Philadelphia-area businesswoman/author Ramona Gaines boldly declares “I’m loving the skin I’m in”

Just recently, Ramona Gaines had finally come clean, had finally broke her silence — well, presuming she had actually kept it a secret.

During a recent interview with Making Headlines News, Gaines, a longtime Philadelphia-area businesswoman, admitted that for years she had clung to lofty aspirations of someday becoming the next Oprah Winfrey.

Ummm, yes, that Oprah Winfrey.

You know, that renowned American media proprietor and talk show host and accomplished actress and producer, not to mention that internationally-acclaimed philanthropist who is widely known for her popular talk show, The Oprah Winfrey Show, which was the highest-rated television program of its kind in history and was nationally syndicated from 1986 to 2011 in Chicago.

Ahhhh…Oprah Winfrey.

How bout that.

Okay. Now back to reality.

While Gaines, a Philly-area pastor, visionary, and accomplished author, had dreamt of sometime of emerging as the next Queen Of The Media, a title that Winfrey currently owns, there is one unique person whom she knows full well she doesn’t have to envision being like.

That person is non-other-than Ramona Gaines.

In that order.

For real though.

Run tell that.

You go girl.

Ummm, as she was saying…

“Once upon a time, when I was growing up, I wanted to be Oprah until I got to know Ramona and realized how cool she is,” Gaines said with a straight face. “Love the skin that you are in.”

Some pretty pivotal, clever advice from a pretty brilliantly resourceful woman of devout faith, who is widely known also as the Founder and CEO of Movement Is Medicine, Parent Kids Network, and Philly’s Styllwaters’ Café.

So what else is there to know about Gaines?

Here are a few more fun facts, as shared by her in her very own words.

I love to sing and very loudly but cannot hold a tune at all, even if you put it in a bucket for me.

I still remember the day I went to look for my Big Wheel and it was gone.  (Can we please have a moment of silence for “Red”)

My favorite childhood book was “There Is a Monster at the End of This Book Starring Loveable Furry Old Grover”

My favorite authors are Mildred D. Taylor and Kimberla Lawson Roby

Family and legacy are very important to me.

While watching Maya Angelou recite her poem at President Clinton’s Inauguration, my Grandmother turned to me and said, “I want you to be like her”. I was so intimidated by those words until I read Maya’s story.  I became less intimated and more comfortable in my own skin. The lesson I learned was that everyone has their own journey to get to God’s expected end for their lives.

Ha! What do you think of that Oprah?

 

To reach Visionary Ramona M. Gaines or to schedule her for a speaking engagement, call 267-9774085. Also, email her at: movementismedicine23@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.

 

Self-proclaimed “serial entrepreneur” Angie Steele continuing her family’s remarkable tradition as a progressive Memphis businesswoman

LIVING HER LIFE LIKE IT’S GOLDEN — A self-proclaimed “serial entrepreneur,” Memphis businesswoman Angie Steele has emerged as fixture and an inspirational force amongst Mid-South entrepreneurs in recent months, considering she has – for a lack of better words — a slew of irons in the fire.

DALLAS — Long before Karen Dickey passed away on Independence Day last year, she left three small, yet inspiring words with her daughter that have ultimately changed the overall landscape of her life.

“Go be great,” is what she always told me Dickey’s daughter Angie Steele told Making Headline News during a telephone interview from Memphis Thursday afternoon.

Much to the delight of her beloved mother, who died just moments after going into cardiac arrest, “great” is what Steele has steadfastly been.

VISION ACCOMPANIED BY GREATNESS — Fortunately for Steele, who grew up near the Westwood district of the Bluff City, she grasped the notion of what it means to become an influential individual through entrepreneurship long before she was old enough to land a job.

To her masterfully distinct credit, as a thriving Memphis-area businesswoman, Steele has been nothing short of remarkable.

A self-proclaimed “serial entrepreneur,” Steele has emerged as a fixture and an inspirational force amongst Mid-South entrepreneurs in recent months, considering she has – for a lack of better words — a slew of irons in the fire.

For starters, this Memphis Westwood High alum is widely known for her immense talents as a longtime licensed cosmetologist, a career that spans more than 16 years. Currently, she accommodates clients at V’s Styling Studio, located at 3639 New Getwell Road, Suite 14 in Southeast Memphis.

In addition, Steele is a notable market specialist for her assortment of sponsors, in which she routinely stage to her Facebook timeline an assortment of informative, thought-provoking blogs and live footage.

As if that’s not enough to fill up her already congested itinerary, Steele has become a well-established T-shirt designer in recent months, assembling paraphernalia that bears several of her mother’s most memorable personal catchphrases as well her own personal slogans.

In between servicing clients, marketing, and upgrading her T-shirt designing brand, Steele coaches The Great Eagles recreational soccer team that is sanctioned by the DeSoto County (Mississippi) Soccer Association.

Like her grandfather, Steele’s grandmother contributed mightily to her granddaughter’s great entrepreneurship repertoire.

To her credit, even as a rookie youth soccer coach, she has proven that she boasts the smarts — and patience, mind you — to coach and inspire a group of tender four-and-five-year-old athletes, considering she guided her team to season-ending undefeated record.

Wait, there’s more.

All things considered, Steele is also widely known for assembling periodic food reviews for the popular “Your Memphis Menu” blog.

MORE OF ANGIE STEELE: https://www.facebook.com/yourmemphismenu/?hc_location=ufi.

So how to explain a jammed packed schedule for a progressive Mid-South-area businesswoman whom, given the immense strides she’s made in recent months, appears destined to — you know — add to prolific entrepreneurship tenure that is blanketed by greatness?

Long before Karen Dickey passed away on Independence Day last year, she left three inspiring words to her daughter that has ultimately changed the overall landscape of her life. “Go be great,” is what she always told me Dickey’s daughter Angie Steele told Making Headline News during a telephone interview from Memphis Thursday afternoon.

“Because I am my brother’s keeper,” said Steele when asked why it is imperative that she esteem others daily higher than herself. “I think it is up to us to build each other up, brick by brick.”

Fortunately for Steele, a native Memphian who grew up near the Westwood district of the Bluff City, she grasped the notion of what it means to become an influential individual through entrepreneurship long before she was old enough to land a job.

