Hampton, Virginia-area 10-year-old author Dominic Graves conquers homelessness, writes an inspiring comic book

MASSIVE COMEBACK STORY — With the tireless support of his mother and host of well-wishers, God used Dominic Graves in such a mighty, tear-jerking way as this once homeless kid has miraculously emerged as an author and is just a little more than a month away from his witnessing his book, “The Comic Book Chef,” make its ceremonious presence on the market.

For the record, you might want to grab a few Kleenex while reading this inspiring story on Dominic Graves.

Graves is widely known as a 10-year-old, Hampton, Virginia-area author who, just last year, didn’t have a bedroom to call his own. That’s because he and his family were victimized by homelessness some time last year, a discomforting, disheartening encounter that, truth be told, would have caused some to give up on this thing called life.

As for Graves, God had a divine purpose not just through his family’s downtrodden situation but, most of all, He had a divine purpose for the life of this youngster.

A book that is reportedly scheduled to be published on July 25, Graves and his family are currently raising money for the publishing fee and will be donating 1,000 action figures to 1,000 boys and girls on the day of the book launch.

With the tireless support of his mother and a host of well-wishers, God used Graves in such a mighty, tear-jerking way, considering this kid has miraculously emerged as an author, one who is just a little more than a month away from his witnessing his book, “The Comic Book Chef,” make its ceremonious presence on the market.

A book that is reportedly scheduled to be published on July 25, Graves and his family are currently raising money for the publishing fee and will be donating 1,000 action figures to 1,000 boys and girls on the day of the book launch.

During an interview this week with Making Headline News, Graves — popularly known as “NicoBot” — said the single, most underlying reason he chose to produce “The Comic Book Chef,” is due in large part because of his passion for cooking and writing.

HOMELESSNESS TO HEADLINES — Now he and his family — with God, their Helper, leading the way — have not only conquered and been delivered from the dreaded trend that is homelessness, but now they are waiting with great expectancy the forthcoming release of a book that, truth be told, is a comeback story, of sorts, orchestrated by Almighty God.

“I love to cook and I love to create comic books, so I decided to merge the two together,” Graves said.

Having first acquired the vision to write his book in December 2016, Grave’s first official written document was completed in February 2017.

Now he and his family — with God, their Helper, leading the way — have not only conquered and been delivered from the dreaded trend that is homelessness, but now they are waiting with great expectancy the forthcoming release of a book that, truth be told, is a comeback story, of sorts, orchestrated by Almighty God.

“I believe that God is helping me inspire others kids to be creative and industrious,” said Graves, whose story is attracting an array of headlines across the country.

Now that his book is on deck to be released, Graves and his family are hopeful some prominent figures will cross paths with his emotional story, one that will prompt them to reach for a few Kleenex and offer support.

“I would like to get with celebrities and local public figures and see what charities they support, then turn them into superheroes who fight whatever disease or cause in a comic book series I create,” Graves said. “I am currently looking for brands and businesses to sponsor these characters and be featured in my comic books.”

Interesting enough, his upcoming book release will fall on National Action Figure Day which, according to Graves, is “my holiday.”

As the release date of his first book looms, Graves is already in the process of assembling his second book. His book, Butterflies United Versus The Lupus Monster, is scheduled to hit the market later this year.

FOLLOW DOMINIC GRAVES ONLINE: www.kidzstuff.org/thecomicbook chef

Interesting enough, his upcoming book release will fall on National Action Figure Day which, according to Graves, is “my holiday.”

“On this day I plan to donate action figures to over 1,000 kids in Hampton Roads, Virginia,” Graves said. My family was homeless for over a year and, during that time, I would make action figures out of toilet tissues rolls and rubber bands in order to help cheer up my brothers.”

All things considered, Graves said creating those action figures gave his family hope, something he strongly feels will greatly help other kids who seek hopefulness in their action figures just as he did.

In addition, Graves’ gifts have allowed him to host two Health And Wellness events at Hampton, Virginia-area public libraries, during which the local Health Department and Bayport Credit Union assisted him.

DEFYING THE ODDS — Having first acquired the vision to write his book in December 2016, Grave’s first official written document was complete in 2017.

Also, he will be partnering with the USO of Hampton Roads and Central Virginia to host a Chefs N Boots event in August to promote healthy eating with military kids and their parents.

“I would like to eventually connect with local schools and host workshops that teach other kids how to create comic books,” Graves said.

Talk about a dramatic comeback story for the ages involving a kid who never lost hope.

That, after all, is enough, to make anyone reach for a few Kleenex.

 

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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 email to andre@makingheadlinenews.com or to memphisgraduate@yahoo.com. Also, follow him on Twitter @AJ_Journalist.

 

West Tennessee-area author Terisa Harris-Kimmins reminds women of their God-ordained worth through her newly-produced book

I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well. (Psalm 139:14)

 

WELL WORTH IT — Jackson, Tennessee-area author and businesswoman Terisa Harris-Kimmins needed approxiamtely one month to write, “To Be Loved By You: No By Me,” a 78-page book that inspires women to connect with their God-given worth.

Terisa Harris-Kimmins knows full well.

She knows full well that she undoubtedly is fearfully and wonderfully made.

She knows full well that God has strategically set her aside for His use.

She knows full well that is it better to put her trust in the Lord than to put her confidence in man.

Most of all, she knows well that when all else fails, when people let her down, when her faith seems bleak and she seems to be on shaky ground, she has her Creator to Whom she can turn.

ON THE MARKET — A 78-page, paperback written document that was officially released to the public on April 14, Harris-Kimmins said that God had given her the vision to produce this book approximately two years ago, a concept that had initially arose during which God birth her ministry called WOA, or Women of Action.

“Nobody like God!” Harris-Kimmins, a Jackson, Tennessee native found herself saying repeating during an interview with Making Headline News this week. “For we are the masterpiece of our Father, handmade just the way He designed us to be.”

To her distinct credit, Harris-Kimmins has cast more light on such thought-provoking, spiritual analogies in her new book entitled, “To Be Loved By You: No By Me.”

A 78-page, paperback written document that was officially released on April 14, Harris-Kimmins said that God had given her the vision to produce this book approximately two years ago, a concept that had initially arose as founder of her women’s ministry called, WOA, or Women of Action. In addition, she is founder of the MerCi Empowerment Ministry (or MEM), which is a ministry she strives to encourage, motivate, and empower individuals to pursue their dreams.

IF GOD SAID IT, THAT SETTLES IT — As Harris-Kimmins suggest, her readers must not concern themselves with what other say about them. Rather, they must concern themselves with what God says about them through His word.

“It is a ministry that encourages young ladies and women to love and appreciate who God designed and purposed them to be,” Harris-Kimmins explained. “I have a passion to encourage, motivate, and empower young ladies and women. Also, I chose to write this book because I see so many young ladies and women struggling with their identity and they’re looking for love and affirmation from other people.”

All of which essentially sums up why this thriving, progressive author and West Tennessee-area businesswoman poses one intriguing question when providing details about her book, which can be purchased at Amazon.com.

ROUND OF APPLA– USE — As expected, the feedback throughout “To Be Loved By You: No By Me” has been favorable. “I have received very positive feedback from women as well as men about the book,” Harris-Kimmins said. “Alot of women have thanked me for reminding  them of who they are.”

That question is: Who am I?

To Harris-Kimmins’ credit, she eloquently ends the suspense surrounding such a pivotal inquiry in “To Be Loved By You: No By Me.”

