Chicago businesswoman Lisa Jenkins’ KRA Communications becoming a fixture in key markets throughout U. S.

A WINDY CITY SENSATION Having officially opened for operations in August 2016, KRA Communications is media-savvy business venture that is dedicated largely to providing small businesses and entrepreneurs a vast array of services, most notably — but are not limited to — content creation, event planning and management, press release generation, social media campaigns, cover letter and resume updating, as well as an assortment of writing or editing services for consumers.

As far as Lisa Jenkins is concerned, there is absolutely nothing wrong with, you know, beating your own drum.

“I have always been one who functioned by the beat of my own drum and have always really enjoyed expressing myself through writing,” Jenkins told Making Headline News this week. “I pursued many industries before I realized communications was my calling though.”

To her distinct and immeasurable credit, Jenkins has gone to great lengths in recent years to find her niche in this ever-so-evolving Mass Communications industry.

Widely known as an accomplished communications specialist, Jenkins, 42, is a thriving Chicago-based businesswoman as owner and chief executive officer of KRA Communications.

KEY STATE OF MIND — Interesting enough, since its inception, KRA Communications has become a fixture throughout several major markets, considering Jenkins has serviced clients in her establishment of Chicago, as well as in New York, Florida, Texas, and Detroit, just to name a few.

Having officially opened for operations in August 2016, KRA Communications is a media-savvy business venture that is dedicated largely to providing small businesses and entrepreneurs a vast array of services, most notably — but are not limited to — content creation, event planning and management, press release generation, social media campaigns, cover letter and resume updating, as well as an assortment of writing or editing services for consumers.

“KRA is a full service public relations firm that values the peace of mind of its clients and strives for perfection,” Jenkins said. As a communications expert, I was inspired by my consumers to establish KRA Communications to fill the void in the communications and public relations industry with a premier, knowledgeable, and customer-orientated business that ensures the delivery of the specialized services each client has come to expect while earning a reputation for reliability and quality.”

Interesting enough, since its inception, KRA Communications — named in honor of Jenkins’ daughter, Kayla R. Adams —  has become a fixture throughout several major markets, considering Jenkins has serviced clients in her native establishment of Chicago, as well as in New York, Florida, Texas, and Detroit, just to name a few.

What’s even more astounding, especially in this ever-so-popular social media era, is that Jenkins has had the luxury of building lasting, credible working relationships with other business owners across the U. S.

A LASTING FAVORABLE IMPRESSION — What’s even more astounding, especially in this ever-so-popular social media era, is that Jenkins has had the luxury of building lasting, credible working relationships with other business owners around the country.

Having earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Journalism from Chicago State University, Jenkins emphasized that KRA Communications caters to business owners and entrepreneurs of all ages.

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“My personal mission is to bring awareness, create interest, stimulate demand, and reinforce the culture of the brands of my clients,” said Jenkins, explaining the purpose for her business.  “Public Relations isn’t simply promoting a person or a service. It takes your business or your brand and puts it in lights. This helps create an image of your company and the possibility of well-rounded patronage.”

As it pertains to building credibility as a veteran Mass Communications guru, Jenkins’ media-savvy talents had been discovered long before she delved off into entrepreneurship.

THE FACE OF KRA COMMUNICATIONS — Surely, Lisa Jenkins couldn’t forget her daughter, Kayla R. Adams, whom she said has been her “daily motivation” for the past 22 years.
“Most recently, for the past four years, I have watched her push through any and all obstacles in pursuit of her Bachelor of Science degree in Hospitality Administration with an emphasis in Food And Beverage Management,” Lisa Jenkins said of her daughter. “She started cooking when she was 10 years old. And since then, she has been the official cook at home.”

That’s because for a young, vibrant businesswoman who is currently pursuing a professional certificate in Public Relations in the Digital World from Loyola University’s Continuing Education Program, Jenkins is a longtime correspondent for the internationally-acclaimed, award-winning Gazette Chicago.

A RELATED STORY: https://makingheadlinenews.com/2017/05/06/young-chicago-area-entrepreneur-kayla-adams-making-a-name-for-herself-as-owner-and-ceo-of-chef-lil-bit-enterprises/.

Founded in 1983 with a current circulation of roughly 17,000, Gazette Chicago is a monthly newspaper that covers the Near West/Tri-Taylor, University Village, West Loop, South Loop, West Haven, Bridgeport/Armour Square, Chinatown, Bronzeville, West Town, and the Heart of Chicago communities of the Windy City.

As for her grandest inspirations for establishing her business, Jenkins paid homage to her father, Larry Jenkins, and my godmother, Sheila McNary, both of whom been small business owners for almost for approximately two decades.

“So I have to say they have both been huge inspirations,” Lisa Jenkins said.

Surely, she couldn’t forget her daughter, Kayla, an undergraduate student whom she said has been her “daily motivation” for the past 22 years.

JOURNALIST IN HER OWN RIGHT — As it pertains to credibility as a veteran Mass Communications guru, Jenkins’ media-savvy talents had been discovered long before she delve off into entrepreneurship. That’s because for a young, vibrant businesswoman who is currently pursuing a professional certificate in Public Relations in the Digital World from Loyola University’s Continuing Education Program, Jenkins is a longtime correspondent for the internationally-acclaimed, award-winning Gazette Chicago.

“Most recently, for the past four years, I have watched her push through any and all obstacles in pursuit of her Bachelor of Science degree in Hospitality Administration with an emphasis in Food And Beverage Management,” Lisa Jenkins said of her daughter. “She started cooking when she was 10 years old. And since then, she has been the official cook at home.”

