Memphis-based businesswoman and Total Life Changes Director Sarah Watson: ‘God is a part of this company’

WOMAN OF EXCELLENCE — With the persuasion and guidance of her Pastor, Andrew R. Smith and his wife, Tammie, Memphis businesswoman Watson has become a fixture as an independent distributor for Total Life Changes, a booming, progressive venture that is designed primarily to enable independent business owners and their customers with a diverse set of products that are easy to sell and healthy to share.

When Sarah Watson was asked recently what is her personal mission for having delved off into entrepreneurship, she wasted little time offering a rather brief, forthright response.

“Straight ministry,” Watson said.

Fortunately for Watson, she has a number of reasons for making God the Focal Point of a business venture that seems to have benefited her mightily in recently years.

With the persuasion and guidance of her Pastor, Andrew R. Smith and his wife, Tammie, Watson has become a fixture as an independent distributor for Total Life Changes, a booming, progressive venture that is designed primarily to enable independent business owners and their customers with a diverse set of products that are easy to sell and healthy to share.

Having officially gone into operations in 1999, Total Life Changes, or TLC as it is widely known, now provides thousands of people around the world with the opportunity to build a brighter future, most notably by way of living and savoring a healthy lifestyle, as well as through the financial freedom and flexibility they seek.

According to a spokesperson for TLC, this internationally-acclaimed business has developed a widely described as a “true sense of family” that is shared by its independent business owners, executive staff, and customer service agents. Moreover, this company is credible in that it customarily provides its members with an unlimited opportunity to grow their business, not to mention develop a network of offices located across the world.

Currently occupying the role as Director, Watson, a native Memphian, has enjoyed a wealth of success since becoming affiliated with Total Life Changes in December 2014. Given the immense the strides she’s made since joining the company, she has shown no signs of slowing down any time soon, and rightly so.

If nothing else, she’s devising ways to become even more effective and efficient for a company whose best days undoubtedly are well ahead of it.

“My investment with TLC has allowed my family to travel within the United States and also plan future trips to Greece and Canada, etc.,” Watson, a Memphis East High alum, said. “When you see how zip codes and bank accounts (have been) changed (financially), how our team and customers speaking about how God changed their lifestyles health wise,  you get excited, because we know God is a part of this company.”

Amongst the biggest reasons for Watson’s increased faith as an independent distributor for TLC is because of the memorable, life-enhancing testimonies she’s heard time and again, most notably the ones involving TLC’s national directors Robert and Dana Newsom, both of whom had gone from being virtually homeless to emerging as millionaires for the company as current global directors.

“Hearing the countless testimonies about every product that TLC produces works as well as the financial blessings that are attributed to our unbeatable compensation plan,” Watson, a beauty consultant for Bare Minerals and an accomplished makeup artist, explained.

MAKING MAJOR TLC CHANGES — Amongst the biggest reasons for Watson’s increased faith as an independent distributor for TLC is because of the memorable, life-enhancing testimonies she’s heard time and again, most notably the ones involving TLC’s national directors Robert and Dana Newsom, both of whom had gone from being virtually homeless to emerging as millionaires for the company as current global directors.

A little more than two years removed from having joined Total Life Changes, Watson doesn’t shy away from the notion that just like this steadily progressing business, her best and brightest days with this company are well ahead of her.

More than anything, this longtime licensed minister is relying solely on her unyielding faith in her Creator to ultimately give way to her reaping a much-anticipated harvest.

“Being broken and needing direction in my past, I was able to minister to those who were looking for a way out,” Watson said. “Also, the Holy Spirit placed in my spirit another awesome ministry called, ‘The Biggest Heart.’ I pull a nominated name bi- weekly and bless them with gifts. This touches my heart with tears to hear them say, ‘I’ve never won anything.’ So I’m motivated to do more encouragements and giving.”

For her valiant contributions both through ministry and as a business owner, she’s convinced that her harvest season is soon to come.

By and large, for what it’s worth, she’s convinced her much-anticipated breakthrough will come to fruition courtesy of Total Life Changes.

After all, she emphasized, “God is a part of this company.”

 

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.

Houston-area evangelist/author Dr. Sena Whitaker’s “I’m Sleeping With The Pastor!” an intriguing read amongst believers

CHRISTIAN LOVE BIRDS — Earl Whitaker, with God, his Helper leading the way, is a longtime Pastor and he’s pretty darn good and resourceful one, considering his wife has steadfastly obeyed the voice of God by composing a book that depicts this very subject and lifestyle. Dr. Sena Whitaker is the mastermind behind “I’m Sleeping With The Pastor!” an intriguing, thought-provoking published document that is widely known as a success kit for Pastors wives and those who love them.

DALLAS — Make no mistake, Dr. Sena Whitaker would be the first admit that she simply loves to sleep with a Pastor.

Literally and figuratively, mind you.

Flash back to sometime a little more than a decade ago, when Whitaker was lying in bed next to her beloved companion, Earl Whitaker.

That is when, according to her, her Creator appropriately reminded her of whom she goes to sleep with and wakes up next to daily.

So all things considered, there’s no sense, really, in anyone publicly broadcasting to the masses that Dr. Whitaker is one who finds pleasure in sleeping with a man of cloth.

Heck, come to think of it, she’d be happy to tell you herself.

YOU SLEEPING WITH WHO? Officially released in May 20, 2013, “I’m Sleeping With The Pastor!” has emerged as a rather compelling seller, particularly amongst those in the Body of Christ who share a similar lifestyle as Dr. Whitaker.