BUY TERISA’S BOOK HERE: https://www.amazon.com/loved-you-Mrs-Terisa-Harris-Kimmins/dp/1544865023.

“I am the masterpiece of my Father, can’t you see,” Harris-Kimmins said in answering such a question. “Handmade just the way He wanted me to be. There’s nothing that I would change about myself because I am fearfully and wonderfully made in the eyes of my craftsman.”

And, as Harris-Kimmins suggest, her readers must not concern themselves with what others say about them. Rather, they must concern themselves with what God says about them through His word.

After all, God’s stamp of approval is what counts the most.

“You may not like what you see, but I love how the Master created me,” said Harris-Kimmins as she continued to explain the purpose for her new book. “You will never find another like me. I am unique. I am a designer’s original. I am who God called me to be. Sorry…no duplicates can be made from this mode. There’s only one and that’s me, the designer’s original that you see.”

Self-love, coupled with God’s approval and large doses of favor are extremely key as well, Harris-Kimmins acknowledges through her book.

“That’s why I love me,” she said. “As you read this book, think about who God made you to be and guess what? You, too, are a designer’s original just like me. Never allow anyone to tell you who you are unless it’s the Master who created and called you from a far.”

SHE SAID IT BEST — “The message I want to send to the audience is that no matter what, love and appreciate who God designed and called you to be,” Harris-Kimmins said. “It doesn’t matter what society says about you. What matter is what you say about yourself and how you see yourself through the eyes of your Creator, which is you fearfully and wonderfully made by Him.”

Well, that’ll preach. But wait, there’s more this devout woman of faith felt compelled to get across to her readers, particularly those who are in desperate need for some encouragement for such a time as now.

“The message I want to send to the audience is that no matter what, love and appreciate who God designed and called you to be,” Harris-Kimmins said. “It doesn’t matter what society says about you. What matter is what you say about yourself and how you see yourself through the eyes of your Creator, which is you’re fearfully and wonderfully made by Him.”

As expected, the feedback through “To Be Loved By You: No By Me” has been favorable.

“I have received very positive feedback from women as well as men about the book,” Harris-Kimmins said. “Alot of women have thanked me for reminding  them of who they are.”

Harris-Kimmins said now is the time to push and promote her book on a much larger platform as her schedule over the next few months is starting to fill up.

MARINATE ON THAT — And, as Harris-Kimmins suggest, her readers must not concern themselves with what other say about them. Rather, they must concern themselves with what God says about them through His word.

On September 9, she will be hosting her Third Annual WOA (Women of Action) Banquet at First Christian Church, located at 1347 Campbell Street in Jackson. Also, she will be on hand for the Millions Conference in Atlanta September 29-30.

By and large, both events will afford her the golden opportunity to promote her new book.

“This book is a part of the purpose for which God had created me, because I, too, once struggled to know who I was designed and called to be,” Harris-Kimmins said. “I can identify with young ladies and women looking for affirmation from relationships and even from people.”

Fortunately for her, she knows full well now.

That’s just like God.

 

For more information about Terisa Harris-Kimmins, to schedule her for booking engagements, or to order her book or T-shirts, log on to: www.terisakimmins.com.

 

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 email to andre@makingheadlinenews.com or to memphisgraduate@yahoo.com. Also, follow him on Twitter @AJ_Journalist.

Nashville-area author Raeshal Solomon battles through sickle cell, writes an unprecedented 23 children’s books in a three-year span

ISN’T SHE LOVELY? Nashville-area author Raeshal Solomon, a dynamically beautiful single mother of two four-year-old boys (one of whom she has legal custody) for years has had to endure being stricken by sickle cell. “My greatest challenge on this journey as a mother and author is my sickle cell,” Solomon told Making Headline News this week. “But Romans 8:28.”

NASHVILLE — Of the 23 children’s books Raeshal Solomon has written, three of them have been officially published and released.

That alone is a miracle.

Consider, for instance, how for years, Solomon, a dynamically beautiful single mother of two four-year-old boys — one of whom she has legal custody — has had to endure being stricken by sickle cell.

“My greatest challenge on this journey as a mother and author is my sickle cell,” Solomon told Making Headline News this week. “But Romans 8:28.”

For the record, Romans 8:28 reads: And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.

As Solomon explained, her featured project is Shop Shop Shop, primarily because there is a few pivotal life lessons in that book directed toward her sons.

Given the constant success Solomon has savored in recent years as an accomplished author, it is a foregone conclusion that she undoubtedly has been called and set aside for God’s purpose.

That’s because for a professional author who has become a fixture and found her niche in this ever-so-competitive industry, the past three years essentially have proven to be a defining moment, of sorts, for this native of Johns Island, South Carolina.

Solomon’s latest published book is entitled, Gale’s Day of Giving, which was released in 2016. Prior to that project, she wrote and released both Shop Shop Shop and Tim’s Red Rudy 2015, a feat that had ultimately come full circle after God had miraculously provided her with the vision for writing books some time in 2014.

DYNAMIC DUO — All things considered, Solomon is appreciative of the fact that not only has God given her a vision that has greatly changed her life but, most of all, she’s giddy her gifts through authorship is impacting the lives of youths. Starting with her faithful two.

“God gave me the books in 2014,” Solomon said.

To her credit, she has appropriately embraced this God-mandated assignment, in large part because, after all, she has been called according to His purpose.

As Solomon explained, her featured project is Shop Shop Shop, primarily because there are a few pivotal life lessons in that book directed toward her sons.

“I wanted to teach my boys to handle money better than I had handled it in my youth,” Solomon explained. “However, when I went to purchase books like my own, I was unable to find them. So I started creating them.”

YOU GO GIRL!!! Solomon’s latest published book is entitled, Gale’s Day of Giving, which was released in 2016. Prior to that project, she wrote and released both Shop Shop Shop and Tim’s Red Rudy 2015, a feat that came that had ultimately come full circle after God’s provided her with the vision for writing books some time in 2014.

The rest, as they say, was history.

Solomon has since been writing children’s books, a trend that — for a lack of better words — figures to change a generation.

Starting with her faithful two.

“They are children books and didn’t take very long to write them, because they were haunting my thoughts,” said Solomon, who is widely known as a motivational speaker and a financial teacher. “I wrote 18 books in a matter of three months. Every time I wrote one down, another one would pop in my mind.  After I had written them, it took me another eight months of learning to turn them into physical books.”

There is, by all accounts, a divine message Solomon is sending to her audience through her compelling books.

“I am telling my audience of children and parents that how you handle money matters,” Solomon explained. “Money affects every part of your life. You don’t need to love money, but you need to respect it. You respect money by handling it responsibly.”

All things considered, Solomon is appreciative of the fact that not only has God given her a vision that has greatly changed her life but, most of all, she’s giddy her gifts through authorship is impacting the lives of youths.

All things considered, Solomon is appreciative of the fact that not only has God given her a vision that has greatly changed her life but, most of all, she’s grateful in that her gifts through authorship are impacting the lives of youths.

Especially her faithful two.

“Everyone who reads my books loves them,” she said. “Even people who only have time to glance the pages and look at the illustrations love the books. I have been told many times how useful the content is. By reading the books in schools, I have had the opportunity first hand to see how much children love the books. But the best part for me is that they quickly learn the concepts in the books.”

Starting in mid-August, Solomon, who currently resides in Nashville, will start an 18-month nationwide elementary school book tour.

