despite having blown out his knee last year.
Months after an injury that sidelined him for approximately eight months, Patterson suddenly fielded a phone call, one that ultimately gave way to a renewed sense of enthusiasm for a youth athlete who was convinced that his best and brightest days are well ahead of him. Patterson currently plays minor league ball for the Mississippi Brawler of the GSFL.

As far as life goes, it is not what happens to us that defines us.

Rather, it is how we respond in the wake of what happens to us that greatly defines — and redefines — us, especially adversity.

Surely, Christopher Patterson, Jr. can attest mightily to this notion.

Take, for instance, how the 19-year-old Patterson, a former Memphis Overton High football standout, responded after sustaining a devastating ACL tear a little more than a year ago while attending a camp nearby at Itawamba Mississippi Community College.

STARTING OVER — The Mississippi Brawler is a Mid-South-based minor league football nonprofit organization that is affiliated with the Gulf States Football League (or GSFL).
According to its Facebook page, GSFL was designed to measure the play and football mechanics of men ranging in various ages, particularly those who boast a strong passion and love for the sport. In addition, the GSFL is comprised largely of athletes and teams in areas such as Louisiana, Texas, Mississippi, Alabama and Florida, team that routinely engage in competitive play in what is deemed an “accredited active league,” according to a spokesperson for the organization.

As far as Patterson was concerned, there was a silver-lining, of sorts, amid an injury that customarily sideline athletes for a lengthy period of time.

“During the eight-month recovering period, my love for the game grew stronger,” Patterson told Making Headline News this week.

That’s because Patterson, who was recruited by a host of colleges during his notable prep tenure, was convinced that all wasn’t lost despite having blown out his knee.

HE’S BAAAACK — Patterson said such a monumental opportunity would not have surfaced if not for the continuous support of his mother, Kimberly Patterson, his girlfriend, Destiney Harris, and his younger brother, Jamaa’l Patterson.
And then, of course, the quality of athlete with whom he plays is benefiting him in various aspects.

Months later, he suddenly fielded a phone call, one that ultimately gave way to a renewed sense of enthusiasm for a young athlete who was convinced that his best and brightest days are still well ahead of him.

“One day after a workout, I received a call from my cousin who referred me to Jamerson Jones,” Patterson explained.

Jamerson, as Patterson found discovered during that phone call, is the owner of the Mississippi Brawlers, a Mid-South-based minor league football nonprofit organization that is affiliated with the Gulf States Football League (or GSFL).

According to its Facebook page, GSFL was designed to measure the play and football mechanics of men ranging in various ages, particularly those who boast a strong passion and love for the sport.

In addition, the GSFL is comprised largely of athletes and teams in areas such as Louisiana, Texas, Mississippi, Alabama and Florida, teams that routinely engage in competitive play in what is deemed an “accredited active league,” according to a spokesperson for the organization.

As Patterson explained, it was Jones who aided him mightily with regards to providing him with the golden opportunity to resume his playing career.

“He told me about the organization and I went to the tryouts and made the team,” Patterson said.

MOTHERLY LOVE — All things considered, Kimberly Patterson is grateful of the opportunity for which her son has been afforded, one that could very well give way to greater opportunities for him to perhaps put his skills on display on a larger athletic platform.
“C. J. has been playing competitive football for seven years,” Kimberly Patterson said. “The Mississippi Brawlers will help him get to the next level. I believe in my son wholeheartedly and his work ethic and love for football show he has no limitations because he’s always going the extra mile.”

From there, one favorable thing led to another for a young athlete who contends he’s got so much more to prove.

According to Patterson, such a monumental opportunity would not have surfaced if not for the continuous support of his mother, Kimberly Patterson, his girlfriend, Destiney Harris, and his younger brother, Jamaa’l Patterson.

And then, of course, the quality of athletes with whom he plays is benefiting him in various aspects, he acknowledged.

“This team is special to me because it’s more than a team, it’s a brotherhood,” Christopher Patterson said. “And with all of the tragedies going on in the world, it’s always going to be special to me seeing all races come together and get alone.”

All things considered, Kimberly Patterson is grateful of the opportunity for which her son has been afforded, one that could very well give way to greater opportunities for him to perhaps put his skills on display on a much larger platform.

“C. J. has been playing competitive football for seven years,” Kimberly Patterson said. “The Mississippi Brawlers will help him get to the next level. I believe in my son wholeheartedly and his work ethic and love for football show he has no limitations because he’s always going the extra mile. This exposure will benefit my son in a miraculous way. I feel that God will begin to open doors like crazy.”

UNBOTHERED — As far as Patterson was concerned, there was a silver-lining, of sorts, amid an injury that customarily sideline athletes for a lengthy period of time.

The primary objective in the meantime, at least according to Christopher Patterson, is to learn all he can while he can.

You know, to never stop brawling as he steadfastly continues to audition on the stage in the very sport he’s come to adore.

So much a blown out knee.

“Playing for this team creates exposure, because not only is it a nonprofit organization, but after this season is over with, if you have good film, you could go play in college, the CFL, the AFL, or the NFL,” Christopher Patterson said.

All while responding to adversity the right way.

 

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

Andre Johnson is the founder and publisher of Making Headline News. A 2000 graduate of the University of Memphis School of Journalism and a former sportswriter for the Memphis Commercial Appeal newspaper, 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.

Nashville-based syndicated radio personality Aaron Jordan’s weekly show attracting big name gospel recording artists and celebs

TEN-NES-SEE HIM IN ACTION — A native of Memphis who’s made quite a name for himself as an accomplished author, motivational speaker, and relationship expert, Aaron Jordan has added yet another achievement to his talent repertoire as an award-winning syndicated radio personality as owner and host of the Know Your Worth Radio Show with co-host Michael Warren. The show airs every Saturday from Noon-1 p.m. CST on Nashville’s 102.1 FM The Light and is a proceeded by the Hezekiah Walker Show.

 

NASHVILLE, Tennessee — A pretty clever, sometime hilarious guy, that Aaron Jordan.

So much, in fact, that he took to his Facebook page and staged a rather amusing post Friday afternoon.

“That moment when you go to pick up your daughter from school and the teacher asks if you are really famous and a celebrity…Funny!!! #MrKnowYourWorth” Jordan wrote to the delight of his nearly 4,000 followers.

While Jordan’s Facebook post gave way to an assortment of pleasantries and laughs, in essence, the notion that he is a celebrity, of sorts, rings true in many aspects.