A trend that, fortunately for Lisa Jenkins, has lightened her load mightily, particularly when she becomes swamped with clients.

A TRUE PRO — “I have always been one who functioned by the beat of my own drum and have always really enjoyed expressing myself through writing,” Jenkins told Making Headline News this week. “I pursued many industries before I realized communications was my calling though.”

“Having someone believe in an idea you have can give you that extra push you need to try something new when you are doubting yourself and afraid of failure,” Lisa Jenkins explained. “A perfect example is I have talked for the past few years about wanting to go into PR but fear of the unknown stopped me. Last year after I decided to go back to school I started looking for jobs in PR.

“During that pursuit, I was pushed by a friend to start my own business instead, and KRA Communications, which is named after my daughter, was officially born. Something I thought I couldn’t do, I am doing just because I was inspired to do it.”

Which, of course, practically sums up why as far as this communications specialist is concerned, there is absolutely nothing wrong with, you know, beating your own drum.

 

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.

 

Louisiana-based author Patricia J. Williams enjoying an array of success through her compelling books

BEST OF BOTH WORLDS — The founder and chief executive officer of Patricia J. Williams Ministries, Williams has composed five books to date and, given the immense strides she’s made as an accomplished writer, it’s safe to assume that she has no plans of slowing down anytime soon.

Approximately one hour past sunrise Wednesday morning, Patricia J. Williams sensed in her spirit that someone — even if it was just one individual — needed some words of encouragement.

As a result, the longtime Louisiana-based minister took to her Facebook page and offered a rather spirited, thought-provoking post.

Said Williams in a post shortly after 7 Wednesday morning: “You may have lost everything that you love, and you may feel like you’ve had a decline in your life, but the very fact that you are alive to send a text, make a call or just to have the activity of your limbs is a sign that God is not through with you yet. HOLD ON- the Best is yet to Come!!”

MAKING STRIDES — Williams, who earned her Doctorate Degree in Ministry from Grand Canyon University, has a speaking engagement scheduled in the coming weeks at Zion Hill Family Church, where she will minister and discuss her books.

And just like that, an electronic round of applause and Amen would ensue and blanket the social media timeline for a vibrant, progressive woman of God whom, to her distinct credit, has gone to great lengths to esteem others highly than herself.

A native of Pineville, Louisiana, a rural establishment that is adjacent to her current residence of Alexandria and is comprised of roughly 14,555, according to the latest census, Williams’ reputation is such that she has evolved as a true inspiration not just by way of her valiant contributions in ministry, but also in this ever-so-competitive world of authorship.

EARNING HIGH MARKS — As Williams tells it, she’s especially pleased with what undoubtedly have become two of most successful and most sought after books: Torn Between Two Lovers: Ministry vs Family and Encountering a Different World While Caring For A Parent with Dementia.

The founder and chief executive officer of Patricia J. Williams Ministries, Williams has composed five books to date and, given the immense strides she’s made as an accomplished writer, it’s safe to assume that she has no plans of slowing down anytime soon.

“The divine message I’m sending to my (reading) audience through my book is spiritual help,” Williams told Making Headline News this week.

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Fortunately for her, the messages about which she’s sharing, particularly as a thriving author, have benefited countless individuals from various walks of life.

“Knowing that my testimony was a help to someone (is very gratifying),” said Williams, when asked to assess the feedback through her books.

As Williams tells it, she’s especially pleased with what undoubtedly have become two of her most successful and most sought after books: Torn Between Two Lovers: Ministry Versus Family and Encountering A Different World While Caring For A Parent with Dementia.

BUY DR. PATRICIA’S BOOK NOW: http://www.amazon.in/Encountering-Different-Caring-Parent-Dementia/dp/1365412113.

Both books are available for purchase at Amazon.com, as are her other three books.

By and large, these two compelling books are intriguing and have become popular trends in their own right.

A native of Pineville, Louisiana, an rural establishment that is adjacent to her current residence of Alexandria and is comprised of roughly 14,555, according to the latest census, Williams’ reputation is such that she has evolved as a true inspiration not just by way of valiant contributions in ministry, but also in the ever-so-competitive world of authorship.

Torn Between Two Lovers: Ministry Versus Family was officially released in 2012. Encountering A Different World While Caring For A Parent With Dementia was released in 2014.

Even to this very day, both books are still amongst her best projects.

“Don’t make balancing family and ministry complicated,” said Williams, explaining the purpose for Torn Between Two Lovers: Ministry Versus Family. “You’ve got to hear the voice of God and study His word. Don’t neglect your family for ministry, and don’t neglect ministry for your family.”

As for Encountering A Different World While Caring For A Parent With Dementia, Williams’ message is simple.

“You’ve got to know how to care for a loved one with dementia without becoming overwhelmed with stress,” she said. “You’ve to lean on the strength of God.”

COUNTING HER BLESSINGS — “Knowing that my testimony was a help to someone (is very gratifying),” said Williams, when asked to assess the feedback through her books.

Besides these notable books, Williams also authored: “Endurance Of Pleasing God (2001), Chastisement Through The Love Of God (2010), and The Power Of A True Intercessor (2012).

In addition, Williams, who earned her Doctorate Degree in Ministry from Grand Canyon University, has a speaking engagement scheduled in the coming weeks at Zion Hill Family Church, where she will minister and discuss her books.

“I love sharing my testimonies and seeing people set free,” Williams said.

Approximately one hour past sunrise Wednesday morning was no exception.

 

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.