Steele comes from a family of hard workers and a few entrepreneurs, a trend that was spearheaded by her late grandfather, Herman Dickey.

In addition, Steele is a notable market specialist for her sponsor, in which she routinely stage to Facebook an assortment of informative, thought-provoking blogs and live footage.

A native of Corinth, Mississippi, Dickey was a notable, well-respected businessman and devoted family man in that he was known for breaking horses, as well as driving taxis and trucks and owning a local café.

Herman Dickey passed away in the 1970s.

Although Steele never met her grandfather, the stories she heard about him are ones that have greatly inspired her to — you’ve guess it — go and be great.

“For one, he liked family because had over 10 kids,” Steele said with a laugh. “And I was told he was a good family man and a hard worker. My grandmother, who was a Proverbs 31 woman, loved him.”

Weeks after the passing of her mother, Steele was the beneficiary of a monetary award for assembling what she described as a tribal jewelry design.

Like her grandfather, Steele’s grandmother contributed mightily to her granddaughter’s dazzling entrepreneurship repertoire.

“She did all kinds of stuff,” Steele said. “And because of that, I am a survivor. The whole family showed me that anything can be done. I mean, we stayed in Southwest Memphis, but we were never poor.”

For what it’s worth, Steele had only heighten her level of greatness through entrepreneurship after the recent passing of her mother, who was also responsible for instilling into her daughter business-oriented attributes.

HOLDING HER OWN — In a city that has, for years it seems, been hampered and crippled by a lethargic economic landscape, Steele has gone to great lengths to defy and conquer the greatest of odds — with God, her Helper, leading the way.

“Me and mama had a cake decorating business on the weekend and we did great,” Steele said. “And when things got dark, she would say, ‘Be the light in dark places.”

In a city that has seemingly been hampered and crippled for years by a lethargic economic landscape, Steele has gone to great lengths to defy and conquer the greatest of odds — with God, her Helper, leading the way.

So much, in fact, that now she deems it necessary to give back and spread some of that greatness to others.

On Saturday, Steele will host her inaugural “Go Be Great Memphis Entrepreneur Conference” from 1:30-3:30 p.m. at Makeda’s Cookies at 488 South Second Street.

SET ASIDE FOR GOD’S — USE — “Because I am my brother’s keeper,” said Steele when asked why it is imperative that she esteem others daily higher than herself. “I think it is up to us to build each other up, brick by brick.”

In assessing her tenure since vacating college nearly two decades ago despite being offered an academic scholarship, Steele doesn’t shy away from the notion that she undoubtedly is walking and basking in her divine purpose.

“I was about to start (college), but I became a small business owner,” Steele explained. “I co-owned a flower shop. They paid my car note, insurance, and I had a weekly salary. It was exactly where I wanted to be. I had the drive to be an entrepreneur.”

She’s since been nothing short of impressive.

Which, as she can greatly attest, is valid proof of what typically happens when your mom encourages you to, Go be great.”

 

For more information about Memphis entrepreneur Angie Steele, email her at: angie18ald@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.

 

Dallas/Fort Worth businesswoman Tonya Monroe impacting lives, advancing the kingdom through her empowerment organization

DALLAS’ DIVA — Today, unlike never before, Tonya Monroe undoubtedly is a godly woman on the move in that she aspires daily to maximize her fullest God-given potential, all while fortifying her purpose by advancing His kingdom in the process. A native of Dallas, Monroe is Founder and CEO of D.I.V.A., a Christian-based empowerment organization in which Monroe’s primary emphasis as a licensed Christian Motivational Speaker is to empower woman to be success leaders in their community.

DALLAS — During an exclusive weekend interview, Tonya Monroe paused momentarily to assess the familiar Biblical passage that is Psalm 139:14.

It reads: I praise You because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; Your works are wonderful, I know that full well.

Said Monroe in response to the inspiring passage when it was brought to her attention: “I know about that scripture. The enemy messes with me sometimes I must admit. But I know Whose I am in Christ and I know the plans God has for me.”

And just like, the woman who doesn’t shy away from the notion that she no longer lives in fear or shame wasted little time proclaiming victory over her life.

Once again.

WALKING IN HER DESTINY — What is so intriguing about D.I.V.A. — which stands for Divine-Inspiration-Victorious-Affirmation — is that because of Monroe’s steadfast enthusiasm, coupled with her passion for inspiring people to view life from God’s perspective, this thriving, progressive woman of immense faith is starting to witness her destiny unfold right before her very eyes.

Today, unlike never before, Monroe undoubtedly is a Godly woman on the move in that she aspires daily to maximize her fullest God-given potential, all while fortifying her purpose by advancing His kingdom in the process.

“I finally accepted and understand what my gift is that was designated to me by the Holy Spirit,” Monroe, during an interview with Making Headline News, said while referencing 1 Corinthians 12.

To her credit, coupled with the divine calling upon her life, Monroe — who has been spiritually discharged from a stormy pass that was mired by an abusive relationship and a flurry of turmoil — has answered her God-mandated calling with such great authority.

A native of Dallas, Monroe, 46, is Founder and CEO of D.I.V.A., a Christian-based empowerment organization in which Monroe’s primary emphasis as a Certified Christian Motivational Speaker is to empower woman to be successful leaders in their community.

In addition, what is so intriguing about D.I.V.A. — which stands for Divine-Inspiration-Victorious-Affirmation — is that because of Monroe’s steadfast enthusiasm, coupled with her passion for inspiring people to view life and past hardships from God’s perspective, this thriving, progressive woman of immense faith is starting to witness her destiny unfold right before her very eyes.

NOT SO FAST, DEVIL — The woman who doesn’t shy away from the notion that she no longer lives in fear or shame wastes little time nowadays proclaiming victory over her life.

How else to explain the slew of speaking engagements that are expected to add to what is shaping up to be a busy itinerary for this successful Christian-oriented diva of a life coach?

“I encourage women to take the blinders off and become real with God about past hurts, spiritual warfare against women, and walking in victory while facing adversity,” Monroe, a Sam Houston High School alum (in Arlington, Texas) explained.

Women electing to unmask their disastrous, challenging, and dark pass are what essentially headlines Monroe’s mission for starting her empowerment organization.