“(In 2006), as my husband and I were lying in bed talking, he told me he had to get up and get ready to drive to the church,” Dr. Whitaker told Making Headline News this week.

The church to which Earl Whitaker was referring is located in Lufkin, Texas, an institution that is approximately an hour-and-a-half-away from the couples’ Cypress, Texas home, or roughly 127 miles.

So much for withholding a secret, of sorts — one that, to the Whitakers’ credit, has become public news amongst countless individuals.

“All of a sudden I laughed and said, ‘O, I forgot. I’m sleeping with the pastor!’” Dr. Whitaker jokingly said in revealing a secret that, well, really isn’t a secret.

So there you have it.

Earl Whitaker, in fact, is a longtime Pastor and he’s pretty darn good and resourceful one, considering his wife has steadfastly obeyed the voice of God by composing a book that depicts this very subject and lifestyle.

Dr. Whitaker is the mastermind behind “I’m Sleeping With The Pastor!” an intriguing, thought-provoking published document that is widely known as a success kit for Pastors’ wives and those who love them.

“I lay in bed for another two hours writing down our thoughts as the Holy Spirit gave us this book,” said Dr. Whitaker, whose husband is also credited with having assembled several chapters in her book.

REPRESENTING PHILLY WELL — Dr. Whitaker emphasized that part of her purpose for her book is to provide pastors insight and understanding as it pertains to the issues and subjects their wives often face in their unique roles. A native of Chester, Pennsylvania — but was raised in Philadelphia — Dr. Whitaker boasts more than two decades as a Pastor’s wife. In addition, she is a longtime licensed evangelist and is the founding president of Ministers of the Heart, Incorporated, which is an Interdenominational Fellowship Of Female Ministers.

Officially released in May 20, 2013, “I’m Sleeping With The Pastor!” has emerged as a rather compelling seller, particularly amongst those in the Body of Christ who share a similar lifestyle as Dr. Whitaker.

A native of Chester, Pennsylvania — but was raised in Philadelphia — Dr. Whitaker boasts more than two decades as a Pastor’s wife. In addition, she is a longtime licensed evangelist and is the founding president of Ministers of the Heart, Incorporated, which is an Interdenominational Fellowship Of Female Ministers.

According to a spokesperson at Amazon.com, where the book can be purchased, Dr. Whitaker shares an assortment of transparent experiences and writes candidly and enthusiastically about her experiences as a pastor’s wife, all while simultaneously encouraging and empowering pastors’ wives to flourish in their high calling, most notably through Biblical viewpoints and principles. In addition, Dr. Whitaker shares what is widely viewed as “penetrating perspectives” from her husband as well as experiences from other pastors’ wives, congregants and female pastors.

FOLLOWING DR. WHITAKER VIA SOCIAL MEDIA: https://www.facebook.com/drsenawhitaker/.

In a nutshell, “I’m Sleeping With The Pastor!” contains insightful counsel from Dr. Amanda Bowie, a clinical psychologist, who promotes healthy, psychological, and spiritual well-being for pastors’ wives and those who deem it essential to read this book, according to the spokesperson.

AWWWWWWW — Earl and Sena Whitaker are both widowed, have been married for 14 years, and have five sons and a daughter.

When asked what is the single, most underlying reason she chose to produce such a book, Dr. Whitaker said, “Even though being a pastor’s wife is a high calling, I’m often torn by the responsibilities and expectations that I and others have of me. I know I’m not alone, so I wanted to provide other pastor’s wife with a tool kit to thrive in their high calling — especially new pastor’s wives.”

Most importantly, Dr. Whitaker emphasized that part of her purpose for her book is to provide pastors some insight and understanding, particularly as it pertains to the issues their wives often face in their unique roles.

A native of Chester, Pennsylvania — but was raised in Philadelphia — Dr. Whitaker boasts more than two decades as a Pastor’s wife. In addition, she is a longtime licensed evangelist and is the founding president of Ministers Of The Heart, Incorporated, which is an Interdenominational Fellowship Of Female Ministers.

ADVANCING THE KINGDOM — A book that has become a success since its inception nearly four years ago, Dr. Whitaker’s next book entitled, “What Shall We Do With Mom?” is currently in the works and is scheduled to be released in May.

Also, she an ambassador for the Omar Jamal Aycox Foundation, Incorporated.

Earl and Sena Whitaker are both widowed and have been married for 14 years. The couple have five sons and a daughter.

As for the divine message she’s aiming to send to her reading audience, Dr. Whitaker stressed that a satisfying marriage is never over.

“As pastors’ wives, we do not live in a Pollyanna world shrouded in rose colored glasses, waiting for our prince charming to take us to a land where we will live happily ever,” Dr. Whitaker explained. “We are living in a real world where God has entrusted us with the marvelous ministry of being a pastor’s wife.”

A book that has become a success since its inception nearly four years ago, Dr. Whitaker’s next book entitled, “What Shall We Do With Mom?” is currently in the works and is scheduled to be released in May.

Y’ALL PAY ATTENTION — “As pastors’ wives, we do not live in a Pollyanna world shrouded in rose colored glasses, waiting for our prince charming to take us to a land where we will live happily ever,” Dr. Whitaker explained. “We are living in a real world where God has entrusted us with the marvelous ministry of being a pastor’s wife.”

As for her book that is nearing four years of age, Dr. Whitaker said she’s thoroughly impressed with the overwhelmingly favorable feedback.