MAKING A HUGE DIFFERENCE — “My purpose is to go around the country and change family trees with financial literacy,” Solomon said. “My books are the tools that God gave me to do just that. The books are my testimonies in a way that children can understand.”

First up will be a tour in which she will read Shop Shop Shop to students. As for the remainder of the tour, she said dates and cities will be announced on her websites: www.mylittlebanker.com and www.raeshalsolomon.com.

In addition, Solomon, who is an active member of ABR Network and Chicks Connect, said her first book for teens will be released some time in 2018.

“My purpose is to go around the country and change family trees with financial literacy,” Solomon said. “My books are the tools that God gave me to do just that. The books are my testimonies in a way that children can understand.”

Something her faithful two knows firsthand.

 

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 email to andre@makingheadlinenews.com or to memphisgraduate@yahoo.com. Also, follow him on Twitter @AJ_Journalist.

Virginia State University student Dayana Lee shares of her ‘Job experiences’ in her newly-produced book, “Just My Thoughts,”

I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me. (Philippians 4:13)

 

SIGN OF THINGS TO COME — A progressively brilliant undergraduate who not only is armed with some renewed enthusiasm after pressing and navigating her way through what she deemed her a “come to Jesus moment” but, to her distinct credit, Dayana Lee is a few months from having witnessed the official release of her new book, “Just My Thoughts.”

You best believe she can.

You best believe she can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth her. 

You best believe that when God instilled in Dayana Lee the lofty, monumental vision to assemble her book entitled, “Just My Thoughts,” that this young college undergraduate — though enduring what was seemingly a pretty challenge occurrence at the time — would ultimately exercise her face in ways unimaginable.

Honestly, I believe it was at one of the hardest times in my life,” Lee told Making Headline News this week.

As Lee specifically recalled, her vision for composing her book had surprisingly come full circle during her freshman year at Virginia State University. It was, as Lee explained, a time in which it seemed her life was at a crossroads, of sorts.

“I was miserable, because the college transition was difficult for me,” Lee said. “It was my first time being away from home — my mom and I are very close — and I felt as if was not fitting in with my peers.”

THE PSALM 23:5 FACTOR — As Lee specifically recalled, her vision for composing her book had come full circle during her freshman year at Virginia State University. It was, as Lee recalled, a time in which it seemed her life was at a crossroads, of sorts.

As it turned out, it was due in large part to Lee’s uniqueness and perseverance, coupled with the pivotal life lessons by which her mother has taught her that prove beneficial, particularly with regards to her demonstrating the kind of faith she sensed she never exhibited. But God.

Look at her today, a progressively brilliant college sophomore who not only is armed with some renewed enthusiasm after having pressed and navigated her way through what she deemed a “come to Jesus moment” but, to her distinct credit, Lee is a few months removed from having witnessed the official release of “Just My Thoughts.”

“I actually attempted to begin last year November, but I discarded the entire manuscript after my trip in January with my mentor, Jasmine Mans,” Lee explained. “So I began rewriting and finished in March.”

INSEPARABLE MOTHER’S LOVE — “I was miserable, because the college transition was difficult for me,” Lee said. “It was my first time being away from home — my mom and I are very close — and I felt as if was not fitting in with my peers.”

And just last month, Lee took another monumental step toward her divine destiny with her much-anticipated book launch.

Widely known as Zyaaday Lee, Lee has compiled a pretty compelling itinerary, considering she is slated to host her second showcase as collaboration with Visual Artist Rain The Neo in Norfolk, Virginia at Royalty called Zyaa’s Wing, which highlights local artists in the Hampton Roads Area.

A 2016 graduate of Virginia Beach’s Landstown High School, flashes of Lee’s greatness essentially had already been discovered years before she made the transition to college.

For starters, she had become a fixture for the school’s varsity cheerleading squad as well the track and field team, and she was a frequent contributor for the student newspaper — which, after all, practically sums up why she has flourished into the poet/author phenom for which she is widely known.

Having been actively engaged in the Hampton Roads Youth Poet Laureate — a program that is in joint partnership with Teens With A Purpose — this program and the Urban Word are supported by the Academy of American Poets, Lee explained.

PURE BEAUTY AND EXCELLENCE — A 2016 graduate of Virginia Beach’s Landstown High School, flashes of Lee’s greatness essentially had already been discovered years before she made the transition to college. For starters, she had become a fixture for the school’s varsity cheerleading squad, the track and field team, and she was a frequent contributor for the student newspaper which, after all, practically sums up why she has flourished into the poet phenom for which she is widely known.

“Along with winning this title, I received a book deal with Penmanship,” Lee said. “However, prior to me winning, I was inspired by my mentor, Jasmine Mans, who wrote the opening of my book as well as she has several books, to step outside of the box and let my voice be heard.”

Nowadays, it’s safe to assume that Lee’s voice hasn’t just become a familiar one on campus but, to her credit, her crafts both as an author and poet are starting to generate headlines nationally.

NATIONAL IMPACT — Nowadays, it’s safe to assume that Lee’s voice hasn’t just become a familiar one on campus but, to her credit, her crafts both as an author and poet are starting to generate headlines nationally.

“I believe the divine message of this book is one of grade and redemption, because I revealed my deepest trials and tribulations…my Job experiences, and yet I’m still standing,” said Lee, sounding as confident and wiser and stronger as ever before. “It is also a battle cry for my generation to stay woke, because the enemy came to steal, kill and destroy.”

Given the continuous success she has enjoyed since God birthed her with the monumental assignment and vision to assemble “Just My Thoughts,” chances are Lee’s best and brightest days are well ahead of her.

Given the continuous success she has enjoyed since God birthed her with the monumental assignment and vision to assemble “Just My Thoughts,” chances are Lee’s best and brightest days are well ahead of her.

And those aren’t merely just thoughts, mind you

That’s pure reality.

So stay tuned.

 

MORE ON VIRGINIA STATE’S DAYANA LEE: 

http://zyaa.org/

http://wtkr.com/2016/07/30/hampton-roads-youth-poets-win-silver-medals-in-poetry-slam/

http://pilotonline.com/entertainment/arts/teens-with-a-purpose-take-the-mic-in-slam-poetry/article_18618656-97ac-5d7b-aa22-6bce289ab

http://youthlaureate.org/

http://wavy.com/investigative-story/taking-back-the-community-teens-keeping-other-teens-off-the-streets/

 

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 email to andre@makingheadlinenews.com or to memphisgraduate@yahoo.com. Also, follow him on Twitter @AJ_Journalist.

Memphis businesswoman Leatriece G. Franklin’s LF Mobile LifeSaving Courses, LLC taking CPR training to a whole new level

MEMPHIS — Leatriece G. Franklin is a thriving, resourceful businesswoman who not only exemplifies the heart for helping people from various walks of life to live and savor the abundant life our Creator came to give us.

More than anything, she aspires daily to help others save lives — literally.

A native of Memphis, Franklin is owner and chief executive officer of LF Mobile LifeSaving Courses, LLC, an effective and resourceful CPR-oriented venture that is becoming a fixture in the Mid-South and surrounding areas.

During an interview with Making Headline News this week, Franklin, 44, explained in great detail how her well-established, credible business was created in large part to train as many individuals and groups as possible in advanced and basic First Aid CPR and AED.

