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Mid-South award-winning author LaDonna Marie having a massive kingdom impact, courtesy of her books

Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things. (Philippians 4:8 KJV)


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A TRUE INSPIRATION — Mid-South author LaDonna Marie’s latest book is entitled, “Quiet Moments with God: 21 Days of Positive Inspiration” and, much to her delight, this newly-produced written document has been nothing short of impressive since it officially made it ceremonious presence on the market.

DALLAS — Just about every morning, LaDonna Marie hastens to her Facebook page, where she stages to her timeline a pivotal, inspiring reminder to the masses.

“Good morning everyone. Have a phenomenal day,” LaDonna Marie customarily tells her more than 4,300 social media followers.

To grasp a thorough concept of why LaDonna Marie deems it essential to jumpstart her day by empowering people of the importance of staying empowered, look no further than how God has strategically allowed her gifts to make room for her, most notably through the ever-so-competitive world of authorship.

A native of Fayette, Mississippi, Mississippi, LaDonna Marie is responsible for having written nine books, while co-authoring 12 to date.

Four additional solo authored books are presently in the works and scheduled to be released this year.


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A MUST READ — Released officially on September 17, 2018, LaDonna Marie’s “Quiet Moments with God: 21 Days of Positive Inspiration” is comprised of — you’ve guessed it — 21 days of positive inspiration, whereby this young and gifted author’s primary focus is centered largely on providing her readers with an entirely different outlook on how they ought to perceive what she appropriately describes as their day-to-day life experiences.

This award-winning author’s latest book is entitled, “Quiet Moments with God: 21 Days of Positive Inspiration” and, much to her delight, this newly-produced written document has been nothing short of impressive since it officially made its ceremonious presence on the market.

Released officially on September 17, 2018, LaDonna Marie’s “Quiet Moments with God: 21 Days of Positive Inspiration” is comprised of — you’ve guessed it — 21 days of positive inspiration, whereby this young and gifted author’s primary focus is centered largely on providing her readers with an entirely different outlook on how they ought to perceive what she appropriately describes as their day-to-day life experiences.

IN A LEAGUE OF HER OWN — To grasp a thorough concept of why LaDonna Marie deems it essential to jumpstart her day by empowering people the importance of staying empowered, look no further than how God has allowed her gifts to make room for her, most notably through the ever-so-competitive world of authorship.

“Each day brings its own situations, setbacks, victories, and triumphant moments,” according to a spokesperson for LaDonna Marie’s “Quiet Moments with God: 21 Days of Positive Inspiration” at Amazon.com. “However, God grants new mercies for our walk daily. The author would like you to use the devotions in this book to put a positive view (on life), or how you approach these areas.”

For LaDonna Marie, an alumnus of Alcorn State University who resides in Fayette, Mississippi, she’s especially grateful that God had infused her with the light of the Holy Spirit to resume writing her book, particularly after this accomplished author had taken what appeared to be a brief hiatus from her latest project.

STANDING OVATION — Once she finished her God-mandated assignment that had ultimately came wrapped up in her latest book, LaDonna Marie had consequently emerged as the beneficiary of an array of favorable feedback and rave reviews.

“I started writing the book in 2017 and normally I write multiple titles at once,” LaDonna Marie told Making Headline News during a weekend interview. “It wasn’t until 2018 when I picked it back up and decided to finish.”


Once she finished her God-mandated assignment that had ultimately came wrapped up in her latest book, LaDonna Marie had consequently emerged as the beneficiary of an array of favorable feedback and rave reviews.

“One reader stated that (this book) resets her focus and attitude,” LaDonna Marie said. “It keeps her mind on things they should be on. It’s clear and easy to read. It also (helps) her to stay on track and a right way of thinking as our Heavenly Father wants us to be.”

DESTINY STEPS — More than anything, LaDonna Marie — a single mother and devout woman of faith — has gone to great lengths to help advance and empower God’s kingdom’s for such a pivotal time as now — particularly in these perilous times.

While LaDonna Marie’s newest published work has given way to her share of sustained success since its release, her other books have likewise impacted the kingdom.