“My prayer is that pastors’ wives, pastors, and congregants of all denominations, creeds, color, and ages are helped immensely from reading this book and that God gets all the glory for the great things He has done with, through and for my husband and me,” Dr. Whitaker said.

And, if nothing else, don’t get it twisted.

Dr. Whitaker would be the first admit that she simply loves to sleep with a Pastor.

After all, God is the One Who endorsed it in the first place.

 

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.

Memphis’ Alex Farms Hickory Smoked Chicken Salad creating a continuous, massive buzz throughout the Bluff City and Mid-South

 

TEN-NES-SEE AND TASTE THIS CHICKEN SALAD, Y’ALL — An up-and-coming business that is located at 3709 South Hickory Ridge Mall in Suite 460 of the historic Hickory Hill Ridge Mall, Darwin and Kyra Henderson’s Alex Farms Hickory Smoked Chicken Salad has become a popular establishment for Memphians, giving the buzz it has created since its inception a little more than a year ago.

 

Fortunately for Memphis-based entrepreneur Kyra “Sha” Henderson, she thought it essential some time ago to thoroughly embrace the life-changing advice of her husband, Darwin Henderson.

OMG! LOOK AT THIS! Widely considered a “game changer” according to Kyra Henderson, her husband’s delectable, mouth-watering chicken salad has become one of the most sought-after products throughout the Memphis-metropolitan area, let alone a favorite amongst those who weren’t particularly fans of such a food.

That’s because her beloved companion, to his distinct credit, is responsible for encouraging his wife to broaden her entrepreneurial horizon by sharing his famous chicken salad with those outside of their family.

“After being asked several times by family and friends to make it, I thought, ‘Wait a minute, my husband might be on to something great,’” Kyra Henderson, a native Memphian, told Making Headline News this week. “So I took it to beauty shops and barbershops and it became a high demand on Saturdays.”

That Kyra Henderson had graciously heeded the advice of her husband and other family members has benefited her mightily.

So much, in fact, that the Hendersons essentially are building an impressive empire right before our very eyes as owners of Alex Farms Hickory Smoked Chicken Salad.

An up-and-coming business that is located at 3709 South Hickory Ridge Mall in Suite 460 inside the historic Hickory Ridge Mall, Alex Farms Hickory Smoked Chicken Salad has become a popular establishment for Memphians, given the buzz it has acquired since its inception a little more than a year ago.

Widely considered a “game changer” according to Kyra Henderson, her husband’s delectable, mouth-watering chicken salad has become one of the most sought-after products throughout the Memphis-metropolitan area, let alone a favorite amongst those who weren’t particularly fans of such a food.

“Our product is made fresh daily,” Kyra Henderson,  a 1991 Memphis Hamilton High graduate, said.

Not only that, what has set the Hendersons’ product aside from others similar to it is that their chicken salad is filled with a unique smoked flavor that keeps customers coming back for more.

So what is Darwin’s secret?

Good luck trying to convince him to relinquish or share a famous recipe that figures to remain undisclosed indefinitely.

FOLLOW ALEX FARMS HICKORY SMOKED CHICKEN SALAD VIA SOCIAL MEDIA: https://www.facebook.com/alexfarmschickensalad/.

“The secret is it is full of love,” Kyra Henderson said with a straight face while displaying her customary signature smile. “We love what we do and love the smiles on our customers’ faces after they taste it.”

WE AIN’T TELLING Y’ALL NOTHING — What sets Alex Farms Hickory Smoked Chicken Salad aside from others similar to it is that its chicken salad is filled with a unique smoked flavor that keeps customers coming back for more. So what is their secret? Good luck trying to convince the Hendersons to relinquish or share a famous recipe that figures to remain undisclosed indefinitely.

So scrumptious and desirable the Hendersons’ chicken salad is that those who customarily find their way inside the Hickory Ridge Mall can’t seem to think of enough favorable names for it.

“It has been called several things like additive, unbelievable, breath-taking, and just plain out good,” Kyra Henderson said. “We don’t take this lightly being that we are husband and wife and that God gave an idea to us that has taken off by surprise.”

As if Memphians haven’t become addicted to Alex Farms Hickory Smoked Chicken Salad, it seems the Hendersons’ product is starting draw rave reviews amongst residents outside of the Bluff City.

According to Kyra Henderson, one customer actually caught a flight bound for Memphis just to make a special visit to her place of business and purchase the famous chicken salad.

Talk about having a monumental impact in a once downtrodden, storm-damaged Southeast Memphis-area mall that appears well on its way to returning back to respectability.

 

TALK OF THE TOWN — Interesting enough, the array of stories, testimonies, and positive feedback surrounding Alex Farms Hickory Smoked Chicken Salad are one what the Hendersons will cherish for a lifetime.

“What we found out was all different ages and ethnic backgrounds love our product, so we decided to step out on faith and open up in the Hickory Ridge Mall Food Court, which is an area that is on the road back to thriving again for businesses,” Kyra Henderson explained. “We have now been located in the Hickory Ridge Mall for little over a year, and it has been absolutely amazing how our business has thrived in this mall.”

Interesting enough, the array of stories, testimonies, and positive feedback surrounding Alex Farms Hickory Smoked Chicken Salad are what the Hendersons will cherish for a lifetime.

Heck, you’ve just gotta love Darwin, the mastermind behind what is shaping up to be a family-oriented empire — with God, their Helper, leading the way.