LIVING OUT HER DREAM — A native of Memphis, Leatriece G. Franklin is owner and chief executive officer of LF Mobile LifeSaving Courses, LLC, an effective and resourceful CPR-oriented venture that is becoming a fixture in the Mid-South and surrounding areas.

According to a 2017 report surrounding the American Heart Association, each year, more than 350,000 out-of-hospital cardiac arrests occur in the United States, Franklin was quick to cite during the interview.

In addition, this longtime CPR expert stressed that nearly 90 percent of people who suffer out-of-hospital cardiac arrests ultimately wound up dying, a staggering, jaw-dropping figure she sensed could greatly be reduced with the necessary precautions, coupled with proper CPR training.

KNOWLEDGE IS POWER — According to a 2017 report surrounding the American Heart Association, each year, more than 350,000 out-of-hospital cardiac arrests occur in the United States, Franklin was quick to cite during the interview. In addition, this longtime CPR expert stressed that nearly 90 percent of people who suffer out-of-hospital cardiac arrests ultimately wound up dying, a staggering, jaw-dropping figure she sensed could greatly be reduced with the necessary precautions, coupled with proper CPR training.

“This essentially means that LF Mobile LifeSaving Courses has the potential to impact many lives,” Franklin said. “Services are literally brought to you, which is where the mobile piece comes in. Many people are unable to attend traditional courses for a variety of reasons, and being mobile eliminates the access barrier associated with traveling to a class.”

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All things considered, Franklin said amongst the things she admires about her business is realizing, among others things, that her clients are fully empowered and skilled or, as she labeled it, “more than up to standard,” especially with regards to  the potential to save a life — or two, or three or, well…you get the point.

ARE Y’ALL HAVING FUN YET? All things considered, Franklin said amongst the things she admires about her business is realizing, among others things, that her clients are fully empowered and skilled or, as she labeled it, “more than up to standard,” especially with regards to  the potential to save a life — or two, or three or, well…you get the point.

“I love seeing the enjoyment on their faces when they attend class, from adults to children,” said Franklin, a longtime Registered Nurse who currently serves as a Staffing Manager with Saint Francis Hospital in the Bartlett, Tennessee area.

Moreover, LF Mobile LifeSaving Courses are available mostly to individuals ranging in ages nine years and older because, as Frankin can great attest, “Any child age nine and above that can appropriately demonstrate skills can be awarded a certification because CPR training is for any and every one.”

Interesting enough, Franklin, whose wealth of experience through professional CPR training spans more 15 years, stressed that there is not one demographic that she can think of that could not benefit from learning CPR.

ALL LIVES MATTER — Interesting enough, Franklin, whose wealth of experience through professional CPR training spans more 15 years, stressed that there is not one demographic that she can think of that could not benefit from learning CPR.

Having been rerouted at the rank of Captain with the United States Army Reserves, Franklin’s passion for teaching CPR courses was discovered at the Military base in nearby Millington.

Today and to her distinct credit, LF Mobile offers classes in Kentucky, Arkansas, and Mississippi, among other establishments.

“Being mobile means I am willing to travel to whomever and wherever training is needed,” Franklin said.

As for her primary mission for unyieldingly pushing and promoting her business, Franklin acknowledged that LF Mobile strives to help improve survival rates related to cardiac arrest, a trend that is implemented by providing high quality instructions with each and every course.

“My mom was a nurse for many, many years with the Veterans Administration hospital here in Memphis,” Franklin explained. “Her strength was amazing. She worked full-time and went to school full time to become a nurse. When I became a nurse, her work ethic always stuck with me and I made it a daily goal to always go above and beyond with caring for others. That has also been part of every class I teach. No one will every say, ‘Oh she just went through the motions,’ when it comes to the classes I teach. This is my passion. Nothing less than amazing is acceptable.”

NATIONAL IMPACT — Today and to her distinct credit, LF Mobile offers classes in Kentucky, Arkansas, and Mississippi, among other establishments.

Generally, LF Mobile offers courses Monday through Friday starting at approximately 6 p.m. and anytime on the weekend.

Franklin’s itinerary includes a July health fair at a date and venue to be announced. In addition, she is scheduled to conduct CPR training for the Fifth Ward Church of Christ in Houston July 29. Also, she will appear at a health fair in August at a time and site to be announced and is scheduled to attend a health fair sponsored by Methodist South in September.

When asked why is it imperative that she esteems and inspires others daily, Franklin said, “Simply put, because someone’s life depends on it.”

In that order.

For more information about Leatriece G. Franklin, MHA, MSN, RN, CRRN and LF Mobile LifeSaving Courses, LLC, call 901-337-8964.

 

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Paula Ratchford Ministries to host 8th Annual Prayer Summit in Memphis

The Prayer Summit is eight years removed since its notable inception.

Still, the primary focus undoubtedly is the same.

That is, people from across the nation and other countries will descend upon a single venue, in large part because they are desperate for change and healing of nations, according to Prayer Summit organizer Paula Ratchford.

This year’s event, which will take place June 23-25 in Memphis at the Crowne Plaza Memphis East, located 2625 Thousand Oaks Boulevard, once again will allow individuals the golden opportunity to receive strategies to pray or, the proverbial “effectual fervent prayers,” according to Ratchford, as well become equipped as an agent of transformation for families, communities, and nations.

MAKING KINDGOM NOISE — “What began as a vehicle for individuals to pray together was transformed into a gathering of people from across the nation and other countries at one venue because they are desperate for change and healing of nations,” Evangelist Paula Ratchford told Making Headline News during a weekend interview. “Politicians and government programs cannot address the root cause of societal ills, which is the moral decay and decadence that occurs when individuals do things their own way rather than be directed by a sovereign God.”

In addition, this three-day conference that will begin at 6 o’clock nightly with corporate prayer followed by a worship service at 7, will be highlighted by an array of guests, most notably Apostle Charles Abraham of Man, West Virginia, Bishop Jacqueline E. McCullough of Pomona, New York, Bishop Sidney P. Malone of Memphis, Dr. Sabrina D. Black of Detroit, Apostle Yolanda Stith of Baltimore, Psalmist Sharon Jackson of Marietta, Georgia, and Pastor Leroy Scott of Zachary, Louisiana.

As usual, several churches throughout the region will support this conference, most notably Faith Temple Ministries COGIC (Pastor Emeritus Andrew Jackson, Sr.; Pastor Ivory and Lisa Jackson), Rising Sun Outreach Minstries (Pastor Aaron Campbell), Living Word Ministries Memphis (Apostle Derrick and Chanielle Talbird), West Irving COGIC (Superintendent Andrew and Sandra Jackson, Jr.), and Victorious Faith Ministries (Superintendent Samuel and Barbara Sago).

“What began as a vehicle for individuals to pray together was transformed into a gathering of people from across the nation and other countries at one venue because they are desperate for change and healing of nations,” Ratchford told Making Headline News during a weekend interview. “Politicians and government programs cannot address the root cause of societal ills, which is the moral decay and decadence that occurs when individuals do things their own way rather than be directed by a sovereign God.”

Powered by Paula Ratchford Ministries, regular registration for Prayer Summit runs through June 18 and cost $90. Late and on-site registration is $105.

MORE ABOUT PAULA: www.paularatchfordministries.org

“Every battle or situation encountered is handled in the place of origin, the spirit,” Ratchford added. “Prayer transcends time and space, allowing the limitations of human reasoning to be dismantled, dislodged, and displaced as God answers by fire. Therefore, when individuals convene with the sole purpose of pulling down strongholds and advancing the Kingdom, the plans and purposes of God will be fulfilled.”