LaDonna Marie also is responsible for having produced:

  • Expressions Of The Mind, Body, & Soul
  • Until Tomorrow Comes
  • Lessons: Shattered Pieces Being Restored
  • Quiet Moments with God: 31 Days of Life Lessons
  • Eloquent Love Notes
  • Lessons II: Mirror Conversations
  • Larry The Alligator: Makes Friends and,
  • Rebuilding Fragments Workbook.
REPRESENTING THE SIP — For LaDonna Marie, an alumnus of Alcorn State University, she’s especially grateful that God had infused her with the light of the Holy Spirit to resume writing her book, this after this accomplished author had taken what appeared to be a brief hiatus from her latest project.

As for the divine message she aspires to send to her reading audience through her assortment of books, LaDonna Marie said, “I want people to have hope and to know that they can overcome any obstacle, that they have a purpose and each new day, they have a chance to make a difference.”

More than anything, LaDonna Marie — a single mother and devout woman of faith — has gone to great lengths to help advance and empower God’s kingdom’s for such a pivotal time as now — particularly in these perilous times.

“God has created me to encourage others and empower others who are overcoming obstacles,” said LaDonna Marie, whose itinerary includes an upcoming speaking engagement before a group of middle school girls March 20 in Jackson, Mississippi, as well as a host of book signings, festivals, and conferences throughout the remainder of this year.

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SPIRITUAL GAME CHANGER — As for the he divine message she aspires to send to her reading audience through her assortment of books, LaDonna Marie said, “I want people to have hope and to know that they can overcome any obstacle, that they have a purpose and each new day, they have a chance to make a difference.”

“(I want) to assist them in their healing process and to help them to discover the champion inside through my writings.”

Something this brilliantly crafty author does virtually every morning, as evidence by her social media posts.

“I would like everyone to know there is greatness the inside of you,” LaDonna Marie said. “You have what it takes to overcome every obstacle. Be sure grab a copy of one my inspiration books to further encourage yourself.”

Not to mention view life from God’s perspective.


For more information about Mid-South-area Author LaDonna Marie, or to schedule her for a public appearance, a book signing or speaking engagement, connect with her via Facebook under https://www.facebook.com/ladonna.smithcook. Also, send email to: Lmbpoetry @gmail.com.


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

Dallas/Fort Worth author Mel Brown McGinnis’ newly-released book drawing a variety of rave reviews


MAKING HEADLINE NEWS WELCOMES MEL BROWN MCGINNIS


Come unto Me, all who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. (Matthew 11:28)


DALLAS — For Mel Brown McGinnis, age isn’t merely just a number, particularly as it pertains to her immeasurable gifts as a writer.

Consider, for instance, how at just the tender age of 14, McGinnis was appropriately introduced to her awe-inspiring gift as a writer, an introduction that, much to her delight, was orchestrated by God Almighty.

“I’ve known since I was 14 years old that writing is my calling and my God-given gift,” McGinnis told Making Headline News this week. “I’ve been writing poetry since that time, but was never in a position to publish my work.”

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CONSTANT PAGE TUNER — Dallas/Fort Worth-area author Mel Brown McGinnis is a little less than two months removed from having witnessed the much-anticipated release of her book entitled, “Reflections Of Life: A Collection Of Poetry, Prose, And Images.” (Photos By Lynsey Wade)

Fortunately for McGinnis, that all changed some four years ago.

That’s because in 2014, this Louisiana native began working diligently on her novel.

Never mind that she consequently endured the dreaded writer’s block or, as she recalls, she “couldn’t quite move the story and the characters forward.”

Fast forward to some three years later, September 2017 to be exact.

“I was having dinner with an author friend of mine and we were discussing the timeline for finishing my book,” McGinnis explained. “I mentioned to her that I didn’t know if I was quite ready to move forward with the novel, but that I had all of these poems that I had written a few years back that really helped me to get through some dark days.”

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LOUISIANA PURCHASE — A spiritually-enhancing and kingdom-advancing written work that is comprised of 134 pages, McGinnis’ “Reflections Of Life: A Collection Of Poetry, Prose, And Images” is the debut literary work of this remarkably brilliant author and poet.

It was, by all accounts, because of those darks — those spiritually challenging and wilderness experiences — that have greatly helped propel McGinnis to authorship greatness.