A native of Memphis who’s made quite a name for himself as an accomplished author, motivational speaker, and relationship expert, Jordan has added yet another achievement to his talented, immeasurable repertoire as an award-winning syndicated radio personality as owner and host of the Know Your Worth Radio Show with co-host, Atlanta’s Michael Warren. The show airs every Saturday from Noon-1 p.m. CST on Nashville’s 102.1 FM The Light and is a proceeded by the Hezekiah Walker Show.

STAR-STUDDED SHOW — To his credit, the general consensus amongst Jordan’s listening audience is that he certainly has paid his dues, particularly as it relates to making a name for himself, thus creating his own unique voice as a flourishing middle Tennessee-based radio personality. How else to explain why the Know Your Worth Radio Show has managed to attract such big name awarding-winning and renowned gospel recording artists such as Yolanda Adams, Jekalyn Carr, Kierra Sheard, not to mention Preachers of Atlanta star and internationally-acclaimed Pastor Kim Pothier-Jones, among others.

To his credit, the general consensus amongst Jordan’s listening audience is that he certainly has paid his dues, particularly as it relates to making a name for himself, thus creating his own unique voice as a flourishing middle Tennessee-based radio personality.

How else to explain why the Know Your Worth Radio Show has managed to attract such big name awarding-winning and renowned gospel recording artists such as Grammy winner Yolanda Adams, Stella winner Jekalyn Carr, Grammy winner Kierra Sheard, not to mention Preachers of Atlanta star and internationally-acclaimed Pastor Kim Pothier-Jones, among others?

“What I love the most is being able to impact people in a positive way,” Jordan told Making Headline News this week.

Aside from bridging the gap between his devoted listening audience and the gospel celebs, Jordan routinely makes it point to offer some pivotal, wholesome, life-enhancing relationship advice that could greatly help inspire and empower those who have embraced his 60-minute show.

“(We give) them great insight on various topics in dating, provide great entertainment, and all while enriching their minds,” Jordan said.

AN AARON JORDAN RELATED STORY: https://makingheadlinenews.com/2017/02/01/native-memphian-aaron-jordan-flourishing-mightily-as-an-award-winning-author-and-radio-personality/.

Renowned gospel recording Kierra Sheard recently appeared on Aaron Jordan’s Nashville-based Know Your Worth Radio Show.

Moreover, what’s so intriguing about a show that was officially birthed in May 2015 is that it already is starting to garner rave reviews from other syndicated shows.

Just recently, after generating headlines upon the official release his book, “The Power Within, A Woman’s Worth: From Both Sexes,” a representative of the Steve Harvey Morning Show retweeted the link of Jordan’s story to express his well wishes to the rising radio personality standout.

Such a development, Jordan said, caught him by surprise for all the right reasons.

“I was actually shocked when I first saw it and got the notification,” Jordan explained. “Also, I know we follow each other on Twitter, but I use to wonder if certain people actually see my tweets. So it came by a huge surprise. (I was) grateful for the favor of my Creator.”

And much to the delight of Jordan and his co-host, their listeners are grateful for the positive vibes they customarily are afforded in the midday every Saturday, a trend that, as a result, reminds them of their God-manufactured worth.

WE ARE FAMILY — Jordan attributes much of his success to his wife, Ashley Jordan, and his daughter, Teanna.

“Our listeners have stated it is a refresher to have two men authentically talk about dating and relationships and, most importantly, give real unbiased advice to empower (the masses),” Jordan said.

So why in such a short time frame has the Know Your Worth Radio Show emerged as a fixture around the country?

“In my opinion, I think it is the authenticity of the advice and topics discussed and, most importantly, because of God’s favor,” he said.

Well said by a pretty clever, sometime hilarious guy, that Aaron Jordan, a notable celebrity, of sorts.

In his own right.

 

To reach Aaron Jordan, write him at:

P. O. Box 330711

Murfreesboro, TN 37133

 

 

EDITOR’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 Founder and Publisher for Making Headline News. A 2000 graduate of the University of Memphis School of Journalism and a former staff reporter the Memphis Commercial Appeal newspaper, 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.

 

 

Pastor James Perry, Jr.’s Empowerment Worship Center enjoying continuous growth as it celebrates its fifth anniversary

 

EMPOWERED TO PREACHEmpowerment Worship Center Senior Pastor James Perry, Jr. would be the first to tell you that given his immense size — he stands at 6-foot-4 — that mirrored that of a power forward or defensive lineman, he clung to lofty aspirations of becoming a big name athlete. Nevertheless, as a preacher’s kid (or P. K.) whom, like a many of his peers who shared a similar lifestyle, Perry, Jr. soon discovered that he can run, but he can’t hide.
In other words, even his notable athletic smarts that ultimately landed him a basketball scholarship at Lander University weren’t merely enough to keep him from following in the massive footsteps of his father, longtime Alabama pastor James Perry, Sr.

Without question, James Perry, Jr. had dreams.

Some big dreams.

Some major dreams.

Some monumental, massive dreams, mind you.

As far as he was concerned, those dreams had virtually nothing to do with standing in a pulpit, deck out in some fancy robe, spreading the Gospel to the masses.

Heck, Perry, Jr. would be the first to tell you that given his immense size — he stands at 6-foot-4 — that mirrored that of a power forward or a defensive lineman, he clung to lofty aspirations of becoming a big name athlete.

Nevertheless, as a preacher’s kid (or P. K.) whom, like a many of his peers who shared a similar lifestyle, Perry, Jr. soon discovered that he can run all he wants, but he can’t hide.

In other words, even his notable athletic smarts that ultimately landed him a basketball scholarship at Lander University weren’t merely enough to prevent him from following in the massive footsteps of his father, longtime Alabama pastor James Perry, Sr.

WE ARE FAMILYAmong those individuals who reminded him of his calling was his wife, Lisa, his Lander College sweetheart to whom Perry, Jr. had gone into covenant in 2003. The couple has three children: Jamekole, 22; Samuel, 13; and Jonathan, 9.

“Everybody said I was going to be a preacher,” Perry, Jr., the Founder and Senior Pastor of Empowerment Worship Center in Greenville, South Carolina, told Making Headline News this week. “I played for a very good (high school) program and I wanted to get away from home because my father was strict.”

So prudish in that preaching for Perry, Jr. wasn’t merely an option. Rather it was a prerequisite, of sorts, particularly as it pertained to surviving the wrath of his father, who currently pastors United Church of God in Alabama.

LOVE AND BASKETBALL…AND THE BIBLEToday, unlike never before, it’s safe to assume that Perry, Jr. has gone from breaking ankles on the basketball court to essentially helping worldly individuals break away from their sinful ways and, most importantly make peace with God.

“I didn’t want to preach,” Perry, Jr. said. “I preached because he made me preach. So when I got up to preach, I would get up and repeat what he preached.”