“My husband has always enjoyed cooking for friends and family, and this product was made by my husband for our son’s graduation dinner when he graduated from elementary school and he is now a senior in college,” Kyra Henderson said. The name (of the business) comes from our daughter, whose her name is Alex. She is the taste tester. She tells her dad what is needed for each batch to go out perfectly every time.”

In that case, heck, you’ve just gotta love Alex too.

 

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.

 

Memphis-based entrepreneur Teka Doggett’s Teka’s Cookies sending social media world into a massive sweet tooth frenzy

 

TEN-NES-SEE THESE COOKIES — A thriving, progressive business that officially went into operations in December 2015, Teka Doggett’s Teka’s Cookies have become a popular venture throughout the social media universe and, given the immense strides her business has made since its inception, it appears it is starting to become a household name around the country.

If you are one who is presently harboring a sweet tooth, such a familiar craving can be heighten considerably when you browse the Facebook page of Memphis-based entrepreneur Teka Doggett.

There you will find an assortment of images featuring eye-catching, attention-grabbing, mouth-watering cookies made by Doggett, the owner and CEO of Teka’s Cookies.

A thriving, progressive business that officially went into operations on Doggett’s birthday in December 2015, Teka’s Cookies have become a popular venture throughout the social media universe and, given the immense strides her business has made since its inception, it appears it is starting to become a household name around the country.

“Being in an extra-curricular activity helps with taking a risk doing your best and being judged afterwards,” Doggett, a Memphis Hamilton High graduate, told Making Headline News this week while drawing a distinct correlation between her days as a high school majorette and her desire to delve off into entrepreneurship. “(That) reminds me of a competition or a jamboree. What I like most (about being a business owner) is giving people something good and sharing things that I like.”

To her credit, Teka’s Cookies certainly have given way to Doggett having emerged mightily as a fan favorite, of sorts, particularly amongst those with whom she’s affiliated via social media.

All too often, social media account holders periodically find themselves hastening to Doggett’s timeline that accompanies the name, Teka’s Cookies, only to wound up wasting little time contacting her to place their much-anticipated orders.

“I cater to all age groups…anyone that loves cookies,” Doggett said.

A little more than a year-and-a-half removed from having established her assorted cookie business, Doggett’s products aren’t just a popular trend amongst Mid-Southerners. Today, Teka’s Cookies are being requested daily by consumers around the country for a variety of occasions.

You name the flavor of delectable cookies, and chances are Doggett has it in her unique professional baking repertoire.

Or she would go to great lengths to get it.

Heck, given the congested consumer traffic that customarily blankets her Facebook page, it’s safe to assume that Doggett aims to please, something by which her devoted customers deem especially gratifying.

“I really don’t have one,” said Doggett, when asked to explain her mission for starting what has become a successful business. “But I do, however, have God’s mission to fulfill, because that’s where my inspiration came from.”

As it relates to the birthing of Teka’s Cookies, it essentially started with a dream, Doggett recalled. By and large, while she admittedly sensed it was a mere fantasy, it’s a good thing she steadfastly obeyed the voice of her Creator.

“I literally dreamt this idea, woke up and said out loud, ‘God you have jokes,’” Doggett explained with a straight while displaying her unique but familiar slight smile. “(I said), ‘How am I going to come up with all those flavors?’”

As expected, God gave her the answer about which she diligently inquired.

Errr, sorry. He gave her the appropriate answers, mind you.

“Needless to say, I got my answers, even though I had to use family and friends as my guinea pigs while I perfect my recipes,” Doggett said.

A longtime licensed Tennessee cosmetologist, Doggett’s business, thanks in large part to her unyielding love for her customers, coupled with the solid support from family and friends, is enjoying continuous growth, a trend that figures to last for quite some time.

“I like to show others that when you obey God, the results are unimaginable,” Doggett said.

With a straight while displaying her unique but familiar slight smile.

 

For more information about Teka’s Cookies or to place orders, call Teka Doggett at 901-834-5055. 

 

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

Andre Johnson is Founder and Publisher for Making Headline News. A 2000 graduate of the University of Memphis School of Journalism and a former staff reporter the Memphis Commercial Appeal newspaper, Johnson covers the NBA Southwest Division from Dallas, Texas. To reach Johnson, send an email to memphisgraduate@yahoo.com. Also, follow him on Twitter @AJ_Journalist.

Memphian Velinda Humphreys’ new mobile beauty salon figures to become a popular Mid-South trend

TEN-NES-SEE HOW UNIQUE SHE IS — A professional cosmetology career that spans more than 25 years, Memphis native Velinda Humphreys is owner and chief executive officer of Styles with Smiles Senior Hair care. A business that essentially is in its infancy stages, Styles With Smiles Senior Hair care is a mobile beauty salon that’s 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.

Velinda Humphreys is professional hairstylist.

A pretty darn unique and crafty and gifted one at that.

A professional cosmetologist whose notable career spans more than 25 years, Humphreys, to her distinct credit, has become a fixture in this ever-so-competitive and evolving industry, especially in Memphis, where individuals becoming engaged in cosmetology undoubtedly is one the market’s most popular trends.

Fortunately for Humphreys, 42, she certainly has found her niche, particularly as it pertains to establishing a solid rapport with those who value the overall health and appearance of their hair.

That is why Humphreys has taken yet another progressive, monumental step in the cosmetology industry, this time in the area of entrepreneurship as owner and chief executive officer of Styles With Smiles Senior Haircare.

A business that essentially is in its infancy stages, Styles With Smiles Senior Haircare is 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.