That’s because McGinnis is a little less than two months removed from having witnessed the much-anticipated release of her book entitled, “Reflections Of Life: A Collection Of Poetry, Prose, And Images.”

A spiritually-enhancing and kingdom-advancing written work that is comprised of 134 pages, McGinnis’ “Reflections Of Life: A Collection Of Poetry, Prose, And Images” is the debut literary work of this remarkably brilliant author and poet from the small town of Monroe, Louisiana.

“This compilation takes you on a journey of love, loss and triumph,” said a spokesperson for McGinnis’ new book in a thorough breakdown at Amazon.com. Reflections is a collection of inspirational poetry, prose, and pictures from all over the world taken by the author during her travels, including selections from the author’s photo collection, ‘Natural Elements.’ The poetry, prose, and images work together to tell stories of empowering women, finding love after heartbreak, advocating against domestic violence, navigating the political landscape, creating pathways to success from humble beginnings, reveling in a love of sports, and paying tribute to a musical legend.”

What’s even more astounding for McGinnis is that since the recent release of her book, she’s managed to garner an array of rave reviews, many of which have blanketed her social media timelines.

A licensed attorney and certified sports agent, McGinnis holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in English Literature with a minor in Mass Communications and Journalism from Louisiana State University.

STANDING OVATION — What’s even more astounding for McGinnis is that since the recent release of her book, she’s managed to garner an array of rave reviews, many of which have blanketed her social media timelines.

“The message that God is using me to deliver is that no matter how dark the days may be, never give up on yourself and never give up on your dreams,” McGinnis said. “I use this book to discuss themes of women’s empowerment and advocating against domestic violence.”

McGinnis said a percentage of sales from her book are donated to Women Called Moses, a local nonprofit organization that provides resources and support for victims of domestic violence.

Credit McGinnis’ keen ability to press and navigate through arguably the toughest of times, coupled with her devout faith in God, as amongst the grandest reasons her Creator essentially handpicked her for such a time as now to advance His kingdom, most notably through her endeavor as an author.

“After a difficult divorce, I was in a very dark place mentally,” McGinnis explained. “I didn’t know how to move forward in my life and I struggled just to get through each day. I would pray to God and say, ‘Ok God, so let’s make a deal. If You will just give me the strength to get through the day and get back to my car, then I can just cry when I get in the car on my way home. But please don’t let me have a breakdown at work.’

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“I cried every day literally for six months straight, and I just didn’t think I was going to get through it,” McGinnis continued. “But I did. One day, I went home and I said, today will be the last day I cry about this. And it was. Prayer was my source of strength. I just want people to know that no matter how hard things get, have faith in God and His plan for your life, and you can get through anything.”

Fortunately for McGinnis, she has been afforded the golden opportunity to make public appearances to promote her newly-assembled book which, in essence, is a unique ministry, of sorts, in its own right.

VIRTUOUS WOMAN — McGinnis is having an immediate and massive impact as an author, this having recently made her authorship debut.

Following what was a busy past few weeks, during which her book has become a constant fixture in the community and on the literary circuit, McGinnis will continue her book tour with a return to her native establishment of Monroe to host what is known as “Conversations With Mel.” This event will involve a Q & A segment and book signing and will take place at the Ouachita Parish Library on October 12.

McGinnis is scheduled to host a similar event on October 13 at the Louisiana Cotton Museum in nearby Lake Providence, where she was raised during the early years of her life.

Also, she will stop in Fort Worth, where she will attend the Women In Local Government Summit that is known as Women in Leadership: A Seat at the Table on October 25, during which she will be a guest speaker and a panelist, but isn’t expected to promote her book.

BUT GOD — Credit McGinnis’ keen ability to press and navigate through arguably the toughest of times, coupled with her devout faith in God, as amongst the reasons her Creator essentially handpicked her for such a time as now to advance His kingdom.

However, she will be promoting “Poetry & Prose” on October 28, which will be highlighted by live readings and a book signing at Victory Drinklab in New Orleans.

In wrapping up the tour, McGinnis will be on hand for “Conversations From The White Sofa” that is powered by the Book Club Brunch, an event that will take place in February 3, 2019 in Plano, Texas.

