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Atlanta-area businesswoman Verna V. Nickelberry functioning fervently in her ‘God taught’ endeavor

GOD-ORDERED STEPS 

DESTINY STEPS — Currently of a resident in the Atlanta area, Verna V. Nickelber is owner and chief executive officer of VeMaShe Enterprise LLC, her up-and-coming media company whose featured entity is product is ODINARY PEOPLE Magazine (or OPM), which went into full operations in 2008.

DALLAS — With all due respect to Verna V. Nickelberry, she essentially had it wrong.

Consider, for instance, when during a weekend interview with Making Headline News, Nickelberry, whose family is originally from Mississippi, spoke about her strong ties to Memphis.

“We moved to Memphis when I was five years old, Nickelberry said. “So Memphis is all I know. It’s home.”
Wrong.
With all due respect to Nickelberry, while she has an immeasurable connection to Memphis, credit her remarkably compelling strides as a notable businesswoman as being arguably the pivotal factor that has given way to her attracting more of a national presence through her endeavors.

OH TASTE AND SEE 

THIS IS THE LORD’S DOING — Although Nickelberry is pretty adamant that her publication essentially “found me,” amongst the things about which she’s thoroughly convinced is that her flourishing enterprise undoubtedly has been endorsed by God.

Currently of a resident in the Atlanta area, Nickelberry is owner and chief executive officer of VeMaShe Enterprise LLC, her up-and-coming media company whose featured entity is product is ODINARY PEOPLE Magazine (or OPM), which went into full operations in 2008.

In addition to running the day-to-day operations of her business, Nickelberry is an accomplished writer, having authored two books: “He Wrote The Script…Just Follow It!: Applying Biblical Principals for Entrepreneurial Success” and “Blue Skies & Green Grass: A 30 Day Affirmation Journal.”

Also, she were amongst 14 women who collectively wrote the book entitled, “Cultivating Your It Factor: 14 Must Haves  To Discover, Define and Refine Your Signature Brand.”

Though her venture accommodates people of all ages and ethnic groups nationwide, Nickelberry emphasized she’s especially blessed to have been afforded the golden opportunity to bask in the glory of her God-given element.

Her children’s book, “The Adventures Of KayKay” will jumpstart a 12-book series and is scheduled to be released this summer, she said.

“I wish I had a great story for you, but the truth is my business found me,” Nickelberry said.

With all due respect once again, Nickelberry — displaying a such resiliency and poise as only she could — certainly has an inspiring story to tell, considering VeMaShe Enterprise emerged courtesy of a rather unique combination that’s comprised of her name as well as the names of her two sons, which intriguingly means “family, unite, and love.”

“I’m wanting to create a family company that my son would work at,” Nickelberry said of her business venture, which has been in existence for approximately 10 years.

Although Nickelberry is pretty adamant that her publication essentially “found me,” amongst the things about which she’s thoroughly convinced is that her flourishing enterprise undoubtedly has been endorsed by God.

MAKING MAJOR STRIDES — With all due respect to Nickelberry, while she has an immeasurable connection to Memphis, credit her remarkably compelling strides as a notable businesswoman as being arguably the pivotal factor that has given way to her attracting more of a national presence through her endeavors.

“It is an assignment — a vision — from God which took place in 2005, but was not birth until 2008,” Nickelberry explained. “We’ve been at it for 10 years.”

And what a memorable decade it has been for this progressive, thriving businesswoman, who doesn’t shy away from the notion that God is the Focal Point of a company whose best and brightest days are well ahead of it.

Interestingly, Nickelberry’s magazine is widely known for hosting an annual business prayer breakfast, as well as its annual OPM Servant Awards, an event that customarily honors individuals, non-profit organizations, and corporations, particularly for their valiant contributions to communities.

This year’s OPM Servant Awards are scheduled for  September 20 in nearby Conyer, Georgia.

In addition to running the day-to-day operations of her business, Nickelberry is an accomplished writer, having authored two books: “He Wrote The Script…Just Follow It!: Applying Biblical Principals for Entrepreneurial Success” and “Blue Skies & Green Grass: A 30 Day Affirmation Journal.”

“We also give out a life time achievement award,” said Nickelberry, alluding to her event’s The Sylvester Bowens Life Time Achievement, which is named in honor of her father.

Though her venture accommodates people of all ages and ethnic groups nationwide, Nickelberry emphasized she’s especially blessed to have been afforded the golden opportunity to bask in the glory of her God-given element.

“I enjoy the freedom doing what I love,” Nickelberry said. “OPM is an inspirational magazine, so we get to share the word of God and some great testimonies of God’s miracles and blessings. This is actually one of the segments in the magazine.”

With all due respect once again, Nickelberry, displaying a such resiliency and poise — certainly has an inspiring story to tell, considering VeMaShe Enterprise emerged courtesy of a rather unique combination that’s comprised of her name as well as the najes of her two sons, which intriguingly means “family, unite, and love.”

Although Nickelberry admittedly was reluctant to go into business for herself, she’s overwhelmingly giddy she had ultimately answered God’s Voice by exercising her faith in ways unimaginable. “I answered the call from God and, nevertheless, I moved forward,” Nickelberry said with a smile. “I’m God taught.”

And, for that reasons, Memphis isn’t all she knows.

With all due respect to this talented, gifted businesswoman, she’s fully persuaded that even while walking fervently in her divine purpose, the best is yet to come.

“If I can but inspire one person while I’m on my daily journey, I would have done my part in bring a smile to someone’s face and joy to their heart,” Nickelberry said.

Capping off a brilliantly, empowering story, one she sensed she never had to tell.

But God Whom, much to her delight, had the final say.


For more information about Atlanta-area Businesswoman Verna V. Nickelberry, or to schedule her for a public appearance or speaking engagement, call 901.949.3409 or connect with her via social media at:

http://facebook.com/vernavnickelberry; http://linkedin.com/in/vnickelberry; http://www.pinterest.com/vemashe2opm08; http://twitter.com/Vnickelberry; http://instagram.com/vemashe.


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Atlanta-area empowerment extraordinaire Sylinda Mumphery to host 3rd Annual RTB Winning Women Awards Ceremony


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Sylinda Mumphery’s spiritual reputation is such that she has a heart for embracing women who have emerged as feel good stories.

Men, too.

Such will be the case when Mumphery host the third annual RTB Winning Women Awards Ceremony on March 16 in Smyrna, Georgia.

CHANGING A GENERATION 

HEART FOR GOD’S PEOPLE — Atlanta-area businesswoman Sylinda Mumphery’s spiritual reputation is such that she has a heart for embracing women who have emerged as feel good stories. Such will be the case when Mumphery host the third annual RTB Winning Women Awards Ceremony on March 16 in Smyrna, Georgia.

Powered by Women’s History Month, the RTB (or Removing The Bandages) Winning Women Awards Ceremony will take place at the Smyrna Community Center, located at 200 Village Green Circle SE.

“The purpose of this event is to honor and celebrate women who are overcomers and survivors of domestic violence, rape, cancer, burn victims, drug and alcohol abuse, homelessness and so much more,” Mumphery told Making Headline News this week. “We also celebrate and honor women who are making a difference in the lives of others by giving back to their communities or serving our country.”