THEY MATTER TOO — A business that essentially is in its infancy stages, Styles With Smiles Senior Haircare is a mobile beauty salon that’s 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.
Humphreys’ newly-established business is especially ideal for handicapped or individuals with special needs.

Humphreys’ newly-established business is especially ideal for handicapped and individuals with special needs.

By and large, what Humphreys deems mostly gratifying about her business is that she’s customarily afforded with the golden opportunity to tend to the hair care needs of those who deserve to look their best despite their physical limitations.

“I love working with the elderly,” Humphreys told Making Headline News this week. I get a greater since of gratitude…that feeling of appreciation. Even though they may not be going anywhere, they like to look pretty also even if only for that (particularly) day.”

MAKING MEMPHIS PROUD — A professional cosmetologist whose notable career spans more than 25 years — and counting — Humphreys, to her distinct credit, has become a fixture in this ever-so-competitive and evolving industry, especially in Memphis, where individuals becoming engaged in cosmetology undoubtedly is one the market’s most popular trends.

To her credit, Humphreys is no stranger to working with and tending to the needs of elderly individuals.

For a little more than three years, the Memphis Hamilton High graduate has been working at the Heritage At Irene Woods, a 150-acre, senior housing development located between the suburbs of Germantown and Collierville.

Prior to joining the staff at Heritage At Irene Woods, Humphreys spent 10 years at nearby Kirby Pines Estate, another notable Mid-South-area retirement community.

Although she holds a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the University of Phoenix, working with the elderly is what appears to have allowed Humphreys to connect with and discover the divine purpose for which God has created her.

“I want to reach and service as many clients as I can and to expand, whereas I will need to hire help,” Humphreys said. “I’m not doing this just for the money, which I know many do. But I want everyone to be, to feel, and to look beautiful inside and out.”

As for her the degree in her selected area of study, as Humphreys hinted, she’s seemingly able to enjoy the best of both worlds.

By and large, what Humphreys deems mostly gratifying about her business is that she’s customarily afforded with the opportunity to tend to their hair care needs of those who deserve to look their best, despite their physical limitations. “I love working with the elderly,” Humphreys told Making Headline News this week. I get a greater since of gratitude…that feeling of appreciation.”

“I am also able to incorporate my psychology degree with my services,” Humphreys explained. “People have always said that hairstylist and bartenders are like psychologist, because people always bring them their problems.”

YOU GO GIRL! Although she holds a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the University of Phoenix, working with the elderly is what appears to have allowed Humphreys to connect with and discover the divine purpose for which God has created her.

As Humphreys is also quick to point out, the less stress, the better, particularly as it relates to fulfilling her daily customer services goals and objectives. That is where her psychological attributes, by all accounts, come into play — all while fortifying her divine, God-mandated purpose.

“In the salon that I am currently working in, I allow no negative vibes,” Humphreys said. “They are to check it at the door. I do not do pity parties. It’s a happy place. No stress.”

Just like her newly-established Styles With Smiles Senior Haircare which, given the immense strides she’s made in the cosmetology industry over the past 2 ½ decades, figures to become a popular trend in the Bluff City and surrounding areas.

 

For more information about Velinda Humphreys’ Styles With Smiles Senior Haircare, call 901-283-8100. 

 

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.

 

 

 

 

Plano (Texas) West sprinter Sharoné Johnson reaping benefits of hard work with track and field scholarship to Louisiana Tech

TEXAS SIZE BLESSINGS — While making the switch to different events in such a brief time frame brought about a few challenges for Sharone Johnson, it is her body of work as a sprinter in recent years that has benefited her mightily. That’s because approximately one week before Thanksgiving, the West Plano senior standout was left to count her blessings after she signed a National Letter of Intent to join the track and field program at Louisiana Tech.

DALLAS — All things considered, Sharoné Johnson is a glass-half-full kind of person.

Take, for instance, how last summer during a Junior Olympics track and field meet in Sacramento, California, when Johnson, a Plano (Texas) West High sprinter came away somewhat harboring mixed feelings after having placed place 15th overall out of 58 participants in the 400-meter hurdles with a time of 1:04:14.

“Although disappointed with my ending rank, I am pleased with the overall progress that I made over the course of only a few months,” a seemingly upbeat Johnson told Making Headline News during a recent interview. “Going from school track to summer track, I was told that the move from the 300 (meter hurdles) to the 400 (meter hurdles) would be a difficult adjustment.”

MAKING CONTINUOUS PROGRESS — Having spent a majority of my track career as a fixture in the 200 and 400-meter dash, Johnson ultimately set a personal best and a new school record in the 300-meter hurdles with a time of 42.23, a feat she accomplished a short time after having made the switch to that event.
Her initial time in that event was 46.45.

While making the switch to different events in such a brief time frame brought about a few challenges for Johnson, it is her solid body of work as a sprinter in recent years that has benefited her mightily.

That’s because approximately one week before Thanksgiving, the West Plano senior standout was left to count her blessings after she signed a National Letter of Intent to join the track and field program at Louisiana Tech, ending a rather intriguing recruiting process that also included schools such as Wichita State, the University of South Florida, the University of New Orleans, Baylor having shown interest in the Lady Wolves’ featured sprinter.

A native of the historic Oak Cliff district of the Dallas/Fort Worth area, the 17-year-old Johnson said she was thoroughly sold on Louisiana Tech, in large part because Lady Bulldogs coach LaMonte Vaughn was determined to convince her to commit before any other school could lure her to its campus.