Talk about having an immediate and massive impact as an author, this having recently made her authorship debut.

“I am first a child of God, and I truly believe I can do all things through Christ Who strengthens me,” McGinnis said. “I would hope to inspire others to believe the same.”

GOD’S LEADING LADY — Fortunately for McGinnis, a proud alumnus of Louisiana State University, she has been afforded the golden opportunity to make public appearances to promote her newly-assembled book which, in essence, is a unique ministry, of sorts, in its own right.

That she’s certainly doing with God, her Helper, leading the way.


For more information about Dallas/Fort Worth-area Author Mel Brown McGinnis, or to schedule her for a public appearance, a book signing or speaking engagement, connect with her via social media at:

Facebook: authormelmcginnis

Instagram: @authormelmcginnis

Twitter: @author_mel

Also, send email to: authormelmcginnis@gmail.com.


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

Memphian Yolanda R. Kight exemplifies a ‘servant’s heart’ approach as she lobbies for Shelby County Circuit Court Judge post

DECISION 2018: MAKING HEADLINE NEWS IN-DEPTH FEATURE ON YOLANDA ROCHELLE KIGHT

 

Therefore, my beloved brothers, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that in the Lord your labor is not in vain. (1 Corinthians 15:58 ESV)

 

To grasp a thorough concept of Yolanda R. Kight is one who can be appropriately described as a true survivor of arguably some of life’s greatest hurdles, pause for a moment, if you will, and become enlighten about her assortment of personal testimonies.

“There have been many forces working against me to undermine where God has been taking me,” Kight said during an exclusive weekend interview with Making Headline News.

For the record, it all started somewhere in inner city Memphis — North Memphis to technical — where Kight was born to an unwed teenage mother and resided with her grandmother.

“We called her ‘mama’ because most of our mothers in my family were young and our grandmother was like our mama,” Kight recalled.

LEADING BY AN EXAMPLE OF EXCELLENCE — If things go her way on the campaign trail in the coming months, Yolanda R. Kight, a native Memphian will assume yet another commendable label to go along with the true survivor one. A proud graduate of Memphis Hamilton High, Kight, 47, is a candidate for Shelby County Circuit Court Judge, Division 9, a political post she’s hoping to win following her previous unsuccessful, nail-biting loss in her quest for Shelby County Clerk. Pictured with Kight are her three daughters: Ariyana, Arielle, and Ania.

All things considered, Kight, like many of her peers, was a typical youngster who was destined to make the most out of life in the inner city, often jumping a fence during the summer months for free lunch at nearby Lester Community Center, routinely engaging in a variety of childhood neighborhood activities before the street lights caught her.

Still, even while diligently staying in a child’s place while being raised in a Christian environment where attending church was mandatory, it seemed that various forms of challenges had arose and thrust Kight in harm’s way, a trend by which she didn’t merely deserve, much less warrant.

So how to explain and make sense of why Kight was victimized by sexual assault and molestation as a minor by multiple men, not to mention having endured an abusive relationship, all while functioning as a single parent to three young girls as a law school student who was armed with so much promise?

ON ONE AKA ACCORD — After enrolling at the historic Clark Atlanta University, where she became a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated in Fall 1989, Kight transferred to LeMoyne-Owen College, where she eventually earn a Bachelor’s of Business Administration with a concentration in Management.

To acquire a somewhat full understanding, try becoming empowered of how she has managed to blossom into the true survivor for which she is widely known.

“I didn’t come from a family of people who had gone to college or had obtained great fortune or success,” Kight explained. “But I was blessed to have friend who I met in junior high school whose family instilled in her to seek higher education and so I basically followed what she did.”

Much to her delight, Kight steadfastly stuck with that junior high school confidant in such a way that, to her credit, she not only has enjoyed sustained success through education, but she’s made a name for herself in the process.

REMEMBER HER NAME — Much to her delight, Kight steadfastly stuck with that junior high school friend in such a way that, to her credit, she not only has enjoyed sustained success through education, but she’s made a name for herself in the process.

And, if things go her way on the campaign trail in the coming months, Kight, a native Memphian will ceremoniously assume yet another commendable label to go along with the true survivor one.