In addition, Mumphery said this event is essential, in large part because women customarily carry what she describes as “a lot of pain and sometimes carry our wounds in our wombs.”

“There are many that want to give up and throw in the towel,” Mumphery said. “Therefore, we take this night to uplift each woman and let our sisters know that we love them and that no matter what has happened, we are not what happened to us.  We are beautiful, powerful, and have a purpose in life.”

The owner and CEO of SylindaD, LLC, Mumphery’s RTB Winning Women Awards Ceremony is a three-day event that will commence with a with an opening-day meet-and-greet on Friday, March 15.

The actual event will begin the next day and will culminate on Sunday with attendees engaging in morning worship and brunch.

Tickets can be purchased at http://www.sylindad.com/.

“It’s a full weekend of sisterhood, empowerment, love and excitement,” Mumphery said.

The owner and CEO of SylindaD, LLC, Mumphery’s RTB Winning Women Awards Ceremony is a three-day event that will commence with a with an opening-day meet-and-greet on Friday, March 15.

Interestingly, for the time since the inception of Mumphery’s awards ceremony, there will be a segment that will be centered on honoring men, most notably three recipients who will become beneficiaries of the Mighty Man of Valor Awards.


“Our purpose for honoring men this year is that we’ve had a lot of men that have begun to follow the movement. We realize that men wear bandages as well, but carry their wounds differently. Many have survived through battles that should have killed them, but they came out alive and are also making a difference and giving back. They also deserve to be honored and celebrated for not giving up and standing tall for their family, friends, and community.” — Sylinda Mumphery


Having described the feedback as “incredible” since the inception of her event, Mumphery emphasized the RTB Winning Women Awards Ceremony essentially is a platform, of sorts, for those being honored to tell their stories and testimonies of how God spared their lives and how they’ve had to overcome a slew of obstacles in order to continue standing strong, she said.

HATS OFF TO YOU BROTHAS — Interestingly, for the time since the inception of Mumphery’s awards ceremony, there will be a segment that will be centered on honoring men, most notably three recipients who will become beneficiaries of the Mighty Man of Valor Awards.

“For some, it’s their first time ever being honored or telling their story,” said Mumphery, who’s also an accomplished author, mentor, speaker, and an Atlanta-area radio talk show host. “So often we experience life’s interruptions and become blindsided, because we never expected certain situations, incidents, or tragedies to affect us directly.

Much to her delight, Mumphery’s assortment of hardships and personal tragedies throughout the years have never caused her waver. If nothing else, such unfavorable circumstances only fueled her desire to press and navigate toward her destiny, most notably through a movement that had become a fixture throughout the Body of Christ.


GOD’S LEADING LADY 

LETTING HER LIGHT SHINE — Having described the feedback as “incredible” since the inception of her event, Mumphery emphasized the RTB Winning Women Awards Ceremony essentially is a platform, of sorts, for those being honored to tell their stories and testimonies of how God spared their lives and how they’ve had to overcome a slew of obstacles in order to continue standing strong, she said.

“(The) Removing The Bandages Movement was birthed out of brokenness,” Mumphery said. “I never knew that God could take broken pieces and create beautiful art.  After having two breast cancer scares and almost losing my left breast, I was hurt and ashamed of my wound.  I thought that if I wore bandages daily, that I would not notice the scars.  Even after losing everything and facing divorce, I thought that makeup, expensive jewelry, expensive car, shoes and clothes would cover the pain.

“As women, we look for love in all the wrong places and sometimes cause self-inflicted wounds to ourselves,” Mumphery continued. “This movement moves inside of me wherever I go, because every time I come in contact with a woman — no matter her race, socioeconomic status, background, size or shape — I want her to know that she does not have to live her life behind her bandages and that once she rips them off of her and embrace her scars, she will eventually find out that they are now her beauty mark, because God will give you beauty for ashes.”


For more information about Sylinda Mumphery’s third annual RTB Winning Women Awards Ceremony,” log on to: http://www.sylindad.com/.


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Ex-spouse of NFL player, author Angela Marshall’s autobiography inspiring others to ‘get in the game of life’

MAKING HEADLINE NEWS WELCOMES ANGELA MARSHALL 


Every so often, Angela Marshall fields the question as if she expected it.

“After being asked numerous times about the supposed lifestyle of the rich and famous, I decided to pen my truth about reality, rags, and riches,” Marshall said.

During a recent interview with Making Headline News, Marshall, an Augusta, Georgia-based author and former wife of a professional athlete, spoke at length about her assortment of experiences as a devoted spouse to a wealthy NFL player in her latest book entitled, “The Story And Life Of An Ex-NFL Wife: Reality To Rags To Riches.” Reality To Rags To Riches: The Story And Life Of An Ex-NFL Wife.”

GAME CHANGER — During a recent interview with Making Headline News, Angela Marshall, an Augusta, Georgia-based author and former wife of a professional athlete, spoke at length about her assortment of experiences as a devoted spouse to a wealthy NFL player in her latest book entitled, “The Story And Life Of An Ex-NFL Wife: Reality To Rags To Riches.” Reality To Rags To Riches: The Story And Life Of An Ex-NFL Wife.”

A book that was officially released in November 2017, Marshall’s autobiography depicts what she appropriately describes as “this football life,” a life-changing trend that had afforded her extraordinary opportunities, exposure to life’s options, and blessings untold, according to a detail breakdown of her book at Amazon.com.

As Marshall vividly explained, such a unique life had filled what she has dubbed her “personal playbook,” one that was accompanied by the wisdom to call what she refers to as “an audible, pass, run,” even a proverbial “go for the two-point conversion as I lived each day,” she explained.

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FIRST QUARTER — A book that was officially released in November 2017, Marshall’s autobiography depicts what she appropriately describes as “this football life,” a life-changing trend that had afforded her extraordinary opportunities, exposure to life’s options, and blessings untold, according to a detail breakdown of her book at Amazon.com.

“Yes, I observed the thrill of victory and the agony of defeat from the stands and sidelines,” Marshall continued while sharing a synopsis of latest book. “Most importantly, I beheld strength, courage and purpose. And those qualities molded me into the person I am today. I got off the bench after merely existing and got into the game of living.”

A book Marshall began composing sometime in October 2016, this accomplished writer needed just shy of a year to complete an informative written document she says is a thorough perspective of how she felt while living what she describes as a “life of lack,” particularly through the public’s thought whereby she was, by all accounts, living a life of lavish.

MORE ON AUTHOR ANGELA MARSHALL:  www.inotherwordsbystone.com

PERSONAL SUPER BOWL — As Marshall vividly explained, such a unique life had filled what she has dubbed her “personal playbook,” one that was accompanied by the wisdom to call what she refers to as “an audible, pass, run,” even a proverbial “go for the two-point conversion as I lived each day,” she explained.

While some of the immediate feedback has been favorable, Marshall also acquired her share of backlash since the release of her second book.

“A handful of people have criticized me, saying I am exploiting my ex-husband’s former pro-career to make money,” said Marshall who, in November 2016, made her authorship debut with the release of Lust, Lessons, Love and Life. “A few had no idea that I was suffering in silence during that period in my life, and others have said they still want money, fame, and the experience.”

Despite the array of mixed reactions surrounding her latest book, Marshall doesn’t shy away from the notion that she’s undoubtedly fulfilling her divine purpose through a newly-erected project, one that is accompanied by God’s endorsement.