LIVING HER LIFE LIKE IT’S GOLDEN — Today, unlike never before, Monroe undoubtedly is a godly woman on the move in that she aspires daily to maximize her fullest God-given potential, all while fortifying her purpose by advancing His kingdom in the process.

“(My mission) is for women to be victorious in every facet of their life spiritually, professionally, and emotionally,” Monroe said.

A thriving, awe-inspiring organization that is a little more than two years removed since its inception, Monroe admittedly had no idea that all along, even while enduring arguably the most troublesome and trying times of her life, God was strategically positioning and equipping and molding her spiritually for a time such as now.

FOLLOW D.I.V.A. VIA SOCIAL MEDIA: https://www.facebook.com/tonyamdiva/?pnref=lhc.

Well, here she is, back and better and spiritually mature unlike never before.

Heck, that’s just like God, Who is no respecter of persons.

Divas included.

“God has been using me for a while, I just didn’t know it,” said Monroe, who currently works for Vizient, Inc., the nation’s largest member-owned health care services company that’s located in nearby Irving, Texas.

GET BACK, DEVIL — Here she is, back and better and spiritually mature unlike never before. Heck, that’s just like God, Who is no respecter of persons. Divas included.

And because God has set this remarkably beautiful woman of color aside for His use, she labels it a foregone conclusion to esteem others daily highly than herself, as God encourages us through the Apostle Paul in Philippians 2:3.

BUT GOD — “I know about that scripture. The enemy messes with me sometimes I must admit. But I know whose I am in Christ and I know the plans God has for me,” Monroe said.

“It’s imperative that I esteem and inspire others daily because God does it for me daily,” Monroe said while displaying her signature smile. “As a servant of God, I live my life according to his word. I have joy because I don’t live under the yokes of slavery from my past, shame for being in an abusive relationship, anger for allowing it to happen, guilt for thinking I brought the abuse on myself, and unforgiveness of the person who abused me. (All of that) no longer haunt nor hurt my spirit. God showed me how He views me and told me that I was His diva…a Divine Inspiration Victorious Affirmation of Him.”

Well, here she is, back and better and spiritually mature unlike never before.

Heck, that’s just like God, Who is no respecter of persons.

Divas included.

 

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.

Is Shelby County Young Democrats President Alvin Crook the Memphis political landscape’s best kept secret?

TEN-NES-SEE HOW FAR HE’S COME — To grasp a thorough understanding of why Alvin Crook, the newly elected 9th Congressional Representative for the State of Tennessee Young Democrats, wasted little time paying homage to his mother, Lisa Ann Washington, look no further than how he had gone about defying arguably the greatest of odds, particularly during his mostly challenging upbringing inner city Memphis. Having been raised in the South Memphis — or to be technical, the historic Whitehaven district of Memphis — Washington, in what was a seemingly familiar trend in the inner city, was left to run a single-parent home that was comprised of Crook and his two younger sisters.

MEMPHIS — Shortly after 7 o’clock Monday morning, Alvin Crook thought it necessary to take to his Facebook page and jump start his workweek with a rather intriguing, forthright message.

Having staged to his timeline an image of a tiger — a rather ferocious, rambunctious looking tiger — the message is one in which a number of his followers found quite captivating.

The message read: I’M COMING FOR EVERYTHING THEY SAY I COULDN’T HAVE!

While such a dazzling social media post had given way to a slew likes, favorable comments and a few shares, it is one that, in assessing the overall landscape of Crook’s life, has served a motivational force for a man whom, like many of his peers, had to work diligently in surviving and conquering the sometimes brutally chaotic streets of Memphis.

“I thank God for all of my success and my mom for raising me up,” Crook told Making Headline News during a recent interview.

To grasp a thorough understanding of why Crook, the newly-elected 9th Congressional Representative for the State of Tennessee Young Democrats, wasted little time paying homage to his mother, Lisa Ann Washington, look no further than how he had gone about defying arguably the greatest of odds, particularly during his mostly challenging upbringing in inner city Memphis.

Having been raised in the South Memphis — or to be technical, the historic Whitehaven district of Memphis — Washington, in what was a seemingly familiar trend in the inner city, was left to run a single-parent home that was comprised of Crook and his two younger sisters.

A “FAIRLEY” REMARKABLE OUTCOME — Upon graduating from Memphis Fairley High, Crook’s passion for the law enforcement industry was everything but unnoticed, considering he assumed a position as a court officer through the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office from June 2008 through July 2016. In addition, he enjoyed a stint with the Holly Springs (Mississippi) Police Department before earning a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Criminal Justice from the University of Phoenix.

While Washington persevered through an array of intense challenges and obstacles, Crook, meanwhile, sensed he needed to do the essential things that would greatly enable him to become a successful young black lad in a city that for years has been crippled by a poor economic landscape.

To his masterful, immeasurable credit, he had done just that, had executed what was an effective, strategic plan that would ultimately give way to his becoming a respectable public figure in his native establishment that is the Bluff City.

Widely known as a former Shelby County Commissioner candidate for District 12, as well as the former president of the Shelby County Young Democrats from 2015-2017, the 30-year-old Crook is a graduate of Memphis Fairley High and  is married to Andrea Crook. They are the proud parents of four-year-old Alvin Crook IV.

DISHING OUT HUGE ASSISTS — “I also want to credit and thank my mentors, State Representative Antonio Parkinson, and community leaders Greg Grant and Alonzo Grant,” Crook said.

Upon finishing high school, Crook’s passion for the law enforcement industry was everything but unnoticed, considering he assumed a position as a court officer through the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office from June 2008 through July 2016. In addition, he enjoyed a stint with the Holly Springs (Mississippi) Police Department before earning a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Criminal Justice from the University of Phoenix.

Aside from having a valiant political presence, Crook is still very much active in law enforcement, considering his resume includes working with the homeless population in Memphis, as well as serving as President of his Neighborhood Watch Organization.

Widely known as a former Shelby County Commissioner candidate for District 12, as well as and the former president of the Shelby County Young Democrats from 2015-2017, the 30-year-old Crook is a graduate of Memphis Fairley High.