A proud graduate of Memphis Hamilton High, Kight, 47, is a candidate for Shelby County Circuit Court Judge, Division 9, a political post she’s hoping to win following her previous unsuccessful, nail-biting loss in her quest for Shelby County Clerk.

Early voting begins July 13 and ends July 28. The general election is August 2.

THROWBACK MEMPHIS — All things considered Kight, like many of her peers, was a typical youngster who was destined to make the most of life in the inner city, often jumping a neighborhood fence during the summer months for free lunch at nearby Lester Community Center.

For Kight, that she is vying for Circuit Court Judge is especially ideal for a time such as now, in large part because of the wealth of experience she’s garnered in her current position as a Magistrate Judge.

Amongst Kight’s notable responsibilities is overseeing cases centered on dealing mostly with domestic abuse, sexual assault, stalking, drugs, and other criminal matters.

“In this position, it has become even more transparent than before that we have issues with justice in our legal system,” Kight said.

Interestingly, Kight said long before she sensed she would delve off into the political arena, she was birthed with the notable vision of becoming a driving force in the community as a way to make it a better place for “my children and grandson.” she emphasized.

“Even before running for office, I began doing things in my practice to restore hope and reconciliation to those persons I touched in my practice,” Kight said.

Now, she stressed, is the appropriate time to take her servant’s heart approach outside of her credible practice.

What better place to take it than to Shelby County Circuit Court, Division 9?

“I never had the sense that I wanted to necessarily run for office, though I had one person to tell me that God told them that my grace was in politics, and other persons prophesied that I would hold certain political positions,” Kight said.

For what it’s worth, she certainly possesses the educational credentials to run for such a commendable political seat.

Kight was raised in a single-parent home in the inner city by her mother, June Kight.

After enrolling at the historic Clark Atlanta University, where she became a lifetime member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated in Fall 1989, Kight transferred to LeMoyne-Owen College, where she eventually earn a Bachelor’s of Business Administration with a concentration in Management.

In addition, she acquired a Legal Assistant Certificate in Paralegal Studies from University College at the University of Memphis, during which she was named Most Outstanding Paralegal.

Interesting, in 1998, Kight had the opportunity to meet prominent Judge Bernice Bouie Donald, who presently serves as a Federal Judge for the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit.

According to Kight, it was Donald who encouraged her mightily to broaden her horizon in the judicial industry, a development that had ultimately inspired her to earn a law degree from University of Memphis’ historic Cecil C. Humphrey’s School of Law just four years later.

The rest, as they say, was history.

BUILDING A LASTING LEGACY — Interestingly, in 1998, Kight had the opportunity to meet prominent Judge Bernice Bouie Donald, who presently serves as a Federal Judge for the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit. According to Kight, it was Donald who encouraged her to broaden her horizon in the law/judicial industry, a development that had ultimately inspired her to earn a law degree from University of Memphis’ historic Cecil C. Humphrey’s School of Law just four years later. Pictured with Kight is her grandson, Micah-Donovan, whom she customarily deems her “Pooh Bear.”

“It wasn’t until I had my children and the idea that (other lives) now relied on me to make everything okay that the notion that ‘Failure was not an option’ took hold and I was determined to make life better for them,” Kight, who’s currently pursing a degree from Memphis Theological Seminary. “That determination to make life better for them, undergirded with the faith I learned through my mother who found God and made sure that we got to know God by attending church, Sunday school, vacation bible school, etc., is what helped me to keep going despite feeling like giving up sometimes feeling overwhelmed.”

Given the immeasurable strides she’s made — particularly from those days of growing up in the inner city, to jumping fences for free lunch, to conquering being molested and physically abused, to achieving educational excellence — Kight is especially hopeful that the citizens of Shelby County will take into account her servant’s heart approach when they take to the polls in the foreseeable future.

“A win for Yolanda Rochelle Kight is a win for the citizens of Shelby County,” Kight said. “And it will represent a shift in this community toward a community that is concerned about the needs of all members of this community by ensuring that all members of our community are afforded justice that is not based on race, socio-economic background, or status.”

 

A MAKING HEADLINE NEWS “DID YOU KNOW?”