 

 

 

 

Dallas/Fort Worth-area Pastor Christopher Taylor of Morning Star MBC: ‘Working for the Lord is amazing’

 

PRESSING HIS WAY THROUGHA veteran preacher who has been on the sometimes rocky, turbulent, tumultuous battlefield for the Lord since he was a young lad growing up in his native establishment of Texarkana, Texas, Morning Star Missionary Baptist Church Senior Pastor Christopher Taylor’s reputation is such that he’s widely known throughout the Body of Christ as one who’s erected his ministry largely through demonstrating love and compassion to a hurt, oppressed people. Taylor is Morning Star’s seventh Pastor since its inception on November 30, 1952.

GRAND PRAIRIE, Texas — Speaking before what was a near capacity crowd of worshippers at Morning Star Missionary Baptist Church Sunday morning, Christopher Taylor assumed his familiar spot behind the sacred desk and, while giving a rather eloquent, spiritually gut-checking sermon, he took a moment to address an issue that is plaguing and crippling the modern-day church.

Much to the delight of the audience that collectively applauded to a round of Amen, it was a subject that was prevalent and appropriate for such a time as now.

PRAYER OVER POLITICSHaving been preaching since he was 17 years old, Taylor was named Preacher For A Day in April 2014 by Texas Represensative Yvonne Davis in which he traveled to Austin , where he conducted prayer with a number of high-ranking state delegates.

“Nobody takes pleasure in those that are hurting,” Taylor told the congregation, his voice echoing through the loudspeakers accompanied by more thunderous applause. “If you do, something is wrong with you. The Bible says to, ‘Cast all of your cares on Him, for He cares for you.’”

A veteran preacher who has been on this sometimes rocky, turbulent, tumultuous battlefield for the Lord since he was a young lad growing up in his native establishment of Texarkana, Texas, Taylor’s reputation is such that he’s widely known throughout the Body of Christ as one who has erected his ministry largely through demonstrating love and compassion to a hurt, oppressed people.

BEING OF GOOD CHEER — To his credit, Taylor’s well-publicized pastoral tenure has evolved mightily throughout the years, in large part be he deems it essential to help provide hope, thus help empower a hurt people to pursue a victorious life — sometimes even when victory seems farfetched.

“If you can’t tell me that you love me, show me,” Taylor told the congregation during his latest sermon. “We are to be faithful in consistency every day. Even when you come into the Lord’s house, there ought to be some consistency. God is consistent, and if God is consistent, we’ve got to be like God.”

Ahhhh…consistency.

All things considered, consistency undoubtedly has been the key — the formula, of sorts — for a preacher who has enjoyed sustained success in mighty Dallas/Fort Worth’s Metroplex, the largest inland metropolitan area in America.

A preaching career that spans nearly three decades, Taylor is the Senior Pastor at the historic Morning Star MBC, located at 2251 El Paso Street in the heart of Grand Prairie, roughly 25 minutes from downtown Dallas.

CHECK OUT MSMBC ONLINE: http://www.morningstarbaptist.org/.

Morning Star’s seventh Pastor since its inception on November 30, 1952, Taylor has gone to great lengths to become the devoted, beloved spokesperson for God he was called to be.

FATHERLY LOVE — “My children are very dear to me,” Taylor, a divorced father of three, said. “I’ve never had to get them out of jail, never had any major problems with them. They’be been there for me. They support me. Just knowing that they are apart of my ministry means so much.”

“There aren’t enough words to adequately describe the impact that Pastor Taylor has had on my life and ministry,” said Reverend Cedric Beard, the Senior Pastor of Dallas’ Kingdom Life Word Church. “I thank God for his leadership, his love, and his correction. I’m honored to be his son in ministry.”

“As a child I didn’t understand what being a pastor meant,” said Taylor’s daughter, Kristi Taylor. “I just knew my dad didn’t have a regular job. I watched as he sung,prayed and preached every Sunday winning souls for the kingdom. And as I matured in my own spiritual journey, I discovered that I also wanted to serve the kingdom by spreading the gospel of Jesus with my own talents.

And because of the close-knit bond he has established with his congregation, the MSMBC membership is grateful to have at its disposal a Pastor who routinely makes it a point to speak life into the lives of those whose faith often seems bleak and they appear on shaky ground.

To his credit, Taylor’s well-publicized pastoral tenure has evolved mightily throughout the years, in large part be he deems it essential to help provide hope, thus help empower and re-energize a hurt people to pursue a victorious life — sometimes even when victory seems farfetched.

“There aren’t enough words to adequately describe the impact that Pastor Taylor has had on my life and ministry,” said Reverend Cedric Beard, the Pastor of Dallas’ Kingdom Life Word Church. “I thank God for his leadership, his love, and his correction. I’m honored to be his son in ministry.”

What’s so astounding about a sometimes overwhelming, stressful pastoral career is that one would become virtually hard-pressed to recognize if Taylor, too, is harboring hurt (although, of course, he too, is human).

Come hell or high water, what you will mostly get from Taylor amid his share of adversity is his love and passion for having been appointed by God to watch over His sheep.

“Since the age of 15, Pastor Taylor has served as a strong, confident, and nurturing spiritual mentor over my life and even baptized me when I gave my life to God,” Rev. Ebony Hall said. “He has always been honest and supportive with me and my call to the ministry. I am humbled and honored to have him apart of my life and to call him my Father in the Ministry.”

Sunday was no exception as Taylor, who retreated to his office adjacent to his to MSMBC’s old sanctuary wearing what had become a three-piece suit drenched in sweat following his powerful sermon, and before he could begin to change clothes, he repeated that about which he had told his congregation prior to giving the benediction.