His community service accolades include having become a Prince Hall Free Mason, and he is a member of the Urban League Young Professionals, Shelby County Young Democrats, Tennessee Young Democrats, Millenniums of Memphis, NAACP Memphis Chapter, Greater Memphis Democratic Club, American Criminal Justice Association and he presently sits on as a Commissioner on the Downtown Parking Authority in Memphis Tennessee.

Talk about a masterful, immeasurable resume for a young pillar of the Memphis metropolitan area.

“Growing up in a single-parent home, it was so special to see how determine my mom was she always told me never let someone tell you what you can’t do,” Crook explained. “Today, she always says she loves the man that I became.”

So does a few of his notable constituents, colleagues, and mentors.

“I also want to credit and thank my mentors, State Representative Antonio Parkinson, and community leaders Greg Grant and Alonzo Grant,” Crook said.

BEACON OF LIGHT — Crook’s community service accolades include having become a Prince Hall Free Mason, and he is a member of the Urban League Young Professionals, Shelby County Young Democrats, Tennessee Young Democrats, Millenniums of Memphis, NAACP Memphis Chapter, Greater Memphis Democratic Club, American Criminal Justice Association and he presently sits on as a Commissioner on the Downtown Parking Authority in Memphis Tennessee.

As for his plans in this ever-so-competitive political arena in the foreseeable future, Crook doesn’t shy away from the notion that Memphians will likely see his name come up — early and often.

“I have every intention on running for office in the near future,” Crook said. “I have a quote that I live by and it is, ‘Go hard or go home.’ If you’re not going to put your all in what you want out of life, you might as well go home.”

For Crook, his track record, by all accounts, speaks volumes, as evidence by the thought-provoking message he installed to his Facebook page early Monday morning.

That is, this youngster is coming for everything they said he couldn’t have.

 

EDITOR’S NOTE: If you are an entrepreneur, political figure, 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 educator/businesswoman Diedria Pigues’ DP Art Studio enriching lives while savoring a national presence

FAMILY FOCUS — A notable career that spans more 17 years — most notably as a graphic designer, 10 years as an art educator and years as a photographer — Memphis businesswoman Diedria Pigues of DP Art Studio attributes a vital portion of her success to her husband, Chris Pigues. A couple that has four “beautiful” daughters, Diedria Pigues describes her immediate family as her biggest supporters.

Diedria Pigues has been a Mid-South-area art instructor for more than 10 years.

To her distinct credit, she’s fulfilling her dream in more ways than one.

“My business allows me to use my artistic abilities to bless others,” Pigues told Making Headline News during a recent interview.

The business to which Pigues is alluding is DP Art Studio, or Diedria Pigues Art Studio, where she is owner and Art Director.

“My paintings are comprised of subjects and imagery that is both realistic and abstract,” Pigues explained.

Interesting enough, some of her best and most compelling artwork is sold on apparel and T-shirts.

Not bad for a veteran educator, who thought it essential in February 2004 (the birthing of DP Art Studio) to broaden her horizon by going above and beyond to — you’ve guessed it — fulfill her dreams in more ways than one.

“I’m a graphic designer, illustrator, and photographer as well,” Pigues said. “I do stage design and setup for school events, as well as live painting events and paint and sip parties.”

When asked what does she loves most about her uniquely progressive business, Pigues was quick to reference her lifelong passion for a craft she uses to “bless”others.

“My art is completely internally driven,” Pigues said. “Some of my best paintings are created spontaneously. I create small and very large abstract and realistic paintings. I love being able to capture the essence of my subjects with every brush stroke. I cover a very wide range of art forms, including various visual and digital arts, crafts and illustrations. I use a variety of mediums; graphite, watercolors, oils, pastels, and acrylics. My photography captures precious moments by pausing time in every shot.”

By and large, Pigues emphasized that her business caters to individuals of all ages.

“My original art pieces, as well as my products and services cater to a wide range of ages. Whether you’re looking for a stunning piece of artwork, in need of graphic design, or just simply want a photo shoot, my work is for all ages.”

FOLLOW DIEDRIA PIGUES’ WEB PAGE: www.diedriapiguesart.com

A notable career that spans more 17 years — most notably as a graphic designer, 10 years as an art educator and five years as a photographer — Pigues attributes a vital portion of her success to her husband, Chris Pigues. A couple that has four “beautiful” daughters, Diedria Pigues describes her immediate family as her biggest supporters.

YOU GO GIRL!!! Interesting enough, some of Pigues’ compelling artwork is sold on apparel and T-shirts. Not bad for a veteran educator, who thought it essential years ago to broaden her horizon by going above and beyond to — you’ve guessed it — fulfill her dreams in more ways than one.

Moreover, several of Pigues’ paintings are on display in public places throughout the United States, she said. And, starting next year, she plans to engage in more traveling to host shows, particularly during the summer months.

FOLLOW DP ART STUDIO VIA SOCIAL MEDIA: https://www.facebook.com/dpiguesart/?pnref=lhc.

“My mission is to use my creative skills and gifts to produce works to be appreciated for their beauty and unique design,” Pigues explained. “I want my work to be a blessing to others.”

All things considered, DP Art Studio is already a huge blessing, thanks in large part to the vision of a professional, thriving businesswoman who first connected with her passion nearly three decades as a young elementary school student.

“I was first inspired as a young nine-year-old girl by my elementary art teacher,” Pigues recalled. “She noticed my talent and influenced me to pursue an art career, which eventually led to me becoming an art teacher today.”

The rest, as they say, is history.

NATIONAL STAGE — Several of Pigues’ paintings are on display in public spaces throughout the United States, she said. And, starting next year, she plans to engage in more traveling to host shows, particularly during the summer months.

Today, unlike never before, Pigues long-awaited dream, coupled with the birthing of a vision by which God has blessed and entrusted her, is steadfastly impacting lives.

All over the United States.

How else to explain why her remarkable artwork has taken its rightful place in various public establishments across the country?

D-S-TERRIFIC WOMAN WITH MAD SKILLS — Today, unlike never before, Pigues long-awaited dream, coupled with the birthing of a vision by which God has blessed, is steadfastly impacting lives — all over the United States.

“I will forever be grateful to and motivated by mother and grandmother, who have impacted my life,” said Pigues, a lifetime member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated, whose work will be on display in venues in Alabama, Atlanta, Chicago, and her native homeland of Mississippi this summer.