Did you know that Memphian Yolanda R. Kight is involved in a variety of community-based organizations, most notably:

The Northwest Shelby County Rotary Club

A lifetime member of Alpha Kappa Alpha, Incorporated

The National Coalition of 100 Black Women and,

The Co-Program Chair of Precious Pearls of Frayser?

 

 

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 the Founder and Publisher of Making Headline News. A 2000 graduate of the University of Memphis School of Journalism and a former reporter of sports for the Memphis Commercial Appeal newspaper, Johnson covers the NBA Southwest Division from Dallas, Texas. To reach Johnson, call him at 901-690-6587 or send email to andre@makingheadlinenews.com or makingheadlinenews@gmail.com. Also, follow him on Twitter @AJ_Journalist.

 

 

 

 

Is Mid-South-area businesswoman Shaqueena Cleveland the professional makeup artist industry’s best kept secret?

MEMPHIS — Dreams really do come true.

Surely, Shaqueena Cleveland can greatly attest to this awe-inspiring, life-enhancing notion.

ISN’T SHE LOVELY? It is due in large part to Shaqueena Cleveland’s unyielding, relentless perseverance, coupled with her commitment to educational excellence that have contributed mightily to Cleveland having become the well-rounded instructor for the Institute of Make Up Arts.

Consider, for instance, how Cleveland, a Mid-South-area businesswoman during an exclusive interview with Making Headline News this week, explained in great detail her proverbial competitive drive in life that essentially has given way to an array of endeavors about which she’s pursued.

“It has allowed me the opportunity to work harder to pursue my dream,” Cleveland said. I have always dreamed of owning my own business. It started with pursing my education.”

For what it’s worth, it is due in large part to her unyielding, relentless perseverance, coupled with her steadfast commitment to educational excellence that have contributed mightily to Cleveland having become a well-rounded instructor for the Institute of Make Up Arts.

Located at 5728 Stage Road, Suite 7 in Bartlett, Tennessee, the Institute of Make Up Arts featured mission is to help students reach their maximum potential as the next generation of makeup artists, according to a detailed description of the school at www.imuapro.com. In addition, this institution strives to educate makeup artists in a variety of media while simultaneously using what is described as Queen Cosmetics.

IN HER OWN WORDS — “Once I obtained my degrees and certifications, I knew that I could not stop there,” Cleveland said. “My hunger for success and my drive to obtain more encouraged me to set my sight on the sky because that was my only limit. After I obtained my masters, I begin working as an accountant for Vanderbilt University and Medical Center, a very prestigious and awesome company.”

“We provide students with all of the skills needed to succeed as makeup artists and to give them a solid foundation for any job they seek,” according to a spokesperson for the Institute of Make Up Arts. “In addition, students are taught professionalism, ethics, business, and history.”

Also, Cleveland’s professional makeup institute places a strong emphasis on offering training and certification to those who have a passion for the makeup industry, particularly those who aspire to find their niche in the professional industry of beauty, television, film and other special events and career endeavors.

A native of Shelby, Mississippi and a graduate of Delta State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration, Cleveland emphasized that her school offers two notable programs, both of which are full-time and part-time or, in a nutshell, freelance makeup artistry and fashion makeup artistry.

The institute also offers business-related hands on courses, she said, and that at the end each session, the students style with live models, or basically what Cleveland described as “a style of real life experiences” that give pupils the confidence and motivation essential for the industry as makeup artists.

Freelance Makeup Artistry, she said, focuses on beauty and glamour techniques and is most suited for those who are interested in bridal, special events, private salons, photography and pageants. Conversely, she said that Fashion Makeup Artistry focuses on high fashion techniques and is most suited for those interested in runway, entertainment, photography, television, bridal, commercial, and spa/salon industries.

Having been actively involved in the professional makeup artist industry for more than two decades, Cleveland’s expertise keen professionalism has allowed her to put her immeasurable skills on display in a slew of Southeastern states. “However, I have had people from West Africa and Paris, France and Mexico to inquire of the services,” she said.

Interesting enough, Cleveland said her school’s programs are less than $2,000 for full sessions and classes are offered day, night and weekends.