After all, if God said it, that settles it.

“The Biblical scripture says that tables are prepared for us,” Marshall said. “I’m exhorting folks to feast daily from the tables of promises, potential, power, and prosperity from God. Also, to get off the bench and get in the game of life.

“Without giving too many details from the book, I had quite a few lessons that I needed to learn as well as continue growing through my struggles to strength,” Marshall continued. “Being able to tell my truth has and is setting myself and others free.”

FIRST AND 10 — A book Marshall began composing sometime in October 2016, this accomplished writer needed just shy of a year to complete an informative written document she says is a thorough perspective of how she felt while living what she describes as a “life of lack,” particularly through the public’s thought whereby she was, by all accounts, living a life of lavish.

Having announced that other books are forthcoming, Marshall describes her itinerary as mostly steady, thanks in large part to what she labels her “transparent platform” about her life.

“I have speaking opportunities or have author appearances at least three times a month for various businesses and organizations,” Marshall said.

In all likelihood, the possibility exist that more opportunities to share of and promote her book could very well come to fruition, especially considering the 2018 NFL season officially begins in the coming days.

Said Marshall: “Life has taken me on a journey, which took three major turns, each leading to a road of exploration and discovery, each crafting me into the person who would become skillful at using life’s compass in navigating new directions and negotiating what’s best for me:

IN THE RED ZONE — Having announced that other books are forthcoming, Marshall describes her itinerary as mostly steady, thanks in large part to what she labels her “transparent platform” about her life.

Reality is a place that forced me to face life early on as is. The seeds planted during that period are directly responsible for my growth. All of my core values were established. No matter how far I strayed, the experiences throughout that time, prepared me for rags and riches.

Rags taught me humility, agility and possibility. I learned to be grateful when I am served, but more importantly, to be willing to serve others. The events during this period instilled fearless faith that grounded me and prepared me for true Riches.

AFTER FURTHER REVIEW — In all likelihood, the possibility exist that more opportunities to share of and promote her book could very well come to fruition, especially considering the 2018 NFL season officially begins in the coming days.

Riches are not about what, it’s about whom. For me, that means family, friends and moments. They are true riches, which are irreplaceable. If I can replace it, it is not a true treasure.”

Well said by this brilliantly gifted author, fielding the question as if she expected it.

Once again.

For more information about Augusta, Georgia-based Author Angela Marshall, or to schedule her for a public appearance, a book signing or speaking engagement, connect with her via social media under: Facebook: www.facebook.com/ wisewordswoman; Instagram: www.instagram.com/inotherwordsbystone; Twitter: www.twitter.com/wordsbystone.


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Atlanta’s Tamara Charles to host domestic violence fundraiser that is her Third Annual Masquerade Gala

MAKING HEADLINE NEWS SALUTES TAMARA CHARLES 


For Tamara Charles, three times undoubtedly will be a charm when she hosts her much-anticipated Third Annual Masquerade Gala.

Credit her immeasurable and notable strides as a thriving and resourceful Atlanta-area businesswoman as the biggest reason why.

WOMAN OF UNSHAKABLE FAITHAn empowerment event that will be highlighted by what is known as the “Unbroken, Still I Smile Documentary,” the Masquerade Gala is powered by Sisters In Charge, Businesswoman Tamara Charles’ credible Atlanta-based nonprofit organization, which is centered largely on providing a safe haven, support network, and resources to help victims of domestic violence regain dignity and control over their lives.

An event that is widely known as a Domestic Violence Fundraiser, Charles’ Masquerade Gala will take place on October 13 from 6-10 p.m. EST at The Dawn Event Center, located at 3201 Atlanta Industrial Parkway Northwest, Suite 104.

An empowerment event that will be highlighted by what is known as the “Unbroken, Still I Smile Documentary,” the Masquerade Gala is powered by Sisters In Charge, Charles’ credible Atlanta-based nonprofit organization, which is centered largely on providing a safe haven, support network, and resources to help victims of domestic violence regain dignity and control over their lives.

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Early bird tickets for the Masquerade Gala are currently on sale and can purchased at https://3rdannualsicmasqueradegala2018.eventbrite.com.

The event, which is open to the public, most notably domestic violence victims and survivors, will accommodate attendees with dinner and will include a host of guest speakers. Also, there will be prizes, live auctions, celebrity donations, and live entertainment, Charles told Making Headline News this week.

Having lived a majority of life residing in Lynn, Massachusetts, Charles is a best-selling author, motivational speaker, a legislative and domestic violence advocate, as well as Vice-President of ACHI Women Supporting Women Association, Inc.

CHARLES IN CHARGECharles’ personal experiences, by all accounts, have greatly equipped her with the keen knowledge to grasp a thorough understanding of the proverbial physical and psychological barriers, particularly as it relates to preventing women from leaving their abusers.

As Founder and CEO of Sisters In Charge, Inc., her nonprofit institution has become a fixture for aiding battered women with children, particularly with regards to giving these women a healthy start, as well as what she describes as the “opportunity to learn and protection from harm.”

Interestingly, the mission of Sisters In Charge is to provide a safe shelter and, most importantly, a variety of educational, recreational, and social services to address the essential and changing needs of the families in Georgia and its surrounding communities.

YOU GO GIRL!!! As Founder and CEO of Sisters In Charge, Inc., her nonprofit institution has become a fixture for aiding battered women with children, particularly giving these women a healthy start, as well as what she describes as the “opportunity to learn and protection from harm.”

Born in Port Au Prince, Haiti, Charles relocated to the United States in 1986 at the tender age of seven.

An accomplished and flourishing businesswoman, Charles is a survivor of domestic violence and is currently living with multiple sclerosis.

Her personal  experiences, by all accounts, have greatly equipped her with the keen knowledge to grasp a thorough understanding of the proverbial physical and psychological barriers, particularly as it relates to preventing women from leaving their abusers.

ON A MISSIONInterestingly, the mission of Charles’ Sisters In Charge is to provide a safe shelter and, most importantly, a variety of educational, recreational, and social services to address the essential and changing needs of the families in Georgia and its surrounding communities.

“Ms. Charles also understands the potential fatal nature of domestic abuse, which makes seeking assistance imperative,” said a spokesperson for Charles’ nonprofit organization. “By providing a home where battered women and their children may seek temporary shelter, Ms. Charles hopes to help these women understand they are not alone. Her shelter will be designed to provide a safe space where victims may share their stories and meet other survivors to support them in their journey. Additionally, she hopes to provide these women with resources to help them gain control over their lives.”

In addition, Charles is the mother of fraternal twins (a boy and girl ages 21), both of whom are currently pursuing undergraduate degrees.

She also has a 15- year-old daughter and a 13-year-old son and raised each of her children as a single mother, all the while holding down two jobs and furthering her education.

Not to be outdone, Charles graduated from Lynn (Massachusetts) English High school, then enrolled at Marian Court College, where she eventually obtained an Associate’s Degree in Science in 2011.

Charles is the author of the book entitled, “Unbroken, Still I Smile,” a 104-page written document that was officially released in March 2017.

Consequently, she acquired a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration, with a minor in Health Care Management in 2014, and is presently working toward her MBA in Health Care Human Services while minoring in nonprofit organization from Strayer University.