To his distinct credit, Perry, Jr. didn’t just repeat that about which his father routinely shared before the masses. He eventually began to practice what he preached.

Today, unlike never before, it’s safe to assume that Perry, Jr. has gone from breaking ankles on the basketball court to essentially helping worldly individuals break away from their sinful ways and, most importantly make peace with God.

Having been preaching the gospel for nearly two decades, Perry, Jr. is just hours away from celebrating a commendable milestone for what undoubtedly is becoming a pretty stellar pastoral career for this Charlotte, North Carolina native.

On Friday, March 3 at 7:30 p.m. EST, Empowerment Worship Center will celebrate its Fifth Church Anniversary during an assembly in which the featured speaker will be Curtis Johnson, the Senior Pastor of Valley Brook Outreach Baptist Church of Pelzer, South Carolina.

For Perry, Jr., arriving at such a notable stage in his pastoral career is one in which he admittedly labeled “refreshing,” in large part because of the tumultuous events leading to his accepting his God-mandated calling.

Aside from following his father’s strict orders to preach as a child, Perry, Jr. and his nine siblings endured arguably the darkest chapter of their lives when their mother, Alice Marie Perry, died as a result of an aneurysm.

She was 48. Perry, Jr. was just 26 at the time.

“That was one of the biggest tragedies in my family and it tore my family up,” Perry, Jr., 44, the oldest of his parents’ 10 children, said of his mother’s untimely demise. “She always said, ‘You’re going to preach.’ And when she passed way, a lot of things started to happen in my life. And I said, ‘You know what? This is what I’m supposed to be doing.”

The rest, as they say, was history.

SPIRITUAL HIGH FIVE — Having been preaching the gospel for nearly two decades, Perry, Jr. is just days away from celebrating a commendable milestone for what undoubtedly is becoming a pretty stellar pastoral career for this Charlotte, North Carolina native. On Friday, March 3 at 7 p.m. EST, Empowerment Worship Center will celebrate its Fifth Church Anniversary .

All of that running from the pulpit had officially come to an end — and for all the right reasons.

Perry, Jr. made his official preaching debut at the age of 28 and, to his credit, coupled with the divine calling upon his life, he hasn’t looked back since.

After having served under the direction of Greenville-area pastor, Bishop Terry McCaskill, for approximately 15 years, Perry, Jr. witnessed his ministerial career soar to greater heights when God gave him the vision to assume the role as a pastor in 2011.

Consequently, he had become empowered to start Empowerment Worship Center in the comfortable confines of his home, although he and his handful of members sensed they couldn’t become too comfortable in his crib, given the church’s rapid growth.

HEAVENLY PROMOTION — After just two years since its inception, EWC — which is nearly 100 members — relocated to a more traditional edifice, which is its current establishment at 31 Calhoun Avenue in Greenville.

With close to 30 members, Perry, Jr. moved his church to a nearby hotel, where services were held in a conference room.

Then after just two years since its inception, EWC — which is nearing 100 members — relocated to a more traditional edifice, which is its current establishment at 31 Calhoun Avenue in Greenville.

So much for his father’s strict, nuts-and-bolts countenance that suggested, among other things, that his young, gifted athlete was destined to execute spiritual slam dunks and assists, of sorts, before those whom needed to witness them the most.

BECOME EMPOWERED: http://empowermentworshipcenter.org/.

“I think for me, man, I ran for so many years because my father made me do it,” Perry, Jr. said. “But by (age) 14, I became more relevant because of who I was. God began to use people to say things to remind me.”

Among those individuals who reminded him of his calling was his wife, Lisa, his college sweetheart to whom Perry, Jr. had gone into covenant in 1993. The couple has three children: Jamekole, 22; Samuel, 13; and Jonathan, 9.

COMING FULL CIRCLEA progressive church that continues to build on a solid foundation, Perry, Jr. said what he deems most intriguing about his congregation’s latest move is that its present location is equipped with a gymnasium which, as he tells it, allows him to enjoy the best of both worlds — basketball and pastoring.

A progressive church that continues to build on a solid foundation, Perry, Jr. said what he deems mostly intriguing about his congregation’s latest move is that its present location is equipped with a gymnasium which, as he tells it, allows him to enjoy the best of both worlds — basketball and pastoring.

“Well, I love basketball for one,” said Perry, Jr. a Greenville-area AAU hoops coach for a 13-and-under team. “I love mentoring the youth and I love pastoring. Having a gym at my church makes it so much. I mean, it’s hard work, but it’s community service. You don’t do this kind of work for money, because the need is so great. You’re touching the lives of a lot of kids out there.”

In his case, for five years and counting.

All while living out his assortment of dreams in the process.

 

EDITOR’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 Founder and Publisher for Making Headline News. A 2000 graduate of the University of Memphis School of Journalism and a former staff reporter the Memphis Commercial Appeal newspaper, 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 Carolina Pastor Yolanda Townsend savoring the fruits of her labor after graciously accepting her divine calling

PREACH, PASTOR YOLANDA!!! Today, unlike never before, Yolanda Townsend, a devoted married mother of two children to her husband Christopher Townsend, Sr., is savoring the fruits of her labor all because she never grew weary in well doing.
Aside her flourishing, self-founded DIVAS 4 Christ Ministries, Townsend is the Assistant Pastor of the Empowerment Worship Center, a Greenville, South Carolina-based church that was founded by Alabama native  Pastor James Perry Jr., Lady Lisa Perry and a few board members in 2009.

Yolanda Townsend undoubtedly has had a brutally hectic schedule in recent months.

So much, in fact, that she literally has found it difficult to honor interview requests from the media.

But just recently, Townsend, the Founder of DIVAS 4 Christ Ministries, deemed it essential that she place a figurative bookmarker in her congested itinerary and share the assortment of life-changing events surrounding what has greatly given way to a successful, progressive pastoral career for this Anderson, South Carolina native.

A vibrant, vivacious 46-year-old woman of the cloth, Townsend has enjoyed a ministerial tenure that spans nearly two decades — 18 years to exact.

 

WE ARE FAMILYGreenville, South Carolina-area Pastor Yolanda Townsend pictured with her family (from left to right): her son, Christian, 11, husband, Christopher Townsend, Sr., and their daughter, Crystal, who is nine years old. Yolanda Townsend has been actively involved in the ministry for a little more than 18 years.

As Townsend eloquently explained during a recent interview with Making Headlines News, while she customarily found herself trying to flee from her Kingdom work-related responsibilities — or her divine calling, if you will — she ultimately came to a realization that God, as sovereign as He is, had other ideas.