In addition, what Ratchford deemed one of the most important components of the Prayer Summit is the informative entity known as GoVertical™, which is a dedicated youth developmental track for ages ranging in four to 21.

REGISTER NOW FOR PRAYER SUMMIT: https://paularatchfordministries.regfox.com/prayer-summit-2017.

“The adage, ‘Youth are the hope for the future,’ is not just a quaint saying,” Ratchford said. “It is essential that Biblical principles are imparted into youth so that they can become compassionate and caring leaders that positively impact this and future generations.  During (that) weekend event, youth will dialogue on spiritual, social, and academic matters in intimate settings and age appropriate classes.”

Also, Ratchford, while referencing Isaiah 8:18, emphasized that GoVertical™ will be comprised of a host of guest speakers and will offer specialized music and prayers that define a generation that seeks the Lord.

ACTION PACKED — The three-day Prayer Summit that will begin at a time to be announced, will be highlighted by an array of guests, most notably Apostle Charles Abraham of Man, West Virginia, Bishop Jacqueline E. McCullough of Pomona, New York, Bishop Sidney P. Malone of Memphis, Dr. Sabrina D. Black of Detroit, Apostle Yolanda Stith of Baltimore, Psalmist Sharon Jackson of Marieta, Georgia, and Pastor Leroy Scott of Zachary, Louisiana.

Aretha Young of Dallas has been a fixture with Prayer Summit for a little more than five years, works primarily under the registration and finance umbrellas for this event, and was recently appointed to the Prayer Council Committee.

When asked why this event is resourceful, particularly as it pertains advancing the Kingdom, Young said, “Prayer Summit stretches adults to become strong, prayerful leaders in their homes and communities.  They are also extremely instrumental in the lives of youth with Godly training, guidance and wisdom for the challenges they face in our current society. I’ve watch people’s lives change and healing take place during Prayer Summit because of the power of Prayer.”

 

For more information about Prayer Summit, log on to www.prayersummit2017.com. Also, call 877-270-1393 for room reservations, then provide group code, “PRM” to obtain the room rate of $119 for up to a quadruple occupancy.

 

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SALUTE TO GRADUATES TRIBUTES: Chesapeake, Virginia-area high school senior Cashara Quinn defies greatest of odds, will graduate with honors

BEAUTY OF EXCELLENCE — Cashara Essence Quinn, Tamika’s Quinn’s middle child have endured her share of challenges and, like her beloved mother, she was determined to defy the odds and demonstrate the life-enhancing qualities and lessons by which she has been taught. Come June 16, before a host of family members and well-wishers, Cashara will be afforded the opportunity to relish in her solid body of work, both through academic excellence and by way of her notable community contributions when she graduates from Chesapeake, Virginia’s Grassfield High School at Norfolk’s Ted Constance Convocation Center.

At 12 o’clock sharp on June 7, Tamika Quinn took to her Facebook page and assembled a post that, by all accounts, recalls the past events that essentially altered the overall landscape of her life.

Quinn’s post read: At 27 years old, a headache changed my life. Two strokes left half of my body paralyzed and cognitive brain deficits that I still deal with. At 36, I lost my husband of 14 years to thyroid cancer. I sunk into a brief depression and gained close to 100 lbs after his death. But God!!! My 3 children were depending on me to be their hero and I did just that…became their Hero!”

For Quinn, a Tidewater, Virginia-area businesswoman, despite the slew of obstacles that arose in her life to challenge her faith, she still managed to find the strength to describe such a journey as “nothing short of amazing.”

MOM’S PERSONAL SUPER BOWL — Come June 16, before a host of family members and well-wishers, Cashara will be afforded the opportunity to relish in her solid body of work, both through academic excellence and by way of her notable community contributions when she graduates from Chesapeake, Virginia’s Grassfield High School at Norfolk’s Ted Constance Convocation Center.

Amongst the reasons for Quinn’s newfound disposition on life: Cashara Essence Quinn.

Cashara, Quinn’s middle child, has endured her share of challenges and, like her beloved mother, she was determined to defy the odds and demonstrate those life-enhancing qualities and lessons by which she has been taught.

Come June 16, before a host of family members and well-wishers, Cashara will be afforded the opportunity to relish in her solid body of work, both through academic excellence and by way of her notable community contributions when she graduates from Chesapeake, Virginia’s Grassfield High School at Norfolk’s Ted Constance Convocation Center.

COMEBACK FOR THE AGES — For Cashara, graduation night undoubtedly figures to give way to an array of emotions because, like her mother, she’s managed to persevere in ways unimaginable. For years, particularly years before she had become a teenager, Cashara had constant battles with her weight and, at times, was victimized by bullying. So much, in fact, that her mother deemed it a foregone conclusion that it was time she took a stance and executive the necessary things to bring about a change in the life of her daughter, whose self-esteem had taken a massive hit.

For Cashara, graduation night undoubtedly figures to give way to an array of emotions because, like her mother, she’s managed to persevere in ways unimaginable.

For years, particularly long before she had become a teenager, Cashara had constant battles with her weight and, at times, was victimized by bullying.

So much, in fact, that her mother deemed it a foregone conclusion that it was time she took a stance and execute the necessary things to bring about a much-needed change in the life of her daughter, whose self-esteem had taken a massive hit.

“Things could have been so differently if I had not made a change,” Quinn told Making Headline News during a recent interview for its annual Salute To Graduates Tributes. “When she was in elementary school, she was bullied so many times over her weight. I was at the school several times as an advocate for my daughter. And the interesting thing is she was in a Christian school at the time.”

As Quinn recalled, there were times that Cashara would come home from school literally “upset” — harboring crushed spirits in the process.

Something, she said, had to give, and the big-hearted woman who once conquered two strokes and the untimely death of her husband had no choice but to be strong.

LOOK OUT, ATLANTA — An honor student who owns an impressive 3.6 cumulative grade point average, Cashara will be enrolling in the historic Spelman College this fall, where she plan to major in Biology.

Because being strong for little Cashara was her only choice, really.

“She was just upset, she was defeated,” Quinn said. “She was worn down.”

All things considered, Quinn, along with the rest of her immediate family, collectively joined forces and engaged some damage control, of sorts, on behalf of Cashara.

“We cut out beef, pork, and starting exercising and we went through a six-weeks program called, ‘Healthy You,’” Quinn explained. “I found out this was more of bonding than anything.”

Years removed from what was a disheartening time in her life, today, one would be hard-pressed to see that Cashara, at one point in time, witnessed her self-esteem be compromised.

An honor student who owns an impressive 3.6 cumulative grade point average, Cashara will be enrolling in the historic Spelman College this fall, where she plans to major in Biology.

Amongst her notable contributions to the community include being the Co-Founder of Pretty Girl 365 non-profit organization as well as being an ambassador her Purpose With Purpose, an organization founded by her mother.

JOB WELL DONE — Amongst her notable contributions to the community include: being the Co-Founder of Pretty Girl 365 non-profit organization as well as being an ambassador her Purpose With Purpose, an organization founded by her mother. In addition, she was actively involved in Grassfield’s Key Club and she is a fixture for Dolphin Duo, a mentorship-based program for local elementary students.

In addition, she was actively involved in Grassfield’s Key Club and she is a fixture for Dolphin Duo, a mentorship-based program for local elementary students.