MAKING HEADLINES — “I thank God for being a preacher,” Taylor, during an exclusive interview with Making Headline News, said while displaying his customary smile.

“I thank God for being a preacher,” Taylor, during an exclusive interview with Making Headline News, said while displaying his customary smile.

Out of fairness to professional athletes, there’s a legitimate reason for Taylor’s dauntless declaration, a vital resolution for a veteran man of the cloth who once clung to lofty aspirations of playing professional football.

“Out of any profession, whether it’s the NBA or NFL, I can’t think of anything else I’d rather do than being a pastor,” Taylor said. “When I retire from pastoring, I’d probably be gone to glory. Working for the Lord is amazing.”

Interesting enough, Taylor would be the first to admit that even while facing occasional hardships as the chief executive officer of a longstanding Texas-based ministry, pastoring still holds a vital place in his heart.

Take, for instance, how nearly two years, when some unlikely conflict and turmoil arose between Taylor and a few then-members of MSMBC.

So intense and divided such an undisclosed issue had become that a few members wanted what Taylor appropriately described as “to dismiss me,” or to vote him out as Pastor.

According to spokespersons for MSMBC, the legal portion of those issues last approximately six months and was eventually culminated when a judge ruled in favor of Taylor by ultimately dismissing the case.

Nearly two year removed from a brutally chaotic encounter by which Taylor described as the “darkest hour” of his pastoral career, he acknowledged that such an occurrence inspired him to assess the overall landscape of his life both in the natural and spirit.

Especially in the spirit.

“I wouldn’t have wanted my enemy to go through what I went through,” Taylor said. “But I had to go through it, because I wouldn’t be who I am today. It happened because God wanted to perfect me. I was comfortable, pretty much naïve and He wanted to remove my crutches.

A preaching career that spans nearly three decades, Taylor is the Senior Pastor at the historic Morning Star, located at 2251 El Paso Street in the heart of Grand Prairie, roughly 25 minutes from downtown Dallas.

“He said He wanted me to trust Him and not people,” Taylor continued. “I had lost focus. I took my eyes off the Lord. Sometimes, we get too comfortable in our situations.”

That Taylor had steadfastly taken ownership of his role in a horricfically gruesome encounter during which cooler heads had ultimately prevailed, that sequence alone is indicative of why he was called to preach the gospel in the first place.

His divine calling, as he recalled, had started to come full circle during his days at Dodge City Community College in Kansas, where though he had dreamt of playing football and sensed he had the skills and mechanics to earn a roster spot, God had other ideas.

Taylor, in fact, was in for the grandest surprise of his young life.

Morning Star’s seventh Pastor since its inception on November 30, 1952, Taylor has gone to great lengths to become the devoted, beloved spokesperson for God he was called to be.

“I started preaching my junior year of high school,” Taylor, an avid Dallas Cowboys fan, explained. “So when I went to college, I got cut (from the football team). And that killed me.”

Not to mention it marked the resurrection of a preaching career he sensed he could put on the back burner for a specific period of time.

Not on God’s time clock.

“I knew I could play,” Taylor said. “When I got cut, the basketball coach didn’t know me, but wanted me to be the manager of the basketball (program). And for me, that was perfect, because that’s when I started my ministry. I used to minister to the players and I knew that’s what the Lord had for me. They used to call me Rev.”

Speaking of “Rev,” nothing really has changed to this very day, considering Taylor is stilling managing a team.

Only this time, it is a team that, just like him, is aiming to have a greater impact, but from a much more meaningful battlefield.

“They have been with me and supported me through thick and thin,” Taylor said of his congregation. “It’s just like a marriage, for better or for worse. But they know I’m making progress. The ministry is not the focus. God is the focus.”

Which, after all, makes his sometimes challenging, seemingly overwhelming job as a pastor much more bearable, particularly with regards to addressing the needs of a hurt people from various walks of life.

“That’s why I chose preaching over being a professional athlete,” Taylor said while reciting the familiar words to his favorite passage that is Romans 8:28. “I never lose. I’m always a winner, even though sometimes it’s disappointing. As Christians, we always win, because there’s always deliverance.”

Especially on God’s time clock.

 

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 of Making Headline News. A 2000 graduate of the University of Memphis School of Journalism and former sports reporter for the Memphis Commercial Appeal newspaper, Johnson is the former chief adjutant to Elder Andrew Jackson, Sr. of Faith Temple Ministries Church of God In Christ. Based in Dallas, Texas, Johnson covers the NBA Southwest Division. To reach Johnson, call him at 901-690-6587 or send email to memphisgraduate@yahoo.com. Also, follow him on Twitter @AJ_Journalist.

 

 

 

 

Houston-area businessman Larry Donnell Leonard II having monumental impact as CEO of first black-owned all natural alkaline bottled water company

 

MAKING HISTORYAside from spreading the Gospel to the masses, Larry Donnell Leonard II, a Houston-based Pastor and the First Presiding Bishop at New Covenant Churches International, Incorporated, deems it necessary to enlighten those to whom he routinely ministers on the significance of possessing and enjoying a healthy lifestyle. Leonard II is owner and CEO of Teshuater, which is believed to be the first black-owned all natural alkaline water company.

Larry Donnell Leonard II is widely known across the country as a pretty efficient, resourceful, compassionate man of the cloth, one who routinely preaches the importance of what it means to live a prosperous, victorious life.

Aside from spreading the Gospel to the masses, Leonard, a Houston-based Pastor and the First Presiding Bishop at New Covenant Churches International, Incorporated (where his father is the Presiding Bishop) also deems it necessary to enlighten those to whom he routinely ministers on the significance of possessing and enjoying a healthy lifestyle.