A native of the historic Oak Cliff district of the Dallas/Fort Worth area, the 17-year-old Johnson said she was thoroughly sold on Louisiana Tech, in large part because Lady Bulldogs coach LaMonte Vaughn was determined to convince her to commit before any other school could lure her to its campus.

“I felt that was the best decision for me. I loved that he didn’t discredit any other colleges or put them down,” said Johnson, explaining her decision to sign with Louisiana Tech. “Instead, his main focus was to tell me what he could do for me on and off the track. My ultimate goal was to go to a college that would not only help me develop as an athlete, but as a better person so that I’m prepared for life after college.”

Louisiana Tech coach LaMonte Vaughn

As Johnson acknowledged, it was Vaughn — a former University of Kentucky track and field standout  whose two decades of college coaching experience includes eight years in the Pac-12 Conference with stints at Washington and UCLA — who discovered qualities and mechanics through her immense skills as a gifted sprinter that no other coached had noticed.

“He said, ‘She’s one race away from having the race of her life and I want to get her before anyone else does,’” Johnson said. “That immediately drew me toward his program. I believe with him in my corner, I will do big things in college and after.”

Much like she has done for a majority of her career at Plano West.

JUST DOING IT — Arguably Johnson’s best achievements in this, her final prep season, is having clocked in at 43.69 in the 300-meter hurdle, a mark that gave way to her having secured a No. 2 ranking in Texas in that event.

Having spent a majority of my prep tenure as a fixture in the 200 and 400-meter dash, Johnson ultimately set a personal best and a new school record in the 300-meter hurdles with a time of 42.23, a feat she accomplished a short time after having made the switch to that event.

Her previous recorded time in that event was 46.45.

LOUISIANA TECH-NICAL KNOCKOUT — In November, Johnson ended a rather intriguing recruiting process that also included schools such as Wichita State, the University of South Florida, the University of New Orleans, Baylor having shown interest in the Lady Wolves’ featured sprinter.

In addition, she was a member of the Plano West’s 4 x100 and the 4×400 meter relay squads that advanced to the regional competition.

Arguably Johnson’s best achievements in this, her final prep season, is when she registered a time of  43.69 in the 300-meter hurdle, a mark that gave way to her having secured a No. 2 ranking in Texas in that event. Also, she added the 100-meter hurdles to her sprinting repertoire and, although she has officially committed to a college, she destined to her finish Plano West career on a strong, memorable note.

“As I finish out my senior year, I’m going to make it my mission to win state in the 300 (meter) hurdles,” Johnson said. “I want to also make it as far as I can in the 100 (meter) hurdles. I have to take it one race at a time and one hurdle at a time, because every step contributes to a bigger move.”

Well said by a talented, college bound sprinter who appears to be one race away from having the race of her life.

 

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Denver-based businessman Gregg Delaney enjoying immeasurable success in ever-so-popular entertainment industry

MAKING MAJOR STRIDES — Widely known as a respected and coveted award-winning businessman, master of ceremonies, Delaney is described as an on-stage and on-screen talent. In his more than 20 years in the entertainment field, for instance, Gregg has successfully launched and run multiple poetry venues, most notably Déjà vu, the number one poetry venue in the nation for seven years, as well as hosted a television show and launched a website for writers.

Gregg Delaney is a respected and coveted award-winning businessman, master of ceremonies, on-stage and on-screen talent. In his more than 20 years in the entertainment field, Gregg has successfully launched and run multiple poetry venues (including Déjà vu, the number one poetry venue in the nation for 7 years), hosted a television show and launched a website for writers. His dynamic on-air presence, strong work ethic and impressive leadership skills have secured his place in the spotlight.

These qualities have also made him instrumental in promoting, managing and helping to launch the careers of world-travelled DJs, some of whom have toured with artists like Prince and Justin Timberlake as well as other well known celebrities. Nicknamed “The Voice”, a highly-noted on-air personality, charismatic speaker and consummate professional, Mr. Delaney has been recruited to emcee events for organizations like the National Black Ski Summit. A leader among leaders, his passion for entrepreneurship led him to establish Colorado Commission, LLC, a network which promotes and supports successful professionals worldwide and businesses operating with integrity by offering business development resources and consulting for start-ups.

Colorado Commission has contributed to the success of numerous businesses in industries to include real estate, finance, healthcare, education and of course, entertainment. In 2015, Gregg founded TriView Productions, a company specializing in video production, content delivery and corporate video marketing.

His success, magnetic personality and comfortable charm have allowed him the opportunity to work with artists like Snoop, Chante Moore, Marsha Ambrosius, Vaughn Miller, Chauncey Billups and countless other celebrities and athletes. In addition to his full schedule of commitments, Gregg makes it a priority to give back to his community.

Each year he volunteers his time to work with a Denver based organization, Celebrating Women’s Health, which works to promote breast cancer awareness and also speaks to youth in high school and college settings about working to achieve their goals.

Gregg’s numerous accomplishments have been recognized in his hometown of Denver, Colorado and as far-reaching as Europe and Asia.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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.

Texas-based author Tammie Lewis Mask recalls her son’s death to life encounter in her tear-jerking book

TEXAS SIZE TESTIMONY — Fortunately for Tammie Lewis Mask and her family, they found out firsthand that God, as mighty and majestic and sovereign He is, is One Who’s still the Chief Executive Officer of the miracle-working business. That’s because they paid witness to a dramatic comeback for the ages when Mask’s then-20-year-old son, Stephen Mask, collapsed during a competitive football game and subsequently went into cardiac arrest. Mask wrote about her son’s death to life experience in her recently-released book, “Another Slam Dunk: When Man Said No, God Said Yes.”