“I knew God was positioning me for ministry at a very early age,” Townsend said. “My mother shared with me how around age three or five, I would get up, dress myself by putting on my robe and slippers, then push a chair to the front door, unlock it, and go outside. I would make my way across the street to sit in the rocking chairs with the mothers.”

GOD’S MYSTICAL UNIONChristopher and Yolanda Townsend were united in Holy Matrimony on July 17, 2003.

Wait. There are more distinctly unique details to a story that essentially unfolded nearly four decades ago.

“From then on, we knew ministry was being fulfilled,” Townsend explained. “As I got to high school, I took pride in my — shall I say — holiness attire, meaning no makeup, my hair was pressed only, and my skirts were well below the knees, and (I wore) a prayer head covering in every color to match my outfits.”

And so it eventually came to pass that at a very young age, while being raised in a home where attending church regularly surprisingly wasn’t a customary trend, Townsend — for a lack of better words — still ultimately found her way to cross.

HANDPICKED BY GODA vibrant, vivacious 46-year-old woman of the cloth, Townsend has enjoyed a ministerial tenure that spans nearly two decades — 18 years to exact.
As Townsend eloquently explained during a recent interview with Making Headlines News, while she customarily found herself trying to flee from her Kingdom work-related responsibilities — or her divine calling, if you will — she ultimately came to realization that God, as sovereign as He is, had other ideas.

You know, where she first saw the light, as one classic songwriter insinuated.

“All while attending this holiness church all on my own,” she said. “I recall being excited when the deacons would arrive to pick me up to carry me to church. And filling honored that two deacons rode in the front and made sure I sat in the back and arrived to church safety. Those were days of ministry and I knew God had more in store for me.”

Today, unlike never before, Townsend, a devoted married mother of two children (Christian and Crystal), is savoring the fruits of her labor all because she never grew weary in well doing.

Aside her flourishing, self-founded ministry, Townsend is the Assistant Pastor of the Empowerment Worship Center, a Greenville, South Carolina-based church that was founded by Alabama native Pastor James Perry Jr., Lady Lisa and a few board members in 2009.

A progressive, thriving institution whose featured vision is, “To empower the people in unity and in love so that the believer and unbeliever can be enriched and empowered from a spiritually, emotionally, financially and economically, physically, accompanied by a social perspective,” Empowerment Worship Center has served as an empowering beacon of light in the Greenville community, in large because it is committed to staying rooted and grounded through the word of God so that every believer should have (Acts 2:44-47) and experience the blessings and promises of God through faith and obedience.

BECOME EMPOWERED: http://empowermentworshipcenter.org/.

As Townsend recalls, after several unsuccessful attempts to elude her life-enhancing calling, she finally obeyed the voice of God to preach the Gospel years ago while visiting a nearby church.

“As a former South Carolina cosmetologist, I have a passion for fashion,” Townsend explained. “As we would travel and sang and my former Bishop would be preaching, I took pride in doing the hair for some of the ladies in the choir. It was at one of our numerous rehearsals that Bishop called me into his office to discuss an upcoming tour. I was honored that he wanted me to style the ladies’ hair.”

As it turned out, that brief dialogue with her Bishop ultimately gave way to divine, tear-jerking calling for the ages, one that, all things considered, was the precursor, of sorts, to what is taking place in Townsend’s life today.

“Little did I know, that was not the only reason for the meeting,” Townsend explained. “As I proceeded to leave the office, he asked me a question that stopped me in my tracks. The question was, ‘Didn’t get much sleep around 3 am, huh?’ I instantly knew where the second half of this meeting was going.”

Tears immediately began to flow in the wee hours of the morning, Townsend recalls.

“I was awakened out of my sleep at 3 am,” said Townsend, immediately recalling the meeting with her Bishop. I kept a journal and pen on my nightstand by the bed. I picked it up and started writing. When I finished I turned on the lamp and looked at what would be my first sermon titled, ‘Stop Running.’”

HONORABLE MENTIONJust recently, Townsend, the Founder of DIVAS 4 Christ Ministries, deemed it essential that she place a figurative bookmarker in her congested itinerary and share the assortment of life-changing events surrounding what has become a successful, progressive pastoral career for the Anderson, South Carolina native.

A sermonic debut she said was centered on the Biblical story of Jonah — most notably the events surrounding his encounter in the belly of the fish — that Townsend refrained from trying to duck and dodge her God-mandated calling practically sums up why her ministry has come full circle — with God, her Helper, leading the way.

MORE ABOUT YOLANDA TOWNSEND: 
www.Divas4ChristMinistries.org.

Besides DIVAS 4 Christ Ministries, she and her husband, Christopher Townsend, Sr., share a weekly radio segment that airs under their ministry’s umbrella entitled, “Straight Up No Chaser Grown Folks Style Radio Blog Show (founded by Mr. and Mrs. West),” during which the couple enlighten listeners with what they describe as “marriage ministry wisdom nuggets,” as well as prayer requests, testimonials, among other things to enhance and enrich lives.

AWWWWWWW….Besides DIVAS 4 Christ Ministries, she and her husband, Christopher Townsend, Sr., share a weekly radio segment that airs under their ministry umbrella entitled, “Straight Up No Chaser Grown Folks Style Radio Blog Show” during which the couple provide listeners with what they describe as “marriage ministry wisdom nuggets,” as well as prayer requests, testimonials, among other things to enhance and enrich lives.

And what’s so astounding for the Townsends is that God isn’t through with them yet, something by which Pastor Yolanda doesn’t shy away from sharing daily.

RUNNING FOR JESUS — “The more I ran, the greater the chase,” Townsend said of the events leading to her accepting her calling to preach the Gospel. “Until one day I could not run any longer. After attending our ministers’ classes, I preached my initial sermon.”

“The more I ran, the greater the chase,” she said. “Until one day I could not run any longer. After attending our ministers’ classes, I preached my initial sermon.

A PASTOR YOLANDA RELATED STORY: https://makingheadlinenews.com/2017/02/09/south-carolina-pastor-yolanda-townsends-7th-annual-pink-pajama-party-figures-to-hold-more-meaning-amid-potentially-fatal-house-fire/.

To her recollection, her first sermon was given on December 29, 1999, during which she spoke from the subject, “Have You Thought About Hell Lately?”

Given the immense strides she made in a ministerial career that spans nearly two decades, it’s safe to assume Pastor Yolanda’s answer to such an attention-grabbing inquiry is a resounding “No!”

 

 

EDITOR’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 Founder and Publisher for Making Headline News. A 2000 graduate of the University of Memphis School of Journalism and a former staff reporter the Memphis Commercial Appeal newspaper, 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.