According to Charles, the “Unbroken, Still I Smile” documentary will be shown immediately following a meet and greet with its cast members during her forthcoming gala. 

Charles is the author of the book entitled, “Unbroken, Still I Smile,” a 104-page written document that was officially released in March 2017. 

For more information about Atlanta Businesswoman Tamara Charles or to purchase tickets to the Third Annual Masquerade Gala, log on to https://3rdannualsicmasqueradegala2018.eventbrite.com. Also, send email to: sistersinchargeinc1@gmail.com.


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Atlanta businessman Kent Osbourne defies odds as high school dropout, emerges as a successful entrepreneur

For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. (Jeremiah 29:11 NIV)

 

Might as well go ahead and get this part of Kent Osbourne II’s testimony out of the way.

He’s a high school dropout.

DRAMATIC COMEBACK FOR THE AGES — A native of Melbourne, Florida who currently resides in Atlanta, Kent Osbourne has emerged from being a high school dropout to becoming the proud owner and CEO of K.O Trucking LLC, Generation Changers International LLC, and Prison To Power Inc.

“I dropped out of school in the ninth grade,” the 40-year-old Osbourne told Making Headline News during an exclusive weekend interview.

As if that wasn’t enough to shakeup and rattle the overall landscape of Osbourne’s young life, his bolting high school prematurely had eventually given way to a flurry of other issues, considering he wound up becoming a convicted felon amid what he describes as “all kinds off oppositions,” not to mention what he referred to as a slew of “roadblocks, mountains, storms, disappointments, and letdowns.”

Still, even in the wake of his assortments of obstacles — a host of problematic occurrences that would have caused some to throw in the towel — a rather dramatic sequence of events arose of the life of this resilient young man whom, all things considered, was determined to defy the urge to quit.

How could that possibly be for a high school dropout whose decision to put his education by the wayside was supposed to have to disrupt his ability to succeed, reduce his effectiveness, thus live and dwell on the larger side of God?

“Failure was not an option,” Osbourne explained, fielding the question as if he expected it. “I was determined to succeed.”

Osbourne, in fact, recalled vividly those days during which no would hire which, truth be told, was quite understandable, considering he didn’t possess a high school diploma behind his name.

Still, just like God, he had other ideas.

“When no one wanted to hire me, I said I would start my own business and hire myself, so that’s what I did,” Osbourne said.

Much to his delight, he had done just, having become owner of not one, not two, but three businesses, a trend that has benefited him mightily throughout the years.

A native of Melbourne, Florida who currently resides in Atlanta, Osbourne is the proud owner and CEO of K.O Trucking LLC, Generation Changers International LLC, and Prison To Power Inc.

WHAT ABOUT KENT OSBOURNE? www.kentosbourne.com

HOW YA LIKE ME NOW? Even in the wake of his assortments of obstacles — a host of problematic occurrences that would have caused some to throw in the towel — a rather dramatic sequence of events arose of the life of this resilient young man whom, all things considered, was determined to defy the urge to quit.

A little more than two decades removed from having dropped out of school, it’s safe to assume that “proud” undoubtedly is the operative word, particularly as it pertains to recalling Osbourne’s unlikely success story, given many would believe that this thriving entrepreneur was set up to fail miserably.

Still, just like God, he had other ideas.

“I always have been independent since a youth,” Osbourne said. “I never wanted a handout.”

For that reason, he sensed that the most logical remedy was to turn to selling drugs a reasonable outlet to survive and make ends meet.

“I became a big time drug dealer,” said Osbourne, who also started a record label labeled entitled, ‘Rapid Fire Records 2 LLC.’”

ONLY GOD CAN JUDGE HIM — Even after being released from prison at 22 years of age, Osbourne was not to be outdone. Heck, if nothing else, he was determined not to become so consumed with the dreaded street, a trend that could have very well sent him back to prison, or perhaps to his grave all too soon.

Even after being released from prison at 22 years of age, Osbourne was not to be outdone. Heck, if nothing else, he was determined not to become so consumed with the dreaded street, a trend that could have very well sent him back to prison, or perhaps to his grave all too soon.

“Even when I was in the streets at 22, I was always a boss, whether it was selling drugs or running my record label,” Osbourne explained. “I’ve always had that entrepreneur spirit.”

To his credit, the only things that has changed with regard to exemplifying an “entrepreneur spirit” is that Osbourne is generating his income the old-fashioned way.

He’s earning it.

Legally, mind you.

“When the going got tough, the tough got going,” said Osbourne, whose business venture caters to people of all ages. “Now that I have God on my side Who gives the increase. Nothing can stop me from accomplishing my goals. As long as I keep God first, I’m going to accomplish so much more. This is only the beginning.”

Today, unlike never before, Osbourne doesn’t shy away from the notion that his primary mission through his business ventures is to provide service to people, save souls, touch lives, and also to motivate, inspire, and empower others to live to their fullest potential.

“I was inspired to do all this by a man in prison,” Osbourne said. “He told me if I wanted to be successful I needed to seek God. Once I listened to this man who came from the same dark place I did, I went to church in prison like he told me to, and the rest was history.”

It is, by all accounts, because he heeded some worthy advice and counsel while behind bars that Osbourne is yet walking in the divine purpose for which God created him.

SET ASIDE FOR GOD’S USE — Today, unlike never before, Osbourne doesn’t shy away from the notion that his primary mission through his business ventures is to provide service to people, save souls, touch lives, and also to motivate, inspire, and empower others to live to their fullest potential.

On April 19, for example, he will be afforded the opportunity to share of his life-enhancing testimonies during a Houston-based correctional institution black tie event.

To his credit, his itinerary is starting to fill up mightily, given he’s scheduled to make public appearances in several places across the country through the end of the year.

So you might wanna book him now while you can.

“What I like most about being my business is that I’m able to make my own decisions, work when I want, work how long I want, work as hard as I want, make as much money as I want, and don’t have to worry about anyone telling me what I can, and what I can’t do,” Osbourne said. “You have the same ability I have if you would just transform your mind, and change the way you think.”

Much like he did some two decades ago.

Look at him today, living out his dreams, thus walking in the purpose for which God created him.

So much for dropping out of high school way back when.

 

For more information about Atlanta-based businessman Kent Osbourne, connect with Facebook under “Kent Osbourne.” Also to book him for an appearance or speaking engagement, call (386) 286-1987 or (321)704-3388. Also, email him at: Kentosbourne@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 email to andre@makingheadlinenews.com or to memphisgraduate@yahoo.com. Also, follow him on Twitter @AJ_Journalist.

 

Atlanta-area businesswoman Latasha Kirby: ‘I can help change your Chapter 13 to a 700 credit score’

As the old catchphrase goes, “Experience is the best teacher.”

No one, it seems, can attest to this thought-provoking, life-enhancing notion more than accomplished businesswoman Latasha Kirby.

COMEBACK FOR THE AGES — Currently a resident in the Atlanta-area, Latasha Kirby has reemerged as a credit repair specialist who has become passionate about helping others rid themselves of their checkered credit past.

A native of Memphis who is an Atlanta-area entrepreneur, Kirby, during an interview this week with Making Headline News, recalled like yesterday how the restaurant she once owned in the Bluff City was unceremoniously shut down because of its continuous poor revenue.