NATIONAL IMPACT A business that garnered respect and begin to generate headlines, particularly when Leonard partnered with fellow colleague Elder Patrick Sanders II and the Rising Star Church to bring fresh all natural alkaline water to the citizens of Flint, Michigan, Leonard said his business would not have emerged as the continuous success it is if not for the solid, unyielding support of his wife, Shuwana Leonard, to whom he’s been married for 19 years, as well as his sister, LaShanna Leonard, the owner of Houston’s Body Fierce Health And Wellness.

“What I love the most is that I’m able to bring awareness to our clients’ health without breaking their bank,” Leonard told Making Headline News this week.

The awareness to which Leonard is alluding is through his progressive thriving business as owner and chief executive officer of Teshuater, which is believed to be the first black-owned all natural alkaline water company.

Having partnered with his wife to establish his business in 2008, Leonard’s Teshuater has quickly evolved as one of the familiar names, of sorts, or as he explained, “one of  the competitors” of the water industry, although he and his staff have kept what they describe as a vested interest in the spring (water).

“Years later, our interest in the water industry was sparked once again after a conversation with a friend who was recovering from an illness,” Leonard explained during a review last week on his company’s Go Fund Me page. “The friend advised about the importance of her new diet which included monitoring her water intake.”

TREND SETTER — People in various establishments around the country have thoroughly embraced Leonard’s business, , most notably in Atlanta, New Orleans, Houston, Detroit and, as Leonard II acknowledge, the Dallas/Fort Worth area market.

As it turned out, one favorable thing led to another for a business venture that is starting to take its rightful place in this ever-so-competitive bottled water industry.

“We have been able to get in front of a lot of important people since we have decided to bring this public,” Leonard said.

People in various establishments around the country, most notably in Atlanta, New Orleans, Houston, Detroit and, as Leonard acknowledge, throughout the Dallas/Fort Worth area market in the foreseeable future.

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A business that has appropriately garnered respect, thus generate headlines, particularly when Leonard II partnered with fellow colleague Elder Patrick Sanders II and the Rising Star Church to bring fresh all natural alkaline water to the citizens of Flint, Michigan, Leonard said his business would not have emerged as the continuous success it is if not for the solid, unyielding support of his wife, Shuwana Leonard, to whom he’s been married for 19 years, as well as his sister, LaShanna Leonard, the owner of Houston’s Body Fierce Health And Wellness.

A progressive, flourishing business that is still in the process of fielding a variety of upgrades and added entities, Teshuater is scheduled to officially launch its operation in early April, Leonard said.

Given the immense strides Leonard and Co. have made in promoting their products over the past few months, it’s safe to assume that this business’ best and brightest days are well ahead of it.

“What has helped me really is my wife being in my corner and helping bring out this vision that I have had inside me,” Leonard, a Grambling State University alum, explained. “Without her, I wouldn’t be the successful business man I am today.”

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And then there are the attention-grabbing, tear-jerking testimonies about which Leonard have witnessed and heard.

“A friend of mine who was rehabbing from a stroke — only 40 years of age — told me that she had to watch her water intake,” Leonard recalled.  “That alone raised a flag and prompted me to look into the spring that my wife and I invested in 2008.  The information we gathered was mind blowing.”

It was, by all accounts, because of that memorable occurrence, coupled with his wife’s tireless support that essentially inspired Leonard to seek and consult God for divine direction, particularly as it pertained to helping others reconnect with living a healthy lifestyle.

And not just in the spirit realm.

“I’ve always stated this for the last 18 years of being self-employed: The graveyard and cemetery are the richest places on this planet,” said Leonard, adding that he will be in New Orleans for the annual New Orleans Entrepreneurial Week March 20-24.

FOLLOWING GOD’S LEAD —  It was, by all accounts, because of that memorable occurrence, coupled with his wife’s tireless support that essentially inspired Leonard to seek and consult God for direction, particularly as it pertained to helping others reconnect with living a healthy lifestyle. And not just in the spirit realm.

“The reason is because so many hopes and dreams have died along with the people who either died too prematurely or with those that were too afraid to see what it would actually look like.  I strive every day to pull that diamond out of each and every young man and young woman that I speak in front of. It is that very thing that keeps me pushing to educate our young entrepreneurs.”

 

For more information on how purchase Larry Donnell Leonard II’s all natural alkaline water, send email to: sales@teshuater.info.

 

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.

 

 

Toronto, Ontario-based author Efia Leatham enlightening and changing a generation through her inspiring book

 

ISN’T SHE LOVELY? Toronto, Ontario-based author Efia Leatham’s The Daily Word: Frame Your Day for Victory In 60 Seconds, by all accounts, is a written document that will greatly help readers focus — and refocus — their thoughts to position their day and ultimately reap positive and successful results.

Just after sunrise Saturday morning, as always, Efia Leatham took to her Facebook page and offered some life-enhancing, thought-provoking, spiritually gut-checking words of encouragement.

In addressing the masses, Leatham wrote: “Good morning! Today as you go forward in victory, it is time to open your ears and listen to what the Holy Spirit is saying. It is one thing to hear what is being said, but it is another thing to listen. God wants you to actively tune your ears to His frequency and turn off the sounds of the world around you. It is in hearing that you shall live….”

BETTA GET IT — A 376-page book that was officially released on May 26, 2016, The Daily Word, according to a description at Amazon.com, is widely viewed as a tool and resource, of sorts, to encourage, inspire, and share real love as Leatham’s reading audience seek answers to address thoughts pertaining to being loved, all while recognizing and connecting with their purpose.