 

 

 

Former New York Knick Derek Harper to Charles Oakley after MSG fiasco: ‘You got my support more than anything’

 

Y’ALL CHILL OUT: Hours after the New York Knicks fiasco involving Charles Oakley and owner James Dolan on February 8, former NBA point guard Derek Harper (left), an analyst for the Mavericks through Fox Sports Southwest who spent two seasons in New York from 1994-1996, contacted his former teammate to offer support. (Photo courtesy of The Dallas Morning News)

DALLAS — Saying that Charles Oakley “should have dealt with this situation differently,” former New York Knicks point guard Derek Harper wasted little time reaching out to his former teammate in the wake of an altercation involving Oakley and Madison Square Garden security guards on February 8.

In a statement released by the Knicks, the team said that upon arriving to the arena, Oakley behaved in a “highly inappropriate and completely abusive manner,” which led to his ejection from MSG and his subsequent arrest by the New York City Police Department.

MADISON SQUARE SQUABBLE — In a statement released by the Knicks, the team said that upon arriving to the arena, Oakley behaved in a “highly inappropriate and completely abusive manner,” which led to his ejection from MSG and his subsequent arrest by the New York City Police Department. The incident was believed to have been fueled by Oakley’s strained relationship with Knicks owner James Dolan, who banned Oakley a few days following the incident.

The incident was believed to have been fueled by Oakley’s strained relationship with Knicks owner James Dolan, who banned Oakley a few days following their alleged fallout. Dolan lifted the ban after meeting with Oakley and NBA commissioner Adam Silver, although Oakley, a former Knick who played 10 seasons in New York, has yet to accept the invitation and return to MSG.

A native of Cleveland, Oakley sat courtside next to Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert Thursday night to witness the Knicks drop their second consecutive game, 119-104.

Hours after the Knicks fiasco, Harper, an analyst for the Mavericks through Fox Sports Southwest who spent two seasons in New York from 1994-1996, contacted his former teammate to offer his support.

WELCOME HOME — A native of Cleveland, Oakley sat courtside next to Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert Thursday night to witness the Knicks drop their second consecutive game, 119-104. (Getty Images Photo)

“I texted Oak and told him he has my support more than anything,” Harper, who was drafted by the Mavericks with the 11th overall pick of the 1983 NBA Draft, told Making Headline News. “We had a dog pound in New York, and I was apart of the dog pound with Oak, so I’m not surprised he tried to protect himself. That’s who Oak is. Everybody loves Charles Oakley.”

According to the Knicks, Oakley was ejected from the arena midway through the first quarter of their game against the Los Angeles Clippers after he allegedly yelled at Dolan and refused to stop, an allegation Oakley has repeatedly disowned.

Consequently, Oakley, 53, was charged with three counts of misdemeanor assault and criminal trespassing, a development that prompted current players such as LeBron James, Chris Paul, and Dwyane Wade to hasten to various message boards to offer their support for the ex-NBA All-Star power forward.

Guarding former Chicago Bulls great Michael Jordan in the 1996 Eastern Conference semifinals, Harper spent two seasons in New York from 1994-1996. (Getty Images Photo)

“It’s hard because you don’t have all of the information,” said Harper, 55, when asked to assess the drama involving Oakley and the Knicks. “I’m one that don’t believe in running out talking about something unless I totally understand it. But with that being said, Charles Oakley was the heart and soul of the teams I played on in New York and he will always be respected by the fans in that city.”

Still, Harper, who played 16 seasons with four teams before retiring from the NBA in 1999, contends things could have been handled differently between Oakley and Knicks.

BELOVED KNICK — Harper was quite complementary of Oakley (No. 34), particularly about how he had taken ownership of his role of MSG catastrophe heard around the NBA.
“I love Oak,” Harper said. “We exchanged text messages the next morning. (Getty Images Photo)

“Dolan is the new owner now and he and Oak, for some reason, haven’t seen eye to eye,” Harper said. “He wanted, in that situation, I think for Charles to be removed from his seat and out of the arena and, if I’m Oak, I’d respect that. I’d respect what the owner of that team says and I’ll leave.

“But I think it really got blown out of proportion and escalated into something that was unfortunate for both sides in my opinion.”

All things considered, Harper was complementary of Oakley, particularly about how he had taken ownership of his role in the MSG catastrophe heard around the NBA.

Harper, a former University of Illinois All-American, was drafted by the Mavericks with the 11th overall pick of the 1983 NBA Draft. He returned to play for Dallas during the 1996-97 season. (Getty Images Photo)

“I love Oak,” Harper said. “We exchanged text messages the next morning. Oak is my confidant. That’s my guy and he’s already come out and said he should have dealt with this situation differently, and I think if he had to do it over again, he would choose not to put his hands on people.

“As an adult, I don’t want to be touched by another person, security officer or not. And I think he would admit that part of it was wrong. But it was wrong the way that they handled him as well.”

After Oakley and Dolan reportedly had met in hopes of reaching a resolution amid their fallout, Harper strongly believes it will be a matter of time that his former teammate will return to MSG.

“Absolutely, at some point,” Harper, who registered 16,006 points, 6,577 assists, and 1,957 steals during his NBA career, said. “There’s no question about it. I don’t know when. I don’t think anybody can say when it’s going to be.”

 

Andre Johnson is Founder and Publisher for Making Headline News. A 2000 graduate of the University of Memphis School of Journalism and a former staff reporter the Memphis Commercial Appeal newspaper, 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.

 

 

 

 

Southeast Missouri State swingman Antonius Cleveland looking forward to Senior Day while aiming to boost his NBA stock

JOB WELL DONEHaving arrived on campus at Southeast Missouri State as a true freshman after a successful prep stint at Faith Baptist Christian Academy in Ludowici, Georgia, Memphian Anotonius Cleveland is a four-year starter who has proven to be as good as advertised. Cleveland will play his final collegiate home game when SEMO welcomes Austin Peay State. (Photo by Andrew Whitaket/SEMOBall.com)

Antonius Cleveland insists that it will be just like any other day.

Well, sort of.

“I think it’ll be like any other day, to be honest” Cleveland, during a telephone interview Wednesday night with Making Headline News, said when asked what will go through his mind when he’s honored during Saturday’s Senior Day pregame festivities as he prepares to play his final collegiate home game when Southeast Missouri State welcomes Austin Peay State. “I’m just prepared to play a home game. But it’s being my final home game will be special.”

Not to mention a rather emotional, tear-jerking occasion orchestrated by his mother, Shonda Bowie, who is expected to bring a busload of family members, close friends, and well-wishers from Memphis as they witness her son play for the final time at SEMO’s Show Me Center.