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“In this evolving billion dollars industry, it is our mission to provide the finest training and create professionally trained artist to work in various careers,” said Cleveland, whom, in 2010, earned a Master’s degree in Science of Accountancy from University of Phoenix, then became fully licensed and in 2017 from the Academy of Makeup Arts. “Regardless of the path you choose, we have been there and our accomplished artists can help you get there too. We welcome students from all over the world.”

KNOWLEDGE IS POWER — A native of Shelby, Mississippi and a graduate of Delta State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration, Cleveland emphasized that her school offers two notable programs, which both are full-time and part-time or, in a nutshell, freelance makeup artistry and fashion makeup artistry.

Having been actively involved in the professional makeup artist industry for more than two decades, Cleveland’s expertise and keen professionalism have allowed her to put her immeasurable skills on display in a slew of Southeastern states. “However, I have had people from West Africa and Paris, France and Mexico to inquire of the services,” she said.

In addition, she said arguably her biggest supporters during her stellar career have been her husband, Johnnie Cleveland, Tamika Turner, owner of the Institute of Beauty, her sister, Melody Robinson-Henry, and the Apostle Joseph Young and Gloria Igue.

Moreover, Cleveland said a new school is about to go into operations and that the first class will take place on September.

Also, the Institute of Make Up Arts will be hosting its’ inaugural Pretty Face Competition on November 4 at 4:30 pm at a time and location to be determined.

According to Cleveland, the event will showcase the talent of makeup artists throughput the Memphis metropolitan area and that participants can begin registering for the event on August 1 at www.imuapro.com.

Cleveland’s professional makeup institute places a strong emphasis on offering training and certification to those who have a passion for the makeup industry, particularly those who aspire to find their niche in the professional industry of beauty, television, film and other special events and career endeavors.

 

“Once I obtained my degrees and certifications, I knew that I could not stop there,” Cleveland said. “My hunger for success and my drive to obtain more encouraged me to set my sight on the sky because that was my only limit. After I obtained my masters, I begin working as an accountant for Vanderbilt University and Medical Center, a very prestigious and awesome company.”

To her distinctly unique credit, one monumental endeavor ultimately led to another.

Look at her today, diligently walking in the divine purpose for which God created her.

Yes… dreams really do come true.

 

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Dallas/Fort Worth businesswoman Dr. Traci Gardner-Petteway defies toughest of odds, blossoms in her divine calling and purpose

 

CHOSEN BY GODAmongst the grandest reasons Dr. Traci Gardner-Petteway is steadfastly enjoying the fruits of her labor, coupled with her holding fast to the mission and vision for which God has blessed her is that she’s proven to be one who doesn’t take defeat lying down. A native of Shreveport, Louisiana, Gardner-Petteway is founder and chief executive officer of Hope Inc. Christian Counseling, a non-profit organization located at 522 Edmonds Lane, Suite 201, in Lewisville, Texas.

DALLASDr. Traci Lynn Gardner-Petteway is one big-hearted, compassionate woman who customarily goes above and beyond to demonstrate agape love.

You know, the kind of unyielding, faith-based kind of love God’s manual specifically admonishes us to fortify daily.

“(I love) encouraging, empowering, and providing guidance along with proven techniques, from a psychological modality as well as from a Biblical perspective as it relates to dealing with the situations of life,” Gardner-Petteway, during a recent interview with Making Headline News, said when asked what she likes most about her business.

Amongst the grandest reasons Gardner-Petteway is steadfastly enjoying the fruits of her labor, coupled with her holding fast to the mission and vision for which God has blessed her is that she’s proven to be one who doesn’t merely take defeat lying down.

In a nutshell, the greater the obstacle, the greater the golden opportunity for which Gardner-Petteway sees before her defy the urge the quit.

“I learned that if the elevator to success is broken, you must take the stairs,” Gardner-Petteway said.

Such an intriguing, life-enhancing analogy, to her credit, certainly rings true, particularly as a progressive, thriving businesswoman.

A native of Shreveport, Louisiana, Gardner-Petteway is founder and chief executive officer of Hope Inc. Christian Counseling, a non-profit — or (501(c)(6)) —  organization that is sanctioned through the Lewisville Area Chamber of Commerce.