That Cashara has managed to persevere and defy the greatest of odds practically sums up why Quinn figures to shed tears of joy when her daughter’s name is called to receive her diploma.

“I wouldn’t be who I am today if it wasn’t for her,” Quinn said in paying homage to her Cashara.

 

TAMIKA QUINN’S OPEN LETTER TO HER DAUGHER, CASHARA ESSENCE QUINN

I want you to know that you have already, in 18 years, exceeded my expectations. You make me extremely proud to be your Mom. I watch the decisions that you make when I’m not looking and I’m confident that you’ll be just fine whether I’m guiding you are not. I see your giving heart and willingness to help others and I know that you’ll always lead with love because that’s within you. I see your work ethic working in our family business since you were thirteen and holding down a job while maintaining a 3.5 GPA in honors classes your senior year. You will achieve every goal you set out to accomplish because you’re willing to work hard for it. There are just a few things that I want you to know. I am not perfect. As hard as I know that has to be for you to grasp (Ha Ha Ha) just joking, but seriously I want you to know that I have made so many mistakes. I hold you to a high caliber of success because I wantthe best for you. Your father and I both wanted the best for you even before you were born, but I wouldn’t be the woman I am today if I hadn’t fallen flat on my face multiple times. Don’t ever be embarrassed or afraid of failing. I have learned more through my failures than I have through easy successes. Regardless of what life throws your way, I will always love you. I will love you no matter what. Secondly, everyone isn’t as honest or as nice as you. There will be people who mean you nothing but harm and for no apparent reason. There’s nothing you can do about them. You can only control yourself. You’ll need to always pray for discernment and wisdom. The biggest key is to listen to God when He speaks to your spirit (the first time). He will always guide you, if you let Him. Lastly never change who you are for anyone else. Regardless of the situation, you are a child of God. Always conduct yourself as such. You are a beautiful young lady. There is something inside of you so special that it shines through for the world to see. There is something inside of you so special that it shines through for the world to see. Don’t allow this world to dull your shine pretty girl. We’re expecting Big Things from you. You have everything inside of you to Win! I believe in you Cha!

Love, Mom

 

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Atlanta’s Dr. LaTarsha D. Holden pulls off inspiring comeback for the ages as she lobbies for her first political seat

“For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the LORD, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end.” (Jeremiah 29:11)

 

GOD’S MIRACLE WOMAN — What’s so astoundingly intriguing about the emotional story of Dr. LaTarsha D. Holden is that no one, it seems, can ever get tired of hearing it — a story that, to her credit, has been depicted into a real-life documentary, a feat that has afforded her to graciously embrace and commemorate as she vies for a seat on the Atlanta’s City Council District 11 in coming months.

Take a look at her today.

Smart.

Intelligent.

Delightful.

Resourceful.

Perceptive.

Discerning.

Well-informed.

Must we go on? Must we go on about Dr. LaTarsha D. Holden, a woman whom, to put it forthrightly and plainly, is one whom has gone to great lengths to become the admirable comeback story for which she is widely known?

“I only had God at that time,” Holden, whenever she finds herself telling of her awe-inspiring, tear-jerking testimony, customarily says with a smile she’s earned the right to put on display.

KNOWLEDGE IS POWER — Holden is famously known as an emerging leader in the Atlanta-metropolitan area, in large part because of passion for education, an attribute that arose after she earned an Associate of Arts Degree in Biblical Education and then followed that up with having earned a Bachelor’s of Arts Degree in Leadership and Administration and a Master’s in Business Administration degree.

What’s so astoundingly intriguing about the emotional story of Dr. Holden is that no one, it seems, can ever get tired of hearing it — a story that, to her credit, has been depicted into a real-life documentary, a feat that has afforded her to graciously embrace and commemorate as she vies for a seat on the Atlanta’s City Council District 11 in coming months.

“In 2008, I made a vow to myself that when I got my life together I would go back and fight for others,” Dr. Holden, 44, told Making Headline News during an exclusive interview this week. “That’s when I knew that one day I would run for City Council.”

GRAB SOME KLEENEX — To grasp a thorough understanding of why Dr. Holden’s quest for the office of City Council on one of America’s most populous and decorated cities, look no further than the events that have made such a time as now the tear-jerking one it has become.

For the record, Holden is famously known as an emerging leader in the Atlanta-metropolitan area, in large part because of her keen passion for education, a notable attribute that arose after she earned an Associate of Arts Degree in Biblical Education and then followed that up with having earned a Bachelor’s of Arts Degree in Leadership and Administration and a Master’s in Business Administration degree from the historic Beulah Heights University.

For her distinct efforts, coupled with her valiant contributions to the Atlanta community, she later became a doctoral student and even earned mentions in the 2014 edition of Who’s Who Among Students In American Universities And Colleges.

Talk about an impressively dazzling resume for a rookie political figure who is destined to assume a seat for which only a few sensed she would ever qualify.

DEFYING ALL ODDS — As if dropping out of high school her sophomore year wasn’t enough to put on hold the divine destiny of a woman who boasts the gifts of a public servant, Holden gave birth to four children by the age of 22. All things considered, at the time, she seemed well on her a way to becoming just another statistics from the inner city, a youngster with no real sense of direction, a young then-homeless adult who knew full well she was living beneath her privileges.

In fact, to grasp a thorough understanding of why Dr. Holden’s quest for the office of City Council on one of America’s most populous and decorated cities, look no further than the memorable, mostly challenging events that have made such a time as now the tear-jerking one  has become.

For starters, as if dropping out of high school her sophomore year wasn’t enough to put on hold the divine destiny of a woman who boasts the gifts of a public servant, Holden gave birth to four children by the age of 22.

All things considered, at the time, she seemed well on her a way to becoming just another statistics from the inner city, a youngster with no real sense of direction, a young then-homeless adult who knew full well she was living beneath her privileges.

Fortunately, for her, God had other plans — you know, just as the scripture above this story suggest.

HOLDEN IT ALL TOGETHER — Holden is famously known as an emerging leader in the Atlanta-metropolitan area, in large part because of her keen passion for education, a notable attribute that arose after she earned an Associate of Arts Degree in Biblical Education and then followed that up with having earned a Bachelor’s of Arts Degree in Leadership and Administration and a Master’s in Business Administration degree.

WHAT ABOUT DR. HOLDEN:

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“Being homeless, I found myself at a crossroads,” Dr. Holden explained. “I had to fight for my children and, with little direction, while staying in a boarded-up house, as squatters, I decided to enroll in college. The last time I had been in school, I was 15 years old.”

While Dr. Holden had unceremoniously vacated school, she was still armed with the educational smarts to, you know, possess a solid education.

WOMAN OF EXCELLENCE — Dr. Holden receiving the Proclamation of the Atlanta Council.

“I made a vow to myself that the streets weren’t going to raise my children, nor the jails were going to house them,” said Dr. Holden, a 10-time published author who has gone from a GED recipient to a woman who has positioned herself to acquire an honorary doctorate in the foreseeable future.

IN THAT ORDER — “In 2008, I made a vow to myself that when I got my life together I would go back and fight for others,” Dr. Holden, 44, told Making Headline News during an exclusive interview this week. “That’s when I knew that one day I would run for City Council.”

The rest, as they say, was history.

Take a look at her today.

Smart.

Intelligent.

Delightful.

Resourceful.

Perceptive.

Discerning.

Well-informed.