Kirby, being as transparent and forthright as only she could, admittedly was faced with one disheartening option.

Surely, it wasn’t the one about which she anticipated.

“After opening my first restaurant in the city of Memphis and failing, (shortly) thereafter I filed (Chapter 13) bankruptcy,” Kirby recalled.

Fortunately for Kirby, there ultimately had emerged a silver-lining to an entrepreneurship dream that had suddenly turned into a devastating nightmare.

HOW IT ALL WENT DOWN — “I was so excited, so I started repairing credit for others and adding tradelines to their credit worth,” Kirby explained while displaying her signature smile in the process. “In some cases, their credit scores increased by up to 80 points in 30 days.”

Months removed from having witnessed that sudden, yet untimely closing of her restaurant, Kirby was eventually left to assess the overall landscape of her young life, particularly from a financial standpoint.

As she tells it, in order for her to greatly savor the finer things in life, it was absolutely imperative that in the aftermath of that dreaded bankruptcy filing, she devise a plan to repair her credit.

All things considered, this progressive, assertive businesswoman wasted little time atoning for what had initially become a downtrodden occurrence in her life.

“I took it upon myself to repair my own credit,” Kirby said. “I gathered information from real estate agents, credit repair agencies and Google for help.”

TAKING IT ALL IN STRIDE — Months removed from having witnessed the sudden, yet untimely closing of her restaurant, Kirby was eventually left to assess the overall landscape of her young life, particularly from a financial standpoint.

As it turned out, one favorable thing eventually led to another.

It wasn’t long after Kirby had witnessed the shutdown of her business that she had ultimately became empowered to erase the memory of her unsatisfactory financial history.

Currently a resident of Roswell, Georgia Kirby has reemerged as a credit repair specialist who has become passionate about helping others rid themselves of their checkered credit past.

“I was so excited, so I started repairing credit for others and adding tradelines to their credit worth,” Kirby explained while displaying her signature smile in the process. “In some cases, their credit scores increased by up to 80 points in 30 days.”

MORE ABOUT LATASHA KIRBY: www.Asktasha.online

STARING SUCCESS IN THE FACE — All things considered, this progressive, assertive businesswoman wasted little time atoning for what had initially become a downtrodden occurrence in her life. “I took it upon myself to repair my own credit,” Kirby said. “I gathered information from real estate agents, credit repair agencies and Google for help.”

Long before her business-oriented breakthrough came full circle, Kirby, once again, had to clear an assortment of hurdles which, realistically, made going after that which she desired well worth it.

“Honestly, throughout the journey, there were a few bumps in the road, but I was so anxious to be solid credit wise,” Kirby said. “Even though the bankruptcy cleared a lot of my debt, I was happy to send my discharge papers to all 3 bureaus,” Kirby said. “I began rebuilding my credit from there.”

It wasn’t long thereafter that Kirby, a University of Memphis graduate, began to see the light at the end of the tunnel.

For starters, she possessed three unsecured credit cards totaling in excess of $10,000 and paid them off within a span of 12 months.

DREAM CHASER — It wasn’t long thereafter that Kirby, a University of Memphis graduate, began to see the light at the end of the tunnel. For starters, she possessed three unsecured credit cards totaling in excess of $10,000 and paid them off within a span of 12 months.

“This helped (my credit) tremendously,” Kirby recalled.

As if that wasn’t enough to erase the memory of the restaurant shutdown, Kirby managed to purchase a brand new vehicle months later with what she described as an “amazing interest rate.”

Talk about a dramatic, epic financial comeback for the ages.

“I paid the same truck off within a year and my (credit) score just rose higher,” Kirby explained in telling a story that just keeps getting better.

Oh…she’d be remiss if she didn’t share this part of her tear-jerking testimony.

“By the end of the year, I had 8 credit cards totally a credit line of $30,000.”

Yep, as the old catchphrase goes, “Experience is the best teacher.”

No one, it seems, can attest to this thought-provoking, life-enhancing notion more than Kirby.

 

For more information about Atlanta-based businesswoman Latasha Kirby, call 1-877-282-7424 or call 1-877-2TASHA-4, or you can send email to: Ask1tasha@gmail.com. Also, connect with her via social media at:

Twitter: Ask Tasha

Instagram: Ask Tasha

Facebook: Ask Tasha

SnapChat: Ask Tasha

Youtube: Ask Tasha

 

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.

 

Greater Community COGIC Senior Pastor Matthew Brown: ‘Great people go to Greater’

ONE GREAT FAMILY — Most importantly and much to its delight, Greater Community COGIC has enjoyed sustained kingdom-based success throughout the years, in large part because time and again, this church is afforded the golden opportunity to have at its disposal great people, many of whom have created — and left — their unique mark on an institution that continues to be the progressive beacon of light for which it is widely known.

MARIETTA, Georgia — There’s no other way to put it.

Greater Community Church Of God In Christ is great for a variety of great reasons.

It’s located in the outskirts of Atlanta, one of America’s greatest cities.

It’s equipped with a great edifice.

It has as its shepherd an amazingly great and resourceful leader, one who’s keen reputation is such that he’s accustomed to esteeming others highly than himself.

It’s a longstanding, tradition-rich institution that thrives mightily off of inspiring and empowering others to achieve greatness and broadening their horizon both in the natural and spirit.

THE ABUNDANT LIFE FACTOR — GCC is widely known for earnestly inspiring people whom customarily find their way within its walls to become — you guessed it — great.

Most importantly and much to its delight, Greater Community has enjoyed sustained kingdom-based success throughout the years, in large part because time and again, this church is afforded the golden opportunity to have at its disposal a slew of great people, many of whom have created — and left — their unique mark on a church that continues to be the progressive beacon of light for which it is widely known.

“I wholeheartedly believe that great people make great communities and churches,” Greater Community Senior Pastor Matthew Brown, TH.D. told Making Headline News during a recent interview. “It is evident at Greater Community given the diverse disciplines represented in our ministry.”

From educational leaders to legal and medical experts, engineers, public safety officials, Corporate America executives, entrepreneurs, theologians, banking and finance executives, foster parents, grandparents, single parents, mechanics, handymen, retired executives, public administrators, pilots, college undergraduates and graduates, active and retired military, chaplains, even athletes, among others.

You name it, and chances are these types of successful individuals, in all likelihood, have become a part of a GCC movement that includes, among others things, lifting up Jesus Christ while having a monumental impact in the community and beyond in the process.

From educational leaders to legal and medical experts, engineers, public safety officials, Corporate America executives, entrepreneurs, theologians, banking and finance executives, foster parents, grandparents, single parents, mechanics, handymen, retired executives, public administrators, pilots, college undergraduates and graduates, active and retired military, chaplains, even professional athletes, among others.

For what it’s worth, acknowledging and celebrating the gifts and talents of virtually everyone who has established ties with GCC has played an integral role in what obviously has become a continuous flow of great people connecting with and discovering the purpose for which God created them.

Greater Community, by all accounts, has become great, thus evolved greatly since its historic inception in 1923, in large part because of the countless great people that have collectively joined forced to ensure that this church lives up to its name.

That is being a GREATer Community for all whom are destined to have their lives changed greatly — with God, their Helper leading the way.