“Every day, I strive to invoke a change in society and to change the lives of the students I teach and the customers I service through art,” Pigues continued. “I absolutely love what I do. Every painting, photograph, or design I produce gives me a since of joy and fulfillment. God put it on my heart to share the gift he has bestowed upon me. I envision myself as one of the most promising African-American female artists of the twenty-first century.”

All while fulfilling her dream in more ways than one.

 

For more information about DP Art Studio or to schedule her for a public appearance, email her at dee@diedriapiguesart.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.

Memphis firefighter/businessman Eddie Rone recalls late grandfather’s rich legacy as he prepares for his venue’s grand opening

SO GRATEFUL FOR MEREDITH — “I definitely want to thank God and mention that my main drive and motivation are my family and to leave a legacy for my children.” Eddie Rone said of his upcoming grand opening of Rone’s Hair Gallery that had been in the works since the beginning of the year. “(I’d like to give) special thanks to my wife, Dr. Meredith Rone.”

Memphis-based entrepreneur Eddie Rone is about to embark upon a milestone many sensed would not come to fruition.

But God.

For Rone, a veteran Memphis firefighter who’s widely known as “Rone,” it is the beginning of a rather unique, emotionally-festive, jubilant journey, considering he’s not only about to witness his long-awaited dream become a reality but, most of all, he’s about to walk in some massive footsteps in the process.

“Entrepreneurship started with my grandfather,” Rone, a Memphis Kirby High graduate, told Making Headline News this week.

To his distinct credit, the family trend will undoubtedly continue when Rone welcomes a host family members, friends, and well-wishers for Rone’s Hair Gallery’s grand-opening on Saturday, April 29.

A newly-erected establishment that is located at 4215 Riverdale Road in Southeast Memphis, the grand opening festivities are scheduled to start at 10 a.m. and will be highlighted by a ribbon cutting ceremony approximately 30 minutes later.

“I definitely want to thank God and mention that my main drive and motivation are my family and to leave a legacy for my children.” Rone said of an event that had been in the works since the beginning of the year. “(I’d like to give) special thanks to my wife, Dr. Meredith Rone.”

Not only that, Rone said he would be remiss if he did not enter another memorable chapter of his life without recalling and paying homage to the life and legacy of his late grandfather, Eddie Rone, a notable Memphis-area businessman who had become a fixture in the Mid-South more than five decades ago.

FOLLOWING IN MASSIVE FOOTSTEPS — Eddie said he would be remiss if he did not enter another chapter of his life without recall and paying homage to the life and legacy of his late grandfather, Eddie Rone, a notable Memphis-area businessman who had become a fixture in the Mid-South more than five decades ago. Long before his death in December 1989, Rone’s grandfather, who established Rone’s Grocery, was the area’s only black- grocery store owner. The store, which was housed in Germantown, Tennessee (the suburbs of Memphis) was built in 1974.

Long before his death in December 1989, Rone’s grandfather, who established Rone’s Grocery, was believe to have been the area’s only black-grocery store owner. The store, which was housed in Germantown, Tennessee (or in the suburbs of Memphis) was built in 1974.

In reliving his grandfather’s legacy and well-publicized contributions to the Mid-South, Rone described him as a “major farmer” whom, at one point in time, had owned close to 100 acres.

“The was major in his day,” Rone said of his grandfather. “And he provided farm fresh produce to numerous grocery stores and farmers markets. As long as I had known him, he was a hard worker and I never knew him to work for anyone but himself. He taught me to be the best at whatever you do.”

Surely, Rone has gone to great lengths to exemplify a resilient, resourceful work ethic much like his grandfather.

After graduating with honors from Bethel University in 2010, Rone obtained numerous certifications with the Memphis Fire Department, most notably Hazmat Technician, Safety Officer, and Fire Officer II, among others.

Still, cutting hair undoubtedly had always  been a passion of his.

How else to explain the birthing of what is now a bigger, much more attractive, luxurious looking Rone’s Hair Gallery, a state-of-the-art, 5,000-square foot, full service venue that will include such entities as a beauty, spa, and fitness center?

“We are much more diversified and the foundation of my business is built on professionalism and customer satisfaction provided by a humble staff family,” Rone said. “I believe it is better to have one customer 100 times than to have a hundred customers once. What makes the business unique is the transformation of a blighted property.”

YOU’VE GOT TO TEN-NES-SEE THIS!! Rone’s Hair Gallery is a state-of-the-art, 5,000-square foot, full service venue that will include such entities as a beauty, spa, and fitness center.

Rone’s Hair Gallery sits on the property that for years had housed Jiffy Lube.

“It’s been transformed into an upscale business location,” Rone said. “To succeed in life, you need to have a vision and be able to see it before you actually) see it.”

Interesting enough, customers who visit Rone’s Hair Gallery will have at their disposal what he describes as regular workouts, or a “boot-camp-style” or “one-on-one” training by Mid-South-area professional trainer Mishelle Truelove.

In addition, this fully revamped venue is equipped with showers so clients can freshen up prior to getting serviced.

Yep, you’ve read that correctly.

IN DECENTLY AND ORDER AND EXCELLENCE — Surely, Rone has gone to great lengths to exemplify a resilient, resourceful work ethic much like his grandfather. After graduating with honors from Bethel University in 2010, Rone obtained numerous certifications with the Memphis Fire Department, most notably Hazmat Technician, Safety Officer, and Fire Officer II, among others.

“You can shower and get your hair cut,” said Rone, whose staff is currently comprised of eight professionally licensed barbers, five cosmetologists, and two nail techs.

As for his mission and inspiration for starting his business while simultaneously enjoying a career as a firefighter, Rone said the unyielding support of his family had been key.

It still is.

“(My idea to start my business was) instilled in me from the birth from my family,” Rone, a former United States Army soldier, explained. “We do not believe in can’t.  We’re competitive enough to believe that second place is the first loser, but you learn from your losses. The military also instills a competitive nature and I still live up to the motto of doing more before 9 am than most people do all day because nothing will work unless you do. I believe when life gives you lemons, you have to make lemonade. Don’t let your setbacks cause you to sit back.”