SEASON OF THE REBIRTH  — “Being homeless, I found myself at a crossroads,” Dr. Holden explained. “I had to fight for my children and, with little direction, while staying in a boarded-up house, as squatters, I decided to enroll in college. The last time I had been in school, I was 15 years old.”

Oh, and one other thing: She has masterfully put herself in position to assume a seat for which only a few sensed she would ever qualify.

Election Day is November 7.

Stay tuned. This is going to be interesting.

Amongst the reasons is that Dr. Holden’s story has generated an array of headlines and she became a featured story on AOL Black Voices.

In addition, she has appeared on The Debra Gatlin Show, not to mention The Ordinary People Show, and Joe The Gravedigger Show about helping others in the community who were facing difficult challenges.

For Holden, her notable accolades include having received the “I Am a Warrior” at the stage play “Lord Fight This Battle.” Widely known as inspiring speaker who answered the call to preach the Word of God in 2005, Dr. Holden was ordained to the office of Pastor in February 2013 and she is the Host of Global Talk Radio in which she advocates on  issues that affects people around the world.

Also, she was a featured story in the W.O.W. Magazine and was presented with the award of “Women Who Inspire” at an annual women conference  hosted by WEOP in “2008,” and was nominated for the “Humanitarian Essential Piece Award” in “2011” from the Georgia Alliance to End Homelessness, and she was an honoree for the “Unsung Hero” award at the APEX Pyramid Awards in “2016.”

Other accolades include having received the “I Am a Warrior” at the stage play “Lord Fight This Battle.” Widely known as inspiring speaker who answered the call to preach the Word of God in 2005, Dr. Holden was ordained to the office of Pastor in February 2013 and she is the Host of Global Talk Radio in which she advocates on  issues that affects people around the world.

Moreover, Dr. Holden is a stellar community advocate and an author of several books and a subject of a documentary entitled “No Longer Lost.”

DESTINED FOR GREATNESS — For starters, as if dropping out of high school her sophomore year wasn’t enough to put on hold the destiny of a woman who boasts the gifts of a public servant, Holden gave birth to four children by the age of 22. All things considered, at the time, she seemed well on her a way to becoming just another statistics from the inner city, a youngster with no real sense of direction, a young then-homeless adult who knew full well she was living beneath her privileges.

“I believe my chances are good in winning the election for District 11,” said Dr. Holden, sounding as confident as ever before. “I believe the people are tired and weary and they are looking for someone different. I will use the same fight I had for my family to fight for the residents of District 11.”

When asked to finish this sentence: “If Dr. Holden wins this election…”

Dr. Holden said, “Atlanta would be getting a servant leader who will immediately go to work for the people. I will begin to work with different entities to form collaboration, to get the ball rolling to bring the necessary changes to District 11.”

Spoken like the true, admirable comeback story for which she is widely known.

BOLD PREDICTION — “I believe my chances are good in winning the election for District 11,” said Dr. Holden, sounding as confident as ever. “I believe the people are tired and weary and they are looking for someone different. I will use the same fight I had for my family to fight for the residents of District 11.”

DR. LATARSHA HOLDEN’S PLEDGE TO THE CITY OF ATLANTA:

  • I pledge to work with the judicial system to ensure that there is a plan in place to assist juveniles who come before the courts. We cannot just put them on probation without offering any assistance to help them with criminal behavior. Services will be rendered once detained.
  • I pledge to partner with companies that would provide job training for low-income residents to ensure that they have an opportunity to apply for better paying jobs…to set aside entry level positions to get in the door with big corporations.
  • I pledge to increase the safety of the public by hiring more police officers, starting a gang unit within Atlanta Police Department and to put in place incentives for community policing….also, to hire a small group of mental health professionals who can assist the officers when dealing with the mentally ill.
  • I pledge to partner with Atlanta Public Schools to ensure that our schools are safe and that any forms of bullying will have dire consequences…to work with middle schools to assist in the transition phase from elementary school goes smoothly. This will be my main initiative called, “Project Village.”
For more information on Dr. Latarsha Holden for Atlanta City Council, District 11, write: P. O. Box 115351, Atlanta, Georgia, 30310. Also, call: 404-838-9587. 

 

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Arizona youth basketball player Hannah Young learning life lessons, fine-tuning her skills with help of former WNBA player

HANGING OUT WITH HANNAH — For the past four years or so, amateur athlete Hannah Young has been training and acquiring some pivotal life lessons from former WNBA player Bridget Pettis, who is currently an assistant coach for the Dallas Wings. For Young, who resides in Arizona but is visiting relatives in the Dallas/Fort Worth-area until mid-July, that she’s been afforded the golden opportunity to broaden her athletic mechanics at the disposal of a notable former pro is starting to benefit her mightily.

DALLASHannah Young is pretty young, 11 years young to be exact.

But not too young to make some relatively cool connections with a household name in women’s professional basketball.

For the past four years or so, Hannah has been training and acquiring some pivotal life lessons and on-the-court pointers from former WNBA player Bridget Pettis, who is currently an assistant coach for the Dallas Wings.

For Young, who resides in Arizona but is visiting relatives in the Dallas/Fort Worth-area until mid-July, that she’s been afforded the golden opportunity to broaden her athletic mechanics at the disposal of a notable former pro is starting to benefit her mightily.

A former University of Florida standout, Pettis spent eight seasons in the WNBA during the 1990s and 2000s, first for the Phoenix Mercury, then Indiana Fever. Having appeared in 228 games while making 71 starts, Pettis scored 1,408 career points before calling it a career. Hired as an assistant coach in March 2014 by the Tulsa Shock, Pettis retained her position after the team relocated to Dallas two seasons ago.

A former University of Florida standout, Pettis spent eight seasons in the WNBA during the 1990s and 2000s, first for the Phoenix Mercury, then Indiana Fever.

Having appeared in 228 games while making 71 starts, Pettis scored 1,408 career points before calling it a career.

Hired as an assistant coach in March 2014 by the Tulsa Shock, Pettis retained her position after the team relocated to Dallas two seasons ago.

GOSH, SHE’S TALL — Add to the fact that this speedy, multi-sport athlete is 5-foot-7 and still has much growing to do, and it’s no wonder the sky’s the limit for a youth athlete whom, even as a preteen, is seemingly holding herself to a high standard, particularly as it pertains to long-term ambitions.

Even before the franchise had headed South from Oklahoma to Texas, Hannah was — for a lack of better words — getting the hookup, courtesy of a true pro, a trend that has given way to some sustained success for an amateur athlete who boasts lofty aspirations of appearing on a WNBA stage someday.

“Hannah’s work ethic is what stands out to me,” Hannah’ grandmother Aretha Young told Making Headline News this week. If she is unsure of what to do, she will go to the park and practice on her free time.  That’s commitment.”

Such a commitment to athletic excellence has been monitored closely by Pettis, something that figures to aid Hannah as she prepares to make her AAU basketball debut this fall.

SIGN OF THINGS TO COME — All things considered, if this young athlete – whose athletic IQ appears to be higher than that of an 11-year-old — continues to demonstrate the competitive drive that has caught the attention of a former pro basketball, chances are a slew of college will wound up vying for her services.

Add to the fact that this speedy, multi-sport athlete is 5-foot-7, is pretty efficient as a newcomer to the volleyball circuit, and still has much more growing to do, and it’s no wonder the sky’s the limit for a youth athlete whom, even as a preteen, is seemingly holding herself to some pretty high standards, particularly as it pertains to long-term ambitions.