Ironically and to her distinct and immeasurable credit, that she routinely shifts her ears to God’s Voice and deems it essential daily to seek Him for direction and purpose are amongst the reasons Leatham is savoring yet another monumental milestone, all while simultaneously living the abundant life Christ came to give us.

BEACON OF LIGHT — The Daily Word, by all accounts, is a written document that will greatly help readers focus — and refocus — their thoughts to position their day and ultimately reap positive and successful results.

“The vision was given last year January, but it had been in the works brewing for four years,” Leatham told Making Headline News this week.

The vision to which Leatham, a Toronto, Ontario native, is alluding is her much-anticipated, awe-inspiring book entitled, The Daily Word: Frame Your Day for Victory In 60 Seconds.

ALL IN GOD’S TIMING — In further detailing the purpose and mission for her book, Leatham emphasized that her desire to finally assemble it was simple: because God said it was time.

A 376-page book that was officially released on May 26, 2016, The Daily Word, according to an eloquent description at Amazon.com, is widely viewed as a tool and resource, of sorts, to encourage, inspire, and share real love as Leatham’s reading audience strategically seek answers to address thoughts pertaining to being loved, all while recognizing and connecting with their purpose.

BUY EFIA’S BOOK NOW: https://www.amazon.com/Daily-Word-Frame-Victory-Seconds/dp/0995186804.

WALKING IN VICTORYBy and large, people who routinely seek, pray to and cry out to God must first know what it means to walk in victory and, most importantly, do it with the right motives, something by which Leatham’s book teaches. In a nutshell, the time has come that we grasp that vital notion that victory begins in the mind.

In essence, The Daily Word is a spiritually-empowered beacon of light in a variety of aspects in that it greatly helps readers observe life through God’s lenses of love so that they, in turn, can command — and possess — their daily victories.

Wait, people of God.

There’s more to this tear-jerking, captivating book that figures to not only lift up Christ but, most of all, inspire people to draw closer to Him.

The Daily Word, by all accounts, is a written document that will greatly help readers focus — and refocus — their thoughts to position their day and ultimately reap positive and successful results.

ARMED WITH WEALTH OF GODLY BEAUTY — Ironically and to her distinct and immeasurable credit, that she routinely shifts her ears to God’s frequency and deems it essential daily to seek Him for direction and purpose are amongst the reasons Leatham is savoring yet another monumental milestone while simultaneously living the abundant life Christ came to give us.

“It’s important how you start your day and with what thoughts you leave your house with,” Leatham wrote in her Amazon description of her book. “Your thoughts will determine your attitude and your attitude will determine how you walk out your day. With rightly positioning your thoughts, you will be able to have good days, everyday regardless of what comes at you, because you are focused and destined to win in all things.”

In further detailing the purpose and mission for her book, Leatham emphasized that her desire to finally assemble it was simple: because God said it was time that her voice be heard not just north of the border, but around the world — so that men would see her good works and glorify Him, if you will.

Now, in less than one year since its much-anticipated inception, Leatham — all because she steadfastly obeyed the voice of God — is enlightening and reminding the universe on the importance of winning everyday regardless of their present situation and circumstances.

“It all starts in the mind, and with the right mindset, you can achieve victory,” said Leatham, whose desire to compose her book was fueled after attending her Uncle Cliff’s funeral in September of 2012 . “As a man thinketh in his heart so is he. In this particular time and season of life, with people looking for answers and seeking truth, The Daily Word provides the reader clear and articulate positive reinforcement, helping one to better frame their thoughts in a constructive way that will remind them of God and how He can give them strength to make the best of each and every day.”

By and large, people who routinely seek, pray to and cry out to God must first know what it means to walk in victory and, most importantly, do it with the right motives, something by which Leatham’s book teaches.

In a nutshell, the time has come that we grasp the life-changing, wholesome, vital notion that victory begins in the mind.

“The book provides real tips through challenging the thinking and that one can use right now to start walking in a victorious mindset,” Leatham, who currently resides in Toronto, said. “Experiencing God’s love for you as you get your day started or whenever you read it is where it all begins, and I want everyone to experience God’s love in its fullness.”

REMEMBERING CLIFF — Leatham’s esire to compose her book was fueled after attending her Uncle Cliff’s funeral in September of 2012.

Just as she had earnestly desired in a Facebook post shortly after sunrise Saturday.

“It started as text messages and Facebook posts for friends and family and from there was sent around the world by the recipients of the message,” said Leatham, explaining other factors that led to her producing her book. “And not a day has ever been missed since then. After spending time in prayer and fellowship each morning with the Lord, He gives me a word to share with His people.

“I know this is all Him, because if it was me, I would have been tapped out of things to say to build, strengthen and encourage others probably after 30-to-60 days,” Leatham continued. “But I am now about to hit five years this year. God is ever so good.”

All the time.

And all the time, God is ever so good.

 

For more information about Efia Leatham’s, The Daily Word: Frame Your Day for Victory In 60 Seconds, follow Efia on Facebook under Efia Leatham. Also, send email to: ejleatham@gmail.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 an email to memphisgraduate@yahoo.com. Also, follow him on Twitter @AJ_Journalist.

Cincinnati-based businesswoman Cynthia McCalister’s Quality SAP Inc. is having a national information technology impact

For Cynthia McCalister, her entrepreneurial mindset spans back more than 30 years.

All things considered, she has her parents to thank.

Take, for instance, how back in August 1981, when the Professional Air Traffic Controllers implemented a strike that was ultimately declared illegal and was broken by the Reagan Administration.