HOOP DREAMS — Besides his dazzling athleticism and remarkable leaping ability, Cleveland (left) boasts an efficient all-around game, considering he leads the Redhawks in scoring (17.0 per game), field goal percentage (.054), and minutes played (32.9 per game).
Add to the fact that 6-foot-6, 188-pound swingman has managed to draw the attention of pro scouts, and it’s no wonder the possibility exists that this mid-major standout could very well find himself auditioning for an NBA roster spot in the foreseeable future. (Photo by Andrew Whitaket/SEMOBall.com).

While there is still a lot of basketball to play for the Redhawks (13-16, 8-6 in the Ohio Valley Conference), who are aiming to end a 17-year NCAA Tournament drought, Saturday figures to be a day of remembrance — and reflection — for Cleveland, one of SEMO’s four seniors and the team’s featured player who’s making a strong case that he could perform on basketball’s grandest stage in the coming months — the NBA.

Having arrived on campus as a true freshman after a successful prep stint at Faith Baptist Christian Academy in Ludowici, Georgia, Cleveland is a four-year starter who has proven to be as good as advertised.

Besides his dazzling athleticism and remarkable leaping ability, Cleveland boasts an efficient all-around game, considering he leads the Redhawks in scoring (17.0 per game), field goal percentage (.054), and minutes played (32.9 per game).

AIR ANTONIUS — To his credit, Cleveland certain has been dubbed one of college basketball’s best dunkers. Last week, SEMO announced that Cleveland is among 16 finalists for the 2017 Dark Horse Dunker competition and that he is in the running to compete in the State Farm College Slam Dunk Championship Final Four weekend in Phoenix. (Photo by Glenn Landberg/SEMOBall.com).

Add to the fact that 6-foot-6, 188-pound swingman has managed to attract the attention of several pro scouts while appearing in each of SEMO’s 29 games, and it’s no wonder the possibility exists that this mid-major standout could very well find himself auditioning for an NBA roster spot in the foreseeable future.

According to DraftExpress.com, Cleveland is ranked amongst the nation’s top 15 seniors and is rated No. 99 amongst the top 100 prospects, which means if the NBA Draft took place today, the 23-year Cleveland would, in all likelihood, sign as an unrestricted free agent.

All things considered, what is extremely pivotal for Cleveland at this point is to earn an invite to the Portsmouth Invitational Tournament April 12-15 in Portsmouth, Virginia.

While his chances appear favorable, Cleveland contends that isn’t his primary focus.

“I don’t think it’s something I’ve been thinking about as much,” Cleveland said. “Right now, I’m just focusing on the season and finishing the year strong, although I’m just as talented as anybody else.”

To his credit, Cleveland certainly has been dubbed one of college basketball’s best dunkers.

Last week, SEMO announced that Cleveland is among 16 finalists for the 2017 Dark Horse Dunker competition and that he is in the running to compete in the State Farm College Slam Dunk Championship Final Four weekend in Phoenix.

VOTE FOR ANTONIUS: http://gosoutheast.com/news/2017/2/13/mens-basketball-voting-begins-for-dark-horse-dunker-competition.aspx?path=mbball.

The mostly soft-spoken Cleveland, who was informed this week that he has advanced to the round of eight, seemed somewhat surprised by the news.

SHOW ME YOUR SKILLSAs for increasing his NBA stock, Cleveland, who isn’t listing among the 60 picks in NBADraft.net’s latest mock draft that was released on February 16, said the Redhawks earning an automatic to the NCAA Tournament could allow him to generate more exposure as a mid-major prospect. “I think it’s important, because it’ll say a lot about your program,” Cleveland said. And, as for myself, it’ll be a boost as far as people realizing who I am.” (Photo by Andrew Whitaket/SEMOBall.com)

“Our SID (Jeff Honza) told me that I was nominated and I told him I was cool with it,” Cleveland said. “The school has done a great job of promoting it. I think I’ve got a good chance and my chances are pretty good.”

As for increasing his NBA stock, Cleveland, who isn’t listing among the 60 picks in NBADraft.net’s latest mock draft that was released on February 16, said the Redhawks earning an automatic berth to the NCAA Tournament essentially could allow him to generate more exposure as a legitimate mid-major prospect.

“I think it’s important, because it’ll say a lot about your program,” Cleveland said. And, as for myself, it’ll be a boost as far as people realizing who I am.”

Much like the gallery that will be making the 2 1/2-hour trip from Memphis to Cape Girardeau, Missouri to witness him play for his final home game.

 

Andre Johnson is Founder and Publisher for Making Headline News. A 2000 graduate of the University of Memphis School of Journalism and a former staff reporter the Memphis Commercial Appeal newspaper, 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.

 

 

 

 

 

Houston-based author Denecia Abear shares an assortment of tear-jerking testimonies in her newly-produced book

“No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us.” (Romans 8:37)

 

HOUSTON — Approximately six years ago this month, God strategically instilled within Denecia Abear a vision, one that, fortunately for her, changed the overall landscape of her life.

All things considered, what was mostly intriguing and downright gratifying about this vision was that the very moment Abear had become spiritually impregnated with it, she was destined to give birth to it, even if it meant she had to defy the toughest of odds.

And so it came to pass that upon the discovery of her life-enhancing vision, Abear — a then-aspiring author — began her quest to assemble a book that, given the favorable responses of late, would greatly enrich and enhance lives.

The chief executive officer of Shekinah Glory Publishing, Abear is the mastermind behind the book entitled, “Faces of Her Heart: The Truth Behind My Brokenness.”

WALKING IN VICTORYThe chief executive officer of Shekinah Glory Publishing, Houston native Denecia Abear is the mastermind behind the book entitled, “Faces of Her Heart: The Truth Behind My Brokenness.” A much-anticipated published document that took roughly one to complete, according to Abear, “Faces of Her Heart: The Truth Behind My Brokenness” deals largely with an embodiment of hope for the individual facing life’s most challenging obstacles.

A much-anticipated published document that took roughly one to complete, according to Abear, “Faces of Her Heart: The Truth Behind My Brokenness” deals largely with an embodiment of hope for the individual facing life’s most challenging obstacles, according to an introduction on the book’s Facebook page.

In addition, Abear, a two-time cancer survivor, has taken her reading audience on a journey that is comprise, among other things, of what she describes as the most intimate areas of her life and her heart, according to a spokesperson for her debut book.

SPREADING THE GOSPELTo her credit, the feedback regarding her tear-jerking, spiritually gut-checking book has been favorable, in large part because Abear — a devout woman of faith and the Founder of ministry My End God’s Beginning Ministries — appeared transparent in sharing her life-changing testimonies.