Come April 29 during his business’ grand opening, chances are he will look back on his setbacks just to see how well he’s managed to make a dramatic comeback.

All while his grandfather looks down from the heavens and gives his beloved grandson a well-deserved thumbs up.

 

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 businessman Mon Roberts using life lessons to impact lives through professional barbering and youth sports

DYNAMIC DAD — While Dallas native Mon Roberts has gone to great lengths to find his niche in what is an ever-so-competitive barber industry, he has proven to be a young businessman who aspires daily to maximize his potential.

DALLAS — To his distinct credit, Mon Roberts is having an impact.

A Texas-size impact, if you will.

A 29-year-old native of Dallas, Roberts has been nothing short of impressive, particularly as it pertains to being a positive force in the community.

An avid fan and ambassador of the game of football, considering he plays semi-pro and arena football for the Denton Rhinos and DFW Snipers, Roberts is also active throughout DFW’s Metroplex as a youth volunteer basketball coach.

Aside from coaching and being heavily involved in other sports-related activities, Roberts is widely known as a longtime master barber and fixture for Trendsetters Barber Shop, located at 14 Highway 66 in nearby Garland, Texas.

While Roberts has gone to great lengths to find his niche in what is an ever-so-competitive industry, he has proven to be a young businessman who aspires daily to maximize his potential.

Take, for instance, how Roberts — whose reputation is such that he’s always been goal-oriented — had steadfastly pursued his professional barber license from the renowned Texas Barber College.

Even after earning that credential, he set out to advance his education by earning an Associate’s Degree in Business from Everest College.

KIDS COUNT — An avid fan and ambassador of the game of football, considering he plays semi-pro and arena football for the Denton Rhinos and DFW Snipers, Roberts is also active throughout DFW’s Metroplex as a youth volunteer basketball coach.

As if that wasn’t enough to add to what undoubtedly is a dazzling resume, Roberts is currently enrolled in Richland College, where he is pursuing a Bachelor’s Degree in Education.

To his distinct credit, he’s certainly is having an impact.

A Texas-size impact, if you will.

“All my life, I’ve never won first place,” Roberts told Making Headline News this week. “I’ve learned that winning doesn’t make me.”

Regardless, there is a pivotal lesson from which to learn and embrace through occasional defeats, a trend that has greatly given way to the person Roberts has become — and is becoming.

All things considered, the business to which Roberts routinely promotes is Transcend 4 The Kids, which is what he describes as a future sports complex for not just the kids, the entire community.

“The best about losing is that it has made me stronger in a way,” Robert said. “(It taught me) not to repeat the same mistakes and to compete even harder to reach the next stage.”

How intriguing.

He’s got more about which to share, however. So listen.

“Now don’t get me wrong,” Roberts said. “I have won first place in recreational tournaments. But I won’t settle for just that. That’s why I go by (the name) Transcend. It was self-implanted in my head to keep going and going. I want every child I coach to know that they never have to settle in life with something, but to always to challenge themselves to keep going.”

All things considered, the business to which Roberts routinely promotes is Transcend 4 The Kids, which is what he describes as a future sports complex for not just the kids, the entire community.

“It is a place where we together can reach out to each other, lift each other up, inspire, encourage, and motivated each other to go above and beyond the limits that the mind and the world doubt us to achieve,” Roberts explained. “Transcend starts with the youth of all ages, girls and boys, and we encourage them to maximize their talent in sports and to also to help expand their mind for life like they should do in sports.”

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As for his everyday profession, Roberts sees barbering as a golden opportunity to impact and empower lives much like coaching.

“What I like the most about my business now is cutting hair,” Roberts said. “I get to make others feel good about themselves and I can be that ear when all they want do is get stuff off their chest. In a way, I kind of get to reach out to the kids, too, and see where their head is at. What I want for the future complex is to be that ear for kids and the community, to help bring each other together for a greater purpose through coaching, mentoring, and guidance on and off the court.”

Roberts said his venture will cater mostly to individuals ranging in ages four-to-17 and that the possibility exist that he will assemble a co-ed league for adults ages 18-and-over.

“The mission is to encourage, inspire and motivate…to give back what was freely given to me,” Roberts said.

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That’s because to his distinct credit, he’s having an impact.

A Texas-size impact, if you will.

 

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 businesswoman Kendra Burnett defies an array of odds en route to starting Platinum Tax, LLC

DOING IT BIG IN TEXAS — A native of Dallas who was raised in Chapel Hill, North Carolina before returning back to her native establishment, Kendra Burnett is owner and chief executive officer of Platinum Tax, LLC.

DALLAS — As it pertains to broadening one’s horizon and maximizing one’s potential, Kendra Burnett offers a rather unique analogy on such.

Heck, if you listen to her long enough, chances are you’d come away with a newfound disposition on life.

“I firmly believe that we should live like we are writing our obituary,” Burnett, 42, told Making Headline News this week. “Be the person that you want everyone to talk about at your funeral. I want to be phenomenal. I want to be able to encourage others to be phenomenal.”

Having come from what he describes as “very humble beginnings” or the “West Dallas projects,” an economically-challenged housing community from where mother was once evicted, Burnett has gone to great lengths in recent years to create a rather comfortable, wholesome living environment for her and her family.

To her credit, she’s managed to do so, courtesy of her continuous rise in this ever-so-competitive entrepreneurship industry.

A native of Dallas who was raised in Chapel Hill, North Carolina before returning back to her native establishment, Burnett is owner and chief executive officer of Platinum Tax, LLC.

Located at 600 East John Carpenter Freeway in Irving, Texas, Suite 268 — which is roughly 25 minutes from downtown Dallas — Platinum Tax specialists are widely known for being well-versed in all recent federal and state tax laws to ensure optimal financial benefits during income tax time and all year round, according to a spokesperson at www.platinumtaxllc.com.

MAKING MAJOR STRIDES — In adopting the mindset of a progressive, thriving businesswoman, Burnett credits the influential impact, perseverance and the solid foundation orchestrated by her mother.

In addition, Burnett, who’s widely known also as an immigration specialist for her company that was established in 2009, offers a full range of tax services that stretches throughout as many as 25 states.