DALLAS — For the record, writing has not been one of Tammie Lewis Mask’s strength.

To her surprise, that all changed some three years ago.

That’s because after having been dealt arguably the greatest setback, arguably the most disastrous encounter, arguably the darkest hours she had ever envisioned in her life, Mask — for a lack of better words — was empowered and equipped to remove the mask from her apparent hidden talents as a writer.

“I even had to question God due to (the fact that) writing wasn’t one of the talents I was blessed with,” Mask, reciting the words to Jeremiah 32:17, explained during an exclusive interview with Making Headline News this week. “There is nothing too difficult for God. He orchestrates and determines everything that happens in our lives. Whatever He wants to do, He does, for nothing is impossible with Him.”

Fortunately for Mask and her family, they found out firsthand that God, as mighty and majestic and sovereign He is, is One Who’s still the Chief Executive Officer of the miracle-working business.

IF GOD BE FOR US — Fortunately for Mask and her family, they found out firsthand that God, as mighty and majestic and sovereign He is, is One Who’s still the Chief Executive Officer of the miracle-working business.

That’s because Tammie Mask paid witness to a dramatic comeback for the ages when her then-20-year-old son, Stephen Mask, collapsed during a competitive football game and subsequently went into cardiac arrest.

As if such a development wasn’t enough to send shock waves through the Mask family, Stephen Mask, according to doctors, was left without a pulse for an extended period of time.

Stephen, in fact, had all but expired, had all but died, had all but unceremoniously passed away and bid his beloved family an untimely farewell all too soon.

SAVING STEPHEN — Stephen Mask (left), according to doctors, was left without a pulse for a lengthy period of time. Stephen, in fact, had all but expired, simply died, simply passed away all too soon.

Much to the delight of the Tammie Mask, though, a rather dramatic sequence of events had transpired just as she and her family harbored thoughts of possible funeral arrangements as the Jasper, Texas native eloquently explained in her emotional, tear-jerking book entitled, “Another Slam Dunk: When Man Said No, God Said Yes.”

“It took me approximately three years to finish (my book),” Tammie Mask, who currently resides in nearby Lufkin, Texas, said. “It was a very hard and emotional task for me to complete. I literally had to relive many emotions I had experienced in the past…sadness, anger, shock, denial, and guilt.”

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Tammie Mask’s inspiring book can also be purchased at Barnes & Noble online at BN.com.

Regardless, what Tammie Mask had ultimately come to realize and embrace was that even when we are gripped and bound and spiritually imprisoned by what seemingly are life’s grandest obstacles and hurdles, God will always have the final say.

If nothing else, He revealed Himself unlike never before in the life of Tammie Mask, particularly when it seemed that her son was all but gone.

Forever.

A book that was officially released in December and is available for purchase at Amazon.com, “Another Slam Dunk: When Man Said No, God Said Yes” recalls the horrific events surrounding what Mask had sensed was the final moments of Stephen’s life when he collapsed while playing the sport he loves and ultimately went lifeless.

“At the end of completing Slam Dunk, God restored the brokenness that I didn’t even realize I was holding inside,” Tammie Mask said as she wiped away tears. “To God be the glory!”

A book that was officially released in December and is available for purchase at Amazon.com, “Another Slam Dunk: When Man Said No, God Said Yes” recalls the horrific events surrounding what Mask had sensed was the final moments of Stephen’s life when he collapsed while playing the sport he loves and ultimately went lifeless.

Surprisingly, after demonstrating unwavering faith, coupled with fervent prayers, Stephen was revived and managed to make a full recovery. Today, he’s enjoying a healthy, carefree life, and is widely regarded as a walking miracle for all the right reasons.

THERE’S MORE — Moreover, Tammie Mask’s books deals in part on the importance of first responders, good Samaritans, and the need to educate our youth on how to execute effective CPR.

Moreover, Tammie Mask’s book deals in part on the importance of first responders, good Samaritans, and the need to educate our youth on how to execute effective CPR.

“The book is also a testament about remarkable medical advances in recent times when a patient with severe anoxic brain injury can be rehabilitated to become a functional member of the society, whereas similar patients in the past would have to spend the rest of their lives in a vegetative state,” Tammie Mask explained in great details on her Amazon.com page.

YOU GO GIRL — In essence, she acknowledged, Another Slam Dunk is also about a loving family who has supported Stephen mightily through his remarkable journey, one that practically stemmed from what she described as a “dead person” to his current status as a “young man who’s ready to live a productive life.”
For the record, he already is.

In essence, she acknowledged, Another Slam Dunk is also about a loving family who has supported Stephen mightily through his remarkable journey, one that practically stemmed from what she described as a “dead person” to his current status as a “young man who’s ready to live a productive life.”

For the record, he’s doing just that.

“Through the struggles I’ve faced, I’ve gained joy in the Lord,” Tammie Mask said while reciting the familiar words to Proverbs 3:5-6. “Your trials can become your blessings as you come to understand the sovereignty of God in a very personal way.”

That’s because nothing, as she said, is impossible for God.

For the record, try asking Stephen, who’s responsible for perfectly executing a life-changing slam dunk for the ages.

 

 

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.

 

 

 

 

Memphis playwright Cheryl Joyner-Clark’s Too Much, Too Little, Too Late stage play figures to draw rave reviews

Editor’s Note: Photos below are those of the play’s cast members. 