By and large, Abear’s book also addresses what she describes as a life riddled with pain that stemmed largely from her bouts of rejection, abandonment, abuse, rape, neglect, betrayal and low self-esteem or, as she eloquently explains, a heart that was broken, wounded, snatched out and stepped on only to be healed by God and made whole again.

‘Faces of Her Heart’” is for the woman who has mastered the art of masking her pain while losing the authenticity of her true identity,” Abear, a native of Houston, told Making Headline News this week.

Moreover, Faces of Her Heart, she added, is for the individual who has either lost hope or is on the verge of giving up.

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“Throughout the pages of this book, you will see God shows up at the hardest moments and shine light on every dark situation,” Abear said. “From two bouts of cancer, to divorce, and so much more, you will find that Denecia Abear is a true overcomer!”

To her credit, the feedback regarding her tear-jerking, spiritually gut-checking book has been favorable, in large part because Abear — a devout woman of faith and the Founder of ministry My End God’s Beginning Ministries — appeared transparent in sharing her life-changing testimonies.

“The feedback has been wonderful and encouraging because people have not been able to put the book down and have read it within two to four hours,” said Abear, who fielded an array of support from her spiritual mother, longtime Houston-area evangelist and notable author Dr. Sugar Trask. “People have laughed and cried and been blessed because of my transparency and willingness to expose my skeletons.”

Generally, amongst the vital points of emphasis Abear is sending to her audience is that people who are bound and spiritually incarcerated by life’s toughest of problems and issues must adopt the notion that Jesus Christ is the Supreme Healer and Miracle Worker for which He is widely known.

THE ISAIAH 54:17 FACTORGenerally, amongst the vital points of emphasis Abear is sending to her audience is that people who are bound and spiritually incarcerated by life’s toughest of problems and issues must adopt the notion that Jesus Christ is the Healer for which He is widely known. “My purpose in life is to help others to see God as a healer,” Abear explained. “As a two-time cancer winner, God has proven time and time again that this is my purpose. I endured the suffering and sickness to display the glory of God as His vessel in the earth.”

“My purpose in life is to help others to see God as a healer,” Abear explained. “As a two-time cancer winner, God has proven time and time again that this is my purpose. I endured the suffering and sickness to display the glory of God as His vessel in the earth.”

All of which practically sums up why Abear is destined to continue her newfound admiration for writing and, most of all, tell of God’s in the process.

“I have helped others to write and publish their books,” said Abear, esteeming others highly than herself, as we are commanded, according to Philippians 2:3.

JUST SO YOU’LL KNOW“Faces of Her Heart is for the woman who has mastered the art of masking her pain while losing the authenticity of her true identity,” Abear, a native of Houston, told Making Headline News this week.

In addition, she revealed that her second, third and fourth books — (second) N. O.W. – New Options For Winning, (third) Words of Wisdom For Warrior Women and (fourth) Answer to Cancer: Jesus Heals — are currently in the works:

“I also in the midst of ghost writing several other books for new and upcoming authors,” Abear said.

All while continuing to fortify that God-mandated vision — one that, fortunately for her, has changed the overall landscape of her life.

 

EDITOR’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 Founder and Publisher for Making Headline News. A 2000 graduate of the University of Memphis School of Journalism and a former staff reporter the Memphis Commercial Appeal newspaper, 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.

 

 

Memphian Travis Moore enjoying a carefree lifestyle as a progressive businessman for an internationally-acclaimed company

SEEING MOORE OF HIS FAMILY — A longtime aircraft mechanic, Moore, during a recent interview with Making Headline News, reminisced about all those nights he found himself sleeping in an airport terminal, sometimes as many as four days a week, a trend that, unfortunately for him, gave way to much stress and discouragement, in large part because all things considered, Moore is a devoted family man. “I lived in Memphis, but working in Dallas let me know that it was time for a change,” Moore, 38, a native of Memphis, said. “I only saw my family three days a week, and that I wanted to have more time with my family inspired me to take a chance on myself and start my own business.”

Travis Moore recalls those brutally hectic days like yesterday.

He remembers all too well how although his permanent residence has always been in his native city of Memphis, he should have very well established a second place roughly eight hours away in Dallas.

A longtime aircraft mechanic, Moore, during a recent interview with Making Headline News, reminisced about those countless nights he found himself sleeping in an airport terminal, sometimes as many as four days a week, a trend that, unfortunately for him, gave way to much stress and discouragement, in large part because all things considered, Moore is a devoted family man.

 

MAKING MOVESA 1997 Westwood High School graduate who served in the United States Air Force from 1999-2005, Moore is an established Independent Business Representative for a universally-acclaimed travel-based business or, as he labels it, “a five-star travel experience for a for a two-star price.”

“I lived in Memphis, but working in Dallas let me know that it was time for a change,” Moore, 38, said. “I only saw my family three days a week, and that I wanted to have more time with my family inspired me to take a chance on myself and start my own business.”

To his credit, Moore’s immeasurable leap of faith is starting to pay off mightily — with God, His helper, leading the way.

LISA’S LOVEWith the solid support of his wife, Lisa Moore, and their four children, Travis Moore not only became inspired to exercise his faith in ways unimaginable when he sensed it was time to make a career change but, for the first time in a longtime, he’s back to living and savoring a carefree lifestyle — with God, his Helper, leading the way.

A 1997 Memphis Westwood High School graduate who served in the United States Air Force Academy from 1999-2005, Moore is an established Independent Business Representative for a universally-acclaimed travel-based business or, as he labels it, “a five-star travel experience for a for a two-star price.”

A global business that has proven beneficial to consumers worldwide, Moore’s business venture not only offers an array of luxurious trips and vacations around the globe, but members are also afforded the golden opportunity to partake in delectable meals, drinks, massages, even helicopter tours (depending on trip, he said).

“The goal is to make your vacation experience better than what you could have imagined,” Moore said.

A former prep dual sport athlete who starred in football and track and field, Moore said his competitive drive through athletics, by all accounts, played an integral role in fueling his competitive drive to start his business.

“The sports impact let me know that you have to work hard for what you want and that learning never stops,” Moore said. “(You’ve got to) stay disciplined, push through the tough times, and will power is an amazing thing and never get outworked by anyone.”

JUST CHILLIN’ — As if helping others to maximize their potential isn’t enough, the close-knit relationships and connections Travis Moore has experienced since erecting his business has served as an added bonus, or sorts. “Being in this business has put me around some of the greatest people I have ever met,” Travis Moore said.