“I have several businesses, but my heart and soul goes into my tax business,” Burnett said. “It has been my ethics that have sustained me all these years to build my clientele.”

Burnett has managed to build a solid rapport with immigrants, which has benefited Platinum Tax mightily and has given way to it having assumed a much different business-oriented landscape than other tax preparation institutions.

“I recently started an immigration service that allows me help immigrants with the filing of forms for various situations,” Burnett explained. “This is my way of helping and educating people of their rights here in this country. Immigrants are a very important part of the U. S. economy. (We) Americans need to be very careful how we treat them.  I recently joined the Latin American Immigration Association to ensure that I stay grounded in helping families stay together.”

MAKING GLOBAL CONTRIBUTIONS — Burnett’s success as an entrepreneur has afforded her the golden opportunities to travel to several U. S. states, even as far as to Nigeria for her business’ “Healing for the Sole” campaign, in which she and her constituents had given away more than 700 pairs of shoes to four different villages.

In adopting the mindset of a progressive, thriving businesswoman, Burnett credits the influential impact, perseverance and the solid foundation orchestrated by her mother.

“I had never seen my mother cry or complain,” Burnett said. “She just made things happen. She raised her own 10 children, three of my father’s family members (that he left with my mom) and several other children in the community. I never knew we were poor, I always thought we were very well off. I learned to not be embarrassed by not having lights or water when it got cut off. We just cooked on the grill or the fireplace.”

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REMEMBERING DIANE — “My oldest sister, who passed away several years ago, told me how proud she was of me,” Burnett said of her late sister, Diane, who’s featured in this photo. “I never realized how much I needed to hear someone say that. That moment changed my life and made me work harder.”

Interesting enough, that she had entered motherhood at the tender age of 14 didn’t merely prevent her from setting lofty ambitions and making her long-awaited dream as an entrepreneur a reality.

“I was a teen age mother and just decided that I can still be great,” Burnett said. “I went on to college right after high school. I’m now a mother of five children. One is going to school to be a pilot, two have started their own business, and two are still in school.”

As if that isn’t enough inspiration, Burnett’s success as an entrepreneur has afforded her the golden opportunities to travel to several U. S. states and even abroad, most notably to Nigeria for her business’ “Healing for the Sole” campaign, during which she and her constituents had given away more than 700 pairs of shoes to four different villages.

LISTEN TO HER!!! “I was a teen age mother and just decided that I can still be great,” Burnett said. “I went on to college right after high school. I’m now a mother of five children. One is going to school to be a pilot, two have started their own business, and two are still in public school.”

“I bought shoes from Nordstrom Rack, Off Broadway Shoes, Ross and Marshall’s,” Burnett recalled. “I used my own money to fund this trip and I paid for plane tickets for two other people to accompany me. I spent well over $10,000. After reaching out to local news outlets and several talk shows, to no avail, I decided that I had to use my own money.  When ask why I was giving them shoes, I simply replied, ‘Because I love you.’ I was never afraid in Nigeria, even though I was told to be fearful everyone. My plans are to go to Haiti, Cuba and Kenya.”

LIVING HER LIFE LIKE IT’S GOLDEN — “I firmly believe that we should live like we are writing our obituary,” Burnett, 42, told Making Headline News this week. “Be the person that you want everyone to talk about at your funeral. I want to be phenomenal. I want to be able to encourage others to be phenomenal.”

By and large, her valiant contributions as a successful businesswoman and to society practically sums up why as it pertains to broadening one’s horizon and maximizing one’s potential, Burnett has become a mastermind, of sorts, when offering a rather unique analogy on such.

“I get to change people’s lives,” Burnett said. “I encourage all my clients. When they leave my office, they feel like the sky is the limit. The immigration service allows me to touch more lives and also gives my clients easier access to me all year long.”

Spoken like a true, progressive entrepreneur whom, to her credit, has proven time and again that she’s capable of defying the odds — all while figuratively writing her obituary in the process.

 

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

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

 

 

 

Dallas/Fort Worth-area entrepreneur D’Leon Burnett’s unique clothing line drawing rave reviews, enjoying constant success

DOING IT BIG IN TEXAS — A native of Chapel Hill, North Carolina, D’Leon Burnett is an up-and-coming clothing designer and owner and CEO of uniquely compelling Dallas-Fort Worth-based business called B.A.Y. An acronym that stands for Black All Year, Burnett’s rising business is widely known for highlighting and paying homage to notable developments involving black history, particularly those historical occurrences he said get overlooked due to black history only being globally recognized for only one month out of the year.

DALLASD’Leon Burnett is what one would consider to be a non-traditional college undergraduate, considering he is 27 years of age.

Still, to his distinct credit, he’s using his assortment of life lessons — particularly those slew of obstacles and hardships — he learned prior to enrolling in school to better help enhance his young life for the better.

A native of Chapel Hill, North Carolina, Burnett is an up-and-coming clothing designer and owner and CEO of a uniquely compelling Dallas-Fort Worth-based business called B.A.Y.

 

 

 

 

 

 

KOOL KIDS — By and large, he sensed that becoming an entrepreneur would greatly give way to array of opportunity to prosper and excel, especially in this ever-so-competitive, business-oriented era in which we live.

An acronym that stands for Black All Year, Burnett’s rising business is widely known for highlighting and paying homage to notable developments involving black history, particularly those historical occurrences he said had gotten overlooked due to black history only being globally recognized for only one month out of the year.

“Being in the sports world helped me a lot (and allowed me to see so much) as I got to see firsthand the youth and the elderly,” Burnett told Making Headline News this week. “What I saw was so many individuals would go day and night training to be the best athletes. In my mind, I felt if we dedicated half of that to becoming better human beings, the black community would be more united.”

MOM KNOWS BEST — Credit his mother, Kendra Burnett, who’s also an accomplished DFW-area entrepreneur, for instilling in her son the qualities and inspiration to delving off into entrepreneurship.

That practically sums up why Burnett thought it essential to establish B.A.Y., or to appropriately adopt a business-oriented mindset, if you will.

By and large, he sensed that becoming an entrepreneur would greatly give way to array of opportunities to prosper and excel, especially in this ever-so-competitive, business-oriented era in which we live.