By and large, such a well-publicize work stoppage gave way to the entrepreneurial concept for McCalister’s father, the late Thomas Johnson.

GLOBAL IMPACT — Amongst the notable neighborhood gems Cincinnati businesswoman Cynthia McCalister has serviced include: Bonita’s Southern Style Sweet Potato Pies, East of Chicago Pizza, NT Nails, Crown Jewel Designs, Made With Love Cakes and Catering Services, Prayer In Action Events by L’BAE, and Full Throttle Indoor Karting, just to name a few.

“It was the influence of my parents, Thomas and Madlyn Johnson, that gave me the drive to be an entrepreneur,” McCalister, who resides in Cincinnati, told Making Headline News this week. “After the Air Traffic Controllers Strike in the 80’s, my father set out on a path to become a small business owner.”

McCalister’s father eventually made good on his business-related pledge and by starting what had become Regal Carpet Cleaning.

The rest, as they say, is history.

Having witnessed her father evolve mightily as a business owner, coupled with her mother having become a fixture as a drug and alcohol abuse counselor, not to mention a counselor for the AIDS Foundation of Dayton, Ohio and later a minister, McCalister sensed that one day she would absorb and take heed to their influential, immeasurable impact.

ON THE MOVE — Quality SAP, by all accounts, is widely known as a progressive and forward thinking IT company that specializes in — but isn’t limited to — developing affordable mobile application platforms. With the launch of the Key Spot mobile application platform, it is an ideal tool for business and consumers to find and post deals, discounts, and events all in one Key Spot. Now you can find discounts and deals wherever you go.

According to the business’ overview on its The Key Spot App Facebook page, “Quality SAP” stands for Quality, Service, And Products.

Quality SAP, by all accounts, is widely known as a progressive and forward thinking IT company that specializing in — but isn’t limited to — developing affordable mobile application platforms.

Most importantly and ideally for consumers, McCalister’s business highlights and provides affordable rates specifically for local and small businesses. With the launch of the Key Spot mobile application platform, it is an ideal tool for business and consumers to find and post deals, discounts, and events all in one Key Spot. Now you can find discounts and deals wherever you go.

On Wednesday April 12, from 6-9 p.m. EST, in Cincinnati, there will be a Key Spot sponsored Small Business Networking Event hosted by Key Spot’s Business Partner, Full Throttle Indoor Karting.  During the event, business owners will have the opportunity to network, build relationships, showcase their services and products, and get tools to help acquire and enjoy business growth.

GET YOUR TICKETS FOR THE EVENT: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/small-business-networking-event-sponsored-by-key-spot-tickets-32464590464.

In addition, there will be a Small Business Go Karting Challenge to see which business “comes out on top,” McCalister said.

“I get the most enjoyment working with small business owners by being a champion for them and supporting their growth,” McCalister, an Ohio native, said. “When I say I want to help you reach your goals, I mean it. I work to help spread the word about the hidden gems by leveraging technology of the Key Spot app, creating networking connections, and social media.”

Wait. There’s more pertinent information about which McCalister deemed it essential to share.

“When we are able to connect businesses to each other, such as an event coordinator looking for vendors, or a restaurant owner looking for desert makers, it provides opportunities for both sides to benefit,” McCalister explained. “In addition, being a patron provides the best firsthand account of products and services.”

LOGGING ON IS THE KEY:  www.keyspotapp.com.

Amongst the notable neighborhood gems McCalister has serviced include: Bonita’s Southern Style Sweet Potato Pies, East of Chicago Pizza, NT Nails, Crown Jewel Designs, Made With Love Cakes and Catering Services, Prayer In Action Events by L’BAE, and Full Throttle Indoor Karting, just to name a few.

“For businesses, the Key Spot app is like having a custom mobile advertising app at a fraction of the cost,” she said.

Interesting enough, not only is The Key Spot app available for businesses, but such a tool is suitable for all users, most notably to be used by customers for finding and posting deals, discounts, events within the community, along with self-managing and sharing educational events, church activities, concerts, garage sales, as well as other local happenings.

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Having been actively involved in the information technology industry for more than 20 years, McCalister holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Electrical Engineering, a Master’s Degree in Information Technology Management, as well as a number of Professional Certificates.

DOWNLOAD THE KEY SPOT APP: https://itunes.apple.com/app/id1046238494.

THE LEGACY LIVES ONHaving witnessed her father evolve mightily as a business owner, coupled with her mother having become a fixture as a drug and alcohol abuse counselor, a counselor for the AIDS Foundation of Dayton, Ohio, and later a minister, McCalister sensed that one day she would absorb and take heed to their influential impact.

Since Quality SAP‘s inception, there are currently Key Spot business partners in 15 states, including Ohio, Florida, Georgia, Virginia, New York, Arkansas, Illinois, Texas, Alabama, Indiana, Colorado, Michigan, Missouri, South Carolina, and California.

“We are continuing to spread across the country,” McCalister said.

All things considered, she has her parents to thank.

“As a family, we helped and supported (my father’s) journey,” McCalister said. “I saw firsthand the hard work he put into growing his business. In my mother, I saw God’s love demonstrated by her work in the community. Though they are no longer with us, their legacy lives on through me.”

LET’S NETWORK, Y’ALL: https://www.facebook.com/groups/KeySpotBusinessPartners/.

A legacy that, because she thought it necessary long ago to heed her parents’ advice and life’s lessons, has greatly given way to Quality SAP now having a global presence.

“I would not have achieved so much if it was not for my faith in God, the support of my family, friends, and business team for believing in me and my dream,” McCalister said. “With the love of my husband and children, it has given me the motivation to continue to strive for the highest heights. I want to make my family proud and be a positive role model, demonstrating anything is possible to achieve with God, a dream, and hard work.”