Located at 522 Edmonds Lane, Suite 201, in nearby Lewisville, Texas, Hope Inc. Christian Counseling strives to bring about clarity and wholeness to the lives of individuals, couples, and families by way of life coaching, of sorts.

In addition, this institution seeks to assist people with self-evaluations, as well as help them understand what patterns and behaviors greatly create stress, various types of conflict, not to mention effective strategies and solutions on how to deal with them effectively, particularly as it pertains to relationship assessments.

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As for her personal mission for which she was inspired to start her non-profit organization, Gardner-Petteway — who’s widely known as a Christian life coach, college professor, an accomplished author, motivational speaker, as well as a local radio personality (The Talk Show With Dr. Traci/Every Thursday on Heaven 97AM from 7-8 pm) and licensed/ordained minister — alluded specifically to her childhood, most notably when she was molested by a relative at just seven years of age.

WOMAN ON THE MOVEAs for her personal mission for which she was inspired to start her non-profit organization, Gardner-Petteway — who’s widely known as a Christian life coach, college professor, an accomplished author, motivational speaker, as well as a local radio personality and licensed/ordained minister — alluded specifically to her childhood, most notably when she was molested by a relative at just seven years of age.

As if that wasn’t enough to bring about a sense of dysfunction to the life of a youngster with so much potential and promise, her parents eventually divorced after 23 years of marriage when she was 16 and, as a young adult — particularly in her late teens and early 20’s — she recalled how she was victimized mightily as a result of domestic violence by a then-boyfriend.

A little more than two decades removed from that horrific encounter, she consequently endured unsolicited sexual advances by her then-supervisor, which ultimately gave way to what she described as a hostile working environment.

“I had friends who ostracized me because my parents were no longer together, and the abuse I suffered through was one that you were always told to remain silent about because people will judge you without the facts,” Gardner-Petteway explained.

By and large, she admittedly sensed that such a sequence of downtrodden events seemed downright unbearable at times.

But God…

“I internalized the pain and suffered through years of depression until I realized that I did not do anything wrong and that I had no reason to be ashamed,” Gardner-Petteway said. “As an adult, I came to realize that many people internalize their guiltless pain and walked throughout life with the mindset that they have no hope.”

For Gardner-Petteway, her renewed sense of peace in life was manufactured, courtesy of the Supreme Peacemaker, as Jesus specifically enlightens us, according to John 16:33.

“My personal mission is to give hope through Jesus, the Christ,” said Gardner-Petteway, adding she was inspired to establish her organization thanks in large to the continuous support of a host of family members.

Devoted love ones from her husband, Leroy Petteway, Jr., to her parents, George and Eula Davis-Gardner, her brother, Sheldon Gardner, not to mention her loving, late grandmother, Essie Lee Davis.

Having earned a Bachelor of Science in Organizational Management from Wiley College in nearby Marshall, Texas, Gardner-Petteway holds a dual Masters of Arts degree in Psychology and Human Resource Management from Our Lady of the Lake University and a dual Doctorate of Philosophy in Social Work and Counseling from Capella University.

Talk about an impressive, commendable resume for a woman, who not only expresses daily her love for Almighty God but, most importantly, a woman who goes above and beyond to exemplify it.

You know, the kind of unyielding, faith-based love God’s manual specially admonishes us to fortify daily.

“You were not built to break,” Gardner-Petteway, a lifetime member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. and an active member of Jack And Jill  of America, Inc., said. “Greater is He who is in you than he who is in the world. I lost some friends because of my speaking out against the unsolicited sexual advances, but that was God’s way of revealing to me who my real friends were.”

For Gardner-Petteway, when the dust had finally settled, after she had suffered awhile, God — just as He always does — had settled and established her, as only He could.

“The lost was hurtful,” she said, “but God always takes care of His own.”

In that order.

 

For more information about Hope Inc. Christian Counseling, call (972) 420-4673. Also, send email to Dr. Traci Gardner-Petteway at: drtracipetteway@me.com.



EDITOR’S NOTE: If you are an entrepreneur, business owner, producer, author, musician, barber, life coach, motivational speaker, cosmetologist, tax preparer, model, athlete, 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, 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.