“What I love most about my business is I control my image and the message we put out is our brand,” Burnett explained. “No one can say that an outside hand has an influence. This is a real black owned business.”

Credit his mother, Kendra Burnett, who’s also an accomplished DFW-area entrepreneur, for instilling in her son the qualities and inspiration to delving off into entrepreneurship.

According to D’Leon Burnett, his B.A,Y, clothing line offers clothing and gear for individuals of all ages and genders, although he stressed that certain items may have size limitations.

“Other than that, all items are available for anyone to purchase,” said D’Leon Burnett, a Plano (Texas) East Senior High graduate.

Much to his delight, his dazzling clothing line has afforded him with the golden opportunity to travel to a variety of places throughout the Southern region, most notably to Houston, Shreveport, Louisiana, Monroe, Louisiana, various establishments in Alabama, as well as to his native home state.

“The support has been overwhelming in those areas,” said D’Leon Burnett, adding that along with his flourishing business, he’s looking to assemble a youth basketball team in the coming months, which would allow him to promote his business on a broader platform. “Special thanks to my parents, especially my mother. She is the driving force behind (my success). Last but not least, (I’m grateful my little family that I can call my own. They all motivate me to go the moon and back daily.”

Not to mention help enhance his young life for the better.

 

For more information about B. A. Y., email D’Leon Burnett at blackallyear@yahoo.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.

Washington, D. C.-area businesswoman Nikki Smith using Total Life Changes for economic prosperity, to enhance life of artistic son

ON HER GRIND — Having acknowledged that she chose the education industry for job security because it would give way to a sense of job security, Nikki Smith said her tenure in the classroom ultimately gave way to becoming an obstacle, of sorts, in large part because her son had been stricken by a variety of special needs. Fortunately for her, that is when Total Life Changes had come into play, thus providing her with the newfound hope and enthusiasm, let alone the much-needed breakthrough she so desperately sought — with God, her Helper, leading the way.

In a variety of aspects, Nikki Michelle Smith and her affiliation with Total Life Changes go hand in hand.

Take, for instance, how when Smith, a former professional educator, joined Total Life Changes a year-and-a-half or so ago, this Washington, D.C.-area businesswoman sensed, among other things, that this thriving, progressive business would benefit her mightily.

Most importantly, during an exclusive interview Friday morning with Making Headline News, Smith spoke at length about how her having joined TLC would greatly enhance her lifestyle and that of her son, Darrell Anthony Bronston, Jr.

During an exclusive interview on Friday morning with Making Headline News, Smith spoke at length about how her having joined TLC would greatly enhance her lifestyle and that of her son, Darrell Anthony Bronston, Jr. Bronston, Jr. is a 16-year-old child who diagnosed with severe autism when he was 3 ½ years old.

Bronston, Jr. is a 16-year-old child who was diagnosed with severe autism when he was 3 ½ years old.

“That was devastating to me,” said Smith while speaking passionately about her only child. “Although I’ve always been positive and always had a lifelong goal of being a teacher, his diagnosed inspired me to learn more about special education so I would know how I could apply it with him as well as understand his educational rights.”

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Having acknowledged that she chose the education industry for job security purposes and because it would give way to financial stability, Smith said her tenure in the classroom ultimately gave way to her job becoming an obstacle, of sorts, in large part because her son had been stricken by a variety of special needs.

HEAVEN SENT — More than anything, Smith said while displaying her smile, she’s mostly grateful for her son, her precious, beloved, tailor-made gift from God and arguably her grandest inspiration.

“That turned into an obstacle,” Smith explained. “Either I made too much money, not enough money, I missed a dead line, or the money ran out and so on. It was very frustrating, and the reality was I needed help.”

Fortunately for her, that is when Total Life Changes had come into play, thus providing her with the newfound hope and enthusiasm, let alone the much-needed breakthrough she so desperately sought — with God, her Helper, leading the way.

Having officially gone into operations in 1999, Total Life Changes, or TLC as it is widely known, 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.

A native of Columbus, Ohio, Smith emphasized that amongst her notable goals as an independent business owner through TLC is to have a stellar business-related impact with its assortment of products throughout the United States, even as far as the United Kingdom, South Africa, and Canada, among other establishments.

In addition, she aspires to use her products and generated revenue to help enhance and make comfortable the lives of individuals who share a similar lifestyle as her.

“My goal is the help special needs moms and pops and help them see the benefits of a home-based business,” Smith said. “You see…raising children with special needs has it rewards.”

 

More than anything, Smith said while displaying her smile, she’s mostly grateful for her son, her precious, beloved, tailor-made gift from God and arguably her grandest inspiration.

“My son has taught me a lot,” Smith said. “However, his needs have also caused me to leave my job.”

Then again, Smith didn’t actually leave her job, at least not on her on own merits, mind you.

“I got fired, because my days were spent going to therapy sessions,” Smith explained. “I was getting called home because the sitter could not handle his high needs or I could not trust just anyone with my child. His father helps a lot, but when I left the (Ohio), it was overwhelming emotionally, financially and physically. I started to lose myself.

“I was depressed and I was emotionally detached from my child,” Smith continued. “I did all the motherly duties but I was reclosed…gained weight, didn’t care about my appearance and all of that always was taking its toll. My mom brought it to my attention I was burnt out. A lot of special needs parent find themselves in this same situation and sadly on the other side of the law for neglect, abuse, and sometimes the loss of a child to social services, not because they were bad parents, but because they were overwhelmed and lacked resources or support most times both.

With proper education, coupled with her affiliation with Total Life Changes, Smith doesn’t shy away from the notion that because of her relentless faith, she adopted a newfound disposition on life — a life-enhancing trend that is proving beneficial for the young Darrell, Jr.

“The Nutraburst gives him the vitamins he needs that he don’t get due what he eats over again,” Smith said. “The NRG helps him focus and gives him mental energy as well. He has meltdowns when there is too much going on and he goes into sensory overload, which causes him to have meltdowns. The NRG has helped with that a lot (Disclaimer: TLC does not mitigate any medical claims or cures of any diseases, disorders or ailments). But we focus on results.”

Fortunately for Smith, the results have been favorable.

Which, after all, sums up that in a variety of aspects, Nikki Michelle Smith and her affiliation with Total Life Changes go hand in hand.

 

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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