WHAT ABOUT GREATER? http://www.greatercommunitycogic.org/

“Individual accomplishment is to be commended, but it is vital to parlay those single accomplishments into community empowerment,” Brown said.

STANDING ROOM ONLY — You name it, and chances are these types of successful individuals in all likelihood have become a part of the GCC movement that includes, among others things, lifting up Jesus Christ while having a monumental impact in the community in the process.

A native of Buffalo, New York who was installed as Greater Community’s Senior Pastor in October 2011, Brown emphasized that it is due in large part to the lasting and influential impact of GCC’s founders that has given way to the sustained success of the church.

“We salute the founders, framers and faithful supporters of Greater Community Church of God in Christ,” Brown said. “All of these various discipline are helping us to develop a practical kingdom to community strategy by participating and partnering with various components of our community.”

SONGBIRD OF THE PEACH STATE — A native of Memphis, Psalmist Sharon Jackson, 51, is the Minister of Music and Worship Arts at Greater Community COGIC in Marietta, Georgia, one of Atlanta’s largest suburbs with roughly 59,089 residents according to a 2013 census. Even at five-plus decades in on this thing called life, Jackson hasn’t shown any signs that she plans to slow down any time soon, particularly as it relates to lifting up Jesus through her remarkable singing.

For what it’s worth, acknowledging and celebrating the immense gifts and talents of virtually everyone who has established ties with GCC has played a remarkable role in what obviously has become a continuous flow of great people connecting with and discovering the purpose for which God created them.

In a nutshell, GCC is widely known for earnestly inspiring people whom customarily find their way within its walls to become — you guessed it — great.

THE TRADITION CONTINUES — Greater Community, by all accounts, has become great, thus evolved greatly since its historic inception in 1923, in large part because of the countless great people that have collectively joined forced to ensure that this church lives us to its name.

“I have done my best to celebrate and acknowledge everyone we discover,” Brown said. “Our kids’ academic success, Foster Parent Of The Year, Teacher of the Year — Melissa Scott, Ericka Hamilton — and the list goes on. “Continuing into year seven, we’ll keep doing what we’re doing…recruiting great talent by producing a fresh and viable ministry product that creates interest, involvement and investment…blue water strategies.

“We’ve gone to great lengths to demonstrate our collective greatness through impromptu services or pop-up services at smaller churches and blessing them in ways they would not be able to do ordinarily,” said Brown, adding that his church is presently celebrating two of its members’ children, both of whom are NFL players (for the Baltimore Ravens and Kansas City Chiefs). “We highlight their marketplace, academic, community and personal accomplishment publicly.  In so doing, we encourage our children by modeling excellence to repeat that behavior.”

And there’s no other way to put it.

 

A GREATER COMMUNITY COGIC RELATED STORY: 

Atlanta-area minister Matthew Brown taking an unorthodox approach to his forthcoming sixth pastoral anniversary at GCC

 

A GREATER COMMUNITY COGIC RELATED STORY: 

Atlanta-based Psalmist Sharon Jackson: ‘My praise and worship was and still is my secret place, my hiding place’

 

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

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

 

Atlanta-area minister Matthew Brown taking an unorthodox approach to his forthcoming sixth pastoral anniversary at GCC

FAITH STEPPER — All things considered and much to his delight, it is due in large to the valiant contributions of those who have embraced Atlanta-area Pastor Matthew Brown’s gifts and talents both in ministry and in Corporate America throughout the years that he deems it absolutely imperative to — for a lack of better words — never forget to remember. A native of Buffalo, New York, Brown will celebrate six years as Senior Pastor of Greater Community Church before his congregation and a host of supporters on September 22.

MARIETTA, GeorgiaMatthew Brown, TH.D. is an Atlanta-area pastor.

He’s a pretty highly regarded one too.

A product of the historic Church Of God In Christ and the proud shepherd of Greater Community COGIC in Marietta, Georgia, Brown was brought up mostly in a Christian-oriented environment whereby following tradition was, by all accounts, a customary trend.

“I grew up serving the older saints,” Brown told Making Headline News during a recent exclusive interview.

Amongst his notable acts of service to the Body of Christ:

Youth pastor.

A trustee member.

An assistant pastor.

Oh, let’s not forget choir director.

HEART FOR PEOPLE — Brown has a vision for winning lost souls for Jesus Christ. He has committed Greater Community to be a ministry where every man, woman, boy and girl will have repeated opportunities to hear, feel, see and touch the gospel of Jesus Christ. With an emphasis on solid praise, worship, and biblical teaching, he is making the word of God – real, relevant and relational in the life of believers and non-church goers alike.

Most importantly, Brown also assumed the monumental role of what he appropriately described as leading many to Christ.

“I understood the concept of family and community by the way we were raised,” Brown explained. “It afforded me many opportunities. I credit my upbringing in church dealing with people to my career in corporate marketplace and government.”

Add to the fact that Brown, a native of Buffalo, New York, is a former special assistant to that city’s mayor, as well as having occupied a variety of Corporate America posts — most notably vice president of a local development corporation, Director of Intergovernmental Relations, Commissioner of General Services and Communications Director for the mayor of Buffalo — and it’s no wonder that even as an efficient and resourceful veteran man of the cloth, Brown has adopted the notion that implies, among other things, he welcomes the concept of venturing outside of tradition and advancing the kingdom in a rather unorthodox way.

A product of the historic Church Of God In Christ and the proud shepherd of Greater Community COGIC in Marietta, Georgia, Brown was brought up mostly in a Christian-oriented environment whereby following tradition was, by all accounts, a customary trend.

“I wholeheartedly believe that ministry is not possible without support of one’s family,” Brown said. “Their contribution of time, talent and treasure is incalculable and grossly underestimated. My success, if I have any, is a reflection of the way I grew up, the family that supports me and the wonderful people around the nation that have deposited great things in me.”

All things considered and much to his delight, it is due in large to the valiant contributions of those who have embraced Brown’s gifts and talents both in ministry and in Corporate America throughout the years that he deems it absolutely imperative to — for a lack of better words — never forget to remember.

PASSING THE LIMELIGHT ON — All in all, what this year’s pastoral celebration boils down to is Greater Community’s most celebrated leader launching a spiritual curveball, of sorts, by way of shifting the figurative spotlight away from himself and aiming it in the direction of those whose valiant contributions have help make GCC the beacon of light for which it is widely known.

“Honestly, I just wanted to say thank you to the members of Greater Community for their support over the last six years,” Brown said.

He will be afforded the opportunity to extend votes of thanks early and often during his much-anticipated Sixth Pastoral Anniversary on Friday, September 22 when his congregation, a host colleagues, family members, friends and close acquaintances pay homage to him for his tireless contributions as a beacon of light to the Atlanta community and his ministry at the Atlanta Marriott Northwest At Galleria.

The weekend-long festivities will be include a Celebration Reunion Choir Concert the following day at 6 p.m. EST and will culminate with GCC’s Homecoming Services on September 24 at 8 and 11 a.m. EST.

WHAT ABOUT GREATER? http://www.greatercommunitycogic.org/

Officially installed as Greater Community’s Senior Pastor in October 2011, Brown for months leading to his much-anticipated milestone had routinely expressed his desire to take a rather unorthodox approach to his latest Pastoral celebration, one that will be geared largely toward shining the figurative spotlight on those who have greatly helped the church stand the tests of time since its inception.