 

GOTTA TEN-NES-SEE THIS PLAY — The owner and chief executive officer of Memphis-based CJC Productions, Joyner-Clark has written and produced a scintillating, ravishing stage play entitled, Too Much, Too Little, Too Late, an informative, tear-jerk, humorous, action-packed theatrical that depicts the story of a couple who engage in marital bliss, blissfully live happily ever after, all while simultaneously harboring the thoughts of savoring a life of joy, peace, and happiness.

DALLASCheryl Joyner-Clark is not just an accomplished author.

This native Memphian is also a thriving, progressive playwright whom, to her distinct credit, has added what many sense undoubtedly is her best work to her already impressive producer/director repertoire.

The owner and chief executive officer of Memphis-based CJC Productions, Joyner-Clark has written and produced a scintillating, ravishing stage play entitled, Too Much, Too Little, Too Late, an informative, tear-jerking, humorous, action-packed theatrical that depicts the story of a couple who engage in marital bliss, blissfully live happily ever after, all  while simultaneously harboring the thoughts of savoring a life full of joy, peace, and happiness.

For starters, the wife had always dreamt of having a beautiful, fairy-tale-like wedding, but wound up experiencing a nightmare for the ages upon discovering that after making her way past the wedding cake and her beautiful dress, that marriage is more than just a mere fantasy.

Clark-Joyner acknowledged that her latest stage play will highlight, among other things, the events and day-to-day occurrences surrounding marriage, most notably the importance of couples learning to cohabitate with one another as well as the pros and cons of learning to encounter problems and other potentially challenging issues married couple endure (especially those involving in-laws).

In a nutshell, it “gets real,” Joyner-Clark wasted little time reinforcing during an exclusive interview this week with Making Headline News about her play, which will take place on April 29 at 5 p.m. CST at the Davis Center Theatre in Memphis.

In addition, Joyner-Clark acknowledged that her latest stage play will highlight, among other things, the events and day-to-day occurrences surrounding marriage, most notably the importance of couples learning to cohabitate as well as the pros and cons of learning to resolve problems and other potentially challenging issues they customarily endure (especially those involving in-laws).


STAR WATCH? Having found her niche for writing since she was a preteen, Clark-Joyner have been producing and directing plays since 1999. According to Eventbrite.com, she has penned, produced and directed a variety of stage plays, including In the Absence of My Father and Tell Hell I Ain’t Coming.

“It’s full of funny moments and some real moments, but overall this play leaves you with a great message,” Joyner-Clark explained.

All things considered, Joyner-Clark was quick to hint that a curtain-raiser of this magnitude is one in which her male counterparts ought not want to steer clear of. Surely, there are valid reasons why.

Cynthia Cotton, Cheatham, Driver, Arkansas

“Men tend to think these types of play will have a lot of male bashing,” Joyner-Clark said. “But what we soon will find out is that there are two sides to every story.”

Stella Faye Adams, Memphis, Tennessee

Memphian Stella Faye Adams, a Mid-South-area educator and one of the seven cast members of the stage play, echoed that about which Joyner-Clark suggested.

Arthur Covington Jr., Memphis, Tennessee

“Too Much, Too Little, Too Late is a must see for those married, wanting to be married, as well as the singles,” said Adams who, like Clark-Joyner, is an alum of Memphis Manassas High. “It allows everyone to see that marriage is work. You have to consider the other person in all aspects of life. Never allow anyone or anything to come between you and your spouse.”

Katina Paige, Dallas, Texas
Tammy Wilkins, Memphis, Tennessee

Having found her niche for writing since she was a preteen, Clark-Joyner have been producing and directing plays since 1999. According to Eventbrite.com, she has penned, produced and directed a variety of stage plays, including In the Absence of My Father and Tell Hell I Ain’t Coming.

Widely known also as a devoted songwriter, Joyner-Clark authored the novel, No More Sunday Mornings, a Blackwell Legacy written document that was released in November 2009 and is available for purchase on Amazon.com.

Carl Crawley, Memphis, Tennessee

As for her latest project, Joyner-Clark said her mother, Clara Benson, and her pastor and beloved spiritual father — “he is my dad,” she said — Bishop Craig Baymon of Memphis’ Holy Temple Cathedral of Deliverance COGIC, were amongst those who inspired her to move forward with Too Much, Too Little, Too Late.

Linda Boddie, Memphis, Tennessee

“(My mother’s) determination as a parent was to raise me the best she could despite of all her struggles,” Joyner-Clark said. “My grandmother, the matriarch of our family, (inspired me because of) her strong faith in God and her never-give-up attitude. My pastor, who saw the gift in me a long time ago, pushed me to use it and pursue it. Growing up without a father, he has always been that to me. He supports me in everything that I do. It is so important to have a nucleus of people who support you when you are tired and want to give up. They push you towards your greatness.”

By and large, Joyner-Clark’s latest play is just a continuation of a lifelong dream, coupled with the divine purpose for which God has blessed her, she said.

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Plans are currently in the works to put her playwright talents on display outside of Memphis, most notably Auburn, Alabama in August and the Dallas/Fort Worth area in October.

“My dream as a child was to be an author and a great writer,” Joyner-Clark said. “Although I didn’t go to college, the gift remained inside of me. I didn’t silence it. I used it and, in using it, the craft got better. I want to encourage others to never give up on your dreams. Be who you were called to be. It’s possible.”

 

 

 

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.

 

 

 

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.

FOLLOW KRA COMMUNICATIONS VIA SOCIAL MEDIA: https://www.facebook.com/kracomm/.

“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.

 

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