With the solid support of his wife, Lisa Moore, and their four children, Travis Moore not only became inspired to exercise his faith in ways unimaginable when he sensed it was time to make a career change, but for the first time in a longtime, he’s back to living and savoring a carefree lifestyle — with God, his Helper, leading the way.

“My personal mission is to help someone become the best versions of themselves they could be and for me to continue growing as a man and becoming the man God put me here to be,” Travis Moore said.

As if helping others to maximize their potential isn’t enough, the close-knit relationships and connections Travis Moore has experienced since erecting his business has served as an added bonus, or sorts.

“Being in this business has put me around some of the greatest people I have ever met,” Travis Moore said. “And having the opportunity to travel with positive and uplifting people is a wonderful feeling.”

Among the reasons is that since making the lofty transition to becoming an independent business representative, Travis Moore has had the luxury of traveling to such places as Arizona, Florida, and Texas.

In addition, he said arranging passports for his wife and children so that they could travel abroad are currently in the works.

So much for all of those seemingly discomforting nights of sleeping in airport terminals.

Today, unlike never before, Travis Moore doesn’t shy away from the notion that he’s undoubtedly walking in his purpose — with God, his Helper, leading the way.

BEING A BLESSING — Today, unlike never before, Travis Moore doesn’t shy away from the notion that he’s undoubtedly walking in his purpose.
“Just like someone found me and showed me that there is a better life out there, I feel it’s my daily duty to let people know that life is beautiful,” Travis Moore said. “Every day that God allows you to wake up is a day that He is allowing you to better yourself and (your) situation…to be the winner you were put here to be.”

“Just like someone found me and showed me that there is a better life out there, I feel it’s my daily duty to let people know that life is beautiful,” Travis Moore said. “Every day that God allows you to wake up is a day that He is allowing you to better yourself and (your) situation…to be the winner you were put here to be.”

Giving back and impacting lives are extremely key, Travis Moore, displaying a smile, is quick to acknowledge.

“Just like a couple that came into my life and blessed (me) and my family,” he said, “I have no option but to be a blessing for someone else.”

With God, his Helper, leading the way.

 

For more information about Memphis-based businessman Travis Moore, log on to : Vacationsooner.com and look up his sponsor ID: (68747421), which is the number needed to join his team. 

 

 

EDITOR’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 Founder and Publisher for Making Headline News. A 2000 graduate of the University of Memphis School of Journalism and a former staff reporter the Memphis Commercial Appeal newspaper, 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.

Mid-South entrepreneur Jennifer Davis-Sithole’s Diversity On Stage & Film having a major impact on African-American community

MAKING A DIFFERENCE — A native of Byhalia, Mississippi, Jennifer Davis-Sithole is Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Diversity On Stage & Film (or DOSF), a business-related organization she created to honor and recognize Mid-South-area African-American actors and actresses for their solid, compelling stage and film work as well assist those who aspire to delve off into this ever-so-competitive entertainment industry.

Jennifer Davis-Sithole isn’t just fulfilling a dream of a lifetime.

She thinks it necessary daily to reach back and enable others to follow suit.

“It is my mission the make sure that our African-American actors and actresses are recognized for their work,” Davis-Sithole told Making Headline News during a recent interview.

To her distinct credit, she has been nothing short of impressive, particularly as it pertains to aiding others to maximize their God-given potential.

NATIONAL STAGE — Surely, bigger and brighter days are ahead for DOSF, which was organized in 2014. That’s because Davis-Sithole has had the luxury of traveling the country to various establishments to pay witness to plays, most notably Memphis, Jackson, Tennessee, Jackson, Mississippi, Little Rock, Atlanta, Branson, Missouri, New York City, Winchester, Virginia, Washington, DC, Chicago, and Dallas, among other sites.

A native of Byhalia, Mississippi, Davis-Sithole is Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Diversity On Stage & Film (or DOSF), a business-related entertainment-based organization she created to honor and recognize Mid-South-area African-American actors and actresses for their solid, compelling stage and film work as well assist those who aspire to delve off into this ever-so-competitive entertainment industry.

In addition, DOSF’s mission involves, among other things, helping to bring more awareness to live theatre in the African-American community as well as to, as Davis-Sithole emphasized, “get them in the seats.”

A self-proclaimed “theatre junkie,” Davis-Sithole acknowledged that she witnesses approximately 50-60 productions each year. In doing so, her primary ambition is to “honor and encourage” as many of her cast members as possible.

In a nutshell, it doesn’t take long for aspiring actors and actresses to realize that when joining DOSF, they will come to a realization that the golden rule essentially is indicative to Davis-Sithole’s keen leadership qualities, thus headlines a notable business venture that is starting to generate a national presence.

Surely, bigger and brighter days undoubtedly are ahead for DOSF, which was organized in 2014.

That’s because Davis-Sithole has had the luxury of traveling to various establishments across the country to pay witness to plays, most notably Memphis, Jackson, Tennessee, Jackson, Mississippi, Little Rock, Atlanta, Branson, Missouri, New York City, Winchester, Virginia, Washington, DC, Chicago, and Dallas, among other sites.

“I’ve literally traveled the country seeing theatre,” Davis-Sithole said.

And fortunately for her, coupled with her compassion for helping others realize they can make their dream a reality, it’s safe to assume those with whom Davis Sithole routinely crosses paths have thoroughly embraced her vision through her progressive, thriving business.

“DOSF was totally birthed from the heart and is funded by me,” said Davis-Sithole, adding that her organization is devising ways to generate funding by way of sponsors.

ABOUT TO BLOW UPDOSF will be afforded the opportunity to generate more exposure, thus have a greater impact in the African-American community when it hosts its 3rd Annual DOSF Awards Ceremony, a much-anticipated annual event in which Davis-Sithole will have the golden opportunity to build on her dream of a lifetime.

A proud graduate of Holly Springs (Mississippi) High’s Class of 1983, Davis-Sithole’s business caters mostly to individuals ranging in ages 16 and over, she said.

In addition, DOSF will be afforded the opportunity to generate more exposure, thus have a greater impact in the African-American community when it hosts its 3rd Annual DOSF Awards Ceremony on March 12 at the Buckman Performing Arts Center, a much-anticipated annual event in which Davis-Sithole once again will have the golden opportunity to build on her long-awaited dream of a lifetime.

When asked why is it imperative that she esteem and inspire others daily, Davis-Sithole said, “Simply because I am by brother’s keeper.”

Just as God intended it to be.

 

EDITOR’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 Founder and Publisher for Making Headline News. A 2000 graduate of the University of Memphis School of Journalism and a former staff reporter the Memphis Commercial Appeal newspaper, 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.

 

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