COMPLETELY SOLD OUT TO GOD — Nearly 35 years removed from having officially been installed as an ordained minister, Brown — whose kingdom-based resume includes having assumed leadership posts in COGIC’s local, district, jurisdiction and national church — is especially enthralled about his forthcoming sixth year pastoral anniversary.

Amongst his church’s notable highlights will be to pay homage to what Brown has dubbed the Living Legend members, most notably those who were members of the Avery Street Hensley Chapel location to the institution’s present establishment at 406 Roswell Street.

Among those being recognized are Emeritus Church Mother, 99-year-old Edna Wise and 85-year-old Mother Marthene Penn, both of whom will be recipients of the Bishop James J. Hensley Lifetime Award courtesy of Pastor Brown, and COGIC General Board Member Bishop Sedgwick Daniels.

Also, church officials said that a new initiative will be announced in honor of recently deceased GCC member Marietta Wilson and it will be named the Marietta Wilson Entrepreneur Program. In addition, Brown’s pastoral celebration will feature a variety of tributes, particularly from local, regional and national dignitaries.

All in all, what this year’s pastoral celebration boils down to is Greater Community’s most celebrated leader launching a spiritual curveball, of sorts, by way of shifting the figurative spotlight away from himself and aiming it in the direction of those whose valiant contributions have help make GCC the beacon of light for which it is widely known.

ESTEEMING OTHERS — Brown will be afforded the opportunity to extend votes of thanks early and often during his much-anticipated Sixth Pastoral Anniversary on Friday, September 22 when his congregation, a host colleagues, family members, friends and close acquaintances pay homage to him for his tireless contributions as a beacon of light to the Atlanta community and his ministry the Atlanta Marriott Northwest At Galleria.

“Pastor Brown desired to share his anniversary with the membership by thanking them for their support for the last six years by honoring the past, celebrating the present, and anticipating the future opportunities to bring kingdom to community,” a GCC spokesperson said.

Nearly 35 years removed from having officially been installed as an ordained minister, Brown — whose kingdom-based resume includes having assumed leadership posts in COGIC’s local, district, jurisdiction and national church — is especially enthralled about his forthcoming sixth year pastoral anniversary.

AIMING TO BE DIFFERENT — Named Greater Community’s Senior Pastor in September 2011, Brown for months leading to his much-anticipated milestone had routinely expressed his desire to take a rather unorthodox approach to his latest Pastoral celebration, one that will be geared largely toward shining the figurative spotlight on those who have greatly helped the church stand the tests of time since its inception.

“I wanted to honor some precious people who’ve given their lives in service to the local church and region,” Brown said. “I believe at times that as a leader, I want to thank people who have given me the privilege to lead this ministry and celebrate what happens when we work together. It is a time of social celebration, a night out for the saints, a time of reflecting our past, celebrating our present and anticipating our future. I like to do things different and this was just a little different.”

Well said by this Atlanta-area pastor whom, given his illustrious ministerial track record, is a pretty highly regarded one too.

 

A GREATER COMMUNITY COGIC RELATED STORY:

https://makingheadlinenews.com/2017/09/06/greater-community-cogics-the-bridge-helping-individuals-achieve-their-post-high-school-educational-goals-while-advancing-the-kingdom/

 

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 is the former chief adjutant to Elder Andrew Jackson, Sr. of Faith Temple Ministries Church of God In Christ. Based in Dallas, Texas, Johnson covers the NBA Southwest Division. To reach Johnson, call him at 901-690-6587 or send email to to andre@makingheadinenews.com or to memphisgraduate@yahoo.com. Also, follow him on Twitter @AJ_Journalist.

 

Is Atlanta-based financial education consultant Quenita Harris the credit restoration industry’s best kept secret?

MAKING HER PRESENCE FELT GLOBALLY — A native of North Little Rock, Arkansas, Quenita Harris, 37, is a longtime credit consultant whose primary mission is to assists individuals escape from less-than-perfect to favorable credit.

DALLAS — Just after midday on Monday, Latigra  Poole, one of Quenita Harris’ devoted clients, took to her Facebook page to pay homage to this accomplished Atlanta-based businesswoman.

Said Poole in a rather inspiring, forthright post to the social media world: Y’all better get y’all credit straight……..Holler at her!!! Quenita Harris she really is the truth!”

And just like, the ever-so-popular social media universe was greatly enlighten once again of the remarkably compelling services of Harris, who is steadily making a strong case that she undoubtedly is one of the region’s finest professional credit restoration specialists.

A native of North Little Rock, Arkansas, Harris, 37, is a longtime credit consultant whose primary mission is to assists individuals escape from less-than-perfect to favorable credit.

SHE’S GOING GLOBAL, Y’ALL — To her credit, Harris’ notable career has greatly afforded her to put her financial education consulting talents on display in a variety of establishments, most notably in Atlanta, California, even as far as Japan and Dubai.

In addition, this credible financial education consultant is widely known for assisting individuals who lack the knowledge of resources to meet financial goals.

“Whether their goals are to purchase a home, car, or provide a stable financial foundation for their family, I provide current accessible financial resources to meet their goals,” Harris told Making Headline News during an exclusive interview.

Interesting enough, Harris’ mission includes consulting with entrepreneurs on creating a financial basis, particularly as it pertains to emerging as a longstanding business by way of building their business credit, as well as to educate them on how to secure funding for their business.

A former multi-sport athlete who starred in volleyball, basketball, and was a member of the varsity track and field squad in high school, Harris was the catalyst of both the volleyball and basketball programs at Philander Smith College. As she tells it, it was due in large part to her competitive drive in athletics that has greatly enabled her to adopt a competitive nature as a flourishing businesswoman.

A North Little Rock Jacksonville Senior High School alum, Harris is a graduate of Philander Smith College. She holds a Master’s Degree in Project Management from Keller Graduate Management University, as well as an MBA and a Master’s of Information System.

“In sports, you learn to have a strategy for playing the sports and knowing the opponents,” Harris explained. “I write things down often to ensure that I am abreast on the rules of the business. I research, which I would equate to practicing and getting better at my profession.”

By and large, helping her clients or potential clients grasp a thorough concept of the credit restoration industry is extremely pivotal, Harris acknowledged.

“I have also learned everyone does not have the same understanding of credit or business,” Harris said. “Like with any team sport, I have to know the skill level of each player on the team. My goal is to learn how much a person understands credit and business, then educate from their level of understanding.  I learned in sports good sportsmanship is important when playing against others. Sometimes individuals aren’t willing to receive the help available.”

There are, by all accounts, a variety of reasons for what obviously has become a downward trend in the credit restoration arena, Harris emphasized.

“This may be due to past bad experiences, lack of understanding, or they could be afraid to communicate,” Harris explained. “I use good sportsmanship by not allowing the factors to dictate my response to the individuals.”

ANOINTED FOR THIS GIG — Since delving off into her selected industry, amongst the things in which Harris finds pleasure is witnessing and aiding others in accomplishing their financial goals. In many aspects, helping consumers make better financial choices often serves as her very own sanctuary. Well, kind of which, of course, isn’t a bad attribute to display.

Since delving off into her selected industry, amongst the things in which Harris finds pleasure is witnessing and aiding others in accomplishing their financial goals. In many aspects, helping consumers make better financial choices often serves as her very own sanctuary.