“I plan to continue working hard,” Hannah said. “I want to get a college scholarship. I would like to attend University of Hawaii.”

All things considered, if this young athlete – whose athletic IQ appears to be higher than that of an 11-year-old — continues to demonstrate the competitive drive that has caught the attention of a former pro basketball player, chances are a slew of colleges will wound up vying for her services by the time her prep career culminates.

IN HANNAH’S OWN WORDS — “Working with Coach Pettis is an amazing experience,” said Hannah, who has become a fixture at WNBA games. “Coach P makes getting better on the court fun. Our lessons were not just about what to do on the court, but also about what to do in the classroom. Books first, basketball second.”

Just as they did for her biggest mentor, who also happens to be her grandest Yoga partner.

“Working with Coach Pettis is an amazing experience,” said Hannah, who has become a fixture at WNBA games. “Coach P makes getting better on the court fun. Our lessons were not just about what to do on the court, but also about what to do in the classroom. Books first, basketball second.”

By and large, the camaraderie Hannah has established with Pettis figures to impact her young life for years to come, especially since she’s already playing with and competing against individuals a few years older than her.

Given her solid work ethic, coupled with the immense strides she’s made in recent years, Hannah doesn’t seem fazed by such a challenge.

MAD SKILLZ — By and large, the camaraderie Hannah has established with Pettis figures to impact her young life for years to come, especially since she’s already playing with and competing against individuals older than her. Given her solid work ethic, coupled with the immense strides she’s made in recent years, Hannah doesn’t seem fazed by such a challenge.

If nothing else, she fully welcomes them.

“This summer, I plan to attend training camps, train harder, and focus on getting better,” said Hannah, who plays for several teams in Arizona, most notably a team sanctioned by Give N Go Hoops (http://www.givengohoops.com)  and the City Of Surprise Basketball And Volleyball Leagues (https://www.surpriseaz.gov/ 233/Sports-Programs)

“My nana (grandmother) has supported me and is always there to cheer me on.”

Just like her “she”-ro, the former WNBA pro.

 

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 former reporter of sports for the Memphis Commercial Appeal newspaper, Johnson covers the NBA Southwest Division from Dallas, Texas. To reach Johnson, send email to andre@makingheadlinenews.com or to memphisgraduate@yahoo.com. Also, follow him on Twitter @AJ_Journalist.

Mid-South-area business owner Velinda Humphreys reinforces the importance of entrepreneurship to her daughter in sluggish economic market

MOTHERLY LOVE — To grasp a broader understanding of why Memphis businesswoman Diarah Humphreys has become inspired to shift her focus to that of a full-time entrepreneur, look no further than the valiant contributions rendered by her mother, Velinda Humphreys, a longtime businesswoman who delved off into entrepreneurship a little more than two decades ago. Diarah is owner and chief operating officer of Chick A Dee’s Pastries And Things, a business that went full throttle shortly after she graduated from Southwind High in 2012.

As far as Diarah Humphreys is concerned, it’s not a matter of, “Why me?”

Rather, it’s a matter of, “Why not me?”

“The world we live in today is based off of working for yourself, so why not?” Humphreys told Making Headline News during a recent interview. “To able to do what I love and in my own setting means everything to me.”

The 22-year-old Humphreys is alluding in large part to her newly-established venture as owner and chief operating officer of Chick A Dee’s Pastries And Things, a business that went full throttle shortly after she graduated from Southwind High School in 2012.

“When I first started baking, I didn’t think that I would still be intrigued and interested in it the way that I am now,” Humphreys said. “It was just something to do.”

YOU GO GIRL!!! Fortunately for Diarah, things appear to go holding up favorably for this young, progressive businesswoman, whose professional baking business is in its infancy stages. According to Velinda Humphreys, who routinely promotes and pushes her daughter’s business via social media, plans are effectively underway to locate a building where Diarah can better enhance her brand.

Today, Humphreys’ up-and-coming, made-from-scratch desserts business essentially has become a way of life, primarily because it has become her livelihood for the most part.

To grasp a broader concept of why Humphreys has become inspired to shift her focus to that of a full-time entrepreneur, look no further than the valiant contributions rendered by her mother, Velinda Humphreys, a longtime businesswoman, who delved off into entrepreneurship a little more than two decades ago.

Velinda Humphreys, 43, is owner and CEO of Styles With Smiles Senior Haircare, a mobile beauty salon designed to service elderly individuals as well as those who are unable to leave the confines of their homes and visit salons the traditional way.

HOW YA LIKE ME NOW? Velinda Humphreys, 43, is owner and CEO of Styles With Smiles Senior Haircare, a mobile beauty salon designed to service elderly individuals as well as those who are unable to leave the confines of their homes and visit salons the traditional way.

Considering she and her daughter’s businesses are based in a Memphis economic landscape that is deemed amongst the worst the country, Velinda Humphreys said she has always stressed to her daughter the importance of starting a credible business, especially since for someone as young she is, higher education isn’t something she wanted to pursue — at least not right now.

According to a March 30 report in the Memphis Commercial Appeal, for instance, the unemployment rate in the Memphis-metropolitan area for February was at 5.1 percent, slightly higher than the five percent of one year ago, according to some preliminary government statistics.

Such figures came as no surprised to Velinda Humphreys, a professional cosmetologist whose notable career spans more than 25 years.

 “Oftentimes, people will not pay you what you are worth,” Velinda Humphreys explained. “They are only out for self. Companies do not value employees’ hard work. I’m not going to say all (companies) but most. I always told both of my children — I have an older son also — ‘If you are not going to go to college, at least get a trade.’ My son went off to college, but still wants to be an entrepreneur.  I always knew my daughter would not (enroll in a) four year college. I did not sway her either way. I believe in allowing them to make their own decisions with guidance and research.”

Fortunately for Diarah, things appear to go holding up favorably for this young, progressive businesswoman, although her professional baking business is in its infancy stages.

According to Velinda Humphreys, who routinely promotes and pushes her daughter’s business via social media,  plans are effectively underway to locate a building where Diarah can better enhance her brand.

Talk about having an influential impact.

“I have wanted my own (business) for a while, but I was afraid,” Velinda Humphreys said. “That’s why I told my daughter to go for what’s she wants now while she is young. Nothing fails (except not trying), but you have to take that jump. You are not guaranteed tomorrow and there is no time like the present.”

That Diarah has masterfully heeded the advice of her mother, coupled with her steadfast desire to enjoy sustained success as a young business owner, Velinda is confident her daughter’s best and brightest days are well ahead of her.

COMBATING THE ODDS — Considering she and her daughter’s businesses are based in a Memphis economic landscape that is deemed one of the worst the country, Velinda Humphreys said she has always stressed to her daughter the importance of starting a credible business, especially since for someone as young she is, education isn’t something she wanted to pursue.

“(I tell her to), ‘Go for your goals while you’re young and still able,’” Velinda said. “I had my children (at a young age) and my plans had been altered. But she doesn’t have kids.”

All of which essentially sums up why as a young entrepreneur, Diarah can do what she wants when she wants to.

“Things can be ran how you want them to be with no questions asked, knowing there is no one above you to tell you otherwise,” Diarah said of being her own boss. “That’s the beauty of it. There are jobs all around (Memphis), but to do something that you’re passionate about is a career, and what better way to have a career when it’s ran by you.”

So why not her?

 

 

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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