That’s the key.

 

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 James Perry, Jr. winning souls both on and off the court as a thriving AAU basketball coach

 

LOVE AND BASKETBALL…AND THE BIBLEA former Abbeville (Alabama) High School and Lander University basketball standout, James Perry, Jr. is widely known as the Founder and Senior Pastor at Empowerment Worship Center in Greenville, South Carolina.
Interesting enough, when the 44-year-old minister isn’t decked out in his spiffy, flowing robe and giving sermons within the four walls of his church that is housed at 31 Calhoun Avenue in Greenville, chances are he’s somewhere nearby on EWC’s campus, teaching all things basketball fundamentals and mechanics as the head coach of the South Carolina Raptors seventh grade AAU squad.

Because of his deep admiration for spreading the Gospel and coaching basketball, it’s safe to assume that James Perry, Jr. is savoring the best of both worlds.

“Well, I love basketball for one,” said Perry, Jr. told Making Headline News during a recent interview. “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.”

To his distinct credit, Perry, Jr. is strategically impacting lives both from the pulpit and on the hardwood.

HOOPS ON HOLY GROUNDMore than anything else, it seems, coaching the sport he loves essentially serves as a spiritual GPS system, of sorts, particularly as it relates to helping youngster find their way to Christ, all while simultaneously learning good sportsmanship and upgrading their skills and fundamentals.

A former Abbeville (Alabama) High School and Lander University basketball standout, Perry, Jr. is widely known as the Founder and Senior Pastor at Empowerment Worship Center in Greenville, South Carolina.

Interesting enough, when the 44-year-old minister isn’t decked out in his spiffy, flowing robe and giving sermons within the four walls of his church that is housed at 31 Calhoun Avenue in Greenville, chances are he’s somewhere nearby on EWC’s campus, teaching all things basketball fundamentals and mechanics as an assistant coach of the South Carolina Raptors seventh grade AAU squad.

Even upon finally accepting his calling to preach the Gospel come 18-plus year ago, the 6-foot-4 preacher was still very much active in competitive hoops.
How else to explain why today, approximately two years removed from his congregation having moved to its present location, Perry, Jr. still acknowledges how blessed and grateful he is to have a gymnasium adjacent to his sanctuary?

For Perry, Jr., while preaching isn’t something about which he was passionate even as a young preacher’s kid — or PK — he admittedly has always held a basketball close to his heart, considering the sport served as an outlet, of sorts, particularly with regards to him bolting home for college.

Even upon finally accepting his calling to preach the Gospel some 18-plus year ago, this 6-foot-4 giant of a preacher was still very much active in competitive hoops.

How else to explain why today, approximately two years removed from his congregation having moved to its present location, Perry, Jr. still acknowledges how blessed and grateful he is to have a gymnasium a few dribbles away from his sanctuary?

MORE THAN CONQUERORSIn many cases, Perry, Jr. said, coaching basketball is synonymous to preaching to the masses in that he’s often faced with the sometimes brutal tasks of taking the good with the bad encounters and vice versa.
“Basketball can be challenging and there are good and bad days,” Perry, Jr. explained. “You apply this to life, because no matter how hard it gets, you never quit and you keep pushing.

Talk about savoring the best of both worlds.

“I am passionate about basketball because I love it and it gives me the opportunity to teach and build relationships with young men,” Perry, Jr., who’s coached five years at the high school ranks, said. “It gives me the chance to be a counselor, a motivator and mentor while being a coach.”

More than anything else, it seems, coaching the sport he loves essentially serves as a spiritual GPS system, of sorts, particularly as it relates to helping youngsters find their way to Christ, all while simultaneously learning good sportsmanship and upgrading their skills and fundamentals.

BECOME EMPOWERED: http://empowermentworshipcenter.org/

In many cases, Perry, Jr. said, coaching basketball is synonymous to preaching to the masses in that he’s often faced with the sometimes brutal tasks of taking the good with the bad encounters and vice versa.

“Basketball can be challenging and there are good and bad days,” Perry, Jr. explained. “You apply this to life, because no matter how hard it gets, you never quit and you keep pushing. Many times, the kids get down on themselves, and this gives me the opportunity to lift them up. Life is the same way, but it will present roadblocks and challenges and they must know they have to keep pushing through.”

SLAM DUNKING FOR JESUS — For Perry, Jr., while preaching isn’t something about which he was passionate even as a young preacher’s kid — or PK — he admittedly has always held a basketball close to his heart, considering the sport served as an outlet, of sorts, particularly with regards to him bolting home for college.

Much like Perry, Jr., a Charlotte, North Carolina native, had found himself doing while growing up in a rather strict, Christian-oriented environment in which attending church had seemingly become as customary as, say, going to school.

Regardless, it is because of his father’s tough love and unyielding Godly wisdom, coupled with his strict parental commands that have greatly empowered Perry, Jr. to help empower youth athletes on the importance of staying empowered through Biblical principles and basketball — all on the campus of the Empowerment Worship Center.

How empowering.

“The sky is the limit because we teach our kids the game and life,” said Perry, Jr. whose Raptors have competed in such places as Tennessee, Georgia, North and South Carolina, and Florida. “We push the student athlete and enforce accountability.”

All while savoring the best of both worlds.

Which, in Perry, Jr.’s case, is just the way God intended it to be all along.

 

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-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

 

 

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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 an email to memphisgraduate@yahoo.com. Also, follow him on Twitter @AJ_Journalist.

 

 

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