Well, kind of.

Which, of course, isn’t a bad attribute to exemplify.

“I am allowed an opportunity to minister to others through educating, building relationships, and being known for actually guiding them through a step by step process that works,” said Harris, whose business venture caters to individuals of all ages nationwide. “It helps me to connect to the community…more specifically, it helps me to target single parent mothers, low income, and others that lack resources to become informed that they have choices.”

To her credit, Harris’ notable career has greatly afforded her to put her financial education consulting talents on display in a variety of establishments, most notably in Atlanta, California, even as far as Japan and Dubai.

ALL SHE DOES IS WIN, WIN, WIN, NO MATTER WHAT — A former multi-sport athlete who starred in volleyball, basketball, and ran track in high school, Harris was the catalyst of both the volleyball and basketball programs at Philander Smith College. As she tells it, it was due in large part to his competitive drive in athletics that has greatly enabled her to adopt a competitive nature as a flourishing businesswoman.

Talk about having what is starting to become a global impact, courtesy of a financial education guru who’s making a solid case that she is one of the finest and most efficient in this ever-so-competitive industry.

“My personal mission is to be able to provide a one stop shop resource hub for individuals that lack an understanding in overall financial literacy,” said Harris, whose father, George H. Harris, mother, Lavenita Harris, business mentor, Edward Hartley, business coach Kevin Williams, and spiritual leader Nicola Smith-Jackson all have aided her mightily in becoming the accomplished businesswoman she is. “My goal is to partner with other professionals that have individuals with credit obstacles to allow them the opportunity to overcome the credit barriers.”

MASSIVE MISSION — Interesting enough, Harris’ mission includes consulting with entrepreneurs on creating a financial basis, particularly as it pertains to emerging as a longstanding business by way of building their business credit, as well as to educate them on how to secure funding for their business.

A career that spans 13-plus years, Harris’ business-related schedule  includes being on hand for the “The Esteem Women’s Conference” at the Sheraton Hotel August 26 in nearby Arlington, Texas.

In addition, she Harris be hosting a few online seminars during which she will inform the general public of a variety of informative events to come via her social media pages.

“It is important that I esteem and inspire others, because I have young children that are watching me,” Harris said. “I may not have shown them all things in my life as being the right thing, but they will be able to see that life has challenges and we can determine what our outcome is going to be.”

For Harris, the outcome for the most part has indeed been favorable judging by the social media post of one of devoted clients just before noon on Monday.

 

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

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

Atlanta-area author Donita J. Clark’s new book inspiring the masses to allow painful experiences to drive them to their destiny

Many are the afflictions of the righteous: but the LORD delivereth him out of them all. (Psalm 34:19)

 

YOU GO GIRL!!! A 108-page paperback written document that officially hit the market on June 6, Donita J. Clark’s “In Pain On Purpose: A World Of Hurt Can Change Your Destiny” is an inspirational novel with regards to relationships or, as Clark eloquently acknowledged,  those relationships that produce rather good or bad fruit, if you will.

Ask Donita J. Clark about her upbringing, and you best believe she’s going to cut straight to the point.

In a nutshell, she’s going to keep it real with you.

“I came from a culture where having a baby was more important than marriage or education,” Clark, during an exclusive interview this week with Making Headline News, recalled.

It is, by all accounts, due in large part to such a downtrodden, discouraging social issue that has greatly inspired Clark to go to great lengths to encourage and empower young ladies to adopt a different thought process, particularly it relates to positioning themselves to be successful.

“I wanted to inspire other women to do something extraordinary,” Clark said.

To her distinct credit, she has done just that, by way of her recently-released book entitled, “In Pain On Purpose: A World Of Hurt Can Change Your Destiny.”

A 108-page paperback written document that officially hit the market on June 6, Clark’s “In Pain On Purpose: A World Of Hurt Can Change Your Destiny” is an inspirational novel that addresses relationships or, as Clark eloquently acknowledged,  those relationships that produce rather good or bad fruit, if you will.

Moreover, Clark’s debut book deals with several extremely vital relationship issues, particularly those we have with our parents which, in essence, ultimately establish the basis of our foundation, as she explained in a detailed description of her book at Amazon.com.

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“As we grow and begin to seek adult relationships, the manifestations of that fruit begin to show,” said Clark, a native of Wooster, Ohio who lives with her family in Atlanta.

WE ARE FAMILY — A book Clark had begun writing in August 2016 and needed approximately nine months to complete, this Wooster, Ohio native stressed that her primary focus through her book is to steadfastly be a voice of hope for men and women are battling similar situations as the ones she endured, most notably the dreaded trend of having been raised without the authentic guidance of parents.

Then there is the featured character named Nyla in Clark’s book, whom this author explained had never had a relationship with her father while simultaneously carrying on a rather dysfunctional one with her mother.

It is, in fact, because of relationships of that magnitude that Clark thought it essential to compose this compelling and informative novel because, as she tells it, “I want to inspire young people that may be experiencing toxic relationships. We can move beyond our pain and live on purpose. Your pain can be used to guide you to your purpose.”

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Moreover, Clark’s debut book deals with several extremely vital relationships, particularly those we have with our parents which, in essence, ultimately establish the basis of our foundation, she explained in a detailed description of her book at Amazon.com.

A book Clark had begun writing in August 2016 and needed approximately nine months to complete, Clark emphasized that her primary focus through her book is to steadfastly be a voice of hope for men and women who are battling similar situations as the ones she had endured — most notably the dreaded trend of having been raised without the authentic guidance of parents.

“I incurred abuse on several levels,” Clark, an accomplished entrepreneur as Founder and CEO of Extended Blessings, said. “It’s doesn’t matter what circumstances you were dealt…it only matters what you do with those circumstances. We can accomplish more than we believe.”

LOVE, PEACE, AND HAPPINESS — “As we grow and begin to seek adult relationships, the manifestations of that fruit begin to show,” said Clark, a native of Wooster, Ohio who lives with her family in Atlanta.

Because little do we know, God is a God Who can — and will — deliver us from all of our painful, disastrous past, thus reposition us for the much-anticipated road to our destiny.

“God has given us all purpose,” said Clark, adding that her reading audience has been thoroughly inspired by her new book. “It’s up to us to trust in His plan. I was created to help people. I am a servant leader in every sense of the word. I want to see people happy and whole. If my story can touch one or two people, I have completed my assigned task.”

Clark said her second book, “The Power Of Love: The Journey To Blending A Family,” is presently in the works, as is her third book entitled, “The Ladies Choice.”

ON DECK — Currently, Clark said her second book, The Power Of Love: The Journey To Blending A Family,” is in the works, as is her third book entitled, “The Ladies Choice.”

As for her newly-released book, Clark will have a vendor booth at Holsey Monumental on Saturday, July 29 at 6028 Buena Vista Road in nearby Columbus, Georgia, where she will be promoting her book from Noon-6 p.m. EST.

“Life isn’t what we fantasize about,” Clark said. Anything you’re striving for in life takes dedication. Dedicate your time and efforts to building people. There are great rewards in helping others achieve their goals.”

Especially when you can overcome life’s greatest of obstacles, something to which this brilliantly gifted author can surely attest.

And that’s keeping it real.

 

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